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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

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

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.

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.

Sharapova on long road back to the summit

Former champion benefits from having a settled support team as she puts her troubles behind her

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

Basketball: Jackson, NBA legend, Zen Master and acid dropper, bows out

The most successful coach in American major league sport has just retired. Rupert Cornwell reflects on an amazingly colourful career

Barcelona overtake New York Yankees as best paid sports team

Spanish giants Barcelona and Real Madrid have overtaken baseball team New York Yankees as the best paid team in sport.

Golden State takes worrying lead in US 'miserable index'

So now it becomes clear why Arnold Schwarzenegger spent millions of dollars of his own cash on a private jet to commute from Los Angeles to Sacramento during his eight years as Governor of California: the Golden State's political capital has been officially named one of America's "most miserable" cities.

Outside Edge: It's good to be on the bench

Sporting achievement is often described as "a dream come true", and that is exactly what happened at Spain's inaugural National Siesta Championships in Madrid. Contestants lie down on sofas in a shopping mall and try to fall asleep for 20 minutes. They are awarded a maximum of 20,000 points if they snooze for the full duration, while extra points can be picked up for good posture and even loud snoring. "The mission of the championship is to spread the idea that the nap is something of ours that must be defended and practised because it is healthy and good for everyone," say the organisers, who are worried at the decline of the Spanish tradition. But it was clearly a case of not dropping off in Benidorm when the Moroccan stunt rider Mustapha Danger had to be rescued after getting stuck trying to ride a motorbike across a high wire between the 43rd floors of two hotels 610ft above the ground without a net. He negotiated the 1,640ft crossing second time around. He still had to pay his mini-bar bill.

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.

Favre's fall latest blow to image of all-American hero

After Woods and Armstrong, Vikings quarterback also loses lustre

Basketball: Lakers to bring NBA razmatazz to London

In a few days, the O2 Arena will host Axl Rose and what remains of Guns and Roses. But first, sport: tonight a collection of extremely tall and athletes, together with two troupes of cheerleaders, will attract a sell-out crowd of 19,000 to London’s Docklands, for an evening of high-octane professional basketball.

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.

Jermaine Jenas: There are easier places than LA to see us being pipped to first by the US

View From the Sunlounger: The idea that Capello was ever going to allow players to pick apart his selections is just utter nonsense

Basketball: LA Lakers take NBA crown

As gold and purple confetti fell like snow from the rafters, the Los Angeles Lakers basked in the glory of beating their greatest rivals to the NBA title.

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Usher, Mary J Blige and Will.i.am to give free concert as part of the Global Poverty Project

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