Basketball: Cup steels rivals

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Sheffield Steelers and Oldham Owls, the two leading clubs in British wheelchair basketball, take their intense domestic rivalry on to the international stage in May when Ponds Forge stages the European Champions Cup.

The Steelers, who qualify as hosts, and domestic champions Oldham line up against the Continent's top six clubs after a series of qualifying rounds over recent months.

Oldham and Sheffield supplied most members of the Great Britain team which won the silver medal at the Paralympics in Atlanta last summer. They both won National Cup semi-finals at the weekend and meet in the final at Stoke Mandeville on 19 April.

After two days of classification, the demanding schedule of games is played on Saturday and Sunday 3 and 4 May. Fundosa Groupo (Spain) defend the title against the challenge of Oldham and Sheffield, plus CS Meaux and Hyeres, from France, RBV Salzburg (Austria), St Lucia Sport (Italy) and SC Antilope (Netherlands).

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