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  News archive May 2013


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May 31, 2013 - Gala end Karsiyaka's great season
Despite exiting the Turkish BEKO Ligi play-offs in the semi-finals, EuroChallenge runners-up Pinar Karsiyaka concluded on Thursday night their most successful season in 26 years. Karsiyaka ended their campaign with the same fighting spirit they had shown all season-long. Read more here.

May 31, 2013 - First 2013 Las Palmas Clinic concludes
Approximately 50 FIBA Referees and National Referee Instructors attended week one of the annual clinics for Instructors and Potential Referees in Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, which finished last weekend. Read more here.

May 31, 2013 - UMMC Ekaterinburg seek repeat
It's been a busy week in EuroLeague Women, with reigning champions UMMC Ekaterinburg announcing they will be making only one change from last season's title winning team and several other clubs making a number of roster moves. Read more here.

May 31, 2013 - James scores 30, Heat take Game 5, 90-79
The game was very much in doubt. A sold-out arena was basically silent. The chance of getting back to the NBA Finals for a third straight year could have slipped away. Cue LeBron James. A third quarter for the ages by the four-time MVP turned the game. Read more here.

May 31, 2013 - Italian League playoffs, semifinals, Game 3
Lenovo Cantu climbed back into the picture in its semifinal series, while Montepaschi Siena moved ahead in the other with respective Game 3 wins. Cantu bested Acea Roma 81-73 for its first win in the best-of-seven series on Wednesday. Read more here.

May 31, 2013 - German League playoffs, semifinals, Game 3
Brose Baskets Bamberg and EWE Baskets Oldenburg both won their respective Game 3s to move within one victory of a spot in the German League finals. Oldenburg bested ratiopharm Ulm 65-59 on Wednesday and Bamberg routed FC Bayern Munchen 98-79 Thursday. Read more here.

May 31, 2013 - Bulgarian League finals, Game 3
Lukoil Academic took a 2-1 series lead in the Bulgarian League finals after defeating Levski Sofia 68-83 in Game 3 on Wednesday. The defending champs took control with an 11-25 third quarter after leading 41-44 at the break. Read more here.

May 30, 2013 - Perfect ten for Nymburk
CEZ Basketball Nymburk have cemented their absolute dominance in the top flight of Czech basketball by clinching a tenth consecutive Mattoni NBL title on Wednesday. For the fourth year in a row, Nymburk defeated BK Prostejov in the play-off final series. Read more here.

May 30, 2013 - Rosters begin to take shape
There has been a raft of cuts during the last day or so for a number of EuroBasket Women participants, as head coaches begin to bear down on their final roster choice with just over a fortnight remaining until the big tip-off. Read more here.

May 30, 2013 - Koufos for 10 years, but not this summer
Denver Nuggets center Kostas Koufos confirmed on Wednesday recent rumours that he has decided to follow a personal training programme this summer and will not suit up for Greece at EuroBasket 2013. Read more here.

May 30, 2013 - VTB United League playoffs, semifinals, Game 4
Lokomotiv Kuban became the first finalist of the VTB United League playoffs after downing Zalgiris Kaunas 84-62 on Tuesday, in Game 4 of their best-of-five semifinals series. The outcome of the other series will not be settled until Friday. Read more here.

May 30, 2013 - Croatian League finals, Game 1
Jerel Blassingame and Andrija Zizic dominated in Game 1 as Cibona Zagreb beat Zadar 84-68 Wednesday to start their best-of-five Croatian League finals series. Blassingame scored 20 points and dished 6 assists, while Zizic accounted for 20 points and 8 rebounds. Read more here.

May 30, 2013 - Czech League finals, Game 3
CEZ Basketball Nymburk closed in on its 10th consecutive Czech League crown after beating BK Prostejov 70-95 Wednesday to take a 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven series. The game was close for the first six minutes, but with the score tied at 15-15. Read more here.

May 30, 2013 - French League finals, Game 1
SIG Strasbourg dominated NSF Nanterre 89-55 in the opening game of the French League finals on Wednesday night. The home team outscored Nanterre by at least 6 points in every quarter, tallied at least 23 in three quarters and never allowed the visitors more than 18. Read more here.

May 30, 2013 - Greek League playoffs, semifinals, Game 1
Greek League superpowers Olympiacos Piraeus and Panathinaikos Athens remained on course to meet in the finals after each opened their best-of-five semifinals series with comfortable home wins. The Reds downed AGOR Aegean 77-62, while the Greens bested Panionios 84-61. Read more here.

May 30, 2013 - Serbian League playoffs, semifinals, Game 1
Partizan mt:s cruised past Vojvodina Srbijagas 79-54 and Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade bested Mega Vizura 78-61 in the opening legs of the best-of-three Serbian League semifinals. Davis Dertans scored 22 points and Dejan Musli tallied 13 points and 11 rebounds. Read more here.

May 30, 2013 - Ukrainian League finals, Game 6
BC Azovmash Mariupol edged Budivelnik Kiev 96-95 Wednesday to even the best-of-seven Ukrainian League finals at three wins apiece and forcing a do-or-die game 7 for the title. Lynn Greer made 4 free throws in the final 20 seconds to help Azovmash ice the win. Read more here.

May 29, 2013 - Teodosic avoids worst case scenario
Serbia breathed a collective sigh of relief on Wednesday as CSKA Moscow announced that Milos Teodosic will not be operated on his injured left calf, meaning he could return to action in time for EuroBasket 2013. Read more here.

May 29, 2013 - Van Rossom, Markovic in the spotlight
A Belgian and a Serbian point guard whose contributions are often overlooked by the media made headlines in the Spanish Liga Endesa. Sam Van Rossom and Stefan Markovic were included in the 'Best Five' of the Spanish play-off quarter-finals. Read more here.

May 29, 2013 - Familiar faces at Ohrid Coaching Clinic
Zeljko Obradovic, Dimitrios Itoudis and Anton Krump headline the coaching clinic which is set to take place in Ohrid, F.Y.R. of Macedonia, in June 2013. The coaching clinic is scheduled for 15 and 16 June and will be hosted by the Basketball Federation of F.Y.R. of Macedonia. Read more here.

May 29, 2013 - Aleksic ready for added responsibility
There is arguably no bigger role for any Montenegrin player in the years ahead, than the one which is likely to be thrust upon Snezana Aleksic. As part of the primary three guard rotation, she is the junior member of the gang. Read more here.

May 29, 2013 - Pacers even series thanks to late surge
Don't print those Spurs-Heat programs for the NBA Finals just yet. The Indiana Pacers aren't ready to concede the Eastern Conference title to Miami. Staging an impressive rally in the final five minutes the Pacers beat the Heat 99-92 Tuesday. Read more here.

May 29, 2013 - Spanish League playoffs, quarterfinals, Game 3
FC Barcelona Regal, CAI Zaragoza and Herbalife Gran Canaria have pulled out victories in a deciding Game 3 of their respective quarterfinals series on Tuesday night. The three teams won their series 2-1, and moved on to the Spanish League playoffs semifinals. Read more here.

May 29, 2013 - Italian League playoffs, semifinals, Game 2
Cimberio Varese edged Montepaschi Siena 64-62 in Game 2 on Tuesday, to tie their best-of-seven semifinals series to 1-1. In the entire game, the hosts trailed only once, in the opening minutes of the encounter, but never managed to pull away. Read more here.

May 29, 2013 - Turkish League playoffs, semifinals, Game 2
Galatasaray Medical Park has come one game away from a place in the finals of the Turkish League playoffs, while Banvit BK Bandirma tied the best-of-five series with Anadolu Efes Istanbul at 1-1. Banvit rallied to edge Efes 76-78 in Game 2, and will now host games 3 and 4. Read more here.

May 29, 2013 - VTB United League, Playoffs, Semifinals Game 3-4
Lokomotiv Kuban is the first finalist of the VTB United League playoffs after downing Zalgiris Kaunas 84-62 on Tuesday, in Game 4 of their best-of-five semifinals series. Lokomotiv, built a 22-11 lead at the start of the second quarter. Read more here.

May 28, 2013 - Croatia announce preliminary squad
Croatia head coach Jasmin Repesa made public his 24-strong preliminary squad for EuroBasket 2013. Marko Popovic and Zoran Planinic, who had announced on Sunday their unavailability for the upcoming EuroBasket, are the only big names missing from the squad. Read more here.

May 28, 2013 - Europeans amongst new inductees
Five Europeans have been included in the 2013 list of inductees to the FIBA Hall of Fame. Former Serbian player Zoran Slavnic has made the list alongside Italian coach, the late Cesare Rubini; technical officials Valentin Lazarov from Bulgaria and Costas Rigas from Greece. Read more here.

May 28, 2013 - Coach Johansson handed valuable key
Lars Johansson has been handed a potential boost ahead of EuroBasket Women after Ashley Key was granted Swedish citizenship which has sparked a race to get her paperwork in order so she can become a genuine option for selection ahead of the tournament. Read more here.

May 28, 2013 - EuroBasket begins Ress' second career
Fourteen months ago, Kathrin Ress lived a life-changing experience, by giving birth to her first son, Sebastian. Now the 27-year old is eager to check into Italy's new deal at EuroBasket Women 2013. Read more here.

May 28, 2013 - Injured Teodosic could miss EuroBasket
Serbia head coach Dusan Ivkovic and the entire nation are nervously awaiting the final diagnosis on a leg injury that point guard Milos Teodosic suffered on Sunday and could prevent him from playing at EuroBasket 2013. Read more here.

May 28, 2013 - Teodosic’s injury serious, requires surgery
CSKA Moscow point guard Milos Teodosic's calf injury will require surgery and his recovery could take several months, club president Andrei Vatutin said in an interview with Rossiya 2 television channel Monday night. Read more here.

May 28, 2013 - Spurs advance to Finals, sweep Grizzlies 93-86
Go ahead and count out the San Antonio Spurs as simply too old to win another title with Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and coach Gregg Popovich. They're back anyway with the chance they've wanted so very much the past six years. Read more here.

May 28, 2013 - Latvian League finals, Game 5
VEF Riga conquered its third Latvian title in a row by beating Ventspils 100-81 in Game 5 of their best-of-seven final series to win it 4-1. The hosts played an outstanding offensive first quarter to lead 33-23, then held a 52-42 margin at halftime. Read more here.

May 28, 2013 - Belgian League playoffs, semifinals, Game 4
Telenet Oostende advanced to the Belgian League finals by edging 4 Okapi Aalstar 70-77 on the road in Game 4 of their best-of-five semifinals series Monday. Oostende, which lost the series opener, advances to Mons Hainaut in the finals. Read more here.

May 28, 2013 - Israeli League playoffs, semifinals, Game 1
Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv and Maccabi Haifa both won their home openers in the best-of-five Israeli League semifinals. Tel Aviv topped rival Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem 91-73 on Monday; Haifa bested Hapoel Eilat 87-75 on Sunday. Read more here.

May 27, 2013 - Costas Rigas chosen for FIBA Hall of Fame!
Euroleague Basketball is proud to announce that its longtime director of referees, Costas Rigas, has been selected to the 2013 class of the FIBA Hall of Fame. Mr. Rigas is recognized among the worldwide leaders in his profession. Read more here.

May 27, 2013 - EuroBasket less than 100 Days away
With the number of days until the opening tip-off at EuroBasket reaching double digits on Monday, Lipko was out making a presence in the four cities who will be hosting the tournament this summer. Read more here.

May 27, 2013 - No Croatia return for Popovic, Planinic
Veteran Croatian guards Marko Popovic and Zoran Planinic announced on Sunday that they will not make a return to the national team at EuroBasket 2013. The two players explained publicly the reasons for their decision. Read more here.

May 27, 2013 - Van Grinsven to Bourges, Polkowice act
Bourges Basket have added to their roster with the signing of Dutch power forward Chatilla Van Grinsven, whilst Polish champions CCC Polkowice continue to act as they look to build on their historic season of success. Read more here.

May 27, 2013 - Poland left reeling as star duo retire
Polish basketball has been left stunned after two of its most influential players and biggest stars of the last decade, Ewelina Kobryn and Agnieszka Bibrzycka, both opted to end their long associations with the senior national team. Read more here.

May 27, 2013 - Serbia, Latvia Spring Surprises
Serbia has twice prevailed over Sweden in back-to-back games on Saturday and Sunday in Belgrade. Going up against the Scandinavian side after returning from a training camp in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia, where they had split two meetings with Slovakia, Read more here.

May 27, 2013 - MZT Skopje repeat Double
MZT Skopje Aerodrom swept Kozuv 4-0 in the play-off finals of F.Y.R. of Macedonia's Prva Liga championship to conclude their successful defence of both domestic titles, as they had already won the cup competition in March. Read more here.

May 27, 2013 - Heat break out in Game 3 for 2-1 lead over Pacers
The Indiana Pacers didn't see this version of Udonis Haslem coming. There was no reason to. Haslem, a veteran forward who had scored in single digits in six of his previous seven playoff games, finished with 17 points on 8-for-9 shooting. Read more here.

May 27, 2013 - Traore latest French Big Man to pull out
Ali Traore became on Sunday night the latest center to rule himself out of the French national team that will play at EuroBasket 2013, and he did it publicly, in response to a tweet by a French journalist who asked if he would pull out and used the 'ołsontlespivots' hash-tag. Read more here.

May 27, 2013 - Wisla rebuild with Quigley and Tamane
After domestic disappointment and failing to reach the EuroLeague Women Final Eight, Wisla-Can Pack have started to re-shape their team for 2013-14 campaign with the acquisition of Alexandria Quigley and Zane Tamane. Read more here.

May 27, 2013 - Croatian League, Playoffs, Semifinals Game 3
KK Zadar has made it to the finals of the Croatian League playoffs for the first time in three years and will play against its arch-rival Cibona Zagreb. In the deciding Game 3 of the semifinals, Zadar rallied to down Cedevita Zagreb 86-81. Read more here.

May 27, 2013 - Czech League, Finals Playoffs, Game 2
CEZ Basketball Nymburk took a commanding 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven Czech League finals series after a dominant defensive performance and 73-49 win over BK Prostejov. After a blow-out in Game 1, the visitors hung around for more than two quarters in Game 2. Read more here.

May 27, 2013 - Polish League, Playoffs Finals, Game 1
Stelmet Zielona Gora took the opener of the best-of-seven Polish League finals series, holding on for 65-69 away win at PGE Turow Zgorzelec. The visitors took control of the game with a 1-15 first-quarter run to open 11-19 lead, and they never trailed after that. Read more here.

May 27, 2013 - Spanish League playoffs, quarterfinals, Game 2
Real Madrid is the first semifinalist of the Spanish League, while Uxua Bilbao Basket, CAI Zaragoza, and Herbalife Gran Canaria all tied the quarterfinals series at 1-1 in a thrilling fashion. Madrid downed Blusens Monbus 58-74, pulling away in the second half. Read more here.

May 27, 2013 - German League playoffs, semifinals, Game 2
Both semifinals series in German League playoffs are tied at 1-1. On Sunday, Brose Baskets Bamberg hit 11 three-pointers on a way to down Bayern Muenchen 83-93 in Game 2 of their series. A buzzer-beater from Anton Gavel, gave Bamberg 40-48 halftime lead. Read more here.

May 27, 2013 - Turkish League playoffs, semifinals, Game 1
Anadolu Efes Istanbul and Galatasary Medical Park took care of their home-court in Game 1 of their respective best-of-five Turkish League playoffs semifinals series. Efes rallied late in the game to edge Banvit 72-70. Read more here.

May 27, 2013 - Belgian League playoffs, semifinals, Game 3
Belfius Mons-Hainaut is the first finalist of the Belgium League playoffs after sweeping Belgacom Spirou Chaleroi. Mons won the best-of-five series 3-0 after winning 57-71 in Game 3. The visitors took the lead for good midway through the first quarter. Read more here.

May 27, 2013 - Serbian League, Regular Season, Phase 2, Game 14
Crvena Zvezda Telekom secured a home-court advantage in the playoffs with 61-74 win at Vojvodina Srbijagas. Zvezda led from start to finish, building 11-21 lead in the first quarter and never looking back. Rasko Katic and DeMarcus Nelson scored 17 apiece. Read more here.

May 26, 2013 - Spurs take 3-0 lead, beat Grizzlies 104-93 in OT
Tim Duncan is doing his very best to get the San Antonio Spurs back to the NBA Finals one more time. The 37-year-old center took control in overtime for a second straight game, this time scoring the first five points as the Spurs rallied from an 18-point deficit. Read more here.

May 25, 2013 - Pacers steal Game 2 away from Heat in Miami, 97-93
David West was more than a little disappointed when the Indiana Pacers failed to make a defensive play at the end to win Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals. So in Game 2, he made those plays himself. Twice, in fact. Read more here.

May 25, 2013 - Koufos becomes the latest Eurobasket 2013 deserter
Kostas Koufos has decided to work on his game during the summer instead of representing his own country at Eurobasket and won't join up with Greece. The decision was taken a few hours ago and it is most certain that will shock Andrea Trinchieri. Read more here.

May 25, 2013 - Greek League playoffs, quarterfinals, Game 2
Only one of the four Greek League quarterfinals series will go the distance after defending champ Olympiacos Piraeus, Panathinaikos Athens and AGOR Aegean all swept their respective best-of-three series. Read more here.

May 25, 2013 - Spanish League playoffs, quarterfinals, Game 1
The Spanish League playoffs opened with Real Madrid, FC Barcelona Regal and Valencia Basket racking up big wins, while Laboral Kutxa Vitoria needed the full 40 minutes to win a thriller. Madrid bested Blusens Monbus 90-75 behind 17 points from Rudy Fernandez. Read more here.

May 25, 2013 - Belgian League playoffs, semifinals, Game 2
Telenet Oostende tied its semifinal series with Okapi Aalstar at 1-1 by winning Game 2 of their best-of-five series 78-84 on the road. The hosts led 30-16 after 10 minutes and 45-35 halftime, but the momentum changed in the third quarter and Oostende went on a 12-27. Read more here.

May 24, 2013 - Belgian legend returns to UMMC
Ann Wauters will help UMMC Ekaterinburg defend their EuroLeague Women crown next season after the Russian powerhouse decided to bring her back to the club for a second stint. Belgian center previously played with UMMC during the 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons. Read more here.

May 24, 2013 - Leiden crowned Dutch Champions
Zorg en Zekerheid Leiden have completed their fantastic run in the Dutch play-off finals with a fourth victory in a row over Aris Leeuwarden to celebrate the third league title in their history. Before sweeping Leeuwarden 4-0 in the finals, Leiden had seen off Magixx Wijchen 3-0. Read more here.

May 24, 2013 - Partizan's Lucic teams up with One Team
Partizan mt:s Vladimir Lucic has joined the illustrious group of One Team Ambassadors, star players from the Euroleague who have dedicated their support to the One Team programme. Lucic becomes the 11th One Team Ambassador from among the 15 supporting clubs. Read more here.

May 24, 2013 - Turkish League playoffs, quarterfinals, Game 3
Anadolu Efes Istanbul manhandled TED Ankara Kolejliler 97-61 Thursday to claim the last spot in the Turkish League semifinals. Efes won the best-of-three-series 2-1 and will square off against Banvit BK Bandirma in the next stage. Read more here.

May 24, 2013 - Latvian League finals, Game 3
VEF Riga took a 2-1 series lead in the Latvian League finals by beating BK Ventspils 74-72 on Thursday. Riga goes on the road Saturday looking to win the best-of-five series. Kristaps Janicenoks scored 18 and E.J. Rowland netted 14 to pace the winners. Read more here.

May 24, 2013 - Israeli League playoffs, quarterfinals, Game 5
Hapoel Jerusalem and Hapoel Eilat both survived their respective quarterfinal series with Game 5 wins Thursday to advance to the semis. Jerusalem knocked out GreenTops Netanya 68-79 to win the best-of-five series, while Eilat eliminated Maccabi Rishon Lezion 91-80. Read more here.

May 24, 2013 - Serbian League, Regular Season, Phase 2, Game 13
With one game remaining, Partizan mt:s Belgrade has clinched top spot in the Serbian League regular season and a home-court advantage in the playoffs, while Vojvodina Srbijagas has pulled out a victory at Mega Vizura to reach the playoffs for the second year in a row. Read more here.

May 24, 2013 - French League playoffs, semifinals, Game 2
The French League will have a new champion in 2013. Nanterre needed overtime before knocking off defending champion Elan Chalon on Wednesday to advance to the final, where it will meet SIG Strasbourg after the latter swept its semifinals series against Asvel Basket. Read more here.

May 24, 2013 - Croatian League, Playoffs, Semifinals Game 2
The defending champion Cibona Zagreb has made it back to the finals of the Croatian League playoffs, while Cedevita Zagreb forced the deciding Game 3. Cibona downed Jolly JB Sibenik 67-73 to sweep the semifinal series. Read more here.

May 23, 2013 - Vaty forced to call it a day
Ludovic Vaty, one of the up-and-coming big men of French basketball, is being forced to put a premature end to his basketball career at the age of 24, his agent announced. "It is with great sorrow that I announce the end of career of Mr Ludovic Vaty because of medical reasons." Read more here.

May 23, 2013 - LeBron saves Heat at buzzer of Game 1
LeBron James caught the inbounds pass, changed direction and immediately attacked the rim. There was no one in his way. There was no stopping him, either. James made a layup as time expired in overtime, capping a 30-point, 10-rebound, 10-assists. Read more here.

May 23, 2013 - Leuchanka ready to lose bitter taste
Some two years after shedding the wrong kind of tears at EuroBasket Women 2011, the bitter taste of disappointment is still lingering for Yelena Leuchanka and Belarus. Having achieved success in the five years prior to playing in Poland, the wheels came off. Read more here.

May 23, 2013 - Italian League playoffs, quarterfinals, Game 7
Defending champion Montepaschi Siena knocked out EA7 Emporio Armani Milan on Wednesday to join Lenovo Cantu and Acea Roma, who won their Game 7s on Tuesday, in advancing to the Italian League semifinals. Read more here.

May 23, 2013 - Greek League playoffs, quarterfinals, Game 1
Olympiacos Piraeus and Panathinaikos both cruised to big win in the opening games of the Greek League quarterfinals, while Panionios held on for a narrow win and AGOR Aegean claimed an important road win. Read more here.

May 23, 2013 - Coach K reportedly returns as USA coach
Mike Krzyzewski has reportedly agreed to remain head coach of the USA men’s national side, ESPN has reported. USA Basketball has scheduled a press conference later this week at Duke, where Krzyzewski is head coach to announce a coaching selection. Read more here.

May 23, 2013 - Ukrainian League finals, Game 4
Budivelnik Kiev evened the Ukrainian League finals at 2-2 after coming through with a huge 63-80 road win over Azovmash Mariupol on Wednesday. The visitors used an amazing offensive performance in the first half to lead 36-49. Read more here.

May 23, 2013 - Belgian League playoffs, semifinals, Game 1
Okapi Aalstar and Belfius Mons Hainuat started the best-of-five Belgian League semifinals series in style with respective road wins over BC Oostende and Spirou Charleroi to take home-court advantage. Read more here.

May 23, 2013 - Dutch League, Playoffs Finals, Game 3
Zorg en Zekerheid Leiden is one win away from winning the Dutch League title, after downing Aris Leeuwarden 74-64 in Game 3 of the best-of-seven finals series. Leiden took 3-0 series lead thanks to a 13-0 second quarter run. Read more here.

May 22, 2013 - Parker, Marc Gasol shine in West Finals
Tony Parker of France and Marc Gasol of Spain have been the best performers for the San Antonio Spurs and the Memphis Grizzlies, respectively, in the Western Conference play-off finals which the Spurs lead 2-0 as of Tuesday night. Read more here.

May 22, 2013 - France win Dussmann Trophy
The French U16 Women's team have begun a positive build-up to this summer's European Championship in Bulgaria, winning a four-team tournament in Luxembourg. The inaugural U16 Women Dussman Trophy took place from 18th-20th May in Mersch, Luxembourg. Read more here.

May 22, 2013 - Karsiyaka sweep Fenerbahce in Turkey
Pinar Karsiyaka edged out Fenerbahce Ulker 81-78 at home on Tuesday night, in Game 2 of their Turkish BEKO Ligi first round play-off series, and qualified triumphantly to the semi-finals of the competition. Read more here.

May 22, 2013 - Czech League, Semifinals Playoffs, Game 5
CEZ Nymburk and BK Prostejov will meet in the Czech League finals for the fourth consecutive season after the latter blasted NH Ostrava 86-64 to win their semifinal 3-2. In the do-or-die fifth and final game of the series, Prostejov proved too much to handle. Read more here.

May 22, 2013 - French League, Playoff Semifinals, Game 1
Nanterre took a crucial 81-84 road win over Elan Chalon in Game 1 of their best-of-three French League semifinal series, thus taking home court advantage on its side. The game was close, with the teams exchanging leads as David Lighty tied it 77-77 from downtown. Read more here.

May 22, 2013 - Spurs blow late lead, beat Grizzlies 93-89 in OT
When Tony Parker started running low on masterful plays, Tim Duncan was there to take over and lead the San Antonio Spurs to a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference finals. Parker had 15 points and a career playoff-high 18 assists. Read more here.

May 22, 2013 - Clippers won't offer Del Negro new deal as coach
Vinny Del Negro is out as coach of the Los Angeles Clippers after a season in which the team won its first division title but lost in the first round of the playoffs. The team said Tuesday he won't be offered a contract when his current one expires at the end of June. Read more here.

May 21, 2013 - Buducnost VOLI inked Sehovic
With a look into the next season Buducnost VOLI already made the first step in forming a new team although it still plays the national championship final. The club announced the signing of Suad Sehovic (197, 26) for the next two seasons. Read more here.

May 21, 2013 - Smodis retired with his jubilee trophy
The end of the Slovenian championship was also the farewell of one of the greatest Slovenian players of all times – Matjaz Smodis. The 33-year-old player from Novo mesto played its last game on Monday against Union Olimpija. Read more here.

May 21, 2013 - Buducnost finished season with the title
Montenegrian club Buducnost won its seventh national championship title on Friday by winning also the third game against Sutjeska 67:51. It was another dominant series in the domestic league, where Buducnost didn’t suffer the final defeat since 2007. Read more here.

May 21, 2013 - Unicaja, coach Repesa part ways
Unicaja Malaga of Spain announced Tuesday that Jasmin Repesa will not return as the team's head coach next season. The statement said that club management met yesterday and took the decision to terminate his contract. Read more here.

May 21, 2013 - Kleiza in Lithuanian preliminary squad
Linas Kleiza, Paulius Jankunas and Martynas Pocius were named in the 15-strong Lithuanian national team preliminary squad for EuroBasket 2013 that head coach Jonas Kazlauskas announced in Vilnius on Tuesday. Read more here.

May 21, 2013 - Rodriguez close to Senior breakthrough
The big question hanging over Spain remains whether head coach Lucas Mondelo will choose the right blend of youth and experience during coming weeks, with rising star Leonor Rodriguez still very much in the frame. Read more here.

May 21, 2013 - Casspi return reason for optimism
After a disappointing performance in EuroBasket 2011, Israel is set to leave a better mark in the upcoming competition in Slovenia. Israel was drawn to Group A of the championship together with Great Britain, Belgium, Ukraine, France and Germany. Read more here.

May 21, 2013 - Karsiyaka dream of Turkish Semis
EuroChallenge finalists Pinar Karsiyaka could become on Tuesday the second team to seal a place in the Turkish BEKO Ligi play-off semi-finals, if they prevail over Fenerbahce Ulker in Game 2 of the first round series between the two sides. Read more here.

May 21, 2013 - MVP Smodis leads Krka to Championship
Former Slovenian international Matjaz Smodis has signed off his illustrious career by leading Krka Novo Mesto to their fourth consecutive Slovenian Liga Telemach title and collecting the Finals MVP award. Read more here.

May 21, 2013 - France dominate Italy
France dominated Italy in a series of three friendlies played in three different French cities from 18-20 May. Having failed to score more than 43 points in the first two encounters, Italy were looking for redemption ahead of the third meeting in Clermont-Ferrand. Read more here.

May 21, 2013 - Sweden and Lithuania edge near Final 12
The candidates of both Sweden and Lithuania have been reduced down to fourteen and fifteen respectively, as each nation closes in on their final chosen line-ups ahead of EuroBasket Women 2013. Read more here.

May 21, 2013 - Slovenian League finals, Game 4
Krka Novo Mesto is the Slovenian League champion for the fourth year running after beating Union Olimpija 61-71 to take their best-of-five finals series 3-1. Matjaz Smodis missed just twice from the field as he racked up 21 points for the champs en route to finals MVP honors. Read more here.

May 21, 2013 - Ukrainian League finals, Game 3
Azovmash Mariupol downed Budivlenik 86-74 in Game 3 of the best-of-seven Ukrainian League final series to take a 2-1 lead. The home team started on fire in building a 26-17 margin after 10 minutes. Budivelnik climbed within 43-36 at halftime. Read more here.

May 21, 2013 - VTB United League playoffs, quarterfinals Game 4
CSKA Moscow, Zalgiris Kaunas and Lokomotiv Kuban completed their series wins in the VTB United League to join BC Khimki Moscow Region in the semifinals. CSKA and Khimki will meet in one semifinal; Zalgiris faces Lokomotiv in the other. Read more here.

May 21, 2013 - Italian League playoffs, quarterfinals, Game 6
The Italian League playoffs continue to be a source of great excitement with three of the four quarterfinals series headed to a seventh and decisive game. Facing elimination, Montepaschi Siena, Lenovo Cantu and Trenkwalder Reggio Emilia all won Game 6. Read more here.

May 21, 2013 - Israeli League playoffs, quarterfinals, Game 4
Half of the Israeli League quarterfinals will go the distance after Barak Netanya and Maccabi Rishon Lezion both won Game 4s to even their respective best-of-five series. Netanya stopped Hapoel Jerusalem 70-73 in the Israeli capital on Monday. Read more here.

May 21, 2013 - Croatian League, Playoffs, Semifinals Game 1
Cibona Zagreb and Zadar took care off their respective home-courts in Croatian League best-of-three semifinal series. Zadar downed Cedevita Zagreb 79-74 behind 20 points from Ante Delas. The hosts scored 27 points in the third quarter. Read more here.

May 20, 2013 - Disappointment for Les Bleues quartet
Pierre Vincent has whittled down the French roster to 16 names after releasing four candidates over the weekend ahead of his team breezing past Italy in the first two meetings of their three-game series. Read more here.

May 20, 2013 - Semi-Finals time in Domestic leagues
Krasnye Krylia do battle for a place in the VTB League semi-finals as the same stage of the play-offs tips off in the French Pro A; Tuesday sees the start of the semi-finals in Germany and Belgium. Read more here.

May 20, 2013 - Spanish League, Regular Season, Game 34
Blusens Monbus and Herbalife Gran Canaria punched their ticket to the playoffs, leaving Unicaja Malaga out of post-season, meanwhile 2013 Euroleague Final Four teams Real Madrid and FC Barcelona Regal enter the playoffs on a winning note. Read more here.

May 20, 2013 - VTB United League League, Playoffs, Quarterfinals Game 3
BC Khimki is the first team to move into the semifinals of the VTB United League playoffs, while Unics Kazan, Nizhny Novgorod and Krasnye Krylia all won their respective Game 3 to live another day. Khimki swept the serried against VEF Riga with 60-82 in Game 3. Read more here.

May 20, 2013 - Greek League, Regular Season, Game 26
The Turkish Airlines Euroleague champs Olympiacos Piraeus finished the Greek League regular season in style. In their last game before the playoffs, the Reds beat Apollon Patras 80-53 to enter the playoffs with 25-1 record and an 11-game winning streak. Read more here.

May 20, 2013 - French League, Playoffs, Quarterfinals Game 3
Elan Chalon and Asvel Lyon Villeurbanne won their decisive quarterfinal Game 3, completing the match ups of the French League semifinals. Chalon routed Roanne 91-63 and will next face Nanterre, while Asvel rallied to edge Le Mans 75-70, and will meet Strasbourg. Read more here.

May 20, 2013 - German League, Quarterfinals Playoffs, Game 5
EWE Baskets used it home-court advantage in Game 5 to down Telekom Baskets Bonn 89-80 and move into the semifinals where it will play ratiopharm Ulm. Oldenburg and Bonn mostly traded leads during the first half, but in the third quarter the hosts made a 19-4 run. Read more here.

May 20, 2013 - Czech League, Semifinals Playoffs, Game 4
NH Ostrava forced the best-of-five semifinal series with BK Prostejov to Game 5, taking a 86-66 win in Game 4. Already leading 38-31 at halftime, Ostrava iced the game with a 22-12 partial in the third quarter. Jeremiah Wilson paced the winners posting 15 points. Read more here.

May 20, 2013 - Bulgarian League, Semifinals Playoffs, Game 5
Lukoil Academic Sofia and Levski Sofia will face off in the Bulgarian League final, starting on Thursday, May 23. Academic took a thrilling 86-84 win over Rilski Sportist in the crucial Game 5 of its semifinals series. Read more here.

May 19, 2013 - Coach K to guide USA to Rio 2016?
Mike Krzyzewski is currently in discussions to return as the United States Olympic men's coach through the Rio 2016 Olympics. The veteran head coach of the Duke Blue Devils announced that he would not continue on with Team USA after the London Olympics. Read more here.

May 19, 2013 - Pacers advance to Eastern Conference Finals
Indiana Pacers are headed to the Eastern Conference Finals for the first time since 2004. But it was a battle. The Pacers beat the New York Knicks 106-99 on Saturday night to win the best-of-seven series 4-2. Indiana will face the Miami Heat in Game 1 on Wednesday. Read more here.

May 18, 2013 - General Assembly concludes in Wales
Europeans must work together towards a common goal which is the development of basketball was the message sent ou t by the 2013 FIBA Europe General Assembly which was concluded in Newport, Wales, on Saturday. Read more here.

May 18, 2013 - French League playoffs, quarterfinals, Game 2
Nanterre completed an upset sweep of Gravelines-Dunkerque and was joined by SIG Strasbourg to become the first two teams in the French League semifinals. Le Mans and Roanne also won Game 2 in the best-of-three quarterfinals to even their respective series. Read more here.

May 18, 2013 - Belgium League, Quarterfinal Playoffs, Game 2
Belfius Mons-Hainaut and Okapi Aalstar both advanced to the Belgian League semifinals by sweeping their respective quarterfinals series 2-0. Mons eliminated Stella Artois Leuven Bears with a 69-92 victory on Friday. Read more here.

May 18, 2013 - Slovenian League, Finals Playoffs, Game 3
Union Olimpija Ljubljana stormed back to life in the Slovenian League finals with a 68-73 road win at Krka Novo Mesto on Friday night. Jaka Blazic scored 17 and Drazen Bubnic and Jasmin Perkovic added 11 points apiece for the winners. Read more here.

May 17, 2013 - EuroBasket awaits the return of the Bull
Since the now 28-year-old Jonas Maciulis turned into a senior Lithuanian international at EuroBasket 2007, there has only been  one major tournament in which he was unable to pull on the yellow-green jersey. Read more here.

May 17, 2013 - Poland start promotion battle early
Poland made a clear, if indirect, declaration of intentions with the announcement of their preliminary roster for the U20 European Championship Men Division B. Despite their basketball tradition, the central European nation have never competed in the top flight of this age category. Read more here.

May 17, 2013 - Emerging Aydin hoping for Home success
There's a real buzz within Turkish women's basketball at present and the U20 European Championship Women hosts will be expected to continue the momentum, with Merve Aydin carrying a large chunk of home hopes in her hands. Read more here.

May 17, 2013 - Europeans will conquer the West
For the first time since 2008, huge European stars will face off in an NBA conference finals series and just like then, it will be in the West and it will be a Franco-Spanish battle. The San Antonio Spurs prevailed 94-82 over the Golden State Warriors on Thursday night. Read more here.

May 17, 2013 - EB and NBA Coaching Clinic, a success
A couple of big names in the world of basketball put their expert knowledge at disposal and shared it with the audience of almost 200 people from all over the globe during the 2013 Euroleague Final Four Coaching Clinic at The London Soccerdome on Saturday. Read more here.

May 17, 2013 - Bartzokas is first Greek coach to win the Euroleague
When Olympiacos lifted the Turkish Airlines Euroleague title in London, it became only the third team to win back-to-back titles in the Final Four era. Giorgos Bartzokas had at his disposal a versatile team with the ability to take victory through either tough defense or potent offense. Read more here.

May 17, 2013 - EuroBasket 2013, first rounds ticket sales date known
The first round ticket sales for EuroBasket 2013 are now known with tickets to go on sale on 1st July. For the first time in EuroBasket history, tickets will be sold to individual games, rather than as a day pass. Read more here.

May 17, 2013 - Is Messina Atlanta bound?
The Atlanta Hawks are considering hiring CSKA Moscow coach Ettore Messina for next season, making the Italian the first ever European head coach in the NBA. Hawks’ general manager Danny Ferry has included Messina among the leading candidates for the role. Read more here.

May 16, 2013 - Korstin counting down for French return
When the defending EuroBasket Women champions touch down on French soil next month, nobody in the Russian delegation is likely to have a bigger smile on their face than Ilona Korstin. The 32-year-old moved to France as a teenager. Read more here.

May 16, 2013 - Avenida continue building with Abalde
Perfumerias Avenida have continued their early summer recruitment spree with the acquisition of Spanish forward Tamara Abalde. The 24-year-old, who represented Spain at EuroBasket Women 2009, will arrive in Salamanca to give the team an additional rebounding presence. Read more here.

May 16, 2013 - BCM eliminated; Oldenburg to Game 5
The semi-final pairings of the French Pro A play-offs will be set on Thursday, but BCM Gravelines Dunkerque have already claimed the undesired distinction of being involved in the biggest surprise of the post-season. Read more here.

May 16, 2013 - Logo and Slogan unveiled in Kyiv
Logo and slogan of the U16 European Championship 2013 were unveiled on Thursday in Kyiv, Ukraine - the city that will host this tournament from 8 to 18 August - during a special ceremony. Read more here.

May 16, 2013 - Vasin installed as new Sparta&K Coach
There will be a sea change in policy at former four-time EuroLeague Women champions Sparta&K M.R. Vidnoje after Alexander Vasin was handed the task of overseeing a new era which will place greater emphasis on home-grown players. Read more here.

May 16, 2013 - Heat rally past Bulls to advance, 94-91
The tape around Dwyane Wade's right knee was soaked with sweat and beginning to loosen, so he headed to the locker room to get the joint re-wrapped during the fourth quarter. Must have been one amazing tape job. Read more here.

May 16, 2013 - Grizzlies edge Thunder 88-84, reach 1st West final
With their trademark grit-and-grind mentality, the Memphis Grizzlies are making history for a franchise with little prior postseason success. Zach Randolph had 28 points and 14 rebounds, Mike Conley added 13 points and 11 assists. Read more here.

May 15, 2013 - Repesa: Croatia has all under control
Coach Jasmin Repesa returned to the helm of the Croatian national team last summer and led them to a highly successful EuroBasket Qualification Round campaign. He took over at Spanish club Unicaja Malaga in September. Read more here.

May 15, 2013 - Without Pau, Spain still aspire to Gold
Spanish national team head coach Juan Antonio Orenga has sent a message of optimism to fans in the wake of Pau Gasol's open letter, published on Monday, announcing that he will have to miss out on EuroBasket 2013. Read more here.

May 15, 2013 - Jerebko to spearhead Swedish return
As of Monday, Swedish fans are even more confident that their national team will look at their very best when they make their reappearance at a EuroBasket in September, ten years after organising the tournament on home soil. Read more here.

May 15, 2013 - From Ohio State to Estonia
Two years ago, Italy's run at the U18 European Championship ended one step off the podium. A few weeks ago, Ohio State's dream to reach the NCAA Final Four expired in the final possessions of the Regional Final game. Now, Amedeo Della Valle wants to take it all. Read more here.

May 15, 2013 - No seventh Sparta&K season for Chatman
An instantly recognisable face of EuroLeague Women won't be pacing the sideline next season, after Pokey Chatman announced she will not be continuing for a seventh year with Sparta&K M.R. Vidnoje. The play-caller will not be returning to Europe. Read more here.

May 15, 2013 - Pau Gasol confirms EuroBasket absence
Pau Gasol has chosen an unusual, but direct and unequivocal way to communicate to the Spanish public that he will be unavailable to suit up for the national team at the upcoming EuroBasket in Slovenia. Read more here.

May 14, 2013 - Jasikevicius to take break and keep on
Sarunas Jasikevicius has been an iconic player in European basketball since the turn of the century, and for Lithuania almost since stepping on a court for his first international game at the European Championship for Cadets, 20 years ago. Read more here.

May 14, 2013 - Big names, Young stars in Polish team
The Polish Federation made public a preliminary list of 21 players that newly-appointed national team head coach Dirk Bauermann will chose from to join training camp ahead of EuroBasket 2013. German tactician has included all of Poland's big stars. Read more here.

May 14, 2013 - Niedola nightmare for depleted Latvia
An already threadbare Latvian frontcourt has been left decimated after it was revealed Sabine Niedola will be out of action for six months with a torn ACL injury. The forward had been hoping to participate at her third EuroBasket Women tournament, but she won't be heading to France next month. Read more here.

May 14, 2013 - Title race at risk for BCM; Karsiyaka 5th
BCM Gravelines Dunkerque suffered a major shock on Monday night. BCM, which topped the French Pro A Regular Season standings, fell victim to the biggest surprise on the opening night of the first round of the post-season by losing 101-95 to eighth-placed Nanterre at home. Read more here.

May 14, 2013 - The toast of Piraeus!
Thousands of Olympiacos fans waited for the back-to-back Turkish Airlines Euroleague champions upon their arrival to Eleftherios Venizelos airport on Monday afternoon. In front of a triumphant atmosphere, Olympiacos players, coaches, owners and staff members were welcomed back as heroes. Read more here.

May 13, 2013 - Wasserburg back on Top in Germany
TSV 1880 Wasserburg reclaimed the German DBBL title,. Starting the season as clear-cut favourites with big parts of Germany's national team in the squad, but struggling until after the Christmas-break, Bastian Wernthaler's squad turned it up a notch to claim their first title since 2011. Read more here.

May 13, 2013 - Spanoulis named bwin MVP of 2013 Final Four
Vassilis Spanoulis was voted bwin MVP for the 2013 Final Four in a vote by accredited media members at the Final Four. Spanoulis received the Final Four MVP honor for the third time in his career after leading Olympiacos Piraeus to the 2012-13 Turkish Airlines Euroleague title. Read more here.

May 13, 2013 - Olympiacos Piraeus: Facts of the Champions!
Olympiacos has successfully defended the Euroleague title! Olimpia Milano (1987, 1988), KK Split (1989, 1990, 1991) and Maccabi Tel Aviv (2004, 2005) were the only teams to win consecutive titles in the Final Four era – but Olympiacos just joined them! Read more here.

May 12, 2013 - Olympiacos repeats as Euroleague champion!
For the second year in a row, Olympiacos Piraeus roared back from a double-digit deficit to become the Turkish Airlines Euroleague champion. The Reds bested Real Madrid 100-88 at The O2 in London after trailing by 17 at the end of the opening quarter. Read more here.

May 12, 2013 - CSKA beats Barca to finish season on the podium
CSKA Moscow held on to beat FC Barcelona Regal 74-73 to win the third place game at the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four at The O2 in London. The game came down to the very last shot before CSKA stopped Barcelona to claim the victory. Read more here.

May 12, 2013 - Club Joventut Badalona is 2013 NIJT champ!
Club Joventut Badalona is the champion of the 2013 Nike International Junior Tournament after a one-sided victory over FC Barcelona Regal, 82-59, on Sunday afternoon at The O2 in London. This is the first NIJT title for Joventut and it came in great fashion. Read more here.

May 11, 2013 - Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final four Final preview: Olympiacos Piraeus vs. Real Madrid
The 2012-13 Turkish Airlines Euroleague season reaches its climax with Sunday’s final, in which Real Madrid takes on defending champion Olympiacos Piraeus at The O2 in London, England. These teams also met each other in the 1995 Euroleague final; Madrid beat Olympiacos 73-61 in Zaragoza. Read more here.

May 11, 2013 - EuroBasket 2013 presented in London
The EuroBasket 2013 Local Organising Committee (LOC) expressed their confidence that they are ready to deliver a top notch event, during a press conference at London's O2 Arena, the venue of the Euroleague Final Four, Saturday. Read more here.

May 10, 2013 - Madrid rallies to take classic, reaches first final since 1995
Real Madrid is one win away from what could be its first Euroleague championship in nearly two decades after holding off archrival FC Barcelona Regal 67-74 in an exciting second semifinal in the 2013 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four at The O2 in London on Friday night. Read more here.

May 10, 2013 - Olympiacos trounces CSKA, eyes repeat!
Reigning champion Olympiacos Piraeus has the chance to become the first repeat champion in seven years after it rolled past CSKA Moscow 52-69 in the first semifinal at the 2013 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four at The O2 in London. Read more here.

May 10, 2013 - All change in Sopron
Despite having recently stormed to the Hungarian Championship, there has been a clear-out at UE Sopron after the club revealed a host of new signings, as well as a new play-caller for the 2013-14 season. After seven years at the helm, Norbert Szekely will not have his contract extended. Read more here.

May 10, 2013 - Dazzling debut Summer drives Jovanovic
When Nevena Jovanovic finally pulled a senior Serbian national team vest over her head last summer, it marked the start of what has been a highly productive and memorable 12 months. Having represented her country at youth level, 22 year old finally got the call she had been patiently waiting for. Read more here.

May 10, 2013 - The Euroleague Final Four's big bets
A year ago, CSKA Moscow reached the Euroleague final as the undisputed favourite, only to suffer a shock defeat to Olympiacos. This season, they have the chance to partly redeem themselves already on Friday, by beating the Greek side in a first semi-final that is the replay of that memorable final. Read more here.

May 10, 2013 - The Final Four of Medal collectors
Vassilis Spanoulis and defending Turkish Airlines Euroleague champions Olympiacos Piraeus received a morale boost on the eve of the competition's Final Four, when the Greek international was named 2012-13 Euroleague season MVP. Read more here.

May 9, 2013 - Vassilis Spanoulis, named bwin MVP of the 2012-13 Turkish Airlines Euroleague
Vassilis Spanoulis was named 2012-13 Euroleague MVP at the EFES Euroleague Awards Ceremony. The day before the semifinals tip-off at The O2, the best players from the Final Four teams gathered with the rest of the global basketball elite attending the 2013 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four. Read more here.

May 9, 2013 - 2013 Final Four Official Press Conference
All eyes in London turned toward Thursday’s Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four semifinals with the Opener Press Conference in the heart of London. The City Hall hosted the event from the Chamber, with a breathtaking view of the Thames framing the coaches and players. Read more here.

May 9, 2013 - Nike International Junior Tournament in London
With the objective of growing basketball globally together, Euroleague Basketball and Nike are pleased to confirm the participation of the eight clubs that will compete for the 2013 Euroleague Basketball Nike International Junior Tournament trophy. Read more here.

May 9, 2013 - Rubio confirms EuroBasket, Pau unsure
Point guard Ricky Rubio confirmed that he will play for Spain at Eurobasket 2013, should new Spain head coach Juan Antonio Orenga include him in the squad that travels to Slovenia. The charismatic playmaker's rookie NBA season was cut short as he tore his ACL. Read more here.

May 9, 2013 - Vitoria to host next two Supercopa ACB
The Spanish League (ACB) has officially announced that the Basque city of Vitoria will host the Supercopa ACB, the Final Four format tournament which opens the season in Spain. Vitoria will host only the next one in the autumn of 2013, but also the one after that, in 2014. Read more here.

May 9, 2013 - Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final four Semifinal preview: CSKA Moscow vs. Olympiacos Piraeus
The 2013 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four starts with a rematch of last season's final, as CSKA Moscow and Olympiacos Piraeus face each other for the first time since that classic showdown in the first semifinal at The O2 in London, England, on Friday. Read more here.

May 9, 2013 - Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final four Semifinal preview: FC Barcelona Regal vs. Real Madrid
Two archrivals are set go to against each other in the top stage of European basketball for the first time since 1996 when Real Madrid takes on archrival FC Barcelona Regal in the second Turkish Airlines Euroleague semifinal at The O2 in London, England, on Friday. Read more here.

May 8, 2013 - Zalgiris win 15th Lithuanian league title
Zalgiris Kaunas conquered their third consecutive Lithuanian League (LKL) title on Tuesday in dominant fashion, by completing a clean sweep of arch-rivals Lietuvos Rytas in the final series. Joan Plaza's team prevailed 83-65 on the road over their Vilnius rivals in Game 4. Read more here.

May 8, 2013 - Iagupova in the dark as Ukraine gather
Reigning FIBA Europe Young Women's Player of the Year Alina Iagupova has admitted being left in the dark over her recently annulled WNBA draft status as she prepares to lead the Ukraine national team again this summer. Read more here.

May 8, 2013 - Turkey Welcome new generation
A number of rising Turkish stars have been given a promotion to the senior set-up after head coach Ceyhun Yildizoglu welcomed a new generation to his initial roster for EuroBasket Women 2013. The preliminary list includes no fewer than nine players born in the nineties. Read more here.

May 8, 2013 - Fenerbahce signal serious intent
Recently crowned Turkish champions and EuroLeague Women Final Eight runners-up Fenerbahce, have signalled their intent for the 2013-14 season after inking deals with several returnees, as well as adding a trio of frontcourt stars. Read more here.

May 7, 2013 - De Forge returns for Montenegro
Veteran guard Anna De Forge will pull on the vest of Montenegro once again, two years after last playing for her adopted nation at their historical first major tournament appearance in Poland. The experience of De Forge was vital in helping Montenegro take sixth spot at EuroBasket Women 2011. Read more here.

May 7, 2013 - Valanciunas and Pocius in for Lithuania
Lithuanian national team head coach, Jonas Kazlauskas, confirmed that Jonas Valanciunas will be on his 12-man squad that will travel to Slovenia for EuroBasket 2013. Valanciunas, who just completed his rookie NBA season with the Toronto Raptors, will play in the NBA's summer league in July. Read more here.

May 7, 2013 - Ricchini seeks continuity with Azzurre
Italian head coach Roberto Ricchini has rewarded all twelve players who helped Italy seal their place in France this summer, by handing them a spot in his 18-strong preliminary roster. The list is headlined by Famila Schio playmaker Giorgia Sottana. Read more here.

May 7, 2013 - Norel injury deals blow to Dutch hopes
Netherlands will have to fight the battle of the 1st Qualification Round for EuroBasket 2015 in the summer without their star player Henk Norel. The 2.14m CAI Zaragoza center took a knock on his right knee an injury during the second quarter of the Spanish Liga Endesa game with Manresa. Read more here.

May 7, 2013 - Barcelona announces Jawai injury
FC Barcelona Regal announced on Monday evening that center Nathan Jawai, who was one of Turkish Airlines Euroleague's top per-minute performers this season, has an injury that puts into question his status for Friday's semifinal showdown against Real Madrid at the 2013 Final Four. Read more here.

May 7, 2013 - Lietuvos Rytas cut O'Bryant
Ahead of game four in the LKL Finals, Lietuvos Rytas have today announced that centre Patrick O'Bryant has been released from his contract. Former Golden State Warriors player O'Bryant averaged four points and two rebounds this season with the Vilnius side. Read more here.

May 6, 2013 - 2012-13 All-Euroleague First and Second Teams announced
Less than a week before a new Turkish Airlines Euroleague champion is crowned at the O2 in London, England, Euroleague Basketball is pleased to release the 2012-13 All-Euroleague First and Second Teams. Tens of thousands of fans from around the globe were able to cast votes. Read more here.

May 6, 2013 - Paris win Cup, Monschau Award
On Sunday night EuroChallenge quarter-finalists Paris-Levallois conquered their first French Cup title and the first for a team from the capital since 1963. The Parisians defeated Nanterre 77-74 in the final at Palais de Bercy behind a double-double of 21 points and 13 rebounds by center Sean May. Read more here.

May 6, 2013 - Fenerbahce clinch 8th straight Title
EuroLeague Women runners-up Fenerbahce keep dominating the domestic scene after clinching their 8th consecutive TKBL title with a 70-62 win over arch-rivals Galatasaray. Pondexter lead all scorers with 27 points, while Serbian center Ivana Matovic added 20 and pulled down eight rebounds. Read more here.

May 6, 2013 - Swedes announce 24-Strong Squad
Back at EuroBasket Women for the first time since 1987, Sweden have named a lengthy preparation roster as they hope for good news on the fitness and availability of key personnel. Crucially, shooting ace Frida Eldebrink looks set to return from a wrist problem. Read more here.

May 6, 2013 - France reduce Roster to 20 candidates
France have trimmed down their initial roster to 20 names ahead of EuroBasket Women next month, with head coach Pierre Vincent cutting a number of players from his initial list. Still in the frame are young forward Valerine Ayayi of Basket Landes, who was the only teenager to be selected. Read more here.

May 6, 2013 - Israeli League, Regular Season, Game 27
In the last game before the playoffs in the Israeli League, Maccabi Haifa grabbed the second place in the standings with a thrilling 77-75 win over Hapoel Eilat. The visitors led 68-75 with 60 seconds to go, but after closing in to 71-75, Pat Calahes and Paul Stoll hit triples for Haifa’s victory. Read more here.

May 6, 2013 - Italian League, Regular Season, Game 30
The Italian League playoffs quarterfinals pairings are set. It will be: Cimberio Varese - Umana Venezia, Banco di Sardegna Sassari - Lenovo Cantu, Acea Roma - Trenkwalder Reggio Emilia and EA7 Emporio Armani Milano - Montepaschi Siena. Read more here.

May 6, 2013 - Spanish League, Regular Season, Game 32
In their last Spanish League games before they face each other at the Euroleague Final Four in London, Real Madrid and FC Barcelona Regal picked up victories against the local rivals. Barcelona improved to 21-11 and secured a home-court advantage in the first round of playoffs. Read more here.

May 6, 2013 - Turkish League, Regular Season, Game 30
Anadolu Efes Istanbul remained on a pace to secure second place in the Turkish League standings after thrashing Royal Hali Gaziantep 95-57. Efes, which still had 3 games to make up, took 42-22 at halftime, and kept increasing its lead in the second half. Read more here.

May 6, 2013 - German League, Quarterfinals Playoffs, Game 1
All four home teams recorded double-digit victories in Game 1 of the German League quarterfinals. The defending champions Brose Baskets Bamberg beat Phoenix Hagen 99-74 after using a huge 37-10 fourth quarter. Read more here.

May 6, 2013 - Serbian League, Regular Season, Phase 2, Game 8
Partizan Belgrade mt:s jumped back into the sole possession of the first place in the Serbian League standings, after crushing the co-leader Mega Vizura 66-89. Partizan took control of the game in the first half, but iced the game by winning the third quarter 8-24 and building 23-points margin, 45-68. Read more here.

May 6, 2013 - LeBron is the NBA's king again
Miami Heat forward LeBron James was the overwhelming choice for this year’s NBA Most Valuable Player, but not unanimous. James won 120 out of the 121 first place votes with the other top spot vote going to New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony. Read more here.

May 4, 2013 - Krasnye Krylia in VTB Quarter-Finals
EuroChallenge champions Krasnye Krylia sealed their passage to the VTB United League quarter-finals, with a 77-67 win over Triumph Lyubertsy at home. The Samara team had prevailed on the road with a similar score, 76-69, over their fellow Russian side in Game 1 of the best-of-three series, last Wednesday. Read more here.

May 3, 2013 - 2012-13 All-Euroleague nominees
After counting the votes of fans and media members from far and wide, Euroleague Basketball is pleased to release the names of the 10 nominees for the All-Euroleague teams. Tens of thousands of fans from around the globe were able to cast votes for their favorite players. Read more here.

May 3, 2013 - Donnie Nelson, Simone Pianigiani headline Final Four coaching clinic
Euroleague Basketball is proud to announce the clinicians for the 2013 Euroleague Final Four Coaching Clinic, at The London Soccerdome. Thanks to the on-going collaboration with the NBA, the clinicians will be Donnie Nelson and Simone Pianigiani. Read more here.

May 3, 2013 - France strong no matter what
French international Nando De Colo has expressed his certainty that 'Les Bleus' will field a strong team at EuroBasket 2013 regardless of who plays at center for them in Slovenia. "For the team, the most important thing is to focus on the players who will be there," De Colo told sport24.com. Read more here.

May 3, 2013 - Drama in Championship duels
Both ZVVZ USK Prague and Good Angels Kosice have added to their lengthy honours list by landing their respective Championships after high drama. It was Rebekkah Brunson who handed ZVVZ USK Prague a thrilling 80-73 success at BK Imos Brno. Read more here.

May 3, 2013 - Datome replicates Gallinari's feat
The recent season-ending injury of Danilo Gallinari dealt a major blow to Italy's EuroBasket 2013 hopes, but Simone Pianigiani's new-look Squadra Azzurra does not depend exclusively on the Denver Nuggets forward. Read more here.

May 3, 2013 - Youthful feel for Lithuania
Algirdas Paulauskas will be without three of his most senior and influential players, meaning he will rely on his young guns to fire his team to success. Announcing his initial 17-name preliminary roster, the play-caller was not able to include Rima Valentiene, Sandra Linkeviciene or Egle Sulciute. Read more here.

May 3, 2013 - Champions and the Value of quitting
One of the main reasons why football and basketball are the most popular sports on the planet is because, by nature, they follow the structure of a well laid out narrative and can often make for very good stories. Read more here.

May 2, 2013 - Best Defender Trophy winner: Stephane Lasme, Panathinaikos Athens
Stephane Lasme has always been known as disruptive defensive force. Now he is also a Euroleague Best Defender Trophy winner! Panathinaikos forward returned to Euroleague this season and anchored his team's frontline as the Greens came within one game of a trip to the Final Four. Read more here.

May 2, 2013 - Officials for 2013 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four announced
The list of eight referees that will officiate at the 2013 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four in London includes some of the best referees in the sport. Euroleague Basketball is pleased that the selection boasts experienced referees from seven different countries. Read more here.

May 2, 2013 - Avenida begin building early
Perfumerias Avenida have wasted little time in starting to build for the 2013-14 season. After his mid-season arrival at the club, Avenida have been delighted with the accomplishments of head coach Victor Lapena during his first six months or so and have given him the task of continuing his work. Read more here.

May 2, 2013 - Bralic goes with winning Croatian core
The bulk of the Croatian team which has enjoyed a thrilling rise to prominence since EuroBasket Women 2011 will be back on board when they take to the floor in France. Head coach Stipe Bralic has retained the core of his team which finished fifth in Lodz two years ago. Read more here.

May 2, 2013 - Krasnye Krylia, BCM triumph upon return
EuroChallenge champions Krasnye Krylia and semi-finalists BCM Gravelines emerged victorious in key encounters upon their return from the Final Four. Less than six hours after celebrating win over Pinar Karisyaka, Krasnye Krylia were on a bus to Izmir airport to catch flight back to Russia. Read more here.

May 1, 2013 - Arvydas Sabonis to judge dunkers at Fan Zone!
This season's Turkish Airlines Euroleague Fan Zone at Trafalgar Square will feature several new twists designed to keep our devoted fans at the center of the action. And what better way to do that than have the fans themselves compete with the stars of tomorrow! Read more here.

May 1, 2013 - Rising Star Trophy winner: Kostas Papanikolaou, Olympiacos Piraeus
In one of the closest races in the history of the award, Kostas Papanikolaou of Olympiacos Piraeus has been voted the Euroleague Rising Star Trophy winner for the 2012-13 season. The Rising Star Trophy recognizes Euroleague players who were under the age of 22 on July 1. Read more here.

May 1, 2013 - Czechs nominate Bortelova, four Rookies
Two years and one baby after she last wore a Czech national team dress Veronika Bortelova is set to return to her country's squad for the EuroBasket Women 2013. The 35-year-old play-maker, is among Lubor Blazek's 17-player wider nomination, announced on Tuesday. Read more here.

May 1, 2013 - Pete Mickeal leaves Barcelona to focus on his health
At an emotional press conference held at Palau Blaugrana on Tuesday, FC Barcelona small forward Pete Mickeal announced that he will put basketball aside for an undetermined period of time due to health reasons. Mickeal said that he will travel to his home country, the United States. Read more here.

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