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  News archive May 2014

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May 31, 2014 - Heat return to NBA Finals, top Pacers 117-92
The Heat became the third franchise in NBA history to reach the title series in four consecutive seasons, a laugher of a conference-title finale getting them there again Friday night. LeBron James and Chris Bosh each scored 25 points, and Miami eliminated the Pacers for the third straight year. Read more here.

May 31, 2014 - Akodo, England ready for tough test
England took a big stride forward at the 2013 U18 European Championship, reaching the second round and finishing ninth overall. However, the task will be quite a bit more difficult this summer as England prepare to take on a lethal first round group. Read more here.

May 31, 2014 - Eriksson will keep killing them softly
Young Swedish international Marcus Eriksson made the most of a big opportunity this year, but his first full season in the Spanish Liga Endesa has left him with a bitter-sweet taste.  Marcus Eriksson is a product of a currently talent-laden Swedish youth system. Read more here.

May 31, 2014 - Strong start for Myshkin
A fresh chapter for the Russian national team has opened in positive fashion after new head coach Anatoliy Myshkin masterminded back-to-back wins against Great Britain. Evgenia Belyakova was influential in her country's back-to-back warm-up victories over Great Britain. Read more here.

May 30, 2014 - Spurs rout Thunder to take 3-2 lead in West finals
Back at home, this blowout went to the San Antonio Spurs. Now they can clinch their return to the NBA Finals on the road, where they are the ones taking the beatings in these wacky Western Conference finals. The Spurs took a 3-2 lead in it Thursday night after Duncan had 22 points. Read more here.

May 30, 2014 - USK Prague keep faith with Czech stars
ZVVZ USK Prague are keeping faith with a core of domestic players after announcing they will retain a quintet of Czech stars, with Ivana Matovic also expected to complete a switch from Fenerbahce. Read more here.

May 30, 2014 - Palazoglu switches to Fenerbahce
Tugba Palazoglu is making a city switch from Istanbul Universitesi to Fenerbahce as the EuroLeague Women runners-up continue to assemble their roster for the 2014-15 campaign. Tugba Palazoglu will join her fourth Istanbul club when she moves to Fenerbahce. Read more here.

May 30, 2014 - Giannis skips U20 for Senior Greek NT
Giannis Antetokounmpo will not after all assist  hosts Greece in their medal quest at the U20 European Championship, which gets under way on 8 July on Crete. He will instead participate with the Bucks in the NBA Summer League, which coincides with the U20 European Championship in July. Read more here.

May 29, 2014 - Nizhny Novgorod rides 3-point explosion in Game 1
In Game 1 of the VTB League playoff semifinals, Nizhny Novgorod (Russia) took down Lietuvos Rytas (Lithuania) at home, 87-81. Both teams were in the game until the final minutes, before Nizhny closed out the win with clutch baskets from Semen Antonov. Read more here.

May 29, 2014 - Pacers stay alive with 93-90 Game 5 win over Heat
Paul George went into desperation mode to salvage the Pacers' season. It was barely good enough. The 24-year-old scored 21 of his 37 points in the fourth quarter and inspired Indiana to fend off Miami's late challenges as the Pacers staved off playoff elimination with a 93-90 Game 5 victory. Read more here.

May 28, 2014 - Lakovic confirms retirement from NT
Jaka Lakovic confirmed that his decision to retire from national team duty is now final, despite having contemplated a potential return during the past months. 35-year-old player had initially announced his retirement from international basketball at Stozice Arena in Ljubljana last September. Read more here.

May 28, 2014 - Continuity assured for Wisla Can-Pack
Wisla Can-Pack have re-signed the spine of their team for the 2014-15 campaign after four players were handed extended deals, in addition to Courtney Vandersloot being added to the roster. Alexandria Quigley will return for a second year with Wisla Can-Pack. Read more here.

May 28, 2014 - Italian talisman Galanda calls it a day
Giacomo Galanda, affectionately nicknamed 'Jack' or 'Gek', one of the most emblematic players of Italian basketball, played on Tuesday his last game in a career that spanned three decades. The 39-year-old power forward confirmed his retirement. Read more here.

May 28, 2014 - Westbrook scores 40, Thunder tie series at 2-2
While accepting the award for himself, Kevin Durant called Russell Westbrook an MVP-caliber player. And on Tuesday, Westbrook delivered a championship-caliber effort that got the Oklahoma City Thunder back to even in the Western Conference finals. Read more here.

May 28, 2014 - Buducnost VOLI champion 8th time in a row
Buducnost VOLI has ended this season's competition in Montenegrin national championship without a single defeat and won the championship for the 8th time in a row. In the finals, they have swept with Zeta 2011. Read more here.

May 28, 2014 - NIJT star from Real Madrid setting example for Senegal
Real Madrid is well known in Senegal, though that's mainly because of the Spanish club's soccer team. But 18-year-old Wally Niang is doing his best to make the people of Dakar take notice of Real Madrid's storied basketball team as well. Read more here.

May 28, 2014 - First Summer without Iversen for Denmark
Denmark will enter the battle of EuroBasket 2015 2nd Qualifying Round Group D in August with a more than notable absence in their line-up, one of considerable significance both on the court and in psychological terms. Read more here.

May 28, 2014 - Poland count on Gortat, Lampe
Marcin Gortat and Maciej Lampe have been included in a 25-strong group of players which Poland head coach Mike Taylor will involve in EuroBasket 2015 2nd Qualifying Round. Gortat, who is coming off a spectacular season with the Washington Wizards and is now a free-agent in the NBA. Read more here.

May 27, 2014 - Eurocup champion Valencia auctions winning jerseys for charity
Eurocup champion Valencia Basket Club has stepped up to collaborate with victims of severe flooding in the Balkans by auctioning off for charity the official jerseys worn during the Eurocup Finals earlier this spring. Read more here.

May 27, 2014 - Levski officially the new member of ABA League family
By signing a contract between the two sides in Sofia Novotel hotel, Levski has officially become the new member of ABA League. According to the agreement, they will stay in our competition for three years. Read more here.

May 27, 2014 - Ndour signs with Fenerbahce
Fenerbahce have landed a major off-season signing, by inking FIBA Europe 2013 Young Women's Player of the Year Astou Ndour for two seasons. Ndour has been a sensation at youth level for Spain, with a long list of accolades. Read more here.

May 27, 2014 - Benfica complete treble in Portugal
Benfica have swept Vitoria SC 3-0 in the Portuguese LPB finals to add the domestic championship title to the national cup and league cup trophies they had conquered earlier in the season. Benfica had clinched first place in the regular season with an immaculate 19-1 record. Read more here.

May 27, 2014 - Lugano returns to Swiss Summit
Lugano Tigers bounced back at the weekend from a painful loss in last year's Swiss LNA league play-offs to reclaim the domestic championship title - their eighth since the turn of the century. Coach Andrea Petitpierre and his men outlasted Fribourg 4-3 in the finals series to lift the trophy. Read more here.

May 26, 2014 - Historic triumph for Lattes Montpellier
The party is still underway for Basket Lattes Montpellier Agglomeration after they wrapped up a historic maiden French Championship. Geraldine Robert had 14 points and eight rebounds in the deciding third game for Lattes Montpellier. Read more here.

May 26, 2014 - Helios will not play in ABA League
The final structure of the 2014/15 ABA League is still to be confirmed since the national championships have not been finished yet but it is already confirmed that Slovenian club Helios will not use the wild-card option. Read more here.

May 26, 2014 - FIBA reinstates Slovak Republic
FIBA on Monday lifted the suspension of the Slovak Basketball Association Basketball by reinstating it with full rights, paving the way for the country's national teams and officials to take part in all FIBA competitions and activities. Read more here.

May 24, 2014 - FIBA family call for Support
Turgay Demirel, Patrick Baumann and Kamil Novak are among the basketball notaries in Europe and beyond urging the basketball community to rally together in support of the grief-stricken communities of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Serbia. Read more here.

May 24, 2014 - Danilo Ostojic rewarded with pro contract
A member of Crvena zvezda Telekom junior team, that has won the junior Euroleague title at the NIJT F8 Danilo Ostojić, has been rewarded for his good performances in junior categories with a a 4-year professional contract. Read more here.

May 23, 2014 - Mutapcic takes charge of Germany
Emir Mutapcic has been named as the new head coach of the senior German national team, the basketball federation of the country (DBB) confirmed on Thursday. The 54-year-old Bosnian tactician replaces at the helm Frank Menz. Read more here.

May 23, 2014 - Kalev/Cramo prolong dominance in Estonia
Kalev/Cramo's firm grip on the Alexela KML League shows no signs of loosening, as the Tallinn club has lifted its fourth consecutive, and seventh in the last nine years, Estonian league trophy. The champions swept Tartu University Rock 4-0 in the finals. Read more here.

May 23, 2014 - Euroleague Basketball mobilizes to help flooding victims
In solidarity with the victims of the flooding that has created a growing public safety emergency in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and other regions of the Balkans, Euroleague Basketball is announcing targeted donations to the area. Read more here.

May 23, 2014 - Another youngster in Union Olimpija
A very good season Gregor Hrovat 819, 196) had in Domzale was a signal for Union Olimpija to go for him and bring him fot the next four years. Horvat was playing for Kos Koper as a junior but moved to Domzale in 2011. Read more here.

May 22, 2014 - Igokea is the champion of BiH
For the second season in a row, Igokea have claimed the title of the Bosnia and Herzegovina champion, after they have eliminated Siroki Primorka in the final series with the total score of 3:1. The decisive game was played on Wednesday in Laktasi, where Igosi won a close game 54:51. Read more here.

May 22, 2014 - Slovenian Basketball solidarity campaign
Krka Novo Mesto and KK Union Olimpija Ljubljana, the finalists of the Slovenian Telemach league play-offs, have united forces to launch a commendable solidarity initiative towards flood victims in the Balkans. Read more here.

May 22, 2014 - Eclectic Travellers Reggio stun Siena
To say that Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia, the newly crowned EuroChallenge champions, are a team that has not travelled particularly well this season, would be a huge understatement. Ojars Silins collected 14 points in Reggio Emilia's road win on Tuesday evening. Read more here.

May 21, 2014 - Pyrinto crowned Finnish Champions
Tampereen Pyrintö have completed an outstanding domestic season by defeating Kataja Basket 3-1 in the Korisliiga finals series to claim their third Finnish league title in five years. The Tampere side had clinched first place in the Korisliiga regular season with a 38-6 record. Read more here.

May 20, 2014 - Baric ready for the next level
Having long since shed the wonder-kid label when she waved goodbye to her teens, the time has arrived for Nika Baric to establish herself as a bona-fide premier European guard. Despite still only being 21, Nika Baric is entering arguably the most important phase of her career. Read more here.

May 20, 2014 - Menz reverts to German U20 team Coach
German Basketball Federation (DBB) announced that Frank Menz will return to his role as the head coach of the U20 national team, after a 17-month spell in charge of the senior side. Currently no decision on the coach who will replace Menz at the helm of the senior German team. Read more here.

May 20, 2014 - Turic to coach Croatia
There has been an unexpected changing of the guard at the helm of the Croatian national team with Braslav Turic given the task of leading Croatia in the EuroBasket Women 2015 2nd Qualification Round. Read more here.

May 19, 2014 - Rice is bwin MVP of 2014 Final Four
Tyrese Rice showed he has the heart of a champion in leading Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv to the 2014 Turkish Airlines Euroleague title. His incredible effort also resulted in being selected bwin MVP of 2014 Final Four in a vote by accredited media members at the Final Four. Read more here.

May 19, 2014 - Navarro becomes Final Four three-point king
Juan Carlos Navarro of FC Barcelona added to his legend at the Euroleague Final Four in Milan. Navarro made 3 three-pointers in his team’s 93-78 victory over CSKA Moscow in the Third Place Game Sunday at Mediolanum Foum, thus becoming the three-point king of the Final Four. Read more here.

May 19, 2014 - Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv is the new king of Europe!
The city of Milan was painted yellow as Maccabi Electra bested Real Madrid 98-86 in overtime for its sixth European championship! After hitting the game-winning layup in the semifinals, Tyrese Rice, who scored 21 of his 26 points in the 4th quarter and overtime, was named the bwin MVP. Read more here.

May 19, 2014 - Zvezda is NIJT champion, Stojanovic MVP
Once again, it was proven that nowhere in Europe there is as much talent as in our region, as Crvena zvezda Telekom has beaten Real Madrid in the final of Euroleague International Junior Tournament and climbed on the top of Europe. Read more here.

May 18, 2014 - Navarro makes history as Barcelona claims third place
Juan Carlos Navarro added to his legend by leading FC Barcelona to a 93-78 victory over CSKA Moscow on Sunday in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four Third Place Game at Mediolanum Forum in Milan. Navaro scored 20 points and made 3 of 5 three pointers. Read more here.

May 17, 2014 - Euroleague Final Four 2014 Championship Game preview: Real Madrid vs. Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv
A brilliant 2013-14 Turkish Airlines Euroleague season will come to an end in style with a historical showdown between Real Madrid and Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv in the Euroleague Championship Game at Mediolanum Forum in Milan, Italy on Sunday. Read more here.

May 17, 2014 - Turgay Demirel elected FIBA Europe President
Turgay Demirel is the new President of FIBA Europe for the term of office 2014-2018, elected by the General Assembly of the member federations, in Munich, Germany. Demirel, 57, is a former Turkish international and the current President of his country's Basketball Federation. Read more here.

May 17, 2014 - NIJT: Crvena Zvezda in final against Real Madrid
Crvena zvezda Telekom junior team has finished the group phase of the Euroleague International Junior Tournament without a scratch, claimed the first place in Group A and will face Real Madrid in the title game on Sunday. Read more here.

May 17, 2014 - Madrid to host 2015 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four
Euroleague Basketball announced Saturday that the 2015 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four will be held at the Palacio de Deportes de la Comunidad de Madrid in the historic basketball city of Madrid from May 15 to 17, 2015. Read more here.

May 16, 2014 - Real Madrid routs Barcelona to make history
Real Madrid returns to the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four Championship Game for a second straight year after once again beating fierce El Clasico rival FC Barcelona 100-62 in Friday’s semifinals at Mediolanum Forum in Milan. Read more here.

May 16, 2014 - Maccabi rallies from 15 down to stun CSKA, advance to championship game!
Maccabi Electra booked its date with basketball history as the five-time continental champion fought back from a 15-point deficit late in the third quarter to beat CSKA Moscow 67-68. Rice’s basket with 5.5 seconds left secured Maccabi its spot in Euroleague Final Four Championship Game. Read more here.

May 16, 2014 - Gortat, Teletovic still stand tall
The NBA play-offs are over for the Washington Wizards of Marcin Gortat and the Brooklyn Nets of Mirza Teletovic, but both European players have emerged heavily strengthened from this post-season. Marcin Gortat was important for his team in the NBA play-offs. Read more here.

May 16, 2014 - Siskauaskas to be named Euroleague Basketball Legend
The career of Ramunas Siskauskas will be celebrated with a special ceremony at the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four at Mediolanum Forum in Milan, where he is to be anointed a Euroleague Basketball Legend. Read more here.

May 16, 2014 - Rafnsson honoured at Assembly
47 FIBA Europe member federations met in Munich on Friday for the 2014 FIBA Europe General Assembly, where the late President Olafur Rafnsson was on the minds of all. Rafnsson was remembered at the General Assembly by being named as an honorary Member of FIBA Europe. Read more here.

May 16, 2014 - Another win for Crvena Zvezda Telekom at NIJT in Milan
Young players of Crvena Zvezda Telekom reached second straight win at NIKE International Juniour Tournament in Milan, Italy. They wins over Club Joventut Badalona 69-67. Congrats Red and whites! Read more here.

May 16, 2014 - Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four semifinals: what the world is waiting for!
Here it is… what each and every Turkish Airlines Euroleague fans has been waiting for: the 2014 Final Four at Mediolanum Forum in Milan, Italy! Real Madrid, FC Barcelona, CSKA Moscow and Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv will challenge for the Euroleague title. Read more here.

May 16, 2014 - Statement on EuroBasket 2015
The Board of FIBA Europe which convened in Munich, Germany on Thursday, approved a request by the Ukrainian Basketball Federation to postpone any decision on EuroBasket 2015 until the beginning of June. Read more here.

May 15, 2014 - EFES Euroleague Awards Ceremony triggers start of Milan Final Four
Sergio Rodriguez received his award for a fantastic season when he was named 2013-14 bwin MVP at the EFES Euroleague Awards Ceremony held at Piazza Duomo. The ceremony was one of the first official acts of the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four in Milan. Read more here.

May 15, 2014 - One Team and Special Olympics raise the curtain on the Final Four!
The 2014 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four in Milan officially tipped off on a sunny Thursday morning at the Piazza del Duomo, the city’s historic main square, which served as the perfect background for a momentous occasion as Euroleague stars and Special Olympic athletes. Read more here.

May 15, 2014 - Rodriguez voted bwin MVP of the 2013-14 Turkish Airlines Euroleague
Euroleague Basketball is pleased to announce that Sergio Rodriguez has been voted the bwin MVP for the 2013-14 season. Rodriguez received his MVP trophy Thursday at the EFES Euroleague Awards Ceremony at Piazza del Duomo. Read more here.

May 15, 2014 - Vasconcelos relying on warrior spirit
Portugal may have went winless last summer but head coach Ricardo Vasconcelos is hoping his team's fighting qualities can help them improve in next month's EuroBasket Women 2015 2nd Qualification Round. Read more here.

May 15, 2014 - Spurs beat Blazers, back in West finals
The veteran San Antonio Spurs showed Portland a few things about succeeding in the playoffs. The biggest lesson was how not to panic when an All-Star goes down. Danny Green and Kawhi Leonard each scored 22 points. Read more here.

May 15, 2014 - IJT Crvena Zvezda Telekom wins over IJT Cajasol Seville at NIJT
In opening game of 2014 Nike International Junior Tournament IJT team of Crvena Zvezda Telekom topped IJT team of Cajasol Seville 78-63. Aranitovic led Crvena Zvezda with 17 points. Congrats Red and Whites! Read more here.

May 15, 2014 - Heat rally past Nets to East finals, 96-94
LeBron James leaped onto a courtside table as the postgame celebration was starting, thumped his chest and punched the air. James scored 29 points, Dwyane Wade added 28 and Ray Allen delivered two huge plays in the final seconds as the Heat rallied to beat the Brooklyn Nets 96-94. Read more here.

May 15, 2014 - Television coverage set to break Final Four records
Euroleague Basketball is proud to announce that TV coverage of the 2014 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four in Milan, Italy this weekend has drawn record interest from broadcasters around the globe. Game coverage of the Final Four opens Friday with the semifinals. Read more here.

May 15, 2014 - Budivelnyk defend Ukrainian Title
Budivelnyk Kiyv defeated Khimik Yuzhne 85-77 at home in Game 4 of the Ukrainian Superleague finals on Tuesday night to conquer their second consecutive league crown. Lavrinovic, who was voted MVP of the finals, collected a team-high 20 points. Read more here.

May 15, 2014 - Nike International Junior Tournament set for tip off
The basketballs started bouncing in earnest in Milan bright and early on Thursday morning with the start of the Euroleague Basketball Nike International Junior Tournament. Follow all the action live on Euroleague.net from now until champion is crowned at Sunday’s championship game. Read more here.

May 14, 2014 - Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four Semifinal preview: CSKA Moscow vs. Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv
The 2014 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four starts with a rematch of the 2006 and 2008 Euroleague finals, as CSKA Moscow and Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv face each other in a Final Four for the first time in six years. CSKA beat Maccabi twice this season. Read more here.

May 14, 2014 - Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four Semifinal preview: FC Barcelona vs. Real Madrid
El Clasico returns to the Final Four for the second consecutive season, as Real Madrid takes on archrival FC Barcelona in the second Turkish Airlines Euroleague semifinal at Mediolanum Forum in Milan, Italy, on Friday. Madrid and Barcelona have faced each other more than 200 times. Read more here.

May 14, 2014 - Championat becomes official Final Four destination in Russian
Euroleague Basketball and Championat.com, the largest online sports media in Russia*, are proud to announce a new partnership that makes Championat.com the official online destination in Russian for Turkish Airlines Euroleague fans. Read more here.

May 14, 2014 - Thunder rally in final minute to stun Clippers
Russell Westbrook finished off Oklahoma City's stunning comeback. Clippers coach Doc Rivers believes he should never have had the chance. Westbrook scored 38 points and made three free throws with 6.4 seconds remaining, and the Thunder overcame a seven-point deficit. Read more here.

May 14, 2014 - Wizards stay alive with 102-79 blowout at Indiana
The Wizards were tired of getting shoved around in the Eastern Conference semifinals. So on Tuesday night, Marcin Gortat and his teammates pushed back hard. Gortat delivered the best playoff game of his career, 31 points and 16 rebounds. Read more here.

May 14, 2014 - Orenga: 2014 not end of an era for Spain
Spain head coach Juan Antonio Orenga has given a new twist to the widespread scenario which foresaw a brief return of three heavyweights to the national team, only for the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2014. Read more here.

May 13, 2014 - Sliskovic to step out for Schio
Beretta Famila Schio have signed terms with Croatian national team forward Iva Sliskovic as they begin the process of shaping their roster for next season. Fresh from retaining their Italian Championship title, head coach Miguel Mendez can look forward to working with the 29-year-old again. Read more here.

May 13, 2014 - No luck for Linkeviciene and Lithuania
Within days of making an eagerly awaited return to Lithuanian national team duty, Sandra Linkeviciene has been ruled out of the EuroBasket Women 2015 2nd Qualification Round. The 32-year-old, who was expected to provide the main thrust of the team's challenge, sustained a broken hand. Read more here.

May 13, 2014 - Zvezda's joungsters to compete for NIJT title
During the Euroleague Final Four tournament in Milan, Italy, the International Junior Tournament, organized by Euroleague, will take place in the same city. Crvena zvezda Telekom will be one of the participants, which will contend for the title of the best junior team of Europe. Read more here.

May 12, 2014 - Torrens headlines changes at UMMC
Spanish star Alba Torrens is moving to where she landed her two EuroLeague Women titles and MVP awards, after inking a deal to play with UMMC Ekaterinburg who have announced several roster changes. Read more here.

May 12, 2014 - Milestone for Spanish Legend Reneses
Alejandro (Aito) Garcia Reneses, a man largely responsible for the transformation of Spanish basketball into a superpower during the last three decades, has become the first coach to reach the 1,000-game mark in the ACB. Read more here.

May 12, 2014 - New Era signs exclusive Worldwide deal with Euroleague Basketball
New Era, international lifestyle brand with an authentic sports heritage, is proud to announce it will be the official headwear partner for Euroleague Basketball and its highest tier of competitive professional basketball in Europe, the Euroleague, as well as Euroleague Final Four. Read more here.

May 12, 2014 - Great Britain hit by Leedham loss
Rookie head coach Peter Buckle could have his hands full in getting Great Britain to a third successive EuroBasket Women Final Round after being hit by a number of key absences, including star player Johannah Leedham. Read more here.

May 12, 2014 - Kings continue to reign in Sweden
Sodertalje Kings completed at the weekend the successful defence of their Swedish Basketligan title, conquering the league trophy for a second consecutive year and the third time in their history. Toni Bizaca was crucial to Sodertalje's title defence, being named MVP of the finals. Read more here.

May 12, 2014 - Nanterre salvage season with Cup Trophy
JSF Nanterre will not enter the LNB play-offs race this week to defend their French league title, but the Paris club have still managed to collect an item of silverware at the end of their 2013/14 campaign. Trenton Meacham was named MVP of the French Cup final. Read more here.

May 12, 2014 - Bourges Win Cup, Lafargue awarded
Tango Bourges are celebrating snapping a four year drought in the French Cup, while Basket Landes play-caller Olivier Lafargue has been named LFB Coach of the Year. Endene Miyem was the hero for Tango Bourges as the claimed back the French Cup after four years. Read more here.

May 11, 2014 - Barcelona beats Real Madrid
Only 6 days before squaring off at the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four in Milan, FC Barcelona and Real Madrid clashed in the Spanish League game. Barcelona dominated, leading from start to finish, and using big games from Kostas Papanikolaou and Alex Abrines for 86-75 win. Read more here.

May 11, 2014 - Past winners Joventut, Zalgiris lead 2014 NIJT field
Two former champions, defending champ Joventut Badalona and 2003 and 2007 winners Zalgiris Kaunas, are among the eight-team field for the 2014 Nike International Junior Tournament finals, which feature 3 Spanish teams and a pair of first timers at the Euroleague Final 4 in Milan. Read more here.

May 11, 2014 - Vucetic will stay in Ljubljana until 2018
The history should not repeat claim at Union Olimpija, where they made the first move regarding the team's future and already announced they will keep the talented power forward Vasilije Vucetic (18, 207)until 2018. Read more here.

May 11, 2014 - Bertans envisions summers in maroon
In a couple of weeks, Dairis Bertans will find himself in an unusual position, doing something that breaks away from the routine he had followed every May in recent years. At around this time during the past three seasons, Bertans was immersed in the play-off battle of the Latvian LBL. Read more here.

May 11, 2014 - Estonia ready to shed underdog status
Estonia are ready to pack a punch in Group C of the EuroBasket Women 2015 2nd Qualifying Round and that means forgetting about any notion that they are the underdogs or minnows. Pitched into a pool of teams including Italy, Portugal and Baltic neighbours Latvia. Read more here.

May 9, 2014 - Spurs roll to 2-0 lead over Trail Blazers
Portland coach Terry Stotts is running out of adjectives and analogies to describe the San Antonio Spurs' dominance in the second quarter. Kawhi Leonard scored 20 points, Tony Parker had 16 points and 10 assists, and San Antonio rolled to a 114-97 victory over the Trail Blazers. Read more here.

May 9, 2014 - Miami tops Nets in Game 2, 94-82
Strange as it sounds, missing shots worked wonders for the Miami Heat. And after the Brooklyn Nets went nearly 2 minutes - a basketball eternity - without the ball down the stretch, Miami would soon find themselves two wins from another trip to the Eastern Conference finals. Read more here.

May 8, 2014 - 2013-14 All-Euroleague First and Second Teams announced
Just before the basketball world turns its attention to Milan for the 2014 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four, Euroleague Basketball is pleased to honor 10 of the stars that made this season so spectacular, the 2013-14 All-Euroleague First and Second Teams. Read more here.

May 8, 2014 - Officials for 2014 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four announced
Euroleague Basketball has selected eight of the leading referees in basketball as the officials for the 2014 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four. Seven of the eight have previous experience refereeing a Final Four, including three who oversaw games at last season’s Final Four in London. Read more here.

May 8, 2014 - Dikeoulakos extends Orenburg stay
Nadezhda Orenburg play-caller George Dikeoulakos has revealed he has agreed a two year extension and will remain with the EuroLeague Women side until the summer of 2016. Dikeoulakos has been a success ever since he took the reins back at the start of last season. Read more here.

May 8, 2014 - TSV Wasserburg ready for next step
TSV Wasserburg remain the dominant force in German women's basketball having secured their eighth title success since 2004, but now it's time to step up their impact in Europe. Or at least that is the firm belief of head-coach Bastian Wernthaler. Read more here.

May 8, 2014 - Westbrook, Durant help Thunder beat Clippers
Kevin Durant stood before his adoring home crowd, proudly holding his MVP trophy above his head during a pregame ceremony. Durant had 32 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists, and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Los Angeles Clippers 112-101 on Wednesday night. Read more here.

May 8, 2014 - Hibbert leads Pacers past Wizards, 86-82 in Game 2
Big Roy came up with a big answer for his critics and his teammates Wednesday night. He played like an All-Star when the Pacers really needed it. After 48 hours of questions and criticism, Roy Hibbert scored a season-high 28 points, grabbed nine rebounds. Read more here.

May 7, 2014 - Valencia sets several Eurocup Finals records
On its way to a competition-record third Eurocup title, Valencia Basket Club set a number of records both on defense and offense in the second leg of the Eurocup Finals series against Unics Kazan on Wednesday. Read more here.

May 7, 2014 - Valencia's Doellman claims Eurocup Finals MVP trophy!
Nobody across the 4,000 kilometers between Valencia, Spain and Kazan, Russia had any doubt when the series ended on Wednesday with Valencia Basket Club as champion who exactly had to be the Eurocup Finals MVP. Read more here.

May 7, 2014 - Dominant Doellman leads Valencia to third Eurocup crown
Valencia Basket Club has won its competition-record third Eurocup title after beating Unics Kazan 73-85 in Game 2 of their two-game finals series. Valencia swept the series with a 140-165 aggregate score to win the trophy it previously raised in 2003 and 2010. Read more here.

May 7, 2014 - Bakken, a supreme Danish Dynasty
Bakken Bears have confirmed their utter dominance in Denmark by sweeping Randers Cimbria in the Basketligaen play-off finals and conquering a record 14th domestic league title. Kenneth Barker was influential in guiding Bakken Bears Aarhus to a fourth consecutive Danish title. Read more here.

May 7, 2014 - Euroleague coaches choose Partizan's Bogdanovic for Rising Star Trophy
The basketball factory that is Partizan NIS Belgrade has its second Euroleague Rising Star Trophy winner, 21-year-old guard Bogdan Bogdanovic, who has been voted the best young performer of the 2013-14 season by Turkish Airlines Euroleague head coaches. Read more here.

May 7, 2014 - Triumph complete quick-fire turnaround
EuroChallenge finalists Triumph Lyubertsy have become the only team in this season's VTB United League play-offs to advance to the quarter-finals despite losing Game 1 of their first-round series. Cory Higgins was awarded for being the top scorer in the VTB Regular Season. Read more here.

May 7, 2014 - Eurocup Finals, Game 2: the ultimate battle!
An extraordinary 2013-14 Eurocup season, arguably the toughest and most exciting in competition history, comes to an end with Game 2 of the Finals. Valencia Basket holds a 13-point lead from Game 1 and looks for its third Eurocup title, which would set a new competition standard. Read more here.

May 6, 2014 - Coaches vote Bryant Dunston of Olympiacos this season's Best Defender
After putting together one of the more memorable rookie seasons in competition history, Bryant Dunston of Olympiacos Piraeus has been voted the 2014 Best Defender Trophy winner by Turkish Airlines Euroleague head coaches. Read more here.

May 6, 2014 - Valencia opens home court to fans for Game 2 in Kazan
Not one, but two arenas will be entertaining big crowds for the last battle of the Eurocup season on Wednesday as Valencia Basket Club has announced plans fill its home court with fans - even though the game will be held more than 4,000 kilometers away in Kazan, Russia! Read more here.

May 6, 2014 - End of the season for Deividas Gailius
Lithuanian forward Deividas Gailius, one of the key players in the squad led by Ales Pipan, has already ended this season, the club from Ljubljana announced. The club from Ljubljana also announced, that they will not terminate the contract with the player at this point. Read more here.

May 6, 2014 - Choices to make for Jovanovic
FYR of Macedonia head coach Goran Jovanovic is facing a dilemma over his two naturalised options ahead of the EuroBasket Women 2015 2nd Qualifying Round. Krisi Givens played an important role for the F.Y.R. of Macedonia national team. Read more here.

May 6, 2014 - Galatasaray odeabank end TKBL drought
Monday evening was an epic one for Galatasaray odeabank after they sealed the most productive season in their history by ending a 13-year wait to land the Turkish League Championship. Sancho Lyttle was once more influential in the big moments for Galatasaray. Read more here.

May 6, 2014 - Linkeviciene and Sulciute back on board
Having taken over the reins of the Lithuanian national team, Mantas Sernius could have two of his star players back in the mix for the EuroBasket Women 2015 2nd Qualifying Round. Sandra Linkeviciene and Egle Sulciute are back on board after their respective maternity leave expired. Read more here.

May 6, 2014 - Kayseri swoop for Nicholls and Jalcova
Kayseri Kaski spor are already building for next season after inking contracts with Spanish national team forward Laura Nicholls and BK Imos Brno guard, Ivana Jalcova. Nicholls has been the standout player for Rivas Ecopolis both in EuroLeague Women and also in Liga Femenina. Read more here.

May 5, 2014 - Alphonso Ford Top Scorer Trophy goes to Keith Langford, EA7 Emporio Armani Milan
The first of the 2013-14 EFES Euroleague Awards, the Alphonso Ford Top Scorer Trophy, has been won by EA7 Emporio Armani guard Keith Langford, whose point-scoring exploits this season helped bring an unheralded team to the brink of a surprise Final Four appearance. Read more here.

May 5, 2014 - Perfect Weekend for Szolnoki, Reggio
Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia and Szolnoki Olaj achieved at the weekend their primary targets in the regular season of the Italian Serie A and the Hungarian 1st Division, respectively. Szolnoki clinched the top spot in the second stage of their domestic league competition. Read more here.

May 5, 2014 - Second Round for European ring hunters
European contingent in the NBA play-offs has been reduced from 31 to 14 players after the conclusion of the first round of the post-season. None the less, a big part of those remaining European internationals retains strong options not only to advance past the conference semi-finals. Read more here.

May 5, 2014 - Inbar keeps his options open
Recently appointed Israeli play-caller Adnan Inbar is keeping his options open ahead of the EuroBasket Women 2015 2nd Qualifying Round after inviting 24 players to try and make the final roster. He is also open-minded about the naturalised spot too. Read more here.

May 5, 2014 - Prague, Schio retain titles
Not missing a beat for the entire season takes an incredible effort on all counts, but perfection is exactly what ZVVZ USK Prague have achieved after they completed a flawless 2013-14 by retaining their ZBL Championship crown. Read more here.

May 4, 2014 - Clippers hold off Warriors 126-121 to win Game 7
Blake Griffin scored 24 points, Chris Paul had 22 points and 14 assists, and the Clippers outlasted the Golden State Warriors 126-121 in Game 7 on Saturday night to win their thrilling first-round playoff series. Jamal Crawford scored 22 points for the third-seeded Clippers. Read more here.

May 4, 2014 - Thunder beat Grizzlies 120-109 in Game 7
Kevin Durant got back to playing like he's used to against a Memphis team that had to change things up at the worst possible time. Durant scored 33 points, Russell Westbrook had a triple-double, and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Grizzlies 120-109 in Game 7. Read more here.

May 3, 2014 - 2014 Final Four Milan NIJT: Players to Watch
At the Nike International Junior Tournament in Milan, from May 15 to May 18, eight teams will battle to become the European junior club champion. Here's a look at one player from each team to keep an eye on with the tournament less than a fortnight away. Read more here.

May 3, 2014 - Tabak shares knowledge at Clinic
Former European and NBA champion and ex-Laboral coach Zan Tabak accepted an invitation by FIBA Europe and took part in the coaching clinic at the 2014 Albert Schweitzer Tournament, using the opportunity to stay in the game and share experience with other coaches. Read more here.

May 3, 2014 - Door opens for rising star Zandalasini
Italy have continued their EuroBasket Women 2013 strategy of putting faith in young players with rising star Cecilia Zandalasini included in a preliminary list for the EuroBasket Women 2015 2nd Qualifying Round. Read more here.

May 3, 2014 - Post-Bologna blues for Reggio, Gaziantep
EuroChallenge champions Reggio Emilia and Royal Hali Gaziantep, who finished third in the competition, have both suffered a harsh landing upon their return to domestic league action. For Gaziantep the loss was more painful, as after falling 73-68 to Trabzonspor Medical Park at home. Read more here.

May 3, 2014 - 3X3 European Championships, Qualifiers groups set
FIBA Europe announced qualifier groups for the inaugural 3x3 European Championships which are set to take place in Bucharest, from 5-7 September. 32 national federations who have applied to play in the 3x3 European Championships have been drawn to play in one of the three qualifiers. Read more here.

May 3, 2014 - 3x3 EuroTour, Spalding sign partnership
FIBA Europe and Spalding have announced a partnership for the 2014 3x3 EuroTour, giving Spalding the status of Official Ball Supplier for the Tour. The agreement means that the Spalding TF33 will be used as the official game ball at the various events this summer. Read more here.

May 2, 2014 - Road to Milan: Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv
One of the winningest franchises in European basketball, Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv checks into Milan for its 12th Final Four appearance and first in three years since reaching the championship game in 2011. The only team this season to win a playoff series without home-court advantage. Read more here.

May 2, 2014 - Eurocup Finals Game 1 MVP: Justin Doellman, Valencia Basket Club
With one of the best performances by a player in Eurocup Finals history, Justin Doellman of Valencia Basket Club helped his team take a step towards a Eurocup title while claiming Eurocup Finals Game 1 MVP honors. Read more here.

May 2, 2014 - The Final Four Fan Zone is coming to Piazza del Duomo!
The next generation of basketball fan experiences will accompany the 2014 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four to the capital of fashion with the Fan Zone at Milan's famous Piazza del Duomo from May 15 to 18. This season's Fan Zone will be the biggest and best to date. Read more here.

May 2, 2014 - Roman Lisac: "Playoffs are necessary"
After the end of the Belgrade Final Four tournament, GM of ABA League Roman Lisac spoke about his impressions and also some of the changes, that ABA League is considering for the forthcoming seasons in terms of the competition format. Read more here.

May 2, 2014 - Valencia Basket One Team program takes court at Eurocup Finals
Euroleague Basketball's corporate social responsibility program One Team took center stage at Eurocup Finals on Thursday night in Valencia, when Valencia Basket Club hosted Unics Kazan in Game 1 of their two-way finals series. Read more here.

May 2, 2014 - Warriors outlast Clippers 100-99, force Game 7
Stephen Curry scored 24 points and dished out nine assists, and the Warriors forced a winner-take-all series finale by outlasting the Clippers 100-99 Thursday night. Andre Iguodala added 15 points, and Draymond Green had 14 points and 14 rebounds for the Warriors. Read more here.

May 2, 2014 - Thunder force Game 7, beat Grizzlies 104-84
Kevin Durant insisted the Thunder facing elimination was all the motivation he needed. Thanks to the NBA's best scorer, the Thunder remain alive and can finish off the Memphis Grizzlies back in Oklahoma City. Read more here.

May 1, 2014 - Doellman helps Valencia win big in Game 1
Valencia Basket Club led from start to finish in taking the upper hand in the Eurocup Finals with an 80-67 win over Unics Kazan in Game 1 of the two-leg series on Thursday in Valencia. Justin Doellman scored 28 points. Read more here.

May 1, 2014 - Jordi Bertomeu meets media at Eurocup Finals
Euroleague Basketball President and CEO Jordi Bertomeu met the press shortly before the start of the Eurocup Finals at Pabellon Fuente de San Luis in Valencia, Spain. Bertomeu made an opening statement and also took a number of questions from the media members. Read more here.

May 1, 2014 - Road to Milan: CSKA Moscow
When it comes to consistent excellence in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague this century, one name leads the list: CSKA Moscow. A perennial Euroleague favorite, CSKA used another phenomenal season to return to the Final Four for the 11th time in the last 12 years. Read more here.

May 1, 2014 - Eurocup Finals, Game 1: The party starts in Valencia!
The Eurocup Finals 2014 are here! The two-game, home-and-away series tips off Thursday when Valencia Basket Club hosts Unics Kazan. The series winner, based on aggregate score difference when both games are finished, will be crowned Eurocup champion. Read more here.

May 1, 2014 - Road to Milan: Real Madrid
With eight continental crowns on display in its trophy case, Real Madrid is already the most successful club in Euroleague history. Los Blancos land in Milan boasting a high-octane offense that has been too much to handle for just about every team on the continent. Read more here.

May 1, 2014 - UMMC and TTT Riga Triumph
UMMC Ekaterinburg and TTT Riga have both won their domestic championships, with the former retaining their prized title and Riga returning to the top of Latvian basketball for the first time in three years. Gruda scored 24 points with a terrific 10 of 15 from the field.. Read more here.

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