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Analyzing U.S. women’s basketball roster for World Championships

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The U.S. women’s basketball roster for the FIBA World Championships was finalized Tuesday, including Brittney Griner for the first time at a major tournament along with seven Olympians among 12 players overall.

The U.S. opens group play against China on Wednesday.

Here’s the team:

Guards
Sue Bird (Seattle Storm) — Olympian (2004, 2008, 2012)
Odyssey Sims (Tulsa Shock)
Diana Taurasi (Phoenix Mercury) — Olympian (2004, 2008, 2012)
Lindsay Whalen (Minnesota Lynx) — Olympian (2012)

Forwards
Seimone Augustus (Minnesota Lynx) — Olympian (2008, 2012)
Candice Dupree (Phoenix Mercury)
Angel McCoughtry (Atlanta Dream) — Olympian (2012)
Maya Moore (Minnesota Lynx) — Olympian (2012)
Nnemkadi Ogwumike (Los Angeles Sparks)
Breanna Stewart (University of Connecticut)

Centers
Tina Charles (New York Liberty) — Olympian (2012)
Brittney Griner (Phoenix Mercury)

Some notes:

*Bird, the oldest team member at 33, is the first U.S. woman to make four World Championships teams. If she makes the Rio Olympics for her fourth Games, she would be the oldest U.S. Olympic women’s basketball player since Lisa Leslie in 2008. Only Teresa Edwards has played for the U.S. in five Olympic basketball tournaments.

*Stewart, the only college player on the team and a rising UConn junior, is the youngest member at 20 years old. If she makes the Rio Olympics, she would be the youngest U.S. Olympic women’s basketball player since 1988, when the oldest player was 26, according to sports-reference.com.

*The 2012 Olympians not on the 2014 World Championships team are: Tamika Catchings (35), Swin Cash (35), Asjha Jones (34), Sylvia Fowles (28) and Candace Parker (28). Catchings withdrew due to injuries from the WNBA season. Fowles is out with a foot injury. Parker is out with a knee injury.

*Two young players to remember who were not on the 2012 Olympic or 2014 World Championships teams are Skylar Diggins and Elena Delle Donne. Diggins, the former Notre Dame star and 2013 WNBA No. 3 overall pick by the Tulsa Shock, was one of three players cut over the weekend (Jantel Lavender was the final cut Tuesday). Delle Donne, the former Delaware star and 2013 WNBA No. 2 overall pick by the Chicago Sky, withdrew from the national team earlier this month due to injury.

*Ten of the 12 women on the 2010 World Championships roster made the 2012 Olympic team.

*Eight of the 12 women on the 2006 World Championships roster made the 2008 Olympic team.

The FIBA World Championships winner will earn a berth in the 2016 Olympic tournament. If the U.S. does not win, it can still get into the Olympics by winning the 2015 FIBA Americas title.

France beat the U.S. 76-72 in an exhibition on Sunday, the first defeat for the Americans since 2011. The U.S. had crushed France by 36 points in the 2012 Olympic final for its fifth straight gold.

Rio Olympic logo revealed for Team Brazil

NBA participation in Tokyo Olympics could be limited, Adam Silver says

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NBA commissioner Adam Silver said the Tokyo Olympics’ effect on the league’s schedule planning for 2021 is unclear, but that it’s possible that Olympic participation may be limited.

“There are a lot of great U.S. players, and we may be up against a scenario where the top 15 NBA players aren’t competing in the Olympics, but other great American players are competing,” Silver told Bob Costas on CNN on Tuesday. “Obviously, there are many NBA players who participate in the Olympics from other countries. That’s something we’re going to have to work through. I just say, lastly, these are highly unique and unusual circumstances. I think, just as it is for the Olympic movement, it is for us as well. We’re just going to have to sort of find a way to meld and mesh those two competing considerations.”

Silver said his best guess is that the next NBA season starts in January with a goal of a standard 82-game schedule and playoffs. A schedule has not been released.

In normal NBA seasons that start in late October, the regular season runs to mid-April and the NBA Finals into mid-June.

The Tokyo Olympic Opening Ceremony is July 23. If an NBA season is pushed back two or three months to a January start, and the schedule is not condensed, the Olympics would start while the NBA playoffs are happening.

The current NBA season is in the conference finals phase in an Orlando-area bubble after a four-month stoppage due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“It is a factor in our planning,” Silver said of the Olympics. “It would be tough for us to make a decision in January based on the Olympics happening on schedule when that’s so unclear.”

The NBA has participated in every Olympics since the 1992 Barcelona Games. Monday was the 29th anniversary of the announcement of the first 10 members of the original Dream Team on an NBC selection show (hosted by Costas).

Before the NBA era, U.S. Olympic men’s basketball teams consisted of college players.

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2020 French Open TV, live stream schedule

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Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams can each tie Grand Slam singles titles records at the French Open, with daily live coverage among NBC Sports, Peacock and Tennis Channel.

NBC coverage starts Sunday with first-round action at Roland Garros, its 38th straight year covering the event. Tennis Channel airs the majority of weekday coverage. Peacock, NBC Universal’s new streaming service, has middle weekend broadcasts.

All NBC TV coverage alo streams on NBCSports.com/live and the NBC Sports app.

Nadal is the primary men’s storyline, favored to tie Roger Federer‘s male record of 20 major titles and extend his own record of 12 French Open crowns. Federer is absent after knee operations earlier this year.

The Spaniard’s primary competition is top-ranked Novak Djokovic, the 2016 French Open champion whose only defeat in 2020 was a U.S. Open default for hitting a ball that struck a linesperson in the throat.

Williams bids again to match the overall Grand Slam singles mark of 24 held by Australian Margaret Court. Williams, a three-time French Open champion, lost in the third and fourth round the last two years and is coming off a U.S. Open semifinal exit.

The women’s field is led by 2018 champion Simona Halep but lacks defending champion Ash Barty of Australia, not traveling due to the coronavirus pandemic. Also out: U.S. Open winner Naomi Osaka, citing a sore hamstring and tight turnaround from prevailing in New York two weeks ago.

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French Open TV Schedule

Date Time (ET) Network Round
Sunday, Sept. 27 5 a.m.-3 p.m. Tennis Channel First Round
12-3 p.m. NBC
Monday, Sept. 28 5 a.m.-3 p.m. Tennis Channel First Round
Tuesday, Sept. 29 5 a.m.-3 p.m. Tennis Channel First Round
Wednesday, Sept. 30 5 a.m.-3 p.m. Tennis Channel Second Round
Thursday, Oct. 1 5 a.m.-3 p.m. Tennis Channel Second Round
Friday, Oct. 2 5 a.m.-3 p.m. Tennis Channel Third Round
Saturday, Oct. 3 5 a.m.-12 p.m. Tennis Channel Third Round
11 a.m. Peacock
Sunday, Oct. 4 5 a.m.-12 p.m. Tennis Channel Fourth Round
11 a.m. Peacock
Monday, Oct. 5 5 a.m.-3 p.m. Tennis Channel Fourth Round
11 a.m. Peacock
Tuesday, Oct. 6 6 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tennis Channel Quarterfinals
Wednesday, Oct. 7 6 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tennis Channel Quarterfinals
Thursday, Oct. 8 5 a.m.-2 p.m. Tennis Channel Women’s Semis
11 a.m. NBC, NBCSN
Friday, Oct. 9 5 a.m.-4 p.m. Tennis Channel Men’s Semis
11 a.m. NBC, NBCSN
Saturday, Oct. 10 9 a.m. NBC Women’s Final
Sunday, Oct. 11 9 a.m. NBC Men’s Final