Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

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Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

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Baylor All-American Brittney Griner is among 21 finalists for the U.S. women's basketball team that will compete at the London Olympics.

Griner is looking to become the first women's college basketball player to compete in the Olympics for the U.S. since 1988 when Vicky Bullett (Maryland) and Bridgette Gordon (Tennessee) played.

The 6-foot-8 center joins WNBA stars Sue Bird, Tamika Catchings and Diana Taurasi, all three of whom won gold in the 2008 Beijing games. Other members of that Olympic team who are part of the 2012 pool include Seimone Augustus, Sylvia Fowles, Kara Lawson, Candace Parker and Cappie Pondexter.

The 12-person roster for the Olympics will be chosen this spring.

MORE OLYMPICS: Italy scraps 2020 bid

ROME -- Premier Mario Monti scrapped Rome's bid for the 2020 Olympics today, saying the Italian government can't supply the required financial backing at a time of economic crisis.

Monti announced after a Cabinet meeting that it would be an irresponsible use of taxpayer money to fund the Olympic project with a guarantee that the government would cover any deficit.

Olympic hopeful defeated in boxing

AIRWAY HEIGHTS, Wash. -- Unheralded teenage middleweight Claressa Shields upset top-ranked Olympic hopeful Franchon Crews Monday night in the first U.S. team trials for women's boxing. Shields, a 16- year-old from Michigan, thoroughly overwhelmed five-time national champion Crews with a relentless work rate and athleticism.

Official admits Spain has doping problem

MADRID -- Spain's sports minister acknowledged today the country has a doping problem that needs fixing after its record in the fight against drugs came under scrutiny with Alberto Contador's ban from cycling.

Jose Ignacio Wert, minister for Education, Culture and Sport, said Spain needed to improve its record "to gain credibility" in the eyes of international bodies. …

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