Monday, August 27, 2007

OTC residents win titles at judo tourney

Two Olympic Training Center residents placed first Sunday at the Golden State Open, a senior-level judo tournament in Pomona, Calif.

Anna Palmer, a bronze medalist at the Senior National Championships in April, won the women's 114-pound division. Pauline Macias defeated San Jose State's Corinne Geier to win the women's 125-pound division in her first point event since the spring.

Three other OTC residents competed: Shane Simerly took third in the men's 160-pound division; Christal Ransom was the runner-up in the women's 138-pound division; and Pan American Games team member Grace Ohashi finished fifth at 138 pounds.

The World Judo Championships, a qualifier for the 2008 Beijing Games, will be held Sept. 13-16 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The U.S. Olympic team trials are June 13-14, 2008, in Las Vegas.

Team USA starts second round

The U.S. men's basketball senior national team, led by Denver Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony, will begin second-round play today at the FIBA Americas Championship in Las Vegas. A top-two finish qualifies the U.S. for Beijing.

A look at the TV schedule:

Today, vs. Mexico, 9 p.m., ESPN2

Tuesday, vs. Puerto Rico, 9 p.m., ESPN2

Wednesday, vs. Uruguay, 9 p.m., ESPN2

Thursday, vs. Argentina, 10 p.m., ESPN2

Saturday, first semifinal, 2 p.m.,; second semifinal, 5 p.m., ESPN Classic

Sunday, bronze medal game, 2 p.m., FSN; gold medal game, 5 p.m., FSN

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