Basketball at the 1996 Summer Olympics – Men's tournament
The men's tournament of basketball at the 1996 Olympics at Atlanta, United States began on July 20 and ended on August 4, when the United States defeated Yugoslavia 95–69 for the gold medal. Angola Argentina Australia Brazil China Croatia Greece Lithuania Puerto Rico South Korea United States Yugoslavia Twelve teams are split into 2 preliminary round groups of 6 teams each; the top 4 teams from each group qualify for the knockout stage. Fifth and sixth-placed teams from each group are ranked 9th–12th in two additional matches. In the quarterfinals, the matchups are as follows: A1 vs. B4, A2 vs. B3, A3 vs. B2 and A4 vs. B1; the eliminated teams at the quarterfinals are ranked 5th–8th in two additional matches. The winning teams from the quarterfinals meet in the semifinals as follows: A3/B2 vs. A1/B4 and A2/B3 vs. A4/B1; the winning teams from the semifinals dispute the gold medal. The losing teams dispute the bronze. Ties are broken via the following the criteria, with the first option used first, all the way down to the last option: Head to head results Goal average between the tied teams Goal average of the tied teams for all teams in its group All times are local Women's Tournament 1996 Olympic Games: Tournament for Men, FIBA Archive.
Accessed December 22, 2016. Basketball at the 1996 Summer Olympics – Men's basketball at Sports Reference
Lithuanian Soviet Socialist Republic
The Lithuanian Soviet Socialist Republic known as Soviet Lithuania or Lithuania, was one of the constituent republics of the USSR between 1940–1941 and 1944–1990, formed on the basis of the Soviet occupation rule. After 1946, its territory and borders mirrored those of today's Republic of Lithuania. During World War II, it was established on 21 July 1940 as a puppet state in the territory of the independent Republic of Lithuania, it had been occupied by the Soviet army on 16 June 1940, in conformity with the terms of the 23 August 1939 Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact. Between 1941 and 1944, the German invasion of the Soviet Union caused its de facto dissolution. However, with the retreat of the Germans in 1944–1945, Soviet hegemony was re-established and continued for fifty years; as a result, many western countries continued to recognize Lithuania as an independent, sovereign de jure state subject to international law, represented by the legations appointed by the pre-1940 Baltic states, which functioned in various places through the Lithuanian Diplomatic Service.
On 18 May 1989, the Lithuanian SSR declared itself to be a sovereign state, though still part of the USSR. On 11 March 1990, the Republic of Lithuania was re-established as an independent state. Considered illegal by the Soviet authorities, the country was recognized by Western powers prior to the breakup of the Soviet Union; the Soviet Union itself recognized Lithuanian independence on 6 September 1991. On 23 August 1939, Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union signed the Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact, which contained agreements on dividing Europe into spheres of influence. After falling into Germany's sphere of influence, when on 28 September 1939 the USSR and Germany signed the Frontier Treaty and its secret protocol, Lithuania was put into the USSR's sphere of influence in exchange for Poland, occupied; the next day, the USSR offered Lithuania an agreement on the deployment of military bases in its territory. During the negotiations, the Lithuanian delegation was frankly told about the division of the spheres of influence.
The Soviets threatened that if Lithuania refused to host the bases, Vilnius could be annexed to Belarus. It was on these conditions that a Lithuania–USSR agreement on mutual assistance was signed in Moscow on 10 October 1939, opening a door for Soviet regiments to Lithuania. A total of 18,786 Red Army troops were deployed at strategically important locations within the country: Alytus, Gaižiūnai, Naujoji Vilnia; this move ended Lithuanian neutrality and brought it directly under Soviet influence. When Germany launched its military campaign in Western Europe in May 1940, the USSR invaded the Baltic states. On 14 June 1940, an ultimatum was served to Lithuania on the alleged grounds of abduction of Red Army troops; the ultimatum said Lithuania should remove officials that the USSR found unsuitable, replace the government, allow an unlimited number of Red Army troops to enter the country. The acceptance of the ultimatum would have meant the loss of the statehood, but Soviet foreign minister Vyacheslav Molotov declared to diplomat Juozas Urbšys that, whatever the reply may be, "the troops will enter Lithuania tomorrow nonetheless".
The ultimatum was a violation of every prior agreement between Lithuania and the USSR and of the international law governing the relations of sovereign states. The last session of the government of the Republic of Lithuania was called to discuss the ultimatum, with most of the members in favour of accepting it. On 15 June, President Smetona left Lithuania for the West, having expected to return when the geopolitical situation changed, leaving Prime Minister Antanas Merkys in his stead. Meanwhile, the 8th and 11th armies of the USSR crossed the borders of the Republic of Lithuania. Flying squads took over the airports of Kaunas, Radviliškis, Šiauliai. Regiments of the Red Army put a stop to possible resistance, disarmed the Lithuanian military, took over its assets, supported local communists. Under pressure from Moscow, on 17 June 1940, Merkys appointed Justas Paleckis Prime Minister and resigned soon after. Paleckis assumed presidential duties, Vincas Krėvė was appointed Prime Minister; the Communist Party was legalized again and began publication of its papers and staging meetings to support the new government.
At the same time, the opposition, its newspapers, organizations were outlawed, ties abroad cut. On July 14–15, elections to the People's Parliament took place; the only contender was the Union of Working People of Lithuania, founded by far-left radicals and their supporters. Citizens were mandated to attend the elections, the results of the elections were falsified. At its first meeting on 21 July, the new Parliament declared that Lithuania had expressed its will to become part of the USSR. Resolutions to effectuate the country's sovietisation were made the same day. On 3 August, a Lithuanian delegation of prominent public figures was dispatched to Moscow to sign the document of Lithuania's accession to the USSR. After the signing, Lithuania was annexed to the USSR. On 25 August 1940, an extraordinary session of the People's Parliament ratified the Constitution of the LSSR. Upon recapturing Lithuania's territory from the retreating Germans in 1944, the Red Army began committing war crimes
PBC CSKA Moscow
PBC CSKA Moscow is a Russian professional basketball team based in Moscow, Russia. The club is a member of the EuroLeague. CSKA won two titles between 2006 and 2008, in Europe's principal club competition, the EuroLeague, making the final in all four seasons, has advanced to the EuroLeague Final Four 16 times in the 21st century. CSKA is dominating in winning all but one titles up-to-date. With 7 EuroLeague championships, one NEBL championship, 49 home league championships, 7 home cups and 9 VTB United League titles in total, CSKA is the most successful basketball team in Russia, is one of the most successful basketball teams in Europe. In Euroleague in 2006 CSKA won its first title in a long time, defeating Maccabi 73-69 in the final in Prague. Next year the team lost in the 2007 final 93–91 to Panathinaikos on the Greens' home floor, the Nikos Galis Olympic Indoor Hall in Athens. In 2008, they won a rematch of the 2006 final against Maccabi 91–77 in Madrid. In 2009, they lost a rematch of the 2007 final against Panathinaikos 73–71 in Berlin.
The club competed in 8 consecutive EuroLeague Final Fours from 2003 to 2010, an all-time record. CSKA won its last up-to-date title in 2016, after beating Fenerbahçe in the final, by a score of 101–96, in overtime. Well-known players that have played for the club over the years include: Sergei Belov, Gennadi Volnov, Viktor Zubkov, Yuri Korneev, Vladimir Andreev, Anatoly Myshkin, Stanislav Yeryomin, Ivan Edeshko, Alzhan Zharmukhamedov, Sergei Tarakanov, Rimas Kurtinaitis, Vladimir Tkachenko, Sergei Bazarevich, Sasha Volkov, Andrei Kirilenko, Trajan Langdon, Darius Songaila, Gordan Giriček, Dragan Tarlać, Marcus Brown, Ramūnas Šiškauskas, Theo Papaloukas, Nenad Krstić, Miloš Teodosić, J R Holden and Nando de Colo. Alexander Gomelsky, the legendary basketball coach, worked in CSKA for nearly 20 years, turning it into a powerhouse. Nowadays, CSKA has the reputation for being one of the richest sports clubs in Europe, having been owned by Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov, being owned by Norilsk Nickel.
CSKA was founded on 29 April 1923 known as OPPV, when on that day soldiers and sportsmen fought in football against each other for the first place of Moscow. "OPPV", which means Опытно-показательная военно-спортивная площадка всевобуча, a department in the General military education service, was the first central sports department of the Red Army. It was based on the pre-revolutionary "Community of Amateur Skiers"; the first success of the basketball department came at the 1924 Soviet League championship, played between cities, not clubs. Two more titles followed in 1928 and 1935. In 1938, the Soviet League championship was played between clubs, CSKA under the name CDKA debuted there. Stalin's son, Vasily founded the club VVS MVO, with CDKA merging with it. By the end of the Great Patriotic War, CSKA established itself as one of the most respected Soviet basketball teams. In 1953 and 1954, the club was renamed CDSA, between 1955–60, it was known as CSK MO, in 1960, it received its current name CSKA.
CSKA won the FIBA European Champions Cup title, in 1961, 1963, 1969, 1971. They won the Soviet League championship 24 times. CSKA won the Russian League title, every year from 1992, through 2000, every year from 2003 to 2008. CSKA made the 1996 EuroLeague Final Four, they made the 2001 SuproLeague Final Four, the 2003 EuroLeague Final Four, the 2004 EuroLeague Final Four, the 2005 EuroLeague Final Four, before winning the EuroLeague championship at the 2006 EuroLeague Final Four. In the 2004–05 season, the team became the first in the history of the EuroLeague to go through the regular-season phase undefeated, during the 2004–05 EuroLeague season, before the 2005 EuroLeague Final Four, it had only lost to one team: FC Barcelona. Though CSKA lost in the semifinals on their home court to Spanish League club TAU Cerámica, to Panathinaikos, of the Greek League, in the third-place game; that sent them to the 2nd grade teams in the EuroLeague draw, although they finished the league with the best record.
That same year they lost a game in the finals series of the Russian League, but they got the Russian League crown. In 2006, CSKA qualified by finishing third in their group, they finished at the top of their Top 16 group, being denied a perfect record at Tau, in their final game. CSKA entered the 2006 EuroLeague Final Four on a roll, as the only club to sweep their best-of-three quarterfinal series, by defeating Turkish Super League power Efes Pilsen, they defeated Barça in the EuroLeague semis, before defeating the high-powered offense of Maccabi Tel Aviv, of the Israeli Super League, in the final, on April 30 though the overall record of Maccabi's games with CSKA Moscow favored the Israeli club. The following year, they nearly repeated as EuroLeague champions, but wound up facing Panathinaikos in the final, on the Greek team's home floor, OAKA Indoor Hall, designated more than a year earlier as the site for that year's Final Four. Panathinaikos won a fought battle. In 2008, their EuroLeague championship win at the 2008 EuroLeague Final Four, put them in sole possession of second place for overall top-tier level European-wide titles.
Only Real Madrid, with eight titles, had won more than CSKA's six titles
Élan Sportif Chalonnais known as Élan Chalon, is a French professional basketball club, based in Chalon-sur-Saône, France. The team's main colors are red and white, their mascot is a moose, they play their national domestic league games in the LNB Pro A league and internationally in the Basketball Champions League. The team's home arena is called Le Colisée. Founded in 1955, the club has traditionally be playing in the Pro A. In 2012, the club captured its first domestic championship by winning the Pro A Final over Le Mans. In 2017, Élan won its second domestic title; the club has been a regular in European competitions, as the team has been runners-up in three different FIBA competitions. The club was founded in 1955, after the merger of Association Sportive Chalonnaise and Élan de Saint-Jean des Vignes; the club merged with the football club Bourgneuf Val d'Or Mercurey of Bourgneuf Mercurey in 1970. The club reached full professional status in 1994. In the 2011–12 season, Chalon won the LNB Pro A title which meant they had won their first French championship.
Élan Chalon won the Final of the league 95–76 over Le Mans Sarthe Basket. Billy Ouattara and Clint Capela 24 points and 22 points, led the team to the win in the Final. In the 2012–13 season, Élan played its first Euroleague season in history: the club was eliminated after the regular seasons in which the club recorded 3 wins and 7 loses. In the 2016, Chalon reached the Final Four of the FIBA Europe Cup; the club hosted the Final Four at Le Colisée and ended on the third place after beating Russian side Enisey in the third-place game. The following 2016–17 season was another successful one for the club. Élan reached one further stage of the FIBA Europe Cup Final this time, by reaching the Final. In the double-legged Final, Chalon lost to other French side Nanterre 92. In the Pro, A the club captured its second national title after defeating SIG Strasbourg 3–2 in the Finals. Total titles: 5 French LeagueWinners: 2011–12, 2016–17French CupWinners: 2011, 2012Leaders CupWinners: 2012 Runners-up: 2011, 2016French Super CupRunners-up: 2011, 2012, 2017 FIBA Saporta CupRunners-up: 2000–01FIBA EuroChallengeRunners-up: 2011–12FIBA Europe CupRunners-up: 2016–17 3rd place: 2015–16 Philippe Hervé Gregor Beugnot Jean-Denys Choulet Official website Eurobasket.com Team Page
1988 Summer Olympics
The 1988 Summer Olympics known as the Games of the XXIV Olympiad, was an international multi-sport event celebrated from 17 September to 2 October 1988 in Seoul, South Korea. In the Seoul Games, 159 nations were represented by a total of 8,391 athletes: 6,197 men and 2,194 women. 237 events were held and 27,221 volunteers helped to prepare the Olympics. 11,331 media showed the Games all over the world. These were the last Olympic Games for the Soviet Union and East Germany, as both ceased to exist before the next Olympic Games; the Soviets utterly dominated the medal table, winning 132 total medals. No country came close to this result after 1988; the games were boycotted by its ally, Cuba. Ethiopia and the Seychelles did not respond to the invitations sent by the IOC. Nicaragua did not participate due to financial considerations; the participation of Madagascar had been expected, their team was expected at the opening ceremony of 160 nations. However, the country withdrew because of financial reasons.
Nonetheless, the much larger boycotts seen in the previous three Summer Olympics were avoided, resulting in the largest number of participating nations during the Cold War era. Seoul was chosen to host the Summer Games through a vote held on 30 September 1981, finishing ahead of the Japanese city of Nagoya. Below was the vote count that occurred at the 84th IOC Session and 11th Olympic Congress in Baden-Baden, West Germany. After the Olympics were awarded, Seoul received the opportunity to stage the 10th Asian Games in 1986, using them to test its preparation for the Olympics. In its final Olympics, the Soviet Union utterly dominated the medal table winning 55 gold and 132 total medals. No country came close to this result after 1988. Soviet Vladimir Artemov won four gold medals in gymnastics. Daniela Silivaş of Romania won three and equalled compatriot Nadia Comăneci's record of seven Perfect 10s in one Olympic Games. After having demolished the world record in the 100 m dash at the Olympic Trials in Indianapolis, U.
S. sprinter Florence Griffith Joyner set an Olympic record in the 100-metre dash and a still-standing world record in the 200-metre dash to capture gold medals in both events. To these medals, she added a gold in the 4×100 relay and a silver in the 4×400. Canadian Ben Johnson won the 100 m final with a new world record, but was disqualified after he tested positive for stanozolol. Johnson has since claimed. In the Women's Artistic Gymnastics Team All-Around Competition, the U. S. women's team was penalized with a deduction of five tenths of a point from their team score by the Fédération Internationale de Gymnastique after the compulsory round due to their Olympic team alternate Rhonda Faehn appearing on the podium for the uneven bars during the duration of Kelly Garrison-Steve's compulsory uneven bars routine, despite not competing, having been caught by the East German judge, Ellen Berger. The U. S. finished fourth after the completion of the optional rounds with a combined score of 390.575, three tenths of a point behind East Germany.
This still remains controversial in the sport of gymnastics, as the U. S. performed better than the East German team and they would have taken the bronze medal in the team competition had they not been penalized or had an inquiry accepted to receive the points back. Phoebe Mills won an individual bronze medal on the balance beam, shared with Romania's Gabriela Potorac, making history as the first medal won by a U. S. woman in artistic gymnastics at a attended games. The USSR won their final team gold medals in artistic gymnastics on both the men's and women's sides with scores of 593.350 and 395.475 respectively. The men's team was led by Vladimir Artemov. Lawrence Lemieux, a Canadian sailor in the Finn class, was in second place and poised to win a silver medal when he abandoned the race to save an injured competitor, he arrived in 21st place, but was recognized by the IOC with the Pierre de Coubertin medal honoring his bravery and sacrifice. U. S. diver Greg Louganis won back-to-back titles on both diving events despite hitting his head on the springboard in the third round and suffering a concussion.
Christa Luding-Rothenburger of East Germany became the first athlete to win Olympic medals at the Winter Olympics and Summer Olympics in the same year. She added a cycling silver to the speed skating gold she won earlier in the Winter Olympics of that year in Calgary. Anthony Nesty of Suriname won his country's first Olympic medal by winning the 100 m butterfly, scoring an upset victory over Matt Biondi by.01 of a second. Swimmer Kristin Otto of East Germany won six gold medals. Other multi-medalists in the pool were Janet Evans. Swedish fencer Kerstin Palm became the first woman to take part in seven Olympics. Swimmer Mel Stewart of the U. S. was the most anticipated to win the men's 200 m butterfly final but came in 5th. Mark Todd of New Zealand won his second consecutive individual gold medal in the three-day event in equestrian on Charisma, only the second time in eventing history that a gold medal has been won consecutively. Baseball and Taekwondo were demonstration sports; the opening ceremony featured a mass demonstration of taekwondo with hundreds of adults and children performing moves in unison.
This was the last time the U. S. was represented by a basketball tea
LSU-Atletas is a professional basketball club, based in Kaunas, the club is affiliated with the Lithuanian Sports University. The team plays in the Regional Basketball League, in the past Atletas participated in the LKL and the Baltic League, before dissolving in 2007 and becoming BC Aisčiai-Atletas. In 2009, the team merged with BC Kaunas Triobet and played with the names of Kaunas, Baltai and LSU-Baltai. In 2013 club was renamed again to LSU-Atletas, merged with the NKL champions of the same name. Atletas are multiple time LKL finalists, were once considered to be one of the strongest teams in Lithuania; the NBA center Žydrūnas Ilgauskas represented Atletas at the beginning of his career. Lithuanian basketball star Saulius Štombergas was a key player of the team back then. Donatas Motiejūnas played for Atletas during the beginning of his career. Lithuanian SSR ChampionshipWinners: 1968, 1982, 1983, 1989, 1990 Rimas Kurtinaitis Tomas Pačėsas Gvidonas Markevičius Darius Dimavičius Rytis Vaišvila Darius Sirtautas Saulius Štombergas Tomas Masiulis Virginijus Praškevičius Žydrūnas Ilgauskas Donatas Motiejūnas Artūras Milaknis Povilas Butkevičius Šarūnas Vasiliauskas Siim-Sander Vene Jonas Mačiulis Official Website Of BC
The 1985 FIBA European Championship called FIBA EuroBasket 1985, was the 24th FIBA EuroBasket regional basketball championship, held by FIBA Europe. It took place from 5 to 16 June 1985 in West Germany; the Soviet Union defeated Czechoslovakia in the final to win its fourteenth title. A total of twelve teams qualified for the tournament. To the top eight teams from the previous tournament, four more teams were granted berths via a qualifying tournament. Top eight teams from Eurobasket 1983: France Israel Italy Netherlands Soviet Union Spain West Germany Yugoslavia Top four teams from the qualifying stage: Bulgaria Czechoslovakia Romania Poland The teams were split in two groups of six teams each; the top four teams from each group advance to the quarterfinals. The winners in the knockout semifinals advance to the Final, the losers figure in a third-place playoff; the losers from the quarterfinals stage compete in a separate bracket to define places 5th through 8th in the final standings. The fifth and sixth teams from each group competed in another bracket to define places 9th through 12th in the final standings.
Times given below are in Central European Time. 1985 European Championship for Men, FIBA.com