ETC.: Wally Parks, an automobile enthusiast who founded the National Hot Rod Association and helped turn drag racing into a legitimate sport, died Friday in Providence, R.I. from pneumonia. He was 94. Basketball The Unites States women’s basketball team is one win away from qualifying for the 2008 Olympics. Rebekkah Brunson scored 20 points and America routed Argentina, 104-53, to advance to the gold medal game at the FIBA Americas Tournament in Valdivia, Chile. The U.S. will play Cuba, which upset Brazil, 69-67, in the other semifinal. The United States struggled against Cuba in its opening preliminary game, needing a late rally to win, 85-79. From news services Mississippi sprinter Rodney Lydale Lockhart was found shot to death Saturday at his apartment near the Ole Miss campus. Lockhart, a junior psychology major, was a member of the gold medal-winning U.S. 1,600-meter relay team in the 2006 World Junior Championships in Beijing. Lockhart’s death is being investigated as a homicide by the Oxford Police Department and the Mississippi Bureau of Investigations. ETC.: The Cleveland Cavaliers made two moves, signing free agent guard Devin Brown and trading recently acquired guard David Wesley to New Orleans for forward Cedric Simmons, a 2006 first-round pick. … Nets backup point guard Marcus Williams broke a bone in his right foot and will have surgery that will sideline him for six weeks. Jurisprudence LaVon Chisley Jr., 23 and a former Penn State football player, was convicted of first- and third-degree murder for stabbing a student to death in what prosecutors said was a crime driven by a desperate need for money. Chisley Jr. was immediately sentenced to life in prison. … Former Dallas Cowboys and Arkansas quarterback Clint Stoerner was charged with drunken driving after being stopped early Saturday, Fayetteville, Ark. police said. Golf Bill Maslowski and Carl Workinger shot holes-in-one on the same hole while playing in the same threesome at a course in York, Pa. Rugby Fiji gave the Rugby World Cup what it needed, a thrilling match, gaining the quarterfinals in the process with a 38-34 victory over Wales in Paris. Distance running Scott Jurek of Seattle won his second straight Spartathlon ultramarathon, a 153-mile race that retraces the journey of the legendary messenger Pheidippides 2,500 years ago. Jurek completed the trek from Athens to Sparta in 23 hours, 12 minutes, 14 seconds. ETC.: Alan Webb overtook defending champ Kevin Sullivan down the stretch to win the Continental Airlines Fifth Avenue Mile in 3:52.7. Canadian Carmen Dowma-Hussar won the women’s race in 4:22.8. Motorsports Kyle Busch started at the back due to a speeding penalty in pit row and still came to win the Busch Series race at Kansas Speedway. Busch slipped by Matt Kenseth with just over 17 laps to go, then held off Kenseth’s challenges after a late restart. ETC.: Lewis Hamilton won the pole for the Japanese Grand Prix in Oyama, beating McLaren teammate and rival Fernando Alonso. Tennis Venus Williams advanced to the final at the Hansol Korea Open by defeating Italy’s Flavia Pennetta in straight sets in Seoul, Korea. The top-seeded Williams will face fourth-seeded Maria Kirilenko of Russia in today’s final. ETC.: Top-seeded Richard Gasquet beat Fabrice Santoro to advance to the final of the Mumbai Open in India. The 21-year-old Frenchman will play eighth-seeded Olivier Rochus in the final today. … Ana Ivanovic defeated Vera Zvonareva and Daniela Hantuchova beat Marion Bartoli to advance to the final of the Fortis Championships in Luxembourg. Cycling The world governing body for cycling said it is trying to recover almost $1 million Stuttgart, Germany still owes it for organizing the world championships. The host city reportedly has stopped paying to protest the sport’s doping problems. ETC.: Marta Bastianelli of Italy won the women’s road race title on a breakaway at the cycling world championships. Miscellany Japanese police are considering charging the trainer of a 17-year-old sumo wrestler, Takashi Saito, who died earlier this year on suspicion that a beating during a practice session may have caused the fatality.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!