SPORTS

In Brief

Panellinios moves into third in basketball Panellinios moved back up to third position in the basketball league after downing Panionios 66-60 yesterday and taking advantage of Aris’s defeat at home to Panathinaikos (76-69). League leader Olympiakos thrashed relegated Larissa 100-62 in Piraeus to stay two points clear of Panathinaikos. Olympia Larissa defeated visiting AEK 82-77 to confirm it will stay up, although it is also likely to merge with crosstown rival Larissa. Elsewhere, depleted PAOK managed to down Kavala 85-66 in Thessaloniki, Kolossos Rhodes dismissed Aegaleo 81-72 away and Maroussi returned from Trikala with an 81-73 win. Tomorrow sees the start of the Euroleague quarterfinal playoffs, with Olympiakos hosting Real Madrid in Piraeus and Panathinaikos clashing with Italy’s Siena in Athens. Two Greeks on the podium in Cottbus Greece won two medals in the Gymnastics World Cup in Cottbus, Germany last weekend. Dimosthenis Tampakos finished second in the rings final, while Dimitris Markousis was third in the floor exercise. Lefteris Petrounias and Lefteris Cosmidis both came in fourth, the former in rings and the latter in the floor exercise. «This was my return to international meetings after nine months,» said a happy Tampakos. European splash In the last match of water polo’s Euroleague group stage in Italy, Olympiakos maintained its unbeaten record by defeating Brescia 13-8. Olympiakos won its group and will play in the quarterfinals of Europe’s top club competition. Judo medals Young judoka Alexis Danatsidis and Roman Moustopoulos won gold medals in the Under-17 international meeting in Istanbul over the weekend, while Giorgos Azoidis landed a bronze medal.