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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.

Holders Olympiakos struggle as Barcelona march on

By Zoran Milosavljevic 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.

Fenerbahce sink CSKA as trio of teams reach Top 16

By Zoran Milosavljevic 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.

Real and CSKA lead Euroleague's finest in winning big

By Zoran Milosavljevic BELGRADE (Reuters) - Eight-times Euroleague winners Real Madrid and CSKA Moscow led the way as the established teams celebrated big victories on Friday halfway through the preliminary group stage of the marathon 24-team competition. CSKA, who have won six titles, crushed 1992 champions Partizan Belgrade 88-46 to bounce back from successive defeats by Fenerbahce Istanbul and Barcelona thanks to a superb performance by their perimeter shooters.

Big guns suffer as underdogs have their day

By Zoran Milosavljevic BELGRADE (Reuters) - Six-times Euroleague winners Panathinaikos were among the few big guns who could celebrate on Friday as some of their peers were stung by debutants and unheralded rivals in the third round of the preliminary group stage. The Greek champions were on the verge of defeat at Red Star Belgrade but fought back from a 15-point first-half deficit at a noisy Pionir Hall to win 90-86 in overtime as Nikos Pappas sank 24 points and forward Jonas Maciulis nailed two crucial three-pointers.

Olympiakos sink CSKA Moscow to reach Euroleague final

LONDON (Reuters) - Olympiakos Piraeus crushed CSKA Moscow 69-52 in the first of two Euroleague Final Four games at London's O2 Arena on Friday, advancing easily to the final for the second year running. In a rematch of the climax to last year's European season, the defending champions pulled ahead of their Russian opponents in the first quarter and never looked back, leading 40-28 at halftime.

Fenerbahce beats Besiktas in TKBL derby

FIBA EuroLeague Women runner-up Fenerbahce defeated archrivals Besiktas 89-67 in their women's Turkish Basketball League (TKBL) encounter on Wednesday to finish at the top of the league's regular season.Fenerbahce was the dominant side from the beginning and led all quarters with scores of 22-9, 47-26 and 62-42 before wrapping up the game 89-67. Fenerbahce finished the regular season with two defeats and 24 wins, while Besiktas failed to make it into the playoffs, ranking 12th with six wins and 20 defeats.

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.

Basketball-Euroleague to probe alleged fan attack on Fernandez

March 8 (Reuters) - Euroleague has opened an investigation into reports of a fan attack on Real Madrid guard Rudy Fernandez after their match at Lithuanians Zalgiris Kaunas on Thursday. Former NBA campaigner Fernandez, who played for the Portland Trail Blazers and Denver Nuggets, was allegedly attacked by Zalgiris fans as Real were boarding their team bus after a 105-104 overtime win.

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.
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