International basketball

Brazil's Leandrinho Barbosa tries to score past Czech Republic's Blake Schilb 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. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
September 07, 2019 - 7:59 am
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...
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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 06, 2019 - 2:45 am
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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United States' Harrison Barnes tries to steal the ball from Japan's Ryusei Shinoyama during a Group E match for the FIBA Basketball World Cup at the Shanghai Oriental Sports Center in Shanghai on Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
September 05, 2019 - 10:22 am
SHANGHAI (AP) — Jaylen Brown scored 20 points, Kemba Walker added 15 and the U.S. World Cup team finally got to enjoy an easy night, rolling past Japan 98-45 Thursday in the Group E finale. Harrison Barnes scored 14 points while Joe Harris and Donovan Mitchell each had 10 for the Americans (3-0),...
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Spain's Marc Gasol, right competes with Puerto Rico's Gary Browne, left during a group C match for the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 in Guangzhou in southern China's Guangdong province on Monday, Sept. 2, 2019. (AP Photo)
September 04, 2019 - 7:11 am
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. They were undeterred then. They're in the World Cup's second round now. Gary Browne's 3-pointer with 5...
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United States' Kemba Walker is blocked by Turkey's Ersan Ilyasova, second from left and Turkey's Sertac Sanli at right during a Group E match for the FIBA Basketball World Cup at the Shanghai Oriental Sports Center in Shanghai on Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019. The United States beat Turkey 93:92.(AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
September 03, 2019 - 11:52 am
SHANGHAI (AP) — Khris Middleton's two free throws with 2.1 seconds remaining in overtime saved the United States from what would have been a shocking loss, and the two-time defending champion Americans somehow rallied to beat Turkey 93-92 in a World Cup Group E game on Tuesday night. Turkey went 0...
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In this photo provided by China's Xinhua News Agency, Joe Ingles, left, of Australia competes with Lamine Sambe of Senegal during the group H match between Australia and Senegal at the 2019 FIBA World Cup in Dongguan, south China's Guangdong province, Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019. (Zhu Zheng/Xinhua News Agency via AP)
September 03, 2019 - 11:25 am
Australia showed it can do damage by ending the Americans' 78-game winning streak in a warm-up game just over a week ago. On Tuesday in Group H, the Boomers defeated Senegal 81-68 in Dongguan in the far south of China to improve to 2-0 and qualify for the second round. Senegal is 0-2. Patty Mills...
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Luis Scola of Argentina, left, is challenged by Ra Guna of South Korea during their group phase basketball game in the FIBA Basketball World Cup, at the Sport Center in Wuhan in central China's Hubei province, Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
September 02, 2019 - 7:52 am
At 39, Luis Scola is not slowing down. He's moving up. Scola climbed into the No. 2 spot on FIBA's all-time World Cup scoring list on Monday, his 23 points helping Argentina hold off Nigeria 94-81 in a Group B game at Wuhan, China, to clinch a berth in the second round. Scola — whose five World Cup...
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Turkey's Melih Mahmutoğlu reacts with the ball during a Group E match for the FIBA Basketball World Cup at the Shanghai Oriental Sports Center in Shanghai on Sunday, Sept. 1, 2019. Turkey defeats Japan 86-67. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
September 01, 2019 - 11:43 am
SHANGHAI (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo stole the ball at one end, dribbled behind his back around midcourt, kept going and took off from just below the foul line before unleashing a dunk. The NBA MVP sent a message on Sunday. So did his team. Turning it into a rout by halftime, Greece opened its...
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United States' Donovan Mitchell dunks during 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 01, 2019 - 11:22 am
SHANGHAI (AP) — The first big celebratory reaction from the U.S. bench in this World Cup came just a couple of minutes after tipoff, when Myles Turner blocked a shot at the rim. And with that, the tone was set. There is an emphasis on defense with this U.S. team, and it was evident from the outset...
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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 - 7:47 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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