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  1. Andre Iguodala called the Russians a what?

    Sep 10, 2010, 10:51 AM EST

    Ah, the joys of language. A Russian player accused the USA’s Rudy Gay of calling them… well, Chris Sheridan from ESPN has the story. “He say in Russian a bad word. I don’t know how he know this. I won’t even translate it. It’s bad,” said Russian forward Andrey Vorontsevich, who got yelled at by…

  2. USA, Kevin Durant wear down Russians, win 89-79. Bring on the semifinals.

    Sep 9, 2010, 1:48 PM EST

    It’s still the one thing the USA can do in basketball that the rest of the world can’t match. The USA rolls with a dozen top-flight players — Danny Granger leads the Indiana Pacers in scoring, is an All-Star and gets DNPs on this team. He’d star on any other team in the World Championships.…

  3. Russian coach, Coach K in cute little war of words

    Sep 9, 2010, 9:17 AM EST

    Hey, we’ve got some almost actual intrigue for today’s Russia vs. USA game at the world championships. Russia’s coach Mike Blatt — a guy born in the United States now living in Israel and coaching the Russians — and Mike Krzyzewski are in a little war of words. First, Blatt said that the 1972 Olympic…

  4. Preview: It's no Cold War, but Russia should scare the USA a little

    Sep 8, 2010, 9:30 PM EST

    It’s not the size of the test — although this will be a pretty good one for the USA — it’s the consequences of failure. This is the round of eight — lose and go home. Early. Hearing from the home front about the failings of the youngsters of USA Basketball. Just like the Spanish…

  5. Mike Krzyzewski not buying that '72 USA Olympic loss to Russia was "fair"

    Sep 8, 2010, 1:29 PM EST

    Either Mike Krzyzewski forgot, or he took a little dig at his Russian counterpart. Smart money is on the latter. Yesterday, Russian coach David Blatt said that the controversial ending of the 1972 Olympics USA v. Russia gold medal game was “fair.” That after Russia — playing the game in then Eastern Bloc Munich —…

  6. Russian coach says USA not cheated out of gold in 1972 Olympics

    Sep 7, 2010, 9:02 AM EST

    It remains one of the most controversial basketball games ever. The ending of the 1972 Olympic gold medal game in Munich featured a Russian team getting three chances to inbound the ball late in the game and down one point, and it was on the third they were able to execute a length of the…

  7. Russia earns date with USA in quarterfinals after cruising past New Zealand

    Sep 6, 2010, 10:00 PM EST

    As expected, it is USA vs. Russia on Thursday in the FIBA World Championships quarterfinals. Russia filled out its half of the bracket beating New Zealand 78-56, showing off some of the defense and the inside game that will give the USA their best challenge since Brazil (and maybe their best challenge so far period).…

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