Atlantic Coast Conference
The Atlantic Coast Conference is a collegiate athletic conference in the United States of America in which its fifteen member universities compete in the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division I, with its football teams competing in the Football Bowl Subdivision, the highest levels for athletic competition in US-based collegiate sports. The ACC sponsors competition in twenty-five sports with many of its member institutions' athletic programs held in high regard nationally. Current members of the conference are Boston College, Clemson University, Duke University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Florida State University, North Carolina State University, Syracuse University, the University of Louisville, the University of Miami, the University of North Carolina, the University of Notre Dame, the University of Pittsburgh, the University of Virginia, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Wake Forest University. ACC teams and athletes have claimed dozens of national championships in multiple sports throughout the conference's history.
The ACC's top athletes and teams in any particular sport in a given year are considered to be among the top collegiate competitors in the nation. The conference enjoys extensive media coverage; the ACC was one of the five collegiate power conferences, which had automatic qualifying for their football champion into the Bowl Championship Series. With the advent of the College Football Playoff in 2014, the ACC is one of five conferences with a contractual tie-in to a New Year's Six bowl game, the successors to the BCS; the ACC was founded on May 8, 1953 by seven universities located in the South Atlantic States, with the University of Virginia joining in early December 1953 to bring the membership to eight. The loss of South Carolina in 1971 dropped membership to seven, while the addition of Georgia Tech in 1979 for non-football sports and 1983 for football brought it back to eight, Florida State's arrival in 1991 for non-football sports and 1992 for football increased the membership to nine. Since 2000, with the widespread reorganization of the NCAA, seven additional schools have joined, one original member has left to bring it to the current membership of 15 schools.
The additions in recent years extended the conference's footprint into the Midwest. ACC member universities represent a range of well-regarded private and public universities of various enrollment sizes, all of which participate in the Atlantic Coast Conference Academic Consortium whose purpose is to "enrich the educational missions the undergraduate student experiences, of member universities"; the ACC has 15 member institutions located within the borders of 10 states. Listed in alphabetical order, these 10 states within the ACC's geographical footprint are Florida, Indiana, Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia; the geographic domain of the conference is predominantly within the Southern and Northeastern United States along the US Atlantic coast and stretches from Florida in the south to New York in the North and from Indiana in the west to Massachusetts farthest east. In two sports and baseball, the ACC is divided into two non-geographic divisions of seven teams each, labeled the "Atlantic" and "Coastal" divisions.
Notre Dame does not participate in ACC football and Syracuse does not participate in ACC baseball, leaving 14 total ACC schools for each of those sports. For all other sports, the ACC operates as a single unified league with no divisions; when Notre Dame joined the ACC, it chose to remain a football independent. However, its football team established a special scheduling arrangement with the ACC to play a rotating selection of five ACC football teams per season. Since July 1, 2014, the 15 members of the ACC are: On July 1, 2014, The University of Maryland departed for The Big Ten Conference as The University of Louisville joined from The American Athletic Conference. In 1971, The University of South Carolina left The ACC to become an independent joining The Metro Conference in 1983 and moving to its current home, The Southeastern Conference, in 1991. Full members Non-football members The ACC was established on June 14, 1953, when seven members of the Southern Conference left to form their own conference.
These seven universities became charter members of the ACC: Clemson, Maryland, North Carolina, North Carolina State, South Carolina, Wake Forest. They left due to that league's ban on post-season football play. After drafting a set of bylaws for the creation of a new league, the seven withdrew from the Southern Conference at the spring meeting on the morning of May 8, 1953 at the Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, North Carolina; the bylaws were ratified on June 14, 1953, the ACC was created, becoming the second conference formed by schools collectively withdrawing from the SoCon, after the Southeastern Conference. On December 4, 1953, officials convened in Greensboro, North Carolina, admitted Virginia, a SoCon charter member, independent since 1937, into the conference. In 1960, the ACC implemented a minimum SAT score for incoming student-athletes of 750, the first conference to do so; this minimum was raised to 800 in 1964, but was struck down by a federal court in 1972. On July 1, 1971, South Carolina left the ACC to become an independent.
The ACC operated with seven members until the addition of Georgia Tech from the Metro Conference, announced on April 3, 1978 and taking effect on July 1, 1979 except in football, in which Tech would remain an independent until joining ACC football in 1983. The total number of member schools reached nine with the addition of Florida State formerl
The 2009–10 Euroleague was the 10th season of the professional basketball competition for elite clubs throughout Europe, organised by Euroleague Basketball Company, it was the 53rd season of the premier competition for European men's clubs overall. The regular season featured 24 teams from 13 different countries; this season marked the first time in the modern era that a qualifying round was used to determine the last two teams for the regular season. The qualifying round started on September 29, 2009, while the regular season of the Euroleague started on October 15, 2010; the season ended with the Euroleague Final Four, hosted at the Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy in Paris, with the Final on May 9, 2010. For the first time in the modern Euroleague era, a preliminary stage was used to determine the last two teams in the regular season. 8 teams competed in qualification rounds, of which the 2 winners advanced to the regular season stage. Those teams joined 22 teams. A maximum of three teams could qualify from any one country through their league position.
However, 14 clubs held Euroleague Basketball A-linceces, which gave them automatic spots in the Euroleague Regular Season until 2011–12, regardless of their domestic league finish. These licenses were granted via a formula that considers each team's performance in its domestic league and the Euroleague, the television revenues Euroleague Basketball collects from its home country and the team's home attendance. A-licence holdersSpain: Caja Laboral, Real Madrid, Regal FC Barcelona, Unicaja Italy: Montepaschi Siena, Lottomatica Roma Greece: Olympiacos, Panathinaikos Russia: CSKA Moscow Turkey: Efes Pilsen, Fenerbahçe Ülker Lithuania: Žalgiris Israel: Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv France: ASVEL The rest of the field was filled with teams that qualified through their performance in their respective national leagues and wild card invitations; the labels in the parentheses show how each team qualified for the place of its starting round: A: Qualified through an A–licence 1st, 2nd, etc.: League position after Playoffs QR: Qualfiying rounds WC: Wild card EC: Champion of the 2008–09 Eurocup Basketball Games were played on September 29 and October 2.
Winners advanced to the second preliminary round. Game 1 of each match was played on October 6. Game 2 of the Benetton Treviso-Entente Orléanaise match was played on October 9, Game 2 of Maroussi-Alba Berlin was played on October 11; the winners of each match advanced to the Regular Season, with the losers parachuting into the Eurocup. The Regular Season began on October 15, 2009 and concluded on January 14, 2010. If teams were level on record at the end of the Regular Season, tiebreakers were applied in the following order: Head-to-head record. Head-to-head point differential. Point differential during the Regular Season. Points scored during the regular season. Sum of quotients of points points allowed in each Regular Season match; the survivors from the Regular Season advanced to the Top 16, where they were drawn into four groups of four teams each, playing home-and-home from January 27 through March 11. The draw was held at Euroleague headquarters in Barcelona, starting at 13:00 CET on January 18, was streamed live on the official Euroleague site.
Team 1 hosted Game 5 if necessary. Team 2 hosted Game 3, Game 4 if necessary. Miloš Teodosić Juan Carlos Navarro Ricky Rubio Victor Khryapa Linas Kleiza Xavier Pascual Przemyslaw Seczkowski Euroleague.net Official Site Eurobasket.com Euroleague Page ULEB.net Official Site
The 2008–09 Euroleague was the 9th season of the professional basketball competition for elite clubs throughout Europe, organised by Euroleague Basketball Company, it was the 52nd season of the premier competition for European men's clubs overall. The season, which featured 24 teams from 13 different countries, culminated in the 2008–09 Euroleague Final Four at the new O2 World arena in Berlin, Germany, it was won by Panathinaikos, who defeated in the defending champions, CSKA Moscow. While the general structure of the competition was identical to that used in recent seasons, changes were made to the format for two of its phases, the Regular Season and Quarterfinals. DKV Joventut qualified as ULEB Cup winners. Regular Season The first phase was a regular season, in which the competing teams were drawn into four groups, each containing six teams; each team played every other team in its group at home and away, resulting in 10 games for each team in the first stage. The top 4 teams in each group advanced to the next round.
This was the first year for this particular format. If two or more clubs finished level on won-lost record, tiebreakers were applied in the following order: Head-to-head record in matches between the tied clubs Overall point difference in games between the tied clubs Overall point difference in all group matches Points scored in all group matches Sum of quotients of points scored and points allowed in each group matchGames were played from October 22, 2008 to January 15, 2009. Top 16 The surviving teams were divided into four groups of four teams each, again a round-robin system was adopted resulting in 6 games each, with the top 2 teams advancing to the quarterfinals. Tiebreakers are identical to those used in the Regular Season. Games began on January 28 and ended March 12. Quarterfinals In the quarterfinals, the top placed teams from each Top 16 group played second placed teams from a different group in a best-of-five playoff series, with the winners of those series advancing to the Final Four.
This was the first season. The quarterfinal matches were played from March 24 until April 9. Final Four format The culminating stage of the Euroleague in which the four remaining teams played a semifinal match and the winners of those advance to the final; the losers played in a third-place playoff. The team, victorious in the Final would be Euroleague champion; the Final Four semifinals were played May 1, with the third-place game and final on May 3. The regular season began on October 20, 2008 and concluded on January 15, 2009; the Top 16 stage was played from January 28 to March 12, 2009. The draw was conducted on January 19 at Euroleague Basketball Company headquarters in Barcelona; the group winners in the Regular Season were drawn from one pot, the runners-up from one pot, the teams in 3rd place from one pot and those in 4th place from one pot. Teams that played in the same group in the Regular Season could not meet again in the Top 16. Teams from the same country could not be drawn into the same pool unless it was necessary to prevent teams from the same Regular Season group from being drawn together.
Team 1 hosted Game 5 if necessary. Team 2 hosted Game 3, Game 4 if necessary; the Final Four was played on May 1 and on May 3. Semifinal games were played on Friday, while the third-place playoff and Final were played on Sunday; the event was hosted at the O2 World in Berlin. It was the first time. Juan Carlos Navarro Vassilis Spanoulis Novica Veličković Dimitris Diamantidis Igor Rakočević Duško Vujošević Marco Baldi ULEB Eurocup 2008–09 EuroChallenge 2008–09 Euroleague official site
Russian Basketball Super League 1
The Russian Basketball Super League 1, or Russian Basketball Super Liga 1 known as the Russian Basketball Super League A or the Russian Basketball Super Liga A, is a men's professional basketball league, the pre-eminent league of Russian professional basketball until 2010. It is the second-tier division of the Russian professional basketball pyramid; the league is run by the Russian Basketball Federation. After being the first-tier division of Russian basketball, from its first season in 1991–92, the Super League A was relegated to being the second-tier division of Russian basketball after the 2009–10 season, was replaced with a different first-tier league, starting with the 2010–11 season of the Russian Professional Basketball League; the successor league to the Super League 1 was not controlled by the Russian Basketball Federation, like the Super League 1 is, but by a separate body named the Professional Basketball League. From the 2010–11 season onward, the Super League A and Super League B divisions were united into a single league that serves as the second tier of Russian basketball, named the Super League 1.
The 2010–11 season featured 11 clubs. Ataman Rostov-on-Don PSK Sakhalin Ruskon-Mordovia Saransk Ryazan Severstal Cherepovets Soyuz Zarechny Sparta i K Vidnoye Temp-SUMZ Revda Universitet Yugra Surgut Ural Yekaterinburg 2011 Spartak Primorye 2012 Ural Yekaterinburg 2013 Ural Yekaterinburg 2014 Avtodor Saratov 2015 Novosibirsk 2016 PSK Sakhalin 2017 Universitet Yugra Surgut 2018 BC Spartak Primorye 1995 CSKA Moscow 1996 CSKA Moscow 1997 Avtodor Saratov 1998 Avtodor Saratov 1999 CSKA Moscow 2000 CSKA Moscow 2001 Ural Great Perm 2002 Ural Great Perm 2003 CSKA Moscow 2004 CSKA Moscow 2005 CSKA Moscow 2006 CSKA Moscow 2007 CSKA Moscow 2008 CSKA Moscow 2009 CSKA Moscow 2010 CSKA Moscow 2011 Universitet Yugra Surgut 2012 Ural Yekaterinburg 2013 Universitet Yugra Surgut 2014 Avtodor Saratov 2015 Samara SGEU 2016 PSK Sakhalin 2017 Novosibirsk Russian Cup Russian Professional Championship Russian Professional League USSR Cup USSR Premier League VTB United League Russian Basketball Federation Official Website Russian Super League 1 on Eurobasket.com
Los Angeles Clippers
The Los Angeles Clippers, abbreviated by the team as the LA Clippers, are an American professional basketball team based in Los Angeles. The Clippers compete in the National Basketball Association as a member of Pacific Division of the league's Western Conference; the Clippers play their home games at Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles, an arena shared with fellow NBA team the Los Angeles Lakers, the Los Angeles Sparks of the Women's National Basketball Association, the Los Angeles Kings of the National Hockey League. The franchise was founded in 1970 as the Buffalo Braves, one of three expansion teams to join the NBA that year; the Braves moved from Buffalo, New York to San Diego, California in 1978 and became known as the San Diego Clippers. In 1984, The Clippers moved to Los Angeles. Through much of its history, the franchise failed to see significant regular season or playoff success; the Clippers were seen as an example of a perennial loser in American professional sports, drawing unfavorable comparisons to the successful Lakers, with whom they have shared a market since 1984 and an arena since 1999.
The Clippers' fortunes turned in the early 2010s with the acquisition of core players Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan, Chris Paul. In 2013, the franchise won its first division title, as the team made the playoffs for the ninth time in franchise history and the third time in the previous eight seasons, they added to their budding rivalry with the Lakers, as they finished with a better record than the Lakers for the fifth time and won the season series for the second time since moving to Los Angeles in 1984, this time in a sweep. They repeated as division champions in 2014; the franchise began in Western New York as the Buffalo Braves, one of three NBA expansion franchises that began play in the 1970–71 season, along with the Portland Trail Blazers and Cleveland Cavaliers. They played their home games at the Buffalo Memorial Auditorium, along with another Buffalo team that would begin play that year, the National Hockey League's Buffalo Sabres. After two bad seasons, the Braves' fortunes started to change under coach Jack Ramsay and star forward/center Bob McAdoo.
McAdoo led the NBA in scoring for three consecutive seasons and was named the league's MVP in the 1974–75 season. The Braves qualified for the playoffs three times in a row, losing twice to the eventual Eastern Conference champions. Despite the team's modest success in Buffalo, Braves owner Paul Snyder and the league found it impossible to schedule home games at the auditorium because of the Canisius Golden Griffins men's basketball team, which had a pre-existing lease on the arena and priority on game dates over the Braves; the Griffins saw the Braves as a threat to their own success, purposely scheduled all the best dates at the arena to prevent the Braves from succeeding. As a result, after a failed attempt to sell the team to an owner who intended to move it to South Florida, Snyder sold the team to Kentucky Colonels owner John Y. Brown, Jr. who decimated the team's roster, traded away all of its stars, drove attendance down to the point where they could break their own lease on the arena.
Brown met with Celtics owner Irv Levin in 1978 so they could trade franchise ownerships. Southern California resident Levin decided to move the Braves to San Diego, something the league would have never allowed him to do with the Celtics. In 1978, San Diego welcomed the relocation of the Buffalo Braves franchise because the city had lost their Rockets to Houston seven years earlier as well as their American Basketball Association franchise, the San Diego Sails after the 1974-1975 ABA season. San Diego team officials did not think Braves was a representative nickname for the club and a contest decided on "Clippers", because the city was known for the great sailing ships that passed through San Diego Bay; when the Clippers moved to Los Angeles in 1984, they kept their name. Playing at the San Diego Sports Arena, the Clippers posted a record of 43–39 in their first season in California under new head coach Gene Shue, leaving them two wins shy of the final playoff spot, it would be the Clippers' last winning season for 13 years.
It was in that first season in southern California that long-time announcer Ralph Lawler began his association with the franchise. The Clippers began pursuing star free agents, beginning with World B. Free, acquired in the offseason from the Philadelphia 76ers. Free finished second overall in NBA scoring average, with 28.9 per game, while George Gervin of the San Antonio Spurs had a 29.6 average. The 1979–80 season saw the Clippers begin to struggle, despite adding center Bill Walton, a San Diego native, two years removed from an NBA Championship with the Trail Blazers. Walton missed 68 games due to foot injuries. San Diego finished. Free again finishing second in league scoring, with 30.2 PPG. Paul Silas replaced Shue the following season, the Clippers finished 36–46, again missing the postseason. Walton missed the entire season again due to foot injuries, while Free was traded to the Golden State Warriors in exchange for guard Phil Smith; the 1981–82 season brought changes to the franchise as Levin sold the team to Los Angeles-area real estate developer and attorney Donald Sterling for $12.5 million.
The Clippers experienced poor play and franchise mismanagement in their final years in San Diego, much like in Buffalo, competition from other sports teams in town, namely the ascendant San Diego Chargers, sucked away attention from the Clippers. That season, the Clippers were drawing fewer fans than the Braves had
Hapoel Jerusalem B.C.
Hapoel Jerusalem Basketball Club, for sponsorships reasons Hapoel Bank Yahav Jerusalem, is the premier professional basketball club of the City of Jerusalem and competes in the Basketball Champions League, Israeli Premier League, the Israeli State Cup. Hapoel has won several titles, including the ULEB Cup in 2004, the Israeli League championship in 2015 and 2017. In 2013, a new ownership group headed by Ori Allon took over, the club has since seen a remarkable advancement and expansion; the team began playing in the Jerusalem Arena in 2014. Hapoel Jerusalem Basketball Club was incorporated in 1943 in Jerusalem, it had its first appearance in the Premier League in 1955. Hapoel played in the first division most of the 1950s and 1960s, with notable players, such as David Kaminsky and Amir Berlinsky; the following two decades had ups and downs, as Hapoel toggled between the first and second divisions. In 1986, led by coach Simi Riger, the team advanced to the Premier League, after five consecutive years in the second division.
Since Hapoel has remained in the Premier league and become an important factor in the Israeli Basketball. In 1996 and 1997, Hapoel won the State Cup, defeating Maccabi Tel Aviv in the finals, at the Yad Eliyahu Arena; the team was led by Adi Gordon considered the team's symbol and one of its best players. In 2004, Hapoel Jerusalem won its first European title, the ULEB Cup, defeating Real Madrid in the final in Charleroi, Belgium. In that year, the other major European basketball competition, the EuroLeague, was won by Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv, making Israel the leading basketball nation in Europe and the Middle East for 2004. In 2005, Israeli-Russian billionaire Arcadi Gaydamak purchased a large stake in the club; as a result, the team got stronger and signed four American players with an NBA record – Tamar Slay, Horace Jenkins, Roger Mason, Mario Austin. The team signed Israeli star Meir Tapiro. In 2007, Hapoel won its third Israel State Cup. In early 2008 Hapoel came back from being 22 points down in the 4th quarter, to win its fourth State Cup, beating Maccabi Tel Aviv 93–89.
In late 2008 Hapoel won its first Israeli Basketball League Cup, beating Ironi Nahariya 84–69. In September 2009, oil tycoon Guma Aguiar joined Hapoel Jerusalem as the team's sponsor and helped clear the debts left by Gaydamak; this ensured. On October 8, 2009 Hapoel beat Maccabi Tel Aviv in the Winner Cup finals 86–80, winning the club's second cup in a row. One year after the mysterious disappearance of Guma Aguiar, a new ownership group headed by entrepreneur Ori Allon took over. Guy Harel succeeded Dani Klein as general manager. On November 19, 2013, The New York Times reported that Tom Maayan, an Israeli player for the Seton Hall Pirates, was forced to return to his homeland for army service; the Jerusalem basketball club picked him up, he now combines his service with playing professional basketball. In April 2014, the New York Post and The Wall Street Journal reported that six-time NBA All-Star Amar'e Stoudemire might join Hapoel after his contract with the New York Knicks expired at the end of the 2014–15 NBA season.
Stoudemire signed with the Dallas Mavericks to finish out his original contract that had expired with the Knicks at that time, went to the Miami Heat after his deal with the Mavericks expired. Once he decided to retire from the NBA in July 2016, he signed with Hapoel Jerusalem on August 1, 2016. On June 20, 2014 the club signed coach Danny Franco, who led Maccabi Haifa to the 2014 finals against current EuroLeague title-holder Maccabi Tel Aviv; that same day, the club signed season MVP Donta Smith. On June 25, 2014, the Executive Board of Euroleague Commercial Assets unanimously agreed to give Hapoel a wild-card to compete for a spot in the EuroLeague qualifications, they recognized that Hapoel was building as a promising club, with a new ownership group with great stability and a brand new 11,600-seat arena to be ready for the 2014–15 season. On June 25, 2015, Hapoel won the Israeli Championship for the first time in their history, after defeating Hapoel Eilat in the Final. On June 15, 2017 the club won the Israeli Championship for the second time after defeating Maccabi Haifa in the Israeli Final.
10% – The Amuta. 90% – An ownership group, headed by majority owner Ori Allon, including Eyal Chomsky, Shalom Menora, David Kleinhandler and Howard Wietschner. The new ownership group and corporate management is considered among the most professionally diverse sports ownership groups in the world, as it includes a software developer, who sold two software companies to Google and Twitter, an American and Israeli real estate and hi-tech businessman, the CEO of Israel's leading media group, a retired partner at Goldman Sachs. General manager: Guy Harel Sporting director: Yotam Halperin Head coach: Oded Kattash Assistant coaches: Jonathan Alon and Ryan Pannone Physiotherapists: Gadi Hadad and Yanai Barak Team doctor: Dr. Jonathan Maresky Orthopedist: Dr. Adi Fridman Brigade Malcha is the official fanclub for Hapoel Jerusalem B. C. In Malha Arena, the Brigade was located behind the south side basket. At the Jerusalem Arena, the Brigade is located in stands #1 and #12; the Brigade has close connections with the team itself, is consulted by management on instrumental decisions, such as changing the team logo, planning events with the community.
Since the founding of the club in 1943, Hapoel Jerusalem has developed a major rivalry with Tel Aviv's leading basketball club Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv. Throughout the years, many games between the two teams became a part of the'Hall of F
Israeli Basketball Premier League Finals MVP
The Israeli Basketball Premier League Finals MVP, or Israeli Basketball Super League Finals MVP, is an annual basketball award, presented to the most valuable player of the finals of the playoffs of the Israeli Basketball Premier League, the top-tier level professional basketball league in Israel. Player nationalities by national team. Israeli Basketball Premier League MVP Israeli Premier League Official website Israeli Premier League Official website