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USA Basketball dominates Finland in FIBA opener, 114-55 – Chicago Tribune

The rout of Finland was expected. Derrick Rose logging a team-high 22 minutes, 41 seconds was not. USA Basketball opened preliminary round play of the FIBA World Cup with a 114-55 dismantling of Finland in Bilbao, Spain on Saturday. Rose came off the bench behind Kyrie Irving again but returned to the aggressive form he had lacked in recent exhibitions, finishing with 12 points, three assists and two blocks. He…

Posted: Sunday, August 31, 2014

USA vs. Finland, FIBA World Cup 2014: Time, TV schedule and preview – SB Nation

Team USA begins its quest for gold at the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup against Finland on Saturday. The game is the first of five in six days during the group stage. Team USA enters the tournament as the favorite to win it all despite missing a good number of its top players. Even with LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Chris Paul and a host of other elite players missing…

Posted: Saturday, August 30, 2014

4 teams that could stun Team USA at 2014 FIBA World Cup – USA TODAY

Spain’s Marc and Pau Gasol anchor the best frontcourt in the FIBA World Cup.(Photo: Kirby Lee, USA TODAY Sports) Team USA still is the heavy favorite. No Kevin Durant. No Kevin Love. No Paul George. No LaMarcus Aldridge. No major worries. USA Basketball is so deep with NBA talent that it is expected to take a fourth consecutive major international tournament in the FIBA World Cup in Spain. Bovada lists…

Posted: Saturday, August 30, 2014

Team USA basketball in the FIBA 2014 World Cup: A primer for players … – The Post-Standard – syracuse.com

Team USA begins pool play in the FIBA World Cup on Saturday when the Americans meet Finland at 3:30 p.m. The game will be televised by ESPN. Syracuse coaches Jim Boeheim and Mike Hopkins are assisting the Team USA effort in Spain, as the Mike Krzyzewski-led American team attempts to win gold in a precursor to the 2016 Rio Olympics. (Click on the SU coaches’ names to see recent stories…

Posted: Friday, August 29, 2014

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Posted: Friday, August 29, 2014

USA Basketball can never be fixed – SB Nation

A decade ago, USA Basketball suffered its worst humiliation ever: a bronze medal in the Athens Olympics. After going undefeated en route to three straight gold medals, the Americans lost three games in one tournament. Most nations would be thrilled with bronze. For the United States, it was a stunning disappointment fresh off the heels of a disastrous 2002 FIBA World Championship effort in which the Americans finished No. 6…

Posted: Friday, August 29, 2014

Danica Patrick: ‘We’ll be all on board’ to help Tony Stewart – USA TODAY

Danica Patrick drives for Stewart-Haas Racing, co-owned by Tony Stewart.(Photo: Mike Dinovo, USA TODAY Sports) HAMPTON, Ga. — The simple act of arriving at Atlanta Motor Speedway – a step Tony Stewart made Friday in returning to NASCAR after a three-race absence — was like a homecoming for his Stewart-Haas Racing teammates. Danica Patrick, who drivers for SHR and spoke to Stewart last weekend, said “It will be good to…

Posted: Friday, August 29, 2014

Bud Light Wins Colorado Town Approval for ‘Whatever, USA’ Takeover – AdAge.com

The ‘Mayor’ of ‘Whatever, USA,’ in New York in August. Bud Light’s town takeover ad stunt has survived, after a little cash infusion. The Crested Butte, Colo. town council on Thursday evening unanimously approved a special event application that will convert the mountain community into a giant Bud Light-branded party the weekend of Sept. 5-7. The approval, which was reported by local media including the Denver Post, came despite opposition…

Posted: Friday, August 29, 2014

John Calipari: Team USA will show Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins how to … – USA TODAY

Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins are the key big men for Team USA.(Photo: Stephen R. Sylvanie, USA TODAY Sports) John Calipari isn’t used to playing the role of super fan. But as USA Basketball begins its FIBA World Cup gold medal defense, you’d be hard pressed to find a bigger supporter of the program than the Kentucky coach who has three former players on the current team. Team USA plays…

Posted: Friday, August 29, 2014

Biggest Potential Challenges Team USA Will Face During 2014 FIBA World Cup – Bleacher Report

Team USA might not be looking ahead to a possible championship meeting with Spain, but that hasn’t stopped others from doing it for them. Rather than discussing the team’s success against Slovenia, Coach K was asked Tuesday about how the U.S. will handle Spain’s super-sized frontcourt. He didn’t take the bait. “I’m not going to compare. I haven’t seen Spain play,” Krzyzewski told reporters. “If we play Spain, it’s a…

Posted: Friday, August 29, 2014

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Posted: Friday, August 29, 2014

Team USA Big Men Proving They Can Match Up with Spain at 2014 FIBA World … – Bleacher Report

If their last two FIBA tuneups are any indication, Team USA’s template will be as follows: author a somewhat forgettable first half that gives the opponent a modicum of confidence, before steadily pulling away behind a balanced scoring effort. So long as Mike Krzyzewski’s decision to load up on frontcourt talent yields the desired result—a win over the Marc Gasol, Pau Gasol and Serge Ibaka-led Spain—it’s a trend the…

Posted: Thursday, August 28, 2014

CDC worker flown back to USA after Ebola exposure – USA TODAY

MONROVIA, LIBERIA – AUGUST 21: American scientist David Safronetz hands over a bucket containing blood samples from suspected Ebola patients on August 21, 2014 at a newly-opened mobile laboratory for Ebola testing on August 21, 2014 near Monrovia, Liberia. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), opened the lab next to the Doctors Without Borders (MSF), Ebola treatment facility to test the surge of patients being admitted with Ebola symptoms….

Posted: Thursday, August 28, 2014

How Good Is Team USA? – FiveThirtyEight (blog)

USA Basketball head coach Mike Krzyzewski on Friday made his final cuts before the 2014 FIBA World Cup, slicing the team’s roster to 12 players. So we now know who will represent the Stars and Stripes in Spain next week. But how does this year’s edition stack up to previous versions of Team USA? To measure this, I used Statistical Plus/Minus (SPM), a box-score-based metric that tries to estimate a…

Posted: Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Team USA leaves mark on Goran Dragic – ESPN (blog)

CANARY ISLANDS, Spain — After every turned corner and every tricky dribble and every one of those trademark reverse pivots he’s known to uncork, Goran Dragic saw the same thing. Limbs. Lots of long, American limbs impeding his path and his passing lane. “Their energy is unbelievable,” Dragic told ESPN.com just outside Slovenia’s locker room, having managed a mere six points in 21 minutes Tuesday night against the swarms of…

Posted: Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Forty-Two Players Selected for 2014 CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects … – USA Hockey

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — USA Hockey announced today the 42 players who will compete in the third annual CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game set for Sept. 25 at First Niagara Center, home to the National Hockey League’s Buffalo Sabres. The game assembles the top U.S. players who are eligible for the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. Twenty-three players appeared on the 2014-15 NHL Central Scouting Futures List, which highlights…

Posted: Wednesday, August 27, 2014

5 Teams That Will Give Team USA the Biggest Problems During FIBA World Cup – Bleacher Report

Problems Posed: All of Them   You knew this was coming, right? Spain won’t just create problems for Team USA; it will pose the single biggest threat to American victory at the World Cup. By now, we should all be well aware that the Spaniards possess the best frontcourt threesome in the tournament. Yes, even better than the one the Americans boast. Anthony Davis might be the best big man…

Posted: Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Is Derrick Rose Helping or Hurting Team USA During 2014 FIBA World Cup? – Bleacher Report

Derrick Rose didn’t make Team USA’s final roster for the FIBA World Cup in Spain because the U.S. needs him to beat the likes of New Zealand or Finland in group play. He made it because he’ll give Team USA the elite player it needs against the only real threat it’ll face. So maybe we should all take a deep breath and stop fretting over his lingering durability issues. Sure,…

Posted: Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Team USA dominates Slovenia in final tune-up before FIBA World Cup – CBSSports.com

In USA Basketball’s first game since finalizing the 12-man roster for the 2014 FIBA World Cup in Spain, Team USA dominated Slovenia 101-71 in an exhibition game in the Canary Islands. Anthony Davis was the star for Team USA this time, taking all of the incredible skill and physical attributes that make him so special on the court to finish with 18 points, 11 rebounds, four blocks, and four steals…

Posted: Wednesday, August 27, 2014

USA Basketball vs. Slovenia final score: Team USA wins, 101-71, in final World … – SB Nation

Team USA cruised to a 101-71 victory over Slovenia in its final tuneup prior to the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup in Spain. Team USA went 4-0 during its summer tour, winning all four games handily. Anthony Davis dominated Slovenia, finishing with 18 points, 11 rebounds, four steals and four blocks, including this one, via @_MarcusD_: Team USA was aggressive in the early going, getting to the line…

Posted: Wednesday, August 27, 2014