5 Inspiring Kobe Quotes "We all have self-doubt. You don't deny it, but you also don't capitulate to it. You embrace it." "I don't want to be the next Michael Jordan, I only want to be Kobe Bryant." "The most important thing is to try and inspire people so that they can be great in whatever they want to do." "We can always kind of be average and do what’s normal. I’m not in this to do what’s normal." "Haters are a good problem to have. Nobody hates the good ones. They hate the great ones."
Antonio Brown Granted Bail While Facing 3 Charges Brown currently faces three charges after turning himself in following an arrest warrant issued in Broward County. The charges include felony burglary with battery, burglary of an unoccupied conveyance and criminal mischief. Brown is alleged to have physically assaulted a moving truck driver earlier this week. The former NFL star is accused of throwing a rock at the driver's truck before a scuffle outside Brown's home. Brown was able to secure a bond to cover his bail set at $100,000. His trainer, Glenn Holt, was also arrested for his alleged involvement in the incident. Brown's off-the-field issues continue to pile up, causing more skepticism to grow over a plausible return to football.
Eric Gordon scored a career-high 50 points to lead the short-handed Houston Rockets to a 126-117 victory over the Utah Jazz without James Harden and Russell Westbrook
Breanna Stewart made her return to the court nine months after rupturing her right Achilles tendon as the U.S. women's national team beat No. 4 UConn 79-64 in an exhibition game
Serena Williams Makes Shocking Exit From 2020 Australian Open On Jan. 24, tennis legend Serena Williams was defeated by Qiang Wang in the third round of the 2020 Australian Open. Her loss came as a shock to many, as Williams was seeded at No. 8 and had previously won the tournament seven times. In the first set, Wang, seeded at No. 27, dominated with a score of 6-4. Williams managed to bounce back and force a tie-breaker in the second set, winning 7-2 against Wang. Her luck came to a halt in the third set however, as Wang finished the match with a 7-5 win. Her loss and subsequent exit from the Australian Open marks Williams’s earliest exit ever from the tournament. When asked about the match afterwards, Williams said she was shocked by the outcome. Serena Williams, via ‘Washington Post’ She went on to say that the way she played was “unprofessional” and that she couldn’t afford to play like that “at this stage of [her] career.” Serena Williams, via ‘Washington Post’
Kobe Bryant and Brazilian writer Paulo Coelho were working together on a children's book, but the author of “The Alchemist” says he decided to delete the draft after Bryant's death
LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo Named All-Star Game Captains LeBron and Giannis led the Western and Eastern Conferences in fan votes for the second year in a row. All 10 starters for the 2020 NBA All-Star Game were announced on Thursday night. Joining LeBron from the Western Conference are James Harden, Anthony Davis, Kawhi Leonard and Luka Doncic. Kemba Walker, Trae Young, Pascal Siakam and Joel Embiid were chosen alongside Giannis from the Eastern Conference. James and Antetokounmpo will choose the rosters based on the pool of starters and reserves from each conference. James led all players in voting and was named to his 16th All-Star team. He trails only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Kobe Bryant for the most selections in NBA history. The 2020 NBA All-Star Game will take place on Feb. 16 in Chicago.
Philadelphia Flyers Mascot Gritty Under Investigation for Assault Police in Philadelphia are reportedly investigating an assault accusation against Gritty, the official mascot of the Flyers, the city’s National Hockey League team. Gritty is being accused of punching a 13-year-old boy in 2019 during a photo opportunity for season ticket holders. The boy is said to have patted Gritty on the head before walking away which prompted the mascot to take a “running start” and punch the boy “as hard as he could.” According to the boy’s father, Chris Greenwell, the punch caused a “contusion” to his son’s “lower thoracic spine,” otherwise known as a bruise. Greenwell initially attempted to handle the situation directly with the Flyers, asking the team to apologize and do “something special” for his son. However, his communication with the team allegedly “went south,” prompting him to file an official police complaint. The Flyers have since denied any wrongdoing by Gritty, saying they found “nothing to support [Greenwell’s] claim.” Flyers spokesperson, to ‘The Philadelphia Inquirer’