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U.S. rolls into FIBA World Cup quarterfinals, qualifies for Olympics

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The U.S. men’s basketball team nailed its first two objectives of the FIBA World Cup — go undefeated in group play and clinch an Olympic berth.

Now the real test begins, starting with a quarterfinal against France on Wednesday.

France, which lost to the U.S. 100-97 at the Rio Olympics, boasts five NBA players, including Rudy GobertEvan Fournier and Nicolas Batum.

The U.S. is made up entirely of NBA players, but just two 2019 All-Stars and one man with Olympic experience.

Its 13-year win streak at global tournaments was tested last week in a one-point overtime win over Turkey.

FIBA World Cup quarterfinals
Argentina-Serbia
U.S.-France
Spain-Poland
Australia-Czech Republic

The U.S. and Argentina clinched Tokyo 2020 spots when the Americans beat the Brazilians 89-73 on Monday.

Kemba Walker and Myles Turner led the way with 16 points each. A full box score is here.

At the World Cup, the top two teams from the Americas qualify for the Olympics, and only two teams from the Americas made the quarters.

Brazil can still qualify for the Olympics at a last-chance tournament next year. As can Giannis Antetokounmpo-led Greece, which was also knocked out of the World Cup on Monday.

Half of the 12-team Olympic field is now set: Japan, Australia, Nigeria, Iran, Argentina and the U.S.

Two more nations will qualify at the World Cup — the top two from Europe.

MORE: FIBA World Cup schedule, results

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Boglarka Kapas, world champion swimmer, tests positive for coronavirus

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Boglarka Kapas, the Hungarian swimmer and world 200m butterfly champion, said she tested positive for the coronavirus.

“I don’t have any symptoms yet, and that’s why it’s important for you to know that even if you feel healthy you can spread the virus,” was posted on her social media. “Please be careful, stay at home and stay healthy.”

Kapas said her first test was negative but a second test showed she had the virus. She was staying in quarantine at home for two weeks.

Kapas, 26, won the 200m fly at last summer’s world championships by passing Americans Hali Flickinger and Katie Drabot in the last 25 meters. She clocked 2:06.78 to prevail by .17 of a second.

Kapas also took bronze in the Rio Olympic 800m freestyle won by Katie Ledecky.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Dan Hicks, Rowdy Gaines call backyard pool swim race

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Dan Hicks and Rowdy Gaines covered swimming together at the last six Olympics, including every one of Michael Phelps‘ finals, but they’ve never called a “race” quite like this.

“We heard you were looking for something to commentate during the down time….might this short short short course 100 IM help?” tweeted Cathleen Pruden, posting a video of younger sister Mary Pruden, a sophomore swimmer at Columbia University, taking individual medley strokes in what appeared to be an inflatable backyard pool.

“Hang on,” Gaines replied. “This race of the century deserves the right call. @DanHicksNBC and I are working some magic!”

Later, Hicks posted a revised video dubbed with commentary from he and Gaines.

They became the latest commentators to go beyond the booth to post calls on social media while sports are halted due to the coronavirus pandemic.

NBC Sports hockey voice Doc Emrick (who has also called Olympic hockey and water polo) did play-by-play of a windshield wiper installation.

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