Timberwolves rookie Nemanja Bjelica made a difficult layup with less than a second remaining to lift Serbia to a 68-66 victory over Germany at the European basketball championship on Sunday.

Serbia improved to 2-0 in the tough Group B, while Germany fell to 1-1. Bjelica led Serbia with 12 points in a close game, with neither team ever leading by more than seven points. He hit four of seven shots in 27 minutes with three rebounds and three assists. Dirk Nowitzki had 15 for Germany but he was only 5-for-15 from the field.

With 3.7 seconds on the clock and tied at 66, Serbia called a timeout and devised the play for Bjelica. Milos Teodosic got the ball to Bjelica, who drove in past three Germans and put it in with an unorthodox shot.

"This was the most important game in the group," Bjelica said. "We didn't really have time to prepare for this game."

Serbia played late the night before, beating Spain 80-70 behind Bjelica's 24 points.

"It was an incredible shot," Serbia's coach Sasa Djordjevic said of the winning basket. "We tried to find him to take the shot and he did it.


Former Gopher Cobb on IR

The Titans will place former Gophers running back David Cobb on injured reserve with a designation to return, meaning he won't be able to play until after eight weeks. Cobb, who suffered a calf injury before the team's third preseason game at Kansas City, will be able to begin practicing after six weeks.

… The Broncos waived former Wisconsin star running back Montee Ball. … The Packers and receiver James Jones reportedly agreed to terms on a one-year deal.

prep football

Players suspended for ref tackle

A San Antonio school district has suspended two players from the team after one of them ran into the back of a referee watching a play and the other dived into the official. Video showed the referee watching the play, and his head snapping back when he was leveled from behind. The other player then dived on top of him.


Stenson grabs lead

Henrik Stenson erased a five-shot deficit in seven holes at the Deutsche Bank Championship. He played bogey-free for a 6-under 65 that gave him a one-shot lead over Rickie Fowler going into the Labor Day finish. Fowler had a 67 and will play with Stenson in the final group. Charley Hoffman, who had a three-shot lead, had a 41 on the front nine and had a 76. He was six shots behind.

auto racing

Hamilton wins seventh

Lewis Hamilton cruised to his seventh win of the season at the Italian Grand Prix, and doubled his Formula One lead over Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg, whose engine caught fire with two laps remaining.

Hamilton finished 25 seconds ahead of Sebastian Vettel in the other Ferrari, while Felipe Massa crossed third, 47 seconds back.

Jack Beckman won the Traxxas Nitro Shootout, beating Robert Hight in the final of the Funny Car. Larry Dixon led Top Fuel qualifying, Greg Anderson topped the Pro Stock field, and Chip Ellis was the fastest in Pro Stock Motorcycle.


WNBA: Angel McCoughtry scored 18 points as Atlanta defeated Washington 73-67. … Candace Parker scored 33 points as Los Angeles clinched the final playoff spot in the Western Conference by beating Tulsa 92-73. … Allie Quigley scored 17 points and Chicago beat Seattle 93-65.

Minnesota scene: Anthony Phillips' bases-loaded single in the bottom of the ninth inning gave the St. Paul Saints a 3-2 victory over the visiting New Jersey Jackals.

Soccer: The Gophers women's soccer team played to a 0-0 draw with No. 21 Texas Tech in Lubbock. The Gophers' Tarah Hobbs had 10 saves.

staff and wire reports