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'Misled' Australian basketball fans to get refund for USA games

Apr 08, 2020 - 3:35 PM

There's finally resolution to the controversial Team USA vs Team Australia basketball match that even had Hollywood star Russell Crowe complaining

FALSE CLAIMS. Organizers failed to bring the big names like LeBron James and  Kevin Durant to Australia. File photo

Missing NBA stars spark Australia consumer watchdog probe

Aug 18, 2019 - 11:08 AM

Fans want their money back following a series of NBA superstar withdrawals in Team USA's pre-World Cup exhibition games in Australia

LEAN LINEUP. Lakers star Kyle Kuzma (right) is one of the 13 players remaining in the USA pool as several young guns like Marvin Bagley (left) have also pulled out. Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images/AFP

U.S. coach Ellis resigns after second Women's World Cup win

Jul 31, 2019 - 11:04 AM

After steering Team USA to another World Cup crown, Jill Ellis steps down with an incredible 102-7-18 win-loss-draw record

ON TOP. Jill Ellis believes the US team will remain at the pinnacle of women's soccer. Photo by Franck Fife/AFP

As NBA stars bail out, USA World Cup squad taps newcomers

Jul 26, 2019 - 10:29 AM

Thaddeus Young, Julius Randle, and Mason Plumlee are among the new players added to the US roster vying to defend its crown in the 2019 FIBA World Cup in China

FIRST-TIMER. Denver Nuggets center-forward Mason Plumlee debuts for Team USA. Matthew Stockman/Getty Images/AFP

U.S. World Cup champ feted with confetti, chants of 'equal pay'

Jul 11, 2019 - 3:23 PM

'This group is so resilient, is so tough, has such a sense of humor, is just so bad ass,' women's football captain Megan Rapinoe on Team USA

WONDER WOMEN. Megan Rapinoe (center) flashes her iconic goal-scoring pose as she celebrates with teammates (from left) Ashlyn Harris, Alex Morgan, and Allie Long. Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images/AFP

Rapinoe: World Cup champions USA to snub White House invite

Jul 10, 2019 - 3:38 PM

'You're excluding me. You're excluding people that look like me. You're excluding people of color,' Team USA star Megan Rapinoe tells President Donald Trump

POWER PAIR. Team USA, bannered by Megan Rapinoe (left) and Alex Morgan, says it doesn’t want to lend the platform it 'worked so hard to build.' Photo by Franck Fife/AFP

After Trump spat, Rapinoe powers U.S. in World Cup thriller

Jun 29, 2019 - 10:14 AM

Fiery Megan Rapinoe sinks host France as USA sets up a semifinal showdown against England

UNFORGETTABLE NIGHT. Megan Rapinoe and Team USA deliver a ruthless performance against France to keep their title defense going. Photo by Franck Fife/AFP

Rapinoe urges U.S. teammates to join White House boycott

Jun 28, 2019 - 10:56 AM

Football star Megan Rapinoe says the controversy hasn't destabilized the team as USA gears up for its quarterfinal match versus France in the Women's World Cup

FIERY. US forward Megan Rapinoe says the administration 'doesn't fight for the same things we fight for.' Photo by Franck Fife/AFP

Curry targets Tokyo Olympic challenge

Jun 24, 2019 - 12:46 PM

Pulling out of the 2016 Rio Olympic squad, Steph Curry appears set to join a Dream Team for the 2020 Games

MORE CHIPS. Steph Curry looks to add another gold medal to his haul. File photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFP

WATCH: USA draws favorable group in FIBA World Cup

Mar 17, 2019 - 9:59 AM

A star-studded USA squad launches its World Cup title defense against Czech Republic, Japan and Turkey

HEAVY FAVORITES. LeBron James and Team USA shoot for a third straight World Cup crown. Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images/AFP

WATCH: Kobe reveals his all-time top 5 USA players

Mar 16, 2019 - 5:01 PM

The two-time Olympic gold medalist is quick to acknowledge the greats who came before him

PLAY FOR EACH OTHER. Kobe Bryant believes Team USA will be hard to beat in the 2019 FIBA World Cup if players leave their egos at the door. File photo by Mark Ralston/AFP

Kyle Kuzma targets NBA All-Star game next year

Feb 16, 2019 - 3:18 PM

After winning MVP of the Rising Stars Challenge, the young Lakers star wants to see action in the main showcase

BOUNCE BACK. MVP Kyle Kuzma and Team USA avenge last year’s loss to Team World. Photo from NBA Twitter

Kyle Kuzma, Team USA drub Team World in NBA Rising Stars

Feb 16, 2019 - 12:38 PM

(UPDATED) The young hotshot breaks Kobe Bryant’s Lakers record in the NBA Rising Stars Challenge

Simone Biles claims record 13th world gold medal

Nov 02, 2018 - 11:34 PM

The American superstar makes history after winning another gold in the individual vault competition of the 2018 World Gymnastics Championships

SPECTACULAR. Simone Biles has a shot at sweeping all her events in the world championships. Photo by Tim Bradbury/Getty Images/AFP

Unstoppable Biles claims record 4th all around world title

Nov 02, 2018 - 10:12 AM

Despite taking a year off, gymnastics superstar Simone Biles makes history yet again in the 2018 World Championships

INCREDIBLE. Team USA's Simone Biles picks up her 12th world title. Photo by Karim Jaafar/AFP

Biles leads U.S. to women's team gold at world gymnastics

Oct 31, 2018 - 8:37 AM

The superstar gymnast continues to impress despite a kidney stone problem which saw her rushed to the hospital last weekend

PEERLESS. American gymnast Simone Biles has amassed 11 world gold medals. Photo by Karim Jaafar/AFP

Olympic champion Ervin kneels during U.S. anthem

Oct 17, 2017 - 10:58 AM

Veteran US national swimmer Anthony Ervin took a knee after anchoring the team in the mixed 200m medley relay

ANCHOR'S PROTEST. Mixed medly relay anchor Anthony Ervin is the first swimmer to kneel down during the U.S. national anthem. Photo from Facebook.

Veterans rule in USA's run to Olympic basketball gold

Aug 22, 2016 - 2:50 PM

Carmelo Anthony 32 brings the experience and Kevin Durant 27 the scoring as the USA capped its 2016 Olympic run by mauling Serbia

SENIORS TAKE CHARGE. Carmelo Anthony of USA takes charge during the men's basketball gold medal game of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. EPA/SAM MOOY

USA faces Argentina, Spain vs France as Rio hoops hits knockout phase

Aug 16, 2016 - 6:43 PM

Other quarterfinal matchups include Australia vs Lithuania and Croatia vs Serbia

MAMA SAID KNOCK YOU OUT. Team USA will facing the aging Argentina squad as the knockout phase starts. Photo by Mark Ralston/AFP

Dominant US women's hoops team has yet to show its best

Aug 16, 2016 - 3:00 PM

We haven t reached our peak performance yet so we ve still got a lot left in the tank says US forward Seimone Augustus

SIMPLY THE BEST. Team USA has won 5 straight Olympic gold medals and are favored to add a sixth. Photo by Javier Soriano/AFP

USA basketball stars survive Serbian scare

Aug 13, 2016 - 11:00 AM

Bogdan Bogdanovic missed a 3 pointer at the buzzer to hand the Americans a tough grind it out victory

Team USA starts slow, still manages to blow out Venezuela

Aug 09, 2016 - 1:09 PM

Venezuela stands no chance against the US NBA stars as Team USA wins by 44

AINT NO STOPPING US NOW. Kevin Durant scores 16 and dishes 5 assists as Venezuela stands no chance in their way. Photo by Jorge Zapata/EPA

Olympics: USA sends message in China hoops rout

Aug 07, 2016 - 1:09 PM

Andrew Bogut and Australia also dominate in their opener against Tony Parker and France

Team USA players think they’re going to a spa, end up in brothel instead

Aug 06, 2016 - 1:53 PM

The lesson from the incident: don t believe everything you hear over the phone

Record 34 global NBA players look to topple Team USA in Rio

Aug 06, 2016 - 1:14 PM

USA is not the only country with NBA talent on its roster as the league s influence reaches further at the Olympics than ever before

GLOBAL THREAT. Luis Scola of Argentina, seen carrying the flag for his country, is one of 34 players from nations other than the USA with NBA experience at the Rio Olympics. Photo by Esteban Biba/EPA

WATCH: Team USA pokes fun at Draymond Green for penis photo

Aug 03, 2016 - 4:44 PM

Draymond Green s Team USA teammates give him a hard time after he shared a photo of his penis on Snapchat

WHOOPS. Turns out Draymond Green's arrest for slapping a college football player was not the most embarrassing thing to happen to him this month. File photo by EZRA SHAW / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP

US NBA stars, women chase more history in Rio

Aug 02, 2016 - 7:46 PM

The US Olympic men s team is seeking a third consecutive gold medal while the women s team is out for a 6th gold and extending its 41 game win streak

MORE GLORY. Team USA's basketball teams, led by Kevin Durant for the men's team and Tamika Catchings for the women's, are out for more Olympic success. Photos by PETER POWELL and MIKE NELSON/EPA

Muslim fencer pierces bigotry in Olympic first

Aug 02, 2016 - 7:03 PM

Ibtihaj Muhammad will become the first American athlete to compete at the Olympics wearing a hijab

OLYMPIC FIRST. Fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad (R) will make history in Rio as the first American athlete to compete in the Games wearing a hijab. She is seen here together with her compatriots after winning the bronze medal in the women’s saber team competition of the World Fencing Championships in 2013. EPA/IMRE FOLDI

USA topples Nigeria in final pre-Olympic basketball contest

Aug 02, 2016 - 1:51 PM

A half dozen Americans finish in double figures including Carmelo Anthony who tallies a team high 19 points

SLAM. DeMar DeRozan makes a slam dunk against Nigeria in a pre-Olympic exhibition game during USA Basketball Showcase at Toyota Center on August 1, 2016 in Houston, Texas. Ronald Martinez/Getty Images/AFP

Draymond Green apologizes for posting penis photo on Snapchat

Aug 01, 2016 - 12:21 PM

The Golden State Warriors star says he pushed the wrong button resulting in his penis spending 10 minutes on his social media account

SNAPCHAT CONTROVERSY. Draymond Green has had an interesting last month. File photo by EZRA SHAW / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP

WATCH: Carmelo Anthony wants nothing to do with Team USA sing-along

Jul 31, 2016 - 12:43 PM

Why so grumpy Melo?

MORE OLYMPIC SUCCESS. USA's Carmelo Anthony (R), seen here in action against China's Guo Ailun in an exhibition game, has been struggling for success with his NBA team but is now eyeing his 3rd Olympic gold medal. EPA/MIKE NELSON

Team USA shoots poorly but still routs Venezuela in Olympic tuneup

Jul 30, 2016 - 6:31 PM

Because they re Team USA of course

Carmelo Anthony grabs a rebound over a Venezuelan player in an easy tuneup win for the Americans. Photo by Johnathan Daniel/Getty Images/AFP

USA trounces China in 2nd straight Olympics warm-up

Jul 27, 2016 - 12:34 PM

Top scorers DeMarcus Cousins and Carmelo Anthony lead the USA in the victory against China

Durant hopes Olympic gold quest eases Golden State move

Jul 26, 2016 - 12:14 PM

It s still a little fresh but being able to focus on this makes it a little easier to get past it says Kevin Durant

USA player Kevin Durant (L) looks to pass the ball as he is defended by Chinese player Yi Jianlian (R) during the first half of an exhibition game at Staples Center. EPA/MIKE NELSON

Carmelo Anthony seeks record third Olympic men's hoops gold

Jul 26, 2016 - 11:24 AM

The 32 year old forward is the oldest man on the US collection of NBA stars

MORE OLYMPIC SUCCESS. USA's Carmelo Anthony (R), seen here in action against China's Guo Ailun in an exhibition game, has been struggling for success with his NBA team but is now eyeing his 3rd Olympic gold medal. EPA/MIKE NELSON

USA romps past China in Rio Olympics warm-up

Jul 25, 2016 - 12:28 PM

The game at Staples Center is a preview of the teams scheduled August 6 clash in Rio de Janeiro

USA player Kevin Durant (L) looks to pass the ball as he is defended by Chinese player Yi Jianlian (R) during the first half of an exhibition game at Staples Center. EPA/MIKE NELSON

Durant, USA blow out Argentina in exhibition game

Jul 23, 2016 - 12:51 PM

Team USA shows its depth and talent in an easy exhibition win against Argentina

Warriors' Draymond Green avoids jail time over slap arrest

Jul 23, 2016 - 3:01 AM

Green negotiates his assault charge for allegedly slapping a football player down to a small fine before leaving for the Rio Olympics

COP A PLEA. Draymond Green can now put his off-the-court drama behind him and focus on the Rio Olympics. File photo by EZRA SHAW / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP

Carmelo Anthony will seek third gold at Rio: report

Jun 24, 2016 - 4:59 AM

Carmelo Anthony DeAndre Jordan Kyle Lowry and Jimmy Butler have reportedly committed to playing for Team USA in Rio

GOLDEN PLAYER. Carmelo Anthony will be one of the players representing USA Basketball at the Rio Games. File photo by Orestis Panagiotou/EPA

Stephen Curry says he won't play in Olympics

Jun 07, 2016 - 12:10 PM

Curry says he has decided to withdraw from the USA s preliminary squad after consulting with his family advisors and team officials

NO OLYMPICS. Stephen Curry says he won't play in the Rio Olympics. Photo from

Stephen Curry wants to play at Olympics, but not sure he will

Jun 06, 2016 - 12:30 PM

Curry wants to play for the United States at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics but the Golden State Warriors star hasn t made a final decision

GOLDEN STATE TO OLYMPIC GOLD? Stephen Curry wants to chase his first Olympic gold - if his body permits. Photo from

Clippers' Blake Griffin likely to miss Rio Olympics

May 07, 2016 - 3:20 PM

Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin had a bone marrow procedure on his left thigh injury and will miss the USA team s preparations for the Rio Olympics

OUT OF RIO. Blake Griffin isn't likely to be playing for Team USA this summer. File photo by Bob Frid/EPA

Kobe Bryant says Olympic finish to his career would be 'beautiful'

Dec 22, 2015 - 1:12 PM

It would be a beautiful thing to finish my career playing internationally But that being said we will see how it goes Bryant says

OLYMPIC FINISH. Kobe Bryant admits one last dance at the Rio Olympics would be a 'beautiful' ending to his career. File Photo by MICHAEL NELSON/EPA

The Top 10 Basketball Stories of 2014

Jan 01, 2015 - 8:57 PM

Columnist Enzo Flojo looks back at some of the most compelling basketball related stories of 2014

Kenneth Faried, Klay Thompson upped the ante at FIBA World Cup

Sep 24, 2014 - 4:32 PM

What do Kenneth Faried and Klay Thompson have in common? They’re both due for a renegotiation of their rookie contracts and raised their stock at the FIBA World Cup

BEAST MODE. Kenneth Faried and Team USA teammate Klay Thompson both strengthened their contract negotiating position at the FIBA World Cup. Photo from

Was Kyrie Irving's FIBA breakout a portent of things to come?

Sep 22, 2014 - 1:17 PM

The biggest buzz about Kyrie Irving before the FIBA World Cup was that he was teaming up with LeBron James and Kevin Love Afterwards people are talking about his own performance

LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION. Kyrie Irving showed he was ready for primetime by leading Team USA to victory at the FIBA World Cup. Photo from

American basketball is still in a class of its own

Sep 17, 2014 - 11:51 AM

Despite player withdrawals and a lack of internationally experienced participants the Americans showed they were still the undisputed kings of basketball

SIMPLY THE BEST. Winners of 64 of their last 65 games, Team USA proved they were still the unrivaled kings of basketball at the FIBA World Cup. Photo from

Team USA enjoys a trouble-free ride to World Cup title

Sep 15, 2014 - 3:32 PM

No less than Charles Barkley expected Team USA to fall to hosts Spain in the FIBA World Cup Instead the Americans dominated the world s best

DeMar DeRozan is one of Team USA's not-yet-ready-for-primetime players who made the most of the World Cup platform. Photo from

Team USA gets early test at FIBA World Cup

Sep 03, 2014 - 3:29 PM

The defending champion US gets its mojo tested by Turkey while the Filipinos continue to amaze with tough gutsy play

Anthony Davis of Team USA throws down a two-handed jam against Turkey. Photo from

USA thumps Finland by 59, Spain tops Iran by 30 in FIBA opener

Aug 31, 2014 - 8:52 AM

Team USA made a statement in their opening match of the FIBA World Cup but Spain showed they were a force to be reckoned with in their own right

CAN’T TOUCH THIS. James Harden of Team USA rises to the rim as Hanno Mottola of Finland looks on. Photo by Luis Tejido/EPA