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WATCH LIVE: Women’s Group B, men’s Group A return to basketball court

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Basketball competition moves into a fifth day Wednesday, with both the United States women’s and men’s teams back in action. The women take on Serbia in an important Group B matchup, and the men will face an Australian team that has also won its first two group games.

Beginning the day will be a women’s matchup in Group B, as China plays Spain with the two teams tied for third place in their group on three points. China rebounded from a blowout loss to Canada in their opener with an emphatic win over Senegal, while Spain is looking to bounce back from their 40-point loss to the United States on Monday.

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In non-United States men’s basketball action, Serbia and France meet in a game that’s of high importance given the fact that both still have to play the United States. After putting forth a poor showing in their loss to Australia, the French beat China by 28 Monday night. Serbia has also lost to Australia already, with the Aussies beating Serbia by 15 on Monday.

Senegal and China meet in the other Group A game, in what is likely the best shot for both teams to pick up a win in group play.

Tony Parker leads 5 NBA players on France Olympic basketball roster

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Tony Parker headlines five NBA players on France’s Olympic men’s basketball roster announced Wednesday.

The other four NBA players are fellow returning Olympians Nicolas Batum and Boris Diaw and Olympic rookies Rudy Gobert and Joffrey Lauvergne.

French NBA players not on the Olympic roster include Joakim Noah, who hasn’t played for the national team since 2011, and Evan Fournier, who did not play in a last-chance qualifying tournament earlier this month.

Parker led France at the 2012 Olympics with 15.7 points per game. The French lost two games in London, to the gold medalist U.S. in group play and silver medalist Spain in the quarterfinals.

In September, Parker and France fell in the EuroBasket semifinals to Spain in a winner-goes-to-Rio game.

The defeat forced France to a last-chance, winner-take-all, six-team Olympic qualifying tournament in the Philippines earlier this month.

Parker guided France past Canada 83-74 in the final Sunday, scoring a game-high 26 points in Manila, including 15 in the last seven minutes to extend a five-point lead.

The full French roster:

Nicolas Batum — Charlotte Hornets
Nando De Colo
Boris Diaw — San Antonio Spurs
Antoine Diot
Mickaël Gélabale
Rudy Gobert — Utah Jazz
Thomas Heurtel
Charles Kahudi
Joffrey Lauvergne — Denver Nuggets
Tony Parker — San Antonio Spurs
Florent Piétrus
Kim Tillie

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Tony Parker, France beat Canada to complete Olympic basketball field

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Tony Parker and France will round out the 12-team Olympic men’s basketball field after beating Canada 83-74 in the final of a last-chance qualifying tournament Sunday.

The San Antonio Spurs point guard scored a game-high 26 points in Manila, including 15 in the last seven minutes to extend a five-point lead.

Parker could headline a French roster in Rio with enough NBA talent to contend for a medal. Nicolas Batum and Boris Diaw also helped France qualify this past week, and Rudy Gobert and Evan Fournier could join them at the Olympics.

Canada failed to qualify for Rio. Its best player, Andrew Wiggins, skipped the last-chance Olympic qualifier, where Canada was bidding to make its first Games since it had Steve Nash in 2000.

Parker led France at the 2012 Olympics with 15.7 points per game. The French lost two games in London, to the gold medalist U.S. in group play and silver medalist Spain in the quarterfinals.

In September, Parker and France fell in the EuroBasket semifinals to Spain in a winner-goes-to-Rio game.

The defeat forced France to the last-chance, winner-take-all, six-team Olympic qualifying tournament in the Philippines.

The Olympic men’s basketball field includes all but one of the 2012 Olympic quarterfinalists (bronze medalist Russia failed to qualify):

Brazil — Host nation
U.S. — 2014 World champion
Australia — Oceania champion
Nigeria — Africa champion
Argentina — Americas finalist
Venezuela — Americas finalist
Spain — Europe finalist
Lithuania — Europe finalist
China — Asia champion
Croatia — Last-chance qualifier
Serbia — Last-chance qualifier
France — Last chance qualifier

The U.S. is grouped with France, Serbia, Australia, China and Venezuela. The top four teams reach the quarterfinals.

Here’s the U.S. men’s group schedule:

Saturday, Aug. 6 vs. China – 6 p.m. ET
Monday, Aug. 8 vs. Venezuela – 6 p.m. ET
Wednesday, Aug. 10 vs. Australia – 6 p.m. ET
Friday, Aug. 12 vs. Serbia – 6 p.m. ET
Monday, Aug. 14 vs. France – 1:15 p.m. ET

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