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July 31, 2012 - Cantu tabs forward Brooks
Pallacanestro Cantu improved its roster for the upcoming Turkish Airlines Euroleague Qualifying Rounds by inking Jeff Brooks to a one-year deal on Tuesday. Brooks (2.03 meters, 23 years old) arrives from Fileni BA Jesi, where he averaged 17 points, 6.9 rebounds and 1.7 steals in 28 Italian second division games last season.

July 31, 2012 - Ratiopharm Ulm keeps center Bryant
Ratiopharm Ulm reached a new agreement with center John Bryant to keep him in the team until the end of the 2012-13 season, the club announced Tuesday. Bryant (2.08 meters, 25 years old) shined in the German League last season, averaging 14.1 points, 9.4 rebounds and 1.3 blocks in 42 games.

July 31, 2012 - Brose Baskets lands Nachbar
Brose Baskets Bamberg added size and experience to its roster by inking versatile forward Bostjan Nachbar to a one-year deal, the club announced Tuesday. Nachbar (2.06 meters, 31 years old) arrives from Unics, where he averaged 4 points and 2.4 rebounds in 7 Turkish Airlines Euroleague games last season.

July 31, 2012 - London 2012, Preliminary Round, Game 2
Russia took a huge step forwards to reach the Quarterfinals in Group B by downing China 54-73 early on Tuesday. Russia went up to 0-2 while China dropped to 0-2. Reigning Euroleague MVP Andrei Kirilenko led the winners with 16 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists.

July 31, 2012 - Union Olimpija brings back Rannikko
Union Olimpija Ljubljana reached an agreement with fan favourite point guard Teemu Rannikko to bring back to the club next season. Rannikko (1.88 meters, 31 years old) arrives from Cimberio Varese, where he averaged 7.4 points and 3 assists in 31 Italian League games last season.

July 31, 2012 - Zastal inks Lapeta, Cesnauskis
Zastal Zielona Gora improved its roster for its Eurocup debut next season by inking center Adam Lapeta and guard Mantas Cesnauskis, the club announced Tuesday. Lapeta (2.17 meters, 24 years old) arrives from Asseco Prokom Gdynia, his only professional club until now.

July 31, 2012 - Unicaja announces Txemi Urtasun
As announced by the Spanish club, shooting guard Txemi Urtasun will play with Unicaja Malaga for the next two seasons. Urtasun (1.93 meters, 28 years old) arrives from Cajasol Sevilla, since the club didn't match the offer the player had from Unicaja. However, Urtasun is no newcomer in Malaga since he had been a player of the club before.

July 31, 2012 - Union Olimpija lands forward Bubnic
Union Olimpija Ljubljana announced late on Monday a new addition for the upcoming season. The newcomer is forward Drazen Bubnic (2.07 meters, 26 years old) arriving from Helios Domzale of Slovenia. Last season, Bubnic averaged 10.2 points and 4.2 rebounds per game in the Adriatic League and 12.6 points and 5.0 boards per night in the Slovenian League.

July 30, 2012 - Unicaja adds Williams to backcourt
Unicaja Malaga kept building its roster for the new Turkish Airlines Euroleague season by announcing Monday the addition of point guard, Marcus Williams, who signed a two-year contract with the Spanish club. Williams (1.91 meters, 26 years old) arrives to Unicaja from a season spent in China with the Jiangsu Dragons.

July 30, 2012 - Turkey Take Gold
Turkey have claimed their first gold medal at the Dadu U16 European Championship in seven years, remaining composed to defeat France 66-61. Despite leading for the entire game, Turkey's win was never guaranteed against a stubborn French team who refused to go away.

July 30, 2012 - Ivkovic keeps faith with injured Krstic
Serbia coach Dusan Ivkovic has decided to cut power forward Dragan Labovic and sharpshooter Nemanja Jaramaz from the squad preparing for the EuroBasket 2013 Qualification Round. While Ivkovic can't count on injured captain Nenad Krstic, he has nevertheless kept him in the squad.

July 30, 2012 - CSKA Moscow lands Weems
One of the competition's most productive wing players last season switched Turkish Airlines Euroleague clubs on Monday when CSKA Moscow announced the arrival of small forward Sonny Weems, who inked a three-year deal with his new team.

July 29, 2012 - Union Olimpija signs Waters
Union Olimpija Ljubljana found a new point guard for the upcoming Turkish Airlines Euroleague season, as Dominic Waters inked a one-year deal with his new team on Sunday. Waters (1.85 meters, 25 years old) arrives from Belgacom Liege Basket.

July 29, 2012 - Bronze-medal Preview: Italy v Serbia
Serbia have been left little time to ponder what could have been following their heartbreaking loss to Turkey in the semi-finals at the Dadu U16 European Championship with the Balkan nation now needing to get up to play Italy in Sunday's silver medal game.

July 29, 2012 - London 2012, Preliminary Round, Game 1
Nigeria had a strong start at the Olympic Tournament by downing Tunisia 60-56 in Group A on Sunday. Alade Aminu of Elan Chalon led the winners with 15 points and 9 rebounds. Ike Diogu added 13 points and 10 rebounds while Al-Farouq Aminu had 10 points and 9 boards for Nigeria.

July 29, 2012 - Maccabi Electra adds Logan to backcourt
Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv bolstered its backcourt over the weekend with the signing of combo-guard David Logan to a two-year deal. Logan (1.84 meters, 29 years old) arrives from Panathinaikos Athens, with whom he eliminated Maccabi last season from the Turkish Airlines Euroleague after a thrilling five-game playoffs series.

July 29, 2012 - Italy sweep at Trentino Cup
Italy didn't have Danilo Gallinari but still beat Finland, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro at the Trentino Cup. All four sides are getting ready for the EuroBasket Qualification Round after competing in the Final Round in Lithuania last year. Italy beat the Finns, 79-71, edged Bosnia and Herzegovina 84-81 and overcame Montenegro, 84-73, with Gallinari rested as a precautionary measure.

July 28, 2012 - Minnesota Timberwolves signed Andrei Kirilenko to 2-year deal
After one season absence, Andrei Kirilenko is back to NBA league, as it was announced that he signed 2-year deal with Minnesota Timberwolves. Rumors that we heard in last several days about Andrei Kirilenko and NBA league are officially confirmed few hours ago.

July 28, 2012 - Turkey win Sofia tournament
Bulgaria hosted the European Basketball Tour Sofia 2012 and did not put forth very encouraging performances in the tournament which was, eventually, won by Turkey. The Bulgarians slumped to a 70-65 defeat to Turkey, a 75-69 loss to Poland and an 82-65 setback to Ukraine.

July 28, 2012 - Telenet Oostende inks Wilkinson
Belgian champion Telenet Oostende added to its frontline by signing forward Wes Wilkinson, who is well known in Belgium from a three-year stint with Spirou Charleroi. Wilkinson (2.06 meters, 28 years old) arrives from Turkish club Olin Edirne, for whom he averaged 7.1 points and 3.2 rebounds over 20 minutes per game last season.

July 28, 2012 - Late French surge sees off pesky Sweden
France secured successive wins in Group A at the U18 European Championship Women after producing a powerful final quarter display to eventually overcome a determined Sweden, 66-50.

July 27, 2012 - Brose Baskets keeps recovered Goldsberry
Brose Baskets Bamberg reached an agreement with playmaker John Goldsberry to keep him in the team next season, the club announced Friday. Goldsberry (1.91 meters, 29 years old) missed the entire 2011-12 season due to a severe knee injury on top of an ankle problem.

July 27, 2012 - Valencia tabs scoring ace Tucker
Valencia Basket added more firepower to its roster by signing veteran shooting guard Clay Tucker to a one-year deal, the club announced Friday. Tucker (1.96 meters, 32 years old) arrives from Virtus Roma, where he averaged 15.4 points, 3.9 rebounds and 3.1 assists in 32 Italian League games last season.

July 27, 2012 - Artland Dragons adds Taylor to backcourt
One day after signing Demond Mallet at point guard, Artland Dragons found him a backcourt mate in Bryce Taylor, who has played the past three seasons in Germany. Taylor (1.93 meters, 25 years old) arrives from Alba Berlin, for whom he averaged 9.8 points and 4.8 rebounds last season in the Eurocup and 11.4 points and 3.8 boards in the German League.

July 27, 2012 - Lokomotiv Kuban gets stronger with Maric
Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar improved its frontcourt for its Eurocup return next season by inking center Aleks Maric, the club announced Friday. Maric (2.11 meters, 27 years old) arrives from Panathinaikos Athens, where he averaged 3.8 points and 2.6 rebounds in 21 Turkish Airlines Euroleague games last season.

July 27, 2012 - Euroleague stars set to shine in London 2012
The 30th edition of the Summer Olympics takes place in London starting this weekend with men's basketball again assuming a marquee role at the world's biggest sporting event. Central to basketball's popularity at the Olympics is the participation of Euroleague Basketball stars, who once again dominate the national rosters with a total of 41 players from either Turkish Airlines Euroleague or Eurocup teams last season.

July 27, 2012 - Crvena Zvezda adds Brown inside
Crvena Zvezda Diva Belgrade continued what has been a busy week with the signing of big man Elton Brown on Thursday evening. Brown (2.06 meters, 28 years old) has previous Euroleague and Eurocup experience. He helped Brose Baskets Bamberg to the 2010 Eurocup Last 16 with 8 points and 5.3 rebounds in 12 games, mostly off the bench.

July 27, 2012 - CEZ Nymburk adds veteran forward Tapoutos
Perennial Czech League champion CEZ Basketball Nymburk bolstered its frontline by signing veteran forward Christos Tapoutos, who will play outside of his native Greece for the first time. Tapoutos (2.01 meters, 29 years) brings vast experience in the form of three seasons in the Euroleague and four in the Eurocup.

July 27, 2012 - U16 European Championship Men, Quarter-Finals Preview
Coming into the quarter-finals as the only undefeated team at the Dadu U16 European Championship, all eyes are on Italy as the tournament moves onto Vilnius and the quarter-final phase.

July 27, 2012 - Crvena Zvezda inks rising star Mitrovic for 4 years
Crvena Zvezda Diva Beograd continued its busy week by signing rising star Luka Mitrovic to a four-year contract. Mitrovic (2.05 meters, 19 years old) arrives from Hemofarm Stada, where he tasted high level basketball for the first time last season and averaged 3.3 points and 2.2 rebounds per game in the Adriatic League.

July 26, 2012 - CSKA seals deal with veteran swingman Zozulin
Turkish Airlines Euroleague runner-up CSKA Moscow bolstered its squad with the signing of veteran swingman Alexey Zozulin, who arrives from Spartak St. Petersburg. Zozulin (1.99 meters, 29 years old) and CSKA agreed to terms for one season with an option on a second year.

July 26, 2012 - Le Mans lands veteran playmaker El-Amin
Le Mans Sarthe Basket found a point guard for the upcoming season by inking Khalid El-Amin to a one-year deal on Thursday. El-Amin (1.78 meters, 33 years old) arrives from Cibona, where he averaged 8.6 points and 1.8 assists in 20 Croatian League games last season, helping his team to lift the trophy.

July 26, 2012 - Artland Dragons tab former champ Mallet
Artland Dragons found a team leader and go-to scorer by signing Demond Mallet, who return to play in Germany after five years abroad. Mallet (1.86 meters, 34 years old) started his professional career in Germany and played a total of six seasons for BS Energy Braunschweig, Bamberg and RheinEnergie Cologne between 2001 and 2007.

July 26, 2012 - Crvena Zvezda names Lazic head coach, inks Savovic
Crvena Zvezda Diva Beograd found a new head coach in Milivoje Lazic and bolstered its frontcourt by inking power forward Boris Savovic to a two-year deal. Lazic, age 34, replaces Svetislav Pesic, who reached an agreement with Zvezda to step down as coach.

July 26, 2012 - Italy stay perfect going to Quarters
Italy are the team to watch going into the quarter-finals of the Dadu U16 European Championship Men as Spain became their latest victim on Wednesday night, losing 74-62.

July 25, 2012 - FC Barcelona, Saras together again
The Euroleague's winningest active player returned to the club where he won his first continental crown almost a decade ago. FC Barcelona Regal announced Wednesday that legendary point guard Sarunas Jasikevicius agreed to terms on a one-year contract, pending a physical.

July 25, 2012 - Elan Chalon picks up promising rookie Denmon
Elan Chalon found a potential go-to guy for its Turkish Airlines Euroleague debut after signing promising rookie Marcus Denmon. The contract is for one season. Denmon (1.91 meters, 22 years old) will make his professional debut this season with the French champions after a standout college basketball career at the University of Missouri.

July 25, 2012 - Real Madrid, Rodriguez agree to extension through 2015
Real Madrid and playmaker Sergio Rodriguez agreed to a two-year contract extension that will keep him in the Spanish capital through the 2014-15 season, the club announced Wednesday. Rodriguez (1.91 meters, 26 years old) still has an addition season remaining on the three-year deal he signed with Los Blancos in July 2010.

July 25, 2012 - Galatasaray Medical Park signs Gordon
Galatasaray Medical Park Istanbul strengthened its backcourt by inking combo guard Jamont Gordon to a two-year deal on Wednesday. Gordon (1.93 meters, 25 years old) arrives from CSKA Moscow, where he averaged 6.7 points and 2 assists in 21 Turkish Airlines Euroleague games last season.

July 25, 2012 - Cedevita gets frontcourt re-started with Andric
Turkish Airlines Euroleague newcomer Cedevita Zagreb made some noise in the player market on Wednesday by announcing the signing of center Luksa Andric to a two-year contract. Andric arrives from Galatasaray Medical Park of Turkey after having the best Euroleague season of six that he has played so far in the competition.

July 25, 2012 - FC Barcelona Regal signs Abrines
One of the most promising young talents in European basketball officially switched Turkish Airlines Euroleague teams on Wednesday, when FC Barcelona Regal announced that shooting guard Alex Abrines inked a four-year deal with his new club.

July 25, 2012 - Panathinaikos brings back Xanthopoulos
Panathinaikos Athens kept building its roster for the upcoming Turkish Airlines Euroleague season by inking playmaker Vassilis Xanthopoulos to a one-year deal on Wednesday. Xanthopoulos (1.88 meters, 28 years old) arrives from Panionios Athens.

July 25, 2012 - VEF Riga lands Rowland
VEF Riga improved its backcourt for the upcoming Eurocup season by inking point guard E.J. Rowland to a one-year deal on Wednesday. Rowland (1.88 meters, 29 years old) arrives from Unicaja Malaga, where he averaged 7.4 points and 2.9 assists in 14 Turkish Airlines Euroleague games, helping his team to make it to the Top 16.

July 25, 2012 - Crvena Zvezda signs Simonovic
Crvena Zvezda Belgrade bolstered its frontcourt for its Eurocup return next season by signing forward Marko Simonovic to a two-year deal on Wednesday. Simonovic (2.02 meters, 26 years old) arrives from Alba Berlin, where he averaged 9.3 points and 3.1 rebounds in 12 Eurocup games last season.

July 25, 2012 - U18 Women Division A Preview
There is a strong argument which suggests the U18 European Championship Women Division A can be considered the most important of all continental championships in the three youth categories.

July 25, 2012 - Besiktas lands veteran playmaker Acik
Turkish champion Besiktas JK Istanbul announced a deal with point guard Tutku Acik on Tuesday, making him the club’s first official signing since Erman Kunter was appointed head coach in June. Acik (1.94 meters, 31 years old) boasts vast Euroleague experience totaling 83 games over five seasons.

July 25, 2012 - Artland adds size with Spoler
Artland Dragons added size to its frontline by signing center Ben Spoler for the 2012-13 season. Spoler (2.06 meters, 24 years old) arrives from Paderborn, for whom he averaged 6.4 points and 2.6 rebounds last season in the German second division.

July 24, 2012 - Lietuvos Rytas lands rookie shooter Dulkys
Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius picked up one of the hottest young Lithuanian players by signing three-point marksman Deividas Dulkys to a multi-year deal. The shooting guard will make his professional debut after spending the past four seasons playing college basketball in the United States for Florida State University.

July 24, 2012 - Panathinaikos adds Lithuanian Olympian Maciulis
Panathinaikos Athens made its second major addition in as many days by announcing that it has come to terms with veteran forward Jonas Maciulis for the 2012-13 season. Maciulis (1.98 meters, 27 years old) missed much of last season due to injury.

July 24, 2012 - Croatia turn up heat in Ventspils
Croatia have begun to show the form that last year saw them win the U16 European Championship, beating the previously undefeated Spain 79-67. With the game evenly poised at half-time, Lovro Mazalin came to life in the third quarter.

July 24, 2012 - Sassari locks up backup point guard Pinton
Banco Di Sardegna Sassari made a move to keep the core of last season’s squad together by signing reserve point guard Mauro Pinton to a two-year contract extension.

July 23, 2012 - Panathinaikos signs playmaker Ukic
Panathinaikos Athens restocked its backcourt by signing guard Roko Ukic to a two-year deal, the club announced Monday. Ukic (1.96 meters, 27 years old) arrives from Fenerbahce Ulker, where he has spent the past two-and-a-half seasons.

July 23, 2012 - Lukoil inks Swiss League MVP Abukar
Turkish Airlines Euroleague hopeful Lukoil Academic bolstered its lineup by signing forward Mohamed Abukar, who was the Swiss League MVP last season playing for Lugano Tigers. Abukar (2.08 meters, 27 years old) dominated to the tune of 20.3 points and 5.6 rebounds in leading Lugano to the Swiss League title.

July 23, 2012 - Unics Kazan inks Antipov at forward
Unics Kazan added depth at the forward spot by signing former player Pavel Antipov to a two-year deal. Antipov arrives from Spartak St. Petersburg, where he played a limited role last season. Antipov played one season for the Unics’s junior team in 2005-06.

July 23, 2012 - Cedevita brings back Wright
Cedevita Zagreb kept getting ready for its Turkish Airlines Euroleague debut next season by inking shooting guard Bracey Wright to a one-year deal on Monday. Wright (1.91 meters, 27 years old) arrives from CAI Zaragoza, where he averaged 14.5 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists in 33 Spanish League games last season.

July 23, 2012 - Triumph brings back Toporov
BC Triumph Lyubertsy kept getting ready for its Eurocup return next season by inking forward Sergey Toporov to a one-year deal. Toporov (1.97 meters, 31 years old) arrives from Enisey Krasnoyarsk, where he averaged 8.7 points and 3.8 rebounds in 17 Russian League games last season.

July 23, 2012 - Buducnost invests on Ivanov, Bunic
KK Buducnost Voli Podgorica stayed loyal to its own club policy by inking shooting guard Pavlin Ivanov and center Dusko Bunic to respective multi-year deals. Ivanov (1.95 meters, 19 years old) signed a four-year deal with the Montenegrin powerhouse.

July 23, 2012 - Alexey Shved moves to Minnesota
Guard Alexey Shved used the NBA option of his CSKA contract to move to Minnesota Timberwolves. Our club wishes Alexey successful career overseas. Shved started to play basketball in his native Belgorod with his father Victor as his first coach.

July 23, 2012 - Westermann heads All Tournament team
Leo Westermann will have to find consolation in his personal award as the Tournament MVP after his team lost the U20 European Championship title game to Lithuania. The influential French point guard was named the Most Valuable Player of the tournament in Slovenia, but he would likely exchange it for a gold medal.

July 23, 2012 - Lithuania crowned Champions after drama
After five points from Livio Jean-Charles and a three-pointer from Axel Toupane, France took an early 8-6 lead, but Vytenis Cizauskas scored five points in a row to start a 16-3 run for Lithuania which helped them end the quarter with a 24-11 advantage.

July 22, 2012 - Abrines trey lifts Spain over Serbia
Spain will take home the bronze medal from the U20 European Championship 2012 after Alejandro Abrines' game-winner gave them a dramatic 67-66 victory over Serbia on Sunday. Spain went ahead early, taking a 9-4 lead after points from Alejandro Suarez, Jose Pozas and Pere Oriola.

July 22, 2012 - France squeeze past Spain into Final
Livio Jean-Charles made sure his team started strong, scoring five points in an early 9-2 run for France. However, Alejandro Abrines single-handedly brought the Spanish team right back into the game. He scored his 10th point already in the eighth minute to get Spain within striking distance - 13-14.

July 21, 2012 - Lithuania end Serbia run, reach Final
Lithuania advanced to the U20 European Championship final after edging Serbia 73-68 in a thrilling semi-final game in Domzale Arena in Ljubljana. With both teams playing point for point, Lithuania were the first to break away by more than two points after Dovydas Redikas hit a three-pointer and Vytenis Cizauskas added two more for a 21-15 lead.

July 21, 2012 - France break Slovenian hearts
France moved to a semi-final showdown with Spain after becoming the irst team to hand a loss to the U20 European Championship hosts Slovenia in the tournament (77-54). The very beginning of the game didn't look promising for Slovenia, as the French center Rudy Gobert scored the first four points of the game, dominating inside the paint.

July 21, 2012 - Zalgiris brings back Lavrinovic, adds Darden
Zalgiris Kaunas fortified its roster with a double signing on Friday. Former All-Euroleague big man Darjus Lavrinovic and swingman Tremmell Darden both agreed to terms with the Lithuanian champs. Lavrinovic (2.12 meters, 31 years old), who was an All-Euroleague Second Team selection after the 2005-06 season, when he last played for Zalgiris, penned a two-year deal.

July 20, 2012 - Artland Dragons keeps King
Artland Dragons Quakenbrueck reached a new agreement with center Anthony King to stay together for one more season, the club announced Friday. King (2.06 meters, 27 years old) averaged 9.9 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.1 blocks in 36 German League games last season.

July 20, 2012 - Caja Laboral puts Rochestie at point
Caja Laboral Vitoria improved its backcourt by inking playmaker Taylor Rochestie to a two-year deal, the club announced Friday. Rochestie (1.85 meters, 27 years old) arrives from Le Mans, where he averaged 11.3 points on 40.9% three-point shooting, 3.2 rebounds and 3.2 assists in 6 Eurocup games last season.

July 20, 2012 - Spain cling on against gritty hosts
Latvia have been unable to produce the result hometown fans were hoping for, agonizingly falling to Spain 65-63 in the opening Group B game at the U16 European Championship Men.

July 19, 2012 - Olympiacos brings Mavroeidis aboard
After one year outside his native Greece, big man Dimitrios Mavroeidis is going home to play for Olympiacos Piraeus, the club announced Thursday. The sides agreed to a two-year contract. Mavroeidis (2.08 meters, 27 years old) arrives from Gescrap Bilbao Basket, where he put up 4.6 points and 3.5 rebounds in just 13 minutes on average over 19 games last season.

July 19, 2012 - Azovmash adds veteran power forward Dragicevic
Azovmash Mariupol announced the signing of Eurocup veteran Tadija Dragicevic, who will mark his seventh season in the competition this season. Last season was his first since 2006 that Dragicevic (2.05 meters, 26 years old) did not play in the Eurocup. Instead he averaged 10.6 points and 6.4 rebounds for Angelico Biella in the Italian League.

July 19, 2012 - Spartak St. Petersburg signs Wright
Spartak St. Petersburg strengthened its backcourt by signing point guard Zack Wright to a two-year deal on Thursday. Wright (1.88 meters, 27 years old) arrives from Cibona, where he averaged 8.7 points, 4 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2.1 steals in 20 Croatian League games last season.

July 19, 2012 - Euroleague American Tour 2012 games announced
Euroleague Basketball and the National Basketball Association (NBA) will team up this October for the fifth edition of the Euroleague American Tour. Real Madrid of Spain and Montepaschi Siena of Italy will each play two different opponents in the Unites States and Canada during games scheduled for October 6 and October 8, 2012.

July 19, 2012 - Caja Laboral re-signs two-time All-Euroleague forward Nocioni
Caja Laboral Vitoria reached an agreement with small forward Andres Nocioni for the coming season, which will mark his first in the Euroleague since 2004. Nocioni (1.99 meters, 31 yeard old) re-joined Laboral in March and averaged 9.7 points and 3.5 rebounds in 12 Spanish League games.

July 19, 2012 - Lagun Aro, captain Doblas agree to two-year extension
Lagun Aro San Sebastian and team captain David Doblas agreed to a two-year contract extension that will keep the big man at the club through the 2013-14 season. Doblas (2.06 meters, 30 years old) enters his eighth season with the club and has played more games than anyone else in its history.

July 19, 2012 - Sassari extends captain Vanuzzo's contract indefinitely
Eurocup newcomer Banco Di Sardegna Sassari made sure its captain will lead the team to the floor this season and beyond by extending the contract of Manuel Vanuzzo for an indefinite period of time. Vanuzzo (2.03 meters, 37 years old) enters his seventh season with the club.

July 19, 2012 - Trefl Sopot stays busy, adds Dabrowski and Jarmakowicz
Busy Trefl Sopot added two more players to its roster Wednesday by signing guard Piotr Dabrowski and big man Mateusz Jarmakowicz. Both players signed for one season with options on the 2013-14 season. Dabrowski (1.92 meters, 26 years old) arrives from Polpharma Starogard Gdansk, for whom he averaged 5.3 points and 1.3 steals in 38 Polish League games last season.

July 19, 2012 - Trefl Sopot signs prized Polish prospect Michalak for 3 years
Trefl Sopot announced the signing of prized Polish prospect Michal Michalak to a three-year deal on Wednesday. Michalak (1.96 meters, 18 years old) burst onto the scene last season in the Polish League, where he averaged 17.2 points on 40% three-point shooting plus 6.3 rebounds and 3.4 assists in 13 games for LKS Lodz.

July 18, 2012 - FC Barcelona Regal adds size with Jawai
One of the most powerful centers in the game is set to keep playing the Turkish Airlines Euroleague after FC Barcelona Regal announced the signing of big man Nathan Jawai to a one-year deal. Jawai (2.07 meters, 25 years old) arrives from Unics Kazan, where he averaged 7.3 points and 4.3 rebounds in 15 Euroleague games last season.

July 18, 2012 - Partizan mt:s tabs NIJT legend Musli
Partizan mt:s Belgrade bolstered its frontcourt by inking center Dejan Musli to a three-year deal on Wednesday. Musli (2.13 meters, 21 years old) arrives from Mega Vizura, where he averaged 9.1 points and 6.4 rebounds in 13 Serbian League games this season.

July 18, 2012 - Sassari, Sacchetti agree to extension through 2015
Banco Di Sardegna Sassari signed small forward Brian Sacchetti to an extension that will keep him with the club through the 2014-15 season. Sacchetti (2.00 meters, 26 years old), the son of head coach Romeo Sacchetti, has spent the past two seasons with Sassari.

July 18, 2012 - Valencia Basket lands Ribas
Valencia Basket improved its backcourt by inking combo guard Pau Ribas to a three-year deal - pending medical and physical tests - on Tuesday. Ribas (1.96 meters, 25 years old) arrives from Caja Laboral, where he averaged 5.2 points and 1.8 rebounds in 10 Turkish Airlines Euroleague games last season.

July 18, 2012 - Azovmash tabs combo guard Paunic
BC Azovmash Mariupol added young talent to its backcourt by inking combo guard Ivan Paunic to a one-year deal on Tuesday. Paunic (1.94 meters, 25 years old) arrives from Canadian Solar Bologna, where he averaged 3.2 points in 6 Italian League games last season.

July 17, 2012 - Unicaja trades for shot-blocking king Vazquez
Unicaja Malaga strengthened its frontline and returned a star to his coming-of-age club by completing a trade with FC Barcelona Regal for the rights to shot-blocking king and 2010 Euroleague champ Fran Vazquez.

July 17, 2012 - Aradori joins Cantu backcourt
Turkish Airlines Euroleague Qualifying Rounds challenger Pallacanestro Cantu put some youthful energy in its backcourt with the signing of swingman Pietro Aradori to a two-year deal. Aradori (1.94 meters, 23 years old) arrives from Montepaschi Siena, which he helped reach the 2011 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four in Barcelona.

July 17, 2012 - Unics tabs low-post threat Vougioukas
Unics Kazan shored up its frontline by signing former Euroleague champ Ian Vougioukas, who ranked third in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague last season in per-minute scoring. The sides penned a two-year deal. Vougioukas (2.11 meters, 27 years old) was an important cog off the bench for Panathinaikos the past two seasons.

July 17, 2012 - Injury rules Javtokas out of Olympics
Robertas Javtokas will miss London Olympic Games due to an injury. It was decided that the captain of Lithuanian national team won't be able to play in London after a thorough examination by the doctors.

July 17, 2012 - Serbia cruise into Quarter-Finals
Serbia didn't miss a beat after the off day at the U20 European Championship, defeating Ukraine, 82-53, to start the Second Round with a victory. More importantly, the Balkan side have maintained their unbeaten record (4 wins in a row) and booked their place in the Quarter-Finals ahead of everyone else.

July 17, 2012 - Partizan mt:s signs center prospect Gagic for 4 years
Serbian champion Partizan mt:s Belgrade announced Monday that promising center Djordje Gagic signed a four year deal with the club. Gagic (2.10 meters, 21 years old) arrives from fellow Serbian side Hemofarm Stada, with whom he averaged 4.1 points and 2.4 rebounds in 10 minutes per game in the Adriatic League and 8.3 points and 6.1 rebounds in the Serbian League.

July 17, 2012 - Determined Lithuania surprise Spain
Lithuania showed their true potential after a poor performance in the First Round by dominating previously undefeated Group C winners Spain, 82-60, in the first game of the Second Round. The Baltic side broke away in the second quarter thanks to an intensice effort on defense.

July 17, 2012 - Turkey stun Italy with early run
Turkey commenced the Second Round of the U20 European Championship with an imperious 95-68 victory over Italy, courtesy of a thunderous first quarter. Italy did not manage to score a single point during the first seven minutes of the game, while the Turkish team collected 18 points in that spell to take a surmountable lead and cruise to an easy victory the rest of the way.

July 16, 2012 - Trefl Sopot lands Tabak as new coach
Polish League runner-up Trefl Sopot took a major step towards its Eurocup debut by signing one of the most successful players in European history, Zan Tabak, as its new head coach on Monday. Tabak, 42, arrives from Sant Josep Girona of the Spanish second division.

July 16, 2012 - Close losses hurt Lithuania at Nike Global Challenge
A pair of two-point defeats to U.S. teams, one of them in overtime, prevented Lithuania from challenging for the title at the Nike Global Challenge, held over the weekend in the United States capital of Washington, D.C. and the neighboring city of Alexandria, Virginia.

July 16, 2012 - Asseco Prokom makes Kemzura its new boss!
Polish champion Asseco Prokom Gdynia made its first major move for the 2012-13 Turkish Airlines Euroleague season by naming Kestutis Kemzura the team's new head coach on Sunday. Kemzura, 42, has been head coach of the Lithuanian national team since 2009.

July 15, 2012 - Cantu signs power forward Tyus
Pallacanestro Cantu turned to another promising player to bolster its squad by signing power forward Alex Tyus to a two-year deal. Tyus (2.03 meters, 24 years old) arrives from Maccabi Ashdod, with whom he made his European basketball debut last season in the Israeli League.

July 15, 2012 - Dusan Ivkovic in big troubles due to injuries
I am sure that Dusan Ivkovic even in his worst nightmares didn’t expect such situation. Beside that two players didn’t even show up, there are a lot of problems with injuries.

July 15, 2012 - Eurobasket Women Qualifiers
Ukraine and Serbia were the last sides to qualify for the EuroBasket Women 2013 Final Round after eight other teams had already clinched their spots before. Serbia, needing a plain win against Estonia to qualify thanks to a head-to-head advantage over Poland let no doubt about the qualification when they romped to victory over the Baltic outfit.

July 15, 2012 - Serbia survive gripping French thriller
France had multiple opportunities to win in the last minute but the Serbians held on to take a 70-67 victory on Saturday and finish the First Round without a single loss, at the top of Group A.

July 15, 2012 - Maccabi Electra adds point guard Roth
Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv has come to terms with established Israeli League point guard Moran Roth on a three-year deal, the club announced Saturday. The veteran playmaker comes from Hapoel Holon, with whom he led the Israeli League in assists last season with 8 per game.

July 14, 2012 - Slovenia squeeze out win over Sweden
Slovenia were seconds away from finding themselves on the wrong side of an upset against Sweden, but the hosts of the U20 European Championship managed to squeeze out a 70-69 victory, to improve to 2-0. They only escaped after Marko Pajic made an open shot from under the basket with 12 seconds left on the clock.

July 14, 2012 - Solid Serbia brush aside Germany
Serbia continued their confident march in the U20 European Championship by brushing aside Germany, 69-45, on the second day of Group A action in Kranjska Gora. The Balkan side dispelled any doubts their uneven performance in the opening day victory against Montenegro might had created with a solid, disciplined display.

July 14, 2012 - Italy come from behind to beat Lithuania
Italy showed they are a force to be reckoned with by upsetting one of the tournament favourites, Lithuania, at the U20 European Championship. The Azzurri prevailed, 89-82, in the day-two Group D clash, despite trailing by as many as 11 points in the second quarter.

July 13, 2012 - Sassari signs shooting star Ignerski
Banco Di Sardegna Sassari added an elite shooter to its ranks ahead of its debut Eurocup campaign by signing Michal Ignerski. The veteran forward spent last season in Russia split between Nizhniy Novgorod and Lokomitiv Kuban.

July 13, 2012 - 2012-13 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Regular Season features 50 games on Friday
Euroleague Basketball today released the calendar with the exact days on which Turkish Airlines Euroleague teams will play the upcoming 2012-13 regular season, with the big news being that more than 40% of the games will be on Fridays for the first time in the competition's history.

July 13, 2012 - Artland adds playmaker Haynes
To prepare its roster for the 2012-13 Eurocup Regular Season, German club Artland Dragons Quackenbrueck decided Friday to put the ball in the hands of point guard Marquez Haynes, who debuted last season in the competition. Haynes (1.88 meters, 25 years old) arrives from Gran Canaria 2014.

July 13, 2012 - Barcelona, Lorbek agree to multi-year extension
FC Barcelona Regal and big man Erazem Lorbek agreed to a three-year contract extension that would keep the three-time All-Euroleague selection playing for the Spanish champion through 2015.

July 13, 2012 - Fenerbahce Ulker lands All-Euroleague big man Batiste
The new-look Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul will feature a familiar face in very unfamiliar colors after the Turkish powerhouse signed All-Euroleague big man Mike Batiste to a one-year contract. Batiste (2.04 meters, 34 years old) arrives in Istanbul after spending nine seasons anchoring the Panathinaikos frontcourt.

July 13, 2012 - CSKA Moscow inks two-time champ Nicholas
CSKA Moscow keeps loading up for the 2012-13 season with the announcement Friday that former Euroleague champion and scoring king Drew Nicholas will join the Russian champs for at least one season. Nicholas (1.93 meters, 31 years old) arrives from EA7 Emporio Armani Milan.

July 13, 2012 - Zastal Zielona Gora re-signs Hodge for two years
Zastal Zielona Gora re-signed its star player over the past two seasons, point guard Walter Hodge, for an additional two years. Hodge (1.82 meters, 25 years old) was the Polish League regular season MVP last year.

July 13, 2012 - Anadolu Efes lands Farmar
Anadolu Efes made a big move on Thursday by inking point guard Jordan Farmar to a two-year deal. Farmar (1.88 meters, 25 years old) started the 2010-11 season with Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv and averaged 14.1 points, 4.7 rebounds and 4.1 assists in seven Turkish Airlines Euroleague games.

July 13, 2012 - Banco Di Sardegna Sassari signs Di Liegro at center
Banco Di Sardegna Sassari announced the signing of promising big man Dane Di Liegro for the coming season. Di Liegro (2.04 meters, 24 years old) made his professional debut last season with Domotecnica Ostuni of the Italian second division with whom he averaged 9.1 points and 7.1 rebounds per game.

July 12, 2012 - Panathinaikos, Tsartsaris enter second decade together
Panathinaikos Athens and its longest tenured player, three-time Euroleague champion Kostas Tsartsaris, will make it 11 years together after they agreed on a contract for the 2012-13 season. Tsartsaris (2.09 meters, 32 years old) has been a key figure in the team’s golden era under Coach Zeljko Obradovic.

July 12, 2012 - Lietuvos Rytas, Zalgiris future stars unite at Nike Global Challenge
The stars of the Nike International Junior Tournament from the 2012 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four in Istanbul, Turkey, will be well represented this week at the Nike Global Challenge as part of the World Basketball Festival 2012 in the American capital.

July 12, 2012 - VEF Riga keeps Bertans for 3 years
The player who started the most Eurocup games for VEF Riga last season, guard Dairis Bertrans, will be wearing black a long time after the Latvian champs signed him to a new three-year deal on Thursday. Bertans (1.92 meters, 23 years old) averaged 10 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 11 Eurocup games last season for Riga.

July 12, 2012 - Alba Berlin lands young gun Djedovic
Alba Berlin made a major addition to its 2012-13 roster on Thursday by signing combo guard Nihad Djedovic, considered one of the best young backcourt talents in Europe, to a one-year contract with an option through 2013-14. Djedovic (1.96 meters, 22 years old) scored 9.3 points per game in his only full Euroleague season, 2010-11 with Lottomatica Roma of Italy.

July 12, 2012 - Fenerbahce Ulker inks former champ Sato
In its first move since hiring Simone Pianigiani as head coach, Fenerbahce Ulker signed one of his former players, forward Romain Sato, to a two-year contract on Thursday. Sato (1.94 meters, 31 years old) arrives from Panathinaikos Athens, with whom he became a Turkish Airlines Euroleague champion in 2011.

July 12, 2012 - Montepaschi signs Sanikidze to multi-year deal
Italian champion Montepaschi Siena continued its rebuilding effort Wednesday with the signing of Georgian forward Viktor Sanikidze to a multi-year deal. The contract is for two seasons with an option for the 2014-15 campaign.

July 12, 2012 - Ratiopharm Ulm gets German national team wing Schwethelm on loan
Turkish Airlines Euroleague Qualifying Rounds hopeful ratiopharm Ulm has agreed with FC Bayern Munich to take German national team small forward Philipp Schwethelm on loan for the 2012-13 season. Schwethelm (2.00 meters, 23 years old) played a reserve role for Munich last season.

July 12, 2012 - Orleans adds playmaker Eito
Orleans Loiret Basket added to its backcourt with the signing of Antoine Eito for the coming season. Eito (1.86 meters, 24 meters) finished last season with Le Mans, which he joined for the playoffs and helped reach the final with 4.1 points in 13 minutes per game.

July 11, 2012 - Unicaja signs veteran swingman Vidal
Unicaja remained busy the day after signing Krunoslav Simon by bringing in veteran swingman Sergi Vidal on a two-year deal. Vidal (2.00 meters, 31 years old), a veteran of 190 Euroleague games over 11 seasons with Tau Ceramica/Caja Laboral Baskonia and Real Madrid.

July 11, 2012 - Olympiacos extends Euroleague hero Printezis
The author of arguably the most important basket in Olympiacos history will remain with his hometown club with the news that the Reds have signed versatile forward Georgios Printezis to a new deal through the end of the 2014-15 season. Printezis (2.02 meters, 27 years old) led Olympiacos to the Turkish Airlines Euroleague title.

July 11, 2012 - Cantu looks to future with rookie playmaker Smith
Turkish Airlines Euroleague Qualifying Rounds challenger Pallacanestro Cantu announced the signing of a two-year contract with guard Jerry Smith, who will make his European debut with the Italian club. Smith (1.88 meters, 24 years old) played last season with Springfield of the D- League and New Jersey of the NBA.

July 11, 2012 - Hapoel Jerusalem, veteran guard Tapiro together again
Hapoel Jerusalem and point guard Meir Tapiro are together again for the third time. Tapiro (1.92 meters, 37 years old) arrives from Maccabi Ashdod, which he led to the Israeli League finals last season. He averaged 9 points, 4.6 rebounds and was second in the league with 7.4 assists in 24 games.

July 11, 2012 - EA7 Emporio Armani Milano picks up Stipcevic at point
EA7 Emporio Armani Milano announced the signing of point guard Rok Stipcevic, who has spent the past season and a half in the Italian League with Cimberio Varese. The contract is for one season with an option for the 2013-14 season.

July 11, 2012 - Panathinaikos signs veteran big man Panko
Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four regular Panathinaikos Athens has made its first non-Greek signing for the 2012-13 season a vetaran big man, Andy Panko, who was MVP of the Spanish League last season.

July 11, 2012 - Unics signs ex-champ Kaimakoglou
Unics Kazan of Russia, a wild card recipient for the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Qualifying Rounds, has added one of the most versatile players in the competition, combo forward Kostas Kaimakoglou, with a two-year deal, the club announced Wednesday.

July 11, 2012 - Galatasaray lands big man Dudley
Galatasaray Medical Park shored up its frontline with the signing of big man Erwin Dudley, who arrives from rival Besiktas. Dudley (2,04 meters, 30 years old), who since receiving Turkish citizenship is known as Ersan Dagli in that country, has played his entire professional career in Turkey spare one season in Israel.

July 11, 2012 - Maccabi Electra tabs All-Eurocup forward Caner-Medley
One of the best players in the Eurocup is set to make his Turkish Airlines Euroleague debut with the announcement that Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv signed power forward Nik Caner-Medley to a two-year deal on Tuesday. Caner-Medley (2.03 meters, 28 years old) arrives from Valencia Basket.

July 11, 2012 - Gescrap BB inks big Rakovic to two-year deal
Gescrap Bilbao Basket signed big man Milovan Rakovic to a two-year deal, the club announced Tuesday. Rakovic (2.08 meters, 27 years old) arrives from Zalgiris Kaunas, where he averaged 7.1 points and 2.6 rebounds in 15 minutes over 16 Turkish Airlines Euroleague games last season in a reserve role.

July 10, 2012 - Fratello works out with Youth teams
Mike Fratello is not putting all of his energy into preparing Ukraine for the EuroBasket Qualification Round. The former NBA coach has also been involved in workouts with the country's teams preparing for the U20 and U18 European Championships.

July 10, 2012 - Unicaja tabs swingman Simon
Unicaja Malaga improved its backcourt by signing shooting guard Krunoslav Simon for the coming season, the club announced Tuesday. Unicaja holds an option to extend his contract for an additional year until the end of the 2013-14 season.

July 10, 2012 - Partizan and Zadar will open the 2012/13 ABA Adriatic league season
The Croatian capital hosted the General Assembly of all clubs gathered in 2012/13 ABA League on Tuesday, which finished with the draw for the upcoming season. The opening game will be played in Belgrade between Partizan m:ts and Zadar.

July 10, 2012 - Anadolu Efes nabs Lucas
Anadolu Efes Istanbul improved its backcourt by adding combo guard Jamon Lucas, who inked a two-year deal with the Turkish powerhouse on Tuesday. Lucas (1.91 meters, 27 years old) arrives from Galatasaray Medical Park.

July 10, 2012 - CSKA Moscow extends Krstic
One of the best big men in the 2011-12 Turkish Airlines Euroleague is set to stay put, as CSKA Moscow announced a new agreement with center Nenad Krstic, who extended his contract until the end of the 2013-14 season. CSKA keeps an option to keep Krstic for one more year, through 2014-15.

July 10, 2012 - Zalgiris names Plaza as newest head coach
Zalgiris Kaunas named Joan Plaza as its new head coach on Monday evening. Plaza, age 48, arrives from Banca Civica Sevilla, which he has coached for the past three seasons. Plaza led the team to its first Spanish League playoffs appearance in 10 years in the 2009-10 season.

July 10, 2012 - CEZ Nymburk tabs playmaker Taylor
CEZ Nymburk signed dynamic guard Mike Taylor for the coming season, the club announced Monday. Taylor (26 years old, 1.88 meters) arrives from the Greek League, where he played for Kavala last season and averaged 13.9 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2 assists over 22 games.

July 10, 2012 - Ratiopharm Ulm adds young big man Theis for three years
Turkish Airlines Euroleague hopeful ratiopharm Ulm announced Monday the signing of top German talent Daniel Theis to a three-year deal. Theis (2.04 meters, 20 years old) joins the German League runner-up from New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig, for whom he averaged 3.2 points and 1.5 rebounds in eight minutes per game last season.

July 9, 2012 - Lukoil Academic brings back Green
Perennial Bulgarian League champion Lukoil Academic improved its team for the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Qualifying Round by inking small forward Devin Green to a one-year deal on Monday. Green (2.01 meters, 29 years old) started the 2011-12 with New York of the NBA before joining Erie Bay Hawks, where he averaged 14.9 points and 5 rebounds in 11 NBA Development League games.

July 9, 2012 - Brose Baskets re-signs Gavel
German League champion Brose Baskets Bamberg reached a new agreement with point guard Anton Gavel to keep him in Bamberg until the end of the 2013-14 season, the club announced Monday. Gavel (1.89 meters, 27 years old) averaged 8.5 points and 2.1 assists in 10 Turkish Airlines Euroleague games last season.

July 9, 2012 - Galatasaray Medical Park brings back Akyol
A young veteran returned to the Eurocup with the announcement Saturday that Galatasaray Medical Park inked swingman Cenk Akyol to a two-year deal. Akyol (1.97 meters, 25 years old) arrives from Anadolu Efes, where he averaged 4.7 points and 2 rebounds in 16 Turkish Airlines Euroleague games last season.

July 9, 2012 - Olympiacos keeps Law
Reigning Turkish Airlines Euroleague champion Olympiacos BC Piraeus kept building its roster for the upcoming season by re-signing point guard Acie Law
(1.90 meters, 27 years old) for an extra year, the club announced Saturday.

July 8, 2012 - Olympiacos finds new coach in Bartzokas
Reigning Turkish Airlines Euroleague champion Olympiacos Piraeus has found a new boss with the announcement that Georgios Bartzokas will coach the team until the end of the 2013-14 season. Bartzokas, who turned 47 this month, arrives from Panionios ON Telecoms Athens, which he led to the Greek League semifinals last season before losing against the Reds.

July 8, 2012 - Olympic Qualifying Tournament: Semifinals
Russia and Lithuania are London bound. The two national teams won their respective semifinal tilts Saturday at the Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Caracas, Venezuela, to secure their place at the 2012 Olympic Games starting at the end of the month in the British capital.

July 8, 2012 - USA Olympic squad announced
USA have announced their 12 players that will go to London for this month's Olympic Games. An experienced and versatile line-up will be looking to retain the gold medal they won in Beijing in 2008 and they will start as favourites.

Joyous Sweden end 25 years of hurt
A quarter of a century after their last EuroBasket Women Final Round appearance, Sweden is back at the top table once again having been crowned Group D winners.

July 8, 2012 - Lithuania, Russia in the Semi-finals
Lithuania survived in a 76-72 victory over Puerto Rico on Friday night at the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament to join Russia in the Semi-Finals and move a step closer to the London Games.

July 7, 2012 - EuroLeague Women regular season drawn
The Draw for Women's Basketball elite club competition, the 2012/13 EuroLeague Women season, concluded on Friday in Munich, Germany. This year's line-up features 21 teams, among them five newcomers in Arras Pays D'Artois (FRA), Municipal Targoviste (ROU), Novi Zagreb (CRO), Tarsus Belediye Spor (TUR) and USO Mondeville (FRA).

July 7, 2012 - Olympic Qualifying Tournament: Quarterfinals
Russia and Nigeria are both just one win from going to London. Both teams won in the morning session on quarterfinals day at Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Caracas, Venezuela, and will square off Saturday in the semifinals.

July 7, 2012 - Tony Parker given the all clear
French basketball is breathing a sigh of relief with star point guard Tony Parker being given the all-clear to play for the national team at the Olympics. Parker suffered an eye injury while visiting a night club in New York after a fight broke out.

July 7, 2012 - Nigeria advance by shocking the Greeks
Nigeria defeated Greece 80-79 in a thriller in the second quarter-final of the day, at the Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Caracas. Ike Diogu  led Nigeria with a double-double of 17 points and 12 rebounds, Ade Dagunduro added 14  points.

July 6, 2012 - Turkish Airlines Euroleague Draw 2012-13
The draw for the 2012-13 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Regular Season and the Euroleague Qualifying Rounds Friday set the wheels in motion for another spectacular edition of the continent’s best basketball.

July 6, 2012 - EA7 Emporio Armani adds experienced Basile
A Euroleague legend will make one more push for a Euroleague crown with the news that EA7 Emporio Armani Milano signed Gianluca Basile to a one-year deal on Friday. Basile (1.92 meters, 37 years old) arrives from Bennet Cantu, where he averaged 10 points on 43% three-point shooting and 3.1 assists in 15 Turkish Airlines Euroleague games last season.

July 6, 2012 - Marketing summit points the way for sponsors and clubs
A who's who of sports industry leaders and European basketball professionals enjoyed a day-long exchange of ideas and strategies to help clubs and sponsors marry their common interests at the European Basketball Marketing Summit, organized by Euroleague Basketball in Barcelona on Thursday.

July 5, 2012 - Press conference transcript: Jordi Bertomeu, Euroleague Basketball President and CEO
On the eve of the 2012-13 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Draw and a few hours before the Euroleague Commercial Assets Assembly of shareholders on Thursday in Barcelona, Euroleague Basketball President and CEO Jordi Bertomeu met with international media at a press conference to discuss issues looking forward to next season. Here is a transcript of the press conference.

July 5, 2012 - FC Barcelona Regal bags center Tomic
Spanish League champion FC Barcelona Regal signed center Ante Tomic to a three-year deal, the club announced Thursday. Barcelona keeps an option to extend the deal until the end of the 2015-16 season. Tomic (2.17 meters, 25 years old) arrives from archrivals Real Madrid, where he averaged 6.7 points and 3.7 rebounds in 15 Turkish Airlines Euroleague games last season.

July 5, 2012 - Euroleague Head Coaches meeting breaks new ground
A comprehensive approach to helping improve the sport on and off the court was the subject of the Annual Euroleague Head Coaches Meeting, held on Wednesday and Thursday as part of the first Euroleague Basketball Institute Technical Week.

July 5, 2012 - 2012-13 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Draw to be broadcast in more than 90 countries!
The 2012-13 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Draw will reach far and wide to its fans across the world. The competition’s popularity can be attested to by the fact that the draw will be broadcast live to more than 90 countries, including the continent of Africa for the first time. In all nine networks will show the draw.

July 5, 2012 - Gescrap Bilbao Basket inks Pilepic
Gescrap Bilbao Basket has added more fire power to its roster by inking scoring guard Fran Pilepic to a two-year deal on Thursday. Bilbao keeps an option to extend his contract until the end of the 2014-15 season. Pilepic (1.83 meters, 23 years old) arrives from Siroki WWin.

July 5, 2012 - BC Azovmash names Kesar new head coach
BC Azovmash Mariupol found a new head coach for the coming season, as the Ukrainian powerhouse announced the arrival of Aleksandar Kesar on Thursday. Kesar, age 40, arrives from Olympiacos, where he worked as Dusan Ivkovic's assistant coach for the last two seasons.

July 5, 2012 - Dinamo Sassari, Devecchi agree again
Dinamo Banco di Sardegna Sassari announced a new agreement with guard Jack Devecchi, who extended his contract until the end of the 2014-15 season, the club announced Thursday. Devecchi (1.96 meters, 27 years old) is set to start his seventh season with the club.

July 5, 2012 - Hosts GB announce Olympic squad
Great Britain coach Chris Finch has named his final roster for the Olympic Games which starts in three weeks. The roster was announced earlier at Loughbrough with Pops Mensah-Bonsu the only new face in a largely retained team from last year's Eurobasket in Lithuania. Pops missed that tournament through injury.

July 5, 2012 - Olympic Qualifying Tournament: Day 3
The third day at the Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Caracas, Venezuela, produced all the desired results for the four European teams as Greece and Russia both won and were joined by Lithuania and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) as the four group winners.

July 4, 2012 - Real Madrid brings back Fernandez
A familiar face returns to the Spanish capital at the prime of his career with Real Madrid's announcement Wednesday that Rudy Fernandez has inked a three-year deal with the club. Fernandez (1.97 meters, 27 years old) started the 2011-12 season with Madrid and averaging 11.5 points on 89.5% free throw shooting, 3.1 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.3 steals in eight Turkish Airlines Euroleague games.

July 4, 2012 - Bennet Cantu adds size with Cusin
Turkish Airlines Euroleague hopeful Bennet Cantu improved its frontcourt with the signing of center Marco Cusin to a two-year deal on Wednesday. Cusin (2.11 meters, 27 years old) arrives from Scavolini Siviglia Pesaro, where he averaged 7.7 points, 5.1 rebounds, 1.2 steals and 1.3 blocks in 29 Italian League games last season in helping Scavolini make it to the Italian League semifinals.

July 4, 2012 - Basketball Rules Summit panel makes broad recommendations
The Euroleague Basketball Institute's groundbreaking Basketball Rules Summit concluded in Barcelona on Tuesday with an expert panel of professionals in the sport making a series of recommendations to change and interpret rules in ways that make the game more exciting for fans of the Turkish Airlines Euroleague and the Eurocup.

July 4, 2012 - Panathinaikos lands Schortsanitis
One of the most unstoppable centers in world basketball switched Turkish Airlines Euroleague teams when Panathinaikos Athens announced the arrival of Sofoklis Schortsanitis, who inked a three-year deal with his new club on Wednesday.

July 4, 2012 - Joakim Noah out of Olympics while Parker is 50/50
Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah will miss this month's Olympic Games in London due to an ankle injury. Noah picked up the injury in a Playoff game against the Philadelphia 76ers in May and was hoping to recover in time for London. But the injury has unfortunately not healed in time.

July 4, 2012 - Sixth annual Euroleague Marketing Summit set for Thursday
The annual Euroleague Basketball Marketing Summit descends on Barcelona for a sixth consecutive year on Thursday, July 5 as part of the ongoing Euroleague Basketball Institute Technical Week activities.

July 4, 2012 - Olympic Qualifying Tournament: Day 2
It was a banner day for the European squads on the second day at the Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Caracas, Venezuela, as the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) won to reach the quarterfinals, while Russia and Greece also advanced without even playing.

July 3, 2012 - VEF Riga tabs veteran guard Strelnieks
VEF Riga added a veteran presence to its backcourt by signing guard Arturs Strelnieks, who arrives from Latvian League rival BK Ventspils. Strelnieks (1.95 meters, 26 years old) has spent the past three seasons with Ventspils, with whom he lost to Riga in the finals last season.

July 3, 2012 - EA7 Emporio Armani, Hairston stay together
EA7 Emporio Armani Milan will have its leading scorer back next season after agreeing to terms on a new contract with swingman Malik Hairston, which will keep him in the fashion capital through the 2013-14 season. Hairston (1.98 meters, 25 years old) averaged 13.9 points on 48% three-point shooting and 3.1 rebounds in 12 Turkish Airlines Euroleague games.

July 3, 2012 - Miami Heat Future
What a year it was for Miami. Expectations were at an all-time high as the Big Three entered their second season together in South Beach. LeBron was criticized for his performances in the the NBA Finals in that first year and every move he made this season was scrutinized even more.

July 3, 2012 - Anadolu Efes adds size with Erden
Anadolu Efes Istanbul bolstered its frontcourt by signing center Semih Erden to a two-year deal on Wednesday. Efes keeps an option to extend his contract until the end of the 2014-15 season. Erden (2.11 meters, 25 years old) arrives from Cleveland of the NBA, where he averaged 3.5 points and 2.6 rebounds in 28 NBA games this season.

July 3, 2012 - Montepaschi Siena signs combo guard Hackett
Montepaschi Siena bolstered its backcourt by inking combo guard Daniel Hackett to a two-year deal, the club announced Tuesday. Hackett (1.98 meters, 24 years old) arrives from Scavolini Siviglia Pesaro, where he averaged 11.2 points, 3.8 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 2.4 steals in 41 Italian League games last season.

July 3, 2012 - Artland Dragons signs Kerusch
Artland Dragons started to build its roster for the upcoming Eurocup season by inking athletic guard Sergio Kerusch to a one-year deal, the club announced Tuesday. Kerusch (1.95 meters, 23 years old) arrives from Aris BSA 2003, where he averaged 7.4 points and 5.8 rebounds in 12 Eurocup games last season.

July 3, 2012 - Panathinaikos tabs Bramos
Panathinaikos BC started to build its roster for the upcoming future by inking swingman Mike Bramos to a two-year deal, the club announced Tuesday. Bramos (1.96 meters, 25 years old) arrives from Gran Canaria, where he averaged 6 points in 6 Eurocup games last season.

July 3, 2012 - Gescrap BB lands Zisis
Gescrap BB added valuable experience and talent for the upcoming season by inking playmaker Nikos Zisis to a one-year deal on Tuesday. Gescrap keeps an option to extend his contract until the end of the 2013-14 season.

July 3, 2012 - Anadolu Efes holds on to Gonlum
Anadolu Efes has reached a new agreement with power forward Kerem Gonlum, who re-signed his contract until the end of the 2013-14 season, the club announced Tuesday. Gonlum (2.08 meters, 34 years old) is set to start his eighth season with the club. He missed most of the 2011-12 Turkish Airlines Euroleague season due to injury, only taking part in that game.

July 3, 2012 - Lokomotiv Kuban lands former champ Calathes
Lokomotiv Kuban added a proven force to its lineup by signing former Euroleague champion Nick Calathes to a two-year deal. Calathes (1.98 meters, 23 years old) arrives from Panathinaikos Athens, with whom he won the 2011 Turkish Airlines Euroleague and returned to the Final Four last season.

July 3, 2012 - Olympic Qualifying Tournament: Day 1
The stars of last season’s Turkish Airlines Euroleague title games had banner days in the opening games of the Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Caracas, Venezuela, on Monday. Final Four MVP Vassilis Spanoulis of Olympiacos dished 7 assists as Greece routed Jordan, while Euroleague MVP Andrei Kirilenko led Russia in scoring as it mauled South Korea.

July 3, 2012 - Anthony Davis set to miss Olympics
The #1 pick of 2012 Draft, Anthony Davis, is set to miss the would-be first Olympic tournament of his career, after being sidelined for two weeks due to an ankle sprain.

July 3, 2012 - Venezuela brings joy to home crowd
Hosts Venezuela started their Olympic Qualifying campaign in great style by defeating Nigeria 71-69, in Caracas. Venezuela’s prodigy Greivis Vasquez was the man of the match scoring 24 points and leading all the way his team in this win.

July 2, 2012 - Oostende, Wright agree for two more seasons
Turkish Airlines Euroleague hopeful Telenet Oostende agreed to terms with power forward Brent Wright to keep him with the club for two more seasons. Wright (2.03 meters, 34 years old) was a key force in delivering the 2012 Belgian League title to Oostende after averaging 11.2 points and 5.5 rebounds in just 23 minutes per game.

July 2, 2012 - Partizan mt:s picks up promising guard Westermann
Partizan mt:s announced the signing of promising guard Leo Westermann to a three-year deal. Westermann (1.96 meters, 19 years old) arrives from Asvel Basket, where he has emerged as one of the top young players in French basketball. He averaged 6 points, 3.6 assists and 1.2 steals in 12 Eurocup games last season.

July 2, 2012 - EA7 Emporio Armani adds scorer Langford
EA7 Emporio Armani Milan found a go-to scorer in Keith Langford, who has been his team’s leading scorer in each of his three previous seasons in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague. Langford (1.93 meters, 28 years old) arrives from Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv, with whom he came within a basket of reaching his first Euroleague Final Four last season.

July 2, 2012 - Pedoulakis new Panathinaikos coach
Greek veteran coach Argyris Pedoulakis has been announced as the new head coach of Panathinaikos. The former player who spent six years playing for Panathinaikos in mid 80s to early 90s was the Plan B of the club after Jure Zdovc, but the Slovenian coach was under contract with Spartak St. Petersburg.

July 2, 2012 - CSKA Moscow signs savvy forward Micov
CSKA Moscow added one of the breakout stars of the 2011-12 Turkish Airlines Euroleague season by signing Vladimir Micov. The small forward was a major force in leading Bennet Cantu to the Top 16 and within a tiebreaker of the playoffs.

July 2, 2012 - Triumph Lyubertsy lands athletic forward Mitchell
Triumph Lyubertsy picked up a player with great promise by signing Tasmin Mitchell. The athletic small forward arrives from Hapoel Holon of the Israeli League, where he averaged 15.2 points, 6.2 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.5 steals per game in his first season in Europe.

July 2, 2012 - EBI Basketball Rules Summit begins in Barcelona
The Euroleague Basketball Institute's Basketball Rules Summit, a two-day effort to motivate debate on how the rules and regulations currently influence spectacle, clarity and fairness of European basketball, is underway in Barcelona.

July 2, 2012 - EA7 Emporio Armani inks Chiotti
EA7 Emporio Armani signed blue collar big man David Chiotti, the club announced Sunday. Chiotti (2.05 meters, 27 years old) has spent the past three seasons in Italy with Casale Monferrato. Last season he averaged 9.0 points and 7.0 rebounds in the top Italian League after previously helping that club gain promotion from the second division.

July 2, 2012 - Nick Calathes agrees with Lokomotiv Kuban
In an unexpected way, the Russian club signed a two-year deal with the American/greek player that represented Panathinaikos last year. Andrey Vedishev, Lokomotiv Kuban’s president announced this signing on twitter this weekend after a week of negotiations with the young point guard.

July 2, 2012 - Canada become last team to qualify for London
Canada have claimed the last spot at this summer's Games after defeating Japan 71-63 on the final day of the Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Ankara. The victory which comes on Canada's 145th birthday as a nation is all the more special for the talented group of ladies who can now look forward to the London Olympics later this month.

July 1, 2012 - Cedevita hires coaching great Maljkovic
Coaching great Bozidar Maljkovic returns to the Euroleague for the first time since the 2007 Final Four as the new head coach at Cedevita Zagreb. Maljkovic, 60, is one of just five head coaches in European history to have won the Euroleague title four or more times.

July 1, 2012 - Zalgiris keeps team captain Jankunas
Zalgiris Kaunas has exercised its option to keep forward Paulius Jankunas for the 2012-13 season. The team captain signed a two-year deal with an option for a third season with Zalgiris in the summer of 2010 and after meeting all expectations, the Lithuanian champs activated the option.

July 1, 2012 - Lietuvos Rytas reunites with guard Blums
Lietuvos Rytas turned to former player Janis Blums to bring scoring ability and experience to its backcourt by signing the veteran guard for the coming season. The sides agreed to terms on a contract for two seasons. Blums (1.90 meters, 30 years old) helped Rytas to the Eurocup title game and a Baltic League title when he played for the club in 2006-07.

July 1, 2012 - Galatasaray, Atsur pen two-year deal
Galatasaray Medical Park landed one of Turkey’s best playmakers with the signing of Engin Atsur to a two-year contract. Atsur (1.93 meters, 24 years old) arrives from Fenerbahce Ulker. Atsur suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon while playing for the Turkish national team before the 2010 FIBA World Championships, which caused him to miss the entire 2010-11 season.

July 1, 2012 - Valencia grabs Doellman for two seasons
Valencia Basket announced Saturday that it signed power forward Justin Doellman to a two-year deal. Doellman (2.06 meters, 26 years old) is a former double-digit scorer in the Euroleague who comes off a great season in Spain.

July 1, 2012 - Cholet Basket pens Jomby to three-year deal
Cholet Basket announced Friday that it has signed swingman Rudy Jomby to a three-year deal. Jomby (1.96 meters, 24 years old) will be reunited with former coach Jean-Manuel Sousa, who coached Jomby at the start of his career at Le Havre.

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