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Sports briefs: Dennis Rodman apologizes for CNN rant
First Published Jan 09 2014 06:39 pm • Last Updated Mar 24 2014 11:32 pm

Basketball • Dennis Rodman apologized Thursday for comments he made in North Korea about a detained American missionary, saying he had been drinking and was under pressure as he organized a game with former NBA players.

The former basketball star issued the apology in an email message to The Associated Press, a day after he sang "Happy Birthday" to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the game.

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Rodman has been slammed for not using his influence with Kim to help free Kenneth Bae, the missionary in poor health who is being confined in North Korea for "anti-state" crimes.

In an interview with CNN on Tuesday, Rodman implied Bae was at fault.

Louisville hires Petrino again

College Football • Bobby Petrino is back as Louisville’s football coach. And athletic director Tom Jurich insists the school is getting a "changed person."

Petrino led the Cardinals to a 41-9 mark from 2003-06 and is 83-30 overall as a college coach. His record includes a 34-17 mark at Arkansas, which fired him in April 2012 following a motorcycle accident in which his mistress was a passenger.

He came to the Razorbacks after a 3-10 season in 2007 with the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons that ended with him announcing his departure by letters left at the players’ lockers.

He received a seven-year contract from Louisville with a base annual salary of $3.5 million. It includes a $10 million buyout for leaving that decreases after four years.

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