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Home - News archive May 2011

  News archive May 2011

May 31, 2011 - Britain aim for second round
Tom Maher has claimed he will be doing ‘The Happy Dance' if his Great Britain team progress to the second phase at their first ever EuroBasket Women tournament.

May 31, 2011 - Turkish League semifinals, Games 3
Galatasaray Café Crown moved within one win of returning to the Turkish League finals by beating BK Banvit 73-61 on Monday in Game 3 of the best-of-five semifinals series. Galatasaray leads the series 2-1, but must go on the road for Game 4 on Wednesday.

May 30, 2011 - Black and whites play for the trophy once again
Current champions won third and decisive game in semifinals in Superliga and they will play in the final of Serbian championship once again. Black and whites were better and they deserved win against SMP Zeleznik, they won with the score 98:68 (35:10, 15:19, 27:22, 21:17).

May 30, 2011 - Bourousis quits Greece NT
Olympiacos' international Greek center, Ioannis Bourousis, has announced his withdrawal from Greece NT after his team's defeat against Panathinaikos earlier in the night.

May 30, 2011 - Milos Teodosic uses Panathinaikos fans as target practice
In an unbelievable display of stupidity international Serbian star Milos Teodosic launched a bottle on Panathinaikos fans during the Greek A1 finals.

May 30, 2011 - Panathinaikos got a 2-0 lead
Panathinaikos got closer to win its ninth consecutive Greek League title by downing archrivals Olympiacos 78-66 in Game 2 of the best-of-five final playoff series on Sunday. Panathinaikos has a 2-0 lead in the series but Olympiacos hosts Game 3 on Wednesday.

May 29, 2011 - Ambitious Galatasaray sign Renaldas Seibutis
Turkish side Galatasaray completed the signing of Renaldas Seibutis from Olin Edirne, according to sabah.com.tr. 25-year-old guard enjoyed a successful season in Turkey with his former club which helped to draw attention of bigger teams.

May 29, 2011 - Croatian League finals, Game 1
Zagreb CO dominated the second stanza to take control for good en route to a 58-73 road win over Cedevita in the opening game of the best-of-three Croatian League finals.

May 29, 2011 - Serbian League playoffs, Semifinals, Game 3
Partizan mt:s and Hemofarm Stada reached the Serbian League finals for the second year in a row after thrashing their respective opponents in the decisive Game 3 of the playoff semifinals.

May 27, 2011 - Maccabi back in NLB League after 7 years
One of the best European basketball clubs Maccabi confirmed on Thursday that the Israelian champion is returning to NLB League for the 2011/2012 season.

May 27, 2011 - Heat rises over Bulls to reach NBA finals
The Miami Heat star players cast off their struggles and staged a furious finish to beat the Chicago Bulls 83-80 on Thursday and advance to the NBA finals. The soaring comeback from a 77-65 deficit in the last three minutes propelled the Heat to the NBA finals against the Dallas Mavericks, a repeat of the 2006 championship series which Miami won 4-2.

May 27, 2011 - Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv regained the Israeli League crown
Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv regained the Israeli League crown after a one-season absence on Thursday by routing Gilboa Galil 91-64 in the title game at Nokia Arena in Tel Aviv. Maccabi avenged its defeat to the same squad in last season’s final. Maccabi never trailed in picking up its 49th Israeli championship.

May 26, 2011 - Boost for the Azzure as Zara returns
After four years away from the national team, Francesca Zara will return to the Italy squad as the Azzure prepare for the Additional Qualifiers.

May 26, 2011 - Croatian League playoffs, Semifinals, Game 3
Cedevita knocked out defending Croatian League champion Cibona with a 92-80 win that sent the hosts to the finals. Cedevita will meet Zagreb CO in the finals, which will mark the first time in league history that neither Cibona nor Zadar will contest the championship.

May 25, 2011 - Shawn James joins Maccabi Tel Aviv
Maccabi Tel Aviv continues the tradition of signing players that prove themselves in other Israeli teams. Shawn James became the latest addition of the Euroleague finalists.

May 25, 2011 - New EuroBasket hosting format in 2015?
The tradition of one country hosting the whole EuroBasket tournament could change in 2015 if the proposal of Jose Luis Saez, the president of Spanish basketball federation is accepted by FIBA Europe.

May 25, 2011 - Heat top Bulls 101-93, move 1 win away from finals
The first 48 minutes of Dwyane Wade's night were unremarkable. The five minutes of overtime changed all that. And Miami's Big Three is one win away from playing for the NBA's biggest prize.

May 25, 2011 - Zalgiris re-signs playmaker Collins
Zalgiris Kaunas moved to keep the motor of its team in place for another season by re-signing point guard DeJuan Collins for the coming season. This will mark Collins’s (188, 34) fourth season with the club.

May 25, 2011 - Maccabi Electra, Pargo agree on two-year extension
Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv announced Tuesday evening that star guard Jeremy Pargo signed a two-year contract extension that will keep him with the club through 2013. Pargo comes off a brilliant Turkish Airlines Euroleague rookie season in which he was named to the All-Euroleague second team after posting 13 points and 4.3 assists per game.

May 24, 2011 - Asseco Prokom Gdynia won the Polish League championship
Asseco Prokom Gdynia won the Polish League championship for the eighth straight season on Monday with a 76-71 victory over PGE Turow Zgorzelec in the seventh-and-deciding game of the Polish League finals.

May 23, 2011 - Bosh carries Heat over Bulls 96-85 for 2-1 lead
Chris Bosh has fought the perception all year. He's the third wheel, the forgotten star, the one who would never shine alongside LeBron James and Dwyane Wade. The Miami Heat never saw it that way.

May 23, 2011 - Spanish League Quarterfinals, Game 2
All four Spanish League quarterfinals series ended in 2-0 sweeps over the weekend, setting up semifinal duels between Regal FC Barcelona and Caja Laboral on one side and Real Madrid and Bizkaia Bilbao in the other. Barcelona was the first to get through on Saturday by routing fellow Euroleague side Unicaja 52-84.

May 23, 2011 - Siskauskas: I'm not changing my mind
Ramunas Siskauskas is not going to play for Lithuanian national team ever again. CSKA Moscow forward rejected Vladas Garastas' persuasion to return from international retirement, stating that these type of talks need to stop.

May 22, 2011 - Dzikic to take over KK Zagreb
According to exclusive information obtained by TalkBasket, Aleksandar Dzikic will be taking over KK Zagreb next season. The successful Serbian coach has coached Krka to the Eurochallenge title (where he was named Coach of the Year) and will be aiming to end Olimpija's dominance in the Slovenian League in the next few weeks during the play-offs.

May 22, 2011 - Crvena Zvezda without Playoff
Four teams that will play in Final 4 of Serbian Super league are: Partizan mt:s Belgrade, Hemofarm Stada Vrsac, Radnicki Kragujevac and FMP Zeleznik. Unfortunately for fans of Crvena Zvezda their team will not play in Final 4. Even they won in last game against Mega Vizura.

May 22, 2011 - Champions confirmed the top position
Last round game in Superliga before playoffs was not important neither for Partizan mt:s or Hemofarm, bu the game was competitive just like both teams sad it will be. However Vlade Jovanovic player got to big advantage during middle of third quarter which they kept until the end of the game and they scored new victory with the score 85:66 (23:20, 18:11, 25:18, 19:17).

May 22, 2011 - Rytas to rebuild, again
Lietuvos Rytas will be rebuilding the team once again. Four players are already certain to leave the team and there will be more changes. Lithuanian club will part ways with Milko Bjelica, Kenan Bajramovic, DJ Strawberry and Cemal Nalga. The contracts of these players expired and there's no intention by Rytas to keep any of them.

May 21, 2011 - Heat, Bulls expect another physical test in Game 3
They were bloodied, bruised and battered. Just about everyone had icepacks strapped to various regions of their bodies, and many all but limped toward the bus out of the arena. That was the Miami scene after Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals.

May 20, 2011 - Partizan beat Hemofarm 85:66
In first game of week 14 of Serbian Super league in Belgrade, Partizan mt:s beat Hemofarm Stada 85:66. By quarters 23:20, 18:11, 25:18, 19:17. Not so interesting game. Both teams already qualified for Final 4 of Serbian Super league, Partizan mt:s will start from position 1, and Hemofarm Stada from position 2.

May 20, 2011 - Garastas asks Siskauskas to help NT
After losing two important players, the hosts of EuroBasket 2011 are looking for ways to cover the losses by bringing back veterans. The head of Lithuanian basketball, Vladas Garastas, has officially asked Ramunas Siskauskas to reconsider his decision to retire from the national team.

May 20, 2011 - Zalgiris Kaunas won the Lithuanian League championship
Zalgiris Kaunas won the Lithuanian League championship for the 24th time and the first in three years on Thursday by routing Lietuvos Rytas 95-69 to win the best-of-seven finals series 4-1.

May 19, 2011 - Late James magic pushes Heat past Bulls
LeBron James produced some more fourth-quarter magic to propel the Miami Heat to a scrappy 85-75 win over the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday, evening their NBA Eastern Conference final at a game each.

May 19, 2011 - Mallet MVP of Belgium Ethias League
Today Demond Mallet (Higher Vision Sports) was named the MVP of the Belgium Ethias League after leading his club past the Euroleague qualification round into the Euroleague where the club had 2 impressive wins against Real Madrid and the player's former German club Brose Basket.

May 17, 2011 - FIBA General Assembly Concludes In Portugal
The FIBA Europe General Assembly, the most important annual event in the European Federation's calendar, concluded Sunday in the beautiful Portuguese town of Sintra.

May 17, 2011 - Italy: Gallinari, Bargnani Ready To Go
The big guns are lining up for Italy ahead of EuroBasket 2011 in Lithuania. Both Andrea Bargnani and Danilo Gallinari have stated their intention to wear the Azzurri shirt when they compete in the 24-team event which tips off at the end of August and Marco Belinelli is also expected to be with the squad.

May 17, 2011 - In East finals, Luol vs LeBron a key matchup
The Chicago Bulls saw it all year from Luol Deng, so what he did against LeBron James and the Miami Heat in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals hardly shocked them. Hit big shots? Hit the boards? Limit the game's most talented player? Check, check and huge check.

May 15, 2011 - Olympiacos won Greek Cup
Olympiacos successfully defended its Greek Cup title by outlasting freshly crowned Turkish Airlines Euroleague champion Panathinaikos 68-74 on Sunday. Milos Teodosic shined with 18 points to lead the Reds to their ninth Greek Cup and earn MVP honors.

May 15, 2011 - Restless Durant eager to make amends in Game 7
Kevin Durant had trouble sleeping, trying to shake off the worst playoff performance yet in his young NBA career. After the league's scoring champion managed just 11 points in Oklahoma City's loss that set up Game 7 Sunday against the Memphis Grizzlies, Durant woke up Saturday still thinking about what went wrong.

May 13, 2011 - Jeremy Pargo to move to Fenerbahce Ulker
Fenerbahce Ulker are looking to rebuild the team for the new season by strengthening the squad. According to latest rumours, Jeremy Pargo could be directing Fenerbahce's offense next season.

May 13, 2011 - Maciulis will miss EuroBasket 2011
Lithuanian national team lost one more player ahead of EuroBasket 2011. Jonas Maciulis of Armani Jeans Milano suffered anterior cruciate ligament injury in his right knee during Italian league game which will put him out of action for at least 6 months.

May 13, 2011 - Taurasi crosses the Bosphorus
Diana Taurasi is back in Istanbul for the 2011-12 Euroleague Women season - only it won't be with Fenerbahce. In one of the most exciting and stunning acquisitions in the history of the competition, Diana Taurasi will swap the shirt of Fenerbahce and play for Galatasaray next season as they get one over on their fierce rivals in spectacular style.

May 12, 2011 - East finals bound: Miami ousts Boston, 97-87
He scored the game's final 10 points. He knelt on the court when it was over. He even apologized afterward for any feelings that may have been hurt last summer when he left Cleveland for Miami. For LeBron James, the night was emotional and unforgettable.

May 11, 2011 - Serbian League, second phase, Game 11: May 10, 2011
Partizan mt:s leads the Serbian League standings at 10-1, with Hemofarm Stada right behind at 9-2. Partizan simply overwhelmed OKK Beograd 84-56 at home on Wednesday. Vladimir Lucic led the winners with 21 points.

May 8, 2011 - Dimitris Diamantidis, chosen Sportingbet MVP of the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four
Dimitris Diamantidis padded his resume as one of the great point guards in European basketball history with his second Sportingbet MVP of the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four award after leading Panathinaikos to its sixth continental title on Sunday.

May 8, 2011 - Diamantidis sets one, ties with Pargo on another assists record
The two All-Euroleague point guards for the 2010-11 season, Dimitris Diamantidis of Panathinaikos and Jeremy Pargo of Maccabi Electra, etched their name into the Euroleague record books as the former’s team beat the latter’s in a thrilling 2011 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four title game on Sunday.

May 8, 2011 - Panathinaikos is 2010-11 champ!
Panathinaikos won its sixth Euroleague title on Sunday evening by holding off Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv 70-78 in the championship game of the 2011 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four at Palau Sant Jordi in Barcelona. Dimitris Diamantidis starred with 16 points and 9 assists becoming only the third person in history to win Final Four MVP honors twice and setting and tying breaking a pair of assists records along the way.

May 8, 2011 - Siena takes third place
Montepaschi Siena completed an outstanding Turkish Airlines Euroleague season by beating Real Madrid 62-80 on Sunday in the Third-Place Game at the 2011 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four at Palau Sant Jordi in Barcelona, Spain.

May 8, 2011 - 2012 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four to land in Istanbul
Euroleague Basketball is pleased to announce the city of Istanbul as the home of the 2012 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four. The state-of-the-art Sinan Erdem Arena, which opened in 2010 to host the FIBA World Championships final stages, will host European basketball’s premier event in early May 2012.

May 8, 2011 - Zagreb is NIJT champ!
KK Zagreb Croatia is the 2011 NIKE International Junior Tournament champion after a 76-65 victory over Zalgiris Kaunas on Sunday morning in Barcelona. In its first ever appearance in the tournament, Zagreb won all 4 games and celebrated a new high point for the Croatian club.

May 8, 2011 - MVP Diamantidis heads 2010-11 All-Euroleague First Team
The best players of the 2010-11 Turkish Airlines Euroleague season were honored on Saturday night at the annual EFES Pilsener Euroleague Awards Ceremony, held this year at the Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya (MNAC) in Barcelona.

May 8, 2011 - Final Four symposium
Ettore Messina, four-time Euroleague champion head coach, and Lluís Martínez-Ribes, ESADE Business School Associate Professor, brought two distinctive but complementary visions to their informal talks on leadership in sport, called Leading to Perform: Leadership Learning From High-Performance Sport.

May 7, 2011 - Official press conference: Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final
Representatives of two very familiar adversaries, Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv and Panathinaikos Athens, held their last session with the media on Saturday in advance of the final 2011 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four game to crown a new champion between them at 16:30 CET at Palau Sant Jordi in Barcelona, Spain.

May 7, 2011 - Maccabi Electra vs. Panathinaikos, game preview
“Like Panathinaikos, we at Maccabi Electra are extremely happy to make it to the Euroleague final. I think for the fans as well as the clubs, this is another chapter in a great rivalry between two top level teams and two top clubs."

May 7, 2011 - Final Four players praise MVP host city: Barcelona
While the players and coaches of the four teams are certainly the protagonists at the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four, there is a fifth co-star playing a special MVP role all its own this weekend: the host city of Barcelona.

May 6, 2011 - Chuck Eidson sets new semifinals steals record
Chuck Eidson set a new standard for steals in a Euroleague semifinals game with 6 in Maccabi Electra’s 82-63 rout of Real Madrid to reach the 2011 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four title game.

May 6, 2011 - Maccabi Electra routed Real Madrid 82-63
Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv rocked Real Madrid 82-63 at Palau Sant Jordi on Friday night in the second semifinal at the 2011 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four to book a spot in the title game.

May 6, 2011 - The Greens bested Siena 77-69
Panathinaikos started the 2011 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four with a hard-fought 77-69 victory over Montepaschi Siena at Palau Sant Jordi in Barcelona to reach the Euroleague title game for the third time in five seasons. Nick Calathes scored a career-high 17 points and Dimitris Diamantidis came within 1 of a semifinal record with 9 assists to lead Panathinaikos.

May 6, 2011 - NIJT, Crvena Zvezda defeated Regal FC Barcelona
Crvena Zvezda thoroughly defeated Regal FC Barcelona Thursday afternoon at the Palau Sant Jordi, 56-73, in the first Group B matchup of the Euroleague Basketball Nike International Junior Tournament.

May 5, 2011 - 2011 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four broadcasting worldwide
On the heels of last season's record-setting Final Four audiences, the 2011 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four will continue reach a worldwide audience just like its predecessors with a total of 42 broadcasters bringing the games to some 171 countries and territories.

May 5, 2011 - 2011 Final Four opening press conference
In a room steeped in centuries of history, eight central protagonists to the four teams aiming to celebrate at the end of the weekend gathered Thursday at the Salo de Cent in the Barcelona Town Hall for the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four official press conference.

May 5, 2011 - Euroleague brings new court to heart of Barcelona
One of Barcelona’s oldest districts could become a new hotbed of basketball talent thanks to the refurbished court that was inaugurated Thursday to coincide with the start of the 2011 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four in nearby Palau Sant Jordi.

May 4, 2011 - Win in Kragujevac
Partizan m:ts played a very exciting game in Jezero with their great rivals Radnicki. Black and whites were better in the first half, but team from Kragujevac did a little better in the third and fourth quarter. However, coach Jovanovic players did not allow an upset and won deservedly with the score : (13:24, 24:27, 22:14, 15:11 ).

May 3, 2011 - Final Four fun starts at the Devotion Fan Zone!
The 2011 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four is pleased to announce the Devotion Fan Zone, a new addition to European basketball’s signature event designed to further engage the fans in the happenings around the games.

May 2, 2011 - Sony becomes official Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four sponsor
Euroleague Basketball is pleased to announce a new partnership that makes Sony, the worldwide leader in quality electronics, an official sponsor of the 2011 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four in Barcelona.

May 1, 2011 - Euroleague for Life, Barcelona, Mondo and Gran Via 2 unite for court refurbishment
For the second year in a row, Euroleague for Life is using basketball to lift spirits in the host city of the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four with a court refurbishment in one of Barcelona's oldest and best-known neighborhoods. On Thursday morning, May 5, superstars from all the Final Four teams will join in the inauguration of Aurora's Court in the heart of Raval, located on the west side of the city's famous boulevard, La Rambla.

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