France beats Australia 67-59 for bronze medal at World Cup
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...
A shocker: US beaten by France 89-79 in World Cup quarters
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.
Basketball cuts 2 games from 2020 Tokyo Olympic format
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.
Patrick Baumann, rising star in Olympic circles, dies at 51
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.
Fun facts and tidbits from the Women’s Basketball World Cup
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.
Mars sophomore Michael Carmody and his father/coach Rob Carmody celebrated an international basketball title Tuesday when Team Ohio won the Junior International Tournament in Lissone, Italy.
Carmody was part of a roster that featured six players from Ohio and two from Utah. The tournament includes teams from the United State, Canada and Europe.
Basketball World Cup to be hosted by 3 Asian nations in 2023
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.
The African basketball championship: Unique and entertaining
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.
Martin Schiller named coach of Salt Lake City Stars
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.
Since another year has gone by and no one invited me to be their commencement speaker, I would like to share some thoughts with the Class of 2017 here in this paper. Or online, because it’s 2017 and today’s graduates have likely never had newsprint-stained hands.
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.
Basketball Governing Agency Could Allow Hijabs
NBA to open academy in Africa in 2017
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.
College coaches calling for consistent basketball rules
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.
US routs Argentina 105-78, moves into men’s basketball semis
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.
US-Argentina again in men’s basketball, only now in quarters
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.
Big shot: Brazil’s Schmidt changed Olympic basketball
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.