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ENGLAND'S MOST capped international, Peter Scantlebury, is hoping for for a double celebration tonight when he becomes the first player to make his 500th Budweiser League appearance, playing for Sheffield Sharks in the championship decider at Manchester Giants.

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MANCHESTER GIANTS and Sheffield Sharks are focusing on their winner- takes-all Budweiser League title decider at the MEN Arena on Friday, but the Worthing Bears have already turned their sights to next season.

Basketball: Sharks fall victim as Chester win

SHEFFIELD SHARKS lost the chance of clinching the Budweiser League title with a scarcely believable 84-81 defeat at Chester Jets. Following Saturday's 81-65 win over Newcastle Eagles, Sheffield only needed to win last night to be clear of Manchester Giants. Now the title will be settled when the teams meet in their final game of the regular season in Manchester on Friday.

Basketball: Finch fears young Sharks can still fall

IF SHEFFIELD SHARKS hold their nerve this weekend they will be crowned the Budweiser League champions tomorrow night, but their cautious coach Chris Finch is still playing up the threat posed by Newcastle Eagles and Chester Jets.

Balloonists toast flight with a cup of tea

Champagne flowed in the Swiss control room, but the crew of Breitling Orbiter 3 yesterday celebrated their victorious first non-stop balloon flight 26,600 miles round the world with a cup of tea. British pilot Brian Jones, from Erlestoke, Wiltshire, and Swiss

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Sheffield Sharks 111 Manchester Giants 109

Basketball: First title secured by Giants

MANCHESTER GIANTS duly bagged their first trophy in the franchise's history on Saturday night, but were hardly out of the dressing-room before focusing on the next title in their sights.

Basketball: Lascelles up for `biggest night'

AMID THE hype of All Star Americans, Most Valuable Player awards and the welter of stats surrounding the potential mis-match at tonight's Uni-ball League Trophy Final at the NEC, one player brings a truly unique quality to the game, writes Richard Taylor.

Basketball: Routledge counters Nemeth's criticisms

THE BASKETBALL League chairman, Kevin Routledge, yesterday presented a starkly contrasting view of the domestic game to the England coach, Laszlo Nemeth, who claimed at the weekend that the flood of American players into the country was destroying the national team.

Basketball: Giants lead the pack

MANCHESTER GIANTS have taken a clear lead in the Budweiser League, and set the tone for a week they expect to end in triumph at the League Trophy Final against Derby Storm on Saturday night.

Real Choices: Drink this

BUT SOFT, what Bud Light through yonder window breaks? As everyone knows who's seen Shakespeare in Love, this is the moment when Romeo sees his heart's desire on that famous balcony. As a health-conscious twenty- something into wind surfing and skiing who doesn't want a fat stomach to take the edge off his drinking pleasure, Romeo knows a low-calorie lager when he sees one.

Basketball: Home talent exodus endangers England

THE BUDWEISER LEAGUE restarts tonight after the break for the European Championships, but the England coach, Laszlo Nemeth, issued a warning to the best domestic talent aspiring to international basketball.

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Basketball: Williams in the clear - for now

DERBY STORM'S England international, Yorick Williams, was yesterday cleared to play in the end-of-season play-offs by a joint appeal panel, but only at the cost of a further suspension hanging over his head until the end of February next year.

Basket Ball: Hansell ensures England victory

ENGLAND'S BAND of wandering players, drawn from nine continental clubs with only Ronnie Baker representing the Budweiser League, produced enough of a team performance last night to keep Belarus at arms length in an ugly encounter in the semi-final round of the European Championship, their penultimate game in their group. With qualification for this summer's finals already beyond them, England's win at least means they will not have to pre-qualify for the 2001 Championship.
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