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Tearful Michael Jordan pays tribute to ‘brother’ Kobe Bryant at memorial service

NBA star and eight others, including daughter, killed in crashVanessa Bryant gives powerful eulogy to familyThousands of fans pack into Staples Center in LAFriends, family and fellow athletes have paid tribute to NBA superstar Kobe Bryant and eight oth…

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Pilot in Kobe Bryant crash had violation over flying in reduced visibility

Ara Zobayan was reprimanded over incident in May 2015Other helicopter pilots divided over severity of penaltyNBA superstar and eight others died in crash last monthThe pilot of a helicopter that crashed into a southern California hillside, killing Kobe…

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Kobe and Gianna Bryant buried in private ceremony near family home

Death certificates say father and daughter buried last FridayPublic memorial will be held later this month in LAKobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, were buried on Friday in a private ceremony near the family’s southern California home, ac…

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Murals honor Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna – in pictures

Fans and artists around the world have responded to the shocking deaths of the NBA star and his daughter in a helicopter crashKobe Bryant ranked at the very top in the pantheon of US sports megastars Continue reading…

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‘Devastating’: America mourns Kobe Bryant after death in helicopter crash

Trump and Obama send condolences to Bryant familyDaughter Gianna, 13, among nine people killed in CaliforniaAmerica remains in shock over the death of Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna in a helicopter crash on Sunday.It emerged on Monday that the hel…

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Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna, and their shared love of basketball – video report

Gianna Bryant had dreamed of playing basketball professionally like her father, Kobe Bryant, but on 26 January, both she and her father were killed, along with seven others, when the helicopter they were travelling on crashed in California.Over the pas…

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Kobe Bryant: NBA legend dies in helicopter crash at age of 41

Basketball star was involved in crash in California on SundayNo other survivors reported in Calabasas incidentKobe Bryant: a life in picturesKobe Bryant, one of the greatest basketball players of all time, has died in a helicopter crash. He was 41.Brya…

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Alyssa Nakken becomes first female coach in MLB history

Nakken, a former softball standout at first base for Sacramento State, was named an assistant manager of the San Francisco GiantsAlyssa Nakken became the first female coach on a major league staff in baseball history on Thursday when she was named an a…

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Investigation concludes animal cruelty not behind California racehorse deaths

Spike in fatalities at Santa Anita had attracted attentionRecommendations made for improving safety for animalsCalifornia prosecutors found no evidence of animal cruelty or other crimes during an investigation into a spike in horse deaths at Santa Anit…

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‘We represent both countries’: the rise of Andy Ruiz, a cross-border champion

Andy Ruiz’s improbable rise mirrors the rebound of his hometown, Imperial, a community at the heart of the debate over immigration in the United StatesThe Sparta boxing club is hard to find, tucked behind a wall of blue corrugated metal between a tire …

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Brad Gobright, renowned US rock climber, dies after fall in Mexico

The American was abseiling down El Potrero Chico near Monterrey when he plunged about 300m to his deathOne of the world’s most renowned rock climbers, the American Brad Gobright, has died after falling off a mountain in Mexico.The fall occurred on Wedn…

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Former UC Berkeley cheerleader says coaches ignored concussions in lawsuit

Melissa Martin sues university, USA Cheer and former coachesPlaintiff says coaches bullied her into performing despite injuryMartin suffered three concussions leading to forced withdrawalA former collegiate cheerleader who suffered multiple brain injur…

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LeBron James celebrates California law allowing college athletes to make money

State’s governor signs law allowing athlete endorsementsCollege sports’ governing body has fought against lawCalifornia has defied US college sports’ governing body, the NCAA, after the state’s governor signed a law on Monday that will let college athl…

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California passes bill that would allow college players to make money

Student athletes would earn money from endorsementsBill still needs to be approved by California’s governorThe California assembly has passed legislation to let student athletes make money, setting up a confrontation with the college sports’ governing …

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‘The heart is here’: why the Warriors’ success is more bitter than sweet

Although the team’s move to San Francisco is only across the Bay, longtime Warriors fans based in Oakland are feeling left behindAs fans streamed into the Oracle Arena in Oakland for the third game of the NBA Finals, the excitement for the Golden State…

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‘It hurts to see them go’: Oakland’s sorrow over losing the Warriors to wealthy San Francisco

The team’s championship run is bittersweet this time as they prepare to leave their home of 47 yearsIn the days leading up to the final series of professional basketball in Oakland, the yellow and blue of the city’s beloved home team, the Golden State …

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‘We were attracted by the aggression’: how rugby rescues lives in America

Cristian Rodriguez found the game in Hawaiian Gardens, California through a programme called Alternatives to Gang Membership. After this weekend’s Collegiate Rugby Championship in Philadelphia, he’ll head home to pay it backCristian Rodriguez grew up i…

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‘We were attracted by the aggression’: how rugby rescues lives in America

Cristian Rodriguez found the game in Hawaiian Gardens, California through a programme called Alternatives to Gang Membership. After this weekend’s Collegiate Rugby Championship in Philadelphia, he’ll head home to pay it backCristian Rodriguez grew up i…

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Third horse dies in nine days as fatalities mount once again at Santa Anita

Racing had been suspended in March due to spike in deathsTrack is due to host Breeders’ Cup in NovemberSanta Anita had its third horse death in nine days when a gelding pulled up during a race and was euthanized. Twenty-six horses have died in racing o…

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As the Kentucky Derby approaches, deaths pose existential questions for US racing

A rash of deaths at the famous Santa Anita Park in California has left many wondering about the future of horse racing in AmericaTank Team, Unusual Angel, Secret Street, Derby Treasure, Noise Mandate, Amboseli. There will be no statues built at Santa A…