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About Zoran
I am the Reuters Balkan sports correspondent principally covering countries of the former Yugoslavia while I also freelance for the International Tennis Federation and the European Handball Federation. My top two sports are soccer and basketball but I have inside knowledge of several others. I am also an English translator covering all three principle former Yugoslavia languages - Serbian, Croatian and Bosnian. I have a working level knowledge of Italian. The highlights of my career as a journalist include 2006, 2010 and 2014 soccer World Cups, numerous Davis Cup ties including an exclusive interview with World Number one Novak Djokovic, as well as several major basketball and handball events.
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Are the Chances of a Top-10 QB Being a Bust? Recap of Yesterday's News

29 Mar 2024  |  Trend Fool
The newsletter explores the success rates of quarterbacks drafted in the top 10 picks of the NFL draft, revealing that around 60% become starters, though this rate drops if the No. 1 pick is excluded. It also discusses the lower success rates for quarterbacks drafted after the No. 1 pick, with only about 50% succeeding. Mock drafts for the NFL 2024 season are analyzed, highlighting strategies for teams like the New England Patriots, Los Angeles Chargers, and Dallas Cowboys. Recent NFL developments include Michael Penix impressing at his pro day, coaching changes for the Chicago Bears, and internal reports within the New York Jets. The newsletter concludes with recommendations for further reading on related topics.

Djokovic returns to training after winning appeal to stay in Australia

10 Jan 2022  |  CNN Brasil
Novak Djokovic resumed training after winning a legal battle to stay in Australia, thanking the judge who overturned his visa cancellation. However, the Australian government is still considering deporting him due to his medical exemption from COVID-19 vaccination. The controversy has sparked global attention and diplomatic tensions between Serbia and Australia. The Australian Open, starting January 17, has been overshadowed by this issue, with public opinion in Australia largely against Djokovic due to the country's high vaccination rate and long lockdowns.

Serbia rallies behind 'Spartacus' Djokovic

06 Jan 2022  |  canberratimes.com.au
Novak Djokovic's family and Serbian officials have rallied in support of the tennis star, who has been detained in Australia due to a visa issue related to COVID-19 vaccination requirements. His father, Srdjan Djokovic, accused Australia of mistreating Novak and attempting to bring Serbia to its knees, framing the situation as a political attack rather than a sports-related issue. Djokovic's mother, Dijana, and brother, Djordje, also expressed their support, while former mentor Niki Pilic and former Yugoslavia Davis Cup coach Radmilo Armenulic criticized the Australian government's actions. Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic spoke out against the Australian authorities, and protests were held in Belgrade calling for Djokovic's release.

‘New Spartacus’ Djokovic’s treatment in Australia ‘a disgrace’, say father, ex-mentor

06 Jan 2022  |  kfgo.com
Novak Djokovic, detained in Australia over visa issues and COVID-19 vaccination exemption for the Australian Open, is described by his father and former mentor as a victim of political games. His father, Srdjan Djokovic, sees him as a symbol for the oppressed, while mentor Niki Pilic and former coach Radmilo Armenulic criticize the Australian government's handling of the situation. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison insists there will be no special treatment for Djokovic.

Djokovic a victim of politics being 'kept in captivity' in Australia, say family

06 Jan 2022  |  BreakingNews.ie
Novak Djokovic's family claims he is a victim of a political agenda in Australia after being denied entry for the Australian Open despite a medical exemption. Detained in a Melbourne quarantine hotel, Djokovic awaits a court hearing to overturn the ban. His family and supporters, including former mentors, criticize the Australian government's actions, describing them as unjust and politically motivated. The situation has sparked significant controversy, with Djokovic's family planning a support rally in Serbia.

Novak Djokovic in limbo as lawyers fight Australia ban; mother says he is 'prisoner'

06 Jan 2022  |  ottawasun
Novak Djokovic remains in a Melbourne hotel for immigration detainees as his lawyers appeal the Australian government's decision to deny him entry due to a medical exemption from COVID-19 vaccination requirements. The situation has sparked international controversy, with Serbian officials accusing Australia of harassment. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison defended the decision, emphasizing that rules are rules. The case has become a political issue in Australia, with disputes between federal and state governments. Djokovic's family and supporters have expressed outrage over his treatment, describing it as inhumane.

Djokovic in limbo as lawyers fight Australia ban; mother says he is 'prisoner' in hotel

06 Jan 2022  |  ottawacitizen
Novak Djokovic remains in a Melbourne hotel for immigration detainees after being denied entry into Australia due to a medical exemption from COVID-19 vaccination requirements. His lawyers have launched an appeal, and a court has agreed not to deport him before a full hearing. The situation has sparked political controversy in Australia and an international row, with Serbia's president accusing Australia of harassment. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison defended the decision, emphasizing the importance of rules. Djokovic's family and supporters in Serbia have held rallies demanding his release.

‘New Spartacus’ Djokovic’s treatment in Australia ‘a disgrace’, say father, ex-mentor

06 Jan 2022  |  943jackfm.com
Novak Djokovic's denial of entry into Australia for the Australian Open has sparked significant controversy, with his father and former mentor condemning the treatment as politically motivated and disgraceful. Djokovic, who was granted a medical exemption from COVID-19 vaccination requirements, is currently in a quarantine hotel in Melbourne awaiting a court hearing. His father, Srdjan Djokovic, and former mentor, Niki Pilic, have both criticized the Australian government's actions, suggesting they are driven by political motives. The situation has drawn widespread attention, with Djokovic being portrayed as a symbol of resistance against injustice and oppression.

‘New Spartacus’ Djokovic’s treatment in Australia ‘a disgrace’, say father, ex-mentor

06 Jan 2022  |  radiousa.com
Novak Djokovic, detained in Australia over visa issues related to a medical exemption for COVID-19 vaccination, is seen as a victim of political games, according to his former mentor Niki Pilic and father Srdjan Djokovic. The situation has been described as a disgrace, with Djokovic's father likening him to a symbol for the oppressed. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison insists there will be no special treatment for Djokovic. The tennis star's legal team is seeking to overturn the entry ban in a court hearing.

Novak Djokovic in limbo as lawyers fight Australia ban; mother says he is 'prisoner'

06 Jan 2022  |  canoe
Novak Djokovic is detained in a Melbourne hotel for immigration detainees after being denied entry into Australia due to a medical exemption from COVID-19 vaccination requirements. His lawyers are appealing the decision, with a court hearing set for Monday. The situation has sparked international controversy, with Serbian officials accusing the Australian government of harassment. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison defends the decision, emphasizing that rules are rules. The case has become a political issue in Australia, with disputes between federal and state governments. Djokovic's family and supporters in Serbia express outrage over his treatment.

I was a misfit when I joined the Nuggets, says MVP Jokic

01 Jan 2022  |  www.metro.us
Nikola Jokic, the Serbian center for the Denver Nuggets, reflected on his challenging transition from Mega Basket to becoming the NBA's most valuable player in 2021. He overcame initial struggles with physicality and athleticism in the league, changed his diet, which included quitting a heavy Coca-Cola habit, and worked his way up from the bench to the starting lineup. Jokic also mentioned missing an opportunity with Barcelona due to a poor performance, which eventually led to his NBA career. He praised fellow players Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant, highlighting Curry's likability and Durant's offensive prowess.

NBA-I was a misfit when I joined the Nuggets, says MVP Jokic

01 Jan 2022  |  hi99.com
Nikola Jokic, the Serbian center for the Denver Nuggets, overcame initial struggles and a poor diet to become the NBA's most valuable player in 2021. Jokic, who joined the Nuggets from Serbian side Mega Basket in 2015, became the lowest NBA draft pick ever to win the MVP regular season award. He credits his success to a rigorous process of improvement, including giving up a heavy Coca-cola habit. Jokic also praised fellow players Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant, calling Curry unmissable for any basketball fan and Durant the best offensive player in the league.

NBA-I was a misfit when I joined the Nuggets, says MVP Jokic

01 Jan 2022  |  wnflsports.com
Nikola Jokic, the Serbian center for the Denver Nuggets, reflected on his challenging transition from Mega Basket to becoming the NBA's most valuable player in 2021. Jokic, who had to overhaul his diet and overcome initial struggles with physicality and athleticism, credits his perseverance and unique path for his success. He acknowledged the talents of Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant but emphasized the importance of maintaining a competitive edge. Jokic's journey from being overlooked by Barcelona to making history in the NBA underscores his remarkable development.

I was a misfit when I joined the Nuggets, says MVP Jokic

01 Jan 2022  |  710 AM WDSM
Nikola Jokic, the 2021 NBA MVP, reflected on his challenging early days with the Denver Nuggets, including dietary changes and adapting to the physicality of the league. Jokic, who joined the Nuggets in 2015 from Mega Basket, became the lowest NBA draft pick to win the MVP award. He highlighted his journey from warming the bench to becoming a key player, attributing his NBA career to being overlooked by European giants Barcelona. Jokic praised Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant as the league's most impressive players but emphasized maintaining a competitive edge by not idolizing peers.

NBA-I was a misfit when I joined the Nuggets, says MVP Jokic

01 Jan 2022  |  kelo.com
Nikola Jokic, the Serbian center for the Denver Nuggets, overcame initial struggles and a poor diet to become the NBA's most valuable player in 2021. Jokic, who joined the Nuggets from Serbian side Mega Basket in 2015, became the lowest NBA draft pick ever to win the MVP regular season award. He credits his success to a change in diet and perseverance through a challenging adaptation period. Jokic also praised fellow NBA players Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant, while maintaining his competitive spirit.

NBA-I was a misfit when I joined the Nuggets, says MVP Jokic

01 Jan 2022  |  wibqam.com
Nikola Jokic overcame initial struggles after joining the Denver Nuggets from Serbian team Mega Basket in 2015, transforming his diet and game to become the NBA's most valuable player in 2021. Jokic, known for his exceptional skills for a center, led the Nuggets to the Western Conference finals last season. He admires fellow players Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant but maintains a competitive mindset.

NBA-I was a misfit when I joined the Nuggets, says MVP Jokic

01 Jan 2022  |  wdez.com
Nikola Jokic, the Serbian center for the Denver Nuggets, overcame initial struggles and a poor diet to become the NBA's most valuable player in 2021. Jokic, who joined the Nuggets from Serbian side Mega Basket in 2015, became the lowest NBA draft pick ever to win the MVP award. He credits his success to a rigorous process of improvement, including giving up a heavy Coca-Cola habit. Jokic also praised fellow players Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant, while emphasizing the importance of maintaining a competitive edge.

NBA-I was a misfit when I joined the Nuggets, says MVP Jokic

01 Jan 2022  |  theduke.fm
Nikola Jokic, the 2021 NBA MVP, reflects on his challenging early days with the Denver Nuggets, including a significant dietary change and overcoming initial struggles. Jokic, who joined the NBA from Serbia's Mega Basket, credits his success to perseverance and not idolizing peers. He praises Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant as standout players while emphasizing the importance of maintaining a competitive edge.

NBA-I was a misfit when I joined the Nuggets, says MVP Jokic

01 Jan 2022  |  mix929.com
Nikola Jokic, the Serbian center for the Denver Nuggets, reflected on his challenging transition to the NBA, including dietary changes and initial struggles with physicality and athleticism compared to his teammates. Jokic, who joined the Nuggets from Serbian team Mega Basket in 2015, became the lowest NBA draft pick to win the MVP regular season award in 2021. He credited his NBA opportunity to being overlooked by Barcelona and mentioned admiration for players like Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant, emphasizing the importance of maintaining a competitive edge.

NBA-I was a misfit when I joined the Nuggets, says MVP Jokic

01 Jan 2022  |  WTVB | 1590 AM · 95.5 FM | The Voice of Branch County
Nikola Jokic, the Serbian center for the Denver Nuggets, overcame initial struggles and a poor diet to become the NBA's most valuable player in 2021. Jokic, who joined the Nuggets from Serbian side Mega Basket in 2015, became the lowest NBA draft pick ever to win the MVP regular season award. He credits his success to a change in diet and perseverance through a challenging adaptation period. Jokic also praised fellow players Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant, calling Curry unmissable for any basketball fan and Durant the best offensive player in the league.

NBA-I was a misfit when I joined the Nuggets, says MVP Jokic

01 Jan 2022  |  krro.com
Nikola Jokic, the Serbian center for the Denver Nuggets, reflected on his challenging transition to the NBA, including dietary changes and initial struggles with the physicality of the league. Jokic, who joined the Nuggets from Serbian team Mega Basket in 2015, became the lowest NBA draft pick to win the MVP award in 2021. He credited his success to perseverance and a unique path, despite being overlooked by European clubs like Barcelona. Jokic led the Nuggets to the Western Conference finals and praised fellow players Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant for their impressive skills.

NBA-I was a misfit when I joined the Nuggets, says MVP Jokic

01 Jan 2022  |  WIN 98.5 Your Country | WNWN-FM | Battle Creek, MI
Nikola Jokic, the Serbian center for the Denver Nuggets, overcame initial struggles and a poor diet to become the NBA's most valuable player in 2021. Jokic, who joined the Nuggets from Serbian side Mega Basket in 2015, became the lowest NBA draft pick ever to win the MVP award. He credits his success to a rigorous process of improvement, from benchwarming to starting, and acknowledges the skills of fellow players like Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant, while maintaining his competitive edge.

NBA-I was a misfit when I joined the Nuggets, says MVP Jokic

01 Jan 2022  |  kelofm.com
Nikola Jokic, the Serbian center for the Denver Nuggets, overcame initial struggles and an unhealthy diet to become the NBA's most valuable player in 2021. Jokic, who joined the Nuggets from Mega Basket in 2015, became the lowest NBA draft pick ever to win the MVP regular season award. He credits his success to a rigorous process of improvement and a missed opportunity with Barcelona that led him to the NBA. Jokic admires players like Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant but maintains a competitive mindset.

NBA-I was a misfit when I joined the Nuggets, says MVP Jokic

01 Jan 2022  |  943jackfm.com
Nikola Jokic, the 2021 NBA MVP, reflected on his challenging early days with the Denver Nuggets, including a significant dietary change from drinking Coca-cola to improve his performance. Jokic, who joined the Nuggets in 2015 from Mega Basket, became the lowest NBA draft pick to win the MVP award. He credits his success to perseverance and not idolizing his peers, despite acknowledging the impressive skills of players like Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant. Jokic's journey underscores his transformation from a benchwarmer to a key player leading the Nuggets to the Western Conference finals.

NBA-I was a misfit when I joined the Nuggets, says MVP Jokic

01 Jan 2022  |  Froggy 99.9 KVOX
Nikola Jokic, the Serbian center for the Denver Nuggets, overcame initial struggles and a poor diet to become the NBA's most valuable player in 2021. He transitioned from a benchwarmer to a starter, leading the Nuggets to the Western Conference finals and averaging impressive stats. Jokic credits his NBA opportunity to being overlooked by Barcelona and praises fellow players Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant for their exceptional skills.

I was a misfit when I joined the Nuggets, says MVP Jokic

01 Jan 2022  |  Sports Radio KWSN
Nikola Jokic, the 2021 NBA MVP, reflected on his challenging early days with the Denver Nuggets, including a significant dietary change from drinking large amounts of Coca-cola. Jokic, who joined the Nuggets in 2015 from Mega Basket, became the lowest NBA draft pick to win the MVP award. He credited his success to perseverance and not being swayed by admiration for other top players. Jokic praised Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant as standout players in the league.

I was a misfit when I joined the Nuggets, says MVP Jokic

01 Jan 2022  |  100.7 MIX-FM | Today's Hit Music | Terre Haute, IN
Nikola Jokic, the NBA's 2021 MVP, reflected on his challenging early days with the Denver Nuggets, including a significant dietary change. Jokic, who joined the Nuggets in 2015 from Serbia's Mega Basket, overcame initial struggles to become a standout player. He highlighted his journey from being a benchwarmer to leading the Nuggets to the Western Conference finals. Jokic praised Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant as the league's most impressive players but emphasized maintaining a competitive edge by not idolizing peers.

I was a misfit when I joined the Nuggets, says MVP Jokic

01 Jan 2022  |  99.9 Radio USA
Nikola Jokic, the 2021 NBA MVP, reflects on his challenging early days with the Denver Nuggets, including dietary changes and adapting to the physicality of the league. Jokic's journey from Mega Basket to NBA stardom is marked by perseverance and overcoming initial setbacks. He praises Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant as standout players but emphasizes maintaining a competitive edge by not idolizing peers.

I was a misfit when I joined the Nuggets, says MVP Jokic

01 Jan 2022  |  93.3 The Drive
Nikola Jokic, the 2021 NBA MVP, reflected on his challenging early days with the Denver Nuggets, including dietary changes and adapting to the physicality of the league. Jokic's journey from Mega Basket to NBA stardom involved overcoming initial setbacks and being overlooked by European giants Barcelona. He praised Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant as standout players but emphasized maintaining a competitive edge by not idolizing peers. Jokic's exceptional skills have been pivotal in leading the Nuggets to significant achievements, including the Western Conference finals.

I was a misfit when I joined the Nuggets, says MVP Jokic

01 Jan 2022  |  101.9 Jack FM
Nikola Jokic, the 2021 NBA MVP, reflected on his challenging early days with the Denver Nuggets, including a significant diet change from drinking Coca-cola to improve his performance. Jokic, who joined the Nuggets in 2015 from Mega Basket, became the lowest NBA draft pick to win the MVP award. He highlighted his journey from warming the bench to becoming a key player, attributing his NBA career to being overlooked by European giants Barcelona. Jokic praised Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant as the league's most impressive players but emphasized maintaining a competitive edge by not idolizing peers.

I was a misfit when I joined the Nuggets, says MVP Jokic

01 Jan 2022  |  katcountry989.com
Nikola Jokic, the 2021 NBA MVP, reflected on his challenging early days with the Denver Nuggets, including a significant diet change from drinking liters of Coca-cola daily. Jokic, who joined the Nuggets in 2015 from Mega Basket, became the lowest NBA draft pick to win the MVP award. He highlighted his journey from warming the bench to becoming a key player, attributing his NBA entry to being overlooked by Barcelona. Jokic praised Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant as the league's most impressive players but emphasized maintaining a competitive edge by not idolizing peers.

I was a misfit when I joined the Nuggets, says MVP Jokic

01 Jan 2022  |  Sheboygan's Country B93
Nikola Jokic, the 2021 NBA MVP, reflected on his challenging early days with the Denver Nuggets, including a significant dietary change from drinking Coca-cola daily. Jokic, who joined the Nuggets in 2015 from Mega Basket, became the lowest NBA draft pick to win the MVP award. He highlighted his journey from warming the bench to becoming a key player, attributing his NBA entry to being overlooked by Barcelona. Jokic praised Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant as standout players but emphasized maintaining a competitive edge by not idolizing peers.

Benitez applauds Everton fightback against Arsenal

07 Dec 2021  |  BusinessLIVE
Everton manager Rafa Benitez praised his team's resilience in their 2-1 Premier League comeback win against Arsenal, ending a nine-game winless streak. Late goals by Richarlison and Demarai Gray secured the victory, lifting Everton to 12th place. Benitez highlighted the team's character and fan support, while Gray celebrated his best moment at Everton. Arsenal's Martin Odegaard expressed disappointment over their third consecutive league defeat, citing a lack of performance and failure to secure a second goal.

Soccer-Mitrovic bounces back as Serbia stun Portugal to qualify

15 Nov 2021  |  www.thestar.com.my
Serbia's Aleksandar Mitrovic redeemed himself from last year's Euro 2020 playoff disappointment by scoring a 90th-minute goal, securing a 2-1 victory over Portugal and ensuring Serbia's qualification for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

Croatia reach the 2022 World Cup after dramatically leapfrogging group leaders Russia

14 Nov 2021  |  Mail Online
Croatia secured their place in the 2022 World Cup with a 1-0 victory over Russia, thanks to a late own goal by Fedor Kudryashov. The win placed Croatia at the top of Group D, leading Russia by one point. Despite the challenging conditions of a waterlogged pitch and persistent defense from Russia, Croatia managed to break through with Kudryashov's mistake in the 80th minute. Russia had a chance to equalize in stoppage time but failed to convert.

Djokovic wants to coach after playing

08 Nov 2021  |  7news.com.au
Novak Djokovic, the world No.1 tennis player, has expressed his desire to become a coach after retiring from his playing career. He believes in passing on his knowledge and not taking it 'to the grave'. Djokovic, who has been coached by former grand slam champions and currently has Goran Ivanesevic on his team, praised Daniil Medvedev as a top player and his biggest rival. Djokovic is set to participate in the season-ending Masters in Turin and lead Serbia at the Davis Cup finals.

Djokovic wants to coach after playing

08 Nov 2021  |  www.perthnow.com.au
Novak Djokovic, after securing his 37th Masters title and sixth in Paris, expressed his intention to become a coach post-retirement to share his extensive knowledge. He praised Daniil Medvedev, predicting his rise to world No.1, and highlighted the importance of passing on his philosophy and methods to future generations. Djokovic will participate in the season-ending Masters in Turin and lead Serbia in the Davis Cup finals.

Solskjaer’s position back under the spotlight

08 Nov 2021  |  BusinessLIVE
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer faces renewed scrutiny after a defeat by Manchester City, with speculation about his potential sacking. The Premier League has seen a high turnover of managers, with Norwich City's Daniel Farke and Aston Villa's Dean Smith recently dismissed. Antonio Conte's arrival at Tottenham Hotspur shows promise, but the international break hampers immediate progress. Arsenal's resurgence under Mikel Arteta continues, while Leicester City struggles with defensive vulnerabilities despite a draw against Leeds United.

Soccer-Vlahovic double helps Serbia stay ahead of Portugal

13 Oct 2021  |  thestar.com.my
Dusan Vlahovic scored twice to lead Serbia to a 3-1 victory over Azerbaijan in their 2022 World Cup qualifier, placing them at the top of Group A with 17 points, one point ahead of Portugal. Portugal, having beaten Luxembourg 5-0 with a Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick, stands at 16 points and is set to visit Ireland on November 11.

Bruce convinced Newcastle will bounce back

18 Sep 2021  |  The West Australian
Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce remains confident that his team will escape the Premier League relegation zone despite a 1-1 draw with Leeds United, which left them 18th with two points from five games. Bruce acknowledged the fans' frustrations but praised their support during the match. He expressed satisfaction with the team's response and playing style, believing it will ensure their safety. The article highlights the team's current struggles, the fans' reactions, and Bruce's optimistic outlook.

Serbia go top as Mitrovic double helps sink Luxembourg

05 Sep 2021  |  www.thestar.com.my
Aleksandar Mitrovic scored twice in the first half, leading Serbia to a 4-1 victory over Luxembourg in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers. This win placed Serbia at the top of Group A, ahead of Portugal on goal difference, with both teams having 10 points from four games. Luxembourg remains third, while Ireland and Azerbaijan are tied with one point each after their draw in Dublin.

Soccer - Monaco and Shakhtar deadlocked as Salzburg, Sheriff advance

26 Aug 2021  |  thestar.com.my
Monaco and Shakhtar Donetsk were tied 2-2 on aggregate, leading to extra time in their Champions League playoff round return leg, while RB Salzburg and Sheriff Tiraspol advanced to the group stage. Monaco's Wissam Ben Yedder scored twice, and Shakhtar's Marlos scored a goal in the 74th minute.

Trio reach Champions League group stage

24 Aug 2021  |  www.perthnow.com.au
Benfica, Young Boys, and Malmo have qualified for the Champions League group stage. Benfica drew 0-0 with PSV Eindhoven, advancing with a 2-1 aggregate win. Young Boys defeated Ferencvaros 3-2, securing a 6-4 aggregate victory. Malmo progressed despite a 2-1 loss to Ludogorets, with a 3-2 aggregate success. The away goals rule was not a factor this season, and several players had notable impacts on their respective matches, including goals scored and red cards received. The group-stage draw is set to take place in Istanbul.

Shakhtar, Salzburg and Sheriff close in on Champions League group stage

18 Aug 2021  |  www.heraldlive.co.za
Shakhtar Donetsk, RB Salzburg, and Sheriff Tiraspol won their respective first-leg playoff matches, moving closer to the Champions League group stage. Shakhtar defeated Monaco 1-0, Salzburg came from behind to beat Brondby 2-1, and Sheriff stunned Dinamo Zagreb with a 3-0 victory. Key players included Pedrinho, who scored for Shakhtar, and Adama Traore, who netted twice for Sheriff. Dinamo Zagreb's Mislav Orsic criticized his team's performance as the worst since his tenure.

I was a misfit when I joined the Nuggets, says MVP Jokic

19 Jun 2021  |  nationalpost
Nikola Jokic, the 2021 NBA MVP, reflected on his challenging early days with the Denver Nuggets, including a significant dietary change and overcoming initial struggles. Jokic, who joined the Nuggets in 2015 from Serbia's Mega Basket, became the lowest NBA draft pick to win the MVP award. He highlighted his journey from warming the bench to becoming a key player, attributing his NBA entry to being overlooked by European giants Barcelona. Jokic praised Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant as standout players but emphasized maintaining a competitive edge by not idolizing peers.

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Davis Cup Tennis I regularly cover for the ITF

Breaking International News & Views

08 Sep 2015  |  Reuters
The article discusses the ongoing conflict in the Gaza Strip, highlighting the anticipation of a prisoner and hostage exchange between Hamas and Israel on the final day of a six-day truce. The focus is on the role of Qatar as a mediator and whether it will be able to negotiate an extension of the truce.

Breaking International News & Views

08 Sep 2015  |  Reuters
The article discusses the anticipation of further releases of hostages and prisoners by Hamas and Israel on the final day of a six-day truce in the Gaza Strip conflict. The focus is on the role of Qatar as a mediator and whether it will be able to negotiate an extension of the truce.

Breaking International News & Views

08 Sep 2015  |  Reuters
The article discusses the anticipation of further releases of hostages and prisoners by Hamas and Israel on the final day of a six-day truce in the Gaza Strip conflict. The focus is on the role of Qatar as a mediator and whether it will be able to negotiate an extension of the truce.

Breaking International News & Views

08 Sep 2015  |  Reuters
The article discusses the ongoing conflict in the Gaza Strip, highlighting the anticipation of further releases of hostages and prisoners by Hamas and Israel on the final day of a six-day truce. The focus is on the role of Qatar as a mediator and whether it will be able to negotiate an extension of the ceasefire. The situation remains tense as the international community watches to see if the truce will lead to a more lasting peace or if hostilities will resume.

Strong English quartet aims to restore European supremacy

14 Feb 2011  |  Balkan Insight
The winter break in Europe's club competitions has heightened anticipation for the Champions League knockout stage. Key matches include AC Milan vs. Tottenham Hotspur, Inter Milan vs. Bayern Munich, Arsenal vs. Barcelona, and Real Madrid vs. Olympique Lyon. English teams, including Chelsea and Manchester United, aim to avoid last season's disappointment. The article highlights the strengths and challenges of various teams and players, with a focus on the potential for English clubs to reclaim European dominance.

Croatia’s Prosinecki Named Red Star Belgrade Coach

10 Dec 2010  |  Balkan Insight
Robert Prosinecki, a former Croatian midfielder, has been appointed as the coach of Red Star Belgrade. Prosinecki, who previously played for Red Star and helped Croatia reach the 1998 World Cup semi-finals, expressed his determination to succeed in his new role. He aims to restore Red Star's former glory and overtake their city rivals, Partizan, despite the club's financial constraints. Prosinecki's appointment marks a significant challenge, as he is the first Croat to coach the Serbian football icon since the breakup of Yugoslavia.

Serbia Win World Water Polo League

EXIT 2010 Features Big Names, But Smaller Crowds

12 Jul 2010  |  Balkan Insight
EXIT 2010 featured notable performances from artists like Mika, LCD Soundsystem, DJ Shadow, and Yeasayer, though the festival saw smaller crowds compared to previous years. The event included a mix of electronic, rock, and hip-hop acts, with highlights such as Die Antwoord's intense performance, Royksopp's magical atmosphere, and Missy Elliot's engaging show. Despite some disappointments, like The Gaslamp Killer and Gonjasufi's rescheduled set, the festival maintained a positive vibe overall. The final night was marked by performances from Faith No More and Chemical Brothers, overcoming initial sound issues to deliver a memorable experience. The festival also included a live broadcast of the World Cup final, adding a unique interlude to the event.

Serbia’s Moment of Truth in Safari Land

21 Jun 2010  |  Balkan Insight
Serbia achieved a historic 1-0 victory over Germany in the World Cup, marking their first win over a top-ranked soccer nation and their first World Cup victory as an independent nation. The author recounts the emotional experience of watching the game and the subsequent celebrations. The article also touches on other surprising World Cup results, such as New Zealand's draw with Italy and Switzerland's win over Spain. The narrative includes personal anecdotes about the author's interactions with new friends from various countries and observations on the contrasting socio-economic conditions in Johannesburg.

Wingless Serbian Eagles Grounded in Pretoria

15 Jun 2010  |  Balkan Insight
The Serbian 'White Eagles' face an early exit from the World Cup, mirroring their 2006 performance. Despite the team's struggles, the author recounts a vibrant and unforgettable experience in South Africa, highlighting Johannesburg's nightlife, fan zones, and the impressive infrastructure of the stadiums. The article contrasts Serbia's isolated and tense approach with Brazil's open and engaging strategy, suggesting that teams under pressure are likely to exit early. The author reflects on the warm hospitality and the lively atmosphere created by fans from around the world.

Johannesburg Gripped By World Cup Fever

07 Jun 2010  |  Balkan Insight
South Africa's passion for soccer makes it an ideal host for the upcoming World Cup, with excitement visible throughout Johannesburg. The city is bustling with fan items like vuvuzelas and flags, and locals are showing exceptional hospitality. Despite concerns about crime, the atmosphere remains electric, especially with the anticipation of the opening match between South Africa and Mexico. The International Broadcasting Centre and Soccer City stadium are highlighted as key venues, contributing to the overall positive pre-tournament buzz.

Johannesburg Gripped By World Cup Fever

07 Jun 2010  |  Balkan Insight
Johannesburg is abuzz with excitement as it hosts the World Cup, with local fans and international visitors filling the city. Despite concerns about crime, the atmosphere is overwhelmingly positive, with South Africa's hospitality and enthusiasm shining through. The article highlights the vibrant fan culture, including the ubiquitous vuvuzela, and touches on local social issues and crime rates. The International Broadcasting Centre and Soccer City stadium are praised for their facilities, contributing to the anticipation of a memorable World Cup.

Serbia Ready to Take World Cup by Storm

25 May 2010  |  Balkan Insight
Serbia's national football team is gearing up for the World Cup with high hopes, led by strikers Nikola Zigic and Marko Pantelic. Despite never having beaten a top-tier team, the team is confident, especially with Germany's Michael Ballack injured. Serbia's group includes Ghana, Germany, and Australia, with Ghana coached by Serb Milovan Rajevac. Key players like Branislav Ivanovic and Michael Essien are also highlighted, with Essien's injury being a significant concern for Ghana.

Improved Serbia Open Should Be a Treat

28 Apr 2010  |  Balkan Insight
The Serbia Open, organized and sponsored by Novak Djokovic's family, promises to be an improved and exciting event this year. High-profile players such as Sam Querrey, John Isner, Ivo Karlovic, and Lukasz Kubot are set to participate, with potential wild card entrant Tommy Robredo adding to the competition's strength. The tournament, held at the expanded and enhanced complex by the Sava river, will feature more side-events and improved facilities. The event is expected to attract Belgrade's high society, though fewer politicians are anticipated compared to last year. The qualifying rounds begin on May 1, with the main draw starting on May 3 and the final on May 9.

Serbia’s Partizan Reach Euroleague Final Four

02 Apr 2010  |  Balkan Insight
Partizan Belgrade has reached the Euroleague Final Four after defeating Maccabi in a thrilling quarter-final series. The victory was celebrated by thousands of fans in Belgrade, marking a significant achievement for the Serbian champions who have faced financial difficulties throughout the season. Key players like Lester Bo McCalebb and Dusan Kecman were instrumental in the win. The Euroleague Final Four will be held in Paris, where Partizan will face Olympiakos. Maccabi's coach, Pini Gerhson, gracefully accepted the defeat and praised Partizan's performance.

Serbia In Raptures After Reaching World Cup

11 Oct 2009  |  Balkan Insight
Serbia's national football team secured a place in the World Cup with a 5-0 victory, sparking celebrations in Belgrade. Key players and officials expressed pride and optimism about the team's prospects in the upcoming tournament in South Africa. The Serbian Football Federation president and team captain highlighted the team's talent and the crucial support from fans.

Serbia’s Celebrations on Hold as England Demolish Croatia

10 Sep 2009  |  Balkan Insight
Serbia's hopes for early World Cup qualification were dashed after a 1-1 draw with France, despite an early lead from a penalty by Nenad Milijas. France's equalizer by Thierry Henry and their dominant play left Serbia needing one more win from their remaining matches. England secured their World Cup spot with a 5-1 victory over Croatia, who now face a tough battle for a play-off spot. Bosnia's 1-1 draw with Turkey puts them in a strong position for a play-off berth, while Spain and Slovenia also made significant strides in their qualifiers.

Serbia: Prodigy Headline at EXIT Finale

13 Jul 2009  |  Balkan Insight
The final night of the EXIT festival in Serbia featured back-to-back performances by Madness and The Prodigy, drawing a crowd of up to 40,000. The Prodigy delivered an explosive set combining old hits with new songs, while the night concluded with a DJ set by Carl Cox and Green Velvet. Despite some discomforts at the campsite, attendees enjoyed a memorable four-day festival experience, looking forward to next year's event.

Beethoven to Recuperate at Serbia’s EXIT

13 Jul 2009  |  Balkan Insight
The article recounts experiences at Serbia's EXIT festival, highlighting performances by artists like Patti Smith, Kraftwerk, Moby, and Etienne De Crecy. The Prodigy is anticipated as the main act for the closing ceremony. The narrative includes personal reflections, interactions with fellow festival-goers, and a somber note on a tragic accident involving a young attendee.
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