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Jun
1

Basketball weekend: Tournaments in Germany, (probably) Italy ending; Eurobasket Women starting

The 2010-11 professional basketball season may effectively be over this weekend, with a final championship series game scheduled in Germany tonight plus a possible elimination game in Italy happening on Sunday. But no worries: the end of club play means the beginning of summertime national-team tournaments, starting with the 2011 FIBA Eurobasket Women competition.

In the land of Nowitzki, another crazy Bundesliga tournament will be finished tonight as Brose Baskets Bamberg hosts Alba Berlin in the decisive game five for the BBL title and a Euroleague bid for 2011-12.

The back-and-forth series saw game four won handily by Alba Berlin, 87-67, after a shaky first quarter. Derrick Allen led the way for Berlin with 18 points in knotting up the series at 2-2. Game five is available for watching live online via the German-language Sport 1 YouTube channel. Tipoff is set for 8.30pm CET (2.30pm EST).

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Apr
Apr
0

Video clips: Championships, cheerleaders, Carroll crushes, Barcelona loses (again)

Happy Monday, everyone. To get that week started right, BallinEurope has compiled a healthy-sized video play list at which you may goggle over morning coffee. From all corners of Europe (and Portland, Oregon) came the action last week as the barrage of title-awarding begins on The Continent.

• First up: BiE offers congratulations to Žalgiris Kaunas, who took the Baltic Basketball League title over VEF Riga, 75-67. Tadas Klimavicius was the stud for the “Green White Boys” with a team-high 15 points to go with nine rebounds; Trevon Hughes was game high scorer, contributing 16 for Riga as well as five boards.

The BBL is infuriatingly short on video coverage – even on YouTube – but, um, here’s a swell clip of some rabid fans in that distinctive mode of European basketball…

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Apr
0

Nike Hoop Summit, Euroleague Women Final Four on FIBA TV

A quick reminder, just in case you’re an utter hoops fanatic (or up in the wee hours of Sunday morning for some reason): FIBA TV will be showing the Nike Hoop Summit live online for free from Portland at 10pm EST – that’s right, that means 4am CET.

FIBA TV will also be broadcasting a pair of Euroleague Women Final Four games on Sunday with online afternoon broadcasts of the third-place game and 2010-11 final.

First up, Candace Parker, Maria Stepanova and Cappie Pondexter try to overcome UMMC Ekaterinburg’s “heartbreaking” loss in the semifinals in the consolation game versus Spain’s Ros Casares at 12.45pm CET.

In the finals, Sue Bird and renamed Russian superpower Sparta & K Moscow Region take on Alba Torres and Halcon Avenida at 3pm CET.

Click here to watch any of the games live on FIBA TV.

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Jun
1

Euroleague Women 2010-11 participants announced; Sony Athinaikos declines bid

FIBA Europe has released the list of participating teams for the 2010-11 edition of Euroleague Women. Defending champions Spartak Moscow region received an automatic entry, while 21 spots are allocated based on national federation rankings and three-year performance of the clubs in pan-European tournament play.

Two “wild card” bids were also allocated: These were won by USO Mondeville of France and last season’s Euroleague Women sensation Wisla Can-Pack Krakow.

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Feb
1

FIBA Europe Young Women’s Player of the Year: It’s Torrens

This story is just in and so congratulations are just going out from Ball in Europe to Alba Torrens, who has taken the first of FIBA’s four annual “player of the year” awards, taking the 2009 Young Women’s Player of the Year. Finishing behind Torrens in the voting were, in order, Louice Halvarrson, Jelena Milovanovic and Gintare Petronyte.

Official FIBA press release follows the break.

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Oct
5

CSKA Moscow bails out of 2009-10 Women’s Euroleague

As though there were any doubt that the global economic crisis is affecting professional sports worldwide, FIBA Europe today brings news that confirms fears.

The association today announced that no smaller a force than CSKA Moscow has pulled its women’s team from participation in Euroleague Women for the 2009-2010 season, citing financial difficulties. The top ranking team not involved in the tournament, Wisła Can-Pack of Poland, will be taking CSKA’s spot in Group B.

Group B now consists of Wisła, Gospic Croatia Osiguranje Wisła, MiZo Pécs, Beretta Famila Schio, Halcon Avenida, and ESB Villeneuve d’Ascq Lille Metropole.

Despite CSKA’s prestigious standing in women’s basketball, this marks the second occasion in short time for the Russian team to find Euroleague ball too pricy: In late 2008, the team forfeited one league game and nearly had to pull out but was saved by an appeal from the Russian basketball federation and a 13th-hour sponsorship deal.

Jul
0

Grouping the ladies: Draws for Euroleague, EuroCup Women announced

FIBA Euroleague Women’s basketball doesn’t start until late October, but the season officially kicked off today with the ceremonial draws of groupings for both Euroleague and EuroCup Women competitions.

In Euroleague Group A, it’s Cras Basket Taranto; TEO Vilnius; Ros Casares; TTT Riga; UMMC Ekaterinburg; and Galatasaray. Group B has Gospic Croatia Osiguranje; CSKA Moscow; MiZo Pécs; Beretta Famila Schio; Halcon Avenida; and ESB Villeneuve.

Group C features KS AZS-PWSZ Gorzow; Maxima Broker Kosice; Bourges Basket; ZVVK USK Prague; MKB Euroleasing Sopron; and Rivas Ecopolis, while Group D squares off Szeviep Szeged; Gambrinus Brno; Fenerbahçe; Lotos Gdynia; Spartak Moscow Region; Tarbes.

Eurocup Women West Region sees a Group A with USO Mondeville; Sierre Basket; Seat Foton Györ; and AD Vagos. Group B has Gran Canaria; Medvescak Zagreb; Dexia Namur; and Olivais FC. In Group C, it’s Lattes Montpellier; Lemminkainen; MBK Ruzomberok; and CAB Madeira. Group D sports Puig den Valls Ibiza; Nyon Basket; CCC Polkowice; and TV Saarlouis Royals. And in Group E, squaring off will be Mann Filter Zaragoza; Jolly JBS Sibenik; and Wisla Can-Pack.

Eurocup Women East Region contains a Group F with Athinaikos; Chevakata Vologda; Besiktas; and Hatis Yerevan. Group G has Dunav Econt; Dynamo Moscow; Hapoel Tel Aviv; and CSS-LMK Sf. Gheorghe. In Group H, it’s KV Imperial AEL; Dynamo Kursk; Samsung Basketball (Turkey); and Municipal Targoviste. Group I features Apollon Kalamarias; Nadezhda Orenburg; Botas Spor; and ICIM Arad. And in Group J, it’ll be Paleo Faliro; Spartak Noginsk and KK Hemofarm.

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Jul
0

Twenty-four for FIBA Euroleague Women

FIBA Europe yesterday officially released the list of 24 clubs, including eight new entries, that will participate in the 2009-10 edition of FIBA Euroleague Women. The 24 teams will be divided into four pools, with groupings to be determined next Tuesday.

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