BEIJING (AP) — France defeated Australia 67-59 on Sunday to take the third-place game in the World Cup. It was France's second straight bronze medal in the event and matches its best...
DONGGUAN, China (AP) — No gold. No medal. No more winning streak.
The U.S. reign atop international basketball has ended — this time, thwarted by France at the World Cup.
MIES, Switzerland (AP) — The Olympic basketball tournament has been shortened for the 2020 Tokyo Games to cut the number of group matches from five to three for each team.
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Patrick Baumann, the secretary general of basketball's world governing body who was seen as a potential IOC president, has died at the Youth Olympics. He was 51.
Baumann "unexpectedly succumbed to a heart attack" in Buenos Aires despite getting immediate medical help, the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) said Sunday in a statement.
TENERIFE, Spain (AP) — Welcome to the first FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup.
Well it's really been around since 1953, but the first 17 tournaments were called the World Championship. The International Basketball Federation decided to change the name of the men's tournament after the 2014 championship and used the same name for the women.
The U.S. is looking for its 10th title — the most of any nation. The Americans are trying for a third straight, something the country has never accomplished.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Longtime NBA executive Rod Thorn is this year's recipient of the USA Basketball Edward S. Steitz Award.
Thorn will go into the Basketball Hall of Fame later this year. Thorn chaired the USA Basketball Men's National Team Selection Committee when the "Dream Team" for the 1992 Barcelona Olympics was assembled, and helped put together other Olympic gold-medal teams in 1996 and 2000.
NEW YORK (AP) — FIBA is changing the way women's basketball teams qualify for the Olympics and world cup.
The International Basketball Federation announced Sunday the new system that will give more countries a chance to qualify for both major international events.
"It will give more teams a chance to play and host tournaments," said USA Basketball CEO Jim Tooley, who is on the FIBA executive board.
MIES, Switzerland (AP) — The Basketball World Cup in 2023 will be hosted by the Philippines, Japan and Indonesia.
The International Basketball Federation (FIBA) says its central board picked the Asian co-hosting bid over the Argentina-Uruguay joint candidacy.
It is the first time the world championship will be hosted in more than one country.
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — The African basketball championship may lack star power — even electrical power on occasion. But with national pride at stake, it almost always entertains.
AfroBasket, which tipped off Friday in Senegal and Tunisia, can't be compared to a glitzy event like the NCAA tournament. Senegal's aging national stadium in the capital Dakar, for example, has no air conditioning. A recent women's AfroBasket game in Mali was paused because of a power cut.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Martin Schiller has been named coach of the Salt Lake City Stars, the Utah Jazz's NBA G League affiliate.
Schiller previously served as an assistant coach of MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg in Germany and replaces Dean Cooper. He was an assistant coach for the Artland Dragons from 2010-15.
Schiller has also been an assistant coach on the German National Team since 2015, where he worked with Jazz assistant coach Alex Jensen.
Even as basketball's popularity soared around the world, not everyone believed they could get in the game.
A ban on headgear by the sport's governing body meant choosing between play and prayer, a rule that wasn't about religion but felt as if it were to some groups.
That ended Thursday with a unanimous vote to allow headgear, a change that was celebrated by Muslim women, Indian men and others who felt excluded.
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The NBA will open an academy in Africa next year, its latest move to unearth talent from outside the United States and extend the league's reach into new territories.
The African academy will be based in Thies, Senegal, and follows similar NBA projects opened this year in China, which has three academies, and Australia. Another academy in India is set to start operating in April.
The NBA aims to open the Senegal academy, its sixth, in May.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Dr. James Naismith created the original 13 rules for basket ball in 1892, outlining the method of scoring, what constitutes a foul and how to determine which team wins.
Those rules evolved as the game grew.
The peach baskets were replaced by rims and backboards were added. Team sizes were trimmed from nine to five players, the name of the game became one word. Players were allowed to dribble the ball, scoring increased from one to two points for a made basket.
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The nail-biters ended for the U.S. Olympic men's basketball team.
So did a golden era of international basketball.
Emphatically stopping a stretch of three straight close games, the Americans advanced to the semifinals by sprinting past Manu Ginobili and Argentina, 105-78 on Wednesday night.
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — In the last three Olympics it was a semifinal matchup, the penultimate step on the winner's climb to the gold-medal podium.
Now the U.S. men's basketball team meets Argentina in the quarterfinals, and the stakes couldn't be clearer.
The Americans win, or suffer their greatest Olympic failure ever.
The Argentines win, or say goodbye to their Golden Generation.
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — That's him, the man who changed international basketball. He's the one who single-handedly beat the United States on its own soil nearly 30 years ago, stoking the ambers that led to the Dream Team.
The greatest scorer in the history of the game, by a bunch, he's perhaps the best player to never to slip on an NBA jersey.
Except for his size, Oscar Schmidt could walk down a city street in the U.S. unnoticed.