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South Carolina's Staley opens the door for Olympic return

Aug. 17, 2021 17:37 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Dawn Staley might not be done with Olympic coaching after all. Staley led the U.S. women to a basketball gold medal at the Tokyo Games earlier this month, then flatly said she would not return for another run at the Olympics in Paris in 2024. ...

EXPLAINER: What's next for USA Basketball women's program

Aug. 08, 2021 12:56 PM EDT

SAITAMA, Japan (AP) — All eyes will be on Paris now to see if the the U.S. women's team can keep its historic Olympic run after the Americans won their seventh consecutive gold medal at the Tokyo Games. But there will be major changes for the team. ...

Olympic Latest: Bach declares Tokyo Olympics officially over

Aug. 08, 2021 09:28 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The Latest on the Tokyo Olympics, which are taking place under heavy restrictions after a year’s delay because of the coronavirus pandemic: ___ The Tokyo Olympics are officially over. IOC President Thomas Bach...

US rolls to women's hoops gold medal in Bird's last Olympics

Aug. 08, 2021 02:25 AM EDT

SAITAMA, Japan (AP) — Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi walked off the basketball court together, arm-in-arm, one last time at the Tokyo Games. They started their journey together five Olympics ago and ended it in the same fashion as always — with gold medals hanging around...

Bird, Taurasi go for 5th Olympic gold vs host nation Japan

Aug. 07, 2021 02:25 AM EDT

SAITAMA, Japan (AP) — Sue Bird's 17-year Olympic journey will come to an end Sunday. She hopes it will be with an unprecedented fifth consecutive gold medal when the U.S. plays Japan in the women's basketball championship game. Bird and her backcourt mate Diana Taurasi...

Not so crazy: Hovasse, Japan making women's hoops history

Aug. 05, 2021 03:46 AM EDT

SAITAMA, Japan (AP) — Tom Hovasse spoke of the unthinkable when he was hired as the head coach of Japan’s women’s basketball team. The Durango, Colorado, native, who speaks fluent Japanese, wasn't misquoted when he said he would have his team playing for gold at the...

Stewart leads US to semis with 79-55 win over Australia

Aug. 04, 2021 04:12 AM EDT

SAITAMA, Japan (AP) — Breanna Stewart and the U.S. women played their best basketball of the Tokyo Games, putting on a dominant performance that team has been known for over the years en route to winning six consecutive Olympic gold medals. The Seattle Storm star was a...

UConn women hoops players making mark at Olympics

Aug. 03, 2021 10:52 AM EDT

SAITAMA, Japan (AP) — There is definitely a UConn flavor to the women’s basketball being played in the Tokyo Games. The school that has dominated women's college hoops for the past two decades has branched out internationally with former players not only representing...

Got next: US draws Australia in women's hoops quarterfinals

Aug. 02, 2021 11:27 AM EDT

SAITAMA, Japan (AP) — The next challenge for the U.S. in its quest to win a seventh consecutive Olympic gold medal is Australia as the Americans Monday night drew their rival in the quarterfinals of the women’s basketball tournament. The Opals beat the U.S. in an...

A'ja being A'ja: Reigning WNBA MVP leading US into quarters

Aug. 02, 2021 05:02 AM EDT

SAITAMA, Japan (AP) — A'ja Wilson insists she's just one of the newcomers on the U.S. women's national team, “one of the young guns” trying to soak up every bit of her first Olympics. She is doing that, and much more. The reigning WNBA MVP is...