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Dec 19, 2014

Nizhny and Zalgiris seal Euroleague Top 16 berths

BELGRADE (Reuters) – Euroleague debutants Nizhny Novgorod and 1999 champions Zalgiris Kaunas booked the last two berths in the competition’s second group stage on Friday.

Nizhny overpowered more fancied fellow Russians Unics Kazan 78-74 thanks to an outstanding performance by forward Tarence Kinsey and Zalgiris progressed after a dramatic 80-79 defeat of Italians Dinamo Sassari.

Dec 10, 2014

Basketball-Galatasaray and Red Star given crowd bans after fan death

BELGRADE, Dec 10 (Reuters) – Galatasaray and Red Star Belgrade have been handed crowd bans after a Serb fan was stabbed to death in violence last month ahead of their Euroleague basketball match in Istanbul, Europe’s elite club competition said on Wednesday.

Galatasaray, who won the match 110-103 in double overtime in their Abdi Ikpeci Arena, will play the next three home games behind closed doors and were fined 100,000 euros ($123,940).

Dec 5, 2014

Basketball-Red Star beat Valencia to reach Euroleague Top 16

BELGRADE, Dec 5 (Reuters) – Red Star Belgrade reached the Euroleague Top 16 with two games to spare after impressive performances from playmaker Marcus Williams and centre Boban Marjanovic helped them to a 77-68 win at Valencia on Friday.

The Serbian side improved their record to 5-3 and joined already qualified Olympiakos Piraeus from a finely balanced section, with the Greek side moving to a 7-1 record with an 89-79 home win over Lithuanians Neptunas Klaipeda.

Nov 30, 2014

Soccer-Partizan coach hit by firecracker and then sent off

BELGRADE, Nov 30 (Reuters) – Partizan Belgrade coach Marko Nikolic was hit by a firecracker in the first half and sent off for dissent in the second during their 1-1 draw at Novi Pazar in the Serbian first division on Sunday.

With away fans banned amid fears of crowd trouble, Novi Pazar supporters created an intimidating atmosphere which saw Nikolic struck by a hurled firecracker shortly after Danko Lazovic had headed the visitors in front.

Nov 27, 2014

Basketball – Grieving Red Star win as Real Madrid stutter

BELGRADE (Reuters) – Red Star Belgrade boosted their hopes of reaching the Euroleague Top 16 with a 79-62 home win over Neptunas Klaipeda in a sombre atmosphere on Thursday as the Serbian club mourned last week’s death of a supporter killed in fan violence in Istanbul.

Eight-time winners Real Madrid were stunned 85-75 at home by Unics Kazan, holders Maccabi Tel Aviv suffered an 84-61 home drubbing by CSKA Moscow and Olympiakos Piraeus lost their unbeaten record in an 89-70 defeat at Kutxa Laboral.

Nov 26, 2014

Soccer-New Serbia coach keen to tempt Vidic back

BELGRADE, Nov 26 (Reuters) – Serbia will try to persuade Nemanja Vidic to come out of international retirement in a bid to qualify for Euro 2016, new coach Radovan Curcic said on Wednesday.

Former Manchester United defender Vidic quit the national team after their failure to reach Euro 2012 and has struggled to fit in at Inter Milan after his move to Italy in July.

Nov 21, 2014

Basketball – Real edge close to Top 16 as Galatasaray win thriller

BELGRADE, Nov 21 (Reuters) – – Real Madrid are one victory away from reaching Euroleague basketball’s Top 16 after a 68-66 win at Lithuanians Zalgiris Kaunas extended their record to 5-1 in the preliminary group stage of the 24-team event on Friday.

Elsewhere, Galatasaray ground out a 110-103 double overtime triumph over Red Star Belgrade after the Turkish side’s Serbian forward Zoran Erceg hit an audacious three-pointer from almost the halfway line with two seconds to go of regular time.

Nov 21, 2014

Real edge close to Top 16 as Galatasaray win thriller

BELGRADE, Nov 21 (Reuters) – Real Madrid are one victory away from reaching Euroleague basketball’s Top 16 after a 68-66 win at Lithuanians Zalgiris Kaunas extended their record to 5-1 in the preliminary group stage of the 24-team event on Friday.

Elsewhere, Galatasaray ground out a 110-103 double overtime triumph over Red Star Belgrade after the Turkish side’s Serbian forward Zoran Erceg hit an audacious three-pointer from almost the halfway line with two seconds to go of regular time.

Nov 21, 2014

Soccer-Milosevic backs Under-21 coach Curcic for Serbia job

BELGRADE, Nov 21 (Reuters) – Radovan Curcic should take over as Serbia coach and be given time to develop the team on the back of his impressive record with the Under-21s, the country’s football association (FSS) vice-president Savo Milosevic said.

“My wish is to have a long-term coach appointed and I think Curcic meets all the requirements because he has done remarkably well with the Under-21 side,” former Aston Villa striker Milosevic told reporters on Friday.

Nov 20, 2014

Basketball – Barca, Olympiakos, CSKA reach Euroleague Top 16

BELGRADE, Nov 20 (Reuters) – – Former winners Barcelona, Olympiakos Piraeus and CSKA Moscow advanced to Euroleague basketball’s second group stage with four games to spare after contrasting wins on Thursday.

Barcelona cruised to a 99-77 win at Bayern Munich and CSKA blew away visiting Alba Berlin 95-66. Olympiakos edged Valencia 77-76 thanks to the last-minute exploits of playmaker Vassilis Spanoulis.

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      "I've been a sports reporter since 1996, having started in the news business as a Serbian-English translator in 1990. I am based in my hometown Belgrade, Serbia and my current job involves covering various top-level sports events at home and abroad."
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