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USA bounces back, tops Argentina 108-80 in pre-Tokyo tune-up

USA beat Argentina 108-80 to avoid what would have been the first three-game losing streak in this era of NBA players being able to represent USA Basketball.

USA Basketball finally made it look easy again.

Kevin Durant and Bradley Beal each scored 17 points and the Americans took control from the outset, beating Argentina 108-80 in Las Vegas on Tuesday to avoid what would have been the first three-game losing streak in this era of NBA players being able to represent USA Basketball on the international stage.

Zach LaVine scored 15 points for the U.S., which lost its first two games in Las Vegas to Nigeria  and Australia. The Americans shot 51%, scored 33 first-quarter points to get off and running and beat Argentina for the 10th consecutive time since a loss at the 2004 Athens Olympics.

“It was better,” U.S. coach Gregg Popovich said. “Bit by bit, every day, I hope.”

Damian Lillard scored 13 points and Bam Adebayo finished with 12 points, five assists and five rebounds for the U.S.

“Just really locked in,” Adebayo said.

Luis Scola, set to play in the Olympics for a fifth time, scored 16 points in 19 minutes for Argentina. Nicolas Laprovittola scored 13, Facundo Campazzo had 12 and Gabriel Deck added 10.

“It’s not a big deal,” Argentina’s Luca Vildoza said. “It’s only a loss.”

The U.S. played with only eight members of the Olympic team. Jayson Tatum was held out with right knee soreness and will be day-to-day going forward, USA Basketball said. The Americans also will be without Khris Middleton, Jrue Holiday and Devin Booker until at least this weekend because of the NBA Finals.

The back-to-back losses to start the U.S. team’s stay in Las Vegas raised the possibility that the Americans might lose three in a row with NBA players for the first time.

If those thoughts truly existed, they didn’t last for long.

“Our biggest thing is we have to realize it’s not the NBA and Coach Pop keeps re-emphasizing that every single day,” Beal said. “It’s way more physical. Guys are smarter. These guys have been playing together for five-, 10-plus years. So they have the experience and the chemistry and we’re trying to develop that in a short period of time.”

It was 15-4 USA before the game was even 3 1/2 minutes old, the lead was as much as 17 later in the opening quarter — the biggest leads for the Americans in the first two games were 10 against Nigeria and 11 against Australia — and the outcome was never really in doubt.

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“The USA played great,” Argentina coach Sergio Hernandez said. “They played more aggressive defense than they had the last two games.”

The Americans held a 58-42 lead at the half when Durant beat the buzzer with an 18-footer, a shot that Draymond Green was celebrating before the ball even swished through the net.

“We’re not going to make shots all the time,” Durant said in a televised halftime interview. “But if we continue to guard the way we are, it’ll start to turn for us on offense. … When we keep the ball in front and we get stops and rebounds, then we pretty much can play with a clean slate on the offensive side of the ball.”

The U.S. won the rebound battle 40-34, committed only nine turnovers and held Argentina to 31% shooting — 9 for 29 — from 3-point range.

“Today we got better,” Beal said. “Still a lot we can improve on, but we’re moving in the right direction.”


Argentina: Campazzo was shaken up late in the first quarter after taking a hard screen, but was able to eventually return to the game. … Argentina went 0-3 in Las Vegas, losing 87-84 in its opener against Australia on a buzzer-beating 3-pointer by Patty Mills and then falling 94-71 to Nigeria on Monday.

USA: The Americans used all 15 of their available players. … Kevin Love, who played only 3:01 in the in the Nigeria game and didn’t play against Australia, was among the first-quarter subs on Tuesday. … Even after the losses to Nigeria and Australia, FanDuel Sportsbook had the Americans as 18.5-point favorites entering the game.


The U.S. Olympic women’s team begins taking the stage in Las Vegas on Wednesday, starting with the WNBA All-Star Game. The U.S. men and women both play Australia on Friday, before the men close their Las Vegas stay on Sunday against Spain and the women play Nigeria. The American teams will fly together to Tokyo on Monday.


Popovich is friends with Hernandez, and the two have spoken often during their stay in Las Vegas, and Hernandez said “today was a special day” as he coached against one of his idols. Argentina assistant coaches Silvio Santander and Maxi Seigorman have joined some of those postgame chats in Vegas with Popovich as well. “Pop is a teacher for everyone. And an inspiration,” Argentine officials wrote on the team’s Twitter account while posting a photo of one of the get-togethers.


Argentina: Expected to play Iran in Tokyo next week before the Olympics.

USA: Faces Australia in Las Vegas on Friday.

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These are OUR waters! Argentina launches Falklands power grab – UK companies targetted

The Argentine secretaries of Energy, Dario Matinez, and of the Malvinas, Antarctica and South Atlantic, Daniel Filmus, said they will notify the three companies of the sanctions issued towards them for commercial activities in the disputed waters.

Argentina claims they did not have the authorisation of the its government, who claim the British Overseas Territory as theirs.

Mr Filmus said: “These companies are not authorised to operate nor have they requested any type of authorisation.”

The secretaries said they “were committing a crime in Argentina” and the three companies continued to participate in exploratory and exploitation works.

The oil companies are Chrysaor Holdings Limited and Harbor Energy Plc, which are based in Britain, and the Israeli company Navitas Petroleum LP.

They have a period of several days to respond to Argentina but if they don’t the country will proceed with their disqualification.

Any disqualification would prevent them from participating for a period of five to 20 years in bidding processes to operate in waters off the Argentine continental shelf, officials said.

Between 2011 and 2015, eight other companies from different countries have already been sanctioned.

This means they cannot operate in Argentina and others areas through a criminal complaint.

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Mr Filmus added that the “action that Argentina is taking is supported by declarations from multilateral organisations such as the Latin American Energy Organisation (OLADE) and the G77 + China, which have defended United Nations resolution 2065 for a bilateral negotiation as a form of final and peaceful resolution of the dispute with the United Kingdom”.

According to the Argentine government, several oil companies have no interest in participating in exploratory activities in the region while the dispute between the UK and Argentina persists.

Last week, Argentina demanded the Falkland Islands be given to them as it is their “inalienable goal” to gain sovereignty over the South Atlantic territory.

In June, Buenos Aires took its claim over the Falkland Islands to the UN Decolonisation Committee.

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Now, Argentine Defence Minister Agustin Rossi has declared: “Malvinas are an inalienable goal.”

He said that there is “an inalienable objective of the national government” in recognising the geopolitical importance of the Falkland Islands.

The defence minister emphasised the advancement of the militarisation process in achieving this.

Argentina and Britain fought a war in 1982 for dominance of the archipelago, in which the South American country was defeated.

The conflict lasted 74 days and ended with an Argentine surrender on June 14, returning the islands to British control.

In total, 649 Argentine military personnel, 255 British military personnel, and three Falkland Islanders died during the hostilities.

Diplomatic relations between the United Kingdom and Argentina were restored in 1989 following a meeting in Madrid, at which the two governments issued a joint statement.

In 1994, Argentina adopted a new constitution, which declared the Falkland Islands by law as an Argentine province.

However, the islands continue to operate as a self-governing British Overseas Territory.

Additional reporting by Maria Ortega

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‘No one speaking in UK's favour!’ Argentina aims jibe at Boris and demands Falklands talks

Brexit: Argentina to ‘push EU for negotiation’ says Filmus

And he sought to turn up the heat by claiming his nation’s claim on the remote archipelago enjoyed “explicit support” from nations throughout Asia, Africa and the Caribbean. Mr Filmus was speaking after a meeting of the United Nations Special Committee on Decolonisation (C-24), which was attended by among others Mark Pollard, chairman of the Falklands’ Legislative Assembly, and Leona Roberts, his deputy.

The Secretary of Affairs pertaining to the Malvinas – the name Argentinians have given the islands – told Buenos Aires-based newspaper Perfil: “We are very satisfied because it was not just a consensus vote on the resolution, but it was one of the sessions that gathered the most explicit support.

“Organisations and countries from our region, but also Asian, African and Caribbean countries, supported this project.”

Mr Filmus also suggested that Argentina saw Britain’s decision to quit the EU as an opportunity to step up its sovereignty push.

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Boris Johnson and Argentina’s President, Alberto Fernandez (Image: GETTY)

Daniel Filmus

Daniel Filmus claimed nobody had spoken in the UK’s favour (Image: GETTY)

He explained: “We have been working on this for months. This support is not achieved overnight.

“In the midst of the pandemic, it was very difficult to reach countries that had to vote today, so the work was done in the capitals, through our embassies, and in parallel to the work that was also done here at the United Nations, I think it has been very important. It exceeded our expectations.”

Mr Filmus also claimed the meeting had piled the pressure on the UK, which remains steadfast in its insistence that the Falklands will be a British overseas territory for as long as its 3,000-plus residents want it to remain as such.

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UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson (Image: GETTY)

He bragged: “We don’t hear anyone speaking in favour of the UK sovereignty over the Malvinas Islands.

“There was no country saying that it agreed with either self-determination or the sovereignty of the United Kingdom over the Malvinas.”

Mr Filmus, who has accused the UK of “plundering” the natural resources of the islands, said: “That is why fishing, hydrocarbons and the entire military issue were raised by the chancellor and supported by all countries. 

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Mark Pollard

Mark Pollard, chairman of the Legislative Assembly (Image: UN)

Leona Roberts

Leona Roberts is Mr Pollard’s deputy (Image: UN)

“And now we work hard so that this year the South Atlantic Peace Zone, which brings together all the African and Latin American countries that have a coastline, will meet again, as if to strengthen the denunciation of the illegality of the military base.”

In a separate interview with Radio Brisas, Mr Filmus said: “On the issue of Malvinas, we have found enormous solidarity.

“Not only was the resolution voted by consensus, but many countries, about 30, some that belong to the Committee and others who came especially to show solidarity, said there is no more place for colonialism in the 21st century, and that the United Kingdom has to comply with United Nations resolutions, especially resolution 2075, which is the one that says that this has to be negotiated.

“The United Kingdom has to sit at the dialogue table and also has to comply with other United Nations resolutions such as 3149, which obliges the United Kingdom not to take any unilateral action without authorisation from Argentina.

Falklands factfile

Falklands factfile (Image: Express)

“In the case of Malvinas, every year the resolution is voted in the Decolonization Committee and the United Kingdom does not comply either; there is an inequality of power and inequality of obedience in front of the United Nations Assembly.

“It is a pity that the founding countries of the United Nations that wanted to create an egalitarian order look the other way; Argentina since 1833, 188 years ago, has been asking the United Kingdom to negotiate peacefully, through dialogue, the exercise of sovereignty over the islands and we find ourselves in a situation of deafness on the other side.

“It is important to be accompanied by the nations of the world, because of the 17 colonies that still exist, 10 are British.

“It is necessary to be aware of this and the pressure of countries telling the United Kingdom to end colonialism has to work.”

Falkland Islands

The Falkland Islands are in the south Atlantic (Image: GETTY)

Argentina invaded the Falklands in 1982, triggering a short but bloody war which saw the a taskforce dispatched by then Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher regain control of the islands.

Addressing the committee last week, Mr Pollard, a sixth-generation Falklands, said of Argentina: “They have never shown remorse for their actions, instead they brazenly stand here before the world claiming to have been treated unjustly themselves.”

He added: “The only people who can solve the question of the Falkland Islands, are the people of the Falkland Islands and we see no problem
with our current political status.

“If the international community would support our basic human right to determine our own future then it will have fixed ‘the question of the Falkland Islands’.“

(Additional reporting by Maria Ortega)

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'Falklands will ALWAYS be ours!' Argentina issues furious threat – fears of fresh UK row

Foreign minister Felipe Sola used a UN Special Committee to reiterate calls on both countries to “resume negotiations” over the islands. He said: “Our claim to sovereignty is an imprescriptible constitutional mandate.

“All Latin American countries supported the resolution and spoke in favour of our country and the call for dialogue.

“We appreciate the region’s strong support for the legitimate rights of the Argentine Republic.

“More than half of the colonial territories are in Latin America and the Caribbean, including the Malvinas, usurped in 1833 by the United Kingdom.

“As our president said, there is no place for colonialism in the 21st century.

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“There were about 30 interventions in favour of Argentina from countries in Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa and Asia.

“Powerful countries such as Russia and China and many nations that suffered colonisation.

“At some point the United Kingdom is going to have to pay attention to that and resume the debate.”

The British Overseas Territory – called Las Malvinas by Argentinians – was invaded and briefly taken over by the South American country in 1982.

Then prime minister Margaret Thatcher quickly dispatched a task force to retake the islands – which sit in the South Atlantic ocean.

A 10-week conflict ensued during which the British regained the islands – whose hands they have remained in ever since.

Neither country has relinquished its claim over the islands despite re-establishing diplomatic ties in 1990.

British governments have repeatedly said that should the islands’ inhabitants wish to become Argentinian all they have to do is show a desire.

In the most recent referendum on sovereignty in 2013, more than 99 percent of voters expressed a wish to remain British.

Argentina totally ignores this and claims that the inhabitants are the descendants of British colonists and therefore have no right over their sovereignty.

Mr Sola said there was no response from the UK.

The Foreign Office has been contacted for comment.

Additional reporting by Maria Ortega.

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They won't give up! Desperate Argentina to beg UN to intervene in Falkland Islands row

The UK has always stood firm against the UN’s resolutions that propose a dialogue between the two countries. Despite this Argentine officials Felipe Solá and Daniel Filmus will be present their arguments this Thursday in New York. The officials will attempt to obtain support from the 29 members of the UN’s “Decolonization Committee”.

Daniel Filmus, Argentine Foreign Ministry official for the Secretary of the Malvinas, Antarctica and South Atlantic, told the news site Infobae: “We hope that many countries will intervene in the session expressing their support for our position.

“Representatives of international organisations such as CELAC, Mercosur, and the Group of 77 and others will speak.”

The Board of Directors of the United Nations Special Committee for Decolonization unanimously ratified its “support for the resumption of negotiations between Argentina and the United Kingdom to find a peaceful solution to the controversy of sovereignty over the Malvinas Islands.”

The resolution was released on February 11 of this year but ignored by the UK.

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“This is following the resumption of negotiations with the United Kingdom as a means to end the dispute.”

Last Monday, June 14, Mr Filmus responded to the self-determination question and said: “As the United Kingdom knows, self-determination only applies in the cases of peoples under colonial rule, but the current population of the Malvinas Islands has been implanted by the British government.”

Mr Filmus continued with a tweet and said: “The UN resolution 2065 and subsequent ones are clear in this regard.

“The only way to resolve the sovereignty dispute over the Malvinas and put an end to colonialism is to resume bilateral negotiations between Argentina and the United Kingdom.”

Various other multi-lateral forums also call for Argentina and the UK to hold talks over the future sovereignty of the islands.

These groups include, the Organisation of American States, OAS, Mercosur, the Group of 77 plus China, the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States, Celac, and the Ibero-American Summits.

Additional reporting by Maria Ortega.

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