Mural dedicated to Kobe Bryant, his daughter appears in Los Angeles

first_imgJanuary 28, 2020 /Sports News – National Mural dedicated to Kobe Bryant, his daughter appears in Los Angeles FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailKABC-TV(LOS ANGELES) — Los Angeles has a new mural to honor basketball legend Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, who died with seven others in a helicopter crash on Sunday.As tributes and memorials pour in from all over the world for the former Los Angeles Lakers star, a mural dedicated to the father and daughter has already gone up in the Mid-City neighborhood of Los Angeles, according to ABC News station KGO-TV.Bryant, 41, and his daughter were painted less than 24-hours after their deaths. The mural shows them smiling cheek-to-cheek with black script over a white ribbon that reads, “Kobe & Gigi Forever. Daddy’s Girl.”Bryant and those who died in the crash were flying from Orange County, where Bryant has a home in Newport Park, to the Mamba Sports Academy in Thousand Oaks, where Bryant hosted basketball clinics. Bryant’s daughter’s basketball team was scheduled to play in the Mamba Cup, a youth basketball tournament that’s named after Bryant’s moniker.Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti described Bryant in a statement as a “giant who inspired, amazed and thrilled people everywhere with his incomparable skill on the court — and awed us with his intellect and humility as father, husband, creative genius and ambassador for the game he loved.”“He will live forever in the heart of Los Angeles, and will be remembered through the ages as one of our greatest heroes,” Garcetti said. “This is a moment that leaves us struggling to find words that express the magnitude of shock and sorrow we are all feeling right now, and I am keeping Kobe’s entire family in my prayers at this time of unimaginable grief.”Other victims killed in the crash included John Altobelli, a local college baseball coach, as well as his wife, Kerri Altobelli, and his daughter, Alyssa Altobelli. Christina Mauser, an assistant girls basketball coach for a private school in Orange County, was also killed in the crash, her husband confirmed on Facebook.Two other people aboard the doomed flight were identified as Sarah and Peyton Chester, ABC News has confirmed.The identity of the one other victim, the pilot, remains unconfirmed.Bryant is survived by his wife Vanessa, and three daughters, Natalia, Bianca and Capri. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. Written bycenter_img Beau Lundlast_img read more

‘Near-isolation’ – coronavirus throws S. Korea Olympic plans into chaos

first_imgUnless exemptions are granted, the measures make it impossible for South Koreans to take part in international competitions in those countries – costing them ranking points and sometimes putting Olympic qualification in doubt.The national judo team were planning to arrive in Russia next week for the Ekaterinburg Grand Slam from March 13 to 15. But on Wednesday, Moscow announced its two-week quarantine.Most of the remaining judo competitions are in countries that already have entry bans, including Turkey, Mongolia and Qatar.“What’s really hard is that the list is getting longer and the situation is changing nearly every hour,” said an official from the Korea Judo Association, which is trying to secure exemptions from Russian authorities.He still expected the South to compete in most of the 14 weight classes in Tokyo.“But you never know with sports,” he added, “because an underdog could suddenly emerge at the Grand Slam or Grand Prix and one of our athletes could lose their spot by just a point or so.”– ‘Really difficult’ –Archery and taekwondo were South Korea’s most successful disciplines in Rio, with five medals each.South Korean Olympic champion Park In-bee left for the US a week earlier than scheduled amid concerns Washington could impose an entry ban South Korea came eighth in the medal table at the Rio 2016 Olympics with 21 medals, nine of them gold Read Also: How the coronavirus has hit global sportThey have already been forced to drop out of the 2020 World Tour Platinum in Doha this week, and while they have secured a spot at the Games, missing international competitions would deprive them of chances to improve their world rankings and Olympic seedings.“We don’t know which country will be next in banning South Korean arrivals so going abroad as soon as possible is the safest bet,” the KTTA official said.KTTA chief Ryu Seung-min was due to meet International Table Tennis Federation officials this week in Singapore – which has imposed an entry ban.“If even this can’t be done, we are in near-isolation,” Ryu wrote on his Facebook page.For the weightlifters, the situation is even more precarious – Olympic spots are allocated at the end of April based on ranking points at six competitions since 2018, and the South Korean team has only taken part in five so far.The sixth was going to be the East Asian Championships in Seoul in February, but the event was postponed over the coronavirus. Next month’s Asian Championships in Uzbekistan are in doubt, on top of which the country has a quarantine requirement.“At this point, no one knows who is going to the Olympics,” a Korea Weightlifting Federation official told AFP.The Korean Sport and Olympic Committee said it had implemented safety measures including banning athletes from leaving the national training camp in Jincheon, which was being disinfected on a daily basis, and was in talks with the International Olympic Committee to try to ensure continued participation.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… But the country’s Olympic archery trials were postponed indefinitely this week due to the virus, and once selected the team were to take part in the Archery World Cup in May in Antalya, Turkey – which has an entry ban.Similarly the taekwondo team would normally compete at the Asian Championships in Beirut in May, and officials are seeking an exemption from Lebanon’s entry ban.South Korean boxers taking part in the current Asian Olympic qualifying tournament in Jordan – which has also imposed an entry ban – were only allowed into the country after testing negative for the virus.“It was a really difficult journey,” trainer Lee Sang-wook wrote on his Instagram account.Some stars rushed out of South Korea as the infection numbers climbed, to avoid the risk of restrictions.South Korea dominates women’s golf, with six of the top 13 in the current LPGA rankings. Three of its players including Olympic champion Park In-bee left for the US a week earlier than scheduled amid concerns Washington could impose an entry ban, while world number one Ko Jin-young cancelled a trip home.– Ping pong diplomacy –The table tennis team is considering heading abroad later this month and staying away to escape potential disruptions, an official at the Korea Table Tennis Association said.South Korea’s table tennis team is considering heading abroad later this month and staying away to escape potential disruptionscenter_img But it also has the largest number of reported novel coronavirus cases in the world outside China, with the national total passing 6,000 on Thursday, less than five months before the Tokyo Olympics. Scores of countries and regions have imposed travel restrictions and more than 20 – including Olympic host Japan – have ordered two weeks’ quarantine on arrivals from South Korea. Around 40 others have barred foreigners who have recently been in the country. Promoted Content11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top7 Netflix Shows Cancelled Because They Don’t Get The Ratings9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo6 Extreme Facts About Hurricanes2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseWhat Is A Black Hole In Simple Terms?8 Fascinating Facts About CoffeeCan You Recognize These Cute Celeb Baby Faces? Travel restrictions around the world on arrivals from virus-hit South Korea are plunging its Olympic preparations into turmoil, with some athletes considering self-imposed exile and some at risk of missing the Games altogether. South Korea has the largest number of reported novel coronavirus cases in the world outside China South Korea is a country that takes the Olympics seriously, coming eighth in the medal table at Rio 2016 with nine golds, and fifth at London 2012 with 13.Advertisementlast_img read more

Man United Host Liverpool, Eager to Slow Reds’ Title Challenge

first_imgKnowing this, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says his side will do everything they can to get a result today.The Merseysiders travel to United sitting second in the Premier League, but with this afternoon’s clash being their game in hand on leaders Manchester City, the Reds will go back to the top of the table if they avoid defeat at Old Trafford.“It’s a big one,” said the German. “They are in a good moment, physically strong, defend and attack well. Full of confidence. We will try everything to get a result there.“They’re full of confidence, that’s clear. We will go there as good as possible prepared. You never know. It’s open until the final whistle. We try and use that time.”However, United are going for a 12th win in 14 matches in all competitions since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer replaced previous manager Jose Mourinho in December.In fact, United remain unbeaten in nine league matches, having last tasted defeat at Anfield in December – a 3-1 loss that brought the end of Mourinho’s reign.And Solskjaer knows all about eagerly-anticipated encounters with Liverpool.“I’ve played in a few of these myself and I know the magnitude of it for the fans, for everyone who works here, the staff,” said United’s caretaker boss.“There have been many comments about, ‘this is the big one’ and ‘we’re looking forward to this one’.“Then it’s our job to be focusing and channelling all that energy into performance mode. It’s not about emotions.“I understand that emotion can be brought into it, but we have to stay focused and controlled but with some fight in us as well.”Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard could return for Unoited today. The duo were expected to be out until early March with injuries sustained against Paris Saint-Germain, but both may be available for Liverpool’s visit, with Solskjaer more optimistic about Martial (groin) than Lingard (hamstring).David de Gea is set to return in goal after Sergio Romero started Monday’s FA Cup win at Chelsea. Antonio Valencia, Matteo Darmian and Marcos Rojo are still fighting their way back from injury.Liverpool will still be missing the likes of Dejan Lovren (hamstring), Joe Gomez (ankle) and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (knee) with injury, but Virgil van Dijk does return after being suspended for Tuesday’s Champions League draw with Bayern Munich.Liverpool won the reverse fixture 3-1 and are looking to do the league double over Manchester United for the first time since 2013-14. They’re already the side to do the Premier League double over the Red Devils more than any other in the competition (4).Only Manchester City and Chelsea (6 each) have won more Premier League away games against Manchester United than Liverpool (5).Manchester United are on the longest current unbeaten run in the Premier League (W8 D1), and their longest run without defeat in the competition since October 2017 (10 games).DStv and GOtv viewers can choose between the United-Liverpool game or the Arsenal-Southampton match, both starting at 3:05pm. The Gunners are looking to avenge their surprise 3-2 defeat at the hands of Southampton from December 2018.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Demola OjoManchester United host Liverpool today, hoping to put a dent in their bitter rivals’ push for a first league title in 29 years.Between then – when Liverpool were by far the preeminent team in England – and now, United have been champions 13 times, in the process usurping their rivals to become the number one team in England with 20 league titles to the Reds’ 18.last_img read more