SPORTS

Sofoklis Schortsanitis…

Sofoklis Schortsanitis, back from the USA, where he was chosen by the Los Angeles Clippers at the NBA draft, but with no guaranteed contract, will lead Greece’s under-19 team at the seventh World Junior Basketball championships beginning today in Thessaloniki. Greece will play against Puerto Rico today, Angola tomorrow and Iran on Saturday and is a favorite to advance out of this group and into the quarterfinals. Greece has hosted the competition once before, in 1995, when a team led by center Efthymis Rentzias, now with the Philadelphia 76ers, won the gold medal from Australia and easily defeated a US team led by current NBA stars Vince Carter and Stephon Marbury.