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World Cup will have star power, in an international sense

Aug. 25, 2019 11:10 AM EDT

The reigning NBA MVP is headed to the basketball World Cup. So are three other members of this past season's All-NBA squad, and so is the starting center from the team that won the NBA championship a couple months ago. Most of those guys won't be playing for the United States. The majority of America's best...

Kuzma out of World Cup with ankle injury; US roster set

Aug. 24, 2019 11:07 AM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — USA Basketball said Saturday that Kyle Kuzma of the Los Angeles Lakers has a left ankle injury that will keep him from playing in the FIBA World Cup. Kuzma's absence finalized the U.S. roster for the tournament, which starts Aug. 31 in China. The Americans had 13 players and...

Down and out Down Under, US seem vulnerable for World Cup

Aug. 24, 2019 9:36 AM EDT

The U.S. men's basketball team had never lost to Australia. It had gone nearly 13 years without losing a game with an NBA-stocked roster. It was in the midst of the longest winning streak in team history. Until Saturday. The Americans went Down Under, and went down. Australia beat the U.S. 98-94 before a crowd of...

Streak ends: US men's basketball falls to Australia, 98-94

Aug. 24, 2019 5:27 AM EDT

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,...

US-Australia basketball: Not all in crowd happy with seating

Aug. 23, 2019 2:34 AM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Not everyone was happy in 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 that usually features cricket, soccer or Australian rules football games....

Analysis: USA Basketball wanted to be tested, and they were

Aug. 22, 2019 11:33 AM EDT

This is why USA Basketball went to Melbourne. The Americans wanted trouble. They got some. Thursday's 102-86 win over Australia was everything that U.S. coach Gregg Popovich could have wanted in a World Cup tuneup game for his squad. A few days removed from traveling halfway around the world, playing a road game...

Walker, Turner lead US over Australia 102-86

Aug. 22, 2019 9:36 AM EDT

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 game...

For Celtics, USA World Cup camp is a preseason bonus

Aug. 21, 2019 12:46 PM EDT

Red, white and blue. The colors of USA Basketball. Except this summer, green — Celtics green, to be precise — would work on that palette as well. 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...

With Villanova and USA Basketball, Jay Wright on double-duty

Aug. 19, 2019 12:42 PM EDT

Jay Wright immediately accepted a chance to be an assistant coach with USA Basketball for this year's World Cup. And then he checked his calendar. Villanova students are headed back to school this week — while the Villanova men's basketball coach will be halfway around the world for the next month or so....

Inaugural Aurora Games ready to kick off in Albany, NY

Aug. 18, 2019 10:36 AM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — When former UCLA gymnastics coach Valorie Kondos Field was asked to be part of the inaugural Aurora Games, she jumped at the chance. Celebrating the female athlete is right up her alley. "The thing that really struck me is that we do celebrate these high-level athletes so infrequently...