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Fox withdraws from USA national team

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LOS ANGELES (AP) De'Aaron Fox of the Sacramento Kings surprisingly withdrew from USA Basketball's national team Saturday, meaning the Americans now have 13 candidates for the 12-man World Cup roster.

Fox told USA Basketball of his choice a few hours before the team was to fly to Australia for final preparations for this month's tournament in China. Fox was in the team's plans for the Australia trip, and it was believed he would have been a strong candidate for the World Cup squad.

Fox played a team-low six minutes in the Americans' 90-81 win over Spain in a pre-World Cup exhibition at Anaheim, California, on Friday night. He had two points and one assist, and the U.S. outscored Spain by 10 points in his brief stints on the floor.

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Tsai buys rest of Nets from Prokhorov

NEW YORK (AP) In a record sale for a U.S. sports franchise, the co-founder of Alibaba agreed to buy the remaining 51 percent of the Brooklyn Nets and Barclays Center for about $3.4 billion, two people with knowledge of the details said Friday.

Joe Tsai already had purchased 49 percent of the team from Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov in 2018, with the option to become controlling owner in 2021.

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USA beats Spain in World Cup exhibition

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) This was a week of wake-up calls for USA Basketball, some provided by unheralded G League players in practice and now more offered up by the Spanish national team.

The Americans learned from both.

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Rockets' Tucker latest USA departure

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Houston forward P.J. Tucker has withdrawn from consideration for USA Basketball's World Cup roster, meaning 14 players remain in consideration for 12 spots.

Tucker withdrew Friday, citing a minor left ankle issue. He has twisted the ankle twice in the last several days and decided the best move would be to let it fully heal before going to training camp with the Rockets next month.

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Lakers C Cousins tears ACL in left knee

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) DeMarcus Cousins is facing rehab from another major injury, and the Los Angeles Lakers have endured their first big problem of a season with championship expectations.

Cousins was diagnosed Thursday with a torn ACL in his left knee, an injury that could sideline the six-time All-Star big man for much - if not all - of this coming season. Cousins' agent, Jeff Schwartz of Excel Sports Management, said a timeline for surgery is being discussed.

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Wizards add Jamison to front office

WASHINGTON (AP) The Wizards are continuing their front office overhaul by hiring Antawn Jamison as director of pro personnel.

Jamison returns to Washington, where he played for six seasons as part of his 17-year NBA career. He spent the past two seasons as a scout for the Los Angeles Lakers. Jamison will work with Johnny Rogers on NBA and G League scouting.

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Curry praises Durant, embraces changes

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Someday, years or even decades from now, at one of those celebratory reunions teams like to do, Stephen Curry knows he and Kevin Durant will reminisce with fondness about their three insanely successful years together on the Golden State Warriors.

They will reflect on the greatness, the fun, all they learned from each other shooting side by side day after day. Two championships, a pair of NBA Finals MVP awards for Durant.

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USA Basketball working on bonding

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) USA Basketball coach Gregg Popovich doesn't have many rules for his World Cup team. They're more like suggestions, such as the one about limiting phone usage when the team is having breakfast together.

He doesn't mind if guys are talking.

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James dedicates court at Akron school

AKRON, Ohio (AP) LeBron James went back to school and back in time on Wednesday.

Joined by four high school teammates, the NBA superstar dedicated a multicolored outdoor basketball court at the I Promise School, which he founded last year for underprivileged children in his hometown.

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Japan, Hachimura lose in WC tune-up

TOKYO (AP) Guard Ethan Rusbatch scored 16 points Wednesday as New Zealand beat Japan 104-87 in a warm-up game ahead of the FIBA World Cup in China.

Rusbatch was one of five New Zealand players to post double figures after the Kiwis lost 99-89 to Japan on Monday. New Zealand led 61-42 at halftime.

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