April 30, 2012 - Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv won the 2012 ABA League title! With
almost 11.000 fans on its side Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv dominated the
2012 ABA League final against Cedevita 87-77 and became the champion of
the regional league in its eleventh edition. Maccabi is the sixth club
since the opening year in ABA League, which won the prestigious title.
Read more here.
April 30, 2012 - Barcelona keeps cruising through ACB Two
game rounds were played in Liga Endesa ACB this week. In the two games,
Barcelona kept their winning streak up to 8 games, confirming their
good shape. The Catalans did not only blow out Lucentum Alicante 83-57,
but also beat Caja Laboral 97-89 that ended up being one of the most
exciting games of the season, with Juan Carlos Navarro playing at his
best level: 31 points and 10 assists which meant 54 points generated by
him, and Maciej Lampe scoring other 31 for the Basque team. Read more here.
April 30, 2012 - Hernandez staying in Krakow for a fourth term Wisla
Can-Pack Krakow coach Jose Hernandez has signed an extension following
his side's successful double-winning season in the Polish Women's
League. According to Polish outlet Wislakosz.pl, his contract has been
extended to one year. The club are happy with the targets that have
been reached this season. Read more here.
April 30, 2012 - BEKO BBL announces record attendance For
the first time in the history of the German league, more than 4.000
people per game attended BEKO BBL games. 1.322.605 people attended the
306 games of the BBL's regular season for an average of 4.322. The
average grew 13.35% in comparison to last season's attendance of 3.813.
Read more here.
April 30, 2012 - Brooklyn Nets logo revealed Since
1977 the New Jersey Nets have been a household name in the NBA but New
York's neighbour has now been left with a franchise. Instead New York
has gained another team, like Los Angeles and the Brooklyn Nets will be
playing out of the newly-constructed Barclays Center from next season.
Read more here.
April 30, 2012 - Smith leads Hawks past Celtics 83-74; Rondo tossed The
Boston Celtics lost Game 1 - and they may have lost their floor leader
for Game 2. Josh Smith scored 22 points and grabbed 18 rebounds as the
Atlanta Hawks built a big lead early, then held on for an 83-74 victory
over the Celtics in their opener of the Eastern Conference playoffs
Sunday night. Read more here.
April 30, 2012 - Clippers rally from 27 down, stun Grizzlies 99-98 Chris
Paul begged coach Vinny Del Negro to put him back into the game for the
fourth quarter and not give up despite being down 21 points. The result
was another Clippers comeback - one of the greatest in NBA playoff
history. Read more here.
April 30, 2012 - Mensah-Bonsu, Mr Double-Double, Is MVP Besiktas
power forward/center Pops Mensah-Bonsu was named as the EuroChallenge
Final Four MVP by the media professionals covering the event. While the
Great Britain international and his Serbian teammate Zoran Erceg were
both delivering an enormous performance on the floor to guide their
team to victory over Elan Chalon in the title game, they were also,
inadvertently, locked in a fierce battle against each other in the race
to earn MVP honours. Read more here.
April 30, 2012 - Besiktas Bring The Cup To Turkey Turkey
has waited a long time for a European trophy to come home. Besiktas
Milangaz ended that drought, emerging on top in a pulsating
EuroChallenge final to defeat Elan Chalon 91-86 in Debrecen. Pops
Mensah-Bonsu had 26 points and 20 rebounds and was named as the game's
Most Valuable Player but it was a collective effort. Read more here.
April 30, 2012 - German League, Regular Season, Game 34 Brose
Baskets Bamberg finished a dominant German League regular season with a
resounding 102-65 victory over BBC Beyreuth for a 30-4 record. The
best-of-five quarterfinals will start on May 3 with the following
matchups: Brose Baskets vs. Telekom Baskets Bonn; ratiopharm Ulm vs. NY
Phantoms Braunschweig; Alba vs. s. Oliver Baskets and Artland Dragons
vs. FC Bayern Munchen. Read more here.
April 30, 2012 - Adriatic League final four, semifinals Maccabi
Electra and Cedevita Zagreb will meet in the 2012 Adriatic League title
game on Monday after respective double-digit victories in Saturday’s
semifinals at Nokia Arena in Tel Aviv. Maccabi routed Buducnost Voli
82-60, while Cedevita stopped Partizan mt:s 68-56. Read more here.
April 30, 2012 - Russian League playoffs, Semifinals Game 2 CSKA
Moscow secured its place in the Russian League finals by sweeping
Lokomotiv Kuban 2-0 in the best-of-three series. Nenad Krstic scored 15
points and grabbed 8 rebounds for CSKA, which will await the outcome of
the other series between BC Khimki and Triumph to learn its opponent in
the finals. Read more here.
April 29, 2012 - Triumph Stun Hosts To Claim Third Place Triumph
Lyubersty outgunned EuroChallenge Final Four hosts Szolnoki Olaj 94-87,
to deny them third place at the season-ending tournament. The Russian
side that came to the Final Four party almost uninvited, a team that
was all but eliminated from contention after the first three games of
the Last 16, saved their biggest surprise of the season for last. Read
April 29, 2012 - Wisla Bring Out The Brooms CCC
Polkowice had to win a dramatic fifth game against Lotos Gdynia to
reach the Polish league finals but they'll need to do something even
more special to lift the title. Wisla Can-Pack Krakow have won the
first two games of their showdown and need two more wins to complete a
successful PLKK championship defense. Read more here.
April 29, 2012 - Season over for Rose Derrick
Rose has been ruled out for the remainder of the play-offs after
sustaining an injury during his team's win over Hawks. More
specifically Rose has torn his anterior cruciate ligament, as confirmed
by the Chicago Bulls official twitter feed just moments ago. Read more here.
April 29, 2012 - Chalon comfortable against Triumph Elan
Chalon will face-off against Besiktas in the 2012 Eurochallenge finale,
after they swept aside Triumph Lyubertsy Moscow 84-69. It was a
confident and professional display from Chalon, who were led by the
tremendous Blake Schlib, who led all scorers with 29 points on 11/15
shooting, including a perfect 5/5 from behind the arc. Read more here.
April 29, 2012 - Besiktas edge Szolnoki in physical battle Favourites
Besiktas are through to the Eurochallenge final after defeating hosts
Szolnoki Olaj 64-60. This wasn't a classic by any means but the key
stat was a rebounding score of 50-39 in Besiktas' favour, that included
22 offensive boards as Szolnoki had no answer their opponents' bigs, in
particular Great Britain player Pops Mensah-Bonsu, who got a 13 point,
13 rebound double-double. Read more here.
April 29, 2012 - FYR of Macedonia squad named for Qualifiers FYR
of Macedonia coach Marjan Lazovski has named a 28-man preliminary squad
for the Olympic Qualifying Tournament to be held in Venezuela. A shock
fourth place finish, including a quarter-final victory over hosts
Lithuania at Eurobasket last year secured hopes of a first ever Olympic
appearance. Read more here.
April 29, 2012 - Maccabi the second semi-finalist Maccabi
looked like a rolling stone in the second semi-final game of the 2012
ABA league Final Four Tournament and defeated Buducnost Voli 82-60 for
its second final in the refional league. Read more here.
April 29, 2012 - Cedevita reached the final in its first F4 Cedevita,
the youngest among Croatian clubs, did the first step in fulfiling its
goals on Saturday by defeating Partizan mt:s 68-56 in the first
semi-final game of the 2012 ABA League Final Four Tournament in Tel
Aviv, Isreal. Read more here.
April 29, 2012 - Greek League playoffs, semifinals Game 3 In
its last official game before the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final
Four, Olympiacos Piraeus blasted Panionios 66-87 on the road Saturday
to sweep their best-of-five semifinal and make it to the Greek League
finals for a seventh straight season. Read more here.
April 28, 2012 - Cedevita Wins over Partizan mt:s and qualified to ABA Adriatic Final In
first semifinal game of ABA Adriatic league Final 4 today Cedevita
Zagreb topped Partizan mt:s and qualify to Final game which will be
played at Monday. Final score 68:56 (14:15, 20:17, 17:14, 17:10).
April 27, 2012 - Bertans questionable for semi-final Partizan
mt:s has problems with injuries for a longer period and it didn’t look
it will stop. Coach Vlada Jovanović won’t know until the day of the
semi-final whether he will have all his players on the roster or not.
Read more here.
April 27, 2012 - Smodis's injury a huge blow for Cedevita It
is not a new stories, it is a problem who lasts for years and brings
ups and downs to his everyday life. Doctors said it is even the
possibility to sustain a stress fracture and that is what decided his
fate for the F4. Read more here.
April 27, 2012 - Olympic draw to be held on Monday FIBA
will hold its first Central Board meeting of 2012, culminating on
Monday morning with the men's and women's Olympic basketball draw in
Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. The draw will take place at the Auditorium of
the Brazilian Olympic Committee at 11:00 local time (16:00 CET). Read
April 27, 2012 - Spanish League, Regular Season, Game 31 FC
Barcelona Regal rode a brilliant Juan Carlos Navarro and held on in the
closing minutes to beat Caja Laboral 97-89 and protect its lead atop
the Spanish League standings. Navarro was at his best with 31 points
and 10 assists for a performance index rating of 41 to outshine Laboral
star Maciej Lampe, who also scored 31. Read more here.
April 27, 2012 - Greek League playoffs, Semifinals Game 2 Olympiacos
and Panathinaikos marched to comfortable wins Thursday to take 2-0
leads in their respective best-of-five Greek League semifinals series.
Both go on the road Saturday with the chance to sweep and begin
preparations early for their upcoming trips to Istanbul for the Turkish
Airlines Euroleague Final Four. Read more here.
April 27, 2012 - Czech League playoffs, Quarterfinals, Game 4 BK
JIP Pardubice grabbed a 69-81 road win at BC Kolin in Game 4 of the
Czech League quarterfinals to force a fifth and deciding game at home
to decide the last team to reach the semis. Read more here.
April 27, 2012 - Slovenian League, Regular Season, Phase 2 Game 9 Union
Olimpija toppled Sentjur 65-80 to remain tied atop the Slovenian League
with Krka, which squeaked past Helios Domzale 77-76. The winners
advanced to 7-2, while Helios fell out of a three-way tie for first,
slipping to 6-3. Read more here.
April 26, 2012 - EuroChallenge Final Four, Semi-Final Preview: Chalon v Triumph Fans
that turn out for Friday's clash between Elan Chalon and Triumph
Lyubertsy are in for a real treat. Chalon, last season's Coupe de
France winners, have an opportunity to do something that would make
them one of the all-time great success stories. Read more here.
April 26, 2012 - EuroChallenge Final Four, Semi-Final Preview: Szolnoki v Besiktas Besiktas
Milangaz have fulfilled the pre-season predictions of many a basketball
expert by reaching the EuroChallenge Final Four. Now surprising
Szolnoki Olaj, the hosts of this weekend's spectacle, are going to pull
out all stops in a bid to stop the star-studded team from capturing the
title when the sides meet in the Semi-Finals on Friday. Read more here.
April 25, 2012 - Aldemir, Sanli and Nedovic declare for NBA Draft Three
more European players have declared themselves for the 2012 NBA Draft.
Turkish forward Furkan Aldemir is the only player who is currently
projected to be drafted late in the second round though. Read more here.
April 25, 2012 - Jacques Lemans official Watch of the 2012 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four in Istanbul Euroleague
Basketball’s official timekeeper, Austrian watchmaker Jacques Lemans,
will for the third year in a row present the official watch of the
Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four. Read more here.
April 25, 2012 - Russian League, Regular Season, Game 20 The
Russian League regular season came to a close with perennial champion
CSKA Moscow holding off chief rival and Eurocup champ BC Khimki Moscow
Region 91-72 to claim first place and home-court advantage throughout
the playoffs. Read more here.
April 25, 2012 - Smodis to miss Adriatic Final Four? A
foot injury might keep Cedevita's Matjaz Smodis from playing in the
upcoming Adriatic League Final Four. Slovenian Smodis might decide to
rest his foot for the Final Four, to be played in Israel on April
28th-30th and prepare instead for the Croatian playoffs. Read more here.
April 24, 2012 - Babkina out of Latvian squad this summer Latvia
point guard Elina Babkina will miss this summer's Eurobasket Women
qualifiers due to finishing rehab on her knee injury according to
website sportacentrs.com. Read more here.
April 24, 2012 - Josep Franch declares for the draft Spanish
point guard Josep Franch (1'91 m., born in 1991) will declare himself
elegible for the NBA draft, one year before being automatically
eligible. His agent, Igor Crespo, said so to the DraftExpress website.
Read more here.
April 24, 2012 - Gran Canaria Youth Embraces 3on3 The
3on3 Gran Canaria Tour, a wonderful basketball adventure that began in
Las Palmas on 24 February, came full circle and concluded in the island
capital two months later, with Saturday's Master Final. Read more here.
April 23, 2012 - Kurtinaitis signs extension with Khimki BC
Khimki coach Rimas Kurtinaitis has signed a two-year extension allowing
him to lead the Russian side until the 2014/15 season. This deal will
see Kurtinaitis coach his Khimki side in next season's Euroleague
competition, following their Eurocup success on their home court over a
week ago. Read more here.
April 23, 2012 - FIBA World executives visit Euroleague Basketball headquarters Euroleague
Basketball welcomed to its headquarters today a delegation of FIBA
World's top executives to discuss further collaboration between the two
basketball entities. Euroleague Basketball was honored to host Mr. Yvan
Mainini, FIBA World president; Mr. Patrick Baumann, Secretary General
of FIBA World; and Zoran Radovic, Development Director for FIBA World.
Read more here.
April 23, 2012 - Lithuanian Basketball Celebrates 90-year anniversary Kaunas
Sports Hall hosted the celebration to commemorate the 90-year
anniversary of Lithuanian basketball on Sunday. On that special
evening, the arena was packed with famous names – from the Lithuanian
Basketball Federation (LKF) President Arvydas Sabonis and his
counterparts from Latvia, Estonia, Georgia and other national
federations to the FIBA General Secretary Nar Zanolin himself and many
others, devoted to Lithuanian basketball – basketball veterans,
coaches, referees, organizers and politicians. Read more here.
April 23, 2012 - Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final 4 teams
Short profiles of Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final 4 contestants.
Check out the team's story, coach profile, spotlight player and more!
Read more here.
April 23, 2012 - 2012 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four game officials announced Euroleague
Basketball has announced today the names of the eight referees who will
work the 2012 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four in Istanbul,
Turkey. The referees selected come from seven different countries and
boast a wealth of experience. Read more here.
April 23, 2012 - French League, Regular Season, Game 27 French
League leader BCM Gravelines Dunkerque and closest rival Chalon both
won, but third-ranked of Orleans fell to Nanterre, allowing the top two
teams to open up more daylight between them and the rest of the pack.
Gravelines won its ninth in a row, climbing to 24-3 after it pummeled
Pau-Orthez 71-88, using a 30-18 third quarter to ice the game. Read
April 23, 2012 - Israeli League, Regular Season, Game 27 The
Israeli League regular season came to an end with defending champion
Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv coming from behind to take down archrival
Hapoel Jerusalem 80-89. The quarterfinal matchups will feature Maccabi
Tel Aviv against BC Habikaa, Gilboa/Galil against Ashdod, Maccabi
Rishon Lezion against Eldan Ashkelon, and Jerusalem against Hapoel
Holon. Read more here.
April 23, 2012 - Spanish League, Regular Season, Game 30 FC
Barcelona Regal crushed fellow Euroleague side Unicaja 57-89 to remain
atop the Spanish League with a two-win cushion over victorious Real
Madrid, which recovered from a 19-point deficit to beat crosstown rival
Asefa Estudiantes 85-80. Third place stayed in the hands of Caja
Laboral, which took out UCAM Murcia 71-65. Read more here.
April 23, 2012 - Serbian League, Regular Season, Phase 2 Game 8 Partizan
mt:s mauled Mega Vizura 92-60 to remain alone atop the Serbian League
standings. Vladimir Lucic talled 14 points and 8 rebounds and Miroslav
Raduljica and Nemanja Besovic added 13 apiece for the reigning champs,
whoch took control early with a 26-10 first quarter and extended the
lead to 53-24 by halftime. Read more here.
April 23, 2012 - German League, Regular Season, Game 33 German
League leader Brose Baskets Bamberg outfought rival Alba Berlin 100-90,
while ratiopharm Ulm took advantage of Berlin’s loss to claim sole
possession of second place by edging TBB Trier 78-77. Read more here.
April 22, 2012 - Jimenez calls it a day Estudiantes
forward Carlos Jimenez has decided to call time on his glittering
career at the age of 36. The veteran will make his last appearance on
May 6th when his side face Murcia in a Liga Endesa (ACB) clash which
will be his 630th league game spanning nearly 18 years. Read more here.
April 22, 2012 - Wade hurt as Heat lose to Wizards 86-84 With
the playoffs a week away, Dwyane Wade left the Miami Heat arena
Saturday night with his swollen finger in a splint - and considered
himself lucky. Wade played less than 3 minutes before dislocating his
left index finger but avoided serious injury as the Heat lost 86-84 to
the woeful Washington Wizards. Read more here.
April 22, 2012 - Deng leads Bulls over Mavericks 93-83 Derrick
Rose could feel some pain in the area of his right ankle and foot, the
site of his most recent injury during a season in which he has missed
26 games. It was OK, though. All worth it. The fans were cheering for
him, he was back on the court and the Chicago Bulls got another victory
that moved them closer to clinching the top seed in the Eastern
Conference. Read more here.
April 22, 2012 - Greek League quarterfinals, Game 2 All
four Greek League quarterfinals finished in 2-0 sweeps as Greece’s two
Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four teams, Olympiacos and
Panathinaikos, as well as Kolossos Rhodes and Panionios advanced to the
best-of-three semifinal series, which start on Tuesday. Read more here.
April 22, 2012 - Bogut to miss London 2012 for the Boomers Golden
State Warriors' center Andrew Bogut will miss the London Olympics due a
fractured left ankle. Bogut, who has missed 23 games this season
following his acquisition from the Milwaukee Bucks on March 13th, will
undergo arthroscopic surgery next Friday (27th). Read more here.
April 21, 2012 - Fuenlabrada signs Kimani Ffriend Mad
Croc Fuenlabrada announced the signing of Jamaican center Kimani
Ffriend. The Spanish team had a spare foreign player spot due to the
injury of the New Zealander guard Kirk Penney, who will miss the rest
of the season. Read more here.
April 21, 2012 - Russian League, Regular Season, Game 19 CSKA
Moscow remains the dominant force in the Russian league after a pair of
wins during the week. The Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four-bound
side walloped Spartak-Primorye 66-90 on Tuesday and then pounded
Krasnye Krylya 98-63 on Friday. Read more here.
April 20, 2012 - 2011-12 All-Euroleague team nominees After
counting the votes from fans and media members far and wide, Euroleague
Basketball is pleased to release the names of the 10 nominees for the
All-Euroleague teams. Tens of thousands of fans from around the globe
were able to cast votes for their favorite players, as did media
members from each of the countries with Euroleague teams this season.
Read more here.
April 20, 2012 - Turkish Airlines supplies private charter flights for Final Four teams The
big stars of the 2012 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four will
arrive to Istanbul, Turkey next month in unprecedented fashion.
Euroleague Basketball’s title sponsor, Turkish Airlines, has arranged
for private charter flights to bring the participating teams to the
Final Four in style. Read more here.
April 20, 2012 - Olympiacos, Panathinaikos win Greek playoffs openers The
Greek League’s two Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four teams,
Olympiacos and Panathinaikos, started their local playoffs series with
clear victories over PAOK and Aris, respectively, to protect their home
court advantages. Read more here.
April 20, 2012 - Dwight Howard to undergo surgery, will probably miss Olympics As
the team and the player's agent have confirmed, Dwight Howard is
scheduled to undergo a surgery today, which will cost him the NBA
play-offs, but most probably the London Olympics as well. Read more here.
April 19, 2012 - Eduardo Portela re-elected as ULEB President The
meeting of the General Assembly of the Union of European Leagues of
Basketball held in Barcelona today has re-elected ACB President Eduardo
Portela ( picture ) as President of the ULEB for a four-year term.
Adriatic League President Radovan Lorbek and Greek League President
Vassilios Oikonomidis are the new Vice Presidents of the Union. Read
April 19, 2012 - St. Petersburg prepares new arena A
classic European basketball club is working on big plans for the
future. Right after reaching Eurocup Finals last weekend, Spartak St.
Petersburg has announced that its brand new, state-of-the-art arena
will be ready as soon as next season. Read more here.
April 19, 2012 - Head coaches vote CSKA's Kirilenko best defender! After
a season of watching him block shots left and right, clean up on the
defensive glass and invade passing lanes for steals, Turkish Airlines
Euroleague head coaches have made CSKA Moscow forward Andrei Kirilenko
this season's Best Defender Trophy winner! Read more here.
April 18, 2012 - Real Madrid's Mirotic becomes first two-time Rising Star winner The
Euroleague Rising Star Trophy has a repeat winner for the first time!
Real Madrid forward Nikola Mirotic, whose breakout a year ago earned
him the vote of Turkish Airlines Euroleague head coaches, is the Rising
Star Trophy winner once again after dramatically improving his output
this season. Read more here.
April 18, 2012 - Bertomeu clarifies Malaga situation Jordi
Bertomeu clarified that Malaga will definitely lose their Euroleague A
License in case they don't finish at least at ninth spot in the ACB.
Reason? The A License rule says that if a team finishes in the bottom
half of the league, they are absolutely losing their license. Read more
April 18, 2012 - Maccabi the first one to open practices A
detailed schedule of all four team's practices in days before the Final
Four Tournament was confirmed on Tuesday. Partizan, Cedevita and
Budućnost all plan to travel to Tel Aviv two days before semi-final,
that is on Thursday, April 26th. Read more here.
April 17, 2012 - Eurocup Finals Khimki 2012, media reaction Over
100 accredited media covered the 2012 Eurocup Finals. Based on the
number of media professionals who attended the event through their
reports, blogs, tweets and other live coverage, the 2012 Eurocup Finals
were thrilling, exciting, featured great basketball and an outstanding
title game. Read more here.
April 17, 2012 - Euroleague Basketball launches "ONE TEAM" After
almost a year of development and with the support of Turkish Airlines
as Founding Patron and the collaboration of Europe's leading basketball
clubs, Euroleague Basketball launches One Team today (April 17), a
sport and development programme across Europe that uses the power of
basketball to change lives. Read more here.
April 17, 2012 - Lithuania preliminary squad announced Lithuania
coach Kestutis Kemzura has named a 23-man preliminary squad as his
nation begins preparation for the upcoming Olympic Qualifying
Tournament in Caracas. The Baltic giants have an opportunity to qualify
for the London Games due to them finishing fifth at last summer's
Eurobasket. They have been housed in Group B alongside hosts Venezuela
and Nigeria. Read more here.
April 17, 2012 - Spanish League, Regular Season, Game 29 FC
Barcelona Regal kept a firm grip on first place in the Spanish League
with a victory over Lagun Aro 77-61, while second-place Real Madrid
also won to stay two games back. Third-place Caja Laboral lost,
however, tightening the distance with fourth-place Gescrap. Read more here.
April 17, 2012 - Italian League, Regular Season, Game 29 Italian
League leader Montepaschi Siena returned to action with a victory over
Novipiu Casale Monferrato 76-82, lifting its record to 19-7. After
outscoring the hosts 35-49 at halftime, Siena let the lead slip but
remained in control as Ksistof Lavrinovic knocked down 16 points. Read
April 17, 2012 - CSKA wins without injured stars As
many as four CSKA players - three of them regular starters - did not
make the 6,000-kilometer trip with the team on Tuesday for a Russian
League game against Spartak Primorie in Vladivostok. Ramunas Siskauskas
continues to recover in Moscow from a damaged soleus muscle of the
right leg. Read more here.
April 17, 2012 - Montepaschi Siena's Bo McCalebb wins the Alphonso Ford Top Scorer Trophy The
2012 Alphonso Ford Top Scorer Trophy has been won by Bo McCalebb of
Montepaschi Siena, the first point guard to win the award. The Top
Scorer Trophy is the first Turkish Airlines Euroleague post-season
award, given annually to the Euroleague player with the most points
averaged over a minimum number of games. Read more here.
April 16, 2012 - Heat beat Knicks 93-85, clinch Southeast Division The
Miami Heat finally came to Madison Square Garden, a sea of orange
surrounding them in what looked like a playoff game. Maybe that's all
it took to bring out their best on the road. LeBron James had 29 points
and 10 rebounds, Dwyane Wade added 28 points and nine boards. Read more
April 16, 2012 - Kobe-less Lakers hold off Mavs in overtime 112-108 Sure,
Pau Gasol and the Los Angeles Lakers are well aware a regular-season
sweep means nothing compared to a playoff sweep. The Lakers are still
pleased they're controlling this rivalry with the Dallas Mavericks
heading to another postseason in which they just might meet again - and
they even did it without Kobe Bryant. Read more here.
April 16, 2012 - Partizan 1992 - An utterly unique title In
the 53 years of European finals, be it the European Cup or Euroleague,
there have been plenty of interesting, dramatic and even controversial
games. But the title won by Partizan Belgrade at the 1992 Final Four in
Istanbul, which is also the host city of the 2012 Turkish Airlines
Euroleague Final Four, holds a privileged spot, and not only because of
the famous three-pointer by Sasha Djordjevic that gave his team the
title over Joventut Badalona of Spain. Read more here.
April 16, 2012 - Caner-Medley, Valencia enter record book A
number of Eurocup title game records were tied or felled in Sunday 2012
Eurocup Final in Khimki, Russia. Despite losing the game, Valencia
Basket was on the better side of the record-setting, even though not
all the records were positive ones. Read more here.
April 15, 2012 - BC Khimki is 2012 Eurocup champion! BC Khimki Moscow Region won the Eurocup
for the first time in club history on Sunday by downing Valencia Basket
77-68 in a thrilling final at Basketball Center of Moscow Region. Zoran
Planinic was named Eurocup Finals MVP after amassing 19 points and 4
assists in 24 minutes. Read more here.
April 15, 2012 - All-Eurocup First Team players receive trophies On
Sunday in between the third-place and championship games at the Eurocup
Finals in Khimki, Russia, the members of the All-Eurocup First Team
were honored on the court. The full compliment of 2011-12 Eurocup award
winners joined together to receive their trophies for Euroleague
Basketball President and CEO Jordi Bertomeu. Read more here.
April 15, 2012 - Euroleague Basketball announces principles of an agreement with the VTB United League Euroleague
Basketball and the United League have agreed to the principles of an
agreement to integrate the United League into the Euroleague Basketball
competition structure. Euroleague Basketball President and CEO Jordi
Bertomeu, and United League President Sergey Ivanov announced the
principles during a press conference in Khimki prior to the Eurocup
Finals. Read more here.
April 14, 2012 - Eurocup Finals, semifinal Game 2, BC Khimki 77 - 73 Spartak St. Petersburg B.C.
Khimki Moscow Region has made it to the Eurocup finals! Khimki managed
to make it to the title game for the second time in club history by
edging Spartak St. Petersburg 77-73 in the second semifinal on Saturday
night. Khimki now has the chance to battle for its first Eurocup title
against two-time champion Valencia Basket. Read more here.
April 14, 2012 - Eurocup Finals, semifinal Game 1, Valencia Basket 80 - 70 Lietuvos Rytas Valencia
Basket has reached the Eurocup title game! Valencia became the first
team to advance to the Eurocup final by downing Lietuvos Rytas 80-70 in
the first semifinal in Khimki, Russia on Saturday. Valencia kept the
chance to become the first team to get a third Eurocup title after
winning the competition in 2003 and 2010. Read more here.
April 14, 2012 - Stefan Markovic expect to win Eurocup trophy Playmaker
of Serbian National team Stefan Markovic believes that time has come
for him to win Eurocup trophy. This will be his third appearance at
Eurocup Semifinals, with Hemofarm, Benetton and Valencia Basket. Read
April 13, 2012 - Eurocup Finals: Official press conference The
first official event of the Eurocup Finals took place on Friday at
Khimki Arena in Moscow Region, Russia, as representatives of all four
teams, the local organizers and sponsors, as well as TV partner
Eurosport met with the media. Read more here.
April 13, 2012 - Eurocup Finals, semifinals official practices The
teams are on the floor! Lietuvos Rytas and Valencia Basket stepped on
the court of the Moscow Region Basketball Center to take the official
practice before their semifinal game tomorrow. Read more here.
April 13, 2012 - Eurocup Finals weekend starts today! Khimki Moscow Region is gearing up for the first official events of the Eurocup Finals
on Friday, with all four participating teams arriving for a tipoff
press conference at noon local time to be followed later in the day by
a quadruple practice session and media availability. Read more here.
April 13, 2012 - Krzyzewski cuts Odom Admittedly,
Lamar Odom is not having the best season of his career. In fact he
never managed to adapt in Dallas and as a result produced the worst
numbers in his career. Read more here.
April 12, 2012 - Competition disciplinary judge fines Panathinaikos The
Turkish Airlines Euroleague's independent disciplinary judge has
sanctioned Panathinaikos with a fine of €88,001 for conduct detrimental
to the competition on the part of the club's fans at Game 5 of the
Euroleague playoffs on Thursday, April 5 at OAKA. Read more here.
April 12, 2012 - Wade: NBA players should be paid for participating in the Olympics Participation
in the Olympic Games is something that most athletes consider an honor
and a personal goal. Dwyane Wade seems to think otherwise. Dirk
Nowitzki had once said that playing in the Olympic Games was a dream of
his and a great honor. Dirk even had an appropriate haircut during the
German NT's participation in the Beijing Olympics.Read more here.
April 12, 2012 - Greek League, Regular Season, Game 26 Olympiacos
cruised to a comfortable 57-83 road victory over Ilissiakos in the
Greek League regular season finale on Wednesday to clinch first place
in the standings with a 23-1 record. Fellow Turkish Airlines Euroleague
Final Four participant Panathinaikos finished second to the Reds with
one win less. Read more here.
April 11, 2012 - Patrick Femerling retires Patrick
Femerling announced that he has decided to retire as a professional
basketball player. Femerling represented the German NT 221 times, more
than any other player. He said that the best moment in his basketball
career was winning the Euroleague title with Barcelona in 2003. Read
April 11, 2012 - Italian League, Regular Season, Game 28 Italian
League leader Montepaschi Siena still held onto first place with an
18-6 record after a scheduled bye this week, but nearest rival Bennet
Cantu won again to close the gap. Cantu beat Novipiu Casale Monferrato
70-55, using a 26-12 fourth quarter to clinch the win. Read more here.
April 10, 2012 - Valencia, Coach Perasovic agree to 2-year extension Valencia
Basket announced Tuesday that it has agreed to terms on a two-year
contract extension with head coach Velimir Perasovic, which will keep
him at the club through the end of June 2014. Perasovic, 47, took over
at the club on January 27 of this year and has guided Valencia to
spectacular results. Read more here.
April 10, 2012 - Rodrigo San Miguel to miss Eurocup Finals Valencia
Basket guard Rodrigo San Miguel will be missing the Eurocup Finals, to
be played this weekend in Khimki, Russia. San Miguel got a fiber tear
on his right thigh during the Spanish League game against FIATC
Joventut last Saturday. Read more here.
April 10, 2012 - Great Britain announce strongest ever roster Great
Britain have today announced a 21-man strong roster as coach Chris
Finch prepares for this summer's Olympic Games. Amongst the names
listed are three NBA players in Luol Deng, Ben Gordon and for the first
time Byron Mullens. Read more here.
April 10, 2012 - Final Four teams rack up wins in domestic action With
all eyes on next month’s Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four in
Istanbul, the four Euroleague semifinalists turn to their domestic
competition’s to fine tune themselves to arrive at European
basketball’s showcase event in prime form. Read more here.
April 9, 2012 - March/April bwin MVP: Dimitris Diamantidis, Panathinaikos Athens In
what is already being called one of the greatest playoff series in
basketball history, there was no doubt what player proved the
difference for the winners. Dimitris Diamantidis of Panathinaikos made
a mission of keeping alive his team's Turkish Airlines Euroleague title
defense, and at the very end of five incredible games, he succeeded.
Read more here.
April 9, 2012 - Road to the Eurocup Finals: BC Khimki Moscow Region BC
Khimki, host of the 2012 Eurocup Finals, faces a dream scenario as it
welcomes the elite of the competition to Moscow Region for the 10th
anniversary of the second-biggest event in continental basketball. Read
April 9, 2012 - Turkish League, Regular Season, Game 26 The
standings at the top of the Turkish League remained unchanged as
co-leaders Galatasaray Medical Park and Anadolu Efes as well as
second-ranked Banvit all won. GS Medical Park took out Turk Telecom
74-82, led by Huseyin Koksal and Nihad Dedovic, who scored 15 points
apiece, while Jamon Lucas contributed 6 assists and Furkan Aldemir 10
rebounds. Read more here.
April 9, 2012 - Polish League, Regular Season Phase 2, Game 8 Trefl
Sopot handily beat PGE Turow 89-74 to maintain its lead atop the Polish
League standings, while Asseco Prokom Gdynia edged Energa Czarni Slupsk
73-76 to remain in second place. Turow led 36-38 at the half, but the
hosts turned it on in the second, outscoring the opposition 53-36 as
Filip Dylewicz tallied 25 points and Kukasz Koszark added 18. Read more
April 9, 2012 - Czech League, Regular Season, Phase 2 Game 10 Czech
League leader CEZ Nymburk needed overtime to beat BK JIP Pardubice, but
outscored the opponent 18-4 in the extra session to take a decisive
91-77 victory, raising its record to 33-2. Lamayne Wilson poured in 20
points and dished out 6 assists to lead the winners, while Peter Benda
tallied 17 along with 9 rebounds and Pavel Pumprla added 12 points.
Read more here.
April 9, 2012 - Croatian League, Regular Season, Phase 2 Game 6 Cibona
Zagreb remains unbeaten atop the Croatian League table with 6-0 record
after downing KK Split 92-75. Leading 53-42 at halftime, Cibona was
able to control the game in the second half, rejecting a run made by
Split in the third quarter, when the visitors held the hosts to just 11
points. Read more here.
April 8, 2012 - Lin feels good, but doubts return for 1st round Knicks
guard Jeremy Lin said Sunday he feels “pretty good” after knee surgery
but doesn’t think he could make it back for the first round of the
playoffs. “I think unless something goes really well, I wouldn’t get
there,” Lin said before the Knicks played the Chicago Bulls. Read more here.
April 8, 2012 - Bryant sits out Suns game with injured left shin Kobe
Bryant sat out the Los Angeles Lakers’ game against the Phoenix Suns on
Saturday night because of an injured left shin, ending his consecutive
games streak at 138. Lakers longtime trainer Gary Vitti said just
before tipoff he decided to put Bryant’s left foot in a protective boot
to rest the injury. Read more here.
April 8, 2012 - Road to the Eurocup Finals: Lietuvos Rytas The
first club to win the Eurocup twice, Lietuvos Rytas of Lithuania,
returns to the finals with the goal of again earning the right to play
in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague next season. Rytas set standards of
excellence in the Eurocup by conquering the 2005 and 2009 titles, but
is now just as hungry to be become the first club to lift the Eurocup
trophy three times. Read more here.
April 7, 2012 - Road to the Euroleague Final Four! At
the end of six months' worth of thrills , a quartet of giants is headed
to the 2012 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four in Istanbul, Turkey.
Each has arrived to the biggest weekend in the sport of basketball in
its own deserving fashion. Read more here.
April 7, 2012 - Road to the Eurocup Finals: Spartak St. Petersburg Although
a relative newcomer to Eurocup action, Spartak St. Petersburg is one of
Europe's oldest basketball clubs, endowed with great tradition as well
as talented players with success in the Eurocup and Euroleague. Read
April 6, 2012 - Road to the Eurocup Finals: Valencia Basket Two-time
champion Valencia Basket has both history and recent form on its side
as it aims for more glory in the Eurocup Finals. Read more here.
April 6, 2012 - 2011-12 Eurocup MVP: Patrick Beverley, Spartak St. Petersburg Euroleague
Basketball is pleased to announce that Patrick Beverley of Spartak St.
Petersburg has been selected as the Eurocup MVP for the 2011-12 season.
Beverley, 23, has dominated throughout the season to lead his team to
the best record and a spot in the Eurocup Finals. Read more here.
April 6, 2012 - Turkish Airlines Euroleague Playoffs Game 5 bwin MVP: Dimitris Diamantidis, Panathinaikos His
best game ever in a career full of great performances was just enough
Thursday for Dimitris Diamantidis to send defending champion
Panathinaikos Athens back to the Final Four and earn him the bwin MVP
honor for a thrilling Game 5 of the Turkish Airlines Euroleague
Playoffs. Read more here.
April 5, 2012 - Turkish Airlines Euroleague Playoffs, Game 5: Panathinaikos 86 - 85 Maccabi Electra Panathinaikos will head to Istanbul
to try to defend its Turkish Airlines Euroleague crown at the 2012
Final Four after holding off Maccabi Electra 86-85 in a classic Game 5
in front of a packed house at OAKA. Read more here.
April 5, 2012 - 2011-12 All-Eurocup First Team The
road to the 2012 Eurocup Finals featured 152 games played until now and
before a new champion of the competition is crowned, Euroleague
Basketball has chosen 10 deserving stars to make up the All-Eurocup
first and second teams for the 2011-12 season. Read more here.
April 4, 2012 - Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four single tickets sold out Euroleague
Basketball has announced that all available seats for the 2012 Turkish
Airlines Euroleague Final Four have been sold, assuring that European
basketball’s premier event will once again be played to a packed house.
The Final Four will take place from May 11 to 13 in Istanbul, Turkey,
at Sinan Erdem Arena. Read more here.
April 4, 2012 - 2011-12 All-Eurocup Second Team The
road to the 2012 Eurocup Finals featured 152 games played and before a
new champion of the competition is crowned, Euroleague Basketball has
chosen 10 deserving stars to make up the All-Eurocup first and second
teams for the 2011-12 season. Read more here.
April 4, 2012 - El Akkari scores 113 points in Lebanese league game! An
unbelievable feat was achieved last night during a Lebanese League game
when a player passed the triple digit scored points barrier. The game
was played during the Lebanese Final 8 stage of the championship
between the teams of Tripoli and Bejjeh. Read more here.
April 4, 2012 - Turkish Airlines Euroleague Playoffs, Game 5 between Panathinaikos and Maccabi; Next stop Istanbul! For
the third time since the best-of-five playoff format was adopted four
seasons ago, an all-or-nothing Game 5 will be played to determine which
of two deserving contenders advances to the Final Four. Read more here.
April 3, 2012 - Vote for the All-Euroleague team Turkish
Airlines Euroleague fans, voting for the 2011-12 All-Euroleague team
has begun! For the first time voting will not be limited by position,
so choose the five players you consider most deserving. Vote once a day
until April 9! Read more here.
April 3, 2012 - 2011-12 Eurocup Rising Star Trophy winner: Jonas Valanciunas, Lietuvos Rytas Euroleague
Basketball is pleased to announce Jonas Valanciunas of Lietuvos Rytas
as the fourth annual winner of the Eurocup Rising Star Trophy. The
19-year-old center has put together a tremendous season for his club,
controlling the paint on both ends of the floor to help Rytas reach the
2012 Eurocup Finals. Read more here.
April 3, 2012 - 2012 Eurocup Finals referees, commissioners announced Some
of European basketball’s most experienced officials will work the games
of the 2012 Eurocup Finals in Khimki, Russia on April 14 and 15. The
list of referees and commissioners for those games has been released by
the organization and features a mix of experience and youth. Read more here.
April 3, 2012 - Israeli League, Regular Season, Game 23 Defending
champion Maccabi Electra took a break between Games 4 and 5 of the
thrilling Turkish Airlines Euroleague Playoffs series against
Panathinaikos of Greece to attend to business sin the Israeli League,
where Coach David Blatts’s men downed BC Habikaa 88-76 on Saturday
night. Read more here.
April 2, 2012 - 2011-12 Eurocup Coach of the Year: Jure Zdovc, Spartak St. Petersburg Euroleague
Basketball is honored to announce that Jure Zdovc of Spartak St.
Petersburg, who took his team all the way from the qualifying round to
the finals, has been chosen as the 2011-12 Eurocup Coach of the Year.
In his first season on Spartak's bench, Zdovc has led the club to the
Eurocup Finals in Khimki, Russia on April 14 and 15, with the chance to
lift its first continental trophy since 1975. Read more here.
April 2, 2012 - Ros Casares crowned Euroleague Women champions Ros
Casares of Spain won the Euroleague Women Final Eight in Istanbul, as
they beat a gutsy Rivas Ecopolis side 65-52. This was the Valencia
club's first title and they did it by holding their fellow Spanish
opponents to just 15 second half points, including four in the final
period. Read more here.
April 2, 2012 - Spanish League, Regular Season, Game 27 In
a clash of top teams from the Turkish Airlines Euroleague and the
Eurocup, FC Barcelona Regal maintained its lead in the Spanish League
with a hard-fought victory over Valencia Basket 76-72. Meanwhile
closest-rival Real Madrid kept pace by routing Unicaja 64-51. Read more
April 2, 2012 - Lithuanian League, Regular Season, Game 21 Zalgiris
remained undefeated in the Lithuanian League at 19-0 after knocking off
Juventus 88-69, while second-place Lietuvos Rytas split a pair of games
to take an 18-3 record. Milan Rakovic led Zalgiris to the victory with
15 points, while Mantas Kainietis contributed 11 and Robertas Javtokas
and Marko Popovic had 10 apiece, with the latter adding a team-leading
8 assists. Read more here.
April 2, 2012 - French League, Regular Season, Game 24 BCM
Gravelines held on to first place in the French League with a 21-3
record after coming from behind to edge Strasbourg 65-66, while
Chalon-sur-Saone stayed on its heels with a 20-4 record after thrashing
Hyeres-Toulon 69-98. Read more here.
April 1, 2012 - Lakers beat Hornets 88-85 on Bryant’s late 3 As
long as there’s time left on the clock, Kobe Bryant can still work
wonders even when he’s having a horrible game. Bryant burnished his
reputation as one of the NBA’s greatest closers, hitting a 3-pointer
with 20 seconds left after missing his first 15 shots, to help the Los
Angeles Lakers hold off the last-place New Orleans Hornets 88-85 on
Saturday. Read more here.
April 1, 2012 - Lin-surgery! Knicks guard done for regular season Jeremy
Lin will miss the rest of the regular season because he needs knee
surgery that will sideline him six weeks and could leave the Knicks
without their star point guard in the playoffs—if they make it that
far. Read more here.