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USA to open against Puerto Rico at basketball worlds

Updated: January 15, 2006, 12:40 PM ET
Associated Press

TOKYO -- The U.S. team led by LeBron James will face Puerto Rico at the world basketball championships in August, providing a chance to avenge its lopsided loss at the Athens Olympics.

The opening game on Aug. 19 in Sapporo, Japan, will be a rematch of a 92-73 loss to Puerto Rico at the 2004 Olympics. That opening-game loss marked only the third Olympic defeat for the Americans and first since adding professional players. The United States finished with a bronze medal at the games.

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