Saturday, 21 July 2007

Robinson, Shields Honoured; Steve Nash; Team USA at Pan-Ams

Bill Robinson and Ken Shields were honoured by Canada Basketball last night in Vancouver Robinson, Shields add Island flavour to Hall In a related note, St. FX coach Steve Konchalski, who was an assistant on those tremendous Canadian teams in the mid-70's (Canada finished 4th at the 1976 Olympics and in 1975 ended a 4 year USSR winning streak at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto), surprised each member of the '76 team being honoured by presenting them with a DVD copy of the famous game in 1975, a tremendous momento to take home for those players.

Grant Kerr from the Globe and Mail has an article on Steve Nash on the eve of his celebrity charity classic in Vancouver. No mention of whether or not Nash has any intention of suiting up for Canada Basketball this summer or beyond Nash starts to hear the clock ticking Here's a story about Nash tipping off what some are calling a "fitness empire" Nash tips off fitness empire, Vancouver facility first in high-end chain shooting for Victoria

A detailed article from the Philadelphia Evening Bulletin on Team USA's entry at the Pan-Am Games in Brazil. USA's head coach Jay Wright is also the skipper of Villanova Wildcats of the Big East and Wright is excited about ending USA's 24 year gold medal drought at the Pan-Am Games. The United States has been placed in preliminary round Group A along with Argentina, Panama and Uruguay, and Group B consists of Brazil, Canada, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. The US opens preliminary play July 25 facing Uruguay (9 p.m. ET), then meets Panama on July 26 (8:45 p.m. ET) and the US closes out preliminary round action against Argentina on July 27 (6:45 p.m. ET). Semifinals will be held on July 28 and the finals will be played July 29. Assisting Wright are University of Alabama head mentor Mark Gottfried and Yale University head coach James Jones. This article mentions that the Americans will scrimmage against Brazil and Canada prior to the tournament No Fun And Sun For Jay Wright And Co. - The Pan American Basketball Squad Is Down To 12 And Ready To Play

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