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Basketball: NBA comes to Manchester

American pro basketball will be stage in Manchester for the first time as the Philidelphia 76ers play Oklahoma Thunder in a global eight-team NBA pre-season tour.

The 76ers will play Thunder on 8 October at the Manchester Arena, while pre-season fixtures will also take place in Turkey, Spain, Philippines, China, Taiwan and Brazil. The other sides taking part in the tour are the Indiana Pacers, the Houston Rockets, the Los Angeles Lakers, the Golden State Warriors, the Chicago Bulls and the Washington Wizards.