Brazil boosted their confidence ahead of the Olympics with a blowout win over Australia on Thursday night. Just one day after the announcement that their veteran center Anderson Varejao had been ruled out of the Rio de Janeiro Games with a back injury, Ruben Magnano's team rolled to a 96-67 victory. Utah Jazz point guard Raulzinho Neto came off the bench and connected on all four of his attempts from 3-point range. He led the winners with 17 points. Rafael Hettsheimeir, whose importance to the side has grown with Varejao's absence, started and scored 12 points in less than 17 minutes. Magnano also started Nene and the center poured in 10 points. . . . . . . . . . . . . . MORE
Rising star Felicio replaces injured Varejao for Brazil
Chicago Bulls youngster Cristiano Felicio has replaced injured Golden State Warriors center Anderson Varejao in Brazil's Olympic squad. Varejao, a vital component in the national side since the 2002 FIBA Basketball World Cup, has been ruled out with a back problem. Brazil were already without veteran pivot Tiago Splitter while he recovers from a hip operation, but the team does still have NBA star Nene, who played at the 2012 Olympics and the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup. Now Felicio, who has featured for Brazil but not had a prominent role, has a huge opportunity to contribute to his country's Olympic campaign. . . . . . . . . . . . MORE
Japan recorded a convincing 98-78 victory over Kazakhstan at the 2016 FIBA Asia U18 Championship. Tensho Sugimoto nailed 5 three-pointers in pouring in 43 points to go with 7 rebounds and 5 steals for Japan while Yudai Nishida hit 4 three-pointers in scoring 27 points while adding 5 steals.
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LSU adds former Tiger Randy Livingston to the coaching staff
LSU men’s basketball coach Johnny Jones announced on Tuesday that former Tiger basketball player and New Orleans prep legend Randy Livingston will join the LSU coaching staff as an assistant coach. Livingston completes the coaching staff and will join Associate Head Coach Robert Kirby and Associate Coach Brendan Suhr for Coach Jones’ fifth season at LSU. Jones has won 80 games in four seasons and has more wins than any coach in their first four seasons at the helm of the LSU program.The hiring must be approved by the LSU Board of Supervisors at a future meeting.Livingston, who will be inducted into the New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame on Aug 6, had a star-studded career at Newman High School, sharing National Prep Player of the year honors with Jason Kidd in 1992 and Rasheed Wallace in 1993.
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FIBA U18 European Championship postponed indefinitely
The FIBA Europe Executive Committee has decided on Friday to postpone indefinitely the FIBA U18 European Championship 2016 which was due to take place in Samsun, Turkey from 30 July - 7 August. The Committee took into consideration the current situation in Turkey and correspondence it has received by several National Federations, expressing their deep concerns about participating in the tournament, following apprehension from the parents of the players, who are still minors. The Committee has tasked the Secretariat of FIBA Europe to explore options to play the tournament either at the end of the calendar year 2016 or at the beginning of 2017 at the latest. The eligibility of the current national team members will not be affected. . . . . . . . . . . MORE