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‘A really good human’: Ben Simmons gets backing of Australia basketball coach

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Australia’s national team coach Brian Goorjian has strongly defended Ben Simmons as a “really good human” as the NBA star’s relationship with the Philadelphia 76ers continues to disintegrate. Simmons was suspended fro...

Olympic dynasty rolls on as USA women win seventh successive basketball gold

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Here was a familiar and routine experience on the concluding day of this uncertain and dissonant Olympics. The sound of inevitability is the strains of the Star-Spangled-Banner in a basketball arena during a medal cer...

Women’s basketball: USA top Serbia to go one win from seventh straight gold

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Soon after the US women finished off Serbia to reach the Olympic gold medal game, members of the Japanese military honor guard started practicing for the medal ceremony. The US already knows that drill. Brittney Grin...

US too good for Australia with no sign of Olympic basketball streak ending

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The United States have drawn first blood in the first of three encounters with Australia across two sports at the Tokyo Games this week. Team USA’s historic unbeaten streak in women’s Olympic basketball continued on W...

Men’s basketball: USA come alive to rally past Spain in blockbuster quarter-final

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Back and forth they went, the reigning Olympic champions from the US on one side, the reigning Fiba World Cup champions from Spain on the other. The difference: The Americans had Kevin Durant. He’s never gone to the ...

Women’s basketball: USA tame France to go 52 games unbeaten at Olympics

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A’ja Wilson scored 22 points and Breanna Stewart added 17 to help the United States beat France 93-82 on Monday. The win was the 52nd in a row for the US dating back to the bronze medal game of the 1992 Olympics. The...

‘Losing helps you grow’: US men recover to make basketball quarter-finals

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The US lost their first two exhibition games of the summer in Las Vegas, dropped their opening game at these Olympics and had a difficult time shaking free of the Czech Republic in their group-play finale. None of tha...

‘We wish that was real life’: USA and Iran unite on Tokyo basketball court

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It was not so much the Great Satan. More the Great Love In. And over two enjoyable hours at the Saitama Super Arena, the basketball teams of the United States and Islamic Republic of Iran gave a salutary lesson in har...

US women’s basketball team beat Nigeria for 50th-straight Olympic win

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The US 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. A’ja Wil...

The Dream Team days are long gone for USA Olympic basketball

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It’s too easy to make excuses for the Team USA men’s basketball team as it stumbles, and stumbles again, on the court. It’s too easy to point out that this is international play, and these are international referees a...

End-to-same-end stuff as 3×3 basketball makes Olympic debut

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In the before times, when “urban cluster” was a phrase that meant something very different at the Tokyo Olympics, 3x3 basketball was poised to make some noise in its Games debut. It still did on Saturday – after all, ...

USA Olympic basketball teams finally stir after series of worrying defeats

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Team USA’s basketball teams have finally shown signs of life after a series of worrying upsets heading into the Tokyo Olympics. The US men’s and women’s teams are heavy favourites to claim gold in Japan in the next fe...

Australian basketball star Liz Cambage pulls out of Olympics citing mental health and physical concerns

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Australian basketball star Liz Cambage has withdrawn from the Tokyo Olympics, citing concern for her mental health if she were to go into a bubble at the Games with no support other than from her team. Cambage, the Op...

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