Ahead of the Basketball World Cup, to be held in Japan, the United States easily beat China 119-73 in Beijing, with LeBron James contributing 23 points. In a further preparatory game the ‘Dream Team’ then experienced difficulties in overcoming Brazil 90-86.

Warriors capped

Wigan slipped back into Rugby League’s relegation zone, after having two points deducted by an RFL judiciary panel for exceeding salary limits. Super League clubs are only allowed to spend a maximum of 50 per cent of their income on player’s wages and no more than 1.78 million pounds sterling. The Warriors moved off the bottom of the table since winning seven of their last eight games under coach Brian Noble and should still beat Wakefield to the drop.

Late win

Jens Voigt emerged victorious after the eighth, and final stage of cycling’s Tour of Germany in Karlsruhe. The win represents the 34-year-old CSC first major career success.

Six up

World rally champion, Sébastien Loeb, had to endure a 10 week wait to avenge his Acropolis defeat by only serious rival Marcus Grönholm, but did so in no uncertain terms in Germany. The Citroën driver took five of the eight first day stages to set up his sixth win of the season and extend his championship lead.

Twenty 20 vision

The chorus of voices demanding to see Stuart Broad elevated to the full England team grew louder as Leicestershire claimed their second Twenty20 title in four years, with a four run defeat of Notts at Trent Bridge. The 20-year-old son of former England opener Chris Broad was instrumental in the semi-final rout of favourites Essex, and has been named in the provisional 30-man squad for the ICC Champions Trophy in India.