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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 - 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.