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France beats defending champ Spain

Updated: August 28, 2010, 7:12 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

IZMIR, Turkey -- Mickael Gelabale scored 16 points and France was nearly perfect at the free throw late in its 72-66 victory over defending champion Spain on Saturday at the world championship.

France (1-0) made 10 of its last 12 free throws to seal the win in the opening game for both teams.

Juan Carlos Navarro led Spain (0-1) with 17 points.

Spain built a 12-point lead early in the second quarter, but France used a 9-0 run to tie the game at 25 and it was close the ...

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