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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...

Australian prison chaplain nervous about cardinal inmate

Aug. 22, 2019 8:00 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A chaplain at an Australian prison for pedophiles on Thursday described the prospect of ministering to a cardinal who until recently was regarded as the third highest-ranking Catholic in the Vatican as "nerve racking." Cardinal George Pell is likely to be transferred from a...

2 whistleblowers appear in Australian court over leaks

Aug. 22, 2019 1:22 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Two whistleblowers appeared in a Canberra court on Thursday charged separately with leaking classified government information that alleges Australia bugged East Timor's Cabinet and potential war crimes committed by Australian troops in Afghanistan. Free speech demonstrators...

Asian stocks mixed after Wall Street rebound

Aug. 22, 2019 12:21 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets are mixed Thursday following Wall Street's rebound as investors looked ahead to a speech by the U.S. Federal Reserve chairman for clues about possible interest rate cuts. Investor reaction was muted following Wednesday's release of notes from the latest Fed meeting...

Ties to China shape cautious reaction to Hong Kong protests

Aug. 21, 2019 9:05 PM EDT

For Canada and the European Union, they are a "situation." For President Donald Trump, a potential stumbling block in ongoing trade disputes. And for South Korea, an issue to be monitored. With the notable exception of Taiwan, cautious comments from the few governments willing to speak out on the ongoing protests...

Sometimes losing teams enjoy LLWS consolation games the most

Aug. 21, 2019 2:55 PM EDT

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — The bleachers at Volunteer Stadium were nearly full when Kentucky took on Australia, but to outfielder Jackson Idlett, the whole thing felt low key. The pressure was off for the Monday morning game, and the butterflies had settled. Both teams were out of the running for the...

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...

The Latest: Vatican to wait before investigating Pell

Aug. 21, 2019 11:30 AM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The Latest on an appeals court upholding the sex abuse convictions of Cardinal George Pell (all times local): 8 p.m. The Vatican says it will let Cardinal George Pell exhaust all his appeals of his sexual abuse convictions in Australia before taking up his case in its own canon...

Global stocks mostly rise ahead of US Fed release

Aug. 21, 2019 7:59 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Global stock markets were back in positive territory Wednesday as investors looked ahead to a speech by the Federal Reserve chairman for signs of possible plans for more U.S. interest rate cuts. Market benchmarks in London and Frankfurt rose in early trading. On Wall Street, the futures for...