Sporting Digest: Basketball

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AN ELITE group of referees could be in place next season to control major games in the Budweiser League following discussions on moves to halt the increasing number of player suspensions and to improve relationships between referees and the players and coaches and to put an end to regionalisation of officiating.

NBA: Charlotte 95 Boston 89; Miami 94 Atlanta 89; New York 130 Philadelphia 82; Houston 126 Dallas 100; Utah 122 Portland 111; Golden State 121 Sacramento 96.