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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

The former basketball star Earvin 'Magic' Johnson beams during a press conference at the first World Sports Congress in Mexico City in October 2008

Rupert Cornwell: Magic Johnson still smiles in the face of HIV

Out of America: A TV documentary next weekend and a Broadway show mark the inspirational life of the basketball legend, who retired in 1991

Gallery: In the face of discrimination

A photography exhibition opposing discrimination across Europe opens in Croatia this weekend. We showcase the inspirational pictures

Luol Deng of the Chicago Bulls wears a t-shirt with the likeness of Africa during player introductions for the 2012 NBA All-Star Game

Basketball: T-shirt stunt may cost Deng dear

Great Britain's Luol Deng said he was happy to risk an NBA fine for wearing a T-shirt honouring Africa during the pre-match introductions at the All-Star Game on Sunday.

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

Basketball: Brixton's Deng now joins the All-Stars in Orlando

From Sudan to Chicago, the former Topcat is mixing it with America's big boys

Jeremy Lin scored 136 points in his first five career starts, an NBA record

Basketball: The incredible story of Jeremy Lin, the new superstar of the NBA

The NBA has gone Lin-sane.

Jump to the top: Jeremy Lin scores against Toronto. The game capped an unbelievable five-game streak for the rookie

Basketball: Linsanity! Unfancied Harvard graduate is talk of NBA

Will Dean witnesses the birth of a star

Luol Deng pictured in action for the Bulls

NBA: Luol Deng becomes first Briton to be selected for All-Star Game

Luol Deng has become the first British player to be selected for the NBA All-Star Game.

The Business Matrix: Friday 03 February 2012

Basketball strike costs Compass

US basketball strike costs Compass

The 149-day strike by US basketball stars this autumn disrupted more than just the NBA season: Compass, the world's biggest caterer, yesterday admitted the lock-down would cost it £30m this year.

Huddersfield's run of 43 unbeaten league games was ended last night

Sport's outstanding streaks and unbelievable runs

Huddersfield’s incredible run of 43 league games without defeat was brought to an end last night.

Luol Deng of the Chicago Bulls

Basketball: Luol Deng set to quit the US

The Great Britain star Luol Deng can expect his services to be in demand by Europe's biggest clubs after he admitted he is ready to leave America.

LA's Mr Muscle: Meet the man who shapes celebrity

He keeps A-list bodies trim, toned and in tip-top condition - but don't expect trainer-to-the-stars Gunnar Peterson to brag about it.

Robin Scott-Elliot: Organisers miss a slam-dunk in testing out 'people's Games'

London Eye: Young people from the poorer areas around the park could have been inspired by the likes of Parker

Tall story as Olympic basketball arena passes big test

Venue has enlarged doors for giant competitors but can Britain grab chance to measure up on world stage?
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Save the tiger: The animals bred for bones on China’s tiger farms

The animals bred for bones on China’s tiger farms

The big cats kept in captivity to perform for paying audiences and then, when dead, their bodies used to fortify wine
A former custard factory, a Midlands bog and a Leeds cemetery all included in top 50 hidden spots in the UK

A former custard factory, a Midlands bog and a Leeds cemetery

Introducing the top 50 hidden spots in Britain
Ebola epidemic: Plagued by fear

Ebola epidemic: Plagued by fear

How a disease that has claimed fewer than 2,000 victims in its history has earned a place in the darkest corner of the public's imagination
Chris Pratt: From 'Parks and Recreation' to 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

From 'Parks and Recreation' to 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

He was homeless in Hawaii when he got his big break. Now the comic actor Chris Pratt is Hollywood's new favourite action star
How live cinema screenings can boost arts audiences

How live cinema screenings can boost arts audiences

Broadcasting plays and exhibitions to cinemas is a sure-fire box office smash
Shipping container hotels: Pop-up hotels filling a niche

Pop-up hotels filling a niche

Spending the night in a shipping container doesn't sound appealing, but these mobile crash pads are popping up at the summer's biggest events
Native American headdresses are not fashion accessories

Feather dust-up

A Canadian festival has banned Native American headwear. Haven't we been here before?
Boris Johnson's war on diesel

Boris Johnson's war on diesel

11m cars here run on diesel. It's seen as a greener alternative to unleaded petrol. So why is London's mayor on a crusade against the black pump?
5 best waterproof cameras

Splash and flash: 5 best waterproof cameras

Don't let water stop you taking snaps with one of these machines that will take you from the sand to meters deep
Louis van Gaal interview: Manchester United manager discusses tactics and rebuilding after the David Moyes era

Louis van Gaal interview

Manchester United manager discusses tactics and rebuilding after the David Moyes era
Will Gore: The goodwill shown by fans towards Alastair Cook will evaporate rapidly if India win the series

Will Gore: Outside Edge

The goodwill shown by fans towards Alastair Cook will evaporate rapidly if India win the series
The children were playing in the street with toy guns. The air strikes were tragically real

The air strikes were tragically real

The children were playing in the street with toy guns
Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite – The British, as others see us

Britain as others see us

Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite
How did our legends really begin?

How did our legends really begin?

Applying the theory of evolution to the world's many mythologies
Watch out: Lambrusco is back on the menu

Lambrusco is back on the menu

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