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Owners of the San Bernardino Spirits baseball...

Owners of the San Bernardino Spirits baseball club of the Class A California League want to expand their success to basketball.

Hank Stickney, president of the board of directors, said he had forwarded a $25,000 check to apply for a franchise in the Continental Basketball Assn. for next season. CBA owners are expected to approve the application when they meet June 23.

That, along with a proposed Orange County team, would give the CBA its first two West Coast franchises.

The Spirit broke a 40-year-old California League record when they drew 163,000 fans last year.

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