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Home - News archive March 2010


  News archive March 2010


March 31, 2010 - EuroLeague Quarterfinal Playoffs, Game 3 MVP: Juan Carlos Navarro, Regal FC Barcelona
One of the brightest stars on the world basketball stage, veteran shooting ace Juan Carlos Navarro, led Regal FC Barcelona to its biggest victory of the Euroleague season on Tuesday while also earning the MVP honor for Playoffs Game 3. Navarro paced Barcelona to a solid 73-84 decision over archrival Real Madrid that was very much a comeback performance for both team and player.

March 31, 2010 - EuroCup, Quarterfinals Game 2, TV schedule
All quartefinal games this week can be seen live on TV around Europe, including Eurosport 2 live broadcasts of Valencia vs. Aris and Alba vs. Hapoel, to 58 countries and up to 44 million homes. Later, Gran Canaria - Panellinios delayed.

March 30, 2010 - EuroLeague Playoffs, Game 3
The Final Four is still wide open after Caja Laboral and Asseco Prokom took first playoff victories 20,000-plus crowd in Belgrade saw Partizan down Maccabi 81-73 behind Bo McCalebb's 18 points to go up 2-1 in that quarterfinal. Regal FC Barcelona won against Real Madrid.

March 30, 2010 - Top 10 Euroleague Free Agent NBA Prospects
There has been so much discussion about the summer 2010 NBA free agent class, but hardly any mention at all about some of the Euroleague players that will be available.

March 30, 2010 - Euroleague.TV to broadcast in HD
Euroleague Basketball is proud to announce that the competition's internet-based channel, Euroleague.TV, will start broadcasting in HD with the quarterfinals playoff game Partizan vs. Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv on Tuesday, March 30.

March 29, 2010 - EuroLeague Sportingbet MVP for March: Viktor Khryapa, CSKA Moscow
By clinching its spot in the quarterfinals, seizing first place in the Top 16 and registering the biggest victories yet in the Playoffs round, CSKA Moscow roared through March taking no prisoners and winning every game in sight. One player who seemed to be always in the right place for whatever job CSKA needed to get done, veteran forward Viktor Khryapa, is the Euroleague's choice as Sportingbet MVP of the Month for March.

March 26, 2010 - Lietuvos Rytas sign Arvydas Siksnius
Lithuanian champions continue building the team for the future by signing yet another prospect. 22-year-old guard Arvydas Siksnius confirmed to newspapaer "Siauliu krastas" that he signed a multi-year contract with Lietuvos Rytas.

March 26, 2010 - EuroLeague Playoffs, Game 2 MVP: Linas Kleiza, Olympiacos
One of the season's biggest producers across the board, Linas Kleiza of Olympiacos Piraeus, kept lifting his game even higher to become the MVP of Game 2 of the Playoffs on Thursday, just when his team needed it most. Kleiza, already the Euroleague's top scorer for 2009-10, posted his second straight 26-point game to lead Olympiacos to a 90-73 home win against Asseco Prokom Gdynia.

March 25, 2010 - EuroCup Quarterfinals, Game 1 MVP: Brandon Hunter, Hapoel Jerusalem
A monster performance in the closest of four opening games in the Eurocup Quarterfinals made Brandon Hunter of Hapoel Jerusalem a more-than-worthy MVP for Game 1 of the new round. Hunter was unstoppable as Hapoel downed visiting Alba Berlin for a 67-61 opening-game victory in their two-game series.

March 24, 2010 - EuroLeague Playoffs, Game 1 MVP: Dusan Kecman, Partizan
One of the finest displays of leadership in Playoffs history was just enough on Tuesday to make Partizan Belgrade swingman Dusan Kecman the Game 1 MVP in more ways than one. Kecman was the chief protagonist as Partizan rallied from 21 points behind to shock Maccabi Electra with a 77-85 road victory to seize the homecourt advantage in their best-of-five series.

March 23, 2010 - TV agreements mean record Euroleague exposure
With the 2009-10 Quarterfinal Playoffs about to start, Euroleague Basketball is proud to announce three new broadcasting agreements that will make Euroleague games available to a greater audience than ever before. The agreements with ESPN Star, J Sports and Setanta Africa mean that Euroleague games are now offered regularly by 53 TV partners worldwide whose broadcasts now reach a record 185 countries and territories.

March 23, 2010 - VOTE FOR YOUR OWN ALL-EUROLEAGUE TEAM!
This season's All-Euroleague fan voting has started! For three weeks until April 12, fans may nominate the stars they consider most deserving of 2009-10 All-Euroleague honors. VOTE NOW to nominate your favorites!

March 22, 2010 - Vujosevic: We want two games in Belgrade!
BC Partizan held a press conference ahead of the Euroleague Top 8 clash with Israeli giants Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv. BC Partizan Head Coach Duško Vujošević reminded everyone present of high achievements of BC Partizan in this season despite the fact the Black and Whites started the season with a completely new team.

March 22, 2010 - Euroleague.TV special offers for Playoffs!
Just in time for the Playoffs, fans around the world can get a piece of Euroleague action at its finest with a pair of special Euroleague.TV offers. Euroleague partner Sportingbet is offering a 30% discount on one special game each day of the Playoffs, starting with the classic Regal FC Barcelona vs. Real Madrid series opener on Tuesday, for €4.90, a savings of €2 over the regular price.

March 22, 2010 - Real Madrid preparing a bid for Manu Ginobili
Real's coach Ettore Messina is looking to add another top quality player in his quest to win Euroleague title with the Spanish giants. San Antonio Spurs Argentinian star Manu Ginobili could be wearing the colours of Real Madrid next season.

March 22, 2010 - Omar Cook wanted by Maccabi and Efes Pilsen
Maccabi Tel-Aviv and Efes Pilsen are showing interest in securing the services of Unicaja's point guard Omar Cook for the next season. The €750.000-a-year contract of the American guard runs out in June. His current club is not willing to use the option in the contract and offer an extension to Cook.

March 21, 2010 - Nachbar and Efes part ways
Bostjan Nachbar has reached an agreement with Efes Pilsen on terms of contract termination. The Slovenian forward was long rumored to have thoughts about leaving the Turkish team. Now it is official.

March 20, 2010 - NLB League 26. ROUND REPORT: Olimpija and Hemofarm qualified for the Final Four
Union Olimpija and Hemofarm Stada guaranteed a spot at the 2010 NLB League Final Four Tournament on Saturday and will play at the regional league main tournament with Cibona and Partizan.

March 19, 2010 - Olimpija adds Lalic
Despite all the financial trouble, Union Olimpija added Croatian big guy Jure Lalic, with a contract that will keep him with the Slovenian club for the remainder of the season. 24-year old and 212cm tall Lalic, comes from Belgian Champions Charleroi, which he left due to limited playing time. Last season he averaged 6 points and 2.8 rebounds per game with the Belgian club.

March 19, 2010 - FMP agrees with Djokic
FMP announced the signing of Bosko Djokic as new Head Coach. Djokic will replace Vlado Djurovic who parted ways with the club a few days ago. Bosko Djokic is coming to FMP from Radnicki Basket. He took over Radnicki in December and it seems his work was good enough to attract FMP's attention. Radnicki Basket had a poor start in the Serbian League, but after Djokic took over, the team managed to avoid relegation. Bosko Djokic is not a new face in FMP as he led them to the Adriatic league title in 2004.

March 19, 2010 - Benetton close to Markovic
Hemofarm's player and Serbian International Stefan Markovic is very close to an agreement with Italy's Benetton, as reported by Sports media. Benetton's home loss to Cremona for the 21st round of the Italian Championship makes the playoffs seem more distant as they currently occupy 9th place, thus some rebuilding efforts start to take place. According to the Italian media, the first step towards rebuilding the team is the arrival of Stefan Markovic from Hemofarm.

March 18, 2010 - Plaza renews with Cajasol
The contract of Cajasol's Head Coach, Joan Plaza was to expire in summer 2011. The club's officials however seem to appreciate the work that is being done by Plaza so they offered him an extension until the summer of 2012.

March 18, 2010 - Quarterfinal analysis: Maccabi Electra vs. Partizan
A pair of coaching greats, current and former Aleksander Gomelski Euroleague Coach of the Year winners Dusko Vujosevic and Pini Gershon, lead Partizan Belgrade and Maccabi Electra, respectively, into an exciting Quarterfinal Playoffs showdown for a ticket to Paris and the 2010 Euroleague Final Four.

March 18, 2010 - Single seats sold out for 2010 Final Four in Paris!
A month and a half before it starts and with the participating teams still not known, Euroleague Basketball has announced that all tickets have been sold out for the 2010 Final Four, which is to be held May 7 to 9 at Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy in Paris, the French capital.

March 16, 2010 - Maceo Baston released by Budivelnyk
Maceo Baston, the biggest singing of Ukrainian club Budivelnyk Kyiv only spent a couple of weeks at the club before his contract was terminated. Coaching staff of the team were dissatisfied with the physical condition of a former Euroleague champion and used the clause in the contract to terminate the contract.

March 15, 2010 - EuroLeague all-decade team
Euroleague Basketball is proud to announce that fans and media experts from around the continent have chosen 10 great champions and superstars to make up the Euroleague All-Decade Team: Dejan Bodiroga, Dimitris Diamantidis, J. R. Holden, Sarunas Jasikevicius, Trajan Langdon, Juan Carlos Navarro, Theo Papaloukas, Anthony Parker, Ramunas Siskauskas, Nikola Vujcic.

March 12, 2010 - Partizan On Maccabi in The Top 8!
BC Partizan crew has sailed in the Euroleague Top 8 seas for the third consecutive year! Barcelona took their revenge over the Black and Whites, the only team that has beaten them in this Euroleague, beating them in 'Blaugrana' by the score 82:64 (22:16, 14:14, 25:12, 21:22).

March 12, 2010 - Euroleague Top 16 Week 6 MVP: Romain Sato, Montepaschi Siena
The Top 16 came to an end with a farewell performance by Romain Sato of Montepaschi Siena being good enough earn him the MVP honor for Week 6. It marked second time this season that he won the weekly award. Sato led Montepaschi to a 93-87 home win against Efes Pilsen with 22 points on 6-of-9 two-pointers and 7-of-7 free throws.

March 12, 2010 - Euroleague Quarterfinal Playoffs 2010
The road to the 2010 Final Four in Paris saw eight more teams get off at the end of the Top 16 and only eight remain for the Quarterfinal Playoffs. One of them will be the new Euroleague champion on May 9. But first they need to get through the best-of-five playoffs!

March 11, 2010 - NLB League General Assembly: New basketball rules
The ABA Sidro General Assembly, which was held in Ljubljana on Monday, 8th of March 2010, confirmed the latest change of basketball rules, which was announced by FIBA. The new rules will be in use since the beginning of the 2010/11 season. At the same time it was decided that all basketball halls in which NLB League games are played should have the minimum capacity of 2.000 seats since the 2010/11 season.

March 10, 2010 - EuroCup Last 16 Game 6 MVP: Marc Salyers, Le Mans
A big performance in a winning effort to leave the competition in style was required for Marc Salyers of Le Mans to become the Last 16 Week 6 MVP. Salyers led Le Mans to a 79-75 home win against Aris BSA 2003 with 25 points on 6-of-9 two-point shooting and 4-of-5 free throws.

March 10, 2010 - Hapoel sets Eurocup single-quarter scoring mark
Besides sealing its ticket to the Quarterfinals on Tuesday night, Hapoel Jerusalem also set a new Eurocup record for points in one quarter with 44. Hapoel broke the previous record of 40 set by Dynamo back in 2008 in a regular season game against Panellinios.

March 9, 2010 - 14 clubs also in the future, Nymburk joining the NLB League
The NLB League General Assembly, which was held in Ljubljana on Monday, finished with some important decisions. In the upcoming season 2010/11 the league will count 14 clubs and not 12 as it was previously decided and will also welcome a newcomer, which doesn't come from the region. The Czech club Nymburk was given one of three wild-cards for the 2010/11 season.

March 8, 2010 - Euroleague.TV affiliate program starts with Partizan
A new club affiliate program to attract viewers to Euroleague.TV is being launched this week from perhaps the hottest fanzone in the basketball world, that of Partizan Belgrade. The Euroleague club will promote Euroleague.TV with the incentive of getting a percentage of all sales of subscribers who come from the official website of Partizan.

March 5, 2010 - EuroLeague Top 16 Week 5 MVP: Bojan Bogdanovic, Cibona
Along with a first Top 16 victory that could yet lead to the playoffs, Cibona Zagreb this week also can celebrate the rise of another major talent, Bojan Bogdanovic, who has become one of the Euroleague's youngest weekly MVP's ever!

March 5, 2010 - Tickets on sale for Eurocup Finals!
Tickets for the Eurocup Finals will go on sale starting on Thursday, March 4 at noon . This year's edition of the new-format Eurocup Finals will be played in Vitoria, Spain from April 17 to 18 at the magnificent Fernando Buesa Arena, which is the home arena of the Euroleague Basketball club Caja Laboral and has a capacity of 9,342 spectators.

March 4, 2010 - Eurocup Last 16 Week 5 MVP: Casey Jacobsen, Brose Baskets
An outstanding performance leading to a bittersweet victory earned Casey Jacobsen of Brose Baskets Bamberg the MVP honor for Last 16, Week 5. Jacobsen recorded a performance index rating of 31 during his team's 84-81 home win over Panellinios BC, but Brose nonetheless was eliminated because it needed to win by at least 8 points to keep its Quarterfinals chances alive.

March 4, 2010 - Pepu Hernandez is new DKV Joventut boss
Just the day after Sito Alonso was dismissed as head coach, DKV Joventut announced on Thursday that Pepu Hernandez, 52, will be the new head coach of the team for the remaining of the season and two more campaigns.

March 3, 2010 - Turk Telekom tabs NBA veteran Ricky Davis
Turkish side Turk Telekom strengthened their squad for the most important battles of the season with the acquisition of a 30-year-old NBA veteran Ricky Davis. During his 12-year NBA career Davis played for six different teams - Charlotte Hornets, Miami Heat, Cleveland Cavaliers, Boston Celtics, Minnesotta Timberwolves and Los Angeles Clippers.

March 2, 2010 - Euroleague clubs make Haiti donation
Euroleague Basketball, Unicaja and UNICEF are proud to announce that following the social responsibility programme initiative developed during the first week of the Top 16 in support of the Haiti earthquake victims, a donation of all the contributions received will be made to UNICEF'S "Help us to Help Them" campaign before the game Unicaja vs. CSKA Moscow on Wednesday, March 3.

March 2, 2010 - Maceo Baston signs with Budivelnik Kiev
Ukrainian league leaders Budivelnik Kiev announced the signing of a 34-year-old veteran forward-center Maceo Baston. The holder of two Euroleague titles with Maccabi Tel Aviv has been a free agent since being waived by Detroit Pistons on October 21.

March 1, 2010 - Sportingbet MVP for February: Alan Anderson, Maccabi Electra
In the middle of perhaps the most competitive Top 16 ever, in a group tied four ways with two games remaining, one player kept his team alive with a pair of standard-setting performances.

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