Bas­ket­ball

The Charlotte Observer (Sunday) - - Sports -

World Cup draw: The United States’ quest for a third straight FIBA World Cup cham­pi­onship will be­gin with matchups against Turkey, the Czech Repub­lic and Ja­pan this sum­mer.

The Amer­i­cans are in Group E for the tour­na­ment that be­gins in China on Aug. 31. The 32 teams that qual­i­fied for the event were all placed into one of eight groups dur­ing the draw that was held in Shen­zhen, China.

Reign­ing NBA MVP James Harden says he wants to play, and he’s among 15 cur­rent All-Stars who are in the U.S. player pool for this na­tional team.

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