Phil Dalhausser, Nick Lucena win Hamburg title; U.S. Olympic teams confirmed

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Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena knocked off three Olympic medal contenders en route to the most impressive of their five FIVB World Tour titles in Hamburg, Germany, this weekend.

They beat countrymen Jake Gibb and Casey Patterson in the quarterfinals Saturday, top-ranked Brazilians Alison and Bruno in the semifinals Sunday and the Netherlands’ Alexander Brouwer and Robert Meeuwsen 29-27, 21-12 in the final later Sunday.

Dalhausser and Lucena consolidated their Olympic medal favorite status, after failing to make the round of 16 in Moscow in their last event.

Moscow marked the first time Dalhausser and Lucena failed to reach the quarterfinals in 12 FIVB World Tour events together since reuniting last summer, a decade after they last played together.

“We really wanted to make a statement and say, hey, we just had a bad tournament, and we wanted to come out strong this week,” Dalhausser said Sunday. “We shouldn’t get 17ths [place finishes]. We want to be in the semifinal every time. Once we’re in the semifinal, everyone has a chance to win.”

Dalhausser, a 2008 Olympic champion with Todd Rogers, and Lucena were then confirmed by USA Volleyball as one of four U.S. Olympic beach volleyball pairs for RioKerri Walsh Jennings and April RossLauren Fendrick and Brooke Sweat and Gibb and Patterson were also confirmed as Rio Olympians on Sunday.

All four pairs mathematically qualified for the Olympics earlier this spring.

The average age of Dalhausser, Lucena, Gibb, Patterson, Walsh Jennings, Ross, Fendrick and Sweat is 35, making it the oldest U.S. Olympic beach volleyball contingent of all time. Beach volleyball debuted at the 1996 Atlanta Games.

On Saturday, Walsh Jennings and Ross lost their semifinal to Germans Laura Ludwig and Kira Walkenhorst and their third-place match to Brazilians Larissa and Talita, two of their biggest rivals for Rio Olympic gold.

That snapped Walsh Jennings and Ross’ winning streak of three straight FIVB World Tour events dating to April.

The FIVB World Tour continues in Poland this week.

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

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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

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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

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