Zidane comparisons make Parker blush

The San Antonio Spurs point guard was named the tournament’s MVP after France claimed their first ever EuroBasket title with an 80-66 thrashing of Lithuania in Sunday’s final. Parker averaged 19 points per game in Slovenia and his efforts have drawn comparisons to those of Zidane. Zidane helped France win the 1998 FIFA World Cup

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France end Spain’s reign to reach EuroBasket final

Led by NBA star Tony Parker, who scored 32-points, France overcame a 14-point half-time deficit to fight back and clinch a memorable win over the two-time defending champions in Ljubljana on Friday. After both sides missed late chances to clinch victory in regulation time, Parker and Antoine Diot scored France’s last eight points from the

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Spain’s three-peat faces France challenge

The Spaniards barely got out of third gear in the two group stages of the 2013 event, but began to show some of their best form in the quarter-finals in Slovenia with a 90-60 thrashing of Serbia. Point guard Sergio Rodriguez and forward Rudy Fernandez led the way against the Serbs with 22 and 19

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Croatia break through into EuroBasket final four

Krunoslav Simon scored 23 points for Croatia as they burst away from Ukraine in the second quarter to lead by 16 at the main break, which set up the Croatians’ 12-point victory in Ljubljana on Thursday. Simon scored five points, including one of his five three-pointers for the match, as Croatia went on a 26-7

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Three-point specialist Gladyr stands in Croatia’s way

Ukraine are Croatia’s opponents in the final eight as the two Eastern European nations aim for a berth in the final four versus either Lithuania or Italy. While Croatia have prolific shooting guard Bojan Bogdanovic at their disposal, they will have to be wary of Ukraine’s Sergii Gladyr on Thursday. Gladyr has hit 19 three-pointers

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Spain, France set for semi-final showdown

The match – set to take place on Friday – will be a repeat of the 2011 final, which saw Spain come out on top with a 98-85 victory. Spain – who are looking for a third consecutive title – stormed through their quarter-final with a 90-60 rout of Serbia on Wednesday. The majority of

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Title the aim for France ahead of quarter-finals

Parker has won three NBA titles with the San Antonio Spurs, while he has also earned a bronze and silver medal with France at previous EuroBasket tournaments. France finished second at the 2011 EuroBasket, losing the final 98-85 to Spain, and Parker wants to go one better this year to add to his already bulging

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Croatia eliminate Greece, Italy stun Spain

The Croatians had already sealed a place in the quarter-finals but the Greeks had it all to play for with a win possibly sneaking them into the last eight. It was a good start by Greece as they took a one-point lead at the first break before Croatia got their noses in front by two

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Spain, Greece fight for last-eight berth

Each of Croatia, Slovenia and Italy have secured their knockout-stage place, with Spain needing to ensure they either beat the Italians or Greece lose to Croatia to progress. The Greeks require a Spain loss and also must take out the first-placed Croats to edge their way into the next round. Greece have won one and

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Serbia overcome France, Latvia miss out

Both sides had already secured their progression to the quarter-finals of the competition, but had every intention of stamping their mark ahead of the next stage. But it was Serbia who took control despite a hard-fought third quarter that left them with just a seven-point advantage going into the fourth, seeing the pressure heaped upon

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