Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

U.S. Guard Paul Hurt in First Camp Workout Expected to Practice Today before Roster Is Set for London

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

U.S. Guard Paul Hurt in First Camp Workout Expected to Practice Today before Roster Is Set for London

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The U.S. men's Olympic basketball team has opened training camp in Las Vegas and quickly had its first injury.

Guard Chris Paul was forced to leave to get an X-ray after his thumb was injured. The Americans don't believe the injury is serious and hope Paul can practice today.

The U.S. team has been severely weakened by injuries, with Dwight Howard, Derrick Rose, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh forced to pull out. The Americans opened training camp Friday with 15 players vying for 12 spots, with the roster to be announced Saturday night.

USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo said he and the coaching staff would discuss the roster Friday night but wouldn't make any decisions until after Saturday's practice.

Top draft pick Anthony Davis also sat out because of a sprained ankle.

Parker will play

San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker can play for European runner- up France in the Olympic Games after San Antonio's doctors agreed he has recovered from an eye injury.

Parker scratched his left cornea during a nightclub melee in New York last month.

"The two ophthalmologists (from the Spurs) confirmed the opinion of the French doctor who operated on Tony Parker, and the two Swiss specialists who also examined the player last Thursday, and indicated that he can resume playing," the French Basketball Federation said on Friday, adding that Spurs coach Gregg Popovich also gave his blessing.

Parker is joining the French squad in Orleans and he could play in a tuneup against England on Saturday.

France's first game at the Olympics is against the United States on July 29.

More basketball

Russia and Nigeria won Friday to reach the semifinals of the men's Olympic qualifying tournament Caracas, Venezuela.

Russia beat Angola, 80-65, and Nigeria edged Greece, 80-79.

The top three teams in the tournament will receive the final spots in the London Olympics. …

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