Two recruits from the Rivals.com Class of 2010 top 20 never appeared in a game last season. The first, everyone knows. The NCAA deemed him a professional due to benefits he received from a professional club in Turkey, and Kentucky's Internet fan-army started a T-shirt campaign to "free" him from the collegiate ban. Ultimately all he did was serve as a student assistant coach and train in Lexington. He still managed to be picked No. 3 overall in last month's NBA draft. Things worked out well for Enes Kanter.
RIGA, Latvia -- All quiet here on the morning after the FIBA U19 World Championships, except for the footsteps of scattered tourists making their way over the cobblestones, admiring the Medieval and Gothic architecture. Riga is Europe's more underappreciated destinations, a beautiful Baltic capital famous for its Old Town (where I'm sitting outside, writing my final missive), its wealth of Art Nouveau buildings in the city center, and its night-time mix of sprawling summer beer gardens and sweaty Euro-clubs. Its latitude is so far north that it only gets truly dark for a few hours each day, and so the drunks go home around 6 a.m. and give way to the camera-toters only a few hours later.
RIGA, Latvia -- Outside the Arena Riga press room, after the U.S. suffered a stunning 79-74 loss in the quarterfinals of the FIBA U19 World Championships, one of the Russian-speaking writers stopped me and said while smiling, "This has to be really humbling for you guys, no?"
RIGA, Latvia -- Of the international NCAA prospects here for the FIBA U19 World Championship, the most intriguing one I found wasn't even playing at Arena Riga this week -- he was asleep high up in the stands, behind a smattering of NBA scouts.
RIGA, Latvia -- In the animated Australian cheering section here at the FIBA U19 World Championship, sitting two seats to the left of an inflatable, yellow kangaroo, and two seats to the right of a man who was playing a cowbell while wearing a kangaroo T-shirt, was a surprising sight: Butler forward Khyle Marshall, in his Team USA jersey, actively rooting on the Aussies against Brazil.
Center right and minority parties make gains across Europe as turnout in elections for the new European Parlimanent dips to a record low of 43 percent. Below is a country by country selection of some of the key results at national level.
Six of the seven Ancient Wonders of the World have vanished into history, but now there may be a way to recreate these ancient heritage sites, as well as to people them and furnish them in a historically authentic way.
Latvia's parliament voted overwhelmingly to support the EU constitution Thursday, a decision lawmakers and analysts said sent a message from the new Europe to the old that the approval process must continue.