Archive for June, 2010

United States Win U-18 Basketball Gold

The gold medal game between the USA and Brazil was a tight one until the end, but in the end the giants of international basketball came out on top. Kyrie Irving, who will be headed to Duke in the fall, had a game high 21 points. He also had 10 rebounds and 5 assists. He and Austin Rivers, who had 19 points, stole the show for the USA all tournament. Their speed was nearly impossible for opponents to combat.

Rivers, who is the son of Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers, upped his recruiting stock more than perhaps any prospect in this tournament as he flashed a smooth shooting stroke, including a 35 point outburst in the semifinals against Canada when he made 7 three pointers in a row.

The team was coached by Jeff Capel, who coaches the University of Oklahoma.

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Plushenko Banned From Skating Competition

2006 gold medalist and 2010 silver medalist Evgeni Plushenko has been banned from all future ISU events because he participated in exhibitions in March and April without ISU approval.

This means Plushenko cannot skate in any ISU events, meaning the Olympics, European Championships or World Championships, as well as Grand Prix events. Plushenko had stated he intended to skate in Sochi, which brings up the question of whether this was a mere misunderstanding, or was Plushenko deliberately disobeying the ISU?

The Russian figure skating federation said there was a misunderstanding in the back and forth paperwork that always accompanies these exhibitions.

Plushenko has 21 days to appeal this ban, or else Sochi will be without perhaps its biggest star.

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Knutson Continues Rise at Santa Clara

Although she is just 18 years old, Dagny Knutson is steadily rising up the ranks of USA Swimming. The Minot, North Dakota native just had a strong race in Santa Clara, winning the 200 meter freestyle. Her time of 1:58.82 beat Karlee Bispo by a time of .41 seconds.

To watch her full race, click here, and I’ll have a full report from Santa Clara in the coming days.

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