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CHESTER JETS' new American, Kyle Ivey-Jones, was stranded in Boston on Friday night as Hurricane Floyd threatened to blow away his chances of making a debut in tonight's opening round of the Dairylea Dunkers Championship.

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Frogs are like chimps - they've got good verbal skills, they are nicely syncopated and they're good to direct. People like them; they feature as princes in fairy tales and as wooing frogs in nursery rhymes. We don't think of them as jumping green slimeballs and, most Brits anyway, don't think of them as square meals either. They're engaging and lugubrious, like the old judge in Ally McBeal.

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Basketball: Meldrum helps lift Tigers' spirits

THE THAMES Valley Tigers coach, Paul James, has started rebuilding his team after losing at least three key players to Budweiser League rivals, by signing the 6ft 7in Canadian Greg Meldrum, who was with Chester Jets last season, writes Richard Taylor.

Basketball: National League top three are called up

THE TOP three clubs from last season's National League, Solent Stars, Plymouth Raiders and Guildford Pumas, are being temporarily elevated to Budweiser League status for the group stages of next season's Uni-ball League Trophy.

Basketball: Lewis and Duck fire Towers to title

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Basketball: History against Sharks' treble

JUST ONE medal is missing from Peter Scantlebury's collection. But if England's record holder for international caps and league appearances is to add a Budweiser Championship play-off medal this weekend, Scantlebury and the Sheffield Sharks will have to buck the trend of statistics and history surrounding the season's finale at Wembley Arena.

Basketball: Towers turn the tables on Eagles

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Basketball: Bullets face a Simms setback

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Basketball: Giants recover to get better of Bullets

MANCHESTER GIANTS kept their Wembley dream alive at the MEN Arena with a 78-71 win over Birmingham Bullets, and their Budweiser Championship play-off quarter-final series will now be decided by tomorrow night's decisive game.

Basketball: Sharks' sights on Wembley

SHEFFIELD SHARKS overwhelmed Greater London Leopards 100-82 at Ponds Forge last night to square their Budweiser Championship play-off quarter-final series 1-1.

Basketball: Bullets aim to take best shot

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