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Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2011

Euro powers grouped together

VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) Defending European champion Spain has drawn world championship runnerup Turkey plus basketball power and host Lithuania in the group stage of Eurobasket 2011.

The three teams were pitted together in Group A in the draw Sunday, along with Britain, Poland and a qualifier.

Serbia and France headline Group B, Greece and Croatia are in Group C, with Russia and Ukraine drawn in Group D.

The tournament in Lithuania runs from Aug. 31 to Sept. 18.

In all, 24 teams will compete — eight more than usual — with two from Finland, Hungary and Portugal still to qualify for the tournament.



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