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WATN? Stacy Clinesmith

Washington.

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Chat Alert!

Swin Cash today at 12:15 p.m. ET. Send in your questions.

Mechelle’s chatting today at 2 p.m. ET. Your questions here.

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ESPN.com news service tag.

AP article by Doug:

For one of the rare times, the United States faced Australia in the world championship without much at stake.

ESPN.com news service:

For one of the rare times, the United States faced Australia in the world championship without much at stake.

I wonder if ESPN’s contract with AP allows them to relabel Doug’s work, making it look like it’s theirs.

Doug’s got a revised/reworked/updated version of his game article, even though the headline at Yahoo Sports is the same.

The U.S. appeared in control and built an 18-point halftime lead before 6-foot-8 Australian center Liz Cambage, who finished with 18 points, took the game over in the second half.

“My guess is that we need to go back and find out how it got the way it did in the first half and why it was the way it was in the second half,” U.S. coach Geno Auriemma said.

Tara and Lee are still working hard providing original content at SPMagazine.

U.S. Takes Early Lead, Outlasts Australia for 83-75 Win

Game photos.

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Austin Parkinson.

Wonder how much of a placeholder he will be.

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Seton Hall women’s basketball coach Anne Donovan shaken after off-campus shooting, injuring F Nicosia Henry

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Opals v… how come the US doesn’t have

a nickname? Don’t the other teams?

Anyhoo, from USA Basketball: USA Battles Australia For 83-75 Win, Earns No. 1 Seed In Quarterfinals

Led by 24 points from Diana Taurasi (Phoenix Mercury) the USA Basketball Women’s World Championship Team (6-0) remained undefeated and earned an 83-75 win after fending off a second-half surge from Australia (5-1) to wrap up the second round of the 2010 FIBA World Championship on Wednesday night in Ostrava, Czech Republic.

With the victory, the USA is the No. 1 seed out of Group E and will face South Korea (3-3), the No. 4 seed out of Group F, in the medal round quarterfinals on Friday, Oct. 1 (time TBD) in Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic. All of the USA’s games will air live on NBA TV, and fans can also watch live streaming of all FIBA World Championship games at http://www.FIBATV.com.

Stats are here. Some observations:

LJ 31 minutes with 4 fouls
Penny 25
Cambage 22 with 4 fouls

Taurasi & Bird both with 31
Tina Charles – 15, 3 fouls
Big Syl – 19, 4 fouls

Every US Player played at least 10 minutes.

FT % – US 68, Australia 70

Check out photos, post game audio and quotes.

Are you feeling more comfortable out there? You seem to be getting back in the flow of things.

Fowles: Yes, I’m feeling very comfortable. The first few games trying to get back it was more of a rush and not taking my time. I was doing a lot of stupid things. I was talking to my assistant coaches and getting some input and how they feel about what I was doing on the floor. I took that into perspective, I took it in stride and I’m just taking my time playing my game.

From James Dampney: US topple Opals once again

Australian coach Carrie Graf admits her team were embarrassed and made to look “like little girls” in the first half of their 83-75 loss to the United States at the world championship in the Czech Republic.

In a battle of two teams tipped to meet again in the final, the Americans totally outclassed Australia up until halftime, producing an 18-0 run bridging the first and second quarters to steamroll to a commanding 51-33 lead at the main break.

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A rational business model and sports?”

Cal-Berkeley Cuts 5 Athletic Programs,

The University of California, Berkeley, eliminated five of its intercollegiate sports programs Tuesday, two of which, baseball and men’s rugby, had become particular points of pride over the years.

The move comes at a time when athletics have faced strong criticism at Berkeley because money-losing sports have been subsidized while the academic departments have been forced to make severe cuts. The men’s and women’s gymnastics and women’s lacrosse teams will also be dropped from intercollegiate competition after this academic year.

and Swish Appeal has their finger on the response pulse:

Norcalnick of SBN’s California Golden Blogs weighs in on the University of California’s announcement that they will eliminate baseball, men’s and women’s gymnastics, and women’s lacrosse as well as demote men’s rugby to varsity sport status:

“I would like to address one argument I’ve already heard and expect to continue hearing – that these cuts were necessitated because of Title IX. I suppose in a very perverse way, that’s true. If Cal never began funding women’s athletics in the first place then the need to cut baseball and demote rugby perhaps never would have arisen. But the fact is that men’s sports and women’s sports all over campus were losing money, and in response men’s sports and women’s sports have been cut. This is not a gender issue and frankly those trying to make it one reveal their own biases. These cuts happened because college athletics in the United States has serious structural issues, issues that Ragnarok began exploring in his excellent piece from earlier today.”

Did you see this and this?

This article in yesterday’s Wall Street Journal highlights one Italian soccer team’s attempts to deal with empty seats: fill them with cardboard cutouts. Unlike the large, blue canvas tarps that are commonplace at poorly attended teams such as the Oakland A’s and Florida Marlins, Triestina’s tarps are covered with images of fake fans, primarily to give a better appearance on television. While the story really focuses on the novelty of the idea, it is also full of great sports economics tidbits.

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