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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

 

40 years ago today: Jimmy Carter lays plan for Olympic boycott

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On Jan. 20, 1980, U.S. President Jimmy Carter said he would not support sending a U.S. team to the Moscow Olympics later that summer if the Soviet Union did not withdraw troops from Afghanistan.

Carter detailed his stance on NBC’s “Meet the Press” airing that Sunday. A transcript:

Bill Monroe: Assuming the Soviets do not pull out of Afghanistan any time soon, do you favor the U.S. participating in the Moscow Olympics, and if not, what are the alternatives?

Carter: No. Neither I nor the American people would support the sending of an American team to Moscow with Soviet invasion troops in Afghanistan. I’ve sent a message today to the United States Olympic Committee spelling out my own position that unless the Soviets withdraw their troops within a month from Afghanistan that the Olympic Games be moved from Moscow to alternate site or multiple sites or postponed or canceled. If the Soviets do not withdraw their troops immediately from Afghanistan — within a month — I would not support the sending of an American team to the Olympics. It’s very important for the world to realize how serious a threat the Soviets’ invasion of Afghanistan is. I do not want to inject politics into the Olympics, and I would personally favor the establishment of a permanent Olympic site for both the Summer and the Winter Games. In my opinion, the most appropriate permanent site for the Summer Games would be Greece. This will be my own position, and I have asked the U.S. Olympic Committee to take this position to the International Olympic Committee, and I would hope that as many nations as possible would support this basic position. One hundred and four nations voted against the Soviet invasion and called for their immediate withdrawal from Afghanistan in the United Nations, and I would hope as many of those as possible would support the position I’ve just outlined to you.

Monroe: Mr. President, if a substantial number of nations does not support the U.S. position, would not that just put the U.S. in an isolated position without doing much damage to the Soviet Union?

Carter: Regardless of what other nations might do, I would not favor the sending of an American Olympic team to Moscow while the Soviet invasion troops are in Afghanistan.

Three days later, Carter said in his State of the Union address, “I have notified the Olympic Committee that with Soviet invading forces in Afghanistan, neither the American people nor I will support sending an Olympic team to Moscow.”

The Soviets did not withdraw troops.

Though Carter did not have the authority to order a boycott, the U.S. Olympic Committee did decide on April 12 not to send a team.

The U.S. was among more than 60 nations that were invited to the Moscow Games and did not participate (for various reasons). Other notable absences included Canada, West Germany, Japan and China.

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With four former champions in the mix, who can claim U.S. Championships pairs’ title?

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There have been four different U.S. pairs’ champions in the past four years. All four of those teams are in the field at this week’s U.S. Championships in Greensboro, North Carolina. With that in mind, who could get the nod to compete at the world championships in March?

The U.S. has two spots to fill, thanks to the efforts of Ashley Cain-Gribble and Timothy LeDuc, who finished ninth at last year’s worlds.

Haven Denney and Brandon Frazier had the best fall of any U.S. pair, winning two bronze medals on the Grand Prix Series. Denney and Frazier finished with silver medals at last year’s national championships, too. The team has previous experience at the world championships (2015: 12th; 2017: 20th).

Cain-Gribble and LeDuc won the national title last year after a season that was nearly sidelined by Cain-Gribble’s concussion in December 2018. As the solo U.S. representatives at the world championships, they succeeded in earning back two world berths for 2020.

This season, they won two B-level competitions and finished fourth and fifth at their Grand Prix assignments. LeDuc said last week that despite their win at Golden Spin in December, “there was a little bit of room for improvement, which is exactly what we want from a competition going into nationals.”

“We feel like we’ve improved a lot as far as what we’re able to take on mentally because we know that this is going to be an intense week,” Cain-Gribble said. “We’re prepared for that. We’ve never had to do this before, where we’re coming in and we’re already the reigning champions. We’ve never come in with that title before. We’ve had the opportunity to talk to a lot of people about it and what that feeling is, but overall their main thing was, ‘Be prepared. Prepare yourself beyond what you can even imagine. When you get there, just go on autopilot and do your thing.’”

PyeongChang Olympic team event bronze medalists Alexa Scimeca Knierim and Chris Knierim haven’t been in top form since the Games. Later in 2018, they split from short-lived coach Aljona Savchenko in Germany and moved to California.

They finished an all-time low of seventh at last year’s nationals and were not assigned to any events later in the season. In their off-season, Chris underwent wrist surgery. The couple also added Rafael Arutunian to their coaching team to address their jumping abilities. Their season consisted of a silver medal at a B-level competition, followed by two Grand Prix assignments where they finished fourth and seventh.

“We feel that many people probably have kind of written us off, because we’re an old married couple and we’re kind of labeled ‘can’t get it together,’” Scimeca Knierim said after finishing fourth at Skate Canada this fall. “That’s almost an advantage, because I feel like for so long, we were considered the front-runners. I still believe we are. We’re trying to show we can get it together.”

The last time the Knierims competed at a nationals in Greensboro, in 2015, they won the first of their two titles. That year, they notched their highest placement (seventh) across five total trips to the world championships.

Tarah Kayne and Danny O’Shea won their national title in 2016 and were also sent on their only trip to the world championships where they finished 13th. In 2017, Kayne underwent knee surgery, but they returned to the national podium in 2018 and won silver. Last year, they finished fourth after a disastrous free skate.

This season, they collected a silver medals and a fourth place finish at two B-level competitions as well as a pair of sixth-place finishes on the Grand Prix.

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