College players in Turkey focus on hoops, class

(AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)

ISTANBUL (AP) UConn star Breanna Stewart and freshman teammate Kia Nurse have had more than basketball to focus on at the women's world championship. They also have to keep up with school work from nearly 5,000 miles away.

Both will have missed about a month of college to play for their national teams - Stewart with the U.S.; Nurse with Canada.

This is the third straight world championship in which the Americans have had a college player on the team. Candace Parker was on the 2006 squad while still playing at Tennessee.

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