Lisa Leslie had 15 points and 12 rebounds, and Tamika Catchings added 12 points and 11 boards to lead the US Olympic team to a 74-58 victory over the WNBA All-Stars last night at Radio City Music Hall in New York.
Tina Thompson scored 11 points, and Yolanda Griffith had 11 points and a game-high 15 rebounds for the US in its final game before the Olympians, expected to dominate in Athens, head to Europe this weekend.
Mwadi Mabika scored 11 points -- all in the second half -- and Cheryl Ford added 10 for the WNBA All-Stars, who were overmatched by their bigger opponents. The US, comprised of most of the best players in the WNBA, outrebounded the All-Stars, 62-30. The US team, playing without the injured Sheryl Swoopes and Katie Smith, wore its national team uniforms, while the All-Stars each wore their road uniforms.The US, 13-0 earlier this year in exhibitions against international and professional club teams, begin Olympic play against New Zealand Aug. 14.Board to meet The International Olympic Committee executive board will meet this weekend to examine new accusations of influence peddling in bidding for the Games and consider stripping the United States's 1,600-meter relay team -- including Michael Johnson -- of 2000 Olympic gold medals for an earlier drug violation.
International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge promised to take "the necessary action" to deal with charges of vote-buying made in a BBC television program.
The "Panorama" show secretly filmed four agents who claimed they could secure votes -- for a fee -- of IOC members in the campaign for the 2012 Summer Games. One IOC member, Bulgaria's Ivan Slavkov, was shown discussing how votes could be bought. The IOC board also will review the case of the US relay team in Sydney. The International Association of Athletics Federations ruled last month that the medals should be stripped because one team member, Jerome Young, was improperly cleared of a doping offense before the Games.Greene confident American Maurice Greene confidently predicted he will retain his Olympic 100-meter crown in Athens. "Do I need another gold? I wouldn't say I necessarily need it, but I'm going to get it," Greene said. Greene has suffered defeats in two races in the past two weeks. He blamed both on poor starts. "I'm working on the start of my race and I think we are getting close to it," he said . . . Torri Edwards and Gail Devers are not participating in a relay camp this week in Munich to help determine the members of the US's women's 400-meter team. Edwards qualified for the Olympics in the 100 and 200 meters but faces a possible two-year ban for a doping violation. US Olympic women's coach Sue Humphrey said she has had no contact with Edwards, her agent, Emanuel Hudson, or her coach, John Smith. Her absence from the camp "pretty much excludes her" from the relay even if she is not suspended, Humphrey said. Devers, competing in her fifth Olympics, was asked to come to the camp but declined, saying the spot should go to one of the younger sprinters . . . The Opening Ceremonies Aug. 13 in Athens will re-create ancient Greece's connection to the sea, reportedly using a replica of a ship and mythological figures. The Closing Ceremonies will include traditional Greek dances and a wedding, along with light-carrying performers dressed in black to symbolize the galaxy.