Dennis Rodman made his second appearance for the BBL’s Brighton Bears yesterday, hours after the club learned his first game proved to be expensive in more ways than one. From the Independent’s Richard Taylor.

The publicity coup earned by the Brighton Bears coach, Nick Nurse, in signing the former Chicago Bull Dennis Rodman for three British Basketball League games will cost his club the two points won on the American’s debut he 91-88 defeat of Guildford Heat on 28 January.

Rodman was one of four work-permit players to face Guildford, but BBL regulations allow only three. Nurse was given until 4pm on Friday to prove Andrew Alleyne no longer required a permit and now had a “resident” stamp in his passport.

I’ve watched Kobe’s new Nike commercial several dozen times now and I think I’ve finally decided that of all the things about him that I hate, the fact that he’s a veteran is easily the most hateful. Not the ball hogging, snitching on Shaq or even being accused of rape. There’s nothing more offensive than Kobe’s veteran status.