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Feb 28, 2014

Holders Olympiakos struggle as Barcelona march on

BELGRADE (Reuters) – Euroleague holders Olympiakos Piraeus face an uphill battle to reach the knockout stages following a 78-74 defeat at Fenerbahce while Barcelona stretched their winning Top 16 streak to eight matches.

CSKA Moscow won a rip-roaring Russian classic against Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar 94-93 and former Los Angeles Lakers forward Lamar Odom made a cameo appearance for Spaniards Laboral Kutxa Vitoria who are bottom of Group E with a 1-7 record.

Feb 24, 2014

Soccer-Serbia coach shuns old-style patriotism and promising youngsters

By Zoran and Milosavljevic BELGRADE, Feb 24 (Reuters) – Serbia must adopt a new set of values to prove their soccer patriotism and the experiment of introducing promising home-based players is over, assistant coach Ilija Petkovic said on Monday.

Ljubinko Drulovic was named this month as caretaker head coach until a permanent successor to Sinisa Mihajlovic is appointed in June, with Petkovic as his number two.

Feb 22, 2014

Soccer-Red Star leapfrog rivals Partizan into top spot

BELGRADE, Feb 22 (Reuters) – Red Star Belgrade took over first place in Serbia with a 2-1 home win over Javor Ivanjica as the Balkan country’s 16-team top flight resumed on Saturday after a 10-week winter break.

Red Star, European Cup winners in 1991, have 35 points from 16 matches, one more than titel holders and bitter city foes Partizan who were held to a 0-0 draw at sixth-placed Novi Pazar.

Feb 14, 2014

Barca cut Armani down to size as CSKA scrape through

BELGRADE (Reuters) – Former double Euroleague champions Barcelona made it six wins out of six in the second group stage as American guard Brad Oleson inspired a recovery to secure an 80-70 win over Emporio Armani Milan on Friday.

Six-time Euroleague winners CSKA Moscow ground out a 74-71 victory at Galatasaray in a fervent atmosphere created by the Turkish fans, with Serbia centre Nenad Krstic scoring a game-high 24 points for the Russian title holders.

Jan 30, 2014

Serbia Davis Cup captain defends absent Djokovic

NOVI SAD, Serbia (Reuters) – Novak Djokovic has earned his right to miss Serbia’s Davis Cup first round tie against a full-strength Switzerland, team coach Bogdan Obradovic said on Thursday.

With world number two Djokovic resting in Serbia’s skiing resort of Mount Kopaonik, the Swiss will be strong favorites to advance after former world number one Roger Federer joined Australian Open winner Stanislas Wawrinka as a surprise late inclusion.

Jan 30, 2014

Tennis-Serbia Davis Cup captain defends absent Djokovic

NOVI SAD, Serbia, Jan 30 (Reuters) – Novak Djokovic has earned his right to miss Serbia’s Davis Cup first round tie against a full-strength Switzerland, team coach Bogdan Obradovic said on Thursday.

With world number two Djokovic resting in Serbia’s skiing resort of Mount Kopaonik, the Swiss will be strong favourites to advance after former world number one Roger Federer joined Australian Open winner Stanislas Wawrinka as a surprise late inclusion.

Jan 3, 2014

Real, Olympiakos extend perfect Euroleague starts

BELGRADE (Reuters) – Holders Olympiakos Piraeus and favourites Real Madrid moved to 11 straight Euroleague wins this season after impressive displays in the opening round of the Top 16, the second group stage of the 24-team competition.

Debutants Bayern Munich stunned Zalgiris Kaunas 84-66 away, CSKA Moscow ground out an 84-77 overtime victory at fellow Russians Lokomotiv Krasnodar and Maccabi Tel Aviv celebrated a 90-84 success at Galatasaray.

Dec 16, 2013

Soccer-Nikolic takes over from Rasovic as Partizan coach

BELGRADE, Dec 16 (Reuters) – Serbian champions and league leaders Partizan Belgrade appointed Marko Nikolic as coach on Monday in succession to Vuk Rasovic.

Nikolic led rivals Vojvodina Novi Sad in the first half of the season but has been snapped up by Partizan after Rasovic lost his job in the wake of this month’s Serbian Cup quarter-final defeat by unfancied Spartak Subotica.

Dec 6, 2013

Fenerbahce sink CSKA as trio of teams reach Top 16

BELGRADE (Reuters) – Fenerbahce stretched their record in the Euroleague’s preliminary group stage to 7-1 with a 78-74 victory at six-times champions CSKA Moscow on Friday.

Elsewhere, Istanbul rivals Galatasaray sealed a Top 16 berth with a 78-70 home win over Unicaja Malaga.

Dec 5, 2013

No quick fix for Man United problems

By Zoran Milosavljevic

(Reuters) – Following in Alex Ferguson’s footsteps was never going to be an easy task for David Moyes but few Manchester United fans would have anticipated the English champions slipping 12 points behind the Premier League leaders with only a third of the season gone.

Wednesday’s 1-0 home defeat by Everton, United’s fourth of the campaign, exposed all the chinks in the armour of a team who won their 20th league title in May after Ferguson masterfully papered over the cracks in his squad.

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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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