Olympic sports headlines: May 11

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A look at what’s making news in Olympic sports this morning:

Basketball: A look at the state of U.S. men’s basketball with several players dropping out of Olympic consideration. (AP)

Beach Volleyball: The four U.S. pairs going to the Olympics appear close to set with four remaining qualifying events. (Volleyball Magazine)

BoxingA video profile of U.S. Olympic champion Claressa Shields and her hometown of Flint, Mich. (E:60)

Golf: PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem is unconcerned over five golfers (so far) skipping the Rio Games. (AP)

Gymnastics: Olympic all-around favorite Simone Biles in her own words. (Olympic.org)

Gymnastics: Simone Biles and swimmer Missy Franklin are defying the custom of leaving childhood coaches. (Wall Street Journal)

HockeyAlex Ovechkin will join Russia at the World Championship after the Capitals were eliminated from the Stanley Cup Playoffs. (Russia Hockey Federation)

Hockey: Russian president Vladimir Putin scores, falls in all-star hockey game in Sochi. (Guardian)

Paralympics: Two-time swimming gold medalist Brad Snyder is part of the presidential delegation for the Closing Ceremony of the Invictus Games in Orlando. (WhiteHouse.Gov)

Swimming: A profile of rising U.S. Olympic hopeful Caeleb Dressel, a University of Florida sophomore. (USA Today)

Swimming: As expected, four-time Olympic medalist Park Tae-hwan is left off South Korea’s preliminary Olympic team. (Yonhap)

Track and Field: Usain Bolt can’t live without Instagram, Snapchat and dominoes. (Evening Standard)

Track and Field: Olympic decathlon champion Ashton Eaton isn’t a natural at everything. (Spikes)

Track and Field: Two-time Olympic javelin champion Andreas Thorkildsen of Norway has retired. (IAAF)

Triathlon: The final U.S. Olympic women’s spot and all three U.S. men’s spots are on the line in Yokohama on Saturday. (Triathlon.org)

Volleyball: U.S. Olympic star Matt Anderson‘s break from the sport and the meanings of his tattoos. (Orange County Register)

Volleyball: Two-time Brazil Olympic champion Thaisa Menezes says the U.S. is the team to beat in Rio. (UOL)

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VIDEO: Hope Solo says she’s ‘begrudgingly’ going to Rio Olympics

Aksel Lund Svindal, Olympic Alpine champ, has testicular cancer, ‘prognosis good’

Aksel Lund Svindal

Aksel Lund Svindal, a retired Olympic Alpine skiing champion from Norway, said he underwent surgery for testicular cancer and the prognosis “looked very good.”

“Tests, scans and surgery all happened very quickly,” Svindal, 39, wrote on social media. “And already after the first week I knew the prognoses looked very good. All thanks to that first decision to go see a doctor as soon as I suspected something was off.”

Svindal retired in 2019 after winning the Olympic super-G in 2010 and downhill in 2018. He also won five world titles among the downhill, combined and giant slalom and two World Cup overall titles.

Svindal said he felt a change in his body that prompted him to see a doctor.

“The last few weeks have been different,” he wrote. “But I’m able to say weeks and not months because of great medical help, a little luck and a good decision.

“I wasn’t sure what it was, or if it was anything at all. … [I] was quickly transferred to the hospital where they confirmed what the doctor suspected. Testicle cancer.”

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2022 FIBA Women’s World Cup schedule, results

FIBA Women's World Cup

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

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 vs. Mali Group B
4 a.m. Australia vs. Serbia Group B
6:30 a.m. Canada vs. Japan Group B
9:30 p.m. Belgium vs. Bosnia and Herzegovina Group A
11:30 p.m. Mali vs. Serbia Group B
Mon., Sept. 26 12 a.m. USA vs. South Korea Group A
2 a.m. France vs. Japan Group B
3:30 a.m. China vs. Puerto Rico Group A
6:30 a.m. Australia vs. Canada Group B
9:30 p.m. Puerto Rico vs. South Korea Group A
11:30 p.m. Belgium vs. China Group A
Tues., Sept. 27 12 a.m. USA vs. Bosnia and Herzegovina Group A
2 a.m. Canada vs. Mali Group B
3:30 a.m. France vs. Serbia Group B
6:30 a.m. Australia vs. Japan Group B
Wed., Sept. 28 10 p.m. Quarterfinal
Thurs., Sept. 29 12:30 a.m. Quarterfinal
4 a.m. Quarterfinal
6:30 a.m. Quarterfinal
Fri., Sept. 30 3 .m. Semifinal
5:30 a.m. Semifinal
11 p.m. Third-Place Game
Sat., Oct. 1 2 a.m. Final