Spurs' Tony Parker gets OK to play for France in Olympics

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San Antonio guard Tony Parker can play for European runner-up France in the Olympic Games after Spurs’ doctors agreed he has recovered from an eye injury.

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Parker scratched his left cornea during a nightclub melee in New York last month.

Parker is joining the French squad in Orleans and he could play in a tuneup against England today.

France’s first game at the Olympics is against the United States on July 29.

• In Caracas, Venezuela, Russia and Nigeria won in men’s basketball to reach the semifinals of the men’s Olympic qualifying tournament.

Russia beat Angola 80-65 and Nigeria edged Greece 80-79.

The top three teams in the tournament will receive the final spots in the London Olympics.

Russia will face Nigeria in today’s semifinals, with the winner advancing to London. The other semifinal will pit the winner of Friday’s late quarterfinals, Macedonia vs. the Dominican Republic and Lithuania vs. Puerto Rico.

The losing semifinalists play Sunday for the final place.

EQUESTRIAN: Ian Millar will appear in a record 10th Olympics this month when the 65-year-old equestrian enters the show jumping ring at the London Games.

Millar is about to surpass Austrian sailor Hubert Raudaschl, a nine-time Olympian from 1964 to 1996.

His Olympic career spans 40 years. In fact, he could have been riding in his 11th Olympics this month. He made his country’s team in 1980, but Canada didn’t compete in Moscow because of a boycott.

Millar is a candidate to carry Canada’s flag in the opening ceremony July 27.

OPENING CEREMONY: Actor Mark Rylance has pulled out of the Olympics opening ceremony after the sudden death of his stepdaughter, Nataasha van Kampen.

Van Kampen, a 28-year-old filmmaker, was the daughter of Rylance’s wife, composer Claire van Kampen.

Tony winner Rylance, regarded as one of Britain’s finest actors, was due to recite from The Tempest during the July 27 opening ceremony.


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