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U.S. hoops squad sets roster without Rondo

The U.S. national basketball team finalized its roster Tuesday for the world championships and there's no Rajon Rondo.

The Celtics star asked to withdraw from consideration, a release from the team said.

Rondo had started the Americans first two exhibition games, then didn’t play at all Sunday when the U.S. edged Spain.

The final 12-man roster set Tuesday includes: Kevin Durant, Derrick Rose, Rudy Gay, Lamar Odom, Chauncey Billups, Danny Granger, Russell Westbrook, Eric Gordon, Stephen Curry, Kevin Love, Tyson Chandler and Andre Iguodala.

Coach Mike Krzyzewski’s squad has one more tuneup, against Greece today, before the world championships start Saturday in Turkey. They run through Sept. 12.

YAO SET TO RETURN

Houston Rockets All-Star center Yao Ming is confident that he’ll be ready for the start of the regular season after a team doctor declared his surgically repaired foot fully healed.

Yao missed last season after undergoing complex surgery on his left foot in July 2009. Team doctor Tom Clanton has cleared Yao to resume basketball activities.

The Rockets had said all along that they expected Yao to play in 2010-11. Yao was still relieved when he got the official diagnosis.

“I am very excited,” Yao said Tuesday. “I am just looking forward to playing a great season. I think I can count on my foot now.”

The 7-foot-6 Yao sweated through a gray T-shirt during a vigorous workout at the Toyota Center that was watched by reporters.

Yao mostly worked on post moves with teammate Chuck Hayes and 7-footer James Cripe, a player in the NBA’s developmental league.

NBA MOVIE IN CHINA

Denver’s Carmelo Anthony and Orlando’s Dwight Howard will star in a basketball film with an award-winning Chinese director titled “Amazing.”

The NBA and Shanghai Film Group announced the joint production, calling it “the first NBA-themed motion picture outside of North America.”

The filming will take place in New York, Beijing and Shanghai through November and feature top actors from Asia.

The movie is scheduled to open next summer and will directed by Hu Xuehua, a winner of the Kennedy Center Honors.

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