Basketball: Johnson plays in Sweden

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The Independent Online
MAGIC JOHNSON is to return to Sweden to play more games for MagicM7, a basketball team from the Swedish town of Boras which he bought earlier this year.

Johnson, who retired in 1991 after testing HIV-positive, played for MagicM7 last month and led the team to an 84-60 victory over Sallen in October. The American will now appear in four MagicM7 games between 14 and 21 January against Sundsvall, Plannja, Sallen and Norrkoping, according to Swedish newspaper reports.

When Johnson, who is now 40, last played in Sweden 3,300 people turned up to watch the game, which was played in a stadium built to hold 1,900.

Last year M7 Boras, as the team was known before Johnson took over, finished fifth in the Swedish league and missed the play-offs.

Johnson won five NBA championships with the Los Angeles Lakers and made a brief comeback in 1992, winning an Olympic gold medal after playing for the US Olympic "Dream Team" in Barcelona.

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