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U.S. Loses in Women's Basketball

Katie Smith, Oxana Rakhmatulina
American Katie Smith, right, battles Russia's Oxana Rakhmatulina at the Women's World Basketball Championship in Brazil on Thursday. (Andre Penner - Associated Press)
Friday, September 22, 2006

Russia beat the two-time defending champion United States, 75-68, in the semifinals of the Women's World Basketball Championship last night in Sao Paulo, Brazil, snapping the Americans' 26-game winning streak in the event.

Russia advanced to tomorrow's gold medal game against Australia, which beat Brazil, 88-76, in the other semifinal.

The United States' last loss in the world championship was to Brazil, 110-107, in the semifinals in 1994. The Americans had won 51 straight games in world championship and Olympic play since, including a 90-80 win over Russia in the first round.

Diana Taurasi led the United States with 21 points.

ยท COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Senior flanker David Clowney , Virginia Tech's leading receiver, was taken to the hospital yesterday and underwent an emergency appendectomy. He will be out two to four weeks, meaning he'll miss at least tomorrow's game against Cincinnati and next week's game against Georgia Tech.

Clowney has 13 catches for 182 yards this season, 120 of them coming last Saturday at Duke. . . .

A leading group of black football coaches is pleased Division I schools are considering more minorities for coaching jobs, but it says improvement is too slow and applying civil rights laws might be a way to speed progress.

"I think we'll have to put a magnifying glass on searches," said Floyd Keith , executive director of the Black Coaches Association. "Change is not something that has been as quick as we'd like to see it."

There are now only 10 minorities serving as head coaches at the more than 200 NCAA Division I-A and I-AA schools that are not historically black institutions.

The BCA, in its report card, says universities must appoint more minority coaches and more diverse search committees. The group says evidence shows more diverse committees lead to more consideration of minority coaches.

And if that means applying Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which makes it illegal for employers to discriminate on the basis of race, so be it, Keith said. . . .

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