Olympics: Argentina beats Brazil 82-77 as Varejao sits

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Ruben Magnano coached a game that made all of his fellow Argentinians happy. Problem was, Magnano was coaching Brazil. Magnano made the curious decision to sit Anderson Varejao for the entire fourth quarter, and Argentina held off a strong fourth-quarter run by Brazil and defeated their South American rivals 82-77 Wednesday in the quarterfinals of the 2012 Olympics. Magnano, who coached Argentina to a gold medal at the 2004 Olympics in Athens but then had a falling out with the national federation, was

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Olympics: Spain defeats flagrant France 66-59

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The French went down flagrantly, with a nut shot from Ronny Turiaf on Rudy Fernandez and a felonious foul by Nicolas Batum against Juan Carlos Navarro. France missed 11 consecutive shots before getting a meaningless one with 9 seconds left, and a new chapter of crunch time failure was added to Les Blues’ history book in a 66-59 quarterfinal loss at the Olympics in London. Batum committed an intentional foul that was so flagrant, a hard, long-armed swipe that knocked Navarro to

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Olympic quarterfinals: Russia defeats Lithuania 83-74

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Remember when Andrei Kirilenko was young, precocious and was a nightly threat to produce one of those statistical anomalies known as a 5X5 — reaching at least five in five statistical categories? The old AK-47 was back in the Olympic quarterfinals on Wednesday, producing a beastly line of 19 points, 13 rebounds, three assists, three steals and three blocks as Russia defeated a Lithuania team that would not quit, 83-74. Timofey Mozgov also had a very strong game with 17 points, and

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Team USA: What We Learned in Pool Play

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Unbeatable? Maybe, maybe not. When Team USA is knocking down 3-point shots the way they did against Nigeria and Argentina, then yeah, they’re probably unbeatable. When they go cold from outside the arc, as they did against Lithuania, it is more than fair to say they are vulnerable. They are vertically challenged, and they do not protect the rim — even when Tyson Chandler is getting his dollup of minutes and accumulating more fouls than points. LeBron James has been playing center

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Tweet of the Day: Kevin Love

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Kobe and @jharden13 setting up for the 100M final instagr.am/p/N9gf0Qs94Z/ — Kevin Love (@kevinlove) August 5, 2012                    There were lots of candidates for Tweet of the Day today as athletes flocked to the main Olympic Stadium to watch Usain Bolt win the 100 meters — again. The race was not shown live on television in America. Absolutely, unfathomably astounding. Watching the Olympics on NBC is an exercise in forehead-banging. Why can’t they just show the race live for the hard-core sports fans, then show it

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Olympics: Top 5 Olympic Questions With Pool Play Ending

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So we’re all getting a reminder of how things are really day-to-day in the Olympics, eh? A couple days ago, Carmelo Anthony had the new U.S. Olympics scoring record (37) and Team USA was considered unbeatable after they out Dream Teamed the original Dream Team and beat Nigeria by 83. Then we get through Day 4 of the competition, and the world has turned upside down. The single highest-scoring game now belongs to Patty Mills of Australia, who dropped 39 on Great

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