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Former NBA star's lavish birthday gifts for 'friend for life' Kim Jong-un may have violated international sanctions imposed on North Korea

Basketball: Lakers to bring NBA razmatazz to London

In a few days, the O2 Arena will host Axl Rose and what remains of Guns and Roses. But first, sport: tonight a collection of extremely tall and athletes, together with two troupes of cheerleaders, will attract a sell-out crowd of 19,000 to London’s Docklands, for an evening of high-octane professional basketball.

The Business On... Mark Cuban, Owner, Dallas Mavericks

The NBA basketball team?

Serie A rocked by strike plans

Serie A clubs were today left stunned by the announcement that the players in Italy's top flight will go on strike on the weekend of September 25-26.

Basketball: Serbia player held after mass brawl

Serbian basketball player Nenad Krstic was arrested but released without bail after a mass brawl caused a game against Greece to be abandoned.

Gifted English defender who got away hopes to steal show against his beloved Spurs

At White Hart Lane on Saturday there was an emotional parade by surviving members of Tottenham's 1961 Double-winning team. Time and football move on and those old heroes, who later reached the European Cup semi-final, may be surprised to learn that as Spurs return to the competition almost half a century later, not only is tonight's final qualifying round first leg being played on an artificial pitch, but the only North London boy stepping onto it will be appearing for the opposition.

Basketball: London tip-off for regular NBA games

The NBA will stage two regular season games at London's O2 Arena next year, the first to be held in Europe, in an attempt to bolster the sport's – and the NBA's – popularity in the UK ahead of the 2012 Olympics.

A deal-maker on Wall Street, an altruist in China. But can Huang be a saviour at Anfield?

As details emerge about the leading contender to take ownership of Liverpool, one thing is clear: this is no cash-rich billionaire

Torres returns as Chinese bid to take control at Anfield

Fernando Torres returns to training at Liverpool today with the club poised on the brink of a controversial hostile takeover bid by a Chinese businessman, which may profoundly affect the player's thinking about his future.

George Steinbrenner: Larger-than-life owner of baseball's most successful franchise, the New York Yankees

In the annals of America's broken public promises, the avowals of the Cleveland shipbuilder George Steinbrenner, buying the New York Yankees baseball club from the television network CBS in 1973, rank right up there 0with "you won't have Nixon to kick around any more". Steinbrenner told New Yorkers, "We plan absent ownership... we're not going to pretend we're something we're not. I'll stick to building ships."

America agog as biggest star in basketball 'betrays' his old team

To his former boss in Cleveland, he is "narcissistic" and a "coward". To the fans of south Florida's premier basketball franchise, the Miami Heat, he might as well be God and the Tooth Fairy wrapped into one, riding into town to help them win the next national championship title.

Basketball: LeBron James joins the Miami Heat

NBA basketball superstar LeBron James will play for the Miami Heat next season he announced live on television to millions watching around the world.

NBA awaits LeBron James decision

The most high profile free agent in sports history, LeBron James, is set to announce on Thursday where he will be playing next season.

Manute Bol: Basketball player who used his fame to help peace efforts in his native Sudan

At nearly 7ft 7in tall, Manute Bol, who has died of kidney failure aged 47, stood out even among the giants of America's National Basketball Association.

Sudan mourns gentle giant who took NBA by storm

The showbusiness world of the NBA and the remote and battle-scarred south of Sudan were united in mourning yesterday at the passing of Manute Bol, a beloved peace activist and one of the tallest players ever to star in US basketball.

Basketball: LA Lakers take NBA crown

As gold and purple confetti fell like snow from the rafters, the Los Angeles Lakers basked in the glory of beating their greatest rivals to the NBA title.

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New leading ladies of dance fight back

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