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  • Britball.com : England Men Basketball
    England 2002 Jan 23rd England 51 80 Russia Jan 26th Portugal 74 70 England Nov 20th England 39 97 Italy Nov 23rd Slovenia 104 71 England Nov 27th England 68 74 Czech Republic 2003 Feb 22th Russia 94 42 England Feb 25th England 92 84 Portugal 2003 Group E Standings Pos Team P W L Pts 1 Italy 10 8 2 18 2 Slovenia 10 7 3 17 3 Russia

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  • BULLS BABES CHANDLER AND CURRY LEARNING TO WALK TALL
    win concedes Chandler the elder by two months I had expectations of that of being in the play offs Fat chance and certainly not this season He adds We have to start winning so we can get back up Then we have a chance to make things happen It has not been all plain sailing Each has suffered the ignominy of the DNP CD benched for a stretch of games by both Bill Cartwright and his predecessor Tim Floyd Watch and learn from the sidelines is the message An hour before I meet the pair ahead of the Bulls meeting with Orlando Cartwright informs both that they have been taken out of the starting line up to face the Magic It is another step in the maturation process but significantly there are no tantrums just an acceptance that their time has not yet come We have to trust in coach Chandler nods a patient approach to their rookie campaign which appeals equally to Cartwright himself It s a process he underlines You understand they re 19 You understand that every game is a learning experience to the extent that they ve never played this many games in a season They re being introduced to new offenses and defences And then also they re playing against guys who they have to get acclimated to So this entire year is a learning experience Other observers agree Those young guys are going to be good Orlando Magic coach Doc Rivers enthuses You see it I think they have quite a future Despite the turnovers and missed passes there have been sufficient signs of improvement to justify the Bulls optimistic stance Some nights you do see it and some nights you don t says former Chicago legend John Paxson of the twosome s incremental advances You know it s a young team and these are the guys you re going to be counting on down the road It s all part of the growth process It takes time for new guys to come into this league and play consistently And that makes it real tough to win a lot of games they don t give you the same game every night and that s what the great players can accomplish The great ones when they are not on they find other ways to help you But you see flashes with these guys and that s OK The hardest part both rookies agree is the 82 game non stop travel what time zone is it today grind of the NBA It s a major test of stamina for two kids who would otherwise be attending classes and paying more attention to Final Four than Defensive Three Seconds As many games as we play you have to come in night in and night out against the best players in the world Chandler acknowledges in his soft spoken tones Some nights neither can get in synch with the offense A junk put back from Curry A monster

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  • Prague : So much left to see
    a gateway to the Stare Mesto a precinct which manages to balance the rows of souvenirs haunts with a maze of hidden and quirky closes which call Scotland s capital to mind Hidden away are the welcoming taverns where the locals descend to consume the national beverage with price and product a class above the more expensive offerings just streets away At its heart is the vast expanse of the Old Town Square a rallying point for all who visit with marvels on each side The huge baroque St Nicholas Church in one corner salutes the towering twin steeples of the Tyn Church opposite the latter currently in mid restoration Prague s favourite son Franz Kafka resided here and it now overlooks the central monument to religious reformer Jan Hus And tucked in another corner is the old town hall whose astronomical clock provides many a camera with a momento shot and many a pick pocket with a day s earnings Wander down any of the streets which lead down to the river and you risk eternal confinement as they twist and turn in every direction A compass and good map essential almost For six centuries the Karluv Most bridge at their end has provided an artery between the main chunk of Prague and the western bank of the river where the Castle resides It can boast 30 sculptures which adorn its walls overseeing the rows of artists and performers who have set up permanent camp within its boundaries Squeeze past them and the hilly Hradcany beckons a citadel rich in small winding streets with a sense of real history at hand It is little surprise that Prague attracts so many historians its central position between east and west having left behind a rich collection of treasures Some of the

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  • Wild Weekend: Experiencing the indoor high
    made the sport more popular and attractive Nowadays climbing at least indoors is less about conquest and more about fitness It has never quite attained fad status but the number of participants is increasing There is a lot of people coming into the sport who instead of coming to the gym they take up climbing notes semi professional climber Neill Busby In the old days you had to train outdoors It s been a major benefit to have indoor facilities and the sport has definitely progressed over the last decade If outdoor climbing pits man or woman against both the natural environment and geography then inside the tests can be equally arduous perhaps even with an added mental examination Alternative routes between floor and summit on the wall vary the degree of difficulty in order to cater for both experienced and beginner practitioners In fact some of the paths set out require the highest level of technical competence and skill I watched several climbers hang inverted over the floor clambering across an overhanging wall which was tilted back to a 45 degree angle Progress is slow as the next move is plotted and executed with fine detail You do need dedication definitely adds Busby I ve been climbing five years and that s how long it s taken me to do to some of the hardest things indoors The path of development puts climbing debutantes on a slab surface which is sufficiently slanted to permit standing before moving onto a vertical plane Instructors reckon two hours worth of training will allow an utter novice to begin their ascent with only the most basic equipment required And the benefit of starting indoors is the start up costs which are relatively inexpensive in comparison to the tonnes of supplies utilised in the open air All you really need are shoes and a harness for around 100 says Mackay standing in front of a wall full of steel clips and buckles In the mountains normally you need to go hill walking in the first place before reaching the spot you want to climb That means you effectively need to buy two sets of equipment In fact most venues hire the rudimentary gear to casual users to further increase accessibility But you have to bring your own nerve and watching several human spiders clamber their way across an almost flat surface is no less tense for the thick mats which are ready to catch any fall Participants have the choice of three varieties of the sport each presenting their own unique hurdles Bouldering is a form of training for some and an activity in its own right for other An individual pursuit which requires sensitivity of touch to negotiate a chalk marked path from top to bottom with just fingers and toes as propellers The less dextrous can turn their hands to roped climbing either protected by a partner at the top of the wall or belaying which attaches the climber to the slope

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  • London ousted from Cup
    early as the first quarter scoring 8 in a row to make the score 6 16 But it was in the second period when Tigers notched up 16 to no reply to take the score out to 29 55 and this ultimately meant no way back for the Riders Mike New scored 19 of Leicester s first half points They tried to come back in the third quarter Joel Burns made two three pointers in a row and Leicester scored the last 10 points in the third and this made the score 62 76 the closest they got from this point Top scorer with 30 points was Tigers Josh Murray he was one rebound shy of a double double Nick Moore scored 21 points making 5 8 from the perimeter London Towers 84 86 Springfield Honda Newcastle Eagles Springfield Honda Newcastle Eagles will progress to the BBL Cup quarter finals where they face another tough game on the road with TCS Chester Jets They are the first team to defeat Towers in the 2004 05 season and a strong final stanza from Towers made the score look closer than it actually was Jerry Williams scored a massive 43 points in vain for Towers the top points haul so far this season and this was over half of their total points Newcastle led at the end of each quarter and it was in the second that they started to break away as a Charles Smith 3 pointer concluded a 7 0 tear They led by as many as 21 points in the third quarter at 68 47 before Towers fought back with a 12 0 run at the end of the third Led by star player Williams they ate into Newcastle s lead in the final quarter and got to within

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  • Lions-Towers to be replayed
    the match official while censuring the Lions for their action The England Basketball license of Lions forward Robert Youngblood was not available before the game a requirement under national regulations However Milton Keynes management accused lead referee Keith Williams of acting improperly when he did not permit Youngblood to take the court In a statement the league stated that Williams failed to apply the correct rules regarding the participation of Milton Keynes Robert Youngblood in the match make reasonable efforts to clarify the position with the BBL despite the intervention of both participating clubs apply the fundamental principle for all games of basketball that the game should go ahead with disputes referred afterwards to the authorities BBL has referred Mr Williams actions to England Basketball who have jurisdiction over match officials and who will consider whether there is a case for disciplinary action While noting the above as the primary reason for the abandonment tMilton Keynes is also censured for refusing to apply the same fundamental principle that the game should always go ahead with disputes resolved at a later date In a scenario never before seen in the BBL Nigel Lloyd s side refused to tip off and in

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  • Brighton, Rocks roll into Cup final
    game level at 17 17 but with the Bears ahead 23 22 they made a decisive 13 0 to lead 36 22 towards the end of the first half The Lions who were without Shawn Jamison due to injury began to fight back in the third period and got to within eight points at 42 34 off the back of a 10 4 run However the Bears effectively made the game safe with a 9 0 run in the third to take the score out to 53 38 Yorick Williams and Tony Holley led all scorers in the game bagging 20 points each for the Bears while Robert Youngblood led the Lions scoring with 19 Chester Jets 90 19 47 59 Myers 31 Moore 20 Singleton 9 Scottish Phoenix Honda Record Rocks 75 17 39 63 McIntosh 31 Henning 15 Perre 14 Scottish Record Rocks claimed their BBL Cup Final place with a 90 75 victory over the TCS Chester Jets Both sides traded baskets in the opening period but it was the Jets who made the early break in the second quarter with a 11 0 run to take the score out to 30 17 The Jets increased that

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  • BBL Cup Final 05:
    of muscle but they tried bravely to make up for it heart with Tony Windless throwing himself at every available rebound The 35 year old turned back the clock in the first half with an energetic display firing 11 of his 13 total points before the break But it was Bears who were ruling the court taking the lead in the fourth minute en route to a 24 21 cushion at the end of the opening quarter It was Ryan Huntley the hero of the Rocks play off success of 2003 who twisted the knife in the second period from long range to guide Nick Nurse s men 45 39 in front at half time With all his team mates firing blanks it was left to Donald Cole to carry the load but the man they call Smooth could roughen up the Bears on his own He hit consecutive threes at the outset of the third period but was helpless to stop Barbados international Andrew Alleyne from reeling off six straight points to open up daylight between the rivals With Windless tiring Swanson turned to Scots star Roni Gordon to mind the middle but the Braehead coach conceded the game was slipping away Midway through the third quarter we were playing some decent defence and went down two or three times but the ball bounced in and out of the rim They then went down the other end and scored and that s when they really got away The reigning league champions began the final stanza with a 65 53 advantage and despite the Rocks dogged pursuit they never looked like letting it slip away As Alleyne piled on the points towards his final team best tally of 27 the Bears lead had grown to 14 with six minutes left

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