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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

Sam Wallace: When are footballers going to stop being so dopey about what's in the pills they pop?

Talking Football: There has been for many years, as the vast wealth from television revenue gushes into English football, a tendency to infantilise elite players

The sporting week ahead (27/02/11)

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NBA coach Jerry Sloan resigns after 23 years in charge

Legendary NBA coach Jerry Sloan has resigned as head coach of the Utah Jazz after 23 seasons in the role.

Outside Edge: Don't knock highly strung Nock

Outside Edge's distant cousin Over The Edge sends us news of the remarkable bouncing man.

Hold The Back Page: 29/01/2011

It's a big weekend for...

Li Na

She is a "pioneer", according to the head of China's tennis federation, Sun Jinfang, in much the same vein as the hurdler Liu Xiang and the NBA's Yao Ming.

Ice Hockey: Jewish player accuses major US team of anti-Semitism

In the hard-knuckle world of professional ice hockey, disagreements are traditionally settled with a manly punch-up. But the sport now faces the prospect of defending itself against charges of institutionalised anti-Semitism after a discrimination lawsuit was filed by one of its handful of Jewish players.

Bale concern for Spurs as Lennon plays pickpocket

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Basketball: Deng's Bulls win battle of Britons

Derrick Rose scored 29 points as the Chicago Bulls continued their domination over the Detroit Pistons with a 95-82 victory on Monday night in the battle between the two British players in the NBA, Luol Deng and Ben Gordon.

America's real special relationship

President Obama has caused a stir by saying that the US has 'no stronger ally' than France. John Lichfield asks: why all the fuss?

Basketball: Britain's NBA star envisages a legacy of success

Ben Gordon hopes London 2012 will feature a better showing from the national side than 1948's whitewash

Outside Edge: Brave Karl on road to recovery

Karl Hinett has completed the first of 52 marathons he intends to run every weekend this year.

Quins and Wasps boldly take oval ball to Abu Dhabi

Wasps and Harlequins have confirmed they will play their forthcoming LV= Cup fixture in Abu Dhabi. The London rivals will be the first English clubs to stage a competitive match outside of the country.

Favre's fall latest blow to image of all-American hero

After Woods and Armstrong, Vikings quarterback also loses lustre

'Odd Couple' who agreed about everything. Except coach, finance, stadium...

Signs of disagreement between the Americans over how to run Liverpool were evident almost from the start
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A new Russian revolution: Cracks start to appear in Putin’s Kremlin power bloc

A new Russian revolution

Cracks start to appear in Putin’s Kremlin power bloc
Eugene de Kock: Apartheid’s sadistic killer that his country cannot forgive

Apartheid’s sadistic killer that his country cannot forgive

The debate rages in South Africa over whether Eugene de Kock should ever be released from jail
Standing my ground: If sitting is bad for your health, what happens when you stay on your feet for a whole month?

Standing my ground

If sitting is bad for your health, what happens when you stay on your feet for a whole month?
Commonwealth Games 2014: Dai Greene prays for chance to rebuild after injury agony

Greene prays for chance to rebuild after injury agony

Welsh hurdler was World, European and Commonwealth champion, but then the injuries crept in
Israel-Gaza conflict: Secret report helps Israelis to hide facts

Patrick Cockburn: Secret report helps Israel to hide facts

The slickness of Israel's spokesmen is rooted in directions set down by pollster Frank Luntz
The man who dared to go on holiday

The man who dared to go on holiday

New York's mayor has taken a vacation - in a nation that has still to enforce paid leave, it caused quite a stir, reports Rupert Cornwell
Best comedians: How the professionals go about their funny business, from Sarah Millican to Marcus Brigstocke

Best comedians: How the professionals go about their funny business

For all those wanting to know how stand-ups keep standing, here are some of the best moments
The Guest List 2014: Forget the Man Booker longlist, Literary Editor Katy Guest offers her alternative picks

The Guest List 2014

Forget the Man Booker longlist, Literary Editor Katy Guest offers her alternative picks
Jokes on Hollywood: 'With comedy film audiences shrinking, it’s time to move on'

Jokes on Hollywood

With comedy film audiences shrinking, it’s time to move on
It's the best of British art... but not all is on display

It's the best of British art... but not all is on display

Voted for by the British public, the artworks on Art Everywhere posters may be the only place where they can be seen
Critic claims 'I was the inspiration for Blanche DuBois'

Critic claims 'I was the inspiration for Blanche DuBois'

Blanche Marvin reveals how Tennessee Williams used her name and an off-the-cuff remark to create an iconic character
Sometimes it's hard to be a literary novelist

Sometimes it's hard to be a literary novelist

Websites offering your ebooks for nothing is only the latest disrespect the modern writer is subjected to, says DJ Taylor
Edinburgh Fringe 2014: The comedy highlights, from Bridget Christie to Jack Dee

Edinburgh Fringe 2014

The comedy highlights, from Bridget Christie to Jack Dee
Dame Jenny Abramsky: 'We have to rethink. If not, museums and parks will close'

Dame Jenny Abramsky: 'We have to rethink. If not, museums and parks will close'

The woman stepping down as chair of the Heritage Lottery Fund is worried