Latest Gregg Popovich News

Olympic Latest: Bach declares Tokyo Olympics officially over

Aug. 08, 2021 09:28 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The Latest on the Tokyo Olympics, which are taking place under heavy restrictions after a year’s delay because of the coronavirus pandemic: ___ The Tokyo Olympics are officially over. IOC President Thomas Bach...

EXPLAINER: What's next for the USA Basketball men's program

Aug. 07, 2021 11:09 AM EDT

SAITAMA, Japan (AP) — For USA Basketball’s men’s national team, the next item on the to-do list isn’t the 2024 Paris Olympics. It’s not even the 2023 World Cup, which will end in the Philippines. It’s a qualifying tournament, in about three months. ...

American gold bonanza as Tokyo Olympics near end

Aug. 07, 2021 10:36 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The second to last day of competition at the Tokyo Olympics produced a gold medal bonanza for the United States. The Americans kept up their domination in men's basketball and women's water polo with gold medal victories in both on Saturday, and Allyson...

Golden, again: US beats France 87-82 for Tokyo title

Aug. 07, 2021 09:43 AM EDT

SAITAMA, Japan (AP) — Nothing about the summer was easy for the U.S. men’s basketball team, and neither was the gold-medal game. The Americans expected nothing less. And in the end, their Olympic reign lives on. Kevin Durant...

Captain America: Durant makes sure gold medal stays with US

Aug. 07, 2021 03:23 AM EDT

SAITAMA, Japan (AP) — With the gold medal in jeopardy, the U.S. knew where to turn to protect it. It could only be Captain America. Even before he was wrapped up in a flag that looked like a cape, Kevin Durant played the part of a hero for the U.S....

US routs Australia 97-78, to play for more basketball gold

Aug. 05, 2021 09:49 AM EDT

SAITAMA, Japan (AP) — The U.S. has owned gold for three straight Olympics, making the middle of the medals platform property of the Americans. The Australians tried everything they could to shove them off. “They hit us with a nice punch,” Kevin...

Australia's hopes for Olympic gold vanish against the US

Aug. 05, 2021 04:03 AM EDT

SAITAMA, Japan (AP) — Gregg Popovich wrapped his arms around Australia's Patty Mills when it was over, and even the coach of the U.S. team was struck by how the losing team must have been feeling at the final buzzer. A medal was in Australia's hands. That is, until it...

Cherry and Norman face off in 400-meter final at Tokyo Games

Aug. 04, 2021 19:09 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The action on Day 13 of the Tokyo Games will feature track and field, with medals in the men's 400-meter final, the men's and women's 4x100 relays and the women's 400 meters. The women’s beach volleyball final will be live during NBC's primetime coverage,...

Analysis: He's Kevin Durant, and finding his Olympic groove

Aug. 04, 2021 10:47 AM EDT

SAITAMA, Japan (AP) — It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to make the connection. Kevin Durant is looking like Kevin Durant. And USA Basketball is looking like USA Basketball. There are other factors involved in why the Americans — whose summer got off to a seriously...

A restrictive Olympics has reminders of NBA, WNBA bubbles

Aug. 04, 2021 06:02 AM EDT

SAITAMA, Japan (AP) — Wake up. Take a coronavirus test. Go to an empty arena. Practice or play a game. Return to the hotel. FaceTime family and friends who they’ve been separated from for weeks. Watch other games on television. Sleep. Such is the typical itinerary for...