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Sep 2, 2014

U.S. and Slovenia advance as Lithuania suffer

By Zoran Milosavljevic

(Reuters) – Holders United States and dark horses Slovenia eased into the basketball World Cup knockout stages with two games to spare but eastern European giants Lithuania left themselves with work to do after a surprise defeat by Australia on Tuesday.

Unfancied Ukraine produced the day’s other upset with a 64-58 defeat of Turkey while the Dominican Republic boosted their own hopes after a 74-68 success against Finland.

Sep 2, 2014

Basketball-U.S. and Slovenia advance as Lithuania suffer

Sept 2 (Reuters) – Holders United States and dark horses Slovenia eased into the basketball World Cup knockout stages with two games to spare but eastern European giants Lithuania left themselves with work to do after a surprise defeat by Australia on Tuesday.

Unfancied Ukraine produced the day’s other upset with a 64-58 defeat of Turkey while the Dominican Republic boosted their own hopes after a 74-68 success against Finland.

Aug 30, 2014

U.S. rout Finland, Spain’s Gasol shines

By Zoran Milosavljevic

(Reuters) – A second-string U.S. team started their basketball World Cup title defense with a 114-55 mauling of Finland on Saturday, while Pau Gasol also lit up the opening day with 33 points and eight rebounds for hosts Spain in a 90-60 victory over Iran.

European champions France slipped to a 65-63 defeat by Brazil while Croatia had a close shave against the Philippines, scratching out an 81-78 win in overtime.

Aug 30, 2014

Basketball-US rout Finland, Spain’s Gasol shines

Aug 30 (Reuters) – A second-string U.S. team started their basketball World Cup title defence with a 114-55 mauling of Finland on Saturday, while Pau Gasol also lit up the opening day with 33 points and eight rebounds for hosts Spain in a 90-60 victory over Iran.

European champions France slipped to a 65-63 defeat by Brazil while Croatia had a close shave against the Philippines, scratching out an 81-78 win in overtime.

Aug 29, 2014

Van Gaal and I are in the same boat, says Serbia’s Advocaat

BELGRADE (Reuters) – Louis van Gaal’s bid to revive former glories at Manchester United will be as challenging as his Dutch compatriot Dick Advocaat’s goal of reaching Euro 2016 with Serbia, the Balkan nation’s coach said on Friday.

Advocaat, who took over from caretaker manager Ljubinko Drulovic in July after Serbia failed to reach the 2014 World Cup under Sinisa Mihajlovic, is confident both he and Van Gaal will do well in their new jobs.

Aug 29, 2014

Soccer-Van Gaal and I are in the same boat, says Serbia’s Advocaat

BELGRADE, Aug 29 (Reuters) – Louis van Gaal’s bid to revive former glories at Manchester United will be as challenging as his Dutch compatriot Dick Advocaat’s goal of reaching Euro 2016 with Serbia, the Balkan nation’s coach said on Friday.

Advocaat, who took over from caretaker manager Ljubinko Drulovic in July after Serbia failed to reach the 2014 World Cup under Sinisa Mihajlovic, is confident both he and Van Gaal will do well in their new jobs.

Aug 27, 2014

U.S. and Spain on course for World Cup showdown

BELGRADE (Reuters) – A much-weakened United States should still be strong enough at least to reach the final of the 2014 basketball World Cup, which begins in Spain on Saturday.

The holders, together with the hosts, will be strong favorites to reach the final of the marathon 24-nation event, while European champions France, a rejuvenated Croatia plus Brazil, Lithuania and Greece are likely to feature among the dark horses at the tournament, which runs from Aug. 30 to Sept. 14.

Aug 27, 2014

Basketball-U.S. and Spain on course for World Cup showdown

BELGRADE, Aug 27 (Reuters) – A much-weakened United States should still be strong enough at least to reach the final of the 2014 basketball World Cup, which begins in Spain on Saturday.

The holders, together with the hosts, will be strong favourites to reach the final of the marathon 24-nation event, while European champions France, a rejuvenated Croatia plus Brazil, Lithuania and Greece are likely to feature among the dark horses at the tournament, which runs from Aug. 30 to Sept. 14.

Aug 18, 2014

U.S. vulnerable without big names: Prigioni

BELGRADE (Reuters) – Hosts Spain and several other teams are capable of defeating a United States side missing their biggest names at the Aug. 30-Sept. 14 basketball World Cup, New York Knicks playmaker Pablo Prigioni told Reuters.

The 37-year-old Argentina point guard, who joined the Knicks in 2012 from Spanish side Caja Laboral, also announced that he would be quitting the international stage after the 24-nation tournament in order to focus on his NBA career.

Aug 1, 2014

Serbia will struggle to repeat Yugoslav-era success, says coach

BELGRADE (Reuters) – Accustomed to basketball glory when they were part of the former Yugoslavia, Serbia will struggle to be more than also- rans as an independent nation at this year’s World Cup in Spain, their coach Aleksandar Djordjevic said.

The 46-year old former playmaker, one of Europe’s most decorated players, believes that even a fraction of the success his generation enjoyed in wealthier times is unlikely in the foreseeable future.

    • About Zoran

      "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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      1999
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