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September 30, 2012 - Polish League, Regular Season, Game 1
Turkish Airlines Euroleague power Asseco Prokom Gdynia and Eurocup teams Stelmet Zielon Gora and Trefl Sopot kicked off the new Polish League season with comfortable victories. Defending champions Prokom used their second-half performance to down city rivals Start 76-60. Read more here.

September 30, 2012 - Lithuanian League, Regular Season, Game 1
Turkish Airlines Euroleague powers Zalgiris and Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius opened the Lithuanian League season with solid victories last week. The defending champs from Zalgiris blasted Palanga on the road, 59-101, behind 18 points each from Mindaugas Kuzminskas and Mario Delas. Read more here.

September 30, 2012 - ABA Adriatic League, Regular Season, Game 1
Turkish Airlines Euroleague clubs Partizan mt:s Belgrade, Union Olimpija Ljubljana and Cedevita Zagreb ran the board with opening-game wins in the Adriatic League this week. Partizan saw Danilo Andjusic, Dejan Musli and Torey Thomas score 12 points apiece to save a tough home victory 81-74 over Zadar. Read more here.

September 30, 2012 - Panathinaikos picks up defensive ace Lasme
Panathinaikos Athens found a stopper to reign in the paint by signing big man Stephan Lasme, who returns to the Euroleague after two years away. Lasme (2.03 meters, 29 years old) finished among the top vote-getters for the 2010 Best Defender Award after his last season with Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv. Read more here.

September 29, 2012 - Partizan in big problems until the end
The new ABA League season will be definitely the one with a lot of drama and thrillers all over the region, which was seen already in the  opening two games on Friday, when Široki Wwin and Partizan m:ts had big problems in reaching their first victories of the season. Read more here.

September 29, 2012 - Kemzura waves bye with well wishes
Kestutis Kemzura has left the Lithuania national team coaching position with his head held high. He was not the choice of the country's basketball federation to lead the team at next year's EuroBasket in Slovenia, with Jonas Kazlauskas instead appointed as the new boss. Read more here.

September 29, 2012 - Blazek continues with Czech Republic
Lubor Blazek will be at the helm of the Czech Republic women's national team for one more year and maybe two. The veteran tactician accepted an offer by the Czech Basketball Federation this week to continue with the side that so nearly upset powerhouse France in the Quarter-Finals of the Olympics. Read more here.

September 28, 2012 - 2012 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Qualifying Rounds, Mapooro Cantu 80 - 66 Le Mans Sarthe Basket
Mapooro Cantu is back in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague after dominating Le Mans Sarthe Basket 80-66 for 40 minutes to win the Qualifying Rounds tourney in Desio, Italy. Maarty Leunen scored 7 in a 15-0 run that bridged the third and fourth quarters to put Le Mans away early. Read more here.

September 28, 2012 - One Team launches in Moscow
Euroleague Basketball's acclaimed social responsibility program One Team will launch in Russia on Monday, October 1 at a very special event, hosted by CSKA Moscow, whose players and coaches will announce the club’s charity partner for the coming season. Read more here.

September 28, 2012 - Zalgiris open LKL season with effortless win
Lithuanian Basketball League (LKL) season has started. In the first game of the season Palanga had to play against champions Zalgiris Kaunas and shamefully lost by 42 points (59-101). Read more here.

September 28, 2012 - Cedevita signs Ilievski, releases Stinson
Cedevita Zagreb made a change at point guard on Thursday by signing veteran Vlado Ilievski and releasing Curtis Stinson, who had joined the club just one week earlier. Ilievski (1.88 meters, 32 years old) is a veteran of 11 Euroleague seasons with six different teams. Read more here.

September 27, 2012 - 2012 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Qualifying Rounds, Unics Kazan 78 - 86 Le Mans Sarthe Basket
Le Mans Sarthe Basket advanced to the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Qualifying Rounds finale with a come-from-behind 78-86 victory over Unics Kazan in the second semifinal on Thursday in Desio, Italy. Read more here.

September 27, 2012 - 2012 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Qualifying Rounds, Mapooro Cantu 89 - 83 CEZ Basketball Nymburk
Mapooro Cantu is only one win away from a return to the Turkish Airlines Euroleague regular season after seeing off CEZ Basketball Nymburk 89-83 in the second stage of the qualifying rounds in Desio, Italy, on Thursday. Read more here.

September 27, 2012 - Besiktas brings in big man Falker
Besiktas JK Istanbul fortified its frontline with the signing of Randal Falker for the season. Falker (2.01 meters, 27 years old) will be reunited with head coach Erman Kunter, who has been his only professional coach to date. Falker played under Kunter for the past four seasons with French club Cholet Basket. Read more here.

September 27, 2012 - FIBA Europe at FYR of Macedonia Clinic
Ahead of the upcoming club season, the Basketball Federation of F.Y.R. of Macedonia organised its annual national referee clinic in Ohrid, a city that has seen a lot of international basketball in recent years. Read more here.

September 27, 2012 - 2012-13 Eurocup Regular Season Draw set for October 9 in Barcelona
Barcelona, September 27, 2012. A draw to determine the groups that will make up the Regular Season groups for the 2012-13 Eurocup will be held on Tuesday, October 9 at the Museu Olímpic i de l'Esport in Barcelona at 16:00 CET. Read more here.

September 27, 2012 - ABA Adriatic league 2012-13 will start tomorrow
With two games tomorrow, Friday, September 28, ABA Adriatic league will start. New season, new excitements and according to many people this season should be one of the best in last decade. Read more here.

September 26, 2012 - 2012 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Qualifying Rounds, Le Mans Sarthe Basket 61 - 55 BC Donetsk
A stellar defensive effort spelled the difference as by Le Mans Sarthe Basket won 61-55 over BC Donetsk of Ukraine on Wednesday at the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Qualifying Rounds in Desio, Italy. Read more here.

September 26, 2012 - 2012 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Qualifying Rounds, Unics Kazan 91 - 73 ratiopharm Ulm
Unics Kazan of Russia withstood a spirited challenge by ratiopharm Ulm of Germany to win 91-73 in their Turkish Airlines Euroleague Qualifying Rounds game on Wednesday in Desio, Italy. Unics stays in the tournament, to play either Le Mans Sarthe Basket of France or BC Donetsk of Ukraine on Thursday. Read more here.

September 26, 2012 - Kazlauskas back at the helm
Lithuania have turned back the clock and put Jonas Kazlauskas back in charge of their national team. The veteran tactician, who is 57, will lead the Baltic giants next summer when they compete at the EuroBasket in Slovenia. Read more here.

September 26, 2012 - EuroBasket 2013 seedings announced
FIBA Europe has confirmed the seedings the EuroBasket 2013 Draw, which will take place later this year. The 24 teams are divided into 6 seeding pots and they will be drawn into 4 round-robin groups of 6 teams for the First Round of competition. The top 3 teams from each group will progress to the Second Round. Read more here.

September 26, 2012 - Tofas Bursa pull away in second half
Tofas SC Bursa romped to a 106-76 victory at Rakvere Tarvas on Tuesday in Estonia to take a commanding lead in their EuroChallenge Qualifying Round tie. Power forward Joshua Heytvelt connected on four of seven shots from long range and finished with 28 points to lead the charge for the Turkish team. Read more here.

September 26, 2012 - Finns battle back to beat Aliaga Petkim
Joensuun Kataja pulled off a stunning comeback to shock Aliaga Petkim in the first leg of their EuroChallenge Qualifying Round tie on Tuesday in Joensuu. Despite trailing by 17 points nearly six minutes into the third quarter, the Finns prevailed 82-70. Read more here.

September 25, 2012 - 2012 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Qualifying Rounds, Pallacanestro Cantu 87 - 79 PBC Lukoil Academic Sofia
Pallacanestro Cantu advanced to the second stage of the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Qualifying Rounds and now stands two wins away from realizing its dream of returning to elite competition after holding off Lukoil Academic Sofia 87-79 Tuesday in Desio, Italy. Read more here.

September 25, 2012 - 2012 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Qualifying Rounds, CEZ Basketball Nymburk 83 - 65 Telenet Oostende
Czech champion CEZ Basketball Nymburk advanced to the second stage of the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Qualifying Rounds with a resounding 83-65 victory on the opening game of the eight-team event in Desio, Italy. Read more here.

September 25, 2012 - Tickets now on sale Internationally
EuroBasket Women 2013 tickets are on sale and available to purchase online from anywhere in the world as of Monday. The Local Organising Committee had made tickets available to French Basketball Federation license holders and Groups of fans resident in France on 8 March. Read more here.

September 25, 2012 - Virtanen’s been in this position before
Veteran point guard Petri Virtanen goes into this season with Joensuun Kataja looking at basketball games differently. The 32-year-old point guard, who played in the EuroCup All Star Game in 2008 with Lappeenranta, spent part of this summer as an assistant coach with Finland at the U20 European Championship Division B in Sofia. Read more here.

September 25, 2012 - Cholet signs Everett, releases Uzoh
Cholet Basket shook up its backcourt by releasing guard Ben Uzoh and replacing him with Terrell Everett, who is a veteran of the French League. Uzoh first signed with Cholet in mid-August, but will now look for a new home. Read more here.

September 25, 2012 - Domercant out for three weeks
Galatasaray's latest signing Henry Domercant will be sidelined for three weeks due to a knee injury. This season's favourites for the Eurocup thought that the signing of Domercant would be the final piece in their jigsaw when the veteran American arrived from Unics Kazan but during the final of the Banvit Cup, he injured his knee. Read more here.

September 24, 2012 - 2012 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Qualifying Round
Good news for Basketball fans in Europe as Turkish Airlines Euroleague Qualifying round is about to start tomorrow, September 25, in Desio, Italy. Eight teams will fight for only one ticket for 2012 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Regular season, and we may expect great games in coming four days. Read more here.

September 24, 2012 - Alba Berlin loses Peavy long-term
Just a couple of weeks before starting the Turkish Airlines Euroleague season, Alba Berlin was hit with the worst possible news as forward Nathan Peavy suffered a long-term knee injury in a preseason game on Sunday. Read more here.

September 24, 2012 - Rudy guides Real to first domestic trophy
Real Madrid grabbed the first Liga Endesa trophy of the new season as they defeated Barcelona 95-84 in the Endesa Supercup. Rudy Fernandez, fresh from his NBA spell returned to his home land and led all scorers for the winners with 22 points and five rebounds as Madrid took a small slice of revenge for last season's Liga Endesa Finals heartbreak. Read more here.

September 24, 2012 - CSKA Moscow wins BEKO Leagues Cup
CSKA Moscow have won their first trophy of the 2012/13 season after lifting the BEKO Leagues Cup in Germany. After defeating hosts Bayern Munich 87-66 in the semi-finals, the Russian champions then went on to comfortably dispatch of Turkish side Besiktas in the final game 85-60 to take the BEKO Cup to Moscow. Read more here.

September 24, 2012 - Euroleague.TV blasts off with special offers for the 2012-13 season!
The upcoming 2012-13 Turkish Airlines Euroleague promises non-stop thrills for basketball fans worldwide as Euroleague.TV rolls out new and exciting ways to enjoy the very best of international basketball.

September 23, 2012 - Board approves alternative venues
The Board of FIBA Europe has approved the Celje Arena l in Celje and Hala Tivoli in Ljubljana as the two alternative First Round venues for EuroBasket 2013 in Slovenia. The two venues will replace Novo Mesto and Ptuj sports halls which withdrew from hosting the tournament. Read more here.

September 23, 2012 - Azovmash loans center Raduljica from Efes
Azovmash Mariupol agreed to terms with Turkish club Anadolu Efes to take on center Miroslav Raduljica on loan for the coming season. Raduljica (2.13 meters, 24 years old) signed a five-year deal with Efes in 2010, but spent last season on loan to Partizan Belgrade. Read more here.

September 22, 2012 - Budivelnik substitutes EiffelTowers Den Bosch
On Friday it was officially confirmed by Euroleague Basketball that Budivelnik of Ukraine will fill in in the competition for Dutch team EiffelTowers Den Bosch, who decided not to take part in the 2012-13 Eurocup season. Read more here.

September 21, 2012 - Asseco Prokom adds Mahalbasic at center
Asseco Prokom Gdynia further strengthened its frontcourt with the addition of center Rasid Mahalbasic for the coming season. Mahalbasic (2.08 meters, 21 years old) signed a six-year deal with Fenerbahce Ulker of Turkey in 2010, but has spent the majority of the past two seasons on loan to different teams. Read more here.

September 21, 2012 - EuroBasket Women 2013 draw completed
The EuroBasket Women 2013 Draw took place on Friday in the storied UNESCO building in Paris, France. In front of a sizeable crowd of National Federation representatives, diplomats, coaches, media representatives and invited guests from across Europe, the 16 teams were drawn into four First Round groups, also dictating the path of each team to the Final stages of the competition. Read more here.

September 21, 2012 - Vincent stays in charge of hosts France
The French Federation has announced that Pierre Vincent will remain at the helm of the women's national team and coach at least one more year. Vincent will attempt to steer the team to a third straight podium finish at a EuroBasket Women and this time on home soil. Read more here.

September 21, 2012 - Geyik relishes European challenge
It wouldn't be wrong to describe Samet Geyik as a player that's ahead of schedule. But that is the case for many who have been on the books of Tofas Bursa. Still in his teens, Geyik has been receiving a lot of playing time in the build-up to the season. Read more here.

September 20, 2012 - Cibona adds scoring guard Strawberry
Cibona Zagreb picked up a reliable scorer by signing shooting guard D.J. Strawberry for the 2012-13 season. Strawberry (1.96 meters, 26 years old) arrives from Israeli club Hapoel Jerusalem, which he led in scoring with 14 points in five Eurocup games. Read more here.

September 20, 2012 - FC Barcelona Regal extends coach Pascual
FC Barcelona Regal reached a new agreement with head coach Xavi Pascual to extend his contract until the end of the 2014-15 season, the club announced Thursday. Pascual, age 40, was under contract until the end of the upcoming season but now added two more years under the new agreement. Read more here.

September 20, 2012 - Panionios tabs Dragicevic at forward
Panionios On Telecoms of Athens fortified its frontcourt by signing veteran forward Strahinja Dragicevic for the coming season. Dragicevic (2.03 meters, 26 years old) is the twin brother of Azovmash big man Tadija Dragicevic. Read more here.

September 20, 2012 - Spirou Charleroi adds combo-guard Foster
Belgacom Spirou Charleroi turned to veteran combo-guard Je’Kel Foster to bolster the offense for the coming season. Foster (1.91 meters, 29 years old) has experience in many of Europe’s top leagues. Read more here.

September 20, 2012 - Haciyeva returns a changed man
Orhan Haciyeva has returned to Aliaga Petkim in Turkey as a different player after a stunning performance for Azerbaijan in the EuroBasket Qualification Round. In one of the great stories in international basketball in recent times, the men from Baku won four of their eight games. Read more here.

September 19, 2012 - Pallacanestro Cantu signs promising swingman Casella
Pallacanestro Cantu signed promising swingman Andrea Casella to a one-year contract. Casella (1.96 meters, 22 years old) played last season for Morpho Basket Piacenza in the Italian second division. Read more here.

September 19, 2012 - Maccabi, Mensah-Bonsu part ways
Maccabi Electra and big man Pops Mensah-Bonsu reached an agreement to terminate his contract on Wednesday. Mensah-Bonsu was sidelined due to a knee injury he had while playing for Great Britain at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Read more here.

September 19, 2012 - Unics: McCarty misses Qualifying Round
Unics Kazan small forward Kelly McCarty will not take part in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Qualifying Rounds due to a knee injury. McCarty has an injured meniscus in his right knee that will prevent him from playing the Qualifying Rounds scheduled in Desio, Italy from September 25 to 28. Read more here.

September 19, 2012 - Barton: Czechs will improve with Vesely
Lubos Barton admits Jan Vesely's absence was very significant for the Czech Republic in their EuroBasket Qualification Round campaign. With the Washington Wizards' high-flying forward in the squad, the Czechs are a more athletic team. Read more here.

September 19, 2012 - Sassari locks up teenage talent Tessitori
Dinamo Banco di Sardegna Sassari padded its frontcourt and fortified the squad for year to come by signing Amedeo Tessitori, who is one of the top rising talents in Italian basketball. Tessitori (2.05 meters, 17 years old) was the leading scorer on the Italian team at the Under-20 European Championships this past summer in Slovenia. Read more here.

September 19, 2012 - Artland Dragons finalizes roster with Valters
Artland Dragons finalized its roster for the start of the 2012-13 season by signing veteran guard Kristaps Valters, who takes the roster spot of injured scorer Demond Mallet. Valters (1.91 meters, 31 years old) agreed to a two-month deal with an option to further extend it. Read more here.

September 19, 2012 - Cholet Basket tabs big man Bryant
Cholet Basket reinforced its frontcourt by signing veteran center Travon Bryant for the coming season. Bryant (2.07 meters, 29 years old) arrives from fellow French club Le Mans, for whom he played in both the Eurocup and the French League last season. Read more here.

September 19, 2012 - Orleans inks Ayers to sub for injured Broyles
Orleans Loiret Basket signed Ryan Ayers to a two-month contract on Monday to take the place of the injured Dwayne Broyles, who will miss the start of the season with a knee injury. Ayers (2 meters, 26 years old) arrives from Frnech second division side Boulazac. Read more here.

September 18, 2012 - EuroBasket Women seedings announced
FIBA Europe has announced the seedings for the EuroBasket Women 2103 draw which will take place in Paris on Friday. Reigning European champions Russia are the highest-ranked team and in the top group of seeds alongside EuroBasket Women 2011 silver medallists Turkey, bronze medallists France and fourth-placed Czech Republic. Read more here.

September 17, 2012 - Pre-season referees clinic in Rhodes a success
The 21st annual Clinic for Euroleague Basketball and FIBA Europe International Referees was held over the weekend in Rhodes, Greece, to prepare European basketball's game officials for the 2012-13 season. Coaching legend Zeljko Obradovic and noted physical therapist and chiropractor George Kakavas were among the main draws as guest lecturers. Read more here.

September 16, 2012 - Foot troubles keep Joens out
French champions Bourges have been dealt a blow as influential dead-eye shooter Cathy Joens has been sidelined for upto six weeks, French media report. The skillful American has suffered a stress fracture and will miss the first six games of the new French season, plus two Euroleague Women games. Read more here.

September 16, 2012 - Cedevita adds Stinson at point guard
Cedevita Zagreb fortified its backcourt by signing point guard Curtis Stinson for one season. Stinson (1.91 meters, 29 years old) has played briefly in Europe before, but has found much of his success in the NBA D-League. Read more here.

September 14, 2012 - FIBA Asia Cup 2012 started today in Japan
Just few days after one of interesting competitions has finished, another one is on the way, FIBA Asia Cup 2012. Qualifications for EuroBasket 2012 brought us a lot of interesting games in last several weeks, and I must say that I am sure that Basketball fans in Europe really enjoyed. Watch FIBA Asia Cup 2012 LIVE. Read more here.

September 14, 2012 - Howard to miss the start of the training camp
Los Angeles Lakers’ superstar Dwight Howard will miss the start of the training camp which will begin on October 2, the team announced Thursday. Lakers do not intend to announce a timetable for Howard’s return. Read more here.

September 14, 2012 - Valencia lands Euroleague champ Keselj
Valencia Basket added a reigning Turkish Airlines Euroleague champion to its roster by inking small forward Marko Keselj to a one-year deal on Friday. Keselj (2.08 meters, 24 years old) arrives from Olympiacos. Read more here.

September 14, 2012 - Unicaja: Vidal to miss start of season
Unicaja will be without Sergi Vidal for the start of the 2012-13 Turkish Airlines Euroleague season after the veteran swingman underwent surgery for a groin issue. The medical staff expects Vidal to miss eight weeks. Read more here.

September 14, 2012 - Azovmash pens deal with swingman Harris
Azovmash Mariupol added another piece to the puzzle by signing small forward Manny Harris for the coming season. Harris (1.96 meters, 22 years old) has spent most of the past two seasons with Cleveland in the NBA. Read more here.

September 13, 2012 - Pallacanestro Cantu picks up guard Kudlacek on loan
Pallacanestro Cantu added to its backcourt two weeks before the start of the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Qualifying Rounds by securing the services of Jakub Kudlacek on loan from Pallacanestro Reggiana. Read more here.

September 13, 2012 - Allegations of Croatia-Cyprus game being fixed
According to Cypriot media, citing reliable information, big betting amounts were placed on the Eurobasket 2013 qualifying stage game between Croatia and Cyprus (1st round, August 18). Read more here.

September 13, 2012 - Dorsey breaks the backboard
We are still over a month away from season start in Euroleague and European domestic leagues, but it seems some players are already in full shape. Joey Dorsey picked up where he left last season and put up a show two minutes before the end of the friendly game in Italy between Sassari and Olympiacos. Read more here.

September 12, 2012 - EuroBasket 2013 field complete
Serbia, Sweden, Latvia, Belgium and Turkey were the teams that earned the coveted last five tickets to EuroBasket 2013 on Tuesday. Latvia reached an 85-77 victory in Romania to finish with a 5-3 record in Group D and secure qualification as one of the four best third-placed teams in the Qualification Round. Read more here.

September 12, 2012 - Mighty Montenegro stay unbeaten
Montenegro completed an unbeaten romp through Group A of the EuroBasket Qualification Round with an 80-48 rout of the Slovak Republic. The hosts improved to 10-0 in straightforward fashion, all but winning the game in the opening quarter as they took a 22-point lead inside the opening seven minutes. Read more here.

September 11, 2012 - Serbia take last available spot
Serbia beat Israel on Tuesday night to clinch a spot in next year's EuroBasket, but the margin of the triumph wasn't enough to leapfrog Arik Shivek's side into second place in Group A. Dusan Ivkovic's team prevailed 83-67 to leave both sides, and Estonia, with 6-4 records behind group winners Montenegro (10-0). Read more here.

September 11, 2012 - Sweden win to book ticket to EuroBasket
Sweden snatched a place at EuroBasket 2013 as they beat Luxembourg on the road, 85-68, in Group B of the Qualifying Round on Wednesday. The victory, coupled with Germany's 81-68 win over Azerbaijan earlier, sent Sweden to Slovenia as the second-placed team in the group. Read more here.

September 11, 2012 - Brave Austria fall at Croatia
Austria endured another frustrating defeat in the Qualification Round for EuroBasket 2013 on Tuesday at Croatia, but showed once again they are a much improved team. Croatia, having already clinched first place in Group C, won for the eighth time in as many games in a 78-74 victory. Read more here.

September 11, 2012 - Crvena Zvezda inks combo guard Nelson
Crvena Zvezda Diva Belgrade shored up its backcourt by signing combo guard DeMarcus Nelson to a one-year contract. Nelson (1.93 meters, 26 years old) arrives from French club Cholet Basket, with whom he averaged 13.7 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.6 assists in 30 ProA games last season. Read more here.

September 11, 2012 - A day of reckoning
The Qualification Round for next year's EuroBasket has been as exciting and challenging as most expected. Even heavyweights like Serbia, the silver-medal winners in 2009 and 2010 World Championship silver medalists Turkey have found the going tough. Read more here.

September 11, 2012 - LKL announced next season's schedule
With two weeks left until the season opener, the Lithuanian basketball league (BEKO-LKL) has announced the schedule of competition. In the first game of the season Palanga is going to host the game against last season's champions Zalgiris Kaunas. Read more here.

September 11, 2012 - Eight teams clash for one golden ticket
Eight hopeful teams will line up to fight for one golden ticket when the 2012 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Qualifying Rounds get underway in the final week of September in Desio, Italy. Four days of action starting Tuesday, September 25 and culminating Friday, September 28. Read more here.

September 11, 2012 - Turkish Airlines Euroleague Qualifying Round tickets on sale!
The tickets for the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Qualifying Round, to take place next September 25 to 28 at Desio, Italy are now on sale. The official website of host Pallacanestro Cantu (www.pallacanaestrocantu.com) is the official vendor for the tickets for the games to be played at the PalaDesio venue. Read more here.

September 10, 2012 - FIBA Europe at Referee clinic in Norway
A Referee Clinic took place in Norwegian capital Oslo over the weekend, with the support of FIBA Europe. The two-day clinic concluded on Sunday, with a high interest by young as well as female referees. Read more here.

September 10, 2012 - Nine candidates for last five tickets
The last five EuroBasket 2013 berths that are yet to find a holder will be assigned on Tuesday night, when the Qualification Round concludes. Nine national teams are still in contention for these five highly-coveted tickets, with chances that rank from excellent, in the sense that they control their own destiny, to the rather slim. Serbian legends worried about Serbian Basketball. Read more here.

September 10, 2012 - Be first in line for tickets to the Final Four in London!
The Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four heads to The O2 in London next May and if you want to be among the lucky to witness this history-making event, head to www.f4tickets.com to register for ticket alerts. Read more here.

September 9, 2012 - Bosnians sign off with a big win
Bosnia and Herzegovina blew out Romania on Saturday night to clinch first place in EuroBasket Qualification Round Group D. In their last game, Aleksandar Petrovic's side rolled to a 93-58 victory - their sixth triumph in eight contests. Read more here.

September 9, 2012 - Israel virtually secure EuroBasket spot
Israel had a slow start to their EuroBasket Qualification Round but on Saturday night looked to have done enough to reach next year's big tournament in Slovenia. Arik Shivek's side won convincingly at home over the Slovak Republic, 106-73. Read more here.

September 9, 2012 - Cholet Basket signs swingman Ubiles
Cholet Basket signed swingman Edwin Ubiles over the weekend. Ubiles (1.98 meters, 25 years old) comes off a brilliant rookie season with Dakota in the NBA's D-League. He averaged 19.6 points, 5 rebounds and 3.1 assists in 41 games. Read more here.

September 8, 2012 - Estonia stay alive, Serbia face decider
Estonia stayed in the hunt for a EuroBasket place with an 88-81 win over Serbia on Saturday night. The Baltic side got 19 points from Kristjan Kangur and as a team had 23 assists to just five for their opponents. Read more here.

September 8, 2012 - Ukic dagger kills off Hungarian hopes
Roko Ukic nailed a game-winning jump shot at the death as Croatia beat Hungary 81-79 in the EuroBasket Qualification Round. Hungary, needing a win to maintain a faint hope of reaching next year's Final Round, instead suffered a painful defeat that dropped the team to 2-5. Read more here.

September 8, 2012 - Huge rally keeps Montenegro unbeaten
Montenegro stormed back from a 22-point half-time deficit to keep their unbeaten record in Group A of the EuroBasket Qualification Round alive with a 101-92 win over Iceland. The hosts, long since eliminated from the qualification picture with a 1-7 record, enjoyed an outstanding first half and led 61-39 at the break. Read more here.

September 8, 2012 - Germany win to make Sweden wait
Germany scored the final five points to keep Sweden sweating on their EuroBasket place with a 91-86 win in Norrkoping. Sweden led most of the way to endanger Germany's unbeaten record in Group B, and they were up 79-71 with 6:24 to go after a lay-up from Christian Maraker. Read more here.

September 8, 2012 - EuroBasket Qualification overview
Slowly but surely, the field at next year's EuroBasket is being filled out. Spain, France, Russia, F.Y.R. of Macedonia, Lithuania, Greece, Slovenia and Olympics hosts Great Britain already had their places in the 24-team event secured after last year's EuroBasket. Read more here.

September 7, 2012 - Papagou to honor scoring great Alphonso Ford's memory
Eight years after he passed away, prolific scorer Alphonso Ford will be memorialized Sunday by his Greek colleagues and fans. His former teammates from Papagou, one of four clubs he played for during his illustrious career, organized a game in his memory on the team's home floor. Read more here.

September 7, 2012 - Budivelnik substitutes EiffelTowers Den Bosch
On Friday it was officially confirmed by Euroleague Basketball that Budivelnik of Ukraine will fill in in the competition for Dutch team EiffelTowers Den Bosch, who decided not to take part in the 2012-13 Eurocup season. Read more here.

September 7, 2012 - Asseco Prokom adds swingman Robinson
Perennial Polish champion Asseco Prokom Gdynia added to its roster with the signing of Frank Robinson. The swingman returns to the Euroleague for the second time after playing for Union Olimpija in the 2008-09 season. Read more here.

September 7, 2012 - Zalgiris Kaunas bolsters frontcourt with Foote
With one of its signature big men out due to injury, Zalgiris Kaunas has added new center Jeff Foote to its 2012-13 Turkish Airlines Euroleague roster. Foote (2.13 meters, 25 years old) will fill in for the injured veteran Robertas Javtokas. Read more here.

September 7, 2012 - Dragons: Mallet out long term, Drevo arrives
The Artland Dragons of Germany suffered a severe blow to its backcourt personnel as point guard Demond Mallet, one of the new additions over the summer, got injured in his pectoralis major muscle during a weight lifting exercise in the summer preparation for the season. Read more here.

September 6, 2012 - Union Olimpija lands young Rupnik at point
Union Olimpija Ljubljana announced on Thursday the addition of young point guard Luka Rupnik to a three-year deal, in a strong bet for the future of the team. Rupnik (1.85 meters, 19 years old) arrives from Geoplin Slovan of Slovenia. Read more here.

September 6, 2012 - Rebounding king Turkcan to play farewell game
One of the great rebounders in basketball history, power forward Mirsad Turkcan of Fenerbahce Ulker, will end his playing career with a farewell exhibition game next week, his club confirmed on Thursday. Read more here.

September 6, 2012 - Serbia win against the Slovak Republic
Serbia won for the fifth time in eight games in the EuroBasket Qualification Round on Wednesday evening. With young guard Nemanja Nedovic scoring 20 points, Serbia prevailed 87-62 over the Slovak Republic. Read more here.

September 6, 2012 - Saric shines as Croatia take top spot
Croatia clinched first place in Group C of the EuroBasket Qualification Round with an 84-80 victory over Ukraine on Wednesday evening. With both sides having sealed a place in next year's Final Round, top spot was still up for grabs. Read more here.

September 6, 2012 - Germany book ticket with late surge
Germany joined the EuroBasket Final Round party after beating Bulgaria on Wednesday night. Svetislav Pesic's team prevailed 79-69 to stay unbeaten in the Qualification Round. Tibor Pleiß had one of his finest performances in a Germany shirt, pouring in 16 points and grabbing 16 rebounds. Read more here.

September 6, 2012 - Teletovic leads Bosnians to late win
Bosnia and Herzegovina moved to within touching distance of a spot in next year's EuroBasket by winning at Georgia on Wednesday. Aleksandar Petrovic's team prevailed 107-103 for their fifth victory in seven games. Read more here.

September 5, 2012 - Kazlauskas leading candidate to replace Kemzura?
Jonas Kazlauskas could be set to make a return to Lithuanian national team after 11 years. The 57-year-old coach has already met with Arvydas Sabonis, Lithuanian Basketball Federation (LKF) President and reportedly discussed the possibility of coaching the national team. Read more here.

September 5, 2012 - Brooklyn Nets launch Russian website
The newly established NBA franchise of Brooklyn Nets have launched a Russian version of their official website, making them the first NBA team to target the word wide Russiophone audience. Read more here.

September 4, 2012 - Four teams could qualify on Game day 8
National teams striving to make it to the EuroBasket next year are at the business end of the Qualification Round. There is no room for error in any of the six groups as even the sides that are safely through still have something to play for. Read more here.

September 4, 2012 - Trefl Sopot signs Stefanski for another two years
Trefl Sopot and forward Marcin Stefanski have agreed to terms on a contract that will keep the player with the team through 2014. Stefanski (2.00 meters, 29 years old) has already played the previous three season with Sopot. Read more here.

September 4, 2012 - Besiktas JK signs Dasic at forward
Besiktas JK Istanbul signed forward Vladimir Dasic for the coming season. Dasic (2.08 meters, 24 years old) arrives from Union Olimpija Ljubljana of Slovenia and has played parts of two Turkish Airlines Euroleague seasons in the past with Virtus Roma of Italy and Real Madrid of Spain. Read more here.

September 4, 2012 - Horakova comes home
One of the best players in European hoops for the past decade has returned to Brno to play for coach Jan Bobrovsky. Now competing as BK Imos Brno in the Czech top flight and the EuroLeague Women, the club has signed Hana Horáková, the FIBA Europe Women's Player of the Year for 2010. Read more here.

September 4, 2012 - Group A: Serbia, Israel keep believing
Israel's basketball team is experiencing the full range of emotions as it tries to book a place at next year's EuroBasket in Slovenia. One day, they clinch a vital home win against Serbia to improve to 3-3 in Qualification Round Group A, but the next time out they fall at home to Montenegro. Read more here.

September 4, 2012 - Partizan mt:s puts Thomas at point
Partizan mt:s Belgrade signed point guard Torey Thomas to a one-year deal, the club announced Monday. Accordingly Thomas (1.80 meters, 27 years old) will make his Turkish Airlines Euroleague debut with the Serbian champs. Read more here.

September 3, 2012 - Buducnost Voli lands Milosevic
KK Buducnost Voli announced over the weekend the addition of power forward Strahinja Milosevic for the next two seasons. Milosevic (2.03 meters, 26 years old) arrives from KK Vojvodina of Serbia, where last season he averaged 11.0 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 31 games. Read more here.

September 3, 2012 - Perfect Montenegro join EuroBasket party
The capital city of Podgorica is bouncing with joy after a famous 72-62 victory over Serbia on Sunday ensured Montenegro advance to EuroBasket 2013. It was a staggering seventh successive win and the second over their neighbours in the Qualification Round for Montenegro. Read more here.

September 3, 2012 - Croatia clinch EuroBasket spot in style
There were celebrations on the final buzzer in Nicosia as visiting Croatia confirmed their place at EuroBasket 2013 in emphatic style with an eye-popping second half performance helping them to a 98-49 victory against Cyprus. Read more here.

September 2, 2012 - Caja Laboral brings in veteran Cabezas
A familiar face for the Turkish Airlines Euroleague fans will be back this season with the news that Caja Laboral signed veteran point guard Carlos Cabezas for the upcoming season. Cabezas (1.86 meters, 32 years old) arrives from CAI Zaragoza of the Spanish League. Read more here.

September 2, 2012 - Lukoil Academic signs playmaker Massamba
Turkish Airlines Euroleague Qualifying Round participant Lukoil Academic of Bulgaria announced the addition of Swedish point guard Thomas Massamba for the coming season. Massamba (1.85 meters, 27 years old) arrives from Etha Egnomis of Cyprus. Read more here.

September 1, 2012 - Cedevita Zagreb tabs veteran forward Gelabale
Turkish Airlines Euroleague newcomer Cedevita Zagreb of Croatia has added veteran depth at forward in the person of Mickael Gelabale, who has played two previous seasons in the competition. Gelabale (2.01 meters, 29 years old) won the Eurocup title last season with Khimki Moscow Region of Russia. Read more here.

September 1, 2012 - Four teams could qualify on Sunday
There is still a long way to go to the EuroBasket Final Round in Slovenia next year for most teams, yet four sides are already within touching distance. Montenegro, Croatia, Ukraine and Italy have been so good in the Qualification Round that all four outfits could punch their ticket to the EuroBasket on Sunday. Read more here.


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