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Lancaster believes that stability will provide success with his current contract set to run out after the 2015 Rugby World Cup on home soil

American missionary Kenneth Bae leaves after speaking to reporters.

Kenneth Bae: American jailed in North Korea asks US Government to help release him

Kenneth Bae addressed journalists at a press conference in North Korea

Dennis Rodman admitted to alcohol rehab centre after visiting North Korean leader Kim Jong-un

Combination of alcohol and pressure to be a ‘super human political figure’ got better of former NBA star, his agent says

'Dear Daddy' in Seat 16C letter goes viral

Heartfelt letter thanks businessman Eric Kunkel who entertained three-year-old Kate

Ice balls washing up on the shores of Lake Michigan as the US is plunged into sub zero temperatures

Polar vortex: Lake Michigan turns to sea of giant ice balls

The polar vortex which has plunged the US into sub zero temperatures has caused yet another incredible sight - huge boulders of ice in Lake Michigan

Even though he’s not been to see Rodman once during his latest visit to North Korea, where he’s been given the dubious task of running the national basketball team.

Dennis Rodman sings 'Happy Birthday' for BFF Kim Jong-Un as North Korea beats US NBA All-stars team in 'friendly' match

Rodman delivered the gift of song alongside the leader's other treat: watching North Korea predictably beat a retired team of NBA players during a ‘friendly’

And so, the greatest love story never told continues with Dennis Rodman proclaiming his unconditional devotion to North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.

Dennis Rodman defends North Korea trip for Kim Jong Un's birthday celebrations in bizarre TV meltdown

Speaking to CNN from Pyongyang, Rodman said his visit to North Korea for Kim Jong Un's birthday was a "great idea for the world"

And so, the greatest love story never told continues with Dennis Rodman proclaiming his unconditional devotion to North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.

Dennis Rodman: 'I love Kim Jong Un'

The basketball star, who has taken on the role of coach of the national team, landed in North Korea earlier today flanked by 11 retired NBA players

Dennis Rodman arrives in North Korea along with the All-Star basketball team that will face the national side for charity

NBA: Dennis Rodman arrives in North Korea with All-Star basketball team for charity match as a 'birthday present' to leader Kim Jong Un

Rodman reveals he has received death threats over his visits to the country but has persuaded names such as Kenny Anderson, Cliff Robinson and Vin Baker to take part in the exhibition match

Even though he’s not been to see Rodman once during his latest visit to North Korea, where he’s been given the dubious task of running the national basketball team.

Dennis Rodman attempts to explain his friendship with Kim Jong Un. And what the hell he’s doing playing B ball in North Korea.

Even though he’s not been to see Rodman once during his latest visit to North Korea, where he’s been given the dubious task of running the national basketball team.

Former NBA star Dennis Rodman will visit North Korea to help coach the national basketball team on a five-day trip

Dennis Rodman set to coach North Korea basketball team on a five-day trip

Rodman hopes to organise a match a side made up of ex-NBA stars in January but the US State Department have confirmed Rodman's visit is not a representation of the US government

Former NBA star Dennis Rodman attended a basketball game with Kim Jong-Un in Pyongyang, earlier this year

Defector asks Dennis Rodman: Make Kim Jong-un 'hear the cries of his people'

A former North Korean prisoner addressed the basketball player in an open letter published in an American newspaper

Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale both attended the Real Madrid Christmas dinner

Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo and the rest of the Real Madrid squad enjoy a sophisticated, well-behaved Christmas dinner

The ever-feared Christmas party passed by in Madrid without any drama after the squad enjoyed a well-manured sit down meal together

Babe Didrikson Zaharias excelled in athletics, basketball and golf

Sporting heroes: All-rounder Babe Didrikson Zaharias was one of the greatest

Mildred Didrikson, born in Texas in 1911, claimed to have been given the nickname “Babe” after legendary baseball star Babe Ruth when she hit five home runs as a child. At a time when women were not expected to excel athletically, Babe’s natural talent was immediately evident.

Sporting Heroes: Jimmy Valvano, the Cinderella coach

Jimmy Valvano is a name not widely known this side of the Atlantic. In America, he is revered as an extraordinary inspiration.

Video: The world's longest ever basketball shot

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