Accidents

Wearing a Kobe Bryant No. 8 Lakers jersey, Olivia Tyler, 19, of Simi Valley, Calif., views the memorial at the Mamba Sports Academy in Thousand Oaks, Calif., and pray for the families of the victims of the Sunday helicopter crash that took the lives of the former Lakers star and eight others, Monday morning, Jan. 27, 2020. Tyler said she has idolized Bryant for years and that she previously played at the sports academy but before Bryant bought it. She met him at a UCLA basketball game in 2017 and he gave her a high-five. "Kobe taught me a lot about being the first person in the gym and the last one out," she said. (AP Photo/Stefanie Dazio)
January 27, 2020 - 10:16 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Post has placed a political reporter on administrative leave after she tweeted a link to a story about rape allegations against NBA superstar Kobe Bryant, who was killed Sunday. Dozens of journalists at the newspaper criticized the decision. Reporter Felicia Sonmez'...
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FILE - In this Dec. 19, 2014 file photo, Brazilian author Paulo Coelho appears during an interview at his apartment, in Geneva, Switzerland. Kobe Bryant and Coelho were working together on a children's book since August of last year, but the author decided to delete the draft hours after he learned the 18-time All-Star who won five NBA championships had died at age 41 in a helicopter crash Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Boris Heger, File)
January 27, 2020 - 7:31 pm
SAO PAULO (AP) — Kobe Bryant and Brazilian writer Paulo Coelho were working together on a children's book, but the author of “The Alchemist” said he deleted the draft after Bryant's death in a helicopter crash. The 72-year-old novelist told The Associated Press on Monday that the two men started...
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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)
January 27, 2020 - 2:37 pm
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...
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FILE - In this May 21, 2012 file photo Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant (24) walks off the court in Game 5 of an NBA basketball Western Conference semifinal playoff series game against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Oklahoma City. 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. He was 41. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams, file)
January 27, 2020 - 1:49 pm
Kobe Bryant was barely a few years into his post-NBA life when it was suddenly cut short in a helicopter crash so unimaginable that we had to keep reminding ourselves it actually did happen. The greats just aren’t supposed to die like that. It’s so overwhelming that it’s difficult to process the...
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FILE - In this Sept. 28, 2011, file photo, U.S. basketball star Kobe Bryant plays with a ball during a sponsor's appearance in Milan, Italy. In Europe where Bryant grew up, the retired NBA star is being remembered for his "Italian qualities." Italian basketball federation president Giovanni Petrucci tells The Associated Press that Bryant is "particularly important to us because he knew Italy so well, having lived in several cities here. He had a lot of Italian qualities." (AP Photo/Luca Bruno, File)
January 27, 2020 - 1:13 pm
ROME (AP) — For a city already familiar with losing a basketball hero, Kobe Bryant’s death made a particularly strong impact in the Italian town of Rieti. Nicknamed “the center of Italy” for its geographic location amid the Apennine Mountains, Rieti was the first stop on Bryant’s seven-year...
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Australia's Nick Kyrgios walks onto Rod Laver Arena wearing a shirt as a tribute to Kobe Bryant ahead of his fourth round singles match against Spain's Rafael Nadal at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Monday, Jan. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
January 27, 2020 - 8:48 am
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Nick Kyrgios wore a Los Angeles Lakers No. 8 jersey to honor Kobe Bryant on Monday ahead of his most important match of the Australian Open against top-ranked Rafael Nadal, paying his respects without needing to say a word. Fifteen-year-old Coco Gauff had Bryant's...
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FILE - In this Jan. 19, 1996, file photo Kobe Bryant dunks the ball at his Lower Merion, Pa., high school gym during a practice. Bryant, a five-time NBA champion and a two-time Olympic gold medalist, died in a helicopter crash in California on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Rusty Kennedy, File)
January 27, 2020 - 8:23 am
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Kobe Bryant was “an outstanding and true Olympic champion,” IOC President Thomas Bach said Monday. The basketball great, who was killed in a helicopter crash near Los Angeles on Sunday, helped the United States win Olympic gold medals at the 2008 Beijing Games and the...
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United States' Coco Gauff, left, and compatriot Caty McNally wear a tribute to Kobe Bryant on their shoes during their doubles match against Japan's Shuko Aoyama amd Ena Shibahara at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Monday, Jan. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)
January 27, 2020 - 5:00 am
BEIJING (AP) — Kobe Bryant was a hugely popular figure in Asia, no more so than in China where basketball rivals soccer as the most popular sport. However, his death Sunday in a helicopter accident comes at an awkward time between the country and the league. National broadcaster CCTV pulled all NBA...
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YG, from left, John Legend, Kirk Franklin, DJ Khaled and Meek Mill point to a screen showing Nipsey Hussle and Kobe Bryant during a tribute at the 62nd annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
January 27, 2020 - 3:07 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — From the red carpet to the main stage, sadness loomed over music’s biggest night Sunday at the arena in downtown Los Angeles where Kobe Bryant played for 20 years for the city's NBA team. Bryant's death in a helicopter crash earlier in the day was acknowledged in the opening...
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This undated photo released by Orange Coast College shows its head baseball coach John Altobelli. The Altobelli family has confirmed that John Altobelli, his wife Keri and daughter Alyssa were among those killed in the helicopter crash with NBA icon Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna in Calabasas, Calif., Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020. Alyssa played on the same team as Gianna, said Altobelli's brother Tony, who is the sports information director at the school. (Orange Coast College via AP)
January 27, 2020 - 2:33 am
CALABASAS, Calif. (AP) — John Altobelli, the longtime baseball coach at Orange Coast College, was killed along with his wife and daughter in the helicopter crash Sunday that also took the lives of Kobe Bryant and the retired NBA superstar's daughter, Gianna. The 56-year-old Altobelli died along...
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