Wednesday, 18 July 2007

Brenning to Lead Carleton Athletics, Dalembert to Play for Canada

As had been widely speculated, Carleton University made the wise move and hired Jennifer Brenning as their newest Director of Athletics. Brenning has a solid track record of building sports programs and the position is well deserved. She replaces outgoing Director Drew Love who accepted a similar post with McGill University. The Ottawa Citizen's Don Campbell reports in this morning's newspaper Brenning No. 1 at Carleton also Carleton's campus newspaper the Charlatan reports Brenning named Carleton's new Athletics Director

FIBA has announced that live webcasts of all four quarter-finals, two championship semi-finals and gold & bronze medal games will be available via the Serbia 2007 web site. The live video stream will be available on Friday 20th July (the four Quarter-Finals will be played at 7:30 a.m., 9:45 p.m., 12:00 p.m. and 2:30 p.m., all EDT), on Saturday 21st July (the two Semi-Finals will start at 12:00 p.m. and 2:30 p.m., both EDT) and on Sunday 22nd July (the Bronze Medal game will begin at 10:00 a.m. EDT and the Final game will take place at 12:30 p.m. EDT) through the following link: Live video stream from the Quarter-Finals onwards of the U19 World Championship The stream can be accessed by clicking here

Finally, as has also been widely speculated, 6'9" Samuel Dalembert has been cleared to play for Canada in the up-coming FIBA Americas Olympic qualifying tournament in Las Vegas in late August. Dalembert, who grew up in Montreal and registered 10.7 points and a team-best 8.9 boards in 2006-07 for the Philadelphia 76ers, is best known as the catalyst in the middle on the defensive end for the Sixers. Congratulations to Canada Basketball in getting a solid NBA talent in Dalembert as part of the roster and best of luck to the Senior Men's team in their quest to qualify for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. We hope to have more news on this and other Senior Men's items eminating from their camp going on in Toronto as they prepare for the Pan-Am Games in Rio de Janiero, Brazil beginning next week.

USA Basketball recently announced their 12 man roster for the Pan-Am Games coached by Jay Wright of Villanova who will bring his Wildcats to Ottawa over the Labour Day weekend. Pan-Am Games: US Dozen Announced All 12 players competed in NCAA Division 1 basketball this past season and names likely familiar to readers including 7'2" Georgetown center Roy Hibbert, 6'9" Memphis forward Joey Dorsey, 6'4" North Carolina wing Wayne Ellington, 6'9" Indiana forward D.J. White and 6'2" guard Scottie Reynolds, who will also be visiting Ottawa as part of Villanova's Labour Day visit to the Nation's Capital. Canada should announce their squad toward the end of this week.

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