Fourth-Place Medal
  • The United States basketball players and coach Geno Auriemma, right, pose with their trophy and gold medals following their victory over Spain in Basketball Championship for Women's final at Fenerbahce Arena in Istanbul, Turkey, Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014. Maya Moore scored 18 points and the U.S. beat Spain 77-64 to win its second straight gold medal in the championship. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)The United States basketball players and coach Geno Auriemma, right, pose with their trophy and gold medals following their victory over Spain in Basketball Championship for Women's final at Fenerbahce Arena in Istanbul, Turkey, Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014. Maya Moore scored 18 points and the U.S. beat Spain 77-64 to win its second straight gold medal in the championship. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)They've only been playing together for about a month, but that was enough time for the U.S. women's basketball team to reach world championship caliber. Surprising no one, Team USA won the 2014 FIBA World Championship in Istanbul on Sunday by defeating Spain 77-64. 

    The team never trailed in the game and held a 10-point lead by the end of the first quarter.

    Perhaps it's easy to build team chemistry when four of the five starters played for the same college coach. Sue Bird, Diana Taurasi, Maya Moore and Tina Charles all played for U.S. head coach Geno Auriemma at UConn, and the fifth starter was world championship newcomer Brittney Griner.

    "Whenever you can win a gold medal and it's a tough journey, everyone's happy. I'm definitely proud of this team," Bird told the USA Basketball website. Bird became the first woman to win four medals at the FIBA World Championship. She has three golds and one bronze.

    Moore, who was this year's WNBA MVP, had 18 points in the final, enough to earn her

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  • IOC President Thomas Bach of Germany speaks during the announcement of the 2022 Olympic Winter Games host candidates. (AP)IOC President Thomas Bach of Germany speaks during the announcement of the 2022 Olympic Winter Games host candidates. (AP)The International Olympic Committee might not get to decide what city will host the 2022 Winter Olympics. Apparently, no one wants the honor.

    Oslo, Norway, is the latest city to drop its bid, announcing on Wednesday that the government will not financially support it. Cost of the games was estimated to be around $5.4 billion.

    That brings the list of dropouts to four, including Lviv, Ukraine (citing political unrest), Stockholm, Sweden (no government support) and Krakow, Poland (referendum vote revealed 70 percent of residents weren't interested).

    "It's important to get broad support for such an expensive project and there is not enough to carry through such an expensive project," Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg told NRK television. "Without enthusiasm, it's not natural to carry this through."

    Before the official bidding period even started, residents in Switzerland and Germany also voted against pursuing bids.

    It's hardly surprising, considering the price tags of the Games:

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  • Michael Phelps competes at the Pan Pacific Championships in Australia on August 24, 2014 (AFP Photo/Michael Hamilton)Michael Phelps competes at the Pan Pacific Championships in Australia on August 24, 2014 (AFP Photo/Michael Hamilton)Michael Phelps, the winningest Olympian of all time, has been arrested for DUI in Baltimore, police are reporting. Maryland Transit Authority police arrested Phelps about 1:40 a.m. in the Fort McHenry Tunnel on I-95.

    “A Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) Police Officer was operating stationary radar on southbound I-395 leaving Baltimore City when a White 2014 Land Rover entered the radar’s area of influence at excessive speed (84 mph in a 45 mph zone)," the MDTA said in a statement. "The officer followed the vehicle onto northbound I-95, through the tunnel and initiated an enforcement stop just beyond the tunnel’s toll plaza. Mr. Phelps was identified as the driver by his driver’s license and appeared to be under the influence. He was unable to perform satisfactorily a series of standard field sobriety tests. Mr. Phelps was cooperative throughout the process.”

    Phelps was charged with driving under the influence, excessive speed, and crossing double lane lines, and was later

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  • Team USA defeated Canada 76-51 Monday night in its first exhibition game of the pre-world championship circuit. Leading by four at the half, the U.S. scored 13 points to open the third quarter. Veterans Sue Bird and Lindsay Whalen sparked the go-ahead run, and Tina Charles contributed seven points.

    Newcomers Skylar Diggins and Odyssey Sims showed that they're ready to contribute in Turkey, if they make the final cut. Sims hit a 3-pointer at the third-quarter buzzer, giving the U.S. a 57-41 advantage.

    "I thought the young guys, when they came in, gave us a lot of energy. They really changed the tempo of the game and we were able to extend our defense a little bit," coach Geno Auriemma told ESPN.

    The game was a good chemistry test for the team, as the women only started playing together last week. Some of the

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  • Apolo Ohno became the most decorated American winter athlete by winning eight Olympic medals – two of them gold – in short-track speed skating, a high-speed, collision-filled sport compared to NASCAR on ice.

    So it's no surprise that Ohno, who retired from speed skating after the 2010 Vancouver Games, would pursue something even crazier than racing around an oval on skates with extremely sharp, 16-to-18-inch blades for his latest post-Olympics athletic endeavor.

    On Oct. 11, Ohno will take part in a triathlon, but it won't be just any triathlon. It'll be the Ironman World Championship, the world's most grueling endurance race, in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.

    "Why the most coveted race in all of endurance races on the planet in the most brutal conditions? For that exact reason," Ohno told Yahoo Sports while promoting his Built With Chocolate Milk campaign.

    "Because it is the most difficult race, because the conditions are so brutal and because it's so far of a departure from what I'm normally

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