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Carmelo Anthony’s request to play for USA Basketball denied, report says

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Carmelo Anthony, the all-time U.S. men’s Olympic leading points scorer and the only male basketball player with three Olympic gold medals, reportedly expressed interest in unretiring from international play for next month’s FIBA World Cup.

The interest was not mutual from USA Basketball.

“I love Carmelo,” USA Basketball Managing Director Jerry Colangelo said at this week’s pre-World Cup training camp in Las Vegas, according to SI.com. “He made a great contribution. He was a very good international player. But for where we are and what we’re doing, that conceivably could have been a distraction. I understand why the request was made. He’s trying to reestablish himself. I think that has to be done in the [NBA].”

Anthony, 35, is a free agent and has not played in the NBA since his Houston Rockets tenure ended 10 games into last season.

Next year, Anthony will be older than any previous U.S. Olympic men’s basketball player. Larry Bird owns the age record of 35 from when he played on the Dream Team.

Anthony announced his retirement from Olympic basketball, and it was assumed international play altogether, moments after the Rio gold-medal game.

“I know this is the end. This is it for me,” Anthony said on NBC on Aug. 21, 2016, adding later, “I think I’ve given enough to Team USA Basketball. As much as I’m going to miss it, it’s time to pass it along to some of the guys who was on our team this year, but also to the younger guys coming along and give them an opportunity to be a part of something great. So, for me I’m hanging these [shoes] up, USA Basketball-wise.”

In what has become custom for the World Cup, nearly all of the 2016 U.S. Olympians bowed out of the selection pool this summer. Two — Harrison Barnes and Kyle Lowry — are among the 15 national-team players in camp this week, after which the 12-man World Cup roster will be named.

The U.S. will qualify for the Olympics if it is among the top two teams from North and South America at the World Cup. If the U.S. fails to achieve that, it can still qualify at a last-chance tournament in 2020.

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Carmelo Anthony ventures into Brazil’s favelas, finds feeling of home

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One of the ideas behind the Olympic experience is broadening horizons in a foreign land, and USA Basketball superstar Carmelo Anthony is fully embracing that.

Anthony, 32, ventured out into the favelas of Brazil between USA match days, and the New York Knicks star played basketball with some kids.

Favelas are best compared to the English word “slums”. Rather than sum up what Anthony learned from his day in Brazil, we’ll let his perfect caption do the trick.

Rio Olympics Daily Preview: August 12

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Track and field gets underway at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games on Day 7 with the world’s fastest women on the track in round one races of the 100m. Carmelo Anthony and Co. are back on the court against Serbia, while the first round of win-or-go-home games get started in beach volleyball and soccer.

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Later in swimming, Michael Phelps hopes to swim for his fourth-straight Olympic gold medal in the 100m butterfly, and expect 19-year-old Katie Ledecky to be in the pool for the 800m freestyle final, an event in which she currently holds the world record.

What to Watch: Day 7, Aug 12


3:27 p.m. EDT – WATCH LIVE — Men’s Archery: Individual medal matches

Appearing in his third Olympic Games, archer Brady Ellison attempts to win the first individual archery medal for the U.S. since the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games.


6 p.m. EDT – WATCH LIVE — Men’s Basketball: USA vs. Serbia

Serbia is out to prove they belong in the field after eking into the Olympics via July’s last-minute Olympic Qualifying Tournament. Led by Nikola Jokic, who finished third in the NBA’s Rookie of the Year voting last season, Serbia has a monumental task ahead of them if they’re to upset the United States in their first Olympic appearance since becoming an independent nation in 2006.


10 p.m. EDT – WATCH LIVE — Beach Volleyball: Men’s and Women’s Round of 16

Watch Team USA’s Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena attempt to exorcise Dalhausser’s London demons in Rio, after he and then partner Todd Rogers were eliminated in the Round of 16 in 2012.


12:30 p.m. EDT – WATCH LIVE — Men’s Field Hockey: Germany vs. Netherlands

In a rematch of the 2012 Olympic Gold Medal Match, defending Olympic champs Germany take on the Netherlands in Pool B play.


6:30 a.m. EDT – WATCH LIVE — Men’s Golf: Round 2


2 p.m. EDT – WATCH LIVE — Women’s Shooting: Skeet final

U.S. skeet shooter, Kimberly Rhode, appears in her sixth straight Olympics ready to defend her 2012 gold from London.


WATCH LIVE — Women’s Soccer: Quarterfinals

Noon EDT – Game 1 – USA vs. Sweden

3 p.m. EDT – Game 2 – China vs. Germany

6 p.m. EDT – Game 3 – Canada vs. France

9 p.m. EDT – Game 4 – Brazil vs. Australia


Tennis  — WATCH LIVE —

11 a.m. EDT – Centre Court

Men’s singles semifinal – TBD

Men’s doubles Gold Medal Match – TBD

11 a.m. EDT – Court 1

Men’s doubles Bronze Medal Match – TBD

Men’s singles semifinal – TBD


7:20 p.m. EDT – WATCH LIVE — Track and Field: Day 7 Evening Session

Must see:

Men’s 400m Round 1 heats

Women’s shot put final

Women’s 100m heats Round 1

Michelle Carter, daughter of  three-time Super Bowl champ and 1984 Olympic silver medalist in shot put Michael Carter, leads the women’s U.S. shot put team in Rio.

Also, a strong field in the men’s 400m takes to the track, including Beijing Olympic champion, LaShawn Merritt (USA), reigning Olympic champion, Kirani James (Grenada), and 2015 world champion Wayde van Niekerk (South Africa).

Later, the fastest women in the world get to work to determine who will leave Rio with gold. U.S. standouts include Tori Bowie, English Gardner and Tianna Bartoletta.


9 p.m. EDT – WATCH LIVE — Swimming: Day 7 Evening Session

Must see:

Men’s 100m butterfly final

Women’s 800m freestyle final

Men’s 50m freestyle final

Women’s 50m freestyle semifinals

The stars come out for the U.S. on Day 7 of swimming with Michael Phelps looking to win the 100m butterfly for the fourth Olympics in a row (becoming the third four-time Olympic champion in a single event for the U.S.).

Katie Ledecky swims the 800m freestyle, the event that started it all for the young Olympian in London, and a race in which she has repeatedly broken the world record (often her own) since 2013. We should also mention Ledecky has not lost an 800m freestyle race since 2012.

And the men’s 50m freestyle — the breakneck event  dubbed the “Splash and Dash” — pits Americans Nathan Adrian and Anthony Ervin against the defending Olympic champion France’s Florent Manaudou.