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DATES: July 20-Aug. 3.

VENUES: Georgia Dome and Morehouse College.

TV SESSIONS: July 20 _ 7:30 p.m.-midnight.

July 22 _ 7:30 p.m.-midnight.

July 24 _ 7:30 p.m.-midnight.

July 26 _ 7:30 p.m.-midnight.

July 28 _ 7 p.m.-midnight.

July 30 _ 7:30 p.m.-midnight.

Aug. 1 _ 7:30 p.m.-midnight.

Aug. 3 _ 7 p.m.-midnight.

DAILY SCHEDULE: July 20-28 _ preliminary rounds on even-numbered days.

July 30 _ quarterfinals.

Aug. 1-2 _ semifinals.

Aug. 3 _ bronze and gold medal games.

U.S. PRELIMINARY SCHEDULE

July 20 _ U.S. vs. Argentina, 10 p.m.

July 22 _ U.S. vs. Angola, 10 p.m.

July 24 _ U.S. vs. Lithuania, 10 p.m.

July 26 _ U.S. vs. China, 10 p.m.

July 28 _ U.S. vs. Croatia, 7 p.m.

U.S. TEAM:

_ Charles Barkley, Phoenix Suns

_ Anfernee Hardaway, Orlando Magic

_ Grant Hill, Detroit Pistons

_ Karl Malone, Utah Jazz

_ Reggie Miller, Indiana Pacers

_ Hakeem Olajuwon, Houston Rockets

_ Shaquille O'Neal, Orlando Magic

_ Scottie Pippen, Chicago Bulls

_ Mitch Richmond, Sacramento Kings

_ David Robinson, San Antonio Spurs

_ Glenn Robinson, Milwaukee Bucks

_ John Stockton, Utah Jazz

RULE VARIATIONS: There are several differences between international rules and the NBA. The shot clock for the Olympics is 30 seconds instead of 24. The three-point line is 20.5 feet instead of the NBA's 22 feet. A player is disqualified with five fouls instead of six.

ALL-TIME U.S. BEST: It is probably fitting that an Admiral might be the U.S.' most decorated basketball player. Spurs center David Robinson can become the first American male to win three basketball medals. Robinson won a bronze in 1988 while still in college and was on the original Dream Team that won gold in '92. Six others have won two medals, including Patrick Ewing, Michael Jordan and Chris Mullin.

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