US Advances, 86-63 Over Mexico

first_imgBARCELONA, Spain — Stephen Curry made six 3-pointers and scored 20 points, leading the U.S. national team into the quarterfinals of the Basketball World Cup with an 86-63 victory over Mexico on Sept. 6.The Golden State Warriors All-Star was 7-of-10 from the field and 6-of-9 behind the arc, continuing to move a dismal start to the tournament for one of the game’s best shooters.Warriors teammate Klay Thompson added 15 points for the Americans, who advance to a game Sept.  9 against either Slovenia or Dominican Republic, who they are a combined 3-0 against this summer. The U.S. beat both easily in exhibition play, then handled the Dominicans again during the group stage in Bilbao.Curry was just 4-for-17 overall in his first two games, though shot the ball over the next three. He saved his best performance for Barcelona, where the Americans are used to them.He made consecutive 3s early in the third quarter when the Americans put away the game, the second coming as he was knocked down by a defender who was lucky not to be called for a foul.Gustavo Ayon scored 25 points for Mexico, which won last year’s FIBA Americas tournament to qualify and then advanced as the No. 4 team out of Group D despite a 2-3 record.The 6-foot-9 Ayon played for the Atlanta Hawks last season but had his season cut short by right shoulder surgery in February. He is a free agent and showed enough footwork and shooting touch to warrant a look from someone else.But he couldn’t prevent what ended up as the usual American romp in Barcelona, where the Dream Team crushed the competition in the 1992 Olympics.The Americans averaged 117.3 points and won by 43.8 points a game then at nearby Badalona, but expect things to be a little more difficult here at the Palau Sant Jordi.The U.S. surged to a quick 13-2 lead, and after Mexico answered with seven straight, pushed the lead back up to 23-13 after one. It stayed in double digits for nearly entire second, though Ayon had a 10-point period to keep the Americans from getting too far ahead, and it was 42-27 at halftime.Curry’s consecutive 3s made it 50-27, and had back-to-back baskets again later in the third — including a layup for his only one inside the arc — before DeMarcus Cousins’ bucket made it 57-30.Despite being bordering countries, the teams hadn’t met since the 2007 Olympic qualifying tournament. They hadn’t played in the World Cup since 1967.James Harden finished with 12 points for the U.S.(BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Pregnant Mira Rajput aces acting debut. Shahid Kapoor cannot keep calm

first_imgWhether Mira Rajput would ever foray into Bollywood like hubby Shahid Kapoor, has always been the topic of discussion.Well, Mira has taken her first small step into showbiz. Earlier, there were reports that she was being approached by babycare products to do an endorsement with her daughter Misha.Her first ad for skincare is out, though sadly, Misha doesn’t feature in it. Clad in a black dress and sporting heels, Mira shares her experience of being a mother, who gets so lost in motherhood that she does not find time for herself.Mira then says that she is pregnant again and she is prepared for it.Shahid commented on the video, and said, “Who’s that stunner?”Incidentally, it was during Mira’s first pregnancy that the couple fell in love. The two had an arranged marriage, and Shahid revealed on Karan Johar’s chat show, “I fell in love with her when she got pregnant. That is when you and I become us. It brings you closer in a special way.”On the work front, Shahid will be seen next in Shree Narayan Singh’s Batti Gul Meter Chalu. The film revolves around the issue of power shortage and huge electricity bills, and is slated to release on August 31.ALSO READ | Mira Rajput takes over Shahid Kapoor’s Instagram. The result is hilariousadvertisementALSO READ | Mira Rajput is pregnant, Shahid Kapoor confirms with big sister Misha’s photoALSO WATCH | Media troubles my wife Mira, but she can handle it, says Shahid Kapoorlast_img read more