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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: Manchester Giants sign Frankie Edwards

The Budweiser League side Manchester Giants have signed the 6ft 8ins Western Samoan forward Frankie Edwards, who has been released after averaging 16 points in his four games for Birmingham Bullets. The 26-year- old replaces American Kirk Baker in the Giants' squad.

Basketball: Hakeem Olajuwon found to have irregular heartbeat

Hakeem Olajuwon, the Houston Rockets All Star centre, was taken to a hospital with an irregular heartbeat at half-time of the home game against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday. He had complained of "jumpiness in his chest''.

Boxing: HIV positive Morrison makes `no risk' return

Tomorrow's promotion here in Tokyo, headlined by George Foreman's World Boxing Union heavyweight title defence against Crawford Grimsley, becomes a test case for HIV in boxing when the former World Boxing Organisation heavyweight champion Tommy Morrison, diagnosed HIV positive in February this year, makes a comeback bout.

Jordan's Bulls still hold all the aces

Richard Taylor previews the 50th NBA season that tips off today

JUDGEMENTS

Winners and losers of the last seven days

Land of the fee

Ian Whittell examines how the Dream Team will cash in after Atlanta

A tale of two Olympic worlds

KEN JONES

TWA crash adds to the nerves

ATLANTA 96: Despite security fears 'Dream Team' leader shows there is no business like business

'Magic' Johnson retires once more

Earvin "Magic" Johnson, whose comeback in the United States' National Basketball Association with Los Angeles Lakers after a four and a half year absence began in triumph and ended in controversy, yesterday decided to retire again, saying it was time to return to his business interests.

Johnson is banned for three games

Basketball

World record loses its Magic

Basketball

CHICAGO BULLS LOSE WINNING HOME RECORD

Basketball

BASKETBALL: COLIN IRISH TO LEAVE WORTHING

Basketball

Phoenix outshine Bulls

Basketball

Johnson still has the magic touch

Rapture greeted the comeback of one of American basketball's greatest players.
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Not even the 'putrid throat' could stop the Ross Poldark swoon-fest'

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

How a costume drama became a Sunday night staple
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