U.S. men's basketball holds off Argentina


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The U.S. Olympic men's basketball team wore the throwback uniforms of the 1992 Dream Team Sunday. The Americans' play was much different.

Kevin Durant scored 27 points and the United States held on for a narrow 86-80 victory against Argentina in an exhibition game.

The Americans got off to a hot start but their lead was down to four with 2:50 left after Manu Ginobili's three-point play. But Durant and Chris Paul hit big 3-pointers as the United States won after being pushed for the second time in its four exhibition games.

Kobe Bryant added 18 points and LeBron James had 15.

Ginobili scored 23 points, Carlos Delfino had 15 and Luis Scola 14 for Argentina.

In Barcelona, where the Dream Team won gold 20 years earlier, the U.S. jerseys had the letters "CD" in gold on the left shoulder in honor of coach Chuck Daly, the Dream Team coach who died in 2009.

The Americans play Spain Tuesday, a rematch of the 2008 gold-medal game. Argentina won the 2004 Olympic gold medal, beating the United States in the semifinals. The Americans returned the favor in 2008 in the same round before recapturing the gold.

U.S. women beat Turkey

Seimone Augustus and Diana Taurasi each scored 16 points to lead the U.S. women's basketball team to an 80-61 victory against Turkey in an exhibition game.

It was the final tuneup for the Americans before the Olympics. The United States will train for two more days in Istanbul before heading to London Wednesday.

Haiti's foreign team

Four of Haiti's five Olympians at the London Games have something in common -- they're not from Haiti.

With millions of Haitians living on $2 a day or less and hundreds of thousands of people rendered homeless by a devastating earthquake two years ago, the country struggles to produce world-class athletes. The four foreign-born Olympians will be competing in track and field, including the college roommate of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, Samyr Laine, a 28-year-old triple jumper.

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