Sheridan: The World Cup mattered, and Team USA did America proud

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MADRID — Team USA’s bus was parked in the narrow street outside the Palacio de los Deportes, and a crowd dozens of people deep — folks from Espana, Serbia and America, too — broke into a chant of “M-V-P” for Kyrie Irving as he exited the arena and made his way on board. He heard them, and he let them know that he had heard them. Kenneth Faried got a lot of love, too, and gave some back with that whiter-than-white

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Tweet of the Day: Team USA Athletes Remember 9/11 Amidst World Cup Semifinal

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September 11th. It is a day that carries a lot of meaning in America. 13 years ago two hijacked airplanes crashed into the North and South Towers of the Word Trade Center in New York City, a third plane crashed into the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. and a fourth plane crashed into a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. All told, the nearly 3,000 people died as a result of the attacks. In the years since, the area where the Twin Towers collapsed, known

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SH Blog: Cousins’ D crucial for US; Sullinger excited to play with Evan Turner

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It can be tough to compare teams based on nothing but dominant victories. Danny Ainge’s scouting method is often cited: the best game, the worst game, and somewhere in between. At their best, Team USA demolished Finland, winning by a ridiculous margin and throwing down ridiculous dunks. At their worst, they struggled to get anything going against Turkey’s slow-it-down strategy. At Spain’s best, they have two of the world’s best bigs in the Gasol brothers, and an ultra-canny backcourt led by Ricky Rubio,

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Sheridan: Team USA is not good enough to beat Spain … as of now

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BARCELONA — If the gold medal match was being played Sunday, Team USA would not beat Spain. It wouldn’t even be close. But the gold medal game is not this Sunday. It is next Sunday. And a lot can change in a week. So the burden is on coach Mike Krzyzewski: Figure out who is going to give you the best chance to beat the host nation, start shortening up the rotation, and hope that in one week you can achieve what it

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Tweet of the Day: DeMarcus Cousins Gets Bad Haircut

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NBA athletes like to look good while playing in front of large crowds. It makes plenty of sense, as their image is just as much a part of their brand just as the quality of their play is. Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins is bolstering his image with his run with USA Basketball in the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup. After five games in the Group Phase, he has averaged 9.6 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.8 steals in 13.4 minutes of

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World Cup Day 6: Unbeaten Team USA cruises into knockout stage vs. Mexico

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Team USA had nothing to play for, and it showed. The Americans already had clinched Group C at the FIBA World Cup by winning their first four games. While other countries jockeyed to get into the knockout stage – or avoid certain opponents – Team USA was on cruise control in Friday’s game vs. war-torn Ukraine. The United States was playing for the fifth time in six nights and had a start time four hours earlier than Thursday. The combination of apathy

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SH Blog: Lakers could go after Eric Bledsoe and Goran Dragic next summer, Josh Smith ready to play more at power forward

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For some reason, the Phoenix Suns have put themselves in quite the vulnerable situation. With innovative coach Jeff Hornacek at the helm, the Suns were truly one of the biggest surprise teams of last season. No one expected them to be in a dog fight to be a playoff team in April. Hell, not many expected them to win even 30 games.  Yet, they won 48 games and became one of the most dynamic offensive teams in the league (eighth-best offensive

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FIBA World Cup Day 5: Faried helps Team USA dominate Dominicans

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In a day where all 24 teams played in the FIBA World Cup leading up to Thursday’s frenetic first round finish, it was The Manimal who again stood out in another Team USA victory. After a closely contested first quarter, Kenneth Faried helped the Americans (4-0), once again propelled by their big men, take the second and third quarters by a combined 26 points and defeat the Dominican Republic (2-2) 106-71 to advance to 4-0 and clinch the best record in

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