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. The Nets continued their winning ways Tuesday by sweeping a back-to-back set for the first time this season, beating the Orlando Magic 101-90 a night after routing the crosstown rival New York Knicks.The 2012-13 season of La Liga kicks off August 18, but before the action gets underway TSN.ca is helping you catch up and what you might have missed over the summer. Find out which big names have changed kits and what might become the biggest storylines of the upcoming campaign. Check back in throughout the week for previews of the upcoming seasons in German Bundesliga, Italys Serie A and the Barclays Premier League. Player Additions: Barcelona pulled off a 14 million euro double-feat, strengthening their back-line by adding Spanish national Jordi Alba while simultaneously weakening third-place Valencia, his former club. That move looked like the biggest off-season grab up until Saturday morning, when the club announced it had agreed to a transfer deal with Arsenal midfielder Alex Song. They would not be the only ones to pull from Valencias roster, as Athletic Bilbao dropped 2.5 million euros on attacker Artiz Aduriz. Valencia would counter by dropping more than 17 million euros on the combination of 21-year-old Sergio Canales (who failed to catch on with Real Madrid), Las Palmas midfielder Jonathan Viera, Argentine midfielder Fernando Gago and Sporting Lisbons Joao Pereira. Sevilla helped their back-line with Hedwiges Maduro and built up some depth adding Arsenals Geoffrey Kongdobia, Chilean Bryan Rabello, (the relegated) Villarreals keeper Diego Lopez and Javi Hervas. Real Madrid has spent the better part of the summer chasing Croatian midfielder Luka Modric while letting the likes of Canales and Joselu walk. Their cross-town rivals Atletico, meanwhile, took on an international flavor, adding Turkish midfielder Emre Belezoglu, Uruguayan midfielder Cristian Rodriguez (both free transfers) as well as Getafe defender Daniel Diaz. Marquee Match-Ups: Aug. 27 – Athletic Bilbao at Atletico Madrid: A re-match of last years Europa League Final that saw Madrids other team blank Bilbao. The 3-0 result may look lopsided in Madrids favour in hindsight, but Bilbao powered through Schalke and Manchester United en route to the final. Oct..Tony Parker Jersey
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