Andrew Wiggins and Nick Stauskas scored 15 points each in limited action and Canada routed Cuba 101-59 on Wednesday for its first victory in the Olympic qualifying tournament.
Wiggins, the NBA rookie of the year for the Timberwolves, added six rebounds and two blocks for the Canadian team that fields nine NBA players and is considered one of the favorites to win one of the two berths to Rio.
Wiggins scored five points during a 13-0 run to open the game.
Stauskas, a guard for the Philadelphia 76ers, also had six rebounds and four assists in 22 minutes.
Brady Heslip had 12 points, and Dwight Powell finished with 10 to help Canada rebound from an opening loss to Argentina. Canada is trying to qualify for the Olympics for the first time since Sydney in 2000.
"After yesterday's game we needed to improve and today we were more focused," Canadian coach Jay Triano said. "We balanced the minutes because we felt it was important since we will play four games in four days."
Jasiel Rivero led Cuba with 20 points. Cuba, the lowest ranked team by FIBA in this tournament at 58th in the world, had its third straight lopsided loss.
Canada will face Venezuela on Thursday.
… Grizzlies first-round draft pick Jarell Martin has a fractured left foot. The Grizzlies announced that the forward from LSU injured his foot while colliding with another player during a workout earlier that day. Martin will undergo surgery Thursday, and there is no timetable for his return.
Water venues won't change
Olympic organizers have agreed to test for viruses in Rio's sewage-filled waters.
But even if they find high virus counts, organizers say they have no plans to move venues.
Why isn't there more pressure to move? Olympic athletes have little clout, some sports don't have alternate venues, and sport federations have deep financial ties to the International Olympic Committee.
Carlos Nuzman, head of the Rio organizing committee, promised Tuesday to introduce viral testing, saying the most important thing was "the health of athletes."
Most athletes, however, have remained quiet, even after a report was released showing high levels of viruses at Olympic venues for sailing, rowing, canoeing, triathlon and open-water swimming. About 1,400 athletes will compete in the hazardous waters.
American Alex Meyer is among the few who have spoken out. A 2012 Olympian and former world-champion distance swimmer, he wants the open-water venue moved from Copacabana Beach. He did not qualify this year, and feels free to speak.
"I totally support moving it," Meyer said. "This is a little bit of a window into why, on many fronts, the Olympic athletes feel like they are just pieces of meat. They [IOC] don't care if we are comfortable or safe. They're just putting on a show and we are replaceable."
Briggs to retire as a Bear
It looks like Lance Briggs will not wear another uniform in the NFL. The seven-time Pro Bowl linebacker for the Bears plans to retire.
Briggs said he expects to submit paperwork to the NFL making his retirement official soon, perhaps in the next week.
… Former San Francisco 49ers owner Edward DeBartolo Jr. is a finalist for the 2016 class of the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a contributor.
DeBartolo was nominated Wednesday by the nine-member contributors committee. Elections will be held on Feb. 6, the night before the Super Bowl. DeBartolo, 68, must receive 80 percent of the ballots to be elected to the Hall of Fame.
… The Panthers signed backup quarterback Derek Anderson to a two-year contract extension that will keep him with the team through the 2017 season.
Howard won't start
United States goalkeeper Tim Howard won't earn his starting job back before a big playoff match against Mexico.
Howard, a standout performer at the 2014 World Cup, returned to the team Monday after taking a one-year break from international duty.
Coach Jurgen Klinsmann says Brad Guzan will remain No. 1 through the match against Mexico on Oct. 10 to determine which team represents CONCACAF in the 2017 Confederations Cup.
Klinsmann says he is most concerned with "getting some consistency" for his team, and after the Mexico match may consider having the 'keepers "split some time."
Both Howard and Guzan are part of the squad that will play exhibitions against Peru on Friday and Brazil on Tuesday, the U.S.'s final tuneups.
AROUND THE HORN
NHL: Devils defenseman Bryce Salvador retired after nearly 800 games in 14 NHL seasons. He finishes his career with 24 goals and 86 assists in 786 games split between the Devils and the St. Louis Blues.
WNBA: Candice Dupree scored 18 points and Brittney Griner had 16 to help Phoenix beat Washington 73-53.