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Team USA pay tribute to Paul George after FIBA World Cup win

Sam Amick As Kyrie Irving waited to walk outside the Palacio de Deportes de la Comunidad doors late Sunday night, hordes of screaming fans and a rumbling bus both demanding his presence, he was well aware of...

Team USA rout Serbia to win basketball World Cup

James Harden.

The United States retained their basketball World Cup title after overcoming an early deficit to beat the tournament's surprise package Serbia 129-92 in a one-sided final on Sunday.

WNBA title winners Penny Taylor, Erin Phillips turn attention to Opals' campaign

Sweeping success: Phoenix’s Diana Taurasi (left) and Penny Taylor celebrate winning the WNBA title.

Roy Ward Opals coach Brendan Joyce says WNBA title winners Penny Taylor and Erin Phillips face big tasks to adjust to the national team after winning the US championship.

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Opals coach Brendan Joyce defends selection of Tessa Lavey over Nat Hurst for Turkey

Jon Tuxworth Australian Opals coach Brendan Joyce has backed his shock decision to select rookie point guard Tessa Lavey over Canberra's Nat Hurst for the world championships, labelling her the team's 'quickest...

Aussie trio win WNBA title following Phoenix's win over Chicago

Sarah Trotto Australian star Penny Taylor has guided home the final two free throws as she and Opals teammate Erin Phillips claimed the WNBA championship with the Phoenix Mercury.

Atlanta Hawks general manager Danny Ferry takes indefinite leave after racism controversy

Embattled: Atlanta Hawks General Manager Danny Ferry.

Atlanta Hawks General Manager Danny Ferry, under fire for making racially charged remarks, has taken an indefinite leave of absence, the NBA team said on Friday.

Team USA beats Lithuania in basketball World Cup

US guard Kyrie Irving rounds Sarunas Vasiliauskas.

Tim Hanlon Holders United States showed no sign of missing their top players as they breezed into the basketball World Cup final with a commanding 96-68 win over Lithuania on Thursday.

Melbourne United in the navy as new colours revealed for NBL season

Roy Ward Melbourne United will wear a dark navy singlet and a white singlet this coming NBL season.

Opals to take new-look squad to women's basketball world championships

Sitting this one out: Opals superstar Lauren Jackson is missing the world championship due to a knee injury.

Lucy Cormack Injuries and retirements have opened the floor to a new generation of Opals this coming women's basketball world championship in Turkey.

France stun Spain as Serbia rout Brazil at basketball World Cup

Spanish players during the loss against France.

Huge upsets lit up the basketball World Cup as France beat hosts Spain 65-52 while Serbia thumped Brazil 84-56 to set up an intriguing semi-final clash.

Opals centre Liz Cambage looks up to no rival on the basketball court

Liz Cambage

Towering Australian Opals centre Liz Cambage learned the hard way four years ago not to look up to any rival.

Australian Opals look to next generation at FIBA world championships in Turkey

Running hot: Australia’s Penny Taylor lays down the law to her Phoenix Mercury teammates.

Roy Ward The Opals are still aiming for a medal despite heading to a major tournament without Lauren Jackson or Kristi Harrower for the first time since the 1996 Olympics.

Basketball

Canberra Capitals assistant coach Simon Pritchard puts work on hold to chase WNBL goal

Chris Dutton New Capitals assistant Simon Pritchard puts work on hold to pursue his WNBL coaching passion.

Boomers deny tanking after loss to Angola at world championships

Australian forward Cameron Bairstow scores during the Boomers' shock loss to Angola.

Joe Barton The Boomers have rejected suggestions their shock loss to Angola at the basketball World Cup was a tank job to avoid a quarter-final showdown with Team USA.

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Lauren Jackson aims for WNBL success and 2016 Olympic Games despite another surgery setback

Frustrating period: Lauren Jackson.

Chris Dutton Basketball champion Lauren Jackson says she has to learn how to trust her body again.

Boomers' World Cup loss to minnow Angola enables them to miss USA side of draw

Angola's centre Yanick Moreira, left, celebrates next to Australia's forward Brock Motum

Roy Ward The Boomers upset loss to Angola has seen them avoid Team USA and score a showdown with Turkey in the knockout rounds.

Australian Boomers take risky path to World Cup knockout stage

Australia's guard Chris Goulding (left) vies with Angola's guard Armando Costa.

Roy Ward The Boomers battle Turkey on Monday morning for a place in the FIBA world cup quarter finals.

Australian stars Penny Taylor and Erin Phillips aim for WNBA championship

Erin Phillips wants to add this season's WNBA title to the one she won with Indiana Fever in 2012.

Roy Ward Australian Opals guard Erin Phillips and her WNBA side Phoenix Mercury are three wins from a championship.

US and Spain on course at basketball world championships

US centre DeMarcus Cousins.

Holders the United States and hosts Spain remained on course to reach the basketball World Cup final after powering into the last eight where they were joined by France and Slovenia on Saturday.

NBA Hawks' owner to sell control of team, cites racially insensitive remarks

Atlanta Hawks co-owner Bruce Levenson.

Kevin Murphy The owner of the Atlanta Hawks announced on Sunday he will sell his controlling interest in the National Basketball Association franchise because of racially insensitive remarks he made, in an echo...