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May 31, 2012 - BC Khimki inks Koponen to three-year deal
The busiest team in the market, BC Khimki Moscow Region, added another big name to its lineup with the signing of guard Petteri Koponen to a three-year deal, the club announced Thursday. Koponen (1.94 meters, 24 years old) has enjoyed success in the Italian League with Virtus Bologna in recent years.

May 31, 2012 - Giannakopoulos family remain at Panathinaikos
Panathinaikos current owners have ended any speculation regarding the club's future by confirming their decision to stay at the club's helms for the 2012/13 season.

May 31, 2012 - The core of the 2012/13 ABA Adriatic League is known
After Partizan eliminated Vojvodina in the Serbian semi-final on Wednesday the core of the 2012/13 League is known. Thirteen (13) clubs got the right to play in the next season while the last tickets still needs to be determined after Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv decided not to continue in ABA League.

May 31, 2012 - 2012-13 Turkish Airlines Euroleague license allocation criteria
The following criteria for the allocation of licences to participating teams for the 2012-13 Turkish Airlines Euroleague season were approved at the Euroleague Commercial Assets shareholders' meeting held on October 14, 2011.

May 31, 2012 - Greek League finals, Game 4
Panathinaikos came back from a double-digit deficit to beat Turkish Airlines Euroleague champion Olympiacos Piraeus 84-74 in Game 4 of the Greek League finals at OAKA on Wednesday to force a fifth and deciding game for the title in Saturday.

May 31, 2012 - Spanish League semifinals, Game 3
FC Barcelona Regal and Caja Laboral are now each one win away from meeting in the Spanish League finals for the fourth time in five years. Laboral edged Real Madrid 82-79 after overtime Tuesday to move ahead in their best-of-five semifinals; Barcelona handled Valencia Basket 64-80 on the road Wednesday to take a 2-1 lead.

May 31, 2012 - French League quarterfinals, Game 3
Overtime was needed in both deciding games in the French League quarterfinals and when the dust had cleared, Cholet Basket upset and eliminated regular season champ BCM Gravelines 72-78 and Le Mans knocked out defending champ Sluc Nancy 92-84. Cholet will meet Le Mans in the semifinals.

May 31, 2012 - Serbian League, Semifinals, Game 2
Partizan mt:s swept its best-of-three semifinals series to become the first team to the Serbian League finals, but it will have to wait to learn its opponent after Crvena Zvezda Diva beat Radnicki KG to even their series. Partizan defeated Vojvodina Srbijagas 81-87 behind 17 points and 4 assists from Milan Macvan.

May 30, 2012 - Parker leads Spurs to 2-0 series lead
Tony Parker has found balance in his role as a scoring point guard. Two more wins, and the San Antonio Spurs will find themselves playing for another NBA championship. Parker had 34 points and eight assists, Manu Ginobili added 20 points and the Spurs stayed perfect in the playoffs with a 120-111 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder.

May 30, 2012 - Celtics say intensity must rise vs. Heat in Game 2
The Boston Celtics have bigger issues than being upset about a perceived slight. Yes, LeBron James dribbled behind his back. Then between his legs, five times. Then threw a behind-the-back pass.

May 30, 2012 - BC Khimki signs Rivers, too
BC Khimki Moscow Region kept getting ready for its Turkish Airlines Euroleague return in the 2012-13 season by inking scoring ace K.C. Rivers to a two-year deal, the club announced Wednesday. Rivers (1.96 meters, 25 years old) arrives from Lokomotiv Kuban, where he averaged 9.5 points on 45.2% three-pointers and 4.1 rebounds in 8 Eurocup this season.

May 30, 2012 - Turkish League finals, Game 1
Besiktas Milangaz held off Anadolu Efes’s late comeback to register a 75-82 victory on Game 1 of the Turkish League finals. Pops Mensah-Bonsu scored 18 and Carlos Arroyo tallied 15 points and 6 assists to lead the visitors. Game 2 is scheduled for Thursday.

May 30, 2012 - Polish League finals, Game 3
Trefl Sopot breathed new life in the Polish League finals by routing perennial champ Asseco Prokom Gdynia 83-57 to close within 1-2 in the best-of-seven series. John Turek compiled 18 points and 9 rebounds and Adam Waczynski posted 15 and 8 to pace the victors.

May 30, 2012 - Croatian League finals, Game 2
Cibona Zagreb became the overwhelming favorite to regain the Croatian League crown after one year without it by spanking Cedevita 64-82 on the road in Game 2 to take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five series. Cibona hosts Game 3 on Saturday knowing a victory will make it the Croatian champion for the 16th time.

May 30, 2012 - Italian League semifinals, Game 1
Montepaschi Siena routed Banco di Sardegna Sassari, while EA7 Emporio Armani Milan had to work harder before beating Scavolini Siviglia Pesaro in their respective opening games of the Italian League semifinals. Ksistof Lavrinovic amassed 19 points and 9 rebounds in Siena’s 91-68 win on Monday.

May 29, 2012 - Serbian star Milovanovic eyes comeback
It's been a long haul on the sidelines for Jelena Milovanovic but the injured Serbian ace is now within touching distance of a return to action as she prepares to complete the final stage of her recovery.

May 29, 2012 - BC Khimki adds rebounder Augustine
Eurocup champion BC Khimki Moscow Region kept adding frontcourt strength for its Turkish Airlines Euroleague Basketball return by inking rebounding ace James Augustine to a two-year deal on Tuesday. Augustine (2.08 meters, 28 years old) arrives from UCAM Murcia of Spain, where he averaged 12.7 points and 8.3 rebounds in 34 Spanish League games last season.

May 29, 2012 - Belgian League finals, Game 1
Belgacom Spirou began its try for a fifth consecutive Belgian League title in style on Monday by taking a 69-80 road win over Telenet BC Oostende in Game 1 of their best-of-five final series. Spirou came back after a slow first quarter to win each of the last three and take a pivotal triumph, turning around the homecourt advantage in the series.

May 29, 2012 - Serbian League, Semifinals, Game 1
Defending champion Partizan mt:s Belgrade and Radnicki KG both drew first bood in the best-of-three Serbian League semifinals on Sunday with Game 1 home victories. Partizan used a full team effort to coast past visiting Vojvodina Srbijagas 77-67.

May 28, 2012 - Khimki bulks up with big man Davis
Eurocup champion BC Khimki Moscow Region has begun building its roster for next season's Turkish Airlines Euroleague with extra size by announcing Monday the addition of center Paul Davis on a two-year contract. Davis (2.11 meters, 27 years old) arrives from two seasons with Cajasol Sevilla of Spain.

May 28, 2012 - Greek League finals, Game 3
Turkish Airlines Euroleague champion Olympiacos Piraeus moved within one victory of its first Greek League title in 15 years by defeating archrival Panathinaikos 84-72 on Sunday in Game 3 of the best-of-five finals. A 16-2 run bridging the final two quarters restored what had been game-long double-digit leads by Olympiacos, which now holds a 2-1 edge in the series.

May 28, 2012 - Dutch League finals, Game 5
After four years of disappointment that included two Game 7 losses in the finals, EiffelTowers Den Bosch has returned to the top in the Dutch League with a 61-65 road win Sunday over defending champion Zorg en Zekerheid Leiden.

May 28, 2012 - German League playoffs, Semifinals, Game 3
The German League has one familiar finalist and another unexpected one after both Brose Baskets Bamberg and Ratiopharm Ulm registered 3-0 sweeps in their best-of-five semifinal series on Sunday. The two-time defending champions from Bamberg once again blew Artland Dragons off the floor with a 94-63 victory in Game 3, its second 30-point home win in the series.

May 28, 2012 - Bulgarian League finals, Game 3
Lukoil Academic used a high-scoring fourth-quarter rally to put its stamp on another Bulgarian League title by defeating host Levski 82-87 on the road Sunday. The victory gave Lukoil a 3-0 sweep in the best-of-five series and its 10th consecutive national crown, but it took a 30-point outburst in fourth-quarter scoring to get it done.

May 27, 2012 - Italian League quarterfinals, Game 5
Scavolini Siviglia Pesaro became the last team to reach the Italian League semifinals by upsetting Bennet Cantu 69-78 in do-or-die Game 5 on Saturday. Scavolini won the series 2-3 and will face EA7 Emporio Armani Milano in the best-of-five semifinals. Montepaschi Siena takes Banco di Sardegna Sassari in the other semifinals series.

May 27, 2012 - Czech League finals, Game 4
CEZ Basketball Nymburk is once again the Czech League champion! Nymburk won its ninth consecutive Czech League title by sweeping the best-of-seven finals against Prostejov. Nymburk topped Prostejov 67-84 in Game 4 on Saturday to get the celebration started.

May 27, 2012 - Croatian League Finals, Game 1
Cibona took a 1-0 lead in the best-of-five Croatian League finals by downing Cedevita 84-77 in Game 1 on Saturday. Davor Kus led the winners with 18 points. Khalid El-Amin added 14, Damjan Rudez had 13 while Goran Suton and Pavle Marcinkovic each got 12 for Cibona.

May 27, 2012 - French League quarterfinals, Game 2
Entente Orleanaise and Elan Chalon reached the French League semifinals by sweeping its respective quarterfinal series. Orleans became the first team to reach the semifinals by edging Paris-Levallois 73-79 on the road on Friday.

May 27, 2012 - Rondo leads Celtics to 85-75 Game 7 win over 76ers
To Doug Collins, Boston's Big Three is already a memory. ''I don't look at them as the Big Three. I look at them as the Championship Four,'' the Philadelphia coach said. ''Because if you're going to leave Rondo out, you're making a huge mistake.''

May 27, 2012 - They meet again: Heat-Celtics in East finals
It's a rematch: Miami and Boston will meet in the playoffs again, this time with a spot in the NBA finals at stake. Boston's 85-75 win in Game 7 over Philadelphia on Saturday night earned the Celtics a trip to Miami, where the reigning East champion Heat will host Game 1 of this year's conference title series Monday night.

May 26, 2012 - Turkish League semifinals, Game 5
Anadolu Efes reached the Turkish League finals by edging Banvit 72-77 in Bandirma in do-or-die Game 5 of their best-of-five semifinals series on Saturday. Efes won the series 2-3 and is set to face Besiktas Milangaz in the finals, which start next week.

May 26, 2012 - Czech League finals, Game 3
CEZ Basketball Nymburk moved within one victory of what would be its ninth straight Czech League title on Friday by beating BK Prostejov 66-84 in Game 3 of their best-of-seven finals series. Nymburk will get a chance to wrap up the series with a sweep on the road on Saturday night.

May 26, 2012 - Kulichova pens Kosice deal
Czech Republic international Petra Kulichova has decided not to stray too far away from home. The former ZVVZ USK Prague pivot has signed for Good Angels Kosice.

May 26, 2012 - Sweden no longer the in-betweeners
Kadidja Andersson has expressed her relief that Sweden now has the opportunity to regularly join the top table of women's basketball in Europe. Having had to endure playing as a Division B nation after a disastrous relegation a few years ago, Sweden are seemingly ready to realise their potential in the new, refreshed structure which has dispensed with promotion and relegation.

May 25, 2012 - Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv will not play in ABA League in 2012/13
Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv had a great season in which it won the ABA League trophy, its first so far. But problems with coordination of playing in three league put the Israeli basketball gigant in serious consideration about its furture way and on Friday Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv announced it will not continue in ABA League despite still having a valid contract.

May 25, 2012 - Israeli League championship game
Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv celebrated its 50th Israeli League championship by beating Maccabi Ashdod 83-63 in the title game at Nokia Arena in Tel Aviv. Yogev Ohayon was named Final Four MVP after pacing the Maccabi attack with 10 points and 10 assists.

May 25, 2012 - Slovenian League finals, Game 4
Krka Novo Mesto conquered its third consecutive Slovenian League title by downing Union Olimpija Ljubljana on the road 55-67 in Game 4 of the best-of-five finals Thursday. A 7-18 run in the final quarter made the difference for the guests.

May 25, 2012 - Ukrainian League finals, Game 4
BC Donetsk became the Ukrainian champion for the first time Thursday after edging Azovamsh Mariupol 79-84 on the road in Game4 to sweep their best-of-seven finals series. After falling behind early, Donetsk dominated the second half to march to victory.

May 25, 2012 - Bulgarian League finals, Game 2
Lukoil Academic moved within one win of its 10th straight Bulgarian League championship on Thursday with an 80-76 victory over rival Levski Sofia. Academic will get its first chance to win the title on Levski’s floor on Sunday. Bozhidar Avramov scored 18 points and dished 4 assists to pace the champs in the come-from-behind win.

May 24, 2012 - Croatian League semifinals, Game 3
Cedevita crushed KK Split Wednesday to win their semifinals series and advance to the finals, where Cibona awaits for an all-Zagreb series. Miro Bilan scored 17 points and Marko Car 15 for Cedevita, which dominated 96-70.

May 24, 2012 - Polish League finals, Game 2
Asseco Prokom Gdynia took a 2-0 lead in the Polish League finals after a 77-65 victory over Trefl Sopot on Wednesday. Adam Hrycaniuk posted 13 points, 14 rebounds and 3 blocks to lead the perennial champs. Prokom took control with 12-2 second quarter run and then finished the half with 7 more unanswered points for a 40-24 halftime lead.

May 24, 2012 - Serbian League, Regular Season, Phase 2, Game 14
The Serbia League regular season came to a close Wednesday with the following semifinals duels now on tap: Partizan mts vs. Vojvodina Srbijagas and Radnicki KG vs. Crvena Zvezda Diva. Perennial champion Partizan finished the regular season with another win, 77-87 at BKK Radnicki, to improve to 12-2.

May 24, 2012 - French League quarterfinals, Game 1
SLUC Nancy was the big winner in the opening games of the French League playoffs. Nancy was the only road team to win Game 1 of the best-of-three series and did so in convincing fashion by walloping Le Mans 64-89.

May 24, 2012 - Sagadin names Slovenia candidates
Slovenia coach Zmago Sagadin believes competition for spots in the side to play at the U20 European Championship being staged in the country will be fierce. The Slovenians are in Group D with Lithuania, Sweden and Italy, and the games will be in the cities of Kranjska Gora, Domzale and Ljubljana.

May 23, 2012 - Poland can count on Gortat this summer
Marcin Gortat will play for Poland again this summer and do his best to make sure the national team returns to the EuroBasket Final Round in 2013. The NBA Lockout prevented the Phoenix Suns center from representing his country at EuroBasket 2011 in Lithuania, where they beat Portugal and Turkey but did not progress to the second stage of the competition.

May 23, 2012 - Beld and The Netherlands up to the challenge
Myrthe Beld is one of the players who can evaluate just how the Netherlands have evolved since they made their encouraging elite-level debut less than two years ago. Back in 2010, the Dutch team stepped out in Division A for the first time during a failed but nevertheless impressive first EuroBasket Women qualification campaign.

May 23, 2012 - CSKA Moscow keeps Kaun, too
CSKA Moscow continued bolstering its frontcourt Wednesday by re-signing center Sasha Kaun to a new three-year contract. Kaun (2.13 meters, 27 years old) has just finished his fourth consecutive Euroleague season with CSKA and is the Euroleague’s all-time career leader in two-point shooting accuracy at 70%.

May 23, 2012 - Germany name first training camp squad
Germany coach Svetislav Pesic has named the squad of players that will be at the national team's first training camp next month. Several have turned out for the national team before, including Bayern Munich's Robin Benzing, Steffen Hamann, Jan-Hendrik Jagla and Philipp Schwethelm.

May 22, 2012 - CSKA re-signs team captain Khryapa
CSKA Moscow announced a new agreement with forward Viktor Khryapa, the team's captain, who signed a contract for two more seasons with an extra-year option to stay until the end of the 2014-15 season.

May 22, 2012 - Former Euroleague champ Mulaomerovic retires
Former Euroleague champion point guard Damir Mulaomerovic decided to end a career full of accomplishments on Monday by announcing his retirement after 19 years as a pro. Mulaomerovic, who will turn 38 in September, returned to the Turkish Airlines Euroleague this season.

May 22, 2012 - British Basketball League in talks with Euroleague
The British Basketball League (BBL) has told TalkBasket that they are in discussions with Euroleague Basketball regarding the Final Four that comes to London's O2 Arena in May 2013.

May 22, 2012 - Bojan Bogdanovic prepared to move to Brooklyn Nets
Brooklyn Nets GM Billy King told American media that Bojan Bogdanovic is seriously thinking of moving overseas this summer. The 23-year-old Croatian guard/forward wants to terminate his contract with Fenerbahce Ulker in order to be able to sign with the Nets.

May 22, 2012 - Thunder surge past Lakers 106-90 to win West semis
With the Oklahoma City Thunder just starting to come to life, Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant didn't need to take a break. They will have enough time to rest as they get ready for a second straight trip to the Western Conference finals.

May 22, 2012 - Bass erupts for Celtics in 101-85 win over Sixers
They started as a Big Three and grew to a Big Four when Rajon Rondo earned the right to be mentioned along with the other Boston Celtics All-Stars. At no point, however, did Brandon Bass merit marquee billing in his first season in Boston.

May 22, 2012 - Polish League finals, Game 1
Perennial champion Asseco Prokom Gdynia moved closer to another Polish League title on Monday by beating rival Trefl Sopot 89-81 in Game 1 of the best-of-seven series. Prokom’s big guns shined bright as Jerel Blassingame and Donatas Motiejunas both recorded double-double.

May 22, 2012 - Czech League finals, Game 2
CEZ Basketball Nymburk improved to 2-0 in the Czech League finals by pounding BK Prostejov 88-58 on Monday night. Michal Kremen scored 18 points and Pavel Pumprla tallied 12 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the perennial champs.

May 22, 2012 - Turkish League semifinals, Game 3
Anadolu Efes and Besiktas Milangaz each moved a step closer to the Turkish League finals with respective Game 3 wins to take 2-1 series leads. Furthermore, both teams host Game 4 with the chance to advance in front of their fans.

May 22, 2012 - Latvian League finals, Game 5
VEF Riga pounded BK Ventspils 100-70 to win its second straight Latvian League championship, closing out the series 4-1 before its home crowd. Riga completely dominated the contest, opening up a 28-14 lead after the first quarter and piling on points from there.

May 21, 2012 - Greek League finals, Game 1
Freshly crowned Turkish Airlines Euroleague champion Olympiacos Piraeus returned to the floor and down archrival Panathinaikos 84-78 Monday in Game 1 of the Greek League finals. Georgios Printezis starred again with 18 points and Kostas Papanikolaou tallied 16 points and 8 rebounds for the winners.

May 21, 2012 - Sottana and Italy turn page this summer
Giorgia Sottana admits Italy will be venturing into the unknown this summer when a new-look line-up hits the floor looking to make up for the bitter disappointment of falling at the final hurdle last time out.

May 21, 2012 - FIBA Europe celebrates 10th Birthday
A very special to European basketball anniversary culminated with a fittingly spectacular fireworks display that illuminated the night sky over Ljubljana on Saturday. FIBA Europe celebrated its tenth birthday in the Slovenian capital, the city that will host the EuroBasket 2013 final.

May 21, 2012 - Euroleague classic Ramunas Siskauskas retires from basketball
One of the Euroleague's greatest players and gentlemen this century, CSKA Moscow forward Ramunas Siskauskas, formally announced his retirement from professional basketball on Monday.

May 21, 2012 - David Blatt signs new contract with Maccabi
This afternoon (Monday) in the offices of Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv’s chairman attorney Shimon Mizrahi, head coach David Blatt signed a new contract with the team, for two years (2012 – 2013 and 2013 – 2014), with an option for a third year (2014 – 2015).

May 21, 2012 - Besiktas gets closer to the finals with victory
Besiktas won the third game of TBL Playoff Semi-Final series  74:65 and now they are only one match away from TBL finals. At Sinan Erdem Arena with an ambitious crowd, Besiktas took control of the match and never let Galatasaray close the gap.

May 21, 2012 - German League playoffs, Semifinals, Game 1
Brose Baskets Bamberg and ratiopharm Ulm chalked up important wins in the first games of their German League semifinals series. Bamberg dominated Artland Dragons 103-70, while Ulm bested s.Oliver Baskets 77-65.

May 21, 2012 - Spanish League quarterfinals, Game 2
FC Barcelona Regal ousted Lucentum Alicante 57-84 to book a spot in the semifinals of the Spanish League, where it awaits the winner of the series between Valencia Basket and Lagun Aro GBC, which is now tied at 1-1 after Lagun Aro outduelled Valencia 86-82 in overtime to force a decisive Game 3 on May 22.

May 21, 2012 - Italian League quarterfinals, Game 2
Serve was held by the home teams in all four Italian League quarterfinals through two games, leaving Montepaschi Siena, EA7 Emporio Armani Milan, Bennet Cantu and Banco di Sardegna Sassari all one victory away from the semifinals in their respective best-of-five series.

May 21, 2012 - Serbian League, Regular Season, Phase 2
Partizan mt:s mauled Vojvodina 91-54 on Friday to secure first place at the end of the Serbian League regular season with a game to spare. Miroslav Raduljica scored 21 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to pace the perennial champs, who improved to 11-2 with the win.

May 21, 2012 - Koufos set to miss pre-Olympic tournament
Greek international power forward/center Kostas will be sidelined for several and will therefore be unable to participate in the pre-Olympic qualifying tournament. As confirmed by the player's agent himself, Koufos has an arthroscopic surgery after the NBA season was over for his team Denver Nuggets, and he will need at least six weeks to get in full shape again.

May 21, 2012 - Chalon scoop second Cup, sweep awards
Holders Elan Chalon knocked off Limoges in the Coupe de France (French Cup) final for the second year in a row on Sunday. Gregor Beugnot's side, winners of the Semaine des As earlier this season, prevailed 83-75 with sharpshooter Ilian Evtimov scoring a game-high 28 points.

May 20, 2012 - Spurs beat Clippers 96-86 to take 3-0 series lead
Nothing was going to rattle the calm, cool and collected Spurs. Not even a 24-point deficit. Tim Duncan scored 19 points, helping engineer a defining 24-0 run in the third quarter, and San Antonio defeated the Los Angeles Clippers 96-86 on Saturday to take a commanding 3-0 lead in their second-round playoff series.

May 20, 2012 - Thunder rally past Lakers, take 3-1 series lead
Kevin Durant stood above the 3-point line and watched the shot clock dwindle in the final seconds of Game 4. When Metta World Peace backed up slightly on defense, Durant hesitated only an instant before launching a 26-footer.

May 20, 2012 - FIBA General Assembly concludes in Ljubljana
The FIBA Europe General Assembly 2012 concluded in the Slovenian capital Ljubljana, Saturday, with a message of unity among its member Federations and a promise to work harder to bring further success to European basketball on and off the court.

May 20, 2012 - Russian League finals, Game 3
Turkish Airlines Euroleague runner-up CSKA Moscow reiterated its dominance at home in the Russian League on Saturday by sweeping to its 10th consecutive domestic title by blasting Eurocup champion Khimki Moscow Region 75-90. The road win game CSKA a 3-0 sweep in the best-of-five finals.

May 19, 2012 - Kalev/Cramo clinch title in Estonian league
BC Kalev/Cramo Tallinn have captured their third Estonian league title in the last four years after winning all four of their games in the play-off championship against Tartu Ulikool.

May 19, 2012 - Turkish League semifinals, Game 2
Both Turkish League semifinals series are squared up at 1-1 after Anadolu Efes and Besiktas Milangaz won Game 2s on the road. Efes took down Banvit BK 75-81 behind 15 points apiece from Dusko Savanovic and Kerem Tunceri on Friday.

May 19, 2012 - Spanish League quarterfinals, Game 1
The four top seeds all won their Spanish League quarterfinals series at home on Thursday and Friday to move within a victory of the semifinals. FC Barcelona Regal trounced Lucentum Alicante 73-43, Valencia Basket routed Lagun Aro GBC 82-60 and Caja Laboral bested rival Gescrap Bizkaia 77-73.

May 19, 2012 - Slovenian League finals, Game 1
Union Olimpija never trailed in handing Krka Novo Mesto a 65-76 loss in Game 1 of the Slovenian League finals on Thursday. The visitors used a 0-11 run to finish the first quarter and start the second – holding Krka scoreless for more than five minutes in taking an 8-21 lead.

May 19, 2012 - Latvian League finals Game 4
BK Ventspils extended the Latvian League finals series for at least three more days by beating VEF Riga 97-90 in Game 4 of the best-of-seven series on Thursday. It was Ventspils’s first win of the series.

May 18, 2012 - Aguilar, Valdemoro named in Spain squad
Spain came up short of the Quarter-Finals at last year's EuroBasket Women but have so far kept faith with the veteran players as they look ahead to qualifying for next year's Final Round in France.

May 18, 2012 - Belgian Cats ready to purr
Possessing an intriguing roster packed with dynamic and rising talent, it's not surprising Marjorie Carpréaux can't wait for the summer to begin as Belgium embark on their mission to land a coveted place at EuroBasket Women 2013.

May 18, 2012 - French League, Regular Season, Game 30
In the final game of the French League regular season, top-ranked BCM Gravelines squeaked past closest rival Chalon 81-78, using a 23-12 third quarter to take the lead then fend off the visitors’ comeback attempt.

May 18, 2012 - Czech League playoffs, Semifinals Game 5
BK Prostejov outduelled BK Decin 73-69 in the fifth and deciding game of their Czech League semifinals series on Wednesday and will square off against archrival and defending champion CEZ Nymburk in a best-of-seven finals matchup.

May 18, 2012 - Bulgarian League playoffs, Semifinals Game 4
Levski outfought Tundja Yambo 87-89 to win their Bulgarian League semifinals matchup 3-1 and set up a reprise of last year’s finals against defending champs Lukoil Academic Sofia, beginning May 22.

May 18, 2012 - Barca eases to 1-0 lead, ACB play-off round-up
Regal FC Barcelona's class was for all to see as they breezed through Alicante 73-43 to take a 1-0 lead in their play-off series. Like the third place game against Panathinaikos last Sunday in Istanbul coach Xavi Pascual rested Juan Carlos Navarro.

May 18, 2012 - Russian League finals, Game 2
CSKA Moscow marched to its second convincing victory over BC Khimki in as many days to take a commanding 2-0 lead in the best-of-five Russian League finals series. Nenad Krstic scored 21 points to lead the hosts to a 79-61 win.

May 17, 2012 - CSKA's classy touch
To a weekend that will go down as one of the best in basketball history, an extra touch of class was added by the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four team that had the most to be disappointed about.

May 17, 2012 - Dominguez not in Storm Squad
Spain national team guard Sylvia Dominguez was placed  in suspended list and will not be able to play for Seatle Strom this summer. The franchise announced 11player list for the coming season and choosed their guards as Katie Smith, Sue Bird and Tanisha Wright.

May 17, 2012 - Married duo are headed to Ekaterinburg
UMMC Ekaterinburg have named Olaf Lange as their new coach with wife Sandy Brondello as assistant. The German head coach has had a similar role at Australian WNBL club Logan Thunder, leading them to a play-off appearance in his two seasons there.

May 17, 2012 - Spain’s Diaz in time for glorious summer
Injuries are tough to bear for any player. You could argue that, the more successful a player is, the harder it becomes to deal with such set-backs. Gran Canaria 2014 player Yurena Diaz had one of those moments at the beginning of last season, when she found out that her sore back required operation due to a hernia disc.

May 17, 2012 - Olympiacos win inspires a Nation
In Greece, a country that is going through some very testing times right now, sport has traditionally been a polarizing affair. It would be inconceivable to see devoted fans of any club to cheer for a rival in any sport, let alone celebrate their victory.

May 16, 2012 - Real Madrid snaps Rudy Fernandez for 3 years
Rudy Fernandez is set to play for Real Madrid for the next three season after reaching an agreement with the Spanish giants, MARCA reports. It will be his second spell with Real after playing for the club in 2011-2012 season during NBA lockout.

May 16, 2012 - Media Reaction to the 2012 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four
"Olympiacos’ Turkish Airlines Euroleague victory is the perfect comeback story - both on and off the court. Georgios Printezis made a last-second shot to beat CSKA Moscow 62-61 on May 13, giving Olympiacos Piraeus its first Turkish Airlines Euroleague title in 15 years, in arguably the greatest comeback European basketball has ever seen.

May 16, 2012 - Taurasi signs for UMMC
It is official now. Announced from basket.ugmk.com, UMMC Ekaterinburg signed Diana Taurasi. The U.S. superstar player spent last season with Galatasaray, and helped them to fifth place in Euroleague Women Final Eight and Turkish League finals.

May 16, 2012 - Pekovic has ‘Successful Surgery’
Montenegro captain Nikola Pekovic has had surgery to remove bone spurs from his right ankle. The Minnesota Timberwolves, the NBA club Pekovic plays for, have announced in a statement: "Pekovic underwent successful surgery today (Tuesday) to remove bone spurs in his right ankle.

May 16, 2012 - Benes to Coach USK; Sulciute to Avenida
ZVVZ USK Prague boss Lubor Blazek has reached a mutual decision with the club to leave the bench and take on another role with the Czech giants. The outfit has promoted his assistant, Ivan Benes, to the head coaching position.

May 16, 2012 - Great Britain captain looks to raise the standard
Great Britain captain Andrew Sullivan will be launching his own 'DS8 Basketball Clinics' this weekend in order to raise the standard of the game in the UK.

May 16, 2012 - Motiejunas might skip NT due to contract uncertainty
The third attempt by Donatas Motiejunas to make the national team is under a question mark. Lithuanian forward expects to sign a contract with the Houston Rockets this summer but due to NBA rules he would risk losing the contract in case of an injury.

May 15, 2012 - British public overall would go to the Final Four
The announcement of the Euroleague Final Four coming to London next year was meeted with confused looks on the faces of the media at the pre-Final press conference. A Spanish journalist in the Sinan Erdem Arena work room shook his head and said that the decision was the "wrong move by the Euroleague".

May 15, 2012 - Finland Women to follow Men’s footsteps
Finland star Taru Tuukkanen is determined to follow in the footsteps of the men's national team whose success at EuroBasket 2011 in Lithuania put the country firmly on the basketball map. In stark contrast to the progress made by their male colleagues, the women's team laboured through their last qualifying campaign, only managing a solitary victory in their failed bid to make it to EuroBasket Women in Poland.

May 14, 2012 - MVP James gets 32, Heat top Pacers 95-86 in Game 1
LeBron James was promised some rest. It never came. The MVP didn't care, not after he and the Miami Heat struck the first blow against the Indiana Pacers. James accepted his third MVP trophy from Commissioner David Stern before the game, then scored 26 of his game-high 32 points while playing every second of the second half.

May 14, 2012 - Clippers advance with 82-72 win over Grizzlies
The Los Angeles Clippers refused to let a third chance to knock the Memphis Grizzlies out of the playoffs slip away. Kenyon Martin scored seven of his 11 points in the fourth quarter, and the Clippers advanced to the Western Conference semifinals with an 82-72 win over the Memphis Grizzlies in Game 7 on Sunday.

May 13, 2012 - CSKA Moscow, Olympiacos combine for defensive mark
The intensity of the start of the 2012 Turkish Airlines Euroleague championship game was evidenced by the great play of both defenses. And when the opening quarter finished with CSKA Moscow leading Olympiacos 10-7, a new record had been established for the lowest point total in a single quarter in Final Four history.

May 13, 2012 - Vassilis Spanoulis of Olympiacos Piraeus, Final Four MVP
Vassilis Spanoulis, the man who led the Reds throughout the season and was elected as a member of the All-Euroleague First Team on Saturday, added a new accolade to his collection with the Final Four MVP trophy, his second after 2009.

May 13, 2012 - Euroleague title game, Olympiacos Piraeus is the new champ!
In a game for the ages, Olympiacos Piraeus came from 19 down in the third quarter to stun CSKA Moscow 61-62 and become the 2012 Turkish Airlines Euroleague champion. Georgios Printezis’s floater with 0.7 seconds left won it for the Reds, who become European champions for the second time in competition history.

May 13, 2012 - Euroleague Third-place game, Panathinaikos 69 - 74 FC Barcelona Regal
FC Barcelona Regal finished the Turkish Airlines Euroleague season in third place after holding off outgoing champion Panathinaikos 69-74 in the third-place game on Sunday afternoon at Sinan Erdem Arena in Istanbul. Marcelinho Huertas dominated early with 19 first-half points and then netted a pair of free throws in the final minute to seal the win.

May 13, 2012 - Lietuvos Rytas is the new NIJT champ!
The 10th Nike International Junior Tournament delivered a new name on the list of champion teams when Lietuvos Rytas beat Fenerbahce Ulker 88-70 in the title game on Sunday afternoon at Sinan Erdem Arena in Istanbul, Turkey.

May 13, 2012 - Lietuvos Rytas, Fenerbahce Ulker battle for NIJT title!
A new champion will be crowned in the 10th Nike International Junior Tournament after Day 3 decided the two groups as Lietuvos Rytas won Group A and Fenerbahce Ulker won Group B. The two teams will meet tomorrow at 12:30 in the Sinan Erden Arena to fight for the gold medal.

May 13, 2012 - Skerovic leaves Sparta&K for Prague
Montenegro international Jelena Skerovic has returned to the Czech Republic to play for ZVVZ USK Prague. The former Frisco Brno playmaker spent this season with Sparta&K M.R. Vidnoje and averaged 3.8 points, 2.7 assists and 3.2 rebounds per game.

May 13, 2012 - EBI-Master students getting first-hand experience at Euroleague Final Four
A group of 23 master’s students are wide-eyed walking around the 2012 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four as they get firsthand experience in what it takes to stage an elite-class supporting event such as the Final Four.

May 13, 2012 - Ivkovic expects different game, Khryapa hopes big clash
Coming to the big encounter between CSKA and Olympiacos, some final remarks from İstanbul. Needless to say, CSKA is shown as the favourite by most of the people. Most of the people who will watch the final at Sinan Erdem is sure that Olympiacos resist but very few gave them a strong chance.

May 12, 2012 - 2011-12 All-Euroleague Team, led by MVP Andrei Kirilenko
The stars of the Turkish Airlines Euroleague were honored at a ceremony fit for a king on Saturday night at the annual EFES Euroleague Awards Ceremony held at Ciragan Palace in Istanbul. On the eve of the coronation of a new champion, the best players from both finalists took part in the celebrations together with the rest of the global basketball elite attending the 2012 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four.

May 12, 2012 - Teodosic looking forward to facing old club
It will be a weird feeling for CSKA Moscow's Milos Teodosic when he goes up against his national team coach and former club in Sunday's final. The Serbian international won the 2010 Euroleague MVP with Olympiacos plus he won a silver medal with Dusan Ivkovic at the 2009 Eurobasket so Teodosic has a lot to be thankful for.

May 12, 2012 - NIJT has the two finalists, L. Rytas and FB Ulker!
A new champion will be crowned in the 10th Nike International Junior Tournament after Day 3 decided the two groups as Lietuvos Rytas won Group A and Fenerbahce Ulker won Group B. The two teams will meet tomorrow at 12:30 in the Sinan Erden Arena to fight for the gold medal.

May 12, 2012 - Efes Pilsener Euroleague Awards Ceremony tonight!
After counting the votes from fans and media members far and wide, Euroleague Basketball is pleased to release the names of the 10 nominees for the All-Euroleague teams.

May 12, 2012 - Title game preview: CSKA Moscow vs. Olympiacos Piraeus
Two deserving teams will square off for the 2012 Turkish Airlines Euroleague title in the championship game of the 2012 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four at Sinan Erdem Arena in Istanbul on Sunday. CSKA came from 14 points down to win a thriller against Panathinaikos 66-64 in the first semifinal led by Andrei Kirilenko and Alexey Shved.

May 12, 2012 - Title game official press conference
Four familiar faces to one another – all winners in Friday’s semifinals games – gathered Saturday afternoon at Sinan Erdem Arena for the official press conference to discuss the title game of the 2012 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four.

May 12, 2012 - The O2 in London to host the 2013 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four
Euroleague Basketball and AEG will team together to bring the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four to a new home in 2013. After hosting the 2012 Olympic Games, London’s spectacular The O2 will remain the focus of international sporting attention as it turns its eyes to Europe’s premier basketball event.

May 12, 2012 - Fans, the soul of the Final Four
Outside Sinan Erdem Arena before Friday’s semifinals of the 2012 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four, colors were abound. There was plenty of green, plenty of red and plenty of Barcelona’s famous mix of blue and garnet red. But far more impressive than the colors that could be seen was how beautiful they went together.

May 12, 2012 - Young Stars Take Over Sweden
Sweden coach Lars Johansson has revealed his preliminary squad for this summer's qualifying campaign for the EuroBasket Women 2013. The Swedes will go into battle against Romania, Spain, Bulgaria and Germany in Group D and try to finish among the top two to reach next year's Final Round in France.

May 12, 2012 - Mondelo In Charge Of Spain
Spain have made Perfumerias Avenida boss Lucas Mondelo the new coach of the women's senior national team. The 44-year-old takes over from Jose Ignacio Hernandez, who led the Spaniards the last two summers.

May 11, 2012 - Turkish Airlines Euroleague semifinals, Olympiacos 68 - 64 FC Barcelona Regal
Olympiacos Piraeus will play for its second Euroleague crown on Sunday after outlasting FC Barcelona Regal 68-64 in another thrilling semifinal showdown at the 2012 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four at Istanbul’s Sinan Erdem Arena on Friday.

May 11, 2012 - CSKA sets defensive mark
CSKA Moscow established a new Final Four era defensive record in the second quarter of the first game at the 2012 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four. The Russian champs limited Panathinaikos to 5 points, which represents the fewest points ever scored in a single quarter in a Final Four game.

May 11, 2012 - Turkish Airlines Euroleague semifinals, CSKA Moscow 66 - 64 Panathinaikos
CSKA Moscow survived one of the greatest semifinal games in Euroleague history to edge mighty Panathinaikos 66-64 in the opener of the 2012 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four at Sinan Erdem Arena in Istanbul.

May 11, 2012 - One Team symposium in Istanbul, a success
The partnership between basketball and business can go a long way in helping communities in need. Euroleague’s One Team program is a great, fresh example of such powerful synergy and was the central topic of this season’s annual Euroleague Basketball Symposium held at Kadir Has University in Istanbul.

May 11, 2012 - 2012 Turksih Airlines Euroleague Final Four predictions
There are no better people to turn to for expert opinions on the biggest games of the season than star players and big name coaches. So Euroleague.net turned to some former All-Euroleague selection and ex-champion coaches to get their feel for Friday’s semifinals.

May 11, 2012 - 2012 Final Four bwin Game Center: semifinals
After a season long buildup, it's now money time for the players, coaches, staffs and fans of the four teams battling for the title of 2012 Turkish Airlines Euroleague champions. The matchups are set and there is no room for mistakes – two wins from two games will crown either CSKA Moscow, FC Barcelona Regal, Olympiacos Piraeus or Panathinaikos as champion.

May 11, 2012 - Let’s get ready to rumble, Euroleague Final 4 semifinals
Yes, it is finally here! Today with semifinal games, Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final four will start. Two semifinal games, two spectacles. In first semifinal games, at 17.00 CET, CSKA Moscow and Panathinaikos will try to reach Final game and fight for trophy.

May 11, 2012 - 2012 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four official cheerleaders
The Efes Dance Square Off contest rewarded the support received by the Euroleague fans to BC Zalgiris Kaunas “Cheer Up” dancers, making them the 2012 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four Official Cheerleading Squad.

May 10, 2012 - Semifinal official practice: Olympiacos Piraeus vs. FC Barcelona Regal
The day before the 2012 Final Four tips off, the Official Practice for the second semifinal, Olympiacos Piraeus vs. FC Barcelona Regal, took place at Sinan Erdem Arena as the players talked to the media.

May 10, 2012 - Semifinal official practice: CSKA Moscow vs. Panathinaikos Athens
The day before the 2012 Final Four tips off, the Official Practice for the first semifinal, CSKA Moscow vs. Panathinaikos Athens, took place at Sinan Erdem Arena as the players talked to the media.

May 10, 2012 - Watch Euroleague Final four in Istanbul live
One of the biggest and most popular Basketball events especially in Europe is ready to start. In just two days we will watch four the best European teams in fight for Euroleague trophy.

May 10, 2012 - 2012 Final Four Official Press Conference
The Euroleague Basketball family gathered together Thursday morning on the shores of the Bosphorus for the first official act of the 2012 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four in Istanbul, Turkey. The Mabeyn Ballroom at the magnificent Ciragan Palace hosted the opening press conference with Euroleague Basketball CEO and President, Mr. Jordi Bertomeu.

May 10, 2012 - Euroleague Trophy Tour heads to Istanbul during Final Four weekend
The trophy that symbolizes everything the four teams will be fighting for at the 2012 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four will travel through the host city of Istanbul during Final Four weekend to give fans a chance to see it up close.

May 10, 2012 - One Team event at Bahcelievler Social Services Campus is a great success
On an uplifting spring morning in the city that hosts the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four this weekend, the family of Euroleague Basketball clubs and sponsors registered another proud moment by making it a day to remember for 60 underprivileged and special needs children on the grounds of Istanbul Bahcelievler Social Services Campus.

May 10, 2012 - Bibrzycka to Fenerbahce
The rumours came true and Polish sharp shooter Agnieszka Bibrzycka joined Fenerbahce according to dziennikpolski24.pl and lovewomensbasketball.com. The articles says that she left the offer from Wisla Can-Pack and agreed to play in Turkey.

May 10, 2012 - Rivas Ecopolis Tabs Kurasova, Honti
Rivas Ecopolis, last years’ finalists of Euroleague women, strenghten their squad with two important additions and announced them from the official website: basketrivasecopolis.com.

May 10, 2012 - NIJT starts today
The 2012 Euroleague Basketball Nike International Junior Tournament is set to be a special one, not only for the talent and competitiveness of all teams, but also because it marks its 10th edition. Games of the Nike International Junior Tournament start today for a new champ on Sunday! At 13:00 CET it's Crvena Zvezda vs. FCB Regal.

May 9, 2012 - Euroleague Final Four, Semifinals: in search of Euroleague glory!
After a season long buildup, it's now money time for the players, coaches, staffs and fans of the four teams battling for the title of 2012 Turkish Airlines Euroleague champions. The matchups are set and there is no room for mistakes – two wins from two games will crown either CSKA Moscow, FC Barcelona Regal, Olympiacos Piraeus or Panathinaikos as champion.

May 9, 2012 - Taquan Dean joins Valencia till the end of the season
Valencia added Taquan Dean to its roster ahead of the ACB Playoffs. The 28-year-old guard/forward was available since his former team Avellino finished the season in Italy.

May 9, 2012 - Efes extends its Euroleague sponsorship for another three years
A constant supporter of sports, Efes' global brand Efes Pilsener extended its Euroleague Basketball sponsorship for another three years with the protocol signed on Wednesday, May 9. Euroleague CEO and President Jordi Bertomeu and Anadolu Efes Beer Group President Alejandro Jimenez were present at the press conference organized for the signing.

May 9, 2012 - Bittersweet Times For Good Angels
Good Angels Kosice were a combative side in the EuroLeague Women in 2011-12. That is what everyone expects of the Slovakian side, a club run by general manager Daniel Jendrichovsky that unearths great talents year after year but often struggles to keep leading players onboard because of their financial constraints.

May 9, 2012 - Steve Nash named GM for Canada NT
Steve Nash, two-time MVP and perennial National Basketball Association all-star, was named today to lead Canada’s charge toward the Olympic podium in Rio de Janeiro in 2016. Nash will become General Manager of Canada’s senior men’s basketball team, providing the leadership and inspiration for a program that is blessed with a wealth of emerging talent.

May 9, 2012 - Casspi Comes Back For Israel
Israel have 22 players in their preliminary squad for this summer's EuroBasket 2013 Qualification Round campaign. The biggest absentee from last year's side, Cleveland Cavaliers forward Omri Casspi, is among those named.

May 9, 2012 - Fierce Competition For Ukraine Spots
Anna Pokoiova has admitted she will have to sweat it out for a place on the final Ukraine roster this summer after new head-coach Vadim Czeczuro named a lengthy 24-strong preliminary group of players.

May 9, 2012 - FIBA Europe 3on3 Back On The Continent
After a successful tour of Gran Canaria the FIBA Europe 3on3 equipment arrived timely in Leon, Spain for the first tournament in continental Europe in 2012. From 10 to 13 May the capital of the Spanish province Leon will host two events, the Spanish 3on3 university championships and an open 3on3 tournament.

May 8, 2012 - FIBA Europe Secretary General Nar Zanolin sacked
In a shocking move FIBA Europe Secretary General Nar Zanolin was sacked yesterday after the meeting of the Executive Committee which was called by FIBA Europe President Olafur Rafnsson. This decision is a result of an ongoing friction between FIBA and FIBA Europe.

May 8, 2012 - Zisis to replace Jackson in Bilbao
Nikos Zisis could be moving to Spain to continue his career. Tubasket.com reports that the Greek guard is set to join this year's Euroleague debutants Bilbao, the team coached by a fellow Greek Fotis Katsikaris.

May 8, 2012 - Devotion Fan Zone coming to the heart of Istanbul
The Devotion Fan Zone returns for the 2012 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four to bring some of the excitement from the games to fans in the heart of Istanbul. Over Final Four weekend, from May 11 through 13, basketball fans will have a meeting point at Taksim Gezi Park.

May 8, 2012 - F4 coverage: Papadopoulos set to miss tournament
Olympiacos' former international center Lazaros Papadopoulos is set to miss the upcoming Final Four. Papadopoulos hasn't trained for days now due to a knee related injury and is extremely doubtful for the Euroleague's event of the year.

May 8, 2012 - Kayseri Kaski: An Early Assessment
Kayseri KASKI was one of the fastest clubs to build the team of next season so a little assesment needed for the transactions until today. Kayseri KASKI was the surprise package of last season. The club, named as Panküp Şekerspor Kayseri was on the verge of ceasing operations last summer.

May 8, 2012 - Turkish Airlines Euroleague trophy lands in Istanbul!
The shining trophy that will be awarded to the Turkish Airlines Euroleague champion at the end of this week's 2012 Final Four arrived in ceremonial fashion to Istanbul on Monday afternoon. Mr. Jordi Bertomeu, Euroleague Basketball president and CEO, handed over the trophy to Mr. Temel Kotil, CEO of Turkish Airlines, upon landing this afternoon at Ataturk Airport in Istanbul.

May 8, 2012 - Lefteris Subotic appointed as new GM of Olimpija
Former player and veteran coach Lefteris Subotic has been appointed as the new General Manager of Olimpija Ljubljana. Management Board of BC Olimpija Ljubljana had a meeting today where members listened to the report of Janez Rajgelj and decided to remove his authorization rights within the club. As of tomorrow, functions and rights of General Manager of the club will be taken by Slobodan Subotic.

May 7, 2012 - Bibrzycka is back to boost Polish hopes
Having been hosts of EuroBasket Women 2011, it's been quite a while since Poland have had to endure a qualification programme but their hopes of reaching the EuroBasket Women in France next summer have been boosted by the timely return of Agnieszka 'Biba' Bibrzycka.

May 7, 2012 - Besiktas edge opener against Fenerbahce
There's still a long way to go but Besiktas Milangaz fans can be forgiven if they're already dreaming of a prestigious treble. Winners of the Turkish Cup and the EuroChallenge, the Istanbul outfit is now taking aim at the Beko Basketbol Ligi title and it got off to a good start in the play-offs with a 96-94 overtime triumph against Fenerbahce.

May 7, 2012 - New design rings for LKL 2012 champs
The 2012 Lithuanian Basketball League (LKL) champions will be awarded with a new style rings. For the first time the top of the ring will be circle shaped. Jewerly makers PREMIÈRE who have been making rings for LKL champions for the past five years explained the choice of a new ring shape.

May 7, 2012 - Imbro Growing Up Into Leader For Italy
When watching Italy play at the 2012 Albert Schweitzer Tournament (AST), it is absolutely clear who the leader on the floor is. And according to Italian coach Andrea Capobianco, point guard Matteo Imbro is becoming more of a man.

May 7, 2012 - Injuries Hit Romanian Qualifying Bid
Romania already had a huge challenge this summer in their EuroBasket Women qualifying campaign with games against Spain, Sweden, Bulgaria and Germany. Now they will have to go into battle in Group D without two key players because ACL injuries.

May 7, 2012 - Italian League, Regular Season, Game 34
Montepaschi Siena ended the Italian League regular season with a resounding 57-113 victory over Fabi Shoes Montegranaro to take first place with a 24-8 record, while EA7 Emporio Armani Milan bested Angelico Biella 97-77 to clinch second place, thanks to Canadian Solar Bologna’s thrilling 66-65 win over Bennet Cantu.

May 7, 2012 - Spanish League, Regular Season, Game 34
The top three teams in the Spanish League finished the regular season with victories as FC Barcelona Regal took care of Assignia Manresa 71-77; second-ranked Real Madrid outplayed FIATC Mutua Joventut 95-82 and Caja Laboral dumped Gescrap 100-70 to finish in third.

May 7, 2012 - Turk League playoffs, Quarterfinals Game 1
The top four Turkish League teams during the regular season all won their opening quarterfinals matches at home. Galatasaray Medical Park took out Tofas 80-66, using a 46-27 margin in the middle quarters to earn the win. Luksa Andric paced the winners with 16 points, while Jamon Lucas and Nihad Dedovic added 12 apiece.

May 7, 2012 - German League playoffs, Quarterfinals Game 1
Telekom Baskets Bonn stunned Brose Baskets Bamberg on the road in the opening contest of their best-of-five quarterfinals series 74-75. The hosts had a 55-46 margin going into the fourth quarter but Telekom played its best ball in the final stretch, outscoring the opponent 19-29 to claim victory.

May 7, 2012 - French League, Regular Season, Game 29
There were no changes atop the French League with one round left to play in the regular season as BCM Gravelines outduelled Paris-Levallois 75-86 to win its 11th in a row and climb to 26-3. Closest rival Chalon dumped Asvel 76-61 to raise its record to 23-5, while Orleans held on to the third position by routing Strasbourg 71-88 for a 20-9 record.

May 7, 2012 - Croatian League, Regular Season, Phase 2 Game 12
The top of the Croatian League standings remained unchanged as Cibona Zagreb downed Zadar 88-79 to stay unbeaten after 13 games. Zadar made a game of it in the first half, which ended 44-44, but Cibona used a 21-14 third quarter to establish control.

May 7, 2012 - Belgian League, Regular Season, Game 34
With two more rounds to go in the Belgian League regular season, Belgacom Spirou Charleroi topped outduelled Leuven 93-87 to stay on top while closest rival Antwerp tripped up Aalstar 97-93. Third-ranked Telenet Oostende did not play.

May 7, 2012 - Anthony helps Knicks end 13-game playoff skid
Amare Stoudemire raised his hands in the air, one covered in padding, as streamers fell from the ceiling above him. Finally, New York could celebrate an NBA playoff victory again. Carmelo Anthony scored 41 points, Stoudemire had 20 points and 10 rebounds in his return from a cut hand, and the Knicks snapped an NBA-record, 13-game postseason losing streak by beating the Miami Heat 89-87 Sunday in Game 4 of their first-round series.

May 7, 2012 - 76ers top Bulls 89-82 for 3-1 series lead
Even as the misses piled up, Holiday never felt the weight of it on his 21-year-old shoulders. All he could do in a thorny Game 4 was laugh about his struggles with teammate Evan Turner. ''You've got to be happy when you play,'' Holiday said. ''It really helps.''

May 6, 2012 - Final Four week begins with Istanbul ready!
The countdown to a champion is underway at the start of the week that will see the 2012 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four bring basketball at its finest to beautiful Istanbul, Turkey!

May 6, 2012 - Russian Olympic womens squad narrowed down
Russian captain Svetlana Abrosimova is surprisingly left out of coach Boris Sokolovsky's list of 20 players as he prepares for the Olympic Games in London, England. While not confirmed, Sokolovsky apparently didn't include Abrosimova due to lack of playing time with her club UMMC Ekaterinburg despite including Marina Karpunina who hasn't played competitive basketball for two years and Ilona Korstin, who has the same role coming off the bench with Spanish side Perfumerias.

May 5, 2012 - Zalgiris to have new GM again?
Zalgiris will have to start a search for a new General Manager once the season is closed. Current GM Jonas Stadalninkas has already filed a request to be fired at the end of May, according to lrytas.lt.

May 5, 2012 - Charles to Wisla Can-Pack?
According to wislakosz.pl, the club is close to sign Tina Charles. A few days ago, the club released a statement that in case Ewelina Kobryn signs for Ekaterinburg, they will try to fill the gap with a world class level center.

May 4, 2012 - UMMC make sweeping changes
Major changes are underway at UMMC Ekaterinburg as the Russian giants search for the formula that will bring EuroLeague Women glory to the outfit. The team has announced that boss Algirdas Paulauskas and his assistant, fellow Lithuanian Rimantas Grigas, will not be with the team next season.

May 4, 2012 - Montenegro announce preliminary squad
The team that took EuroBasket Women 2011 by storm before falling to Turkey in the Quarter-Finals, Montenegro, have announced their preliminary squad for this summer. Jelena Skerovic, Iva Perovanovic, Jelena Dubljevic, Ana Baletic, Milka Bjelica, Anna De Forge and Ana Turcinovic were the key players in last year's team that went undefeated in its first six games before falling to the Turks.

May 4, 2012 - Spanish League, Regular Season, Game 33
FC Barcelona Regal clinched the top spot in the Spanish League’s regular season with one game to go after coming from behind to defeat closest rival Real Madrid 86-83. The hosts trailed most of the game, but dug deep in the final 10 minutes, outscoring Madrid 25-15 behind Juan Carlos Navarro.

May 4, 2012 - CSKA wins VTB League crown
CSKA Moscow showed it is in tip-top for ahead of the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four by downing Unics Kazan 74-62 in the VTB United League championship game on Thursday night at Siemens Arena in Vilnius, Lithuania.

May 4, 2012 - Nike International Junior Tournament turns 10 in Istanbul!
The 2012 Euroleague Basketball Nike International Junior Tournament is set to be a special one, not only for the talent and competitiveness of all teams, but also because it marks its 10th edition. Throughout the years, the event has become more and more prestigious as the overall quality of the competing teams has improved, making the NIJT the top international event for junior clubs in European basketball and beyond.

May 4, 2012 - Salamanca signs Adair
As announced from ACB.com, Halcon Avenida Salamanca made another addition to the squad with Jessica Adair. 25 years old US based center  played one season for Samsun and this season for Tarsus Belediye in Turkey. In 13 games, she had 12.9 points and 8.9 rebounds averages.

May 4, 2012 - Barcelona secure top spot in ACB
Regal FC Barcelona have secured first place in the ACB by defeating bitter rivals Real Madrid 86-83 last night. With this victory, the Catalan side improves to 28-5 while Real drop to 25-8, leaving them to secure the runners-up spot instead. Juan Carlos Navarro came up big for Barcelona, who head to Istanbul next Friday to play Olympiacos in the Euroleague Final Four.

May 3, 2012 - Savvy Aguilar signs for Sparta&K
Sparta&K M.R. Vidnoje have made some shrewd signings the past few seasons to remain one of the elite sides in European basketball. This week, the Russian giants swooped for Spanish veteran Elisa Aguilar, a player that was instrumental in helping Rivas Ecopolis become a force in the EuroLeague Women and the Spanish Liga Femenina.

May 3, 2012 - 2012 Final Four Entertainment
Turkey’s famed Fire of Anatolia dance troupe will take in the spotlight of the 2012 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four as a central piece of the non-basketball entertainment. The Fire of Anatolia dance show blends ballet, modern and traditional folk dance in a beautifully choreographed show that is aimed at reflecting the multiculturalism of Istanbul and paying tribute to Anatolia’s ancient mythological and cultural history.

May 3, 2012 - CSKA advances to VTB United title game
CSKA Moscow will play for a title in its last official game before the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four next week. CSKA held off Lietuvos Rytas in Wednesday’s VTB United League semifinal 79-72 to set up a date with Unics Kazan for the championship on Thursday.

May 3, 2012 - Horakova, Burgrova in preliminary squad
The Czech Republic had a significant absentee in 2011 when they played at the EuroBasket Women in Poland. The 2010 FIBA World Championship MVP Hana Horakova took the summer off and the Czechs, without their most important player, had to settle for a fourth-place finish.

May 2, 2012 - Home Sweet Home for Impressive Vesely
The Czech Republic are going to need all hands on deck to have a chance of reaching next year's EuroBasket in Slovenia. Coach Pavel Budisky will guide the team against Turkey, Italy, Belarus and Portugal in one of the toughest groups in the EuroBasket 2013 Qualification Round.

May 2, 2012 - EuroCup Women encourages Swiss hopes
Caroline Turin is hoping last season's EuroCup Women campaign with Sdent Helios can help the national team this summer with no fewer than five Helios Basket players likely to be involved for Switzerland.

May 2, 2012 - Final Four symposium to spotlight social responsibility partnerships
A dedication to social responsibility that joins basketball and business in the pursuit of helping communities in need is the subject of the annual symposium at the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four 2012 Istanbul next Friday, May 11. The symposium, hosted by Kadir Has University in Istanbul, will feature well known speakers from the world of sports as well as from Turkish and international business and academia.

May 2, 2012 - Two candidates for Galatasaray MP
According to reports from Turkish basketball site basketfaul.com, Cem Akdag is close to be the new coach of Galatasaray MP. Akdag is a fan favourite coach who  worked as a coach of younger age groups and Galatasaray senior men's team.

May 2, 2012 - News from Wisla Can Pack
Wisla Can Pack Krakow made an announcement from official website wislacanpack.pl and gave some information about the new player structure of the club. The GM of team, Piotr Dunin-Suligostowskiego is referenced for the news, he expressed that Belgian guard Anke De Mondt has renewed contract.

May 2, 2012 - Sinan Erdem Arena, home of the 2012 Final Four
The Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four returns to Istanbul after 20 years, this time taking place at Sinan Erdem Arena, Turkey’s largest multipurpose indoor venue and one of the biggest in Europe.

May 2, 2012 - Yıldızoglu leaves Galatasaray MP
The final announcement came from the club  today and it's official now. Ceyhun Yıldızoglu is no longer the head coach of Galatasaray MP. Yıldızoglu joined the club before 2010-2011 season. In his first season at helm, the club did not manage to reach Euroleague F8 stage after being eliminated against Fenerbahce. They lost in the TBL finals again to Fenerbahce but managed to beat the Canarias to get the Turkish Cup.

May 1, 2012 - Euroleague Basketball, VTB discussions advance
Representatives of Euroleague Basketball and the VTB United League have been in conversations in the past couple of weeks with the aim of evolving the principles discussed in a joint meeting on April 15, 2012 to the necessities and goals that various clubs, National Leagues and Federations have expressed.

May 1, 2012 - Final Four symposium to spotlight social responsibility partnerships
A dedication to social responsibility that joins basketball and business in the pursuit of helping communities in need is the subject of the annual symposium at the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four 2012 Istanbul next Friday, May 11. The symposium, hosted by Kadir Has University in Istanbul, will feature well known speakers from the world of sports as well as from Turkish and international business and academia.

May 1, 2012 - Partizan Galenika Serbian champion
Partizan Galenika won their third straight crown, sixth in club’s history, after a 3-0 finals win over close rivals Hemofarm Vrsac. They made their second title three-peat since the 1983 to 1985 season when in the former Yugoslavia. Milica Dabovic was awarded MVP honours for the Finals.

May 1, 2012 - Ann Wauters signs for Galatasaray MP
Galatasaray MP, announced Belgian veteran center Ann Wauters from galatasaray.org. Wauters, one of the best women Belgian players overall, won Euroleague and Spanish titles with Ros Casares Valencia last season. Started her career at USVO and played for many top European teams, Wauters is a name that needs no further explanations.

May 1, 2012 - Greek League playoffs, Semifinals Game 4
Defending Greek champion Panathinaikos won its semifinals series on Monday to join fellow Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four side Olympiacos Piraeus in the Greek League finals. Panathinaikos defeated Kolossos Rhodes 66-74 in Game 4 to win the best-of-five semifinal series 3-1 and reach the Greek League finals for the tenth straight season.

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