Revamped USA eyes 11th Women’s Basketball World Cup crown

The Olympic champion from the United States will start the Women’s World Cup on Thursday with a new-look team that misses some of its biggest stars, but even without Brittney Griner and Sue Bird, the basketball powerhouse is a heavy favorite for a fourth consecutive title.

Griner, a star of their Tokyo Olympics-winning team, continues to languish in a Russian prison while Bird and his longtime partner Diana Taurasi retire.

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