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05-19-2008, 08:11 PM
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The Netherlands have appointed Gadi Kedar of Israel as the new coach of the men's national team.

Kedar takes over from Marco van den Berg and will lead the Dutch in their EuroBasket Division B games this year against Iceland, Denmark, Austria and Montenegro.

The 48-year-old, who had a lot of experience coaching in Israel's top flight, spent the past five years in charge of the youth program at Hapoel Jerusalem.

He will be a pivotal figure in the Netherlands as they attempt to develop young players as well.

The Netherlands Basketball Federation said in a statement when announcing his appointment that Kedar is "to play an important role in the further development of `The Dutch School'.

05-19-2008, 08:12 PM
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Israel have suffered a big blow ahead of their EuroBasket 2009 qualfiying campaign with marksman Sharon Shason set to miss the games due to a wrist injury.

One of the best players in the country, Shason will go under treatment on his right wrist in July and will have to sit out approximately eight weeks before starting his rehabilitation period.

He will be unavailable for the Division A, Group D games against Bosnia-Herzegovina, the Czech Republic and Great Britain.

It is still unclear if the player will have to go under surgery, or keep his hand immobilized in a cast.

The Hapoel Jerusalem forward hurt his shooting wrist in early January during a game in the Israeli Basketball Super League.

He has played with pain in the months that have followed in a bid to help his team reach the league's season-ending final four.

With one game to go in the regular season, Hapoel still have a chance to qualify and much of this is due to Shason's performances.

In a pivotal game on Thursday night, he hit two three-pointers in overtime to keep his team alive in the race with a 93-89 home win over Ironi Nahariya.

Shason, a 2.06 forward moved, to Hapoel last summer after spending two seasons with Maccabi Tel Aviv. Before, he played for Russian outfit Ural Great and was one of the top players in the 2005 EuroCup when he averaged 19.1 points per game.

Nailing shots from long range is Shason's specialty. He is considered one of the best three-point shooters in Europe. This season, he averaged 10.6 points per game and hit 50.6% of his shots from the floor.

Shason is a player that Israel have missed in previous campaigns as well when they failed to earn direct qualification for the EuroBasket.

They have earned places in the final round of the last two EuroBaskets by winning the Additional Qualifying Round.

EuroBasket 2009 will be staged in Poland.

Shason cannot play this summer, but Israel will be hoping that he avoids further injury problems so he can play in Poland if they make it that far.

05-19-2008, 08:14 PM
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Four members of Portugal's EuroBasket 2007 squad are in the group named by new coach Moncho Lopez ahead of the Tournament of Nations, an international tournament to be staged in Barcelona from June 6-7.

Elvis Evora, Joao Gomes, Mario Fernandes and Jorge Coelho will be the backbone of Portugal, who are to gather on June 2 to prepare for the event.

Angola-based Francisco Jordao is expected to link up with the squad later in the summer before the Portuguese play EuroBasket qualifying games against Latvia, Estonia and FYR Macedonia.

Felipe da Silva, Joao Santos and Paulo Cunha, other leading players from last year's team, also may join Portugal this summer.

"Over the last months, I have followed different competitions where we have players with chances to integrate into our defined squad in September," Lopez said on the Portuguese Basketball Federation website.

"The only exception was Francisco Jordao, who is playing in Angola."

From the squad that competed at Euro 2007, Miguel Minhava is still recovering from a foot injury while Sergio Ramos and Paulo Simao have retired.

"Jorge Coelho and Elvis Evora [both centers who played at the EuroBasket] occupy a vital position in the team. I believe that the best way to introduce my ideas is working with them from day one."

In the June tournament, Portugal will face teams from some of Spain's regions, including a team from Catalonia, the Basque country and Galicia.

Lopez, who coached Spain's national team to the silver medal at EuroBasket 2003 in Sweden, said: "Our objective is introducing our new concepts.

"We also will seek to keep our competitive spirit, which is required for a Portugal team that will face some of the best players competing in Spain."

Lopez called up the following 12 players:

Joao Reveles (Ginasio Figueirense), Mario Fernandes (Plasencia - Spain), Fabio Lima (Pamesa Valencia - Spain), Jaime Silva (Vigo - Spain), Joao Gomes (Breogan - Spain), Joao Manuel (CAB Madeira), Jose Silva (Barreirense), Claudio Fonseca (Pamesa Valencia-Spain), Elvis Evora (A.D. Ovarense), Jorge Coelho (Palencia - Spain), Manuel Sico (F.C. Barreirense), Nuno Cortez (AD Ovarense).

05-31-2008, 02:06 PM
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Israel have published the list of players who have been invited to national team coach Zvika Sherf's training camp for their EuroBasket 2009 qualification games against the Czech Republic, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Great Britain.

Thirty-two players will gather on July 23 to start the practice sessions with one goal in mind - to finish among the top two places in Group D and qualify directly for EuroBasket 2009.

Israel had to go through the Additional Qualifying Round to reach the last two EuroBaskets under Sherf, who is also the coach of Maccabi Tel Aviv.

Sherf chose not to call five players who had been expected to make the list. Maccabi Tel Aviv forward David Bluthenthal, who has never shown a big interest in playing for the national team, has been left off.

French side Strasbourg's Afik Nissim and Belgium side Leuven's Itzik Okhanon are not included. Nahariya's Avi Soucar and Gal Mekel, who returned from two years at Wichita State in American college basketball to sign a long-term deal with Sherf's Maccabi, have also been left off.

Several players who are named may ultimately fail to take part. Sharon Shason has a wrist injury which could require an operation this summer.

Tal Burstein, who only returned to the court several weeks ago after an injury lay-off, may opt to use the summer to get back in shape since his minutes have been limited at Maccabi since his return.

As it is, Maccabi have four players on the list: Yotam Halperin, Omri Casspi, Lior Eliyahu and Burstein.

Hapoel Jerusalem have six players, including Guy Pniny, Dror Hagag, Sharon Shason, Jaime Arnold, Erez Markovic and Yehu Orland.

Six players who played this past season in Europe are on the list as well - Raviv Limonad, Roee Berkovic, Yaniv Green, Jeron Roberts, Moshe Mizrakhi and Robert Rothbart.

Sherf has invited three naturalized players - Jaime Arnold, Roberts and Chris Watson - of which only one would be able to play in the final 12.

The full list of 32 is:

Guards - Yotam Halperin, Dror Hagag, Meir Tapiro, Erez Katz, Moran Roth, Raviv Limonad, Roee Berkovic, Yogev Okhayon, Nitzan Khanokhi, Yehu Orland and Yuval Na'aimi; forwards - Tal Burstein, Jeron Roberts, Omri Casspi, Lior Eliyahu, Sharon Shason, Guy Pniny, Moshe Mizrakhi, Matan Naor, Elishay Kadir, Ori Itzkhaki, Gili Mosinzon, Ido Kozikaro and Yoni Nir; Centers - Yaniv Green, Amit Tamir, Robert Rothbart, Erez Markovic, Jaime Arnold, Nir Cohen, Chris Watson and Moshe Ya'akusi.

06-11-2008, 08:50 PM
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Orlando Magic superstar Hedo Turkoglu and Real Madrid's Kerem Tunceri are among the 18 players selected by coach Bogdan Tanjevic in Turkey's preliminary squad for the EuroBasket 2009 qualifying games against Ukraine, France and Belgium.

Turkoglu, 29, is coming off arguably his best season in the NBA, having helped the Magic reach the Eastern Conference semi-finals, while Tunceri played a vital role in Real Madrid achieving the best regular-season record in the ACB.

Tanjevic has also included the impressive 19-year-old point guard Dogus Balbay, a college player for Rick Barnes at Texas.

Turkey preliminary squad: Ersin Görkem, Ersan İlyasova, Ümit Sonkol, Engin Atsür, Sinan Güler, Barış Hersek, Bora Hun Paçun, Ender Arslan, Kerem Gönlüm, Oğuz Savaş Ömer Faruk Aşık, Ömer Onan, Semih Erden, Cemal Nalga, Cenk Akyol, Hidayet Türkoğlu, Kerem Tunçeri, Doğuş Balbay

08-31-2008, 05:50 PM
They’re Not Singing The Blues In Belgrade Now

Anyone wondering if Dusan Ivkovic's Serbia national team had captured the imagination of Blues fans after their 78-64 triumph at Italy now have their answer.

Serbia hosted Hungary in the Belgrade Arena on Wednesday night and a capacity crowd of 18,000 fans packed the venue to watch Ivkovic's team win 94-60.

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Turkey Demolish Britain, Bosnia Thump Portugal

Turkey will shortly be competing in a `Group of Death' in EuroBasket 2009 qualifying when they go up against France, Ukraine and Belgium.
Thursday night's 82-58 demolition of Great Britain in the Efes Pilsen Cup 7 tournament suggests Bogdan Tanjevic's team have a very good chance of surviving and advancing to Poland for next summer's finals.

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Bulgaria Edge Italy In Sofia Drama

Bulgaria edged Italy 81-80 in a vital EuroBasket qualifying clash on Saturday in Sofia.
Pini Gershon's team won for the third successive time while the Italians slumped to a third setback in four games.

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Fantastic Finland Shock Serbia

EuroBasket qualifying games are often unpredictable and that was certainly the case in Vantaa, Finland on Saturday night.
Taking on Group A favorites Serbia, Division A minnows Finland put disappointing defeats to Bulgaria and Italy behind them and stunned their visitors 80-77 with an incredible night of three-point shooting.

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09-11-2008, 03:58 AM
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