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BBL Cup final - Riders v Eagles: Match report

Defending BBL Cup champions Leicester Riders knew what to expect against Newcastle Eagles, having beaten the same opposition by a five-point margin in the same fixture last season.

Their arch rivals will feel hard done by this time, after making a fist of it from the tip-off.

Veteran forward Charles Smith was a constant threat throughout - topping the score-chart with 27 points - to fire the Eagles into a 64 - 69 point lead with less than three minutes remaining on the clock.

But the Riders rallied as a team, snatching the cup from the Eagles grasp - a collective effort saw forwards Andy Sullivan and Jay Couisnard notch 19 and 18 points respectively - and in the final seconds, Couisnard scored two free-throws, to tip the scales in the Riders' favour and retain the cup.

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Spanish star hoping for Riders' cup success

After helping the Leicester Riders to a trio of trophies in his first season - and their most successful one ever - last year, point guard Jorge Calvo knows what it takes to win the big games.

Ahead of Sunday's BBL Cup final encounter with Newcastle Eagles, the twenty-five year-old Spaniard is looking to continue his early success with the side:

Leicester Riders excited ahead of BBL Cup Final

Leicester Riders take on arch rivals Newcastle Eagles, in the final of the British Basketball League Cup this weekend.

Head coach Rob Paternostro and experienced forward Andrew Sullivan are aiming high ahead of the tussle for silverware:

The big showdown will take place at Birmingham's National Indoor Arena on Sunday, where the Riders will be contesting their fifth major final in a row, after winning three out of four possible trophies last season.

They will also be looking for two BBL Cup victories on the bounce, after beating the Eagles 85 - 80 in a close-fought encounter in the same fixture last year.

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Controversial plans for 2000 seater Leicester Riders arena, full report

Controversial plans have been drawn up to build a new arena for the country's most successful basketball team at a cricket ground which is more than 100 years old.

The Leicester Riders need a new base and are joining forces with Leicestershire County Cricket club and Leicester College.

But proposals for the 2000 spectator arena at the Grace Road Stadium is causing anger to those who live nearby. Chris Halpin reports.

Cricket club claims arena will benefit whole community

Mike Siddall, Chief executive of Leicestershire County Cricket Club, says it must think of new ways to make money with dwindling spectator numbers coming to county cricket matches.

He says the new Leicester Riders basketball arena will not only benefit the club financially, but will also be positive for the wider community who will have access to better sports facilities.

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Architects designs for new Leicester Riders arena

Section drawing through the proposed sports arena Credit: Clague Architects

These are the early stage architectural drawings for the proposed new home for the Leicester Riders basketball team.

The £2.5 million building could be built in partnership with Leicester College and Leicestershire County Cricket club by as early as next spring.

First floor plan showing the extendable seating for basketball fixtures - capacity 2000 people Credit: Clague Architects

The building will provide collapsible seating for 2000 spectators for league fixtures, but will turn into a three court community sports arena at other times.

Ground floor plan showing 3 basketball court arrangement when matches aren't being played Credit: Clague Architects

The building will also link in with gym facilities which are already at Grace Road, all of which will be open to the public.

Cricket club boss reassures locals over arena plans

Mike Siddall, Chief Executive of Leicestershire County Cricket Club, has today reassured residents work is being done to mitigate the potential impact of building a new 2000 seater arena for the Leicester Riders basketball team at Grace Road.

Although the plans are in their very early stages, strong local opposition is building from those living nearby, who say they're already plagued by parking problems on match days at the cricket ground.

Residents are considering moving house over Leicester Riders' arena plans

Jenny Goodwin's house is directly behind where a £2.4 million arena could be built at the Grace Road Cricket stadium in Leicester.

She says the development would have a serious impact on her quality of life, and says some of her neighbours are even considering moving away at the prospect of having another sports venue with a capacity of up to 2000 people on their doorstep.

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