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NYON, Switzerland -- New UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin wants to protect Europes national leagues from the threat of breakaway competitions. Mike Matheny Cardinals Jersey .Ceferin was elected last month amid talk of a future closed-shop Super League and breakaway cross-border divisions, as some clubs seem ready to chase bigger commercial deals by moving beyond the bounds of national leagues.I am against killing national leagues. That is out of the question, Ceferin told The Associated Press.He spoke ahead of Fridays annual meeting of the group of European leagues, which revived recent tension with UEFA, and could become the new presidents most difficult stakeholders.The former Slovenia soccer federation leader said he was open to innovation -- such as creating regional leagues -- but within limits and inside UEFAs control.There are some new ideas and not necessarily bad, but UEFA should be involved in that, Ceferin said in his first major interview at UEFA headquarters on Thursday. It should not hurt national leagues because without national leagues I think football is dead.Radical change looked possible this year as UEFA was without a president during talks with clubs on Champions League entries and distributing billion-dollar annual prize money for the three seasons from 2018.Some wealthy and influential clubs exploited FIFAs ban of Ceferins predecessor, Michel Platini, by framing the negotiations around threats to break away, or forcing UEFA to lock a cartel of storied clubs into Europes top competition without the need to qualify via domestic competitions.Ceferin took office three weeks after UEFA sealed a compromise deal that favored the big-four countries: Spain, Germany, England, and Italy. It left mid-ranked clubs doubting where they fitted in the Champions Leagues future as broadcasters demanded more high-profile match-ups.Moving quickly to build relations with European Club Association leaders, Ceferin believes the Super League threat is over for now.It would create a war, he said. We are on the same side with the big clubs. They dont want to do it without UEFA. Clubs also know they would have problems if they would break away. If it would be easy, they would be already gone.The latest trend is exploring regional leagues where neighboring countries each provide some teams. The North Atlantic and Balkans are options, creating more compelling and higher-standard competition than the individual national leagues.Ceferin said cross-border leagues could supplement national leagues, not replace them.As an additional competition its a good idea. (I)t should be played for those who dont qualify for the Europa League and Champions League, maybe from the New Year on, he said.We cant kill the national leagues. If you take, for example, two clubs out of the Slovenian league (into a Balkan league) then the Slovenian league is over.Elected in a landslide with a mandate to help the smaller UEFA member federations, Ceferin also wants to defend tradition.People like revolutions, they like to speak about big changes, but you should be clever, the criminal lawyer said. You should take into consideration everything, and national leagues are too important.On Friday, the group representing leagues in most of Europes 55 member federations stated its claim to be treated by UEFA with more importance.Angered at being left out of recent Champions League talks as a deal neared, the European Professional Football Leagues ended its working agreement with UEFA and set a March 15 deadline to negotiate a new one.The current accord means European top-tier matches have not been played in direct clashes with the Champions League on midweek evenings protected by UEFA for its signature club competition.Asked about his negotiating and leadership style, Ceferin said: The important thing is that you are ready to listen. Ramon Urias Jersey . The home side created most of the chances but struggled to break down Braunschweigs resilient defence, resulting in the Bundesligas 1,000th scoreless draw. Adolis Garcia Jersey .C. -- Al Jefferson joked that he feels he can score from anywhere on the court. https:///...ersey-cardinals.html . Pierce was ejected in the third quarter of Indianas 103-86 win Monday. George Hill stole a bad pass and was going in for a layup, and Pierce hustled back and appeared to be trying to wrap him up. TORONTO -- Even though it is Kyle Lowry currently shooting lights out for the Toronto Raptors, second-year man Norman Powell is only too happy to take the credit.Lowry had 24 points and seven assists for the Raptors in a 113-80 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday night, compared to Powells 16. But according to Powell, its his pre-game tradition with the All-Star guard that is powering his hot hand.We have a little shooting competition, the first to make five from five spots, and ever since weve started doing that hes been lighting it up, so Im taking credit for it, Powell said jokingly after the game, Torontos season-high fifth straight victory and a fourth consecutive win over the Lakers.Lowry, who has scored 20-plus points in his last six games against the Lakers, averaging 24.8 points, was only too happy to back up his teammates claim.He can take credit. My teammates, they can all have the credit, he said. My teammates are the reason Im able to do the things that Im able to do.Lowry tied his season high for 3-pointers, going 6 of 9 from beyond the arc as the Raptors registered their biggest win of the season. The 33-point victory surpassed the 27-point win over Philadelphia on Oct. 28.Still, coach Dwane Casey was more interested in his teams defensive performance, as Toronto held Los Angeles to an opponent season low of 80 points and .344 shooting from the field. The Raptors were particularly dominant in the second quarter, outscoring the Lakers 41-26 while shooting 75 percent from the field.But it takes more than that to impress the Raptors coach.Case dont say nothing about offense. Case dont care, said DeMar DeRozan, who had 16 points. Everything that comes out of his mouth is defense.Even though the game was the Lakers third in four nights, coach Luke Walton was not about to use that as an excuse.I felt like we werent mentally ready to compete against one of the better teams in the NBA tonight, he said. I dont know if thats just fatigue from the travel and the road trip so far. Even if it is it cant be an excuse in this league.Brandon Ingram had 17 points for the Lakers, who are 1-2 on their four-game road trip. Meanwhile their bench, the top scoring unit in the NBA, chipped in with Jordan Clarksons 14 and former Raptor Lou Williams 13.The Lakers were held to just 14 points in the third quarter and 32 points in the ssecond half, as Toronto successfully nursed a 21-point halftime lead all the way to the end, emptying its bench and giving minutes to some of its lesser lights. Dizzy Dean Jersey. You have to give them credit, they played really good, former Raptor Jose Calderon said. They kept making shots in the right moment and played good defense. We didnt find a guy today who was really hot or going.TIP-INSLakers: G DAngelo Russell (left knee) missed his seventh consecutive game and F Nick Young (right calf) sat out his second straight contest. ... F Julius Randle played his 100th NBA game Friday night. He has 39 double-doubles over that span. ... Williams has made a free throw in 29 straight games, the longest active streak for a Lakers bench player.Raptors: Usual starting F DeMarre Carroll was rested in the opening game of Torontos first back-to-back home games since the 2008-09 season as the Raptors continue to exercise caution after Carrolls knee surgery late last season. Powell started in his place. ... DeRozans six assists extended his career-long streak with at least four assists to 11 games. ... Lowry has made multiple 3-pointers in 10 straight games, tied for the longest such streak of his career.KERR-AZY VOTERSDespite leading the Lakers to a surprising 10-10 record over the first month of the season, Walton was passed over for Western Conference coach of the month in favor of his former boss, Steve Kerr of 16-2 Golden State.Im furious that Steve Kerr won coach of the month, Walton said jokingly. No, Im happy for him obviously. It doesnt matter to me who wins coach of the month. Were trying to do something thats bigger than individual awards.DOMINATING FROM DOWNTOWNThe Raptors, who shot 41.4 percent from 3-point range, had double-digit 3-pointers (12) for the fifth straight game. Lowry led the way with six, and in his last four games is shooting 71 percent (20 of 28) from beyond the arc.MOVING ON UPDeRozans six field goals saw him pass Vince Carter (3,536) for second on the franchises all-time list. Chris Bosh leads the way with 3,614.UP NEXTLakers: Will look to end a five-game losing streak in Memphis when they face the Grizzlies on Saturday.Raptors: Aiming for sixth straight win when they host Atlanta on Saturday. ' ' '