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‘We wish that was real life’: USA and Iran unite on Tokyo basketball court

After the USA’s win, a mutual feeling of respect and fellowship emerged, ‘transcending that petty crap from governments’It was not so much the Great Satan. More the Great Love In. And over two enjoyable hours at the Saitama Super Arena, the basketball …

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US women’s basketball team beat Nigeria for 50th-straight Olympic win

A’ja Wilson has 19 points and 13 rebounds in her Olympic debutUS women haven’t won by so small a margin since 2004The US women won, as usual. It just wasn’t in the dominant fashion that the Americans are accustomed to.The winning streak for the world’s…

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The Dream Team days are long gone for USA Olympic basketball

The era when American players could win gold at the Games just by showing up is over. The rest of the world has simply become too good It’s too easy to make excuses for the Team USA men’s basketball team as it stumbles, and stumbles again, on the court…

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Tokyo Olympics 2020: day two – in pictures

The best images from the second day’s action in Tokyo including volleyball, surfing, gymnastics and skateboarding Continue reading…

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US men’s basketball team lose at Olympics for first time since 2004

Men’s basketball: France 83-76 USAUS men’s team had suffered defeats in Games build-upFor the first time since 2004, the US men’s basketball team have lost in the Olympics. And the US team’s quest for a fourth consecutive gold medal is already in doubt…

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End-to-same-end stuff as 3×3 basketball makes Olympic debut

Three-a-side version of sport made its Games bow with French president Emmanuel Macron and US first lady Jill Biden among the smattering of onlookers permitted into the arenaIn the before times, when “urban cluster” was a phrase that meant something ve…

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‘This belongs to all of us’: Milwaukee Bucks victory a unifying force for city

For Milwaukee fans, the NBA championship doesn’t negate the progress that’s still needed in the city, but the win felt like a much needed reprieveJabari Thompson had never seen an event bring the city of Milwaukee together like its NBA championship has…

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The scary thing about Giannis’ first NBA title? At 26 he is only getting better

In the era of the much-maligned superteam, the Greek star has the extraordinary skills to show a hometown hero can still win the game’s biggest prizesLaughing and smiling and dancing and hugging and I love you mans and chest bumps and tears and roars t…

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‘I’m a freaking champion’: Giannis Antetokounmpo helps Bucks to first NBA title since 1971 – video

Giannis Antetokounmpo ended one of the greatest NBA Finals ever with 50 points and a championship Milwaukee waited 50 years to win again.Antetokounmpo added 14 rebounds and five blocked shots as the Bucks beat the Phoenix Suns 105-98 on Tuesday night t…

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‘I’m a freaking champion’: Giannis Antetokounmpo helps Bucks to first NBA title since 1971 – video

Giannis Antetokounmpo ended one of the greatest NBA Finals ever with 50 points and a championship Milwaukee waited 50 years to win again.Antetokounmpo added 14 rebounds and five blocked shots as the Bucks beat the Phoenix Suns 105-98 on Tuesday night t…

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Freak out!: Giannis Antetokounmpo’s 50 power Bucks to first NBA title since 1971

Antetokounmpo logs 50 points, 14 rebounds, five blocksBucks win 105-98 to defeat Suns in best-of-seven finalsGiannis Antetokounmpo ended one of the greatest NBA finals ever with 50 points and a championship Milwaukee waited 50 years to win again.Anteto…

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NBA finals 2021 Game 6: Phoenix Suns v Milwaukee Bucks – live!

Bucks look to close out Suns for first NBA title since 1971Send Hunter a tweet at @HunterFelt or email him 4.04am BST Suns 79-79 Bucks, 10:54, 4th quarterPortis gets some revenge by opening up the fourth quarter scoring. Kaminsky (?) answers. Sure Fran…

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USA Olympic basketball teams finally stir after series of worrying defeats

Women’s team beat Nigeria while men defeat No 2-ranked SpainUSA teams are reigning Olympic champions heading to TokyoTeam USA’s basketball teams have finally shown signs of life after a series of worrying upsets heading into the Tokyo Olympics.The US m…

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Basketball Australia launches investigation into Liz Cambage incident

BA looking into alleged ‘breach of the integrity framework’Cambage pulled out of Olympics citing mental health concernsOpals star Liz Cambage is under a code of conduct and integrity investigation, Basketball Australia has confirmed. The governing body…

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Bucks edge Game 5 thriller against Suns to move within one game of NBA title

NBA finals Game 5: Milwaukee Bucks 123-119 Phoenix SunsAs it happened: Read Hunter Felt’s minute-by-minute reportJrue Holiday seized his chance to give the Milwaukee Bucks the lead in the NBA finals.Holiday’s steal and alley-oop pass to Giannis Antetok…

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NBA finals 2021 Game 5: Milwaukee Bucks v Phoenix Suns – live!

Email Hunter with your thoughts or tweet @HunterFeltTeams tied at 2-2 as series heads to Phoenix 1.00am BST Hunter will be here shortly. In the meantime, here’s Andrew Lawrence on the man leading the Suns:Time has not been kind to the Phoenix Suns. Sev…

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The Suns are in trouble but Monty Williams knows what true darkness is

Phoenix have taken a battering by Milwaukee in the last two games of the NBA finals. But their coach has overcome grief and adversity to get hereTime has not been kind to the Phoenix Suns. Seven days ago they appeared to be on an inexorable march towar…

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USA-Australia pre-Olympic friendly canceled due to Covid-19 protocols

Game canceled over ‘an abundance of caution’Decision comes after Bradley Beal ruled out of OlympicsThe United States’ men’s basketball exhibition game against Australia scheduled for Friday night in Las Vegas has been canceled because of health and saf…

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Dogged Bucks rally past Suns in Game 4 to level NBA finals at two games apiece

Bucks rally in Game 4 over Suns despite Devon Booker’s 42Khris Middleton scores team-high 40 points in crucial winGame 4: Phoenix Suns 103-109 Milwaukee Bucks – live!Khris Middleton’s big finish has the NBA finals all even. Related: NBA finals 2021 Gam…

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NBA finals 2021 Game 4: Phoenix Suns v Milwaukee Bucks – live!

Bucks look to level best-of-seven series with Suns in Game 4Send Hunter a tweet at @HunterFelt or email him at hunter.felt.freelance@theguardian.com 12.45am BST Hunter will be here shortly. In the meantime here’s a look back at Sunday’s Game 3. Relate…