The penultimate day of competition from Beijing began with the US womens basketball team dismantling Australia 92-65 in the gold-medal game There is just too much offense for the US team NBC analyst Ann Meyers said The Aussies just cant keep up with it Lisa Leslie solidified her iconic status by winning her fourth straight gold medal In her Olympic career dating back to the 1996 Atlanta Games the US has won 32 straight games We put it all out there on the floor every single time and we didnt leave anything for anybody else Leslie said after the game I thought we were the team who played the best basketball this whole Olympics and we were the team who was deserving of the gold medalRussia won bronze over China 94-81 American Becky Hammon or Rebekka as she is listed on the Russian roster led the way for her adopted team with 22 pointsAnd no surprise here the US mens basketball team comple
WNBA rookie Candace Parker lived up to the hype in her debut game last week: 34 points, 12 rebounds and 8 assists in the L.A. Sparks' victory over the Phoenix Mercury. But heres one number that didnt make the stat sheet: 1.07 million viewers for the game, on ABC. That may not sound like much, but it's a 35 percent increase over last years tip-off game. Credit the buzz surrounding Parkers arrival for the boost.Parkers potential and the return of Lisa Leslie have most experts picking the Sparks to win the league title this year. But dont underestimate the newly revamped Seattle Storm. The team is lead by reigning league MVP Lauren Jackson and All-Star point guard Sue Bird. And after being knocked out of last year's playoffs in the first round, the Storm added some serious star power to its roster: Sheryl Swoopes, Swin Cash and Yolanda Griffiths have seven WNBA championship rings between them. On Saturday they face the San Antonio Silver Stars (May ...