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It’s showtime again in LA as the world’s highest-priced sports team are closing in on their first appearance in the World Series for 25 years

The traditional independence of our broadcasters is being traded away as TV companies scramble to strike lucrative deals with top football teams

What club do you support? The question we used to ask each other in the school playground will soon be a standard query to direct at Britain's leading broadcasters. Already, in the earliest phase of the digital revolution, TV companies are competing ferociously to strike up lucrative partnerships with the top teams in football.

TODAY'S NUMBER 91

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Leagues end the isolation

Baseball

Murdoch set to add baseball team to empire

Tim Cornwell on the tycoon's bid to buy a part of history

Baseball: Clemens starting to repay Blue Jays

It is beginning to look as if 34-year-old Roger Clemens is worth the huge free agent contract he signed to join the Toronto Blue Jays in the off-season.

Walker puts Cubs in record book

Baseball

Baseball: Curt Schilling agreeds contract extension with Philadelphia Phillies

Pitcher Curt Schilling yesterday agreed a contract extension with the Philadelphia Phillies which includes three guaranteed years at $15.45m (pounds 9.7m) plus an option for 2001 worth $6.5m.

Braves can answer the big question

Rupert Cornwell, in Washington, previews the new baseball season

Yankees square World Series

Baseball

Yankees swept away in a flood of nostalgia; ONE DAY IN AMERICA

A remarkable 24 hours in the United States produced an extraordinary variety of sporting drama; BASEBALL; David Usborne watches the Bronx Bombers blow up spectacularly in the opening game of the World Series

BASEBALL: Atlanta Braves have 3-1 win over St Louis Cardinals

The four-time Cy Young Award winner Greg Maddux held the St Louis Cardinals to one run as the Atlanta Braves forced a deciding game in the National League Championship Series with a 3-1 win. In the World Series final starting tomorrow, the winners meet the New York Yankees whose slugger Darryl Strawberry has a hairline fracture of his toe but expects to be fit.

Baseball: Record blitz keeps Braves' hopes alive

The Atlanta Braves kept alive their hopes of retaining the World Series with a 14-0 demolition of the St Louis Cardinals on Monday. The victory cut the Cardinals' lead to 3-2 in the best-of-seven-games National League Championship Series.

Yankees triumph

The New York Yankees put together six runs on three homers in the third inning to beat the Baltimore Orioles 6-4 and reach their first World Series since 1981 against St Louis Cardinals or Atlanta Braves.

Enlarged play-offs provide thrilling finale

Rupert Cornwell on the season when baseball's record books were rewritten
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A 16-year-old from Newcastle has set her heart on being the first female to win Young Magician of the Year. Jonathan Owen meets her
Jonathan Anderson: If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

British designer Jonathan Anderson is putting his stamp on venerable house Loewe
Number plates scheme could provide a licence to offend in the land of the free

Licence to offend in the land of the free

Cash-strapped states have hit on a way of making money out of drivers that may be in collision with the First Amendment, says Rupert Cornwell
From farm to fork: Meet the Cornish fishermen, vegetable-growers and butchers causing a stir in London's top restaurants

From farm to fork in Cornwall

One man is bringing together Cornwall's most accomplished growers, fishermen and butchers with London's best chefs to put the finest, freshest produce on the plates of some of the country’s best restaurants
Robert Parker interview: The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes

Robert Parker interview

The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes
Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

We exaggerate regional traits and turn them into jokes - and those on the receiving end are in on it too, says DJ Taylor
How to make your own Easter egg: Willie Harcourt-Cooze shares his chocolate recipes

How to make your own Easter egg

Willie Harcourt-Cooze talks about his love affair with 'cacao' - and creates an Easter egg especially for The Independent on Sunday
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef declares barbecue season open with his twist on a tradtional Easter Sunday lamb lunch

Bill Granger's twist on Easter Sunday lunch

Next weekend, our chef plans to return to his Aussie roots by firing up the barbecue
Joe Marler: 'It's the way I think the game should be played'

Joe Marler: 'It's the way I think the game should be played'

The England prop relives the highs and lows of last Saturday's remarkable afternoon of Six Nations rugby
Cricket World Cup 2015: Has the success of the tournament spelt the end for Test matches?

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The Last Word: Justin Gatlin knows the price of everything, the value of nothing

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