Basketball: Roca Team misses out on Final Four place in the EuroLeague by just one point

AS Monaco Basket’s bid to secure a place in the Final Four of the EuroLeague is over, following a sorry one-point defeat at the hands of Fenerbahçe Beko. 

As the game began, the Roca Team appeared recharged and in high spirits. This was the fifth game of the series against Fenerbahçe and, following AS Monaco Basket’s win in Game 4 on Friday 3rd May, the home side seemed buoyed by the support of their local fans.  

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Prince Albert II of Monaco joined the thousands of other people who crammed into the Salle Gaston Médecin on Wednesday 8th May, but even the cheers of the sovereign couldn’t help the crestfallen home team, who lost out on a place in the Final Four by just one solitary point.

The game was closely contested throughout, with the scores being separated by only one or two points for much of the game. Everyone was on the edge of their seat. 

Game highlights included the return of John Brown III for AS Monaco, who recovered from his shoulder injury in time for this crucial battle and was on excellent form, showcasing his impeccable defence skills against a very determined team.  

Elie Okobo scored 15 points, and Mike James, who scored 20 points, secured several three-pointers. As soon as Fenerbahçe was up by a point, the Roca Team countered, bringing the score to parity or even surpassing it. 

The efforts of the home side made the final result – the scoreboard read 79-80 as the whistle blew – even more difficult to accept.  

“It was a truly epic series that was played out on details. In the end, we die one shot away from the Final Four,” said Sasa Obradovic, the Roca Team’s coach. 

“We had a lot of chances, but we couldn’t capitalise on them. It’s a loss that hurts,” added full-back Jordan Loyd. 

This is the second consecutive year that AS Monaco have failed to make it into the EuroLeague’s Final Four.  

Despite the disappointment, however, the Roca Team and their fans can take pride in their hard-fought journey and memorable campaign during this challenging EuroLeague season. 

The team will now have just a few days to regroup and refocus; there is a game against Blois in the Betclic Elite coming up on Saturday 11th May.  


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Three days of traffic disruptions for Historic Monaco Grand Prix

The Historic Monaco Grand Prix will have a severe impact on travel throughout the Principality from Friday 10th to Sunday 12th May. Here is everything you need to know. 

The 14th Historic Monaco Grand Prix is returning this weekend, much to the delight of car collectors and enthusiasts of motorsports, particularly those of yesteryear. 

A series of classic car races will be held on the legendary Monaco circuit and, as a result, major disruptions to traffic is planned, particularly impacting cars, buses and parking. 

Driving disruptions

From 10th to 12th May, from early morning until the end of the events, many roads will be closed including boulevard Albert Ier and Place du Casino, down to rue Grimaldi, tunnel Rocher Noshes and the entrance to Place Sainte-Devote. 

Detours will be put in place, however people are encouraged to avoid driving if possible. 

The Waze real-time road map is a useful resource

To monitor the traffic, people can use the Waze app or check the website:

Parking on the roads located on the circuit will also be banned. 

Pedestrian access restrictions

During race times, pedestrians without access tickets will be restricted from walking on roads located on or sometimes near the circuit, including Darse Sud, avenue de la Costa, and Boulevard du Larvotto, between the roundabout leading to avenue de Grande-Bretagne and rue Louis Aureglia.

Bus circulation

All bus stops on the circuit will not be served by the CAM bus service during race times. 

Special ‘Circuit’ and ‘Salines’ shuttles will operate from the new Parking des Salines, offered free for spectators of the race upon presentation of the parking ticket. The express buses will run every 10 minutes between 8am and 8pm. 

Bus line 6 will not be in operation at all. 

For more information on buses, people can visit the website 


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Presenting Monte-Carlo SBM’s Route des Grands Crus 

route des grands crus

In honour of the 150th anniversary of the famous wine cellars beneath the Hôtel de Paris, leading Monte-Carlo Société des Bains de Mer hotels and restaurants across the Principality will be serving up some very special wines over the next six months. 

The Hôtel de Paris will be championing three iconic wine ‘regions’, namely Bordeaux, Alsace and the New World.

Le Louis XV, for example, is spotlighting two wines in particular, the Saint-Emilion Château Tertre Roteboeuf Grand Cru 2014 for €75 a glass and an exquisite Riesling, the Domaine Zusslin’s Pfingstberg Grand Cru, for €37 a glass. 

Among the other wines on offer at Monaco’s flagship hotel are: the Pauillac Château Mouton Rothschild 2008 at Le Grill for €120 a glass; Chile’s Rocas de Sena Vallée de l’Aconcagua Chili 2020 at Taera; and the Meursault Perrières Premier Cru Domaine Ballot-Millot 2017 for €47 a glass at Le Bar Américain.  

See more: Interview: SBM Group Executive Sommelier Patrice Frank

Across the square at the Café de Paris, guests can sample a range of exceptional wines from Provence’s Palette and Bandol appellations as well as a wonderful Pernand-Vergelesses Premier Cru by Domaine Louis Latour for €20 a glass.  

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The Hôtel Hermitage has chosen four glorious wines from Burgundy and Languedoc to showcase: a Meursault-Charmes Premier Cru Domaine Bouzereau and a Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru by Domaine de La Vougeraie, both from 2019, at Pavyllon Monte-Carlo, and a Bouzeron Domaine de Villaine 2020 and Saint-Julien Le Petit Ducru de Ducru-Beaucaillou 2018 at Le Limùn. Tastings here range from €15 to €110 a glass.  

Elsewhere in the Principality, Monte-Carlo Bay Hôtel & Resort is celebrating a selection of reds and whites from the Rhône Valley and Burgundy at its Blue Bay Marcel Ravin and L’Orange Verte restaurants. 

Monte-Carlo Beach’s Route des Grands Crus menu features four legendary wines from Burgundy and Bordeaux. Maona is spotlighting a 2016 Montrachet Premier Cru by Domaine Niellon and a 2015 Saint-Julien Château Beychevelle, while Elsa is inviting guests to taste a 2020 Marsannay Domaine Sylvain Pataille and 2016 Pomerol Château La Pointe. 

The Casino de Monte-Carlo’s bars and restaurants are also joining in with the degustation experience as is Buddha-Bar Monte-Carlo, with a delectable 2022 Domaine Pascal Jolivet and a choice Margaux 2017.  

Finally, the Hirondelle Thermes Marins Monte-Carlo is presenting two wines for an affordable €15 a glass: a 2017 Saint-Véran by the Domaine Thibert and a 2021 Morgon Domaine Marcel Lapierre. 

The Route des Grands Crus event officially began in April and will continue until the end of October 2024.

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