Golden girls: US wins 3rd straight women’s hoops World Cup

first_imgThe pair has been a key part of all three titles and hasn’t lost a World Cup game in nearly 12 years, including Sunday night’s 73-56 win over Australia in the gold medal game.“It means a lot. I was saying yesterday in the press conference that there’s this misconception out there that this is easy for us,” Bird said. “I get it, because the scores can say that at times. But this isn’t easy. We’re thrown together and need to figure it out on the fly. We need to peak at the right time. It’s extremely satisfying when we get it done.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissBird now is the most decorated athlete in World Cup history, winning four gold medals and one bronze.“I don’t know if I can put it in perspective because I’m still in it,” Bird said. LATEST STORIES Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal View comments Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum The victory gave the U.S. 10 World Cup gold medals and was the 22nd win in a row overall for the Americans dating back to the bronze medal game in 2006. That was the same year that Australia won its only World Cup title. The Americans lost to Russia in the semifinals and haven’t lost since in the World Cup or Olympics. The win also made Dawn Staley the first person ever to win a World Cup title as a player, assistant and head coach.The U.S. didn’t have its entire team together until a few days before the tournament started as Bird, Breanna Stewart and Jewell Loyd were winning the WNBA championship with the Seattle Storm. Stewart, who was the WNBA regular season and postseason MVP, added the MVP of the World Cup to her resume after scoring 10 points in the championship game.“It’s been an incredible few months, that’s for sure,” Stewart said. “The biggest thing about it all is it’s all focused on the team and having the team win.”Brittney Griner scored 15 points to lead the U.S. and anchored a stellar defensive effort against Liz Cambage. Australia’s star center came into the game averaging 27.2 points in the tournament, but was held to just seven.She remained the No. 1 enemy of the Spanish fans, who jeered and whistled every time she touched the ball. Cambage keyed Australia’s win over the host nation in the semifinals. Spain won the bronze medal, beating Belgium 67-60 earlier Sunday.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Taurasi, who scored 13 points, helped the U.S. get off to a strong start with a 10-0 lead. Australia could only get within three the rest of the way. It was the first time in the tournament that the U.S. didn’t trail in a game.“It was huge,” Stewart said about the fast start. “Dee (Taurasi) was talking about being the aggressors as Australia’s used to punching first. Today we were going to punch them first. That’s what we did. We rode on that momentum the rest of the game. That’s something they hadn’t seen this whole tournament.”The U.S. led 35-27 at the half and didn’t give Australia any chance to come back, scoring the first nine points of the third quarter.This was Australia’s best finish at the World Cup since 2006.“To beat the USA we had to play really good defense and rebound,” Australia coach Sandy Brondello said. “We contested a lot of shots, but they found too many shooters.”FLAG FLAPAs the flags of the three medalists were being raised during the playing of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” Australia’s fell down midway through the song. It drew some laughs and shocked expressions from the Opal players. Cambage tweeted, “our shots didn’t fall but our flag did.”TIP-INSThe Americans remained unbeaten against Australia in Olympic and World Cup games, improving to 18-0. In the World Cup, the U.S. has 11 wins over Australia, although this was the first time the teams had met in the final. … Brondello joined a select group of people to win a World Cup medal as both a coach and player. She starred for the Australians as a player in the 1990s before taking over the coaching job this year. … With the win, the U.S. earns an automatic spot in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. FIBA is changing the qualifying format next year for the Olympics and World Cup. … The Soviet Union won a record five World Cups titles from 1959 to 1975. … Since the 1996 Olympic Games, the USA Basketball Women’s National Team program will have posted a 100-1 record in major international competitions, winning six consecutive Olympic gold medals (1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016), five FIBA World Cup golds (1998, 2002, 2010, 2014, 2018), one FIBA World Cup bronze medal (2006) and one FIBA Americas Championship gold medal (2007).RECORD BREAKER Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Europe finishes off dominant week to win back Ryder Cup Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? United States players celebrate after winning the Women’s basketball World Cup final match between Australia and the U.S.A. in Tenerife, Spain, Sunday Sept. 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Andres Gutierrez)SAN CRISTOBAL DE LA LAGUNA, Spain — Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi shared a hug as the final seconds ran down on a third straight World Cup championship.The longtime USA Basketball teammates had accomplished another piece of history together.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Bird passed Staley’s career U.S. mark for most assists at the World Cup. Bird fittingly got the record-breaking assist on a 3-pointer by Taurasi, her teammate since their days at UConn in the early 2000s.Staley had 103 in her three World Cups while Bird now has 107. The U.S. coach had joked after the semifinal win that she would sit Bird for the gold medal game to keep the record. Bird arguably had it easier than Staley because FIBA changed the way it counted assists in 2014, giving one to a player if her pass led to free throws.SCOREBOARDSpain beat Belgium 67-60 to win the bronze medal. Canada edged Nigeria 73-72 to finish seventh while France topped China 81-67 to come in fifth.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player awardlast_img read more


first_imgRAPHOE LOCAL NOTESWeek ending Friday 17th August 2012AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAMME REGISTRATIONWith the impending re-opening of schools following the summer break, registration for the afterschool programme will take place on Thursday 30th August from 3-5pm and again on Tuesday 4th September from 3-5pm. Registration fee to cover insurance requirements is as follows- €5 per single child; €8 for two children and €10 for three or more. Please note there will be limited places. The afterschool programme will re-commence on Tuesday 11th September with 3rd & 4th Classes from 3-4pm followed by 5th & 6th Classes from 4-5pm. Wednesday 12th September-Junior & Senior Infants from 2-3pm; 1st & 2nd Classes from 3-4pm and Youth Cafe from 7-9pm; Thursday 13th September-Junior & Senior Infants from 2-3pm and 1st & 2nd Classes from 3-4pm. TRAINING FOR TRANSFORMATIONIn 1999 the Family Resource Centre (then Raphoe Youth & Community Project) brought the Training for Transformation Programme to Raphoe. At that time 20 community leaders/activists participated in the training over several months. Training for Transformation is built on the idea of building a “temporary learning community”, and by doing so, learning the tools of building a sense of community in our own places built on three distinct realities; that everyone feels a sense of being safe and accepted, that everyone feels they are important, significant and has a part to play, that everyone feels a common bond, a sense of solidarity.Training for Transformation is ideal for developing leadership capacity at grassroots level, creating and deepening a sense of community among diverse groups, particularly those with a history of conflict, and developing skills for community building by experience, a process that is inclusive, participative and built around fostering human relationships.Partners, the community education agency working in Ireland for over 25 years and who delivered the programme in Raphoe in 1999 is now keen to return to Raphoe and East Donegal to run the Programme again and are in the process of drafting an application to the Department of Foreign Affairs. To support that application Partners are keen to base the application on the needs of groups around East Donegal, and will visit the area shortly to hear first hand the needs of local organisations.In the meantime, if you are interested in participating in the training please contact Tony on 074 9145796.BORDER VILLAGES SOCIAL INTEGRATION PROJECT:Raphoe Family Resource Centre in conjunction with the Border Villages Social Integration Project is hosting a facilitated discussion at 7.30pm on Tuesday 11th August on the following themes: belonging, fitting in, identity, feeling welcome, feeling at home, being a ‘blow in’, creating a diverse community where all are welcome.If you are someone who has recently moved to or back to the Raphoe/Convoy areas then this discussion might be of interest to you. If you are a longstanding member of either community that people have moved in to and wish to help support the creation of a diverse community then please feel free to come along. The discussion should last for about two hours and will be facilitated by Owen Donnelly of the Peace and Reconciliation Group, Derry. Light refreshments will be available.The Border Villages Social Integration Project is supported by the European Union’s European Regional Development Fund through the EU Programme for Peace and Reconciliation managed for the Special EU Programme Body by Donegal Co. Council.FROM STORMONT TO LEINSTER HOUSE TO BRUSSELS!Following on from its trips to Stormont and Leinster House the Speaking Up Reaching Out Project for people with disabilities, facilitated by Raphoe Family Resource Centre and Mencap Western Area, the participants permission has been sought by Dr Pauline Conroy, independent policy analyst, to take photographic images to be used as a visual backdrop to a presentation she is making to the European Economic and Social Committee in Brussels. Her presentation, “Included or Excluded” to the Labour Market Observatory Conference to take place in November will address the labour market inclusion/exclusion of people with disabilities.Dr Conroy previously carried out an evaluation of the FRC’s “Making Choices Programme” for people with disabilities on behalf of the then Dept of Social & Family Affairs, an evaluation that recommended that the delivery mechanism of the programme be replicated by any other organization proposing to work with people with disabilities. Dr Conroy will visit the Speaking Up Reaching Out Group on Friday 7th September.The Speaking Up Reaching Out Project is by the European Union INTERREG IVA Programme managed by the Special EU Programme Body and delivered by Co-operation and Working Together (CAWT) Community Awareness Programme.ASIST REFRESHERThe Family Resource Centre will be hosting a 3 hour refresher workshop for those who previously participated in Asist training within the past 18 –24 months.The workshop will be held on Thursday 4th October from 7–10pm. Tea/coffee available. To book a place please contact 074 9145796. HEALTHY WALKS Following the success of our walking group on Thursday mornings, thanks to Joe Porter we are also starting walks on Thursday nights, meeting here in the Centre at 7.15pm. If anyone is interested in coming along, please do. Walks take place at 9.30am and at 7.15pm.ARE YOU A PARENT OR GUARDIAN OF A CHILD WITH DELAYED COMMUNICATION OR LEARNING SKILLS?Raphoe Family Resource Centre are providing the opportunity for local parents or guardians of pre-school children to spend a Thursday morning from 10.30am -12 noon participating in fun activities, working on social skills, and establishing and maintaining friendships. Siblings welcome.If you would like further information please contact Melanie on 074 9145796RAPHOE CUB SCOUTSRaphoe Cub Scouts ages 9 to 11, registration night on Thursday 6th September from 7pm -8.30pm in the Presbyterian Church Hall Raphoe. Adult and child are both to attend for 20 minutes.BOXING CLUBThe Raphoe boxing club is now back in full swing after the summer break and training sessions take place every Monday – Wednesday and Friday nights from 6pm -8pm when all new and former members (boys and girls) are very welcome along.Everyone at the Raphoe club would like to extend best wishes to local business woman Annie Friel who celebrated her 90th birthday last week and wish her many more years of good health and happiness.During the summer break the Raphoe club erected a new extension at the clubhouse which consists of new showers, toilets and changing rooms and a very special thanks goes out to our main contractor Mike Kelly (Sheercloon Developments), local architect and planner Paul Quinn Tullyvinney for his efficient and professional services, to Cllr. Frank McBrearty and Senator Jimmy Harte for all their help and to the local business people and wider Raphoe community for their continued financial support in all our fundraising events.RUNNING GROUPThe new running group is continuing in Raphoe every Monday, meeting at the Royal and Prior school car park at 7 pm. This group is suitable for beginners and intermediate runners. Fee: €3 per person per session. For more information contact Gerard mc Granaghan at 0862117980. RE-CYCLING OF CANS AND GLASS IN RAPHOEDonegal County Council wish to inform members of the public that the glass and can recycling facilities in Raphoe have been relocated to Raphoe Hardware, Lifford Road, Raphoe Opening Hours: Monday – Saturday 8.30am – 5.30pm.The Bring banks are now located in the Raphoe Hardware car park near to the entrance of the shop. Thank You.RAPHOE FRIDAY SENIORS CLUB:Raphoe Friday Seniors Club meets every Friday in the Volt House Hall from 10.30am until 1pm. Come along and enjoy the tea and craic. New members welcome. For further information please call the Volt House on 9173966 or just call in any Friday. You will be very welcome.Community News or Items of Interest for the “Raphoe People” may be emailed to Harriet at [email protected] or to Lisa [email protected] Thank You.Please note that all notes should be placed in the box provided in Raphoe Post Office by a Thursday before 4.00 p.m. or alternatively can be dropped into Raphoe Family Resource Centre or e-mailed to [email protected] every Thursday to meet the print deadline. 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