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

It's Magic back on the court

The return of Earvin Johnson to basketball signals a change in Aids awareness

Magic makes his comeback

Magic Johnson, the basketball legend who stunned America and largely retired from professional sport after announcing that he had tested HIV- positive, is due to play for the Los Angeles Lakers, his old team, tonight for the first time in four and a half years.



Lithuania beat England 95-87


Basketball: Hayles steals show from Globetrotters

Six thousand fans went to Wembley Arena on Saturday night to pay homage to Kareem Abdul- Jabbar's "sky hook'', but those who were there early enough were left marvelling at Michael Hayles' three-point shot, writes Duncan Hooper.

Basketball No comeback for Johnson




Bucknall back among the high fives

Owen Slot meets the former LA Laker who returned to be a big noise in British basketball



Basketball: Tigers add more bite: European campaign starts

THAMES Valley Tigers and Manchester Giants will launch England's foray into Europe tonight, 10 days before the domestic season opens with the Budweiser League campaign.

Basketball: Johnson abandons coaching career

Magic Johnson has ended his short-lived coaching career to devote himself to his family and business interests. He announced the decision as his LA Lakers team were beaten 105-100 at Portland, losing all chance of a place in the NBA play-offs. 'Now I want to get away and do the things I didn't get a chance to do,' the 34-year-old Johnson said. 'It's never been my dream to coach,' added Johnson, whose playing career with the Lakers ended in November 1991 when he announced that he was HIV-positive.

Ashe attack on Magic's life as the black stud: Aids and the perpetuation of a racist myth . . . Patrick Cockburn reports from Washington on a tennis champion's posthumous memoirs

IN MEMOIRS completed just before he died of Aids, Wimbledon champion Arthur Ashe attacked basketball star Magic Johnson for reinforcing the myth of the black man as a slave to his sexuality.

Basketball: Johnson's trip into unknown

Magic Johnson, who retired from professional basketball last season after being diagnosed HIV positive, is returning to the Los Angeles Lakers to play in 50 to 60 of the Lakers scheduled 82 regular season games. Johnson returned to the sport in the summer when he won a gold medal with the American team at the Olympics.

Basketball: Kings aim to extend their reign

THE Guildford Kings coach, Kevin Cadle, enjoys the luxury of having his entire squad available for the European Clubs Championship second round, first leg tie at the Crystal Palace National Sports Centre against Opel Limoges, of France, tonight.

Boxing: Hodkinson's heavy burden: Ken Jones reports from Toulouse on the WBC featherweight champion from Liverpool who defends his title tonight

Professional boxing is a harsh enough business without being disadvantaged by a face that tends to bruise as easily as an over-ripe peach.
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