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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

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”

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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

Jason Collins

President Barack Obama makes call to Jason Collins after NBA star comes out as gay

US President calls to offer support

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The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

Scotland’s immigrants are as passionate about the future of their adopted nation as anyone else
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Blight club: Britain's ugliest buildings

Following the architect Cameron Sinclair's introduction of the Dead Prize, an award for ugly buildings, John Rentoul reflects on some of the biggest blots on the UK landscape
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eBay's enduring appeal

The online auction site is still the UK's most popular e-commerce site
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'Lack of ethnic minority and black faces on TV is weird'

Culture Minister Ed Vaizey calls for immediate action to address the problem
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Magic circles: Artist Olafur Eliasson

Eliasson's works will go alongside a new exhibition of JMW Turner at Tate Britain. He tells Jay Merrick why the paintings of his hero are ripe for reinvention
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Josephine Dickinson: 'How I discovered a new world of sound'

After going deaf as a child, musician and poet Josephine Dickinson made do with a hearing aid for five decades. Then she had a cochlear implant - and everything changed
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Greggs gives lesson in crisis management

After a mishap with their logo, high street staple Greggs went viral this week. But, as Simon Usborne discovers, their social media response was anything but half baked
Matthew McConaughey has been singing the praises of bumbags (shame he doesn't know how to wear one)

Matthew McConaughey sings the praises of bumbags

Shame he doesn't know how to wear one. Harriet Walker explains the dos and don'ts of fanny packs
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Flying fun: 7 best quadcopters and drones

From state of the art devices with stabilised cameras to mini gadgets that can soar around the home, we take some flying objects for a spin
Joey Barton: ‘I’ve been guilty of getting a bit irate’

Joey Barton: ‘I’ve been guilty of getting a bit irate’

The midfielder returned to the Premier League after two years last weekend. The controversial character had much to discuss after his first game back
Andy Murray: I quit while I’m ahead too often

Andy Murray: I quit while I’m ahead too often

British No 1 knows his consistency as well as his fitness needs working on as he prepares for the US Open after a ‘very, very up and down’ year
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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
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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