Sporting Digest: Basketball

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STEVE BUCKNALL led England's scorers with 23 points as they opened the European championship qualifying tournament with a 96-77 win over Albania in Zalaegerszeg, Hungary, last night. England play Romania today.

EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFYING TOURNAMENT (Zalaegerszeg, Hung): England 96 Albania 77.

NBA Championship Series: Chicago 99 Phoenix 98 (Chicago win series 4-2).