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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

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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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Ferguson: In the heartlands of America, a descent into madness

A descent into madness in America's heartlands

David Usborne arrived in Ferguson, Missouri to be greeted by a scene more redolent of Gaza and Afghanistan
BBC’s filming of raid at Sir Cliff’s home ‘may be result of corruption’

BBC faces corruption allegation over its Sir Cliff police raid coverage

Reporter’s relationship with police under scrutiny as DG is summoned by MPs to explain extensive live broadcast of swoop on singer’s home
Lauded therapist Harley Mille still in limbo as battle to stay in Britain drags on

Lauded therapist still in limbo as battle to stay in Britain drags on

Australian Harley Miller is as frustrated by court delays as she is with the idiosyncrasies of immigration law
Lewis Fry Richardson's weather forecasts changed the world. But could his predictions of war do the same?

Lewis Fry Richardson's weather forecasts changed the world...

But could his predictions of war do the same?
Kate Bush asks fans not to take photos at her London gigs: 'I want to have contact with the audience, not iPhones'

'I want to have contact with the audience, not iPhones'

Kate Bush asks fans not to take photos at her London gigs
Under-35s have rated gardening in their top five favourite leisure activities, but why?

Young at hort

Under-35s have rated gardening in their top five favourite leisure activities. But why are so many people are swapping sweaty clubs for leafy shrubs?
Tim Vine, winner of the Funniest Joke of the Fringe award: 'making a quip as funny as possible is an art'

Beyond a joke

Tim Vine, winner of the Funniest Joke of the Fringe award, has nigh-on 200 in his act. So how are they conceived?
The late Peter O'Toole shines in 'Katherine of Alexandria' despite illness

The late Peter O'Toole shines in 'Katherine of Alexandria' despite illness

Sadly though, the Lawrence of Arabia star is not around to lend his own critique
Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire: The joy of camping in a wetland nature reserve and sleeping under the stars

A wild night out

Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire offers a rare chance to camp in a wetland nature reserve
Comic Sans for Cancer exhibition: It’s the font that’s openly ridiculed for its jaunty style, but figures of fun have their fans

Comic Sans for Cancer exhibition

It’s the font that’s openly ridiculed for its jaunty style, but figures of fun have their fans
Besiktas vs Arsenal: Five things we learnt from the Champions League first-leg tie

Besiktas vs Arsenal

Five things we learnt from the Champions League first-leg tie
Rory McIlroy a smash hit on the US talk show circuit

Rory McIlroy a smash hit on the US talk show circuit

As the Northern Irishman prepares for the Barclays, he finds time to appear on TV in the States, where he’s now such a global superstar that he needs no introduction
Boy racer Max Verstappen stays relaxed over step up to Formula One

Boy racer Max Verstappen stays relaxed over step up to F1

The 16-year-old will become the sport’s youngest-ever driver when he makes his debut for Toro Rosso next season
Fear brings the enemies of Isis together at last

Fear brings the enemies of Isis together at last

But belated attempts to unite will be to no avail if the Sunni caliphate remains strong in Syria, says Patrick Cockburn
Charlie Gilmour: 'I wondered if I would end up killing myself in jail'

Charlie Gilmour: 'I wondered if I'd end up killing myself in jail'

Following last week's report on prison suicides, the former inmate asks how much progress we have made in the 50 years since the abolition of capital punishment