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Venezuela slip allows U.S. to bid for hoops tourney

Updated: September 20, 2006, 3:17 PM ET
By Andy Katz | ESPN.com

Team USA won't have many roster changes for the 2007 Tournament of Americas, but how it plays defense and where it plays is likely going to change for next summer.

Venezuela, viewed as a trouble travel spot by the U.S. and home to arguably one of the most anti-American leaders in Hugo Chavez, may be out as host.

According to multiple sources, Venezuela didn't come up with the necessary payments in time to secure its site in Caracas as the host. That forced FIBA Americas to open up the ...

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