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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...

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...

France, Australia into World Cup quarters; US must wait

Sep. 7, 2019 10:28 PM EDT

France and Australia reached the quarterfinals of the World Cup on Saturday. They join Serbia, Spain, Poland and Argentina in the final eight. The last two quarterfinal spots will be decided Monday when the United States (4-0) faces Brazil (3-1) and Greece (2-2) plays the Czech Republic (3-1). The U.S. is in the...

Czech Republic, Australia keep rolling in World Cup

Sep. 7, 2019 8:00 AM EDT

The Czech Republic defeated Brazil 93-71 on Saturday to keep itself in the hunt for a spot in the World Cup quarterfinals with an easy win over the previously unbeaten South Americans. Tomas Satoransky scored 20 points, added nine assists and had seven rebounds for the Czechs (3-1), who will play Greece on...

Czech Republic, Australia keep rolling in World Cup

Sep. 7, 2019 6:45 AM EDT

The Czech Republic defeated Brazil 93-71 on Saturday to keep itself in the hunt for a spot in the World Cup quarterfinals with an easy win over the previously unbeaten South Americans. Tomas Satoransky scored 20 points for the Czechs (3-1), who will play Greece on Monday. Ondrej Balvin scored 15 and Patrik Auda...

Puerto Rico punches its ticket to 2nd round of World Cup

Sep. 4, 2019 10:53 AM EDT

Puerto Rico couldn't even begin qualifying for this World Cup at home two years ago, forced to move its opening game to Florida because of the damage that Hurricane Maria inflicted on the island. It was undeterred then. It is in the World Cup's second round now. Gary Browne's 3-pointer with 5.1 seconds left...

A coaching odyssey: Will Voigt goes from Vermont to Angola

Sep. 2, 2019 3:12 AM EDT

SHANGHAI (AP) — Will Voigt epitomizes how basketball is a global game. The coach of Angola's national team at this World Cup speaks no fewer than six languages and doesn't regularly get his mail because he's hardly ever near Idaho — the place he currently calls home. He grew up in Vermont, went to...

Hello, World Cup: A record field set for FIBA's main event

Aug. 30, 2019 1:20 PM EDT

SHANGHAI (AP) — The biggest basketball World Cup is about to begin. Many of the world's top players — and a couple of the world's top national teams — are not in China for the FIBA World Cup, a 32-team extravaganza that begins Saturday. At stake over the next 16 days: The world championship,...

Order restored: US beats Canada in pre-World Cup basketball

Aug. 26, 2019 6:10 PM EDT

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. never...

10 things to know about the FIBA World Cup

Aug. 5, 2019 2:30 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — USA Basketball opened training camp Monday for the FIBA World Cup, which starts Aug. 31 in China. Here are 10 things to know about the tournament and the Americans' quest for an unprecedented third gold medal in the event. ___ WHAT IS IT? The World Cup is a 32-team tournament running from...