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|March 31, 2010 - EuroLeague
Quarterfinal Playoffs, Game 3 MVP: Juan Carlos Navarro, Regal FC
One of the
brightest stars on
the world basketball stage, veteran shooting ace Juan Carlos Navarro,
led Regal FC Barcelona to its biggest victory of the Euroleague season
on Tuesday while also earning the MVP honor for Playoffs Game 3.
Navarro paced Barcelona to a solid 73-84 decision over archrival Real
Madrid that was very much a comeback performance for both team and
March 31, 2010 - EuroCup, Quarterfinals Game 2, TV schedule
games this week can be seen live on TV around Europe, including
Eurosport 2 live broadcasts of Valencia vs. Aris and Alba vs. Hapoel,
to 58 countries and up to 44 million homes. Later, Gran Canaria -
March 30, 2010 - EuroLeague Playoffs, Game 3
The Final Four is
open after Caja Laboral and Asseco Prokom took first playoff victories
20,000-plus crowd in Belgrade saw Partizan down Maccabi 81-73 behind Bo
McCalebb's 18 points to go up 2-1 in that quarterfinal. Regal FC
Barcelona won against Real Madrid.
March 30, 2010 - Top 10 Euroleague Free Agent NBA Prospects
There has been so
discussion about the summer 2010 NBA free agent class, but hardly any
mention at all about some of the Euroleague players that will be
March 30, 2010 - Euroleague.TV to broadcast in HD
Basketball is proud to announce that the competition's internet-based
channel, Euroleague.TV, will start broadcasting in HD with the
quarterfinals playoff game Partizan vs. Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv on
Tuesday, March 30.
March 29, 2010 - EuroLeague Sportingbet MVP for March: Viktor Khryapa,
By clinching its
spot in the
quarterfinals, seizing first place in the Top 16 and registering the
biggest victories yet in the Playoffs round, CSKA Moscow roared through
March taking no prisoners and winning every game in sight. One player
who seemed to be always in the right place for whatever job CSKA needed
to get done, veteran forward Viktor Khryapa, is the Euroleague's choice
as Sportingbet MVP of the Month for March.
March 26, 2010 - Lietuvos Rytas sign Arvydas Siksnius
building the team for the future by signing yet another prospect.
22-year-old guard Arvydas Siksnius confirmed to newspapaer "Siauliu
krastas" that he signed a multi-year contract with Lietuvos Rytas.
March 26, 2010 - EuroLeague Playoffs, Game 2 MVP: Linas Kleiza,
One of the
producers across the board, Linas Kleiza of Olympiacos Piraeus, kept
lifting his game even higher to become the MVP of Game 2 of the
Playoffs on Thursday, just when his team needed it most. Kleiza,
already the Euroleague's top scorer for 2009-10, posted his second
straight 26-point game to lead Olympiacos to a 90-73 home win against
Asseco Prokom Gdynia.
March 25, 2010 - EuroCup Quarterfinals,
Game 1 MVP: Brandon Hunter, Hapoel Jerusalem
performance in the
closest of four opening games in the Eurocup Quarterfinals made Brandon
Hunter of Hapoel Jerusalem a more-than-worthy MVP for Game 1 of the new
round. Hunter was unstoppable as Hapoel downed visiting Alba Berlin for
a 67-61 opening-game victory in their two-game series.
March 24, 2010 - EuroLeague Playoffs, Game 1 MVP: Dusan Kecman, Partizan
One of the finest
leadership in Playoffs history was just enough on Tuesday to make
Partizan Belgrade swingman Dusan Kecman the Game 1 MVP in more ways
than one. Kecman was the chief protagonist as Partizan rallied from 21
points behind to shock Maccabi Electra with a 77-85 road victory to
seize the homecourt advantage in their best-of-five series.
March 23, 2010 - TV agreements mean record Euroleague exposure
With the 2009-10
Playoffs about to start, Euroleague Basketball is proud to announce
three new broadcasting agreements that will make Euroleague games
available to a greater audience than ever before. The agreements with
ESPN Star, J Sports and Setanta Africa mean that Euroleague games are
now offered regularly by 53 TV partners worldwide whose broadcasts now
reach a record 185 countries and territories.
March 23, 2010 - VOTE FOR YOUR OWN ALL-EUROLEAGUE TEAM!
All-Euroleague fan voting has started! For three weeks until April 12,
fans may nominate the stars they consider most deserving of 2009-10
All-Euroleague honors. VOTE NOW to nominate your favorites!
March 22, 2010 - Vujosevic: We want two games in Belgrade!
BC Partizan held
conference ahead of the Euroleague Top 8 clash with Israeli giants
Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv. BC Partizan Head Coach Duško Vujošević
reminded everyone present of high achievements of BC Partizan in this
season despite the fact the Black and Whites started the season with a
completely new team.
March 22, 2010 - Euroleague.TV special offers for Playoffs!
Just in time for
Playoffs, fans around the world can get a piece of Euroleague action at
its finest with a pair of special Euroleague.TV offers. Euroleague
partner Sportingbet is offering a 30% discount on one special game each
day of the Playoffs, starting with the classic Regal FC Barcelona vs.
Real Madrid series opener on Tuesday, for €4.90, a savings of €2 over
the regular price.
March 22, 2010 - Real Madrid preparing a bid for Manu Ginobili
Ettore Messina is looking to add another top quality player in his
quest to win Euroleague title with the Spanish giants. San Antonio
Spurs Argentinian star Manu Ginobili could be wearing the colours of
Real Madrid next season.
March 22, 2010 - Omar Cook wanted by Maccabi and Efes Pilsen
and Efes Pilsen are showing interest in securing the services of
Unicaja's point guard Omar Cook for the next season. The
€750.000-a-year contract of the American guard runs out in June. His
current club is not willing to use the option in the contract and offer
an extension to Cook.
March 21, 2010 - Nachbar and Efes part ways
an agreement with Efes Pilsen on terms of contract termination. The
Slovenian forward was long rumored to have thoughts about leaving the
Turkish team. Now it is official.
March 20, 2010 - NLB League 26. ROUND REPORT: Olimpija and Hemofarm
qualified for the Final Four
and Hemofarm Stada guaranteed a spot at the 2010 NLB League Final Four
Tournament on Saturday and will play at the regional league main
tournament with Cibona and Partizan.
March 19, 2010 - Olimpija adds Lalic
Despite all the
trouble, Union Olimpija added Croatian big guy Jure Lalic, with a
contract that will keep him with the Slovenian club for the remainder
of the season. 24-year old and 212cm tall Lalic, comes from Belgian
Champions Charleroi, which he left due to limited playing time. Last
season he averaged 6 points and 2.8 rebounds per game with the Belgian
March 19, 2010 - FMP agrees with Djokic
FMP announced the
signing of Bosko Djokic as new Head Coach. Djokic will replace Vlado
Djurovic who parted ways with the club a few days ago. Bosko Djokic is
coming to FMP from Radnicki Basket. He took over Radnicki in December
and it seems his work was good enough to attract FMP's attention.
Radnicki Basket had a poor start in the Serbian League, but after
Djokic took over, the team managed to avoid relegation. Bosko Djokic is
not a new face in FMP as he led them to the Adriatic league title in
March 19, 2010 - Benetton close to Markovic
and Serbian International Stefan Markovic is very close to an agreement
with Italy's Benetton, as reported by Sports media. Benetton's home
loss to Cremona for the 21st round of the Italian Championship makes
the playoffs seem more distant as they currently occupy 9th place, thus
some rebuilding efforts start to take place. According to the Italian
media, the first step towards rebuilding the team is the arrival of
Stefan Markovic from Hemofarm.
March 18, 2010 - Plaza renews with
The contract of
Head Coach, Joan Plaza was to expire in summer 2011. The club's
officials however seem to appreciate the work that is being done by
Plaza so they offered him an extension until the summer of 2012.
March 18, 2010 - Quarterfinal analysis: Maccabi Electra vs. Partizan
A pair of
current and former Aleksander Gomelski Euroleague Coach of the Year
winners Dusko Vujosevic and Pini Gershon, lead Partizan Belgrade and
Maccabi Electra, respectively, into an exciting Quarterfinal Playoffs
showdown for a ticket to Paris and the 2010 Euroleague Final Four.
March 18, 2010 - Single seats sold out for 2010 Final Four in Paris!
A month and a
half before it starts and with the participating teams still not known,
Euroleague Basketball has announced that all tickets have been sold out
for the 2010 Final Four, which is to be held May 7 to 9 at Palais
Omnisports de Paris-Bercy in Paris, the French capital.
March 16, 2010 - Maceo Baston released by Budivelnyk
Maceo Baston, the
singing of Ukrainian club Budivelnyk Kyiv only spent a couple of weeks
at the club before his contract was terminated. Coaching staff of the
team were dissatisfied with the physical condition of a former
Euroleague champion and used the clause in the contract to terminate
March 15, 2010 - EuroLeague all-decade team
proud to announce that fans and media experts from around the continent
have chosen 10 great champions and superstars to make up the Euroleague
All-Decade Team: Dejan Bodiroga, Dimitris Diamantidis, J. R. Holden,
Sarunas Jasikevicius, Trajan Langdon, Juan Carlos Navarro, Theo
Papaloukas, Anthony Parker, Ramunas Siskauskas, Nikola Vujcic.
March 12, 2010 - Partizan On Maccabi in The Top 8!
BC Partizan crew
in the Euroleague Top 8 seas for the third consecutive year! Barcelona
took their revenge over the Black and Whites, the only team that has
beaten them in this Euroleague, beating them in 'Blaugrana' by the
score 82:64 (22:16, 14:14, 25:12, 21:22).
March 12, 2010 - Euroleague Top 16 Week 6 MVP: Romain Sato, Montepaschi
The Top 16 came
to an end
with a farewell performance by Romain Sato of Montepaschi Siena being
good enough earn him the MVP honor for Week 6. It marked second time
this season that he won the weekly award. Sato led Montepaschi to a
93-87 home win against Efes Pilsen with 22 points on 6-of-9
two-pointers and 7-of-7 free throws.
March 12, 2010 - Euroleague Quarterfinal Playoffs 2010
The road to the
2010 Final Four in Paris saw eight more teams get off at the end of the
Top 16 and only eight remain for the Quarterfinal Playoffs. One of them
will be the new Euroleague champion on May 9. But first they need to
get through the best-of-five playoffs!
March 11, 2010 - NLB League General Assembly: New basketball rules
The ABA Sidro
Assembly, which was held in Ljubljana on Monday, 8th of March 2010,
confirmed the latest change of basketball rules, which was announced by
FIBA. The new rules will be in use since the beginning of the 2010/11
season. At the same time it was decided that all basketball halls in
which NLB League games are played should have the minimum capacity of
2.000 seats since the 2010/11 season.
March 10, 2010 - EuroCup Last 16 Game 6 MVP: Marc Salyers, Le Mans
A big performance
winning effort to leave the competition in style was required for Marc
Salyers of Le Mans to become the Last 16 Week 6 MVP. Salyers led Le
Mans to a 79-75 home win against Aris BSA 2003 with 25 points on 6-of-9
two-point shooting and 4-of-5 free throws.
March 10, 2010 - Hapoel sets Eurocup single-quarter scoring mark
its ticket to the Quarterfinals on Tuesday night, Hapoel Jerusalem also
set a new Eurocup record for points in one quarter with 44. Hapoel
broke the previous record of 40 set by Dynamo back in 2008 in a regular
season game against Panellinios.
March 9, 2010 - 14 clubs also in the future, Nymburk joining the NLB
The NLB League
Assembly, which was held in Ljubljana on Monday, finished with some
important decisions. In the upcoming season 2010/11 the league will
count 14 clubs and not 12 as it was previously decided and will also
welcome a newcomer, which doesn't come from the region. The Czech club
Nymburk was given one of three wild-cards for the 2010/11 season.
March 8, 2010 - Euroleague.TV affiliate program starts with Partizan
A new club
to attract viewers to Euroleague.TV is being launched this week from
perhaps the hottest fanzone in the basketball world, that of Partizan
Belgrade. The Euroleague club will promote Euroleague.TV with the
incentive of getting a percentage of all sales of subscribers who come
from the official website of Partizan.
March 5, 2010 - EuroLeague Top 16 Week 5 MVP: Bojan Bogdanovic, Cibona
Along with a
first Top 16
victory that could yet lead to the playoffs, Cibona Zagreb this week
also can celebrate the rise of another major talent, Bojan Bogdanovic,
who has become one of the Euroleague's youngest weekly MVP's ever!
March 5, 2010 - Tickets on sale for Eurocup Finals!
Tickets for the
Eurocup Finals will go on sale starting on Thursday, March 4 at noon .
This year's edition of the new-format Eurocup Finals will be played in
Vitoria, Spain from April 17 to 18 at the magnificent Fernando Buesa
Arena, which is the home arena of the Euroleague Basketball club Caja
Laboral and has a capacity of 9,342 spectators.
March 4, 2010 - Eurocup Last 16 Week 5 MVP: Casey Jacobsen, Brose
leading to a bittersweet victory earned Casey Jacobsen of Brose Baskets
Bamberg the MVP honor for Last 16, Week 5. Jacobsen recorded a
performance index rating of 31 during his team's 84-81 home win over
Panellinios BC, but Brose nonetheless was eliminated because it needed
to win by at least 8 points to keep its Quarterfinals chances alive.
March 4, 2010 - Pepu Hernandez is new DKV Joventut boss
Just the day
after Sito Alonso was dismissed as head coach, DKV Joventut announced
on Thursday that Pepu Hernandez, 52, will be the new head coach of the
team for the remaining of the season and two more campaigns.
March 3, 2010 - Turk Telekom tabs NBA veteran Ricky Davis
Turkish side Turk
strengthened their squad for the most important battles of the season
with the acquisition of a 30-year-old NBA veteran Ricky Davis. During
his 12-year NBA career Davis played for six different teams - Charlotte
Hornets, Miami Heat, Cleveland Cavaliers, Boston Celtics, Minnesotta
Timberwolves and Los Angeles Clippers.
March 2, 2010 - Euroleague clubs make Haiti donation
Basketball, Unicaja and UNICEF are proud to announce that following the
social responsibility programme initiative developed during the first
week of the Top 16 in support of the Haiti earthquake victims, a
donation of all the contributions received will be made to UNICEF'S
"Help us to Help Them" campaign before the game Unicaja vs. CSKA Moscow
on Wednesday, March 3.
March 2, 2010 - Maceo Baston signs with Budivelnik Kiev
Budivelnik Kiev announced the signing of a 34-year-old veteran
forward-center Maceo Baston. The holder of two Euroleague titles with
Maccabi Tel Aviv has been a free agent since being waived by Detroit
Pistons on October 21.
March 1, 2010 - Sportingbet MVP for February: Alan Anderson, Maccabi
In the middle of
most competitive Top 16 ever, in a group tied four ways with two games
remaining, one player kept his team alive with a pair of
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