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Demetris Nichols, who played at Syracuse University from 2003 to 2007, has signed with a professional basketball team in Russia, his agent said Tuesday. Nichols will play for Krasnie Krilya, his agent, Bill Neff of SAGA Sports, said Tuesday. The team is located in Samara, Russia. The Post-Standard

Nichols played for the Milwaukee Bucks in the NBA's Las Vegas Summer League this past summer, but found no interest from NBA teams in terms of getting an invitation to a team's training camp. The Post-Standard

August 30, 2013 Updates

The announcement includes a brief (rare) interview with Babbitt. Here's an excerpt thanks to Google Translator. I've tried to clean it up slightly. Why did you move from the strongest league in the world (NBA) to Nizhny Novgorod? "I wanted to play for a team that will give me the opportunity to show what I can do on the court. I will try to prove that I was able to [play a] complete game and can do more than just [shoot] a three-pointer. In this sense, the situation in Nizhny Novgorod - a great opportunity for me." Is this the first time you've played in Europe? Do you think that basketball is different from the U.S.? "This is the third time I'm going to play in Europe. [I] participated in several tournaments when I was in high school and college. I think the game is a little different in style and there are some other rules to which I will have to adapt." Blazers Edge

What do you know about Russia and how did your loved ones react to the news about your move? "I know that the weather is cold in Russia, but my family and friends were very happy for me when I told them about [my] new team. In the near future I will be very happy to meet with [my] new teammates." Blazers Edge

August 29, 2013 Updates

“Your body should be soft like water,” Mr. Prokhorov, 48, explained as he rounded his 6-foot-8 frame and then, improbably, rolled on his back along the top of a hardwood bench. If he grimaced, nobody saw it. “When you were a child, you knew how to relax and roll,” he went on. “If even one muscle tenses, you will get hurt. Be like water. At first, it is uncomfortable for you, but then it will become uncomfortable for your opponent.” New York Times

Igor M. Bunin, president of the Center for Political Technologies, a political and business consultancy in Moscow, said Mr. Prokhorov is calibrating his political ambitions to avoid too open a challenge to Mr. Putin, in spite of provocative arrests of his candidates. Sometimes, his approach seems dry. Civic Platform, for example, has been derided as a “party of lawyers.” “He is speaking between the lines,” Mr. Bunin said. “He is saying he is an alternative to Putin, a possible successor. But he cannot commit to a stronger, more confrontational strategy. This is limiting his potential.” New York Times

Mr. Prokhorov said his goal in regional elections is a second-place finish in the City Council in Togliatti and solid enough results elsewhere to form factions in regional legislatures. This, he said, would lay the foundation for a solid showing by his party in parliamentary elections in 2016. New York Times

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Unics Kazan officially announced the signing of Luke Harangody for the coming season. The big man moves to Russia after two years in the NBA with Boston Celtics and Cleveland Cavaliers. Sportando

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Mickeal Gelabale is a new player of Khimki Moscow, as Sportando anticipated last Saturday. The French forward has played with Minnesota Timberwolves last season and shortly with Valencia. Sportando

DaJuan Summers is signing a contract in Ukraine with Budivelnyk Kyiv, a source told Sportando. The American forward, who has a short stint overseas with Mens Sana Siena, spent last season with Maine Red Claws averaging 18ppg and 7.6rpg and then he moved to the Clippers where he scored 1ppg in 2 games. Sportando

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