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FILE - In this Dec. 17, 2019 file photo, attorney Michael Avenatti arrives at federal court to enter a plea to an indictment charging him with trying to extort up to $25 million from Nike in New York. Avenatti stood to greet 120 prospective jurors who came to a New York courtroom Monday, Jan. 27, 2020 too fill out questionnaires for his trial on charges he tried to extort millions of dollars from Nike. As they entered, jurors seemed largely unaware of Avenatti as his lawyers and others stood around him. But U.S. District Judge Paul G. Gardephe told the potential jurors that they were being considered to decide a criminal case involving charges of extortion and honest services wire fraud against Avenatti. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

Prosecutor: Michael Avenatti saw dollar signs in Nike fraud

Jan. 29, 2020 3:31 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A prosecutor kicked off opening statements at Michael Avenatti's attempted extortion trial Wednesday by saying the deep-in-debt California lawyer used the “modern weapon” of a big social media following and clout as a television program guest to try to extort millions of...

Medical workers in protective gear talk with a woman suspected of being ill with a coronavirus at a community health station in Wuhan in central China's Hubei Province, Monday, Jan. 27, 2020. China on Monday expanded sweeping efforts to contain a viral disease by extending the Lunar New Year holiday to keep the public at home and avoid spreading infection. (Chinatopix via AP)

Virus in China affects sports events, Olympic qualifiers

Jan. 29, 2020 2:54 PM EST

GENEVA (AP) — Amid growing concern about the spread of a new virus in China, international sports in the country have been postponed and Olympic qualifying tournaments have been taken elsewhere. The indoor world athletics championships in Nanjing were postponed by a year on Wednesday, while the...

Arkansas casino debuts sports betting in time for Super Bowl

Jan. 29, 2020 2:30 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas casino debuted sports betting in its soft opening this week, officials said. Southland Casino Racing in West Memphis began accepting wagers Tuesday for the upcoming Super Bowl, as well as on NBA games, college basketball, NASCAR racing, PGA tournaments and more, the...

FILE - In this Oct. 9, 2003, file photo, District Attorney Mark Hurlbert, right,  Eagle County Sheriff's Detective Doug Winters, left, and Deputy District Attorney Gregg Crittenden rear, members of the team prosecuting Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant on sexual assault charges, enter the court for a preliminary hearing  at the Justice Center in Eagle, Colo. Hurlbert said in an interview with The Associated Press he is shocked and saddened by the senseless deaths of Bryant, his daughter Gianna and seven others this week. But he remains confident he would have won a conviction against Bryant in 2003-2004, had the woman who accused Bryant not decided to end the criminal case during jury selection. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski, Pool, File)

Ex-prosecutor: Bryant would have been convicted in Colorado

Jan. 29, 2020 2:02 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — The prosecutor who pursued sexual assault charges against Kobe Bryant 17 years ago believes he would have won a conviction if the case had gone to trial and that the woman who accused Bryant would have received more support if the case had been filed in the current #MeToo environment. Mark...

Editorial Roundup: Kentucky

Jan. 29, 2020 1:17 PM EST

Recent editorials from Kentucky newspapers: ___ Jan. 27 The Ashland Daily Independent on the passing of basketball superstar Kobe Bryant: Kobe Bryant’s death has evoked a universal reaction. He was one of nine killed in a helicopter crash in California on Jan. 26. His daughter, 13-year-old Gianna, also...

Fans pay respect at a memorial for Kobe Bryant near Staples Center Tuesday, Jan. 28, 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)

Crash-warning device might not have saved Bryant helicopter

Jan. 29, 2020 12:18 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The helicopter carrying Kobe Bryant didn’t have a long-recommended warning system to alert the pilot he was too close to the ground, but it is not clear whether it would have averted the foggy-weather crash, investigators and other experts say. At issue is what's known as a...

FILE - In this Tuesday, July 30, 1996 file photo, Brazil's Oscar Schmidt (14) drives past Scottie Pipen (8) of the United States during the quarterfinals of basketball competition at the Centennial Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta. For little Kobe Bryant growing up in Italy the player that amazed him as a child was skinny and half-bald Brazilian guard Oscar Schmidt.  (AP Photo/Hans Deryk, File)

Kobe's boyhood hero Oscar Schmidt celebrates 'annoying kid'

Jan. 29, 2020 12:18 PM EST

SAO PAULO (AP) — For little Kobe Bryant growing up in Italy, the player that amazed him as a child was a skinny and half bald Brazilian guard who often beat his father's teams with long distance shots. Oscar Schmidt, one of basketball's all-time leading scorers with almost 50,000 points, played with...

Thurman Munson's widow finds pain in Kobe Bryant's death

Jan. 29, 2020 9:20 AM EST

CANTON, Ohio (AP) — The widow of Thurman Munson, the New York Yankees catcher killed in 1979 while flying his plane in Ohio, spoke out about the similar death of NBA legend Kobe Bryant. Diana Munson was in the Plain Township home she shared with her late husband when she received the news that Los Angeles...

Merrill scores 14 to lead Utah State past Wyoming 68-45

Jan. 29, 2020 4:11 AM EST

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — Sam Merrill had 14 points as Utah State romped past Wyoming 68-45 on Tuesday night. Alphonso Anderson had 13 points for Utah State (17-6, 6-4 Mountain West Conference). Brock Miller added 11 points. Utah State totaled 25 first-half points, a season low for the team. Kwane Marble II had...

Philadelphia 76ers' Joel Embiid goes up for a shot against Golden State Warriors' Omari Spellman during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

'He was special': The NBA tributes continue for Kobe Bryant

Jan. 29, 2020 3:40 AM EST

MIAMI (AP) — In Philadelphia, Joel Embiid paid tribute to Kobe Bryant by wearing one of his jersey numbers. Brooklyn’s Spencer Dinwiddie and Orlando’s Terrence Ross are showing their respect by no longer doing so. Boston’s Kemba Walker is considering such a change. And coaches around...