Navarro, NBA stars help Spain defeat France, win EuroBasket title

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Juan Carlos Navarro stole the spotlight from what was supposed to be a big matchup between Pau Gasol and Tony Parker, leading Spain to its second successive European basketball championship.
Navarro scored 27 points to lead Spain to a 98-85 victory against France in the final on Sunday.
"This is a historic team," said Navarro, who is known in his homeland as "La Bomba" for his scoring ability. "We'll see what are the limits of this selection [of players]."
Gasol chipped in with a double-double, adding 17 points and 10 rebounds for Spain, which became the first repeat champion since
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FIBA Europe officials learning plenty from Nunn

 

Srdan Dozai worked as a traffic engineer at the international Zagreb Airport in the nearby suburb of Pleso, Croatia before trying his hand at becoming a part time basketball referee.
Since then, Dozai grew into a FIBA official in 1993, called over 2,500 men's and women's basketball games, more than 500 international contests from EuroLeague and EuroLeague Final Four games.
Today he is considered one of the Croatian Federation's top game officials.
Picture Dick Bavetta, but 29 years younger.
For the past two weeks in Lithuania, Dozai and various international officials from 51 FIBA Europe countries have received detailed training
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Senators pin hopes on Swedish movement

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In a room with 26 of the NHL's top future stars, David Rundblad may not immediately stand out as one of the big names to watch in the coming season.
But there's a growing buzz around the Ottawa Senators prospect, and it has him pegged as one of the most likely rookies to make an impact this season after he almost broke the Swedish league record for points by a defenceman with 50 in 55 games last year.
That career year is how, two years after falling to 17th in the draft and one year after the St. Louis Blues
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NFL: Jets own New York rivalry with 17-3 win over Giants

 

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East Rutherford - The Jets and Giants are in the same market and have been going at it for years, but the addition of Rex Ryan has made it a bit more interesting to watch. Well that, and the fact that the Jets have been more successful of late.
The New York Jets and New York Giants squared off for a Week 3 showdown that pushed back due to Hurricane Irene. The Jets have been impressive of late when it comes to who owns New York. Then things got a little choppier when freshly released from prison Plaxico Burress
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NBA Finals 2011: LeBron James? Defense, Not Offense, Sparking Miami Heat

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For all of the criticisms that LeBron James had to deal with in his career about his shortcomings as a player, he’s really answered the bell with his incredible play in the postseason.
While his offensive outpouring has undoubtedly been impressive and is a obviously a major reason why the Heat are contending for a championship, his defensive prowess has not received proper attention.
Rather than sitting back and letting his teammates handle the work on that end of the court, LeBron has stepped up and shut down the opponent’s best player in every round.
When James guarded Derrick Rose
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Michigan's Darius Morris to remain in NBA draft

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Michigan point guard Darius Morris will remain in the NBA draft, U-M announced Wednesday.
The deadline to withdraw without hiring an agent is Sunday, but Morris made his intentions clear today.
"There have been long discussions with my family, friends and my Michigan coaches," Morris said in a statement. "After gathering all the information possible, I have decided to stay in the NBA draft and pursue my dream of playing professional basketball.
"This was a difficult decision; however, in the end I decided to go with my heart. Playing professional basketball has always been a dream for me. I feel
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Denver Nuggets over Oklahoma City Thunder: NBA Free Pick

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Oklahoma City enters Game 5 with a second chance to win an NBA playoff series for the first time since the franchise moved. The Oklahoma City Thunder were denied the series win in Game 4, when the Nuggets won 104-101 to stay alive.
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Despite shooting only 38.6 percent from the field, the Denver Nuggets were able to stave off elimination in Game 4 thanks to committing just eight turnovers. Ty Lawson led Denver with 27 points to record his second 20-point game of the postseason. Danilo Gallinari added 18 for Denver, which shot much better from behind the
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2011 NFL Mock Draft: Dallas Cowboys Bolster Pass Protection with Tyron Smith

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I know what you're thinking. This makes no sense, right? The Cowboys have never taken an offensive lineman in round 1 under Jerry Jones. They do have other needs (like that terrible secondary), so why break with tradition? 
 
 
Because all stupid things must come to an end, and if Jones wants to win a ring, he has to keep Tony Romo from getting annihilated. Smith is still a bit of a project, but he can contribute now and represents a massive upgrade over anyone the Cowboys currently have on their offensive line. He's got great speed for an offensive tackle
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David Stern envisions NFL-style replay

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After the first weekend of the playoffs included several officiating issues, NBA commissioner David Stern said he envisions the league going to an NFL-style replay system to reduce controversies in the future.
With several long-term issues more pressing -- including new collective bargaining agreements with both the players and the referees unions -- Stern doesn't think replay expansion will be in place by next season. But Stern thinks the technology, and perhaps even the challenge flags, are coming.
"Eventually we have to get to something where you may have someone sitting at the desk," Stern said before the Miami Heat
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NFL: Judge puts talks on hiatus until mid-May

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After four long and intense mediation sessions between the NFL and its locked-out players, the judge decided to give both parties an extended break.
By the time they reconvene in mid-May, the landscape of their discussions could be completely different.
Executive vice president Jeff Pash, the NFL's lead negotiator, said Wednesday that U.S. Judge Magistrate Arthur Boylan told both sides they likely would not convene again until May 16 because he has a few other matters on his judicial calendar.
In the interim, U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson is expected to decide well before then on the players' request
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