West Springfield's Lawson Named to Basketball Team

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Guard Kara Lawson (West Springfield High) was named to her first U.S. Olympic basketball team yesterday.

Lawson and forwards Tamika Catchings and DeLisha Milton-Jones, all WNBA stars, round out the 12-member women's roster for Beijing, according to the Associated Press.

Lawson averages 10.5 points for the Sacramento Monarchs.

Another area athlete, Scott Parsons of Bethesda, clinched the lone U.S. spot in whitewater slalom kayak last weekend in Augsburg, Germany.

Parsons, who finished sixth at the Athens Olympics in 2004, won a bronze medal in Augsburg, the final of three selection events for the U.S. team.

Also on the whitewater team are Benn Fraker, Casey Eichfeld, Rick Powell and Heather Corrie.

In other Olympic news:

· Sprinter Dwain Chambers will run in the British Olympic trials this weekend without knowing whether he'll be eligible to compete in Beijing.

Chambers will find out by Saturday whether he qualified for the British team in the 100 meters, four days before London's High Court considers his application for a temporary injunction against a lifetime Olympic doping ban.

Judge Colin Mackay is expected to deliver a verdict after next Wednesday's hearing in time for the July 20 selection deadline.

Chambers has to finish first or second at the trials in Birmingham.

Chambers, 30, served a two-year doping ban from 2003 to 2005. He tested positive for THG, the steroid at the center of the Balco scandal, in August 2003.

· A toe injury and related problems knocked 400-meter hurdles world champion Jana Rawlinson-- Australia's best chance for a track gold medal -- out of the Games.

· U.S. swimmer Kara Lynn Joyce was added as an alternate to the 400-meter freestyle relay after Dara Torres withdrew from the event to focus on the 50 free.

· Olympic floor exercise champion Kyle Shewfelt was selected for the Canadian team, 10 months after breaking both tibias.

· Romanian medal hopeful Liliana Popescu (800 and 1,500 meters) was dropped from the team after failing a drug test. Popescu, 26, tested positive for an unidentified banned substance on May 29.

-- From News Services

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