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Analysis: USA Basketball wanted to be tested, and they were

This is why USA Basketball went to Melbourne. The Americans wanted trouble. They got some. Thursday’s 102-86 win over Australia was everything that U.S. coach Gregg Popovich could have wanted in a World Cup tuneup game for his squad. A few days removed from traveling halfway around the world, playing a road game in front of the […]

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Crowe slams ‘joke’ seating at US-Australia tiff

MELBOURNE (AFP) – Oscar-winner Russell Crowe led a chorus of criticism Friday of the seating arrangements at a basketball clash between the United States and Australia, with many fans paying big money to see very little. The pre-World Cup showdown, on Thursday evening at Melbourne’s Marvel Stadium, was played in front of 51,000 fans – […]

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USA bucks slow start to beat Aussies

MELBOURNE (AFP) – United States basketball coach Gregg Popovich says his team has to improve its defense and communication ahead of the World Cup despite an impressive 102-86 victory over Australia. The reigning world champions posted a 31-point third quarter on the back of a barrage of three-pointers to overwhelm the Boomers Thursday evening after […]

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Cariaso named new Alaska coach as Compton resigns

After more than five years, coach Alex Compton was forced to end his “love affair” with the Alaska Aces who are out to regain their lost glory in the PBA. With the blessing from team owner Fred Uytengsu, the Alaska management announced Thursday that Compton will no longer be calling the shots for the Aces […]

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Australia is huge threat, says US coach Popovich

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) – Team USA coach Gregg Popovich sees Australia as a title threat at the upcoming World Cup in China. He’ll soon find out how much of a threat when the teams meet Thursday in the first of two exhibition games in Melbourne. A record Australian basketball crowd of 50,000 is forecast for […]

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Coach Frankie rejoins Perpetual practice

A day after missing the game of University of Perpetual Help System DALTA, coach Frankie Lim rejoined the team practice session yesterday at the UPHSD gym in Las Piñas City, ending speculation that he’s on the way out. Lim did not give the reason why he went on leave on the day that saw the […]

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