Kobe Bryant’s widow breaks silence on NBA superstar’s death

Three days after Los Angeles basketball great Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter and seven others perished in a helicopter crash, his wife, Vanessa, broke her silence with an Instagram message saying she was “completely devastated” by their loss. The social media text was posted alongside a recent family photo of Kobe and Vanessa Bryant with all four of their daughters – Gianna, who died with her father, along with the couple’s eldest, Natalia, 17, 3-year-old Bianka, and the youngest, Capri, born in June 2019. Kobe Bryant and the couple’s second…

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Giant who cared for the little people

Kobe Bryant may be no more, killed in a tragic helicopter accident. But he has the undying love of the people of rural Philippines. He transformed their lives, bringing his basketball, new facilities and joy to their derelict villages. There, the legend lives. IN a rundown part of Gawad Kalinga village, in Taguig City, an hour’s drive from Manila, a basketball court stood, looking spanking new. It had been recently refurbished. Two sets of children were set to play against each other, watched by a huge crowd, some even climbing…

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Fog likely to figure prominently in probe of Kobe Bryant’s fatal helicopter crash

Overcast skies and fog reported at the scene of the helicopter crash that killed former NBA superstar Kobe Bryant, his daughter and seven others appear likely to become a key focus of aviation experts investigating the weekend tragedy near Los Angeles. A Sikorsky S-76 chopper owned by Bryant slammed into a steep hillside on Sunday morning outside the town of Calabasas, California, about 40 miles (65 km) northwest of downtown Los Angeles, igniting a brush fire and spreading debris over a quarter-acre of grassy terrain. Hours later, Los Angeles County…

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Kyle Lowry and Dennis Schroder named NBA Players of the Week

Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry and Oklahoma City Thunder guard Dennis Schroder have been named the NBA Players of the Week. Lowry averaged 24.5 points, 10.0 assists and 6.5 rebounds as the Toronto Raptors won all four of their Week 9 games. Toronto followed victories over the Cleveland Cavaliers, Detroit Pistons and Washington Wizards with an astonishing 30-point comeback to beat the Dallas Mavericks 110-107 on Sunday night. Lowry scored 20 of his 32 points in the fourth quarter to inspire the Raptors to the franchise’s biggest comeback win. Overall,…

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Mixed Martial Arts – McGregor set for UFC return in January

Former two-weight UFC champion Conor McGregor is set to return to the octagon on Jan. 18 where he will take on veteran American Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone in a welterweight bout at UFC 246, promotion boss Dana White has told ESPN. “Conor has signed and ‘Cowboy’ is ready to go,” the UFC president said, giving the green light for the return of one of MMA’s most bankable stars. Irishman McGregor, who has 21 professional wins and four losses in MMA and a single defeat to Floyd Mayweather on his professional boxing…

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Luka Doncic becomes second-youngest player in NBA history to top 30 points in 4 straight games

Once upon a time, there was an NBA draft prospect named Luka Doncic who had just won the MVP award in the world’s second-most competitive basketball league at the age of 19. He was widely regarded as a top-two talent in the 2018 NBA draft, but fell to No. 3 for a variety of reasons. One of those reasons might have been the perception that Doncic was a high-floor, low-ceiling prospect, with little room to grow compared to some other prospects. Well, that player just dropped 41 points and 10…

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The future is here, and it is Luka Doncic

1. Luka Doncic is the game’s next great innovator You are supposed to pick a highlight here and describe it, typically — a play so exquisite that it encapsulates and puts a bow on all the others. You can’t put a bow on Luka Doncic, though, and that’s precisely the point: Every new play is a stepping stone to something newer. Doncic himself, who walks in the footsteps of creative giants, is proof of that. The 3-and-rim-centric shot chart that James Harden built with focus and vision — and through…

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Luka Doncic torches Warriors with 33-point first-half points en route to 7th triple-double in 14 games

Luka Doncic exceeded his lofty expectations last season with a breakout Rookie of the Year campaign that announced a new era of Dallas Mavericks basketball. Somehow he’s found an even higher gear in his second season that has the 20-year-old looking like a prime MVP candidate as he lights basketball courts and box scores on fire. Doncic nearly outscores Warriors in 1st half The Golden State Warriors got a heavy dose of Doncic in the first half of their Wednesday matchup that saw the Slovenian point guard set an NBA season high…

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Clippers win OT thriller over Celtics in Kawhi Leonard-Paul George debut

After 14 games, the long-awaited Kawhi Leonard-Paul George tandem made its debut for the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday. It wasn’t always pretty. But it was effective as the Clippers won a 107-104 overtime thriller over the Boston Celtics. On a night that saw the Clippers struggle on offense and players not named Leonard or George star down the stretch, the Clippers won a tightly contested game against one of the best teams in the league. It was the exact kind of game that should strike fear into the rest of the…

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LeBron James becomes 1st player in NBA history to post triple-double against every team

The “LeBron James Isn’t Done” Tour played on Tuesday night. This time, the Oklahoma City Thunder fell victim as the Los Angeles Lakers recorded a 112-107 victory in Staples Center. They also fell victim to a James triple-double for the first time ever. James recorded 25 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists as the Lakers improved to an NBA-best 12-2. With that triple-double, James added to his growing list of career accomplishments. He’s now recorded a triple-double against every team in the NBA. LeBron averaging a career high in assists James…

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