Basketball: Bucknall returns

STEVE BUCKNALL returns to his roots tonight, gracing the Crystal Palace NSC court he first played on as a junior when he wins his 73rd England cap in the European Championship semi-final round game against Belarus.

BASKETBALL: Banned pair lead Derby to final

RICO ALDERSON and Yorick Williams last night led Derby Storm to next month's Uni-Ball Trophy final against Manchester Giants at the National Exhibition Centre, but they will not be there to enjoy the club's first appearance in a major final.

Pop: Sheryl Crow

Although last year's The Globe Sessions, her third album, saw Sheryl Crow (right) heading off in a slightly less commercial Americana rock direction, her live shows still feature lots of prime singalong hits, such as "If It Makes You Happy" and "All I Wanna Do", a song for which the manufacturers of Budweiser should be eternally grateful. As someone used to playing big arenas and stadia back home, Crow easily has the sound to fill this venue. Her chatty nature and guitar-picking (she's much more than just a talented singer) are among the other assets that will be on display at this show, a one-off UK date before she returns later in the year for a support slot on the Rolling Stones tour.

Basketball: Nemeth backs Williams

THE ENGLAND coach, Laszlo Nemeth, has urged that Derby Storm's international forward Yorick Williams should not be pre-judged for his role in the trouble at last weekend's Budweiser League game at Chester Jets. The game had to be abandoned following a mass brawl between players of both sides, apparently sparked by an earlier fight between Williams and Chester's Shawn Hartley.

Basketball: Derby coach's second ban

BOB DONEWALD, the Derby Storm coach, completed a tumultuous week in the club's history yesterday by collecting another two-game ban, his second of the season, and his third pounds 300 fine of the Budweiser League Campaign.

Basketball: Bullets grateful to Lloyd

BIRMINGHAM BULLETS, last season's play-off champions, took a firmer grip on fourth place in the Budweiser League by cruising past lacklustre Leicester City Riders 78-65 last night to boost their chances of home advantage in the quarter-finals.

Basketball: Police probe assault on Chester's physio

TEMPERS ARE still inflamed after Sunday's abandonment of the Budweiser League game between Chester Jets and Derby Storm, which was halted after 28 seconds following a players' brawl.

Basketball: Fight ends game after 30 seconds

CHESTER JETS' Budweiser League game with Derby Storm was abandoned after 30 seconds last night, when players from both teams invaded the court after a fight began between Chester's Sean Hartley and Derby's England international Yorick Williams.

Basketball: Mayhem on court

CHESTER JETS and Derby Storm were last night involved in the worst disciplinary incident in English basketball history when the Budweiser League game between them was abandoned after 30 seconds as players from both teams fought on court at the Northgate Arena.

Basketball: Carter much in demand

THE BUDWEISER League clubs, Manchester Giants and London Towers, are rivals for the signature of Ray Carter, but the England international is also the target for the Italian A2 club Trieste.

Basketball: No stopping the Sharks

THE SHARKS are circling the Budweiser League Trophy just one week after winning the National Cup final. Chris Finch's Sheffield side defeated Manchester Giants 86-83 on Saturday, then routed London Towers 92-58 last night after out-scoring them 19-1 in the first quarter.

Basketball: Johnson just not magic enough

IT WAS nearly "magic" Johnson, but not quite. The Greater London Leopards handed the debutant Rashod Johnson the ball with four seconds on the clock and the assignment to hit the winning three-point shot. But the ball hit the rim and bounced away for the Sheffield Sharks to avenge their 1997 National Cup final defeat against the Leopards and delight the majority of the fans in the 6,000-plus crowd on their home court.

Basketball: Bullets' squad under pressure

MARK ROBINSON, the All Star American, is set to become the next player to leave Birmingham Bullets, as the Budweiser League club try to gain a place in the League Trophy quarter-finals with just five senior players for tonight's group game against Greater London Leopards.

Basketball: Conlan to the rescue

LEAGUE TROPHY holders Sheffield Sharks secured their place in the quarter-finals last night with an 85-83 victory over Manchester Giants, after a late surge orchestrated by Travis Conlan settled this season's first meeting between the Budweiser League's top two clubs.

Basketball: Two Birmingham players get the bullet

THE TRAUMA continues at Birmingham Bullets where coach Mike Finger sacked two of his players on Christmas Eve, just a week after the Basketball League took control of the club from its' former owner Harry Wrublewski. Bullets go into tomorrow's Budweiser League game against Leicester City Riders at the NEC without American Chuck Guittar and the former England International Mark Considine.
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