Team USA enters its slow period

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For Team USA, the next three days will be more of an annoyance than anything. The games against Tunisia and Nigeria are not going to be competitive, and the challenge will be staying as sharp and fresh as possible. The betting line for Tuesday’s game is an incredible 56 points. One hazard of being American in a city five hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time — you must work late. Tipoff for the games Tuesday and Thursday is 10:15 p.m. local time in

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The Boris Diaw Burger: Diary of the Uncredentialed, Edition III

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The triple-cheeseburger at Boris Diaw and Ronny Turiaf’s restaurant in Paris. PARIS — When one is uncredentialed for the Olympics, yet in Europe anyway, and there is a France-US opener, where is the next best place to be? Among the French, of course. That is what brought me Sunday to a sports bar in the 19th district, a spiffy place partly-owned by Boris Diaw and Ronny Turiaf, and I do believe I may have found the secret to Boris’ big

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France-US preview — The line is now 25

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(function() { var csprtjs = document.createElement('script'); csprtjs.type = 'text/javascript'; csprtjs.async = true; csprtjs.src = 'http://edgecdn.cinesport.com/container.js'; var first_s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; first_s.parentNode.insertBefore(csprtjs, first_s); })();The line on today’s game has gone from 24 1/2 points to 25. And the over/under is 168.5. If you think France can win by 1-to-5 points, you can get 50-1 odds. Myself, I will be in the 19th district of Paris watching the game on TV with the

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Tweet of the Night: Pau Gasol

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We’ve had a very positive preparation for the Olympics! Tomorrow we start competing! Let’s see if you like this video!youtube.com/watch?v=j1Q0H6… — Pau Gasol (@paugasol) July 28, 2012 The self-proclaimed “beast” of the London Olympics shared this 5-minute lovefest video with the world, and make no mistake — Spain is going into these Olympics supremely confident. However … Pau’s brother Marc has a bruised shoulder that kept him out of the final friendly against Team USA. Juan Carlos Navarro, the team’s best guard, has plantar

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Will Team USA lose at London Olympics?

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I am going to give you a Team USA gold-or-not prediction in this column, and I promise you a prediction that goes against the grain. That’s all I’ll say about that … for now. First, I’ll hand over the podium and relay a quote that could be the defining declaration concerning the London Olympics: “Let’s no longer beat about the bush. This summer’s Olympics Games are going to be a catalog of disasters. Not everything that can go wrong will go wrong.

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Sheridan 2012 Olympics preview – Part II

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Forget what I or any other pundit says. Here is what Deron Williams said in Manchester, England, last week after the Americans flew across the pond: “We know we can be beat.” It was a statement that was seconded by coach Krzyzewski, along with Britain coach Chris Finch, an American. That is not lip service. That is the truth – and they know it. And speaking of American coaches, there is a brilliant one on the other side of the opening round groupings.

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Sheridan 2012 Olympics Preview, Part III

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Kevin Durant and Carmelo Anthony wearing Olympic threads

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Nominations for photo of the day are hereby declared closed. The winner is the picture below. It comes from the Facebook page of IAMAGM.com, which is a great site. These are the suits the Americans will wear when they march in the opening ceremony tonight. Apparently, we have chosen a cross between British schoolboy uniform and Catalan police garb.

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