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Rodman names team

Dennis Rodman has named a team of former NBA players to participate in an exhibition basketball game in Pyongyang, North Korea. Rodman leads a team that includes former NBA All-Stars Kenny Anderson, Cliff Robinson, and Vin Baker. Craig Hodges, Doug Christie and Charles D. Smith are on the team, as well. They will play against a top North Korean Senior National team on Jan. 8, marking Kim Jong Un’s birthday. Rodman is the highest profile American to meet Kim since the leader inherited power from his father in late 2011. Rodman calls the game his version of “basketball diplomacy.” Rodman, who won two titles with the Pistons and three with the Bulls, made his latest visit to North Korea shortly before Christmas to train the North Korean basketball team. – AP



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Seahawks trade down, draft San Diego State running back Rashaad Penny in first round of NFL Draft

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