US basketball announces 4 exhibition opponents

NEW YORK (AP) The U.S. national team will play exhibition games in New York, Chicago and the Canary Islands before this summer’s World Cup of Basketball.

The Americans will play Brazil in Chicago on Aug. 16, before games at Madison Square Garden in New York against the Dominican Republic on Aug. 20 and Puerto Rico two days later. The training tour wraps up against Slovenia on Aug. 26 at the Canary Islands.

The schedule was announced Wednesday by USA Basketball.

The Americans will begin their training in Las Vegas and will play an intrasquad exhibition game at the Thomas & Mack Center on Aug. 1.

The World Cup of Basketball runs Aug. 30 to Sept. 14 in Spain. The U.S. is the defending world champion.