Sporting Digest: Basketball

Two weeks after Rupert Murdoch's Fox Group bought baseball's Los Angeles Dodgers, the media mogul is nearing agreements to buy part of the Los Angeles Lakers and a new arena, according to yesterday's Los Angeles Times.

NBA: Washington 91 Philadelphia 112; Atlanta 105 Toronto 91;Detroit 90 Cleveland 92; Orlando 87 Boston 98; Denver 100 Milwaukee 106; Utah 98 Portland 89.

WEDNESDAY'S LATE RESULT: Budweiser League: Manchester 93 Sheffield 96.