San Antonio Spurs' Ettore Messina replaces Gregg Popovich for Pacers game

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A little bit of history was made last night in the NBA when Ettore Messina became the first European-born coach to take charge of a team.

The Italian, who has been an assistant at the San Antonio Spurs since this summer having spent the entirety of his career to that point in Europe, stepped in for veteran head coach Gregg Popovich who missed the team’s game against the Indiana Pacers due to a medical issue.

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Messina got off to the perfect start in his brief spell in the limelight too, leading the team to a 106-100 win over the Indiana Pacers.

Spurs staff are hopeful that Popovich will be back to lead the team in the near future but it is expected that Messina may be required to take charge of San Antonio's friday match up against the Sacramento Kings.

Elsewhere in the league there were big wins for the Cleveland Cavaliers and Houston Rockets while the Lakers lost for the 12th time this season.


Meanwhile in the NFL it looks like Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles is facing longer on the sidelines that originally expected.

Reports today suggest the franchise starter may not be back until the playoffs leaving back up Mark Sanchez leading the team in the regular season run in.


And finally the Million Dollar Arm launches their latest venture The Million Dollar Bat in Dubai on Wednesday. 

In a role reversal of the famous search for an Indian baseball player those in charge are seeking to trawl the United States in search for a future cricketing star.

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