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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.

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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.

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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.

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After Woods and Armstrong, Vikings quarterback also loses lustre

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