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FILE - In this Wednesday, March 24, 2004, file photo, Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant, center, walks out of a holding area as he prepares to leave for a lunch break from proceedings in his sexual assault case as members of his security team accompany him, in Eagle, Colo. Some argued that there was no need to dredge up accounts of the 2003 rape allegation against Bryant when he died suddenly Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020. Others viewed it as another example of an icon being given a pass because he was a successful athlete. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski, File)

In #MeToo era, Kobe and other athletes often get a pass

Jan. 28, 2020 9:35 AM EST

DENVER (AP) — Folded conveniently into the narratives about his “complicated past” was the detail about Kobe Bryant that could’ve wrecked him. It was a rape allegation by a 19-year-old employee of a Colorado hotel. It happened in 2003. Some argued that making that life-altering detail...

Michael Briggs of Philadelphia takes a photo at a small memorial left in remembrance to Kobe Bryant at the entrance of the Bryant Gymnasium at Lower Merion High School, Monday, Jan. 27, 2020, in Wynnewood, Pa.  The 41-year-old Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, were among nine people who died in the crash in Calabasas in foggy weather conditions Sunday morning. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)

Kobe Bryant and Philly: From hero to traitor to beloved

Jan. 28, 2020 10:33 AM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Jeered like a traitor just a few miles from the high school where he won a state title, Kobe Bryant stewed on the bench as the final minutes of the 2002 All-Star game ticked away. Nearly every fan in Philadelphia had booed the hometown guy whenever he touched the ball. Never one to...

Students walk beside a giant mural of former NBA basketball player Kobe Bryant and daughter Gianna at a basketball court in Taguig, south of Manila, Philippines on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020. Artists in this tenement building gathered and painted this image after learning of Bryant's death. Bryant, his daughter and 7 others died in a helicopter crash. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

'Citizen of the world': Bryant promoted basketball globally

Jan. 28, 2020 10:40 AM EST

ROME (AP) — At a Lakers preseason game in Beijing in 2013, the arena rang out with chants of “Kobe! Kobe!” — despite the injured superstar not even having suited up. From Los Angeles to Italy, Asia and beyond, Kobe Bryant was bigger than just a basketball player. He was the...

FILE - In this July 26, 2018 file photo former Los Angeles Laker Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna watch the U.S. national championships swimming meet in Irvine, Calif. Bryant, the 18-time NBA All-Star who won five championships and became one of the greatest basketball players of his generation during a 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers, died in a helicopter crash Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020. Gianna also died in the crash. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, file)

Kobe Bryant leaves lasting impact on women's basketball

Jan. 28, 2020 12:27 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Kobe Bryant always had an interest in women's basketball, one that he shared with many in the sport even before his daughter Gianna started excelling at the game. Whether it was mentoring players like Diana Taurasi, Jewell Loyd and Sabrina Ionescu or working out with Gabby Williams...

FILE - In this April 18, 2017, file photo, Washington Nationals manager Dusty Baker watches batting practice before the team's baseball game against the Atlanta Braves in Atlanta.  A person with knowledge of the negotiations said Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020, that Baker, 70,  is working to finalize an agreement to become manager of the Houston Astros. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal has not yet been completed. (AP Photo/John Amis)

AP source: Astros, Dusty Baker working on manager deal

Jan. 28, 2020 2:17 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — Dusty Baker is working to finalize an agreement to become manager of the Houston Astros, a person with knowledge of the negotiations told The Associated Press on Tuesday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal has not yet been completed. The 70-year-old Baker becomes...

Miami Heat guard Goran Dragic wears inscribed shoes as a tribute to NBA basketball player Kobe Bryant before a game against the Orlando Magic, Monday, Jan. 27, 2020, in Miami. Bryant and his daughter were among those who died in a helicopter crash Sunday in California. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Analysis: NBA made a good call moving Lakers-Clippers game

Jan. 28, 2020 2:58 AM EST

The NBA absolutely made the right call in postponing Tuesday night’s game in Los Angeles between the Lakers and the Clippers. The entire league is grieving Kobe Bryant. It’s hard for everyone. Impossibly hard. Now imagine what that anguish is like right now for the Lakers, the team that Bryant spent...

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NFL At 100: From head to toe, players equipment has evolved

Jan. 28, 2020 4:06 AM EST

MIAMI (AP) — Red Grange looked more like the pilot of a single-engine airplane than a dominant halfback who once thrived in a single-wing offense. From the crude, oblong leather helmets to the sparsely padded brown and blue vertical-striped uniforms of the Chicago Bears, it's easy to see how equipment has...

Switzerland's Roger Federer reacts after defeating Tennys Sandgren of the U.S. in their quarterfinal match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

Federer saves 7 match points in Australia; Djokovic up next

Jan. 28, 2020 7:47 AM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Roger Federer was not going to go gently, of course, no matter how daunting the number of match points — his opponent accumulated seven! — no matter how achy his 38-year-old legs, no matter how slow his serves, no matter how off-target his groundstrokes. Federer...

People gather at a memorial near Staples Center after the death of Laker legend Kobe Bryant Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)

Los Angeles unites in grief for adopted son Kobe Bryant

Jan. 27, 2020 2:37 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The chants rose in the plaza across from Staples Center. "Kobe!" and "MVP! MVP!" They came from hundreds of fans gathered to mourn the death of Kobe Bryant. Candles burned alongside hand-lettered messages scrawled on signs and the pavement. Bunches of flowers piled up, some with...

NFL free agent Antonio Brown appears at the Broward County Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., via video link  Friday, Jan. 24, 2020. Brown was granted bail on Friday after spending the night in a Florida jail. The wide receiver will have to pay a bond of $110,000, surrender his passport, wear a monitor, get mental health evaluation and pass random drug tests. He also can't have guns. Brown is accused of attacking the driver of a moving truck that carried some of his possessions from California. (Amy Beth Bennett/South Florida Sun Sentinel via AP, Pool)

Judge frees NFL star Antonio Brown from house arrest

Jan. 28, 2020 11:14 AM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida judge freed NFL free agent Antonio Brown from house arrest Tuesday, allowing him to travel freely as he awaits trial on charges that he attacked the driver of a moving truck. Circuit Judge Michael Usan agreed to let Brown travel freely within the United States so he...

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Man arrested in shooting death of Arizona Rattlers player

Jan. 28, 2020 2:55 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — A 28-year-old man has been arrested in the shooting death of Lance McDowell, a player for the Arizona Rattlers of the Indoor Football League, police said Tuesday. Christopher Verland Ayers III was already jailed on unrelated charges when he was rebooked Monday on suspicion of second-degree...

Fans pay respect at a memorial for Kobe Bryant near Staples Center Monday, Jan. 27, 2020, in Los Angeles. Bryant, the 18-time NBA All-Star who won five championships and became one of the greatest basketball players of his generation during a 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers, died in a helicopter crash Sunday. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

Pilot of Bryant helicopter tried to avoid heavy fog

Jan. 28, 2020 2:54 PM EST

CALABASAS, Calif. (AP) — The veteran pilot whose helicopter plunged into a Los Angeles-area hillside, killing NBA superstar Kobe Bryant and eight others, had tried to avoid fog so heavy that it had grounded police choppers, authorities said. But even experienced pilots may have only seconds to act when...

North Carolina guard Cole Anthony (2) reacts from the sidelines with an injury during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Yale in Chapel Hill, N.C., Monday, Dec. 30, 2019. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

UNC's Anthony eager for eventual return from knee surgery

Jan. 28, 2020 2:42 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Cole Anthony has spent six weeks watching North Carolina teammates struggle as he recovers from knee surgery. The Tar Heels’ star freshman point guard can’t wait to rejoin them the moment he is cleared to play again. “I’m doing pretty good, slowly and surely...

$165,000 at stake: Wyoming-Idaho sled dog race begins Friday

Jan. 28, 2020 2:29 PM EST

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — An annual sled dog race through Wyoming and Idaho begins Friday. The first day of the 25th annual Pedigree Stage Stop Sled Dog Race is for show. Teams will run through downtown Jackson and finish at a park on the south side of town. From there, racers go to Alpine, Pinedale, Kemmerer,...

Louisiana-Lafayette extends softball coach's contract

Jan. 28, 2020 2:29 PM EST

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — The University of Louisiana at Lafayette and softball coach Gerry Glasco have agreed to a two-year contract extension. Director of Athletics Bryan Maggard announced Monday that the third-year coach's contract now goes through 2025. "Gerry Glasco has provided tremendous leadership for...

FILE - In this Nov. 22, 2019, file photo, former Penn State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, center, arrives at the Centre County Courthouse to be resentenced in Bellefonte, Pa. Jerry Sandusky's legal effort to have his decadeslong child molestation sentence reduced will be the subject of a hearing Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020, in a Pennsylvania courtroom. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

Judge rejects Sandusky's latest request for shorter sentence

Jan. 28, 2020 2:19 PM EST

BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) — A judge flatly rejected Jerry Sandusky's latest request to have his 30- to 60-year child molestation sentence reduced during a brief hearing Tuesday. Judge Maureen Skerda said she purposely fashioned the prison term to have an impact on the former Penn State assistant football coach...

FILE - In this April 18, 2017, file photo, Washington Nationals manager Dusty Baker watches batting practice before the team's baseball game against the Atlanta Braves in Atlanta.  A person with knowledge of the negotiations said Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020, that Baker, 70,  is working to finalize an agreement to become manager of the Houston Astros. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal has not yet been completed. (AP Photo/John Amis)

AP source: Astros, Dusty Baker working on manager deal

Jan. 28, 2020 2:17 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — Dusty Baker is working to finalize an agreement to become manager of the Houston Astros, a person with knowledge of the negotiations told The Associated Press on Tuesday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal has not yet been completed. The 70-year-old Baker becomes...

Grow lights cover a portion of the grass field inside Hard Rock Stadium Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020, in Miami Gardens, Fla., in preparation for the NFL Super Bowl 54 football game. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

The most VIP Super Bowl weekend costs $1.5M, includes butler

Jan. 28, 2020 2:12 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — Private jet service, a personal butler, or how about a meal with former Patriots star Rob Gronkowski to top off Super Bowl weekend? From legendary nightclubs to exclusive parties, no place caters to the rich and famous quite like glitzy Miami. The city’s most luxurious hotels, clubs and...

A person with knowledge of the negotiations says Dusty Baker is finalizing an agreement to become the Astros' manager.

Jan. 28, 2020 1:46 PM EST
HOUSTON (AP) — A person with knowledge of the negotiations says Dusty Baker is finalizing an agreement to become the Astros' manager.
FILE - In this Oct. 22, 2019, file photo, Washington Nationals' Ryan Zimmerman hits a home run during the second inning of Game 1 of the baseball World Series against the Houston Astros in Houston. Zimmerman and the World Series champion Nationals finalized a $2 million, one-year contract, the team announced Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

Ryan Zimmerman, Nationals finalize $2M, 1-year contract

Jan. 28, 2020 1:46 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ryan Zimmerman and the World Series champion Washington Nationals finalized a $2 million, one-year contract on Wednesday. The 35-year-old first baseman, who has spent his entire 15-year big league career with the Nationals, can earn $3 million in performance bonuses. He can earn $1.5...