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  • Dominant USA crush Serbia to win World Cup

    Dominant USA crush Serbia to win World Cup

    The United States romped to their fifth basketball World Cup title after overcoming an early deficit to overwhelm the tournament’s surprise package Serbia 129-92 in a one-sided final on Sunday. An athletic US team, missing top NBA players such as...

  • Serbia beat France to join United States in World Cup final

    Serbia continued their remarkable run in the basketball World Cup after a 90-85 win over European champions France late Friday steered them into today’s final against holders United States. The Serbs, who have secured their first World Cup podium...

  • US ease into World Cup final

    Holders United States showed no sign of missing their top players as they breezed into the World Cup final with a commanding 96-68 win over Lithuania. The Americans, competing in Spain with a second-string team, will head confidently into...

  • France stun Spain as Serbia rout Brazil

    Huge upsets lit up the basketball World Cup on Wednesday night as France beat hosts Spain 65-52 while Serbia thumped Brazil 84-56 to set up an intriguing semi-final clash. Holders the United States and Lithuania were to meet in the first semi in...

  • Neto top scores as Brazil seal QF

    Raulzinho Neto had a game-high 21 points as Brazil avenged their defeat four years ago by Argentina and progressed to the quarter-finals of the basketball World Cup with an 85-65 victory. Argentina’s golden generation are coming to the end of the...

  • US to meet Mexico in the last 16 stage

    Holders United States and hosts Spain ended the World Cup preliminary stage with 5-0 records after emphatic wins that pitted them against modest opposition in the first knockout round. The US strolled to a 95-71 victory over Ukraine that sent the...

  • South American giants revel in success

    Brazil and Argentina kept alive their dreams of rekindling past glories after winning in contrasting fashion to reach the World Cup last 16 with a match to spare on Wednesday. Australia and Lithuania also booked their knockout-stage berths on a...

  • US and Slovenia advance as Lithuania suffer

    Holders United States and dark horses Slovenia eased into the basketball World Cup knockout stages with two games to spare but eastern European giants Lithuania left themselves with work to do after a surprise defeat by Australia on...

  • Spain and Greece advance as Senegal stun Croatia

    Hosts Spain passed their first real test at the World Cup with flying colours when they beat Brazil 82-63 to book a last 16 berth alongside a Greek team who brushed aside Puerto Rico 90-79. Both teams improved their records to 3-0 but Croatia’s...

  • Basketball champs’ new signings

    Basketball champs’ new signings

    Malta champions Athleta A-Z Electronics continued to strengthen their squad this summer with the addition of three new players – (left to right) Andrew Aquilina, Isaac Tanti and Roderick Vella. All three played for Depiro last season. Athleta, who...

  • Interest in global events to be evaluated says NBA

    NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said the league would re-open debate about the merits of participating in international events in the wake of Paul George’s gruesome injury, but did not foresee a major shift in policy. George, an Indiana Pacers...

  • Expert coaching and youth set-ups are key for the future

    Expert coaching and youth set-ups are key for the future

    The Malta Basketball Association caught the headlines for the right reasons this summer following the national teams’ participation and fine results obtained at the FIBA European Championships. In July, the U-16 selections were in action at the...

  • Silver for Maltese girls

    The Malta U-18 girls team had to settle for silver in the junior European Championships Division C after going down 67-53 to Cyprus in the final, played in Andorra yesterday. As the scoreline indicates, Sandro Farrugia’s girls put up a stirring...

  • Malta Under-18 girls reach Division C final in Andorra

    The Malta U-18 girls national team reached the final of the junior European Champion-ships Division C when they cantered past Gibraltar 57-22 in Andorra, yesterday. As the scoreline clearly testifies, this was another impressive performance from...

  • Floriana acquire Sultana and Mercieca

    Floriana acquire Sultana and Mercieca

    Top division side Floriana continued to strengthen their squad ahead of the new season after completing the signings of Nigel Sultana and Marco Mercieca. “Considered by many as one of the best players of his generation, Nigel Sultana will not only...

  • Two wins for Maltese U-18 girls

    The Maltese U-18 girls team are through to the semi-finals of the Euro Championship (Division C) after two wins from two matches in the qualifying phase of the tournament, currently being played in Andorra. Malta started in style following a 54-42...

  • Adamoli hails team’s fine showing

    Adamoli hails team’s fine showing

    Malta women’s team coach Angela Adamoli expressed herself satisfied with the spirited showing of her players at the FIBA European Championship for Small Countries which was played last week in St Polten, Austria. Seven teams took part and Malta...

  • Bronze for national female basketball team

    Bronze for national female basketball team

    Malta’s national female basketball team has won bronze in the European Championship for Small Countries after beating Scotland in the game to establish third place. In the groups phase Malta lost to Iceland and beat Gibraltar to end in second...

  • Adamoli’s girls win play-off

    The Malta women’s national team, coached by Angela Adamoli, yesterday beat Scotland 66-59 to wrap up their commitments in this year’s championship for small states on a positive note after finishing third in the final classification. The match, in...

  • No LeBron, no problem as US prepare for World Cup

    No LeBron, no problem as US prepare for World Cup

    The United States will head to next month’s World Cup without LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony or Kobe Bryant, but will remain the team to beat with a potential line-up led by NBA most valuable player Kevin Durant. USA Basketball announced this week...

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