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Ben Simmons won’t play in Olympics, report says

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Ben Simmons, who could be the No. 1 NBA draft pick on June 23, will not play for Australia’s Olympic team in August, according to ESPN.com.

“Ben Simmons will postpone playing with the Australian Olympic team this summer in order to concentrate fully on his NBA activities following the upcoming 2016 NBA draft,” Simmons’ agent said, according to the report.

Simmons, who is turning pro after his freshman season at LSU, was one of 26 players named as candidates for Australia’s Olympic basketball team last month.

Without Simmons, the Australian Olympic team could still include NBA players Andrew BogutPatty Mills and Matthew Dellavedova, among others.

Simmons, a Melbourne native, was among the final five cuts for Australia’s 2014 FIBA World Cup team.

Basketball Australia will cut down to 16 ahead of a July 5-10 selection camp. The Olympic Opening Ceremony is Aug. 5.

Australia’s men’s basketball team has never earned an Olympic medal, falling in the quarterfinals in 2008 and 2012.

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Kevin Hart beats LSU sprinter by cheating (video)

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When actor Kevin Hart challenges top sprinters to races, he cheats.

Hart, who beat Usain Bolt in a race at the 2013 NBA All-Star Game by false starting, jumped the gun again in a parking lot race against LSU sprinter Jada Martin.

Hart appeared to cross the finish first, with less of a head start and by less of a margin of victory versus his tainted title over Bolt three years ago.

Martin is no slouch, having made the NCAA Championships 200m final last season.

But Hart should probably stick to comedy films.

 

Ben Simmons, NBA players on Australia Olympic basketball hopeful list

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LSU freshman Ben Simmons, a favorite to be the No. 1 NBA draft pick on June 23, is one of 26 players named as candidates for Australia’s Olympic basketball team on Monday.

Simmons, 19, is a Melbourne native who was among the final five cuts for Australia’s 2014 FIBA World Cup team.

Olympian NBA players Andrew Bogut and Patty Mills were unavailable for the 2014 FIBA World Cup, adding two more players to the Rio mix and complicating Simmons’ quest to make the Rio Olympic team.

Cleveland Cavaliers guard Matthew Dellavedova joined Simmons, Bogut and Mills as the most recognizable names on the 26-player list Monday.

Basketball Australia will cut down from 26 players to 16 ahead of a July 5-10 selection camp. The Olympic Opening Ceremony is Aug. 5.

Simmons may be young, but Australia has a history of naming college basketball players to its Olympic team — Bogut in 2004, Mills in 2008 and Dellavedova in 2012.

Australia’s men’s basketball team has never earned an Olympic medal, falling in the quarterfinals in 2008 and 2012.

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