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FILE - In this Sept. 15, 2019, file photo, Denver Broncos outside linebacker Von Miller (58) chases a play against the Chicago Bears during the second half of an NFL football game in Denver. Miller's body is buffer, his hair tinted orange on top.  The star linebacker says his dramatic offseason transfiguration was a result of his battle with the coronavirus, Kobe Bryant's untimely death and the Michael Jordan documentary. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey, File)

Von Miller's transformation driven by Kobe, MJ, COVID-19

Aug. 4, 2020 6:10 PM EDT

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Von Miller’s body is buffer, his hair tinted orange on top. The real changes go a whole lot deeper. The Broncos star linebacker on Tuesday revealed four factors that led to his dramatic offseason transformation: his substandard 2019 season, his battle with COVID-19, Kobe...

FILE - In this March 8, 2020, file photo, Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, left, shoots as Los Angeles Clippers forward Marcus Morris Sr. defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles. The NBA is a few weeks from playoff mode, and James has himself and the Lakers squarely in the mix to compete for championship. It is a rare bit of normalcy for a player who appeared in eight consecutive NBA Finals from 2011 through and including 2018, and for a franchise that has won 16 championships. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)

Lakers' LeBron James speaks out: 'Nothing is normal in 2020'

Jul. 20, 2020 6:10 PM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — LeBron James keeps hearing the same questions. How’s it going? How’s the bubble? He now has a one-size-fits-all answer. “I just say it’s 2020,” James said. “Nothing is normal in 2020.” That’s not entirely true. The NBA is...

FILE - In this June 6, 2006, file photo, college players scrimmage during an NBA pre-draft basketball camp at the Disney Wide World of Sports complex in Kissimmee, Fla. Most of the 22 remaining NBA teams were taking the court for the first mandatory workouts in nearly four months Wednesday, July 1, 2020, as the league continued prepping for the restart of the season at the Disney campus near Orlando, Florida. Workouts are still individual in nature, but are no longer voluntary.  (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)

Asterisk on the NBA title? Coaches, players say not a chance

Jul. 1, 2020 7:32 PM EDT

The 2020 NBA champion, if one is crowned, will have emerged as the ultimate winner from a season that lasted more than a full year from start to finish. A season that saw political unrest between the NBA and China, the deaths of David Stern and Kobe Bryant,racial issues across the nation and, if that...

Beyoncé’s message, epic performances stand out at BET Awards

Jun. 29, 2020 9:34 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Beyoncé used her platform Sunday while accepting the BET humanitarian award to relay a direct appeal to viewers: Go vote. “Your voices are being heard and you’re proving to our ancestors that their struggles were not in vain,” said the superstar singer at the...

FILE - In this March 16, 2020, file photo, the entrance to the parking lot at the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World is closed in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The Splash Mountain ride at Disney parks in California and Florida is being recast. Disney officials said the ride would no longer be tied to the 1946 movie,

The NBA is coming back, and here's 10 things to know

Jun. 27, 2020 2:47 AM EDT

The deals are done. The NBA is coming back. The season will resume on July 30 at Disney's ESPN Wide World of Sports complex in Florida. Here are 10 things to know about the restarted season: THE RACE FOR 8 There are six teams in the race for the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference — Memphis, Portland, New...

FILE - In this March 6, 2020, file photo, New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson walks onto the court during the second half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat in New Orleans. A Florida appeals court has granted Williamson’s motion to block his former marketing agent’s effort to have the ex-Duke star answer questions about whether he received improper benefits before playing for the Blue Devils. The order Wednesday shifts the focus to separate but related case between the same litigants in federal court in North Carolina. (AP Photo/Rusty Costanza, File)

Welcome back: The NBA sets the schedule for season restart

Jun. 26, 2020 7:27 PM EDT

Zion Williamson is about to get another chance at opening night. Injury kept him out of New Orleans’ appearance in the first game of this NBA season when the Pelicans started the year at Toronto, but now the big-name rookie will be in position to be on center stage at Disney when play resumes —...

This photo made from video and provided by Ross Online Productions, LLC, shows Kobe Bryant, left, from some of the 22 hours of footage of Kobe Bryant in high school that will be sold by the auction house Profiles in History on July 23, 2020. (Ross Online Productions, LLC via AP)

Kobe Bryant high school footage to be auctioned on July 23

Jun. 22, 2020 3:14 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kobe Bryant’s time in high school will be showcased when about 22 hours of footage of the late basketball star playing games and giving interviews will be sold on July 23 by the auction house Profiles in History. The footage is from the media library of Stu Ross, who produced...

FILE - In this Jan. 11, 2020, file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love heads up the court after making a 3-point basket against the Denver Nuggets during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Denver. Love received the Arthur Ashe Award for Courage at the ESPY Awards on Sunday, June 21, 2020, for sparking a national conversation about mental health. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

The ESPYS focus on honors, pandemic and racial justice

Jun. 22, 2020 6:43 AM EDT

No red carpet, no nattily dressed athletes, no house band or monologue poking fun at the past year's top athletes and moments. This was a different version of The ESPYS. The focus of Sunday night's show on ESPN was hope and inspiration in the time of coronavirus. NFL quarterback Russell Wilson, along with...

FILE - In this Jan. 27, 2020, file photo, provided by the National Transportation Safety Board, NTSB investigators Adam Huray, right, and Carol Hogan examine wreckage as part of the NTSB's investigation of a helicopter crash near Calabasas, Calif. Federal investigators said Wednesday, June 17, 2020, that the pilot of the helicopter that crashed in thick fog, killing Kobe Bryant and seven other passengers, reported he was climbing when he actually was descending. (James Anderson/National Transportation Safety Board via AP, File)

Probe: Kobe Bryant pilot may have become disoriented in fog

Jun. 17, 2020 8:40 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The pilot of the helicopter that crashed in thick fog, killing Kobe Bryant and seven other passengers, reported the aircraft was ascending when it actually was heading for the ground, federal investigators said in documents released Wednesday. Ara Zobayan radioed to air traffic...