Basketball

France stun reigning champions USA to end 25-game win streak

Evan Fournier poured in 28 points for the French as the Americans, who have won gold in the past three Games, were beaten for the first time since 2004.

A strong third quarter, where France outscored Gregg Popovich's star-studded team 25-11, proved decisive.

Rudy Gobert was also influential with 14 points and nine rebounds.

It was a disastrous start for Team USA who struggled in their preparation for the tournament, losing warm-up matches to Nigeria and Australia.

They looked to have taken control of the game with an eight-point half-time lead.

Kobe ends relationship with Nike

Bryant's widow, Vanessa, and Nike both released statements announcing the end of the deal.

"My hope will always be to allow Kobe's fans to get and wear his products," Vanessa Bryant said in her statement. "Kobe's products sell out in seconds. That says everything. I was hoping to forge a lifelong partnership with Nike that reflects my husband's legacy."

LeBron leads 44 Team USA finalists

Three-time Olympic medallist James and nine of the players from the successful 2016 campaign in Rio were included on the list announced by USA Basketball on Monday.

Should the Los Angeles Lakers star make the final 12-man roster, he will join Carmelo Anthony as the second player to represent Team USA at four separate Games.

Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson won gold in Brazil four years ago and have made the cut despite being yet to play a minute in the NBA this season due to respective Achilles and knee injuries.

Basketball issues 2019 Pacific Games schedule

Technical Delegate Amanda Jenkins says the venue and team preparations are on track.

"It's exciting this is the time first we have qualifying pathways for this event. Any team who underestimates their opponent will be the ones who will not progress."

Jenkins is certain basketball teams from the Oceania region will be putting on their best performances to win a spot in the FIBA Asia Cup Pre-Qualifiers.

FIBA hail "historic moment" after men attend female basketball match in Iran

This is claimed to mark the first time in which men have been allowed to witness a women's sporting event in person in the Islamic country.

The exhibition contest between Gaz and Koosha Sepehr also gave FIBA an opportunity to oversee an in which players wore hijabs before they consider a proposal permitting headgear to be worn during all matches next month.

The world governing body were represented by Lubomir Kotleba, an "advisor" to the secretary general. 

Vanuatu Basketball making its mark both in country and abroad

In the Pacific island nation of Vanuatu, non-communicable diseases (NCD) are all too common. Poor diets combined with lack of exercise have created an environment with a high rate of NCD’s in many Pacific countries. Thankfully, the Vanuatu Basketball Federation (VBF) is working to create a wave of change.

Since May this year, the VBF have been visiting schools throughout Port Vila, Vanuatu’s capital. Their goal is to spread awareness and combat these social issues through the Australian Government funded Hoops for Health (H4H) program.

Durant: Olympics were 'therapy' after free agency decision

Kevin Durant said playing for the United States in the Olympics was like "therapy" after signing with the Golden State Warriors last month. 

In a normal year, Durant would have nothing but months to be questioned about his decision with no basketball until camps open in late September.

Durant leads USA into semi-finals

The United States men's basketball team finally turned in the dominant performance everyone had been waiting for to comfortably defeat Argentina and reach the semi-finals at Rio 2016.

Mike Krzyzewski's USA team eased to a 105-78 victory on Wednesday, setting up a semi-final meeting with Spain.

Parker wants five more years at Spurs after France farewell

France star Tony Parker is targeting five more years in the NBA after his international career ended with an 92-67 defeat to Spain in the Rio 2016 quarter-finals on Wednesday.

Parker, 34, helped France to EuroBasket bronze in 2005 and silver in 2011, scoring more points than any other player in the latter edition.

Vanuatu Basketball Federation launch their Hoops for Health program

"Whenever I walk down the street in my H4H uniform, kids come running up to me and they know who I am," said Vanuatu Basketball Federation (VBF)H4H Coordinator Annie Obed.