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Calderon helps Spain thump France in London 2012 hoops warmup

Spain's guard Jose Manuel Calderon reacts after hitting a three-point shot against Croatia during the first quarter of their men's quarterfinal basketball game at the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2008.

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Spain thumped fellow Olympic medal hopefuls France 81-65 in a Games warmup friendly at the Palacio de los Deportes in Madrid on Tuesday.

Real Madrid point guard Sergio Llull sparkled with 15 points for the 2008 silver medalists, who beat the French to win the European Championship in Lithuania last year.

Los Angeles Lakers forward-centre Pau Gasol weighed in with 11 points, while guards Jose Manuel Calderon of the Toronto Raptors and Rudy Fernandez, who has just sealed a move to Real from the Denver Nuggets, each scored 10.

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France's San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker, who injured his eye last month in a Manhattan nightclub fracas, had a quiet night, playing just over six minutes and scoring two points.

Spain have been drawn in Group B for the Olympics along with hosts Britain, whom they beat 78-74 in a friendly in Valladolid on Monday, Australia, Brazil, China and Russia.

Olympic champions and favourites the United States are in a group featuring Fr ance, 2008 bronze medalists Argentina, Tunisia, Lithuania and Nigeria.

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