US keeps top spot in FIBA men's world rankings; Spain No. 2

USA Basketball has kept its No. 1 spot in the FIBA world men's rankings, even after a disappointing seventh-place showing in the World Cup that ended earlier this week. It's now nine...

A first: 18 Olympic rugby players competing at World Cup

TOKYO (AP) — Fiji captain Leone Nakarawa has made the transition from 15-a-side to rugby sevens to pick up an Olympic gold medal and now he's back again in the traditional format aiming to take his co...

Canadian ice dancing stars Virtue, Moir announce retirement

Canadian ice dancing stars Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir say they are "stepping away" from the sport. Their retirement was revealed late Tuesday night in a video posted on their separa...

Judo champion who defied Iran's rules now in hiding

DUESSELDORF, Germany (AP) — Saeid Mollaei has been in hiding since he left the Iranian judo team last month, saying he had been ordered to withdraw from the world championships on political grounds. ...

Gasol completes historic double, Spain wins World Cup

BEIJING (AP) — Spain has captured its second World Cup championship, defeating Argentina 95-75 on Sunday to give Marc Gasol a rare double-title year. Ricky Rubio scored 20 points and...

Spain wins second FIBA World Cup title, topping Argentina 95-75 for gold medal

BEIJING (AP) — Spain wins second FIBA World Cup title, topping Argentina 95-75 for gold medal.

FIBA will look to ease travel burdens at 2023 World Cup

BEIJING (AP) — FIBA will look at adjusting travel demands on teams at the next World Cup, after this tournament in China led to many complaints about the distances that nations participating in the kn...

Gasol, Spain to meet Argentina in World Cup final

BEIJING (AP) — Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Lamar Odom, LeBron James and Kyrie Irving. Those are the only five players to win an NBA title and a gold medal in the same year, wheth...

Rudisha to miss world champs as Kenya names preliminary team

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — David Rudisha didn't take part in the Kenyan trials and will miss this month's world championships as he struggles to get over thigh and back injuries that have kept him out of t...

Argentina moves to World Cup final, tops France 80-66

BEIJING (AP) — Luis Scola scored 28 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, and Argentina is heading to its first gold-medal game in 15 years after beating France 80-66 on Friday in a World Cup semifinal. ...

Kobe Bryant: Easy days for USA Basketball are over

BEIJING (AP) — Kobe Bryant played on the Redeem Team in 2008, the one that delivered a gold medal in Beijing after a series of USA Basketball disappointments in big tournaments. Back...

USA Basketball thinking ahead after disappointing World Cup

DONGGUAN, China (AP) — USA Basketball managing director Jerry Colangelo said Thursday that when the time comes to start assembling the 2020 Tokyo Olympics roster, he won't forget those who backed out ...

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Semenya to finally get her gold medal from 2011 worlds

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Caster Semenya is finally getting her gold medal from the 2011 world championships after Russian runner Maria Savinova was stripped of the title for doping. South...

Analysis: USA Basketball's World Cup plan went awry long ago

DONGGUAN, China (AP) — USA Basketball's plan for a third consecutive World Cup title started going off the rails long before this tournament even began, after just about everyone who was originally as...