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June 30, 2012 - Lietuvos Rytas loans Radosevic from Milan
Lietuvos Rytas added size and promising talent for the upcoming season by getting big man Leon Radosevic on loan from EA7 - Emporio Armani Milano. Radosevic (2.08 meters, 22 years old) averaged 3.5 points and 1.3 rebounds in 14 Turkish Airlines Euroleague games with Milan last season.

June 30, 2012 - 2012-13 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Draw criteria and procedure
The Qualifying Rounds will consist of three rounds, QR1, QR2 and QR3. There will be a seeded draw, placing teams into an eight team bracket. Teams will be separated into two seeds according to the Club Ranking described in this appendix. Teams entering the draw following a renouncement will be seeded according to the Club Ranking. Teams granted a Wild Card by ECA will be seeded above the rest of the teams.

June 29, 2012 - CSKA Moscow signs big man Erceg
CSKA Moscow bolstered its frontcourt with the signing of sharpshooting big man Zoran Erceg, who returns to the Euroleague after a one-year absence. Erceg (2.11 meters, 27 years old) arrives from Besiktas, with whom he won the Turkish League and the FIBA EuroChallenge last season.

June 29, 2012 - VEF Riga adds forward Daniels
Latvian champion VEF Riga has bolstered its roster by signing scoring forward William Daniels for the 2012-13 Eurocup Regular Season. Williams (2.03 meters, 26 years old) averaged 14.2 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game last season playing for Nanterre in the French League.

June 29, 2012 - Kentucky Wildcats kindle the NBA draft
Kentucky Wildcats top prospect Anthony Davis was taken with No.1 pick in the NBA draft by New Orleans. Hornets finished last season with Western Conference low 21 wins. 19-years old teenager from Chicago led University of Kentucky to the National championship in NCAA in his only college season.

June 29, 2012 - Triumph Lyubertsy re-signs point guard McKee
Triumph Lyubertsy managed to lock up floor general Tywain McKee for another season, the club announced Thursday. McKee (1.88 meters, 26 years old) was a key part of Triumph’s success last season with 10.6 points, 4.7 rebounds and 4.1 steals as the club finished third in the EuroChallenge.

June 29, 2012 - Azovmash inks three-point specialist Zabirchenko
Azovmash Mariupol signed three-point specialist Dmytro Zabirchenko from fellow Ukrainian side Budivenlyk, the club announced Thursday. Zabirchenko (1.92 meters, 28 years old) returns to his boyhood club, where he last played in 2006.

June 29, 2012 - Unics bags star forward Banic
Unics Kazan signed star forward Marko Banic to a three-year deal, the club announced Thursday. Banic (2.04 meters, 27 years old) arrives from Gescrap Bilbao, where he has spent the past seven seasons. He averaged 13.3 points and 4 rebounds in 20 Turkish Airlines Euroleague games last season in leading Gescrap to the playoffs.

June 29, 2012 - Telenet Oostende keeps core intact
Telenet Oostende made moves to keep the core of its 2011-12 Belgian championship squad intact by re-signing or extending the deals of four players: Dragisa Dronbnjak, Veselin Petrovic, Dusan Katnic and Quentin Serron.

June 28, 2012 - Unics adds Sergeev at point
Unics Kazan bolstered its backcourt with the signing of Pavel Sergeev, who returns to the club after playing the 2007-08 season there. He signed a one0year deal with a team option for a second season. Sergeev (1.87 meters, 25 years old) arrives from Spartak St. Petersburg, where he saw limited action backing up Eurocup MVP Patrick Beverley last season.

June 28, 2012 - Garbajosa, Parker end emblematic careers
A pair of emblematic former stars have announced their retirements back-to-back over the last 24 hours, leaving Turkish Airlines Euroleague fans with a wealth of memories of their glory days as players.

June 28, 2012 - EuroChallenge 2012/13 clubs announced
FIBA Europe has announced the list of teams to participate in the EuroChallenge 2012/13 season. The Draw for the Regular Season will take place in Freising, Germany, on Friday 6 July. The EuroChallenge Regular Season line-up will feature 32 clubs. 28 teams will be drawn directly into  drawn into the Regular Season groups.

June 28, 2012 - Sweden return to Group D summit
Sweden hit back from an early deficit to beat Germany and move back into first place in Group D of the EuroBasket Women Qualification Round. Frida Eldebrink remained red hot, pouring in 21 points for the Swedes as they improved to 3-1. Both Sweden and a team they have beaten, Spain, are 3-1.

June 28, 2012 - EuroLeague Women clubs announced
FIBA Europe has announced the list of teams that will participate in the 2012/13 EuroLeague Women season. The Regular Season line-up features 21 clubs, which will be drawn into three groups of seven (7) teams.

June 28, 2012 - Jamont Gordon leaves CSKA Moscow
CSKA Moscow today announced that the club and Jamont Gordon have decided to part ways. After agreeing on the contract termination, Gordon was released from the team. 25-year-old point guard is now a free agent.

June 28, 2012 - Anthony Parker retires
American veteran Anthony Parker announced his retirement from professional basketball after 15 amazing years in Europe and USA. The last five of those seasons, the 37-year-old shooting guard spent was in the NBA, where he played for the Toronto Raptors (2006-2009) and Cleveland Cavaliers (2009-2012).

June 28, 2012 - Cholet Basket appoints Sousa head coach
Cholet Basket named Jean-Manuel Sousa as the successor to Erman Kunter, who left the club for the same position at Besiktas earlier in the week. Sousa, 46, arrives from Le Havre, where he has served in various capacities for 21 years.

June 27, 2012 - Le Mans pens Pape Sy to two-year deal
Le Mans signed one of the best all-around players in France, swingman Pape Sy, to a two-year deal, the club announced Tuesday. Sy (2.00 meters, 24 years old) arrives from BCM Gravelines, which he led to the Eurocup Last 16 and first place in the French League regular season last year.

June 27, 2012 - Experts to debate regulations at Basketball Rules Summit
In a first-of-its-kind initiative, Euroleague Basketball will convene a Basketball Rules Summit next week to debate how rules and regulations can be put to the service of making the game even better for fans. Expert professionals from across the spectrum of the sport will come together in Barcelona, Spain, to propose and debate ways to improve the spectacle, clarity and fairness of the rules for all participants and the public.

June 27, 2012 - 2011-12 Alexander Gomelskiy Trophy: Dusan Ivkovic, Olympiacos Piraeus
To observe Dusan Ivkovic coaching Olympiacos Piraeus last season was like watching the master conductor of an orchestra. From tentative beginnings with a newly formed roster, Ivkovic used all of his experience as a teacher, communicator and motivator to guide the Reds to an amazing crescendo at the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four in Istanbul.

June 27, 2012 - Alba Berlin keeps Schultze
Alba Berlin stayed as one of the most active Turkish Airlines Euroleague teams in the off-season market. On Wednesday, Alba announced a new agreement with power forward Sven Schultze to stay together next season. Schultze (2.08 meters, 34 years old) averaged 2.6 points in 12 Eurocup games last season.

June 27, 2012 - Spartak St. Petersburg lands Tucker
Spartak St. Peterburg bolstered its frontcourt for the upcoming Eurocup season by inking power forward PJ Tucker to a one-year deal on Wednesday. Spartak keeps an option to extend his contract until the end of the 2013-14 season.

June 27, 2012 - Moscow will host Euroleague Qualifying Round
Eight teams will battle in September for a single ticket in the next year's Euroleague in Russian capital. Although participating teams have not been officially announced yet, it is reported that UNICS Kazan will receive the wild card.

June 27, 2012 - Zalgiris exercises options to keep Popovic, Lipkevicius
Zalgiris Kaunas announced Tuesday that it has exercised its options to extend the contracts of two key players from last season’s squad, veteran guard Marko Popovic and forward Vytenis Lipkevicius, for the 2012-13 season.

June 26, 2012 - Unics brings back shooting guard Zvarykin
Turkish Airlines Euroleague hopeful Unics Kazan signed shooting guard Victor Zvarykin for the coming season. Zvarykin (1.98 meters, 26 years old) previously spent parts of two seasons with Unics between 2009 and 2011.

June 26, 2012 - Second in a row for Turkey in Ankara
Turkey won second game in a row in Group A of FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament for women in Ankara. After beating Puerto Rico 65:53 yesterday, today the host team made another successful step in the competition and won over Japan 65:49.

June 26, 2012 - Anadolu Efes adds promising scorer Batuk
Anadolu Efes has tabbed promising small forward Birkan Batuk as its first signing ahead of the 2012-13 season. Batuk (1.96 meters, 22 years old) is a skilled scorer who was the MVP of last season’s Turkish League all-star game.

June 26, 2012 - Unicaja, Rodriguez part ways; his No. 5 to be retired
An end of an era has arrived for basketball in Malaga, Spain, where Unicaja announced that team captain Berni Rodriguez will not play for the club next season. Rodriguez, born in Malaga and a member of the club from age 8, will get a lasting honor with Unicaja’s decision that his No. 5 jersey will be retired.

June 26, 2012 - Essex Leopards Join BBL
The British Basketball League (BBL) are pleased to announce that they have granted a franchise to the Essex Leopards, who will commence BBL competition from the start of 2013/14 season.

June 26, 2012 - Euroleague Basketball brings together industry leaders for a week of activities
Euroleague Basketball is opening the 2012-13 season in early July with a week full of activities bringing industry leaders and technical experts together to debate and establish the framework for improved basketball in the future.

June 26, 2012 - Croatia, Czechs, Turkey open with wins
Three European teams moved a step closer to the London Games on Monday with victories on the opening day of the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament for Women (OQTW) in Ankara. Croatia thumped Mozambique, the Czech Republic hammered New Zealand and Turkey won comfortably against Puerto Rico to all but seal places in the Quarter-Finals.

June 25, 2012 - REAL MADRID extends head coach Laso
Turkish Airlines Euroleague power Real Madrid reached a new agreement with head coach Pablo Laso to extend his contract until the end of the 2013-14 season, the club announced Monday. Laso, 44, arrived in the Spanish capital last summer and has pleased Madrid fans with his team's run-and-gun, fun-to-watch basketball, which led the Whites to a good season.

June 25, 2012 - PARTIZAN mt:s, coach Vujosevic reunite
A coaching legend is back to his trademark team, as Partizan mt:s has announced the return of Dusko Vujosevic, who penned a three-year deal with the Serbian powerhouse on Monday. Vujosevic, age 53, has not coached for almost two years following an early departure from CSKA Moscow in late November, 2010.

June 25, 2012 - Brose Baskets keeps homegrown guard Tadda
A familiar face is set to stay in his hometown Bamberg for the next two years, as Brose Baskets announced a new agreement with guard Karsten Tadda to keep him in the team until the end of the 2013-14 season.

June 25, 2012 - NBA Europe LIVE 2012 presented by BBVA™ to showcase Boston Celtics, Dallas Mavericks and top Euroleague teams
The Boston Celtics and the Dallas Mavericks of the National Basketball Association (NBA), and top Euroleague Basketball teams Alba Berlin from Germany, EA7 Emporio Armani from Italy, and Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul from Turkey will play a series of preseason games this October as part of NBA Europe Live 2012 presented by BBVA™, the NBA, Euroleague Basketball, and BBVA announced today.

June 25, 2012 - Boston Celtics to play Emporio Armani in Milan as part of NBA Europe LIVE 2012 presented by BBVA™
The 17-time NBA Champion Boston Celtics will play 25-time Italian Champions EA7 Emporio Armani of the Euroleague at the Mediolanum Forum in Milan on October 7, 2012 as part of NBA Europe Live 2012 presented by BBVA™, the National Basketball Association (NBA), Euroleague Basketball and BBVA announced today.

June 25, 2012 - Dallas Mavericks to play Alba Berlin in Berlin as part of NBA Europe LIVE 2012 presented by BBVA™
The 2011 NBA Champion Dallas Mavericks will play a preseason game against eight-time German Champions Alba Berlin of the Euroleague on October 6, 2012 at the highly successful O2 World as part of NBA Europe Live 2012 presented by BBVA™ the National Basketball Association (NBA), Euroleague Basketball, and BBVA announced today.

June 25, 2012 - Boston Celtics to play Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul as part of NBA Europe LIVE 2012 Presented by Garanti Bank™
The 17-time NBA Champion Boston Celtics will play a preseason game against five-time Turkish Champions Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul of the Euroleague on October 5, 2012 at the state-of-the-art Ulker Sports Arena as part of NBA Europe Live 2012 presented by Garanti Bank™, it was announced today by the National Basketball Association (NBA), Euroleague Basketball and BBVA.

June 25, 2012 - Le Mans signs Long
Le Mans Sarthe Basket kept getting stronger for the upcoming 2012-13 Eurocup season by inking athletic guard Cam Long to a one-year deal on Monday. Long (1.93 meters, 23 years olg) arrives from Siauliai, where he averaged 13.8 points, 3.3 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 2.1 steals in 29 Lithuanian League games last season.

June 25, 2012 - LE MANS re-signs Mendy, tabs Issa
Le Mans Sarthe Basket continued putting together a group of core players to stay together in the upcoming seasons. On Saturday, Le Mans announced the arrival of Dounna Issa, as well as inking Kevin Mendy to his first professional contract. Issa (1.98 meters, 31 years old) arrives from BCM Gravelines, where he averaged 3.6 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.1 blocks in 12 Eurocup games last season.

June 25, 2012 - GESCRAP BB keeps Samb
Gescrap BB reached a new agreement with big man Mamadou Samb to keep him in the team until the end of the 2013-14 season. Samb (2.08 meters, 22 years old) joined Gescrap in January and saw very limited playing time in the 2011-12 Turkish Airlines Euroleague - just 35 seconds in Game 3 of the playoffs against CSKA.

June 25, 2012 - Banvit BK lands Mejia
Banvit BK brought in more fire power to try to get to the Turkish Airlines Euroleague through the Qualifying Round by inking scoring machine Sammy Mejia to a one-year deal, the club announced Saturday. Mejia (1.98 meters, 29 years old) arrives from CSKA Moscow, where he averaged 5 points in 6 Euroleague games last season.

June 25, 2012 - Lietuvos Rytas inks Nedovic
Lietuvos Rytas improved its backcourt for the upcoming future by inking combo guard Nemanja Nedovic, the club announced this weekend. Nedovic (1.91 meters, 21 years old) arrives from Crvena Zvezda Diva, the only club he has played for until joining L. Rytas.

June 25, 2012 - BC Donetsk tabs Jovanovic as coach
Ukrainian League champion BC Donetsk found a new head coach in Vlada Jovanovic, who inked a two-year deal with his new club on Sunday. Jovanovic, age 38, arrives from Partizan mt:s, where he has worked as head coach in the last two years. He has led Partizan to win back-to-back Serbian League and Serbian Cup titles in each of the last two season.

June 24, 2012 - Caja Laboral inks Pleiss and Causeur
Caja Laboral of Spain jumped into the summer player market with both feet on Sunday, putting two of Europe's top young talents, big man Tibor Pleiss and shooting guard Fabien Causeur, on the roster for the next Turkish Airlines Euroleague season. Read more here.

June 24, 2012 - Mahmuti Returns to Efes
Anadolu Efes have signed a deal with their former coach, Oktay Mahmuti, after failing to agree the terms with Zeljko Obradovic. Serbian coach was the first choice of the club. The sides were close to an agreement, but Obradovic’s desire to change all of the foreign players in the roster caused Anadolu Efes to switch to plan B. Read more here.

June 24, 2012 - Simone Pianigiani joins Fenerbahce
Italian coach signed a deal with the turkish team after leading Montepaschi Siena to another title in Italy. There are several reports from Turkish media that the Italian coach signed a two year deal with the club, but Fenerbahce has not made official the terms of contract. Read more here.

June 23, 2012 - Tanjevic To Coach Turkey Again
Bogdan Tanjevic led Turkey for several years before stepping down after the team's silver-medal winning performance at the 2010 World Championship. Now the 65-year-old tactician, who has survived colon cancer, is back at the helm of the Turks. Read more here.

June 23, 2012 - Unics brings Aco Petrovic back to bench
Unics Kazan put its first piece in place for next season's Turkish Airlines Euroleague Qualifying Rounds by bringing back veteran head coach Aco Petrovic on a one-year contract on Friday. Petrovic, 52, coached Unics between 2007 and 2009 with great success, reaching the Eurocup Final Eight in 2008 and then winning the Russian Cup in 2009. Read more here.

June 22, 2012 - Besiktas Agrees With Erman Kunter
Just one day after losing Ergin Ataman to Galatasaray MP, Besiktas have agreed terms with Cholet’s Turkish coach Erman Kunter. According to Abdullah Sozer, the president of the club’s basketball committee, Kunter was going to extend his contract with Cholet, if they didn’t come up with an offer at the last minute. Read more here.

June 22, 2012 - Turkish Airlines Euroleague draws open 2012-13 season on July 6
Euroleague Basketball is proud to announce that the first calendar events of a new and exciting basketball season – the draws for the 2012-13 Turkish Airlines Euroleague – will be held on Friday, July 6 at the Mediapro Auditorium in Barcelona, Spain. Read more here.

June 22, 2012 - Lokomotiv-Kuban re-signs Ilievski
A well-rounded floor general is set to stay put in Lokomotiv Kuban, as the club announced Monday that playmaker Vlado Ilievski re-signed his contract until the end of the 2012-13 season. Ilievski (1.88 meters, 32 years old) arrived to Loko before the start of last season's Last 16. Read more here.

June 22, 2012 - Weurzburg inks McKinney
s.Oliver Baskets Wuerzburg started to get ready for its Eurocup debut in the upcoming 2012-13 season by inking shooting guard Jimmy McKinney to a two-year deal on Thursday. McKinney (1.92 meters, 28 years old) arrives from Fraport Skyliners Frankfurt, where he has played for the last six seasons. Read more here.

June 22, 2012 - Valencia Basket brings back Kelati
One of the Eurocup's few two-time champions is returning to the team he won it with first as Valencia Basket on Friday announced a contract agreement with sharpshooter Thomas Kelati until the end of the 2013-14 season, pending medical and physical tests. Read more here.

June 22, 2012 - Montepaschi promotes Banchi to head coach spot
Montepaschi Siena announced on Friday that its new coach will be none other than Luca Banchi, who has already spent a long time on the bench of the Italian powerhouse. Banchi, age 46, had been the assistant of Simone Pianigiani, who resigned the head coaching position earlier this week, for the last six seasons. Read more here.

June 22, 2012 - Alba Berlin signs Peavy
Alba Berlin bolstered its frontcourt for its Turkish Airlines Euroleague return in 2012-13 by inking forward Nathan Peavy to a one-year deal on Friday. Alba keeps an option to extend his contract until the end of the 201-314 season. Read more here.

June 22, 2012 - Champs! James' triple-double lifts Heat to title
Best player in the game. Best team in the league. Now NBA champion, too. LeBron James is finally savoring it all since taking his talents to South Beach. ''Happiest day of my life,'' he said. James had 26 points, 11 rebounds and 13 assists, leading the Heat in a 121-106 rout of the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday night to win the NBA Finals in five games. Read more here.

June 21, 2012 - Ergin Ataman Joins Galatasaray MP
After the departure of Oktay Mahmuti, Ergin Ataman becomes the new head coach of Galatasaray Medical Park.  "Team president Unal Aysal told me that they want to compete for the top, both in Turkey and Europe" said Ataman. "I’m honoured to be a part of this project. We have agreed on a three-year deal." Read more here.

June 21, 2012 - CSKA moving to new arena
CSKA Moscow president Andrei Vatutin has announced that the Russian champions will be playing their Euroleague games in the "Megasport" arena as of next season. The decision to move was taken in order for the club to comply with Euroleague's criteria which will be implemented starting next season. Read more here.

June 21, 2012 - Valencia Basket adds Bojan Dubljevic
One of the most promising big men in European basketball switched Eurocup clubs on Wednesday, when Valencia Basket announced the signing of center Bojan Dubljevic to a three-year deal. Dubljevic (2.05 meters, 20 years old) arrives from Buducnost Voli, where he earned All-Eurocup second team honors last season. Read more here.

June 21, 2012 - Partizan and head coach Jovanovic part ways
Less than a week after winning their second Serbian League title in a row, Partizan mt:s Belgrade and head coach Vlade Jovanovic announced that they are parting ways after two seasons together. Jovanovic replaced long-time Partizan boss Dusko Vujosevic, who had been the Alexander Gomelskiy Coach of the Year in the previous Turkish Airlines Euroleague season. Read more here.

June 21, 2012 - Brose Baskets inks big man Zirbes
German champions Brose Bamberg Basket moved quickly to add size for the next Turkish Airlines Euroleague season by signing young center Maik Zirbes for three seasons until 2015. Zirbes (2.07 meters, 22 years old) arrives from TBB Trier of the German League, with whom he averaged 10.6 points and 7.1 rebounds, tied for fifth-best in the competition, last season. Read more here.

June 21, 2012 - EA7 Emporio Armani lands Hendrix
EA7 - Emporio Armani Milano fortified its frontcourt for the upcoming future by inking big man Richard Hendrix to a two-year deal, the club announced Thursday. Hendrix (2.03 meters, 25 years old) arrives from Maccabi Electra, where he averaged 8.9 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.3 blocks in 21 Turkish Airlines Euroleague games last season. Read more here.

June 21, 2012 - Alba Berlin lands Morley
Alba Berlin stayed as one of the most active teams in this off-season by inking small forward Zach Morley to a one-year deal on Wednesday. Morley (2.03 meters, 29 years old) arrives from Budivelnik, to which he helped to win the Ukrainian League title in 2010-11. He averaged 11.8 points and 6.1 rebounds in 50 Ukrainian League games last season. Read more here.

June 21, 2012 - Olympiacos holds onto Kostas Sloukas
Turkish Airlines Euroleague champions Olympiacos BC is holding on to one of its young stars with the announcement Wednesday that combo guard Kostas Sloukas signed a new contract through the end of the 2014-15 season. Sloukas (1.90 meters, 22 years old) averaged 5.5 points on 55.6% three-point shooting and 87.5% free throw accuracy in 15 Euroleague games off the bench last season. Read more here.

June 21, 2012 - CSKA Moscow keeps Voronov
CSKA Moscow kept building a strong core of players for the upcoming future by re-signing guard Evgeny Voronov to a two-year deal on Wednesday. Voronov (1.94 meters, 26 years old) became a key player in CSKA's rotations due to his defensive skills. Read more here.

June 21, 2012 - ECA Board meets in preparation for the 2012-13 season
The Euroleague Commercial Assets Board met in Barcelona on Wednesday to close the book on a highly successful 2011-12 season that met all estimated profit projections and to plan for even better seasons ahead. The main order of business was to approve the teams that will play next season in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague, which will feature a new Top 16 round expanded to 14 games, and in the Eurocup, where the qualifying round was eliminated and a single-game final reestablished. Read more here.

June 21, 2012 - Down 3-1 to Heat, Thunder vow to keep fighting
Down 3-1 in the NBA Finals, history says the Oklahoma City Thunder aren't coming back. Nobody has ever rallied from that deficit in the finals. Then again, few have erased a 2-0 deficit in any playoff series, and the Thunder did that just one round ago when they charged past the San Antonio Spurs. Read more here.

June 20, 2012 - Rivas Ecopolis adds Henry
The new PF of Rivas Ecopolis is Jamaican born Atlanta Dream player Aneika Henry. The club released the statement from the official site that Henry will play for Madrid club next season. As  an  ex Florida State Gators, Gran Canaria and Mann Filter Zaragoza player,  Henry comes from Lotos Gydnia. Read more here.

June 20, 2012 - Maccabi Electra re-signs Devin Smith
Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv reached an agreement with Devin Smith to stay together in the upcoming 2012-13 season. Smith (1.96 meters, 31 years old) averaged 8.3 points on 85.7% free throws and 4.8 rebounds in 21 Turkish Airlines Euroleague games last season. Read more here.

June 19, 2012 - Pianigiani leaves hometown club, Montepaschi Siena
One of the most successful coaches in Italian basketball history will take his talents elsewhere in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague next season after Simone Pianigiani announced Tuesday that he is leaving Montepaschi Siena after six seasons as head coach. Read more here.

June 19, 2012 - CSKA finalises Jackson deal
CSKA Moscow have announced the signing of American guard Aaron Jackson (26 years, 190cm - signed 3year contract with the club). Jackson played for Bilbao for the past two seasons. Read more here.

June 19, 2012 - Fenerbahce chose Iniguez
TKBL champions Fenerbahce, who parted ways with Georgios Dikeoulakos, appointed Roberto Iniguez as head coach for next season. Iniguez is coming from Ros Casares Valencia, who experienced a dream season last year. Read more here.

June 19, 2012 - Scariolo Announced the Spanish Roster
Spain's national team coach Sergio Scariolo has announced the roster that will compete in the Olympics this summer. There are currently 13 players in the team which means one of them will be left out by the Italian coach before the games start. Read more here.

June 19, 2012 - CSKA Moscow, Ettore Messina reunite
A month after almost winning the Turkish Airlines Euroleague title game, CSKA Moscow has turned to one of the most successful coaches in Euroleague history to lead its team again. CSKA announced officially on Tuesday that Ettore Messina will return as head coach as part of a three-year development plan adopted by the club's board. Read more here.

June 18, 2012 - Galatasaray Medical Park appoints Memnun & Ozyer
Galatasaray Medical Park announced that the new head coach of the team will be Ekrem Memnun and his assistant will be Derya Ozyer. Galatasaray, who parted ways with Ceyhun Yıldızoglu after losing against Fenerbahce in TKBL Finals, found the new coaching team. Cem Akdag was rumoured to be the head coach but instead, Ekrem Memnun was appointed. Read more here.

June 18, 2012 - James scores 29, Heat rally past Thunder 91-85
The Miami Heat have been here before, two wins from an NBA title. The difference now? LeBron James isn't letting his head get in the way of his talent. James had 29 points and 14 rebounds, and the Heat took a 2-1 series lead with a 91-85 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday night. Read more here.

June 18, 2012 - Italian League finals, Game 5
Montepaschi Siena became the first team in the 63-year history of the Italian League to win the title for a sixth consecutive season when it blew out visiting EA7 Emporio Armani Milan on Sunday with an 84-73 victory in Game 5 of their best-of-five final series. Read more here.

June 17, 2012 - French League final
Elan sportif chalonnais is the French League champion! Chalon won its first-ever French League title by downing Le Mans 95-76 in the final on Saturday. Chalon became the first team to win the French triple crown - league, cup and Semaine des As - and earned the right to play in the 2012-13 Turkish Airlines Euroleague. Read more here.

June 17, 2012 - Ricky Hickman Agrees to Two Year Deal with Maccabi
Talented American guard Ricky Hickman (age 26, 1.89 meters) has reached an agreement with Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv; the two year contract is expected to be signed in the coming days. Read more here.

June 17, 2012 - Sweden stuns Spain
It was a big day for Swedish basketball history because the Scandinavians managed to beat Spain 78:69 at home, who is already one of the favourites of Eurobasket Women 2013. Swedish team, led by Eldebrink sisters, namely Frida (24 points, 5/6 three pointers) and Elin (6 rebounds, 5 assists) managed to keep Spanish away from them in the scoresheet until the fourth quarter. Read more here.

June 16, 2012 - Spanish League finals, Game 5
FC Barcelona Regal is once again the Spanish League champion! Barcelona successfully defended the title and lifted the Spanish League trophy for the 17th time in club history by downing Real Madrid 73-69 in do-or-die Game 5 of the best-of-five final series at Palau Blaugrana on Saturday. Read more here.

June 16, 2012 - Unicaja targets Roko-Leni Ukic
Unicaja Malaga are interested in veteran Croatian guard Roko-Leni Ukic, media reports say. In an effort to rebuild after a disastrous domestic season, which saw them finish ninth, missing the post-season play-offs. Read more here.

June 16, 2012 - Euroleague Basketball and FIBA Europe agree on 2012-13 Eurocup Competition System Changes
Both organizing bodies have agreed that the 2012-13 Eurocup will have some changes compared to recent editions. Following the Euroleague Commercial Assets (ECA) Shareholders Executive Board Meeting held on March 5 2012, the proposed competition system for the 2012-13 season that will require approval by the ECA Shareholders Meeting on July 5 2012 will include a single game final, home and away semi-finals, and will not include a Qualifying Round. Read more here.

June 16, 2012 - Italian League finals, Game 4
EA7 Emporio Armani Milan extended the Italian League finals by at least two more days with an 88-83 victory over defending champ Montepaschi Siena on Friday night in the fashion capital. The hosts used a 14-0 run that bridged the first and second halves to take the lead for good and hung on late after Siena clawed its way back within 1. Read more here.

June 16, 2012 - Serbian League finals, Game 4
Partizan mt:s became national champion for the 11th year in a row Friday after edging rival Crvena Zvezda Diva 82-86 to win the best-of-five Serbian finals in four games. Milan Macvan amassed 19 points and 8 rebounds and Vladimir Lucic added 14 points. Omar Thomas scored 23 and Petar Popovic 22 for Crvena Zvezda, but neither could score in the final minute. Read more here.

June 15, 2012 - Coach Ivkovic leaves on a high note
Dusan Ivkovic will not return to the bench of Olympiacos or any other club, the coaching legend announced Friday. Ivkovic, 68, will remain the head coach of the Serbian national team. After leading Olympiacos Piraeus to the 2012 Turkish Airlines Euroleague title in thrilling fashion at last month’s Final Four in Istanbul and following that up with the Greek championship, club management offered Ivkovic a two-year extension. Read more here.

June 15, 2012 - Poland spoilt for choice this summer
Poland head coach Ales Pipan has named a 21-strong preliminary squad for the EuroBasket 2013 Qualification Round. Pipan finds himself in the kind of troubling situation any coach would be pleased to have to deal with.

June 15, 2012 - Heat survive Thunder rally for 100-96 win
LeBron James has seen his share of great starts turn into faulty finishes. So with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh providing the help he needed, he wasn't letting another one get away Thursday night. James scored 32 points.

June 14, 2012 - Spanish League finals, Game 4
FC Barcelona Regal overpowered Real Madrid for a 75-81 win in Game 4 of the Spanish League finals on Wednesday night to set up a decisive Game 5 at home for the title on Saturday. Barcelona got big efforts up and down its lineup to grab the vital win in a game that they never trailed after the first quarter.

June 13, 2012 - CEZ Nymburk inks Pavkovic, Pomikalek
CEZ Basketball Nymburk kept getting ready for the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Qualifying Rounds by inking playmaker Miljan Pavkovic and forward Tomas Pomikalek to respective one-year deals.

June 13, 2012 - Rytas replaces Jonas Valanciunas with Dejan Ivanov
Lietuvas Rytas found a replacement for the departing Jonas Valanciunas. Bulgarian center/forward will be battling for the Lithuanian club next season. Ivanov arrives from Italian Seria A side Montegranaro Sutor. He played there since 2009.

June 13, 2012 - Motiejunas won't play for Lithuania this summer
The international debut of Donatas Motiejunas is delayed for at least one more year after it was announced that the 21-year-old forward won't play for his country this summer.

June 13, 2012 - Durant powers Thunder past LeBron's Heat 105-94
Kevin Durant delivered the fourth quarter LeBron James never could last year. So forget those NBA Finals jitters at the start. Durant and the young Thunder showed they have already figured out how to finish.

June 13, 2012 - Latvia Suffocate Italy In Fourth Quarter
Latvia blew open a close contest early in the fourth quarter and stormed to victory over Italy in the first game of the Qualification Round for next year's EuroBasket Women in France. Playing at home, the Latvians trailed by as many as 11 points but outscored the Italians 26-10 over the last 10 minutes and won the Group E battle, 71-52.

June 13, 2012 - Serbian League finals, Game 3
Partizan mt:s moved within one win of its 11th straight league crown when it beat rival Crvena Zvezda Diva 78-72 Tuesday to take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five Serbian finals series. Vladimir Lucic shined with 19 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists to pace the winners.

June 12, 2012 - Obradovic leaves Panathinaikos after 13 years
The end of the most successful combination of club and head coach in European basketball history came Tuesday when Zeljko Obradovic announced that he will leave Panathinaikos Athens after 13 seasons. Obradovic arrived to the Panathinaikos bench in 1999 and went on to win five Euroleague titles with the Greens, starting in his very first season.

June 12, 2012 - A Decade of Eurocup Greatness: Bench Masters!
The Eurocup has featured many great coaches throughout its first decade. There have been European basketball legends who led their teams to great success and up-and-coming coaches who proved themselves on the way to the top.

June 12, 2012 - Spanish League finals, Game 3
Real Madrid moved within one win of its first Spanish League championship in five years by pounding defending champ FC Barcelona Regal 85-59 to a take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five finals. Madrid will get a chance to win the crown at home in the Community of Madrid Sports Palace in Game 4 on Wednesday.

June 12, 2012 - Italian League finals, Game 2
Montepaschi Siena pounded EA7 Emporio Armani Milan 86-58 Monday to take a 2-0 lead in their best-of-seven Italian League finals series. Bo McCalebb dominated with 21 points and 5 assists to lead the reigning champs.

June 11, 2012 - Szolnok received the wild-card for 2012/13 ABA League
The regular General Assembley of ABA Sidro confirmed the 14th club for the 2012/13 season on Thursday afternoon. The newcomer is the Hungarian club Szolnok, who joined the league after Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv decided not to continue in the regional competition in May.

June 11, 2012 - Turkish League finals, Game 6
Besiktas Milangaz won its first Turkish championship since 1975 on Monday by beating Anadolu Efes 80-76 at Abdi Ipekci to claim the best-of-seven series 4-2. Carlos Arroyo starred with 18 points and 8 assists and Erwin Dudley and Zoran Erceg added 15 points apiece to pace the winners, who celebrated with passion after the final buzzer.

June 11, 2012 - Turkish Airlines and Euroleague Basketball to host Future Sponsorship 2012 in Istanbul
Now in its seventh year, the all-new Future Sponsorship 2012 will move to Istanbul, the European Capital of Sport for 2012. Supported by host partners Turkish Airlines and Euroleague Basketball, Future Sponsorship will address the major challenges in the sponsorship world and will gather high-level brands, rights holders and agencies to shape the future of the sponsorship industry.

June 11, 2012 - German League finals, Game 3
Brose Baskets Bamberg won its fourth consecutive German League trophy in thrilling fashion on Sunday by downing ratiopharm Ulm 97-95 with a rally at home to sweep their best-of-five playoff final series 3-0. With the victory, Bamberg returns to the Turkish Airlines Euroleague next season.

June 10, 2012 - To the Finals: Heat top Celtics 101-88 in Game 7
LeBron James finally got a Game 7 victory, on his third try. Next up, the NBA finals - and his third try at that elusive first championship. A year after watching someone else celebrate on their home floor, the Miami Heat were the ones dancing at midcourt.

June 10, 2012 - Celtics face uncertainty after Game 7 loss to Heat
Doc Rivers had tears in his eyes. Rajon Rondo insisted more could have been done, even after he put up another triple-double. Ray Allen said he has years left in his legs. The season is over for the Boston Celtics. Only time will tell if this run of Celtics basketball is over as well.

June 10, 2012 - Italian League finals, Game 1
Montepaschi Siena opened the best-of-seven Italian League finals in style on Saturday, downing EA7 Emporio Armani Milano by 86-77 at home in Palaestra of Siena. All-Euroleague second-team guard Bo McCalebb was dominant for the winners, amassing 25 points, 5 assists and a performance index rating of 33.

June 10, 2012 - French League semifinals, Game 3
Chalon-sur-Saone and Le Mans are the two teams that will face each other later this month to become French champions after both won their three-game semifinals on Saturday in spectacular, coming-from-behind style.

June 9, 2012 - Spanish League finals, Game 2
Real Madrid used a late rally to stun FC Barcelona Regal 69-75 and even their best-of-five Spanish League finals at 1-1. Sergio Rodriguez starred in a 1-14 run with a pair of three-pointers and assists on two more threes as the visitors snagged a big win. Madrid outscored Barcelona 13-26 in the fourth quarter.

June 9, 2012 - Belgian League finals, Game 5
Telenet BC Oostende won its 13th Belgiian championship and first since 2007 by edging Belgacom Spirou Basket 75-74 after overtime Friday in the fifth and deciding game of the series. Matt Lojeski scored the go-ahead triple with 23 seconds left in overtime.

June 9, 2012 - Serbian League finals, Game 2
Crvena Zvezda evened the Serbian League finals at 1-1 with a 68-56 victory over Partizan mt:s on Friday evening. Omar Thomas starred with 18 points and 7 rebounds for the winners, who dominated the first half and shut down Partizan’s attack in the fourth quarter.

June 9, 2012 - Turkish League finals, Game 5
Dogus Balbay finished an alley-oop layup at the buzzer to lift Anadolu Efes to an 84-82 overtime victory over Besiktas Milangaz, extending the Turkish League finals series by at least one more game. Facing elimination, Efes roared back from an 11-point fourth-quarter deficit to force overtime and then hung on in a thrilling finish to snag the win.

June 9, 2012 - Eurocup Top 10 - one-season wonders
Some players are born to be Eurocup superstars, while for others the competition is a stop along the way to successful careers in the Euroleague and elsewhere. Over time, there has been a select group that have produced Eurocup brilliance over just one season and never returned to the shores of the competition again.

June 9, 2012 - UMMC Ekaterinburg sign Ros Casares guard
UMMC Ekaterinburg have taken advantage of the clearout due at folded Spanish club Ros Casares, as they have signed point guard Silvia Dominguez. The Spaniard joins the Russian giants, from the former Valencia club having signed to play for Ros Casares next season, but the club officially folded three weeks ago.

June 8, 2012 - Poles make Pipan extension official
Ales Pipan has received a big thumbs-up for the job he has done as coach of Poland by finally having his contract extended until the end of EuroBasket 2013. The former Slovenia national team boss took a Polish team without star centers Marcin Gortat and Maciej Lampe to EuroBasket 2011 in Lithuania and steered it to victories in two of its five games.

June 8, 2012 - Gallinari to play, Belinelli uncertain
Italy disappointed their fans earlier in the week with the announcement that star center Andrea Bargnani will not play in the Qualification Round for EuroBasket 2013. The Toronto Raptors big man, the Azzurri's leading scorer at last year's EuroBasket in Lithuania with an average of 22.8 points per game, has agreed with his NBA team that he needs to fully recover.

June 8, 2012 - Stewart signs for Deportivo Zamarat
Great Britain international Azania Stewart has signed a one-year deal with Deportivo Zamarat after playing four years at the University of Florida. The 23-year-old Stewart will join her new team-mates after this year's Olympic Games as the London-born center begins her rookie professional career.

June 7, 2012 - German League finals, Game 2
Brose Baskets Bamberg used a 1-15 charge that bridged the third and fourth quarters to break the game open en route to a 70-86 win over ratiopharm Ulm and a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five German League finals. Anton Gavel scored 22 and P.J. Tucker added 18 points and 10 rebounds to lead the winners.

June 7, 2012 - Polish League finals, Game 7
Asseco Prokom Gdynia won its ninth straight Polish League title on Wednesday at home by beating rival Trefl Sopot 76-68 in Game 7 of the best-of-seven finals. Donatas Motiejunas dominated with 23 points and 11 rebounds to lead Prokom, while Jerel Blassingame was named finals MVP after posting 17 points and 4 assists for the champs.

June 7, 2012 - Spanish League finals, Game 1
Marcelinho Huertas banked in a running three-pointer from nine meters at the buzzer to give FC Barcelona Regal a stunning 81-80 victory over Real Madrid in Game 1 of the Spanish League finals. His basket capped a brilliant comeback from 17 points down. Juan Carlos Navarro led Barca with 21 points on 4-of-9 three-point shooting.

June 7, 2012 - French League semifinals, Game 2
Both French League semifinals series will go to a deciding third game after Cholet Basket bested Le Mans 75-71 on Wednesday and Orleans topped Chalon/Saone 78-74 Tuesday. Fabian Causeur scored 18 and Roberto Dozier and Patrick Christopher added 16 each to lead Cholet in a come-from-behind win.

June 6, 2012 - Chinese champion coach visits Euroleague Basketball headquarters
As part of an ongoing exchange of expertise, Euroleague Basketball welcomed the reigning champion head coach of the Chinese Basketball Association, Min Lulei of the Beijing Ducks, to its headquarters in Barcelona, Spain on Wednesday.

June 6, 2012 - Greek squad announced for pre-Olympic tournament
Greek national selector Elias Zouros has announced his list of call-ups for the Greek NT squad which will travel to Venezuela in order to fight for a ticket to London 2012 Olympic tournament.

June 6, 2012 - Unicaja makes Repesa its new head coach
After suffering its worst Euroleague winning percentage of the century this season, Unicaja of Spain has chosen veteran head coach Jasmin Repesa to turn things around. Unicaja and Repesa have agreed to a contract for next season and another optional, club president Eduardo Garcia announced at a press conference Wednesday.

June 6, 2012 - Serbian League finals, Game 1
Partizan mt:s took charge in the Serbian League finales by beating Crvena zvezda Diva 92-83 in Game on Tuesday. Dragan Milosavljevic scored 18 points, Danilo Andjusic added 16 and Dominic James tallied 15 points and 5 assists to pace the defending champs.

June 6, 2012 - Croatian League finals, Game 4
Cibona Zagreb regained the Croatian League championship after a one-year hiatus on Tuesday by downing rival Cedevita 64-77 to win the best-of-five finals series in four games. Guards Davor Kus and Khalid El-Amin paced the winners with 18 and 16 points, respectively, on a combined 8 of 17 from downtown.

June 6, 2012 - Belgian League finals, Game 4
The Belgian League finals will go the distance after Belgacom Spirou Basket beat Telenet BC Oostende 70-65 Tuesday evening to even their best-of-five series at 2-2. Demond Mallet scored 14 points, Toko Shengelia tallied 10 points and 9 rebounds and Chris Hill netted 10 off the bench.

June 6, 2012 - Turkish League finals, Game 4
Besiktas Milangaz moved within a single victory of its first Turkish championship since 1975 when it crushed Anadolu Efes 81-55 on Tuesday to take a commanding 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven finals. Besiktas will get its first chance to win the series on Friday on the road, where it won the first two games.

June 5, 2012 - Maccabi Electra lands Shermadini at center
Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv has made Giorgi Shermadini its first big signing of the offseason. One of the best young centers in the game, Shermadini (2.16 meters, 23 years old) arrives from Italian club Bennet Cantu, where he posted big numbers all season – and in particular in a pair of Top 16 games against Maccabi.

June 5, 2012 - Italian League semifinals, Game 4
EA7 Emporio Armani Milan advanced to the Italian League finals and ensured a berth in the 2012-13 Turkish Airlines Euroleague by beating Scavolini Siviglia Pesaro 67-73 to win their best-of-five semifinals series 3-1. Antonis Fotsis scored 17 points and grabbed 6 rebounds and Malik Hairston added 12 points and 7 boards to pace the winners.

June 5, 2012 - Polish League finals, Game 6
The Polish League finals will go the distance after Trefl Sopot edged defending champ Asseco Prokom Gdynia 84-81 in Game 6 on Monday to even the best-of-seven series at 3-3. Former Prokom player Filip Dylewicz shined with 28 points on 6-of-8 three-point shooting, while Lukasz Koszarek amazed with 14 points and 16 assists.

June 4, 2012 - Revived Thunder eyeing needed road win in Game 5
In the span of three days, the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the San Antonio Spurs as many times as they had in the last three years. And now the Western Conference finals are suddenly up for grabs.

June 4, 2012 - Celtics beat Heat in OT, tie East finals at 2-2
Rajon Rondo delivered the trash talk at halftime and the big plays in overtime. And after one final defensive stand - maybe assisted by a Garden ghost - the Boston Celtics were two wins away from an improbable chance to play for another championship.

June 4, 2012 - German League playoffs, Finals, Game 1
Brose Baskets Bamberg took a big step towards its third consecutive German League title by opening the best-of-five playoff finals on Sunday with a resounding 98-72 home victory against Ratiopharm Ulm. A crowd of 6,800 fans at Stechert Arena had plenty to enjoy as Bamberg led early and often on the way to an easy win.

June 4, 2012 - Turkish League finals, Game 3
The best-of-seven Turkish League finals still doesn't have a home winner after Anadolu Efes came from behind to stop Besiktas Milangaz with a 67-69 road win on Sunday. Besiktas still leads the series 2-1 after winning the first two games on the court of Efes.

June 3, 2012 - Mahmuti stays at Galatasaray
After a little hesitation, the crises was solved. Mahmuti will go on as head coach of Galatasaray for next two seasons. It was announced almost a month ago, Oktay Mahmuti, who led Galatasaray Euroleague TOP16 last season, extended contract for next two years.

June 3, 2012 - Spanish League semifinals, Game 5
Real Madrid will face FC Barcelona Regal in the Spanish League finals after edging Caja Laboral 76-69 Vitoria in the decisive Game 5 of their semifinal series. Novica Velickovic led the winners with 15 points on excellent shooting, Felipe Reyes added 12 with 9 rebounds, Jaycee Carroll scored 11 and Nikola Mirotic 10.

June 3, 2012 - Polish League finals, Game 5
Trefl Sopot sent the Polish League finals to a Game 6 by edging Asseco Prokom Gdynia 71-76 on the road Saturday. Lukasz Koszarek made 5 of 6 three-pointers en route to 20 points for Sopot, which narrowed the gap in the series to 3-2. Game 6 is Monday in Sopot.

June 3, 2012 - French League semifinals, Game 1
Chalon-sur-Saone and Le Mans won the openers of their respective French League semifinal series by downing Orleans 70-65 and Cholet Basket 83-78. Chalon’s game against Orleans was balanced in the beginning with the teams exchanging leads and the score tied at 19-19 after 10 minutes.

June 3, 2012 - Croatian League finals, Game 3
Cedevita Zagreb avoided a sweep and sent the Croatian League finals to a fourth game after edging Cibona 70-79 after overtime in Game 3 on Saturday. Cibona gets its second chance to win the title in Game 4 of the best-of-five series on the road Tuesday.

June 2, 2012 - Greek League finals, Game 5
Three weekends after winning the Turkish Airlines Euroleague for the first time in 15 years, Olympiacos Piraeus has done it again! The Reds seized their first Greek League title in 15 years, too, by ousting archrival and ousting nine-time defending champ Panathinaikos 82-76 in the fifth and last game of the playoff finals on Saturday.

June 2, 2012 - Serbian League, Semifinals, Game 3
The Serbian League finals will feature the heated Belgrade derby between Partizan mt:s and Crvena Zvezda Diva after the latter bested Radnicki KG 71-76 in the third and deciding game of their semifinal series. Omar Thomas dominated with 19 points and 14 rebounds and Petar Popovic and Branko Lazic netted 14 apiece for the winners.

June 2, 2012 - Spanish League semifinals, Game 4
Defending Spanish League champion FC Barcelona Regal advanced to the finals by beating Valencia Basket 73-77 Friday night, but Real Madrid forced a deciding fifth game in its series against Caja Laboral by winning Game 4 on the road Thursday 66-76.

June 1, 2012 - Disciplinary judge fines Panathinaikos, Olympiacos for Final Four incidents
The independent disciplinary judge for Euroleague Basketball has handed down his decisions within the specific deadline established in the Euroleague Bylaws  concerning incidents that occurred during the recent Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four in Istanbul, Turkey.

June 1, 2012 - Turkish League finals, Game 2
Besiktas Milangaz has established itself as the clear favorite to win the Turkish League after beating Anadolu Efes 71-76 Thursday on the road at Sinan Erdem Arena. Carlos Arroyo scored 19 points, David Hawkins added 17 and Erwin Dudley posted a double-double as Besiktas improved to 2-0 in the best-of-seven series.

June 1, 2012 - Polish League finals, Game 4
Asseco Prokom Gdynia moved within a win of what would be its ninth consecutive Polish League title when it beat Trefl Sopot 71-79 on the road Thursday. Jerel Blassingame scored 21 points and dished 4 assists to pace the winners, who host Game 5 on Saturday.

June 1, 2012 - Italian League semifinals, Game 2
The top two teams from the Italian League regular season remained on course for a duel in the finals as defending champ Montepaschi Siena and EA7 Emporio Armani Milan picked up respective big wins in Game 2 of their best-of-five semifinals series.

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