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Why has TV sports giant ESPN invested in a booksy sport and culture

The list of things to make print journalists feel better about the impending demise of their medium is brief, but may include free ice cream, a generous voluntary redundancy package (yeah, right) and/or the launch of a well-funded new website featuring exclusive, long-form writing composed by a cohort of peerless hacks.

Sharapova set to marry LA Lakers star

Los Angeles Lakers guard Sasha Vujacic is engaged to marry Maria Sharapova after the Slovenian told reporters before an exhibition game that the Russian former tennis world number one had accepted his proposal.

Basketball: London tip-off for regular NBA games

The NBA will stage two regular season games at London's O2 Arena next year, the first to be held in Europe, in an attempt to bolster the sport's – and the NBA's – popularity in the UK ahead of the 2012 Olympics.

Headphones: The head boys of hip hop

Two of rap’s biggest stars are branching out into high-end headphones – the better to enjoy those monster beats. Paul McKenzie plugs in

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