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Turks denied asylum should return to Turkey: Greek PM

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said on Aug. 22 that Turks who have the right of asylum can remain in Greece but those who cannot obtain it should return to Turkey.

Antetokounmpo shines in match against Italy in Athens

Greece's Giannis Antetokounmpo, of the Milwaukee Bucks (center) looks to pass the ball, between Italy's Giampaolo Rice (right) and Paul Biligha, during a game at the Acropolis basketball tournament in the indoor Olympic stadium of Athens on Friday. Greece won the game 83 to 63. [Yorgos Karahalis/AP] 

Antetokounmpo says would swap NBA MVP award for World Cup title

Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo has said he would swap his NBA most valuable player award for a FIBA Basketball World Cup title.
"I would exchange the MVP title for the gold medal in China," the 24-year-old told the FIBA Basketball website in an interview ahead of the World Cup in China starting August 31.

Greek PM welcomes national homeless soccer team

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis Monday welcomed the Greek Homeless Football Team at Maximos Mansion in Athens following the squad's return from the 17th Homeless World Cup in Cardiff, capital of Wales, which finished this weekend.

Greek hoopsters eye Chinese glory

Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, the National Basketball Association's most valuable player for 2019, attends the official presentation of Greece's national basketball team Thursday ahead of the FIBA World Cup in China from August 31 to September 15. The team, coached by Thanasis Skourtopoulos, includes Antetokounmpo's brothers Thanasis and Kostas.

Greece goes Dutch for the national team's bench

Canadian-born Dutchman John Van 't Schip is the new manager of the Greek national team, the Hellenic Football Federation (EPO) announced on Wednesday.

The former assistant to Marco van Basten at the bench of The Netherlands from 2004 to 2008 has signed a two-and-a-half year contract that will see him coach Greece through the end of the 2022 World Cup qualifying.

Golomeev swims to a World Championship silver medal

Kristian Golomeev earned Greece's second ever World Championship medal in swimming on Saturday, as he finished second at the 50 meters freestyle final at FINA's event in South Korea.

The Greek champion was joint second with Brazil's Bruno Fratus, clocking 21.45 seconds, behind American Caeleb Dressel who won gold with a championship record time of 21.04 secs.

Greece water polo team knocked out by Aussie Sharks

Aaron Younger of Australia (left) tries to pass the ball as he is marked by Stylianos Argyropoulos-Kanakakis of Greece during a men's water polo match at the FINA Swimming World Championships in Gwangju, South Korea, on Thursday. Australia won 9-8 after a closely contested match. [Jeon Heon-Kyun/EPA]  

Ajax to play PAOK of Greece in Champions League qualifying

Ajax will start its Champions League campaign against unbeaten Greek league winner PAOK Thessaloniki in the third qualifying round drawn Monday.
Last season, four-time European champion Ajax reached the semifinals in May having entered the competition in the second preliminary round in July.

UEFA Gives Partial Stadium Bans to Bulgaria, Romania for Fan Racism

Bulgaria will have to close part of its national stadium for European Championship qualifiers against England and the Czech Republic because of fan racism.

UEFA issued the order, saying Bulgarian fans were racially abusive during a 2-1 loss to the Czech Republic and a 3-2 loss to Kosovo last month.

Bulgaria hosts England on Oct. 14 and the Czech Republic on Nov. 17.

New German ambassador to Athens assumes post with greeting in Greek

In a post on Twitter in Greek and German, Germany's new ambassador in Athens, Ernst Reichel, announced his arrival.

Reichel, who said "Hello Greece!" in both Greek and Germany, previously served as Germany's ambassador to Ukraine and as the head of the German Foreign Ministry's office for Southeastern Europe and Turkey.

MVP Antetokounmpo gives baseball a shot at Yankee Stadium

In hoops, Giannis Antetokounmpo is court royalty. But in baseball, he's a complete rookie. In fact, the 24-year-old from Greece said he'd never even touched a baseball before he did so Monday night at Yankee Stadium.

The reigning NBA MVP was shocked. "It was really heavy," Antetokounmpo told The Associated Press. "I thought it would be lighter."

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