U.S. Olympic Group Set

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U.S. Olympic Group Set


The United States men's basketball team will open the Olympics against China and also will face Venezuela and Australia after being drawn Friday into what appears to be the easier group.

The Americans will be in Group A, which also will include two teams that will be determined after three qualifying tournaments in July. Group B includes Spain, Argentina, Lithuania, host Brazil, Nigeria and the remaining July qualifier. The United States, which has won the past two Olympic gold medals, is the No. 1-ranked country in the world. Spain, Lithuania and Argentina are Nos. 2-4 and Brazil is ninth.

Australia, China and Venezuela, which qualified by winning their regional zone championships, are all outside the top 10. But the July tournaments feature strong teams such as France, Serbia and Greece, so the Americans could end up with two more strong opponents.

"So we know that they'll not only be excellent teams, but they will already be on a roll when they get to the Olympics," U.S. coach Mike Krzyzewski said in a statement.

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The Spanish government and Olympic committee have defended Rafael Nadal from doping accusations made by a former French official. Former French Minister for Health and Sport Roselyne Bachelot told French television Thursday that Nadal's seven-month injury hiatus in 2012 was "probably due to a positive doping test." The Spanish Olympic Committee has responded with a statement saying Nadal "has been submitted to innumerable anti-doping controls that he has always passed throughout his long career. …

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