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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

Basketball: Lakers sack coach Harris

DENNIS RODMAN'S signing for the Los Angeles Lakers came too late to save their coach, Del Harris, from being sacked on Wednesday, said the club's president, Jerry West. Harris will be replaced by one of his assistants, either Larry Drew or Kurt Rambis. "We have confidence that one of those two people would do a good job for us based on their time around the office," West said.

Football: United primed to sell their heritage

Chief executive Edwards is set to make a killing in sale of the century - but at what cost to the game?

Basketball: Rich entertainers' cheapest show in town

Gerard Wright visits the Los Angeles gym where the NBA `strikers' work out

Basketball: Burks saved for Leopards' finale

GREATER London Leopards' guard Eric Burks misses tomorrow's Dairylea Dunkers North v South All-Star game at Sheffield Arena as his coach, Billy Mims, protects one of his greatest assets for the final two weeks of the Budweiser League season.

A game gone to blazers and Pot Noodles

SO you think rugby union is in a mess. If the blazers from the Rugby Football Union and the assorted millionaire owners of the leading clubs have found themselves in a bit of pickle over - pardon the mixed culinary metaphor - that old chestnut of club v country, they should shoot a glance at a sport brought to the verge of international anarchy by a menu of Pot Noodles and Penguin bars.

Football: No more jokes if United move to Wembley

FAN'S EYE VIEW NO 241

Basketball: Bears' make or break

Worthing Bears, the Budweiser League side, have made a final appeal to the local borough council to help save them from folding.

US falls for Rodman the rude

America's newest basketball hero delights in controversy, causing offence - and cross-dressing, writes David Usborne

Basketball: Hawks hunt down Jordan

Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls experienced a new sensation on Thursday - defeat on their home turf in a National Association play-off for the first time since 1995.

Obituary: Jack Kent Cooke

In a place of politicians, lawyers and bureaucrats mostly painted varying shades of grey, Jack Kent Cooke stood out like the Washington monument in a dime store. One reason was his ownership of the Washington Redskins football team, the one successful and universally loved institution in a city riven by failure and racial segregation. More important, though, he brought unpredictability, flamboyance and excitement wherever he went.

JACK AND THE WOMEN

Jack Nicholson, Hollywood's joker in the pack, is 60 next month. In this exclusive interview, he talks frankly about his extraordinary upbringing, his long career and - oh dear - his views on the sex war

Basketball: The heir Jordan

Ian Whittell in Cleveland meets two players forever linked to a legend

O'Neal enlivens the Lakers: Basketball

Shaquille O'Neal is delivering the goods for the Los Angeles Lakers. As to whether the $121m (pounds 75m) the Lakers invested in him will prove to be a success will take another six months to answer at NBA play-off time.

MY DINNER WITH OJ

Some of the most intimate details of his life are known to millions; in other respects, the world's most infamous star remains an enigma.

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Increasing numbers of homeless people in America keep their mobile phones on the streets

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