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Legend Turkoglu Takes On New Career Challenge

Image ISTANBUL - Turkish Basketball Federation (TBF) president Harun Erdenay unveiled 35-year-old legendary former player Hidayet (Hedo) Turkoglu as the new CEO of the TBF at a press conference in Istanbul on Monday. Turkoglu officially confirmed his retirement as a player last Friday although the writing was on the wall for some time, as he had announced last spring the end of his long international career with Turkey and did not pursue a new contract with any team after concluding the 2014/15 season on the roster of the Los Angeles Clippers. "Hedo has been the NBA player with the longest service to the national team as he played every summer from 1998 through 2013 year and only missed out in 2006 due to injury," TBF president Erdenay said on Monday. "His experience is extremely valuable and the TBF has decided to make use of its value and we are confident that he will contribute a new vision.

Nets to Host Fenerbahce Ulker for Preseason Game at Barclays Center

Image Brooklyn, NY – The Brooklyn Nets will host Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul of the Turkish Basketball League for a preseason game on October 5, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. at Barclays Center, General Manager Billy King announced today. "We are excited to be hosting Fenerbahce, as it will be a reunion for Bojan Bogdanovic with his former team,” said King. "Our fans will have an opportunity to see one of the best coached teams in all of Europe when they come to Brooklyn."
 
 

Turkoglu Adjusting to New Role with Clippers

Image NEW ORLEANS – While the Clippers’ latest acquisition, Glen Davis, had a boisterous discussion with his new teammates after Monday’s 123-110 victory over New Orleans, Hedo Turkoglu calmly ate a salad on the other side of the room. Turkoglu, the Clippers’ other midseason pickup, had just left a big stamp on the team’s win and earned praise from Coach Doc Rivers.

Enes Kanter Giving Utah Jazz Hope for Future

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Joe Camporeale ? USA Today Sports Images
Utah Jazz fans haven’t had much to be excited about in recent weeks. The Jazz have fallen out of the picture for the NBA Playoffs and have lost eight of their last ten games. Along with that, the Jazz know that there is a pretty good chance that Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap, arguably their two best players, will be leaving Utah this off-season when they enter free agency. Despite how bleak things may seem, the Jazz do have reason for hope—Enes Kanter.

Turkish Aksa Park/Meyko Donates Outdoor Fitness Equipment to Snellville, GA

Image Mayor Kelly D. Kautz is excited to announce the latest enhancement to Snellville's Briscoe Park with the donation and installation of new outdoor fitness equipment on the walking trail. The purchase and installation of the equipment was made possible by a generous 100% donation from Aksa Park/Meyko Outdoor Fitness Equipment, a Turkish based company, with no costs to the citizens of Snellville. The addition of this new equipment will provide a unique fitness venue for the entire community, young and old and will thereby contribute to improving the health and quality of life for the citizens of Snellville.

Hidayet Turkoglu Suspended for 20 Games

Image Orlando Magic forward Hedo Turkoglu has been suspended 20 games for violating terms of the league's anti-drug program, the National Basketball Association (NBA) said on Wednesday. Turkoglu, who has averaged 2.9 points and 2.4 rebounds in 11 games this season for Orlando, tested positive for anabolic steroid methenolone, the NBA said in a statement.

Turkey's Tourism Income Surges $23.4 Billion

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One of Istanbul's hot tourist spots Eminonu.
Turkey has boosted it tourism revenues to $23.4 billion in 2012, recording a slight 1.8 percent increase compared to the same period last year, Turkish Statistical Institution data suggests.Turkey has become a favorite destination as the number of tourists visiting the country, particularly from Arab regions, dramatically increased in recent years.

Turkey The Favourite to Host Euro 2020 Final

Image Thirteen countries will host the 2020 European Championship, UEFA decided Friday, with each host providing a single stadium for the 24-team tournament. In an effort to encourage smaller countries to join the project, the UEFA executive committee pledged to choose two stadiums holding as few as 30,000 spectators. Other stadiums must have a 50,000 capacity, which at least 20 of UEFA?s 53 member nations already have.

I did not Know I Had So Many Fans in Istanbul

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Serena Williams in Istanbul. AA
U.S. tennis player Serena Williams said that she did not know she had "so many fans in Istanbul". Williams' comments came after she defeated German rival Angelique Kerber by winning two sets, 6-4 and 6-1 at the TEB-BNP Paribas WTA Championships in Istanbul. Speaking at a press conference, Williams said that she had never come to Istanbul before.
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