The United States Olympic men’s basketball team wore the throwback uniforms of the 1992 Dream Team on Sunday. The Americans’ play was much different.
Kevin Durant scored 27 points as the US team held on for a narrow 86-80 victory over Argentina in an exhibition game in Barcelona.
The Americans got off to a hot start, but their lead was down to 4 with 2:50 left after Manu Ginobili’s 3-point play. Durant and Chris Paul hit big 3-pointers as the US squad won after being pushed for the second time in its four exhibition games.
Kobe Bryant added 18 points and LeBron James 15 for the United States, which beat Brazil, 80-69, in a similarly rugged game last week in Washington.
Ginobili scored 23 points, Carlos Delfino had 15 for Argentina.
Back in Barcelona, where the Dream Team won gold 20 years earlier, the US players wore that team’s throwback uniforms. The white uniforms with red and blue along the side and USA in the middle also had the letters ‘‘CD’’ in gold on the left shoulder in honor of coach Chuck Daly, the Dream Team coach who died in 2009.
Seimone Augustus and Diana Taurasi each scored 16 points to lead the US women’s basketball team to an 80-61 victory over Turkey in an exhibition game in Istanbul. It was the final tuneup for the Americans before the Olympics start next weekend. The US women will train for two more days in Istanbul before heading to London on Wednesday . . . Swedish long jumper Carolina Kluft said she won’t compete at the London Olympics because of a hamstring injury. The former Olympic and world heptathlon champion told the Swedish tabloid Expressen she sees no point in going to London after the injury forced her to pull out of a competition in Finland. Kluft, 29, said, ‘‘there will be no Olympics. I don’t want to go there with these preparations.’’
The president of Libya’s Olympic Committee said hours after he returned home Sunday that his kidnapping remains a mystery, but that authorities promised to investigate the case. Committee chief Ahmed Nabil al-Taher al-Alam was released unharmed a week after unknown gunmen abducted him from his car in the capital of Tripoli. ‘‘It will become clearer in the coming days. They raised no issue and they made no requests,’’ he told the Associated Press . . . Former Olympic fencer Claudia Bokel of Germany has been elected chair of the IOC athletes commission and will serve on the rule-making IOC executive board. Bokel defeated two other candidates — two-time Olympic skeleton athlete Adam Pengilly of Britain and four-time Olympic swimming gold medalist Alexander Popov of Russia . . . Tired from a long flight and frustrated over a bus ride taking forever, American hurdler Kerron Clement let his feelings be known on social media. Clement wrote: ‘‘Um, so we've been lost on the road for 4hrs. Not a good first impression London.’’ Little did he realize his simple tweet would create such an international fuss. ‘‘Didn’t think it would get mass headlines,’’ Clement said. ‘‘It was an innocent tweet.’’ The Olympic silver medalist insists he wasn’t trying to rip the host nation. ‘‘I tweeted in the moment. Everyone on the bus was very agitated,’’ he said . . . The Olympic flame has had a ride on the London Eye. Amelia Hempleman-Adams, 17, took the torch on a trip on the giant observation wheel on the south side of the River Thames on Sunday, riding atop one of the Eye’s viewing capsules. The teenager was the youngest person to ski to the South Pole last year.