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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”

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

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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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee