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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

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.

BRITISH BASKETBALL FACES RESTRUCTURING

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Lithuania beat England 95-87

Basketball

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

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MAGIC JOHNSON STEERS TEAM TO VICTORY IN JAPAN

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Bucknall back among the high fives

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

VERNON MAXWELL REINSTATED

BASKETBALL: SPORTING DIGEST

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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Wilko Johnson, now the bad news: musician splits with manager after police investigate assault claims

Wilko Johnson, now the bad news

Former Dr Feelgood splits with manager after police investigate assault claims
Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands ahead of the US midterm elections

Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands

The Senator for Colorado is for gay rights, for abortion rights – and in the Republicans’ sights as they threaten to take control of the Senate next month
New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

Evidence found of contact between Easter Islanders and South America
Cerys Matthews reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of Dylan Thomas

Cerys Matthews on Dylan Thomas

The singer reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of the famous Welsh poet
DIY is not fun and we've finally realised this as a nation

Homebase closures: 'DIY is not fun'

Homebase has announced the closure of one in four of its stores. Nick Harding, who never did know his awl from his elbow, is glad to see the back of DIY
The Battle of the Five Armies: Air New Zealand releases new Hobbit-inspired in-flight video

Air New Zealand's wizard in-flight video

The airline has released a new Hobbit-inspired clip dubbed "The most epic safety video ever made"
Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month - but can you stomach the sweetness?

Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month

The combination of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg (and no actual pumpkin), now flavours everything from lattes to cream cheese in the US
11 best sonic skincare brushes

11 best sonic skincare brushes

Forget the flannel - take skincare to the next level by using your favourite cleanser with a sonic facial brush
Paul Scholes column: I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo

Paul Scholes column

I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Jones and Rojo
Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

While other sports are stalked by corruption, we are an easy target for the critics
Jamie Roberts exclusive interview: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Jamie Roberts: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Wales centre says he’s not coming home but is looking to establish himself at Racing Métro
How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?

A crime that reveals London's dark heart

How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?
Meet 'Porridge' and 'Vampire': Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker

Lost in translation: Western monikers

Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker. Simon Usborne, who met a 'Porridge' and a 'Vampire' while in China, can see the problem
Handy hacks that make life easier: New book reveals how to rid your inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone

Handy hacks that make life easier

New book reveals how to rid your email inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone with a loo-roll
KidZania lets children try their hands at being a firefighter, doctor or factory worker for the day

KidZania: It's a small world

The new 'educational entertainment experience' in London's Shepherd's Bush will allow children to try out the jobs that are usually undertaken by adults, including firefighter, doctor or factory worker