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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

Yankees 'best-paid team in sport'

Survey shows baseball team lead Real Madrid in international pay league

Basketball: Bryant fires as Lakers pip Kings in nail-biter

Bryant pours in 38 points to help Lakers over the line in double-overtime thriller

Twitter names top topics for 2009

Iran's fraught election, the demise of Michael Jackson and Google Wave were the dominant topics on microblogging service Twitter this year.

Fate offers final word to 'The Translator'

Mourinho relishes chance to knock out his old club and defending champions Barça

Basketball: NBA great diagnosed with leukaemia

Basketball great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is being treated for a rare form of leukaemia, and he said his prognosis is encouraging.

Basketball takes a shot across the pond

NBA boss Adam Silver tells Mark Leftly how he wants one of America's favourite games to rival soccer – and make a fortune – with a European league of its own

Andy Warhol art worth millions stolen in LA

A collection of Andy Warhol paintings valued in the millions of dollars has been stolen from the home of a Los Angeles businessman, police said yesterday.

Mystery grows around Michael Jackson's death

One day after Michael Jackson's sudden death, speculation was already turning today to what killed the 50-year-old "King of Pop" just weeks before his long-awaited series of comeback concerts.

Basketball: America entranced by the life of Bryant

Grumpy Lakers superstar thrills the celebrities as their team closes in on first NBA title since 2002. Guy Adams joins the stars courtside

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

The Ten Best NBA Playoffs

On Wednesday night the marathon 2008-2009 NBA regular season came to a close.

A sponsored walk round the big top

Wily marketers have found that the tent now known as The O2 is providing the perfect schmoozing environment. Ian Burrell reports

'Real' basketball fans hit out at David Beckham

A backlash is brewing against David Beckham and his fellow band of famous Lakers fans, whose prime seats cost up to $20,000 each
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Frances de la Tour's 50-year triumph

'Rising Damp' brought De la Tour such recognition that she could be forgiven if she'd never been able to move on. But at 70, she continues to flourish - and to beguile
'That Whitsun, I was late getting away...'

Ian McMillan on the Whitsun Weddings

This weekend is Whitsun, and while the festival may no longer resonate, Larkin's best-loved poem, lives on - along with the train journey at the heart of it
Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath in a new light

Songs from the bell jar

Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath
How one man's day in high heels showed him that Cannes must change its 'no flats' policy

One man's day in high heels

...showed him that Cannes must change its 'flats' policy
Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Dominic Rossi of Fidelity says his pressure on business to control rewards is working. But why aren’t other fund managers helping?
The King David Hotel gives precious work to Palestinians - unless peace talks are on

King David Hotel: Palestinians not included

The King David is special to Jerusalem. Nick Kochan checked in and discovered it has some special arrangements, too
More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years

End of the Aussie brain drain

More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years
Meditation is touted as a cure for mental instability but can it actually be bad for you?

Can meditation be bad for you?

Researching a mass murder, Dr Miguel Farias discovered that, far from bringing inner peace, meditation can leave devotees in pieces
Eurovision 2015: Australians will be cheering on their first-ever entrant this Saturday

Australia's first-ever Eurovision entrant

Australia, a nation of kitsch-worshippers, has always loved the Eurovision Song Contest. Maggie Alderson says it'll fit in fine
Letterman's final Late Show: Laughter, but no tears, as David takes his bow after 33 years

Laughter, but no tears, as Letterman takes his bow after 33 years

Veteran talkshow host steps down to plaudits from four presidents
Ivor Novello Awards 2015: Hozier wins with anti-Catholic song 'Take Me To Church' as John Whittingdale leads praise for Black Sabbath

Hozier's 'blasphemous' song takes Novello award

Singer joins Ed Sheeran and Clean Bandit in celebration of the best in British and Irish music
Tequila gold rush: The spirit has gone from a cheap shot to a multi-billion pound product

Join the tequila gold rush

The spirit has gone from a cheap shot to a multi-billion pound product
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12 best statement wallpapers

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Paul Scholes column: Does David De Gea really want to leave Manchester United to fight it out for the No 1 spot at Real Madrid?

Paul Scholes column

Does David De Gea really want to leave Manchester United to fight it out for the No 1 spot at Real Madrid?