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The last “autobasket”

Vladimir Stankovic

Nearly half a century ago this week, on January 18, 1962, a game between host Ignis Varese and Real Madrid entered the history books because of a decision by visiting head coach Pedro Ferrandiz. For some, it was an unsportsmanlike decision, for others a totally legal possibility because it didn’t violate any rule of the game at the time. Everyone admitted that there was something not too close to fair play, but at the same time recognized the genius of the Spanish coach’s move. Older readers will know the story, I am sure, but if you are young, it might be your first time hearing about the most famous own-basket ever.

The draw for the eighthfinals of the Eurocup that

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