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2012 London Olympics: USA Men's Basketball, Beach Volleyball Squads Begin Gold Defense

The USA Men's Basketball team and the American beach volleyball duo of Phil Dalhausser and Todd Rogers will begin their respective quests for consecutive Olympic Gold Medals Sunday.

LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Kobe Bryant and the USA men's hoops team is the odds-on favorite to defend their 2008 Olympic gold in Beijing. They'll get a tough test in Group A play at 9:30 am Eastern Sunday against a French team that features NBA players Tony Parker, Nicolas Batum and Boris Diaw, among others.

The 6-foot-9 Dalhausser and his partner, Todd Rogers, likely will have little trouble in their first few matches, including Sunday's matchup against a Japanese duo at 5 pm ET. They too are the defending Olympic gold medalists and should be on the shortlist of favorites yet again.

The USA Men's Indoor Volleyball team kicks off their Group B play at Earls Court with a crucial matchup against Serbia at 11:45 am ET.

A full event listing can be found on the NBC Olympic site, and TV Listings are available right here. NBC also is streaming every event live.

For all your Olympic coverage, stick with this SBNation Cleveland StoryStream, or head over to SBNation's dedicated Olympic hub.

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