Basketball: Ivey-Jones' debut doubt

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.


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.

Athletics: Challenger ready to make big leap

Britain's 21-year-old high-jump star is confident he will take his chance on the world stage.

Basketball: Singleton joins Tigers

BILLY SINGLETON is beefing up the Thames Valley Tigers offence for the new season, which begins on 18 September, after departing the new regime of coach Tim Darling at Leicester City Riders.

Basketball: Henlan staying on

MARTIN HENLAN and Ray Schultz have pledged to play on for London Towers in the coming season. At 6ft 10in Henlan is not only the biggest, but one of the most successful players in the Budweiser League, having won League, Cup, Trophy and championship medals with the Kingston/Guildford franchise in the early 90s.

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

LONDON TOWERS were good enough to finish only fourth in the league this season, but last night they took the Budweiser Championship play- off title 82-71 against a Thames Valley Tigers team who had lost their playmaker Casey Arena with a knee injury in Saturday's semi-final win over Manchester Giants.

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


Basketball: Bullets face a Simms setback

BIRMINGHAM BULLETS coach Mike Finger hopes hand injuries to Tony Simms and Fabulous Flournoy will not stop them facing Budweiser League runners-up Manchester Giants in tonight's decisive third game of their play-off quarter-final series at the MEN arena.

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: Bullets aim to take best shot

THE BIRMINGHAM BULLETS coach, Mike Finger, hopes he can force his close friend Nick Nurse out of contention for the Budweiser Championship play-offs, without the Manchester Giants' coach even sitting on the bench for their play-off quarter-final series.

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.
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