Thursday, Oct 18th

LATEST:
You are here: Sports International Sports France and Spain set up European semi-final clash

Best_of_2015_587x57_Results

France and Spain set up European semi-final clash

BASKETBALLLILLE, France-- Holders France and fellow heavyweights Spain will locks horns in the European basketball championship semi-finals after beating their last-eight rivals in contrasting fashion on Tuesday.
  Framnce, roared on by a passionate home crowd in Lille's soccer stadium adapted for the 24-nation tournament, thumped Latvia 84-70 after an inspired performance from their San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker.
  The Spaniards edged Greece 73-71 with Chicago Bulls centre Pau Gasol again being the battering ram for the 2009 and 2011 champions with 27 points and nine rebounds.
  The winner of the mouthwatering semi-final on Thursday will secure a berth at the next Olympics.
  The top two qualify automatically for the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro while the next five enter three intercontinental qualifying tournaments for an extra three spots.
  Unheralded Latvia held their own until the closing stages of the first half, when France's quadruple NBA champion Parker showed his class by scoring nine points in a row.
  Taunting his markers with dazzling ball control, he poured in four successive jump-shots to wipe out Latvia's slender lead.
  France never looked back after the break and pulled away midway through the third quarter as Parker racked up 18 points and six assists.
  "The way Latvia play with lots of moving caught us off balance, but we tried to switch and it worked for us," France forward Boris Diaw told the official tournament website (www.eurobasket2015.org).
  Gasol continued to pull the brunt of the weight for the Spaniards after he scored 30 points in the round of 16 elimination of Poland.
  The former double NBA champion with the Los Angeles Lakers kept Spain afloat throughout three patchy quarters before their ironclad defence forced the final twist in the last 10 minutes.
  A lone pillar in the paint, after his brother Marc and towering Spurs forward Serge Ibaka pulled out of the tournament, Gasol dominated at both ends.
  Blocking his rivals in defence, the 35-year old from Barcelona often beat two markers at a time in attack to paper over long spells of poor lone-range shooting by his team mates.
  With influential guards Jose Calderon and Juan Carlos Navarro also absent, Spain coach Sergio Scariolo praised his team for overcoming the setbacks.
  "With so many of our great players out, reaching the semi-finals is a great, great accomplishment," said Scariolo.
  On Wednesday, unbeaten Serbia take on the Czech Republic and Lithuania play Italy in the other two quarter-finals.

Image
St. Maarten midday Weather Forecast for Saturday
Saturday, 17 October 2015
DATE ISSUED: Saturday, October 17, 2015 @ 12:00 LST (16:00 UTC) VALID UNTIL: Sunday midday (12:00... Read more...
Image
SHTA poll: Businesses want anti-ship-jumping legislation
Saturday, 17 October 2015
Click here for SHTA graph pdf PHILIPSBURG--The St. Maarten Hospitality and Trade Association... Read more...
Image
Dominica’s tourism sector ready to welcome visitors after TS Erika
Friday, 16 October 2015
ROSEAU, Dominica--“Dominica is open for business and ready to welcome visitors to its shores.”... Read more...
Image
Reparations Committee: Withdraw Queens’ names from Suriname’s highest mountains
Thursday, 15 October 2015
PARAMARIBO--Suriname’s National Reparations Committee NRCS has filed a request with President... Read more...
Image
Ex-US House Speaker Hastert to plead guilty in hush-money case
Friday, 16 October 2015
CHICAGO--Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert is expected to plead guilty in a hush-money case... Read more...
Image
Hillary Clinton to 'look hard' at Julian Castro as possible VP pick
Friday, 16 October 2015
WASHINGTON--Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton won the backing of Housing and Urban... Read more...
Image
Half a million Yemen children face severe malnutrition
Friday, 16 October 2015
GENEVA--More than half a million children in Yemen face life-threatening malnutrition as a risk of... Read more...
Image
Modi to open 70-year-old files in challenge to Gandhi dynasty
Friday, 16 October 2015
NEW DELHI--Prime Minister Narendra Modi says he will seek to unravel one of India's most enduring... Read more...
Image
Cuba in cash crunch due to low commodity prices, Venezuela woes
Friday, 16 October 2015
HAVANA--Low commodity prices, a drought at home and Venezuela's economic crisis have created a cash... Read more...
Image
Apple's newest courtroom foe is patent-savvy university
Friday, 16 October 2015
NEW YORK--As a veteran of the global smart phone wars, Apple is used to courtroom battles with... Read more...
Image
Focus needs to be on fighting crime & helping unemployed
Friday, 16 October 2015
Dear Editor, With all of the political situation on the island, we can't lose focus on some of the... Read more...
Image
Had enough
Friday, 16 October 2015
Dear Queenie, My brother died years ago but his widow stayed close to our family. Eventually she... Read more...
Image
RBC St. Maarten Little League School Tournament
Saturday, 17 October 2015
Sister Marie Laurence defeated Leonald Conner in the RBC St. Maarten Little League School... Read more...
Image
Nadal trounces Wawrinka, Djokovic tames Tomic
Friday, 16 October 2015
CHINA-- Former world number one Rafa Nadal displayed more signs of a return to top form with a... Read more...
Image
Junk shop photo spurs quest to confirm Billy the Kid image
Friday, 16 October 2015
DENVER--For the $2 he spent to buy three old photographs, Randy Guijarro may have hit the mother... Read more...
Image
Few signs of improvement for NBA star Odom after collapse
Friday, 16 October 2015
LAS VEGAS--Pro basketball and reality TV star Lamar Odom spent a third day hospitalized on... Read more...
Image
Bruney cruises into retirement
Friday, 16 October 2015
~ After three decade in cruise industry ~   By Alita Singh   Frank Bruney has seen tiny... Read more...
Image
ALL HANDS ON DECK, WE MADE IT!
Friday, 16 October 2015
~ Fair Transport Sailing Vessel Nordlys is launched ~   St. Maarten has been graced by the... Read more...
Editorial - Anybody’s guess
Saturday, 17 October 2015
Governor Eugene Holiday has decided to seek legal clarity on the current constitutional impasse.... Read more...
Editorial - Time is up
Friday, 16 October 2015
With so much ongoing constitutional turmoil, the fact that more than 100 people attended the... Read more...
Image
Saturday Oct. 17, 2015
Friday, 16 October 2015
Image
Friday Oct. 16, 2015
Friday, 16 October 2015
Notices October 16
Friday, 16 October 2015
General Meeting St. Maarten Professional Softball Association (SMPSA) general meeting for the... Read more...
Notices October 15
Thursday, 15 October 2015
General Meeting S.M.P.S.A. general meeting for the softball season 2016 will be held at Sundial... Read more...