The Games of the XXXI Olympiad are upon us

It’s time for the Games of the XXXI Olympiad opening ceremoniestomorrow, can you believe it?

Olympic Team news:

Team captains Tamika Catchings, Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi can make it four straight gold medals this summer.

Though strongly favored, the team takes nothing for granted in Rio.

Coach Geno Auriemma says expectations are “through the roof.”

Minnesota’s championship nucleus hopes to have the same success in Rio.

The UConn Olympic contingent is aiming high.

Team members have a combined 17 gold medals.

Their exhibition dominance shows they’re the real “dream team.”

More on the team’s stay on a cruise ship during the Games.

Both the women and men are ready to get to work in Rio.

Olympic player news:

Tamika Catchings hopes to win – and enjoy – the Olympics.

Former UConn classmates Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi are ready to make a final run at gold together.

Bird is seeking a fourth consecutive gold.

Player by player preview.

Other Olympic team news:

Canada has legitimate medal hopes.

Olympic basketball 101:

….courtesy of the WNBA.

WNBA news:

The league looks at some outstanding 30-plus point performances so far this season.

Jewel Loyd and Breanna Stewart are showing why they’re the next great Storm duo.

NCAA and Twitter:

Rules for college coaches have changed on Twitter, to allow them to retweet tweets from players they’re recruiting.