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PSU to open with Butler

UNIVERSITY PARK — The Penn State men’s basketball team will welcome Butler to the Jordan Center for the 2022 Gavitt Tipoff Games on Monday, Nov. 14, as matchups for the seventh-annual event were announced Friday.

Tipoff times and television network designations will be announced at a later date, with all eight Gavitt Games airing on either FS1 or BTN.

Penn State and Butler are set to meet for the first time since 1992 and the third time in program history. The most recent meeting was a 67-64 Penn State win at home in 1992.

Penn State is 2-1 all-time in Gavitt Games matchups and the Nittany Lions make their return to the event for the first time since 2019 when Penn State earned an 81-66 win at Georgetown. The Nittany Lions’ previous two Gavitt Games contests were against DePaul in 2015 and again in 2018.

The Gavitt Tipoff Games is an early-season series played between the Big Ten and the Big East, and named in honor of Hall of Famer Dave Gavitt, founder of the Big East.

Lampaert wins opening stage

COPENHAGEN, Denmark — Although Belgian rider Yves Lampaert caused a surprise by winning the Tour de France opening stage, two-time defending champion Tadej Pogacar wouldn’t have been bothered at finishing third on Friday.

His priority was testing his race legs and placing ahead of his Slovenian countryman and main rival Primoz Roglic, the 2020 runner-up, who was eighth in the time trial.

Lampaert is a former world champion in team time trial but this was his first stage win at the three-week Tour. He clocked 15 minutes, 17 seconds on the 13-kilometer (eight-mile) route around Copenhagen.

The Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl rider was five seconds ahead of countryman Wout van Aert — Roglic’s Jumbo-Visma teammate — and seven ahead of Pogacar, who leads UAE Team Emirates. Pogacar was a measly nine seconds clear of Roglic.

Griner’s trial is underway

MOSCOW — American basketball star Brittney Griner went on trial Friday, 4¢ months after her arrest on charges of possessing cannabis oil while returning to play for a Russian team, in a case that has unfolded amid tense relations between Moscow and Washington.

The initial session of the trial, which was adjourned until July 7, offered the most extensive public interaction between Griner and reporters since the Phoenix Mercury center and two-time U.S. Olympic gold medalist was arrested in February at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo International Airport.

Griner, 31, was escorted into the courtroom in the capital’s suburb of Khimki while handcuffed, carrying a water bottle and what appeared to be a magazine, and wearing a Jimi Hendrix T-shirt.

Police have said she was carrying vape canisters with cannabis oil when detained at the airport. She could face up to 10 years in prison if convicted.

The Associated Press


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