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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

NBA round up

Sporting Digest: Basketball

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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Not even the 'putrid throat' could stop the Ross Poldark swoon-fest'

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Miliband promises no stamp duty for first-time buyers as he pushes Tories on housing

Miliband promises no stamp duty for first-time buyers

Labour leader pushes Tories on housing
Aviation history is littered with grand failures - from the the Bristol Brabazon to Concorde - but what went wrong with the SuperJumbo?

Aviation history is littered with grand failures

But what went wrong with the SuperJumbo?
Fear of Putin, Islamists and immigration is giving rise to a new generation of Soviet-style 'iron curtains' right across Europe

Fortress Europe?

Fear of Putin, Islamists and immigration is giving rise to a new generation of 'iron curtains'
Never mind what you're wearing, it's what you're reclining on

Never mind what you're wearing

It's what you're reclining on that matters
General Election 2015: Chuka Umunna on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband

Chuka Umunna: A virus of racism runs through Ukip

The shadow business secretary on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband
Yemen crisis: This exotic war will soon become Europe's problem

Yemen's exotic war will soon affect Europe

Terrorism and boatloads of desperate migrants will be the outcome of the Saudi air campaign, says Patrick Cockburn
Marginal Streets project aims to document voters in the run-up to the General Election

Marginal Streets project documents voters

Independent photographers Joseph Fox and Orlando Gili are uploading two portraits of constituents to their website for each day of the campaign
Game of Thrones: Visit the real-life kingdom of Westeros to see where violent history ends and telly tourism begins

The real-life kingdom of Westeros

Is there something a little uncomfortable about Game of Thrones shooting in Northern Ireland?
How to survive a social-media mauling, by the tough women of Twitter

How to survive a Twitter mauling

Mary Beard, Caroline Criado-Perez, Louise Mensch, Bunny La Roche and Courtney Barrasford reveal how to trounce the trolls
Gallipoli centenary: At dawn, the young remember the young who perished in one of the First World War's bloodiest battles

At dawn, the young remember the young

A century ago, soldiers of the Empire – many no more than boys – spilt on to Gallipoli’s beaches. On this 100th Anzac Day, there are personal, poetic tributes to their sacrifice
Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves

Follow the money as never before

Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves, reports Rupert Cornwell
Samuel West interview: The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents

Samuel West interview

The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents
General Election 2015: Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Fashion editor, Alexander Fury, on what the leaders' appearances tell us about them
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

The architect of the HeForShe movement and head of UN Women on the world's failure to combat domestic violence