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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.

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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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Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands

The Senator for Colorado is for gay rights, for abortion rights – and in the Republicans’ sights as they threaten to take control of the Senate next month
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Air New Zealand's wizard in-flight video

The airline has released a new Hobbit-inspired clip dubbed "The most epic safety video ever made"
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Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month

The combination of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg (and no actual pumpkin), now flavours everything from lattes to cream cheese in the US
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