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Stanford's Brown a candidate for USA U19 men's basketball team

Villa, Dries score for American women's water polo team in shootot loss.

Stanford sophomore Anthony Brown and 20 other players open camp Friday for the USA basketball U19 world championship team training session, which runs through June 23.

The training camp will be used to determine the 12-member team that will represent the United States at the 2011 FIBA U19 World Championship in Latvia, which get underway June 30.

NCAA representative Jim Boeheim is scheduled to announce finalists on June 19. The team leaves for Europe on June 24.

Recently named George Mason coach Paul Hewitt serves as the head coach of the USA U19 World Championship Team, and Randy Bennett of St. Mary's College and Cliff Warren of Jacksonville University are assistant coaches.

Women's water polo

Stanford junior Annika Dries and Cardinal grad Brenda Villa each scored a goal but the U.S. national team lost to Greece, 11-10, in a shootout on the final day of pool play at the FINA World League Super Final in Tianjin, China on Thursday.

"We played much too relaxed when leading in both the second and fourth quarters," U.S. coach Adam Krikorian said. "I hope we can learn from this. We will have to play more consistent throughout the rest of the tournament and in each game in order to advance."

The Americans scored the first four goals of the contest, but failed to contain Greece, which fought back to tie it at 4-4 by halftime.

Team USA was still named the top seed from Group A and will meet Canada on Friday in the quarterfinals. Russia is the top seed from Group B.

Baseball

Stanford junior Mark Appel and Cardinal sophomore Brian Ragira will open the summer season with the United States national collegiate team on June 23, when the Americans play host Keene in New Hampshire at 3:30 p.m. (PT).

Appel has already made the team, while Ragira is an an alternate, depending on players availability following the College World Series, currently set to begin in Omaha on Saturday.

Softball

Stanford junior Jenna Rich is one of 35 players who will await news on the United States national team, which will be announced Friday.

Rich has been part of the selection camp in Chula Vista since Sunday, which will determine the squad that will compete in several events over the summer.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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