International basketball

Former NBA basketball player and FIBA World Cup Ambassador Kobe Bryant, left, passes a trophy to former NBA basketball player and Chinese Basketball Association president Yao Ming during the draw ceremony for the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup in Shenzhen in southern China's Guangdong Province, Saturday, March 16, 2019. The competition will take place in 8 cities across China later this year. (Chinatopix via AP)
March 16, 2019 - 11:02 pm
USA Basketball still doesn't know which players will be wearing the red, white and blue this summer in China. Their first three opponents, however, are finally set. The Americans' quest for an unprecedented third consecutive FIBA World Cup championship will start against the Czech Republic,...
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Former NBA basketball player and FIBA World Cup Ambassador Kobe Bryant, left, passes a trophy to former NBA basketball player and Chinese Basketball Association president Yao Ming during the draw ceremony for the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup in Shenzhen in southern China's Guangdong Province, Saturday, March 16, 2019. The competition will take place in 8 cities across China later this year. (Chinatopix via AP)
March 16, 2019 - 12:09 pm
USA Basketball still doesn't know which players will be wearing the red, white and blue this summer in China. Their first three opponents, however, are finally set. The Americans' quest for an unprecedented third consecutive FIBA World Cup championship will start against the Czech Republic,...
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Former NBA basketball player and FIBA World Cup Ambassador Kobe Bryant, center, speaks during the draw ceremony for the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup in Shenzhen in southern China's Guangdong Province, Saturday, March 16, 2019. The competition will take place in 8 cities across China later this year. (Chinatopix via AP)
March 16, 2019 - 12:07 pm
Kobe Bryant has a message for USA Basketball going into the FIBA World Cup: Be ready. Bryant, the two-time Olympic gold medalist for the U.S. and one of the global ambassadors for this summer's World Cup, spent part of his Saturday night at the tournament draw ceremony in China with his hands on...
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San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich reacts to a call from a referee during the second half of the team's NBA basketball game against the New York Knicks, Friday, March 15, 2019, in San Antonio. San Antonio won 109-83. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)
March 16, 2019 - 11:04 am
USA Basketball still doesn't know which players will be wearing the red, white and blue this summer in China. Their first three opponents, however, are finally set. The Americans' quest for an unprecedented third consecutive FIBA World Cup championship will start against the Czech Republic,...
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March 16, 2019 - 8:20 am
The United States' quest for a third straight FIBA World Cup championship will begin with matchups against Turkey, the Czech Republic and Japan this summer. The Americans are in Group E for the tournament that begins in China on Aug. 31. The 32 teams that qualified for the event were all placed...
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Duke's RJ Barrett (5) and Tre Jones react with Alex O'Connell, left, following a play against Wake Forest during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Durham, N.C., Tuesday, March 5, 2019. Duke won 71-70. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
March 05, 2019 - 10:19 pm
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — No. 4 Duke again didn't have Zion Williamson. The Blue Devils also didn't have their best version of Cameron Reddish — and for a few uneasy minutes also were without Tre Jones. The Blue Devils did have RJ Barrett, and that — plus a fortunate bounce on the final shot — was just...
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San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich give referee Tony Brothers (25) and earfull during the second half of an NBA basketball game in New York, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019. The Knicks defeated the Spurs 130-118. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
February 26, 2019 - 2:15 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Now the U.S. really is Gregg Popovich's team. He's been the Americans' national team coach for a few years but there was never a guarantee he'd actually get to lead them in competition. The U.S. first had to qualify for the Basketball World Cup, where the Americans can then play...
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February 25, 2019 - 11:18 pm
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Reggie Hearn is not going to play in China at the FIBA World Cup this summer. He got a memory that'll last a lifetime anyway. Hearn hit a long jumper from the right corner as time expired, and the United States defeated Argentina 84-83 on Monday night in the final qualifying...
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February 25, 2019 - 9:27 pm
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Reggie Hearn hit a long jumper from the right corner as time expired, and the United States defeated Argentina 84-83 on Monday night in the final qualifying game before this summer's FIBA World Cup for both teams. Hearn — who played in more games than anyone else for the U.S...
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Oklahoma City Thunder Hamidou Diallo heads to the hoop during the NBA All-Star Slam Dunk contest, Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
February 16, 2019 - 10:33 pm
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on NBA All-Star Weekend (all times local): 10:30 p.m. Oklahoma City's Hamidou Diallo is the NBA's slam dunk champion. Going over Shaquille O'Neal in the first round, then getting a boost from rapper Quavo in the finale, Diallo soared to the crown by topping New...
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