EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 9/23/2008

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  ALGERIA   


Standings
D1 Standings
 1. M.C.Alger 0-0 
 2. Annaba 0-0 
 3. D.R.B.S. 0-0 
 4. WA Boufarik 0-0 
 5. CRB 0-0 
 6. NAH Dey 0-0 
 7. COBB 0-0 
 8. WA Rouiba 0-0 
 9. ASPTT 0-0 
 10. JSB M'sila 0-0 
 11. WBAin-Benian 0-0 
 12. USMM 0-0 


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  AUSTRALIA   


Ebi settles in Tigers' lair - by Eurobasket News
Melbourne Tigers recruit Ebi Ere (195-G/F-81, college: Oklahoma) hasn't taken very long to settle into his new team.

The former Brisbane Bullets star has been with the reigning champions for less than two weeks but is already making a huge impact.

Fresh from a 31-point, seven-rebound performance in Melbourne's season-opening victory over NBL newcomers Sydney Spirit last week, Ere once again led the way with a match-winning, game-high 22-point effort against the Gold Coast on Saturday night.

And the talented swingman says coach Alan Westover's bid to make him feel comfortable in his new surroundings has helped him kick off the new season in ominous fashion.

'(He) tells me to just play ball, (if) I got a shot (he wants me to) take it. If I feel like I can take my man, he tells me to go to the hole,' Ere said post-match.

'So that makes it really comfortable for me. My coach has confidence in me and he wants me to go (for it).'

The 27-year-old, who is no stranger to success having been a part of the 2006/07 championship side in Brisbane, might have spent barely a fortnight with his new club but has already declared this Melbourne side the best team he's ever been a part of.

'We had a lot of talent at Brisbane but it wasn't like true talent it was (a case of) we had veterans that knew the game and they knew how to play,' said Ere.

'We (at Melbourne) just got raw talent with (David) Barlow and 'Grizz' (David Grizzard), Chris (Anstey), Sam (Mackinnon). Anybody could score 30 at any time, not a 20-point score, but a 30-point score.'

It's a fact not lost on Westover, who admitted it was a luxury to have the likes of Barlow - who scored a crucial nine points in the final five minutes after the Gold Coast reduced Melbourne's lead to just three points midway through the final term - in the team.

'We've got a lot of scorers there, Barlow, Ebi, 'Grizz', Chris, Sammy, 'Hoarey' (Steve Hoare), 'Dazza' (Daryl Corletto) and 'Nate' (Nathan Crosswell) off the bench, they're all experienced, proven players and Tommy's (Greer) ready to step up,' Westover pointed out.

Despite the abundance of talent that exists on Melbourne's list, Westover revealed that as there are so many new faces in the team, the players haven't become accustomed to each other's game styles as yet - as evidenced in the Tigers' patchy performance which saw them almost completely relinquish a 19-point lead late in the game.

'Three new starters and Barlow running the point, it's all new to that whole group,' he said.

'(There's) a lot of talent there, a lot of size, a lot of athleticism we just got a get a little sharper at recognising things and how to punish the defence and who the targets are, sometimes we got a little confused.'

'We had broken plays, we tried to do probably too much with the ball and that makes a lot of turnovers.

Courtesy of www.nbl.com.au


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  BALKAN LEAGUE   


CSU Cuadripol Brasov replaces Rapid Bucharest in BIBL - by Eurobasket News
Balkan league officially announced withdrawal of Romanian team Rapid Bucharest from the opening season. The main reason for Rapid's decision are serious financial problems. At the same time BIBL decided to invite CSU Cuadripol Brasov for season 2008/09. According to BIBL web site, the team from Brasov accepted and will participate next season in this regional competition. Sports Director of Balkan league Shay Striks will have official meeting with management of CSU Brasov as well as with people from Romanian Basketball Federation this week.

During the summer CSU Cuadripol Brasov created very competitive team. It seems like they knew that one place in BIBL will belong to them. The team already agreed terms with following players: Alex Hartman (201-G/F-85, agency: Tank Sports, college: Concordia (OR)), Enes Hadjibulic (196-G-83, agency: Global Sports Plaza), Rashaun Broadus (183-G-84, college: BYU), Andrei Mandache and Senai Isleam (217-C-76, agency: Court Side).
Hadjibulic arrived from Dinamo Bucharest as one of its top scorers. At the same time he was of the leading scorers in domestic championship. At the end the season he was named Eurobasket.com Romanian League All-Bosmans Team -08. Canadian / USA Hartman is coming from German Regionalliga. He graduated on Concordia University in 2007. Broadus played last season in Canadian IBL adding 20.7 ppg, 5.3 rpg and 4.5 apg. Senai spent last season in Ramnicu Valcea.

In the first game CSU Cuadripol Brasov will host Serbian team Swisslions Takovo. The game is scheduled for October 8th.


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  BALTIC LEAGUE   


BC Kalev/Cramo signed Viljar Veski - by Janar Filippov
BC Kalev/Cramo Tallinn announced the signing of the tallest basketball player in Estonia, Viljar Veski (215-C-86).

Veski played only a single game in Estonian National Team EuroBasket 2009 campaign, scoring 9 points plus 3 rebounds against FYR Macedonia.

He played in Palma Playa Park (EBA, Spain) last season, averaging 10.5 ppg plus 6.3 rpg in 26 games. He was quoted: 'I had another offer from Spain but preferred to join BC Kalev/Cramo and i hope to get a lot of playing time.'


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  BOSNIA   


Two more defeats for Siroki Eronet in Paris - by Eurobasket News
Siroki Eronet faced with two more defeats on tournament in Paris. After Chalon, Bosnian team lost against Le Havre and Spirou Charleroi.
Le Havre was a way better team than Siroki. At the half time it was already clear that Bosnians won't have any chance to take this one. Siroki Eronet got 21 points from Ivo Josipovic (205-F-75, agency: Court Side). Kevin Braswell (188-G-79, agency: Priority Sports, college: Georgetown) scored 19 while Sime Spralja (206-F/C-83) stopped on 13 points. Ivan Siriscevic (198-G/F-87) wasn't able to help his teammates due to fever.
In the last game Siroki was defeat against Belgian champion, whose head coach is Croat Drazen Anzulovic. At the very beginning head coach of Siroki Eronet Josip Vrankovic was sent out of court by the referees, what was a huge problem for Bosnians. They struggled in organizing the plays as well as at the defensive end, what experience Charleroi players exploited and easily celebrated. Wes Wilkinson (207-F-84, college: Nebraska) paced Charleroi to victory scoring 22 points. Jerry Johnson (183-G-82, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Rider) scored 18 points for Anzulovic's team. Ivo Josipovic once again was the leading scorer in Siroki Eronet adding 15 points. Sime Spralja finished the game with 12. All other players had less than 10 points in Bosnian team, which ended this tournament on the bottom with score 0-3.


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  CANADA   


CSKA head coach Ettore Messina to hold basketball clinic in Toronto - by Eurobasket News
The Toronto Raptors, Ontario Basketball and Canada Basketball are proud to present Coach Ettore Messina at the University of Toronto (Athletic Centre) on Monday, October 13th.

The clinic will take place from 12:30 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. (with registration beginning at noon).


Ettore Messina Bio
- Currently serves as head coach of CSKA Moscow in Russia. CSKA Moscow were Euroleague Champions in 2005-06 and 2007-08.
- Before joining CSKA in 2005, served as head coach of Italian power Benetton Treviso, succeeding Mike D'Antoni in 2002.
- From 1993 to 1997 he was the coach of Italy's national team, winning the silver medal at the EuroBasket 1997.
- Prior to 1993, had two different stints (1989-1993 and 1997-2002) at Virtus Bologna. Virtus Kinder Bologna were Euroleague Champions in 1997-98 and 2000-01.
- He is regarded as one of the best coaches in Europe and in the Euroleague, having been named in 2008 as one of the 50 Greatest Contributors in the history of the Euroleague and its predecessor, the European Cup.
Topic: Developing the big man


Maurizio Gherardini, Senior Vice-President of Basketball Operations, Toronto Raptors, refers to Ettero as 'one of the winningest coaches internationally, he ranks with the best teachers of our game, a legend in his own time.

The cost for attendance is $10.00 per with all proceeds going to the Daily Bread Food Bank.

Space may be limited so please register online as early as possible. A special prize will go the Ontario Basketball affiliated member club that has the most coaches attend.

Courtesy of www.basketball.on.ca


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  CAPE VERDE   


Standings
D1 Standings
 1. ABC 9-3 
 2. Seven Stars 8-4 
 3. Predio 6-6 
 4. Ach.Grande 1-11 


1 de Agosto lets Marques Houtman go - by Pedro Gomes
Angolas 1 de Agosto senior mens basketball team has decided to let go of the Cape Verdean player Marques Houtman (190-G-79, college: UMass Dartmouth), who helped the team win the African
club championship, the national championship and the Angolan cup in the last season. The information comes from news agency Angop, which quotes
the clubs basketball director, Slvio Lemos.

Lemos also announced the clubs intention of contracting another athlete for the same position played by Houtman. He did not reveal the reasons behind
the Cape Verdean-American players removal from team rosters.

28 years old and 1.93 meters tall, Marques Houtman stood out at Afrobasket 2008, held in Angola, when he played for the Cape Verdean national basketball
team, which won the bronze medal at the competition.


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  CHINA   


New team goes to D-1 - by Robert Wang
The former news said Bei Jing Ao Shen team will play the new season this year. Ao Shen team had been played in USA in ABA league and they will come back to china and play the seaosn, but they has to be back out since they did now show their proof regarding their home gym (they had reported that Wu Ke Song (Olympic Game's basketball gym) as their home gym ) by the deadline on Sep. 20th. So, the other candidate tema Qing Dao team wil go up the take Ao shen's place as their first year D-1 experince this year. Tian Jin is the first team came up from D-2 this year and Qing Dao team is the 2nd team form D-2, this year. But The team called dong guan team received the 1st place this year form D-2, but CBA did not give them the chance to play D1 this year. So, the Dong guan has been preparing the material and they will sue the CBA since it is not fair for them at all because they got the championship but still no chance to play D-1. We will see waht happen later.

Qingdao DoubleStar becomes 18th CBA team - by Eurobasket News
Qingdao DoubleStar became the 18th team to compete at the 2008-2009 season of the Chinese Basketball Association league (CBA) as the Beijing Aoshen failed to find a home court before the deadline, the CBA league office announced on Sunday.

The CBA league office decided the Beijing Aoshen gave up its right to compete as it had not provide enough files and home-courtselection to the office before Saturday, according to the statement released on the official website of the Chinese Basketball Association, www.cba.gov.cn.

A league commissioner meeting on September 4 had appointed Qingdao DoubleStar as a backup to the Aoshen. The DoubleStar club vice president Wang Weili had admitted he had received a comfirmation from the CBA league office on 6:00 pm on Sunday.

'Beijing Aoshen basketball club failed to provide enough files before the deadline of 3:00 pm on September 20, including the home-court selection, contracts of domestic players and permission files from provincial Sports Bureau. Therefore the Beijing Aoshen lost its chance to play in the 2008-2009 CBA season. Qingdao DoubleStar substitutes to play the CBA league next season,' the statement on the website said.

Tianjin Ronggang, another team from the National Basketball League (NBL), had received the nods of the CBA league office to play in the 2008-09 CBA season at the meeting on September 4.

Courtesy of http://en.ce.cn


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  COLOMBIA   


Juan Tello Palacios played his first game in Spain Leb Gold - by Victor Garcia
Colombian forward Juan Tello Palacios, played on friday 19 his first game at Spains Leb Gold, with team CB VIC, Tello Palacios played just one minute and took one defensive rebound, without shots to the basket his team the CB VIC loss against Leche Rio Grande 91-83.
This is the first profesional game in Tello Palacios career, and his teams debut was against one of the favourites in the Leb gold, Tello Palacios had the chance to play with Arrieros but declined instead to play in Europe


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  CROATIA   


Enisey won Kvarner Cup - by Eurobasket News

Russian Enisey triumphed in Kvarner Cup that finished last night in Croatia. In the Final game the team overcame the hosts, Kvarner Novi Resort 101:96. The Russian squad opened the game with 28:20 that gave them a good opportuninty to lead the game. They also improved to 12-point lead at the halftime. In the third period Enisey Krasnojarsk produced 27:26 to feel more confortable at the end of the game. The hosts however came up with 27:19, but could not catch up with the winners. Fred Warrick (195-G/F-76, college: Coppin St.) led the winners with 25 points. Kevin Fletcher (207-C-80, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Colorado Springs) nailed 17 and Krykov scored 13. Mance top-scored for the hosts with 20 points.
In the game for the third place Geoplin Slovan beat Austrian Graz 74:66. Slovenia team opened the game with 14:11 in the opening quarter that led to 30:25 advantage at the halftime. Austrian team still remained alive after the third quarter when they trailed 45:51. In the last stanza however Slovan was better and led the game to 74:66 victory. Zoran Dragic (195-G-89) and Marin Han (198-F/G-87) paced the winners with 14 points apiece. Dejan Grkovic (203-F-84, college: NC-Wilmington) scored 10, while Lekic had 8 and Mlakar together with Cigoja posted 7 each.


Kvarner Novi Resort Enisey Krasnojarsk 96:101 (20:28, 23:27, 26:27, 27:19)
Kvarner NR: Cerneka, Rodic, Andelija 12, Grbesic 8, Glavinic 16, Juricic 2, Spahija 15, Modic 2, Mance 20, Pilepic 16, Blesic 5, Velcic.
Enisey: Pistoljevic 7, Fred Warrick 25, Chudinovskih 2, Krykov 13, Dogadin 5, Beljaev 5, Nikolaev, Anisimov 8, Savkov 14, Solovev, Kevin Fletcher 17, Zakamov 5.

Geoplin Slovan Graz 74:66 (14:11, 16:14, 21:20, 23:21)
Slovan: Zadnik 3, Delic 2, Macek, Mlakar 7, Zoran Dragic 14, Marin Han 14, Bilic, Lekic 8, Nikolic 5, Cigoja 7, Dejan Grkovic 10.
Graz: Laneger 8, Virjevic 17, De Marinis, Gale 6, Niederbichler, Grier 22, Kubin, Ahatz, Posch, Mascoll 13, Joynes.



Murcia outsmarts Zagreb CO in Spain - by Eurobasket News
Zagreb Croatia Osiguranje played the first game on Spanish tour. Croatian team met ACB league team Murcia suffering defeat 84-70. Zagreb demonstrated nice performance in the first half creating plus 4. In third frame Spaniards were slightly better but not enough to equalize. Zagreb struggled heavily with Murcia's defense in the last frame. Spanish team took care for impressive 14-0 run grabbing 13-point lead. It ended last stanza 26-11, what was more than enough for double digit victory. Chris Thomas (186-G-82, college: Notre Dame) led Murcia to win scoring 17 points. Diego Fajardo (208-C-76, agency: Players Group) had 16 while Taquan Dean (193-G-83, college: Louisville) netted one point less. Croatian prospect Ante Tomic (217-C-87) was better than the others in Zagreb nailing 14 points. Jakov Vladovic (187-G-83) was behind him with 13 while Dzenan Rahimic (205-C/F-74) netted 10 points. Andrej Stimac (205-F/C-79) this time stopped on 11 points. Zagreb will have a chance to revenge for this defeat against Murcia. Later it will take on Granada, Pamesa and Sevilla.

Meanwhile cadet team of Kvarner Novi Resort won tournament 'Mihoja 2008' outplaying Sveti Matej 99-90. N. Perisa was the leading player of his team scoring 23 points. Samanic also shined for Kvarner's cadets adding 20 points. In the battle for third place BC Drazen Petrovic lost against Cedevita 65-82. Fifth position belongs to Jelenje Drazice, which was batter than Autolim lak 116-43.


Benetton Treviso defeats Zadar in Udine - by Eurobasket News
Zadar suffered another defeat on tournament in Udine ending it on the last place. This time Benetton Treviso outplayed Croatian champions 77-62. Interesting is that member of Croatian National Team Sandro Nicevic (210-C-76, agency: Beo Basket) was one of the best players for the winners with 16 points. He had solid shot percentage from the field, 8 of 12. Judson Wallace (205-F/C-82, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM), college: Princeton) and Radoslav Rancik (207-F/C-79, college: St.Cloud St.) had one point more than him. Juby Johnson (196-G-81, college: Miami, OH) shined in Zadar scoring 16 points. Rok Stipcevic (189-G-86) had 14 while Jere Macura (204-F/C-80, college: Notre Dame) nailed 10 points. Third frame was the decisive one as Benetton earned plus 11 at the end of it.

In the final of tournament 'Ivan Goluban', Zabok beat Polzela 76-74. Lez was the key player of the game scoring 25 points in Zabok. Luka Zoric (211-C/F-84) also was good netting 22 points. Marko Samanic (208-F/C-74) drained 19 points for the loosing side while Shawn King (208-C, college: ORU) had 18.
In the battle for third place Dubrovnik trashed Dubrava 115-89. Very quick Dubrovnik grabbed 22-point keeping it until the very end without any extra effort. Maro Lucic (202-C-80) top-scored in Dubrovnik with 30 points. Jure Skific (202-F/C-88) followed with 22 while Marko Radic (188-G-89) had 20 points. Dubrava got 20 points from Ivan Krolo (216-C-83).


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  CYPRUS   


Polls Results: Which team succeeded the best transfer for the coming seazon?? - by Chris Mammides
The readers of Eurobasket were very clear with their answers in regards to the best transfer of the seazon 2008-2009, in the Cyprus league.
Out of 2,013 readers, the captain of the Cyprus NT and ex captain of Keravnos Strovolou, Giorgos Anastasiadis (194-G/F-77) received the 36% of the total votes which is 725 as his transfer from Keravnos Strovolou (after 8 seazons) to the Strovols rivals, Apoel Nicosia was consider as the greatest transfer this seazon, where as the second best transfer was Michalis Kounounis (194-F-81) which had a 4% in his transfer from Kolossos Rodou to AEL Limassol.
The results were as following:

Which team succeeded the best transfer for the coming season (Cypriot Player)?

Savvas Neofitou (185-G-74) - Omonia 2%
Giorgos Anastasiadis - Apoel 36%
Grigoris Pantouris (190-G/F-82) - AEL 3%
Michalis Kounounis - AEL 4%
other 55%
Total voters: 2013


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  DENMARK   


Bakken Bears and Horsholm participate in Scandic Hotels Cup - by Eurobasket News
Bakken Bears travelled to Sweden to take part in Scandic Hotels Cup in Goteberg. The Danish powerhouse opened their campaign against Horsholm. The Bears drove to a hard 81:66 win at the end. Bakken led 40:33 at the interval and maintained the gap throughout the second half. Ivan Miskovic (203-F/C-84, college: Alaska-Fairb.) scored 28 points for the winners.
The Bears next took on Swedish Gothia. Their opponents looked better in the game and secured a 95:87 win at the end. The teams were all leveled at 25 after the starting frame however the Bears surged to a 52:47 advantage at halftime. However Gothia used a 20:3 rally in the third quarter to build a 76:68 lead before the fourth term. Bakken never rebounded and suffered their first defeat at the tournament. Jonathan Moore (203-F/G-82, agency: LimeLight, college: N.C.Central) knocked down 27 points to pace the winners. Karron Clarke (198-F, college: De Paul) answered with 24 points for the Bears. Jamar Nutter (188-G-84, agency: ABE! Sports and Entertainment, college: Seton Hall) had 14 points, while Morten Sahlertz (198-F-89) added 11 in defeat.
The Bears failed to recover in the third game of the competition and fell short against 08 Stockholm. The Swedish team ran away to a 10-point advantage at the interval and never gave up their lead after the long break. Nils Hedstrom (189-G-83) bruised the Bears with 16 points. Andreas Karlsson (198-F-89) contributed 12 points for the winners. Ivan Miskovic was once again impressive with 28 points.
Meanwhile Horsholm managed to secure their first win in the Cup in the second round. They pulled away with a narrow 60:59 win over 08 Stockholm.
In the third round the 79ers lost to Gothia 72:81.


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  D-LEAGUE   


D-League Expansion Draft Set for Wednesday, September 24th - by Surujh Roopnarine

The Erie BayHawks and Reno Bighorns will select from a pool of unprotected players as they take their first steps towards establishing rosters for the 2008-09 D-League season.
Reno will select first, in the 10-round Expansion Draft, while Erie will select second.
The order of selection will alternate in each round, so that the team selecting second in the first round (Erie) will select first in the second round.
The list of available players is comprised of the 55 unprotected players from 2007-08 NBA D-League teams. NBA D-League teams were each able to protect up to 10 players from their 2007-08 end-of-season rosters. Immediately following the draft, each team will submit a draft list of its selected players, in order of preference, to the D-League Office.

Available Players

Player 2007-08 D-League Team Pos. Ht. Wt. College

Anthony Fuqua (6'11''-C-83, college: UTSA) Albuquerque F 6-11 225 Texas-San Antonio
Jamaal Thomas Albuquerque F 6-8 220 Angelo State

Mike Gansey Anaheim G 6-4 205 West Virginia
Bryson McKenzie Anaheim F 6-10 240 Northern Illinois
Steven Smith (6'8''-F-83, college: La Salle) Anaheim F 6-9 250 LaSalle
Yuta Tabuse Anaheim G 5-9 165 BYU-Hawaii
Marquis Webb Anaheim G 6-5 205 Rutgers

Kris Lang Austin F 6-11 247 North Carolina
Sammy Monroe Austin G 6-6 205 Newberry
Yemi Nicholson Austin C 6-11 260 Denver
Kent Paulino Austin G 6-1 185 Texas
Jamar Smith (6'9''-F/C-80, college: Maryland) Austin F 6-9 230 Maryland

Mustafa Al-Sayyad (6'9''-F/C-82, college: Fresno St.) Bakersfield F 6-10 240 Fresno State
James Smith Bakersfield C 7-0 250 Marist
George Williams Bakersfield F 6-8 220 Houston

Luke Anderson Colorado G 6-6 207 Minn St.-Mankato
Paul Butorac Colorado G\F 6-10 225 Eastern Washington
Brian Greene (6'9''-F-81, college: Colorado St.) Colorado F 6-9 225 Colorado State
Derrick Stevens Colorado G 5-11 180 Colorado State

Davin White Colorado G 6-1 185 Cal. St. Northridge
Lou White Colorado G 6-4 200 Vorhees
Kelly Whitney Colorado F 6-8 240 Seton Hall

Tony Gipson Dakota G 6-1 190 LSU
Perrin Johnson Dakota F 6-5 200 Louisville
Andre Patterson (6'7''-F-83, college: Tennessee) Dakota F 6-7 215 Tennessee
Kibwe Trim Dakota F 6-10 240 Sacred Heart

Rob Griffin Fort Wayne F 6-6 215 Iowa
Dahntay Jones (6'5''-F/G-80, college: Duke) Fort Wayne F 6-6 F Duke
James Peters Fort Wayne F 6-8 225 UNLV
Larry Turner Fort Wayne C 6-11 240 Tennessee State

Eric Chenowith Idaho C 7-1 270 Kansas
Randy Livingston Idaho G 6-4 209 LSU
Dwuan Rice Idaho G 5-11 165 Cal. St. Bakersfield
Jeff Hagen Idaho C 7-0 270 Minnesota

Jovan Harris Iowa G 6-1 175 San Francisco
Jackie Manuel (6'5''-G/F-83, college: N.Carolina) Iowa G 6-5 190 North Carolina
Nedu Onyeuku Iowa G 6-3 185 Illinois State
Fabricio Vay Iowa F 6-9 220 Argentina

Brian Chase (5'10''-G-81, college: Virginia Tech) Los Angeles G 5-10 170 Virginia Tech
Cecil Brown Los Angeles G 6-4 190 Cal St. Santa Barbara
Brian Morrison Los Angeles G 6-2 192 UCLA
Robert Whaley Los Angeles C 6-10 265 Walsh (OH)

Kevin Bookout Rio Grande Valley F 6-8 260 Oklahoma
Kyle Davis Rio Grande Valley F 6-10 245 Auburn
Sergio Sanchez Rio Grande Valley G 5-11 155 Texas-Pan American
Jesse Smith Rio Grande Valley C 6-11 260 Idaho State
Quannas White (6'1''-G-81, college: Oklahoma) Rio Grande Valley G 6-2 190 Oklahoma

Jahsha Bluntt Sioux Falls G 6-6 220 Delaware State

Damone Brown (6'9''-F-79, college: Syracuse) Sioux Falls G 6-9 212 Syracuse
J.C. Mathis Sioux Falls F 6-9 225 Michigan
Elton Nesbitt Sioux Falls G 5-9 165 Georgia Southern

Dwight Jones (6'4''-G-84, college: Houston Baptist) Tulsa G 6-2 180 Houston Baptist

Kevin Sweetwyne (6'3''-G-76, college: Idaho St.) Utah G 6-4 215 Idaho State



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  ESTONIA   


BC Kalev/Cramo signed Viljar Veski - by Janar Filippov


BC Kalev/Cramo signed Viljar Veski - by Janar Filippov
BC Kalev/Cramo Tallinn announced the signing of the tallest basketball player in Estonia, Viljar Veski (215-C-86).

Veski played only a single game in Estonian National Team EuroBasket 2009 campaign, scoring 9 points plus 3 rebounds against FYR Macedonia.

He played in Palma Playa Park (EBA, Spain) last season, averaging 10.5 ppg plus 6.3 rpg in 26 games. He was quoted: 'I had another offer from Spain but preferred to join BC Kalev/Cramo and i hope to get a lot of playing time.'


BC Kalev/Cramo signes Viljar Veski - by Janar Filippov


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  EUROLEAGUE   


Greek teams at Euroleague: Friendly games - by Kostas Papadopoulos
At friendly games, held this weekend, for the Greek teams that will participate at Euroleague next season, the results were:
Olympiakos - Panellinios 80-85 [Josh Childress (203-G/F-83, college: Stanford) 9, Lynn Greer (186-G-79, college: Temple) 12 , Panagiotis Vassilopoulos (202-F-84, agency: FCM) 11, Sofoklis Schortsianitis (206-C-85) 11, Giorgos Printezis (206-F-85, agency: FCM) 13 - Dimitris Kalaitzidis (198-F/G-85) 9, Giorgos Kalaitzis (195-G-76) 15, Stevan Nadjfeji (202-F-79) 15, Vladimir Petrovic (198-F/G-77, agency: Beo Basket) 13, Ivan Radenovic (208-F-84, college: Arizona) 17]
Olympiakos - Partizan 74-77 [Josh Childress 15, Nikola Vujcic (211-C-78, agency: Interperformances) 10, Ioannis Bouroussis (212-C-83, agency: FCM) 17, Panagiotis Vassilopoulos 7 - Bogdan Riznic (201-G/F-90) 9, Strahinja Milosevic (203-G/F-85, agency: Beo Basket) 12, Aleksandar Rasic (195-G-84, agency: Beo Basket) 15, Zarko Rakocevic (205-F-84) 19]
Panionios - Egaleo 76-66


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  FINLAND   


KORISLIIGA: Jerel Blassingame now in Finland - by Rauno Hurmalainen
YMCA Lappeenranta never signed American G Calvin Cage (183-G-84, agency: Passing Lane, college: Buffalo), but has replaced Cage by another American G Jerel Blassingame (178-G-81, agency: CAA Sports) (UNLV 2003-05) who has played already in many countries in Europe (Cyprus, Greece, Sweden, Israel) and been named All-Imports Team -06 in Cyprus and -07 in Sweden. Kouvot (Kouvola) was not happy with Thomas Sanders (191-G, agency: Warren Sports International) during his try out period either and is after a new American G candidate.

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  FRANCE   


Charleville-Mezieres inks Phillips, Wingate to Quimper - by Eurobasket News
Etoile Charleville-Mezieres announced signing of American swingman Marshall Phillips (196-F-75, agency: Court Side, college: Appalachian St.). The athletic veteran started last season in CBA league adding 16.5 ppg and 6.7 rpg for 37 games. In February this year he agreed terms with German TBB Trier. Phillips had 13 appearances in 1.Bundesliga recording 8.8 ppg and 5.5 rpg. Except of the Germany and CBA, he also has experience from Italy and Belgium. On season 05/06 he was a member of Scafati and later Dinamo Sassari. In summer 2006 he joined Belgian Leuven collecting 11.8 ppg and 4.5 rpg in 35 games. Phillips also spent few years in Mexico, Venezuela and NBDL. He is graduate of Appalachian State University.

In the meantime Quimper UJAP agreed terms with big guy Major Wingate (208-C-83, agency: Court Side, college: Tennessee). 24-year old American is coming from Puerto Rican team Brujos de Guayama, where he played until March this year. On season 07/08 he played for Chinese team Shanxi Zhongyu. For 30 games in CBA he averaged 14 ppg, 8.7 rpg and 1.7 apg. Wingate also has experience from Greek A1 league as a member of Makedonikos Kozani as well as from Turkish league. He played 24 games for Tofas in TBL on season 06/07 having 6.6 ppg and 6 rpg.


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  GERMANY   


Schwelm: Lee leaves, Krzyminski arrives - by Moritz Korff
Robert Lee (191-G-85, agency: Heinrich Sports, college: W.Texas A&M) has been waived by his club Schwelmer Baskets (Regionalliga West) after only two games played this season (6.5ppg). When Lee was introduced as a new player of the team in July, his signing was announced as a 'special coup'. However, he turned out to be not the perfect fit.
To replace Lee, the Schwelm officials now hired Kris Krzyminski (188-G-83, agency: Prime Select Sports, college: Wayne St., MI), who averaged 11.5 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 29 games of the 2. Bundesliga Pro A for Rhoendorf during this past season.


Oppland back to Bayreuth - by Moritz Korff
According to local newspaper 'Nordbayerischer Kurier' Dan Oppland (203-F-84, agency: SportsTalent, college: Valparaiso) has returned to BBC Bayreuth (2. Bundesliga Pro A) for the 2008-09 campaign. The 24-year-old Forward joined the Bayreuth team in January 2008 and stayed for the remainder of this past season. In 13 games played he tallied averages of 18.6 points and 8.6 rebounds. Before moving to Germany, Oppland shot hoops for clubs in Holland, Poland and Sweden.

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  GREECE   


Greek teams at Euroleague: Friendly games - by Kostas Papadopoulos
At friendly games, held this weekend, for the Greek teams that will participate at Euroleague next season, the results were:
Olympiakos - Panellinios 80-85 [Josh Childress (203-G/F-83, college: Stanford) 9, Lynn Greer (186-G-79, college: Temple) 12 , Panagiotis Vassilopoulos (202-F-84, agency: FCM) 11, Sofoklis Schortsianitis (206-C-85) 11, Giorgos Printezis (206-F-85, agency: FCM) 13 - Dimitris Kalaitzidis (198-F/G-85) 9, Giorgos Kalaitzis (195-G-76) 15, Stevan Nadjfeji (202-F-79) 15, Vladimir Petrovic (198-F/G-77, agency: Beo Basket) 13, Ivan Radenovic (208-F-84, college: Arizona) 17]
Olympiakos - Partizan 74-77 [Josh Childress 15, Nikola Vujcic (211-C-78, agency: Interperformances) 10, Ioannis Bouroussis (212-C-83, agency: FCM) 17, Panagiotis Vassilopoulos 7 - Bogdan Riznic (201-G/F-90) 9, Strahinja Milosevic (203-G/F-85, agency: Beo Basket) 12, Aleksandar Rasic (195-G-84, agency: Beo Basket) 15, Zarko Rakocevic (205-F-84) 19]
Panionios - Egaleo 76-66


Friendly games - by Kostas Papadopoulos
At other friendly games, held this weekend, for the teams that will participate at A1 Greek championship, except for the ones referred previously, the results were:
Panellinios - Partizan 70-63 [Dimitris Kalaitzidis (198-F/G-85) 10, Anthony Grundy (189-G-79, agency: Strategic Sports, college: N.Carolina St.) 16, Jurica Golemac (209-F-77) 16 - Cedomir Vitkovac (201-F-82) 16, Vukasin Aleksic (185-G-85, agency: Beo Basket) 9, Aleksandar Rasic (195-G-84, agency: Beo Basket) 8, Petar Bozic (197-G-78) 8]
Kolossos - Partizan 63-54 [Sasa Vasiljevic (183-G-79, agency: Beo Basket) 11, Angelos Tsamis (192-G-81) 11, Lance Harris (196-G-84, college: Kansas St.) 9, Antonis Asimakopoulos (204-F-76) 9 - Cedomir Vitkovac 15, Zarko Rakocevic (205-F-84) 10, Strahinja Milosevic (203-G/F-85, agency: Beo Basket) 12]
Kolossos - Panellinios 86-85 [Lance Harris 12, Spiros Panteliadis (191-G-77) 7, Sasa Vasiljevic 12, Antonis Asimakopoulos 10, Steven Smith (203-F-83, college: La Salle) 25, Angelos Tsamis 11 - Djuro Ostojic (211-C-76, agency: Beo Basket) 9, Brad Newley (199-G-85) 22, Ivan Radenovic (208-F-84, college: Arizona) 12, Anthony Grundy 15]
Angelico Biella - Aris 75-68 [Luca Garri (207-C/F-82) 18, Joe Smith 15, Reece Gaines (198-G-81, college: Louisville) 11 - Keydren Clark (173-G-84, college: St.Peter's) 8, Savas Eliadis (192-G-79) 16, Gaios Skordilis (206-C-87) 13, Nikos Barlos (202-F-79) 10]
Montepaschi Siena - Aris 85-61 [Terrell McIntyre (175-G-77, college: Clemson) 15, Romain Sato (194-G-81, college: Xavier) 14, Lavrinovic 13, Luca Lechthaler (207-C-86) 10 - Keydren Clark 16, Savas Eliadis 12, Nikos Barlos 8, Spencer Nelson (203-F-80, college: Utah St.) 11]


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  IRELAND   


Dion Sherrell "I plan on helping win a championship with Belfast Star " - by Mariano Galindo
1-You arrived in Belfast last weekend. What do you think about the city in your first days there?
I'm still adjusting too the european life of course. I got in saturday and everything is different from the states. The city is pretty nice the weather is cold but I'm use to it I'm from detroit so I can handle it but living in Texas made me a bit spoiled.

2-Dion, you were playing in WBA and after TPBL. What could you say about this two minor leagues?
The two leagues are good leagues to start of your career if you want to stay in states. I really enjoyed playing in both leagues there was a lot of exposure which can be very beneficial to you as a player.

3-In TPBL you compete for Dallas Diesel for two seasons. What was your role in this team?
Playing with the Dallas Diesel really helped my career as a player. I had a lot film playing with them. My role was simple: put the ball in the basket and that's what I did coach wanted me to play defense an put pressure on my opponents by scoring at will an I have the Dallas Diesel scoring record with 44

4-Now, you start your fisrt overseas season. Are you ready?
I had a few opportunities out of college to play professional but I turned them down. I have always been a gamer I have a lot of confidence in my game I work on my game all the time I trained pretty well this summer. I am very ready for this season.

5-You are a great scorer but also you can make other things on the court...
I love to score points but one thing about me I compete at the highest level every time I step on the court I love the game I love playing defense I love guarding the other teams best player it only makes me better as a player I love rebounding an passing a lot people forget I played some point in college and for the Dallas Diesel I know the game


6-Why did you sign for Irish Superleague instead of other leagues?
Coach O'neil saw film on me and he loved my game he knew what I could bring too his team plus this is a good league to start my career off being my first job. Next season will be my year for a bigger league an opportunity


7-Send a message to Belfast Star people
I plan on helping win a championship with Belfast Star


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  ISRAEL   


Standings - BSL
Premier L. Standings
 1. Galil Gilboa 0-0 
 2. Maccabi T-A 0-0 
 3. Jerusalem 0-0 
 4. Rishon LZ 0-0 
 5. Hapoel Holon 0-0 
 6. Ramat Gan 0-0 
 7. Bnei Hasharon 0-0 
 8. Ironi Nahariya 0-0 
 9. Givat Shmuel 0-0 
 10. Ashkelon 0-0 
 11. Macc.Haifa 0-0 
 12. Kiryat Ata 0-0 


Standings - National League
National L. Standings
 1. Macc.Netanya 0-0 
 2. Hap.L.Hashar. 0-0 
 3. Macc.H.Hash. 0-0 
 4. Macc.Ashdod 0-0 
 5. Benyamina 0-0 
 6. Elitzur Ramla 0-0 
 7. Hap.Beeri 0-0 
 8. Hap.Y./Megido 0-0 
 9. Hap.N.Elite 0-0 
 10. Elitzur Yavne 0-0 
 11. Elitzur K.Yair 0-0 
 12. Kiryat Tivon 0-0 
 13. Afula 0-0 


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  ITALY   


Changes in imports quota - by Gianni Pascucci
The Italian Basketball Federation (FIP) Federal Council of Saturday afternoon wasn' t only dramatic for the two Serie A teams suspended, but also for all the Serie A League. In fact, the FIP decided to change the import player quota in the top Italian division, denying the previous agreement with the League officials. According with this new decision, every Serie A team willl be allowed to register 3 import players instead of 4 from the 2009-10 season (with 3 Bosman players) and only 2 (with 4 Bosmans) from the 2011-12 season. The domestic player quota will become the 50 % (6 on 12) starting from next season, and it is not clear if this will comprise or not the naturalized players. It is sure that this decision doesn' t like at all to Serie A teams, winds of war are blowing in Italian basketball...

France and Italy will battle for life - by Gianni Pascucci
In the last day of Group A, Serbia defeated Bulgaria on the road, 87-77, and this meant for Team Italy to end with the same record of Bulgaria (4-4) and only one point of difference in the scores of the two games vs. the Sofia guys. As it was feared, this little point less forces the Azzurri to play the 'roulette' of the Additional Qualifying Round to Eurobasket '09. And the road won' t be easy even there. In fact, from August 5 to 30, 2009 Team Italy will play together with Finland, Portugal, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Belgium and... France, the other big name that stayed surprisingly out from the direct qualification in this strange 2008. Given that ONLY ONE team will advabce to Poland next fall, it willl be very sad to see two teams filled of great players to battle for life in a single (very stressing) game instead of quietly preparing an European Championship in with both them were expected to participate.

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  LEBANON   


Results from Day 3 of the summer League - by Asia-Basket Lebanon
In the Third day of the Lebanese Summer League, 3 games were scheduled.

The first game joined Moutahed to Blue Stars, Blue Stars dominated the start of the game but Moutahed players knew how to close the gape and to reduce the score and to take the lead to secure the win in the end on the score of 74-67 .

Best Scorers:
Moutahed : Mazen Mneimneh (25pts) , Blue Stars :Jean Abed El Noue (25pts)


In the second game the U18 National Team scored its first win of the Tournament after beating Kahraba on the score of 63-60, the National Team imposed its game and dominated the first half to finish it on the score of 34-19.In the second half Kahraba bounced back to reduce the score at the end to 63-60.

Best Scorers:
U18 NT: Micheal Nar (18pts) , Kahraba : Rami Farhat (11pts)


In the last game of the day, the team of foreign players managed to record another win after beating Antranik on the score of 64-38.


Best Scorers:
MESM
: Jacques Higgins (12pts) , Antranik : Dikran Akelian (18pts)


Day 4 of the summer Legaue - by Asia-Basket Lebanon
In the Fourth day of the Lebanese Summer League, 3 games were scheduled.

The first game joined Kahraba to Feytroun, Kahraba dominated the game and cruised into a very easy win on the score of 82-64 , Kahraba whos preparing for its long waited coma back to the first division is trying to build a team that can have hopes to stay in the Top Divison .

Best Scorers:
Kahraba: Mark Kozah (10pts) , Feytroun :Georges Keeidi (25pts)


In the second game Blue Stars continued its good performance in the Tournament , this time the victim was LAU , Blue Stars won the game in the end 70-61.

Best Scorers:
Blue Stars: Jean Abed El Nour (22pts) , LAU : Bob Awkar (12pts)


In the last game of the day, Academy form Cairo managed to continue its wining streak by beating the U18 National Team on the score of 80-71.The U18 National had one of the best game of the tournament m the game stood close till its last minutes .

Best Scorers:
Academy
: Mustafa Chawt (23pts) , U18 NT : Vincent Khouri (20pts)


Sagesse without any loss in the Summer Legaue(Day 5) - by Asia-Basket Lebanon
In the Fifth day of the Lebanese Summer League, 2 games were scheduled.

The first game joined MESM to LAU, MESM the supposed favorite team managed another time to score a win against LAU on the score of 81-43 .The game was totally dominated by MESM from its first minutes.

Best Scorers:
MESM: Nenoslav Milosevis (12pts) , LAU :Lavor Postell (16pts)


In the second game Sagesse met The Cairo Academy from Egypt in a very exciting game , the identity of the winner was not revealed till the last seconds of the game .The game saw the first overtime of the tournament . Sagesse managed in the end to continue its wining streak by securing a very important game on the score of 79-73.

Best Scorers:
Sagesse: Sabah KHOURI (20pts) , Cairo Academy: Mohamad Chafeiy (18pts)


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  LESOTHO   


NBL Standings
NBL Standings
 1. Bashana-Baeso 7-1 
 2. Lerotholi P. 7-1 
 3. Rovers 3-3 
 4. Leseli 3-3 
 5. Roma Boys 1-4 
 6. Lialuma 0-0 
 7. Killa Beez 0-0 
 8. S.M Tech 0-3 
 9. Rangers 0-4 


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  LIBERIA   


Standings - LBF First Division (Men)
LBF First Division Standings
 1. Oilers 3-1 
 2. Pythons 2-1 
 3. Barrolle 2-1 
 4. Kings 2-2 
 5. Invinc.Eleven 1-1 
 6. Venture K. 1-2 
 7. Flames 1-2 
 8. Bushrod Bull 0-2 


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  MAURITIUS   


Standings - Men
D1 Standings
 1. Real BC 18-0 
 2. Barkley 14-4 
 3. EDB Cassis 13-5 
 4. Flippers 11-7 
 5. Warriors 11-7 
 6. CSSC 7-11 
 7. Vuillemin 6-11 
 8. Attila 5-12 
 9. ASVP 5-13 
 10. USBBRH 0-12 


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  MEXICO   


UCF to play in Cancun in November - by Eurobasket News
Fans looking to travel to Mexico to watch the UCF men's basketball team compete in the Cancun Challenge in November can utilize the travel package offered by Triple Crown Sports. The Knights will play two games at the inaugural event, beginning Nov. 29.

The package includes lodging at the Moon Palace Resort, admission to the games, ground transportation, meals and drinks and several tours of the area. Entrance to the games, which will be played at the Moon Palace Convention Center, is only available by purchasing the travel package.

The Knights will open the event against South Dakota State. The following day, on Nov. 30, the squad will meet Morehead State. The 10-team event also includes Central Arkansas, The Citadel, Drake, Grambling, New Mexico, Vanderbilt and Virginia Commonwealth.

As part of the challenge, UCF is also slated to face host New Mexico on Nov. 22.

For information about the travel package, visit cancunchallenge.net/mens.asp or contact Triple Crown Sports representative Melissa Koza at (970) 223-6644 or Melissa@triplecrownsports.com.

UCF will open the 2008-09 regular season on Nov. 16, hosting North Carolina A&T at the new UCF Arena. The Knights are scheduled to play 16 contests at the state-of-the-art facility this season, including a Dec. 6 game with cross-state foe USF and a Jan. 10 Conference USA matchup with national runner-up Memphis.

Season tickets are currently available at UCFAthletics.com. For information about premium seating, contact the UCF ticket sales office at (407) UCF-1000.

For the latest news on the Knights, log on to UCFAthletics.com - the official site for UCF varsity sports. The site, which also contains ticket and Golden Knights Club donor information, is also the home of UCF's new online apparel store. Also visit UCFPhotos.com, the exclusive fan source for UCF action sports pictures.

Courtesy of www.ncaa.com


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  MONTENEGRO   


Standings - 1A
1A Standings
 1. Lovcen 0-0 
 2. Mornar Bar 0-0 
 3. Rudar 0-0 
 4. Niksic 0-0 
 5. Jedinstvo 0-0 
 6. Mogren 0-0 
 7. Danilovgrad 0-0 
 8. ABS Primorje 0-0 
 9. Ulcijn 0-0 
 10. Primorje-M. 0-0 


Standings - 1B
1B Standings
 1. Gorstak 0-0 
 2. Kotor 0-0 
 3. Zeta 0-0 
 4. Ljubovic 0-0 
 5. S.Centar 0-0 
 6. Niksic Bonus 0-0 
 7. Budva 0-0 
 8. Centar B.Polje 0-0 
 9. Teodo Tivat 0-0 
 10. Un.Mediteran 0-0 


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  MOROCCO   


Preseason news :The Coaches waltz - by Nour Amri
Most of the clubs started their preseason and are still negotiating transfers.
Only 2 coaches stayed with their team. Coach Uariachi renewed his contract with FUS who appointed coach Driss Houari as technical director. ASS agreed terms and announced coach Rachid Yatribi as their new Head Coach. ASE Essaouira agreed financial terms with coach Said Bouzidi. CMC signed coach Bouchaib Guerch making him returns to his first beloved club. Champions IRT surprisingly did not renew coach Nizar Mesbahi contract and agreed terms with Algerian coach Bilal Fayed. Driss Ghissassi returns to MAS while coach Aitou Ali is negociating with RAJA. Finally, globetrotter coach Hassan Benkhadouj signed with new D1 team of Nador.

Morocco D1 League is scheduled to starts on October 11th for only one day as the national team will participate at the African Championship Group 1 Eliminatory in Tunis from October 17th - 22nd.


Standings - Men
D1 Standings
 1. IRT 16-2 
 2. MAS 13-5 
 3. RCA 13-5 
 4. ASS 12-6 
 5. WAC 12-6 
 6. FUS 7-11 
 7. KAC 7-11 
 8. CMC 5-13 
 9. TSC 4-14 
 10. MET 1-17 


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  NBA   


KINGS FORWARD SHAREEF ABDUR-RAHIM ANNOUNCES HIS RETIREMENT - by Bruno Baltazar
Sacramento Kings forward Shareef Abdur-Rahim (6'10''-F-76, college: California) today announced his retirement from the NBA as a player due to a reoccurring knee injury.

First of all, on behalf of the entire organization I want to thank Shareef for his contribution to the Kings and NBA both on and off the court, said Kings President of Basketball Operations Geoff Petrie. He has had an exemplary career as a player and citizen. It is unfortunate for any productive career to be felled by injury. However, no one can ever doubt Shareefs effort, commitment or desire to excel. It is our intention to find a new role for Shareef with the organization as he begins the next phase of his professional life.

Abdur-Rahim enjoyed 12 seasons in the NBA with four different teams (Vancouver 1996-97 to 2000-01, Atlanta 2001-02 to 2003-04, Portland 2003-04 to 2004-05 and Sacramento 2005-06 to 2007-08), amassing career averages of 18.1 points (.452 FGs, .297 3FGs, .810 FTs), 7.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game through 830 outings. His most productive season, statistically, occurred during the 1998-99 campaign in Vancouver when he averaged 23.0 points (.432 FGs, .306 3FGs, .841 FTs), 7.5 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game through 50 contests (NBA Lockout season). The following season (1999-00), Abdur-Rahim averaged double figures in both points (20.3) and rebounds (10.1) per game, in which he played in all 82 contests for the Grizzlies.

Ive been in a situation where Ive been trying to get healthy over the last year and a half, explained Abdur-Rahim. I came to grips with the fact that, health-wise, I wont be able to get back to the condition and level that is needed to play in the NBA. My right knee has become arthritic over the years and is to the point where it wont allow me do the things and play at the level in which Im accustomed to playing. As tough as it is to come to grips with, its the reality.

Abdur-Rahim was a member of the gold-medal winning United States Olympic team in 2000 while still with the Vancouver Grizzlies. He was selected to the Eastern Conference NBA All-Star Team where he scored nine points in 21 minutes as a member of the Atlanta Hawks in 2002.

Regarding my career, Ive been really blessed and fortunate, said Abdur-Rahim. Im thankful that I had basketball and was able to play in the NBA. There arent a lot of people who actually get to do what they grow up dreaming about doing. Ive had that opportunity and Im really thankful for that. Im also thankful for the coaches, trainers, owners, front office people and friends Ive made through my time in the NBA. It was a tough decision, but in no way am I bitter. Im just really thankful and happy that I was given the opportunity to play in the NBA.

On December 28, 2002, Abdur-Rahim became the sixth-youngest player in NBA history to reach the 10,000-point plateau when he scored 18 points at Washington at age 26, trailing only Kobe Bryant, Bob McAdoo, Shaquille ONeal, Michael Jordan and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar with that distinction. He scored a career-high 50 points (including a career-high 21 field goals made) versus Detroit on November 23, 2001, becoming the first Hawks player to hit that mark since Dominique Wilkins poured in 52 points in 1991.

Selected by the Vancouver Grizzlies (now Memphis) as an undergraduate out of California with the third pick of the 1996 NBA Draft, Abdur-Rahim has a long-standing history of community service involvement. He was named by The Sporting News as the NBAs Number 1 Good Guy for 2004 after funding the Reef House in Atlanta through his Atlanta-based Future Foundation with the purpose of assisting at-risk and underprivileged youth.


Tau signs Mustafa Shakur, frees Dragic? - by Eurobasket News
It what might be the last straw to finalize Goran Dragic's (6'5''-G-86, agency: Interperformances) release to the Phoenix Suns, Tau Ceramica filled his spot on the roster by signing former Arizona point guard Mustafa Shakur (6'3''-G-84, college: Arizona) to a one-year contract.
The Spanish team announced the deal on their website Thursday night. Shakur played in seven games for Prokom of the Polish League title last season and is a far cry from NBA caliber after a disappointing career with the Wildcats.
As of Friday afternoon, Dragic was still waiting for word that the completion of his agreement. After that he will return to Slovenia to obtain his work visa before training camp.

New Trail Blazers guard Rudy Fernandez (6'6''-G-85) is scheduled to land at Portland International Airport on Monday at 11:55 a.m., The Oregonian has learned.
Fernandez, the Spanish star who has never been to Portland, will be arriving on an international flight, and fans interested in greeting Fernandez should congregate at PDX's International Meet and Greet area, which is located at the north end of the baggage claim (or by carousel No. 10).
After arriving, Fernandez will be taken to the Rose Garden to meet Blazers staff. He will then be introduced to the media at 2:30 p.m. on Monday at the Rose Garden.

Courtesy of www.hoopsworld.com


Wizards pick up option with Eddie Jordan ,signs DerMarr Johnson,Linton Johnson and Taj McCullough - by Bruno Baltazar
Washington Wizards announced that the team has picked up the option on the contract of Head Coach Eddie Jordan , keeping him under contract through the 2009-10 season.
Eddie has done an outstanding job and has been instrumental in making us a perennial playoff team, so we are pleased to reward that success by picking up the option on his contract, said Grunfeld. We are very excited about the upcoming season and feel that this team is ready to progress to another level under Eddies leadership.

Jordan has compiled an overall record of 196-214 (.478) in five seasons as head coach of the Wizards and is currently the third-longest tenured head coach in the NBA behind Jerry Sloan (Utah Jazz) and Gregg Popovich (San Antonio Spurs). He has led the team to the playoffs the last four seasons (making the Wizards the only Eastern Conference team other than Detroit to do so), compiling a 171-157 (.521) mark during that span.

Id like to thank (Wizards Owner) Abe Pollin and Ernie Grunfeld, my assistants and the players for their confidence in me and for putting the pieces in place for us to continue to build on what weve already accomplished, said Jordan. This team has proven it can compete at an elite level, and I have high expectations for what we can achieve moving forward.

Jordan, a Washington DC native, was originally hired by the Wizards prior to the 2003-04 season. After his first year, he led the team to a 20-game improvement and their first playoff berth in eight seasons (as well as their first playoff series win since 1982). The team has made the playoffs each year since. Jordan represented the Wizards as the head coach of the 2007 Eastern Conference All-Star Team by virtue of the team having the best record in the Eastern Conference heading into the All-Star break. Jordan is third in total wins and total games coached among head coaches in franchise history and needs just seven wins to pass Wes Unseld and move into second place for total wins (behind Gene Shue).

Washington Wizards announced aswell that the team has signed free agent forwards DerMarr Johnson (6'9''-G-80, college: Cincinnati), Linton Johnson (6'8''-F-80, agency: Priority Sports, college: Tulane) and Taj McCullough (6'7''-F).

DerMarr Johnson (6-9, 210) is a seven-year veteran who has seen action with the Hawks, Knicks, Nuggets and Spurs. He holds NBA career averages of 6.2 points and 2.2 rebounds in 136 games. A Washington DC native, Johnson was originally selected by Atlanta with the sixth overall pick in the 2000 NBA Draft following his freshman year at the University of Cincinnati. He averaged 8.4 points and 3.4 rebounds for the Hawks in 2001-02, but missed the entire 2002-03 season after suffering four cracked vertebra in his neck following a car accident. He returned to the NBA with New York in 2003-04 and spent the next three seasons (2004-05 through 2006-07) with Denver. Johnson averaged 3.4 points in five games with San Antonio last season.

Linton Johnson (6-8, 205) is a five-year veteran who has seen action with the Bulls, Spurs, Nets, Hornets, Raptors and Suns. He holds NBA career averages of 4.1 points and 3.4 rebounds in 141 games after going undrafted out of Tulane University. Johnson had his best statistical run when he averaged 5.3 points and 4.3 rebounds over the final 27 games for New Orleans/Oklahoma City after being acquired in a midseason trade with New Jersey. Johnson averaged 2.6 points and 1.8 rebounds last season in eight games between Toronto and Phoenix.

McCullough (6-7, 227) averaged 2.2 points and 2.0 rebounds in five games with the Wizards entry in the 2008 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas. The rookie out of Winthrop averaged 11.6 points and a team-high 5.8 rebounds as a senior last season and helped the Eagles to a berth in the NCAA Tournament.


NBA movers and fakers in the offseason - by Eurobasket News
On the eve of training camp a year ago, the rebuilt Boston Celtics were the talk of the NBA - when predictions of Kobe Bryant's departure from L.A. weren't being made.

Bryant ended up hanging around and winning an MVP award, the Celtics returned to the top, and the NBA enjoyed a memorable season.

So what about this offseason? No one came close to pulling off what Boston did last summer. And any talk of All-Stars on the move centers around the summer of 2010.

But there still were some significant moves this offseason. Here's one view on who moved up, down and sideways.


JUMPING UP

The Sixers They probably helped themselves the most during the summer by signing Elton Brand (6'8''-F-79, college: Duke). Their ability to keep Andre Iguodala and Louis Williams puts the Sixers right in the mix in the East.

The Cavs The addition of Mo Williams could be the long-sought sidekick LeBron James needs to win a title. Williams gives the Cavs tremendous depth at point guard and further increases their versatility.

The Raptors If Jermaine O'Neal stays healthy and performs close to the level he was a few years ago, the Raptors will have an imposing frontline with he and Chris Bosh.

The Heat They made no major trades but got an elite player back with the return to health of Dwyane Wade. If Michael Beasley can make an impact, expect them in the hunt.

The Blazers A surprise team a year ago, Portland benefits greatly from the addition of two rookies from the 2007 draft Greg Oden and Rudy Fernandez. Oden missed last year with a knee injury, but appears ready to go, while Fernandez signed after an impressive performance for Spain in the Olympics. Throw in the addition of talented rookie guard Jerryd Bayless, and the Blazers are young, talented and ready to make the jump to the playoffs.


FALLING DOWN

The Warriors An eventful summer leaves them probably out of the playoff hunt in the West. They lost their heart and soul in Baron Davis as well as energy guy Matt Barnes. To counter that, they signed a scorer in Corey Maggette and a solid big man in Ronny Turiaf. But throw in the offseason injury suffered by Monta Ellis, and the Warriors could struggle.

The Clippers When Baron Davis came on board, they looked like a team ready to jump into the playoff picture. Then Elton Brand jumped ship. Marcus Camby came on board, but Corey Maggette left. Davis for Maggette is advantage Clippers. Camby for Brand? Not so much. Adding Ricky Davis and Jason Williams from Miami's debacle of a season seems to only muddle the chemistry further.

The Nuggets After yet another first-round playoff exit, it was not surprising to see Denver make a change. But giving away their best defensive player (Marcus Camby) for salary reasons was not one many expected. They still have Carmelo Anthony, Allen Iverson and J.R. Smith, so expect a lot of 115-109 games. But how many of those will they win?

The Hawks After returning to the playoffs and nearly shocking the Celtics, the Hawks took a step back. They made no major additions and saw Josh Childress bolt for Europe. Hanging on to Josh Smith kept the summer from becoming brutal.


HARD TO SAY

The Pistons They didn't reshape their roster, which some expected. They did shake things up at the top, though, as Michael Curry replaces Flip Saunders as head coach. But will that be enough to get another title?

The Bucks They looked like they upgraded themselves when they acquired Richard Jefferson. But then they dealt away Williams, their top playmaker and second-leading scorer. They did get Luke Ridnour in that trade. The Bucks feel he's the type of pure point guard they need. Time will tell.

The Rockets Give them credit for trying something. But will it work? The addition of Ron Artest gives them an interesting core to go alongside Tracy McGrady and Yao Ming. But Ming and McGrady must stay healthy, and Artest can't go crazy.

Courtesy of http://www.cantonrep.com


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  NCAA1   


Noel Johnson commits to USC - by Kevin Cochran

USC has received a commitment from Noel Johnson.

The news was first reported by the Los Angeles Times.

The 6-foot-7 Johnson was among those who took a visit to USC a little more than a week ago for the Trojans win against Ohio St..

``From talking to Coach (Tim) Floyd and Coach (Bob) Cantu, the while staff played a role in the visit and also played a big part in my decision,' Johnson told Scout.com's Evan Daniels. 'I just liked the whole atmosphere out there and I liked how they can set you up for life after college.'

Johnson (Scout.com. No. 58) didn't have a terrific summer, but is a quality pickup for Tim Floyd and the Trojans.

His father, Cheese, played at Wichita St. and in the NBA.


Courtesy: foxsports.com



Devendorf gets another year with Orange - by Kevin Cochran

Guard Eric Devendorf (6'4''-G-87), a member of the Syracuse men's basketball team, has earned an additional year of athletic eligibility. The University applied for a hardship waiver on his behalf and it was granted by the Big East Conference.

Devendorf injured his knee on December 15 in a game with East Tennessee State and missed the remainder of the campaign. At that time of his injury, he had started all 10 games and averaged 17.0 points an outing. Devendorf also was a regular performer during his freshman and sophomore years with the program. He has accumulated 1,115 career points.

For the 2008-09 season, Devendorf will be classified as a senior academically and a junior in athletic eligibility.

Courtesy: Syracuse Athletics



North Central's Johnson says he'll go to Purdue - by Eurobasket News
North Central High School guard Terone Johnson, one of the top juniors in the nation, said Sunday he'll play college basketball at Purdue.

The 6-2 shooting guard averaged 18 points as a sophomore.

'I like the coaches and the whole program,' Johnson said. 'I felt I fit in well with the team as far as playing style and the players.'

Johnson is the second player in the Class of 2010 to commit to Purdue coach Matt Painter, joining Danville big man Travis Carroll.

A powerful guard at 195 pounds, Johnson is ranked 105th in the nation in the junior class by Rivals recruiting service.

'It's a great fit,' North Central coach Doug Mitchell said. 'He's such a throwback on how he plays. He's so much better than people have any idea he is.

'He averaged 18 points as a sophomore in Marion County. Not many kids have done that, and I think his best years are ahead of him.'

Johnson had interest from Indiana University, Kentucky, Louisville, Ohio State, Butler and others.

Johnson has made several unofficial visits to Purdue and he already knows some of the players in the class ahead of him going to Purdue.

The Boilermakers return all five starters from a 25-9 team that was runner-up by one game in the Big Ten and reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

'I'm very excited,' Johnson said. 'I think we can keep it going. I would like to go up there and continue what they've been doing and win a Big Ten championship.'

Johnson can't sign until November 2009, per NCAA guidelines, but he said he want to get his recruitment out of the way.

'Now I have the chance to focus on a state championship and helping my team win,' he said.

His commitment continues Painter's success recruiting in-state talent. The Boilers' success last year was powered by players such as Robbie Hummel of Valparaiso and E'Twaun Moore of East Chicago, and Painter has commitments from four in-state seniors in Lawrence North forward Jeff Robinson, Franklin Central forward Patrick Bade, Cathedral swingman Kelsey Barlow and Crawfordsville guard D.J. Byrd.

Mitchell said Johnson is becoming even more dangerous as his 3-point shot becomes more consistent. Mitchell also said one of Johnson's key attributes is understanding what play needs to be made.

'He takes advantage of everything that is there and doesn't try to create things that aren't there, and modern-day players don't do that very often. He's so much fun to watch because of that,' Mitchell said. '. . . If you're not paying attention, you have a hard time understanding how good he really is.'

Courtesy of http://www.indystar.com


UCF to play in Cancun in November - by Eurobasket News
Fans looking to travel to Mexico to watch the UCF men's basketball team compete in the Cancun Challenge in November can utilize the travel package offered by Triple Crown Sports. The Knights will play two games at the inaugural event, beginning Nov. 29.

The package includes lodging at the Moon Palace Resort, admission to the games, ground transportation, meals and drinks and several tours of the area. Entrance to the games, which will be played at the Moon Palace Convention Center, is only available by purchasing the travel package.

The Knights will open the event against South Dakota State. The following day, on Nov. 30, the squad will meet Morehead State. The 10-team event also includes Central Arkansas, The Citadel, Drake, Grambling, New Mexico, Vanderbilt and Virginia Commonwealth.

As part of the challenge, UCF is also slated to face host New Mexico on Nov. 22.

For information about the travel package, visit cancunchallenge.net/mens.asp or contact Triple Crown Sports representative Melissa Koza at (970) 223-6644 or Melissa@triplecrownsports.com.

UCF will open the 2008-09 regular season on Nov. 16, hosting North Carolina A&T at the new UCF Arena. The Knights are scheduled to play 16 contests at the state-of-the-art facility this season, including a Dec. 6 game with cross-state foe USF and a Jan. 10 Conference USA matchup with national runner-up Memphis.

Season tickets are currently available at UCFAthletics.com. For information about premium seating, contact the UCF ticket sales office at (407) UCF-1000.

For the latest news on the Knights, log on to UCFAthletics.com - the official site for UCF varsity sports. The site, which also contains ticket and Golden Knights Club donor information, is also the home of UCF's new online apparel store. Also visit UCFPhotos.com, the exclusive fan source for UCF action sports pictures.

Courtesy of www.ncaa.com


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  NEW ZEALAND   


Leon Henry and BJ Anthony sign with Euro clubs - by Kahn Hart
Tall Blacks triallist Leon Henry (200-F-85, college: S.Idaho JC) has signed with Romanian club Univ Mobitelco Cluj Napoca who are coached by former Tall Blacks coach Tab Baldwin , they play in the competitive Romanian A Division where they were runners up last season. B.J. Anthony (198-F-88) has signed with Herzoege Wolfenbuettel who play in the German Pro B League. These two players have long been touted as the future of New Zealand Basketball, both were the standout players of their respected junior national teams. Playing in professionally in Europe can only help to improve Leon and B.J.'s games so this is very good news for Nenad Vucinic as he looks to continue rebuilding the national team.

Stats Leaders
NBL Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
Wethers (Pistons) 27.6
Gayle (Nuggets) 26.9
Tisby (Nuggets) 24.2
Horton (Jets) 24.1
Crowe (Pistons) 21.7
Rebounds Per Game
Tisby (Nuggets) 10.8
Abrams (Dynamos) 9.78
Davis (Jets) 9.72
Owens (Saints) 9.69
Rampton (Dynamos) 9.56
Assists Per Game
Crowe (Nuggets) 8.33
Martin (Saints) 6.56
Henare (Hawks) 5.78
Kenny (Heat) 4.50
Baker (Stars) 4.33


Standings Men
NBL Standings
 1. Wellington 14-4 
 2. Waikato 13-5 
 3. G&H Hawks 11-7 
 4. Harbour Heat 11-7 
 5. Nelson 10-8 
 6. Taranaki 9-9 
 7. Auckland 9-9 
 8. Canterbury 6-12 
 9. Manawatu 5-13 
 10. Otago 2-16 


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  NIGERIA   


Standings - Lagos City League
Lagos City League Standings
 1. Union Bank 21-1 
 2. D. Warriors 18-4 
 3. Ebun Comets 17-5 
 4. Islanders 15-7 
 5. Police Bombers 15-7 
 6. K.Bullets 15-7 
 7. Chariots 12-10 
 8. Warriors Ac. 6-16 
 9. Whales 6-16 
 10. Sea Rovers 5-17 
 11. Raptors 3-19 
 12. Warriors Kad. 0-22 


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  PARAGUAY   


Quadrangolar Day 3: no one stops Libertad - by Gianni Pascucci
Libertad took an easy win in Day 3 of Quadrangolar, defeating Universidad Autonoma de Asuncion (UAA) 115-75. New import Brian Craig (206-C-79, college: Miles) was the best performer, with 24 points, Renaldo Johnson (201-F-79, agency: Tank Sports, college: E.Tenn.St.) added 17 and Romeo Rios (192-F-80) and Alfredo Perez (-G/F) led UAA in losing effort with 15 pts each. Sol de America kept the pace of Libertad, dfefeating Deportivo San Jose 93-90 at the end of a battled game. Peter Kiganya (197-F-72, college: Abil.Christian) (32 points) and Jamal Nichols (206-F, college: De Paul) (27 pts) were the main factors in Sol win, while Bruno Zanotti (197-F-82, agency: Megasport, college: Merrimack) scored 27 points in San Jose. The standings are now:
1. Libertad 7 pts,
2. Sol de Amrica 5,50 pts,
3. Deportivo San Jose 4 pts,
3. UAA 3 pts.


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  PBL   


Millrats exposure camp a resounding success - by Eurobasket News
The Manchester Millrats Exposure Camp, held at the Sportszone Athletic Facility in Derry, New Hampshire was a resounding success.

Nearly 90 campers competed hard for days though a series of drills and scrimmages.

'Everyone played extremely hard and that's really what we start out looking for,' stated Millrats GM Ian McCarthy.

On Saturday afternoon, the Exposure Camp All Stars scrimmaged Brian Delaney's sports agency team, and notched a close win over the only unbeaten team from the day's action. Some of the standouts from the camp included:


Jamal Dixon (6'2''-G) 6'2 PG Radford

Derek Coleman (5'11''-G-84, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: Robert Morris) 5'10 PG Robert Morris

Mike Lytle 6'7 PG Bryan College

Dele Ojo 6'1 G Pfeiffer

Tony Robinson 6'2 G UConn

Travis Lewis 6'3 G E. Michigan

Beau Muhlbach 6'5 G Texas A&M

Jared Hardwick 6'5 G-F Milwaukee-Wisconsin

Brandon Odom 6'6 F New Hampshire

Shondale Robinson 6'6 F Maryland Eastern Shore

Jamal Wise 6'6 F Rhode Island

Scott Hazelton 6'8 F Rhode Island/UConn

Roosevelt Lee 6'6 F Midland JC

Sam Carey 6'8 F-C So NH Univ

Jamal Douglas 6'8 F-C Lafayette

Mark Koenecny 6'11 F-C Lambuth/Syracuse


The Millrats staff will now begin the process of breaking down film and ranking players by position, with the goal of selecting 25 players to attend an October veteran's camp. Immediately following the veteran's camp, contract offers will be extended.

Courtesy of Manchester Millrats


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  PHILIPPINES   


Purefoods squeaks past undermanned Ginebra - by Eurobasket News
Purefoods' 2008-09 season appeared in serious jeopardy when the Giants' superstar James Yap (190-F/G-82) limped out with the help of two teammates early in the third quarter of their 2008 Pre-Season game against the Barangay Ginebra Kings on Saturday.

Coach Ryan Gregorio looked terribly stunned as James reached out for his ankle following a bad landing but managed to heave a sigh of relief afterwards when informed that his star player sustained just a minor sprain.

'It's certainly music to my ear that James wasn't badly hurt,' said Gregorio, confident his troops will again contend for the championship of the Philippine Cup.

With James out of the rotation, Kerby Raymundo took charge and led Purefoods' comeback from 18 points down and the Giants defeated the undermanned Kings, 83-82, in an exciting finish before a huge crowd at the San Beda gym.

Raymundo scored all but two of his 24 points in the second half, including two free throws with 1.8 seconds remaining that sealed the game for Purefoods which tied Alaska for the lead in Group A.

June Simon scored all his 14 points in the second half and Roger Yap had six assists as he revved up the Giants' fastbreak game.

'We're ready to rumble. Modesty aside, I think we have the tools that will get us to the title playoffs,' Gregorio said. The Giants made the Finals of last season's Philippine Cup but lost to eventual champion Sta. Lucia in the deciding Game 7.

James accounted for 13 points but limped out with still 7:28 left in the third quarter after a bad landing off a tough shot and twisted his right ankle.

Purefoods' new recruits Topex Robinson, Aaron Aban, rookie Beau Belga and Paolo Bugia also made a good account of themselves in a game that featured five deadlocks and 10 lead changes.

The Kings battled the Giants without guards Mark Caguioa, Jayjay Helterbrand and Junthy Valenzuela and centers Rafi Reavis and Eric Menk.

But their absence didn't seem to matter as Alex Crisano played his best game since rejoining the team last season, and so did tryouts Jun-jun Cabatu, Bern Franco and Michael Gavino.

Crisano and Cabatu came away with 13 points apiece to show the way for the Kings, who dominated the first half with excellent perimeter shooting. Ginebra led 45-29 at halftime.

The Kings held a 55-43 lead with 4:05 left in the third but the Giants, starring Raymundo, Simon and Roger Yap sparked a 25-14 run that shoved Purefoods ahead four minutes into the fourth quarter.

The Giants appeared to have the game under control but a couple of turnovers in the closing minutes enabled the Kings to make the game exciting.

A huge 3-pointer by Sunday Salvacion gave the Kings an 82-81 lead with 16.8 seconds left but the Giants narrowly escaped with the win after Raymundo trapped by a double-team at the baseline squeezed himself for a layup and was fouled by Crisano, who rushed in to help.

The PBA Pre-Season tournament resumes Monday with Alaska and Purefoods disputing the Group A lead at 2 p.m. at the Arellano gym in Legarda, Manila. (DBC)


The scores:

Purefoods 83 Raymundo 24, Simon 14, J.Yap 13, Aban 8, R Yap 5, Lanete 5, Villanueva 4, Belga 3, Bugia 3, Salvador 2, Alonzo 2, Fernandez 0, Robinson 0.

Ginebra 82 Crisano 13, Cabatu 13, Artadi 10, Salvacion 10, Tubid 9, Mamaril 6, Pacana 5, Escalona 5, Gavino 4, Espiritu 3, Franco 2,Holper 2, Aquino 0.

Quarters: 13-18; 29-45; 58-59; 83-82.

Courtesy of www.pba.ph


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  PORTUGAL   


Benfica signed Ben Reed and Seth Doliboa - by Bruno Baltazar
Benfica signed Ben Reed (191-G/F-83, college: W.Michigan),25, Shooting Guard / Small Forward a well known player in the portuguese league.
The last 3 seasons he played for Ovarense with a great sucess winning the national title,bieng a important piece in Ovarense roster,brings winning experience to Benfica,he also played in ULEB Cup last season averaging 18.5ppg, 3.5rpg, 3.0apg, 1.3spg in 6 games ,during the playoffs he was sidelined due to a injury,fully recovered now will increase Benfica options to be a serious contender.

They also signed Seth Doliboa (203-F-80, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Wright St.),27,102kg,2.03m , in 2003-2004: Wright St. (NCAA): 28 games: 15.0ppg, 7.4rpg, 1.0apg and after college he played in NBDL in USA where he did this 2005-2006: Roanoke Dazzle (D-League,1T): 47 games: 10.0ppg, 3.9rpg, 1.7apg, FGP: 43%, 3PT: 33%, FT: 78.1% , last season he played in the ABA,a inside player that will increase the inside options to their coach.


Draw to the Additional Qualifying round - by Portugal Eurobasket
Despite competition system on fibaeurope.com website, the truth is Portugal will know their opponents in the Additional Qualifying Round only in November 8th. That means that France and Bosnia-Herzegovina will be drawn in pot 1, PORTUGAL and Italy in pot 2 Belgium and Finland in pot 3, all according to the teams' records in this qualifying phase. The goal-average used to to verify which team had the best records was France (1.01), Bosnia (0.98), Italy (0.97) and Portugal (0.85) as all four teams ended with 50 % records in Win/Losses.
So Moncho Lopez 's squad won't face Italy but will have french or bosnians as top seeded and Belgium or Finland


Portugal paired with Bosnia-Hercegovina and Belgium - by Portugal Eurobasket
Portugal will play its group with Bosnia-Hercegovina and Belgium the Additional Qualifyond round according to fibaeurope.com competition system. Portugal managed to be the 4th team from the 6 that didn't make qualifying to Eurobasket 2009 behind France, Bosnia and Italy all with 50% records in Wins/Losses and above Finland and Belgium. That way, and as competition system puts one group with teams 1, 3, 5 and other with teams 2, 4, 6, so both countries will be in the way of Portugal next Summer.
Moncho Lopez 's squad has already met Bosnia in previous qualifying for Eurobasket 2007, winning in Sarajevo and losing in Paos de Ferreira, having lost also in Konya in the first day of Efes Pilsen World Cup 7. As for Belgium, since 1993 that teh country doesn't qualify for the european championship, but names as Axel Hervelle and Christophe Bengin will be tough for Portugal


Rosters LPB - by Portugal Eurobasket
New Liga Portuguesa de Basquetebol will start 15 days from now and many teams haven't completed their rosters however some of them are already full such as former LCB champions Ovarense, runners-up FC Porto Ferpinta, Vagos Lusavouga DeWalt, Casino Figueira Ginsio, CAB Madeira, Vitria. Eurobasket Portugal will now publish those rosters, and will publish others in the next days:

OVARENSE (Coach Mrio Leite)

Guards: Mario Fernandes (ex-Plasencia), Nuno Manarte, Jaoo Abreu, Jose Miguel Barbosa (ex-Oliveirense)
Forwards: Rui Mota, John Waller, Andre Pinto, Pedro Azevedo (ex-Vitoria)
Centers: Gregory Stempin, Jamal Basit (ex-Jena), Miguel Miranda, Nuno Cortez

FC PORTO (Coach Jlio Matos)

Guards: Joao Figueiredo, Daniel Monteiro (ex-Belenenses), Augusto Sobrinho, Pedro Catarino (ex-youth team)
Forwards: Paulo Cunha, Nuno Marcal, Fabio Fernandes, Jose Almeida (ex-Zarzuela), Joao Gaspar
Centers: Kevin Martin (Klosterneuburg), John Oates (ex-Boston College), Christian Burns (ex-AZS Koszalin), Paulo Diamantino, Joao Diamantino, Andre Boavida

AD VAGOS (Coach Costa Dias)

Guards: Joao Reveles (ex-Ginsio), Hugo Mota (ex-Galitos), Tiago Barreiro
Forwards: Pedro Nuno, Joo Balseiro, Dan Coleman (ex-U. Minnesota), Joao Santos (ex-Oliveirense in 2005/06), Mario Ramos (ex-youth team), Bruno Granjeia (ex-youth team)
Centers: Nuno Silva, Rico Hill, Wesley Green (ex-U. DePaul), Dario Furtado (ex-Queluz)

GINASIO (Coach Srgio Salvador)

Guards: Jose Costa (ex-CAB), Bento Cardoso
Forwards: Marco Rosa, Joo Manuel (ex-CAB), Joaquim Soares (ex-Vagos), Tyrekus Bowman (ex-Augusta State)
Centers: John Torson (ex-Rockhurst), Dustin Brown (ex-Sampaense), David Vik (ex-Lusitnia)

CAB MADEIRA (Coach Joao Freitas)

Guards: Pedro Freitas, Joo Vieira, Jason Smith (ex-Podebrady)
Forwards: Francisco Fernandes, Emanuel Ferreira, Bobby Madison (ex-Dep. Valdiva), Mario Jorge
Centers: Mario Gonalves (ex-Ginsio), Jacob Chrisman (ex-B'guessbach), David Gomes (ex-Barreirense)

VITORIA (Coach Fernando S)

Guards: Carlos Fechas, Alexandre Gama (ex-Acadmica), Pedro Tavares, Pedro Rodrigues
Forwards: Fernando Neves (ex-Ovarense), Willie Taylor (ex-Nyon), Sergio Correia (ex-Ginsio), Ricardo Pinto, Ricardo Correia, Francisco Oliveira
Centers: Mario Boogans (ex-Rio Grande), Donte Minter (ex-Nyon), Pedro Silva, Nuno Faria


Ginasio signs Schmidt - by Luis Rocha
Ginasio Figueirense signed Everest Schmidt (201-F, agency: Passing Lane) to replace Tyrekus Bowman (196-F-86, college: Augusta St.). Bowman have an agreement with the portuguese team, but in the end he didnt come. Schmidt is therefore the new forward for the roster. Hes a 3 that has been mentioned as a good defender, and that can also give nice contribuition on the offense. It seems that with this signing, ginasio has the roster complete and next weekend they will start the competitive season, playing in Torneio Antonio Pratas.

Ginasio signs 3 foreign players and CAB signed Mario Jorge - by Bruno Baltazar

Ginasio just signed their 3 foreign players to battle in the new LPB season.
The first american player is Dustin Brown (202-F-83, college: Loyola Marymount) a well known in Portugal because last season he played in Proliga for Sampaense averaging in 15 games 17.7ppg, 10.1rpg, 1.6apg.He is forward,25 years old.

The last american player is John Torson (208-F/C, agency: Warren Sports International) ,center,2.09m that will help them inside as he is very athletic post player with good hands and nice touch around the basket. Great footwork, runs the floor well, excellent above-the-rim rebounder and shot blocker. Very good touch from outside with very good range which will create major match up problems for opposing teams. Last season he averaged in 24 games- 15.4ppg, 6.3rpg, 2.5bpg, 1.8apg.

To remember they already signed portuguese players such as Jose Costa and Joao Manuel from CAB and Joaquim Soares from Vagos .

In other news CAB signed Mario Jorge (190-G/F-77) for another season.



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  ROMANIA   


CSU Cuadripol Brasov replaces Rapid Bucharest in BIBL - by Eurobasket News
Balkan league officially announced withdrawal of Romanian team Rapid Bucharest from the opening season. The main reason for Rapid's decision are serious financial problems. At the same time BIBL decided to invite CSU Cuadripol Brasov for season 2008/09. According to BIBL web site, the team from Brasov accepted and will participate next season in this regional competition. Sports Director of Balkan league Shay Striks will have official meeting with management of CSU Brasov as well as with people from Romanian Basketball Federation this week.

During the summer CSU Cuadripol Brasov created very competitive team. It seems like they knew that one place in BIBL will belong to them. The team already agreed terms with following players: Alex Hartman (201-G/F-85, agency: Tank Sports, college: Concordia (OR)), Enes Hadjibulic (196-G-83, agency: Global Sports Plaza), Rashaun Broadus (183-G-84, college: BYU), Andrei Mandache and Senai Isleam (217-C-76, agency: Court Side).
Hadjibulic arrived from Dinamo Bucharest as one of its top scorers. At the same time he was of the leading scorers in domestic championship. At the end the season he was named Eurobasket.com Romanian League All-Bosmans Team -08. Canadian / USA Hartman is coming from German Regionalliga. He graduated on Concordia University in 2007. Broadus played last season in Canadian IBL adding 20.7 ppg, 5.3 rpg and 4.5 apg. Senai spent last season in Ramnicu Valcea.

In the first game CSU Cuadripol Brasov will host Serbian team Swisslions Takovo. The game is scheduled for October 8th.


Stats Leaders - Men
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1. McCullough,MUR 24.6
2. Smith TAR 24.5
3. Djordjic, ORA 21.3
4. Krstanovi, UMOB 21.1
5. Mojica, 19.8
Rebounds Per Game
1. Williams, DIN 14.2
2. Gnjato, PIT 11.2
3. Ambres, BRA 9.8
4. Pantelic, RAP 9.2
5. Krstanov, UMOB 9.0
Assists Per Game
1. Helcioiu, PIT 7.0
2. Cooley, MUR 6.9
3. Dawson, BRA 6.0
4. Telfer, 4.5
5. Tadic, DIN 4.5
2FGP
1. Stamate, TAR 100
2. Tadic, DIN 90.9
3. Bascovea, OTO 81.8
3FGP
1. Cunda, GAZ 69.2
2. Urucatu, DIN 62.5
3. Nixon, OTO 56.8


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  RUSSIA   


Enisey won Kvarner Cup - by Eurobasket News

Russian Enisey triumphed in Kvarner Cup that finished last night in Croatia. In the Final game the team overcame the hosts, Kvarner Novi Resort 101:96. The Russian squad opened the game with 28:20 that gave them a good opportuninty to lead the game. They also improved to 12-point lead at the halftime. In the third period Enisey Krasnojarsk produced 27:26 to feel more confortable at the end of the game. The hosts however came up with 27:19, but could not catch up with the winners. Fred Warrick (195-G/F-76, college: Coppin St.) led the winners with 25 points. Kevin Fletcher (207-C-80, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Colorado Springs) nailed 17 and Krykov scored 13. Mance top-scored for the hosts with 20 points.
In the game for the third place Geoplin Slovan beat Austrian Graz 74:66. Slovenia team opened the game with 14:11 in the opening quarter that led to 30:25 advantage at the halftime. Austrian team still remained alive after the third quarter when they trailed 45:51. In the last stanza however Slovan was better and led the game to 74:66 victory. Zoran Dragic (195-G-89) and Marin Han (198-F/G-87) paced the winners with 14 points apiece. Dejan Grkovic (203-F-84, college: NC-Wilmington) scored 10, while Lekic had 8 and Mlakar together with Cigoja posted 7 each.


Kvarner Novi Resort Enisey Krasnojarsk 96:101 (20:28, 23:27, 26:27, 27:19)
Kvarner NR: Cerneka, Rodic, Andelija 12, Grbesic 8, Glavinic 16, Juricic 2, Spahija 15, Modic 2, Mance 20, Pilepic 16, Blesic 5, Velcic.
Enisey: Pistoljevic 7, Fred Warrick 25, Chudinovskih 2, Krykov 13, Dogadin 5, Beljaev 5, Nikolaev, Anisimov 8, Savkov 14, Solovev, Kevin Fletcher 17, Zakamov 5.

Geoplin Slovan Graz 74:66 (14:11, 16:14, 21:20, 23:21)
Slovan: Zadnik 3, Delic 2, Macek, Mlakar 7, Zoran Dragic 14, Marin Han 14, Bilic, Lekic 8, Nikolic 5, Cigoja 7, Dejan Grkovic 10.
Graz: Laneger 8, Virjevic 17, De Marinis, Gale 6, Niederbichler, Grier 22, Kubin, Ahatz, Posch, Mascoll 13, Joynes.



Ural Great lands Morlende, Smodis new captain of CSKA - by Eurobasket News
Ural Great Perm announced signing of French point guard Paccelis Morlende (189-G-81, agency: ANYPEX). 27-year old player is coming from BCM Gravelines Dunkerque, where he spent previous two years. Season 06/07 was a way better for Morlende than the last one. In 06/07 he had 10.7 ppg, 2.4 rpg and 3.5 apg for 27 games in Pro A while in 07/08 he averaged 4.6 ppg and 2.7 apg in just 7 games. In 2005 Morlende was a regular season champion in Italian Serie A with Benetton Treviso. At the same year his team won Italian Cup and reached Euroleague quarterfinals. Season 06/07 he spent in Roseto Basket. Paccelis Morlende grew up as a player in Dijon. In 2002 he joined Virtus Kinder but very soon returned to Dijon. Next year he was selected in the second round of NBA Draft by Philadelphia 76ers. He played for all youth selections of French National Team as well as for the seniors.

In the meantime CSKA named Matjaz Smodis (205-F-79) new team captain for season 08/09. In case he is unable to play, Trajan Langdon (192-G-76, college: Duke) will take his place. Ex CSKA's captain was Zakhar Pashutin (195-G-74), who moved to Spatak St. Petersburg.


Lokomotiv-Rostov triumphs at Russian Railways tournament - by Eurobasket News
Lokomotiv-Rostov triumphed at home tournament last night. As in the previous year the Russian squad became the winner of the Cup held in Rostov. In the Final game the team overcame Ukrainian Azovmash 93:86. Ukrainian side looked better in the first half winning the opening quarter 24:21. Azovmash improved to 4 points lead entering the third period but was upset in the quarter. Lokomotiv created 32:18 in the third to take control of the entire game. Even though Azovmash won the last period 27:24 at was not enough for the total success. Szymon Szewczyk (209-C-82) top-scored for the winners with 21 points. DeJuan Collins (188-G-76, college: Tuskegee) netted 19, while House Fred posted 16. Dijon Thompson (201-G/F-83, college: UCLA) ended up with 19 points and 11 rebounds in the losing effort. Marc Salyers (205-F-79, college: Samford) provided 17 and Serapinas Simonas scored 14.

In the game for the third place Russian Samara overcame Cherkasy 81:80. The game became very interesting even though the teams did not struggle for the top positions. Eric Hicks (198-F-83, agency: Beo Basket, college: Cincinnati) was unstoppable for the Russian side with 33 points. Dragoylovich finished the night with 16 points and 8 rebounds in defeat and Koyadinovich posted 14.

Boris Lapidus, being the vice-President of the Russian railways announced the awards for the best players. Eric Hicks was named the best Center of the tournament. Dragoylovich got the best Forward award, while Khalid El-Amin (178-G-79, agency: Beo Basket, college: Connecticut) received the best point guard position trophy. The MVP of the tournament became the player from Lokomotiv Szymon Szewczyk.


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  RWANDA   


Standings
D1 Standings
 1. Espoir 14-0 
 2. APR 12-2 
 3. UNR 10-4 
 4. KIE 8-6 
 5. AGF 6-8 
 6. KCBC 4-10 
 7. Kicukiro 2-12 
 8. Gitarama 0-14 


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  SCOTLAND   


Standings
National League Standings
 1. C.Eriksson F. 0-0 
 2. St.Mirren 0-0 
 3. E.Lothian B. 0-0 
 4. Troon T. 0-0 
 5. Edinburgh K. 0-0 
 6. D.Russell F. 0-0 
 7. Glasgow S. 0-0 


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  SERBIA   


Kolossos beats Partizan Igokea on Rhodes - by Dragan Jankovski
Greek A1 team Kolossos surprised Partizan Igokea 63-54 in the last game of Rhodes tournament meaning that Serbian champion ended it with one win and two defeats. It also important to be mentioned that Black-and-whites played this game without some of the most important players as well as without Dusko Vujosevic on the bench. Kolossos was slightly better team during the entire time. Actually defense of Greek team was pretty good and it was the key of its win. First quarter was almost equalized 14-13 while during the next ten minutes Kolossos extended lead to 5 points. Partizan had only Cedomir Vitkovac (201-F-82), Strahinja Milosevic (203-G/F-85, agency: Beo Basket) and Zarko Rakocevic (205-F-84) in a game mood. All other players were not ready to compete against Sasa Vasiljevic (183-G-79, agency: Beo Basket) and his teammates. The fact that Partizan didn't have any fast break during the entire last quarter talks everything for itself.
Serbian / Bosnian point guard Sasa Vasiljevic was the best player in the winning team scoring 11 points. Excatly the same numbers had Angelos Tsamis (192-G-81). Partizan Igokea got the most from Cedomir Vitkovac, who scored 15 points. Vitkovac is the best Partizan's player since the beginning of preparations. Strahinja Milosevic netted 12 while Zarko Rakocevic stopped on 10 points. Other scorer in Partizan: Vesely 7, Riznic, Djurkovic, Rasic 5, Lucic, Aleksic 5.

Tamis Petrohemija outplayed Radnikci Invest Inzenjering at home 74-69. Davor Perak (197-G-83) and Bojan Jovicic (185-G-77) were the leading players of their team scoring 17 points each. Veteran Zlatko Bolic (195-G-74, agency: Beo Basket) netted 18 points for Radnicki.


Thriller win for Lottomatica Roma against Hemofarm STADA - by Dragan Jankovski
Hemofarm STADA suffered tight home defeat against Italian runner-up Lottomatica Roma 103-104. Question about the winner is decided in over time, 16-17. Roma was better team during the first 30 minutes but then killing trio Vladan Vukosavljevic (206-F/C-84, agency: Beo Basket) - Bojan Krstovic (194-G-80) - Nebojsa Joksimovic (193-G-81, agency: Beo Basket) shined for the hosts ending last quarter 24-13. It was enough for over time, where experienced 'Italians' managed to stay calm and to take this one. Brandon Jennings (183-G-89) paced Lottomatica Roma to victory scoring 23 points. Slovenian Primoz Brezec (216-F/C-79) was behind him with 19 points. Big guy Vladan Vukosavljevic nailed 22 points for Hemofarm STADA. Bojan Krstovic had one point less while Slovenian guard Nebojsa Joksimovic netted 15 points. Other scorers in Hemofarm: Savovic 13, Igrutinovic, Bozovic 6, Pavkovic 6, Vulic, Macvan 8, Petrovic 4, Obrenovic, Despotovic 8.

Mega Hypo Leasing played another friendly game on Romanian tour, this time against Pitesti. Belgrade's team won 71-70 thanks to well played last quarter 22-16. Young Aleksandar Mitrovic (201-G-90) led Mega to win scoring 14 points. Two points less than him had Igor Mijajlovic (192-G-84, agency: Beo Basket) and Stefan Stojacic (195-G-89). Experienced Bojan Ljubojevic (204-C-78) finished the game with ten points. The best player in Pitesti was Djordje Pantelic (204-F-84), who netted 15 points. It was the last game for Mega in Romania after what the team returned to Belgrade continuing with preparations. Other scorers in Mega: Blagojevic, Schlatter 8, Cvetkovic 2, Katnic, Matovic 9, Grujicic, Grujo, Maravic.


Crvena Zvezda lost from Dexia Mons-Hainaut, junior team won tournament in Belgrade - by Zoran Popovic
In the last game on tournament in France KK Crvena Zvezda Beograd lost from Dexia Mons-Hainaut 83-71 (17-15, 25-24, 15-8, 26-24). Andre Owens (192-G-80, college: Houston) scored 12 points, Mirko Kovac and Strahinja Dragicevic per 10, Marinovic 9, Keselj and Bjelica per 8, Milosevic and Stimac per 7 points. Injury problems stopped new power forward/center of KK Crvena Zvezda Beograd Lawrence Roberts to played on the last match. Tournament in France KK Crvena Zvezda Beograd finished with two lost games (Gravellin and Dexia) and one won match (Myguide Amsterdam).
This weekend KK Crvena Zvezda Beograd junior team won memorial tournament Borislav Reba Corkovic in Belgrade. In the final match KK Crvena Zvezda Beograd was better then Partizan junior team 90-89. Except junior teams of KK Crvena Zvezda Beograd and Partizan, on tournament also played junior teams of Vizura and Radnicki.


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Friendly games - by Eurobasket News
Slovakian teams played few friendly games this week-end.

Levice outplayed SKP Banska Bystrica at home 77-67. From the early beginning Levice took control on its opponent finishing first frame 18-6. Visitors succeeded to recover from this shock and the fact they scored only six points during the first ten minutes. They had slightly better second frame but still Levice took that one also, 16-15. Big guy Steve Rich (208-C-72, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Miami, FL) was totally unstoppable for Bystrica's centers. Mostly owing to him Levice had 16-point lead before the last frame. At that point of game the winner was already known. Actually Banska Bystrica threatened in the last quarter but it was not able to come any closer than ten points. Steve Rich paced Levice to victory scoring 18 points. Milosevic also shined with 16 points while Richard Klein (196-F-77) had 13. Skara and Znanec nailed 14 points each for Banska Bystrica. Pipiska stopped on 9 points.

SPU Nitra suffered tight home defeat against Inter Bratislava 97-99. The entire game was almost leveled but thanks to 24-27 in the last quarter Inter took this one. The game was played on Saturday.
Two days before Inter met Austrian team Basket Clubs Vienna. It is interesting but that game is finished 95-95.


D2 - Standings
League Standings
Group East
 1. Zilina 0-0 
 2. Krompachy 0-0 
 3. Presov 0-0 
 4. Kap.Kosice 0-0 
 5. Legato Svit 0-0 
 6. Michalovce 0-0 
 7. Nova Ves 2 0-0 
 8. Ziar/Hronom 0-0 
Group West
 1. Levice 2 0-0 
 2. Pezinok 2 0-0 
 3. Petrzalka 0-0 
 4. Trnava 0-0 
 5. Inter B Brat. 0-0 
 6. Prirodovedec 0-0 
 7. BSC Bratisl. 0-0 
 8. SKP Bratislava 0-0 


Standings - D1
Extraliga Standings
 1. Prievidza 0-0 
 2. Pezinok 0-0 
 3. Handlova 0-0 
 4. Inter Bratisl. 0-0 
 5. Kosice 0-0 
 6. Chemosvit 0-0 
 7. Komarno 0-0 
 8. Levice 0-0 
 9. B.Bystrica 0-0 
 10. Nitra 0-0 
 11. Nova Ves 0-0 
 12. Dolny Kubin 0-0 


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  SLOVENIA   


Standings - 1A
Liga Standings
 1. Polzela 0-0 
 2. Helios 0-0 
 3. Luka Koper 0-0 
 4. Postojna 0-0 
 5. Krka 0-0 
 6. Alpos S. 0-0 
 7. Slovan 0-0 
 8. TCG Mercator 0-0 
 9. Zlatorog 0-0 
 10. Elektra 0-0 
 11. Zagorje 0-0 
 12. Nova Gorica 0-0 
Will join on later stage:
 1. Olimpija 0-0 


Standings - 1B
1B Standings
 1. Triglav K. 0-0 
 2. Rudar 0-0 
 3. Rogaska 0-0 
 4. Kraski Zidar 0-0 
 5. Radenska 0-0 
 6. Konjice 0-0 
 7. Hrastnik 0-0 
 8. Litija 0-0 
 9. Rogla 0-0 
 10. Parklji 0-0 
 11. Jance 0-0 
 12. Gradisce 0-0 
 13. Sencur 0-0 
 14. MFC.2 Marib. 0-0 


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  SOUTH AFRICA   


Standings - Men
Premier L. Inland Standings
 1. Soweto P. 9-0 
 2. Kwazulu M. 7-2 
 3. Egoli M. 5-4 
 4. Cape Town E. 5-4 
 5. Cape Town K. 4-5 
 6. Tshwane S. 3-6 
 7. Maritzburg T. 2-7 
 8. Johannesburg 1-8 


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  SPAIN   


Unicaja and DKV Joventut Win Pre-Season Trophies - by Paul Nilsen
A stellar 29 point MVP performance from Demond Mallet (186-G-78, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Mc Neese St.) helped DKV Joventut to an 83-95 success against Regal Barca to allow the Badalona club to lift the Catalunya League Cup. Fran Vazquez continued his impressive pre-season form for Barca with 24 and David Anderson showed hiss quality with 20 points but it wasnt enough for the azulgrana.

It was an outstanding outside shooting display from Mallet and Jagla in particular that took Barca apart who may well have some work on perimeter defence to do this week. Badalona scored 17 three-pointers for 54 points from the arc.

To add to the delight of Sito Alonso and Joventut, the win came without Olympic silver meddalist Ricky Rubio who was struck down with an injury while they still have NBA D-league forward Pops Mensah-Bonsu arriving this week to give a further boost.

Meanwhile in Andalucia, Unicaja completed a thoroughly miserable weekend for Manel Comas and Cajasol. Having been trounced by Granada on Saturday night, Seville were then dismantled on Sunday by Malaga 86-68. A return to fitness and form by Scottish center and former NBA player Robert Archibald was pivotal as he collected 13 points while Cabezas and Gabriel chipped in with 14 and 15 points respectively. The main man was however Marcus Haislip with 18 points as Unicaja held their opponents to a paltry 12 points in the second and third quarters. Only Ellis and Illic played anywhere near their potential and it was truly a tournament to forget for Coach Comas.


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  SWEDEN   


08 Stockholm wins Scandic Hotels Cup - by Eurobasket News
Four teams from Denmark and Sweden gathered in Goteborg to take part in the exhibition Scandic Hotels Cup tournament. 08 Stocjholm celebrated two victories and secured the title at the end.
They opened the competition against Gothia Basket and scored a tough 91:86 win. The Stockholm outfit piled up a 48:43 advantage at the interval and secured the winning outcome in the tense dying minutes. Johan Westerlund (191-G/F-84) dropped 24 points for 08 Stockholm. Omar Zaghden (204-F/C-90) knocked down 17 points, while Olivier Ilunga (185-G-84, agency: Interperformances) and Darly Massamba (196-F-81, college: Armstrong Atlantic) buried 12 points apiece for the winners.
Next 08 Stockholm faced Danish Horsholm and lost the battle by just one point 59:60. The 79ers raced ahead to lead 36:26 at the long break. Stockholm denied the deficit however the visitors appeared to be luckier in the crunch time to pull away with a difficult victory. Darly Massamba provided 12 points for 08 Stockholm. Olivier Ilunga notched 9 points in defeat.
08 Stockholm however managed to finish the Cup on a high as they held off the Bakken Bears 88:77. Stockholm dominated the game and secured a comfortable win at the end. Nils Hedstrom (189-G-83) fired 16 points to pace the winners. Andreas Karlsson (198-F-89), Johan Westerlund and Darly Massamba delivered 12 points each in the win.
Gothia finished in the second spot. They defeated the Bakken Bears 95:87 in the second round. Jonathan Moore (203-F/G-82, agency: LimeLight, college: N.C.Central) was outstanding with 27 points. Michael Bree (184-G-80, agency: Stanley International, college: Davidson) chipped in 17 points for the winning side.
Finally Gothia toppled the Horsholm 79ers 81:72.


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  SWITZERLAND   


Standings - LNA
LNA Standings
 1. Fribourg 0-0 
 2. Lausanne 0-0 
 3. Lugano Tigers 0-0 
 4. Monthey 0-0 
 5. SAM Massa. 0-0 
 6. Geneve 0-0 
 7. The Starwings 0-0 
 8. Vacallo 0-0 
 9. Nyon 0-0 
 10. MGS 0-0 
 11. Boncourt 0-0 
 12. Herens 0-0 


Standings - LNB
LNB Standings
 1. Neuchatel 0-0 
 2. Chene 0-0 
 3. Pully 0-0 
 4. Villars 0-0 
 5. Martigny 0-0 
 6. Luzern 0-0 
 7. Zurich W. 0-0 
 8. Vevey 0-0 
 9. Vernier 0-0 
 10. Zurich K. 0-0 
 11. Bernex 0-0 
 12. Acad.Fribourg 0-0 


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  TURKEY   


Tanjevic's Turkey - by Alper Ileri
It's been a pretty successful September for Turkey after winning the games against Ukraine, Belgium and France. The thing which was obvious is Tanjevic's team getting better than ever by time. He was not quite clear to understand in the beginning of his Turkish National Team career to most journalists, however, now even fans can understand what's going on with the team. I think a bit of patience is the key to success.

What we see in Turkey's gameplay is a real teamplay started lately with Tanjevic. Defense is more aggressive than ever and cast by 12 players. Coach controls the stamina of the players all the time, and try to get the most from every player
at defense until they get exhausted. And since the defense is always kept hot, we see the point of being up in the game all the time.

Offense is mostly played inside the post area instead of long-shooting-plays in the past which keeps the team in the game all the time. Turkey led all the 5-games in the second half and never needed comebacks. This means Tanjevic had the control all the time. Maybe the second France game was a bit questionable as they were the strongest at least on-paper, however, what we saw postgame was even they were quite desperate at the last moments against the hard defense of Turkey. The only player creating trouble for Turkey was Tony Parker, and this was acceptable since even the best NBA teams have the same problem. This is a real development Turkey has achieved. Winning six games out of six is not so easy as no other European teams could do this at the road to Poland 2009.


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  UBL   


UBL (TRE LISTER) NBA-DL NEXT - by Ozzie Denson

The UBL is proud to send Mr. Tre Lister to The NBA-DL Tre is the starting point guard for the UBL Wranglers. The UBL is the league that send players and coaches to the next level. Tre is a great outside scorer and had a great game winning shots with the UBL Wranglers. Tre is a leader on the court and the UBL is just proud to send Mr. Tre Lister to the next level. The UBL will send more players to the NBA-DL this season. UBL TRYOUTS starts Oct. 1, 2008. Visit our site at www.ublhoops.com or www.ublwranglers.com
THE UBL COME GET SOME!!!



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  UKRAINE   


Lokomotiv-Rostov triumphs at Russian Railways tournament - by Eurobasket News
Lokomotiv-Rostov triumphed at home tournament last night. As in the previous year the Russian squad became the winner of the Cup held in Rostov. In the Final game the team overcame Ukrainian Azovmash 93:86. Ukrainian side looked better in the first half winning the opening quarter 24:21. Azovmash improved to 4 points lead entering the third period but was upset in the quarter. Lokomotiv created 32:18 in the third to take control of the entire game. Even though Azovmash won the last period 27:24 at was not enough for the total success. Szymon Szewczyk (209-C-82) top-scored for the winners with 21 points. DeJuan Collins (188-G-76, college: Tuskegee) netted 19, while House Fred posted 16. Dijon Thompson (201-G/F-83, college: UCLA) ended up with 19 points and 11 rebounds in the losing effort. Marc Salyers (205-F-79, college: Samford) provided 17 and Serapinas Simonas scored 14.

In the game for the third place Russian Samara overcame Cherkasy 81:80. The game became very interesting even though the teams did not struggle for the top positions. Eric Hicks (198-F-83, agency: Beo Basket, college: Cincinnati) was unstoppable for the Russian side with 33 points. Dragoylovich finished the night with 16 points and 8 rebounds in defeat and Koyadinovich posted 14.

Boris Lapidus, being the vice-President of the Russian railways announced the awards for the best players. Eric Hicks was named the best Center of the tournament. Dragoylovich got the best Forward award, while Khalid El-Amin (178-G-79, agency: Beo Basket, college: Connecticut) received the best point guard position trophy. The MVP of the tournament became the player from Lokomotiv Szymon Szewczyk.


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  UNITED KINGDOM   


Standings - BBL
BBL Standings
 1. MK Lions 0-0 
 2. Leicester R. 0-0 
 3. Sheffield S. 0-0 
 4. Cheshire J. 0-0 
 5. Plymouth R. 0-0 
 6. Worcester W. 0-0 
 7. Newcastle E. 0-0 
 8. Scottish R. 0-0 
 9. Worthing T. 0-0 
 10. London C. 0-0 
 11. Guildford H. 0-0 
 12. Everton T. 0-0 
 13. Birmingh.P. 0-0 


Standings - EBL Conf.
EBL Standings
 1. Cardiff C. 0-0 
 2. Derby T. 0-0 
 3. Leopards 0-0 
 4. Coventry C. 0-0 
 5. Manchester M. 0-0 
 6. Teeside M. 0-0 
 7. Taunton T. 0-0 
 8. Reading R. 0-0 
 9. Bristol A. 0-0 
 10. Sheffield A. 0-0 
 11. GIB NT 0-0 


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  ZAMBIA   


Standings
D1 Standings
 1. L.Eagles 15-3 
 2. Heroes 14-5 
 3. LCC Looters 12-7 
 4. Pacers 11-6 
 5. Magic 11-9 
 6. Spartans 3-14 
 7. Hawks 1-18 
 8. Ndola Nets 0-0 
 9. K.Cavaliers 0-0 
 10. Hetro Bullets 0-0 
 11. Chambeshi 0-0 
 12. N.Clippers 0-0 
 13. K.Trotters 0-0 
 14. Magnets 0-0 




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Women News

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  ANGOLA - Women  


Standings - Women
D1 Standings
 1. 1 De Agosto 0-0 
 2. Inter-Clube 0-0 
 3. D.Maculusso 0-0 
 4. Amizade 0-0 


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  AUSTRALIA - Women  


Emma Pass joins Perth Lynks, three wins for Townsville - by Eurobasket News
British player Emma Pass (-80) agreed terms with Perth Lynx for season 2008/09. She spent previous few years in Great Britain playing for Nottingham Wildcats. Actually during the last season she moved to Spanish team Alvarogomez. She had 9 appearances in LF2 averaging 1.3 ppg and 1.4 rpg. Over the past few years she was one of the best players in Nottingham. Pass led her team twice to play-off semifinals in English EBL. In 2006 she was named 'Eurobasket.com All-English EBL 2nd Team -06'. At the same time she also got 'Eurobasket.com English EBL All-Domestic Players Team -06'. That season Pass averaged 15.2 ppg in 19 EBL games.

WNBL team Townsville played three friendly games during the last couple of days. Townsville outsmarted AIS 63-61 thanks to 15 points apiece by Aneka Kerr (183-F-81) and Jennifer Crouse. In the second game, Townsville had much easier job against Sydney 85-62. Jennifer Crouse (192-C-77) once again shined in her team scoring 19 points. Rohanee Cox (182-F-80) followed her adding one point less. For third victory Townsville took care against Canberra 86-79. Amy Lewis (175-G-86, college: Troy) was the clutch player in this game with 22 points and 2 rebounds. Rohanee Cox agains was the second sorer of the team, now netting 17 points.


Results / scorers

TOWNSVILLE 63 (Aneka Kerr 15 points, one rebound; Jennifer Crouse 15 points, one rebound, Amy Lewis seven points, two rebounds)
AIS 61 (Stephanie Cumming 12 points, two rebounds, Rachel Jarry 10 points,five rebounds and Elizabeth Cambage 10 points, four rebounds)

TOWNSVILLE 85 (Crouse 19 points, nine rebounds; Rohanee Cox 18 points, four rebounds and Amy Lewis 15 points, one rebound)
SYDNEY 62 (Alicia Poto 18 points, three rebounds; Eva Afeaki 15 points, one rebounds and Sally Potocki 12 points, three rebounds)

TOWNSVILLE 86 (Amy Lewis 22 points, two rebounds; Rohanee Cox 17 points, five rebounds and Aneka Kerr 12 points, three rebounds)
CANBERRA 79 (Abby Bishop 16 points, six rebounds; Natalie Hurst 16 points, six rebounds and Jessica Bibby 12 points, one rebound)


Bevilaqua's team ties the record in the play-offs - by Eurobasket News
Detroit made a confident step towards the Eastern conference final as they held off the Indiana Fever 81:72 on the road in their series opener at the Conseco Fieldhouse. Deanna Nolan buried 22 points to propel the Shock to a comfortable victory. Taj McWilliams-Franklin added 17 points and 7 rebounds, while Plenette Pierson knocked down 11 in the win. Tamika Catchings answered with 19 points and 7 assists for the Fever. Ebony Hoffman also accounted for 19 points in the losing clause. Tully Bevilaqua (164-G-72) collected 9 points and 4 rebounds in defeat. The Shock won the first three quarters and entered the fourth period ahead by 12 points.
Last night the Detroit Shock suddenly lost to the Indiana Fever in what could turned into a third straight Indiana's elimination from the hands of the Shock in the playoffs. Instead the Fever prevailed in overtime giving Bill Laimbeer and his team some food for thought. The Shock were the top team in the East in the regular season and proved the status in the starting game against the Fever beating those at the Conseco Fieldhouse. But the second game of the series gave the fans some first-class basketball show. Tamika Cathings tallied 27 points and 10 rebounds and the Fever pulled away with a narrow 89:82 overtime win. Indiana lost all four games to Detroit in the regular season but an inspirational performance from Tamika Catchings allowed the Fever to force the decisive third game in the series. Indiana led by 3 points with 13 seconds left in regulation. Olayinka Sanni and Tamika Catchings traded baskets before Deanna Nolan buried a three-pointer to draw things level at 75 and to send the game into overtime. However consecutive trebles from Tully Bevilaqua and Ebony Hoffman allowed the visitors to clear off for good in the extra term. Ebony Hoffman notched 15 points and 12 boards for Indiana. Tammy Sutton-Brown provided 19 points for the winners. Deanna Nolan and Plenette Pierson answered with 16 points for Detroit. Tully Bevilaqua ended up with 6 points and 5 assists for the Fever. Katie Smith had 15 points in defeat. There was some more bad news for the Shock as they expectedly lost Plenette Pierson for the third game because of a shoulder injury.


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  BELGIUM - Women  


Standings - Women
D1 Standings
 1. Dexia 0-0 
 2. BBC Boom 0-0 
 3. N.Namur 0-0 
 4. Sint Kateline 0-0 
 5. Waregem 0-0 
 6. Point Chaud 0-0 
 7. Houthalen 0-0 
 8. Runkster 0-0 
 9. Monceau 0-0 
 10. Ieper 0-0 


Dexia signs Lisa Wallbutton - by Eurobasket News
Dexia signs Lisa Wallbutton (183-F-86), a native player of New Zeland. The player was one of the leaders for her country in Beijing. That time the New Zealand Tall Ferns have overcome a poor shooting display to defeat African champions Mali 76-72 in their opening pool B match in Beijing. For New Zealand point guard Angela Marino had a big night, leading all scorers with 19 points adding 4 assists and 3 steals, she was backed up well by forward Lisa Wallbutton with 13 points.
China delivered a first-class performance routing New Zealand in Group B of the Olympic Games basketball tournament as Lisa Wallbutton had 11 points in a losing case. China had an overwhelming advantage under the rims 46:29 and shot solid 44% from the field.
The United States National Team celebrated their 5th straight win at the Olympic Games basketball tournament in Beijing as they crushed New Zealand to secure the top finish in Group B. Lisa Wallbutton delivered 14 points in defeat.
Meanwhile DBC Houthalen participated in the German tournament recently. Marburg wins the tournament in Germany with three German participating teams and one Belgian. The winners of the tournament won all three games being played. At first Eisvogel USC Freiburg lost to BC pharmaserv Marburg 75:83. The game was mostly done in the end of it as the teams went to the lockers at 36:35. Later BC pharmaserv Marburg overcame TSV Wasserburg 78:51. In that game the winners were too good after the first half winning it 57:28. Eisvogel USC Freiburg outscored DBC Houthalen 83:69 as the winners had 43:33 at the halftime. They could increase the lead at the second half and win the game. BC pharmaserv Marburg celebrated the win in the game over DBC Houthalen 86:61 that was the third in a row for them. Belgain team struggled in the first half and trailed only 5 points, 36:41, but then they could not follow the winners. Eisvogel USC Freiburg and TSV Wasserburg showed probably the toughest game in the tournament with 62:60 for the first team. TSV Wasserburg lost to Belgian DBC Houthalen 80:86 in the game for the only win for both teams. As a result TSV Wasserburg could not win any games in the tournament. DBC Houthalen finished with 1-2 record, while Eisvogel USC Freiburg is second with 2-1.


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  CANADA - Women  


Sutton-Brown remains alive with the Fever - by Eurobasket News
Detroit made a confident step towards the Eastern conference final as they held off the Indiana Fever 81:72 on the road in their series opener at the Conseco Fieldhouse. Deanna Nolan buried 22 points to propel the Shock to a comfortable victory. Taj McWilliams-Franklin added 17 points and 7 rebounds, while Plenette Pierson knocked down 11 in the win. Tamika Catchings answered with 19 points and 7 assists for the Fever. Ebony Hoffman also accounted for 19 points in the losing clause. Tammy Sutton-Brown (193-C-78, college: Rutgers) collected 5 points and 6 rebounds in defeat. The Shock won the first three quarters and entered the fourth period ahead by 12 points.
Last night the Detroit Shock suddenly lost to the Indiana Fever in what could turned into a third straight Indianas elimination from the hands of the Shock in the playoffs. Instead the Fever prevailed in overtime giving Bill Laimbeer and his team some food for thought. The Shock were the top team in the East in the regular season and proved the status in the starting game against the Fever beating those at the Conseco Fieldhouse. But the second game of the series gave the fans some first-class basketball show. Tamika Cathings tallied 27 points and 10 rebounds and the Fever pulled away with a narrow 89:82 overtime win. Indiana lost all four games to Detroit in the regular season but an inspirational performance from Tamika Catchings allowed the Fever to force the decisive third game in the series. Indiana led by 3 points with 13 seconds left in regulation. Olayinka Sanni and Tamika Catchings traded baskets before Deanna Nolan buried a three-pointer to draw things level at 75 and to send the game into overtime. However consecutive trebles from Tully Bevilaqua and Ebony Hoffman allowed the visitors to clear off for good in the extra term. Ebony Hoffman notched 15 points and 12 boards for Indiana. Tammy Sutton-Brown provided 19 points for the winners. Deanna Nolan and Plenette Pierson answered with 16 points for Detroit. Katie Smith had 15 points in defeat. There was some more bad news for the Shock as they expectedly lost Plenette Pierson for the third game because of a shoulder injury.


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  GABON - Women  



D1 Standings
 1. Somo B 5-0 
 2. New G 4-1 
 3. CAS 1987 3-2 
 4. Manga Basket 2-3 
 5. Asom 1-4 


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  GERMANY - Women  


Marburg wins the tournament in Germany - by Eurobasket News
Marburg wins the tournament in Germany with three German participating teams and one Belgian. The winners of the tournament won all three games being played. At first Eisvogel USC Freiburg lost to BC pharmaserv Marburg 75:83. The game was mostly done in the end of it as the teams went to the lockers at 36:35. Later BC pharmaserv Marburg overcame TSV Wasserburg 78:51. In that game the winners were too good after the first half winning it 57:28. Eisvogel USC Freiburg outscored DBC Houthalen 83:69 as the winners had 43:33 at the halftime. They could increase the lead at the second half and win the game. BC pharmaserv Marburg celebrated the win in the game over DBC Houthalen 86:61 that was the third in a row for them. Belgain team struggled in the first half and trailed only 5 points, 36:41, but then they could not follow the winners. Eisvogel USC Freiburg and TSV Wasserburg showed probably the toughest game in the tournament with 62:60 for the first team. TSV Wasserburg lost to Belgian DBC Houthalen 80:86 in the game for the only win for both teams. As a result TSV Wasserburg could not win any games in the tournament. DBC Houthalen finished with 1-2 record, while Eisvogel USC Freiburg is second with 2-1.

Final standings
1. BC pharmaserv Marburg 3-0
2. Eisvgel USC Freiburg 2-1
3. DBC Houthalen 1-2
4. TSV Wasserburg 0-3


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  ISRAEL - Women  


Standings (W)
D1 Standings
 1. Electra Ramat 0-0 
 2. Ramat Hen 0-0 
 3. Hap.T-A 0-0 
 4. M.Ashdod 0-0 
 5. Elizur Ram. 0-0 
 6. Bnot Hash. 0-0 
 7. B.Yehuda 0-0 
 8. M.Tel Kabir 0-0 
 9. Elitzur Holon 0-0 
 10. Natanya 0-0 


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Standings - Women
D1 Standings
 1. CSSC 1-0 
 2. Hoop 1-0 
 3. CJSOI 1-0 
 4. Silver Stars 0-0 
 5. Mer Rouge 0-1 
 6. CNFBB 0-1 
 7. USBBRH 0-1 


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Standings - Women
D1 Serie B Standings
 1. FUS 10-0 
 2. FAR 9-0 
 3. WAC 8-2 
 4. Etudiant 7-3 
 5. CODM 6-4 
 6. TSC 5-5 
 7. MSR 4-5 
 8. Wydad 3-7 
 9. ASS 3-7 
 10. Electricite 2-8 
 11. OSC 1-9 
 12. IRT 1-9 


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  NCAA1 - Women  


Arizona: Meet the team event - by Eurobasket News
The 2008-09 season is going to be exciting, action packed and nothing Arizona Basketball has seen before. With the excitement the team has for the game and the energy Coach Butts and her staff bring to the court, this season will be nothing short of hard plays, dedication and teamwork. With 7 newcomers and 6 returning players, the Wildcats are looking to return to the NCAA Tournament.

As the newly appointed head coach of the Arizona Women's Basketball team, Coach Niya Butts is looking to install a sense of pride, character and discipline among the team. Since being appointed in May, Niya has been putting forth 110% effort to make this Women's Basketball season a successful one.

The team is kicking the season off right with an interactive event exclusively for Fans! This is fan's first chance to meet Head Coach Niya Butts and interact with the new Arizona Women's Basketball Team. The Meet the Team Event is on Saturday, October 11 starting at 11 a.m. There will be a basketball skill clinic for Kids 12 and under, an autograph session, and the best part is, admission is free!

This is also a great time to pick up season tickets. The Cats have a challenging schedule ahead of them this season and it is sure to be exciting on and off the court. To catch all of the Arizona Women's

Basketball home games is just $75. Call 621-CATS or visit ArizonaAthletics.com for more information.

Courtesy of www.ncaa.com


Former Baylor forward Sophia Young earns WNBA honor - by Eurobasket News
San Antonio Silver Stars forward and former Baylor Lady Bear Sophia Young (6'1''-F-83, college: Baylor) earned her first all-defensive team honors as a member of the first-team squad announced by the WNBA on Friday.

Young joined veteran all-defensive players Lisa Leslie, Tamika Catchings, Ticha Penicheiro and Tully Bevilaqua on the first-team. The Silver Stars forward is the youngest member of the group.

The WNBA All-Defensive Second Team consists of Chicago Sky center Sylvia Fowles (12 points), Detroit Shock guard Deanna Nolan (10 points), Seattle Storm forward Lauren Jackson (nine points), Sacramento Monarchs forward Rebekkah Brunson (eight points) and Detroit Shock guard Katie Smith (eight points).

Jackson was named the 2007 Defensive Player of the Year and was a member of the 2007 All-Defensive First Team while Nolan was selected to the First Team in 2007 and the Second Team in 2005 and 2006. Brunson was a member of the 2007 Second Team. Fowles, a rookie, and Smith were both voted to the Second Team for the first time.

The fourth annual WNBA All-Defensive Team was voted on by a panel of the WNBA's 14 head coaches, who selected First and Second Teams by position. Coaches were not permitted to vote for players from their own team. Two points were awarded for a First Team vote and one point was awarded for a Second Team vote.


Below are the results for the 2008 WNBA All-Defensive Teams:


2008 WNBA ALL-DEFENSIVE FIRST TEAM
Player - Team, Position, Points
Lisa Leslie - Los Angeles Spark, Center, 22
Tamika Catchings - Indiana Fever, Forward,16
Sophia Young - San Antonio Silver Stars, Forward, 12
Ticha Penicheiro - Sacramento Monarchs, Guard, 11
Tully Bevilaqua - Indiana Fever, Guard, 11

2008 WNBA ALL-DEFENSIVE SECOND TEAM
Sylvia Fowles - Chicago Sky, Center, 12
Deanna Nolan - Detroit Shock, Guard, 10
Lauren Jackson - Seattle Storm, Forward, 9
Rebekkah Brunson - Sacramento Monarchs, Forward, 8
Katie Smith - Detroit Shock, Guard, 8

Courtesy of www.baylorbears.com


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  NCAA3 - Women  


Roy Dow takes helm at CLU - by Eurobasket News
Roy Dow was named as the new head coach of the California Lutheran University women's basketball program. He comes to CLU after six seasons at the helm of the men's basketball program at fellow SCIAC member Caltech.

'Roy comes highly regarded for his work in building both academic and athletic success within his programs,' CLU Director of Athletics Dan Kuntz said. 'We are very excited about the addition of Roy to our CLU athletic team of coaches.'

While under his leadership, the Caltech team was featured on ESPN's College GameDay and Cold Pizza television programs as well as the focus of a feature length documentary, Quantum Hoops.

Before his stint at Caltech, Dow coached at his alma mater Colby College in Waterville, Maine. He has also held coaching positions at Chaminade University (HI), College of the Holy Cross (MA) and Wheaton College (MA). At Wheaton he was named the men's basketball head coach in its first year of existence at what was previously an all-women's college.

'He is recognized as a true teacher of the game of basketball and how sports can build transferable knowledge through the competitive environment of intercollegiate athletics,' Kuntz said.

Dow is taking over a program that finished 13-12 overall last season and in fourth place in the SCIAC. He becomes the 13th coach in the history of the CLU women's basketball program, replacing Kristy Hopkins.

'I'm pleased to be aboard here at CLU,' Dow said. 'I'm inspired and excited to join such an outstanding coaching staff. I believe that the CLU support to athletics is equal to anybody else in the country and we truly have an opportunity to achieve championship caliber performances.'

'It's an honor and a privilege to follow former coaches Kristy Hopkins and Tim La Kose who have instilled a wonderful tradition of Regal's basketball here at CLU,' Dow said.

Courtesy of www.clusports.com


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  NEW ZEALAND - Women  


Harbour Breeze triumphs in North Harbour Invitational Womens Tournament - by Eurobasket News
Harbour Breeze triumphs in North Harbour Invitational Womens Tournament that was held over the weekend in New Zeland.
In the first day Otago qualified for the final by edging New Plymouth 85:80. Zoe Kensington was unstoppable with 37 points to lead all the leaders. Harbour beat Waikato Cougars 76:61.
In the Final game Harbour Breeze triumphed with 93:57 win over Otago in the final of the North Harbour Invitational Womens Tournament. Noni Wharemate (171-G-82, college: UTEP) led all scorers with 19 points.
Meanwhile Belgian Dexia signs Lisa Wallbutton (183-F-86), a native player of New Zeland. The player was one of the leaders for her country in Beijing. That time the New Zealand Tall Ferns have overcome a poor shooting display to defeat African champions Mali 76-72 in their opening pool B match in Beijing. For New Zealand point guard Angela Marino had a big night, leading all scorers with 19 points adding 4 assists and 3 steals, she was backed up well by forward Lisa Wallbutton with 13 points.
China delivered a first-class performance routing New Zealand in Group B of the Olympic Games basketball tournament as Lisa Wallbutton had 11 points in a losing case. China had an overwhelming advantage under the rims 46:29 and shot solid 44% from the field.
The United States National Team celebrated their 5th straight win at the Olympic Games basketball tournament in Beijing as they crushed New Zealand to secure the top finish in Group B. Lisa Wallbutton delivered 14 points in defeat.


Standings - WNBL
WNBL Standings
 1. Waikato LT 0-0 
 2. Harbour B. 0-0 
 3. Hutt Valley 0-0 
 4. Otago B. 0-0 
 5. Wellington S. 0-0 
 6. Cantenbury W. 0-0 


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  NIGERIA - Women  


Sanni struggles for the semis - by Eurobasket News
Detroit made a confident step towards the Eastern conference final as they held off the Indiana Fever 81:72 on the road in their series opener at the Conseco Fieldhouse. Deanna Nolan buried 22 points to propel the Shock to a comfortable victory. Taj McWilliams-Franklin added 17 points and 7 rebounds, while Plenette Pierson knocked down 11 in the win. Tamika Catchings answered with 19 points and 7 assists for the Fever. Ebony Hoffman also accounted for 19 points in the losing clause. The Shock won the first three quarters and entered the fourth period ahead by 12 points. Olayinka Sanni (188-C-86, college: W.Virginia) scored 4 points and made 1 rebound.
Last night the Detroit Shock suddenly lost to the Indiana Fever in what could turned into a third straight Indianas elimination from the hands of the Shock in the playoffs. Instead the Fever prevailed in overtime giving Bill Laimbeer and his team some food for thought. The Shock were the top team in the East in the regular season and proved the status in the starting game against the Fever beating those at the Conseco Fieldhouse. But the second game of the series gave the fans some first-class basketball show. Tamika Cathings tallied 27 points and 10 rebounds and the Fever pulled away with a narrow 89:82 overtime win. Indiana lost all four games to Detroit in the regular season but an inspirational performance from Tamika Catchings allowed the Fever to force the decisive third game in the series. Indiana led by 3 points with 13 seconds left in regulation. Olayinka Sanni and Tamika Catchings traded baskets before Deanna Nolan buried a three-pointer to draw things level at 75 and to send the game into overtime. However consecutive trebles from Tully Bevilaqua and Ebony Hoffman allowed the visitors to clear off for good in the extra term. Ebony Hoffman notched 15 points and 12 boards for Indiana. Tammy Sutton-Brown provided 19 points for the winners. Deanna Nolan and Plenette Pierson answered with 16 points for Detroit. Katie Smith had 15 points in defeat and Olayinka Sanni nailed 2 points. There was some more bad news for the Shock as they expectedly lost Plenette Pierson for the third game because of a shoulder injury.


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  POLAND - Women  


Standings - PLKK
PLKK Standings
 1. AZS Gorzow 1-0 
 2. AZS J.Gora 1-0 
 3. Energa Torun 1-0 
 4. Duda Leszno 1-0 
 5. Utex Row 1-0 
 6. Wisla Can-Pak 1-0 
 7. Inea AZS P. 0-0 
 8. Lotos PKO BP 0-1 
 9. PTK Pabian. 0-1 
 10. MUKS Pozn. 0-1 
 11. LKS 0-1 
 12. CCC 0-1 
 13. Cukierki 0-1 


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  ROMANIA - Women  


Market News - by Nagy Szilveszter
Florentina Ardeleanu (173-G-83) from U Cluj Napoca (Romania) to Halle Lions (Germany)
Marijana Ivovic (196-C-79) from Muks Poznan (Poland) to CET Govora (Romania)
Jovana Maltez from Herceg Novi (Montenegro) to U Craiova (Romania)
Cristina Cutas (188-C-84) from Tenerife (Spain, second division) to U Craiova (Romania)
Andrea Pinter (171-G-80) from ICIM Arad (Romania) to U Craiova (Romania)
Adriana Jojica has been transferred to U Craiova
Andra Ionescu (190-C-88) from Olimpia (Romania) to Arad (Romania)
Tiana Rus (180-F-75) from Zeljeznicar (Bosnia) to Govora (Romania)
Svetlana Dragusin (188-F-70) from S. Studentesc (Romania) to U Cluj (Romania)
Andra Stefanescu (172-G-86) from Targoviste (Romania) to Iasi (Romania)
Anca Nitulescu (187-F/C-74) has been transferred to Iasi (Romania)

Somes Tiger Dej was relegated to the second division, but CSM U Alba Iulia has promoted to the first division


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  SERBIA - Women  


Standings - Women
A League Standings
 1. Hemofarm 0-0 
 2. Crvena Zv. 0-0 
 3. Vojvodina 0-0 
 4. Radivoj Korac 0-0 
 5. Kovin 0-0 
 6. Partizan 0-0 
 7. Spartak 0-0 
 8. Usce 0-0 
 9. Kraljevo 0-0 
 10. Proleter 0-0 
 11. Loznica 0-0 
 12. Celarevo 0-0 


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  SLOVAKIA - Women  


Standings - Women
Extraliga Standings
 1. Slovan 0-0 
 2. MBK Ruz. 0-0 
 3. Maxima Br. 0-0 
 4. Poprad 0-0 
 5. Cassovia K. 0-0 
 6. Nitra 0-0 
 7. SSK Abovia 0-0 
 8. Roznava 0-0 
 9. Presov 0-0 


INPEK UKF Nitra agrees with Oravcova, Extraliga opener on Wednesday - by Eurobasket News
INPEK UKF Nitra announced signing of Slovakian National Team guard Andrea Oravcova (175-G-87). 20-year player spent last season in UMB Banska Bystrica. At the end of it Oravcova was named 'Eurobasket.com All-Slovakian Extraliga 1st Team -08'. For the first time in her career he got invitation to join Slovakian senior National Team. From 2004 to 2007 she played MBK Ruzomberok. The best digits she had on season 06/07. For 36 games in Extraliga Oravcova averaged 10.1 ppg, 2.6 rpg and 1.2 apg. The team also participated in EuroCup, where Oravcova had 7.6 ppg and 1.5 rpg for 8 games. Ruzomberok three times was play-off finalist in that period but it didn't manage to grab the trophy. In 2006 Ruzomberok was regular season champion having home court advantage in the final but it was not enough.
Andrea Oravcova played on U20 European Championship division B in 2006 winning the Bronze with her country. She appeared 7 times on this event averaging 13.3 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 1.3 apg and 2.9 spg. She also was a member of U18 Slovakia.

Beginning of Extraliga is set for the upcoming week-end. Actually one game will be played on Wednesday, when BSS Kosice will host Slovan Bratislava. On Saturday Maxima Broker will take on Volno while INPEK UKF Nitra waits Cassovia Kosice. On Sunday AT GEMTEX MBK Roznava will play a road game against Whirpool Poprad.


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  SLOVENIA - Women  


Standings - Women
SKL Standings
 1. Merkur Celje 0-0 
 2. Konjice 0-0 
 3. Odeja KED 0-0 
 4. Domzale 0-0 
 5. Jezica 0-0 
 6. AJM Maribor 0-0 
 7. Triglav 0-0 
 8. Hit Kr.Gora 0-0 
 9. Rogaska 0-0 


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  SWITZERLAND - Women  


Standings - LNF
LNA Standings
 1. U.Neuchatel 0-0 
 2. Pully 0-0 
 3. Riva Basket 0-0 
 4. Fribourg 0-0 
 5. BBC 0-0 
 6. Sierre 0-0 
 7. Helios 0-0 
 8. Nyon 0-0 


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  UGANDA - Women  


Standings
D1 Standings
 1. Sparks 0-0 
 2. Leopards 0-0 
 3. Nabisunsa 0-0 
 4. Crane High 0-0 
 5. KIU Rangers 0-0 
 6. Amazon 0-0 
 7. Comets 0-0 
 8. AI Challenge 0-0 
 9. Lady Bucks 0-0 
 10. Makerere Clubs 0-0 
 11. Victoria Lakes 0-0 
 12. UCU Ladies 0-0 


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  UNITED KINGDOM - Women  


Standings - Women
EBL Standings
 1. Rh.Rebels 0-0 
 2. Nottingham W. 0-0 
 3. Sheffield H. 0-0 
 4. Solent S. 0-0 
 5. London HA 0-0 
 6. London M. 0-0 
 7. Manchester M. 0-0 
 8. Sevenoaks S. 0-0 
 9. Northumbria 0-0 
 10. Leeds C. 0-0 


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  WNBA - Women  


Detroit ShockED in overtime - by Eurobasket News
The Detroit Shock suddenly lost to the Indiana Fever in what could turned into a third straight Indianas elimination from the hands of the Shock in the playoffs. Instead the Fever prevailed in overtime giving Bill Laimbeer and his team some food for thought. The Shock were the top team in the East in the regular season and proved the status in the starting game against the Fever beating those at the Conseco Fieldhouse. But the second game of the series gave the fans some first-class basketball show. Tamika Cathings tallied 27 points and 10 rebounds and the Fever pulled away with a narrow 89:82 overtime win. Indiana lost all four games to Detroit in the regular season but an inspirational performance from Tamika Catchings (6'1''-F-79, college: Tennessee) allowed the Fever to force the decisive third game in the series. Indiana led by 3 points with 13 seconds left in regulation. Olayinka Sanni (6'2''-C-86, college: W.Virginia) and Tamika Catchings traded baskets before Deanna Nolan (5'11''-G/F-79, college: Georgia) buried a three-pointer to draw things level at 75 and to send the game into overtime. However consecutive trebles from Tully Bevilaqua (5'5''-G-72) and Ebony Hoffman (6'2''-C/F-82, college: USC) allowed the visitors to clear off for good in the extra term. Ebony Hoffman notched 15 points and 12 boards for Indiana. Tammy Sutton-Brown (6'4''-C-78, college: Rutgers) provided 19 points for the winners. Deanna Nolan and Plenette Pierson (6'2''-F/C-81, college: Texas Tech) answered with 16 points for Detroit. Katie Smith had 15 points in defeat. There was some more bad news for the Shock as they expectedly lost Plenette Pierson for the third game because of a shoulder injury.
Meanwhile Seattle played stifling defense and deadly offense to secure a 1-1 tie in the series against the Los Angeles Sparks. Sue Bird (5'9''-G-80, college: Connecticut) knocked down 20 points to pace the Storm to a 64:50 win at the Key Arena yesterday. The third game will also be played in Seattle on Tuesday. Sheryl Swoopes had 16 points to hold off the visitors. Lisa Leslie (6'5''-C-72, college: USC) answered with 11 points and 11 boards for the Sparks. Delisha Milton-Jones had 11 points in defeat. The home team limited their opponents to just 15 points in the first half to build an 11-point advantage at halftime. The Storm extended the margin to 21 points heading into the fourth term and never looked back at the end.