U.S. women win Junior Pan American wrestling title


Menlo College women's wrestling coach Marcie Van Dusen led the United States to the team title in women's freestyle at the Junior Pan American Championships on Saturday in Sao Paolo, Brazil.

Lady Oaks' freshman Jasmine Yanez placed fifth for the Americans at 112 pounds.

The U.S. was led by gold medalists Emily Webster at 97 pounds and Rachael Shannon at 138.

The United States and Canada were tied in first in the final team standings with 64 points, but the USA won the team title on the second tiebreaker.

"The tie with the USA and Canada went to gold medals which was tied again, then went to pins and the USA won," said Van Dusen, an Olympian. "We are proud of this team."

Yanez earned her spot on the national team after reaching the finals of her division at the FILA Body Bar Women's Junior Nationals in Florida in May.

"This team represented themselves well on and off the mat, they were a pleasure to coach and I expect we will be seeing these women bring back medals from World Championship Teams in the future," Van Dusen said. "I was especially impressed with Rachel Shannon's composure, she is a true competitor, knowing when to turn it up a notch she wrestled smart throughout the tournament."

USA men's basketball

The United States U19 national team meets Canada to open the second round of the FIBA U19 World Championship in Riga, Latvia on Monday.

The defending champions also plays Lithuania and Croatia during the second round.

The USA advanced with wins over Egypt, 115-60, in which Stanford sophomore Anthony Brown scored 10 points, Serbia, 80-78, and China, 82-66. The Americans have shown a balanced scoring attack thus far with guard Joe Jackson averaging 14.3 points, Jeremy Lamb adding 13.3 points, forward Doug McDermott contributing 12.7 points (and 7 rebounds) and Tim Hardaway, Jr. averaging 10.3 points.

"I think we've got to be more consistent offensively and stay away from those stretches where we're soft with the basketball and we just become a jump shot shooting team with hands in our face," U.S. coach Paul Hewitt said. "When we attack the basket and execute our screening action we're going to get drives into the paint which will make the defense have to figure out how they're going to play us - are they gonna take away the drive which should open up threes, and if they try and take away the threes we should be able to attack the basket and attack the rim."

Randy Bennett of St. Mary's College is one of the assistant coaches.  

USA baseball

Stanford junior Mark Appel has yet to allow a run in three appearances for the U.S. Collegiate National Team (8-1), which opens a five-game series with Japan's national team Sunday in Durham.

Cardinal sophomore Brian Ragira appeared in five games, two starts, for the CNT before he was replaced on the roster.

USA men's water polo

Stanford grads Tony Azevedo, Layne Beaubien, Peter Hudnut and Peter Varellas are among the 13 players who will represent the U.S. at the FINA World Championships, which begin July 18 in Shanghai.

The Americans, who finished fourth at the FINA World League Super Final, open with Germany.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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