2 WSU guards to play for U.S.
Washington State guards Derrick Low and Kyle Weaver were picked for the 12-man U.S. basketball team that begins play next week. "We're so very proud...
RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil — Washington State guards Derrick Low and Kyle Weaver were picked for the 12-man U.S. basketball team that begins play next week.
"We're so very proud of these guys and all I can say is, 'Wow!' " WSU coach Tony Bennett said.
Low and Weaver, the first two Cougars to play for the U.S. in men's basketball at the Pan Am Games, were among 14 finalists selected last weekend. The last two players cut were Josh Carter of Texas A&M and Bryce Taylor of Oregon.
Jay Wright of Villanova coaches the U.S. team, which plays its first game next Wednesday against Uruguay.
Shawn Johnson is going home with a handful of medals, as are other U.S. gymnasts.
Johnson, a 15-year-old from Des Moines, Iowa, earned gold medals on balance beam and uneven bars — in each case beating teammate Nastia Liukin, the 2005 world champion in those events — and silver in floor exercise Tuesday. She won the all-around title Monday and helped the Americans take the team gold Saturday.
Rebecca Bross, 14, of Ann Arbor, Mich., won the gold medal in floor exercise. U.S. women won five of six available golds.
As for the U.S. men, Justin Spring of Burke, Va., won the parallel bars.
• The U.S. leads the medals table with 55, including 23 gold.
Sports-information reports were used in this article.
Seattle Times transportation reporter Mike Lindblom describes some of the factors that may have led to the collapse of the I-5 bridge over the Skagit River in Mount Vernon on Thursday, May 23.