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Two powerhouses fall at worlds

Originally Published: October 1, 2010
By Mechelle Voepel | ESPN.com

Call it "Freaky Friday" at the FIBA World Championship. Not for the United States, but for the two squads that entered this tournament as the Americans' top challengers.

The two teams that met in the 2006 world championship final -- Russia and Australia -- will leave the Czech Republic without a medal after both countries were knocked into the consolation bracket after quarterfinal losses on Friday.

The day started with Belarus, once joined with Russia as part of the ...

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