Sport in Short: Basketball

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THE Worthing Bears players Mike Spaid and Neville Searchwell have both had a one-year ban, suspended for 12 months, for taking a banned substance before February's National Cup Final against Guildford Kings. The English Basket Ball Association made the ruling after the players tested for dihydrocodeine, a pain-killer.

NBA PLAY-OFFS: Eastern Conference, second round: New York 111 Charlotte 95 (New York lead best-of-seven series 1-0). First round: Cleveland 99 New Jersey 89 (Cleveland win series 3-2). Western Conference, first round: Phoenix Suns 112 LA Lakers 104 (Phoenix win series 3-2).

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