Kudos to Nancy Lieberman who, at age 50, showed her stuff in an appearance for the suspension and injury-depleted Detroit Shock last night. She scored no points, but made a no-look pass that brought the house down!
The Shock and the LA Sparks were both seriously understaffed due to suspensions and both lost their games last night. In a further blow, the first-place Shock lost Cheryl Ford for the season after she suffered a knee injury in Tuesday’s altercation. On a more upbeat note, the final three slots on the US Women’s Olympic Basketball Team were announced yesterday:
A pair of Olympic gold medalists, Tamika Catchings (Indiana Fever) and DeLisha Milton-Jones (Los Angeles Sparks), along with Kara Lawson (Sacramento Monarchs), were named today by USA Basketball to the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team.
I am especially psyched to see Kara Lawson on that list. Long a player-favorite of mine, I’ve loved her off-season analysis skills during the women’s college b-ball season and NCAA tournament, too!
On the soccer front, we’ve got some very nice articles this morning about Heather O’Reilly and also Aly Wagner. With the injury to Wambach, these midfielders become even more important in the scheme of things, and if Wagner, in particular, can put it together and cash in on her great potential, she could make a huge difference in Beijing. I loved what she had to say about what Sundhage brings …
Since returning, Wagner has seen new energy surrounding the U.S. team. She attributes it to Sundhage, who was hired to coach the Olympic team after the Americans stumbled to third place at the 2007 World Cup under Greg Ryan. Wagner calls it a joie de vivre “that’s contagious. It brings out the best in this team.”
Speaking of Pia – here’s a great video about the team’s recent trip to Sweden. This was posted on You-Tube by Martynnny – who I believe hales from Poland (not sure why I believe that, but I do!) … and who’s put up a lot of excellent USWNT stuff in recent months. Check it all out – and kudo’s to Martynnny for the great work!