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Back spasms bench Swoopes for U.S. exhibition

9/7/2006 - WNBA Houston Comets

DURHAM, N.C. -- Sheryl Swoopes, the only player on the
U.S. national team with three Olympic gold medals, was
held out of an exhibition game against Australia on Thursday with
back spasms.

She was in uniform but stayed on the bench during the game at
Duke's Cameron Indoor Stadium.

The American team, which has gone 42-0 in Olympic and world
championship competition since 1996 and won Olympic gold in 1996 in
Atlanta, 2000 in Sydney and 2004 in Athens, is already without two
stalwarts.

Lisa Leslie withdrew from the American roster Wednesday for
family reasons, and Dawn Staley, whose playing career ended last
month, is an assistant to U.S. coach Anne Donovan.