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1dPat Borzi

Reserves ready to step up for Lynx

While four teammates were helping Team USA win gold in Rio, the rest of Minnesota's roster fine-tuned individual skills and finishing at the rim, which they rarely have time to work on in season.

USA came together quickly to win gold (1:59)
Auriemma, McCoughtry proud of Team USA (0:44)
Augustus tears up talking about hometown, Baton Rouge (1:04)
The Women of Team USA (2:08)
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5dJohnette Howard

No Sue Bird, no problem for U.S. women

Although a bit uncomfortable without their cornerstone point guard Sue Bird, the deeply talented U.S. women's team rolled through France in the semis and into Saturday's final against Spain.

Bird's inspiration pushed Team USA in second half (1:42)
Auriemma says his team is 'on a mission' (4:16)
"Queens of spades" detail life aboard basketball's cruise ship (1:06)
Team USA visits Christ the Redeemer statue (0:27)
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14dMechelle Voepel

At 35, point guard Bird is as good as ever

Sue Bird says her last couple of seasons didn't live up to her standards. So the Seattle star fine-tuned her fitness and diet and proved again why she is the premier point guard for Team USA.

U.S. women's basketball have fun practicing (0:57)
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17dMechelle Voepel

Catchings: 'It's been a dream come true'

She has done it all, from NCAA and WNBA titles to MVP accolades. As her career winds down, 37-year-old Tamika Catchings hopes to add a fourth Olympic gold medal to a legacy defined by hard work.

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The rise of Nneka Ogwumike

Sparks forward Nneka Ogwumike is having an out-of-this-world breakout season -- one FiveThirtyEight says ranks as one of the greatest single-season performances in WNBA history.

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Full coverage: Remembering Pat Summitt

She was one of sports' most accomplished figures but also universally beloved. To say there will never be anyone like Pat Summitt is not hyperbole.


LaChina Robinson @LaChinaRobinson

You will never get what you don't ask for and you definitely won't get what you don't work for! Have a wonderful day beautiful people!

Graham Hays @grahamhays

Last year the Bandits won with Monica Abbott in the circle. This year, Angel Bunner, a veteran signed midway through the season.

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Chicago Bandits upset top-seeded USSSA Pride 2-1 to win NPF championship for the second year in a row.