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RIO DE JANEIRO -- There was a calm, relaxed atmosphere at the final practice for the United States womens basketball team. Tarell Basham Colts Jersey .Maybe its because injured guard Sue Bird was able to participate. Or maybe because many of the players have been in this position before -- a win away from another Olympic title.I understand its a gold-medal game; weve approached it like any other game, said Bird, who has helped the U.S. win the past three golds at the Olympics. At the start of this entire month, every single practice and game we approached it like it was a gold-medal game. Todays no different.The Americans will play Spain on Saturday in search of a sixth consecutive gold. Spain is already guaranteed its first Olympic medal in womens basketball.It looks like the U.S. will have Bird back for the title game. She missed the semifinal win over France while she was recovering from a sprained right knee capsule. She said she felt much better Friday and it showed. After taking part in practice, Bird went through a hard workout to test the right knee.She stopped short of saying she definitely would play Saturday.I cant give you an answer for tomorrow, Bird said, smiling. I can be happy with the way things have been going. Long term is great, short term is getting better.Bird said the pain is down to about a one or two out of 10. But she isnt going to push it if she doesnt feel comfortable and has the utmost confidence in her teammates if she cant play.Im not going to be dumb about it. Our team isnt built around one person, its built around 12, she said. As they showed yesterday, it doesnt matter whos out there; we have a really good team. Im not going to do anything stupid.Coach Geno Auriemma, who has worked with Bird for four years at UConn and now eight with USA Basketball, said the decision is up to Bird whether she plays.Shell wake up tomorrow morning and tell us how she feels and well go with that, he said.The U.S. dominated Spain in the preliminary round, winning by 40 points. The Americans also beat Spain in the 2014 world championship title game. Still, the U.S. isnt taking anything for granted.They are really, really good, Diana Taurasi said. Its going to be a hard-fought battle and they have been playing really well since we beat them.The test for Spain will be to do what no team has been able to do in Rio: put together a full game against the U.S. France trailed by four at the half on Thursday and still lost by 19.The Americans have won 48 consecutive games, a streak that started in 1996. Theyve won the seven games in Rio by an average of nearly 40 points and are putting up 102.3 points a contest -- just a hair behind the record set by the 96 squad.Saturdays contest will be the last Olympic game for Tamika Catchings, who is retiring at the end of the WNBA season next month. Bird and Diana Taurasi have also hinted this will probably be their Olympic finale as well.Thats the elephant in the room that no one is talking about, Taurasi said. Were really focused on the game at hand and not what lies ahead after that. Malik Hooker Jersey .com) - The game was all punts and field goals before Kodi Whitfields catch. Tarell Basham Jersey . Los Angeles star goalie survived those perilous gymnastics with no problem, and he eventually backstopped the Kings to a skid-snapping win. Quick stopped 27 shots in his return from a 24-game injury absence, Jeff Carter scored the tiebreaking goal with 7:55 to play, and the Kings snapped their five-game losing streak with a 3-1 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday night. http://www.nflcoltsgearsshop.com/Quincy-Wilson.html?cat=911 . Brett Kulak and Jackson Houck of the Vancouver Giants were each charged with assault causing bodily harm on Aug. 18, according to the B.C. court services. Hassan Whiteside has been a basketball nomad since he turned professional, never lasting in one place too long because either he wanted to leave or nobody wanted him to stay.Those days are long gone now.Sticking to his plan to decide quickly, Whitesides foray into free agency ended early Friday morning -- only a few hours after it formally began, with him accepting a four-year offer to stay with the Miami Heat. The deal as structured right now calls for Whiteside to earn $98 million, a person familiar with the terms told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because nothing can be signed and finalized until at least July 7.Whiteside announced his decision on Snapchat and in a post on The Players Tribune. He then spent part of the rest of his day snapchatting images of himself talking to bison, birds and reindeer -- hey reindeer, Ill see you on Christmas, Whiteside said at one point in a video -- at a zoo, posing with a fan and enjoying ice cream.Ive played on eight teams since college -- from Reno to Sioux Falls to Sichuan, China, Whiteside wrote on Players Tribune. I am not ready for there to be a ninth. I have decided to re-sign with Miami. I just wanted to take this time to tell all the fans how much you mean to this team, and to me. Cant wait to get back to work and try to bring another championship to Miami.Hell be at work soon enough.Heat officials, theyre not waiting around.Heat President Pat Riley, managing general partner Micky Arison and team executive Alonzo Mourning are in the group that has a meeting with Kevin Durant on Sunday, presumably one of the last pitches Durant will hear before deciding whether or not to leave Oklahoma City. And Dwyane Wade remains on vacation in Spain awaiting to see how -- or if -- he figures into the Heat plans going forward, though he was among those who sent Whiteside congratulatory words on Friday.Big big congrats to (at)youngwhiteside, Wade tweeted Friday morning. Your dedication and hard work to the game has finally paid off.Wade ended his tweet with the hashtag, Caniborrow5dollars, a nod to the financial stratosphere Whiteside will soon enter.Whiteside made about $980,000 this season, a minimum salary for a player with his level of experience. Hell now become a maximum-salary guy, or at least close to that level.Regardless of what the final numbers will be, it is life-changing money after a breakout season. Quincy Wilson Youth Jersey. Whiteside averaged 14.2 points, 11.8 rebounds and a league-best 3.7 blocked shots per game, finished third in the Defensive Player of the Year balloting and became a huge part of not just Miamis path to the No. 3 spot in the Eastern Conference playoffs but also the teams thinking going forward.I was really excited, Heat point guard Goran Dragic said in an interview from his native Slovenia. Im really looking forward to still playing with him and happy for him, happy for Miami, happy for the organization. And of course, were going to need him to be his best.Whitesides career path is well-known, taking him to less-than-glamorous leagues in Lebanon and China, stints in the NBA Development League and even getting cut from teams at that level.In the NBA, Sacramento and Memphis had time with Whiteside before he was signed by Miami in November 2014. Hes spent time on at least four different D-League rosters, plus the multiple stints in China and Lebanon. If anything, his count of being on eight teams since college seems to be forgetting a move or two along the way.Less than two years after coming to Miami, Whiteside has become one of the games most dominant centers -- and one of the highest-paid players in Miami franchise history.Part of that is simply because of the enormous jump in the salary cap this summer, but part of that is because of the potential the Heat see in Whiteside.On his Snapchat video announcing the decision, someone asks Whiteside, Hey cuz, where you gonna sign?Whiteside replies, Miami, -- as Will Smiths hit of the same name plays and the words Heatnation it is appear on the screen.Congrats to the big fella, Heat All-Star Chris Bosh wrote Friday on Twitter. Great to have you back bro!Dragic is hoping its just the start of what could be another dramatic offseason haul for the Heat.We want to re-sign D-Wade and if we have a chance to get Kevin Durant, that would be awesome, Dragic said. 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