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“I’ve been second all my life. I’m tired of being second. I am done with it”

Arison hands over Carnival tiller

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In a magazine article he wrote: 'I kept telling myself the sky was red, but I always knew it was blue'

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Luol Deng wrote to the Prime Minister

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Table tennis, indoor volleyball, sitting volleyball and wrestling miss out

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New York Knicks take on the Detroit Pistons

Basketball: Team GB falter despite Deng display

Luol Deng's long wait to make his Olympic debut and go some way to repaying the debt he feels he owes Great Britain may not have gone according to plan but was nevertheless a memorable occasion.

Chicago Bulls star believes there's been little recognition of what GB’s squad have achieved

Deng happy to go extra mile for GB

We've always been knocked down, whether it's by other team coaches or whether it's by the fans

Chicago Bulls' forward Luol Deng will be the first Briton to play in an All-Stars game tonight

NBA All-Star Luol Deng headlines Team GB basketball squad

NBA All-Star Luol Deng has been named to headline Great Britain's Olympic basketball squad.

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