MADRID | With golden confetti raining on their heads and "Party in the U.S.A" ringing in their ears, it must have been hard for the U.S. basketball players to hear anything.
United States's Kenneth Faried, left, dunks the ball in front of Lithuania's Jonas Valanciunas during their Basketball World Cup semifinals Thursday.
MADRID | After a difficult summer, the Basketball World Cup has been pretty easy for the U.S.
The United States' and Bulls guard Derrick Rose looks to pass during the first half of an exhibition basketball game against Brazil on Saturday.
Assistant coach Tom Thibodeau, left, and Derrick Rose speak during a practice of the men's U.S. national basketball team on Friday in Chicago. The U.S. team will face the Brazilian team in an exhibition game at the United Center today.
CHICAGO | For Derrick Rose, it is a new beginning. And it starts on his home court.
The Pacers' Paul George leaves a news conference Friday in Indianapolis. George went down with a gruesome compound fracture in his right leg.
INDIANAPOLIS | Paul George beat the odds to become an NBA star. He'll have to do it all over again to play next season.
Bob Knight, former Indiana Hoosier basketball coach, is a featured speaker at the 108th Annual Dinner of the Indiana Society of Chicago on Dec. 7.
Tina Thompson has a simple reason for deciding to retire from the WNBA after this season: she's just looking to slow things down.
Seattle Storm forward Tina Thompson has a simple reason for deciding to retire from the WNBA after this season: she's just looking to slow things down.
Saba Khubezhyty, second from right, of Russia shakes hands with Jordan Burroughs of Lincoln, Neb., right, after their 74 kilogram class weigh-in during a news conference Tuesday at U.N. headquarters, announcing the "Rumble on the Rails" wrestling exhibition between the teams from Iran, Russi…
UNITED NATIONS | In Iran, Olympic wrestling champion Jordan Burroughs felt like Justin Bieber, LeBron James and Tom Brady all rolled into one.
LOS ANGELES | Steve Alford was hired as UCLA basketball coach on Saturday, spurning New Mexico days after he agreed to a new 10-year deal with the Lobos for a chance to run what he called "the premier basketball program in the country."
New Mexico coach Steve Alford directs his team against Colorado State in February. UCLA has hired New Mexico's Alford as its new head basketball coach.
It looks like coach Coquese Washington is building her Penn State program to last.
NEW YORK | David Stern spent nearly 30 years growing the NBA, turning a league that couldn't even get its championship series on live prime-time TV into a projected $5 billion a year industry.
NBA Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver, left, listens as Commissioner David Stern speaks during a basketball news conference following Board of Governors meetings in New York on Thursday. Stern announced he will retire on Feb. 1, 2014, 30 years after he took charge of the league. He will be rep…
Fever forward Tamika Catchings, left, looks to pass around Minnesota Lynx guard Monica Wright in the second half of Game 3 of the WNBA Finals on Friday. The Fever won 76-59.
INDIANAPOLIS | Tamika Catchings hasn't forgotten how close she came to clearing the biggest hurdle of her basketball career.
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