USA, Spain qualify for World Cup

Several nations qualified for the FIBA Basketball World Cup on Sunday, with the United States among them.

The United States and Spain were among the nations booking their spots at next year's FIBA Basketball World Cup on Sunday.

USA, five-time champions, sealed their place at the tournament courtesy of a 78-70 win over Uruguay in Montevideo in Group E of qualifying.

Eric Moreland had a double-double for the winners, contributing 10 points and 13 rebounds, while Travis Trice scored 17 points.

Argentina also moved through from the same group after cruising to an 85-71 win over Mexico in La Rioja.

In Europe, 2006 winners Spain and Turkey sealed qualification from Group I on Sunday.

Spain scraped past Ukraine 72-68, while Turkey progressed despite a 71-66 loss to Montenegro.

While Montenegro sit third in the group, Latvia are level on points after an 82-77 victory over Slovenia.

In Group J, qualified Lithuania thrashed Croatia 79-62, Poland cruised past Italy 94-78 and Hungary needed overtime to beat Netherlands 91-86.

New Zealand and South Korea booked their spots from Asia after wins over Syria and Jordan respectively.

In Africa, Cameroon kept their chances alive by crushing Egypt 80-60, while Angola beat Tunisia in a clash between two nations who will be at the tournament next year.