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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.

Steelers complete treble after penalties

Ice hockey

Pop: Lenny Kravitz Wembley Arena, London

Two problems with Len. The first is that he tends to come over as an arrogant mix of Tom Jones and Billy Graham, a loved-up sex beast with a message for us about God. The second is working out exactly where he's coming from. Everyone knows the influences - lashings of Sixties and Seventies-style Cream, Beatles, Hendrix. He spurns digital technology, ferreting out authentic period equipment to achieve his retro sound, then he spits about being misinterpreted as a copyist. And though he's not that exactly, tonight he provides a made-to-order timewarp. Against a backdrop of brocades, velvets, neon Christs and low-slung chandeliers, Kravitz leads a band he must have searched years to find. Consummate musicians, every one is also fully themed, from the funky Philly brass section to the Ian Hunter-style barnets on lead guitar and keyboards. It's a matter of opinion where reinterpretation stops and heritage industry begins.

Lewis set to tempt Bowe with pounds 6m bid

Boxing

POP Celine Dion, Wembley Arena The one-time Eurovision winner and all-round purveyor of anodyne pop bares her innermost feelings to an audience of thousands.

In the new film Canadian Bacon, the US government, fishing for a war to boost the President's popularity, whips up a storm of anti-Canadian propaganda: "It's always winter there! They gave us Michael J Fox! They play Anne Murray 24 hours a day!" You chuckle to yourself - the concept of annihilating a country just because of "Blanket on the Ground" is patently absurd, isn't it? And then you sit through a concert by the French-Canadian singer Celine Dion, and suddenly the film doesn't seem so funny.

Cunningham's curtain call

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Basketball Budweiser Championships Wembley Arena

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Basketball: The Budweiser Championships, at Wembley Arena

The Budweiser Championships, at Wembley Arena this weekend, represent an upturn in fortunes of British basketball. The disastrous misfortunes that afflicted Kingston (now Guildford and the dominant team of the 1980s) have long since been forgotten and important lessons learned. The year- old alliance with Budweiser has been successful. The new franchises have attracted sponsorship, international players and fans to their new venues. The sport has achieved increased coverage and is now shown alongside its American twin on Sky Sports. The American NBA is still the benchmark for basketball around the globe but the English game is fast improving.

Devils must go back to basics

The showpiece of the British season faces off today at Wembley Arena with the first Premier Championship semi-final pitting Cardiff Devils, last season's champions, against Sheffield Steelers, the defeated finalists. This is followed by Nottingham Panthers versus Edinburgh Racers, with the victors meeting tomorrow.

City snubs arena rescue

WEMBLEY plc, the company that owns Wembley stadium and the Wembley arena, veered closer to receivership as some City institutions gave an early thumbs-down to its long-awaited refinancing proposals.

Wembley shares suspended on verge of deal

Dealings in Wembley shares were suspended at 6p yesterday, ahead of the conclusion of a refinancing of its £140m of debts. The company, which owns the national football stadium, may announce the reconstruction and an accompanying boardroom shake-up next week, John Shepherd writes.

Wembley to get new chairman

Sir Brian Wolfson is prepared to bow to shareholder pressure and stand down as chairman of Wembley, the beleaguered leisure group that owns the national football stadium, the company confirmed last night. He islikely to remain with the group as deputy chairman.

Britain to be given IHL team

ICE HOCKEY The International Hockey League announced yesterday it will be establishing a British team who will start playing at the beginning of the 1996/97 season.

Glitter injured

Thousands of rock fans were sent home in disappointment last night when Gary Glitter, the cult pop-star of the Seventies, cancelled a sellout concert at Wembley Arena after slipping a disc.

ROCK / A devil with some good tunes

Randy Newman; Cliff Richard

Mickey's Magical Tales: Wembley Arena

Various elephants and ducks skate around the rink. Four-year-old girl, her blonde hair in bunches under a large pair of Minnie Mouse ears, gazes instead at the lights rising on the gantreys. 'Is that magic?' she says.
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