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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

Chicago Bulls' forward Luol Deng will be the first Briton to play in an All-Stars game tonight

NBA All-Star Luol Deng headlines Team GB basketball squad

NBA All-Star Luol Deng has been named to headline Great Britain's Olympic basketball squad.

Denis Istomin is coached by his mother Klaudiya

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Unusual arrangement seems to work well for Uzbekistan's finest as he reaches round four

LeBron James with the series Most Valuable Player Award

Basketball: James hype justified after 'The Chosen One' finally delivers

It's taken 10 years and many a bruise to his reputation and self-esteem, but LeBron James at last stands at the pinnacle of professional basketball, after leading the Miami Heat to the 2012 NBA championship – the one prize whose absence had prevented his recognition as the finest in his sport.

LeBron James named MVP after Miami Heat triumph over Oklahoma City Thunder to win NBA finals

LeBron James was named series MVP after guiding the Miami Heat to a 4-1 triumph over the Oklahoma City Thunder - and claimed the accolade was just reward for two tough years.

NBA propose under-23 format for Olympic basketball

The NBA wants to pull basketball's top players out of future Olympic Games and model the competition on the under-23 format used in football.

Deng clear to play for Team GB – but at a cost

British Basketball's performance director, Chris Spice, has opened a war of words with the NBA and the Chicago Bulls over Luol Deng's availability for this summer's Olympic Games.

Michael Jordan, arguably, the best player in NBA history

Basketball: Jordan's rare taste of failure

Michael Jordan is, arguably, the best player in NBA history. Now he is indisputably the owner of the worst team in NBA history.

Last year's top pick was Auburn quarterback Cam Newton who went to the Carolina Panthers

Do believe the hype: NFL draft is the craziest show in town

It is fantasy football come true. Thirty-two teams picking future superstars live on TV. By Rupert Cornwell in Washington

Andrew Luck is one of the names to watch at the NFL draft

American Football: Do believe the hype! NFL draft is the craziest show in town

It is fantasy football come true. Thirty-two teams picking future gridiron superstars live on prime-time television. What's not to like?

Basketball: Neutered Cats close on record

Charlotte Bobcats have six games left to avoid the terrible distinction of becoming the worst team in NBA history.

Chicago Bulls' forward Luol Deng has agreed to play in Britain's Olympic team

Basketball: NBA stars commit to GB Olympic team

Chicago Bulls forward Luol Deng is one of three NBA players who have agreed to play in Britain's Olympic team.

NBA to discuss shirt sponsorship

Trending: A corporate slam dunk – should the NBA sell its shirts?

American sports may be littered with ad breaks, but when it comes to rampant consumerism there's one area where it's left behind by its global brethren: shirt sponsorships.

A view of dodger stadium

Baseball: Magic Johnson set to buy Dodgers for record $2bn

A group spear-headed by former basketball great Earvin "Magic" Johnson agreed to buy the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team for a record $2bn, team owner Frank McCourt announced yesterday, capping a two-year drama that started with McCourt's divorce and wound its way through bankruptcy court.

WINNER: Barcelona
Another Champions League title, the La Liga title, the Club World Cup, Lionel Messi voted the Fifa Player of the Year - Barcelona were the greatest team of 2011. Perhaps the greatest of all time...

Barcelona launch new Facebook application

Barcelona launched a new Facebook application today designed to help the Spanish, European and world champions engage more effectively with their 28 million global fans on the social networking site.

Putin may offer his rival candidate Mikhail Prokhorov a position in his government

Was Putin's presidential 'rival' really an undercover ally all along?

Vladimir Putin suggested yesterday that when he returns to the Kremlin in May he may offer the oligarch Mikhail Prokhorov a position in his government.

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