Rubio has torn ACL; Out for the season

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Ricky Rubio’s season is over. We won’t see him at the Olympics, either. A source close to Rubio told SheridanHoops.com that tests performed Saturday morning showed a torn anterior cruciate ligament in Rubio’s left knee. He was injured in a collision with Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers late in Friday night’s loss. “There are no other tears,” the source said of Rubio’s knee. Rubio has averaged 10.5 points, 8.2 assists and 2.2 steals for the Timberwolves, the most surprising team in the Western

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Mitnick: Update from Israel on Fran Vazquez (Magic) and Erazem Lorbek (Spurs)

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TEL AVIV, Israel — Regal Barcelona put on a defensive clinic in Tel-Aviv against Maccabi in a round of 16 showdown between two of the powerhouse teams in the Euroleague. Barcelona’s stable of big men and heady guard play were too much for Maccabi to overcome, giving the Spanish squad a big 71-57 road victory. Barcelona’s frontcourt features two NBA prospects in Erazem Lorbek and Fran Vasquez, whose combination of size and skill was too much for Maccabi. With Sofoklis Schortsanitis

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Guest column: Rubio big again in Spain

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By Noelia Roman Lamas BARCELONA — Americans are not the only ones discovering Ricky Rubio. In Spain, he is being re-discovered. Two weeks ago, the Spanish media scarcely mentioned Ricky’s situation when reporting about the end of the NBA lockout and the buildup to the upcoming season. They talked about Pau and Marc Gasol’s futures, Rudy Fernandez getting traded, Serge Ibaka  (a member of the Spanish national team) playing for a legitimate championship contender, even Jose Calderon’s prospects with the lowly Toronto Raptors. Ricky was forgotten,

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Gibson Column: Navarro Breaks Euroleague Scoring Title. Who’s Up Next?

BARCELONA — Chuck Eidson stared at a clear path to an empty basket as the crowd rose to their feet in Palau Blaugrana. Eidson knew this ovation wasn’t intended for him, so he glanced to his left and wisely shoveled the ball off to Juan Carlos Navarro, who caught it, took two steps and laid it up off the glass. When the ball fell through the nylon, the Euroleague had a new all-time leading scorer. La Bomba had needed 14 points to

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Gibson Column: Barcelona Dominates And Rony Seikaly Heats Up The Club

BARCELONA — Bo McCalebb stands to Andrei Kirilenko’s left with Macedonia’s flag draped around his neck. Several feet to Bo’s left, just past Tony Parker and right before Pau Gasol is Juan Carlos Navarro, still wearing his number seven España jersey and smiling weakly. Both Bo and La Bomba are holding onto their All EuroBasket trophies, the undeniable heroes of the summer. But only Navarro waits on a medal. A gold one, in fact. That’s how it works when you’re a

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Gibson Column: Batum, Krstic Shine, But This Is Navarro’s Euroleague

BARCELONA — Eleven men dressed in red and blue knelt to the floor and then rocked onto their backsides, some grabbing a heel, others a toe as they stretched. But Barcelona’s Juan Carlos Navarro remained standing, his heels and toes right behind the 3-point stripe. Unlike the others, he wore long black pants and a matching long-sleeved shooting shirt, and all it took was a raised eyebrow for the ball boy to get the hint; he fired one out as Juan

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Gibson Column: Euroleague ready to begin

By Nick Gibson of EuroleagueAdventures.com BARCELONA – With the NBA set to resume labor talks on Tuesday, only one thing’s for sure: there will be a Euroleague box score from Monday night for the sides to check out, if they so choose, in their respective caucus rooms. It will include the names Ty Lawson, Andrei Kirilenko, Sonny Weems, Nenad Krstic and DeJuan Collins. The Euroleague opens Monday night with CSKA Moscow playing Zalgiris Kaunas, and Wednesday there are four more contests before six on Thursday. On Friday, a little dessert: Bilbao vs. Olympiacos. Mmm…my

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Spain wins EuroBasket, but can they beat Team USA

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KAUNAS, Lithuania — There is only one thing that is ultimately relevant for Americans about the team that just won EuroBasket: One year from now, will Spain have what it takes to defeat Team USA in the gold medal game of the London Olympics? Because let’s face it, this Spanish team showed it is clearly the second-best team in the world right now, just as they were three years ago in Beijing when they put 107 points on the board (in a

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