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US keeps top spot in FIBA men's world rankings; Spain No. 2

Sep. 19, 2019 7:07 AM EDT

USA Basketball has kept its No. 1 spot in the FIBA world men's rankings, even after a disappointing seventh-place showing in the World Cup that ended earlier this week. It's now nine-years-and-counting in the top spot for the U.S., which has held the No. 1 ranking since winning the 2010 world championship. World...

A first: 18 Olympic rugby players competing at World Cup

Sep. 18, 2019 9:37 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Fiji captain Leone Nakarawa has made the transition from 15-a-side to rugby sevens to pick up an Olympic gold medal and now he's back again in the traditional format aiming to take his country further than ever at the World Cup. Olympic rugby players will be contesting the Rugby World Cup for...

Gasol completes historic double, Spain wins World Cup

Sep. 15, 2019 11:33 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Marc Gasol looked to the sky as confetti fell, some sticking to his massive shoulders, and then cradled and kissed the giant golden chalice that goes to the World Cup champions. He's getting good at hoisting trophies. Gasol got to bask in a championship celebration for the second time in...

Gasol, Spain to meet Argentina in World Cup final

Sep. 14, 2019 7:32 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Lamar Odom, LeBron James and Kyrie Irving. Those are the only five players to win an NBA title and a gold medal in the same year, whether it was in FIBA or Olympic competition, with Pippen doing it twice. It is an exclusive club — one that Marc Gasol is...

Argentina moves to World Cup final, tops France 80-66

Sep. 13, 2019 10:53 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Luis Scola was asked what Sunday will mean to him, and he didn't hesitate with the answer. "Everything," he said. The veteran Argentinian forward didn't need to give more of an explanation. The World Cup is one win away, and Scola made sure his team would have a chance to hoist the trophy....

Spain beats Australia 95-88 in 2OT to reach World Cup final

Sep. 13, 2019 9:57 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — No one on Spain's basketball team is looking past Sunday's World Cup final. Certainly not Marc Gasol, who scored 33 points to lead the Spanish over Australia 95-88 in double overtime on Friday in the semifinals. Ricky Rubio scored 19 points and Sergio Llull added 17. Spain will next face...

US loses to Serbia 94-89, assuring worst big-tourney finish

Sep. 12, 2019 12:25 PM EDT

DONGGUAN, China (AP) — The U.S. came to China looking to again be the best in the world. It will go home with the worst tournament showing in program history. Such is the reality for the Americans now, assured of finishing no better than seventh at the World Cup after falling to Serbia 94-89 in a...

A shocker: US beaten by France 89-79 in World Cup quarters

Sep. 11, 2019 11:22 AM EDT

DONGGUAN, China (AP) — No gold. No medal. No more winning streak. The U.S. reign atop international basketball has ended — this time, thwarted by France at the World Cup. For the first time since 2006, the U.S. sent NBA players to a major international tournament and won't win gold. Evan Fournier...

Olympic bound US tops Brazil 89-73, gains World Cup quarters

Sep. 9, 2019 11:24 AM EDT

SHENZHEN, China (AP) — The first mission for the U.S. is complete: The Americans are going to the Tokyo Olympics. And now the World Cup quarterfinals await. Kemba Walker and Myles Turner each scored 16 points, and the Americans earned a top seed for the quarterfinals by beating Brazil 89-73 on Monday in...

Nigeria, Iran clinch Olympic berths; Spain tops Serbia

Sep. 8, 2019 11:16 AM EDT

Nigeria and Iran are going to the Olympics. China's World Cup run came to a disappointing end. And Serbia is unbeaten no more, making a third consecutive meeting with the U.S. in a gold-medal game now unlikely. Nigeria clinched the Olympic berth that goes to the top African finisher in the World Cup by beating...