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Top Storylines and Predictions Heading into FIBA World Cup Medal Rounds

Bleacherreport.com  -  And then there were two.Well, OK, it's actually four, but...you know what we mean.Partakers of the 2014 FIBA World Cup of Basketball had to wait more than a week before witnessing the tournament's first real upset. And oh, what an upset it was—a 65-52 win by France over heavily favored (and hated rival) Spain on Wednesday.Sadly, the magic ran out in the semifinals, where Nicolas Batum's bli 3 days

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USA Basketball vs. Serbia: 2014 FIBA World Cup Final Preview

Bleacherreport.com  -  Heading into the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup in Spain, Team USA head coach Mike Krzyzewski—without LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony, Paul George or Chris Paul at his disposal—was seen as marshaling perhaps his weakest team in over a decade.Eight games and a 32.5-point-average margin of victory later, the Americans enter Sunday’s gold-medal game against Serbia with 3 days

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The Latest World Cup Talk

Feedproxy.google.com  -  from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN, The expectation back in June was that the NHL and NHL Players’ Association would have some kind of World Cup announcement by the end of summer, but that’s going to wait a bit longer. Both sides have an understanding that they will wait to get more concrete details in order, including being able to commit firmly to a regular interval for the tournament, 3 days

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Get to know Serbia, Team USA's opponent for the FIBA World Cup final

Sports.yahoo.com  -  It isn't the matchup many expected, but it looks intriguing nonetheless. On Sunday, Team USA will face Serbia in the gold-medal game of the 2014 FIBA World Cup of Basketball in Madrid, set to air at 3 p.m. ET on ESPN. With co-favorite Spain having gone out in the quarterfinals with a surprising loss to rivals France, the Serbs took the opportunity afforded to them and dispatched several impressiv 3 days

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FIBA World Cup 2014: Championship Schedule, Predictions After Semifinal Results

Bleacherreport.com  -  The United States and Serbia successfully navigated the 2014 FIBA World Cup's 24-team bracket to earn seats in Sunday's final.Team USA applied a scorched earth tactic against its helpless foes, decimating the competition in a pile of routs. Serbia, meanwhile, needing a gripping close call against France to become the underdog in this tale. Anyone facing the U.S. will succumb to acting out that ro 3 days

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France vs. Serbia: FIBA World Cup 2014 Semifinal Score and Twitter Reaction

Bleacherreport.com  -  Nicolas Batum did everything in his power to lead France to the FIBA World Cup final. In the end, though, Serbia was just too tough to overcome. Despite Batum's 35 points and France's furious rally in the second half, the Serbians held on to secure a 90-85 win and advance to the final against the United States. Batum was a force of nature on offense and on fire from beyond the arc, draining 3 days

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How James Harden Can Use FIBA World Cup to Jumpstart Season with Houston Rockets

Bleacherreport.com  -  James Harden’s Team USA experience wasn’t supposed to be this way. The Houston Rockets shooting guard was originally expected to fill the "super sixth man" role normally reserved in Olympic competition for Carmelo Anthony. But then some of his colleagues decided their summer didn't need a trip to Spain. Kevin Love, Russell Westbrook, LaMarcus Aldridge and Blake Griffin said thank 3 days

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Juggernaut Angels Positioned as World Series Favorites Heading Toward Postseason

Bleacherreport.com  -  No team in Major League Baseball is hotter right now than the Los Angeles Angels, who have positioned themselves as the favorites to reach—and maybe even win—the World Series thanks to an incredible second-half run that continued Thursday night.Already owners of the best record in baseball and the first club to reach the 90-win mark, the Halos' 7-3 win over the lowly Texas Rangers, wh 4 days

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