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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."

Injured Fortounis faces six months out of action

Olympiakos captain and Greece's midfield linchpin Costas Fortounis has suffered a serious knee injury that rules him out of action for an estimated six months. He will be operated next weekend.

The influential midfielder suffered a rupture on his cruciate ligament and is going to undergo an operation on July 20. He is expected to return to action for Olympiakos after Christmas.

Sanctuary for injured animals run by volunteers

An owl peers up from its nest in a sanctuary for injured animals in Kalohori, west of Thessaloniki, northern Greece, on Saturday. The sanctuary is run by a team of volunteers and is currently accommodating more than 300 animals ranging from swans and roe deer to hedgehogs and swallows. [Nikos Arvanitidis/ANA-MPA] 

Pakistan's street cricketers bring game to life in Greece

In a barren Athens parking lot, young Pakistanis get in position for a game of cricket. On one end of the dust-covered concrete is a trash can; on the other, a pile of rocks. That is their pitch, and those are its wickets.
In football-loving Greece, cricket is an alien concept. But for its migrants from Pakistan, one of the world's most cricket-crazy nations, it is a way of life.

Merkel: Greek PM told me he would quickly implement reforms

Greece's new prime minister has promised Angela Merkel in a phone call that he would quickly implement a reform program, the German chancellor said on Wednesday.
Speaking at a news conference with Finland's prime minister, Merkel also said she agreed with euro zone finance ministers that no change was needed to Greece's bailout program.