Minnesota Lynx star Maya Moore had a strong fourth quarter, helping Team USA blow out Canada, 91-48, at the London Olympics. The U.S. Women now advance to the semifinals.
The undefeated United States men's basketball team will go up against Argentina in the final game of group play at the 2012 London Olympics Monday at 4:15 p.m. CDT. Team USA is already guaranteed a spot in the quarterfinals, but a victory will secure the No. 1 seed.
Eden Prairie-native Rachel Bootsma helped Team USA advance to the finals in the women’s 4x100 meter medley relay set for Saturday. Bootsma led off the relay with a 100-meter backstroke time of 59.70 seconds, putting the U.S. in third place, the Star Tribune reports. The Americans qualified with the fourth-fastest time. Bootsma won’t swim Saturday, but she will receive a medal if the team finishes in the top three.
First-time Olympian Amanda Smock will not compete in the women's triple jump finals on Sunday. The Melrose native finished 27th out of 33 competitors in the preliminary round at the London Olympics on Friday morning.
Russia remains unbeaten in the Olympic men’s basketball tournament after defeating Brazil 75-74 on Thursday in the final seconds of the game. Andrei Kirilenko and Alexey Shved, both headed to the Minnesota Timberwolves, scored a combined 36 points to secure the last second victory at the London Olympics.
The undefeated United States men’s basketball team will go up against Nigeria at 4:15 p.m. CDT on Thursday. Wolves all-star Kevin Love has scored 30 points for the U.S. in their first two victories at the London Olympics. Team USA is a 42-point favorite in Thursday afternoon’s Olympic matchup, according to NBC sports.
Team USA will play its second game of the Olympics when they go up against Tunisia at 4:15 p.m. CDT or 10:15 p.m. London time on Tuesday. The matchup shouldn't be much of a challenge for the United States. The Tunisian squad is ranked No. 32 in the world and doesn't have any NBA players on its roster.
Andrei Kirilenko and Alexey Shved led Russia to another easy victory on Tuesday, the Associated Press reports. The two future Timberwolves players helped beat China 73-54 in the men's Olympic basketball tournament. Kirilenko finished with 16 points and nine rebounds. Shved had 14 points and six assists. Russia will face Brazil on Thursday.
An Olympic fencer from St. Paul bowed out of the London Games in the first individual round of the women’s epee fencing competition on Monday, the Pioneer Press reports. Susie Scanlan will compete in the team event when the U.S. takes on Italy on Saturday.
In the morning Rachel Bootsma qualified for the semi-final round in the women's 100 meter backstroke. But in the evening she finished with the 11th best time, with only the top eight moving on to the finals. Bootsma's times in London were well off the personal best she swam in the U.S. Olympic trials.
Rachel Bootsma, of Eden Prairie, swam the 11th-fastest qualifying time in the morning heats at the Summer Olympic Games in London. Her time of 1 minute, 00.03 seconds was short her personal best of 59.10, set last month at the Olympic trials, the Star Tribune reports. The top 16 swimmers compete in Sunday’s semifinals, with the eight fastest moving on to the finals Monday. The 100 meter semifinal heats are set for 2:49 p.m. CDT.
Former Gopher and current Lynx star Lindsay Whalen helped the women's U.S. national team win their first basketball game in the London Olympics Saturday, beating Croatia 81-56. Whalen scored nine points in 19 minutes on the court, while her Lynx teammates, Maya Moore and Seimone Augustus, had four and two points, respectively.
21-year-old Susie Scanlan and her coach will travel to London this summer for the 2012 Olympic games. The Star Tribune reports the St. Paul Central grad had a breakthrough performance in February to boost her point standings.