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RIO DE JANEIRO -- There was a calm, relaxed atmosphere at the final practice for the U.S. womens basketball team.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 last 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 has already guaranteed itself of a first-ever Olympic medal in womens basketball.It looks like the U.S. will have Bird back for the title tilt. She missed the semifinal win over France as 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 when it was finished 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. Whatever Sue says, just having her on the floor, regardless the amount of time we can call on her, believe me the comfort level with our team and coaches went up 100 percent.The U.S. dominated Spain in the preliminary round, beating the Spaniards 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. This version of the U.S. womens Olympic team has been simply incredible. Theyve kept the streak started by the 1996 team going and now the Americans have won 48 consecutive contests. Theyve won the seven games in the Olympics 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.---Online:AP Summer Games website: Doug on Twitter at Authentic Brazil Jerseys 2018 . A statement from the worlds top-ranked player says all checks "were satisfactory and showed positive evolution" regarding the injury, which contributed to his loss to Stanislas Wawrinka in the final in Melbourne. Cheap Youth Brazil Jerseys . 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A look at the U.S. Open, the years last Grand Slam tennis tournament:Surface: Hard courts.Site: USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York.Schedule: The 14-day tournament begins Monday. The womens singles final is Saturday, Sept. 10; the mens singles final is Sunday, Sept. 11.New This Year: A $150 million retractable roof has been installed at Arthur Ashe Stadium, which will allow play when it rains.2015 Mens Singles Champion: Novak Djokovic of Serbia.2015 Womens Singles Champion: Flavia Pennetta of Italy.Last Year: Serena Williams bid for the first calendar-year Grand Slam since 1988 ended with a stunning loss to unseeded Roberta Vinci in the semifinals. Vinci then lost to Pennetta in the first all-Italian major final, 7-6 (4), 6-2. After winning her first Grand Slam trophy, Pennetta announced she would retire at the end of the season. Djokovic beat Roger Federer 6-4, 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 for his second U.S. Open title and 10th major championship overall.Key Statistic I: 22 -- Number of Grand Slam singles titlees won by Williams, sharing the professional-era record with Steffi Graf.dddddddddddd Williams can break their tie at Flushing Meadows. Only Margaret Court has won more, 24 -- 11 as a professional, 13 as an amateur.Key Statistic II: 186 -- Number of consecutive weeks Williams will have spent at No. 1 by the end of the U.S. Open, equaling Grafs all-time WTA record. Depending on results in New York, Williams could be surpassed in the rankings after the tournament.Whos Missing: Top names missing from this years field include Roger Federer (letting left knee heal), Maria Sharapova (serving a doping suspension), Victoria Azarenka (pregnant), Tomas Berdych (appendicitis).Prize Money: Total payout to players is a tournament-record $46.3 million, a $4 million increase from 2015. 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