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Jr. NBA Europe and Middle East Elite Camp begins in Italy – Sport360 News



The National Basketball Association (NBA) today announced that a four-day Jr. NBA Europe and Middle East Elite Camp will be held at Stella Azzurra in Rome, Italy from Wednesday, May 4 – Saturday, May 7.

The Jr. NBA EME Elite Camp will feature 60 boys and girls ages 13-14 from 25 countries across Europe and the Middle East where Jr. NBA programs currently operate, and will focus on positional skill development, shooting, and skills competitions, culminating with three-on-three and five-on-five competition.

The camp will be conducted by NBA Basketball Operations staff and coaches from Jr. NBA leagues in Europe and the Middle East.  Former NBA and WNBA players and NBA Europe Ambassadors Anastasia Kostaki (Greece), Zaza Pachulia (Georgia), Vladimir Radmanović (Montenegro) and Ronny Turiaf (France) and former NBA head coach Ryan Saunders will also attend and coach the youth players.  Saunders will also lead an NBA Coaching Clinic for the Jr. NBA coaches and invited local coaches.

“We are excited to host 60 of the top young boys and girls from across Europe and the Middle East at Stella Azzurra’s facilities in Rome,” said NBA Associate Vice President of Basketball Operations, Europe and Middle East Neal Meyer.  “The Jr. NBA EME Elite Camp provides a unique and exciting opportunity for these developing players to compete alongside their peers from other countries and learn from established coaches as they advance in their young careers.”

“I look forward to seeing the talent on display at this camp from young hopefuls across our region,” said Pachulia.  “This kind of intensive basketball experience will be invaluable as they embark on the next stage of their basketball development.”

“It’s a pleasure to help guide and evaluate these young players and support up-and-coming coaches as they strive towards the goal of becoming better players,” said Saunders.  “I know they will take away lessons from this camp that will help them continue to grow as players, coaches and people in the years to come.”

The Jr. NBA EME Elite Camp will be supported by official NBA partners Nilox and San Carlo.  Nilox will sponsor the Shooting Challenge and the NBA Coaching Clinic, while San Carlo will sponsor a Special Olympics Unified Clinic and the camp’s Sportsmanship Awards.

The Jr. NBA, the league’s global youth basketball program for boys and girls, teaches the fundamental skills as well as the core values of the game – teamwork, respect, determination and community – at the grassroots level in an effort to help grow and improve the youth basketball experience for players, coaches and parents.  During the 2021-22 season, the Jr. NBA will reach nearly 37,000 youth in 28 countries in Europe and the Middle East.

Below please find the complete roster of the boys and girls participating in the Jr. NBA Europe and Middle East (EME) Elite Camp:


Last Name First Name Country
Košáková Eliška Czech Republic
Fischer Ella Julie Denmark
Matthews Tamzin England
Rugette Neve England
Gardziella Anna Frieda Finland
Badibanga Elikya France
Foirest Louane France
Tialadze Lizi Georgia
Heide Maja Germany
Schulze Lilli Germany
Foniadaki Efthymia Greece
Ophir Noam Israel
Zilbershlag Maya Israel
Baldassarre Francesca Italy
Hassan Isabel Mohamud Mohamed Italy
Haziri Malvina Kosovo
Miscenko Sindija Latvia
Mansour Jane Lebanon
Mockevičiūtė Justė Lithuania
Makuła Marta Poland
Pop Silvia Maria Romania
Gamal Fleur Scotland
Radjenovic Kristina Serbia
Mrak Eli Slovenia
Lostal Moron Claudia Spain
Nieto Morales Laia Spain
Toribio Ada Spain
Mingert Elsa Sweden
Awad Thea UAE


Last Name First Name Country
Stampalija Toni Croatia
Broda Jan Czech Republic
Noorgard Noah Martin Denmark
Ziegler Mads Nikolai Denmark
Rugette Tejan England
Towo-Nansi Aaron France
Tatanashvili Saba Georgia
Scheffs Jervis Germany
Tsipourlianos Georgios Greece
Saghy Tamas Hungary
Hitkes Noam Israel
Shmuel Aronov Aviv Israel
Pavese Riccardo Italy
Kastrati Yll Kosovo
Kudrjavcevs Raivo Latvia
Nebhan Moujaes Kyle Lebanon
Pakamanis Ernas Lithuania
Štombergas Ignas Lithuania
Sitkiewicz Karol Poland
Radu Andrei Cepoi Romania
Henderson James Andrew Scotland
Kovač Vukašin Serbia
Marjanovic Stefan Serbia
Malovcic Tin Slovenia
Doucoure Mahamadou Spain
Maker Bol Paul Ater Spain
Torrens Pau Spain
Zurita Rueda Marcos Spain
Abou Jaoude Patrick Samer UAE
Albora Ali UAE
Balde Isaias Wales

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Melbourne Victory vs Western United prediction, preview, team news and more | A-League 2021-22



The A-League returns to the fold with its second leg of semi-final matches this weekend as Western United take on Melbourne Victory on Saturday. Melbourne Victory managed a narrow victory in the first leg and will want to finish the job this week.

Western United managed a third-placed finish in the A-League standings and have stepped up to the plate this season. The away side has suffered a slump in recent weeks and will need to bounce back this weekend.

Melbourne Victory, on the other hand, are in second place in the league table and have improved after a recent poor run. The hosts have endured a few defensive issues in recent weeks and will need to present a robust front in this fixture.

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Melbourne Victory vs Western United Head-to-Head

Western United and Melbourne Victory are on an even footing as far as the head-to-head record is concerned and have won four games apiece out of a total of 10 matches played between the two sides.

The previous meeting between the two teams took place in the first leg and ended in a 1-0 victory for Melbourne Victory. Western United were wasteful on the day and will need to be more clinical this weekend.

Melbourne Victory form guide in the A-League: W-W-W-D-W

Western United form guide in the A-League: L-L-D-L-W

Melbourne Victory vs Western United Team News

Melbourne Victory have a few injury concerns
Melbourne Victory have a few injury concerns

Melbourne Victory

Robbie Kruse is injured at the moment and has been ruled out for the remainder of the season. Matt Action and Matt Spiranovic have completed their recoveries and will be included in the squad.

Injured: Robbie Kruse

Doubtful: None

Suspended: None

Western United have a point to prove
Western United have a point to prove

Western United

Nikolai Topor-Stanley and Alessandro Diamanti are injured and will not be included in the squad for this week’s match. Josh Risdon has recovered from his injury and will be available for selection.

Injured: Nikolai Topor-Stanley, Alessandro Diamanti

Doubtful: None

Suspended: None

Melbourne Victory vs Western United Predicted XI

Melbourne Victory Predicted XI (4-2-3-1): Ivan Kelava; Jason Davidson, Brendan Hamill, Matthew Spiranovic, Jason Geria; Joshua Brilliante, Jay Barnett; Ben Folami, Jake Brimmer, Marco Rojas; Nicholas D’Agostino

Western United Predicted XI (4-2-3-1): Jamie Young; Ben Garuccio, Leo Lacroix, Josh Risdon, Tomoki Imai; Steven Lustica, Rene Krhin; Dylan Wenzel-Halls, Adisu Bayew, Lachlan Wales; Aleksandar Prijovic

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Melbourne Victory vs Western United Prediction

Melbourne Victory have been in impressive form since the turn of the year and are unbeaten in their last seven league games. The hosts have a marginal deficit on aggregate and will need to be on guard against an upset.

Western United have struggled this month and have a few issues to solve ahead of this match. Melbourne Victory are in better form, however, and should be able to win this game.

Prediction: Melbourne Victory 2-1 Western United

Edited by Aditya Hosangadi

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AFL Friday Footy Fix: The Blues are the AFL’s clutchest team… but it can’t last



We’re only at round ten, and already half of Carlton’s wins in this remarkable 2022 season have followed near-identical patterns.

Utter domination in the first half, set up by a complete dismantling of their opposition at the coal face, plenty of ball for their star midfielders, and a plethora of supply for their talls in attack.

Then, as if like clockwork. They stop. Their opponents get a run on, first one, then two, then five or six goals, and suddenly the deficit is whittled down to its foundations.

But come what may, whether their lead got to 50 points or 30, the Blues find a way to hold on at the death. It’s rarely simple, it’s rarely without panic, but a series of crunching, inspirational tackles, or monster contested marks, are always on hand to save the day.

So it was against Sydney, almost to the letter. This time, the lead was 38 points at half time, courtesy of a magnificent nine-goal second quarter that had Blues fans partying like ’twas 1995. The comeback this time got it to eight points, before the Blues, led by their coolest heads and a young star in Zac Fisher beginning to go places, steadied to win by 15.

We’re told over and over again that close games are, in the long run, a lottery. But the Blues have already done it four times this season – five if you count their pre-season win over Melbourne. It’s almost spooky how similar the pattern has been against the Western Bulldogs, Hawthorn, Port Adelaide and now the Swans.

Have they found a way to crack the thriller code, or have they burnt up all their luck by the midpoint of the year?

One thing’s for certain – if the Blues can find a way to maintain their midfield dominance over the course of a full four quarters (heck, even three), there would be few sides in the competition that can match them. With the Swans having already shown a weakness at the coalface at stages in 2022, and persisting with clearance king Josh Kennedy finishing his glittering career on the wing, the first half at Marvel Stadium was a slaughterhouse.

Only the Blues’ inaccuracy, and the Swans’ ability to make the most out of the smallest scrap of a turnover, gave the visitors a one-point lead at quarter time. With Charlie Curnow looking imposing with two goals, and the Blues finishing with 37 more disposals and a whopping 19 more contested possessions for the term, anyone could see the Swans were merely holding back the tide.

But the dam wall burst after quarter time; what followed was one of the most dominant quarters of the year. This was Carlton at their most terrifying, the version of this building Blues outfit that can most definitely challenge even Melbourne and Brisbane for supremacy. Unstoppable in close – even with Jack Silvagni, Patrick Cripps and Matthew Kennedy doing their fair share of ruckwork against Swans duo Tom Hickey and Peter Ladhams – and with their forward line beautifully set up to give Curnow all the space he needed, it was a bloodbath.

Curnow, the match-winner with six goals (five from the first half), made a very good defender in Tom McCartin look like a clubbie. From giving away holding free kicks in blind panic, to dropping easy intercept marks, the younger of the McCartin brothers had his colours well lowered… and Charlie, a younger brother himself, wasn’t about to let him off the hook.

Virtually every time he went near the ball, he looked dangerous, putting concerns the extra pressure on his shoulders due to the absence of Harry McKay would affect his output to bed. Most encouragingly of all for Michael Voss, his goals came in a myriad of ways: booming kicks from well outside 50, free kicks from terrified defenders, marks on the lead, crumb work near the goalsquare… you name it, Curnow did it.

At his feet, Corey Durdin and Matthew Owies have seemingly benefitted from McKay’s absence, with fewer balls being clunked by the big-marking spearhead meaning more spillage for them to mop up. Three goals between them, plus one more for second-gamer Jesse Motlop, might not seem like a whole lot; but add in their relentless pressure, and impressive ability to occupy Swans defenders and leave room for Curnow to strut his stuff, and their impact goes beyond mere stats.

As good as Curnow was, though, he couldn’t have dominated thus without the Blues’ utter domination in the middle. It’s getting hard to remember that the Blues finished in the bottom four for both clearances and contested possessions last year under David Teague. With new cattle and a new set-up under Voss, the transformation in marked: they’re now sixth and third in those stats respectively, behind only Melbourne and Brisbane for contested ball.

Hewett, magnificent in tight with nine clearances and 17 contested possessions, has been a revelation – and as an aside, exactly the sort of player the Swans could really use at the coalface right about now – while a reborn Patrick Cripps, the hard-nosed Matt Kennedy and another recruit in Adam Cerra are all doing their bit too. It’s Cripps that gets most of the plaudits, but Hewett would have to be deep in consideration for an All Australian gig right about now.

Sam Walsh, too, has relished a more outside role than he had become accustomed too last year, with so many big bodies in tight. His run and carry was electric to repeatedly turn a handball chain for the Blues into something of great significance, while his ability to win his own ball remains strong. I’d have still given Hewett best-afield honours, but you can expect 34 disposals from Walsh to get him the three Brownlow Medal votes.

The Swans managed three goals from just five inside 50s for the term – they did well to get that many. A bright spot all night, Logan McDonald enjoyed the breakout game those in the know have foretold was coming. Marking beautifully on the lead and clever when the ball hit the ground, he had three by half time to help cover the hiding Jacob Weitering was giving Lance Franklin.

Charlie Curnow of the Blues celebrates a goal. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Photos via Getty Images)

But whether it’s fitness or the Swans finally working out how to curb their influence, or possibly both, the second half couldn’t have been more different. Led by Callum Mills and Luke Parker’s tireless efforts in close, the Swans turned the tide at the source – having been 88-59 down in the contested possession count at the break, the visitors shaded the stat from therein, 73-78.

The Blues weren’t helped by a five-day break following last week’s win over GWS… but then again, they’ve shown this year they don’t need much of an excuse to fade like Marty McFly’s siblings in that picture in Back to the Future.

The result? Funnily enough, with the Swans looking to kick at every feasible opportunity – they’d go 224-115 in the kick-handball ratio – more ball meant more forward forays, which made the Blues’ defence look, not for the first time this year, vulnerable.

With 34 extra marks for the second half, too, the Swans finally got their usual neat ball movement going, as the fatiguing Blues struggled to close space as they had early on.

Tom Papley burst into the game, shaking off some close attention from a number of Blues including Lachie Plowman. He’d benefit from some newfound dare: the loss of Josh Kennedy to a serious-looking hamstring injury opened the door for the younger, quicker and more incisive Braeden Campbell to show off his kicking skills with a number of penetrating passes off a wing. Another youngster in Errol Gulden, too, was superb, after being blanketed by the Blues and pressured whenever he got it in the first half.

Try as they might to steady the ship, the Blues’ attempts to shake off the Swans just ended with them sinking further and further into the quicksand. If they tried to slow the game down, the Swans would force a kick to a contest, duly win that contest, and put the defence under siege again. If they went down the middle and attacked, they’d hit trouble there, too: whether it was a brilliant run-down tackle from the lumbering Ladhams, or a horror kick after a 50m penalty from Durdin that the running Justin McInerney picked off, surged forward and found Papley for the first goal of the last term, breaking a 12-minute stalemate.

By midway through the final quarter, the Swans had 21 of the last 26 inside 50s, and were just eight points down. All the momentum was with the visitors, while the Blues were seemingly hanging on for grim death. Only Weitering, with a pair of superb intercept marks, and some misses from a hitherto deadly accurate Swans, was keeping them in front.

So what happened? The same thing that always does for the Blues. A towering mark here from Tom De Koning, who took four of them in a wonderful final term; a crunching tackle there from Hewett, reasserting himself on his old side after a quiet third term.

And after some close misses, the killer blow arrived via Zac Fisher, whose run and zip all across the ground had been notable throughout. He deserved to finish off the Swans at last.

Winning close games doesn’t normally last in footy – think of Port Adelaide, who went from 5-0 in games decided by under three goals in 2020 to losing the preliminary final that year to Richmond by six points, to going 5-0 again in 2021, to 1-3 this year. All logic says this Blues run of good fortune – and yes, they could easily have lost any one of these four wins – can’t last too much longer.

But who cares? Certainly not Blues fans – their team is now 8-2, virtually assured of finals, and one statement win over a Brisbane or Melbourne away from being seen as a legitimate premiership fancy.

And as their blistering second term proved once again, their best is more than good enough to threaten anyone going around.

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Hidilyn Diaz happy with her performance, says it’s first step to Paris



Philippines’ Hidilyn Diaz competes in the women’s 55kg weightlifting event during the 31st Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) in Hanoi on May 20, 2022. (Photo by Tang Chhin Sothy and TANG CHHIN SOTHY / AFP)

HANOI—Make no doubt about it, Hidilyn Diaz is tracing her steps back to the Olympics. Never mind the underwhelming performance with which she secured her second Southeast Asian Games gold medal on Friday here.

The country’s first and only Olympic champion admitted her showing “wasn’t good,” but she’s happy with it. After all it was just the first step on her way back to the pinnacle of sporting glory.

“For me it’s okay. I’m happy to be back. I’m happy to be back again and train, and you know to be in competition again,” said Diaz moments after handing Team Philippines the gold in the women’s weightlifting 55-kilogram against a Thai opponent who tried to spoil it all for her.

Rio de Janeiro Olympiad 48kg champion Sanikun Tanasan was flinging the barbell high up in snatch where she led Diaz, 93-92, in a showdown of Olympic queens.

Diaz first surpassed the SEA Games snatch record of 91kg by one kilo. But Tanasan, going up from her weight class just to give Diaz a run for her money, lifted 93kg to reset it again.

Diaz tried 94kg but failed. Around this time, the overflow crowd at Hanoi Sports Palace were getting jittery.

Not Diaz, though.

“I was really confident because we’ve been studying my opponent so we know she’s strong in snatch but in clean and jerk, no,” she said.

Her support squad, known as Team HD, proved correct in its projection as Tanasan opted to start in clean and clear at 104kg, way below Diaz’s 114kg. The Thai managed to lift until 110kg but could not make up the three-kilogram difference and settled for silver.

Samahang Weightlifting ng Pilipinas president Monico Puentevella said that though they have lined up young lifters for the future, the 31-year-old Diaz “will remain the Philippine weightlifting’s heart and soul.”

“Of course I don’t want to downplay the competition, I always want to do my best, she’s an Olympic (gold) medalist, we just have to strategize everything,” said Diaz. She even took a shot at a Games’ record of 121kg but didn’t make it.

Diaz completed the golden run with lifts of 92kg in snatch, 114kg in snatch and jerk for her 206 total, besting Tanasan (93kg-110kg-203kg) and Malaysian Natasya Beteyob (84kg-104kg-188kg).

“I’m happy even if I lost in snatch and happy that I am here again,” said Diaz, who bared she battled with COVID-19 last January. “I’m thankful that I recovered and I was able to do my best, even though the total was not good, my performance was but I’m happy (with it).”

Just like every athlete eyeing the 2024 Summer Games, Diaz said the SEA Games was “part of my journey to Paris. I want to win the gold medal again in Paris.”
And she’s well on her way to that goal.


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