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Brawl erupts between Canada and Italy during basketball game

The Canadian Press
8/2/2009 8:45:28 PM
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CONEGLIANO, Italy -- A bench-clearing brawl erupted between Canada's men's senior national team and Italy during an exhibition basketball match on Saturday.

The fight started when Italian Stefano Mancinelli elbowed Canada's Aaron Doornekamp in the back of the head during the second half.

A video of the incident appeared on YouTube showing the two teams converging in a scuffle with Toronto Raptors Andrea Bargnani and newly signed forward Marco Belinelli trying to break up the skirmish.

Canadian coach Leo Rautins is also seen in the video having heated words with a member of the Italian organization.

Canada lost the match 81-75, with Belinelli leading the Italians with 22 points.

Jesse Young of Peterborough, Ont., had 27 points to lead Canada.

Canada was using the friendly to prepare for the FIBA Americas Championship which begins Aug. 26 in Puerto Rico.

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