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|May 31, 2010 - Eurobasket 2011 dates
be hosted by Lithuania, will take place through September 3-18. The
city in which the home team will play its group stage games will be
announced in Septmeber 2010. Host cities will be Alytus, Kaunas,
Klaipeda, Panevezys, Siauliai and Vilnius. Group stage games will be
played in Alytus, Klaipeda, Panevezys and Siauliai.
May 31, 2010 - Jasikevicius will skip World Championship in Turkey
is going to face the problem that the previous coaches of Lithuania NT
faced in the past. Sarunas Jasikevicius decided not to represent his
country later this year in Turkey at FIBA World Championship. Saras has
also skipped Eurobasket 2009 in Poland.
May 31, 2010 - FIBA Europe Board Expands EuroBasket Field
Europe continued its upward growth on Sunday as the Board of FIBA
Europe decided to expand the number of participating teams for
EuroBasket 2013 from 16 to 24. The change means the elimination
of the Division A and B concept.
May 31, 2010 - POWER ELECTRONICS inks coach Hussein
named Manuel Hussein as its new head coach. Hussein, 47, agreed to a
two-year deal with the reigning Eurocup champion. He replaced Neven
Spahija, who resigned last week. Hussein, who did not coach last
season, was last at the helm of CB Murcia for four consecutive seasons
from 2005-09. He led Murcia to the Spanish second division cup and
promotion to the Spanish elite in 2006.
May 30, 2010 - Drazen Anzulovic to
coach Lietuvos Rytas next season
have already found a replacement for Rimas Kurtinaitis. According to
both Croatian and Lithuanian media, Drazen Anzulovic is set to become a
successor of Kurtinaitis. 43-year-old Croatian coach is currently
unemployed after his last club, BC Donetsk, has been disbanded.
May 30, 2010 - Great Britain would like to host Eurobasket 2015
Basketball is not
going to be forgotten in Great Britain after 2012 Olympic Games in
London. A new program named 'T16' has already been created. It focuses
towards 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, hence the name of the program.
Both men and women national teams are expected to qualify for 2016
Olympics. T16 also includes plans to develop new talent in Great
Britain but that's not all.
May 30, 2010 - Greece to face USA in an exhibition game
Greece became yet
another powerhouse to face United States in a friendly game ahead of
World Championship in Turkey. Contra.gr reports that the game will be
played on August 25 in OAKA which is home to Panathinaikos. Tickets
will go on sale on Monday. The prices are 20, 50 and 100 euros.
May 30, 2010 - Saras coming back to Maccabi for two years
Sarunas Jasikevicius is likely to finish his career in Tel Aviv.
Israeli newspaper 'Maariv' suggests that the 34-year-old veteran point
guard is finalising the details of a two-year contract with the
Yellows. Saras's current contract with Panathinaikos runs out this
May 30, 2010 - World Championship Round-Up 5
With 90 days
until the ‘Giant Get Together’ in Turkey. Coaches are naming their
preliminary squads in consideration for the World Championships, which
starts on August 28th. Brazil have named two different squads in the
run-in to Turkey, with 24 players being listed - the first group will
meet on June 1st to prepare for the South American Championship.
May 29, 2010 - Polish League Finals, Game 4: May 29, 2010
Gdynia edged Anwil Wloclawek 79-80 on Saturday to sweep the
best-of-seven Polish League finals and win the league crown for the
seventh year in a row. Qyntel Woods posted 31 points and 11 rebounds to
lead Prokom, while David Logan added 16 and was named finals MVP and
Adam Lapeta tallied 13 points, 6 rebounds and 5 blocked shots.
May 28, 2010 - Spanish League playoffs, Semifinals, Game 1: May 27-28,
champion Regal FC
Barcelona was tested at home in the opening game of the Spanish League
semifinals on Thursday before pulling away to an entertaining 96-82
victory over visiting Unicaja. The all-Euroleague match-up in the
best-of-five semis saw visiting Unicaja score 48 points to lead at
halftime, but Juan Carlos Navarro's 3 three-pointers in succession
early in the second half boosted Barcelona to a lead it did not
May 27, 2010 - The future of Rimas Kurtinaitis at Lietuvos Rytas is
Even though Rimas
publicly declared his desire to stay in Vilnius for one more year,
Lietuvos Rytas are weighing all possibilities before making a final
decision. Jonas Vainauskas, GM of Rytas, said that he isn't totally
sure whether Kurtinaitis has what it takes in order to achieve the
goals that the club has set for the next season.
May 27, 2010 - Spanoulis to NBA, if not then it's Real Madrid
Spanoulis might not be staying in Panathinaikos next season. According
to various reports, the Greek guard's priority is to go back to the NBA
next season. In case that plan doesn't go the way he hopes, Spanoulis
has another option which is to move to Spain to join Real Madrid.
May 27, 2010 - Russian League playoffs, Semifinals, Game 2: May 24, 2010
CSKA Moscow and
Moscow Region remain on a collision course in the Russian League after
improving to 2-0 in the best-of-five semifinals on Monday. CSKA routed
Dynamo Moscow 85-60 as Ramunas Siskauskas scored 17 and Viktor Khryapa
stuffed the stat sheet with 13 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists and 4
May 27, 2010 - Greek League finals, Game 1: May 26, 2010
Greek League finals in style by routing archrival Olympiacos 73-54 at
OAKA. The Greens now have a 1-0 lead in the best-of-five series that
moves to Piraeus on Sunday. The defending champion used a 17-4 streak
to break open a close game and take a 36-22 lead, from which it never
May 25, 2010 - Cajasol says goodbye to the season
definitive third game against Real Madrid (67-60) to reach
quarter-finals round in the ACB league from Spain. In another great
game on defense by Cajasol, controlling the pace of the game to get low
scores, only Garbajosa and the offensive rebound of Real made very
difficult for the sevillian team to get their target.
May 24, 2010 - Lietuvos Rytas retain LKL title
won its second
straight LKL title after defeating Zalgiris 80-71 in Game 7 of LKL
Finals in a packed Siemens Arena. It was the first time in club's
history that Rytas won two consecutive LKL titles.
May 24, 2010 - Neven Spahija resigns from Valencia!
In a surprise
Monday, head coach Neven Spahija resigned from Power Electronics
Valencia, the Eurocup champions, while indicating that he might yet
coach in the Euroleague next season. On April 18, Spahija led Valencia
to the Eurocup title and an automatic spot in the Euroleague by
defeating Alba Berlin 44-67 in the competition's title game. Over this
weekend, Valencia was knocked out of the Spanish League playoffs by
Unicaja in the quarterfinals.
May 24, 2010 - Brad Newley close to joining Rytas
Rytas will play game seven of LKL finals tomorrow against Zalgiris but
the club is already planning for next season. According to
superbasket.gr, Australian guard-forward Brad Newley is already in
talks with Rytas. 25-year-old sharp shooter spent the season in Turkey
May 22, 2010 - Cajasol beats Real Madrid on the road
Madrid (60-66), in the first game of playoff's quarterfinals in the ACB
league. A spectacular game by Dusko Savanovic and, as always, Tariq
Kirksay. In a low-scoring game, the Sevillian team managed to get
advantage of their great defence against the best scoring team in the
May 20, 2010 - World Championship Round-Up 4
France and San
guard, Tony Parker has decided not to represent his country in Turkey
this year, due to fatigue - as he joins Argentina’s Manu Ginobili,
Australia’s Andrew Bogut and possibly USA star, LeBron James on the
list of NBA players that won’t feature at the ‘Giant Get Together,’
beginning in August.
May 19, 2010 - Real Madrid Is Preparing A Big Summer
Real Madrid is
beat their rivals FC Barcelona next season and as a result the club is
preparing to make a big splash in the free agent market. Florentino
Perez is prepared to spend a lot on the club's basketball section this
summer and has given head coach Ettore Messina the go ahead to pursue
the players he wants.
May 19, 2010 - London Capital withdraw from the BBL
The BBL has today
announced the withdrawal of the PAWS London Capital Franchise. The
decision follows a season-long review process which evaluated the
performance of the franchise both on and off the playing court. In a
related move, following their relegation from BBL, Capital have taken a
position in EBL Division One.
May 18, 2010 - NBA Europe Live game presented in Milan
The city hall in
was the scene on Tuesday of a press conference presenting the NBA
Europe Live game slated for that city next fall between local team
Armani Jeans Milano and New York of the NBA. Among the guests at the
press conference, which also served to announce the opening of ticket
sales for the event, was Euroleague Basketball CEO Jordi Bertomeu.
May 18, 2010 - 2010 Final Four media reaction
Read what some of
hundreds of media present at the 2010 Final Four had to say about the
event. As Spanish newspaper El Pais summer it up: 'Barcelona and the
beautiful game, the good basketball, won - and Paris was a party.'
May 17, 2010 - Two-time Bulgarian champion Willie Deane granted
Academic Point Guard Willie Deane, two-time Bulgarian Champion and
two-time Russian League Scoring Champion in 2006 & 2007 is now
acitizen of Bulgaria and days ago received and was granted a Bulgarian
Passport. The Player,who in the past two seasons, played and won the
National Championship for Lukoil Akademik Sofia, averages nearly 18
points and more than 4 assists a game in his overall career.
May 17, 2010 - 2010 ON COURT CLINIC: BARCELONA PROGRAM
The Final Session
will be held in Barcelona from June 23rd-26th, 2010.
Each Coach will perform 4 lectures, covering a total of 12 topics on
the court and they will also participate in a round table with all of
you in the hotel during the first day.
May 14, 2010 - Azovmash banned from international club tournaments
Mariupol has been sanctioned by FIBA for breaching all of its
obligations to honour the final award of the FIBA Appeals Tribunal.
FIBA has previously imposed a ban on Azovmash to sign new players.
However, the club continues breaching the ban. Therefore FIBA took
further actions by banning Azovmash from all international club
May 14, 2010 - Final Four attracts record TV audiences!
A Final Four that
started with the Euroleague setting new marks for its broadcast reach
has ended by attracting record live television audiences, as well. More
than a million viewers tuned into Sunday's title game, won by Regal FC
Barcelona over Olympiacos Pireaus, in each of the finalists respective
home countries, Spain and Greece. Those live audiences do not include
delayed showings, re-runs or special news programs based on the event,
and therefore represent just a fraction of the worldwide viewers in a
record 197 countries where the Final Four was broadcast.
May 12, 2010 - AJ Milano sign Chris Monroe for the rest of the season
AJ Milano have
announced the signing of a 29-year-old guard Chris Monroe. The player
will undergo a medical testing today and is expected to join the team
tomorrow. Monroe signed the contract with the Italian club till the end
of the season.
May 12, 2010 - Minnesota Timberwolves in talks with Pekovic
Timberwolves are looking at the possibility of bringing Nikola Pekovic
to the NBA next season. The center of Panathinaikos was drafted 31st
overall in 2008 NBA Draft by the Timberwolves. After two years in
Greece and one Euroleague title, 24-year-old Montenegrin is considering
the option of playing on the other side of the Atlantic.
May 12, 2010 - Real Madrid showing interest in Milos Teodosic
guard Milos Teodosic is attracting the interest of Real Madrid,
gazzetta.gr reports. 23-year-old Serbian international is having the
best season in his career so far. Teodosic was named Euroleague's MVP
for 2009/2010 season.
May 11, 2010 - Maskoliunas officially fired
Darius Maskoliunas will be fired came true today. According to the
clubs' website the coach was forced to leave the team because he
violated the contract. More specifically, the part which is called 'an
intentional negative influence towards the outcome of the game'.
May 11, 2010 - Lithuania's summer schedule is set
national team will play ten friendly games this summer as a preparation
for FIBA World Championship 2010 in Turkey. The biggest highlight will
be the games against reigning World Champions Spain and Olympic
Champions United States.
May 11, 2010 - Anderson wanted by Real Madrid
Alan Anderson of
Aviv could be on his way to Spain, sport5.co.il reports. The American
forward arrived to Israel from Cibona last summer. He could switch
teams this summer again after Real Madrid showed interest in the
May 11, 2010 - Zoran Planinic, yet another target of Maccabi
Maccabi Tel Aviv
are actively looking for potential additions to the team for the next
season. The latest report by sport5.co.il suggests that The Yellows are
already holding informal negotiationa with the Croatian guard Zoran
Planinic. The two year contract of a 28-year-old CSKA Moscow player
expires this summer.
May 10, 2010 - Juan Carlos Navarro, 2010 Final Four MVP
continues. After the team he leads made the Euroleague title game look
easy, Regal FC Barcelona guard Juan Carlos Navarro was voted MVP of the
2010 Final Four by the 491 media members in attendance among 14,000
fans in jam-packed Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy on Sunday in the
May 10, 2010 - Once Again Luck Denies The Black&White Guys!
BC Partizan and
CSKA Moscow clashed for the first time in this season in the
third-place game, and this game was the opportunity for the fans of
both teams to prove their brotherhood relations. Brotherhood yet was
far off the court as CSKA won the game after a real battle that brought
another loss to the black and whites after overtime 90:88.
May 10, 2010 - Barca win Euroleague in style
Barcelona comfortably despatched of Greek side Olympiacos, 86-68 to
become 2009/2010 Euroleague Champions in Paris, France. Juan Carlos
Navarro was named Final Four MVP - as the danger-man hit 21 points, to
lead all scorers for the winners. As they lead from midway through the
first quarter and never looked back.
May 10, 2010 - CSKA leave Paris with pride
CSKA Moscow left
Paris with some pride in tack, as they needed overtime to see off
Partizan in a thrilling 3rd/4th place game in Paris. Veteran, J.R. Holden hit a game-winning triple with 2.9 seconds left in
overtime to grab victory for the Russians. Partizan’s Bo McCalebb had a
chance to win it for his side, but was short with his three-pointer.
May 9, 2010 - Barcelona reigns in Paris!!!
No doubt about
it! On Sunday
night in Paris, Regal FC Barcelona outgunned Olympiacos 86-68 for its
second Euroleague title practically without missing a beat all game.
Juan Carlos Navarro led the winners with 21 points and Pete Mickeal
followed with 14. Linas Kleiza had 13 for the Reds, whose last lead was
May 9, 2010 - Siskauskas confirms he won't play for Lithuania again
Kestuti Kemzura decided to include Ramunas Siskauskas to the list of
the players that will be invited to play for Lithuania in FIBA World
Championship 2010, the player made it clear that he is not coming back.
Siska responded with a phrase 'definitely not' when asked by lrytas.lt
whether he'll be returning to the national team.
May 9, 2010 - CSKA finishes third!
finished the 2010 Euroleague Basketball season in third place after
holding off Partizan Belgrade 90-88 in a memorable overtime thriller on
Sunday at the Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy in the French capital.
CSKA was led by its old guard as Trajan Langdon produced a record
scoring night and J.R. Holden sank a game-winning three-pointer with
2.4 seconds left in overtime to secure a tough win.
May 9, 2010 - NIKE International Junior Tournament - INSEP wins 73-83
INSEP is the 2010
Nike International Junior Tournament champion! INSEP lifted the trophy
by downing dethroned champion FMP 73-83. Hugo Ivernizzi paced the
winners with 16 points. Ulysse Adjagba and Livio Jean-Charles each
added 15 while William Howard had 10 for INSEP. Nenad Miljenovic led
FMP with 20 points and 7 rebounds.
May 9, 2010 - Olympiacos full of praise to young Partizan squad
coach, Panagiotis Giannakis was full of praise for his side’s patience
and passion after their ovetime success over Partizan on Friday night.
The Greeks beat their Serbian opposition, 83-80 in a thrilling Final
Four encounter in Paris, to ensure they would meet Regal FC Barcelona
in Sunday’s final and relegate Partizan to a 3rd/4th place game against
May 9, 2010 - Zalgiris made an offer to Katelynas
Katelynas could be on his way back home next season. According to
Krepsinis.net, Lithuanian forward has an offer from Zalgiris. Katelynas
currently loaned out by AJ Milano and plays in Spanish ACB league with
May 9, 2010 - Jordi Bertomeu comments at Awards Ceremony
ladies and gentlemen. Tonight is a night to say thanks On behalf of all
the Euroleague clubs, I would like to thank you for being here one more
year in our Euroleague Final Four."
May 9, 2010 - All-Euroleague team 2009-10
The best players
of the 2009-10 Euroleague Basketball season were honored on Saturday
night at the annual Euroleague Basketball Awards Ceremony held at the
historic Paris city hall, Hôtel de Ville. Twenty-four hours before a
new Euroleague champion will be crowned, a who's who of world
basketball elite came together to celebrate another exciting season in
a one-of-a-kind setting, the spectacular Salle de Fêtes, modelled after
the Hall of Mirrors at the Palace of Versailles.
May 8, 2010 - The Black & Whites Lose In the Thriller Game
In the second
semi final game
of the Euroleague Final Four in Paris, Olympiacos and Partizan played
one of the most exciting matches in the history of this competition.
Packed Bercy Arena could see the breakthrough of Barcelona to the final
after beating CSKA in a very tough game, while Olympiacos edged
Partizan after overtime 80:83 in an unbelievable basketball thriller.
May 8, 2010 - Olympiacos edge Partizan in thriller
Olympiacos put in
the extra working minutes to beat a hard-nosed Partizan side, 83-80
after an overtime period in the Euroleague Final Four Semi Final in
Paris. Former Atlanta Hawk, Josh Childress and Serbian, Milos Teodosic
paced the Greek giants, Olympiacos with 17 points between them. While
Bo McCallebb scored an impressive 21 points, but to no effect for
May 7, 2010 - Olympiacos second finalist!!!
final will be
painted red after Olympiacos survived Partizan 80-83 in OT of a stone
thriller in Friday's second semifinal. Josh Childress saved the Reds
with a put-back to force overtime. Linas Kleiza scored 19. It's
Olympiacos against Regal FC Barcelona in Sunday's title game.
May 7, 2010 - Regal FC Barcelona first finalist!!!
Barcelona is a close stepper to its ultimate dream after topping CSKA
Moscow 64-54 on Friday evening in the first semifinal of the 2010
Euroleague Basketball Final Four at the Palais Omnisports de
Paris-Bercy in the French capital. Barcelona avenged defeat against the
same CSKA team from last season’s semifinals thanks to a strong showing
from star playmaker Ricky Rubio, who scored 10 points and tied a Final
Four record with 8 assists.
May 7, 2010 - Partizan not here to make the numbers
Partizan are rank
outsiders going into the Final Four later today, but center, Aleks
Maric is coming to Paris to win - not just to make up the numbers in
their encounter with Olympiacos. Partizan are appearing in their first
Final Four since 1998 and have no doubt, got the youngest squad in this
season’s Euroleague, but Maric know his team have to stay focused to
May 7, 2010 - Barca ready for CSKA
Barcelona’s Juan Carlos Navarro and Erazem Lorbek are confident and
ready ahead of their Final Four encounter with Final Four regulars,
CSKA Moscow later today. Barcelona and CSKA have appeared in more Final
Four’s than any other European clubs. For the Catalans, this will be
their 11th appearance, while CSKA will be making their 10th visit to
European Basketball’s big dance.
May 6, 2010 - Marcus Haislip targetted by AJ Milano
After a rather
season in Euroleague Armani Jeans Milano are looking to add some new
players for next season. The club finished 5th in Group D and missed
Top 16. One of the main targets of AJ Milano is thought to be Marcus
Haislip who had a short stint with Panathinaikos before being later
May 4, 2010 - Official candidates list for Lithuania national team
of Lithuania, named 24 players as the candidates for the national team
which will play in FIBA World Championship 2010 in Turkey and 11
players for the reserve team. The official list is different compared
to the previously published unofficial one. The biggest surprise is the
inclusion of Ramunas Siskauskas who announced his international
retirement back in 2008 and hasn't worn the green jersey since then.
May 4, 2010 - Euroleague, MONDO, French Federation to help hospital
Basketball has partnered with official sponsor MONDO and the French
Basketball Federation during this week's Final Four to refurbish the
basketball court at world-renowned Pitie-Salpetriere Hospital in the
May 3, 2010 - 2010 PARIS NIJT TOURNAMENT
The stars of
get the balls bouncing at the Euroleague Final Four in Paris as eight
of the world's finest under-18 squads square off in the annual Nike
International Junior Tournament starting on Thursday, May 6. Defending
champion FMP of Serbia is one of four winners of this season's alsoNIJT
qualifying events, having taken first place in Belgrade in February.
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