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NBA star has undergone tests, but results were inconclusive

Manchester United have been named the most influential football brand, pipping Liverpool to lead the way

Manchester United beat Liverpool to be named the most influential football club brand in the world

Both clubs feature in the top five of the most influential sporting brands which is headed by the London 2012 Olympic Games

LA Dodgers' co-owner Magic Johnson

Baseball: Dodgers have the old magic back

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

Scott Brooks: The former Knicks player has been coach of Oklahoma for five years

Basketball: Five starters keep Brooks on his toes at Thunder

Coach Brooks is talking gobbledegook. The microphones and the cameras are pressed against his face and you are reminded that in NBA basketball the questions tend to be technical, specific and to uneducated, English ears, baffling. There is very little talk of “giving it 100 per cent”.

Kevin Durant takes a shot during a practice session in Manchester

Basketball: Prolific Kevin Durant out to prove that good guys can be winners, too

“I’ve been second all my life. I’m tired of being second. I am done with it”

Top tweets

5 Epic Twitter Fails: Ian Katz certainly isn't alone

We’ve all sent a message to the wrong person at one point or another… but what happens when the text is a tweet, and you have millions of followers?

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un meets with former NBA star Dennis Rodman in Pyongyang 7 September 2013

Dennis Rodman playing diplomat, Louis Tomlinson playing football: What could possibly go wrong?

Public indulgence of celebrities lets many crossover from entertainer to expert

Dennis Rodman of the U.S. shows pictures he took with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to the media, upon arrival at Beijing Capital International Airport

Dennis Rodman gives away name of Kim Jong-un's baby after returning from North Korea

US basketball star seemed unaware the child had never before been seen or spoken of in public

Dennis Rodman loses his temper with reporters at Beijing Airport

Dennis Rodman returns from trip to North Korea to visit Kim Jong Un

Former NBA star restrained after losing his temper at reporters

Nate Silver shocked and annoyed US newspaper pundits by correctly predicting the outcome of the 2012 US election

Heroes of Zeroes: Nate Silver, his rivals and the big electoral data revolution

Statisticians' predictions have revolutionised political punditry and basketball alike. How did the big data revolution come about?

Bowled over... Indiana (not India) to build $6m cricket ground

If you were to hear that a brand new cricket ground was being constructed in India, you’d think nothing of it – but Indiana?

Arison hands over Carnival tiller

Micky Arison, the billionaire who masterminded the takeover of P&O's cruise ship business, has walked the plank at Carnival.

LeBron James of the Miami Heat celebrates after defeating the San Antonio Spurs 95-88 to win Game Seven of the 2013 NBA Finals
Manchester City players are the best paid

Manchester City rise above Real Madrid and Barcelona to top the global pay charts - but where does your club feature?

The beaten FA Cup finalists pay over £100,000-a-week to their players on average

Nadal condemns destruction of 211 blood bags from doping investigation Operation Puerto that allows cheats to go unnamed

World number five Rafael Nadal has criticised the decision of a Spanish court to destroy more than 200 blood bags seized during Operation Puerto - and therefore allow those involved to remain nameless.

Remembering Justin Fashanu a different way, 15 years after his death

Complexity has been ironed out from the footballer's legacy

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Could the US Vice-President be testing the water for a presidential run?
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With the 'leisured society' a distant dream we're working longer and less regular hours than ever
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The addictive nature of Diplomacy

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Charlie Austin: Queens Park Rangers striker says ‘If the move is not right, I’m not going’

Charlie Austin: ‘If the move is not right, I’m not going’

After hitting 18 goals in the Premier League last season, the QPR striker was the great non-deal of transfer deadline day. But he says he'd preferred another shot at promotion
Isis profits from destruction of antiquities by selling relics to dealers - and then blowing up the buildings they come from to conceal the evidence of looting

How Isis profits from destruction of antiquities

Robert Fisk on the terrorist group's manipulation of the market to increase the price of artefacts
Labour leadership: Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea

'If we lose touch we’ll end up with two decades of the Tories'

In an exclusive interview, Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea
Tunisia fears its Arab Spring could be reversed as the new regime becomes as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor

The Arab Spring reversed

Tunisian protesters fear that a new law will whitewash corrupt businessmen and officials, but they are finding that the new regime is becoming as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor
King Arthur: Legendary figure was real and lived most of his life in Strathclyde, academic claims

Academic claims King Arthur was real - and reveals where he lived

Dr Andrew Breeze says the legendary figure did exist – but was a general, not a king
Who is Oliver Bonas and how has he captured middle-class hearts?

Who is Oliver Bonas?

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Earth has 'lost more than half its trees' since humans first started cutting them down

Axe-wielding Man fells half the world’s trees – leaving us just 422 each

However, the number of trees may be eight times higher than previously thought
60 years of Scalextric: Model cars are now stuffed with as much tech as real ones

60 years of Scalextric

Model cars are now stuffed with as much tech as real ones