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September 6, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams
Former NBA star Dennis Rodman was a dinner guest of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Friday, the reclusive nation's state-run news agency reported. But there was no immediate indication whether the flamboyant sportsman had made a plea for Pyongyang to free a jailed Korean American missionary. Kenneth Bae, a 44-year-old tour guide and evangelist, was arrested upon entering the North Korean city of Rason in November. He was summarily tried for "hostile acts against the state" and sentenced to 15 years of hard labor.
September 6, 2013 | By Barbara Demick and Carol Williams
BEIJING -- Former NBA star Dennis Rodman emerged from his five-day trip to North Korea with a trove of photographs of himself being wined and dined by leader Kim Jong Un, but without imprisoned American Kenneth Bae. Expectations had been high that Rodman, on his second trip to North Korea this year, would parlay his friendship with the 30-year-old dictator into the release of the jailed U.S. missionary. "That's not my job to ask about Kenneth Bae. Ask Obama about that. Ask Hillary Clinton," Rodman was quoted by the Reuters news agency as saying.
September 3, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams
Basketball Hall of Famer Dennis Rodman arrived in North Korea on Tuesday to visit communist leader Kim Jong Un, spurring hopes that a jailed American tour operator might be freed as a gesture of friendship between the two eccentrics. Rodman, on his second visit to the Hermit Kingdom this year, appealed to Kim after his first visit in February to "do me a solid" and release Kenneth Bae, a 44-year-old Korean American evangelist who was arrested in November. Bae was convicted of committing "hostile acts against the state" and sentenced to 15 years hard labor.
September 3, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond has had a crush on "Sam and Cat" star Jennette McCurdy for a while, mentioning her often on Twitter, hoping to one day meet her. It looks like Drummond's wish came true. Drummond and McCurdy took to Instagram and Twitter over the weekend to document their first meeting -- and it looks like all went well. For the last few months, Drummond has taken part in #WCW on Twitter and Instagram, which stands for "Woman Crush Wednesday" (sorry to disappoint you, World Championship Wrestling fans)
September 3, 2013 | By Jon Healey
Dennis Rodman is heading to North Korea again to see his pal Kim Jong Un, reportedly to talk about starting a basketball league. The fact that it's Rodman and not, say, Magic Johnson or Michael Jordan makes it easy to dismiss the idea. And ordinarily I would, except that I'm stuck wondering who stands to gain more from this purported exercise in basketball diplomacy: Kim or Rodman? On the one hand you have a young despot whose main challenge is to keep the grip on power that he inherited from his father, Kim Jong Il . That means maintaining the fealty of the military, keeping the Communist Party leadership firmly in his corner and convincing the masses that he's the best and only option.  Happily for Kim, North Korea isn't a democracy.
September 3, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
A week after saying he could become "the most powerful guy in the world" by negotiating the release of jailed U.S. citizen Kenneth Bae, former NBA star Dennis Rodman seems to have lowered the expectations for his latest trip to North Korea considerably. Before catching a flight to Pyongyang to start a five-day visit Tuesday, Rodman told Reuters in a telephone interview from Beijing: "I'm not going to North Korea to discuss freeing Kenneth Bae. I've come out here to see my friend -- and I want to talk about basketball.
September 3, 2013 | By Diane Pucin
NEW YORK -- Li Na, the women's fifth seed, became the first U.S. Open women's semifinalist with her 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-2 win over 24th-seeded Ekaterina Makarova of Russia. Li would play Serena Williams in the semifinals if top-seeded Williams beats 18th-seeded Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain tonight.   This will be Li's first U.S. Open semifinal appearance. She said she will watch Williams' match tonight while "lying down on the bed with some chips. " Li, 31, is also the first China-born woman to make it to the U.S. Open semifinals.
June 7, 2013 | By Melissa Rohlin
Dennis Rodman apparently isn't that impressed with Miami Heat superstar LeBron James. “If LeBron was playing in the late '80s or early '90s, he'd be just an average player," Rodman said in an interview with Dan Patrick aired Friday on "The Dan Patrick Show. " The Hall of Fame rebounder thinks that the level of play in the NBA isn't what it used to be when Michael Jordan was king. “If Michael played today … really? If he played the game today at 28 years old, he would average 40 points a game, probably more,” said Rodman, who won three NBA championships playing alongside Jordan in Chicago.
May 30, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
Michael Jordan was the first choice for the creators of the TV show that ultimately wound up sending Dennis Rodman on his now-infamous trip to North Korea earlier this year. “Jordan wasn't interested,” Vice Media Group founder and chief executive Shane Smith said at a preview of the season finale of the HBO newsmagazine "Vice. " That episode follows Rodman and three members of the Harlem Globetrotters as they try to employ what has been dubbed "basketball diplomacy" on a trip to North Korea during a time of high tension between it and the U.S. North Korea's ruling family has had a longtime love for American basketball and a particular obsession with Jordan, according to the New York Times.
May 13, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
Dennis Rodman took some time off from solving the world's problems to drop in on the Jenner sisters, Kendall and Kylie, during their appearance at the Brea Mall on Saturday. Or maybe the so-called basketball diplomat was seeking their advice on how to handle the sticky Kim Jong-Un/Kenneth Bae situation. The teenage co-stars of "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" were promoting their summer clothing line for PacSun but undoubtedly have been keeping up with all the latest developments in North Korea.
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