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Parker, USA go undefeated in FIBA prelims

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Parker, USA go undefeated in FIBA prelims

The Chicago kids have fared just fine in Lithuania, as Jabari Parker, Kendrick Nunn and Jahlil Okafor helped Team USA to a 5-0 record in the preliminary round at the 2012 FIBA U17 World Championship.
The Americans crushed the competition in the opening round, winning by an average of 40.6 points. The team's closest game was its first, when they defeated Australia 89-67. Its largest winning margin occurred yesterday, when they defeated China 116-47.
Simeon's Jabari Parker, the top player in the 2013 class, averaged 13.7 points per game in three games, but sat out the team's final two games with a sore foot for precautionary reasons, as USA was already into the medal round.
Whitney Young's Jahlil Okafor started a team-high four games and averaged 14.0 points on 57.7 percent shooting and 9.6 rebounds.
Simeon's Kendrick Nunn was seventh on the team in scoring, averaging 7.2 points per game. He shot just 1-of-7 from beyond the arc, but the team shot 37.9 percent as a team.
2013 Kansas commit Conner Frankamp led the team in scoring at 14.2 points per game.
Team USA will play Team Canada in the semifinals of the tournament on Friday. The Canadians went 3-2 in the preliminary round.
Should they win, the Americans would then play the winner of Australia (4-1) and Argentina (3-2) in the semifinals Saturday.
The championship will be held Sunday at 8:30 p.m. local time.

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Yu Darvish, Jim Thome, Sammy Sosa and more

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Yu Darvish, Jim Thome, Sammy Sosa and more

Tuesday on Sports Talk Live, David Kaplan along with Chris Bleck, Rich Campbell and Jordan Bernfield discuss:

            -the posibility of the Cubs signing Yu Darvish and the need for one more pitcher in the rotation

            -Jim Thome looking like he'll be inducted into Cooperstown tomorrow

            -Sammy Sosa's Hall of Fame chances

            -Corey Crawford back to working out as the Hawks losing continues

            -DeMarcus Cousins with a game for the ages, but is his baggage worth signing him?

            -Do the Eagles have a chance of beating the Patriots in the Super Bowl?

1-on-1 with Antioch quarterback Athan Kaliakmanis

1-on-1 with Antioch quarterback Athan Kaliakmanis

Need proof that the college football recruiting process is evaluating and offering players younger than ever before? All you need to do is ask Antioch quarterback Athan Kaliakmanis (6-foot-3, 185 pounds).

Kaliakmanis, who as a freshman was Carmel's starting quarterback before transferring to his home school district after the fall semester, recently landed his first verbal scholarship from Syracuse. Kaliakmanis, who is also on several college recruiting radar screens this winter, was easily one of the stronger performers in a loaded quarterback field at the recently held EDGYTIM MLK Underclassmen Showcase, powered by EFT Football Academy. 

I caught up with Kaliakmanis and discussed how Syracuse gave him his first scholarship, his recent transfer to Antioch and much more.