Sporting Digest: Basketball

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The Independent Online
Fears about the health of the legendary player Joe DiMaggio, who is recovering from lung cancer surgery, have eased following another remarakble recovery by the 84-year-old. Doctors said on Sunday that DiMaggio was in a grave condition after contracting a lung infection, but it was announced yesterday that the infection had subsided rapidly and the American Hall of Famer was again in better health.

The Arizona Diamondbacks have signed the free agent centrefielder Steve Finley on a four-year contract worth around $20m. Finley's arrival takes the ambitious Phoenix-based outfit's close-season spending on new players to over $115m.