RIO DE JANEIRO -- No one has been able to beat the U.S. womens basketball team at the Olympics for 20 years. With a wealth of talent returning and waiting in the wings, it doesnt look like the unprecedented run will be ending anytime soon.Even with four-time Olympians Sue Bird, Diana Taurasi and Tamika Catchings having likely just played their last game for the U.S., the future remains incredibly bright for the team thats won six consecutive Olympic gold medals and dominated the sport for two decades.Brittney Griner, Breanna Stewart and Elena Delle Donne won gold medals in their Olympic debuts. Throw in two-time gold medalists Maya Moore, Tina Charles and Angel McCoughtry -- who should all be back in 2020 -- and there is another strong nucleus to build on for the Tokyo Games.I feel really confident about it, Bird said of the future of the womens program. There are some question marks with the point guard spot, but I dont think it will be an issue. They have plenty of time to figure it out. The three youngsters on this team, second timers, theres such a large amount of talent in our country. We push each other every summer in the WNBA and show each other what it takes.During the run for the Americans, each team has been led by experienced players. The 2016 team had nine that won gold four years earlier in London. The four-timers said they learned from other U.S. greats like Lisa Leslie and Dawn Staley. Bird, Taurasi and Catchings served as the bridge from the 1996 team that started the 49-game winning streak and now the trio has passed that legacy down to the next group.Whats better for me is knowing that the people that started that journey, I got a chance to play with, Catchings said. So it kind of like crossed over. They passed the torch on to Sue, Dee and I, and now you know whatever happens next, whether Sue and Dee play in another one or not, for me its kind of like Im passing the torch over to whoever that next generation is. I know because of the overlap that weve had, that hopefully we can keep it going.U.S. coach Geno Auriemma was impressed with how the leaders set examples -- on and off the court -- for the younger players to follow.Theres a lot of entitlement in sports out there today, Auriemma said. You have three Hall of Fame players, Sue, Dee, Tamika Catchings, who dont think they are entitled to anything. They work hard every day and feel they have to earn it. ... I think the attitude and example they set is probably one that the next group is going to benefit from more than anything else.Griner said she learned a lot from the three veterans.They told me coming into this, take every moment in, said Griner, who joked that she told Taurasi she cant stop playing USA Basketball until Griner stops. It goes by quick and cherish every single moment. To share the court, share a bus, share a locker room with them has been amazing. I learned a lot on the court, off the court and just having fun with them.Griner later added that she knows its very important to keep the run going.You dont want to let down the ones that came and set the bar, she said. 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METAIRIE, La. -- The New Orleans Pelicans say Anthony Davis is expected to return to basketball activities within 10 to 14 days after spraining his right ankle during an exhibition game against Houston in China on Wednesday.The update comes after the Pelicans resumed practice at their New Orleans-area headquarters on Friday.The prognosis for Davis raises the prospects that hell either return in time for New Orleans regular-season opener on Oct. 26 against vissiting Denver, or shortly afterward.dddddddddddd New Orleans plays three games in the first week of the regular season, including a home contest against Golden State on Oct. 28 and a game at San Antonio on Oct. 29.Davis, a three-time All-Star, has averaged 20.8 points, 9.7 rebounds and 2.4 blocks during his first four NBA seasons. 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