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Los Angeles honors Kobe, Gianna Bryant with public memorial

By GREG BEACHAM | February 24, 2020

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kobe Bryant's wife offered a poignant portrait of her NBA superstar husband and their daughter Monday at a packed memorial service for the two, who were among nine people killed last month in a helicopter crash in Los Angeles.Speaking...

The Latest: Kobe Bryant service ends with Oscar-winning film

February 24, 2020

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on the public memorial for Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna in downtown Los Angeles (all times local):12:45 p.m.A selection from the short film “Dear Basketball” that won Kobe Bryant an Academy Award played on the...

Kobe Bryant’s widow sues helicopter operator for deaths

By BRIAN MELLEY | February 24, 2020

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kobe Bryant's widow sued the owner of the helicopter that crashed in fog and killed the former Los Angeles Lakers star and their 13-year-old daughter last month as she publicly mourned their deaths Monday in an emotional public ceremony.The...

Helicopter pilot in Bryant crash had FAA violation in 2015

February 22, 2020

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The pilot of a helicopter that crashed into a Southern California hillside, killing Kobe Bryant and eight others, was reprimanded five years ago for flying without permission into airspace while he had reduced visibility, according...

Kawhi Leonard wins first Kobe Bryant All-Star MVP award

By ANDREW SELIGMAN | February 17, 2020

CHICAGO (AP) — Kawhi Leonard made it look effortless, nailing one 3-pointer after another and nearly matching an All-Star Game record.The tough part came afterward. Finding the right words to express how he felt after becoming the first Kobe Bryant...

The Latest: Miami’s Derrick Jones Jr. wins slam dunk contest

February 15, 2020

CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on Saturday night at NBA All-Star weekend. (all times local):9:45 p.m.Miami Heat forward Derrick Jones Jr. celebrated his 23rd birthday by winning the All-Star Slam Dunk Contest, edging Orlando Magic forward Aaron Gordon in...

Bryant casts shadow as NBA’s best meet in All-Star Game

By ANDREW SELIGMAN | February 15, 2020

CHICAGO (AP) — Kobe Bryant always seemed to be in top form when he stepped onto the court for the NBA All-Star Game. The league's current best will try to match his effort when Team LeBron and Team Giannis meet on Sunday.The All-Star festivities returned...

Freezing weather compounds crisis for displaced in Syria

By SARAH EL DEEB and ZEINA KARAM | February 15, 2020

BEIRUT (AP) — A military offensive on an opposition-controlled region of northwestern Syria has created one of the worst catastrophes for civilians in the country's long-running war, sending hundreds of thousands of people fleeing, many of them sleeping...

All-Star Weekend nears, and Kobe will be at the forefront

By TIM REYNOLDS | February 11, 2020

Kobe Bryant will be announced Friday at All-Star Weekend in Chicago as one of the finalists for this year’s Basketball Hall of Fame induction class, which isn’t a secret and never was.Bryant always was a lock to be a first-ballot pick. Fellow first-time...

Memorial held for coach, family killed in Bryant crash

By AMY TAXIN | February 10, 2020

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The smiling faces of baseball coach John Altobelli, his wife, Keri, and daughter Alyssa shone in photos and videos cast on screens at Angel Stadium of them hitting the baseball field, basketball court and the beach.But as friends...

LeBron James scores 22 points, Lakers beat Warriors 125-120

By JANIE McCAULEY | February 8, 2020

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — LeBron James leaned on his supporting cast to carry the load until he heated up in the second half and finished with 22 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds, leading the Los Angeles Lakers to a 125-120 victory over the Golden State...

Kobe Bryant helicopter had nearly cleared blinding clouds

By STEFANIE DAZIO | February 7, 2020

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The pilot of the helicopter that crashed and killed Kobe Bryant and eight others was almost out of blinding clouds when he suddenly plunged and crashed into a Southern California hillside, investigators and aviation experts indicated.Ara...