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"It's kind of kicking off," said Radio 1's Matt Edmondson, half an hour into his preamble to the annual Teen Awards that had already seemed to last for three days. "This is amazing, there are pop stars literally everywhere," panted his co-presenter Jameela Jamil, as if she had just clapped eyes on the Virgin Mary and not Jade from Little Mix.

Equestrianism: Classy choice for Whitakers

Ten horses have travelled to London from John Whitaker's West Yorkshire yard in time for today's opening of The Horse of the Year Show at Wembley Arena. Three of them - Virtual Village Grannusch, Randi and Heyman - will be ridden by Whitaker himself. The others will be shared between his daughter, Louise, his son, Robert, and his 19-year-old stable jockey, Paul Barker.

Stanojevic steals show for Red Star

The young bucks of Red Star Belgrade won the Sainsburys Classic Cola tournament at Wembley Arena last night, beating Israel's Maccabi Tel Aviv 71-70 in the final. The Yugoslav's Jovo Stanojevic stole the show from Maccabi's 6ft 10in American centre Rashard Griffith, whose $950,000 (pounds 630,000) contract makes him the highest paid sportsman in Israel's history.

Basketball: Towers powered into final by Austin

Victory over the Sheffield Sharks at Wembley Arena on Saturday advanced London Towers to their second successive Budweiser Championship final and last night's meeting with London Leopards.

Basketball: Towers triumph at the last as tension rises

The prestige of winning the Budweiser League play-off final took a backseat at Wembley Arena last night. This all-London affair between the Leopards and the Towers had more to do with "bragging rights" in the capital.

Sport and Leisure: Reach for the sky


Brandon and Cadle seek consistency


Basketball: Granby Halls boost for Riders

The axe has been lifted from the Granby Halls, giving Leicester City Riders an extra boost to face the Budweiser League champions, the Leopards, in tonight's first game of their best-of-three play-off quarter-final series.

Obituary: Notorious B.I.G.

Last Friday, British record executives and media were treated to an exclusive playback of Notorious B.I.G.'s forthcoming album, Life After Death. On it was a track called "You're Nobody ('Til Somebody Kills You)" which the New York rapper dedicated to his rival the late Tupac Shakur who was murdered in Las Vegas in September last year.


The Braxtons play Glasgow SECC, 5 Mar; Manchester Nynex, 6 Mar; London Wembley Arena, 8, 9 Mar; Sheffield Arena, 11 Mar; Birmingham NEC, 13, 14 Mar

Pop live: They're back, Jack

Steely Dan reeled in the years at Wembley this week with surprising keenness. Giles Smith just reeled

Towers fumble late chance


Live Pop: Mariah Carey Wembley Arena London

On one side of London last weekend, the Sex Pistols were indulging their egos with a ridiculous side-show of bloated excess. But compared to Mariah Carey, who was performing in another part of town, barely able to last out a song without changing her costume or telling us how happy she was to be in England, the Pistols were a picture of minimalism and restraint.

Pop Ray Charles / Van Morrison Wembley Arena

Orchestration of a team, leadership, inspiration and sustained passages of genius were in evidence by both sides at Wembley on Saturday. Alas, it was not at the stadium and the Euro 96 match between England and Scotland that these qualities were most conspicuous. They came four hours later across the car park at the Arena when 50-year-old whippersnapper Van Morrison shared the bill with Ray Charles, allegedly 65. It was an obvious, yet adventurous double-bill offering the African-American R&B root and one of its longest, strongest tendrils.

Cadle cool on rule change

The fans who watch this weekend's Budweiser League play-offs at Wembley Arena when London Towers play Manchester Giants and Sheffield Sharks face Birmingham Bullets, may be seeing English players such as Steve Bucknall, Martin Henlan, Trevor Gordon and Roger Huggins for the last time, writes Duncan Hooper.

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