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David Beckham and Robbie Keane: pictures showing pair inseperable at LA Galaxy

I'll miss you, Becks… how will Robbie cope now his LA bromance is coming to an end

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UPDATED:

16:37 GMT, 6 December 2012

Maybe he wants some reflected publicity from the world’s most famous footballer. Maybe it’s a bromance formed by the shared experience of living across the Atlantic away from home. Maybe he just likes the smell of his mate’s cologne.

Whatever the reason, Robbie Keane certainly seems to get photographed with David Beckham an awful lot.

When Beckham was saying goodbye to LA Galaxy fans at the Home Depot Centre on December 3 the Irishman was pictured sitting beside a beaming 37-year-old looking a little glum.

Stars of the Galaxy: David Beckham (left) and Robbie Keane (right) celebrate the MLS Cup victory on Saturday

Stars of the Galaxy: David Beckham (left) and Robbie Keane (right) celebrate the MLS Cup victory on Saturday

Suits you: Beckham and Keane pose with their spoils again after the Englishman's final game for the Galaxy

Suits you: Beckham and Keane pose with their spoils again after the Englishman's final game for the Galaxy

Oh, it's you again, Robbie: The pair share a joke during training in California

Oh, it's you again, Robbie: The pair share a joke during training in California

Two days earlier the one-time Spurs man posed next to Beckham while the squad celebrated their MLS Cup victory over Houston Dynamo. He had stepped onto the pitch for the match one place in front of the former England captain.

They have held the trophy together, given press conferences in unison, and repeatedly been snapped in training running side-by-side in the past 18 months. Is it for the conversation Or does Keane have a touch of John Terry about him

In January 2011 Beckham was even photographed imparting some words of wisdom to the snood-wearing striker while he trained with Tottenham under Harry Redknapp.

You imagine it went: ‘Ask for short round the back and sides, good length on top. Slick it back and hey presto, the Don Draper look.’

Fancy seeing you here: Keane and Beckham at the Los Angeles Lakers v Dallas Mavericks basketball match

Fancy seeing you here: Keane and Beckham at the Los Angeles Lakers v Dallas Mavericks basketball match

Lurking in the background: Beckham listens during a press conference in November (and look who's behind him)

Lurking in the background: Beckham listens during a press conference in November (and look who's behind)

Russell, meet the kids... and Robbie: The striker even got in on the act when the Beckhams bumped into Brand (but take a close look at the caption supplied by the photographer and how they describe Keane...)

Russell, meet the kids… and Robbie: The striker even got in on the act when the Beckhams bumped into Brand (but take a close look at the caption supplied by the photographer and how they describe Keane…)

From Los Angeles to London – no matter the geography, the Beckham-Keane double act seems to find the camera lens.

The two are clearly good friends, and attended the Dallas Mavericks game with the LA Lakers at the Staples Center in October. But despite Keane, who has scored 54 times in 122 games for Ireland plus more than 100 Premier League goals, being a noteworthy name on this side of the pond, it appears his star is not yet as high on the West Coast of America.

In a picture from the basketball game with Beckham and Russell Brand – famous in the US for his relationship with Katy Perry – Keane is identified only as an ‘unidentified fan’.

Ouch. That must feel as bad as kick in the Goldenballs.

PS Was this the start of something beautiful

Beckham chats to Keane in January last year during his spell training with Tottenham

It takes two, baby: Beckham chats to Keane in January last year during his spell training with Tottenham

ESPN to show NBA in UK and Ireland until end of the season

ESPN strike deal to show NBA on UK screens until the end of the season

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UPDATED:

14:02 GMT, 5 December 2012

The NBA will return to British screens this Thursday after ESPN reached a deal to show the remainder of the season, as exclusively revealed by Sportsmail.

Eastern Conference leaders New York Knicks and Miami Heat will be the first game shown by the broadcaster as part of a deal that will showcase three live games from the US per week.

The revived partnership, which had expired last summer, will also see ESPN air the NBA All Star Game in February as well as the first and second round NBA Play-off games, Western Conference Finals, and NBA Finals.

On the ball: New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony will launch ESPN's return to UK screens

On the ball: New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony will launch ESPN's return to UK screens

NBA SCHEDULE – DECEMBER 6-12 – ON ESPN

Thursday 6th Dec, 1 am.*
New York Knicks @ Miami Heat
Friday 7th Dec, 2:30 am
LA Lakers @ Oklahoma City Thunder
Monday 10th Dec, 1 am
San Antonio Spurs @ Houston Rockets
Tuesday 11th Dec, Midnight
New York Knicks @ Brooklyn Nets
Thursday 12th Dec, 1 am
Dallas Mavericks @ Boston Celtics

*morning of Friday, December 7th

'We're very pleased to have the NBA returning to ESPN this season, and are looking forward to getting straight into the action and bringing UK and Ireland fans the world’s top basketball league with some great early match-ups,' said ESPN EMEA's head of programming and production, Simon Potter.

British fans will now get the chance to watch London 2012 Olympics stars Luol Deng and rookie Joel Freeland in action for Chicago Bulls and Portland Trailblazers.

Accompanying ESPN’s live coverage this season will be studio shows NBA Tonight and NBA Countdown, providing round-ups of all the action from around the league.

Hands on: British fans will be able to watch Chicago Bulls forward Luol Deng in action

Hands on: British fans will be able to watch Chicago Bulls forward Luol Deng in action

NBA Finals: LeBron James helps Miami Heat beat Oklahoma City Thunder

James turns up the Heat as Miami take NBA Finals lead over Oklahoma Thunder

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UPDATED:

06:49 GMT, 18 June 2012

LeBron James played like a man on a mission on Sunday, barreling his way to the rim, fighting for rebounds and getting to the foul line as the Miami Heat seized the lead in the NBA Finals with a 91-85 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder.

The victory gave the Heat a 2-1 advantage in the best-of-seven championship series with two more games in Miami and a chance to claim the title in front of their home fans.

'I'm just trying to make plays,' said James, who led all scorers with 29 points and pulled down a game-high 14 rebounds.

Leader: LeBron James shoots against Oklahoma City Thunder centre Kendrick Perkins

Leader: LeBron James shoots against Oklahoma City Thunder centre Kendrick Perkins

National Basketball Association MVP James said he was determined to make up for last year's six-game loss in the Finals to the Dallas Mavericks.

'Last year, I didn't make enough game-changing plays, and that's what I kind of pride myself on,” he said. “I didn't do that last year in the Finals.

'I'm just trying to make game-changing plays, and whatever it takes for our team to win, just trying to step up in key moments and be there for my teammates.'

Tussle: Miami Heat's Chris Bosh (centre) battles for a loose ball against Oklahoma City Thunder's Russell Westbrook

Tussle: Miami Heat's Chris Bosh (centre) battles for a loose ball against Oklahoma City Thunder's Russell Westbrook

Chris Bosh, who combined with James and Dwyane Wade to propel the Heat to victory in the last quarter of the gruelling battle, said the team was using last season's failure to drive them.

'Every day we remind ourselves, we think of that pain that we experienced last year,' said Bosh.

Wade, who had 25 points, said the Heat approached each game as a do-or-die encounter.

'Nothing is promised. You can't always say we have next year, because you never know what can happen,' Wade said. 'Last year, we experienced enough as a unit to deal with what came at us, and it showed.

Man in the middle: Kendrick Perkins goes for a rebound against Chris Bosh (left) and LeBron James (right)

Man in the middle: Kendrick Perkins goes for a rebound against Chris Bosh (left) and LeBron James (right)

'I feel like we're a more experienced team, and it's not saying that we want it more, I just feel like we understand the situations more, we can deal with it better. So that's the biggest thing.

'Last year, we had leads in most games, and we let the leads go. Tonight we were down 10 (in the third quarter), and we kept grinding and kept grinding until eventually we took the lead and was able to control the game.'

Manchester City should sell Mario Balotelli – Jamie Redknapp

No respect for the fans or the shirt… it's time to sell Balotelli

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UPDATED:

22:17 GMT, 8 April 2012

When I look at Manchester City, I see a club divided: talented, professional footballers, people like Vincent Kompany, Joleon Lescott, James Milner and Joe Hart.

Watch their faces as they left the field yesterday as the Sky cameras captured the hurt and pain after their defeat at Arsenal.

Then I look at Mario Balotelli.

Terror tackle: Mario Balotelli gets nowhere near the ball as he 'challenges' Alex Song

Terror tackle: Mario Balotelli gets nowhere near the ball as he 'challenges' Alex Song

This is a proper football club, a club who have suffered a great deal before reaching the position of title contenders.

The relegations and the heartbreak, while living in the shadow of their mighty neighbours.

When I watch Balotelli, I see a player who has no respect for the shirt, no respect for the history and no respect for the supporters who have been to the lower reaches of the Football League before suddenly finding themselves watching an oil-rich club who can compete financially with anyone in the world.

Balotelli has ability and he has scored 17 goals, including two in the 6-1 victory at Manchester United, but does his quality outweigh the negative shadow he casts across the club No.

Sir Alex Ferguson must have watched Balotelli implode and had a quiet chuckle to himself. Manchester United have not been without their mavericks, but each of them – from Best to Cantona to Rooney – have a burning desire and a love of the game, a passion to succeed and a drive to be the best.

Growing: It seems Wayne Rooney is maturing

Growing: It seems Wayne Rooney is maturing

Rooney has not been without his problems. But he hasn't been booked in the Premier League this season and looks to be growing up.

Balotelli is incapable of growing up.

I understand at City, the feeling among the other players is that there is one rule for Balotelli and another rule for the rest.

If the owners are to sack Roberto Mancini for coming up short this season, then it is his handling of Balotelli that has exposed his failings as a manager more than any other. He signed him.

He knew what he was letting himself in for. When Jose Mourinho sold Balotelli, it was because he didn't believe he could change his ways.

Mourinho is the master motivator and can deal with egos. He couldn't deal with Balotelli. If the Special One is to be the next manager of City, Balotelli will be sold. No question.

Moving: Balotelli could have played his last game for City

Moving: Balotelli could have played his last game for City

On Sunday, he was wearing YOLO on his T-shirt, under his City top. You Only Live Once. Well, this is a player who has used up his lives.

I played with mavericks, players like my friend Robbie Fowler. But he understood it was about the team, not just about him. Balotelli doesn't get that. He doesn't get a lot of things.

He has failed his manager and his club. Even if they stay with Mancini, they should sell Balotelli. He is not worth the hassle and he proved it again on Sunday.