Huskies are team to beat
Tennessee, Duke, and Oklahoma have everything it takes to win a national championship talented players, smart coaches, ambition, and drive. They also have a problem. The other team in this women's Final Four is Connecticut.
That would be unbeaten and No. 1-ranked Connecticut, with four All-Americans in its lineup, a team so skilled that it's being talked about as perhaps the best of all time.
Tennessee (29-4) is the next team to get a shot at stopping the Huskies (37-0). They'll meet in the second national semifinal tonight in San Antonio. Oklahoma (31-3) plays Duke (31-3) in the first game. The championship game is Sunday night.
Tennessee sophomore Courtney McDaniel believes the Lady Vols have a legitimate shot at beating Connecticut.
"I really think these are the two best teams in the country," she said.
Some former Olympic medal-winners fade into obscurity, some see their likeness on cereal boxes and make a lot of money, and some see their fame as a way to help others.
Richard Fosbury, whose "Fosbury flop" revolutionized high jumping in the 1960s, is promoting Olympic ideals such as good health and physical fitness through the Athens-based World Association of Olympic Winners, which he serves as secretary general. (Mr. Fosbury's technique, clearing the bar by going over backward instead of straddling it, won him a gold medal in 1968 in Mexico City.)
But, Fosbury, a civil engineer in Ketchum, Idaho, says he'd like to do more. For example, he wants to help develop sports programs for kids. Fosbury is codirector of a week-long track-and-field summer camp at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, for high school-age athletes.
"Sports," he says, "help to make a balanced, whole person." He also advises coaches on how to talk to their athletes about handling fame.