Latest Nigeria Olympic Team News

US draws Mexico, Cuba, Puerto Rico for World Cup qualifying

Aug. 31, 2021 08:58 AM EDT

USA Basketball will face Puerto Rico, Mexico and Cuba in the first round of qualifying for the 2023 Basketball World Cup. The Americans, who won a fourth consecutive Olympic gold medal in Tokyo but finished only seventh at the most recent Basketball World Cup two years...

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. ...

Canada, Sweden ask for time change for Olympic women's final

Aug. 04, 2021 05:59 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The Swedish and Canadian women's soccer teams have asked that the gold-medal match in Tokyo on Friday be moved to a different time because of heat. The match is scheduled for 11 a.m. at the Olympic Stadium, where track and field events are being held....

Olympics Latest: Women's semifinals set in beach volleyball

Aug. 03, 2021 10:09 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 women’s semifinals are set in beach volleyball after a pair of upsets. ...

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...

Hooping for another country can be side door to the Olympics

Aug. 02, 2021 03:40 AM EDT

SAITAMA, Japan (AP) — Yvonne Anderson knew playing in the Olympics for the U.S. was a longshot at best. Realistically, it was likely never going to happen. Yet, the Arkansas native is here is at the Tokyo Games living her Olympic dream — with Serbia. ...

AP PHOTOS: Olympic hair that's a cut above

Aug. 01, 2021 05:18 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Whether a lock for the podium or a fringe competitor, Olympians in all disciplines came to Tokyo coiffed to contend. Japanese tennis star Naomi Osaka debuted bright red box braids as she lit the cauldron at the opening ceremony. Similar styles in varoius...

US women's Olympic hoops team adjusting to styles of play

Jul. 31, 2021 12:22 PM EDT

SAITAMA, Japan (AP) — The U.S. women’s team isn’t clicking at the Tokyo Games the way the Americans would like and one reason is the different styles of play they have encountered so far. The Nigerians, who got within single digits of the Americans, were an athletic...

Italy advances to Olympic quarterfinals, tops Nigeria 80-71

Jul. 31, 2021 06:10 AM EDT

SAITAMA, Japan (AP) — Italy is headed back to the Olympic quarterfinals. Nigeria is going home, its Olympic experience not what it wanted on multiple levels. Nicolo Melli scored 15 points, Nico Mannion had 14 and Italy used a 14-0 run in the fourth quarter to rally and...