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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

Jordan's wizards break Lakers winning streak

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Vladimir Kondrashin, the coach who led the Soviet Union to their first Olympic title in 1972, died of cancer on Thursday at the age of 70.

Basketball: Amaechi revels in role of Magic's free throw spirit

ORLANDO'S GANG of journeymen and their inspirational Englishman, John Amaechi, defied the experts again by claiming their third scalp on the trot in the National Basketball Association. The Magic, who ranked near the bottom of the NBA in most pre-season forecasts, came from behind to beat the Philadelphia 76ers 110-105 on Wednesday for their fourth win of the season.

Basketball: Johnson plays in Sweden

MAGIC JOHNSON is to return to Sweden to play more games for MagicM7, a basketball team from the Swedish town of Boras which he bought earlier this year.

Basketball: Oakley ponders pounds 4m cut in pay

THE LOS ANGELES Lakers are hoping to convince Charles Oakley to play for them for $2m (pounds 1.2m) per year, even though he is demanding $8.5m (pounds 5.3m) per year from Toronto for each year of a three-year contract.

Basketball: Bucknall returns from exile

STEVE BUCKNALL has ended his continental exile from the English basketball by joining London Towers for the Budweiser League season, which begins on 18 September.

Basketball: Knicks overcome the odds to reach finals

THE New York Knicks have surprised everybody - probably including themselves - by fighting their way to the NBA title series.

The Joys of Modern Life 48. The Baseball Cap

THERE CAN be few sartorial signifiers that carry a more embarrassing message than the baseball cap. It's strange to remember that this unflattering headgear was once only recognisable to readers of Peanuts cartoons.

Letter from America: Glory belongs to Gretzky

There is a game that you can play in bars across America now, after a few beers, and it takes a few beers for it to make much sense. The game goes like this: who was the best, John Elway, Michael Jordan or Wayne Gretzky?

Basketball: Jordan the famed poacher may turn gamekeeper

Gerard Wright in Denver reports on attempts to lure a giant into ownership

Basketball: Sheffield seen home by Myers

Sheffield Sharks 75 Greater London Leopards 68 (Sheffield win series 2-1)

Basketball: Bullets face a Simms setback

BIRMINGHAM BULLETS coach Mike Finger hopes hand injuries to Tony Simms and Fabulous Flournoy will not stop them facing Budweiser League runners-up Manchester Giants in tonight's decisive third game of their play-off quarter-final series at the MEN arena.

Basketball: Sharks have title in sight

MANCHESTER GIANTS lost control of the Budweiser League race at the weekend and now two wins for the Sharks will take the title to Sheffield for the first time since 1995, when their coach Chris Finch was a player.

Shopping: Time to put a spring in your step

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Basketball: Letter From Los Angeles - Rodman one-man volcano

Basketball eccentric Dennis Rodman has moved to the Los Angeles Lakers. The question is, while he is ready for LA, is the city of LA ready for him?
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Forget little green men

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Dr Gunther von Hagens has battled legal threats, Parkinson's disease, and the threat of bankruptcy
UK heatwave: Temperature reaches 39.8 degrees on Central Line - the sweatiest place in London

39.8 degrees recorded on Tube

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Computerised cooking is coming

From apps that automatically make shopping lists from your recipe books to smart ovens and robot chefs, Kevin Maney rounds up innovations to make your mouth water
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Education: Football Beyond Borders

Add football to an after-school homework club, and even the naughtiest boys can score
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Fire up the barbie: 10 best barbecue books

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Wimbledon 2015: Nick Bollettieri - Junk balls and chop and slice are only way 5ft 1in Kurumi Nara can live with Petra Kvitova’s power

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Junk balls and chop and slice are only way 5ft 1in Kurumi Nara can live with Petra Kvitova’s power
Ron Dennis exclusive: ‘This is one of the best McLaren teams ever – we are going to do it’

‘This is one of the best McLaren teams ever – we are going to do it’

Ron Dennis shrugs off a poor start to the season in an exclusive interview, and says the glory days will come back
Seifeddine Rezgui: What motivated a shy student to kill 38 holidaymakers in Tunisia?

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Cheaper energy on the way, but it's not all sunshine and rainbows

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