USA Basketball, Oregon State, club ball news

The U17 team shut down Japan yesterday, 133-71. That’s the most ridiculous score I’ve ever heard. Chris Hansen’s story is terrific. USA plays Spain Friday.

The FIBA site did a nice feature on parents who travel the world to follow their daughters.

Eugene-based KEZI interviewed Oregon State Coach Scott Rueck, and discussed his monumental task of rebuilding the program from the basement up. Somehow the University has found the money to pay Rueck $210,000 annually. Hey, I’d be smiling too.

Wrapping up the first half of July’s recruiting period, ESPN’s Mark Lewis profiles the top players of the Battle of the Boro.

Lisa Bodine chronicles the athletes of the Run for the Roses tourney in Kentucky.

And in WNBA news, the Mystics beat the Dream tonight, which puts the teams in a tie for first place in the Eastern Conference.