Steven Holcomb & Co. earn 4-man bronze for U.S.; Russia wins one more gold

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The U.S. women got two bobsled medals at the Sochi Olympics, and today, the U.S. men followed suit.

After taking bronze for the first two-man medal for the U.S. since 1952, driver Steven Holcomb and his “Night Train 2” teammates – Steven Langton, Chris Fogt, and Curt Tomasevicz – brought home another bronze in the four-man this morning.

With that, Holcomb and his two-man partner Langton have not only become the lone Americans to win multiple individual medals in Sochi, but also the first two U.S. bobsledders to medal twice in a single Winter Games since 1952 (Stanley Benham/Patrick Martin).

Meryl Davis and Charlie White are the other Americans with multiple medals in Sochi thanks to their individual gold in ice dancing and a bronze in the team figure skating competition.

The four-man bronze also cements the U.S. sliders as the most decorated of the Sochi Games with seven medals.

While the American bobsled, skeleton and luge competitors did not earn any golds, they got two silvers (Elana Meyers/Lauryn Williams – women’s bobsled; Noelle Pikus-Pace – skeleton) and five bronzes (Holcomb/Langton – two-man; Holcomb/Langton/Fogt/Tomasevicz – four-man; Jamie Greubel/Aja Evans – women’s bobsled; Matt Antoine – skeleton; Erin Hamlin – luge).

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Up front, the Russians added one more gold medal as Alexander Zubkov became the sixth bobsled driver in Olympic history to win the two-man and four-man at a single Winter Olympics and the first since Germany’s Andre Lange pulled it off at Torino in 2006.

With that, Russia earned its 13th gold in Sochi and capped its final overall medal count at 33.

Zubkov and his RUS-1 team won out by .09 of a second over the Latvians, who claimed their first-ever Olympic medal in bobsled with Oskars Melbardis at the controls.

MEN’S BOBSLED – FOUR-MAN FINAL STANDINGS
(Aggregate time across four runs)
1. RUS-1 (Zubkov/Voyevoda/Trunenkov/Negodaylo), 3:40.60

2. LAT-1 (Melbardis/Vilkaste/Dreiskens/Strenga), 3:40.69
3. USA-1 (Holcomb/Langton/Fogt/Tomasevicz), 3:40.99

12. USA-2 (Cunningham/Quinn/Olsen/Robinson), 3:42.70

2022 FIBA Women’s World Cup schedule, results

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The U.S. goes for its fourth consecutive title at the FIBA World Cup in Sydney — and eighth global gold in a row overall when including the Olympics.

A’ja Wilson, a two-time WNBA MVP, and Breanna Stewart, the Tokyo Olympic MVP, headline a U.S. roster that, for the first time since 2000, includes neither Sue Bird (retired) nor Diana Taurasi (injured).

The new-look team includes nobody over the age of 30 for the first time since 1994, before the U.S. began its dynasty at the 1996 Atlanta Games. The Americans have won 52 consecutive games between worlds and the Olympics dating to the 2006 Worlds bronze-medal game.

The field also includes host Australia, the U.S.’ former primary rival, and Olympic silver medalist Japan.

Nigeria, which played the U.S. the closest of any foe in Tokyo (losing by nine points), isn’t present after its federation withdrew the team over governance issues. Spain, ranked second in the world, failed to qualify.

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2022 FIBA Women’s World Cup Schedule, Results

Date Time (ET) Game Round
Wed., Sept. 21 8:30 p.m. Puerto Rico 82, Bosnia and Herzegovina 58 Group A
9:30 p.m. USA 87, Belgium 72 Group A
11 p.m. Canada 67, Serbia 60 Group B
Thurs., Sept. 22 12 a.m. Japan 89, Mali 56 Group B
3:30 a.m. China 107, South Korea 44 Group A
6:30 a.m. France 70, Australia 57 Group B
8:30 p.m. USA 106, Puerto Rico 42 Group A
10 p.m. Serbia 69, Japan 64 Group B
11 p.m. Belgium 84, South Korea 61 Group A
Fri., Sept. 23 12:30 a.m. China 98, Bosnia and Herzegovina 51 Group A
4 a.m. Canada 59, France 45 Group B
6:30 a.m. Australia 118, Mali 58 Group B
Sat., Sept. 24 12:30 a.m. USA 77, China 63 Group A
4 a.m. South Korea 99, Bosnia and Herzegovina 66 Group A
6:30 a.m. Belgium 68, Puerto Rico 65 Group A
Sun., Sept. 25 12:30 a.m. France 74, Mali 59 Group B
4 a.m. Australia 69, Serbia 54 Group B
6:30 a.m. Canada 70, Japan 56 Group B
9:30 p.m. Belgium 85, Bosnia and Herzegovina 55 Group A
11:30 p.m. Serbia 81, Mali 68 Group B
Mon., Sept. 26 12 a.m. USA 145, South Korea 69 Group A
2 a.m. France 67, Japan 53 Group B
3:30 a.m. China 95, Puerto Rico 60 Group A
6:30 a.m. Australia 75, Canada 72 Group B
9:30 p.m. Puerto Rico 92, South Korea 73 Group A
11:30 p.m. China 81, Belgium 55 Group A
Tues., Sept. 27 12 a.m. USA 121, Bosnia and Herzegovina 59 Group A
2 a.m. Canada 88, Mali 65 Group B
3:30 a.m. Serbia 68, France 62 Group B
6:30 a.m. Australia 71, Japan 54 Group B
Wed., Sept. 28 10 p.m. USA 88, Serbia 55 Quarterfinals
Thurs., Sept. 29 12:30 a.m. Canada 79, Puerto Rico 60 Quarterfinals
4 a.m. China 85, France 71 Quarterfinals
6:30 a.m. Australia 86, Belgium 69 Quarterfinals
Fri., Sept. 30 3 a.m. USA 83, Canada 43 Semifinals
5:30 a.m. Australia vs. China Semifinals
11 p.m. Third-Place Game
Sat., Oct. 1 2 a.m. Final

Joel Embiid gains U.S. citizenship, mum on Olympic nationality

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Philadelphia 76ers All-Star center Joel Embiid said he is now a U.S. citizen and it’s way too early to think about what nation he would represent at the Olympics.

“I just want to be healthy and win a championship and go from there,” he said, according to The Associated Press.

Embiid, 28, was born in Cameroon and has never competed in a major international tournament. In July, he gained French nationality, a step toward being able to represent that nation at the 2024 Paris Olympics.

In the spring, French media reported that Embiid started the process to become eligible to represent France in international basketball, quoting national team general manager Boris Diaw.

Embiid was second in NBA MVP voting this season behind Serbian Nikola Jokic. He was the All-NBA second team center.

What nation Embiid represents could have a major impact on the Paris Games.

In Tokyo, a French team led by another center, Rudy Gobert, handed the U.S. its first Olympic defeat since 2004. That was in group play. The Americans then beat the French in the gold-medal game 87-82.

That France team had five NBA players to the U.S.’ 12: Nicolas BatumEvan FournierTimothe Luwawu-CabarrotFrank Ntilikina and Gobert.

Anthony Davis, who skipped the Tokyo Olympics, is the lone U.S. center to make an All-NBA team in the last five seasons. In that time, Embiid made four All-NBA second teams and Gobert made three All-NBA third teams.

No Olympic team other than the U.S. has ever had two reigning All-NBA players on its roster.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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