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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

April 15, 2012 - Eurocup Finals, third-place game, Lietuvos Rytas 71 - 62 Spartak St. Petersburg
Lietuvos Rytas led from start to finish in beating Spartak St. Petersburg 71-62 to finish the 2011-12 Eurocup season in third place. Ronnie Seibutis scored 21 and Jonas Valanciunas posted a double-double as Rytas controlled the paint and outrebounded Spartak 38-25.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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