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Former NBA star's lavish birthday gifts for 'friend for life' Kim Jong-un may have violated international sanctions imposed on North Korea

Jason Collins, a center who used to play for the Washington wizards and Boston Celtics, has come out as gay

NBA basketball player Jason Collins becomes most high-profile openly gay American sports star after 'years of misery'

In a magazine article he wrote: 'I kept telling myself the sky was red, but I always knew it was blue'

Michu would be an award candidate at a bigger club

The Last Word: Voters' lack of imagination makes players' award a farce

The limelight could glint upon literally the most disarming smile in sport

LeBron James is happy to be centre of the media’s attention

Kevin Garside: It might take the heat off if Alex Ferguson copied nakedness shown in the US

James stood in front of his locker bold as brass in his boxers

Basketball: NBA comes to Manchester

American pro basketball will be stage in Manchester for the first time as the Philidelphia 76ers play Oklahoma Thunder in a global eight-team NBA pre-season tour.

The News Matrix: Tuesday 5 March 2013

Author says it's hard to write about sex

Research by XPro, a charity for ex-players, suggests that three out of five Premier League players declare bankruptcy within five years of retirement

A reason to feel sorry for Premier League footballers? Three of five players declare bankruptcy after retirement

Footballers who have declared themselves broke after quitting the lucrative game include Keith Gillespie and Colin Hendry

Kim Jong-un is honoured to meet Dennis Rodman

The Last Word: Just a slam-dunk away from the goal of World Peace as Kim Jong-un becomes friends with Dennis Rodman

Some day we’ll see Terry at the Home Office, Beckham in the Elysée Palace

The former NBA star Dennis Rodman arrives in Pyongyang yesterday

Dennis Rodman, the unlikely new ambassador for sports diplomacy, arrives in North Korea

Tattooed, pierced, bleached blonde and almost two metres tall, Dennis Rodman will certainly stand out in North Korea, where the dress code is drab and the average man is up to 8cm shorter than his South Korean neighbour.

Times are tough at the LA Lakers for Kobe Bryant

Basketball: Showtime or bust for the leaky LA Lakers

Struggling to make the playoffs and not even the best team in Los Angeles. What, asks Rupert Cornwell, has gone wrong for Nicholson and Co’s favourite team?

Life after sport: Rebecca Adlington plans to cope, but Paul Gascoigne has struggled

The Last Word: Problems of surviving the end game

In the week Adlington and Carragher quit, Gazza offers a stark reminder of how it can go wrong

British forward Luol Deng

Basketball: Luol Deng writes to Prime Minister over funding

Britain's NBA star pleads with David Cameron to restore funding to basketball

Matt Butler: There's nothing Wimpy about slow-burning indoor bowls

View From The Sofa: World Indoor Bowls, 247.tv

Hell-Bent, by Benjamin Lorr

Yoga in the Olympics? It's coming, if USA Yoga have their way. But before the International Olympic Committee make a decision, they might like to read this account of the life and times of one Bikram Choudhury, founder of a severely strenuous and painful form of the discipline and husband of Rajashree, USA Yoga's leading light.

A tearful Marion Jones makes her appearance on Oprah in 2008

How last Oprah confession by Marion Jones hit a bum note

As Lance Armstrong chats to talk show queen, Simon Turnbull recalls disgraced sprinter Marion Jones' appearance – a whitewash that did nothing to save her reputation

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Will revolutionary Cuba take 'bourgeois' golf to its heart?

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Amy Adams on playing painter Margaret Keane in Tim Burton's Big Eyes

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Ed Richards: Parting view of Ofcom chief. . . we hate jokes on the disabled

Parting view of Ofcom chief... we hate jokes on the disabled

Bad language once got TV viewers irate, inciting calls to broadcasting switchboards. But now there is a worse offender, says retiring head of the media watchdog, Ed Richards
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Ian Herbert: My 10 hopes for sport in 2015

Might just one of them happen?
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The West needs more than a White Knight

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Return to Helmand: Private Davey Graham recalls the day he was shot by the Taliban

'The day I was shot by the Taliban'

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Revealed: the best and worst airlines for delays

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