Sporting Digest: Basketball

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The Independent Online
TORONTO became the 28th team in the National Basketball Association yesterday. The Toronto club, bringing an NBA franchise back to the Canadian city after an absence of 50 years, will begin play in the 1995- 1996 season. A consortium led by John Bitove Jnr will pay dollars 125m ( pounds 86m) for the franchise.

GUILDFORD KINGS, understrength because of injuries, lost the second game of their European Clubs Championship semi-final series when they were beaten easily in Greece 96-51 by Olympiakos last night. Tracy Pearson led Guildford's scoring with 27 points.

EUROPEAN CLUBS CHAMPIONSHIPS Semi-final series group matches: Pool A: Olympiakos 96 Guildford Kings 51; Limoges 71 Bayer Leverkusen 54; Benetton Treviso 93 Barcelona 82. Pool B: Panathinaikos 80 Cibona Zagreb 74; Pau-Orthez 115 Cantu 82; Efes Pilsen Istanbul 77 Benfica 61.