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USA’s path to gold could feature rematch from 1972. Or 2008.

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We have reached the medal round and if you look at the way the USA played the last two quarters against Argentina — pressure defense where they did not gamble, then LeBron James and Kevin Durant scoring — nobody can stop them. We’re just going to pretend the first two quarters didn’t happen. So what [more]

Video: Russia’s Vitaliy Fridzon’s game winner against Brazil

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It was the best game of the Olympics so far, and that is how it ended. The run-up to that shot was amazing as well. First Alexey Shved (he will be with the Timberwolves) next season tied the game with a contested three and juts 30 seconds on the clock. Then Brazil’s Marcelinho Huertas answered, hitting an [more]

Russia wins best game of Olympics (so far), 75-74 over Brazil

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This game mattered to Team USA — the winner likely ends up the No. 2 seed in Group B, which puts them on the USA’s side of the bracket in the medal round and could set up a semi-final game against the winner. But that’s not why we watched it. Brazil and Russia put on [more]

With outside shot missing, USA relies on defense, transition to beat Brazil

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Well, that wasn’t pretty. Sure team USA beat Brazil 80-69 in an exhibition of two Olympics-bound squads front of president Barack Obama and a packed house in Washington D.C., but Brazil provided a real test for the Americans and the result was some vulnerabilities showing for Team USA. The problem was the United States could [more]

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar named Global Cultural Ambassador

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Few people can represent both the diversity and opportunity in the United States like Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. So he makes an interesting and smart choice as a United States Global Cultural Ambassador, something Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton named him on Wednesday, the White House announced. He will soon be going to Brazil in his [more]