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By United States Olympic Committee | Oct. 06, 2014, 6:27 p.m. (ET)

(L-R) Odyssey Sims, Nnemkadi Ogwumike and Brittney Griner celebrate their FIBA World Championship for Women victory on Oct. 5, 2014 in Istanbul.

Led by tournament MVP Maya Moore’s 18 points, the U.S. women clinched their second consecutive FIBA World Championship gold medal with a 77-64 victory against Spain in Istanbul. The U.S. women went undefeated through six games en route to winning their ninth world championship, and with the title, claimed a spot for the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Games.


Four U.S. teams earned top-five finishes – highlighted by Ariel Rittenhouse and Amanda Burke securing the bronze medal in the synchronized 3-meter with 282.90 points – at the Pan American Festival in Mexico City.

Figure Skating:

Sochi Olympians Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani claimed the ice dance title with 162.98 points at the 2014 Ondrej Nepela Trophy in Bratislava, Slovakia. Stephen Carriere won the men’s title with 219.76 points, while Ashley Cain earned 142.95 points to finish third in the women’s event.


Aaron Kunihiro finished 3-1 overall to earn the men’s -60-kilogram bronze medal at the 2014 European Open in Lisbon, Portugal, while Austin Cook took seventh in the men’s -66-kilogram division.


The 2014 Warrior Games presented by Deloitte concluded Saturday at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado, with the Army winning the Chairman's Cup, the award presented to the top overall performing service branch at the Warrior Games. Air Force Captain Mitch Kieffer was crowned the Ultimate Champion based on individual accolades.


Three U.S. beach volleyball pairs collected medals – headlined by Erin Day and Heather Hughes winning the silver medal – at the NORCECA Beach Tour in Chula Vista, California.


Randi Miller headlined performances at the CISM Military World Championships in Lakehurst, New Jersey, notching a 5-0 record in her run to the women’s 69-kilogram freestyle gold medal.

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Tyler Pennel (2:13.32) and Esther Erb (2:34.00) won the men’s and women’s titles at the USATF Marathon Championships in Minneapolis...Simone Biles posted the highest qualifying score in the women’s all-around, while the U.S. men’s and women’s teams advanced to the final round in first and third place at the FIG World Championships, which continue through Oct. 12 in Nanning, China…The U.S. Women’s National Indoor Volleyball Team went 8-1 to advance to the final round of the FIVB Women’s World Championship, which continues Oct. 8-12 in Verona, Italy.