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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

 

J’den Cox repeats as world wrestling champion; Kyle Snyder stunned

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If he wasn’t crowned already, it’s clear U.S. wrestling has a new king.

On a day when Rio Olympic champion Kyle Snyder was upset and London Olympic champ Jordan Burroughs rallied for another bronze medal, J’den Cox repeated as world champion in Kazakhstan.

Cox, the Rio Olympic 86kg bronze medalist, completed a perfect run through the 92kg division — not giving up a point in four matches — by dominating Iranian Alireza Karimi 4-0 in the final. He became the second U.S. man to win an Olympic or world title without surrendering a point in more than 30 years (joining Kyle Dake from last year).

“I don’t know why, but it feels like a ton better [than 2018],” said Cox, whose tattoos include one that reads in Latin, “If I cannot move heaven, I will raise hell.” “I made more sacrifices … I wanted to do it better.”

Earlier Saturday, Snyder was shocked by Azerbaijan’s Sharif Sharifov 5-2 in the 97kg semifinals, denying a third straight world final between Snyder and Russian Tank Abdulrashid Sadulayev. Sharifov, the 2012 Olympic 84kg champ, clinched his first world medal in eight years.

Snyder, who in Rio became the youngest U.S. Olympic wrestling champion at age 20, failed to make an Olympic or world final for the first time in his career. He will wrestle for bronze on Sunday, while Sharifov meets Sadulayev for gold.

Burroughs earned his seventh straight world championships medal and second straight bronze. Burroughs, the 2012 Olympic 74kg champion, rebounded from losing to Russian Zaurbeck Sidakov on Friday with a 10-0 technical fall over Japanese Mao Okui.

Burroughs gave up a lead on Sidakov with 1.3 seconds left in the semifinals, a year after Sidakov overtook him as time expired in the quarterfinals.

“A lot of people in 2016 called me a quitter,” said Burroughs, who tearfully missed the medals in Rio, “and I think that after watching the amount of devastation and heartbreak that I’ve taken over the last two years and still being able to come back and take third place is a testament.”

Burroughs, 31, shares third with Adeline Gray on the U.S. list of career world wrestling championships medals, trailing only Bruce Baumgartner and Kristie Davis, who each earned nine.

Burroughs’ bronze ensured he gets a bye into the 74kg final of the Olympic trials in April. But this will be the first time he goes into an Olympic year as anything other than a reigning world champion.

“At this juncture of my career, I feel I’m running out of time,” said Burroughs, who next year will be older than any previous U.S. Olympic wrestling champion. “That can be really scary.”

Dake marched to Sunday’s final in defense of his 2018 World title at 79kg (a non-Olympic weight) by going 23-4 over three matches. Dake, who at Cornell became the only wrestler to win NCAA titles at four weight classes or without a redshirt, gets Azerbaijan’s Jabrayil Hasanov in the final, a rematch of the 2018 gold-medal match.

Next year, Dake must move up to 86kg, where Cox will likely reside, or down to 74kg, where Burroughs has won every U.S. Olympic or world trials dating to 2011. There’s also David Taylor to reckon with. Taylor won the 86kg world title last year but missed this season due to injury.

“We’ve got a guy at 79 kilos that’s going to win a world championship tomorrow,” Burroughs said, smiling, of Dake, “I’m hopefully going to be waiting for [Dake at Olympic trials], healthy and prepared.”

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Alexandra Trusova, 15, becomes first woman to land three quadruple jumps

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Alexandra Trusova established herself as the world’s leading female figure skater … in her first senior international competition.

Trusova, the 15-year-old, two-time world junior champion from Russia, became the first woman to land three quadruple jumps in one international competition program, posting the world’s highest free skate and total scores on the early season.

Trusova previously landed three quads in the free skate at the Russian Federation’s test skates in early September.

She opened Saturday’s free skate with a quadruple Lutz, a quadruple toe loop-triple toe combination and another quad toe to run away from Japanese Olympian Kaori Sakamoto by 44.27 points. Video is here.

She won a lower-level event in Slovakia with 238.69 points, which would have beaten Japan’s top skater, Rika Kihira, and Olympic bronze medalist Yevgenia Medvedeva by more than 14 points at an event last week in Canada. However, judging panels can be more or less forgiving from event to event.

Still, Trusova established herself as a force going into next month’s Grand Prix season. She will face Kihira and Medvedeva at Skate Canada the last week of October.

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