Sports shorts: Incoming Wildcat Gordon a finalist for USA U19 team

2013-06-17T00:00:00Z Sports shorts: Incoming Wildcat Gordon a finalist for USA U19 teamStaff And Wire Reports Staff And Wire Reports Arizona Daily Star

Incoming Arizona Wildcats forward Aaron Gordon was named one of 16 finalists for USA Basketball's U19 World Championship team Sunday, though future teammates Brandon Ashley and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson were not.

USA Basketball also kept Houston wing Justise Winslow, one of UA's top 2014 recruiting targets, while cutting down from 26 invitees in Colorado Springs. It will trim to a final 12-man roster before the team departs Wednesday for Washington, D.C.

The U19 team will spend three days in Washington before leaving for the World Championships in Prague.

"We had 26 really, really good players and all of the guys made the selection very, very difficult," said Florida coach Billy Donovan, the USA's U19 coach. "I think the things that stand out about this team is just the athleticism; the speed and quickness; the ability to defend and put pressure on people; and offensive rebound."

WNBA

Taurasi scores 29 in Mercury win

TULSA, Okla. - Diana Taurasi scored 29 points, and DeWanna Bonner had 23 to help the Phoenix Mercury beat the Tulsa Shock 108-103 in overtime Sunday.

Candice DuPree added 20 points and 10 rebounds, rookie Britney Griner finished with 16 points, and Charde Houston had 10 for the Mercury (3-3).

Glory Johnson had career-best 32 points for Tulsa (1-7). Riquna Williams added a career-high 28, hitting six three-pointers, and rookie Skylar Diggins had a season-best 22.

The second half featured eight ties and 11 lead changes before Taurasi took over, scoring eight points in the overtime period.

Tennis

Federer ends title drought

HALLE, Germany - Roger Federer found the perfect place to end his title drought - a small town in western Germany that has a big tennis stadium and a street named Roger-Federer-Allee leading to it.

Federer left Halle a winner again Sunday, ending a 10-month run of 11 tournaments without a title, an eternity by his standards. The 31-year-old Swiss great overcame a sluggish start to beat unseeded Mikhail Youzhny 6-7 (5), 6-3, 6-4 at the Gerry Weber Open for his first title since Cincinnati in August.

• Top-seeded Andy Murray rallied to beat defending champion Marin Cilic 5-7, 7-5, 6-3 in London on Sunday to win the Queen's Club tournament for the third time. It is the 27th career title for the Briton, who also claimed the trophy in 2009 and '11, and his second of the season after winning at Miami in March.

• Slovakia's Daniela Hantuchova won her sixth career title Sunday, beating Croatian teenager Donna Vekic 7-6 (5), 6-4 in the final of the Aegon Classic.

Soccer

Italy tops Mexico on Balotelli goal

RIO DE JANEIRO - Mario Balotelli showed off his strength - and muscular physique - by scoring in the 78th minute Sunday to lead Italy past Mexico 2-1 in the Confederations Cup.

Balotelli took a perfectly placed acrobatic pass from Emanuele Giaccherini and muscled between two defenders. Andrea Pirlo gave Italy the lead with one of his trademark free kicks in the 27th minute.

Mexico replied in the 34th when Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez converted a penalty kick after Andrea Barzagli tripped Giovani Dos Santos.

In Sunday's other match, Spain beat Uruguay 2-1 on first-half goals by Pedro and Roberto Soldado.

• Heinz Flohe and Ottmar Walter, stars who played on World Cup-winning teams for West Germany, died. Flohe, a member of the 1974 squad, died Saturday at 65. Walter, part of the team that won the 1954 title, died Sunday at 89.

Miscellaneous

UF linebacker charged with battery

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Florida linebacker Antonio Morrison is accused of punching a bouncer and has been charged with simple battery. He was arrested at his dormitory. Gainesville Police say witnesses identified Morrison as the man who argued with a bouncer outside Kava Lounge early Sunday regarding a cover charge. When the bouncer told Morrison he would have to pay full price, witnesses say Morrison punched the bouncer in the head.

• Rui Costa of Portugal kept his Tour de Suisse title after winning the final stage by 21 seconds in Flumserberg, Switzerland.

- Bruce Pascoe

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