Basketball In Europe
A total of 31 European internationals, 21 of which are playing on teams of the Western Conference, will enter the battle of the NBA play-offs at the weekend.
CS Energia Rovinari and Les Lions de Genève sprung surprises in the national cup finals of Romania and Switzerland, respectively, at the weekend to claim their maiden domestic cup title.
When Unics Kazan and Valencia were battling it out for first place in Group O of the Eurocup Last 32, little did they imagine that their paths would cross again in the finals of the competition.
The pair of this year's Eurocup finalists will emerge on Wednesday evening from two clashes which will culminate in the competition's return to a somewhat traditional format.
On Monday, Dirk Nowitzki added one more individual accolade to his already overflowing list of awards and, later this week, he is poised to further strengthen his status as a basketball legend.
EuroChallenge Last 16 contestants Port of Antwerp Giants have broken another attendance record in the Belgian Ethias League, with 17,000 spectators filling out Antwerp Sportpaleis over the weekend.
Sparta&K M.R. Vidnoje may miss out on EuroLeague Women action next year after suffering a quarter-final exit in the Russian play-offs, whilst TSV 1880 Wasserburg are celebrating German Cup success.
Ante Tomic, Nikola Vucevic and Maciej Lampe broke new ground in the last 24 hours, by earning three individual accolades in three different competitions on either side of the Atlantic.
ALBA Berlin and Tonybet Prienai successfully defended their respecitve domestic cup titles in Germany and Lithuania on Sunday and did so by winning in far more impressive fashion than the first time around.
On Wednesday night in Milan, Kristjan Kangur will be taking a small step on a basketball court for a man, but an enormous leap for an Estonian player in Euroleague history.
When Ekrem Memnun left Ekaterinburg winless last season with Galatasaray odeabank, he could barely have imagined that a year later he would be forty minutes away from the EuroLeague Women title.
Fenerbahce play-caller Roberto Iniguez has already stamped his mark by clinching a third successive appearance in the EuroLeague Women title game, but is aware nobody is likely to care should he fail to win.