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FILE - In this July 26, 2018 file photo former Los Angeles Laker Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna watch the U.S. national championships swimming meet in Irvine, Calif. 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. Gianna also died in the crash. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, file)
January 28, 2020 - 12:27 pm
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Kobe Bryant always had an interest in women's basketball, one that he shared with many in the sport even before his daughter Gianna started excelling at the game. Whether it was mentoring players like Diana Taurasi, Jewell Loyd and Sabrina Ionescu or working out with Gabby...
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Iowa guard Joe Wieskamp celebrates during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Wisconsin, Monday, Jan. 27, 2020, in Iowa City, Iowa. Iowa won 68-62. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
January 28, 2020 - 3:52 am
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Iowa has a big week ahead in the Big Ten race. The No. 18 Hawkeyes have two games against ranked league opponents this week, the first when they visit No. 15 Maryland on Thursday. Then comes a Sunday visit from No. 19 Illinois, which entered the week tied with No. 14 Michigan...
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United States' Breanna Stewart, center, shoots between Connecticut's Christyn Williams, left, and Connecticut's Anna Makurat, right, in the second half of an exhibition basketball game, Monday, Jan. 27, 2020, in Hartford, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)
January 27, 2020 - 10:23 pm
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Breanna Stewart laced up her sneakers that were dedicated to Kobe Bryant and his daughter and took the court for her first game in nine months after rupturing her right Achilles tendon. She liked the results. “The first step was getting out there and playing, Obviously there...
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In this March 2, 2019 photo, Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna watch the first half of an NCAA college basketball game between Connecticut and Houston in Storrs, Conn. 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. Gianna also died in the crash. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)
January 27, 2020 - 7:05 pm
She had next. Her name was Gianna Maria Onore Bryant. The world, now and forever, knows her as Gigi. Her dad, Kobe Bryant, called her Mambacita. He was Mamba, of course, and she was going to be basketball’s female version of him. She was going to play at Connecticut and head to the WNBA. That was...
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January 27, 2020 - 5:09 pm
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Reigning national champion LSU is bringing back Bo Pelini as defensive coordinator, the position he held when the Tigers won a national championship in the 2007 season. Pelini, whose hiring was announced by coach Ed Orgeron on Monday, replaces Dave Aranda, who left the...
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Baylor guard MaCio Teague (31) celebrates after making a basket against the Florida during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020, in Gainesville, Fla. (AP Photo/Matt Stamey)
January 25, 2020 - 10:25 pm
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — MaCio Teague and Devonte Bandoo scored 16 points apiece and No. 1 Baylor extended its winning steak to 16 with a 72-61 victory over Florida in the Big 12/SEC Challenge on Saturday night. The Bears improved to 6-1 in the annual inter-conference series — the best record of...
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Kentucky's Immanuel Quickley (5) shoots the ball for three points during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Texas Tech, Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020, in Lubbock, Texas. (AP Photo/Brad Tollefson)
January 25, 2020 - 9:09 pm
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Nick Richards scored seven of his 25 points in overtime, including the game-deciding free throws with 10 seconds left, and No. 15 Kentucky beat No. 18 Texas Tech 76-74 in the only Big 12/SEC Challenge game Saturday featuring two ranked teams. Richards scored the first five...
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North quarterback Shea Patterson of Michigan (7) throws a pass during the first half of the Senior Bowl college football game Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020, in Mobile, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)
January 25, 2020 - 7:11 pm
MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Washington State quarterback Anthony Gordon is used to waiting his turn. Gordon, who didn't start until his senior year, led the North to three touchdowns in the third quarter in a 31-17 victory over the South in the Senior Bowl on Saturday. The Cougars' prolific passer entered...
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Southern Methodist guard Kendric Davis (3) handles the ball ahead of Memphis guard Alex Lomax (2) in the first half of an NCAA basketball game Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)
January 25, 2020 - 6:59 pm
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Kendric Davis had 20 points and five assists, Emmanuel Bandoumel added 14 and SMU used a late run to upset No. 20 Memphis 74-70 on Saturday. Isiaha Mike scored 13 points, all in the second half, and Tyson Jolly finished with 10 as the Mustangs (15-4, 5-2 American Athletic...
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Illinois guard Ayo Dosunmu (11) runs up court after hitting the go-ahead score with less than second remaining during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Michigan, Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020, in Ann Arbor, Mich. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
January 25, 2020 - 4:18 pm
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — As the final seconds ticked away in a tie game, Ayo Dosunmu was being guarded by Zavier Simpson, one of the top defenders in the Big Ten. “The one thing Ayo has is 6-(foot)-5,” Illinois coach Brad Underwood said. Dosunmu took advantage of his 5-inch height edge on Simpson,...
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