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Basketball: Deng defends his Olympic absence

Luol Deng, the absent star of Great Britain's team during the opening of the Olympic arena in London – they lost 82-60 to France on Tuesday – has responded to the irritation of GB Basketball officials by reiterating that he was at a long-scheduled youth training camp in Loughborough.

Huddersfield hold on to McGillvary

Huddersfield have tied up one of the successes of their season, Jermaine McGillvary, on a new five-year contract.

Tall story as Olympic basketball arena passes big test

Venue has enlarged doors for giant competitors but can Britain grab chance to measure up on world stage?

Jay-Z spends £250,000 in champagne bar

Jay-Z has splashed out $250,000 on champagne.

British team on court when basketball begins Park life

It will fall to the basketballers of Australia and China to launch the first competitive event in the Olympic Park when they play the opening game in the London International Basketball Invitational this afternoon, the latest test event for next year's Games.

NBA star Artest to give Jets a blast

The BBL side Cheshire Jets have pulled off an audacious swoop for the Los Angeles Lakers forward Ron Artest, rated one of the NBA's best defensive players, who has confirmed he will start in November on a £1,000-per-month deal as long as the NBA's current labour dispute is unresolved.

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Basketball: Foot injury makes Chinese giant Yao walk away from NBA

The Houston Rockets centre Yao Ming, China's most recognisable athlete, has retired from basketball.

Basketball: NBA season at risk after owners lock out players in pay dispute

A second major league US sport shut down yesterday, as National Basketball League team owners imposed a lockout on players after talks on a new labour contract broke down – making it likely that some, if not all, of the 2011-12 NBA season due to begin in October will be lost.

Second ticket rush for London 2012

A further 2.3 million tickets for London 2012 are to go on sale next Friday.

How the Dallas Mavericks conquered the NBA

ESPN America’s Michael Kim speaks to ESPN’s NBA expert Marc Stein about Dirk Nowitzki, LeBron James, and the NBA Finals.

Basketball: Miami Heat blown away by NBA's least likely hero

Dirk Nowitzki, a white European tagged as a 'bottler', has just led Dallas to title in sport dominated by blacks

Amaechi wants his OBE to inspire

Former NBA player John Amaechi hopes his OBE for services to basketball can inspire other British prospects.

Work completed on basketball arena for London 2012

Construction on the 12,000-seat basketball arena for 2012 Olympics in London has been completed, just 15 months after building work began.

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