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Last Updated: Wednesday, 20 June 2007, 14:05 GMT 15:05 UK
Everton Tigers to join BBL ranks
Basketball
The British Basketball League will feature its first-ever team from Merseyside in the 2007-08 season.

Everton Tigers have their origins in the long-standing Toxteth Tigers club and are associated with Everton FC through its community scheme.

BBL chairman Paul Blake said: "What impressed us most about the club was their community commitment.

"They are also based in one of the UK's major cities with a great sporting heritage. We wish them all the best."

Head coach Henry Mooney, a former England men's team assistant coach, said: "This is an exciting new initiative to provide professional basketball linked to community regeneration.

"It will provide opportunities for local players to develop through Everton Tigers and the Basketball Academy."



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