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National basketball team fires American coach

Johnny Neumann, who led college basketball in scoring in 1970-71 and played in the NBA and ABA, was fired as coach of Lebanon’s national team after the first round of the World Championships.

Neumann, who averaged 40.1 points in his only season at the University of Mississippi, was let go after Saturday’s 107-80 loss to Turkey, Lebanon’s third in as many games in its first World Championships appearance.

The Lebanese Basketball Federation announced the move in a statement that also said assistant coach Sarkis Korjian would assume the head job for the team’s remaining two games in this tournament.

Neumann, 52, played seven seasons in the ABA and NBA and played professionally in Italy and Germany. He coached in the CBA as well as in Belgium, Greece, Cyprus and Kuwait before taking the job with Lebanon.

Lebanon’s other losses were 102-73 to Brazil and 99-77 to Puerto Rico. ­ AP

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