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HDN | 4/17/2004 12:00:00 AM |

Basketball Turkey in semis Turkey's junior boys beat Spain 84-74 at the Albert Schweitzer Memorial Tournament in Mannheim, Germany to win their second phase group and move into the semifinals where they will face Serbia-Montenegro. Again the top Turk

Basketball Turkey in semis

Turkey's junior boys beat Spain 84-74 at the Albert Schweitzer Memorial Tournament in Mannheim, Germany to win their second phase group and move into the semifinals where they will face Serbia-Montenegro. Again the top Turk was Ersan Ilyasova who double doubled with 21 points and 11 rebounds. In Leon, Spain the junior girls' national team went 0-2 in European Championship qualification with a crushing 91-46 defeat by France.

And then there was one...

The ongoing cash crisis in the basketball branch meant that Galatasaray arrived in Konya for this weekend's Turkish Cup Final Four with only one of its foreign players, Ron Slay. The others, Kevin Daley, Frankie King and Tyrone Washington, have all been released in a cost cutting exercise.

Walls out of Fener

Fenerbahce manager Remzi Dilli announced that the contract of American Willie Walls has been canceled "by mutual agreement". Dilli also stated that New Zealand point guard Mark Dickel is now clear of injury and will be available to take part in the league playoffs.

Volleyball Fener second

Fenerbahce beat Erdemirspor 26-24, 22-25, 25-15, 24-26, 15-12 in its last game of the men's Turkish Volleyball League championship final group in Gaziantep. The defeat made no difference to Erdemir which had already clinched the title but second place in the group for Fener means that it will represent Turkey in the European Top Teams Cup next season. Ziraat Bank finished third after beating Halk Bank 25-21, 22-25, 25-23, 25-23.

SoccerGiunti EU claim rejected

The Turkish Soccer Federation (TFF) rejected a claim by Besiktas to grant Italian midfielder Federico Giunti domestic player status on the grounds that Turkey is a candidate member of the European Union and some Turks have been allowed EU status in other European countries. Federation Vice-President Ata Aksu said that it would be improper to accept the claim without the approval of the Interior Ministry and the Ministry of Labor and Social Security which regulate immigration and work permits. However, Besiktas is expected to take the matter to the TFF's Arbitration Committee.

Ayhan out for two games

The Professional Soccer Discipline Committee suspended Galatasaray midfielder Ayhan Akman for two matches for insulting referee Hamza Misir after being sent off during last weekend's defeat by Ankaragucu. Ayhan has written to Misir to apologize for his behavior.

Water Polo Turkey loses

Turkey lost its second match at the Balkan Youth Water Polo Championship in Istanbul 8-6 to Serbia-Montenegro. In Thursday's other game, Greece beat Bulgaria 10-4.

For the RecordTRT program

TRT has two soccer matches from the Spanish League this weekend. The Madrid derby between Atletico and Real is on TRT 2 at 11.00 this evening. Real Sociedad's visit to Valencia tomorrow will be screened by TRT 3 at 9.30 p.m. tomorrow. TRT 2 has basketball action from the men's Turkish Cup Final Four in Konya at 4.30 p.m. today and 4.00 tomorrow.

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