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Big Second Quarter helps Us Run away from Croatia

ISTANBUL – Kevin Durant scored 14 points and got the United States started on a dominant second-quarter stretch in a 106-78 victory over Croatia on Saturday in its opening game at the world championship.

Eric Gordon made four 3-pointers and had 16 points to lead the Americans, who turned a close game into a blowout by limiting the Croatians to six points in the second quarter. Chauncey Billups finished with 12 points.

It was an impressive start for a U.S. team that came to Turkey without any players who helped them win the gold medal in the 2008 Olympics. Instead of those superstars, the Americans are left with a young, undersized team that features Durant, the NBA’s leading scorer, as its centerpiece.

He scored five straight points to kick off the decisive burst early in the second quarter and added eight rebounds in just 21 minutes.

All 12 players scored for the Americans, as coach Mike Krzyzewski was able to give his starters plenty of rest with the U.S. playing its three toughest Group B games in the first three days of the tournament.

Though USA Basketball officials hoped to have a LeBron James or Kobe Bryant — whose picture hangs in a large poster just inside the entrance — they couldn’t have asked for much more than what they saw from the replacements Saturday.

And it’s this group, which has been called the U.S. “B” team that can earn an automatic berth into the 2012 Olympics by winning the worlds — which has rarely been easy for the United States.

As the Americans took the court for warmups, the overhead scoreboard was playing clips of recent U.S. failures at the worlds from 2002 and 2006. They have won the event just three times, none since 1994.

But even without its biggest names, this U.S. team might be good enough if it plays the way it did in the second quarter.

Bojan Bogdanovic scored 17 points and Marko Popovic added 16 for Croatia, which once was among the world’s best teams but hadn’t played in the world championship since winning a bronze medal in 1994.

The Croatians hung tough for a quarter but couldn’t overcome their awful perimeter shooting in the second period.

The Americans scored the first seven points of the game, but Croatia settled down and executed its offense well in the halfcourt to get open looks under the basket. The Croatians grabbed a 19-18 lead on Marko Banic’s follow shot with 1:42 left in the first quarter and trailed just 22-20 heading to the second.

But the U.S. quickly blew it open in the second. Durant’s three-point play started a 12-0 run that pushed the lead to 14, and consecutive 3-pointers by Gordon and another by Rudy Gay extended it to 47-26 with 1:48 to go in the half.

Croatia was just 3 of 17 from the field in the period and missed 12 of its 13 3-point attempts in the half.

The U.S. faces Slovenia on Sunday followed by a game against Brazil on Monday. Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.

Character of Carl Jung


A man who has not passed through the inferno of his passions has never overcome them. As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light in the darkness of mere being.

Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.

Great talents are the most lovely and often the most dangerous fruits on the tree of humanity. They hang upon the most slender twigs that are easily snapped off. If there is anything that we wish to change in the child, we should first examine it and see whether it is not something that could better be changed in ourselves.

Knowing your own darkness is the best method for dealing with the darknesses of other people. Mistakes are, after all, the foundations of truth, and if a man does not know what a thing is, it is at least an increase in knowledge if he knows what it is not.

One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feelings. The curriculum is so much necessary raw material, but warmth is the vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the child.

The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct acting from inner necessity. The creative mind plays with the objects it loves. The debt we owe to the play of imagination is incalculable.

The most intense conflicts, if overcome, leave behind a sense of security and calm that is not easily disturbed. It is just these intense conflicts and their conflagration which are needed to produce valuable and lasting results.
The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed.

Show me a sane man and I will cure him for you.

Paris Hilton arrested for cocaine possession: report

LOS ANGELES – US socialite and paparazzi darling Paris Hilton was arrested in Las Vegas on charges of cocaine possession, the entertainment website TMZ.com reported Saturday.

Hilton was the passenger in a vehicle that was pulled over late Saturday outside the five-star Wynn Las Vegas Hotel, the website said, quoting police.

The driver was arrested for drug-related DUI (Driving Under the Influence), and when officers searched Hilton, “they found her in possession of a controlled substance” which turned out to be cocaine.

Hilton “was arrested and released on her own recognizance,” TMZ said.

It has been an eventful few months for Hilton, who was briefly detained by police in July on the French island of Corsica after being caught with less than a gram of cannabis in her handbag.

Hilton was also arrested during the World Cup in South Africa after a friend she was with took a joint to the Brazil-Netherlands quarter-final match in Port Elizabeth.

Hilton, the great-granddaughter of the Hilton hotel chain’s founder, shot to fame in 2003 when her boyfriend leaked a video of their sexual escapades on the aInternet. She also starred in the reality TV series “The Simple Life.”