International basketball

United States' Donovan Mitchell dunks during a Group E match against Czech Republic for the FIBA Basketball World Cup at the Shanghai Oriental Sports Center in Shanghai on Sunday, Sept. 1, 2019. U.S. defeats Czech Republic 88-67. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
September 01, 2019 - 8:22 am
SHANGHAI (AP) — The first big celebratory reaction from the U.S. bench in this World Cup came just a couple of minutes after tipoff, when Myles Turner blocked a shot at the rim. And with that, the tone was set. There is an emphasis on defense with this U.S. team, and it was evident from the outset...
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Poland's bench reacts during their group phase basketball game against Venezuela in the FIBA Basketball World Cup at the Cadillac Arena in Beijing, Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
August 31, 2019 - 8:06 am
SHANGHAI (AP) — Serbia's push toward unseating the U.S. as World Cup champion is off and running. Bogdan Bogdanovic made his first four 3-point attempts to help his team take control early on, All-NBA center Nikola Jokic didn't even start and the Serbians still had plenty on the way to easing past...
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United States' Donovan Mitchell jumps up to dunk the ball against Canada during their exhibition basketball game in Sydney, Australia, Monday, Aug. 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)
Associated Press
August 26, 2019 - 2:59 pm
SYDNEY (AP) — Order restored. After losing for the first time in nearly 13 years two days earlier, the United States rebounded to outclass Canada 84-68 in a pre-World Cup exhibition basketball game Monday. At the same arena where the Americans won Olympic gold at the Sydney 2000 Games the U.S...
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Australia's Patty Mills celebrates after shooting a 3-pointer during their exhibition basketball game against the U.S in Melbourne, Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)
August 24, 2019 - 2:26 am
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The World Cup is a week away, and the United States is no lock for gold. Australia delivered that message to the world on Saturday. For the first time in nearly 13 years, a U.S. roster of NBA players played an international game — and lost. Patty Mills scored 30 points,...
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U.S head coach Gregg Popovich talks to player in a time-out during their exhibition basketball game in Melbourne, Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)
August 22, 2019 - 8:17 pm
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Not everyone was happy, apparently, among the biggest crowd to watch a basketball game in Australia. Kemba Walker scored 23 points to lead the U.S. over Australia 102-86 on Thursday before a crowd of 51,218 at a stadium which usually features cricket, soccer or...
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United States' Kemba Walker, right, and Australia's Matthew Dellavedova, left, battle for the ball during their exhibition basketball game in Melbourne, Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)
August 22, 2019 - 6:36 am
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — With his team playing on a raised basketball court in a stadium normally used for soccer and cricket, U.S. coach Gregg Popovich said he felt like he was on a movie set. "I kept looking behind me because I knew I was going to fall off the stage," he said. But once the...
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FILE - In this Aug. 16, 2019, file photo, United States' Kemba Walker is shown during the second half of an exhibition basketball game against Spain in Anaheim, Calif. The Boston Celtics will have at least three and possibly four players on the final 12-man roster that USA Basketball will take to China next week for the FIBA World Cup. So these Team USA practices have been a get-to-know-you bonus of sorts for new Celtics guard Kemba Walker and Boston teammates Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown and Marcus Smart. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)
August 22, 2019 - 5:03 am
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Kemba Walker scored 23 points and Myles Turner added 15 to give Team USA a 102-86 win over Australia on Thursday in a World Cup warm-up game. The attendance at Marvel Stadium, which normally hosts soccer, cricket and Australian rules football, was 51,218, billed as the...
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File- Picture taken on March 5, 2019 shows a black rhinoceros in the savannah landscape of the Etosha National Park. ( Matthias Toedt/AP via AP)
August 17, 2019 - 2:33 pm
GENEVA (AP) — From guitars to traditional medicines and from tusk to tail, mankind's exploitation of the planet's fauna and flora is putting some of them at risk of extinction. Representatives of some 180 nations are meeting in Geneva to agree on protections for vulnerable species, taking up issues...
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United States' Khris Middleton, right, shoots over Spain's Marc Gasol during the second half of an exhibition basketball game Friday, Aug. 16, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
August 16, 2019 - 10:02 pm
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — This was a week of wake-up calls for USA Basketball, some provided by unheralded G League players in practice and now more offered up by the Spanish national team. The Americans learned from both. Donovan Mitchell scored 13 points, Khris Middleton added 12 and the U.S. topped...
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Team White guard Pat Connaughton (32) goes up for a shot against pressure from Team Blue guard Joe Harris (47) during the first half of the U.S. men's basketball team's scrimmage in Las Vegas, Friday, Aug. 9, 2019. (Erik Verduzco/Las Vegas Review-Journal via AP)
August 14, 2019 - 5:07 pm
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — USA Basketball coach Gregg Popovich doesn't have many rules for his World Cup team. They're more like suggestions, such as the one about limiting phone usage when the team is having breakfast together. He doesn't mind if guys are talking. He just wants them talking to one...
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