Sport in Short: Basketball

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THE English Basket Ball Association is bidding to stage the 1995 European Championships in partnership with Birmingham City Council, the National Exhibition Centre and the National Indoor Arena. Turkey, Spain, Greece and France have also entered bids.

MEN'S EUROPEAN CLUBS' CHAMPIONSHIP Semi-final series: Group A: PAOK Salonika (Gr) 81 Cibona Zagreb (Croa) 67; Joventut Badalona (Sp) 81 Virtus Bologna (It) 73. Group B: Orthez (Fr) 82 Benetton Treviso (It) 55; TSV Bayer Leverkusen (Ger) 92 Estudiantes Madrid 80. Quarter-finals (two-leg ties): Orthez v PAOK Salonika, Olympiakos v Limoges, Virtus Bologna v Real Madrid, Scavolini Pesaro v Benetton Treviso. Semi-finals and final: Athens, 13-15 April.

NBA: Charlotte Hornets 111 San Antonio Spurs 104; Chicago Bulls 108 Orlando Magic 106; Houston Rockets 131 Phoenix Suns 104.