Sporting Digest: Basketball

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The Independent Online
Dennis Rodman was released by the Los Angeles Lakers, following the latest in a series of odd behavioural episodes. Rodman was sent home from training on Thursday after showing up late and apparently forgetting to bring any socks and shoes. Rodman signed a free-agent deal on 23 February and the Lakers won the first nine games with him in uniform but the 37- year-old took a leave of absence on 14 March 14 that kept him away from the team for four games. The Lakers struggled recently with Rodman in the line-up, losing four of their last seven games.

NBA: Dallas 101 Minnesota 95; Houston 86 Portland 76; Golden State 85 Denver 79; Utah 103 LA Clippers 89; Seattle 99 Sacramento 98 (ot).