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Armani Milan through, full throttle Real edge Maccabi

By Zoran Milosavljevic BELGRADE (Reuters) - Former Euroleague winners Emporio Armani Milan powered into the playoffs with two games to spare after an 83-72 victory at Fenerbahce and eight-time champions Real Madrid stayed top of their section with a dramatic win at Maccabi Tel Aviv.

Barca and Russian duo reach Euroleague top 16

By Zoran Milsovljevic BELGRADE (Reuters) - Former double Euroleague winners Barcelona reached the competition's second group stage, the Top 16, with three games to spare after a 94-81 home win over already-qualified Fenerbahce Istanbul on Friday. They were joined by six-time champions CSKA Moscow, who beat Budivelnik Kiev 82-74, and fellow Russians Lokomotiv Kuban as the top flight debutants romped to an 84-53 rout of Lithuanians Lietuvos Rytas.

WRAPUP 1-Basketball-Barca advance, Real's Fernandez attacked by fan

By Zoran Milosavljevic BELGRADE, March 8 (Reuters) - Barcelona reached the Euroleague basketball quarter-finals with a 90-77 win at holders Olympiacos Piraeus while Real Madrid guard Rudy Fernandez was attacked by a fan after a 105-104 victory at Zalgiris Kaunas. Both games were scintillating contests especially the thriller in Lithuania where Real fought back from a 14-point third-quarter deficit to improve their record to 9-1 in the second group stage of the competition and close in on a playoff berth.

WRAPUP 1-Basketball-Barca march on as Tomic delivers

By Zoran Milosavljevic MADRID, Feb 15 (Reuters) - Euroleague favourites Barcelona moved a step closer to the playoffs halfway through the second group stage of the competition after Croatia centre Ante Tomic shone in a 82-77 win at Maccabi Tel Aviv. The result left 2010 winners Barca at the top of their group with a 6-1 record and poised to reach the best-of-five quarter-final playoff series, whose winners will advance to the May 10-12 Final Four in London.

REFILE-WRAPUP 1-Basketball-Landmark for king Juan Carlos as Barca win

(Refiles to show Barca game played on Thursday) By Zoran Milosavljevic BELGRADE, Jan 25 (Reuters) - Guard Juan Carlos Navarro became the first player to score 3,000 Euroleague basketball points as 2010 champions Barcelona beat fellow Spaniards Caja Laboral Vitoria to stay on course for the playoffs.

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WRAPUP 1-Basketball-Cash-strapped Khimki light up Euroleague

By Zoran Milosavljevic BELGRADE, Jan 18 (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.

WRAPUP 1-Basketball-Maccabi hail journeyman Roth after big win

By Zoran Milosavljevic BELGRADE, Jan 11 (Reuters) - Maccabi Tel Aviv playmaker Moran Roth emerged from obscurity on Friday to help the winners of four Euroleague titles to a 91-73 victory over Fenerbahce Istanbul to rekindle their hopes of reaching the playoffs. Spaniards Caja Laboral, who were on the brink of an early exit in the preliminary group stage, continued their impressive comeback with a 77-51 rout of Besiktas Istanbul which kept them in the driving seat to advance to the knockout phase.
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