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NBA star has undergone tests, but results were inconclusive

Perform plans public listing in London

Perform Group, a UK digital sports media group backed by the Russian billionaire Len Blavatnik, is set to float in London at a valuation upwards of £500m.

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
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Blundering Tony Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

Blundering Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

For Arabs – and for Britons who lost their loved ones in his shambolic war in Iraq – his appointment was an insult, says Robert Fisk
Fifa corruption arrests: All hail the Feds for riding to football's rescue

Fifa corruption arrests

All hail the Feds for riding to football's rescue, says Ian Herbert
Isis in Syria: The Kurdish enclave still resisting the tyranny of President Assad and militant fighters

The Kurdish enclave still resisting the tyranny of Assad and Isis

In Syrian Kurdish cantons along the Turkish border, the progressive aims of the 2011 uprising are being enacted despite the war. Patrick Cockburn returns to Amuda
How I survived Cambodia's Killing Fields: Acclaimed surgeon SreyRam Kuy celebrates her mother's determination to escape the US

How I survived Cambodia's Killing Fields

Acclaimed surgeon SreyRam Kuy celebrates her mother's determination to escape to the US
Stephen Mangan interview: From posh buffoon to pregnant dad, the actor has quite a range

How Stephen Mangan got his range

Posh buffoon, hapless writer, pregnant dad - Mangan is certainly a versatile actor
The ZX Spectrum has been crowd-funded back into play - with some 21st-century tweaks

The ZX Spectrum is back

The ZX Spectrum was the original - and for some players, still the best. David Crookes meets the fans who've kept the games' flames lit
Grace of Monaco film panned: even the screenwriter pours scorn on biopic starring Nicole Kidman

Even the screenwriter pours scorn on Grace of Monaco biopic

The critics had a field day after last year's premiere, but the savaging goes on
Menstrual Hygiene Day: The strange ideas people used to believe about periods

Menstrual Hygiene Day: The strange ideas people once had about periods

If one was missed, vomiting blood was seen as a viable alternative
The best work perks: From free travel cards to making dreams come true (really)

The quirks of work perks

From free travel cards to making dreams come true (really)
Is bridge the latest twee pastime to get hip?

Is bridge becoming hip?

The number of young players has trebled in the past year. Gillian Orr discovers if this old game has new tricks
Long author-lists on research papers are threatening the academic work system

The rise of 'hyperauthorship'

Now that academic papers are written by thousands (yes, thousands) of contributors, it's getting hard to tell workers from shirkers
The rise of Lego Clubs: How toys are helping children struggling with social interaction to build better relationships

The rise of Lego Clubs

How toys are helping children struggling with social interaction to build better relationships
5 best running glasses

On your marks: 5 best running glasses

Whether you’re pounding pavements, parks or hill passes, keep your eyes protected in all weathers
Joe Root: 'Ben Stokes gives everything – he’s rubbing off on us all'

'Ben Stokes gives everything – he’s rubbing off on us all'

Joe Root says the England dressing room is a happy place again – and Stokes is the catalyst
Raif Badawi: Wife pleads for fresh EU help as Saudi blogger's health worsens

Please save my husband

As the health of blogger Raif Badawi worsens in prison, his wife urges EU governments to put pressure on the Saudi Arabian royal family to allow her husband to join his family in Canada