USA Basketball names men’s training camp roster

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Four 2012 Olympic gold medalists were among 19 men named to the USA Basketball National Team training camp roster Monday.

Here’s the full list:

Bradley Beal
DeMarcus Cousins
Stephen Curry
Anthony Davis — Olympian
DeMar DeRozan
Andre Drummond
Kevin Durant — Olympian
Kenneth Faried
Paul George
Blake Griffin
James Harden — Olympian
Gordon Hayward
Kyrie Irving
Kyle Korver
Damian Lillard
Kevin Love — Olympian
Chandler Parsons
Derrick Rose
Klay Thompson

The players will participate in a July 28-Aug. 1 training camp in Las Vegas. The FIBA World Cup team, which is usually 12 players, will be selected from the group.

The FIBA World Cup winner qualifies for the 2016 Olympic basketball tournament.

The FIBA World Cup is slated for Aug. 30-Sept. 14 in Spain. It was previously known as the World Championships, with the U.S. winning the most recent title in 2010 (its first title since 1994).

The U.S.’ biggest competition should be host Spain, the two-time reigning Olympic silver medalist.

Five members of the 2010 World Championships team went on to make the 2012 Olympic Team (Tyson Chandler, Durant, Andre Iguodala, Love and Westbrook).

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Chinese figure skating judges banned for biased Olympic scoring

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Two Chinese figure skating judges were suspended by the International Skating Union for biased judging at the PyeongChang Olympics.

Chen Weiguang and Huang Feng had “preferential marking” for top Chinese skaters Jin Boyang (fourth place in PyeongChang) and the silver medalist pairs’ team of Sui Wenjing and Han Cong, respectively, according to the ISU.

Chen was banned two years and excluded from the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. Huang got a one-year ban.

Chen awarded her highest grades of execution scores of the men’s competition to Jin, as well as her second-highest program components scores, trailing only gold medalist Yuzuru Hanyu. Both sets of scores, in both the short and long programs, were out of line with the other eight judges.

“There is evidence of preference for the Chinese skater and prejudice against his strongest competitors,” an ISU report read. “Her marks were completely unrealistic.”

The pairs’ judge Huang “obviously favored his pair also vis-à-vis the other top candidates for the Olympic gold medal,” the ISU said in a report, referencing inflated scores for Sui and Han and lower scores for gold and bronze medalists Aljona Savchenko and Bruno Massot of Germany and Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford of Canada.

Huang was warned one month before the Olympics by the ISU for biased judging at the December 2017 Grand Prix Final pairs’ event.

Both suspensions are subject to appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

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Javier Fernandez to skip Grand Prix, still compete next season

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Javier Fernandez, who in PyeongChang became the first Spanish Olympic figure skating medalist, will skip the fall Grand Prix series but return for January’s European Championships, which could be his final competition.

Europeans will be Fernandez’s focus for the season, his agent said Tuesday.

Fernandez, 26, added an Olympic bronze medal to his 2015 and 2016 World titles. He has said that his third Olympics in PyeongChang would be his last. But Fernandez did not say he would retire after the Winter Games, though he did skip the world championships in March.

Fernandez now plans to compete in his 13th straight European Championships in Minsk in January. He won the last six titles. It’s unknown if he will continue on to the world championships in Saitama, Japan, in March.

In Fernandez’s absence, the top male singles skaters in the fall Grand Prix season should be double Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu, PyeongChang silver medalist Shoma Uno and American Nathan Chen, who was fifth at the Olympics after a disastrous short program but ran away with March’s world title by the largest margin in history.

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