Rick Pitino is the new coach of six-time Euroleague champion Panathinaikos. The legendary NCAA coach arrived in Athens on Wednesday and announced he has already signed his contract until the end of the season and will be present at the evening’s training session.
Greece’s Sports Ministry is reportedly very close to a deal with the EuroLeague for a return of Europe’s Final Four basketball tournament to Athens in 2020, with sources telling Kathimerini that “we are on a positive path.”
Panathinaikos and Olympiakos have put some clear, blue water between themselves and the other teams in the Basket League, as the Greens defeated cup holder AEK and the Reds are now alone in second after defeating surprise package Peristeri.
Tired and without a coach, Panathinaikos suffered an ominous home loss to Armani Milano for the Euroleague on Friday, after Olympiakos predictably defeated visiting Gran Canaria in Piraeus on Thursday.
Olympiakos will return to Xanthi for a third time this season as it has drawn the local team in the round of 16 of the Greek Cup, while Panathinaikos will get the chance to avenge last year’s elimination by Lamia.
Greek basketball champion Panathinaikos parted ways with coach Xavi Pascual on Thursday and is reported to be close to hiring former Louisville coach Rick Pitino.
Three Super League teams crashed out of the Greek Cup as Aris, Levadiakos and Panetolikos got eliminated to the benefit of second-division teams Ergotelis, Panachaiki and Kissamikos Hanion respectively.
Greek referees announced their abstention from the 15th day of the Greek Super League games after the attack by unknown individuals against their collegue from Larissa, Thanassis Tzilos, on Wednesday.
FIFA referee Thanassis Tzilos suffered an attack by four assailants on Wednesday morning and is in hospital with injuries to his head and legs.
Jose Mourinho was fired by Manchester United on Tuesday, two days after English soccer’s biggest club reached a new low in its disappointing season by losing to Liverpool in the Premier League.