The Standard Life GB Women continued their Olympic preparation on Friday afternoon in Sheffield with a comfortable 74-57 victory over AfroBasket Champions, Angola.

In a few days time the London 2012 Olympics will begin and it will be celebrations all round. But for these three people Lauren Thomas-Johnson, Devon van Oostrum and Georgia Jones from the world of basketball, it will, I am sure, be a most difficult time.

Thirteen seasons since first signing for the Eagles as a graduate from Rider University, Eagles star Charles Smith returns to his home club for the 2012-13 season.

The 2013 British Basketball League Play-Off Final will be played in London after more than a decade away from the capital.