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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.

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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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Wife of President Robert Mugabe appears to have her sights set on succeeding her husband
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The model for a gadget launch

Cultivate an atmosphere of mystery and excitement to sell stuff people didn't realise they needed
Alice Roberts: She's done pretty well, for a boffin without a beard

She's done pretty well, for a boffin without a beard

Alice Roberts talks about her new book on evolution - and why her early TV work drew flak from (mostly male) colleagues
Get well soon, Joan Rivers - an inspiration, whether she likes it or not

Get well soon, Joan Rivers

She is awful. But she's also wonderful, not in spite of but because of the fact she's forever saying appalling things, argues Ellen E Jones
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A fresh take on an old foe

Doctor Who Into the Dalek more than compensated for last week's nonsensical offering
Fashion walks away from the celebrity runway show

Fashion walks away from the celebrity runway show

As the collections start, fashion editor Alexander Fury finds video and the internet are proving more attractive
Meet the stars of TV's Wolf Hall... and it's not the cast of the Tudor trilogy

Meet the stars of TV's Wolf Hall...

... and it's not the cast of the Tudor trilogy
Weekend at the Asylum: Europe's biggest steampunk convention heads to Lincoln

Europe's biggest steampunk convention

Jake Wallis Simons discovers how Victorian ray guns and the martial art of biscuit dunking are precisely what the 21st century needs
Don't swallow the tripe – a user's guide to weasel words

Don't swallow the tripe – a user's guide to weasel words

Lying is dangerous and unnecessary. A new book explains the strategies needed to avoid it. John Rentoul on the art of 'uncommunication'
Daddy, who was Richard Attenborough? Was the beloved thespian the last of the cross-generation stars?

Daddy, who was Richard Attenborough?

The atomisation of culture means that few of those we regard as stars are universally loved any more, says DJ Taylor
She's dark, sarcastic, and bashes life in Nowheresville ... so how did Kacey Musgraves become country music's hottest new star?

Kacey Musgraves: Nashville's hottest new star

The singer has two Grammys for her first album under her belt and her celebrity fans include Willie Nelson, Ryan Adams and Katy Perry
American soldier-poet Brian Turner reveals the enduring turmoil that inspired his memoir

Soldier-poet Brian Turner on his new memoir

James Kidd meets the prize-winning writer, whose new memoir takes him back to the bloody battles he fought in Iraq
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Villa were not surprised that Vlaar was a World Cup star

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Bill Granger's simple Italian salads

Our chef presents his own version of Italian dishes, taking in the flavours and produce that inspired him while he was in the country
The Last Word: Tumbleweed through deserted stands and suites at Wembley

The Last Word: Tumbleweed through deserted stands and suites at Wembley

If supporters begin to close bank accounts, switch broadband suppliers or shun satellite sales, their voices will be heard. It’s time for revolution