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Russia, Macedonia reach quarters

Updated: September 8, 2011, 10:37 PM ET
Associated Press

VILNIUS, Lithuania -- For the Russian basketball team, the victory meant much more than usual. This one was dedicated to the hockey players killed in a plane crash.

Wearing black tags on their uniforms, the Russians beat Finland 79-60 on Thursday to advance to the quarterfinals of the European basketball championship.

A day earlier, 36 players, coaches and staff of the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl hockey team died when their private plane went down in western Russia.

"Yesterday we were ...

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