User ID
Password
  Forgot User ID
or Register Today!
VegasInsider.com
Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Follow Us on Google+ VI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds
Home
NFL
NBA
NHL
MLB
NCAA FB
NCAA BK
Golf
Auto
Soccer
Horses
More
Betting Tools

 
Parker leads France over Ukraine in Euros

New Sportsbook.ag customers: Make your 1st bet, get your 2nd bet free, 100%, winnings paid in cash.
Join Now

Already have an account? Click here to view new Exclusive Rewards!

LJUBLJANA, Slovenia (AP) - San Antonio Spurs star Tony Parker scored 28 points Sunday to lead France past Ukraine 77-71 and into the second round of the European basketball championship.

Advertisement
Finland advanced earlier in the day, eliminating Russia with an 86-83 win in double overtime. Russia was the bronze medalist at the London Olympics last year and at the Europeans two years ago. The top three teams from each group advance.

Finland trailed in regulation and the first overtime before pulling out the win. The Russians were without Minnesota Timberwolves forward Andrei Kirilenko and several other stars.

Italy stayed perfect after four games with an 81-72 victory over previously unbeaten Greece, with Chicago Bulls guard Marco Belinelli scoring 23 points. Both teams joined Finland in advancing from that group.

In Jesenice, Serbia beat Latvia 80-71 behind 25 points from center Nenad Krstic to advance.

Ukraine stayed with France until Parker took over in the fourth quarter. The Spurs guard connected on two jumpers and then sank a 3-pointer to help the French pull away. Parker scored 13 of his team's last 17 points. France was runner-up two years ago.

``We kept fighting and in the fourth quarter we found the solutions,'' Parker said after playing his 50th game in a European championship. ``I try to lead the team and to help the young players. When you are playing must-win games, you have to be disciplined, serious. We'll raise our level in the second round.''

In Celje, Ricky Rubio of the Timberwolves and Marc Gasol of the Memphis Grizzlies scored 15 points apiece to lead defending champion Spain to an 89-53 victory over winless Poland.

Five players scored in double figures for Spain, which led 49-13 at halftime and by as many as 48 points before slowing down in the second half.

Krstic said Serbia dedicated its victory to 18-year-old Serbian women's basketball player Natasa Kovacevic, who had a leg amputated after a bus carrying her Hungarian team crashed Saturday.

``We are all affected by this tragedy and she was in our thoughts tonight,'' Krstic said.

In other games, Bosnia-Herzegovina beat Macedonia 62-54 in Jesenice and Britain eliminated Germany with an 81-73 victory in Ljubljana.

AP NEWS
The Associated Press News Service

Copyright 2015
The Associated Press
All Rights Reserved

  
HEADLINES
Akins: Hoop Trends - Saturday
Marshall: Trade Deadline Review
CP3, Jordan lead Clips rout of Grizzlies
Warriors stomp Raptors, 'under' cashes
Pacers top short-handed Cavs, 93-86
Jones propels Rockets beat Nets, 102-98
Millsap, Hawks rally to drop Magic 95-88
Knicks top sluggish Pistons in 2OT
Butler leads Bulls past T-wolves, 96-89
MORE HEADLINES
 
Why Buy Picks From VegasInsider.com
NBA Pro Basketball Handicapper Sports Picks Records
NBA Hot Streaks
14-6 L20 G-Plays, +2,753 TY
7-3 L10 Picks, +1,967 This Year
16-5 L21, 30-8 L38, 74% +1,931 TY
12-5 L8 Days, 21-7 L28 Totals
6-2 L8 Picks, 4-1 L5 G-Plays
2-0 Last Night, 4 Wins in a Row
8-2 L10 Guaranteed Plays
20-10 Last 30 NBA Picks
20-11 Last 31 Guarantees
6-1 L7 Over/Under Plays
5-0 L5 Days, 4-0 L4 G-Plays
7-3 Last 10 Over/Unders
12-6 Last 18 Selections
7-3 L10, 13-6 L19 Guarantees
NBA Pro Basketball Expert Sports Picks - Atlanta Hawks at Miami Heat
2014 NBA SEASON PICK RECORDS
Money Leaders
Handicapper Money
Stephen Nover + 2753
Mark Franco + 1967
Dave Cokin + 1931
Last 7 Day Leaders
Handicapper Money
The Gold Sheet + 441
Joe Nelson + 390
Bruce Marshall + 371
Percentage Leaders
Handicapper Pct
Dave Cokin 74 %
Marc Lawrence 59 %
Stephen Nover 59 %
Guaranteed Leaders
Handicapper Money
Mark Franco + 1726
Dave Cokin + 1639
Kevin Rogers + 1302
Over-Under Leaders
Handicapper Money
Jimmy Boyd + 1195
Tony Stoffo + 969
Kyle Hunter + 589
Member Leaders
Handicapper Money
Stephen Nover + 880
Bill Marzano + 746
Michael Black + 740
MORE PICK RECORDS
  
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 10% off a Live Odds subscription, SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, and receive access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!
VI Daily Fantasy Sager Bomb