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Olympics: Did the U.S. Take Gold in Women's Basketball?

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Warning: The following article contains spoilers about the women's basketball games on Saturday, as well as other Olympic results.

The U.S. women's basketball team won its fifth straight Olympic gold medal Saturday, defeating France 86-50. Star player Candace Parker scored 21 points. Earlier in the day, Australia defeated Russia 83-74 to win the bronze medal.

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Candace Parker Ready For Her WNBA Debut

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The WNBA’s new ad campaign prepares fans — and skeptics — to “Expect Great” this season. Exhibit A: rookie Candace Parker, a high school and college phenom who should make an immediate and profound impact on the professional level. The Naperville, Illinois, native was drafted No. 1 overall last month by the L.A. Sparks, whose coach, Michael Cooper, compared Parker to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Magic Johnson. She led the Tennessee Lady Vols to the last two NCAA championships and is expected to be named to the U.S. Olympic team for August’s Beijing Games. Right now, however, she’s focusing on her WNBA debut, Saturday against defending league champion Phoenix Mercury (May 17, 3:30 pm/ET, ABC). We spoke with Parker about her move to “the W.”TVGuide.com: You dislocated your shoulder during the NCAA tournament. How is the recovery going?Candace Parker: The time off [while recovering] has done me well. It’s allowed my body to rest. Not just my... read more

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