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Kobe Bryant, 13-year-old daughter killed in helicopter crash
01/26/2020 5:19am

Bryant, who spent all 20 years of his NBA career with the Los Angeles Lakers, retired in 2016. He won five championships and was an 18-time all-star.

Kobe Bryant death reverberates beyond sports
01/26/2020 6:17am

The death of the five-time NBA champ at 41 drew reactions from beyond sports.

Some players will always be 49ers. What about Colin Kaepernick?
01/26/2020 3:31am

The previous quarterback to take San Francisco to the Super Bowl is out of sight this week, but his activism leaves a legacy in a divided country.

Maryland squeaks past Indiana with Jalen Smith and a final burst
01/26/2020 5:27am

Smiths layup with 14.5 seconds remaining gave him 29 points and completed a 7-0 Maryland run to end a 77-76 victory.

Capitals return from all-star break recharged and ready to go
01/26/2020 5:13am

The Capitals will play their first game after their bye week against the Canadiens on Monday in Montreal.


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Lakers Great Kobe Bryant, Daughter Among Those Killed in Helicopter Crash
01/26/2020 6:21pm

Los Angeles Lakers great Kobe Bryant was among nine people killed when a helicopter crashed in foggy conditions Sunday and then caught fire on a hillside in the Calabasas area outside Los Angeles.Bryants 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, and a teammate on her basketball team also were on board the helicopter when it went down northwest of LA, a city official said. Kobe Bryant and daughter Gianna Bryant on July 26, 2018 in Irvine, California. Initial reports from the sheriffs department indicated five people were on the aircraft. The sheriffs department said later than nine people were aboard, citing the helicopters manifest. A National Transportation Safety Board representative said the helicopter has several seating configurations.A team of National Transportation Safety Board investigators was on its way to Southern California. The investigation will cover maintenance records, owner-operator information, conditions near the crash site and other factors that might have been involved in the crash. Orange Coast College head baseball coach John Altobelli also was among the victims, the school says. He had coached at the Costa Mesa college for more than two decades.The sheriffs department did not identify the victims.Tearful and stunned fans gathered at the crash site, his training center in Newbury Park and Staples Center, where Bryant wowed crowds for 20 seasons, to mourn the five-time NBA champion and the Lakers all-time leading scorer. Los Angeles will never be the same, a fan told NBC4. Los Angeles will never forget this day.Former teammates and other Laker greats shared their grief as they heard of Bryants death. As I try to write this post, my mind is racing, Magic Johnson tweeted. Im in disbelief and have been crying all morning over this devastating news that Kobe and his young daughter, Gigi have passed away in a helicopter crash. Cookie and I are heartbroken.The crash, near Las Virgenes Road and Willow Glen Street, was called in at 9:47 a.m. Authorities said the helicopter was on fire and sparked a quarter acre brush fire. Flames were put out by 10:30 a.m. The helicopter that crashed was a Sikorksy S-76B, according to authorities. It departed at about 9 a.m. from John Wayne Airport in Orange County. Bryants Mamba Training Facility is located about 18 miles west of the crash site. It was not immediately clear whether he was traveling to the Newbury Park location. Witness Colin Storm was in his living room in Calabasas when he heard what sounded like a low-flying airplane or helicopter.t was very foggy so we couldnt see anything, he said. But then we heard some sputtering, and then a boom.A short time later the fog cleared a bit and Storm could see smoke rising from the hillside in front of his home. Bryant lived south of Los Angeles in Orange County for much of his adult life, and he often used helicopters to save time and avoid Southern Californias notorious traffic. Even as a player, he often traveled to practices and games by helicopter, and he kept up the practice after retirement as he attended to his business ventures. The Lakers team plane arrived back in Los Angeles from Philadelphia hours later. Players could be seen embracing, some appearing to wipe tears from their eyes. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver called Bryant one of the most extraordinary players in NBA history. The NBA family is devastated by the tragic passing of Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna, said NBA Commissioner Adam Silver. For 20 seasons, Kobe showed us what is possible when remarkable talent blends with an absolute devotion to winning. NBA legend Michael Jordan recognized Bryant for his talent and skill, but also praised his competitive streak, calling him one of the games greats. I loved Kobe he was like a little brother to me, Jordan said.NBA48 mins agoImportant Moments in Kobe Bryants Remarkable CareerKobe Bryant1 hour agoLA Mourns Because Kobe Bryant Was Los AngelesNBA3 hours agoA Look Back At Kobe Bryants Career Highlights After The NBA Legend Was Killed in a Helicopter Crash on Sunday Morning Bryant married wife Vanessa in 2001. The couple had four children. The two met when Bryant was was 21 years old and she was 17, and they were married six months later. Their relationship has been rocky at times Vanessa announced she was filing for divorce in 2011, and they reconciled in 2013. The couple has four children, including an infant born in June 2019. Bryant, 41, retired in 2016 from the NBA after 20 seasons with the Lakers. He finished his legendary career third on the NBAs all-time scoring list. Kobe Bryant was a giant who inspired, amazed, and thrilled people everywhere with his incomparable skill on the court and awed us with his intellect and humility as a father, husband, creative genius, and ambassador for the game he loved, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said in a statement.Bryant was born in Philadelphia. He was drafted out of high school by the Charlotte Hornets as the 13th overall pick in 1996. He was then traded to the Lakers and was voted an All-Star game starter at 19 in 1998.He played his entire 20-year career with the Lakers, winning the leagues Most Valuable Player award in 2008, making the all-star team 18 times and winning five NBA Championships.He won three titles in a row alongside center Shaquille ONeal.ONeal tweeted, Theres no words to express the pain Im going through with this tragedy of loosing my neice Gigi & my brother kobebryant. I love u and u will be missed. My condolences goes out to the Bryant family and the families of the other passengers on board. IM SICK RIGHT NOWBryant was widely considered one of the greatest NBA players ever, and his list of accolades is long: He was the youngest player to reach 30,000 points 34 years, 104 days, the Lakers all-time leading scorer, a four-time All Star Game MVP, and a two-time Olympic gold medalist. For his career, he averaged 25 points per game, 5.2 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 1.4 steals. In 2003, Bryant was arrested in Colorado in connection with a sexual assault case, and a hotel worker accused him of rape. Bryant admitted to a consensual affair, but denied assaulting the woman. The case was dropped when the accuser refused to testify against Bryant.This story is developing. Refresh for updates. This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.

Important Moments in Kobe Bryant’s Remarkable Career
01/26/2020 8:19pm

Kobe Bryant created a wealth of memories, overcame a host of setbacks and reached a multitude of milestones during his 20-year NBA career. Here are key moments in the career of the five-time champion and 18-time All-Star.July 1, 1996Los Angeles Lakers general manager Jerry West boldly trades his starting center, Vlade Divac, to the Charlotte Hornets for Bryant, a 17-year-old prodigy from the Philadelphia suburbs by way of Italy. Nearly two decades later, Bryant became the top scorer in the history of the 16-time NBA champion franchise, which happened to be his favorite team growing up.May 12, 1997As a rookie, Bryant badly misses four shots in the final moments of a playoff loss to the Utah Jazz, ending the Lakers season. When the team returned to Los Angeles that night, Bryant went to a suburban gym and worked on his shot until dawn. He later said the Airball Game was a turning point in his ability to handle negativity and self-doubt with hard work.June 19, 2000Bryant has 26 points and 10 rebounds against the Indiana Pacers in Game 6 of the NBA Finals, teaming with Shaquille ONeal and coach Phil Jackson to lead the Lakers to their first championship together. They won it all in each of the next two seasons as well, establishing the first dynasty of the 21st century.June 2, 2002Bryant scores 30 points in the Lakers 112-106 overtime victory over the Sacramento Kings in Game 7 of the Western Conference finals, ending one of the greatest playoff series in NBA history. The Lakers swept New Jersey to win their third straight title in the anticlimactic NBA Finals.July 18, 2003Bryant is charged with sexual assault by the Eagle County District Attorneys office in Colorado. Bryant said the sex with a 19-year-old hotel employee was consensual, but his public image and most of his endorsement deals were shattered by his arrest. During the Lakers run to the 2004 NBA Finals, Bryant occasionally flew daily between his pretrial hearings and the Lakers postseason games. The charges were dismissed in September 2004 after his accuser decided she was unwilling to testify.January 22, 2006An ordinary Sunday home game in a mediocre Lakers season turns into magic when Bryant goes off for 81 points, the second-highest total in NBA history. He mostly did it on jumpers in a close game, hitting seven 3-pointers while going 28 for 46 from the field and 18 for 20 from the line. Sure, he only had two assists. Not a soul at Staples Center cared.February 1, 2008Los Angeles acquires Pau Gasol from the Memphis Grizzlies in a heist of a trade that swiftly ended a frustrating four-year stretch for Bryant, who repeatedly flirted with leaving the Lakers even nearly for the neighboring Clippers. Instead, with the star Spanish 7-footer at his side, Bryant led the Lakers to the next three NBA Finals and won two more championships.August 24, 2008Bryant scores 13 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter and wins his first Olympic gold medal as the United States defeats Spain 118-107 in Beijing. After missing the previous two Olympics, Bryant proved to be an excellent international player, and he added another gold medal to his collection four years later in London.Feb. 1, 2010Bryant scores 44 points against the Memphis Grizzlies and passes West to become the leading scorer in Lakers history. The franchise has a glossy history of talent from George Mikan and Elgin Baylor to Magic Johnson and Shaquille ONeal, but nobody played more seasons or scored more points in purple and gold than Bryant.June 17, 2010Bryant scores 23 points on 6-for-24 shooting as the Lakers rally to beat the Boston Celtics 83-79 in Game 7 of the NBA Finals, securing the 31-year-olds fifth championship ring. He still calls it the sweetest title of his career for multiple reasons, including the Lakers-Celtics rivalry and the difficulties faced in repeating after their 2009 championship. He celebrates by jumping on the scorers table at Staples Center in a now-iconic pose.April 12, 2013The Lakers season began with enormous expectations after the acquisition of Dwight Howard and Steve Nash, but quickly descended into farce. Bryant was carrying the Lakers toward the playoffs while playing more than 40 minutes per game before he tore his Achilles tendon in this game against Golden State. Incredibly, Bryant still shot his ensuing free throws in front of fans who didnt realize what had happened. Once seemingly impervious to physical woes, Bryant was never the same. Three straight seasons ended early due to injury.November 29, 2015Bryant announces his retirement in a post on a Players Tribune. The decision was not totally unexpected, given that Bryant had repeatedly said in interviews he was considering making his 20th NBA season his last. After two decades, two Olympic gold medals, five championship rings, 17 All-Star selections, an 81-point game that ranks as the second-best in NBA history and more than 32,000 points, Bryants career was officially winding down. My heart can take the pounding. My mind can handle the grind. But my body knows its time to say goodbye, Bryant wrote in the post. And thats OK. Im ready to let you go. I want you to know now. So we both can savor every moment we have left together. The good and the bad. We have given each other all that we have.Kobe Bryant1 min agoLakers Great Kobe Bryant, Daughter Among Those Killed in Helicopter CrashKobe Bryant9 mins agoNBA Stars, Celebs React to Death of Kobe BryantThis story was published by the Associated Press shortly before Bryants retirement in 2016.

NBA Stars, Celebs React to Death of Kobe Bryant
01/26/2020 9:21pm

As reports broke of the death of retired Los Angeles Laker Kobe Bryant, tributes began pouring in on social media. Bryant was among nine people killed in a fiery helicopter crash Sunday morning outside of Los Angeles, the city of Calabasas confirmed. His 13-year-old daughter Gianna also died in the crash, along with a teammate on Giannas basketball team, the teammates parent and the pilot. Four others on board havent been identified.Bryant retired in 2016 as the third-leading scorer in NBA history, finishing two decades with the Lakers as a prolific scorer with a sublime all-around game and a relentless competitive ethic. He held that spot in the league scoring ranks until Saturday night, when the Lakers LeBron James passed him for third place during a game in Philadelphia, Bryants hometown.Celebrities, politicians and professional athletes expressed their condolences and shock over his death on Twitter. This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.

This Courtside Moment Between Kobe Bryant and Daughter Gianna Shows Their Loving Bond
01/26/2020 11:40pm

Basketball is one passion that Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna Gigi Bryant, had in common. On Sunday, NBC News confirmed that thepair died in a tragic helicopter crashin the Los Angeles area.In their memory, a video from December started to make the rounds on the internet, shared by fans and friends to honor the legacy of the father-daughter duo.Sitting courtside at the Barclays Center in New York City, a touching moment of the NBA legend breaking down the game to his daughter, an aspiring basketball player, went viral. Bryant sat next to his second-oldest daughter, combining his coaching and parenting techniques into one special father-daughter bonding moment.Bryant may have retired from the NBA in 2016 after a 20-year career, but he never left the court, opting to coach his daughters to his same degree of excellence. The former Lakers player wasnt seen at the Staples Center much after his retirement until he discovered his daughters love for the NBA.Kobe Bryant52 mins agoKobe Bryant Reflected on Inspiring Kids in Final Interview Before His DeathKobe Bryant9 mins agoNBA Stars, Celebs React to Death of Kobe BryantYou know whats funny, Bryant said on theAll the Smokepodcast to Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson on Jan. 9. Before Gigi got into basketball I hardly watched it, but now thats shes into basketball, we watch every night.He continued, We just had so much fun because it was the first time I was seeing the game through her eyes.It wasnt me sitting there, you know, as an athlete or a player or something like that, and you know its like about me, and I dont like that, he finished. It was her, she was having such a good time.But Bryants investment in his daughters passion meant much more than just a pastime for the pair. He hoped that his daughter would carry on his legacy.During a 2018 appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live, the basketball legend discussed his daughters aspirations to play professional ball.The best thing that happens is when we go out and fans will come up to me and shell be standing next to me and theyll be like You gotta have a boy, you and V gotta have a boy. You gotta have somebody to carry on the tradition and the legacy and shes like, Oy, I got this. You dont need no boy for that, he told Kimmel.Post-NBA, the 18-time All-Star used his expertise at the sport to coach his daughters middle school basketball team as one of his projects.Its been fun, he toldEntertainment Tonightback in December 2018. Weve been working together for a year and a half, and theyve improved tremendously in that time. Ive got a group of great parents, a group of really, really intelligent, hardworking girls, and theyre all seventh graders, theyre all 12 years old but theyve been playing so well.He continued, highlighting what it was like to coach not only the middle school team but his daughter as well. Giannas pretty easy to coach. We havent had any issues of dad-daughter sort of thing. Shes very competitive, and shes a hard worker, so there havent been any issues with that.This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.

’Didn’t Do It for the Hype’: Sofia Kenin Stops Coco Gauff in Australia
01/26/2020 11:25am

It made sense to Sofia Kenin that Coco Gauff would be the one getting all of the attention and generating all of the buzz. Thats only natural when Gauff is 15 and making tennis history time and time again.Yeah, I mean, the hype is for her. Shes obviously done great stuff, of course. Its absolutely normal. Just tried not to let that get in my head, Kenin said. Of course, I didnt do it for the hype. I did it for myself, because I wanted to prove to myself that I could do it.Well, Sofia, you did it. Now get ready for the spotlight to shine your way. Kenin stopped Gauffs latest Grand Slam run by beating her 6-7 5, 6-3, 6-0 in the Australian Opens fourth round on Sunday.Like Gauff, Kenin is a young although, at 21, not quite as young American and she reached her first major quarterfinal with the victory.I want to show who I am, show my best tennis, show why Im there, why I belong, the 14th-seeded Kenin said. Im doing that.In her previous match, the 67th-ranked Gauff beat Naomi Osaka to become the youngest player in the professional era to defeat the reigning womens champion at the Australian Open. At Wimbledon last year, Gauff became the youngest qualifier ever at that tournament, beat Venus Williams in the first round and made it all the way to the fourth.Entering Sunday, Gauff was 8-2 in Grand Slam action, with her only losses to women who have been ranked No. 1 and own multiple major titles: Halep at Wimbledon and Osaka at the U.S. Open.Hence the aforementioned hype.I couldnt really write this, Gauff said. I dont think anybody could really write how this past several months have gone.She did not play as well as she has been this time, though, winding up with 48 unforced errors, more than twice as many as Kenins 22.Gauffs power is impressive. One tiny indication: She slammed a forehand into the net so hard that it dislodged a piece of a sponsors white plastic sign. Kenin cant copy that. But thanks to her relentless ball-tracking and a bit of in-your-face attitude with a racket in hand, Kenin surged up the WTA rankings from 52nd to 12th in 2019 while winning her first three tour-level singles titles plus a couple in doubles.She definitely put a lot of balls in the court, Gauff said. Shes quick.Just before Gauff announced herself last season, Kenin delivered her own breakthrough at the French Open by upsetting Serena Williams to get to the round of 16 at a major for the first time.Now Kenin has taken another step.Wasnt easy, though.After double-faulting twice in the tiebreaker to drop the opening set For sure, nerves, Kenin acknowledged she immediately tilted things the other way, breaking in the initial game of the second and never letting that lead slip away.When it ended, appropriately enough, on a missed backhand by Gauff, Kenin dropped her racket at the baseline and covered her face as tears welled in her eyes.Anyone would get pretty emotional for the first time, said Kenin, who next faces another woman making her Slam quarterfinal debut, 78th-ranked Ons Jabeur of Tunisia. Jabeur was a 7-6 4, 6-1 winner against 27th-seeded Wang Qiang, who surprised Serena Williams in the third round.The wins for Kenin and Jabeur ended at about the same time, and the future opponents soon found each other cooling down side-by-side on exercise bicycles.Kenin laughed as she described the scene this way: Shes like, Good job. Im like, You, too. It was fun, a funny moment. Shes like, Are you feeling tired No, Im good. Shes like, Yeah, me, too. Im like, OK. Ill see you on Tuesday, then.Also advancing to a quarterfinal showdown were No. 1 Ash Barty trying to become the first Australian to win the nations Grand Slam tournament since the 1970s and last years runner-up in Melbourne, Petra Kvitova.Reigning French Open champion Barty moved on with a 6-3, 1-6, 6-4 win against No. 18 Alison Riske of the United States, who double-faulted on the last point.Kvitova, a two-time Wimbledon champion, was down a set and a break before coming back to defeat No. 22 Maria Sakkari 6-7 4, 6-3, 6-2.I love Petra, said Barty, who lost to Kvitova in Australia a year ago, but lets hope she doesnt break my heart. In mens fourth-round action, defending champion Novak Djokovic moved into a matchup against No. 32 Milos Raonic. Roger Federer was scheduled to play during the nights last match against unseeded Marton Fucsovics, with the winner to face 100th-ranked Tennys Sandgren of the United States.Raonic, the 2016 Wimbledon runner-up, was asked whether he thinks Djokovic, who owns 16 Grand Slam titles, eventually will catch Federer, who has 20.I just hope, Raonic replied, I can stop him at this one. Sandgren reached his second quarterfinal in Melbourne, reprising his 2018 feat by coming out on top in a physical, contentious encounter with No. 12 Fabio Fognini of Italy 7-6 5, 7-5, 6-7 2, 6-4.Sandgren ended it with a marvelous drop volley to cap a 26-stroke exchange, then took a bow.I was expecting a fight, Sandgren said. And a fight we had.Follow Howard Fendrich on Twitter at http://twitter.com/HowardFendrichMore AP Tennis: https://www.apnews.com/apf-Tennis and https://twitter.com/APSports


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Wizards John Wall and Bradley Beal react to Kobe Bryant's death
01/26/2020 4:50pm

The 41-year-old NBA icon died in a helicopter crash in Southern California on Sunday.

Kobe Bryant, daughter among 9 killed in Southern California helicopter crash | Update
01/26/2020 6:12pm

According to the Los Angeles County Sheriffs Office, a flight manifest was found indicating there were 9 people on the helicopter when it crashed.

Celebrities, athletes and politicians react to the death of Kobe Bryant
01/26/2020 5:17pm

President Obama, Shaq, Michael Jordan and many others are sharing emotional tributes to Kobe Bryant on social media.

DeMatha Catholic basketball coach Morgan Wootten placed in home hospice care, school says
01/20/2020 8:00pm

The legendary coach from DeMatha Catholic High School won five national championships with the school and was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2000.

Redskins have former players and coaches heading to Super Bowl LIV
01/20/2020 10:22pm

The biggest name who once represented the Redskins is 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan, who was the teams offensive coordinator from 2010 to 2013.

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