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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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Chelsea v Bayern, an epic slam dunk contest and the best of padeling

This week’s roundup also features Fury v Wilder highlights, Tony Hibbert scoring and a wind-assisted long-range kick1) Chelsea face Bayern Munich in the Champions League next week, a fixture which immediately recalls this classic final in 2012. Bayern …

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‘Best All-Star Game ever’: new format breathes fresh life into NBA showcase

Team LeBron beats Team Giannis 157-155 in a thrilling finishNBA’s biggest stars hold nothing back in last-shot-wins fourthGordon leaps over 7ft 5in Fall but Jones Jr wins dunk contestPlayers were taking charges, bodies were hitting the floor, calls and…

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Miami’s Derrick Jones Jr edges Aaron Gordon in epic NBA slam dunk contest

Heat youngster edges Gordon to win NBA slam dunk contestKings’ Hield pips Booker at death to win three-point shootoutAaron Gordon lost another epic dunk contest. And it was by a couple of inches – namely, the top of Tacko Fall’s head.Derrick Jones Jr f…

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Kobe Bryant named Basketball Hall of Fame finalist three weeks after death

Bryant, who died last month, leads roll of Hall of Fame finalistsTim Duncan, Kevin Garnett, Chris Bosh among star-studded listThree weeks after Kobe Bryant, one of the most dominant players in NBA history, was killed with his daughter and seven others …

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Will mindbending proposed changes to MLB’s playoffs change the game?

Major League Baseball may restructure its playoffs to add teams and primetime drama. The changes would pit purists against progressivesThe NBA is toying with an in-season tournament, while the NFL devises deals with its players to add a 17th regular-se…

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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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Will small-ball eventually put an end to the NBA 7-footer?

The Houston Rockets have begun playing without a center, and they are winning games. But there is still a place for the big man in basketballLast month, the Houston Rockets took the NBA’s small-ball revolution to its logical extreme, defeating the Dall…

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Vanessa Bryant wishes ‘nightmare’ of Kobe and Gianna’s deaths would end

The former NBA star’s wife is struggling to deal with loss of both her husband and daughterVanessa Bryant has said in an Instagram post that she was both grieving and angry over the loss of her husband, NBA star Kobe Bryant, and 13-year-old Gianna in a…

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LeBron James and Stephen Curry on initial USA Olympic basketball roster

USA Basketball names 44-man list for Tokyo 2020James has said he would consider playing in fourth OlympicsLeBron James is considering a return to the Olympics. James a two-time gold medalist and three-time Olympian is among 44 players, including Stephe…

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LeBron James and Stephen Curry on initial USA Olympic basketball roster

USA Basketball names 44-man list for Tokyo 2020James has said he would consider playing in fourth OlympicsLeBron James is considering a return to the Olympics. James a two-time gold medalist and three-time Olympian is among 44 players, including Stephe…

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No sign of engine failure in Kobe Bryant helicopter accident, investigators say

Cause of crash still unknown as NTSB rules out engine failureAuthorities continue investigation, including role of heavy fogWreckage from the helicopter that crashed last month and killed Kobe Bryant, his daughter and seven others did not show any outw…

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NBA trade deadline: Warriors’ Russell set for Minnesota as Morris heads to Clips

Clippers strengthen roster in battle for Western ConferenceAndrew Wiggins moves to Dubs as part of Russell dealAndre Drummond reportedly joins Cleveland CavaliersIn a swap of high scorers, the Minnesota Timberwolves acquired D’Angelo Russell on Thursda…

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LA Lakers honor Kobe and Gianna in first game since helicopter tragedy

Lakers return to action for first game since helicopter crashRoses adorned courtside seats where Kobe and Gianna satRed roses adorned the courtside seats where Kobe and Gianna Bryant sat at the last Los Angeles Lakers game they attended. On the overhea…

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The race to grieve: how social media has made professional mourners of us all | Max Rushden

While it is no one’s place to tell anyone else how to express sadness or pain, it sometimes feels there is a race to show that you have the most compassionThere is a tradition dating back to ancient Egyptian times for professional mourners who would tu…

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Sports quiz of the week: Super Bowl, Super League and a super sub

Who is grounded? Who is making history? Who is seeing red?Raheem Mostert will be playing for the San Francisco 49ers in the Super Bowl on Sunday. What does Mostert’s new $8.7m contract prohibit him from doing?Contacting his ex-wifeWearing jewellery on …

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Kobe Bryant tribute among NBA’s dramatic All-Star Game format changes

NBA announces major format changes to the All-Star GameScores to be reset after second and third quarters then restoredLeague says there will be multiple tributes to Kobe BryantKobe Bryant’s final jersey number will be something this year’s NBA All-Sta…

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Vanessa Bryant speaks for first time of loss of Kobe and Gianna

Basketball superstar’s widow posts about devastation of losing husband and daughterThree days after the Los Angeles basketball great Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, and seven others died in a helicopter crash, his wife, Vanessa, has spoke…

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Kobe Bryant brilliance, Super Bowl showreels and Six Nations memories | Classic YouTube

This week’s roundup also features rally mayhem, card frenzy and a Stuart Baxter coaching masterclass1) Kobe Bryant’s death shocked the sporting world. A highlights package here can barely do his talents justice but here’s a sample. We start with a youn…

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Kobe Bryant brilliance, Super Bowl showreels and Six Nations memories | Classic YouTube

This week’s roundup also features rally mayhem, card frenzy and a Stuart Baxter coaching masterclass1) Kobe Bryant’s death shocked the sporting world. A highlights package here can barely do his talents justice but here’s a sample. We start with a youn…