• BC-BKO--World Cup, ADVISORY

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    To help you with planning for the World Cup basketball tournament, some of our upcoming coverage is below. The dates and angles are subject to change and the advisory will be routinely updated. For questions, please contact Oscar Dixon (odixon@ap.org). Please also refer to the daily AP Sports digests and up-to-the-minute information on coverage via https://newsroom.ap.org .

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    Saturday

    BKO--World Cup Championship Preview

    BEIJING _ Marc Gasol will try to lead Spain to the basketball World Cup championship Sunday and cap off a great summer. Spain and Gasol, who won an NBA title in July with the Toronto Raptors, will face Argentina for the title game. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. Sent: 750 words, photos

    BKO--World Cup-US-Poland

    BEIJING _ Donovan Mitchell scored 16 points and handed out 10 assists, Joe Harris scored 14 and the U.S. defeated Poland 87-74 for seventh place at the World Cup. Khris Middleton had 13 points, six rebounds and six assists for the Americans, who will head home with a 6-2 record. It's their worst placing ever in a World Cup, world championship as it used to be known, or Olympics. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. Sent: 950 words, photos

    Sunday

    BKO--World Cup Championship

    BEIJING _ Marc Gasol leads Spain against Luis Scola and Argentina in the championship game of the basketball World Cup. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. Upcoming: 800 words, photos. Game starts 8 a.m.

    BKO--World Cup-France-Australia

    BEIJING _ France takes on Australia in a matchup for the bronze medal featuring several NBA players, including Rudy Gobert and Patty Mills. By Stephen Wade. Upcoming: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 4 a.m.

    Monday

    BKO--NBA-China-Endless Possibilities

    BEIJING _ The footprint of the NBA has grown at an extremely rapid pace over the last two decades in China. Nearly 500 million people watched games last season and where one new streaming deal alone will pump $1.5 billion into the league's coffers over the next five years. Kobe Bryant says he “never thought the game in China would get to be this big. But it has. And it's not going to stop." The possibilities seem endless. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. Upcoming: 1,100 words, photo by 3 a.m.

    BKO--NBA-China-Tariffs

    NEW YORK _ That LeBron James jersey could get a little more expensive. Companies that make clothing and shoes for the National Basketball Association players are in the crosshairs of President Donald Trump’s escalating trade war with China. So, the question is, whether American fans of sports stars like Los Angeles Lakers’ James and The Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry will be willing to pay more for the gear. By AP Retail Writer Anne D’Innocenzio. Upcoming: 800 words, photos by 9 a.m.

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    BKO--WORLD CUP-US-BRYANT

    BEIJING _ Kobe Bryant played on the Redeem Team in 2008, the one that delivered a gold medal in Beijing after a series of USA Basketball disappointments. Back in Beijing this weekend, Bryant isn't sure another Redeem Team will be easy to find for the U.S. The five-time NBA champion and two-time Olympic gold medalist is at the final weekend of the World Cup as an ambassador for FIBA. Bryant says the days of automatic gold medals for the U.S. _ regardless of who is on the roster _ may be over. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. Sent: 525 words, photos, Friday, Sept. 13

    BKO--World Cup-Spain-Australia

    BEIJING _ BEIJING _ Spain is back into the final of the basketball World Cup with a chance to match the title it won 13 years ago. Marc Gasol scored 33 points to lead Spain over Australia 95-88 in double overtime. Ricky Rubio scored 19 and Sergio Llull added 17. Patty Mills scored 34 to lead Australia. By Stephen Wade. Sent: 625 words, photos, Friday, Sept. 13

    BKO--Argentina-France

    BEIJING _ Luis Scola scored 28 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, and Argentina is heading to its first gold-medal game in 15 years after beating France 80-66 in a World Cup semifinal. Scola finished in style, hitting consecutive 3-pointers late in the fourth to push Argentina's lead to 15. Facundo Campazzo scored 12 for Argentina, which will play Spain for the World Cup title on Sunday night. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. Sent: 725 words, photos, Friday, Sept. 13

    BKO--World Cup-International Talent

    BEIJING _ It’s no surprise to the teams in the semifinals of the basketball World Cup that they’re here, they expected to be. They also expected the US reach the semis but didn’t view the Americans as the favorites to win it all. And with the US out of medal contention, there is plenty of NBA talent on the teams still battling for the title, including Marc Gasol, Rudy Gobert, Joe Ingles and Patty Mills. By Stephen Wade. Sent: 500 words, file photos, Thursday, Sept. 12

    BKO--World Cup-US-Serbia

    DONGGUAN, China _ USA Basketball is now assured its worst finish in a major international men's tournament. The Americans lost to Serbia 94-89 in a consolation game at the World Cup in China. It was their second loss in as many days and they now cannot finish better than seventh at the tournament. The previous worst finish for a U.S. men's team on a big stage was sixth place at the 2002 world championships. The Americans fell behind 32-7 after one quarter and battled back, but never got the lead. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. Sent:: 700 words, photos, Thursday, Sept. 12

    BKO--World Cup-US-What Next

    DONGGUAN, China _ USA Basketball managing director Jerry Colangelo says when the time comes to start assembling the 2020 Tokyo Olympics roster, he won't forget those who backed out of commitments to play in the World Cup this summer. Of the 35 players originally selected for the U.S. player pool, only four are in China for the World Cup. The U.S. ended a streak of seven major international tournaments _ four Olympics and three World Cups _ with a medal, the last five of them being golds. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. Sent: 800 words, photos, Thursday, Sept. 12

    BKO--World Cup-US- France

    DONGGUAN, China _ The U.S. men's basketball team has been ousted from medal contention by France at the World Cup. The Americans will miss out on gold at a major international tournament for the first time since the 2006 world championships. Evan Fournier scored 22 points, Rudy Gobert had 21 points and 16 rebounds and France beat the U.S. 89-79 in the World Cup quarterfinals. The U.S. had won 58 consecutive tournament games in FIBA and Olympic competition. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. Sent: 950 words, photos, Wednesday, Sept. 10

    BKO--World Cup-Australia-Czech Republic

    SHANGHAI _ Patty Mills scored 24 points and Australia moved into the World Cup semifinals with an 82-70 win over the Czech Republic on Wednesday night. Chris Goulding scored 14 and Andrew Bogut added 10 for Australia, which will meet Spain in Friday's semifinals. France and Argentina will play in the other semifinal on Friday. France ousted the two-time defending World Cup champion U.S. 89-79 in another quarterfinal earlier Wednesday. Tomas Satoransky was a rebound shy of a triple-double for the Czechs. Sent: 350 words, photos, Wednesday, Sept. 10

    BKO--Serbia-Argentina

    DONGGUAN, China _ Luis Scola scored 20 points, Facundo Campazzo finished with 18 points and 12 assists and Argentina earned its first trip to the World Cup semifinals in 13 years by ousting Serbia 97-87 in a quarterfinal matchup. Patricio Garino added 15 for Argentina (6-0), which will face either the U.S. or France in Friday's semifinals. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. Sent: 725 words, photos, Tuesday, Sept. 10

    BKO--Poland-Spain

    SHANGHAI _ Ricky Rubio scored 19 points, including a pair of 3-pointers in a 11-0 run in the final minutes, and Spain advanced to the World Cup semifinals by topping Poland 90-78. Willy Hernangomez scored 18 points and Rudy Fernandez added 16 for Spain, which had been beaten in the quarterfinal round of the last two World Cups. The last time Spain made the semifinals was 2006, when it went on to win the tournament. Sent: 350 words, photos, Tuesday, Sept. 10

    BKO--US-Brazil

    SHENZHEN, China _ SHENZHEN, China _ The first mission for the U.S. is complete: The Americans are going to the Tokyo Olympics. And now the World Cup quarterfinals are the next task. Kemba Walker and Myles Turner each scored 16 points, and the Americans earned a top seed for the quarterfinals by beating Brazil 89-73 on Monday. It was a win that three nations could celebrate: The U.S. victory not only got it an Olympic berth, but also clinched an Olympic spot for Argentina and a berth into the quarterfinals for the Czech Republic. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. Sent: 950 words, photos, Monday, Sept. 9

    BKO--World Cup Today

    The Czech Republic and the United States completed the field for the quarterfinals of the basketball World Cup. The Czech's did it the hard way after losing to Greece 84-77. They advanced after the United States defeated Brazil a few hours later 89-73. Greece needed to beat the Czechs by 12 points to have a chance to advance. The other quarterfinalists are Spain, Serbia, Argentina, Poland, France and Australia. By Stephen Wade. Sent: 630 words, photos, Monday, Sept. 9

    BKO--World Cup-Antetokounmpo

    SHENZHEN, China _ Giannis Antetokounmpo’s stay at the World Cup is over, even after a victory in the team's finale. Greece needed to beat the Czechs by at least 12 points to have any chance of reaching the quarterfinals, and instead is heading home after an 84-77 win on Monday wasn't enough to push it to the next round. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. Sent: 600 words, photos, Monday, Sept. 9

    BKO--World Cup-US-Tatum

    SHENZHEN, China _ Jayson Tatum was able to return to practice with the U.S. men's basketball team Monday, less than a week after he sprained his left ankle. He did not play Monday night in the Americans’ win against Brazil. It is unclear if Tatum will be ready for a potential quarterfinal game on Wednesday. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. Sent: 250 words, photos, Monday, Sept. 9

    BKO--World Cup-US Defense

    SHENZHEN, China _ The U.S. team at this World Cup is like none other assembled by the Americans for a big international tournament in a long time. This is no scoring juggernaut, but rather a team that has decided its best path to victory _ and, it hopes, an unprecedented third consecutive World Cup title _ is to clamp down on the defensive end. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. Sent: 725 words, photos, Sunday, Sept. 8

    BKO--World Cup Today

    Nigeria and Iran are going to the Olympics. China's World Cup run came to a disappointing end. And Serbia is unbeaten no more, making a third consecutive meeting with the U.S. in a gold medal game now unlikely. Nigeria earned the automatic Olympic berth for the top African team at the World Cup by beating China, in a game that helped Iran secure the Olympic berth as top Asian finisher. Spain beat Serbia in a matchup of unbeatens, and the last two quarterfinal spots will be clinched Monday. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. Sent: 950 words, photos, Sunday, Sept. 8

    BKO--World Cup-World Cup-France-Lithuania Ending

    SHENZHEN, China _ FIBA suspended the officials who worked France's debated win over Lithuania for the remainder of the World Cup on Sunday, while upholding the final score of the protested game. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. Sent: 330 words, Sunday. Sept. 8

    BKO--US-Greece

    SHENZHEN, China _ Kemba Walker scored 15 points, Donovan Mitchell scored 10 on his 23rd birthday and the U.S. contained NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo on the way to beating Greece 69-53 in a second-round game at the World Cup on Saturday night. Harrison Barnes and Derrick White each scored nine for the U.S. (4-0), which can clinch a quarterfinal berth Monday in multiple ways _ either a win over Brazil, or a Greece win over the Czech Republic, or through a three-way tiebreaker if it comes to that. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. Sent; 725 words, photos, Saturday, Sept. 7

    BKO--World Cup Today

    The Czech Republic defeated Brazil 93-71 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 for the Czechs (3-1). In other second-round games, the US defeated Greece 69-53, Australia beat the Dominican Republic 82-76 and France topped Lithuania 78-75. Sent: 700 words, photos, Saturday, Sept. 7

    BKO--World Cup-Facing Giannis

    SHENZHEN, China _ 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 the international stage. Antetokounmpo and Greece (2-1) will be the opponent when the U.S. (3-0) opens second-round play on Saturday night, in what's essentially a must-win game for the Greeks in their quest to reach next week's quarterfinals. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. Sent: 775 words, photos, Friday, Sept. 6

    BKO--World Cup-Also Rans

    BEIJING _ The basketball World Cup has turned into a championship of Europe and the Americas with Australia from the Oceania region thrown in. Not a single team from Asia or Africa advanced to the 16-team second round from the original 32-team field. They all landed in the consolation bracket playing off for 17th to 32nd place. By Stephen Wade. Sent: 550 words, photo, Friday, Sept. 6

    BKO--World Cup Today

    Poland had not been to the World Cup in 52 years. It is making up for lost time. Poland beat Russia 79-74 in a second-round opener in Foshan, China, hours before Argentina topped Venezuela. Those results mean Poland and Argentina have clinched berths in next week's quarterfinals. Serbia rolled to a 43-point win over Puerto Rico and is assured a quarterfinal berth as is Spain, which rallied past Italy. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. Sent: 800 words, photos, Friday, Sept. 6

    BKO--US-Japan

    SHANGHAI _ Jaylen Brown scored 20 points, Kemba Walker added 15 and the U.S. World Cup team finally got to enjoy an easy game, rolling past Japan 98-45 in the Group E finale. Harrison Barnes scored 14 points while Joe Harris and Donovan Mitchell each had 10 for the Americans (3-0), who are bidding for an unprecedented third consecutive World Cup title. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. Sent: 825 words, photos, Thursday, Sept. 5

    BKO--World Cup Today

    Greece is headed to the second round of the World Cup after beating New Zealand 103-97 in a showdown between teams that both had a shot at advancing. In addition to the US-Japan game, other World Cup contests Thursday include: Canada vs. Senegal, Brazil vs. Montenegro, Turkey vs. Czech Republic, Germany vs. Jordan, Lithuania vs. Australia, Dominican Republic vs. France. By Stephen Wade. Sent: 700 words, photos, Thursday, Sept. 5

    BKO--World Cup Today

    Puerto Rico couldn't even begin qualifying for this basketball World Cup at home two years ago after being 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 after beating Tunisia 67-64. Other World Cup games on Wednesday include: Angola vs. Philippines, Ivory Coast vs. Poland, Korea vs. Nigeria, Italy vs. Serbia, Venezuela vs. China, Russia vs. Argentina, Spain vs. Iran. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. Sent: 775 words, photos, Wednesday, Sept. 4

    BKO--World Cup-China Pressure

    BEIJING _ China coach Li Nan promised an improved team for this home World Cup after China went 0-10 in the last two Olympics. A giant test comes Wednesday against Venezuela with China teetering on not making the second round. By Stephen Wade UPCOMING: 600 words, photos, Wednesday, Sept. 4

    BKO--On Basketball-US Reality

    SHANGHAI _ Analysis: The U.S. does not have the best team at this World Cup, though there's still time to make it happen. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. Sent: 800 words, photos, Wednesday, Sept. 4

    BKO--US-Turkey

    SHANGHAI _ 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. Turkey went 0 for 4 from the foul line within a span of nine-tenths of a second, the last two misses coming from Cedi Osman with 8.2 seconds left. Jayson Tatum had to make two of three free throws with one-tenth of a second left in regulation for the Americans. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. SENT: 900 words, photos, Tuesday, Sept. 3

    BKO--World Cup Today

    Australia defeated Senegal 81-68 to improve to 2-0 in the basketball World Cup and moved a step closer to making the second round. Senegal is 0-2. Patty Mills of the San Antonio Spurs led Australia with 22 points. Other games Tuesday included: US-Turkey, Montenegro vs. New Zealand, Japan vs. Czech Republic, Germany vs.Dominican Republic, Lithuania vs. Canada, Brazil vs. Greece, Jordan vs. France. By Stephen Wade. Sent: 900 words, photos, Tuesday, Sept. 3

    BKO--World Cup-Hachimura’s Rise

    The World Cup stage has not been too big for Washington Wizards rookie Rui Hachimura. The 6-foot-9 forward has averaged 18 points in two losses for Japan on 50 percent shooting, while adding 6.5 rebounds, 3 assists and 1.5 steals per game. Hachimura says his basketball game has grown this summer, but he knows the experience of performing well in the World Cup has raised his confidence. By Basketball Writer Tim Remolds. Sent: 500 words, photos, Tuesday, Sept. 3

    BKO--World Cup-American Coaches

    SHANGHAI _ Will Voigt is one of five Americans serving as head coaches in the basketball World Cup. Voigt, who is coaching Angola’s national team, is joined in the tournament by Poland's Mike Taylor, Jordan's Joseph Stiebing, Canada's Nick Nurse and Gregg Popovich, who is leading the U.S. in a major international competition for the first time. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. Sent: 800 words, photos, Monday, Sept. 2

    BKO--World Cup Today

    The 39-year-old Louis Scola climbed into the No. 2 spot on FIBA's all-time World Cup scoring list with 23 points and 10 rebounds to help Argentina hold off Nigeria 94-81 in a Group B game to clinch a berth in the second round. Games on Monday included: Italy vs. Angola, Venezuela vs. Ivory Coast, Nigeria vs. Argentina, Tunisia vs. Iran, Serbia vs. Philippines, China vs. Poland, Korea vs. Russia, Puerto Rico vs. Spain. By Tim Reynolds. Sent: 775 words, photos, Monday, Sept. 2

    BKO--Poland-China

    BKO--Czech Republic-US

    SHANGHAI _ Donovan Mitchell scored 16 points, Harrison Barnes added 14 and the U.S. opened its quest for a third consecutive World Cup gold medal with a 88-67 victory over the Czech Republic. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. Sent: 800 words, photos, Sunday, Sept. 1

    BKO--World Cup-Poland’s American

    BEIJING _ American coach Mike Taylor leads Poland against host China in a key early game in the World Cup that may decide which team reaches the critical second round. By Stephen Wade. Sent: 650 words, photos, Sunday, Sept. 1

    BKO--World Cup Today

    SHANGHAI _ Canada came to the World Cup expecting that its group would be extremely challenging, and Australia proved that to be correct. Matthew Dellavedova scored 24 points, and the Australians opened the fourth quarter on a huge run to pull away and beat Canada 108-92 on Sunday in a Group H opener at Dongguan, China. There are seven other games on Sunday: New Zealand vs. Brazil, Turkey vs. Japan, Dominican Republic vs. Jordan, Senegal vs. Lithuania, Greece vs. Montenegro, France vs. Germany, U.S.-Czech Republic. By Tim Reynolds. Sent: 650 words, photos; Upcoming: 850 words, photos

    BKO--World Cup-US Begins

    SHANGHAI _ 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 new for these U.S. players. The 12-man squad for this World Cup isn't overpowering on paper. The Americans open their World Cup quest on Sunday against the Czech Republic. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. Sent: 800 words, photos, Saturday, Aug. 31

    BKO--World Cup-China Scene

    BEIJING _ China has lost all 10 of its games in the last two Olympic basketball tournaments with five losses each in Rio de Janeiro and London. It has a chance to make amends when it stages the World Cup for two weeks and can book a place in next year's Tokyo Olympics. By Stephen Wade. Sent: 450 words, photos, Saturday, Aug. 31

    BKO--World Cup Roundup

    SHANGHAI _ Serbia, perhaps the team with the best chance of denying the U.S. a gold medal, opens its World Cup slate against Angola. Other Day 1 games _ Poland vs. Venezuela, Russia vs. Nigeria, Iran vs. Puerto Rico, Philippines vs. Italy, Ivory Coast vs. China, Argentina vs. Korea and Spain vs. Tunisia. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. Sent: 750 words, photos, Satuday, Aug. 31

    BKO--World Cup Preview

    SHANGHAI _ It took 18 months and some major rules changes to get here, but the World Cup _ formerly called basketball's world championship _ is set to begin Saturday with games scattered all over China. There are 32 teams taking part, with the U.S. favored to win the title for the third consecutive time. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. Sent: 800 words, photos, Friday, Aug. 30

    BKO--World Cup-Venezuela

    BEIJING _ Venezuela is a long shot to medal at the World Cup, but given the dire conditions in the country, the team has a chance to bring home rare good news. By Stephen Wade. Sent: 650 words, photos, Friday, Aug. 30

    BKO--World Cup-US Arrives

    SHANGHAI _ Team USA arrives in Shanghai for the World Cup, the first major international tournament the team will play under new national coach Gregg Popovich. The Americans are looking for an unprecedented third consecutive gold medal in the event. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. Sent: 750 words, photos, Thursday, Aug. 29

    BKO--World Cup-Popovich

    SHANGHAI _ U.S. coach Gregg Popovich was cut from the 1972 Olympic team. Nearly a half-century later, the Air Force Academy graduate who once studied to be a Soviet spy is finally getting his chance to lead his country into a major international competition _ the World Cup. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. Sent: 900 wor29ds, photos, Thursday, Aug. 29

    BKO--World Cup-Capsules

    SHANGHAI _ Capsules on the 32 teams in the FIBA World Cup. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. Sent: 1,600 words, photos, Wednesday, Aug. 28

    BKO--World Cup-Gasol

    SHANGHAI _ Marc Gasol has an unusual opportunity. He helped Toronto win the NBA title in June, and now can help Spain win the World Cup title in September. That's the singular reason why the veteran big man has decided to forgo time off and play this summer. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. Sent: 650 words, photos, Tuesday, Aug. 27

    BKO--Canada-US

    SYDNEY, Australia _ The United States rebounded from a rare loss two days earlier to outclass Canada 84-68 in a pre-World Cup exhibition basketball game. At the same arena where the Americans won Olympic gold at the Sydney 2000 Games the U.S. led 20-9 after the first quarter and 46-31 at halftime. Sent: 700 words, photos, Monday, Aug. 26

    BKO--World Cup-Australia

    MELBOURNE, Australia _ Australia assistant coach Luc Longley says the Boomers' upset win over the United States in a pre-World Cup exhibition game means they'll go to China with opposing teams thinking of them in a whole new way. Longley says that "if anyone was sleeping on us they'd be awake now." The Australian team left Melbourne on Monday and will play its first match on Sunday against Canada. Sent: 275 words, Monday, Aug. 26

    BKO--World Cup-NBA Stars

    There will be plenty of NBA stars in the FIBA World Cup _ with most of them not wearing red, white and blue uniforms. Serbia's Nikola Jokic, France's Rudy Gobert and Greece's Giannis Antetokounmpo, the reigning NBA MVP, all give their countries plenty of hope entering the tournament. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. Sent: 700 words, photos, Sunday, Aug. 25

    BKO--USA Basketball-What’s Next

    The U.S. men's basketball team had never lost to Australia, had gone nearly 13 years without losing any game where it had an NBA-stocked roster and were in the throes of the longest winning streak in program history. Until Saturday. Down under, the Americans went down. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. Sent: 700 words, photos, Saturday, Aug. 24

    BKO--US-Australia

    MELBOURNE _ The U.S. men's basketball team has lost for the first time in nearly 13 years, falling to Australia 98-94 in a pre-World Cup exhibition game on Saturday. Sent: 950 words, photos, Saturday, Aug. 24

    BKO--US-Australia

    MELBOURNE, Australia _ USA Basketball takes on Australia in the first of two exhibitions between the countries leading up to the FIBA World Cup. The senior national team brings a 77-game winning streak dating back to 2006 into this game. Game begins 5:30 a.m. Sent: 700 words, photos on Thursday, Aug. 22

    BKO--On Basketball-World Cup

    Analysis from AP Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds after the US-Australia game. Sent: 700 words, photos on Thursday, Aug. 22

    BKO--USA Basketball-Celtics

    Training camp for USA Basketball is a pre-training camp of sorts for the Boston Celtics _ four of them, anyway. And it's giving Kemba Walker a chance to get to know new teammates Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum and Marcus Smart before the NBA season begins. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. Sent: 700 words, photos on Wednesday, Aug. 20

    BKO--AUSRTRALIA-TEAM USA

    MELBOURNE, Australia _ Team USA coach Gregg Popovich sees Australia as a threat at the upcoming World Cup in China. He'll soon find out how much of a threat when the teams meet in the first of two exhibition games in Melbourne. Sent: 350 words, photos on Wednesday, Aug. 20

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