There are a lot of reasons to visit New Orleans -- from the food to the nightlife to the pure fun -- but coaches and players know there's another really good reason: Basketball on the Bayou, an annual tournament that draws the best young players in the South. During its ten-year run, Basketball on the Bayou has hosted more than 60 McDonald's All-Americans, including Maya Moore, Brittney Griner, Tina Charles, Epiphanny Prince and Nneka Ogwumike, and this year's 10th annual gathering will feature the usual top-drawer talent.
After steamrolling Croatia, 109-55, in Istanbul, Turkey, on Saturday, in a game that was all but over after the first quarter, Team USA encountered some stiff opposition from Turkey in Sunday's final pre-Olympic warmup. Turkey, along with Croatia, earned the right to compete in its first Olympics in women's basketball by making it to the quarterfinals at last month's 2012 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament for Women, but the two exhibition matches could not have been more different.
One week before the Opening Ceremonies of the London 2012 Olympic Games, Brazil's hopes for a return to the medal stand in women's basketball in London suffered a major setback Friday, as star wing Iziane Castro Marques was cut from the senior women's Olympic team for disciplinary reasons.
The Confederacão Brasileira de Basketball (CBB), the governing body for men's and women's Brazilian national team basketball, issued a terse announcement Friday, confirming Castro Marques' dismissal from the team. Translated, the announcement reads: