International basketball

Team White guard Pat Connaughton (32) goes up for a shot against pressure from Team Blue guard Joe Harris (47) during the first half of the U.S. men's basketball team's scrimmage in Las Vegas, Friday, Aug. 9, 2019. (Erik Verduzco/Las Vegas Review-Journal via AP)
August 14, 2019 - 8:07 pm
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — USA Basketball coach Gregg Popovich doesn't have many rules for his World Cup team. They're more like suggestions, such as the one about limiting phone usage when the team is having breakfast together. He doesn't mind if guys are talking. He just wants them talking to one...
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August 12, 2019 - 6:03 pm
Kyle Lowry of the NBA champion Toronto Raptors has withdrawn from the pool of candidates USA Basketball is considering to take to the FIBA World Cup later this month. Lowry said his surgically repaired thumb isn't ready to allow him to participate in on-court workouts. He had surgery last month to...
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Team White forward Jarrett Allen (36) goes up for a dunk against Team Blue forward Thaddeus Young (55) during the first half of the U.S. men's basketball team's scrimmage in Las Vegas, Friday, Aug. 9, 2019. (Erik Verduzco/Las Vegas Review-Journal via AP)
August 10, 2019 - 12:50 am
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The first order of business for USA Basketball on Friday night was thanking its fans, so Donovan Mitchell grabbed a microphone to deliver the pregame message. He got right to the point. "We look forward to going out to China, representing the USA, and winning the gold," Mitchell...
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Former USA Basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski, center, talks with former NBA coach Tom Thibodeau after the U.S. basketball training camp practice Wednesday, Aug 7 2019. Krzyzewski is in Las Vegas for a couple days to show support to new coach Gregg Popovich and his staff as they prepare for the FIBA World Cup in China. (AP Photo/Tim Reynolds)
August 07, 2019 - 6:46 pm
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Gregg Popovich somehow only met Mike Krzyzewski for the first time about four years ago, when the two coaching greats saw their paths finally cross when they were together at a USA Basketball event. They're a whole lot closer now. USA Basketball's coaching past was alongside its...
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July 27, 2019 - 3:28 pm
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi want their USA Basketball legacy to be more than just winning medals. The four-time Olympic gold medalists came up with an idea for a training plan for USA Basketball leading up to next year's Tokyo Olympics that would help the Americans go for an...
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Seattle Storm's Breanna Stewart, center, attends the WNBA All-Star festivities Friday, July 26, 2019, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
July 27, 2019 - 3:02 am
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Breanna Stewart is hoping to be ready by February to play with USA Basketball in the Olympic qualifying tournament. That would be about 10 months after she ruptured her right Achilles' tendon while playing in the Euroleague Women's championship in April. "I'm trying to be back to...
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United States' Megan Rapinoe , center left, celebrates with teammates their victory in the Women's World Cup final soccer match between US and The Netherlands at the Stade de Lyon in Decines, outside Lyon, France, Sunday, July 7, 2019. US won 2:0. (AP Photo/David Vincent)
July 08, 2019 - 8:16 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Fresh off their victory at the Women's World Cup, members of the U.S. national soccer team, along with top NBA draft pick Zion Williamson and world No. 1 golfer Brooks Koepka, will be among the attendees at The ESPYs on Wednesday. The show honoring the past year's top athletes...
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FILE - In this April 19, 2019, file photo, Boston Celtics' Kyrie Irving (11) shoots against Indiana Pacers' Cory Joseph (6) during the second half of Game 3 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series in Indianapolis. Rarely relevant at the same time on the basketball court, the Knicks and Nets are front and center in the free agency race, two of the teams best positioned to make a splash when the market opens. Both can afford two top players, with hopes of landing not only a Kevin Durant or Kyrie Irving, but possibly even both. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)
July 01, 2019 - 1:13 am
The Latest on NBA free agency (all times ET): 1:05 a.m. A person with knowledge of the details says the Brooklyn Nets capped their big day by agreeing to a deal with Kyrie Irving. The point guard left the Boston Celtics to sign on with a Nets team that also got agreements from Kevin Durant and...
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Washington Wizards basketball team introduce Rui Hachimura, the team's first-round pick in the 2019 NBA Draft during a press conference at Capital One Arena in Washington, Friday, June 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
June 22, 2019 - 1:11 am
TOKYO (AP) — Japanese basketball officials, fans and media hailed the selection of Rui Hachimura in the NBA draft, saying the move will usher in a new era for the sport in Japan. Hachimura became the first player from Japan to get chosen in the first round of the NBA draft, taken with the No. 9...
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FILE - In trhis Jan. 14, 2019, file photo, Charlotte Hornets' Tony Parker laughs on the bench during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the San Antonio Spurs, in San Antonio. Four-time NBA champion Tony Parker has announced he's retiring after 18 seasons. The 37-year-old guard played 17 said on Twitter Monday, June 10, 2019, that it was an emotional decision and that it has been an "incredible journey." He played 17 seasons for the San Antonio Spurs and made the postseason every year of his career before joining the Hornets last season and missing the playoffs. He was selected to the All-Star team six times and was named second-team All-NBA three times. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)
June 10, 2019 - 2:26 pm
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Four-time NBA champion Tony Parker's impressive career is over. Parker announced Monday he's retiring from basketball after 18 seasons in the NBA. The 37-year-old guard said on Twitter it was an emotional decision. "It's with a lot of emotion that I retire from basketball, it...
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