US cuts world team to 12 after beating Puerto Rico

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NEW YORK: Derrick Rose earned a spot on the final 12-man US roster of NBA stars for the Basketball World Cup after helping the Americans rip Puerto Rico 112-86 on Friday (Saturday in Manila). Chicago standout Rose will be joined by Golden State’s Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, Sacramento’s Rudy Gay and DeMarcus Cousins, Cleveland guard Kyrie Irving, Houston guard James Harden, Toronto’s DeMar DeRozan, New Orleans’ Anthony Davis, Detroit’s Andre Drummond, Denver’s Kenneth Faried and Brooklyn’s Mason Plumlee. Damian Lillard, Kyle Korver, Gordon Hayward and Chandler Parsons were trimmed from the lineup early Saturday to slice the American roster to the 12-man limit needed by next Friday, the eve of the start of the global showdown in Spain.

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