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SPORTS: NBA announces Game and National Television Schedules for ‘Seeding Games’ to Restart 2019-20 Season.

SPORTS: NBA announces Game and National Television Schedules for ‘Seeding Games’ to Restart 2019-20 Season.

BASKETBALL, Sports
NEW YORK, United States of America, June 27, 2020/ -- Season Resumes on July 30 with Jazz vs. Pelicans and Clippers vs. Lakers in TNT Doubleheader; ESPN’s Game Coverage Restarts on July 31 with Celtics vs. Bucks and Rockets vs. MavericksThe NBA today released its complete game schedule and national television schedules for TNT, ESPN , ABC and NBA TV for the “seeding games,” which will be played July 30 – Aug. 14 to tip off the resumption of the 2019-20 season.The 22 teams participating in the season restart will play eight seeding games each at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.  The team-by-team schedules for the seeding games are available here (https://on.nba.com/2Vo8swK).On Thursday, July 30, the season will resume with a TNT doubleheader as th...
Family of pilot who flew Kobe Bryant and his daughter defend him from claims of negligence by Bryant’s widow

Family of pilot who flew Kobe Bryant and his daughter defend him from claims of negligence by Bryant’s widow

BASKETBALL, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, united states of america, USA
The family of the pilot involved in the fatal helicopter crash that took the life of NBA legend Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna,13, and seven others earlier this year has blamed the passengers for their own deaths.  pilot Ara Zobayan The family of pilot Ara Zobayan in court papers responding to a wrongful death lawsuit brought against the helicopter company by Bryant's widow Vanessa says that injuries or damages suffered by those on board the fatal January 26 crash, 'were directly caused in full or in part by the negligence or fault of plaintiffs.'  That's because the passengers knowingly and voluntarily accepted the risks involved in taking the flight, say the legal documents. 'Any injuries or damages to plaintiffs and/or their decedent were directly caused in full or in par...
Stephen Curry, Doris Burke, Rick Carlisle, Dr. Vivek Murthy, Doc Rivers and Dawn Staley to Participate in Virtual Jr. NBA Leadership Conference Powered by Under Armour on May 15

Stephen Curry, Doris Burke, Rick Carlisle, Dr. Vivek Murthy, Doc Rivers and Dawn Staley to Participate in Virtual Jr. NBA Leadership Conference Powered by Under Armour on May 15

AMERICA, BASKETBALL, INTERNATIONAL, Sports, TECHNOLOGY, united states of america, USA
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver to Provide Opening Remarks; Fourth Annual Conference to be Hosted by Jay Bilas and Livestreamed for Free on NBA and Jr. NBA Digital and Social Platforms. The National Basketball Association (NBA) announced on May 5 2020, that the fourth annual Jr. NBA Leadership Conference powered by Under Armour will feature three-time NBA Champion Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors, Curt Gowdy Media Award-winning ESPN analyst Doris Burke, Dallas Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle, former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy, University of South Carolina women’s head coach and Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer Dawn Staley and LA Clippers head coach Doc Rivers, among other speakers.   Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors Hosted by Curt Gowdy Me...
New York selects Sabrina Ionescu with First Overall Pick in WNBA Draft 2020 presented by State Farm®

New York selects Sabrina Ionescu with First Overall Pick in WNBA Draft 2020 presented by State Farm®

AMERICA, BASKETBALL, celebrity, CELEBRITY GOSSIP, Entertainment, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, united states of america, USA
Ionescu, a three-time Nancy Lieberman Award winner as the nation’s top point guard, averaged 17.5 points, 8.6 rebounds and an NCAA-leading 9.1 assists as a senior Ionescu One of Three Oregon Players Drafted in First Round; WNBA Honors Alyssa Altobelli, Kobe and Gianna Bryant and Payton Chester. Unanimous National Player of the Year Sabrina Ionescu of Oregon tonight was selected by the New York Liberty with the first overall pick of WNBA Draft 2020 presented by State Farm®, which was held virtually in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Ionescu, a three-time Nancy Lieberman Award winner as the nation’s top point guard, averaged 17.5 points, 8.6 rebounds and an NCAA-leading 9.1 assists as a senior.  She holds the NCAA record for career triple-doubles and is the only NCAA woman or ...
Highly Anticipated Documentary Series “The Last Dance” coming to Netflix this Monday, April 20

Highly Anticipated Documentary Series “The Last Dance” coming to Netflix this Monday, April 20

AMERICA, BASKETBALL, celebrity, CELEBRITY GOSSIP, Entertainment, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, MOVIES, TECHNOLOGY
The full episodic documentary will be available on Netflix across Africa NEW YORK, United States of America-:  Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen and the Chicago Bulls in documentary series “The Last Dance” WHAT: The 10-part documentary series, directed by Jason Hehir (“The Fab Five,” “The ’85 Bears,” “Andre the Giant”), chronicles one of the greatest icons and most successful teams in sports history, Michael Jordan and the 1990s Chicago Bulls, and features never-before-seen footage from the 1997-98 season as the team pursued its sixth NBA championship in eight years. In the fall of 1997, Michael Jordan, Bulls owner Jerry Reinsdorf and head coach Phil Jackson agreed to let an NBA Entertainment film crew follow the team all season long. The result would be a remarkable portrait of an ...
NBA Players Go Head-to-Head in First-Ever “NBA 2K Players Tournament” on ESPN and ESPN2

NBA Players Go Head-to-Head in First-Ever “NBA 2K Players Tournament” on ESPN and ESPN2

AMERICA, BASKETBALL, CORONAVIRUS, Entertainment, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, MEDIA, Sports, TECHNOLOGY, united states of america, USA
Winning player to select charity beneficiary to receive $100,000 donation in support of coronavirus relief effortsNEW YORK, United States of America, -- Brooklyn Nets’ Kevin Durant and Atlanta Hawks’ Trae Young among NBA (www.NBA.com) players competing in NBA 2K20 tournament premiering April 3 on ESPN; Winning player to select charity beneficiary to receive $100,000 donation in support of coronavirus relief efforts.2K, the National Basketball Association (NBA), and the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) today announced the “NBA 2K Players Tournament,” an NBA 2K20 gameplay tournament between 16 current NBA players. Beginning Friday, April 3 on ESPN and ESPN2, players – including top seeds Kevin Durant of the Brooklyn Nets and Trae Young of the Atlanta Hawks – will compete in a...
SPORTS: Basketball Africa League Postpones Start of Inaugural Season

SPORTS: Basketball Africa League Postpones Start of Inaugural Season

AFRICA, BASKETBALL, Sports
The BAL, a partnership between the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) and the NBA, is a new professional league featuring 12 club teams from across AfricaDAKAR, Senegal, March 4, 2020/ -- The Basketball Africa League (BAL) (https://www.theBAL.com/) today postponed the league’s inaugural season, which had been scheduled to tip off Friday, March 13 in Dakar, Senegal. The following statement has been issued by BAL President Amadou Gallo Fall:“Following the recommendation of the Senegalese government regarding the escalating health concerns related to the coronavirus, the BAL’s inaugural season will be postponed. I am disappointed we are not able to tip off this historic league as scheduled but look forward to the highly-anticipated launch of the BAL at a later da...
New O-Level Curriculum- what was the Fuss?

New O-Level Curriculum- what was the Fuss?

AFRICA, African stars, AGRICULTURE, AUSTRALIA, Banking, BASKETBALL, EDUCATION, ZIMBABWE
  Parliament of Uganda last week was a hive of eyebrow- raising moments and some calculated gaffes; two intruders crashed into parliament proceeding in acts erstwhile enthusiasts of ‘Taichi Movies’ will fondly reminisce! While, what appeared an unending O-Level curriculum hurricane was skillfully settled by the markswoman- The Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga who with every passing day is proving adept at allowing her will succeed. For the curriculum, the wishful objections were shrewdly sucked away. So, what was the Fuss; Are we ready? Is the Curriculum workable? Questions and objections that earlier came out. Yet, as we speak, Senior One Students from Nyakasura Boarding Secondary School in Fort Portal, Kabarole district are producing Coff...
WORLD: Bryant’s widow throws  helicopter company to Court over fatal crash.

WORLD: Bryant’s widow throws helicopter company to Court over fatal crash.

BASKETBALL, FEATURE STORIES, Sports, WORLD
The suit was filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on the same day that Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and the other seven crash victims were memorialized in a public ceremony at the Staples Center. The lawsuit names Island Express Helicopters, Island Express Holding Corp and the estate of the helicopter's pilot, Ara Zobayan, who was among the victims. Gianna Bryant's basketball teammates Alyssa Altobelli and Payton Chester, Altobelli's parents John and Keri, Payton's mother Sarah and basketball coach Christina Mauser were also killed. The National Transportation Safety Board is still investigating the exact cause of the crash, although preliminary findings showed no sign of mechanical failure. Monday's lawsuit faults the company for allowing the helicopter t...
SPORTS: Record – 19 International Players from 15 Countries highlight Global Reach of NBA All-Star 2020

SPORTS: Record – 19 International Players from 15 Countries highlight Global Reach of NBA All-Star 2020

BASKETBALL, Sports, WORLD
NBA All-Star 2020 Will Reach Fans in 215 Countries and Territories in 47 LanguagesCHICAGO, United States of America, February 14, 2020/ -- All-Star Starters Antetokounmpo, Dončić, Embiid and Siakam Headline Record Eight International All-Stars; NBA All-Star 2020 Will Reach Fans in 215 Countries and Territories in 47 LanguagesA record 19 international players from 15 countries will participate in NBA All-Star 2020 (NBA.com/AllStar), which will reach fans in 215 countries and territories in 47 languages on their televisions, computers, mobile phones and tablets.  This includes NBA Rising Stars on Friday, Feb. 14 at 9 p.m. ET, State Farm All-Star Saturday Night on Saturday, Feb. 15 at 8 p.m. ET, the 69th NBA AllStar Game on Sunday, Feb. 16 at 8 p.m. ET, as well as behind-the-scen...
FEATURE STORIES: Kobe Bryant and daughter buried in private ceremony.

FEATURE STORIES: Kobe Bryant and daughter buried in private ceremony.

BASKETBALL, Sports, WORLD
Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, were buried in a cemetery near the family's Southern California home, according to death certificates. Pacific View Memorial Park in Corona del Mar features meticulous landscaping, open courtyards and fountains that “express the joy of living," according to its website. Actor John Wayne, who died in 1979, also is buried there. The Bryants and seven others were killed in a Jan. 26 helicopter crash. The retired basketball superstar, his daughter and the other victims will be honored at a Feb. 24 public memorial at Staples Center, where Bryant starred for most of his 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers. The date 2/24 corresponds with the No. 24 jersey he wore and the No. 2 worn by Gianna, whose team was coa...
SPORTS: Basketball Africa League Names Two-Time NBA All-Star Luol Deng as League’s Global Ambassador

SPORTS: Basketball Africa League Names Two-Time NBA All-Star Luol Deng as League’s Global Ambassador

BASKETBALL, Sports
Deng was a member of the Great Britain National Team in the 2012 Olympic Games in London and captained Team Africa in the NBA Africa Games in 2015 and 2017JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, February 11, 2020/ -- The Basketball Africa League (BAL) today named two-time NBA All-Star and 2012 Olympian Luol Deng as BAL Global Ambassador.  Following his retirement from an NBA career that spanned 15 years, Deng will help grow the BAL’s profile throughout Africa and around the world, while inspiring African youth through basketball.“I am thrilled to work with Luol in his new role as BAL Global Ambassador,” said BAL President, Amadou Gallo Fall.  “He has been a great leader and an inspiring role model.  His remarkable basketball journey includes an extraordinary 15-year NBA car...
FEATURE STORIES: No sign of engine failure in Kobe Bryant helicopter crash.

FEATURE STORIES: No sign of engine failure in Kobe Bryant helicopter crash.

BASKETBALL, FEATURE STORIES, Sports
Wreckage at the scene of the helicopter crash that killed NBA great Kobe Bryant and eight others showed no evidence of engine failure, a preliminary report from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said Friday. Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna were among the nine who perished when the helicopter crashed in rugged terrain west of Los Angeles on January 26. “All significant components of the helicopter were located within the wreckage area,” according to the report. “Examination of the main and tail rotor assemblies found damage consistent with powered rotation at the time of impact. “Viewable sections of the engines showed no evidence of an uncontained or catastrophic internal failure. “The No. 2 engine first-stage compressor blades exhibited tip c...
SPORTS: LeBron James honors Kobe Bryant at Lakers’ first game since crash

SPORTS: LeBron James honors Kobe Bryant at Lakers’ first game since crash

BASKETBALL, Sports
A sea of purple and gold 8's and 24's flooded the court in Staples Center on Friday night as the Los Angeles Lakers paid tribute to their former teammate, the late Kobe Bryant. A pre-game ceremony was dedicated to the NBA legend, who, along with his daughter and seven others, died in a helicopter crash in California last Sunday.  Along with Usher, who sang "Amazing Grace," and Boyz II Men, who performed the national anthem, Laker LeBron James also gave an emotional tribute. Following a 24.2-second moment of silence for all of those who died in the crash, James wiped his tears, pocketed his pre-written speech, and told the assembled crowd, "I would be selling ya'll short if I read off this sh** so I'm coming straight from the heart."  "We're all grieving, we're all ...
INERNATIONAL: Investigators work to determine cause of Kobe Bryant helicopter crash.

INERNATIONAL: Investigators work to determine cause of Kobe Bryant helicopter crash.

BASKETBALL, INTERNATIONAL, KOBE BRYANT, Sports
US investigators are working to determine the causes of the helicopter crash that killed basketball star Kobe Bryant in California on Sunday. All nine people on board the helicopter died, including Bryant’s 13-year-old daughter, Gianna. Investigators are expected to focus on the weather conditions, which were foggy, and on any mechanical failures that may have occurred. Bryant was considered to be one of the greatest players in the game’s history. He was a five-time NBA champion for his only team, the Los Angeles Lakers, and a double Olympic gold medallist. He retired in April 2016. Tributes from fans, fellow basketball players and other public figures have been pouring in from around the world while fans congregate at a makeshift memorial for the player in front o...
SPORTS: Kobe Bryant, daughter Gianna die in helicopter crash.

SPORTS: Kobe Bryant, daughter Gianna die in helicopter crash.

BASKETBALL, INTERNATIONAL, Sports
Basketball lost one of its greatest competitors and most accomplished players Sunday when Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter crash in California. The five-time NBA champion and two-time Olympic gold medalist was 41. Bryant was riding in an S-76 helicopter Sunday when it crashed just before 10 a.m. into a hillside near Calabasas, Calif., roughly 30 miles northwest of Los Angeles. The flight manifest listed nine people on board — one pilot and eight passengers — and there were no survivors, according to local authorities. Gianna Bryant, the former player’s 13-year-old daughter, was confirmed dead. “For 20 seasons, Kobe showed us what is possible when remarkable talent blends with an absolute devotion to winning,” NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said in...