Kobe Bryant dead at 41 after helicopter crash, according to report

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Bryant leaves behind a rich NBA legacy.

Kobe Bryant has died after a helicopter crash in California, according to a report by TMZ.

Bryant was on a flight that was over the L.A. county suburb of Calabasas when the helicopter reportedly crashed. A tweet by the LA County Sherriff’s office confirmed that five people were on board the flight when it crashed, and confirmed there were no survivors. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski confirmed that Bryant was on board during the accident.

The identities of the other four people involved has not been revealed by law enforcement at this time.

The Los Angeles Times offered more information on the crash itself, indicating that it happened in the hills over Calabasas shortly after 10 a.m. local time. The newspaper reported that no homes or other bystanders were impacted by the crash.

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This Year’s World Series Matchup

The Chicago Cubs and the Cleveland Indians are going to compete in this year’s World Series. The last time the Cubs won the World Series was in 1908. They last competed in a World Series in 1945. The Cubs gained several notable players in recent years though the draft, trades, and free agency. The new roster helped them improve enough to advance to the World Series this year.

The Cleveland Indians made it to the Fall Classic in 1995 and 1997, but the team has not won a World Series since 1948. Before the Cleveland Cavaliers won the NBA title in June, no professional sports team in the city had won a championship in 52 years.

When and Where Will the World Series Games Be Played?

The first two games in the 2016 World Series will be played on October 25 and 26 in Cleveland. Games 3, 4, and 5 will be played on October 28, 29, and 30 (if necessary) in Chicago. The sixth and seventh games, if they are necessary, will take place in Cleveland on November 1 and 2.

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Los Angeles Lakers

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Boston Celtics

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San Antonio Spurs

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Portland Trail Blazers

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2016 NBA Preseason Games

October 2 – Houston Rockets vs. Shanghai Sharks in Houston, Texas
October 3 – Memphis Grizzlies vs. Orlando Magic in Memphis, Tennessee
October 3 – Phoenix Suns vs. San Antonio Spurs in Phoenix, Arizona
October 3 – Portland Trailblazers vs. Utah Jazz in Portland, Oregon
October 3 – Chicago Bulls vs. Milwaukee Bucks in Chicago, Illinois
October 3 – Dallas Mavericks vs. Charlotte Hornets in Dallas, Texas
October 4 – Philadelphia 76ers vs. Boston Celtics in Amherst, Massachusetts
October 4 – Los Angeles Lakers vs. Sacramento Kings in Anaheim, California
October 4 – Houston Rockets vs. New York Knicks in Houston, Texas
October 4 – Washington Wizards vs. Miami Heat in Washington, DC
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October 5 – Phoenix Suns vs. Utah Jazz in Phoenix, Arizona
October 5 – Los Angeles Clippers vs. Toronto Raptors in Los Angeles, California
October 6 – Memphis Grizzlies vs. Atlanta Hawks in Memphis, Tennessee
October 6 – Brooklyn Nets vs. Detroit Pistons in Brooklyn, New York
October 6 – Charlotte Hornets vs. Boston Celtics in Greensboro, North Carolina
October 6 – Indiana Pacers vs. Chicago Bulls in Indianapolis, Indiana
October 7 – Portland Trail Blazers vs. Phoenix Suns in Portland, Oregon
October 7 – Los Angeles Lakers vs. Denver Nuggets in Los Angeles, California
October 8 – Boston Celtics vs. Charlotte Hornets in Uncasville, Connecticut

Are NFL Preseason Games Worth Going To? Absolutely!

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Coaches Are Testing New Players

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See Rookies Compete for the First Time

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Brady’s Bunch: Tom Brady and His Legal Team File for En Banc Rehearing

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Deflategate might become synonymous with fighting for the “fundamental rights of American workers,” according to an ESPN article stating that Ted Olson, who leads Tom Brady’s legal team, is filing for an en banc rehearing of his four-game suspension. That means that all the judges of the 2nd Circuit Court are requested to rehear the case together. Whether or not it will happen remains to be seen, but Lester Munson, Legal Analyst writing for ESPN, speculates that Brady and his bunch of lawyers and scholars have a bigger goal in mind—the Supreme Court.

Deflategate in the Supreme Court

Why the speculation that Brady might be trying to stand before the highest court in the United States? One reason may be that Olson has garnered several amicus briefs—think of them like letters from a friend in one’s defense. According to Munson, this is common in the Supreme Court but not in lower courts. The argument, according to Olson, is not really about the suspension anymore. Focus has shifted to labor arbitration, and this is another reason Munson speculates that this case is headed for the Supreme Court.

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Perhaps the 2nd Circuit Court will rehear the case. Perhaps enough of them (four of eight) will decide to rule in Brady’s favor. If this happens, Brady might get to play for the entirety of the 2016 NFL season. Olson is arguing that Goodell made some errors, which include destroying Brady’s cell phone in the course of the Deflategate investigation.

If the 2nd Circuit Court elects not to rehear the case, or if they rehear it and do not overturn the previous ruling, we might in fact see Tom Brady marching his team of lawyers, scholars, professors, and engineers up the steps of the Supreme Court.

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Cable Car Named after Giants Hall of Famer Willie Mays

Barack Obama with Willie Mays
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Willie Mays, the former Giants center fielder and member of the Baseball Hall of Fame, received a new honor on Friday, May 6, his 85th birthday. One of San Francisco’s famous cable cars was named after him.

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s director of transportation, Ed Reiskin, said both Mays and the city’s cable cars are iconic. He believes naming one of the cable cars after the Hall of Famer was a fitting tribute. The cable car named after Mays was No. 24, which is his old jersey number that the Giants have retired.

Cable car No. 24 was originally constructed in 1887 and was rebuilt by Muni craft workers in 1958. That was the same year that Mays and the Giants moved west from New York to San Francisco. The cable car represented the city at the Chicago Railroad Fair in 1948 and in Los Angeles in 1950.

Malcolm Heinicke, Mays’ friend and lawyer, came up with the idea to name the cable car after Mays after riding on the car with his son, Al, who noted that the cable car had the same number as Mays’ old jersey. Heinicke suggested naming the car after Mays to Mayor Ed Lee at the Giants’ World Series celebration that was held at the White House this June.

President Obama sent a videotaped speech praising Mays for his accomplishments on the field. Mays played in 24 All-Star Games and was named Most Valuable Player twice. Obama presented Mays with the Presidential Medal of Freedom last year.

Mays took a ride on the newly dedicated cable car along with several city officials and other dignitaries. He spoke before the dedication and became emotional as he thanked many people for the good things they have done for him. Fans lined up to have their pictures taken with Mays.

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Von Miller-Broncos Salary Negotiations at a Standstill

Von Miller (Broncos)
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Von Miller and the Denver Broncos are currently embroiled in contract discussions that seem to be at a standstill. The Super Bowl MVP is not practicing with the team this week. If the contract negotiations continue to stall, he may not attend the Broncos’ summer minicamp or training camp.

The two sides are far apart. Yahoo! Sports reported that two sources have said Denver is offering around $18 million per season, or around $90 million over five seasons, and Miller is seeking around $22 million per season, or $110 million for five years.

The Broncos have taken a tough stance in contract negotiations with other players, including the following:

• Derek Wolfe
• Malik Jackson
• Brock Osweiler
• Danny Trevathan
• Ryan Clady
• Russell Okung
• Colin Kaepernick.

The team did not extend the contracts of Osweiler, Jackson, and Trevathan for various reasons.

General Manager John Elway and Director of Football Administration Mike Sullivan have been trying to limit the amount the team pays for players. Elway considers Miller a vital member of the team. Sullivan has been figuring out “salary slots” where each player falls. He also did that for free agent negotiations with other players. Sullivan has been leading the negotiations with Miller.

The Broncos are not considering Miller’s open market value because he currently has a franchise tag that they are using to keep him for this season and possibly the next. The Broncos used an exclusive rights tag for Miller that only allows him to negotiate with that team.

The Broncos estimate that they could keep Miller for two seasons for $32 million. That means the $18 million per season the Broncos have offered Miller is more than they would otherwise have paid. The offer would also make Miller the second-highest-paid defensive player in the NFL.

Unlike other players on the Broncos who recently negotiated their contracts, Miller has a successful and proven track record. Miller argues that he is the most versatile pass rusher in the NFL and possibly the most important member of the defense that won the Super Bowl. In five seasons, Miller has had 60 sacks (71 according to Pro Football Focus), four Pro Bowls, a Super Bowl MVP, and defensive rookie of the year.

Since he played his first five years under the new labor agreement, Miller earned less than $6 million per year. He was suspended in 2013 for using drugs but was released in 2015 after passing every test for two years. He recovered from a 2013 ACL injury and had two strong seasons.

Derek Wolfe, a defensive end, signed a four-year, $36.7 million contract with the Broncos less than two months before becoming a free agent. He could have earned much more in free agency. Some people believe that encouraged Denver to seek discounts for all of its players.

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Men’s and Women’s NCAA Basketball Brackets Released

NCAA Tickets - buyTickets.comThe 2016 NCAA college basketball brackets have been announced, and Americans are getting ready to figure out which teams will advance to the championship. The top teams are clear, but as anyone who follows college basketball knows, a stunning upset can happen at any time.

  • In the men’s championship, the top-seeded Kansas Jayhawks are led by head coach Bill Self. They won their 12th consecutive regular Big 12 title with their win over Texas Tech on February 27. Kansas is in the midst of the longest active consecutive title streak in the country.
  • The Michigan State Spartans are currently ranked No. 2. The team is coached by Tom Izzo. They made it to the NCAA Final Four six times from 1999 to 2010 and won the title in 2000. The team has been chosen for 18 consecutive tournament bids with Izzo as coach. They have won one NCAA championship, made it to two NCAA championship games, and advanced to the Final Four seven times.
  • The Tar Heels from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are the team currently ranked third. They are led by head coach Roy Williams, who is in his 13th season. The Tar Heels made it to the championship of the Atlantic Coast conference last year.
  • The fourth-ranked Cavaliers represent the University of Virginia. Head coach Tony Bennett is in his 7th season leading the team. Last year the Cavaliers finished first in the ACC for the second season in a row.

In the NCAA Women’s Division, No. 1 seeds were awarded to UConn, South Carolina, Notre Dame, and Baylor. Each of these teams won its respective conference regular season and tournament championships.

  • UConn is hoping to win its 11th national championship and to become the first women’s basketball team to win the title four years in a row. The team, coached by Geno Auriemma, has won 69 consecutive games, the third-longest streak in the team’s and NCAA Division 1 women’s basketball history.
  • South Carolina is a No. 1 seed for the third year in a row. The women are hoping to win the championship for the first time under Coach Dawn Staley.
  • Notre Dame has advanced to the Final Four the past five years. They are looking for their second overall win with Coach Muffet McGraw.
  • Baylor won the Big 12 Conference regular season and tournament. They are hoping for their third NCAA championship win. The team is coached by Kim Mulkey.

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The 5 Greatest WrestleMania Main Events of All Time

The Undertaker at WrestleMania 25


WrestleMania 32 is just one month away – and with Triple H defending his title against Roman Reigns, The Undertaker taking on Shane McMahon in a Hell in a Cell match with McMahon’s inheritance at stake, and now even rumors of Goldberg’s return to the ring flying, there’s a lot for WWE fans to look forward to. Luckily we’re here to help take the edge off by remembering some of the greatest moments of past WrestleMania events. Read More