EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 9/19/2008

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  ABA   


Two other signings for the Dream - by Gianni Pascucci
The ABA team Alaska Dream announced the signing of two additional players to their 2008-2009 roster. The new team members are Shane Barrnabie (6'4'-F, college: University of Alaska-Anchorage) and Travis Knutson (5'11'-G-82, college: University of Alaska-Fairbanks)

Maywood Buzz to play exhibition game - by Eurobasket News
Maywood Buzz General Manager Burrel Lee III announced this afternoon that the Maywood Buzz will play an exhibition game vs Semi Pro Inc., out of Covina, California. The game will take place on Saturday, September 27th, 2008 at 6:00pm and will be played at the Maywood Activity Center, located at 4801 East 58th Street, Maywood, CA 90270 (323) 562-5020.

'We have a few players that we are looking at and a few returning players and what better way to see them but during a game situation' stated Lee. 'This should be a great game as we will play the game under NBA Rules and both rosters have some great local talent as well as a few celebs playing' added Lee.

Semi Pro Inc., who are coached by Donald Sanchies and will be bringing former USC standout and former NBA player Jeff Trepagnier (6'5 Guard), 2007-2008 ABA All-Star Ken Wright (6'2 Guard), 2-time Hoop It Up League MVP Jason Sanchies (6'2 Guard). Semi Pro Inc., will also have Hip Hop/Rapper mega star The Game (Jason Taylor) who played high school ball at Compton High School and had a basketball scholarship to Washington State University. Game who is a 6'4 Guard/Forward can really play basketball, shoots well and plays above the rim along with Trepagnier.

The Buzz who are coached by Lee will counter with 2007-2008 ABA All-Star Darwin Carter (6'0''-G-76, college: Angelo St.) (6'1 Guard), 2005-2006 ABA All-Star Kevin 'Bean' Bradley (6'3 Guard), 2008 ABA Finalist Jamal Kendrick (6'8 Forward) who played with the San Diego Wildcats last season, 6'4 Guard sharpshooter JR Reese who torched the Drew League this summer in route to leading his team to the championship and 6'3 Rookie Joey Saavedra another sharpshooter for the Buzz who looks to have a breakout season this year.

Tickets for the Exhibition Basketball Game will be only $1.00 with all proceeds going to the Buzz Basketball Club Youth Teams as they begin their fundraising for a youth tournament in Hawaii in the summer of 2009.

If you would like more information on the Maywood Buzz, the exhibition game, it's players or have a question or comment please visit www.buzzbasketball.com, call 323.562.5570 or email us at info@buzzbasketball.com.

Courtesy of the Maywood Buzz


Roster announced for new professional basketball team - by Eurobasket News
Former Vanderbilt star Mario Moore (5'11''-G-84, college: Vanderbilt) is among the best-known players on the Nashville Broncs roster, a new franchise of the professional American Basketball Association, set to begin play with an exhibition game Friday.

The teams final roster was announced Wednesday (http://www.nashvillebroncs.com/roster.php).

'I have had a lot of Nashville locals tell me theyre looking forward to having a team', Moore said. 'Thats exciting to hear. Im ready to hit the court.'

The public can get their first look at the team Friday, when they play a team from the Davidson County Sheriffs Office at 7 p.m. at Municipal Auditorium. An autograph session begins at 6 p.m.

The Broncs are coached by former Vanderbilt Coach Jan Van Breda Kolff .

'We have talented players that can score a lot of points.', van Breda Kolff said in a statement. 'Our perimeter players are very skilled and have great help from our front court guys. Our games will be high scoring and exciting with pressure defense'.

Broncs owner Scott Lumley, a professional bronco rider who attended Donelson Christian Academy and Tennessee, said an effort was made to sign local players fans would recognize.

We want the community to feel immediately connected to this team and they will because most of our players either played collegiately or grew up playing ball in the Nashville area, Lumley said.

Courtesy of http://www.tennessean.com/


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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Crvena Zvezda inks Roberts, Keselj leads it against UNICS in a friendly - by Dragan Jankovski
Another ex NBA player arrived to Crvena Zvezda. Namely, after signing of Andre Owens (192-G-80, college: Houston), Lawrence Roberts (205-F/C-82, college: Mississippi St.) is the second one who joined Zvezda in just few days. As a reminder Crvena Zvezda during the month already agreed terms with Marko Keselj (206-F-88, agency: Beo Basket) and Marko Marinovic (183-G-83) and one month before with Vladimir Stimac (209-C-87, agency: Interperformances) and head caoch Svetislav Pesic.
American Lawrence Roberts started last season in Olympiakos Piraeus but he left the team in October. On 06/07 Roberts played 54 NBA games for Memphis Grizzlies averaging 5.2 ppg and 4.8 rpg. In his rookie season 05/06 Roberts was transferred few times from Memphis to D-League team Arkansas. He played 33 games for the Grizzlies that season adding 1.5 pg and 1.5 rpg. For 7 games in NBDL Roberts had 1.5 ppg and 1.5 rpg. He graduated on Mississippi State University in 2005.

Crvena Zvezda went to Gravelines this morning for international tournament. On Friday the team from Belgrade will meet the hosts Gravelines. A day later its rival will be Dutch Amsterdam. At the last day of the tournament Crvena Zvezda will take on Belgian team Dexia Mons Haiunaut. Head coach Pesic added 12 players to Zvezda's roster for this tournament: Mirko Kovac, Boris Bakic, Marko Keselj , Vladimir Stimac, Andre Owens, Lawrence Roberts, Marko Marinovic, Strahinja Dragicevic, Nemanja Bjelica, Stevan Milosevic, Lazar Radosavljevic and Nemanja Nedovic.

Bjelica and Milosevic are still on try-out with Red-and-whites. The team supposes to participate on tournament in Athens but it decided to cancel that one. After Gravelines, Zvezda will play two more friendlies in Italy against Lottomatica Roma. First game will be played on September 26th and the second one a day later. First official game of the season will be against FMP Zeleznik on the road on October 4th (Adriatic league).

Zvezda played last night against Russian UNICS Kazan winning 80-73. Marko Keselj paced his team to victory draining 18 points. Marko Marinovic had 14 while Strahinja Dragicevic (194-F-86) netted 12 points. Other scorers in Zvezda: Owens 9, Stimac 8, Bakic 8, Kovac 5, Milosevic 4.


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  ARGENTINA   


Delfino Injured - by Raul Ruscitti
Khimkis newest member and Argentinian National Team star, Carlos Delfino (199-G-82) will be sidelined for approximately 20 days after hurting one of his fingers. The 26 years-old swingman sustained the injury while playing an exhibition game with his new team against Rostov in Kranska Gora (Slovenia). The club is expected to continue playing some exhibition games around Europe but without him. Delfino played last year for the Toronto Raptors in the NBA averaging career-highs of 9.0 ppg and 4.4 rpg in 82 regular season contests. In July 2008 he signed a three-year deal with the BC Khimky Moscow Region of Russia.

LIGA A - ARGENTINA - by Bruno Fontana
Terrell Taylor (203-C-81, college: Virginia Tech) will play for Lanus (LIGA A)
Nathan Mielke (210-F-81, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) is near signing contract with Independiente of Neuquen(LIGA A)
Diego Osella (207-F/C-69) (Atenas Cba. - LIGA A) it he will be some days inactively for a tear.
Libertad of Sunchales (LIGA A) rescinded contract with Jackie Manuel (196-G/F-83, college: N.Carolina).
Olimpico of La Banda (LIGA A) contracted Charles Jones (191-G-75, college: LIU Brooklyn).
Erron Maxey (198-F-78, college: Providence) is the new player of Quimsa of Santiago del Estero (LIGA A)


Standings - Liga B
Liga B Standings

North Region

Northeast

1. Sport Club 0-0
2. Colon SF 0-0
3. Almagro 0-0
4. Rocamora 0-0
5. Estudian.C. 0-0
6. Union Fuerza 0-0
7. La Union 0-0
8. Alvear 0-0
Northwest
1. Brown SV 0-0
2. Sargento 0-0
3. Banda Norte 0-0
4. Union E. 0-0
5. Barrio Parque 0-0
6. Facundo 0-0
7. Sportivo 7 J. 0-0
8. Anzorena 0-0

South Region

Center

1. Nautico Hacoaj 0-0
2. Racing G. 0-0
3. San Martin J. 0-0
4. Banco Nacion 0-0
5. Gimnasia VP 0-0
6. Velez Sarsfield 0-0
7. Rosario Cent. 0-0
8. Gimnasia BR 0-0
South
1. Independ.T. 0-0
2. Huracan 0-0
3. Jorge Newbery 0-0
4. El Sureno 0-0
5. Union Vecinal 0-0
6. Atletico Regina 0-0
7. Ciud.Bragado 0-0
8. Deportivo M. 0-0


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  ASIAN CHAMPIONSHIPS   


Standings
Standings
Group E
1. Iran0-0
2. Lebanon0-0
3. Qatar0-0
4. Taiwan0-0
Group F
1. Jordan0-0
2. Japan0-0
3. Kazakhstan.0-0
4. S.Korea0-0
Group G
1. Philippine.1-0
2. India0-0
3. Kuwait0-0
4. Syria0-1
Group H
1. China1-0
2. Indonesia0-0
3. United Ara.0-0
4. Hong Kong0-1


Stats Leaders
Asian Championships Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1. M.Madanly (SYR) 33.1
2. F. ElKhatib (LEB) 27.3
3. H. Chen (TPE) 18.1
4. R. Wright (JOR) 18.1
5. Ponomarev (KAZ) 17.6
Rebounds Per Game
1. W. Yakoub (SYR) 10.6
2. H. Ehadadi, (IRI) 9.6
3. S. Ha, (KOR) 9.1
4. Joe Vogel, (LEB) 8.9
5. M.Madanly, (SYR) 8.1
Assists Per Game
1. H. Ehadadi (IRI) 1.4
2. S. Ha (KOR) 1.0
3. Joe Vogel (LEB) 1.0
Steals Per Game
1. S. Kadam (IND) 2.3
2. K. Igarashi (JPN) 1.8
3. R. Alrabah (KUW) 1.7
Blocks Per Game
1. H. Ehadadi (IRI) 1.4
2. S. Ha (KOR) 1.0
3. Joe Vogel (LEB) 1.0
2FGP
1. J. Vogel (LEB) 69.5%
2. S. Ha (KOR) 68.7%
3. Sakuragi (JPN) 64.7%
3FGP
1. K.Shin(KOR) 52.6%
2. T. Orimo (JPN) 50.0%
3. Chen (CHN) 50.0%
Free Throws
1. El Khatib (LEB) 85.7%
2. Issakov (KAZ) 84.6%
3. Norwood (PHI) 81.0%


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  ASIAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U18   


Standings
Standings
1. Iran14-0
2. Kazakhstan13-0
3. Syria12-0
4. Japan11-0
5. China10-0
6. S.Korea9-0
7. Philippines8-0
8. Lebanon7-0
9. Taiwan6-0
10. Jordan5-0
11. S.Arabia4-0
12. Hong Kong3-0
13. India2-0
14. UAE1-0
15. Malaysia0-0


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  ASIAN GAMES   


Standings
Standings
1. China11-0
2. Qatar10-0
3. Iran9-0
4. Jordan8-0
5. S.Korea7-0
6. Japan6-0
7. Kazakhstan5-0
8. Taiwan4-0
9. Lebanon3-0
10. Syria2-0
11. Uzbekistan1-0
12. Bahrain0-0


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  AUSTRALIA   


Kirk Penney lifts the Breakers to the win - by Eurobasket News
New Zealand Breakers - Wollongong Hawks 114:93

The New Zealand Breakers opened their NBL season with a comfortable win over the Wollongong Hawks at the North Shore Events Centre today. Kirk Penney (194-G-80, college: Wisconsin) once again proved he is arguably the best shooting guard in the league coming up with impressive performance of 41 points and 7 rebounds to propel the Breakers to the win. Rick Rickert (211-F-83, college: Minnesota) left behind all his injuries to help with 13 points and 12 boards, while CJ Bruton (188-G-75, college: Indian Hills CC) debuted for the team with 15 points. Glen Saville (197-G/F-76) answered with 22 points for the Hawks. Dusty Rychart (201-F-78, college: Minnesota) knocked down 15 points and collected 7 rebounds in defeat.
The Hawks led by as many as 5 points in the first frame but the hosts stayed close. They cut the distance to just a single point at halftime 50:51. Kirk Penney stepped up on the scene as he drained five trebles in the third frame carrying the Breakers in front. They built a 79:75 advantage with one quarter to go in the game. Oscar Forman (205-G/F-82), Kirk Penney and CJ Bruton all connected from afar to give the home team a 20-point advantage in the fourth quarter. The Breakers never surrendered the lead and eased to the first win in the season. The hosts outrebounded their opponents 50:40 and forced those to 15 turnovers. The Breakers also shot 52% from the field and limited the Hawks to just 43% field goal accuracy.
The Wollongong Hawks will next host the Sydney Spirit on September 20. The Breakers will face the defending champions Melbourne Tigers in the second round on September 25.

New Zealand Breakers: Kirk Penney 41, CJ Bruton 15, Rick Rickert 13+12 boards
Wollongong Hawks: Glen Saville 22, Dusty Rychart 15


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  BELGIUM   


Div 2 News - by Peter Buyse


After its first win of the new D2 season Bree seems to be in financial trouble.
Accoring to a local newspaper the players did not practise on Wed. Still according to the article they chose to strike because they had not been paid.
The newspaper states that the players from last season's team are still waiting on the payment for June and the rest of the team has not been paid for August.
The strike has the approval of Coach Don Beck according tot the press.


A reaction to this news by McCollum can be found on his website

http://ronniemccollum.wordpress.com/



Standings - Division II
D2 Standings
 1. Hasselt 1-0 
 2. Willebroek 1-0 
 3. Fleurus 1-0 
 4. Waregem 1-0 
 5. Bree 1-0 
 6. Sint-Jan Antw. 1-0 
 7. Pitzemburg 0-0 
 8. Essor Charleroi 0-0 
 9. Boom 0-0 
 10. De Westhoek 0-1 
 11. Carnieres 0-1 
 12. Ninane 0-1 
 13. Wevelgem 0-1 
 14. Falco Gent 0-1 
 15. Nivelles 0-1 


Antwerp Transfer News - by Peter Buyse

The Antwerp Diamond Giants have added national team member Christophe Beghin (207-F-80) to their roster for the coming season.
At present Beghin plays the qualifying round for Eurobasket 2009 with Belgium.
After 5 games he leads Belgium in scoring and rebounding with 13.2 ppg and 5.6 rpg.
he played the past season for Charleroi and had averages of 6.6 ppg and 3.7 rpg in 40 games.
Christophe played among others for Aalst, Oostende, Pesaro and Verviers in the past.


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  BOSNIA   


Bosna ASA BHT cruises past Zrinjski Mostar in a friendly - by Eurobasket News
Bosnian champion Bosna ASA BHT cruised past Zrinjski Mostar in a friendly game 92-77. The team from Mostar has some kind of chance until 35th minute, when Bosna's players made few consecutive points ending this game in style. Newcomers Ivan Ivanovic (205-F-80, agency: Beo Basket) and Stanley Burrell (191-G-84) were the best players in Bosna. Ivanovic nailed 22 points while Burrell stopped on 17. Zdravko Vuckovic (198-F-79) was better than the others in Zrinjski scoring 15 points. One point less than him had Josip Sesar (197-G/F-78, agency: Court Side). After this victory Bosna ASA BHT heads to Cedevita Cup.

Meanwhile Zrinjski Mostar played one more friendly game suffering anther defeat. This time Trogir celebrated in thriller 81-82. Zrinjski was better team during the entire time but it couldn't keep advantage until the end. At the half time the team from Mostar had comfortable plus 12, which Trogir melted until the last frame on four points. During the last ten minutes Toni Bizaca (200-F-82) and his teammates drained few triples taking this very exciting game. Toni Bizaca was great for the winners scoring 26 points. Josip Sobin (203-G/F-89) was behind him adding 13 points. Zdravko Vuckovic netted 15 points in Zrinjski. Domagoj Norac (186-G-82) stopped on 13.

Trogir: Josip Sobin, Cirko 2, Lucic 3, Toni Bizaca 26, Djurlic, Guja, Delas 5, Brkic, Bilic 12, Bubalo 16, Egeric 5
Zrinjski: Domagoj Norac 13, Dzidzic 9, Perajica 10, Brecic 9, Vujcic 4, Gligora 8, Petric, Sesar 3, Sarenac 6, Bisko, Vuckovic 15, Petric


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  BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS   


East Receives Donation from BVIBF to Attend St. Croix Tourney - by David Edole
The BVI Basketball Federation (BVIBF) has provided the East Basketball Club with a monetary donation to assist the team travelling to St. Croix to defend their Kings of the Court Championship against the best teams in the Virgin Islands.

BVIBF President, Guy General Malone presented a cheque to the Clubs President, Khoy Smith on Wednesday at the Multipurpose Sports Complex where East had days earlier defeated Young Legs to retain the BVIBF Senior Division Championship.

This is a small monetary donation with respect to the crowd that East basketball brings to the arena. The way East has helped to raise the level of basketball, we see this as a small token of our appreciation as a Federation. We as a federation would like to give back to the teams and help them in any way we could, Malone stated.

He added that the Federation wanted to play a part in the East having the opportunity to return to St. Croix to defend their title and made the assistance available after a request was made by Smith.

The tournament will be held between Friday and Saturday. East will battle against a championship team from St. Croix, St. Thomas and the University of the Virgin Islands.

Smith said the team is very grateful for the support provided by the BVIBF since it helps to defray some expenses. He expressed his gratitude for having the opportunity to defend their championship and to be ambassadors for the BVI sporting arena.

I think that once we can work cohesively we can do great things. The ultimate goal is to see how we can bring basketball to the regional level and to have the other territories embrace it. Who knows, maybe sometime in the future we might have an NBA in the CaribbeanWe just want to thank General and the Federation for their support and for their contribution, Smith alluded.

East was first invited to participate in last years tournament after winning the BVIBF championship. According to Smith, the team is prepared to successfully defend the title when they take to the court in St. Croix.


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  CHINA   


Players Info. - by Robert Wang
The new season of 2007-2008 is getting closer now and most teams are looking for the new imports for their new season. Some players have been into China for their tryout already. Micahel Southhall has been in China for some days but he would be sent back home because of his background info. (drug issue and was put in jail for a year), this is not chinese team need such type player also coach stuff said he has some injury, too. Mack Tuck is another player who had been playing in China for many years but he still under test due to his age problem. The 7'2 center from African Samaki who played in Zhe Jiang team signed with Ji Lin team and now training with Ji Lin team now. the tallest center in china ever is called Priest who played in Hawks many years ago is under the test with Fu JIan team. He almost signed with this team now. He played in china summer league and helped his summer league team won the champion. good luck to these players!

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  CROATIA   


Start of A1 League! - by Dani Erceg

Croatian A1 League will start 11th October 2008. Teams in Stage 1 will play 18 rounds, after that Croatian teams from Adriatic are entering A1 League and than will be formed Play - Off and Play - Out League. Schedule of 1st round is:

Cedevita - Borik Puntamika
Sibenik - Svjetlost Slavonski Brod
Zabok - Trogir
Alkar - Kvarner

Dubrovnik - Dubrava



Zagreb CO better than Sibenik 85-76 - by Eurobasket News
Two Croatian A1 league teams played a friendly game yesterday in Knin. Zagreb was a way better team during the entire time deserving 85-76 victory at least.

Teams were totally leveled at the very beginning but soon players of head coach Zeljko Pavlicevic put into the fifth gear. They ended first frame 18-14 easily taking control on Sibenik. Andrej Stimac (205-F/C-79) and Ante Tomic (217-C-87) were unstoppable in the paint leading Zagreb to 43-34 at the half time. Third frame was the crucial one in this game. Two above mentioned players, together with Dzenan Rahimic (205-C/F-74), dominated at the offensive end while on the other side Sibenik had many problems with running the plays. Everything outcame with plus 20 for Zagreb at the one point of third quarter. It was clear that this game was already over for Sibenik, which succeeded to come closer letter but not close enough to treat.

Big guys were the main reason of Zagreb's victory in this game. Andrej Stimac finished it with 20 while Ante Tomic had 17 points. Dzenan Rahimic also was good adding 10 points. Young Miro Bilan (210-C/F-89) shined in Sibenik nailing 17 points. Mimica was the second scorer for the loosing team with 16 points.


Other scorers in Zagreb CO: Vladovic 3, Babic, Simon 4, Papac 6, Dundovic 8, Morovic 1, Dijan 4, Basljan 7, Drezga 5.
Other scorers in Sibenik: Filipovic 4, Roncevic 13, Vidacak 1, Vukicevic 8, Petkovic 12, Males 5.


Zadar wins in Slovenia, more friendlies - by Eurobasket News
Current Croatian champion Zadar played another friendly game in the pre-season. Coach Aleksandar Petrovic and his players this time met Slovenian team Luka Koper celebrating 87-68 without any extra efforts. New Zadar's acquisition for the upcoming season Romel Beck (203-G/F-82, agency: Interperformances, college: UNLV) was the leading scorer in his team with 20 points. Jere Macura (204-F/C-80, college: Notre Dame) also shined delivering 18 points. Hrvoje Peric (203-F-85), who moved this summer from Split to Zadar, didn't play in this game due to back injury. Zadar already has scheduled few more games. It rivals will be Benetton, Turk Telekom, Cantu and Virtus Bologna.

In the meantime A2 team Torpedo won Torpedo Cup, which was played last week-end. Croatians team was better then Italian A2 team Pallacanestro Tristea in the semifinals 79-62. In the final game Torpedo beat Slovenian Postojna 65-62. Sanac Karlovac lost against Tristea in the battle for third place. Tomislav Maruna (194-F-87) of Torpedo was named MVP of the tournament.

Trogir also played friendly game yesterday beating Bosnian team Zrinjski Mostar in thriller 82-81. Zrinjski was better team during the entire time but at the end Trogir drained few triples winning in this very exciting game. Toni Bizaca (200-F-82) was totally the best player in the winning team netting 26 points. Bubalo also demonstrated pretty good performance against Bosnians adding 16 points. Josip Sobin (203-G/F-89) with 13 and Ante Bilic (192-G-70), who scored 12 points, were the last one with double figures in Trogir. Zrinjski got 15 points from Zdravko Vuckovic (198-F-79) while Mate Perajica (203-F/C-81) had 10. Josip Sesar (197-G/F-78, agency: Court Side) was sent out of the court by the referees already in the first frame.


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  CYPRUS   


First win in Italy for Proteas EKA AEL - by Michael Aristidou
Former champions Proteas EKA AEL Limassol start with a win their tour in Bormio Italy. They won Cimberio Varese with a score 75-65. That was the first friendly game for AEL in a row of a four games in Bormio. Next game is against SAV Vacallo Basket (SWI) Thursday night at 20:15.
For the record AEL had Haris Mujezinovic (205-F-74, college: Indiana) in great shape with 25p(3), rest of the points scored by Miechel 9, Taylor13(1), Lary 7, Randojievits 4, Soumpotits 8, Ntozet 9(1).
Ael will stay in Bormio until next Tuesday.


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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


Czech teams are getting ready for new season - by Eurobasket News
With the new season coming up Czech teams are in the process of final build-up for future clashes.
Geofin Novy Jicin recently faced Ostrava away from home in the exhibition encounter. Robert Sarovic (205-F-78) fired game-high 29 points and carried the visitors to a tough 89:82 victory. Geofin led by just one point after the starting period but managed to extend the margin to as many as 7 at the interval. Ostrava stayed contestant and trimmed the distance to just 3 points before the fourth term. However Geofin maintained the lead in the fourth term and pulled away with the win. Manny Ubilla (188-G) secured 21 points for Geofin. Kenny Walker (206-F/C-80, college: Alabama) notched 16 points for the winners. Marcus Arnold (203-F-84, college: Illinois) answered with 24 points for Ostrava. Bryant Dillon (198-G-83, agency: ABE! Sports and Entertainment, college: Purdue) had 21 points in the loss.
Meanwhile Kondori Liberec held off Austrian Kapfenberg 90:71. The Czech team built a massive 55:50 lead midway through the game and never looked back again. Jiri Cernosek (200-F/G-81) nailed 25 points to pace Liberec. Maurice Hampton (188-G-84, college: Austin Peay St.) added 21 points, while Ladislav Toth (196-F-83) and Carey Rigsby (206-F/C-80, college: Belhaven) had 12 points apiece for the winners. Wayne Arnold (193-G-84, agency: Court Side, college: Tennessee St.) answered with 20 points for Kapfenberg in defeat.


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  D-LEAGUE   


Trio of former D-Leaguers Signed by San Antonio Spurs - by Surujh Roopnarine
Desmon Farmer (6'5''-G-81, agency: CGL Sports, college: USC), Devin Green (6'7''-G-82, college: Hampton)and Darryl Watkins (6'11''-C, agency: Priority Sports, college: Syracuse) have been signed by the San Antonio Spurs to their training camp roster. Farmer, the veteran of the trio, spent last season with Rio Grande Valley where in 33 games he averaged 24.7ppg, 4.1rpg and 4.1 assists in 38.3 minutes. The former USC Trojan started 2006-07 season with the Seattle Sonics seeing action in eight games and averaging 1.6 points and 1.1 assists in 4.0 minutes before being waived in January. He spent the rest of the season with the Tulsa 66ers of the D-League, averaging 19.9 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.7 assists in 32.8 minutes in 32 games. He spent all of the 2005-06 season with the 66ers. For his career Farmer has played in 88 D-League games, averaging 16.3 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 29.8 minutes.
Devin Green spent part of the 2007-08 D-League season with the Los Angeles D-Fenders prior to leaving for Italy. In 24 contests with Los Angeles, the former Hampton University star averaged 16.4 points, 6.4 rebounds and 4.2 assists while shooting 48.9% from the field. Green has the most NBA experience of the trio signed having appeared in 27 games for the LA Lakers during the 2005-06 season (0.9 points in 5.0 minutes).
Darryl Watkins, the youngest of the three signings, split time with the Sacramento Kings as well as the D-Fenders and Iowa Energy last season. Watkins averaged 1.3 and 1.3 rebounds in 7.9 minutes in nine games before being waived in December. The former Syracuse big man saw action in 18 games, including 16 starts, averaging 4.9 points and 5.7 rebounds in 19.8 minutes. Midway through the season he was traded to the Iowa Energy where he played in 22 games, averaging 8.5 points and 5.9 rebounds in 22.4 minutes. For the season Watkins played in a combined 40 games, averaging 6.9 points and 5.8 rebounds in 20.1 minutes while shooting .523 (112-214) from the field and .654 (53-81) from the line. Watkins played four seasons at Syracuse University averaging 6.0 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.48 blocks in 106 career games.


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  ECUADOR   


El Barcelona crowns as Champions! - by Eurobasket News
El Barcelona became the Champion of the country! In the Final game the team defeated basketball club Espe 90:85. More than seven thousand spectators came to support the teams at the coliseum. Barcelona won the opening quarter 30:18, but the opponents could reduce to 48:41. Espe played even better in the second half and managed to come closer. The end of the game deserved to be the Final as the teams remained tough. El Barcelona stayed in front and won 90:85 to crown as Champions! Jeff Simpson and Allan Sheppard (196-F, agency: Global Sports Plaza) shined for the winners in that game.

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  ESTONIA   


Kalev play friendly series against Lahti in Tallinn - by Eurobasket News
BC Kalev played two-game exhibition series against Finnish Lahti as the part of their build-up for the upcoming season. Estonian powerhouse celebrated two victories in Tallinn.
The first game was rather an even contest with the hosts pulling away just in the fourth term. The teams traded baskets in the first period with Kalev finally taking a 4-point lead. The home team maintained the distance and stretched it to 9 points at halftime. However Lahti were far from being done in this one as they cut the deficit to 4 points heading into the final term. But Kalev limited the visitors to 11 points in the fourth quarter and secured a 79:69 win at the end. Rait Keerles (201-F-80) finished with 21 points and 7 rebounds for Kalev. Nate Fox (206-F-77, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Maine), who joined the team just weeks ago, delivered 16 points and 9 rebounds in the win. Ilkka Vuori (181-G-86) replied with 21 points for Lahti.
The teams met again on the next day and Kalev once again proved the strength. This time the Estonian team got to a quick start as they piled up a 20:12 lead after ten minutes of the encounter. Lahti shaved the difference to 4 points at halftime but Kalev persisted and ensured a comfortable 11-point cushion before the fourth period. Lahti never recovered and suffered their second straight defeat 65:78. John Linehan (175-G-78, college: Providence) paced the hosts with 17 points, 6 steals and 4 assists. Rait Keerles added 15 points, while Josh Pace (198-G/F-83, agency: Dynasty Sports, college: Syracuse) notched 13 points and 9 rebounds in the win. Vesa Makalainen (200-F-86) secured 16 points for Lahti.


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  EUROCHALLENGE   


Standings
3QL Standings
 1. Eiff.Towers 0-0 
 2. Mykolaiv 0-0 
 3. KK Zagreb 0-0 
 4. APOEL 0-0 
 5. AEL 0-0 
 6. Olimpia L. 0-0 
 7. Spartak SP 0-0 
 8. Hyeres-Toulon 0-0 
 9. Kormend 0-0 
 10. Sibiu 0-0 
 11. Spartak P. 0-0 
 12. Keravnos 0-0 
 13. Vichy 0-0 
 14. M.Hainaut 0-0 
 15. BK Ventspils 0-0 
 16. BoracNektar 0-0 
 17. Oldenburg 0-0 
 18. CSK VVS 0-0 
 19. Bakken 0-0 
 20. Zlatorog 0-0 
 21. Cedevita 0-0 
 22. Polit.Lviv 0-0 
 23. Energy 0-0 
 24. Siroki 0-0 
 25. Liege 0-0 
 26. Ploiesti 0-0 
 27. C.Napoca 0-0 
 28. BC Kalev 0-0 
 29. Frankfurt 0-0 
 30. Antalya 0-0 
 31. Khimik 0-0 
 32. Svendborg 0-0 
 33. Sumykhimpr. 0-0 
 34. Lok.Rostov 0-0 
 35. BC Donetsk 0-0 
 36. Banvit 0-0 
 37. Prostejov 0-0 
 38. Virtus 0-0 
 39. Cherkasy 0-0 
 40. AMMAK SP 0-0 


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  EUROCUP   


Standings
Eurocup Standings
Group A
 1. Zadar 0-0 
 2. Marousi 0-0 
 3. Roanne 0-0 
Group B
 1. Dynamo M. 0-0 
 2. Barons/LMT 0-0 
 3. Lukoil A. 0-0 
Group C
 1. Upea 0-0 
 2. Khimky 0-0 
 3. Besiktas 0-0 
Group D
 1. Aris 0-0 
 2. Bnei Hasharon 0-0 
 3. T.Telekom 0-0 
Group E
 1. ASVEL 0-0 
 2. Lietuvos 0-0 
 3. Azovmash 0-0 
Group F
 1. Turow 0-0 
 2. Bamberg 0-0 
 3. Charleroi 0-0 
Group G
 1. Pamesa 0-0 
 2. Upim 0-0 
 3. Art.Dragons 0-0 
Group H
 1. Bilbao 0-0 
 2. Hemofarm 0-0 
 3. Nymburk 0-0 
Qualifying Round
 1. ASK Riga 0-0 
 2. Triumph 0-0 
 3. BC Kyiv 0-0 
 4. Gmunden 0-0 
 5. Unics 0-0 
 6. Galatasaray 0-0 
 7. En.Czarni 0-0 
 8. Oostende 0-0 
 9. Cholet 0-0 
 10. Crvena Zvez. 0-0 
 11. Benetton 0-0 
 12. Jerusalem 0-0 
 13. Amsterdam 0-0 
 14. Cajasol 0-0 
 15. TU/Rock 0-0 
 16. Ural Great 0-0 
 17. Le Havre 0-0 
 18. Panellinios 0-0 
 19. G.Canaria 0-0 
 20. Fribourg 0-0 
 21. Bonn 0-0 
 22. Siauliai 0-0 
 23. FMP 0-0 
 24. Buducnost 0-0 


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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS   


Day: 9 (Qualifying Round) - by Eurobasket News
Italy - Bulgaria 82-81
Italian National team improved to 4-4 in Group A after a win over Bulgaria in Torino. Italian team sent the opponents to 4-3 record after 82:81 victory. Todor Stoykov tied the game at 81:81 but Cittadini made one of two free throws with 12 seconds left and Bulgaria didn't have another chance to score. Giuseppe Poeta paced all the winners with 21 points. Marco Mordente nailed 17, while Valerio Amoroso scored 15. Todor Stoykov top-scored for Bulgaria with 19 points, while Ivanov, posted 14.

Serbia - Finland 92-66
Serbia clinched the top position in Group A of European qualifications. The team defeated Finland 92:66 in Belgrade with more than 15000 fans supporting the team. Finland could not stay even in the second period as they lost it 11:28. Zoran Erceg led the winners with 21 points. Uros Tripkovic netted 13, while Nenad Krstic scored 12. Jukka Matinen ended up with 12 points in defeat and Petri Virtanen scored 11.

Latvia - Estonia 72-67
Latvia reached the fourth win in EuroBasket qualifying Group B. Thanks however to Estonia that lost in the game that predicted a bigger loss in Riga. Estonia fell at 1-4 in the group after 67:72 defeat and sent Latvia to the top position. Andris Biedrins led the winners with 16 points and 8 rebounds. Kaspars Berzins netted 13, whilst Janis Blums posted 10. Kristjan Kangur had a great night for the visitors providing 21 points and 14 boards, Janar Talts and Gert Kullamae added 10 apiece.

Portugal - FYR Macedonia 81-71
Portugal won the second straight game after three first loses in EuroBasket Group B qualifier. Last night the team overcame FYR Macedonia 81:71 in Coimbra. Costa led the winners with 19 points to 2-3 record. Santos Joao nailed 14 and Andrade collected 13 points and 11 rebounds. Mejsi top-scored in the losing effort with 20 points.

France - Ukraine 87-83
France overcame Ukraine and clinched second place in Group B of European qualifications. Trailing 18:22 after the opening quarter Tony Parker and Co were too good in the second and the third periods to seal 87:83 win. Tony Parker led the winners with 25 points and 5 rebounds. Stephen Brun and Ronny Turiaf supported him with 11 points apiece for 3-2 record. Andriy Agafonov ended up with 22 points in defeat, while Rostyslav Kryvych scored 19 as Ukraine dropped at 1-4.

Turkey - Belgium 80-64
Turkey, being the only undefeated team in the EuroBasket qualifying groups advanced to Eurobasket 2009 In Poland tonight. Istanbul saw an outstanding victory of the hosts over Belgium 80:64. With a 21:10 in the third period Turkey remains the best team in all the groups not only with their results but the way they play as well. Ersan Ilyasova led the winners with 22 points and 8 boards. Oguz Savas nailed 13, while Hidayet Turkoglu scored 12. Roel Moors ended up with 14 points in the losing effort, whilst Christophe Beghin added 11.

Czech Republic - United Kingdom 63-67
Great Britain wins the fourth in a row after the first loss in Israel in the start of the Eurobasket qualifications. Great Britain deserved Eurobasket 2009 in Poland as the team sealed first place in Group D of Division A. Pardubice and Czech Republic could not upset the favorites at home losing to them 63:67. Luol Deng paced all the winners with 21 points. Nate Reinking nailed 20, while Mensah-Bonsu had 9 points and 12 boards. Jiri Welsch top-scored in defeat with 28 points and Jiri Hubalek posted 7.

Israel - Bosnia 88-74
Israel overcame Bosnia and Herzegovina at home tonight to remain alive for the second ticket from EuroBasket qualifying Group D. Israel improved to 2-3 record after 88:74 victory in Tel Aviv with 6000 fans support. Yotam Halperin paced all the winners with 22 points, 5 assists and 4 boards. Lior Eliyahu collected 21 points and 17 rebounds, whilst Meir Tapiro added 19. Goran Ikonic netted 17 in defeat and Kenan Bajramovic scored 13.



Div. B Day: 4 (Qualifying Round) - by Eurobasket News
Denmark - Holland 64-79
Netherlands did a good job of keeping Denmark winless as they held off them in Aarhus today. The win marked a 3-1 record for Dutch team as they stood at the helm in Group A. Peter Van Paassen led the winners with 19 points and 8 rebounds. Kees Akerboom added 16 points, while Bryan Defares had 13 points and 9 rebounds in defeat.

Iceland - Montenegro 66-80
Montenegro overcame Iceland in Reykjavik today to remain upbeat in EuroBasket Division B action. It was the third straight win for Montenegrin team as they secured the top spot in Group A. Iceland suffered their second loss in three outings. Vlado Scepanovic produced 16 points to lead Montenegro to another positive result. Goran Jeretin knocked down 12 points, while Nikola Pekovic finished with 11 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Jon Stefansson had game-high 20 points to pace Iceland.

Belarus - Albania 92-46
Belarus fired down Albania today in Minsk at the EuroBasket in Division B tournament. it was the third straight victory for Belarusian National Team in Group B. Thus the team grabbed the lead in the pool. Albania in the meantime slipped to 1-2 record in the standings. Alexander Kudrautsau nailed 15 points for Belarus. Mikalai Aliakseyeu added 13 points and 9 rebounds, while Aliaksandr Pustahvar netted 10 points for the winners. Gerti Shima dropped 13 points for Albania. Vildan Mitku finished with 11 points in defeat.

Romania - Switzerland 83-53
Romania finally broke their losing record at the EuroBasket Division B. Earlier today they held off Switzerland at home to improve to 1-2 record in Group B. Switzerland in the meantime suffered their second straight loss and slipped to 2-2 record. Bogdan Popescu finished with game-high 26 points Romania. Virgil Stanescu added 15 points and 10 boards, while George Helcioiu added 11 points for the winners. Valentin Wegmann and David Ramseier answered with 10 points apiece for Switzerland.

Slovakia - Luxembourg 110-67
Slovakia found just the right opponent to open their winning record at the EuroBasket in Division B tournament. They heavily defeated visiting Luxembourg in scorcher today to gain their first win in Group C. Luxembourg remained winless at 0-3. Richard Lesko netted 17 points to lead Slovakian balanced offense. Peter Sedmak added 16 points, while Martin Sykora nailed 14 points and collected 8 rebounds for the winners. Peter Rajniak dropped game-high 21 points for Luxembourg. Martin Rajniak secured 18 points and 12 boards in defeat.

Sweden - Georgia 61-59
Swedish National Team scored a narrow win over Georgia today to remain undefeated in EuroBasket in Division B campaign. Kenny Grant led balanced Swedish offense with 11 points. Jonathan Skjoldebrand added 9 points and 7 rebounds, while Per Ringstrom knocked down 7 points and collected 9 caroms for the winners. Viktor Sanikidze led all scorers with 19 points and 10 rebounds. George Tsintsadze had 12 points and 9 assists in defeat.



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  FYR MACEDONIA   


Two tight defeats for Feni Industri in Samokov - by Eurobasket News
Macedonian champion Feni Industri suffered two tight defeats in a first two games of tournament in Samokov.

In the first game Feni Industri lost against Cherno More 79-80. Macedonian team had pretty good first quarter ending it 24-16. Cherno More improved its game during the following ten minutes but enough only for minus 6 at the half time. Donald Cole (204-C-81, agency: Edge Sports, college: Sam Houston St.) and his teammates showed up after the breather kind of sleepy. Simeon Tsenov (196-F-82) and Corey McIntosh (183-G-85, college: Iowa St.) dominated at the offensive end for Bulgarians setting the score on 56-58 before the last frame. Feni succeeded to take that one 25-22 but not to avoid unlucky defeat. Donald Cole was a way better than the others in Feni collecting 21 points and 8 rebounds. Gjorgi Cekovski (202-F/C-81, agency: Arik Krayn Services) followed him with 14 points and 9 boards while Goran Samardziev (188-G-81) had 11 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists.

In the second game Rilski Sportist also was better but in another thriller, 102-100 after the half time. Donald Cole once again demonstrated wonderful performance in Feni. He scored 35 points and grabbed 10 rebounds playing the entire time. Gjorgi Cekovski again was the second scorer of the team with 17 points and impressive 15 rebounds. Milan Prekovic (195-G/F-75) stopped on 11 points. Travis Peterson (208-C-85, agency: Edge Sports, college: Samford) paced Rilski Sportist to victory adding 18 points and 10 boards. Despite these two defeats, Feni was on a pretty high level in both games. Rilski Sportist played this one at its home court but Macedonian champion was very close to take it.


Portugal wins, will not be enough to advance - by Eurobasket News
Portugal-FYR Macedonia 81:71

Portugal won the second straight game after three first loses in EuroBasket Group B qualifier. Lat night the team overcame FYR Macedonia 81:71 in Coimbra. Jose Costa (187-G-73) led the winners with 19 points to 2-3 record. Santos Joao nailed 14 and Carlos Andrade (197-F-78, agency: Players Group, college: Queens (NC)) collected 13 points and 11 rebounds. Djeremaja Mejsi (202-F-82, college: Kansas St.) top-scored in the losing effort with 20 points.

Portugal had a great start and flew to score from the very beginning. The team also paid lots of attention to defense and led to 22:10 after the opening period. It happened when Evora scored a jump-shot with a foul and made a free throw later. Miranda increased the lead to plus 15 in the start of the second period. FYR Macedonia needed some more time to come into the game and reduced the margin at the halftime. Djeremaja Mejsi sent both teams to the lockers for 44:38.

The visitors stayed within striking distance and eventually reduced the deficit to 58:56 on a lay-up by Riste Stefanov early in the fourth quarter.Djeremaja Mejsi's two free throws again made it a two-point game, but Jose Costa drew a foul from Todor Gecevski and made two at the stripe to increase the advantage to 62:58. Portugal did not allow the guests to catch them up and won the game 81:71. Jose Costa made two free throws to seal the total success.

Portugal: Jose Costa 19 points, Santos Joao 14, Carlos Andrade 13 points and 11 rebounds.
FYR Macedonia: Djeremaja Mejsi 20 points, Vlado Ilievski (190-G-80, agency: World Sport Agency) 16


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  GERMANY   


Braves make roster moves - by Moritz Korff

The teckpro Braves Kaiserslautern (2. Bundesliga Pro A) announced the arrival of two new players today. Odarien Bassett (188-G-86, college: Troy) and Michel Rija Ramanarivo (183-G-83) have joined the team of Coach Marcel Schroeder.
Bassett, 22 years of age, led the Troy University (NCAA1) in scoring during this past season. He averaged 18.2 points, 3.9 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.3 steals through 31 games for the Trojans. Ramanarivo spent the 2007-08 season in Luxembourg and suited up for Avenir Berbourg.

Meanwhile, Walt Baxley (191-G, agency: 540 Sports, college: Mars Hill), Mike Dean (188-G-82, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Middle Tenn.St.) and Adrick Hills (174-G-80, college: Bethel (IN)) have left the Kaiserslautern roster.



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  GREECE   


Transfer news from the smaller divisions - by Chris Mammides
AS Kefallonias
Giorgos Tsirigotakis agreed financial terms with Kefallonias. Stavros Koumaniotis renewed his contract with Kefallonias. The Head Coach of the team Leonidas Papadatos added also Giorgos Gotzogiannis, Antreas Karageorgos, Apollon Tsohlas
Panagiotis Panagiotarakos, renewed Thanasis Nikolopoulos, Nektarios Vavetsis, Ioannis Voulgaris (199-F-86) and Nikos Kougianos (190-G-85)

Doxa Lefkadas
The Lefkadas team agreed financial terms with Prodromos Dreliozis

Mantoulidis
The North Hellas team after signing the Head Coach Nikos Kerameas, agreed financial terms with the veteran guard Giannis Gakis (186-G-69), with Kostas Pallis, Stratos Papadopoulos, Apollon Deligiorgis (192-G-93) from Arionas Xanthis, Apostolos Naoumis (196-G-93) from GE Agriniou, Diamantis Slaftsakis (193-G-94) from GAS Halkidonas and Giorgos Mintzaridis (200-F-93) from GAS Koufalion. Further to these players, the old players who renewed their contract were: Akis Trantas (194-G-88) who ws on a loan in Makabi for one year and Panagiotis Papathanassiou


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  HUNGARY   


Market news - by Tamas Deri
The management of Univer KSE did not wast too much time and after releasing Ricky Volcy they just invited american forward Gordon Klaiber (206-F-83, college: Fairleigh Dickinson) for a week tryout. The 206 cm tall forward just arrived yesterday to Kecskemet and will play two friendly games against Cluj in Romania.
Klaiber graduated in 2006 on a smaller school, Farleigh Dickinson and had one impressive basketball carreer. In his junior season he averaged 16.0 points and 7.9 rebounds per game. He was close to keep this excellent numbers in his senior season also: 14.7 points, 5.8 rebounds. After his great NCAA carreer he worked out with several NBA teams: Wizards, Spurs, Nets. The last two seasons he spent mainly in the CBA, but played also shortly in Venezuela and Argentina. Last season he was a key player of Rio Grande Valley Silverados (CBA), and put up great numbers in 20 games: 18.0ppg, 7.8rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 46.5%, 3PT: 47.2%, FT: 69.5%.

The roster of ZTE KK seems to be complete too, as the team signed a contract with american guard Louis Hinnant (193-G-84, college: Boston Coll.). The 193 cm tall american point guard came out from Boston College in 2006 and averaged 7.5ppg, 2.8rpg, 4.6apg, FG: 48.4%, 3PT: 43%, FT: 69.1% in 36 games. He started his professional carreer in Sweden with Sundsvall Dragons and had 16.0 points and 4.9 assists per game. The last season he spent with Kataja in Finland and was also one key player of the team with 18.0 points, 4.8 assists and 5.3 rebounds per game. Hinnant will arrive next week to Hungary and spend his tryout period with the team.


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  INDIA   


The Asian Pro League circuit around the corner? - by Anil Kumar
The Singapore Slingers are back on the court and ready to take on all comers in the Singapore Challenge Series. Departing the Australian NBL recently the Slingers have replaced the games with more relevant professional teams from around the Pan Asia Pacific region. The Singapore Challenge Series will provide on-going games for the Slingers as Chairman Tony Fernandes leads the charge in the establishment of an ASEAN professional league as the future for the Slingers.

With games scheduled at the Singapore Indoor Stadium from the 17th of September through to January, the Slingers are ready for action. Their recent win of the Brunei Cup last week was not only an ideal warmup for the Challenge Series but showed the team is one to watch. New recruit Jason Castro from the Philippines was the tournament MVP so Singapore fans can expect plenty of action from the diminutive point guard.

The Singapore Challenge Series will see the Singapore Slingers host a variety of teams from throughout the region including the Philippines, China, Taiwan, Indonesia, India and Australia. The first five games are being billed as the STARTING FIVE with the excitement coming thick and fast with five home games in the first month of the season. The Singapore Challenge Series will see a minimum of ten home games with two in October, one to two in November, two in December and three in January.

The excitement of the Slingers, the Slingers Girls, mascot and prizes such as LCD TV give away at all home games courtesy of Harvey Norman will ensure the atmosphere at the Indoor Stadium is better than ever. Tickets are $6 to $16 and the first five games go on sale Wednesday through Sistic

The Singapore Challenge Series commences on Wednesday, September 17th when the Singapore Slingers will host the professional team from the Philippines Basketball Associations, PBA, Air 21. Air 21 will provide a great first up opposition as only two weeks they were in the Grand Final best of seven game series of the PBA. Air 21 will stay an extra few days in Singapore to play a Sunday feature with the Slingers before another PBA power Purefoods comes to Singapore on the 30th of September.

Corporate and seating packages are available for the full season of ten home games, the STARTING FIVE or individual games. Enjoy all the action from your own corporate box with beer and catering from Brewerkz and wine from Le-Raisin. It is the best way to entertain in the air conditioned comfort of the Singapore Indoor Stadium.


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  ITALY   


Montepaschi handed CSKA the loss in their Italian journey - by Eurobasket News
Montepaschi became the first Italian team to hand CSKA the first loss in their journey around the country. The winner of the Italian league had 72:54 victory with 20:10 in the end of the game. Italian side opened the game with 23:11 to take the whole control of the court. Montepaschi remained in front even when CSKA replied with 17:10 in the second to reduce the gap at the halftime. Italian champion produced 19:16 in the third, but was too good for the opponent in the last stanza. With 20:10 Montepaschi closed the game and handed Russian champion a loss in the fourth friendly game. Terrell McIntyre (175-G-77, college: Clemson) paced all the winners with 21 points.Marco Carraretto (196-G-77, agency: Players Group) and Shaun Stonerook (203-F/C-77, college: Ohio) followed him with 10 apiece, while Sato scored 8. Trajan Langdon (192-G-76, college: Duke) and Erazem Lorbek (210-F/C-84, college: Michigan St.) finished the game with 13 points in the losing effort, Ramunas Siskauskas (197-G-78) posted 10.
CSKA won the third game of Italian tour beating Virtus 73:58. The game was played on the court of new Futurshow Station - completely reconstructed famous Palamalaguti arena. CSKA opened the game easily with 19:6 and led to 17-point advantage at the halftime. Virtus bounced back in the third period and reduced to 2 points after 25:10 in the third quarter. The last period was supposed to bring more intrigue but CSKA had 24:11 in it to seal another win. Erazem Lorbek led the winners with 20 points. Ramunas Siskauskas nailed 17 and Trajan Langdon together with Morris produced 8 points apiece. Keith Langford top-scored in the losing effort with 14 points, Ford netted 13 and Earl Boykins added 9.
In the second game CSKA got the confident win over Reyer Venice 71:57. The champions grabbed 22:17 lead and increased to 8-point advantage at the halftime. Reyer did not think of giving up and produced 21:16 in the third quarter to cut the deficit. CSKA pushed the tempo in the last stanza to take the victory from the city on water. Matjaz Smodis paced all the winners with 13 points. Erazem Lorbek nailed 12, Alexei Savrasenko and Trajan Langdon added 10.
Euroleague champion CSKA Moscow grabbed victory in its first friendly game of the pre-season 81:63 over Armani Jeans. The match was played in Verona on Wednesday. It is important to be mentioned that Russian powerhouse played this game without Viktor Khryapa and Matjaz Smodis.


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  KBDL   


KBDL personnel achieves Agent Status - by Thom McQueen
PROformance Sports has partnered with KBDL to allow them to handle their own players. Commissioneer Cliff Todd, Vice-President Kevin Listerman and Coach John Hurley will now be able to assist any and all KBDL players, beginning in September 2008. 'This makes us a more well rounded league, with the ability to work more closely with and to assist more of our players' said Commissioner Todd. PROformance Sports is based in Northern Kentucky near Cincinnati.

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  LATVIA   


Ventspils finish third in Wloclawek - by Eurobasket News
Ventspils continued their preparation for the upcoming season in Poland. They took part in the Kasztelan Basketball Cup in Wloclawek. The result appeared to be the third spot in four-teams competition.
Ventspils opened the Cup against hosting Anwil. It was a close game from the beginning till the end however Polish team managed to pull away with a narrow 67:74 win. They built a 7-point advantage at halftime and managed to maintain it in the second half. Lukasz Koszarek (187-G-84) led the winners with 19 points. Akselis Vairogs (196-G/F-85) finished with 16 points for Ventspils. Giorgos Tsiakos (204-F-82, agency: FCM) nailed 15 points in defeat.
Ventspils played against Polpharma Gdansk in the second round of action. The Latvian team looked a bit sloppy in the first half and Popharma capitalized piling up a 4-point buffer at the interval. The teams traded baskets throughout the second term but a 26:19 rally from Polpharma in the third quarter allowed them to cruise to the win in the final stanza. Tulijkovic led the winners with 18 points. Mareks Jurevicus (198-F-85) answered with game-high 26 points for Ventspils. Ronalds Zakis (205-F/C-87) had 14 points in defeat.
Ventspils finally bounced back after the starting losses in the third round. They took on Victoria Gornik and notched a dramatic 79:76 overtime victory. Leading by 5 points after the opening stanza Ventspils however wasted their advantage and allowed Gornik to send the game into extra period. But Mareks Jurevicus and Tyrone Brazelton (180-G, college: W.Kentucky) ensured the winning outcome for Latvian team in this one. Mareks Jurevicus accounted for 20 points in the win. Strelnieks and Tyrone Brazelton added 19 points apiece for Ventspils.
Mareks Jurevicus was named the MVP for Ventspils at the tournament.


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  NBA   


Charlie Villanueva receives NBA Community Assist Award for August - by Bruno Baltazar
Bucks forward Charlie Villanueva has been named the recipient of the NBA Community Assist Award for August, in recognition of his outstanding efforts in the community and for his ongoing philanthropic and charitable work. This marks the second time that Villanueva has been named the recipient of the NBA Community Assist Award. He last won the honor in February 2006.

Villanueva is being honored, in part, for the launch of Tenis Para Nios (Sneakers for Kids), a collaborative footwear donation project developed by The Charlie Villanueva Foundation in partnership with Crocs, Inc. and SolesUnitedSM. Through the program, Villanueva distributed 10,000 pairs of recycled footwear to children throughout impoverished regions of the Dominican Republic during the month of August in an effort to contribute to better health conditions and quality of life. Following the event, Villanueva hosted a free basketball camp for hundreds of Dominican youth.

While Ive enjoyed participating in many community initiatives over the years, I feel that this project is particularly special, said Villanueva. Almost half of all families living in the Dominican Republic struggle to obtain basic necessities. I am thrilled that this program brought shoes to people who truly need them.

Villanueva started the Charlie Villanueva Foundation in 2005, and it supports dozens of youth organizations, particularly those dedicated to eliminating bullying through educational programs. He also serves as spokesperson for the National Alopecia Areata Foundation (NAAF). As someone who suffers from Alopecia Areata, Villanueva has made it his mission to be a voice for youth affected by the autoimmune disease. Throughout the season, he holds pre-game meet and greets with children who have the disease, in addition to participating in many other outreach initiatives as NAAF spokesperson.

As the August NBA Community Assist Award recipient, Villanueva will receive the David Robinson Plaque, with the inscription, Following the standard set by NBA Legend David Robinson who improved the community piece by piece. In addition, the NBA will give a $5,000 donation to The Charlie Villanueva Foundation.

The league presents the NBA Community Assist Award monthly to recognize players for their charitable efforts. The award honors the NBA player who best reflects the passion that the league and its players have for giving back to their communities.


Chicago's Luol Deng fires Great Britain into history books - by Eurobasket News
Luol Deng (6'7''-F-85, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Duke) scored 21 points to propel Great Britain into the EuroBasket finals for the first time in their history.The Chicago Bulls star was on top form as Britain eded past the Czech Republic 67-63 in the Cez Arena, while rivals Bosnia were beaten by Israel 88-74 in Tel Aviv.Britain, who came into the contest with three straight home wins, had yet to taste success on the road, but found their form at the vital time to leave coach Tony Finch absolutely delighted at his team's achievement.

He said: 'For me personally this is a culmination of a lot of work by a lot of people over the last three summers and a lot of commitment and sacrifice, and it's always nice that you can be rewarded for that.

'It shows what a dedicated group of individuals, both on and off the floor, can do with the right time and resources behind something.We always wanted to test ourselves against the best and now we can do that which is an exciting possibility.I'm not sure what it means right now because it's a huge step for us and I'm proud of it.'

And Deng, who will hope to spearhead Britain's charge at the finals, admits this latest achievement is one of his greatest ever.

'This is definitely up there just because since I was young I always wanted to win a championship and now we have a chance what with playing next year.This is what it's all about, as a child you dream about it and now its come true,' he said.

'It feels so good.Three years ago we weren't anywhere, nobody knew about us so to win the group, even though no one gave us a chance and going through, is a great feeling.'

Courtesy of http://www.sport.co.uk/


Antonio McDyess to Lose Starting Spot? - by Aaron Reilly
New Detroit Pistons head coach Michael Curry came right out and said the starting power forward position is up for grabs. 'We are looking at how we can inject our young guys into the rotation more, giving them a solid role and still get the most out of our veteran guys and be as efficient as possible,' Curry said. 'One of the things we are looking at is having 'Dyess go back to his role of coming off the bench.'

This leaves three possible replacements if Antonio McDyess (6'9''-F-74, college: Alabama) is relegated to the bench. The probable leader at this point is Jason Maxiell. Maxiell, the ball of energy off the Detroit Pistons bench, is the ultimate hustler and has quickly become a crowd favorite since Ben Wallace left the team for Chicago. Though undersized, his strength to overpower larger opponents (i.e. Dwight Howard in last years playoffs) and athleticism allow him to not only stay on the court, but dominate at both ends.

Amir Johnson may take the starting power forward position. Buried and underutilized on Flip Saunders bench, Johnson should see plenty of burn this season, as the Detroit Pistons want to see what they have after giving him his three year, eleven million dollar contract last season. Johnson showed spurts of fulfilling his potential with jaw dropping defense, crowd pleasing dunks, and phenomenal athleticism. Saunders, though, favored his veteran players, but with new coach Michael Curry at the helm, it is likely Johnson starts seeing more time.

Finally, new addition Kwame Brown signed a two year deal with the Detroit Pistons to try and fix his shaky career. The former number one pick comes to the Detroit Pistons with a big body and solid defense. His offensive game definitely needs work, but Detroit is the place where Chauncey Billups, Ben Wallace, and Richard Hamilton went from good players to stars. Kwame is hoping to join that group, and under Detroit management, he might have his shot.

In all likelihood, Maxiell, being the proven commodity, will get the starting position if Antonio McDyess is sent to the bench. Or maybe, depending on the situation, Curry uses the three players as starters depending on the opponent? Or is it possible Curry is using this as a psychological ploy to get his young big men ready for the upcoming season? Regardless, when the ball tips off on opening night, Detroit will have a formidable big man next to Rasheed, no matter what direction Curry and the Detroit Pistons decide to go.


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Marshall ruled academically ineligible - by Bruno Baltazar
Indiana State point guard Harry Marshall (6'0''-G-88) has been ruled academically ineligible for the fall semester.
The 6-foot junior started 25 of 31 games for Indiana State last season and ranked third in scoring at 10.1 points a game.
Sycamores coach Kevin McKenna said Wednesday that Marshall is ``working very hard'' to regain eligibility for the second semester but untill that time they sure will miss him at the start of this season.


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Kirk Penney lifts the Breakers to the win - by Eurobasket News
New Zealand Breakers - Wollongong Hawks 114:93

The New Zealand Breakers opened their NBL season with a comfortable win over the Wollongong Hawks at the North Shore Events Centre today. Kirk Penney (194-G-80, college: Wisconsin) once again proved he is arguably the best shooting guard in the league coming up with impressive performance of 41 points and 7 rebounds to propel the Breakers to the win. Rick Rickert (211-F-83, college: Minnesota) left behind all his injuries to help with 13 points and 12 boards, while CJ Bruton (188-G-75, college: Indian Hills CC) debuted for the team with 15 points. Glen Saville (197-G/F-76) answered with 22 points for the Hawks. Dusty Rychart (201-F-78, college: Minnesota) knocked down 15 points and collected 7 rebounds in defeat.
The Hawks led by as many as 5 points in the first frame but the hosts stayed close. They cut the distance to just a single point at halftime 50:51. Kirk Penney stepped up on the scene as he drained five trebles in the third frame carrying the Breakers in front. They built a 79:75 advantage with one quarter to go in the game. Oscar Forman (205-G/F-82), Kirk Penney and CJ Bruton all connected from afar to give the home team a 20-point advantage in the fourth quarter. The Breakers never surrendered the lead and eased to the first win in the season. The hosts outrebounded their opponents 50:40 and forced those to 15 turnovers. The Breakers also shot 52% from the field and limited the Hawks to just 43% field goal accuracy.
The Wollongong Hawks will next host the Sydney Spirit on September 20. The Breakers will face the defending champions Melbourne Tigers in the second round on September 25.

New Zealand Breakers: Kirk Penney 41, CJ Bruton 15, Rick Rickert 13+12 boards
Wollongong Hawks: Glen Saville 22, Dusty Rychart 15


Luke plays, for now - by Eurobasket News
Wellington Saints point guard Luke Martin (181-G-81, college: UTEP) has been allowed to play for the Sydney Spirit in the Australian National Basketball League.
For now, at least. With the Spirit unable to fit Martin under the player points cap and needing former Australian Boomer Jason Smith to take a pay-cut to work in under the salary cap, the guard looked to have missed out on a contract in Australia. But Martin, Aussie-born with a Kiwi Dad, was signed short-term by the Spirit, formerly the West Sydney Razorbacks, late last week as injury cover for Smith, who is recovering from off-season shoulder surgery.
The 27-year-old played seven minutes, going 0-for-1 from the field, with two assists, a rebound and steal in the Spirits 112-102 season-opening loss to the defending champion Melbourne Tigers on Saturday. When Smith returns - expected to be in six weeks Martin will again be without a team. Martin, who averaged 9.3 points and 6.6 assists per game for the Saints in the NBL last season, is rated as a five but the Spirit only have four points remaining to stay under the player point cap of 68. Attempts by his management to have his points rating re-evaluated have been denied by the Australian NBL.
The speedy guards situation has struck a chord with the games fan, with more than 300 people joining the Let Luke Play Facebook group, including opposing Tigers assistant coach Darryl MacDonald.
Elsewhere in the Aussie NBL, Tall Blacks centre Nick Horvath (208-F/C-81, college: Duke) posted a double-double, with 17 points (8/14 FG, 0/1 3pt, 1/1 FT), 11 rebounds, three assists and two blocks in 29 minutes, while national team-mate Mika Vukona (197-F-82) had two points (1/2 FG) and two rebounds in 12 minutes off the bench but highly favoured South Dragons fell 98-92 to the Cairns Taipans in the tropical North on Saturday.
Former Tall Blacks forward Casey Frank (203-F-77, college: N.Arizona) has had his longest pre-season he can remember and he is over it. Frank's Gold Coast Blaze, which also includes Tall Blacks captain Pero Cameron (199-F-74, agency: Duran International), team open their 2008-09 season on Friday night against the 1-0 Taipans at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre and the 2.03m forward can barely wait. This has been the longest pre-season I have had in years, he said. I got here in July and I didnt think pre-season went this long. I think I need a career rethink actually. We are raring to go. It has come quick but at the same time it is a long two or three months of pre-season training to get to this point. The cult favourite recently starred with 36 points and 11 rebounds against the Wollongong Hawks in an eyebrow-raising performance. The American-born, naturalised-Kiwi said he felt in good shape and it was now showing on the court. The body feels good and it always feels really good until the season gets to start and you have those back-to-back games that pile up, he said. I feel extremely fit and have done a lot of work in the off-season, so hopefully it pays off.
Courtesy of: basketball.org.nz


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Anwil triumphs in Kasztelan Basketball Cup - by Eurobasket News
Anwil celebrated victory in the preseason Kasztelan Basketball Cup held in Wloclawek. Four teams took place in the tournament as Anwil were opposed by Victoria Gornik, Polpharma Gdansk and Ventspils from Latvia.
The hosts opened the competition pretty confidently holding off visiting Ventspils 74:67 in the first round. Anwil dominated the game and turned a 7-point halftime advantage into a comfortable win at the end. Lukasz Koszarek (187-G-84) led the charge with 15 points. Akselis Vairogs (196-G/F-85) answered with 16 points for Ventspils.
Anwil next took on Victoria Gornik and rolled to a 67:58 win at the end. Once again the home team looked better in the first half piling up an 8-point cushion at halftime. The situation did not change radically after the long break and Anwil got away with the second victory at the tourney. Paul Miller (208-C-82, college: Wichita St.) provided 14 points to pace the hosts. Tomasz Zablocki (202-F-78, agency: Promotex) and Ousmane Barro (208-F-84, college: Marquette) answered with 11 points apiece for Gornik.
Finally Anwil took on Polpharma Gdansk and succeeded for the third time in a row. Building a 12-point buffer at the sides change Anwil did not give an inch of their advantage and scored an emphatic win at the end. Andrzej Pluta (182-G-74, agency: Court Side) secured 16 points for Anwil. Stipe Modric (207-F-79) contributed 15 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Tulijkovic replied with 15 points for Polpharma as they occupied the second spot in the final ladder. Ventspils grabbed the third overall place.
Lukasz Koszarek was trumped the MVP of the tournament.


Exhibition games recap - by Eurobasket News
Atlas Stal Ostrow overcame Lodz in the friendly game. Jocovic nailed to 17 points to lead one of the PLK powerhouses. Atlas Ostrow opened the game aggressively and ran away to an 8-point lead after the starting period. Lodz failed to recover and found themselves trailing by 15 points at halftime. The complexion of the game did not change after the break and Atlas Ostrow sealed a comfortable victory at the end. Nikola Jovanovic (205-C-81) contributed 15 points, while Patrick Okafor (203-F-79, college: Houston) netted 14 points for the winners. Tomasz Prostak (187-G-88) dropped 13 points for Lodz. Wojciech Kukuczka (202-C-73) finished with 12 in defeat.
Earlier Atlas Ostrow faced Polonia Warsaw and celebrated an 88:76 victory. Krzysztof Szubarga (184-G-84, agency: AB Agency) and Nikola Jovanovic led the winners with 18 points apiece. Aaron Cook (188-G-83, college: Hartford) notched 17 points for Atlas. Tommy Adams (191-G-80, agency: Passing Lane, college: Hampton) answered with 18 points for Polonia. Michael Ansley (200-F-67, college: Alabama) added 11 points in the loss.
Meanwile Prokom Sopot took on Energa Czarni Slupsk and drove to a 78:67 victory. Slupsk enjoyed a 19:18 lead after ten minutes of action. But Prokom came up strong in the second stanza and secured a 7-point cushion before the second half. They dominated the game after the break and deservedly posted the win at the end. David Logan (184-G-82, college: Indianapolis) fired game-high 26 points for Prokom. Koko Archibong (202-F-81, college: Pennsylvania) delivered 12 points, while Brian Burrel (191-G-84) had 10 for the winning side. Energa Slupsk responded with 16 points from Jack Ingram (207-C/F-83, college: Illinois). Mantas Cesnauskis (188-G-81, agency: LimeLight) had 11 points in defeat.


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Portugal wins, will not be enough to advance - by Eurobasket News
Portugal-FYR Macedonia 81:71

Portugal won the second straight game after three first loses in EuroBasket Group B qualifier. Lat night the team overcame FYR Macedonia 81:71 in Coimbra. Jose Costa (187-G-73) led the winners with 19 points to 2-3 record. Santos Joao nailed 14 and Carlos Andrade (197-F-78, agency: Players Group, college: Queens (NC)) collected 13 points and 11 rebounds. Djeremaja Mejsi (202-F-82, college: Kansas St.) top-scored in the losing effort with 20 points.

Portugal had a great start and flew to score from the very beginning. The team also paid lots of attention to defense and led to 22:10 after the opening period. It happened when Evora scored a jump-shot with a foul and made a free throw later. Miranda increased the lead to plus 15 in the start of the second period. FYR Macedonia needed some more time to come into the game and reduced the margin at the halftime. Djeremaja Mejsi sent both teams to the lockers for 44:38.

The visitors stayed within striking distance and eventually reduced the deficit to 58:56 on a lay-up by Riste Stefanov early in the fourth quarter.Djeremaja Mejsi's two free throws again made it a two-point game, but Jose Costa drew a foul from Todor Gecevski and made two at the stripe to increase the advantage to 62:58. Portugal did not allow the guests to catch them up and won the game 81:71. Jose Costa made two free throws to seal the total success.

Portugal: Jose Costa 19 points, Santos Joao 14, Carlos Andrade 13 points and 11 rebounds.
FYR Macedonia: Djeremaja Mejsi 20 points, Vlado Ilievski (190-G-80, agency: World Sport Agency) 16


Academica signs Scooby Johnson - by Bruno Baltazar
Ass. Academica de Coimbra landed in their roster Scooby Johnson (201-F-83, agency: Court Side) ,american forward with 2.01m , 25years old,109kg, two seasons ago he played in NCAA division 1 for Texas A&M - C.C. and in 33 games he averaged 9.0ppg, 4.6rpg , last season he played in NCAA2 for Tex.A&M-Comm. doing 30 games and averaging 20.7ppg, 7.7rpg, 1.2apg, 1.5spg and his field goals percentages were really good FG: 59.2%, 3Pts: 41.7%, FT: 73.2%.
A payer that will straight weapons for the new season of Ass. Academica de Coimbra.


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UMobitelco victorious against Univer KSE - by Eurobasket News
UMobitelco played two exhibition games against Hungarian team Univer KSE recently. Tab Baldwins team celebrated two victories. In the first game of the friendly series UMobitelco dominated right from the start. They secured a comfortable 53:38 lead at halftime and continued to mount pressure in the second half. The new-look UMobilteco posted a confident 92:72 victory at the end. Matt Gibson (196-G-84) paced the winners with 23 points. Bambale Osby (203-F-86, college: Maryland) added 15 points and 8 rebounds, while Branko Cuic (196-G-78) had 12 points for Romanian side.
The teams met again on the next day and the clash turned more dramatic. UMobitelco jumped to an early lead and enjoyed a 39:35 advantage at the interval. However Univer KSE did not go away and stayed at a striking distance throughout the rest of the race. But finally it was Romanian team that triumphed as they sealed a narrow 70:66 win at the end. Matt Gibson and Mihai Silvasan (200-F-85, agency: Court Side) netted 12 points apiece. Adrian Majstrovich (202-F/G-80) and Branko Cuic finished with 10 points each for the winners.
CSU Ploiesti lost to OKK Beograd in Serbia. It was a close battle however the hosts turned luckier at the end stealing a narrow 69:67 win at the end. Arvydas Cepulis (195-G-79) fired 11 points for the Romanian champions. Tyson Wheeler (183-G-75, agency: Passing Lane, college: Rhode Island) contributed 10 points in defeat.


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Standings - Higher League
Higher Standings
Div.A
 1. Dinamo May. 0-0 
 2. Stary Sobol 0-0 
 3. Stavropol 0-0 
 4. Ukhta 0-0 
 5. Dizelist 0-0 
 6. Akad.-Globus 0-0 
 7. Lobnya MR 0-0 
 8. Lipetsk 0-0 
 9. Volzhan.-GES 0-0 
 10. Tula 0-0 
 11. Voronezh 0-0 
 12. Orenburg 0-0 
 13. Tambov 0-0 
Div.B Center
 1. Bryansk 0-0 
 2. Tolyatti 0-0 
 3. Kostroma 0-0 
 4. Izhevsk 0-0 
 5. Orel 0-0 
 6. Severstal-2 0-0 
 7. Avtodor-2 0-0 
 8. Ufa 0-0 
 9. Cherkessk 0-0 
Div.B Ural-Siberia
 1. Magnitogorsk-2 0-0 
 2. Yantar-TGASU 0-0 
 3. Omsk 0-0 
 4. NGU Novosyb. 0-0 
 5. Tobolsk 0-0 


Carlos Delfino injured, Spartak Primorie beats Besiktas - by Eurobasket News
Bad news for Khimky and its NBA acquisition. Carlos Delfino (199-G-82) suffered finger injury and he will most probably be sidelined around 20 days. Injury happened at the very beginning of the friendly game in Slovenia against Lokomotiv Rostov. Argentinian was immediately substituted and he didn't return on the court.
Delfino demonstrated wonderful performance during the Olympic Games in Beijing this summer. He helped Argentina to grab the Bronze collecting 20 points and 10 board in decisive game against Lithuania. His competition-high happened in the quarterfinals against Greece, when Delfino drained 24 points for 33 minutes.

Spartak Primorie Vladivostok played friendly game against Besiktas on the road celebrating 93-81. Besiktas had furious beginning ending opening frame 27-12. After that moment Spartak took control on it. Russians ended second quarter 30-20 and the next one 16-13. During the last ten minutes Spartak totally destroyed Besiktas 35-21. Maurice Bailey (183-G-81, agency: Larry Fox Services, college: Sacred Heart) was totally the best payer in Spartak netting 28 points. Aleksandr Fomin (206-F-86, agency: Interperformances) also shined with 15 while Vidas Ginevicius (194-G-78, agency: Interperformances) had 14 points. Andrei Trushkin (207-C/F-81) followed them scoring 10 points.


CSKA loses the first in Italy, Khimki and Enisey have easy wins - by Eurobasket News
Montepaschi became the first Italian team to hand CSKA the first loss in their journey around the country. The winner of the Italian league had 72:54 victory with 20:10 in the end of the game. Italian side opened the game with 23:11 to take the whole control of the court. Montepaschi remained in front even when CSKA replied with 17:10 in the second to reduce the gap at the halftime. Italian champion produced 19:16 in the third, but was too good for the opponent in the last stanza. With 20:10 Montepaschi closed the game and handed Russian champion a loss in the fourth friendly game. Terrell McIntyre (175-G-77, college: Clemson) paced all the winners with 21 points.Carraretto and Stonerook followed him with 10 apiece, while Sato scored 8. Trajan Langdon (192-G-76, college: Duke) and Erazem Lorbek (210-F/C-84, college: Michigan St.) finished the game with 13 points in the losing effort, Ramunas Siskauskas (197-G-78) posted 10.

Khimki overcame Slovan from Slovenia that finished third last season. The team had no difficulties reaching 85:62 victory.

Enisey smashed Croatian Porec 92:46. To prove the team's ambitions the Russian squad reach 92:46 win by dominating the court from the beginning until the end. Recently the team signed Aleksei Savkov (196-G-79), the player who played for Khimky over the last seven years.


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SEA Games Standings
Standings
1. Philippine.4-0
2. Indonesia3-1
3. Malaysia2-2
4. Thailand1-3
5. Cambodia0-4


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Crvena Zvezda inks Roberts, Keselj leads it against UNICS in a friendly - by Dragan Jankovski
Another ex NBA player arrived to Crvena Zvezda. Namely, after signing of Andre Owens (192-G-80, college: Houston), Lawrence Roberts (205-F/C-82, college: Mississippi St.) is the second one who joined Zvezda in just few days. As a reminder Crvena Zvezda during the month already agreed terms with Marko Keselj (206-F-88, agency: Beo Basket) and Marko Marinovic (183-G-83) and one month before with Vladimir Stimac (209-C-87, agency: Interperformances) and head caoch Svetislav Pesic.
American Lawrence Roberts started last season in Olympiakos Piraeus but he left the team in October. On 06/07 Roberts played 54 NBA games for Memphis Grizzlies averaging 5.2 ppg and 4.8 rpg. In his rookie season 05/06 Roberts was transferred few times from Memphis to D-League team Arkansas. He played 33 games for the Grizzlies that season adding 1.5 pg and 1.5 rpg. For 7 games in NBDL Roberts had 1.5 ppg and 1.5 rpg. He graduated on Mississippi State University in 2005.

Crvena Zvezda went to Gravelines this morning for international tournament. On Friday the team from Belgrade will meet the hosts Gravelines. A day later its rival will be Dutch Amsterdam. At the last day of the tournament Crvena Zvezda will take on Belgian team Dexia Mons Haiunaut. Head coach Pesic added 12 players to Zvezda's roster for this tournament: Mirko Kovac, Boris Bakic, Marko Keselj , Vladimir Stimac, Andre Owens, Lawrence Roberts, Marko Marinovic, Strahinja Dragicevic, Nemanja Bjelica, Stevan Milosevic, Lazar Radosavljevic and Nemanja Nedovic.

Bjelica and Milosevic are still on try-out with Red-and-whites. The team supposes to participate on tournament in Athens but it decided to cancel that one. After Gravelines, Zvezda will play two more friendlies in Italy against Lottomatica Roma. First game will be played on September 26th and the second one a day later. First official game of the season will be against FMP Zeleznik on the road on October 4th (Adriatic league).

Zvezda played last night against Russian UNICS Kazan winning 80-73. Marko Keselj paced his team to victory draining 18 points. Marko Marinovic had 14 while Strahinja Dragicevic (194-F-86) netted 12 points. Other scorers in Zvezda: Owens 9, Stimac 8, Bakic 8, Kovac 5, Milosevic 4.


Tournament 'Sloga 2008', day 2 - by Dragan Jankovski
At the second day of the tournament 'Sloga 2008' in Kraljevo, Hemofarm STADA made another easy victory, this time against Macedonian team Rabotnicki Skopje 95-59. As it was at the opening day, Hemofarm once again resolved question about the winner already at the half time. Milan Macvan (205-F/C-89) was the best in his team adding 18 points. Another big guy Vladan Vukosavljevic (206-F/C-84, agency: Beo Basket) had one point less while Bojan Krstovic (194-G-80) stopped on 15. Bojan Trajkovski (206-C/F-88) scored 17 points in Rabotnicki.

Rabotnicki played one more game at the same day suffering another defeat. Croatian team Svetlost Slavonski Brod was better 69-73 thanks to Nenad Delic (210-F/C-84), who drained 19 points. This time Toni Grncarov (191-G-80) was the top scorer in Rabotnicki with 17 points.

Igokea Partizan registered tight victory against the host team Sloga 67-65. Bosnians took this one mostly to well played last 10 minutes of the game 27-16. Sinisa Kovacevic (200-F-78) was the best scorer in the winning team with 19 points. Marko Djerasimovic (200-F-84) and Bryan Lucas (204-F/C-78, college: N.Texas) followed him with 12 points each. Sloga got 20 points from Stefanovic.

As Rabotnicki, Sloga also played two games at the same day. Montenegrin champion Buducnost Podgorica cruises past it 61-89. Once again Marko Simonovic (203-F-86, agency: Beo Basket) led Montenegrins to win scoring 16 points. Center Nenad Misanovic (217-C-84) finished the game with 15. Bojan Petrovic (204-F/C-88) netted 14 points for Sloga.


Today:
Final, Hemofarm STADA - Buducnost
For third place, Igokea Partizan - Svjetlost Slavonski Brod
For fifth place, Sloga - Rabotnicki


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News from Slovakian champion Skanska Pezinok - by Eurobasket News
Current Slovakian champion succeeded to keep American Lorenzo Williams (191-G-84, college: Rice) for season 08/09. On the other hand Tomas Holesovsky (189-G-79) and big guys Glen Whisby (203-C/F-72, college: S.Mississippi) and Libor Dosek (211-C-82) left the team.

Lorenzo Williams joined Pezinok in March this year but for a very short time he became one of its most important players. He started season 07/08 in German Regionalliga team Groer Recycling Weissenhorn. Last summer he graduated at Rice University adding 9.1 ppg, 2.5 rpg and 5 apg in his senior season.

Tomas Holesovsky left Pezinok after just one and successful season. Before Pezinok he played 8 years for Usti nad Labem. On season 06/07 Holesovsky was fourth best assistant in NBL with 4.6 apg.

Veteran Glen Whisby also decided to leave the team. As Williams, Whisby also joined it in March. In just few games in Extraliga regular season he had 14.6 ppg and 9.4 rpg. Whisby shined in play-off leading his team to title. His average digits at the last stage were 16.8 ppg and 11.7 rpg.

Libor Dosek is another guy who left Pezinok. He spent there last two years.

Milan Cernicky remains head coach of the team.


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Pre-Season Round Up (Wed 17 Sep Games) - by Paul Nilsen


Barcelona secured another pre-season victory against an improved Pamesa Valencia who had controlled three quarters of the game before losing 76-81 to the Catalan giants. Tarjona led by seven points going into the final period but Xavi Pascuals side outscored their opponents 26-14 with Lubos Barton and Juan Carlos Navarro pivotal in the final minutes to help to steal the win. Jordi Trias top scored for Barca with 17 points while Dimos Dikoudis scored 8 points on his debut for Valencia.

Ricoh Mnaresa secured a 79-71 win over ViveMenorca thanks to impressive performances by Roman Montanez and Josh Asselin who had 16 and 15 points respectively. Likely rivals in the annaul fight to stay in the top flight of Spanish basketball, Manresa achieved the win thanks mainly to a great first quarter when they opened up a double figure lead at 21-11. Javier Bulfoni and Serge Ibaka claimed 12 points each for Manresa while for Menorca it was another disappointing pre-season loss.

Unicaja claimed another pre-season success, this time a 93-85 win over CB Murcia who were again involved in overtime after Malaga star Thomas Kelati scored a basket in the last seconds of regulation. However the star of the game was another Thomas - Chris Thomas (186-G-82, college: Notre Dame) of Murcia who finished with a game high 30 points. His tally was a little more than 27 point Marcus Haislip who is looking powerful again.


Iurbentia Bilbao slumped to a 65-80 loss against Kalise Gran Canaria after a stunning 19-0 run by the Islanders in the second half after the game had at one stage been 59-57 to the Basques. James Augustine produced another encouraging display with 16 points for Granca while nobody getting into double-figures for Bilbao told a story of their lacklustre offence.

Finally GBC Bruesa claimed a 73-82 win over LEB Bronce side Sant Josep. Four divisions separate the clubs and for the most part Bruesa dominated until the final quarter when Josep put a touch of respectability to the score having trailed by double figures for large parts of the game. Point guard Bojan Popovic top scored for Bruesa with 16 points while Lou Roe did not play due to his recent injury scare.


Market News : Tau and Pamesa Sign Players - by Paul Nilsen
Tau Ceramica have announced the signing for one season of 24 year old American guard Mustafa Shakur. The Univsersity of Arizona graduate played in Euroleague last year with Polish side Prokom Trefl Sport averging 7.6 points, 2.1 rebounds and 2.1 assists in the competition. During his four years with Arizone, Shakur scored 10 points per game. Shakur is a nice contrast for Tau writes www.acb-basket.com who have started with their predictions for the season and have Tau down to finish third and possible Copa Del Rey winners. Shakur can provide a more explosive option for Baskonia than is currently provided by the likes of Prigioni. Shakur offers quicker penetration to the hoop and is very wuick and able in transition getting down the court. Physically strong and also san asset on defence, he looks a solid pick up for Dusko Ivanovic and should fit in well.

Meanwhile Pamesa Valencia have moved to finally resolve their big man problem by getting one of the biggest players anywhere in the world. After the farce over Van Den Spiegel (who has now signed with Azvomash in the Ukraine), they have clinched the signing for three seasons of Serbian giant Kosta Perovic from NBA franmchise Golden State Warriors.

The 23 year old who spent five seasons in Euroleague as a young player with Partizan Belgrade means Pamesa General Manager Johhny Rogers can breathe more easily and he is delighted with his acquisition telling the official web-site He is a big signing for the club, a young player but with experience. Weve waited for a player who little by little has potential. He is a player who plays in the low post, is technically good and works hard and has ambition.

Perovic was number 38 in the draft for 2006 and played 7 games for Golden State avering 1.4 points and 1.9 rebounds in those game having also played in the NBA Development league with Bakersfield Jam where he scored 9.3 points per game and averaged 7 rebounds in 21 games. Petrovic will also play for Serbia in Eurobasket 2009 in Poland and comes from a line of Serbian born players to have worn the famous orange shirt of Tarjona.


Market News : Tau and Pamesa Sign Players - by Paul Nilsen
Tau Ceramica have announced the signing for one season of 24 year old American guard Mustafa Shakur (190-G-84, college: Arizona). The University of Arizona graduate played in Euroleague last year with Polish side Prokom Trefl Sport averging 7.6 points, 2.1 rebounds and 2.1 assists in the competition. During his four years with Arizone, Shakur scored 10 points per game. Shakur is a nice contrast for Tau writes www.acb-basket.com who have started with their predictions for the season and have Tau down to finish third and possible Copa Del Rey winners. Shakur can provide a more explosive option for Baskonia than is currently provided by the likes of Prigioni. Shakur offers quicker penetration to the hoop and is very wuick and able in transition getting down the court. Physically strong and also san asset on defence, he looks a solid pick up for Dusko Ivanovic and should fit in well.

Meanwhile Pamesa Valencia have moved to finally resolve their big man problem by getting one of the biggest players anywhere in the world. After the farce over Van Den Spiegel (who is now signing with Azvomash in the Ukraine), they have clinched the signing for three seasons of Serbian giant Kosta Perovic (217-C-85) from NBA franmchise Golden State Warriors.

The 23 year old who spent five seasons in Euroleague as a young player with Partizan Belgrade means Pamesa General Manager Johhny Rogers can breathe more easily and he is delighted with his acquisition telling the official web-site He is a big signing for the club, a young player but with experience. Weve waited for a player who little by little has potential. He is a player who plays in the low post, is technically good and works hard and has ambition.

Perovic was number 38 in the draft for 2006 and played 7 games for Golden State avering 1.4 points and 1.9 rebounds in those game having also played in the NBA Development league with Bakersfield Jam where he scored 9.3 points per game and averaged 7 rebounds in 21 games. Petrovic will also play for Serbia in Eurobasket 2009 in Poland and comes from a line of Serbian born players to have worn the famous orange shirt of Tarjona.


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Plannja Basket tour Finland - by Eurobasket News
Plannja Basket play a string of friendly games in Finland. They posted wins over Korikobrat, UU-Korihait, KTP and Jyvaskyla.
Lately Plannja Basket took on Tarmo Poorvoo. The Swedish team built a massive 31:12 lead after the opening term and controlled the situation in the reminder of the contest. They managed to secure a 92:64 win at the end. Jim Enbom (195-F-76) provided 16 points for Plannja. Mats Olsson (204-F-78, college: Warner Southern) knocked down 14 points, while Mark Kelley (204-F/C-84, college: Cal-Irvine) and Tony Bethel (188-G-82, college: N.Carolina St.) added 12 points apiece for the winners.
Yesterday Plannja Basket faced Huima from Finnish First Division. Leading by as many as 14 points in the opening frame Plannja Basket wasted the advantage and trailed by 5 points at halftime. However a 10:0 rally from the Swedish team allowed them to surge back in front and secure a tough 87:82 victory at the end. Mark Kelley came up with 27 points for Plannja. Jim Enbom contributed 21 points, while Hakan Larsson (184-G-74) nailed 17 points for the winners.
In the meantime Boras Basket overcame Basketettan side Nassjo 79:58 in a friendly encounter. Jonas Larsson (192-G-71), Simon Andreasen (199-F/C-88) and Henrick Carlsson all scored 14 points apiece to pace the winners.
Next Boras faced the Norrkoping Dolphins and suffered a 71:78 defeat. Leading by as many as 12 points after the starting frame Boras however failed to secure the winning result and fell short at the end. Joakim Svensson fired 13 points for Boras in the loss.


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Benetton Fribourg Olympic adds Zimnickas, Esterkamp out at least six months - by Eurobasket News
Benetton Fribourg Olympic agreed terms with Canadian / Lithuanian Alex Zimnickas (203-F-83, college: Hartford) for season 2008/09. 25-year old power forward played last season For Mardyke UCC Demons Cork. He had 20 appearances in Irish Superleague averaging 13.1 ppg and 7.4 rpg. He helped UCC Demons to reach second place in South Conference and later the play-off semifinals. He graduated last year on University of Hartford adding 7.1 ppg and 2.9 rpg in his senior season. In 2003 he was named 'HS Grass Roots Canada AAU team'. As it is mentioned above Ziminckas has double citizenship thus he plays in Switzerland as Bosman A not Canadian import.

Bad news came up for Benetton Fribourg Olympic. One of its most important players over the past few years Dave Esterkamp (200-F-78, college: Bowling Green) will bi sidelined for at least 6 months due to injury (arthroscopic surgery). Since November 2004, when Esterkamp joined Fribourg, he had extremely important role in the team. In 05/06 he was the fifth scorer on LNA with 20.5 ppg. He also had 6.8 rpg and 2.3 spg while next season his digits were just a little bit lower. In the last one he played 10 games for Fribourg in ULEB Cup averaging 14.8 ppg, 5.7 rpg and 1.9 apg. He also had 22 games in LNA adding very similar numbers. Hel led Benetton Fribourg Olympic to championship title and National Cup in 2007 as well as to another LNA title this year.


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Position rankings: Best power forward still a slam Dunc decision - by David Edole
Tim Duncan (208-F-76, college: Wake Forest) is 32, has played 11 NBA seasons and has participated in more than 150 playoff games. He is clearly on the downside of his career.

Still, when you get right down to it, is there any other player you'd rather have playing power forward?

Kevin Garnett and Amare Stoudemire have to be in that discussion. But something doesn't feel right if a 'best of' or 'top 10' list doesn't have Duncan's name at the top. Yes, Garnett is coming off a title. Stoudemire is the best young '4' in the NBA. Even so, it's Duncan atop the leaderboard.

One more thing: If you put Duncan on the 2007-08 Celtics instead of Garnett, Boston still wins the title.

Here, then, are the top 20 power forwards:

1. Tim Duncan, San Antonio: Duncan continues to be the most vital player to the Spurs, even with the emergence of Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili. It is still Duncan getting double-teamed in the low post, setting the table for that twosome. And did we mention his four NBA championships?

2. Amare Stoudemire, Phoenix: The only thing left for Stoudemire is to begin making teammates better. Stoudemire is the most dominant big man in the game, more impactful than a fading Shaquille O'Neal and a burgeoning Dwight Howard.

3. Kevin Garnett, Boston: One of Garnett's greatest assets as a player -- his willingness to defer to teammates -- unfortunately keeps him No. 3 on this list. As great a player as Garnett is, he doesn't get enough credit for being a 'glue guy.' Don't downplay that he's in the figurative Teammate Hall of Fame.

4. Chris Bosh, Toronto: Before the Beijing Olympics, Bosh probably would have been about eighth or ninth on this list. Not anymore. His willingness to play inside and do the dirty work for Team USA portends well for the Raptors. If Bosh uses that style as his foundation and complements it with his skilled perimeter and low-post game, he's going to be a real headache. He also appears to have the look of a leader.

5. Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas: Nowitzki may never again reclaim his good name after the 2006-07 playoff debacle against the Warriors, but he's still one of the league's elite players. Now that Nowitzki has settled into his NBA career, it seems apparent: He's going to need to be a team's second-best player in order to win a title. No shame there, just the way it is.

6. Carlos Boozer, Utah: Boozer is a numbers machine, in large part because he is such a big part of the Jazz offense. He has proved that game in and game out, he's going to win the power forward matchup most of the time. But this might be as high as Boozer gets because he's never going to be a great defender or shot-blocker, and his passing is so-so at best.

7. Pau Gasol, L.A. Lakers: When Gasol came into the league, he was soft. Period. After years of getting beaten on in both the NBA and international play, Gasol began to fight back and grew into a tougher, feistier player. His performance in the NBA Finals made it obvious that he still needs to make more progress, but he's working on it.

8. Elton Brand, Philadelphia: We wanted to put Brand higher on this list, we really did. But we couldn't. Brand's career is slipping away as he enters his 10th season. Sure, he has nice numbers, but his teams have had virtually no success. Of course, that's not his fault, but you can't reward him for it, either. Twelve playoff games ... all in one season. If that doesn't change in 2008-09 with Philly, something is really wrong.

9. David West, New Orleans: One of the league's best-kept secrets. West is strong enough that you must defend him with another power forward. But he's as reliable as they come from 16 to 18 feet out, making him a very difficult cover.

10. LaMarcus Aldridge, Portland: All he needs is time. Aldridge is going to be a matchup nightmare for opponents because he is 6-foot-11 and can score effectively with a face-up jumper and a low-post game. He'll be even more effective -- at both ends of the floor -- playing alongside Greg Oden.

11. Josh Smith, Atlanta: Smith is as athletic as they come and has a flair for the spectacular. In between the highlights, however, there are some issues: turnovers, free throw shooting and defense. He also can disappear for stretches here and there. But there is a heck of a lot to work with here.

12. Al Jefferson, Minnesota: He's listed as a power forward in the Timberwolves' media guide, so that's good enough for us. Unfortunately, that's going to push him down this list because he needs to add another dimension to scoring and rebounding.

13. Antawn Jamison, Washington: Jamison has been a total professional over the course of his career, not to mention a consistent scorer and rebounder. The unorthodoxy of his game is perhaps Jamison's most consistent weapon.

14. Rashard Lewis, Orlando: He's not a natural power forward, but he plays one a lot of the time for the Magic. Lewis is another guy whose rsum looks a little thin as his career flies by (he's entering his 11th season). Lewis has missed the playoffs more years (six) than his teams have made them (four), and he never has made it past Round 2.

15. Michael Beasley, Miami: It's always tough to know exactly how a player will 'translate' once he enters the league. But by all indications, Beasley appears to have size and skill, can shoot it a little bit and puts it on the floor. If Beasley is, indeed, well-rounded, then he's already ahead of the rest of guys on this list.

16. Zach Randolph, New York: Rarely has so little been done with so much. Randolph proved early in his career that he could put up points and rebounds on a nightly basis, but that's the extent of what he did. The results are very nice-looking numbers, but upon further inspection they prove hollow.

17. Paul Millsap, Utah: He could start on about 20 other teams in the NBA, but he's just another point-rebound machine in Utah. It's going to be difficult for the Jazz to keep both Boozer and Millsap long term.

18. Drew Gooden, Chicago: He's not a perfect player, but he has provided 12 and eight over the course of his career. Gooden can hold his own much of the time on the defensive end. But he tends to be a little sloppy and careless, and the fact of the matter is that Chicago is his fourth team since he came into the league in 2002.

19. Nene, Denver: Nene returned from testicular cancer last season and got stronger as the season wore on. This season all systems are go, and now there are freed-up minutes because of the Marcus Camby/Eduardo Najera departures.

20. Ben Wallace, Cleveland: He was exposed once he left the Pistons a few years back. Wallace is no longer the intimidator he has been in the past, nor the defender, either. And he'll be an offensive liability 'til the end of time.

By Matt Steinmetz
The Sports Xchange/CBSSports.com


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UBL LEGAL AFFAIRS (MR. ROLAND V. COMBS III) - by Ozzie Denson

Mr. Roland V. Combs III will head up the United Basketball League Legal Affairs Department. The UBL is doing great programs for our sponsors and UBL teams. With the addition of Mr Combs, the UBL is getting ready to launch our product line. Stay tune for more info to come. The UBL Owners Meeting this pass weekend was a success. We will start Tryouts the first weekend in October
Visit our site at www.ublhoops.com or www.ublwranglers.com

MR. ROLAND V. COMBS III



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The Return Of The Murph - by George Manousidis
A familiar face will be amongst the new signings in Head coach Paul Smith's latest BiG Storage Cheshire Jets squad, as Richard Murphy (183-G-78) has signed up for his sixth season with the club.

Liverpool-born Richard,29, is a 6'0'' guard and a firm crowd favourite, who is renowned for his ability to drop long range three pointers, often at crucial moments in key games. But it will not be only his prowess as a shooter that he will be offering the Jets this year.

He was appointed as the Jets Sports Development Officer last season and has been a major contributor to the success of the Jets' community programme. He will continue with this post for the coming year, with special responsibilities for overseeing the expansion of the 'Hoops4Health' programme as it expands as it targets upwards of 10,000 local schoolchildren across Chester, Cheshire and North Wales.

If that was not enough, he is also stepping up to become Paul Smith's assistant coach - a move which Smith sees as a mutually beneficial move. 'Murph is a very experienced player who thinks a lot about the game - and he has undertaken a wide range of coaching duties in his community work over the past year', commented the Head Coach. 'After six years as a member of the squad, he has a lot to offer - I made a similar move at the same stage in my career - so there is no reason why he should not be able to use the opportunity to both advance his own career and benefit the club.'

Peter Hawkins, BiG Storage Cheshire Jets Director was similarly enthusiastic. 'Richard has provided invaluable assistance in the organisation and day-to- day running of the Hoops4health throughout the last year, and has, by his professional and enthusiastic attitude, succeeded in attracting and maintaining positive reactions from participating schools and their pupils. We are looking forward to him being part of the Jets continuing success, both on and off the court'

Richard will be part of the squad competing in the final pre-season friendly of the warm up campaign, against perennial trans-pennine rivals Sheffield Sharks at the Northgate Arena, next Sunday 21st September , tip-off 5.30pm.


Jets Apply Finishing Touches - by George Manousidis
Paul Smith, BiG Storage Cheshire Jets Head Coach has brought back a couple of familiar faces as he applies the finishing touches to his 2008-9 BBL squad. Donning the familiar black and gold again will be Alan Duppa (199-F/C-80) and Phil Brandreth.

Alan Duppa, a 6'7'' Welsh International centre joined the Jets from EBL side Newi Nets at the start of last season and impressed with his tough and uncompromising style in a number or unexpectedly lengthy appearances, due to the catastrophic run of injuries that dogged the jets season.

'Alan has thoroughly earned his chance to represent the Jets again,' said Jets Head Coach Paul Smith, 'he did everything we asked of him and more last season and spent many more minutes on court than we expected. He never gave less than 100% and never looked out of place.'

Phil Brandreth, back in this country after spending time at Mount Aloysius College in Pennsylvania, has a long-time connection with the Jets. An ex -student at Whitby High School in Ellesmere Port, he attended the Jets summer camps while still at school, before becoming a bench player in the 2003 BBL squad. After more than two years in the States he has now returned to his local team, bigger, fitter, stronger and more confident an looking forward to making a contribution.

'Phil represents exactly what we are trying to achieve at the Jets,' remarked Peter Hawkins, BiG Storage Cheshire Jets Director, a local lad who has played the game at school, became associated with the club - then went to the USA to further his education and improve his game. Now he has returned to the squad. All the thousands of school children who will enjoy basketball-related activities as part of our community-based programme this year can look at Phil and see what it is possible for them to achieve with application and ambition.'


The Brits Are Coming - by George Manousidis
Four up and coming young players have been added to the Marshall MK Lions 2008-09 line up for Coach Vince Macaulay.

Eddie Morrison, Liam Cort, Greg Harvey and Simon Emmerson have all been put through their paces and after major minutes in the Lions mega three game weekend schedule will all wear the black and gold for the Lions. Cort, 21, is 6'3', and a guard, has come through the Lions junior ranks and his quickness and rebounding appear to give him a shot of increased minutes. 'Liam had 5 rebounds in a tough game against Guildford on Sunday, he has all the necessary skills and has just been developing the mentality required at this level, I think he might just be at that point' commented Macaulay.

Eddie Morrisson, possessing lightning quick speed and excellent ball handling skills, is set to back up starting point guard, Terrell Brown. From Brent Cross in London, he played with the Hackney White Heat in EBL Division 3 last year whilst attending Hackney Community College, at 6'2' Coach Macaulay is thrilled with him, 'What a sleeper, Nigel Lloyd had mentioned him to me and when I saw him at the Midnight Madness in Milton Keynes this summer, it was clear he could easily play at our level, he is a great example to youngsters out there that they can fulfil their wishes of pro basketball, in fact looking at the various GB point guards over the last two weeks he has a real shot of making it even further' Morrisson hit 11 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists against Team USA on Friday.

Greg Harvey, 18, attends the Lions Basketball Academy in partnership with the Milton Keynes College, he made his debut last season for the Lions hitting 5 points in two minutes against London Capital to inspire an unlikely Lions victory. 'Greg is very heady, he comes on the floor and people take him lightly, that's just great as he always makes them pay' said Macaulay.

Simon Emmerson a 6'4' forward,hails from Southend and is 25. He attended Danville Community College in the States and had four years at University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez. 'An old friend of mine, Steve Pearl, alerted me to Simon, he is very strong, very fit and extremely keen. He has all the attributes and I love his attitude, he reminds me so much of a younger Dru Spinks' Macaulay added

The Lions defeated Team USA on Friday then beat Team Meresta from Lithuania on Saturday before suffering a narrow 2 point defeat at Guildford in the first leg of the Cup Winners Cup on Sunday. The second leg takes place this Friday at Bletchley tip off 7.30pm and the Lions first League game of the season is also at home on the 26th when they host Cheshire Jets. Season Tickets and game tickets are available now on www.mklions.com with great savings if they are bought in advance.


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Bailey was inked by Trouville - by Hector Lopez
Ollie Bailey (201-F-85, college: Oklahoma City) was inked by Trouville on a trial basis to play some games for the Uruguayan League, offcials from the team said to Latinbasket. Bailey, who was in Argentina, will replace Jemere Hendrix who played 7 games with 7.1 ppg and 5.7 rpg. Trouvile lost its last three games and is now with a 3-4 record among 14 teams. Bailey will play its first game next Friday when Trouvillle will afce Malvin the Lb Leader with a 6-1 record.

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Diego Guevara impressive in Colombia, leads Arrieros de Antioquia's undefeated run - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Diego Guevara (184-G-77) had a couple of consecutive explosive matches in Colombia's Copa Invitacional, as he led his Arrieros de Antioquia to their seventh and eight consecutive victory in the same amount of matches and maintained them at the top of the standings, with efforts of 24 and 32 points, respectively, in their victories against San Andres Sopesa Islanders, 92-82, and against Valle de Cauca Cali, 97-96.

Guevara, member of Guaros de Lara in Venezuela's LPB and Duros de Lara in Venezuela's LNB, both of his native hometown Barquisimeto, had to carry Antioquia on his shoulders, due to the fact that players Heberth Bayona (211-C-78), Norbey Aragon (193-G/F-78) and Jermaine Walker (198-F-77) did not play against Valle due to injury. The best scorer for San Andres was DaJuan Gouard (189-G-83) with 25 points.

In another match, Patriotas de Tunja had Ernesto Mijares (190-G-76) as their top scorer in a victory over Piratas de Bogota, 79-78. Bogota's best man on court was Patrick Culver (208-C-84).

The current two-time champions of Colombia, Bucaros de Bucaramanga, failed against Condores de Cundinamarca, 89-87, despites 20 points of Cruz Salcedo (190-G-74) and a solid night in the paint by Miguel Angel Marriaga (207-C-84). Bucaros is about to get Marcus Fleming (204-F-78) and Rogers Washington (202-F-77) as new imported players. Fleming led Venezuela's LPB in points per game in 2008 and he was a teammate of Washington in Guaiqueries de Margarita.


Juan Herrera defeats Salcedo and Bravo in Mexico - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Juan Herrera (197-F-81), who was a player of Duros de Lara in Venezuela's LNB up until last week, was stellar in his first couple of games in Mexico's LNBP with Santos Reales de San Luis de Potosi, as he scored 23 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in one game and added 10 points with two rebounds in a victory over Angeles de Puebla, team of countrymen Hernan Salcedo (198-F-80) and Jose Juan Bravo (200-C-80), 84-80.

Herrera got support from Mark Borders (188-G-84) with 13 points and Tyrone Hayes (197-G/F-80) with 12 points, while Puebla's top scorers were James Parker (183-G-82) with 30 points, Hernan Salcedo with 21 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists and Jose Juan Bravo with 9 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists.

Meanwhile, Jose Vargas (196-G/F-82) and Tomas Aguilera (198-F-77), of Fuerza Regia de Monterrey, could not avoid a defeat against Tecos de Guadalajara, 88-73. Vargas played 27 minutes and netted 12 points with 6 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals, while Aguilera participated 33 minutes with 11 points, 9 rebounds and one steal.

Other Venezuelans in Mexico had the same luck. Roque Osorio (206-C-76) did not play and Johnathan Polanco (190-G-82) netted 10 points with 2 rebounds, 3 steals and one assist in a defeat of Venados de Nuevo Laredo against Lobos Grises de Durango, 101-77.

Luis Bethelmy (200-C-86) scored 20 points, blocked 4 shots and grabbed 9 rebounds with an assists and 2 steals, but despites those numbers, Lobos UAC de Saltillo got pounded by Soles de Mexicali, 88-84. Alejandro Barrios (205-F-79) is still injured and didn't see any action.

Pedro Brito (202-F/C-82) contributed only 4 points and 4 rebounds with 2 assists and one block in 21 minutes, as his Panteras de Aguascalientes were defeated by Lechugueros de Nuevo Leon, 93-77.


Lanus released Carlos Cedeno - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Venezuelan guard Carlos Cedeno (193-G/F-85) and American Nathan Mielke (210-F-81) were released by Club Lanus, of Argentina's first division basketball, after they completed the first round of the 2008 Argentinian Cup with the team as starters but were unable to convince their head coach to stay for the 2008-2009 domestic league as imported players.

Cedeno, 23 years old, averaged 7.6 points, 1.6 assists and 18 minutes per game during the six matches he had the chance to play, all of them as a starter, while Mielke averaged 7.2 points and 5.2 rebounds. It is not clear where Cedeno will continue to play now. He belongs to Guaiqueries de Margarita in Venezuela's LPB and Duros de Lara in Venezuela's LNB, which is currently running its regular season, but Duros reinforced the guard position due to an expected long absence of this player and now seems to lack room for him to come back.


Carlos Morris and San Jose lose in Paraguay's Quadrangular - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Venezuelan shooting guard Carlos Morris (194-G-75) and his team, Deportivo San Jose, lost their first match in Paraguay's Final Quadrangular, as they were taken down by Libertad, 74-73, at Olimpia Arena of Asuncion.

Morris, a 32 year-old former member of Venezuela's Senior NT and sharp three-point shooter, is playing as imported player in this league and for this time for the second straight season. In this match, he was a starter for argentinean coach Horacio Segui and he pitched in 13 points as the top scorer, but could only get support from two other players with 10 points, Sergio Aceval (180-G-78) and Bruno Zanotti (197-F-82). Libertad had Ricardo Ozuna (185-G/F-82) with 23 points, Brian Craig (206-C-79) with 17 points and Renaldo Johnson (201-F-79) with 15 points as their best scorers. In the other match of the night, Sol de America had a comfortable triumph over Universidad Autonoma de Asuncion (UAA), 104-63.

San Jose entered this tournament with no bonus points, as they lost 2-1 in the additional series played last week against Sol de America. In the decisive match, won by Sol de America 77-73, Morris was one of four San Jose players with double figures in the offensive department, as he scored 10 points, following Roberto Laratro (198-C-82) with 16, Bruno Martinessi (202-F-81) with 15 and Gustavo Torres (175-G-80) with 13. However, Sol de America got benefit from 20 points of Joe Williams (201-C-79), 14 of Renzo Ferrari (191-G/F-84) and 12 of Guillermo Araujo (204-C-82).


Venezuela and Argentina hits first - by Wolfgang Lucena
Argentina didn't has any problem to defeat 72-35 their neighbor Uruguay. Argentina leads and showed great basketball level since the beginning of the game.
The leader for Argentina was Patricio Garino with 19 points, followed by Valentin Marchisio with 12 and Carlos Benitez with 10. Uruguay has its best guy on Luciano Parodi whom finishes the game with 9 points.
Venezuela did the same versus Peru beating them 93-41. The National squad looks huge since the first minute of the game allowing this way to the head coach Jose Dos Santos to rotate all his players. The best player for Venezuela was Anthony Sanchez with 17 points helped by Gabriel Oliveros with 12 points, Israel Blanco 11, Luis Maneiro and Edyn Calatayud with 10 points each one. The Leader for Peru was Fernando Hung with 12 points


Standings - LNB
LNB Standings
 1. Graneros 9-3 
 2. Duros 9-3 
 3. Trujillo 8-4 
 4. Centauros 6-6 
 5. Cojedes 5-7 
 6. Tiburones 4-8 
 7. Falcon 4-8 
 8. Estudiantes 3-9 


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Standings
WABA Standings
Group A
 1. Saba 3-0 
 2. Petrochimi 2-1 
 3. Orthodox 1-2 
 4. Al Ahli 0-3 
Group B
 1. Al Riyadi 3-0 
 2. Zain 2-1 
 3. Ittihad 1-2 
 4. Al Hilla 0-3 




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Women News

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Standings
Standings
Group A
1. S.Korea5-0
2. Japan4-1
3. China3-2
4. Taiwan2-3
5. Thailand1-4
6. Malaysia0-5
Group B
1. India5-0
2. Hong Kong4-1
3. Uzbekistan.3-2
4. Vietnam2-3
5. Singapore1-4
6. Sri Lanka0-5


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Standings
Standings
1. China5-0
2. Taiwan4-0
3. Japan3-0
4. S.Korea2-0
5. Thailand1-0
6. Lebanon0-0


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Interesting pre-season tournament this week-end in Canberra - by Eurobasket News
Four WNBL teams will compete on pre-season tournament, which will be held this week-end in Australian capital Canbera. At the opening day of the tournament Australian Institute of Sport will meet Townsvile Fire. The game is scheduled for 18h in AIS training hall. Second game will also be played there at 20h, when Canbera Capitals will take on Sydney Uni Flames.

Interesting is that the Capitals, AIS and Flames already met each other in a friendlies during the pre-season. It was WNBL Fiesta Tournament, which was covered by our website. As a reminder, Canberra Capital demonstrated the best performance on it registering victories against two above mentioned teams as well as against Logan Thunder. The Flames also were good ending it with 2-1. Australian Institute of Sport had only one victory and it was against Logan Thunder.

It is not known yet will three very important players of Canberra Capitals be able to help their team this week-end. Namely, centre Tracey Beatty (202-C-79) still recovers from twisted rib. Forward Peta Sinclair (187-F-83) struggles with 'Patella Tendonitis' while captain of the team Kellie Abrams (175-G-78) has flu.

This tournament in Canberra will be one of the last checks as WNBL championship is set to start on October 3rd. Townsville Fire will open it on its home court against Perth.


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  BULGARIA - Women  


Lukoil Neftochimik on strong tournament in Istanbul - by Eurobasket News
Bulgarian runner-up Lukoil Neftochimik will participate on the strong international tournament in Istanbul. Except of the Bulgarian team, Czech USK Praha and the hosts Fenerbahce also will take a place on it. For sure the strongest team on this tournament will be reining Euroleague champion Dynamo Moscow Region. Tournament starts on Tuesday, September 30th. Beside it, Lukoil will also play two more friendlies against Galatasaray.
Next week Lukoil Neftochimik will meet Beroe in two exhibition games. Toni Nikolova, who is successfully surgered recently, most probably will start to work with the team on Monday.

In the meantime it is announced that draw for A1 league will be held on September 24th in Sophia. As Eurobasket recently announced nine teams will participate in it. The opening day of the competition in October 11th. Eight top ranked teams will advance to the play-off. There won't be A2 league any more. Instead of it there will be created special competition for youth players.
System of competition for youth teams is not decided yet. However, it is known that women league will count 8 teams. Four of those will be selected because of results in the last three years while other 4 teams will be named by BFB.


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  CROATIA - Women  


Jolly JBS beats Dynamo Moscow in a friendly - by Eurobasket News
Reining Croatian champion demonstrated very good performance against strong Dynamo Moscow in a friendly game, which was played in Porec. The reason why Russian team came to Porec is a fact that it currently prepares for the upcoming season in Istra.
It was very exciting and tough game as both teams already reached good level. However, Croatian team was slightly better celebrating 79-74 at the end. Ivana Puzar (175-G-81) was unstoppable scoring 25 points for the winning team. New acquisition in Jolly SIbenik Leonie Kooij (187-F-86, agency: LBM Management) also was great with 19 points. Marta Cakic (175-G-82) followed these two players scoring 17 points. Dynamo Moscow got 19 points from Ekaterina Sytnyak (183-F-82, agency: LBM Management). Interesting is that captain of Croatian National Team and ex player of Jolly Sibenik Anda Jelavic (173-G-80) will play for Dynamo next season.

Meanwhile, U16 team of Medvescak celebrated on international tournament in Ljubljana, which was held last week-end. In the first game Medvescak was better than Odeja KED 40-27. In the next round Domzale suffered serious defeat 12-57 while at the next day Medvescak beat Jezice 51-25. At the last day of the tournament Croatian team outplayed Ostrava 58-56. Ana Majstorovic of Medvescak was named MVP of the tournament. Hana Kukulja was the best scorer.


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  GERMANY - Women  


Halle Lions hire Romanian guard - by Moritz Korff
Yet another new player has joined the SV Halle Lions for the 2008-09 season. The latest fresh player on Peter Kortmann 's squad is Florentina Ardeleanu (173-G-83). The 25-year-old Romanian international who made the 2006-07 Eurobasket.com All-Romanian League 2nd Team and All-Domestic Players Team will support also newly added Amanda Rego (178-G-86, college: San Diego) in the Halle backcourt. Ardeleanu played for the Romanian D1-side U Trustul Cre Cluj Napoca in the past years.

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  NCAA1 - Women  


Western Kentucky faces early tests - by Eurobasket News
Five matchups with teams that joined the Western Kentucky University women's basketball team in the 2008 NCAA Tournament -- including four that reached the Sweet Sixteen -- highlight the 2008-09 slate for the Lady Toppers.

In all, WKU will play eight teams that participated in the postseason last spring, according to the schedule released yesterday.

The Lady Toppers will open their regular season by hosting Murray State on Nov. 14. They'll play 15 of their 28 games at E.A. Diddle Arena, including five of their first seven games at home.

WKU will have three straight Sweet Sixteen teams visiting Bowling Green in November: Vanderbilt on the 16th, George Washington on the 21st and Duke on the 28th.

Western also will pay a Dec. 30 visit to Pittsburgh, which also reached the 2008 Sweet Sixteen.

WKU will play at Eastern Kentucky on Nov. 23 and host Kentucky on Dec. 4, starting Sun Belt Conference play before Christmas with a Dec. 17 road game at South Alabama.

Courtesy of http://www.courier-journal.com/


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  RUSSIA - Women  


Dynamo Kursk wins the International tournament - by Eurobasket News
Dynamo Kursk hosted the International tournament at home. The Russian team invited Ukrainian Tim-Skuf and Dnipro as well as Minsk-2006 from Belarus.
In the first game of the tournament Kursk overcame Ukrainian Tim-Scuf 88:59. It was the easiest game for the Russian squad at the tournament. They spurted 36:6 in the third period to seal such a massive win. In the second game Dynamo played with Minsk-2006, the second team from Belarus. Again as in the first game the hosts did not have any difficulties with the opponent. The Russian squad celebrated 85:54 win to improve to 2-0 record. The last game was the most interesting and the most difficult. Ukrainian Dnipro came to Kursk for the win as well and was a great opponent. Only at the end of the game Kursk showed good performance to take 79:70 victory. Varvara Psareva (195-C-85) was awarded MVP for the winners. Anastasia Bocharova (180-F-77) got MVP of the whole tournament.
In order to prepare better for the upcoming season Dynamo will play some friendlies abroad.


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  SEA GAMES - Women  


SEA Games Standings
Standings
1. Malaysia3-0
2. Thailand2-1
3. Philippine.1-2
4. Cambodia0-0


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  SLOVAKIA - Women  


Maxima Broker's players arrives to Kosice - by Eurobasket News
Maxima Broker Kosice heads into the new season with big ambitions. During the summer the team signed Linda Frohlich (188-F/C-79, agency: LBM Management, college: UNLV), who arrived to Kosice yesterday. She supposes to be one of the team's leading players in 08/09. Frohlich played last season in Italian Cras Taranto, wich competed in Italian Serie A. The team also participated in EuroCup where Frohlich had 8.3 ppg, 5.4 rpg and 2.9 apg.

Israeli player Liron Cohen (173-G-82) also agreed terms with Maxima Broker and she is expected to land in Kosice today. Cohen spent last season in Spanish Baloncesto Sane Jose Leon everaging 9.7 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 2.7 apg and 1.1 spg for 7 EuroCup games. She also had pretty good digits in LFB. For 31 games Cohen recorded 12.9 ppg, 2.3 rpg and 3.5 apg. During the summer Liron Cohen spent some time with Los Angeles Sparks but she didn't play any official WNBA game. From 2005 to 2007 Cohen was a member of Anda Ramat Gan. She led it to trophy in Israeli National Cup in 2006. At the same year Ramat Gan was regular season champion but wasn't able to make the last step. Liron Cohen is a member of Israeli National Team since 2003.

As a reminder, Jana Carnoka (175-G-87), Anna Jurcenkova (195-C-85) and Katarina Hrickova (180-F-80), which were members of Slovakian National Team this summer, also will play for Maxima Broker next season.


Roznava with new coach Milos Pazicky - by Michal Maslany

Slovak extraliga team AT Gemtex Roznava have new coach. After Miklos Szakall suddenly left the club, managment signed two yaer contract with slovak trainer Milos Pazicky. 'Management of Roznava ask me, if i have interess about working in club. I decided to signed two year contract. I will try to do my best for the team,' Pazicky said. It will be his first period with woman team, until now he was used to work only with men.



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  WBCBL - Women  


The WBCBL Adds New Regions in the East and West - by Willie McCray
The WBCBL is growing at a steady pace across the United States. New teams are beginning to sprout every month as news about the leagues opportunities spreads across the nation.

Beginning in 2009, the WBCBL will feature new teams on the East Coast and West Coast.

The 'East Coast Region' will consist of teams in Connecticut, D.C., Maryland, New Jersey, New York and Toronto.

The newly formed 'Mountain-West Region' will include teams in Arizona, Las Vegas, New Mexico, and Southern California.

Keep an eye on www.WBCBL.com for more updates.


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  WNBA - Women  


Lynx players scatter overseas - by Eurobasket News
With their WNBA season over, most of the Lynx players are planning to scatter overseas.

Guard Seimone Augustus (6'1''-G-84, college: LSU) will play this off-season in Istanbul, Turkey. Last winter she played in Russia for a team in Moscow.

In Europe, the top WNBA players can easily make double or triple their U.S. salaries, which were capped at $97,500 this year for the league's best veterans.

The first four rookies taken in the WNBA draft last April, including guard Candice Wiggins of the Lynx, were paid $44,064.

Wiggins will take classes at Stanford this fall. She needs a few more credits to graduate. But, in January, she plans to go overseas, too. She is not sure where yet.

Before playing again, Wiggins might need surgery on her right knee to repair a torn lateral meniscus. She was injured Sept. 9 in a home victory over Indiana and missed the last two regular-season games.

Dr. Sheldon Burns, the Lynx team doctor, said the recovery time for such a surgery would only be a couple weeks.

Center Nicky Anosike (6'4''-C-86, college: Tennessee) and forward Charde Houston (6'1''-F-86, college: Connecticut), the team's two other promising rookies this season, plan to play in Israel, according to a team official.

Forward Kristen Rasmussen (6'2''-C-78, college: Michigan St.), who has played in Spain for several years, will play for a team in Athens, Greece.

Center Vanessa Hayden-Johnson will play in Italy, Augustus said. Hayden-Johnson played in Turkey last offseason.

Guard Lindsey Harding, like Wiggins, is unsure what country she will play in.

Forward Nicole Ohlde and guard Anna DeForge probably will stay in the Twin Cities until January before going overseas. Last year Ohlde played in France, DeForge in Poland.

Here are two web sites to follow how Lynx players are doing in the offseason:

www.eurobasket.com/?women=1 and www.fibaeurope.com/

The Lynx will have a link on their web site to some of the same information once games begin overseas. That will be soon. Games in Poland start Sunday, for instance, and in Russia on Oct. 10.

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