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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

TODAY'S

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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British doctors on brink of cure for paralysis

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Will there be an all-female mission to Mars?

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'They poured water on, then electrified me...'

If Oscar Pistorius is sent to jail, his experience will not be that of other inmates
James Wharton: The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

Life after the Army has brought new battles for the LGBT activist James Wharton
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Panic over Ebola threatens to infect the midterms

Just one person has died, yet November's elections may be affected by what Republicans call 'Obama's Katrina', says Rupert Cornwell
Premier League coaches join the RSC to swap the tricks of their trades

Darling, you were fabulous! But offside...

Premier League coaches are joining the RSC to learn acting skills, and in turn they will teach its actors to play football. Nick Clark finds out why
How to dress with authority: Kirsty Wark and Camila Batmanghelidjh discuss the changing role of fashion in women's workwear

How to dress with authority

Kirsty Wark and Camila Batmanghelidjh discuss the changing role of fashion in women's workwear
New book on Joy Division's Ian Curtis sheds new light on the life of the late singer

New book on Ian Curtis sheds fresh light on the life of the late singer

'Joy Division were making art... Ian was for real' says author Jon Savage
Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

The Bafta-winner talks Hollywood, being branded a psycho, and how Barbra Streisand is his true inspiration
Tim Minchin, interview: The musician, comedian and world's favourite ginger is on scorching form

Tim Minchin interview

For a no-holds-barred comedian who is scathing about woolly thinking and oppressive religiosity, he is surprisingly gentle in person
Boris Johnson's boozing won't win the puritan vote

Boris's boozing won't win the puritan vote

Many of us Brits still disapprove of conspicuous consumption – it's the way we were raised, says DJ Taylor
Ash frontman Tim Wheeler reveals how he came to terms with his father's dementia

Tim Wheeler: Alzheimer's, memories and my dad

Wheeler's dad suffered from Alzheimer's for three years. When he died, there was only one way the Ash frontman knew how to respond: with a heartfelt solo album