Basketball: Mims sacked by Leicester

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Leicester Riders yesterday dismissed Billy Mims as coach, the second time in the American's British Basketball League career that he has taken a club to unprecedented heights only to be sacked when the magic stopped working.

Mims, 43, led Riders to their first silverware in 2001. He joined them in 1999 after being sacked by London Leopards who he had just guided to two successive league titles, their first trophies. Sunday's 99-94 defeat at Thames Valley Tigers was Riders' 29th successive defeat in BBL competitions and Mims' assistant, Jon James, will take over until a new coach is appointed.