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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

Scott Brooks: The former Knicks player has been coach of Oklahoma for five years

Basketball: Five starters keep Brooks on his toes at Thunder

Coach Brooks is talking gobbledegook. The microphones and the cameras are pressed against his face and you are reminded that in NBA basketball the questions tend to be technical, specific and to uneducated, English ears, baffling. There is very little talk of “giving it 100 per cent”.

Anschutz to hold on to empire

The US billionaire Phil Anschutz has decided to hold on to Anschutz Entertainment Group after bids for the sports and entertainment empire failed to reach the hoped-for $8bn (£5bn) target price.

Basketball: NBA comes to Manchester

American pro basketball will be stage in Manchester for the first time as the Philidelphia 76ers play Oklahoma Thunder in a global eight-team NBA pre-season tour.

Kim Jong-un is honoured to meet Dennis Rodman

The Last Word: Just a slam-dunk away from the goal of World Peace as Kim Jong-un becomes friends with Dennis Rodman

Some day we’ll see Terry at the Home Office, Beckham in the Elysée Palace

Times are tough at the LA Lakers for Kobe Bryant

Basketball: Showtime or bust for the leaky LA Lakers

Struggling to make the playoffs and not even the best team in Los Angeles. What, asks Rupert Cornwell, has gone wrong for Nicholson and Co’s favourite team?

Morrissey will stage a vegetarian gig in LA

Morrissey turns LA venue veggie

Next month, for one night only, vendors at the 20,000-capacity Staples Centre in LA will serve exclusively vegetarian fare.

Oracle's Ellison eyes swoop for 02 arena owner AEG

US billionaire is targeting £6bn deal in company which has the former Dome

USA 'Dream Team' spotted on the Tube as giants lower themselves to commuting with the rest of us

If MTV's Cribs is to be believed all top flight American sports stars are chauffeured around in Limousines or at least cruise the streets in their customised top-spec Hummers. During the 2012 Games though, it seems Team USA's basketball squad are living by the old adage of 'when in Rome...' and are slumming it with the best of us on London's public transport system.

Maria Sharapova who went to Nick Bollettieri's academy when she was nine

Opening ceremony: Flag-bearers - who to see from other nations

Tonight's spectacular opening ceremony of the London Olympics will be performed in front of a full house in the Olympic Stadium. Here is our guide to the flag-bearers.

Manchester United world's most valuable team, according to Forbes

Manchester United are the most valuable team in sports at $2.23 billion (£1.43 billion), according to Forbes magazine's annual survey.

WINNER: Barcelona
Another Champions League title, the La Liga title, the Club World Cup, Lionel Messi voted the Fifa Player of the Year - Barcelona were the greatest team of 2011. Perhaps the greatest of all time...

Barcelona launch new Facebook application

Barcelona launched a new Facebook application today designed to help the Spanish, European and world champions engage more effectively with their 28 million global fans on the social networking site.

Jeremy Lin scored 136 points in his first five career starts, an NBA record

Basketball: The incredible story of Jeremy Lin, the new superstar of the NBA

The NBA has gone Lin-sane.

Jump to the top: Jeremy Lin scores against Toronto. The game capped an unbelievable five-game streak for the rookie

Basketball: Linsanity! Unfancied Harvard graduate is talk of NBA

Will Dean witnesses the birth of a star

Luol Deng pictured in action for the Bulls

NBA: Luol Deng becomes first Briton to be selected for All-Star Game

Luol Deng has become the first British player to be selected for the NBA All-Star Game.

Outside Edge: Liar, liar, pants on fire in the snow

Uh-oh. If it's about underwear, David Beckham must be involved.

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Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
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Comedians share stories of depression

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Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
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14 office buildings added to protected lists

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Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee
World War Z author Max Brooks honours WW1's Harlem Hellfighters in new graphic novel

Max Brooks honours Harlem Hellfighters

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Why the league system no longer measures up

League system no longer measures up

Jon Coles, former head of standards at the Department of Education, used to be in charge of school performance rankings. He explains how he would reform the system
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Don't leave it to the petrol station: The best online card shops for Valentine's Day

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Diego Costa: Devil in blue who upsets defences is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

Devil in blue Costa is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

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Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

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