Olympics

FILE - In this Aug. 12, 2012, file photo, United States' Carmelo Anthony celebrates after the men's gold medal basketball game at the 2012 Summer Olympics, in London. LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony are a step closer to a fourth Olympics, and Stephen Curry is in position for his first. The NBA stars were among 30 players selected Monday, Jan. 18, 2016, as finalists for the U.S. basketball team that will attempt in Rio de Janeiro to win a third straight gold medal.(AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

“The depth of talent that exists in the national team program is extraordinary. Repeating as gold medalists at the 2016 Olympics will not be easy, but we feel confident that we have 30 finalists who offer amazing basketball abilities and special versatility,” USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo said in a statement.


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International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach laughs while holding a speech during the 44th European Olympic Committee general assembly in Prague, Czech Republic, Friday, Nov. 20, 2015. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

“We are convinced that the adoption of these proposals would lead to a more efficient, more transparent, more streamlined, more cost efficient, more harmonized anti-doping system,” Bach said. “It would better protect the clean athletes and enhance the credibility of sports.”


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FILE - In this Nov. 13, 2015, file photo,pPeople walk in front of the Russian Olympic Committee building in Moscow. Leaders of the world anti-doping movement called for Russian track athletes to be banned from next year's Olympics, saying Monday, Nov. 16, 2015, that the nine-month window between now and the games isn't enough to ensure the program and its athletes are clean.  (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin, File)

“We’re not convinced there’s enough time between now and then for them to clean up their act,” David Kenworthy, the chair of iNADO and the UK Anti-Doping in Britain, told The Associated Press.


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A member of a youth national team Ivan Filippov attends a training session at the ‘Yunost‘ sports ground at the Black Sea resort of  Sochi, Russia, Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015. Facing allegations that Russia engages in extensive, state-sponsored doping, President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday called on sports officials to carry out an internal investigation - but said that clean athletes shouldn't be punished for the actions of those who take banned drugs. Sports are a substantial piece of Russia's self-esteem -- both in athletes' performances and its ability to host huge international events. AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

IAAF President Sebastian Coe convenes an emergency meeting of his 27-member council via teleconference on Friday evening to vote on a provisional suspension of Russia following the damning allegations of systematic, state-sponsored doping contained in a report by a World Anti-Doping Agency commission.


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