USA Basketball will face Puerto Rico, Mexico and Cuba in the first round of qualifying for the 2023 Basketball World Cup.
The Americans, who won a fourth consecutive Olympic gold medal in Tokyo but finished only seventh at the most recent Basketball World Cup two years ago, found out their qualifying opponents Tuesday when the draw was held at FIBA headquarters in Mies, Switzerland.
SAITAMA, Japan (AP) — All eyes will be on Paris now to see if the the U.S. women's team can keep its historic Olympic run after the Americans won their seventh consecutive gold medal at the Tokyo Games.
SAITAMA, Japan (AP) — A dominant performance in the quarterfinals by Breanna Stewart and her U.S. teammates has left the team two victories away from winning a seventh consecutive Olympic gold medal.
TOKYO (AP) — The Swedish and Canadian women's soccer teams have asked that the gold-medal match in Tokyo on Friday be moved to a different time because of heat.
TOKYO (AP) — Simone Biles won a bronze medal in balance beam, her first of the Tokyo Olympics.
The American gymnastics star finished behind gold medalist Guan Chenchen and silver medalist Tang Xijing both of China.
SAITAMA, Japan (AP) — The next challenge for the U.S. in its quest to win a seventh consecutive Olympic gold medal is Australia as the Americans Monday night drew their rival in the quarterfinals of the women’s basketball tournament.
CHIBA, Japan (AP) — American wrestler Adeline Gray fell short of the career-defining moment she sought for so long.
Germany’s Aline Rotter-Focken beat her 7-3 Monday night in the 76-kilogram women’s freestyle wrestling final.
SAITAMA, Japan (AP) — Yvonne Anderson knew playing in the Olympics for the U.S. was a longshot at best. Realistically, it was likely never going to happen.
SAITAMA, Japan (AP) — Saki Hayashi scored 23 points and Japan shot its way into the quarterfinals with a 102-83 rout of Nigeria on Monday in the final pool play game for both teams.
Yuki Miyazwa added 19 points for the host nation, which made 19 3-pointers in the game.
SAITAMA, Japan (AP) — The U.S. women’s team isn’t clicking at the Tokyo Games the way the Americans would like and one reason is the different styles of play they have encountered so far.
SAITAMA, Japan (AP) — Italy is headed back to the Olympic quarterfinals. Nigeria is going home, its Olympic experience not what it wanted on multiple levels.
Nicolo Melli scored 15 points, Nico Mannion had 14 and Italy used a 14-0 run in the fourth quarter to rally and beat Nigeria 80-71 in the Group B finale for both teams on Saturday.
TOKYO (AP) — Nigerian sprinter Blessing Okagbare was provisionally suspended for doping Saturday, hours before the former world championships silver medalist was due to run in the semifinals of the women's 100 meters at the Olympics.
TOKYO (AP) — The look on sprinter Marie-Josée Ta Lou's face said everything. “Wow! Wow!” she screamed, her eyes wide open and her mouth agape as she crossed the finish line first and looked over at the clock.
SAITAMA, Japan (AP) — There is no aura of invincibility around this U.S. men’s basketball team. It has gone just 3-3 so far this summer, still has work to do just to qualify for the knockout stage at the Tokyo Olympics and seems far from a lock to win its fourth consecutive gold medal.
SAITAMA, Japan (AP) — The U.S. has an embarrassment of riches when it comes to talented post players, possibly the best ever assembled.
No team in world has the height, experience or depth to match up with the American bigs — a group of women that includes three of the last four WNBA MVPs.
1864 — The first Travers Stakes at Saratoga is won by Kentucky, a horse that scores 20 consecutive victories.
1912 — John McDermott wins the U.S. Open golf championship for the second straight year with a 294 total.
TOKYO (AP) — Twenty athletes, including 10 from Nigeria, will not be allowed to participate in track and field at the Olympics because they did not meet anti-doping testing requirements in the lead-up to the Games.
SAITAMA, Japan (AP) — Jock Landale scored 18 points and Australia took command of the Group B standings with a 86-83 win over Italy at the Tokyo Olympics on Wednesday.
Patty Mills scored 16 points and Nic Kay scored 15 on 6-for-7 shooting for Australia (2-0), which outrebounded Italy 44-30.
SAITAMA, Japan (AP) — Diana Taurasi had a big smile on her face when she stepped on the court against Nigeria for her record 33rd Olympic game Tuesday.
The five-time Olympian was playing in her first contest since injuring her hip three weeks ago while practicing with the Phoenix Mercury.
SAITAMA, Japan (AP) — Johnannes Voigtmann scored 19 points, and Germany used a 14-0 run in the final minutes to pull away and beat Nigeria 99-92 on Wednesday at the Tokyo Olympics.
Moritz Wagner scored 17 points, while Danilo Barthel scored 14, Maodo Lo had 13 and Andreas Obst finished with 12 for Germany (1-1).
TOKYO (AP) — Simone Biles came into the Olympics as perhaps the biggest star of the Games. Naomi Osaka was such a big headline act that she was given the honor to light the Olympic flame in her native country.
SAITAMA, Japan (AP) — Kevin Durant was the leading scorer for Brooklyn this past season. Same goes for Damian Lillard in Portland, Devin Booker in Phoenix, Jayson Tatum in Boston, Zach LaVine in Chicago and Jerami Grant in Detroit.
SAITAMA, Japan (AP) — The U.S. women won, as usual. It just wasn't in the dominant fashion that the Americans are accustomed to.
The winning streak for the world's top-ranked team is now 50 games and counting in Olympic competition.
SAITAMA, Japan (AP) — Nigeria assistant coach Ruthie Bolton could only watch and yell at the television in a Japanese hotel room Tuesday as the Nigerians battled the U.S. women’s basketball team.
SAITAMA, Japan (AP) — Patty Mills really wants no part of the talk that he turns into a different player when he puts on the uniform of the Australian men’s national basketball team. He almost rolls his eyes when he senses the question coming.
SAITAMA, Japan (AP) — Kevin Durant had a shot. Then another about 20 seconds later.
Jrue Holiday had one. So did Zach LaVine and Bam Adebayo.
The U.S. had five attempts on the pivotal possession of its latest basketball failure and came up empty on all of them.
SAITAMA, Japan (AP) — The Australians opened their Olympics against a team that had even more NBA players and just like them a recent victory over the U.S.
But this Australia team has something Nigeria could never match.
SAITAMA, Japan (AP) — It's been nearly 30 years since the U.S. women's basketball team lost a game in the Olympics, yet the Americans showed they may be a little bit vulnerable in Tokyo after dropping a pair of exhibition contests last week in Las Vegas.
SAITAMA, Japan (AP) — Simone Fontecchio scored 20 points, Nicolo Melli had seven points in a game-ending 12-0 run and Italy beat Germany 92-82 in the opening games for both teams at the Tokyo Olympics on Sunday.
SAITAMA, Japan (AP) — When the Dream Team era started in 1992, most of the NBA players in the Olympics represented the United States.
David Stern knew what would happen from there.
“In time,” the former NBA commissioner predicted in 1995, “that will change.”
SAITAMA, Japan (AP) — Luis Scola starts each day with the same wish.
Argentina’s captain is about to play in the Olympics for a fifth time, those appearances spanning three different decades. There are athletes at the Tokyo Games who were not even born — one was five years from being born — when Scola won a gold medal in Athens 17 years ago.
TOKYO (AP) — The U.S. men’s basketball team was about to start playing its final warm-up for the Tokyo Olympics a few days ago in Las Vegas, and Spain’s Ricky Rubio found himself in a pregame conversation with American guard Zach LaVine.
When major international basketball last came to the Tokyo area, the U.S. sent LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nneka Ogwumike and Elizabeth Williams won't be playing for Nigeria in the Tokyo Olympics after the Court of Arbitration for Sport rejected their appeal.
The WNBA players had asked the CAS to grant them a provisional allowance and add them to the roster for the Tokyo Games until a hearing could occur.
SYDNEY (AP) — Sara Blicavs has been given a late call-up to the Tokyo Olympics after WNBA star Liz Cambage’s withdrawal from the Australian women's basketball squad.
Blicavs, whose father and mother both represented Australia in basketball, is set to make her Olympic debut.
The U.S. Olympic men’s basketball team has been together for two weeks. There have been six practices. The team played four exhibitions. A pair of roster changes have already been required and the Americans have no idea when three other players will join the team for the first time.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The U.S. women's Olympic team was in unfamiliar territory having dropped two exhibition games in a row for the first time in a decade.
The Americans rebounded with a strong effort to beat Nigeria 93-62 on Sunday in the final pre-Olympic exhibition tune-up for both teams.
WAKAYAMA, Japan (AP) — Germany’s Olympic soccer team walked off the field during a preparation match for the Tokyo Games on Saturday in response to alleged racist abuse from an opposing Honduras player toward German defender Jordan Torunarigha.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Breanna Stewart and her U.S. Olympic teammates aren't panicking, even though they've lost consecutive games for the first time in a decade.
Two days after losing to a team of WNBA All-Stars, the Americans fell to Australia 70-67 on Friday in a pre-Olympic exhibition game.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nneka Ogwumike and Elizabeth Williams have filed appeals to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in a last-ditch effort to play basketball for Nigeria in the upcoming Olympics, said two people familiar with the situation.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The United States' men's basketball exhibition game against Australia scheduled for Friday night in Las Vegas has been canceled because of health and safety protocols.
USA Basketball cited “an abundance of caution” in making the decision Thursday night.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Khris Middleton scored 40 points, including 10 straight for Milwaukee down the stretch, sending the Bucks past the Phoenix Suns, 109-103 on Wednesday night in Game 4 of the NBA Finals.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nneka Ogwumike and Elizabeth Williams have been notified by FIBA that their petitions to play for Nigeria in the upcoming Olympics were denied because they played for the U.S. for too long, said two people familiar with the situation.
A person with knowledge of the situation says U.S. Olympic guard Bradley Beal of the Washington Wizards has entered the health and safety protocols related to the coronavirus, which raises the possibility that he might miss the Tokyo Games.
USA Basketball finally made it look easy again.
Kevin Durant and Bradley Beal each scored 17 points and the Americans took control from the outset, beating Argentina 108-80 on Tuesday to avoid what would have been the first three-game losing streak in this era of NBA players being able to represent USA Basketball on the international stage.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Chris Goulding had a perfect night, and Australia had another impressive pre-Olympic showing.
Goulding scored 21 points — making all seven of his shot attempts, all from 3-point range — and Australia rolled past Nigeria 108-69 in an exhibition on Tuesday night in a matchup of the two teams that have already beaten the U.S.
USA Basketball finally made it look easy again.
Kevin Durant and Bradley Beal each scored 17 points and the Americans took control from the outset, beating Argentina 108-80 in Las Vegas on Tuesday to avoid what would have been the first three-game losing streak in this era of NBA players being able to represent USA Basketball on the international stage.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — These games don’t count. Right now, that is the only saving grace for USA Basketball.
And for quite probably the first time in 29 years of NBA players suiting up for the national team, there was a smattering of boos when a game ended — on home soil, no less.
HIGHLIGHTS FROM RIO: The United States won its sixth consecutive gold medal in women's basketball with arguably the best team ever assembled. The Americans routed their opponents, winning by an average of nearly 40 points a game, including a 29-point win over Spain in the championship contest.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nigeria followed up its win over the United States with another impressive statement.
Jahlil Okafor scored 15 points, Precious Achiuwa added 12 and Nigeria improved to 2-0 in the pre-Olympic exhibition season by beating Argentina 94-71 on Monday.