U.S. volleyball loses to Poland

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Poland beat the United States, 25-17, 26-24, 25-20, Sunday to win its first gold medal in the World League volleyball finals in Sofia, Bulgaria.

No. 4-ranked Poland grabbed the title in its first World League final appearance. Poland won the 1974 world championship and the 1976 Olympic title, but the best it had managed in this competition was a bronze finish a year ago.

The Poles defeated Brazil, Cuba and Bulgaria on their way to the final.

The Americans were looking for a repeat of 2008 when they won the World League and Olympic titles.

Cuba rallied to beat host Bulgaria for the bronze medal.

Pro basketball

The Orlando Magic reportedly agreed to a sign-and-trade deal that will send restricted free-agent forward Ryan Anderson to New Orleans in exchange for forward Gustavo Ayon. The NBA's trade moratorium prevents clubs from announcing trades before Wednesday.

• The Milwaukee Bucks are close to a deal with free-agent forward Ersan Ilyasova. Ilyasova, a 6-foot-10 native of Turkey, had a breakout season for Milwaukee in 2011-12, averaging 13 points, 8.8 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game.

Jia Perkins scored 24 points and Becky Hammon had 23 as the San Antonio Silver Stars beat the New York Liberty, 94-81, in WNBA action in Newark, N.J., for their seventh consecutive victory.

Ivory Latta had 18 points to lead a balanced scoring attack and the host Tulsa Shock used a strong second half to earn a 78-62 victory against the Washington Mystics.


International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge ruled out Formula One as an Olympic sport, saying that the games are a contest between athletes, not engines. Rogge said in a visit to the British Grand Prix that the IOC can learn a lot from the F1 management about organizing mega sporting events, three weeks before the London Games.


Manchester United midfielder Ryan Giggs was chosen captain of Britain's Olympic team, with coach Stuart Pearce turning to David Beckham's former teammate after cutting Beckham, an MLS Los Angeles Galaxy star.

Didier Deschamps is the new coach of France's troubled national team. He takes over for Laurent Blanc, who turned down a new contract offer after the European Championships. Deschamps quit as Marseille coach a week ago despite leading the French club to a league title and a record three consecutive League Cups.


Jordan Jones of Golden, Colo., finished first in the men's competition in the New York City Triathlon, swimming about a mile, biking almost 25 miles and running 6 miles in 1:45:04. Amy Bevilacqua of Wilton, Conn., won the women's competition with a time of 2:04. The event included a swim in the Hudson River, a run through Central Park and a bike ride on the West Side Highway.



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