Sport-By-Sport Notes

Californians Nicole Branagh, above, and partner Elaine Youngs qualified for the Olympics.
Californians Nicole Branagh, above, and partner Elaine Youngs qualified for the Olympics. (By Christian Petersen -- Getty Images)
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Wednesday, July 9, 2008

TRAMPOLINE: Erin Blanchard and Chris Estrada earned Beijing berths at the final selection event last week in Kansas City, Mo. Brandon English of Stafford, who trains at Novaks' Gymnastics Center in Dumfries, finished eighth in the final rankings.

BASKETBALL: Seattle Storm forward Lauren Jackson was among those named to Australia's women's team, which won silver at the past two Olympics. The 12-woman squad has six players from the team that won silver at Athens four years ago -- Jackson, Penny Taylor, Kristi Harrower, Belinda Snell, Suzy Batkovic and Laura Summerton. The Aussies are the reigning world champions.

VOLLEYBALL: Led by Reid Priddy of Richmond, the men's national team defeated Spain in three sets in Madrid in a world league match this past weekend. The Americans lead their pool in world league play. Spain will travel to the United States for two matches this weekend in Bloomington, Ill.

BEACH VOLLEYBALL: Nicole Branagh and Elaine Youngs earned a trip to Beijing with their second-place finish at a grand slam event Saturday in Moscow. A semifinal victory over a team from Brazil gave the Californians enough points to clinch an Olympic slot. Fellow Americans Jen Boss and April Ross cannot overtake them. Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh, the top-ranked team in the world, will also go to Beijing. The U.S. men's team of Phil Dalhausser and Todd Rogers won the men's championship in Moscow.

TRACK AND FIELD: Eight-time All-Met Sarah Bowman, a 2005 Fauquier graduate, placed eighth in the final of the 1,500 meters (4:16.54) in her first Olympic trials. . . . Allen Simms (Eleanor Roosevelt, 2000) finished sixth in the triple jump, despite a leap of 55 feet 11 3/4 inches, his best of the week.

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