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RIO DE JANEIRO -- Its rare to see the U. Air Max 97 Gold Uscita .S. womens basketball team struggle during the Olympics. Then again, theyve had Sue Bird running the show for over a decade.With the starting point guard sidelined with a knee injury, the Americans were out of sorts for a half before finally getting it together to pull away from France in an 86-67 win in the semifinals Thursday night. Now theyre back in the Olympic final once again, one victory away from a sixth consecutive gold medal.U.S. coach Geno Auriemma made it a point, however, after the game to stress that unforeseen developments like Birds injury makes it a little bit harder than just who the U.S. will beat next and whens the gold medal ceremony.Its not like that, Auriemma said, and our players really found out today that without Sue its certainly not going to be like that. Theres a big difference in our team the way we played today and the way we played the other six games.Birds status for Saturdays final versus Spain is unclear.The US and Spain played in the preliminary round and the U.S. won that one by 40. The Americans also beat Spain in the 2014 world championship by 13.Its going to be the same old dance, Diana Taurasi said. They have world class players. ... This is going to be a great game between great teams and great players alike.Taurasi scored 18 points and Maya Moore added 15 against France in what was the closest game of the Olympics for the Americans. It was a rematch of the 2012 London Games gold medal contest. The U.S. won that one by 36 points, but had a much harder time in this one without Bird.The point guard sprained her right knee capsule in the quarterfinals and has been listed as day-to-day. She had started every game for the U.S. the past three Olympics and been a calming influence on offense for the Americans. Brid said she plans to practice Friday.Im not going to be stupid about this, Bird said. Its your body, you have to listen to it, you dont want to put yourself in danger, but if I can play Im definitely playing.The U.S. had cruised through its first six games, winning by nearly 42 points a game and scoring at a record pace. Without Bird, the Americans looked discombobulated at times on offense against France. The team that was averaging 105 points and 30 assists was held to just 40 points in the opening 20 minutes and just four assists.Dressed in a blue sweatsuit, Bird was anxious on the bench. It was the first time in 31 Olympic contests she wasnt on the court.During the game, pretty hard. Pretty hard, she said of not being on the court. We were just a little out of sorts and I feel like I can help in that department. So it was difficult. But they did a great job.The U.S. held a slim 40-36 at the break, the closest any team had been to the Americans at the half since Australia led them in the semifinals of the 2012 Olympics.But the Americans (7-0) started playing a better on both ends of the court in the decisive third quarter. As the starters were about to take the court for the start of the second half, Bird huddled them up could be seen offering words of encouragement and instructions.The team seemed to get the message, going on a 14-5 run to start the period, including two 3-pointers by Taurasi that gave the Americans some breathing room. Those shots gave Taurasi a record 28 3-pointers in the Olympics -- the most ever in the tournament.Though the U.S. outscored France 25-8 in the period, it had two 24-second shot clock violations. It was rare in the first six games if the shot clock ever got under five seconds.I think they decided to play basketball, and when they decide its hard to stop them, at least in one-on-one, French center Isabelle Yacoubou said. Its really hard. Theyre very talented. We know that.The Americans led by 21 at the end of the third quarter, but France (4-3) didnt quit. The French cut the lead to 11 in the fourth, but could get no closer.It was only the second time in Rio that the U.S. didnt reach 100 points in a game. But it did get the win and now has 48 consecutive Olympic victories.Marianne Johannes scored 13 to lead France, which will play Serbia for the bronze medal on Saturday.---Online:AP Summer Games website: Doug on Twitter at ;Scarpe Air Max 97 Uomo . He says so-called TRT is only one problem and he wants to go even further than the ban. "Its about time," St-Pierre told reporters at a promotional event in Montreal on Friday. 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They arrived as midfielders, but three young stars are excelling while serving their AFL apprenticeships in other areas and waiting for a chance among Sydneys deep on-ball brigade.First-year players Callum Mills and George Hewett and second-year star Isaac Heeney are the youngsters gaining valuable utility experience.In front of them are superstar dynamos Dan Hannebery and Josh Kennedy, both averaging a touch under 31 possessions a game, while Tom Mitchell and Luke Parker are around the 28 mark, with Jake Lloyd on 23 and Kieren Jack on 22.Mills, 19, has established himself in a unfamiliar role across half back, while Heeney and Hewett, both 20, are playing primarily in the forward line.Heeney is the Swans second-leading goalkicker behind Lance Franklin, Mills is pushing for the Rising Star award and Hewett has kicked 12.5 and played in all but two games.Heeney, at least, is starting to get some time in the midfield and last weekend racked up a career-high 25 disposal.Hewett was philosophical about the youngsters having to wait in line for their crack in the midfield.I think thats a natural progression because weve got some great players and leaaders in there, just about everyone who runs through midfield is a leader at our club, Hewett told AAP. Nike Air Max 97 Bianche Uomo. .We just have to play our role and I think were doing it more weeks than were not.One of seven Swans debutants this season, Hewett said there was a good age balance in the side, who are presently second on the ladder.Our senior players have had a lot of experience, they are not just 50, 60 game players, they are well into their careers, Hewett said.Theyve been around for a while and that makes us feel a bit more comfortable.Looking at the side, youve got Jarrad McVeigh, Kieren Jack and Josh Kennedy. I think it makes us feel a bit taller than we are because theres a few young blokes in the team at the moment.One youngster with a special responsibility despite playing just six senior games is ruckman Sam Naismith.He usually has the responsibility of all the music, hes up to date with that sort of stuff, so the whole club just lets him take control of that before warmups and training in games, Hewett said. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys ChinaCheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '