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Game really DID stop a nation

In: Boomers & Opals — Friday, 12 Aug, 2016

AUSTRALIA's narrow loss yesterday to the USA in arguably the best men's basketball game of the Rio Olympics so far, really did stop the nation.

Aug 12

Our Rio dream is alive

In: Boomers & Opals — Thursday, 11 Aug, 2016

IT had everything except the Big W the Boomers were aiming for – the basketball game that stopped a nation – ultimately won 98-88 by USA today in Rio.

Aug 11

Taylor-made for big games

In: Boomers & Opals — Wednesday, 10 Aug, 2016

AUSTRALIA has positioned itself beautifully for an Olympic Gold Medal showdown with the defending champion USA by trouncing France 89-71 today in Rio.

Aug 10

New Delly record in super Boomers win

In: Boomers & Opals — Tuesday, 9 Aug, 2016

AUSTRALIA’s Boomers made it back-to-back wins for the first time in their Olympic Games history today when they wound up smashing 2014 FIBA World Cup silver medallist Serbia 95-80.

Aug 9

No Turkish delight in Opals' escape

In: Boomers & Opals — Monday, 8 Aug, 2016

STRUGGLING offensively and unable to stop Lara Sanders, Australia’s Opals still managed to fashion a 61-56 win today over Turkey at the Rio Olympic Games.

Aug 8

Bogut, Boomers, Beautiful

In: Boomers & Opals — Sunday, 7 Aug, 2016

AUSTRALIA's Boomers have soared to a magnificent all-the-way 87-66 rout of France in a spellbinding opening match at the Rio Olympic Games.

Aug 7

Opals' Brazilian close shave

In: Boomers & Opals — Sunday, 7 Aug, 2016

AUSTRALIA today turned a 12-point deficit into an 18-point win behind a powerful display by Liz Cambage, belting Brazil 84-66 to open its Rio Olympics campaign.

Sleepless nights ahead

In: Boomers & Opals — Friday, 5 Aug, 2016

THE Rio Olympic Games are almost upon us and the schedule is daunting for both the Opals and Boomers but spare a thought for their fans.

Aug 5

Bogut back while Opals splutter

In: Boomers & Opals — Monday, 1 Aug, 2016

AUSTRALIA’s Opals succumbed to a 104-89 USA onslaught today at famed Madison Square Garden but the good news was Andrew Bogut returned to the floor for the Boomers in their win over China.

Aug 1

FLASHBACK 77: Olympic themed reads 2

In: Boomers & Opals, Flashbacks — Sunday, 31 Jul, 2016

*FLASHBACKS, my irregular "lucky dip" where I just reach into my drawers of old Australian basketball stuff and transcribe or post whatever I find for you.* Continuing our Olympic revisits, this time Sydney 2000.

Jul 31

Joe helps, but not enough

In: Boomers & Opals — Sunday, 31 Jul, 2016

SMOKIN’ Joe was smokin’ hot but the Boomers took a coast-to-coast 81-68 smackdown from arch rival Lithuania today in their penultimate Rio Olympics warm-up match.

Sacre bleu! French franked

In: Boomers & Opals — Saturday, 30 Jul, 2016

A 20-point haul by Erin Phillips on 8-of-10 shooting and a double-double by Liz Cambage has led Australia to a 76-67 win over France ahead of Monday morning’s clash with the USA at Madison Square Garden.

Jul 30

Ouch! Boomers bound back to drawing board

In: Boomers & Opals — Friday, 29 Jul, 2016

THE Boomers had a rude awakening when host nation Brazil – a possible crossover opponent in Rio – gave them a 96-67 reality check today.

Jul 29

Opals gleaming

In: Boomers & Opals — Thursday, 28 Jul, 2016

THE Opals today avenged their recent European tour loss to rapidly emerging Canada 80-67 ahead of additional Rio Olympics preparation games with France and USA.

Jul 28

Boomers update, no argy bargy

In: Boomers & Opals — Wednesday, 27 Jul, 2016

AUSTRALIA has taken down former Olympic champion Argentina 84-83 in Argentina and done it without Andrew Bogut and Joe Ingles.

Jul 27

Boomers-Lithos cancelled

In: Boomers & Opals — Tuesday, 26 Jul, 2016

A LEAK has cost Australia its men’s basketball pre-Olympics warm-up game against arch international rival Lithuania ... but not a security leak.

Jul 26

Father Knows Best?

In: Boomers & Opals — Friday, 22 Jul, 2016

IT’S always somewhat amusing when a coach compounds a controversial decision with an epithet along the lines of “no-one else knows what they’re talking about”.

Jul 22

Countdown on in earnest for Bogues

In: Boomers & Opals — Wednesday, 20 Jul, 2016

INSERT Andrew Bogut, all 213cm of him, into the middle of the Boomers’ defence, and you know Andrej Lemanis’ wingmen can gamble.

Jul 20

USA not that vulnerable

In: Boomers & Opals, NBA — Tuesday, 19 Jul, 2016

WE might be starting to think the USA is vulnerable in Rio, but coach Mike Krzyzewski is confident he has a defensive unit with gold in its sights.

Jul 19

Storm honours Lauren

In: Boomers & Opals, Misc — Saturday, 16 Jul, 2016

THE WNBA's Seattle Storm today honours its greatest champion, Lauren Jackson on her retirement, retiring the superstar's #15 uniform.

Jul 16

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