International basketball

Greece's Giannis Antetokounmpo is surrounded by United States players as he fights to hold on to the ball during phase two of the FIBA Basketball World Cup at the Shenzhen Bay Sports Center in Shenzhen in southern China's Guangdong province on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019. United States beats Greece 69-53. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
September 08, 2019 - 7:17 am
SHENZHEN, China (AP) — U.S. guard Donovan Mitchell turned toward his bench with fists clenched, then punched the air in celebration and let out a joyous scream. It wasn't for a dunk, or a 3-pointer, or some highlight-reel play. Mitchell's exuberant reaction was because the U.S. forced a 24-second...
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Greece's Giannis Antetokounmpo tries to block United States' Donovan Mitchell during phase two of the FIBA Basketball World Cup at the Shenzhen Bay Sports Center in Shenzhen in southern China's Guangdong province on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019. United States beat Greece 69-53. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
September 07, 2019 - 7:27 pm
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...
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Ivory Coast's Deon Thompson, right, and Poland's Damian Kulig, center, go for a rebound during the Basketball World Cup Group A game between Ivory Coast and Poland in Beijing Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019. (Greg Baker/Pool Photo via AP)
September 06, 2019 - 4:22 am
BEIJING (AP) — The basketball World Cup has turned into a championship of Europe and the Americas — with Australia thrown in from the Oceania region. Of the original 32-team field, the largest ever in a World Cup, not a single team from Asia or Africa advanced to the 16-team second round. They all...
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Giannis Antetokounmpo of Greece looks to pass around Vitor Benite of Brazil during their group stage match in the FIBA Basketball World Cup in Nanjing in eastern China's Jiangsu province, Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019. (Chinatopix via AP)
September 05, 2019 - 11:45 pm
SHENZHEN, China (AP) — The U.S. men's basketball team figured that it would eventually cross paths with Giannis Antetokounmpo at this World Cup. And the Americans were right. For the first time, a reigning NBA MVP will play against the U.S. on a major international stage. Antetokounmpo and Greece (...
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Japan's Rui Hachimura keeps the ball from Czech Republic's Martin Kriz during a Group E match for the FIBA Basketball World Cup at the Shanghai Oriental Sports Center in Shanghai on Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
September 03, 2019 - 10:51 am
SHANGHAI (AP) — Rui Hachimura believes his game has grown this summer. He knows his confidence has. It has been a hectic and nonexistent offseason for the soon-to-be Washington Wizards rookie — he was drafted No. 9 overall in June, played NBA summer league in July and has been with the Japanese...
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United States' coach Gregg Popovich briefs the team before a Group E match against Czech Republic for the FIBA Basketball World Cup at the Shanghai Oriental Sports Center in Shanghai on Sunday, Sept. 1, 2019. U.S. defeats Czech Republic 88-67. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
September 02, 2019 - 12:12 am
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...
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In this Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019 photo, Poland's head coach Mike Taylor celebrates during their group phase basketball game against Venezuela in the FIBA Basketball World Cup at the Cadillac Arena in Beijing. American coach Mike Taylor led Poland to its first World Cup victory in 52 years in the first game against Venezuela. Now he'll try to upset host China in the second game on Monday. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
September 01, 2019 - 2:40 am
BEIJING (AP) — Poland made history in its opening game of the basketball World Cup in China, winning at the tournament for the first time in 52 years. Beating Venezuela might have been just for starters. Next comes China on Monday in the second game for two countries trying to break through. China...
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Australia's Matthew Dellavedova, left, and United States' Kemba Walker in action during their exhibition basketball game in Melbourne, Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)
August 31, 2019 - 6:23 am
SHANGHAI (AP) — Kemba Walker sees an irony in the notion that USA Basketball is vulnerable going into the World Cup. It might be new for the U.S. program. It isn't that new for these U.S. players. The 12-man squad that makes its World Cup debut Sunday (8:30 a.m. EDT) isn't overpowering on paper...
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Chinese team member and former NBA player Yi Jianlian, right, speaks as coach Li Nan listens at a press conference at the Cadillac Arena ahead of the start of the FIBA Basketball World Cup in Beijing, Friday, Aug. 30, 2019. The competition, which features 32 teams from around the globe, will be held in 8 cities across China starting on Saturday. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
August 30, 2019 - 10:20 am
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, along...
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Venezuela's head coach Fernando Duro, left, speaks as player Jose Vargas listens during a press conference at the Cadillac Arena, one of the venues of the FIBA Basketball World Cup, in Beijing, Friday, Aug. 30, 2019. Venezuela's basketball team hopes to send some good news to a country suffering economic sanctions and a political crisis that has forced millions to flee in recent years. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
August 30, 2019 - 4:47 am
BEIJING (AP) — Venezuela's basketball team hopes to send some good news back to a country suffering through economic sanctions and a political crisis that has forced millions to flee in recent years. The mission starts Saturday in Beijing when Venezuela faces Poland on the opening day of the...
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