BELGRADE (Reuters) – The princes and paupers of Europe’s premier club basketball competition celebrated wins in the latest round of matches with Khimki Moscow stealing the show from more illustrious and wealthier city rivals CSKA on Friday.
Both teams moved a step closer to the playoffs after Khimki ended a week-long strike over unpaid wages with an 88-67 home whitewash of quadruple Euroleague winners Maccabi Tel Aviv while CSKA enjoyed an 87-73 away rout of Lithuanians Zalgiris Kaunas.
BELGRADE (Reuters) – A blistering individual performance by Euroleague’s top scorer Bobby Brown gave Montepaschi Siena a 98-92 win at Fenerbahce Istanbul on Friday while several big guns were rocked by surprise defeats in the second round of the top 16.
Khimki Moscow stunned 2010 champions Barcelona 78-65, six-time winners Panathinaikos Athens went down 78-64 at Anadolu Efes Istanbul and Maccabi Tel Aviv, the winners of four titles, were edged 71-70 at home by a rejuvenated Caja Laboral Vitoria.
BELGRADE (Reuters) – Four wins out of four by Spanish clubs in the opening round of the Euroleague’s marathon second group stage came as icing on the Christmas cake for the country’s basketball fans.
CSKA Moscow, six-time winners of Europe’s premier club competition, impressed with a 90-71 home rout of Anadolu Efes Istanbul on Friday and their less heralded neighbors Khimki, based on the outskirts of Russia’s capital, sprung an 80-75 upset at Besiktas Istanbul.
BELGRADE (Reuters) – Montenegro beat Norway 34-31 after double overtime in a captivating women’s European handball championship final on Sunday to gain sweet revenge for their defeat by the Scandinavians in the Olympic showpiece.
The match put the icing on the cake of a fiercely competitive 16-team tournament and capped an extraordinary final day which started with Hungary winning the bronze medal after an equally thrilling 41-38 overtime victory over hosts Serbia.
BELGRADE, Dec 1 (Reuters) – Serbian champions and league leaders Partizan Belgrade went into the three-month winter break six points clear of city rivals Red Star despite squandering a two-goal lead in a 2-2 draw at Spartak Subotica on Saturday.
Former European Cup winners Red Star missed a chance to gain ground on Partizan, who are chasing a record sixth successive league title, after they slumped to a 3-0 home defeat by Vojvodina Novi Sad in the evening kickoff and piled the pressure on their coach, Aleksandar Jankovic.
BELGRADE (Reuters) – Former champions Emporio Armani Milan’s fears of making an early exit from the EuroLeague grew after Friday’s 64-62 defeat at Caja Laboral Vitoria completed an eventful week for coach Sergio Scariolo.
Elsewhere, 1992 winners Partizan Belgrade rekindled their hopes of reaching the last 16 with a dramatic 75-74 home victory over Lithuanians Lietuvos Rytas while Alba Berlin and Khimki Moscow advanced with contrasting victories.
Shakhtar Donetsk romped into the Champions League last 16 with a match to spare following their 5-2 win at Danish rivals Nordsjaelland, but only after their Brazilian striker Luiz Adriano scored a goal which outraged much of the football world as he broke what UEFA called “principles of conduct”.
With the Ukrainian champions 1-0 down and chasing the win they needed to progress into the knockout stage of the competition, Luiz Adriano latched on to a ball which his team mate and compatriot Willian played in an attempt to pass it back to the opposition after the game was halted to treat a Nordsjaelland player for injury.
BELGRADE, Nov 21 (Reuters) – Striker Petar Grbic steered OFK Belgrade to the Serbian Cup semi-finals after he scored either side of halftime in a shock 3-1 win at city rivals and holders Red Star on Wednesday.
Dragan Bogavac addesd the third for OFK, who completed a rare double over Red Star after beating the 1991 European Cup winners 1-0 at home in a league fixture earlier this month.
BELGRADE, Nov 17 (Reuters) – Former European Cup winners Red Star Belgrade twice came from behind to beat Serbian champions and league leaders Partizan 3-2 in a pulsating city derby to cut their advantage at the top to five points.
Partizan, who are chasing a record sixth successive league title, have 33 points from 13 games while Red Star – who won Europe’s premier club competition in 1991 – have 28 after a resilient performance which rekindled memories of former glories.
BELGRADE (Reuters) – Former Euroleague champions Maccabi Tel Aviv and Zalgiris Kaunas saw their perfect starts end in a pulsating sixth round of the preliminary group stage while Fenerbahce were undone by a last-gasp shot at unfancied Khimki Moscow.
Barcelona, the 2010 winners, remained the only unbeaten team after a comfortable 86-66 victory at Germany’s Brose Baskets Bamberg while holders Olympiakos Piraeus continued their recovery from a poor start with an 89-72 success at Caja Laboral at Vitoria on Friday.