A young Team USA has won the country’s first FIBA world basketball championship in 16 years.
Kevin Durant scored 28 points – including seven 3-pointers – as the United States beat the tournament’s host, Turkey, 81-64 in the gold medal game in Istanbul last Sunday.
The game capped off a perfect tournament for Team USA, which won all five of its group games before going 4-0 in the knockout stage.
Durant, 21, was named the tournament’s MVP. The team featured no players from the United States’ 2008 gold-medal-winning Olympic squad, and half of its 12 members are younger than 23.
The victory makes the United States an automatic qualifier for the 2012 Olympic Games in London, England. It also wraps up a remarkable 25 months for Team USA coach Mike Krzyzewski, whose Duke Blue Devils won an NCAA title last spring between the United States’ victories in Beijing and Istanbul.
Team USA last won the FIBA World Championship in 1994, when it beat Russia in the final.
Spain have been crowned World Cup champions with a 1-0 victory over the Netherlands in extra time.
This was Spain’s first World Cup Final, but they are reigning European Champions. Their previous best World Cup finish was fourth place in 1950.
Andres Iniesta fired home the winner when he was put through in the area by Cesc Fabregas.
Dutch keeper Maarten Stekelenburg dived to his right and got a hand to the ball he could not keep it out.
The defeat was heartbreaking for the Dutch, who were down to 10 men after John Heitinga was sent off in extra time. It was their third World Cup final loss after 1974 and 1978.
Germany won the 2010 World Cup in South Africa playoff game for the third place against Uruguay 3:2 scoring the wining goal with only eight minutes of the match remaining.
Both sides wanted to finish the World Cup on a winning note and the first half of the match under a heavy rain in Port Elizabeth ended 1:1 after Germany’s Thomas Muller and Uruguay’s Edinson Cavani traded goals.
With ten minutes of the second half played Uruguay’s Diego Forlan scored another for his team, but the goal was shortly answered by Germany’s Marcell Jansen.
The teams seemed to finish the main time of the match at the 2:2 draw but Germany’s Sami Khedira netted the winner on the 82nd minute to earn his country fourth bronze of the World Cup series.
The 2010 World Cup winner will be determined on Sunday night between two European teams, Spain and the Netherlands, which both never previously won the world championship.