SPORTS

In Brief

Another defeat for volleyball champion A spirited display by Aris in Thessaloniki led to volleyball champion Olympiakos suffering its second loss in as many games in the league to date. Headed by former Olympiakos player Nikos Roumeliotis, Aris won 3-2 (23-25, 25-21, 22-25, 25-22, 15-13) on Friday after coming from 2-1 down. On Saturday, league leader Iraklis, who beat Olympiakos a week earlier, had no problems facing Panellinios, winning 3-0 (25-23, 25-14, 25-19) at home. Yesterday AEK scored its first win of the season defeating Kifissia 3-1 away (16-25, 25-23, 20-25, 16-25). Today Panathinaikos hosts PAOK in Athens, in a game that will be closely watched for security reasons, after three separate instances of attacks against the Athens side by persons unknown at the Mets court in central Athens, where the game will be hosted. Swine flu scare for Olympiakos hoopsters Just a few days before the start of the new A1 basketball championship and the Euroleague, two Olympiakos players – Sofoklis Schortsanitis and Costas Papanikolaou – have reportedly contracted swine flu. Olympiakos traveled to the US for two friendly games against the San Antonio Spurs and the Cleveland Cavaliers, and the two Greece internationals probably contracted the virus there. «Their condition is particular satisfactory,» according to an Olympiakos statement issued yesterday. New Aris guard Former Panionios guard Aaron Miles signed a one-year contract with Aris basketball club, the latter announced on Saturday evening. The 26-year-old American was chosen by new Aris coach, Fotis Katsikaris, who is eager to renew the club’s roster especially as far as its foreign players are concerned. Meanwhile, reports are linking ex-Panellinios forward Jurica Golemac with Panathinaikos. Table tennis Greek champion Kalin Kreanka missed out on a semifinal spot at the table tennis World Cup after losing to South Korean Oh Sang Eun 4-2 sets in the quarterfinals on Saturday. This was the seventh time in 11 world cup tournaments that Kreanka has reached the top eight.