2019 FIBA World Cup schedule, results

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The FIBA Men’s Basketball World Cup, where not only a world title but also seven 2020 Tokyo Olympic spots will be determined, takes place the first two weeks of September in China.

The U.S., with a roster missing NBA superstars, looks to become the first nation to win three straight titles.

Top challengers include Serbia, which took silver at the Rio Olympics and 2014 Worlds and is led by Denver Nuggets All-Star Nikola Jokić. Traditional contender Spain features stalwarts Marc Gasol and Ricky Rubio. France boasts five NBA players, including Rudy Gobert, Evan Fournier and Nicolas Batum.

The format: 32 teams split into eight groups, like the men’s soccer World Cup. The top two per group advance to a second phase of 16 teams in four groups, with their points carrying over. The top two from each of those groups make up the quarterfinals.

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Date Time (ET) Game Round
Sat, Aug. 31 3:30 a.m. Serbia 105, Angola 59 Group D
4 a.m. Poland 80, Venezuela 69 Group A
4:30 a.m. Russia 82, Nigeria 77 Group B
4:30 a.m. Puerto Rico 83, Iran 81 Group C
7:30 a.m. Italy 108, Philippines 62 Group D
8 a.m. China 70, Ivory Coast 55 Group A
8:30 a.m. Spain 101, Tunisia 62 Group C
8:30 a.m. Argentina 95, South Korea 59 Group B
Sun, Sept. 1 3:30 a.m. Australia 108, Canada 92 Group H
4 a.m. Brazil 102, New Zealand 94 Group F
4:30 a.m. Dominican Republic 80, Jordan 76 Group G
4:30 a.m. Turkey 86, Japan 67 Group E
7:30 a.m. Lithuania 101, Senegal 47 Group H
8 a.m. Greece 85, Montenegro 60 Group F
8:30 a.m. USA 88, Czech Republic 67 Group E
8:30 a.m. France 78, Germany 74 Group G
Mon, Sept. 2 3:30 a.m. Italy 92, Angola 61 Group D
4 a.m. Venezuela 87, Ivory Coast 71 Group A
4:30 a.m. Tunisia 79, Iran 67 Group C
4:30 a.m. Argentina 94, Nigeria 81 Group B
7:30 a.m. Serbia 126, Philippines 67 Group D
8 a.m. Poland 79, China 76 Group A
8:30 a.m. Russia 97, South Korea 73 Group B
8:30 a.m. Spain 73, Puerto Rico 63 Group C
Tue, Sept. 3 3:30 a.m. Australia 81, Senegal 68 Group H
4 a.m. New Zealand 93, Montenegro 83 Group F
4:30 a.m. Dominican Republic 70, Germany 68 Group G
4:30 a.m. Czech Republic 89, Japan 76 Group E
7:30 a.m. Lithuania 92, Canada 69 Group H
8 a.m. Brazil 79, Greece 78 Group F
8:30 a.m. France 103, Jordan 64 Group G
8:30 a.m. USA 93, Turkey 92 (OT) Group E
Wed, Sept. 4 3:30 a.m. Angola 84, Philippines 81 (OT) Group D
4 a.m. Poland 80, Ivory Coast 63 Group A
4:30 a.m. Puerto Rico 67, Tunisia 64 Group C
4:30 a.m. Nigeria 108, South Korea 66 Group B
7:30 a.m. Serbia 92, Italy 77 Group D
8 a.m. Venezuela 72, China 59 Group A
8:30 a.m. Spain 73, Iran 65 Group C
8:30 a.m. Argentina 69, Russia 61 Group B
Thu, Sept. 5 3:30 a.m. Canada 82, Senegal 60 Group H
4 a.m. Brazil 84, Montenegro 73 Group F
4:30 a.m. Germany 96, Jordan 62 Group G
4:30 a.m. Czech Republic 91, Turkey 76 Group E
7:30 a.m. Australia 87, Lithuania 82 Group H
8 a.m. Greece 103, New Zealand 97 Group F
8:30 a.m. USA 98, Japan 45 Group E
8:30 a.m. France 90, Dominican Republic 56 Group G
Fri, Sept. 6 4 a.m. Poland 79, Russia 74 Group I (Stage 2)
4:30 a.m. Serbia 90, Puerto Rico 47 Group J (Stage 2)
8 a.m. Argentina 87, Venezuela 67 Group I (Stage 2)
8:30 a.m. Spain 67, Italy 60 Group J (Stage 2)
Sat, Sept. 7 4 a.m. Australia 82, Dominican Republic 76 Group L (Stage 2)
4:30 a.m. Czech Republic 93, Brazil 71 Group K (Stage 2)
8 a.m. France 78, Lithuania 75 Group L (Stage 2)
8:30 a.m. USA 69, Greece 53 Group K (Stage 2)
Sun, Sept. 8 4 a.m. Russia 69, Venezuela 60 Group I (Stage 2)
4:30 a.m. Italy 94, Puerto Rico 89 Group J (Stage 2)
8 a.m. Argentina 91, Poland 65 Group I (Stage 2)
8:30 a.m. Spain 81, Serbia 69 Group J (Stage 2)
Mon, Sept. 9 4 a.m. Lithuania 74, Dominican Republic 55 Group L (Stage 2)
4:30 a.m. Greece 84, Czech Republic 77 Group K (Stage 2)
8 a.m. Australia 100, France 98 Group L (Stage 2)
8:30 a.m. USA 89, Brazil 73 Group K (Stage 2)
Tue, Sept. 10 7 a.m. Argentina 97, Serbia 87 Quarterfinals
9 a.m. Spain 90, Poland 78 Quarterfinals
Wed, Sept. 11 7 a.m. France 89, USA 79 Quarterfinals
9 a.m. Australia 82, Czech Republic 70 Quarterfinals
Thu, Sept. 12 7 a.m. Serbia 94, USA 89 Consolation
9 a.m. Czech Republic 94, Poland 84 Consolation
Fri, Sept. 13 4 a.m. Spain 95, Australia 88 (2OT) Semifinals
8 a.m. Argentina 80, France 66 Semifinals
Sat, Sept. 14 4 a.m. USA 87, Poland 74 Seventh Place
8 a.m. Serbia 90, Czech Republic 81 Fifth Place
Sun, Sept. 15 4 a.m. France 67, Australia 59 Third Place
8 a.m. Spain 95, Argentina 75 Final

 

South Korea’s first gold medalist of 2018 PyeongChang Olympics to compete for China

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Lim Hyo-Jun, a short track speed skater who won South Korea’s first gold medal of the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics, has been cleared to skate for China and was reportedly named to the national team Monday.

Lim, who won the 1500m on the first day of medal competition at the PyeongChang Games, began the process of switching to China after a June 2019 incident where he pulled down a teammate’s trousers, leaving him standing, exposed, in front of female teammates.

Lim, the 2019 World overall champion, was banned from the team for a year and later found guilty of sexual harassment before the verdict was overturned on appeal.

It was reported in March 2021 that Lim was in the process of trying to gain Chinese nationality to compete at the Beijing Winter Olympics, but Lim was not cleared to switch by the International Skating Union until this July. His Chinese name is Lin Xiaojun.

Another star South Korean skater, triple 2006 Olympic gold medalist Ahn Hyun-Soo, switched to Russia after not making the 2010 Olympic team. He then won three golds for the host nation as Viktor Ahn at the 2014 Sochi Games.

China’s national team for the upcoming season reportedly does not include veterans Wu Dajing, the nation’s lone gold medalist across all sports at the 2018 Olympics, and Fan Kexin, a three-time Olympic medalist.

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Brigid Kosgei, world record holder, to miss London Marathon

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World record holder Brigid Kosgei withdrew before Sunday’s London Marathon due to a right hamstring injury that has bothered her for the last month.

“My training has been up and down and not the way I would like to prepare to be in top condition,” was posted on Kosgei’s social media. “We’ve decided it’s best I withdraw from this year’s race and get further treatment on my injuries in order to enter 2023 stronger than ever.”

Kosgei, a 28-year-old Kenyan mother of twins, shattered the world record by 81 seconds at the 2019 Chicago Marathon. She clocked 2:14:04 to smash Brit Paula Radcliffe‘s record from 2003.

Since, Kosgei won the 2020 London Marathon, took silver at the Tokyo Olympics, placed fourth at the 2021 London Marathon and won this past March’s Tokyo Marathon in what was then the third-fastest time in history (2:16:02).

Ethiopian Tigist Assefa moved into the top three by winning the Berlin Marathon last Sunday in 2:15:37.

The London Marathon women’s field includes Kenyan Joyciline Jepkosgei, a winner in New York City (2019) and London (2021), and Yalemzerf Yehualaw, who was the Ethiopian record holder until Assefa won in Berlin.

The men’s field is headlined by Ethiopian Kenenisa Bekele, the second-fastest male marathoner in history, and Brit Mo Farah, a four-time Olympic champion on the track.

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