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Dec 28, 2012

Basketball: Quadruple joy for perfect Spaniards

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.

Dec 16, 2012

Montenegro win women’s European title

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.

Dec 1, 2012

Soccer-Partizan go six points clear at mid-season break

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.

Nov 30, 2012

More woe for Scariolo as Milan are beaten

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.

Nov 22, 2012
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After Luiz Adriano affair, do fair play and winning always go hand in hand?

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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.

Nov 21, 2012

Soccer-OFK stun holders Red Star to reach Serbian Cup semis

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.

Nov 17, 2012

Soccer-Red Star beat Partizan in thrilling Belgrade derby

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.

Nov 16, 2012

Maccabi, Zalgiris lose unbeaten records

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.

Nov 14, 2012

Serbian government vows to help debt-ridden giants

BELGRADE (Reuters) – The Serbian government will help refinance debt-ridden soccer giants Red Star and Partizan Belgrade and have appointed managers to temporarily run Red Star, the Balkan country’s deputy Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic said.

Vucic had called a press conference in the early hours of Wednesday to announce the refinancing after Red Star chairman Vladan Lukic resigned on Tuesday saying he was exhausted from struggling with managing the club’s debt of about 60 million euros ($76.27 million) and from a poor run of results.

Nov 14, 2012

Soccer-Serbian government vows to help debt-ridden giants

BELGRADE, Nov 14 (Reuters) – The Serbian government will help refinance debt-ridden soccer giants Red Star and Partizan Belgrade and have appointed managers to temporarily run Red Star, the Balkan country’s deputy Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic said.

Vucic had called a press conference in the early hours of Wednesday to announce the refinancing after Red Star chairman Vladan Lukic resigned on Tuesday saying he was exhausted from struggling with managing the club’s debt of about 60 million euros ($76.27 million) and from a poor run of results.

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