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December 31, 2012 - Prepelic voted best Slovenian young player
Slovenian journalists voted for the best players and a coach in 2013, which will be awarded during the traditional Slovenian All Stars game on Sunday. According to the voting Klemen Prepelic from Union Olimpija received most votes for the best young player in 2013.

December 31, 2012 - Turkish Airlines Euroleague bwin MVP for December: Maciej Lampe, Caja Laboral Vitoria
A year ago, a long-term injury forced him to watch his new team miss the Top 16 for the first time this century. One year later, center Maciej Lampe proved to be the difference as Caja Laboral Vitoria not only returned to the Top 16 against all odds, but opened it with a resounding victory over the defending champions.

December 31, 2012 - Spanish League, Regular Season, Game 15
Behind a brilliant performance by Juan Carlos Navarro, and with team making 12 three-pointers in 21 attempts, FC Barcelona Regal beat arch-rival Real Madrid 96-89 to snap Madrid’s unbeaten run in the Spanish League. Loss dropped Madrid to 14-1 record.

December 31, 2012 - Israeli League, Regular Season, Game 11
Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv improved to a 10-1 record atop of the Israeli League with a comfortable 113-85 win over Bnei Herzliya. Maccabi built 29-19 advantage in the first quarter and never looked back as visitors never came closer than 7 points rest of the way.

December 31, 2012 - Italian League, Regular Season, Game 13
Cimberio Varese downing Vanoli Cremona 94-84 to stay atop the Italian League table with a 12-1 record. A 34-18 margin early in the second quarter pushed the home team, which never looked back and maintained comfortable margins until the final buzzer.

December 31, 2012 - Turkish League, Regular Season, Game 13
In a clash between two Eurocup Last 16 teams of the Turkish League, Banvit BK Bandirma downed Galatasaray MP 74-67 to move into sole possession of the second place in the standings. Led by Chuck Davis and Kenan Bajramovic, Banvit went into halftime leading 36-35.

December 31, 2012 - Polish League, Regular Season, Game 14
There is a three-way tie on top of the Polish League standings after Week 14, as Asseco Prokom, Trefl Sopot and PGE Turow Zgorzelec all hold 10-4 record. Euroleague team Prokom crushed Kotwica Kolobrzeg 85-61, doing most of the business in the second quarter.

December 30, 2012 - Even with Wade back, Bucks too much for Heat
Dwyane Wade's return to the lineup wasn't nearly enough for Miami. Brandon Jennings scored 25 points and Mike Dunleavy had 13 of his 18 in the fourth quarter as the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Heat 104-85 on Saturday night.

December 30, 2012 - Thunder roll to 124-94 win over Rockets
Kevin Durant made one of his first eight shots, and the Oklahoma City Thunder were clinging to a two-point lead in the second quarter on Saturday against the Houston Rockets. Then, Durant and the Thunder got going and finished the night with their best offensive performance on the road since 2009.

December 30, 2012 - Valdemoro Exits Tarsus, Kosice Keep Lacy
Spanish national team legend Amaya Valdemoro has left Tarsus Belediye by mutual consent after a four month stint with the EuroLeague Women newcomers. Having played with Rivas Ecopolis last season, the 36-year-old made the switch to Turkey during the summer.

December 30, 2012 - Spars Sarajevo wins Citta di Roma Nike International Junior Tournament!
The Torneo Citta di Roma once again has a new champion and it is none other than KK Spars Sarajevo. In the final game on Saturday night in Rome, Spars downed Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul 73-55, finishing the tournament with a perfect 4-0 record.

December 29, 2012 - Kyle Visser is new player of Radnicki Kragujevac
Here comes more good news for Serbian Basketball. After two great signings, as Ali Traore signed with Crvena Zvezda Diva and Joffrey Lauvergne signed with Partizan mt:s, here is the new one. According to official website of Radnicki Kragujevac, Kyle Visser is the new player.

December 29, 2012 - Partizan mt:s signed Joffrey Lauvergne
As we announced yesterday that we expect more news from Serbian Basketball, it is confirmed today that Partizan mt:s signed Joffrey Lauvergne. Deal is signed for two and half years according to official website of Partizan mt:s.

December 29, 2012 - Turkish Airlines Euroleague Top 16, Week 1 MVP: Ante Tomic, FC Barcelona Regal
At the start of a new phase that challenges everyone to raise their game, FC Barcelona Regal center Ante Tomic did that and more with a near-perfect all-around performance to earn the bwin MVP honor for Week 1 of the Top 16!

December 28, 2012 - Turkish Airlines Euroleague Top 16 game 1, Panathinaikos Athens 67 - 66 Zalgiris Kaunas
Panathinaikos Athens opened the Top 16 with a hard-fought 67-66 victory over Zalgiris Kaunas at OAKA in the Greek capital. The Greens led for much of the contest, but Ksistof Lavrinovic led Zalgiris back in the fourth quarter.

December 28, 2012 - Turkish Airlines Euroleague Top 16 game 1, FC Barcelona Regal 100 - 78 Fenerbahce Ulker
FC Barcelona Regal got off to a strong start in the 2012-13 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Top 16 by thrashing Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul 100-78 at home on Friday. Barcelona bounced back from its only loss this season in style and sent a message that echoed.

December 28, 2012 - Turkish Airlines Euroleague Top 16 game 1, CSKA Moscow 90 - 71 Anadolu Efes Istanbul
CSKA Moscow started the 2012-13 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Top 16 in style by downing Anadolu Efes Istanbul 90-71 in the Russian capital on Friday. CSKA used a great second half to get its first win in Group E and grab its sixth straight triumph.

December 28, 2012 - Brose Baskets lands Jeremiah Massey
Brose Baskets Bamberg on Friday added a low post presence for the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Top 16 Group E by signing power forward Jeremiah Massey. Massey, who last played for Russian side Krasnie Krilya Samara on a six-week contract.

December 28, 2012 - Bonn, BCM bring in reinforcements
Whether Santa Claus was involved or not, EuroChallenge sides Telekom Baskets Bonn and BCM Gravelines Dunkerque both received gifts, in the form of new additions to their roster, shortly after Christmas. Bonn announced they had penned a contract with Marqus Blakely.

December 28, 2012 - Lapena takes over at Avenida
Former EuroLeague Women champions Pefumerias Avenida have handed the task of resurrecting their disappointing season to Victor Lapena. The new head coach will succeed Alberto Miranda, whom having jumped into the hot-seat only a few months ago.

December 28, 2012 - Eurocup Last 16 groups breakdown, Group L
A Euroleague winner with Panathinaikos, Vougioukas now wants to add a Eurocup title to his personal roll of honors. Vougioukas leads Unics in rebounds (6 rpg.), blocks (1 bpg.) and performance index ranking (22.5 per game, third overall).

December 28, 2012 - Nets fire Johnson
Avery Johnson was fired today as coach of the Brooklyn Nets. After a 14-14 start the Nets front office decided that things would not be getting any better in the current format. The team announced Thursday that Avery Johnson was relieved of head coaching duties.

December 27, 2012 - Turkish Airlines Euroleague Top 16 game 1, Montepaschi Siena 79 - 69 Maccabi Electra
Montepaschi Siena bested Maccabi Tel Aviv 79-69 at Palaestra on Thursday night in the third meeting between the two teams this year. The Italian champs demonstrated their credentials in a great display of offensive variety and tight defense.

December 27, 2012 - Turkish Airlines Euroleague Top 16 game 1, Unicaja Malaga 85 - 82 Brose Baskets
Unicaja Malaga opened the 2012-13 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Top 16 by rallying to beat Brose Baskets Bamberg 85-82 in Group E on Thursday. Unicaja earned its fifth consecutive home win, while Bamberg registered its third straight road loss

December 27, 2012 - Turkish Airlines Euroleague Top 16 game 1, Caja Laboral 82 - 74 Olympiacos Piraeus
Caja Laboral Vitoria continued its strong run in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague with an 82-74 victory at Fernando Buesa Arena over Olympiacos Piraeus to start Group F play and snap the reigning champions’ seven-game winning streak.

December 27, 2012 - Turkish Airlines Euroleague Top 16 game 1, Besiktas JK Istanbul 75 - 80 BC Khimki MR
BC Khimki Moscow Region opened the action in Top 16 Group F just as it hoped to by downing Besiktas JK Istanbul 75-80 at Abdi Ipekci Sports Hall on Thursday night. Besiktas held a 26-14 lead early in the second quarter, but Khimki went on a 6-22 run.

December 27, 2012 - Turkish Airlines Euroleague Top 16 game 1, Alba Berlin 63 - 77 Real Madrid
Real Madrid opened the Top 16 with an important 63-77 road win over Alba Berlin at o2 World in the German capital. The visitors led for nearly the entire game spare for a brief stretch in the second quarter.

December 27, 2012 - Papaloukas to dress for CSKA again
Theo Papaloukas is expected to wear the uniform of CSKA Moscow for the first time in almost five years tomorrow as part of his ongoing tryout with the club. Papaloukas has been registered in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague and is therefore eligible to play against Anadolu Efes. Read more here.

December 27, 2012 - Crvena Zvezda brings in Ali Traore
Serbian powerhouse Crvena Zvezda announced on Thursday the addition of French big man Ali Traore until the end of the season. Traore (2.08 meters, 27 years old) had started this season with another Eurocup team, Lokomotiv Kuban of Russia.

December 27, 2012 - Stelmet Zielona Gora adds Borovnjak
Stelmet Zielona Gora announced the arrival of big man Dejan Borovnjak for the rest of the season, Borovnjak (2.07 meters, 26 years old) arrives in time for the Last 16 in Zielona Gora's debut season in the Eurocup.

December 27, 2012 - Turkish Airlines Euroleague Top 16 game 1: Stage is set for Top 16 thrills!
The new and expanded Turkish Airlines Euroleague Top 16 gets rolling this week with eight games in six countries on two nights. The 16 teams that survived four tough regular season groups will begin a marathon of 14 games after which only half will survive.

December 27, 2012 - NIJT Rome is underway!
The future stars start their own way to London as the first tourney of the Nike International Junior Tournament begins today in Rome at 9:30 CET with Unicaja vs. Mas Mandoulides. The champ will reach the London tournament in May.

December 25, 2012 - Panathinaikos loans Kitchen to Cedevita
Just days before the start of the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Top 16, Panathinaikos Athens loaned its backup point guard Derwin Kitchen to Cedevita Zagreb. Kitchen (1.93 meters, 26 years old) leaves the Greens after averaging 11.5 minutes, 3.7 points.

December 25, 2012 - Papaloukas aiming at CSKA return
According to the club's announcement, Teo Papaloukas will participate in series of trial practices with CSKA Moscow. The famous Greek free agent point guard will arrive to Moscow tomorrow. He will join the team’s practices immediately.

December 25, 2012 - Fenerbahce Ulker inks expert marksman Tripkovic
Fenerbahce Ulker added firepower to its attack by signing one of the Euroleague’s elite three-point marksmen, Uros Tripkovic, who arrives from Spanish side Blancos de Rueda Valladolid.

December 25, 2012 - ABA Adriatic league, Regular Season, Game 15
With the Adriatic League leader Igokea playing at Buducnost Voli Podgorica on Monday, Partizan mt:s and Crvena Zvezda Diva picked up victories to remain in the second-place tie and close the gap behind league’s best.

December 25, 2012 - Belgium League, Regular Season, Game 10
Telenet Oostende won the Belgian League classic with Spirou Charleroi, 69-60, raising its record to 6-4 to be at the third place of the table. A 27-9 last quarter made the difference for the home team that entered the final ten minutes chasing 42-51.

December 25, 2012 - Polish League, Regular Season, Game 13
Nothing has changed on top of the Polish League standings after Game 13. Top four teams all recorded victories, meaning PGE Turow remains atop of the standings with 10-3 record, one game ahead of Asseco Prokom Gdynia, Trefl Sopot and Stelmet Zielona Gora.

December 24, 2012 - ABA League confirmed the 2 games fine for Vujosevic
ABA League competition office manager Josip Bilic announced the fine Partizan’s coach Dusko Vujosevic got for the game between Szolnoki Olaj and Partizan m:ts.

December 24, 2012 - Nowitzki makes surprise return
Dirk Nowitzki surprised everyone in the NBA, including several of his Dallas Mavericks team-mates, on Sunday night. The German forward, who had not yet debuted this season, suited up and warmed up normally ahead of his team's clash with the San Antonio Spurs on the road.

December 24, 2012 - Olympiacos bolsters frontline with Shermadini
Olympiacos Piraeus added another weapon to its frontline by signing center Giorgi Shermadini away from its Top 16 foe, Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv. Olympiacos becomes the fifth Euroleague club for the Georgian center in the past four seasons.

December 24, 2012 - Maccabi Electra picks up Planinic at center
Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv bolstered its frontline with the signing of center Darko Planinic, who arrives from Bosnian club Siroki WWin. The sides agreed on a contract through the end of the 2014-15 season.

December 24, 2012 - Eurocup Last 16 groups breakdown, Group K
A two-time Euroleague champion, Calathes has a different role with Lokomotiv and has become his team's undeniable leader. Calathes is the only player to average more than 6 rebounds (6.5 rpg., 8th overall) and 6 assists (6.5 apg., 3rd overall) so far this season.

December 24, 2012 - Italian League, Regular Season, Game 12
Cimberio Varese edged EA7 Emporio Armani Milan 77-83 in a sold out Mediolanum Forum to remain atop the Italian League table with an amazing 11-1 record, while EA7 drops to 6-6 and into the ninth place of the standings.

December 24, 2012 - Turkish League, Regular Season, Game 12
All three Euroleague Top 16 teams, and both Eurocup Top 16 teams recoded victories in Week 12 of the Turkish League. Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul improved to 11-1 record atop of the standings after holding off Antalya 83-86.

December 24, 2012 - Spanish League, Regular Season, Game 14
Marcus Williams hit a three-pointer with 3 seconds to go, and Fran Vasquez made a game-saving block on Pete Mickeal’s put-back attempt as Unicaja Malaga held on to a 71-69 win over the reigning champions FC Barcelona Regal.

December 24, 2012 - Lithuanian League, Regular Season, Game 10
BC Prienai picked up a slim 82-76 win over Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius to stay atop the Lithuanian League table with a perfect 10-0 record. Prienai led 49-35 at halftime, but Rytas sparked a big 9-22 third quarter run to get back on track.

December 23, 2012 - Russia to hand reins to Katsikaris
Russian Basketball Federation (RBF) president Alexander Krasnenkov confirmed on Sunday that the new head coach of the men's senior national team will be Fotis Katsikaris.

December 23, 2012 - Lakers rally past Warriors in OT in Nash's return
Steve Nash sliced through the lane, broke down the defense, and created shots for Kobe Bryant time and again, just the way he has for teammates throughout his brilliant 17-year NBA career. So much for an adjustment period.

December 23, 2012 - Kings suspend C DeMarcus Cousins indefinitely
DeMarcus Cousins was suspended indefinitely by the Sacramento Kings on Saturday for ''unprofessional behavior and conduct detrimental to the team.'' Cousins and Kings coach Keith Smart exchanged words in the locker room during halftime.

December 23, 2012 - Bonn, Minsk make cuts inside
EuroChallenge Group L rivals Telekom Baskets Bonn and Tsmoki-Minsk will spend Christmas shopping around for frontcourt players, after both clubs made changes to their roster.

December 22, 2012 - D-Rose back in training with the Bulls
Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose has taken part in light training as he continues his rehab from a torn ACL. It is certainly encouraging news for Bulls fans even though coach Tom Thibodeau stressed that it was 'light training'.

December 21, 2012 - ABA Adriatic league 2012-13, Game 15 preview
Game 15 in ABA Adriatic league will start tomorrow, Saturday, December 22. First day, two games will be played. Four more games will be played at Saturday, December 23, and one game at Monday, December 24. After 14 weeks, Igokea dominate competition.

December 21, 2012 - Panathinaikos brings Gist aboard in trade
Forward James Gist, a regular on Turkish Airlines Euroleague highlights, has joined Panathinaikos Athens in an exchange of players whose teams will face each other in the upcoming Top 16. Gist arrives to Panathinaikos from Unicaja Malaga.

December 21, 2012 - Unicaja Malaga gets Panko from Panathinaikos
One of the oldest Turkish Airlines Euroleague rookies ever is changing teams with the announcement that Andy Panko will join Unicaja Malaga for the Top 16. Panko arrives to Malaga from having been a part-time starter in the regular season with Panathinaikos.

December 21, 2012 - Asseco Prokom cut Alex Acker
Asseco Prokom have announced that they have parted ways with American guard Alex Acker. The 29-year-old, out of Pepperdine averaged 6.3 points and 2.7 rebounds in the Euroleague this season as the Polish side failed to get out of the regular season.

December 21, 2012 - EuroLeague Women Week 9 review
As with most years, there were tears of both joy and sadness, although there is little denying that 2012 was perhaps even more of a roller-coaster than usual and one that tasted distinctly bitter-sweet.

December 21, 2012 - Czech League, Regular Season, Game 18
The defending champions CEZ Nymburk improved to 17-0 atop of the Czech League standings with a comfortable 97-61 win over Usti nad Labem. Hosts led 48-38 at the half, but moved into a higher gear after the break, extending the lead 75-47 going into the final 10 minutes.

December 21, 2012 - ABA Adriatic league, Regular Season, Game 14
Cedevita Zagreb rallied from behind to beat Buducnost Podgorica 84-75 and move into a share of the second place in the Adriatic League standings. Buducnost used a 1-11 run that bridged first and second quarter to take 22-25 lead.

December 21, 2012 - Turkish League, Regular Season, Game 11
In a clash between two Turkish Airlines Euroleague Top 16 teams, Anadolu Efes rallied from behind to pick up 67-74 away victory at Besiktas JK, while in a clash of great arch-rivals, Fenerbahce Ulker beat Galatasaray Medical Park with the exact same score, 74-67.

December 21, 2012 - Spanish League, Regular Season, Game 13
Real Madrid held off Valencia Basket 87-84 to remain undefeated after 13 games and stay comfortably atop of the Spanish League standings. Madrid held 41-28 halftime lead and had a 15-points advantage in the third quarter, but Valencia stormed back.

December 20, 2012 - FCB Regal's Jawai sidelined two weeks
As announced by the club on Thursday, FC Barcelona Regal big man Nate Jawai will be out two weeks due to injury on his right ankle. Jawai averaged 8.0 points and 4.5 rebounds in 10 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Regular Season appearances this season.

December 20, 2012 - Victory got away in the final second
What a game in Zadar! After a tied game throughout the match and very exciting finale, Zadar took the victory by the final score of 80:78 (20:18, 17:21, 19:20, 24:19).

December 20, 2012 - Latvian League, Regular Season, Game 15
The top two teams in the Latvian League reaffirmed their dominance with big win son Wednesday. BK Ventspils rolled over Jurmala Fenikss 91-71 to improve to 7-1; VEF Riga routed Liepaja/ Triobet 69-100 to get to 6-1.

December 20, 2012 - Czech League, Regular Season, Game 17
In a clash between the top two teams of the Czech League standings, Eurocup Last 16 team CEZ Nymburk trashed NH Ostrava 58-90 to remain perfect 16-0 atop of the table. Nymburk led from start to finish, opening the game with a 3-12 run.

December 20, 2012 - Bourges catch fire to topple Sparta&K
A late burst of devastating three-point shooting from Celine Dumerc helped Bourges inflict an exciting 77-72 defeat on Sparta&K M.R. Vidnoje as the top two clubs in EuroLeague Women Group A treated fans to a real thriller in France.

December 20, 2012 - Troubled Targoviste crash against Fener
Municipal Targoviste are in turmoil after they suffered an 89-60 blowout at the hands of Fenerbahce in EuroLeague Women Group B, and now face losing their coaching team and key players.

December 19, 2012 - Caja Laboral puts Cook at point
Caja Laboral Vitoria reached an agreement with playmaker Omar Cook on a deal for the remainder of the season, the club announced Wednesday. Cook (1.86 meters, 30 years old) arrives from EA7 Emporio Armani Milan, where he averaged 7.3 points.

December 19, 2012 - Nadezhda survive scare, hold off Schio
A relieved Nadezhda returned to winning ways in EuroLeague Women Group B, after surviving a late scare to eventually claim a hard-fought 65-61 success against injury-hit Schio.

December 19, 2012 - Turkish Airlines Euroleague Top 16 Groups breakdown, Group F
Maccabi Electra’s recently appointed captain Lior Eliyahu is the Israeli champs’ most experienced player with two appearances in the Euroleague title game under his belt. Eliyahu’s arsenal is not what one would expect from a 2.07-meter power forward.

December 19, 2012 - Noah joins European Triple-Double party
Tuesday meanwhile must hold some special appeal to French internationals, as last night Joakim Noah netted a triple-double, also the second in his NBA career. The Chicago Bulls center finished with 11 points, 13 rebounds and a career high-tying 10 assists.

December 19, 2012 - Marko Car officially left Cedevita
Weeks after Cedevita’s coach Aleksandar Petrovic said he doesn't count on Marko Car any more the club and the players officially split on Tuesday.

December 19, 2012 - Split suffered another defeat
Without Nikola Vujcic and Vedran Vukusic Split was not able to compete against Crvena zvezda DIVA and suffered its ninth defeat on Tuesday in Game 14 in ABA Adriatic league.

December 19, 2012 - No funds for Basketball, says UK Sport
British Basketball received the shocking news on Tuesday that it will receive no funding during the next four years from UK Sport, the British state sports agency. The governing body of basketball in Great Britain has not been allocated any amount from the Lottery fund.

December 18, 2012 - McNeill steps down from Canada post
Allison McNeill has stepped down as head coach of the Canadian national side after 11 years at the helm. McNeill, who guided Canada to a quarter-final finish at the London Olympics has decided to spend more time with her sick father and brother-in-law.

December 18, 2012 - Big win counts double for Red Wings
Krasnye Krylia registered a big win in two competitions with one stroke on Monday night. The EuroChallenge Regular Season Group B winners were playing host to Khimki, a side that qualified to the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Top 16, and emerged victorious, 76-67.

December 18, 2012 - Bremer leaves Fenerbahce, joins Milano
EA7 Emporio Armani Milano has announced the arrival of combo guard J.R. Bremer, who inked a deal for the remainder of the season on Tuesday. Bremer (1.87 meters, 32 years old) arrives from Fenerbahce Ulker.

December 18, 2012 - Zdovc points to Katsikaris for Russia
Spartak Saint Petersburg head coach Jurij (Jure) Zdovc has confirmed he's been approached by the Russian Basketball Federation and discussed the vacancy at the helm of the senior national team. He also revealed their discussions did not advance past the first step.

December 18, 2012 - Turkish Airlines Euroleague Top 16 Groups breakdown, Group E
Two-time Euroleague Rising Star Award winner Nikola Mirotic has blossomed from promising talent to important contributor to bona fide star in a matter of seasons. Now the do-it-all forward is a go-to guy for Los Blancos.

December 18, 2012 - ABA Liga, Regular Season, Game 13
Igokea extended its lead atop the Adriatic League standings to two wins after it beat Cibona 94-88 on Saturday and second-placed Partizan mt:s Belgrade came up short 70-68 at Szolnoki Olaj. Sinisa Stemberger scored 21 points to pace Igokea, which improved to 11-2.

December 18, 2012 - Baltic League, Regular Season, Game 10
BC Prienai overwhelmed visiting Tarvas 102-74 to stay unbeaten with 10-0 record atop Group C of the Baltic League. Gediminas Orelik had a double-double of 18 points and 11 boards while Paulius Ivanauskas scored 16.

December 18, 2012 - Cedevita won but has problems with Suput
Ever since the middle of October Cedevita has been winning every second game in ABA League, which continued to be a practice also on Monday with a victory against Siroki WWin.

December 18, 2012 - Ukrainian League, Regular Season, Game 20
Budivelnyk raised its record to 16-5 atop the Ukrainian League table by downing Mykolaiv 82-73 on Sunday. The guests led 55-63 after 30 minutes, but the leader of the table embarked on a 27-10 last quarter to ensure the win.

December 17, 2012 - Vujosevic is suspended
Partizan's coach Dusko Vujosevic is suspended due to events following the game between Szolnoki Olaj and Partizan m:ts. His suspension was based on the official report made after the game, where it was stated his unsportsmanslike behavior.

December 17, 2012 - Big surprise in Szolnok!
In trying to jump at the top of the standings Partizan m:ts bumped at Szolnoki Olaj on the road and suffered an unexpected defeat in Game 13 of ABA Adriatic league.

December 17, 2012 - Stepanova glad to be back
Maria Stepanova has spoken of her nine month absence from the game and the future of the Russian national team after making her long awaited comeback. Center completed her rehabilitation by stepping out for UMMC Ekaterinburg for the first time since March.

December 17, 2012 - Karsiyaka follow Sarica's European path
Pinar Karsiyaka topped EuroChallenge Regular Season Group A with a 5-1 record and have every reason to head into the Last 16, which tips off next month, full of confidence. Head coach Ufuk Sarica is careful not to put the cart before the horse at this early stage.

December 17, 2012 - Eurocup Last 16 groups breakdown, Group J
Once a top European prospect, Vasiliadis has found the right place to fulfil its great talent, feeling really comfortable in Bilbao. Vasiliadis leads Bilbao Basket in scoring (17.3 ppg.) and performance index ranking (19.8 per game) and ranks second in assists (2.8 apg.).

December 17, 2012 - French League, Regular Season, Game 11
Paris-Levallois rallied from a 15-point deficit in the final 10 minutes to down Dijon 74-82 and pick up its seventh French League victory. After trailing 62-47 entering the fourth quarter, Paris used a 0-10 run to cut it to 64-60.

December 17, 2012 - Turkish League, Regular Season, Game 10
Arch-rivals Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul and Galatasaray Medial Park remain in a share of the top spot in the Turkish League after Game 10. Eurocup Last 16 team Galatasaray improved to 9-1 record with a come-from-behind victory over Tofas 71-61.

December 17, 2012 - Spanish League, Regular Season, Game 12
Euroleague Top 16 team Real Madrid remained the only unbeaten in the Spanish League, and Caja Laboral Vitoria picked up its fourth straight win to remain in a second-place tie. Laboral survived a drama against a Eurocup contender Gescrap Bilbao Basket 81-80.

December 17, 2012 - Greek League, Regular Season, Game 10
Turkish Airlines Euroleague powers Olympiacos Piraeus and Panathinaikos Athens cruised to victories in Game 10 of the Greek League while Panionios BC Athens picked up a 93-99 double-overtime win at Apollon Patras to stay in the second place of the standings.

December 17, 2012 - German League, Regular Season, Game 13
In a battle of couple of Euroleague Top 16 teams, Alba Berlin led from start to finish to beat the league leading Brose Baskets Bamberg 90-75. Alba improved to 9-2 record, while dropping the defending champions to 10-2.

December 16, 2012 - Maccabi loses Caner-Medley for a month
Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv forward Nik Caner-Medley will miss at least the start of the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Top 16 with a leg injury, the club announced Sunday. Caner-Medley, in his first Euroleague season, suffered a thigh muscle tear.

December 16, 2012 - Valencia adds veteran forward Gelabale
Eurocup Regular Season group winner Valencia Basket announced a major reinforcement for the Last 16 on Sunday with the addition of veteran forward Mickael Gelabale, who won the competition last season, for the remainder of this one.

December 16, 2012 - Rubio's return sparks Wolves to win over Mavericks
The white sleeve on Ricky Rubio's left knee served as a reminder of what he went through to get back on the court. While it served to protect his surgically repaired joint, it clearly does nothing to constrict the creativity and unbridled joy that made him one of the most exciting players in the league before he went down last season.

December 16, 2012 - Knicks overcome Irving's 41, hold off Cavs 103-102
Once they outlasted Kyrie Irving, the New York Knicks could turn their attention to the next point guard coming to Madison Square Garden. Even Linsanity shouldn't be as tough to deal with as the guy wearing the black mask Saturday night.

December 15, 2012 - Alba Berlin brings in Foster for Avdalovic
Top 16-bound Alba Berlin moved quickly to replace an injured leader by signing veteran guard Je'kel Foster for the rest of the season, the club announced Saturday. Foster (1.91 meters, 29 years old) arrives from Belgacom Spirou Charleroi of Belgium.

December 15, 2012 - Greens' Schortsanitis out one month
Panathinaikos Athens center Sofoklis Schortsanitis will miss at least the start of the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Top 16 due to a foot injury that will sideline him for one month, the club announced.

December 15, 2012 - Regular Season Week 10, bwin MVPs: Nemanja Bjelica of Caja Laboral and Shawn James of Maccabi
For the third time this Turkish Airlines Euroleague Regular Season, the honor for the week’s best performance is shared by two players. The regular season came to an end with a flurry of close games, but it was great efforts in a pair of bigger victories.

December 15, 2012 - ABA Adriatic league 2012-13, Game 13 preview
We are on the half-way of competition in ABA Adriatic league. Four games will be played today, one more tomorrow, and two more at Monday, December 17. In first game today, at 17.00 CET, in Croatian derby, Split will host Zadar.

December 14, 2012 - Turkish Airlines Euroleague, Game 10, Zalgiris Kaunas 71 - 53 Anadolu Efes Istanbul
Zalgiris Kaunas became a group champion for the first time this century after beating Anadolu Efes Istanbul 71-53 in a game the hosts never trailed on Friday night at Zalgirio Arena. On the final day of the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Regular Season, Zalgiris improved to 8-2.

December 14, 2012 - Turkish Airlines Euroleague, Game 10, Olympiacos 82 - 81 EA7 Emporio Armani
Defending champion Olympiacos Piraeus held on for an 82-81 victory over EA7 Emporio Armani Milan on Friday at the Peace and Friendship Stadium to finish the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Regular Season in style.

December 14, 2012 - Turkish Airlines Euroleague, Game 10, Caja Laboral Vitoria 97 - 70 Cedevita Zagreb
Caja Laboral Vitoria made it to the Top 16 from Group C by thrashing Cedevita Zagreb 97-70 at Fernando Buesa Arena on Friday. Vitoria finished fourth in Group C with a 4-6 record after winning its last three games to clinch a Top 16 spot.

December 14, 2012 - EuroLeague Women Week 8 review
Yes, eight years ago, Kosice was beaten 90-57 by Dynamo Moscow, and it started an incredible seventeen game losing sequence against Russian teams which they finally snapped this week with success against Nadezhda.

December 14, 2012 - Player of the Year voting commences
FIBA Europe is proud to announce the beginning of voting for European Players of the Year 2012. As in years past, candidates have been selected for awards in four different categories: Men, Women, Young Men and Young Women.

December 14, 2012 - Ricky Rubio will return Saturday
A league source told 1500ESPN.com that Rubio will play on Saturday at Target Center against Dallas. The young point guard will be back on the court, playing limited minutes of the bench for the Minnesota Timberwolves in a much expected return to their fan base.

December 14, 2012 - Eurocup Last 16 groups breakdown, Group I
The series of Last 16 group breakdowns starts with the first of the lot, Group I with BC Budivelnik Kiev, BC Triumph Lyubertsy, KK Buducnost Voli Podgorica and Banvit BK Bandirma.

December 14, 2012 - Things the Regular Season taught us
The EuroChallenge Regular Season, which concluded on Tuesday, offered plenty of excitement and drama, not least on the final day when eight teams secured qualification to the Last 16.

December 14, 2012 - Schio sneak past resilient Targoviste
Famila Schio claimed a sixth win in seven games to regain top spot in EuroLeague Women Group B, after being made to work hard to secure a 66-62 home court success against a resilient Municipal Targoviste.

December 14, 2012 - Turkish Airlines Euroleague, Game 10, Besiktas JK Istanbul 66 - 65 Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius
Besiktas JK Istanbul finished the Turkish Airlines Euroleague regular season in style by topping Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius 66-65 in Group D on Thursday. Besiktas finished third in Group D with a 5-5 record. Rytas dropped to 2-8 and lost the chance to reach the Top 16.

December 14, 2012 - Turkish Airlines Euroleague, Game 10, Real Madrid 91 - 60 Union Olimpija Ljubljana
Real Madrid ran rampant on Thursday night at the Palacio de Los Deportes, sweeping aside Union Olimpija Ljubljana 91-60 in the final game of the regular season to claim first place in Group A. Jaycee Carroll was the standout scorer for Madrid with 17 points.

December 13, 2012 - Turkish Airlines Euroleague, Game 10, Brose Baskets Bamberg 92 - 90 Partizan mt:s
In one of the most exciting games of the Turkish Airlines Euroleague season, Brose Baskets Bamberg advanced to the Top 16 for the first time since 2006 by edging Partizan mt:s Belgrade 92-90 in overtime in a make-or-break battle for fourth place in Group D.

December 13, 2012 - Turkish Airlines Euroleague, Game 10, FC Barcelona Regal 75 - 78 CSKA Moscow
CSKA Moscow picked up its fifth consecutive victory, rallying from a double-digit deficit to edge FC Barcelona Regal 75-78 in Palau Blaugrana on Thursday. The loss ruined Barcelona’s unbeaten record, but the Spanish champions finished top of the Group D.

December 13, 2012 - Turkish Airlines Euroleague, Game 10, Montepaschi Siena 88 - 95 Asseco Prokom
Asseco Prokom Gdynia finished its 2012-13 Turkish Airlines Euroleague campaign with a smile by rallying from a 28-point second-half deficit to force overtime and defeat Montepaschi Siena 88-95 on the road in Group B on Thursday.

December 13, 2012 - Turkish Airlines Euroleague, Game 10, Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv 78 - 62 Alba Berlin
Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv took care of Alba Berlin 78-62 on Thursday night at Nokia Arena to clinch first place in Group B. The Israeli champ dominated the first half and led by 24 at the break en route to the win. Maccabi finished the regular season with an 8-2 record.

December 13, 2012 - Turkish Airlines Euroleague, Game 10, Unicaja Malaga 86 - 62 Elan Chalon-Sur-Saone
Unicaja Malaga had no problem whatsoever on Thursday night to defeat Elan Chalon at home by 86-62 in Group B. The win was what Unicaja needed to try to win the top spot in the group, but Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv also defeated Alba Berlin.

December 13, 2012 - Turkish Airlines Euroleague, Game 10, BC Khimki MR 78 - 77 Panathinaikos Athens
BC Khimki extended its winning streak to seven straight home games and secured one of the top two spots in Group A by edging Panathinaikos Athens 78-77. The hosts survived a thrilling fourth quarter that featured multiple ties and lead changes to win and improve to 6-4.

December 13, 2012 - Turkish Airlines Euroleague, Game 10, Fenerbahce Ulker 77 - 69 Mapooro Cantu
In a do-or-die battle on the final day of Group A, Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul edged Mapooro Cantu 77-69 on Thursday to grab the last remaining Top 16 spot from the group. Fenerbahce advances with a 5-5 record, enough for the fourth place in the standings.

December 13, 2012 - Skerovic and Brunson deliver for Prague
A near triple-double from Jelena Skerovic and a trademark powerhouse display from Rebekkah Brunson lifted ZVVZ USK Prague to a 78-65 win at Perfumerias Avenida in EuroLeague Women Group C.

December 13, 2012 - Unicaja's Repesa, Simon not available for tonight's game
Due to bureaucratic reasons, neither Jasmin Repesa nor Krunoslav Simon, both from Croatia, will be on tonight's Regular Season game against Elan Chalon in Group B. Filling in for the head coach will be Unicaja's assistant coach, Francisco Segura.

December 13, 2012 - Eurocup Regular Season Week 6 MVP: Derrick Brown, PBC Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar
Lokomotiv Kuban went from the fringe of the Last 16 to first place in its group on Wednesday with a big win over Trefl Sopot and at the heart of the victory was forward Derrick Brown, who also reaped Week 6 MVP honors.

December 13, 2012 - Quigley and Kulichova shine for Kosice
Excellent shooting performances from Allie Quigley and Petra Kulichova proved the highlight for Good Angels Kosice at they claimed an impressive 77-67 victory against EuroLeague Women Group B rivals Nadezhda.

December 13, 2012 - Mondeville edge Polkowice in nail-biter
USO Mondeville delivered what could prove to be a telling blow to the play-off prospects of CCC Polkowice after scraping to a priceless 65-63 success to complete a double over the Polish club in EuroLeague Women Group C.

December 13, 2012 - Euroleague Regular season Game 10: it's all up for grabs!
The 2012-13 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Regular Season comes to an end with 12 exciting showdowns in Game 10 on Thursday and Friday. When the dust settles, all four regular season groups champions will be known and the three remaining Top 16 spots will be filled.

December 12, 2012 - Eurocup Week 6, BC Donetsk 88 - 81 Galatasaray Medical Park
BC Donetsk ended its Eurocup campaign on a winning note after edging Galatasaray Medical Park 88-81 in overtime on Wednesday. Despite the victory, which lifted Donetsk’s record to 3-3, the Ukrainian champions did not progress into Last 16.

December 12, 2012 - Eurocup Week 6, s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg 62 - 81 Banvit BK
Banvit BK Bandirma advanced to the Last 16 with a strong 62-81 road victory over S.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg in Group D. With the winner of the game guaranteed second place in the group and the loser eliminated, Chuck Davis scored 22 points.

December 12, 2012 - Eurocup Week 6, Bilbao Basket 85 - 84 Belgacom Spirou Basket
Bilbao finished Group B with a flawless record after a thrilling 85-84 win over Spirou Charleroi on Wednesday. Bilbao moves on to Last 16 Group J, where it will face Valencia Basket, CEZ Nymburk and VEF Riga. Spirou bows out of the Eurocup without a win.

December 12, 2012 - Eurocup Week 6, Le Mans Sarthe Basket 67 - 69 VEF Riga
VEF Riga prevailed at the end of a thriller in Le Mans to beat the host side 67-69 and clinch second place in Group C and with it a spot in the Eurocup Last 16. The loss ended Le Mans’s season.

December 12, 2012 - Eurocup Week 6, Lukoil Academic 55 - 74 Buducnost VOLI
Buducnost Podgorica claimed a huge 55-74 win over Lukoil Academic in Sofia to become the second team to advance to the Last 16 from Group B. Buducnost finished the regular season with a 4-2 record and advances to the Last 16.

December 12, 2012 - Eurocup Week 6, BC Prienai 73 - 84 BC Budivelnik Kiev
BC Budivelnik Kiev became the Group A champion by toping BC Preinai 73-84. Budivelnik won Group A with a 4-2 record, advanced to the Last 16 and will face KK Buducnost Voli Podgorica, BC Triumph Lyubertsy and Banvit BK Bandirma in the next round.

December 12, 2012 - Eurocup Week 6, Trefl Sopot 70 - 87 PBC Lokomotiv Kuban
PBC Lokomotiv Kuban punched its ticket to the Last 16 and became Group E champion with a 70-87 win over Trefl Sopot on Wednesday. Lokomotiv finished regular season with a 4-2 record and atop of the group after learning Donetsk downed Galatasaray.

December 12, 2012 - Eurocup Week 6, Crvena Zvezda Diva 70 - 76 Cajasol Seville
A thriller in Belgrade produced a new Last 16 qualifier when Cajasol Seville survived Crvena Zvezda on the road, 70-76, on Wednesday night, The Spanish team needed to win and hope for a Dinamo Sassari loss to Orleans Loiret Basket in the other game of the group.

December 12, 2012 - Eurocup Week 6, B.Sardegna Sassari 71 - 95 Orleans Loiret
Orleans Loiret Basket did its job on Wednesday night and managed to route Dinamo Sassari on the road by 71-95 in Group H. However, this result made the French team hope for a Cajasol Seville loss at Crvena Zvezda that did not happen.

December 12, 2012 - Eurocup Week 6, KK Cibona Zagreb 81 - 86 Ratiopharm Ulm
ratiopharm Ulm advanced to the Last 16 after storming back from a 24-point third-quarter deficit to beat Cibona Zagreb 81-86 on Wednesday night in the Croatian capital. The victory coupled with Cholet Basket’s loss to Spartak St. Petersburg lifted Ulm into second place.

December 12, 2012 - Eurocup Week 6, Cholet Basket 68 - 76 Spartak St. Petersburg
Spartak St. Petersburg finished Group G with a perfect record and knocked Cholet Basket out of Last 16 contention with a 68-76 victory. Cholet would have advanced with a victory or a loss for ratiopharm Ulm, which played at Cibona.

December 12, 2012 - Eurocup Week 6, Valencia Basket 93 - 68 BC Azovmash Mariupol
Valencia Basket used a 24-0 run spanning the first and second quarters to finish its Eurocup Regular Season in style with a dominating 93-68 victory at home over BC Azovmash Mariupol in Group D.

December 12, 2012 - Eurocup Week 6, CEZ Basketball Nymburk 74 - 82 Hapoel Migdal
CEZ Basketball Nymburk made it to the Eurocup Last 16 despite a 74-82 home loss against Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem in group A on Wednesday. Both teams tied for second place in Group A at 3-3 but Nymburk was second and Hapoel third on points differential.

December 12, 2012 - Eurocup Week 6, Stelmet Zielona Gora 84 - 85 Panionios BC
Despite already being eliminated from the Last 16 race, Panionios BC Athens took its pride on the road to defeat host Stelmet Zielona Gora 84-85 to close out the Eurocup Regular Season for both teams on Wednesday. Panionios raised its final record to 2-4.

December 12, 2012 - Eurocup Week 6, Artland Dragons 94 - 95 BC Triumph Lyubertsy
Group C winner Triumph Lyubertsy preserved its undefeated record heading into the Last 16 by downing already-eliminated Artland Dragons with a 94-95 overtime road win on Wednesday. Lybertsy finished with a 6-0 record, while Artland fell to 1-5.

December 12, 2012 - Eurocup Week 6, Telenet Oostende 67 - 74 Unics Kazan
Former Eurocup champion Unics Kazan locked up first place in Group F by going on the road to upend Telenet Oostende of Belgium 67-74 in the last regular season game for both teams. Unics finished with a 5-1 record and moves onto the Last 16.

December 12, 2012 - Besiktas adds Nalga at center
Besiktas JK Istanbul bolstered its frontcourt by inking big man Cemal Nalga for the remainder of the season, the club announced Wednesday. Nalga arrives from Banvit BK Bandirma, where he averaged 2.8 points and 1.7 rebounds in 12 Eurocup games last season.

December 12, 2012 - Quarter-Final places on line
Whilst some teams could justifiably claim to already have one foot in the last eight of the EuroCup Women, there are also some beautifully poised Eighth-Final second-leg games to savour this week.

December 12, 2012 - Hopkins earns Week 6 MVP honours
Conscious of the importance of the occasion to their respective teams, many a player delivered outstanding performances on the final day of EuroChallenge Regular Season action. Five of those players registered an efficiency rating of 33 or more.

December 12, 2012 - Cibona decided: Lutz is staying
A big victory against Cedevita had a lot to do with Cibona's decision to Keep Danijel Lutz as the main coach until the end of the season. Lutz jumped in after Veljko Mrsic left the club following a series of defeats, which pushed Cibona almost  at the bottom of the standings.

December 12, 2012 - Szonolki Olaj appointed new coach
Few days after Szolnoki Olaj confirmed that it is negotiating with coach Nenad Asceric, the club signed the contract with the Serbo-Australian coach. Asceric was playing in Austria and France while he was a professional basketball player.

December 12, 2012 - EuroChallenge Last 16 field completed
After six games in the Regular Season of the EuroChallenge, 16 teams qualified for the second stage of the competition. Eight teams left it for the last day to clinch their spot in the next round, including the 2012 Final Four hosts Szolnoki Olaj.

December 11, 2012 - Bonn crush Armia, qualify for Last 16
Telekom Baskets Bonn put on an offensive clinic as they topped Armia 102-77 to book their place in last 16 of the EuroChallenge with victory in their final Group H game. Robert Vaden poured in 21 points to lead four Bonn players scoring in double figures.

December 11, 2012 - Khimik top Medias to reach Last 16
Khimik Yuzhne will join Gaz Metan Medias in the last 16 of the EuroChallenge after beating the Romanians 89-66 in their final Group D game. Medias were already assured of progression while Khimik needed a win to be sure of advancing.

December 11, 2012 - Orleans adds size with Viney
Orleans Loiret Basket improved its frontcourt for the upcoming Eurocup do-or-die game against Dinamo Banco di Sardegna Sassari by inking big man Drew Viney for the remainder of the season. Viney (2.03 meters, 24 years old) arrives from Asseco Prokom Gdynia.

December 11, 2012 - Hapoel adds point guard Lifshitz
Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem added more depth at point guard right before its make-or-break game against CEZ Basketball Nymburk by inking Lior Lifshitz for the remainder of the season. Lifshitz (1.78 meters, 28 years old) arrives from Elizur Ashkelon.

December 11, 2012 - Eurocup Regular Season Game 6: it's decision time!
The Eurocup regular season comes to an end with 16 games on a busy, decisive Wednesday. Eight teams have sealed their ticket to the Top 16 before this sixth and final regular season game. Five of them are already group champions, assured of first place.

December 11, 2012 - Parker picks up first triple double
French superstar Tony Parker has accumulated a wealth of individual accolades in the 12 years of his NBA career but, surprisingly, had never registered a triple double - until now. The San Antonio Spurs point guard rectified this on Monday night.

December 11, 2012 - Lokomotiv Kuban, Traore part ways
PBC Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar has reached a mutual agreement with big man Ali Traore to terminate his contract, the club announced Monday. Traore (2.08 meters, 27 years old) has not played this season due to injury.

December 11, 2012 - French League, Regular Season, Game 10
Defending champion and Turkish Airlines Euroleague representative Elan Chalon and Eurocup side Le Mans Sarthe both lost at home in Week 10 of the French League in dropping to 7-3 atop the LNB. Ilian Evtimov’s 20 points and 13 from Shelden Williams were not enough.

December 11, 2012 - Israeli League, Regular Season, Game 9
Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv retained sole possession of first place in the Israeli League with a hard-fought 82-89 road victory over Netanya. Devin Smith had a monster game for Electra with 29 points, 10 rebounds and 5 steals.

December 11, 2012 - Italian League, Regular Season, Game 11
Cimberio Varese continue to lead the Italian League with a 10-1 record after routing Sutor Montegranaro 106-88 in Week 11. Varese led 50-40 at halftime then pulled away with an 11-2 run late in the third quarter for a 78-59 margin after 30 minutes to ice the game.

December 10, 2012 - Radnicki split with Dragojlovic
Radnicki announced that Vladislav Dragojlovic is no longer member of the club after both sides agreed to go separate ways. Dragojlovic was planed to be one of the key players but sustained an injury after only three games played and was sidelined more than two months.

December 10, 2012 - Cedevita plays in waves
It took more than a month before Cibona achieved another victory in ABA League, this time against no other team than the city rival Cedevita, which obviously plays in waves lately and suffers a defeat in every second game.

December 10, 2012 - ABA Adriatic league, Regular Season, Game 12
Promising young star Dario Saric made a long-expected debut for Cibona Zagreb and his new team snapped its four-game Adriatic League losing streak downing city rivals Cedevita 73-64. Cibona has never trailed in the contest, building a 16-point lead just before halftime.

December 10, 2012 - Turkish League, Regular Season, Game 9
Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul climbed into a share of the first place, and Anadolu Efes will have a chance to do the same on Monday in the last game of the Week 9 as there are no undefeated teams left in the Turkish League.

December 10, 2012 - German League, Regular Season, Game 12
Turkish Airlines Euroleague team Alba Berlin downed Giessen 46ers 61-71 to pick up their sixth consecutive victory in the German League and improve to 8-2 record. Berliners controlled the game from the get-go, building 15-26 lead after 13 minutes.

December 10, 2012 - Spanish League, Regular Season, Game 11
Turkish Airlines Euroleague power Real Madrid kept its perfect record intact and extended its lead atop of the Spanish League standings after downing city rivals Estudiantes 74-87. Madrid scored 58 points in the first two quarters but only had a 6-point advantage at halftime.

December 10, 2012 - Greek League, Regular Season, Game 9
The Greek and the Turkish Airlines Euroleague reining champions Olympiacos Piraeus, cruised to a 64-78 win at A.G.O. Rethymno and moved to a 9-0 record atop of the Greek League standings. With this victory, Reds gained half a game.

December 9, 2012 - Hawks use 3rd-quarter rally to beat Memphis 93-83
At halftime, the Atlanta Hawks figured they had played cautiously long enough. With a burst of energy, tough defense and 3-point shooting from Lou Williams in the third quarter, the Hawks were able to pull away for a 93-83 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday night.

December 9, 2012 - Mayo has 40, Mavs win in McHale's return
Chris Kaman scored half as many points as O.J. Mayo for the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday night. Considering the way Kaman's left ankle looked, those 20 points were just as impressive to coach Rick Carlisle.

December 9, 2012 - Is the Bench the Best Seat in the House? by Joao Da Costa
One of the hardest aspects of being a Coach is trying to please everyone. From the Coach’s point of view the bench is very important, we need our bench, we respect our bench, we encourage our bench, but those players on the bench don’t see it that way.

December 9, 2012 - Radnicki celebrated against Split
Despite being without its dominant center Nikola Vujcic Split caused a lot of problems to Radnicki Kragujevac on Saturday in Game 12 in ABA Adriatic league, but the victory was still too far.

December 9, 2012 - Igokea unstoppable
Igokea is continuing its streak in Game 12 in ABA Adriatic League with another great performance in Novo mesto, where the Bosnians defeated already the fifth national champ this season.

December 8, 2012 - 1st Qualification Round Draw complete
History was made in Freising, Germany on Saturday when FIBA Europe held the inaugural draws for EuroBasket 2015 1st Qualification Round and EuroBasket Women 2015 1st Qualification Round.

December 8, 2012 - ABA Adriatic league 2012-13, Game 12 preview
Three days of new excitements and good games in ABA Adriatic league will start today. With Game 12, we are almost on the half way of ABA Adriatic league in this season. Today, at 17.00 CET, Krka will host current leader, Igokea.

December 8, 2012 - Szolnoki split with coach Peter Por
Szolnoki Olaj, which is currently at the bottom of ABA League standings, decided to change his coach. The successor of Peter Por, who was removed from his position although he will stay in the club, is still not known.

December 8, 2012 - Euroleague Regular season Week 9 bwin MVP: Blake Schilb, Elan Chalon-sur-Saone
An outstanding individual performance in an overtime winning effort allowed Blake Schilb of Elan Chalon-sur-Saone to earn Turkish Airlines Euroleague regular season Week 9 bwin MVP honors. Schilb led Chalon to a spectacular 108-103 overtime home win with 28 points.

December 8, 2012 - EuroLeague Women Week 7 Review
Whilst, to the immense credit of Bourges who are juggling the injury conveyor belt and find themselves sharing a 5-1 record with Sparta&K M.R. Vivnoje  in Group A, head coach Valerie Garnier is probably yearning for the day when she gets a clean bill of health.

December 8, 2012 - MVP May reveals 'guilty' secret
EuroChallenge sides Paris Levallois and BCM Gravelines Dunkerque are facing off on Friday night in the most exciting game in the French Pro A this week. Both teams secured a place in the Last 16 of EuroChallenge on Tuesday.

December 8, 2012 - 2013 Draws set for Saturday
Saturday 8 December marks the draws for EuroBasket 2015 1st Qualification Round, EuroBasket Women 2015 1st Qualification Round, as well the 16 Youth European Championships 2013.

December 7, 2012 - Turkish Airlines Euroleague, Game 9, Panathinaikos Athens 69 - 55 Fenerbahce Ulker
Panathinaikos Athens jumped into a tie for first place in Group A with a great defensive display in a win over Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul 69-55 at O.A.K.A. in the Greek capital on Friday night. The win improved Panathinaikos’s record to 6-3.

December 7, 2012 - Turkish Airlines Euroleague, Game 9, Elan Chalon-Sur-Saone 108 - 103 Montepaschi
Elan Chalon-Sur-Saone gave its fans one final home victory in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague in beating Montepaschi Siena 108-103 in overtime in Group B action, snapping Siena’s five-game winning streak. Blake Schilb led 3-6 Chalon with 28 points.

December 7, 2012 - Turkish Airlines Euroleague, Game 9, EA7 Emporio Armani Milan 65 - 67 Zalgiris
Zalgiris Kaunas held on to first place in Group C after escaping from Mediolanum Forum in the fashion capital with a 65-67 success over EA7 Emporio Armani Milan on Friday. Zalgiris and Olympiacos share first place with 7-2 records.

December 7, 2012 - Turkish Airlines Euroleague, Game 9, Union Olimpija 74 - 72 BC Khimki MR
Union Olimpija Ljubljana pleased its outstanding fans with a thrilling win in the team's last home game in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague season by downing BC Khimki Moscow Region 74-72 at Stozice Arena in the Slovenian capital in Group A on Friday.

December 7, 2012 - Turkish Airlines Euroleague, Game 9, Anadolu Efes Istanbul 76 - 91 Caja Laboral
Caja Laboral Vitoria fueled its Top 16 hopes with a 76-91 road win over Anadolu Efes on Friday night in Istanbul. The victory lifted Laboral to 3-6 and ensured that the fourth and final Top 16 ticket in Group C won’t be handed out until next week.

December 7, 2012 - Turkish Airlines Euroleague, Game 9, Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius 67 - 62 Brose Baskets
In a dramatic finish at Siemens Arena, Lietuvos Rytas held on to beat Brose Baskets 67-62, but the visitors claimed the tiebreak advantage between them on a John Goldsberry basket at the buzzer to keep the German champs’ fate in their own hands going into Game 10.

December 7, 2012 - Tina Charles wins Week 7 MVP honours
For the fourth time this season Tina Charles has claimed EuroLeague Women MVP honours. Charles has made the award her own and once more was in a league of her own, managing an efficiency rating of 35 on the back of 27 points and 15 rebounds.

December 7, 2012 - Season over for Alba Berlin's Avdalovic
After making it to the Top 16 for the first time in four seasons, bad news came over Alba Berlin on Friday when it was confirmed by the club that point guard Vule Avdalovic will have to miss the rest of the season due to a rupture in the inner ligaments of his left knee.

December 7, 2012 - Besiktas JK officially announces Ewing
Just a week before the end of the Regular Season, and getting ready for the Top 16, Besiktas JK announced on Friday the addition of guard Dan Ewing for the rest of the season. Ewing (1.91 meters, 29 years old) last played with BC Azovmash Mariupol last season.

December 7, 2012 - Avenida end miserable losing run
Perfumerias Avenida experienced that special winning feeling for the first time since opening night in EuroLeague Women Group C, after clinching an 87-77 home success against Novi Zagreb.

December 7, 2012 - Schio hold on to topple Fenerbahce
Jantel Lavender extended her rich vein of form to emerge as the game winner for Famila Schio as they took down Fenerbahce 74-69 in dramatic duel to move clear at the top of EuroLeague Women Group B.

December 7, 2012 - Turkish Airlines Euroleague, Game 9, Partizan mt:s Belgrade 67 - 68 FC Barcelona Regal
FC Regal Barcelona remained the lone unbeaten team in the Euroleague after rallying from an 11-point deficit to pick up a 67-68 overtime win over Partizan mt:s Belgrade in front of packed Hala Pionir in the Serbian capital on Thursday night.

December 6, 2012 - Turkish Airlines Euroleague, Game 9, Mapooro Cantu 76 - 70 Real Madrid
Mapooro Cantu kept its hopes to reach the Top 16 alive for at least one night with an inspiring 76-70 victory at PalaDesio over Real Madrid in Group A action. Manuchar Markoishvili collected 23 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals and 2 blocks in helping Cantu improve to 3-6.

December 6, 2012 - Turkish Airlines Euroleague, Game 9, Asseco Prokom Gdynia 73 - 89 Maccabi Electra
Maccabi Electra scored a 73-89 road win over Asseco Prokom, but the scoreline tells a different story to what actually occurred for three quarters of the contest. Plucky Prokom led from the middle of the opening quarter until the final half of the fourth quarter.

December 6, 2012 - Turkish Airlines Euroleague, Game 9, Alba Berlin 63 - 74 Unicaja Malaga
Unicaja Malaga kept its chances to finish first in Group B by downing Alba Berlin 63-74 in the German capital on Thursday. Unicaja improved to 7-2 and is tied for first place with Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv. Unicaja will win Group A if it beats Elan Chalon-sur-Saone next week.

December 6, 2012 - Turkish Airlines Euroleague, Game 9, Cedevita Zagreb 62 - 84 Olympiacos Piraeus
Olympiacos Piraeus collected its sixth straight win at the expense of Cedevita Zagreb, 62-84, on Thursday in the Croatian capital. The hosts rallied late in the second quarter to close to within 37-40 at halftime, but the Reds controlled the action in the third quarter.

December 6, 2012 - Turkish Airlines Euroleague, Game 9, CSKA Moscow 87 - 72 Besiktas JK Istanbul
CSKA Moscow pulled away in the second half for an 87-72 victory over Besiktas JK Istanbul on Thursday night in the Russian capital. Besiktas played strong and led for much of the first two-and-a-half quarters.

December 6, 2012 - Eurocup regular season Game 5 MVP: Courtney Fells, Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem
A great performance in a make-or-break battle not only kept former champion Hapoel Migdal in the mix to reach the Last 16, but the star of the game, Courtney Fells, also reaped Eurocup Regular Season Game 5 MVP honors with a performance index ranking of 41.

December 6, 2012 - Ekat and Gala show Title credentials
UMMC Ekaterinburg held off a late surge by Galatasaray in Istanbul to claim a 71-70 success in a game which underlined the EuroLeague Women title credentials of the heavyweight duo.

December 6, 2012 - Kayseri labour to first leg win
Perhaps fuelled by being blown out by their hosts in the Turkish League only last weekend, Mersin produced the kind of improvement they craved, although they may be a little disappointed they didn't chalk up an unlikely success.

December 6, 2012 - Euroleague Regular season, Game 9: it's crunch time!
The 2012-13 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Regular Season enters Game 9 with as many as 13 teams already qualified to the Top 16, but only one of those - Besiktas JK Istanbul, third in Group D - knowing its final standing.

December 6, 2012 - Wuerzburg's King fires up new three-point record
s.Oliver Baskets forward Alex King shot his name into the Eurocup record book with the most accurate three-point shooting effort in competition history. King was 7 of 7 from downtown to become the first player with as many triples in a game without a single miss.

December 5, 2012 - Eurocup Week 5, Cajasol Seville 76 - 85 B. Sardegna Sassari
Sardegna Sassari improved its chances to reach the Eurocup Last 16 in Group H by downing Cajasol Seville 76-85 in Spain on Wednesday. Both teams tie for second place in Group H, each with a 2-3 record, but Sassari is second due to its tie-break advantage against Cajasol.

December 5, 2012 - Eurocup Week 5, Orleans Loiret 75 - 85 Crvena Zvezda Diva
Crvena Zvezda Diva Belgrade became the Group H champion by topping Orleans Loiret Basket 75-85 on the road on Wednesday. Zvezda improved to 5-0 to clinch first place in Group H. Orleans dropped to 1.4 but still has slim chances to advance.

December 5, 2012 - Eurocup Week 5, Ratiopharm Ulm 69 - 71 Cholet Basket
Rudy Jomby hit a three-pointer as time expired and Cholet Basket picked up a huge 69-71 win over ratiopharm Ulm on Wednesday night. It is the third victory in a row for French side, which now sits in second place in Group G with a 3-2 record.

December 5, 2012 - Eurocup Week 5, Panionios BC Athens 101 - 100 Telenet Oostende
With a buzzer-beating three-pointer in overtime from Vlantimir Giankovits, Panionios BC Athens downed Telenet Oostende 101-100 to pick up its first victory in Group F and crush Oostende’s hopes of progressing into the Last 16.

December 5, 2012 - Eurocup Week 5, PBC Lokomotiv Kuban 64 - 71 BC Donetsk
BC Donetsk kept its Last 16 hopes alive with a 64-71 victory at PBC Lokomotiv Kuban on Wednesday. The result gave Donetsk a potential tiebreak advantage over Lokomotiv Kuban, however Lokomotiv still controls its destiny.

December 5, 2012 - Eurocup Week 5, Banvit BK Bandirma 70 - 84 Valencia Basket
Valencia Basket became the Group D champion by topping Banvit BK Bandirma in Turkey. Valencia improved to 4-1 and won Group D due to its tie-break advantage against both Banvit and s.Oliver Baskets Wuerzburg, who tie for second place each with a 3-2 record.

December 5, 2012 - Eurocup Week 5, BC Azovmash Mariupol 71 - 82 s.Oliver Baskets
s. Oliver Baskets Wuerzburg remained alive in the race to reach the Last 16 thanks to a record-setting shooting performance from long range in winning 71-82 against BC Azovmash Mariupol in Group D.

December 5, 2012 - Eurocup Week 5, BC Triumph Lyubertsy 77 - 68 Le Mans Sarthe
BC Triumph Lyubertsy remained undefeated in Group C of the Eurocup with a 77-68 victory at home over Le Mans Sarthe Basket. Tywain McKee collected 18 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists and 2 steals to lead the way for Triumph, which improved to 5-0 in the group.

December 5, 2012 - Eurocup Week 5, KK Buducnost VOLI 66 - 68 Bilbao Basket
Lamont Hamilton scored 12 of his 14 points in the fourth quarter, including a game-winning layup-plus foul with 6 seconds remaining, to give Bilbao Basket come-from-behind 66-68 win over KK Buducnost Voli Podgorica. With the win, Bilbao kept its perfect record intact.

December 5, 2012 - Eurocup Week 5, Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem 92 - 79 BC Prienai
Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem downed BC Prienai 92-79 on Wednesday to keep alive their hopes of advancing to the Last 16. With one game to go, Hapoel and Prienai are now tied in third place of Group A with 2-3 records and could both still advance.

December 5, 2012 - Eurocup Week 5, BC Budivelnik Kiev 72 - 62 CEZ Nymburk
BC Budivelnik Kiev took a critical step towards reaching the Eurocup Last 16 in group A by topping CEZ Basketball Nymburk 72-62 in the Ukrainian capital on Wednesday. Nymburk and Budivelnik tie for first place in Group A, each with a 3-2 record.

December 5, 2012 - Eurocup Week 5, Unics Kazan 76 - 91 Stelmet Zielona Gora
Stelmet Zielona Gora survived a tough one in Kazan on Wednesday evening with a road win over Unics by 76-91 in Group F. The win lifts Zielona to a 3-2 record and it could qualify if Panionios BC beats Telenet Oostende in a later game in the same group.

December 5, 2012 - Eurocup Week 5, Spartak SPB 93 - 60 KK Cibona Zagreb
Spartak St. Peterbusrg rolled over KK Cibona Zagreb on Wednesday evening with a 93-60 home win. There was no chance for the guests as 8 of 14 threes and great defense for the hosts made it 51-23 at the halftime break, and it was a formality from that point until the final buzzer.

December 5, 2012 - Paris use overtime to punch ticket
Paris Levallois topped Mons-Hainaut in overtime to secure their place in the Last 16 of the EuroChallenge. Parisians had trailed for the vast majority of the game, but after staging a late rally to force an extra period, they made it count as Jawad Williams sank the winning shot.

December 5, 2012 - Khimik edge out Dijon for crucial win
BC Khimik Yuzhne came through in the clutch to take a big step towards the Last 16 of the EuroChallenge with a 79-74 win over eliminated JDA Dijon. With rivals Tartu Rock losing to Group D leaders Gaz Metan Medias, Khimik took advantage with a nervous win.

December 5, 2012 - Galatasaray the latest qualifier for Last 16
Galatasaray clinched a spot in the next round of the Eurocup with a 103-82 against Trefl Sopot. Istanbul was the city of the game of the day, where Galatasaray hosted Trefl Sopot in a match where the Turkish team was expecting to advance to the next round.

December 5, 2012 - Obradovic candidate for Russia NT
According to the Russian newspaper "Izvestia", the Russian Basketball Federation is aiming to replace David Blatt with an elite coach, with the main candidate being non other than Zeljko Obradovic.

December 4, 2012 - Eurocup Week 5, Belgacom Spirou 61 - 79 Lukoil Academic
Lukoil Academic Sofia kept alive its hopes of reaching the Eurocup Last 16 for at least one more night by beating Belgacom Spirou 61-79 on the road in Group B on Tuesday. Lukoil raised its record to 2-3 and awaits a Wednesday game between KK Buducnost and Bilbao Basket.

December 4, 2012 - Eurocup Week 5, Galatasaray Medical Park 103 - 82 Trefl Sopot
In the next-to-last of six regular season games, Galatasaray Medical Park made sure about its place in the next round when it blasted visiting Trefl Sopot of Poland 103-82 on Tuesday in Istanbul. GS Medical Park raised its record to 4-1, qualified for the Last 16.

December 4, 2012 - Eurocup Week 5, VEF Riga 83 - 72 Artland Dragons
VEF Riga remained alive for a spot in the Last 16 with a convincing 83-72 victory over Artland Dragons at home in Group C on Tuesday. Kristaps Janicenoks led the way with 19 points for Riga, which improved to 2-3 with its second win over Artland.

December 4, 2012 - Elan Chalon inks Banks
Elan Chalon-sur-Saone found a new scoring guard in Cedrick Banks, who inked a deal with the reigning French League champions until January 5, 2013, when Marcus Denmon is expected to be recovered from his foot injury.

December 4, 2012 - Brose Baskets, Williams part ways
Brose Baskets announced the departure of center Latavious Williams, whose two-month contract expired this weekend. Williams stepped in to replace injured big man A.J. Ogilvy. He has averaged 4.3 points and 3.4 rebounds in 7 Turkish Airlines Euroleague games this season.

December 4, 2012 - Eurosport Asia-Pacific signs exclusive Turkish Airlines Euroleague deal
Euroleague Basketball, Eurosport Asia-Pacific and IEC IN SPORTS are pleased to announce the international sports network will exclusively broadcast official Turkish Airlines Euroleague matches for the coming two seasons, 2012-2013 and 2013-2014.

December 4, 2012 - Eurocup regular season, Week 5: everything can happen!
The 2012-13 Eurocup regular season enters Game 5 with only four teams qualified and as many as 12 spots up for grabs. Action starts with three exciting showdowns on Tuesday. In the earliest game this week, VEF Riga hosts Artland Dragons Quakenbrueck in Group C.

December 4, 2012 - Torrens eyes return, Holt joins Sopron
Alba Torrens is bearing down on a return to action with Galatasary after the FIBA Europe Women's Player of the Year for 2011 was given the green light by doctors in Barcelona to begin more intensive workouts during coming weeks.

December 4, 2012 - Cedevita shows signs of improvement
Coach Aleksandar Petrovic expressed his satisfaction on Sunday saying that the victory against Krka already showed that Cedevita players understood, what must be changed in the game.

December 4, 2012 - Dragic says 'Count Me in'
EuroBasket 2013 will be the biggest sporting event in the young history of Slovenia and the small central European country is pulling together to turn it into a memorable occasion.

December 4, 2012 - Maccabi demotes, suspends, fines Pnini
Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv announced on Monday that it has suspended guard Guy Pnini indefinitely and stripped him of the team's captaincy after the player made offensive remarks to an opponent in an Israeli League game.

December 4, 2012 - Italian League, Regular Season, Game 10
Cimberio Varese suffered its first defeat of the season 91-87 at Acea Roma but is still atop the Italian League table with 9-1 record. Roma edged Varese after playing a great game with big ups and downs.

December 3, 2012 - Elan Chalon, Rush part ways
French champion Elan Chalon announced Sunday that shooting guard Brion Rush has left the club. Rush joined the club shortly before the start of the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Regular Season as an injury replacement for rookie guard Marcus Denmon.

December 3, 2012 - Handy hangs GB hat on added experience
A little more than 18 months ago, Great Britain were entering unknown territory when they qualified for their first major basketball tournament. But when they step out in France at EuroBasket Women 2013 next summer, it will be their third consecutive major tournament.

December 3, 2012 - Turkish Airlines Euroleague MVP for November: Vassilis Spanoulis, Olympiacos Piraeus
Not many players earn standing ovations on the road. But then not many players lead a team in every way quite like Olympiacos Piraeus guard Vassilis Spanoulis, who is Euroleague Basketball's choice as bwin MVP for November.

December 3, 2012 - ABA Adriatic league, Regular Season, Game 11
Igokea Aleksandrovac jumped into the sole possession of the first place in the Adriatic League with a convincing 73-50 win over Partizan mt:s Belgrade. Hosts grabbed control with an 11-0 run near the end of second quarter, then opened the third quarter with an 18-5 run.

December 3, 2012 - German League, Regular Season, Game 11
Turkish Airlines Euroleague team Brose Baskets Bamberg stayed a top of German League standings after rallying from an 18-point third quarter deficit before downing rathiopharm Ulm in overtime 83-85. Ulm led 43-25 beginning of the third quarter.

December 3, 2012 - Greek League, Regular Season, Game 8
With the defending champions and unbeaten league leaders Olympiacos Piraeus playing on Monday, Panathinaikos Athens used a huge third quarter to crush Peristeri 41-76 and pick up its fourth consecutive Greek League win.

December 3, 2012 - Spanish League, Regular Season, Game 10
All four Turkish Airlines Euroleague teams picked up victories in Week 10 of the Spanish League, as well as the Eurocup contenders Gescrap Bilbao Basket and Valencia Basket. Caja Laboral finished the game on a 0-6 run in the final two minutes.

December 3, 2012 - Turkish League, Regular Season, Game 8
Eurocup contender Galatasary Medical Park downed the defending champions Besiktas JK Istanbul 64-60 to keep their perfect Turkish League record intact. Galatasaray used a 15-5 run to build 23-12 lead after 10 minutes.

December 3, 2012 - Seville tabs Latavious Williams
Cajasol Seville have signed American Latavious Williams after the Liga Endesa side cut Bradley Buckman and saw Robert Dozier leave the squad. Dozier left the team due to personal reasons while Bradley Buckman was cut because of poor performances.

December 2, 2012 - Thunder blow past Hornets, 100-79
Russell Westbrook intercepted Ryan Anderson's inbounds pass, immediately pulled up for a 3-pointer that he nailed, blew on the tips of his pistol-shaped hands, then emphatically jammed both hands into the imaginary holsters on his hips.

December 2, 2012 - Wade's 34 lifts Heat past Nets, 102-89
Dwyane Wade scored a season-high 34 points, LeBron James added 21 points and the Miami Heat rallied from a 14-point deficit to beat the Brooklyn Nets 102-89 on Saturday night. Ray Allen scored 13 and Norris Cole finished with 12 for the Heat.

December 2, 2012 - Performing Under Pressure by Joao Da Costa
As a coach, we all like to see our players perform well when the pressure is on. However, a great deal of players find it difficult to do exactly that. When playing in a big game or in front of a large crowd it can be extremely intimidating and they lose focus.

December 1, 2012 - Montepaschi Siena, center Kasun part ways
Less than 24 hours after qualifying for the Top 16 with his help, Montepaschi Siena announced on Saturday that center Mario Kasun has left the team by mutual agreement at the player's request. Club said that Kasun made the request because he wished to return home.

December 1, 2012 - Euroleague Regular Season Week 8 bwin MVP: Milos Teodosic, CSKA Moscow
Former Euroleague MVP Milos Teodosic added another title to his impressive resume as the bwin MVP for Game 8. The CSKA Moscow maestro led the way as the Russian champs outraced Brose Baskets Bamberg 89-97 in the Game of the Week.

December 1, 2012 - ABA Adriatic league 2012-13, Game 11 preview
Game 11 in ABA Adriatic league will start today with three games. Current leaders, Igokea and Partizan mt:s will meet each other in Game of the week. Action starts today at 17.00 CET, when Radnicki Kragujevac will host Zadar.

December 1, 2012 - Smodis to return to action with Krka
Krka Novo Mesto are not an undersized team, but have been light at the power forward position for the past month, since losing Jurica Golemac to injury. The Slovenian was sidelined in late October and has been unable to help the Novo Mesto side in the EuroChallenge.

December 1, 2012 - 2013 Youth Championship Venues Decided
FIBA Europe has announced the final list of hosts for the Youth European Championships of 2013. The complete list of organisers for the European Championships 2013 for the U16, U18 and U20 Men and Women at Division A and Division B level includes Estonia.

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