Appel joins U.S. national team for World Championships

Yahyavi named Pac-10 men's soccer Player of the Week

Stanford grad Jayne Appel, who led the Cardinal women's basketball team into the Final Four the past three years, will be looking to add a FIBA World Championship to her impressive resume.

Appel, the four-time college All-American and an all-star in her first year with the WNBA San Antonio Silver Stars, was named to the United States World Championship team, the USA Basketball Women's National Team Player Selection Committee announced Tuesday.

Appel, who scored 2,125 points in her Cardinal career, will make her World Championship debut with the U.S. senior national team at the FIBA World Championship in Ostrava and Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic beginning Thursday.

Appel is the third Stanford grad to represent the United States at the FIBA World Championship, joining Jennifer Azzi and Sonja Henning.

Appel, a two-time gold medal winner with the 2006 FIBA Americas U18 Championship and 2007 USA Pan-American Games Teams, averaged 3.0 points and 4.0 rebounds over 9.3 minutes a game over Team USA's four exhibition games since Sept. 10.

Appel, the Pac-10's all-time career leader with 1,263 rebounds, joined the national team player pool in early August.

Men's soccer

Stanford senior Dominique Yahyavi earned Pac-10 Player of the Week honors after an outstanding performance in the Bay Area Classic it was announced Tuesday.

Yahyavi scored three goals in the tournament, leading Stanford to a co-championship.

He scored the game winner in the 86th minute to give the Cardinal a 1-0 win at San Francisco on Thursday.

Yahyavi, who entered the year with three career goals, followed his game-winner with two goals in a 4-1 win over Santa Clara on Sunday.

The Cardinal (2-4) hosts the Stanford Nike Classic this weekend, meeting Saint Mary's on Friday at 7 p.m. and Denver at 1 p.m. Sunday.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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