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China complete Rio preparations with another win against France

China held off France 78-73 in the 2016 Sino-European men's basketball championship here on Sunday, its final warmup match in home country before the Rio Olympic Games starting on August 5.

The game was halted for nearly 10 minutes as French players went back to the locker room after China's captain Zhou Peng was invovled in a conflict with the opponents. Zhou was later ejected by referees, reports Xinhua.

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China beat France 75-70 in Basketball friendly

China defeated France 75-70 in an international men's basketball friendly in Yixing.

France held a 9-2 lead in the early stages of the match on Tuesday, but China led the first quarter 20-18 with guard Guo Ailun scoring a three-pointer. France played much more aggressively in the second period to retake the lead 39-34 at the break.

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Tim Duncan announces retirement

San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan today announced that he will retire after 19 seasons with the organization. Since drafting Duncan, the Spurs won five championships and posted a 1,072-438 regular season record, giving the team a .710 winning percentage, which is the best 19-year stretch in NBA history and was the best in all of the NBA, NFL, NHL and MLB over the last 19 years.

Originally selected by the Spurs as the first overall pick in the 1997 NBA Draft, Duncan helped San Antonio reach the playoffs in each of his 19 seasons and became the only player in league history to start and win a title in three different decades. The Silver and Black won at least 50 games the last 17 seasons, the longest streak in league history, and posted at least a .600 winning percentage in each of Duncan’s 19 seasons, an all-time record for most consecutive seasons with a .600 win percentage in the four major U.S. sports.

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France, Serbia and Croatia book Rio Olympics Basketball spots

France, Serbia and Croatia secured the last three berths in the men's basketball event at next month's Rio Olympics following the weekend's final qualifiers.

France booked their place by beating Canada 83-74 in the Philippines on Sunday, steered by San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker, who grabbed 26 points, four assists and four rebounds.

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King James delivers first NBA title to Cleveland Cavaliers

In perhaps the biggest game of his career, LeBron James had the game of his life. With the game tied 89-89, James pursued the reigning Finals MVP, Andre Iguodala, on a Warriors fast break and recorded one of his trademark "chasedown" blocks as he rejected Iguodala's layup attempt. Moments later, Cleveland went down the other end and wrapped up the NBA Finals, defeating the Golden State Warriors 93-89 in Sunday's deciding Game 7

This is the first major sports championship that a Cleveland team has won since 1964. James was named Finals MVP after scoring 27 points, 11 rebounds and dishing out 11 assists.

Over the seven-game series, James averaged 29.7 points, 11.3 rebounds and 8.9 assists with an effective field goal percentage of 53.3. He became the third player to record a triple-double in Game 7 of the Finals, joining Jerry West in 1969 and James Worthy in 1988.

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