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Heisler: He was Kobe Bryant to the max to the end

first_imgThe Post came back with one headlined: “Perspective: A single action shouldn’t define Bryant. Nor should it be forgotten.”Of course, “complicated” is the media’s label in the absence of something deeper … what the Post’s Barry Svrluga called “the totality of a life – a life with layers, a life with chapters.”What we saw on the basketball court was an utterly fearless player running on pure defiance … hence his grisly shot selection. No one ever took so many bad shots for the simple reason that no one could make enough to stay on the floor.The test of his brilliance was his 45% career shooting mark with so many defenders’ hands in his face, belly-to-belly, staying down, not going for his repeated head-fakes … after which he jack-knifed backward and shot anyway.He wasn’t the best ever, but no one took your breath away the way he did. Covering him for 20 NBA seasons, through times we were close and times we weren’t, I used to remind myself to appreciate every moment.Michael Jordan was greater but insecure by comparison, a late-developing prospect who grew up competing with two older brothers, didn’t make the varsity as a 5-foot-11 sophomore in high school, and even after growing to 6-6 and becoming great, worried privately about being hauled off his pedestal.Kobe, precociously dutiful and heartbreakingly cute, was a godling as the adored youngest child with two older sisters, growing up in Italy where their father, Joe, was the first star his son idolized. Back in Lower Merion, Kobe was a phenom as a coltish 14-year-old incoming freshman, called “a blossoming marquee player” by the Philadelphia Inquirer before he played a game.In a subculture that runs on ambition, no one was like Kobe. He didn’t have goals, but something higher … a destiny.“I think everybody has a destiny,” he told me at 20, still too young to know better. “Some people just realize theirs sooner than others.”How old had he been?“Five,” he said.He walked the walk, too, working as no one ever had. It wasn’t a burden but a romantic quest.In 2015, he produced a TV bio, “Kobe Bryant’s Muse” – he was already asserting an iron-handed control of his narrative – in which he noted, “I didn’t realize it was work until my first year in the NBA.“When I came around, I was surrounded by other professionals and I thought basketball was going to be everything to them and it wasn’t.”Of course, being Kobe, he thought if he outworked everyone … and they obviously saw how great he was … they wouldn’t mind if he took their shots. It wasn’t selfishness – he always put winning first – but undiluted Kobe.He was as ferocious about his privacy. In 2001, he snarled at an Orange County Register writer after the paper ran a short item reporting his 2001 wedding.His parents and sisters hadn’t attended, nor had any teammates. The Bryants had moved west with Kobe – as he wanted them to – but their objection to his marriage after his whirlwind romance with Vanessa, who was in high school when she and Kobe met, blew everything up.Kobe evicted his parents from their Pacific Palisades home that he owned next to his. His sister, Shaya, who worked in the office of his agent, Arn Tellem, was fired.Kobe moved to Orange County, where Vanessa lived. After that, he commuted up the 405 from Newport Coast until later starting to go by helicopter.Chatting with him at the time, I asked about dealing with all that traffic.He said it was no problem. If it was bad, he would pull over to the side of the road and zoom past everyone.That was him, Kobe to the max, a force of his own in a world of his own, sweet-tempered and even boyish with the few he admitted as insiders … but no one to cross, even for immediate family.In 2013, he sued a Las Vegas auction house to stop his parents from selling some stuff he had left with them for $450,000. To settle it, Joe and Pam had to make a public apology “for any misunderstanding and unintended pain we have caused our son. … (We) appreciate the financial support he has provided over the years.”“Our relationship is …,” Kobe told ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne in 2016.“I say, ‘I’m going to buy you a very nice home.’ And the response is ‘That’s not good enough?’ Then you’re selling my (stuff)?”He had spent the middle years of his career falling out with everybody after his problems with O’Neal (and vice versa) obliged the Lakers to trade Shaq to Miami.Kobe even split with the Lakers in the summer of 2007, excoriating management on one show after another, demanding a trade to the Bulls, calling owner Jerry Buss an “idiot” on a fan’s video … before they got Pau Gasol in a new, harmonious lineup that Kobe led to his fourth and fifth titles in 2009-2010.In 2011, Vanessa filed for divorce but they reconciled in 2013. Kobe became unmistakably happier, even with the reverses at the end of his career after blowing out his Achilles in 2013.Once scorned around the league, he got an adoring farewell from fans who couldn’t imagine an NBA without him, leading All-Star vote-getters with almost twice the total of second-place LeBron James in 2016.In retirement, he went where no athlete had, winning an Academy Award for his animated short, “Dear Basketball.”Otherwise, he made a clean break with basketball … until his daughter, Gianna, fell in love with the game, prompting Kobe to come back as the coach of a team of teenage girls.Last week, quarterback-turned-sportscaster Danny Kanell posted a video of Gianna going one-on-one with her father at the Lakers’ facility.Kobe, playing defense, crowds her belly to belly, or his belly to her head. Gianna, who’s about 4-10 to his 6-6, pivots, turns her shoulder into him, pushes him backward, steps back and swishes a 15-footer.She waits to get the ball back, wanting only to go again … shooting over him, driving by him, laughing at him … which can only have thrilled Kobe, who knew the passion he saw running through his little daughter.On Jimmy Kimmel’s late-night talk show, Kobe laughed about Gianna rolling her eyes when she heard fans tell Kobe he needed a son to carry on his legacy (“She’s like, ‘Oy, I got this.’”)“I can’t stop crying,” Kanell wrote. “… Cherish every moment. Please.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“We’re not going to be able to say, ‘If we’d have stayed together, we could have got 10.’”Tuesday’s Laker-Clipper game was postponed. When the Lakers next played against Portland five days after that awful Sunday, players and fans were still hugging each other and telling each other to treasure the day – including LeBron James, wiping away a tear as he embraced Anthony Davis – as if at a wake. Coach Frank Vogel said afterward that his players went out to start the game with tears in their eyes.Media retrospectives paid tribute to Kobe’s greatness and noted he was “complicated.” Washington Post political writer Felicia Somnez was suspended for tweeting a reference to his 2003 arrest for sexual assault that was settled, after which 300 Post employees signed a letter in her defense.The New York Times ran a follow-up headlined: “Kobe Bryant and the Sexual Assault Case That Was Dropped but Not Forgotten.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img That was the week that was, when we lost Kobe and Gianna Bryant and seven more, the longest in Lakers history, except it wasn’t just theirs.It was nothing less than a global outpouring of grief, like that for Princess Diana. If there was no natural place to gather like Buckingham Palace in the middle of London, people wanted to be somewhere: LA Live across from Staples Center, Kobe’s Mamba Sports Academy in Thousand Oaks, the gated community in Newport Beach where the Bryants lived, the Calabasas helicopter crash site, at Kobe’s high school in Lower Merion, Pa., where he was booed for years after the Lakers beat the hometown 76ers in the 2001 Finals and, being Kobe, he said he wanted “to cut their hearts out.”A Youtube video of TNT’s Shaquille O’Neal mourning “my little brother” with tears streaming down his cheeks got 2.3 million views. In China, the hashtag for “Kobe has passed” drew 4.8 billion.“We’re not going to be able to joke at his Hall of Fame ceremony,” O’Neal said. “We’re not going to be able to say, ‘Ha, I got five (titles, as Kobe did), you got four (as Shaq did).’…last_img read more

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US congressional, military team arrives in Guyana

first_imgA team of United States congressmen and military officials has arrived in Guyana as part of its familiarisation visit which was confirmed by Government late last week.Among those who arrived so far are Congressman Bob Goodlatte; and US House Representatives John Rutherford, Mark Sandford, John Curtis, Todd Rokita, Richard Hudson, Steve Cohen, Scott Peters and Darrel Issa.The group is scheduled to meet with President David Granger and his Ministers for a private meeting today. The media have not been invited to any planned events for the visit.Last week, Minister of State Joseph Harmon had said that the team’s visit signals the growing confidence in the relationship between the two countries.The other members of the delegation are Sergeant First Class Alexander Morrow, Lieutenant Colonel Eric Hanson, Staff Sergeant Michael Layton, Lieutenant Colonel Sean Foster, Robert Goodlatte, Landon Sanford, Sue Curtis, Lynn Peters, Shelly Husband, Braden Ritchie, Eric Bagwell, Andrea Loving, Scott Bennett, and Jamie Miller.last_img read more

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Giants’ women broadcasters signal change in baseball’s old-boys club

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — Since the Giants opened a state-of-the-art waterfront ballpark in 2000, the franchise has cycled through three managers, four stadium names and several hundred players.There’s been just one public-address announcer. Renel Brooks-Moon has introduced every one of those players.“First of all, my mind is still blown that I’m here two decades,” Brooks-Moon said.As the first and only female African-American public address announcer in Major League Baseball — and still just one of …last_img

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Heart mended, Weber ready for Midmar Mile

first_img4 February 2014 Michelle Weber will be back to spearhead South Africa’s challenge in the aQuelle Midmar Mile this coming weekend after a third place finish last year. However, just being part of the event will be a blessing for the former youth world champion after a challenging 2013. In finishing third last year, she had followed American star Ashley Twichell and seven-time champion Keri-anne Payne across the finishing line and forced Hungarian superstar Katinka Hosszu, who went on to win the 200m and 400m individual medley at the World Championships in Barcelona, into fourth place. After that strong showing, Weber was on course for another impressive year and hoping to make a mark in Barcelona a year after winning the first ever World Youth Championships over five kilometres in Canada in 2012. However, what should have been one of the highlights of her life turned out to be a frightening experience.‘I had a heart problem’ Recalling what happened at the official press launch for the Midmar Mile in Pietermaritzburg late last week, she told SAinfo : “During the open water World Championships in Barcelona, I had a heart problem, where my heart was beating 240- plus beats per minute. “It was scary. At first, I was terrified. I thought I would have to stop swimming, but luckily I got to see a cardiologist just in time; I was really relieved.” Weber’s problem was caused by adrenaline, “so when I became excited or when I had a race my heart rate would go up and then I would stop and I just couldn’t carry on,” she explained.‘It’s all back to normal’ It was just two weeks after the World Championships that she underwent a heart procedure. “Most people have two major pathways to their heart. I had an extra one, so they just burnt that off. Now it’s all back to normal and I am back to training,” Weber said. In fact, she was back in the water after a break of only four weeks. Assessing her current form, she said: “My fitness is getting a lot better. I’m not in peak form, but I’m really happy where I am at the moment. “I think I am in good enough form to compete for a place in the top five. I’m just going to try my best. I always go to Midmar to have fun. That’s the main thing.”‘I was so, so happy’ Looking back on her showing in 2013’s Midmar Mile, Weber said: “Last year, I was so excited, even shocked after the race. I was so, so happy.” Now, the former two-time girls’ 13-and-under champion at the world’s largest open water swimming event, will have another opportunity to challenge some of the world’s best open water swimmers again, and no matter where she finishes, the fact that Michelle Weber will be in the race will be a victory in itself. The aQuelle Midmar Mile takes place on 8 and 9 February. A significant fund-raiser for charities, it is an event for everyone and participants include swimmers with multiple disabilities through to Olympic champions and world record holders.last_img read more

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4R Technology Review Field Day

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Harold Watters, Ohio State University ExtensionRegistration is currently underway for the 2018 4R Technology Review Field Day, hosted by the Ohio AgriBusiness Association, and featuring presentations by various OSU and USDA-ARS staff. This event will take place Tuesday, July 17, on one of the Blanchard River Demonstration Farms. Registration is free and includes a complimentary lunch. Sign-in begins at 8:30 AM, the event at 9:00 and will conclude around 4:00 PM.The program this year will be on the Kellogg Farm in Hardin County located at 17392 TR 50, Forest, Ohio 45843. A panel of Blanchard River Demonstration Network farmers will speak about their experiences – in the watershed and with nutrient management. Afternoon sessions include field demonstrations featuring fertilizer application equipment from ETS’ Soil Warrior, New Leader, Harvest International and John Deere.. This is an excellent opportunity to gain valuable information about nutrient management and water quality issues. Available will be CCA continuing education credits. A full agenda is viewable at https://agcrops.osu.edu/sites/agcrops/files/ohio_4r_tech_review_day_-_agenda_6-28-18.pdf For more details and to register, please visit the OABA event page: http://www.oaba.net/aws/OABA/pt/sd/calendar/67749/_PARENT/layout_details/false. The registration deadline for this event is Friday, July 13, so don’t miss out!last_img read more

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Adamson soars to third win, dumps TIP

first_imgPH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Read Next E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Unbeaten Ateneo streaks to 5th win, La Salle dumps San Beda Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  MOST READ Adamson’s Jema Galanza. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAdamson University picked up its third straight win in the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference after trouncing Technological Institute of the Philippines, 25-12, 25-14, 25-13, Saturday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The Lady Falcons top Group B with a 3-0 record while the Lady Engineers are at the opposite end of the spectrum with a 0-3 card.ADVERTISEMENT BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding View comments Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City LATEST STORIES Jema Galanza poured in 18 points to lead Adamson while getting ample support from Mary Joy Dacoron who had 12 points.The Lady Falcons ransacked TIP’s defense scoring on 44 spikes and 12 service aces while limiting the Lady Engineers to just 19 points off spikes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

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Lions out Eagles; Mbala a monster for Archers

first_imgJavee Mocon and AC Soberano chipped in nine points apiece for the Lions, who swept the elimination round at 8-0.“It’s really tough for Ateneo playing four games in five days,” said San Beda head coach Boyet Fernandez. “They were a bit tired.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutUnlike its fierce rival, defending champion La Salle got the job done against Letran behind Ben Mbala, who dominated the game with 45 points, 17 rebounds and four blocks.Ricci Rivero also contributed 17 points, five boards and five steals in his full 40 minutes of action. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Clasico: Meralco, Kaya renew fierce rivalry Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES View comments Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games MOST READ WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken “Good game,” La Salle coach Aldin Ayo said of the Archers’ performance against his former champion team in the NCAA. He added that the tournament also serves as preparation for the Archers’ UAAP title defense.La Salle, which finished with a 5-3 record, will take on Group A leader Far Eastern University next, while San Beda will face Group B’s fourth seed University of the Philippines in the quarterfinals starting Wednesday. —CARLO ANOLIN AND KRISTOFER PURNELLSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next What ‘missteps’? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netSan Beda dashed Ateneo’s hopes to advance with an 82-67 triumph as La Salle clinched the last quarterfinal berth with a 93-77 drubbing of Letran in the 11th Filoil Flying V Preseason Premier Cup Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Robert Bolick unloaded 27 points, including two free throws with 58.4 ticks left that capped the Red Lions’ 11-2 outburst.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Santa buying you a new smartphone Be sure to check your contract

first_imgTORONTO – If a new smartphone is on your holiday shopping list, either as a gift or for yourself, there are a lot of possible choices to make — but some decisions about your contract could cost a lot more than you expect.“The costs can mount up very quickly,” said Howard Maker, a federal ombudsman who heads the Commission for Complaints for Telecom-television Services, also known as CCTS.Prices for some types of Canadian wireless service plans have fallen, but overall they remain high compared with other countries, according to a report commissioned by the federal government and released this week.The biggest challenge for consumers, experts agree, is predicting data usage and its impact on service cost.“In terms of estimating personal data usages, it’s very difficult because it’s abstract,” said University of Ottawa assistant law professor Marina Pavlovic.For example, it’s hard to know how many gigabytes of data will be used to show a single YouTube video — let alone how many videos, photos, text messages, emails and internet searches will accumulate during a billing cycle.Another difficulty, which may be reduced under recent regulatory changes, has been service contracts that allow data to be shared among multiple devices with different users, such as parents and their children.Maker said extra fees on shared plans has been one of the most common complaints to the CCTS, which oversees the wireless industry’s code of conduct on behalf of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission.A revision to the wireless code, announced by the CRTC in June, was to address that problem by requiring service providers to notify account holders of overages from all devices and authorize only them to consent to extra fees.But two of Canada’s largest wireless service providers — Rogers and Telus — were unable to comply with that requirement by the Dec. 1 deadline and asked for several additional months to adjust their billing systems.Pavlovic — one of the lead authors of a research study presented to the CRTC last year, as it was preparing to update the wireless code — believes it still requires consumers to spend too much time and energy to avoid bill shock.She had wanted the CRTC, which sets the regulations that the CCTS oversees, to require vendors to provide consumers in advance with a check list of all the critical information they’d require to make an informed purchase.“They did not go with our suggestion,” she said.But Pavlovic noted there are several general precautions that consumers can take, like watching out for promotional features, such as an extra gigabyte of data, that runs out before the contract. Prospective buyers should also be aware that vendors are required to provide a 15-day money-back guarantee, with certain conditions.Other tips include checking your device settings right away, and reviewing periodically, to shut off any apps or features that require data. Also monitor usage meticulously, especially when a plan or device is new, and adjust data plan up or down as needed.If your first bill arrives and it doesn’t reflect what you expected, Pavlovic said, complain to the service provide and then be ready to go to the CCTS if necessary.“CCTS has a lot of power to address individual complaints. The process is relatively simple. It’s an online form or people can just call in. It’s free for consumers. And very often, that’s the only leverage you need.”Gary Rabbior, president of the Canadian Foundation for Economic Education, added that consumers also need to do their homework before engaging with a sales representative — and be willing to take a break to get more information if necessary.“If they are equipped, ready and focused — and you are not — you are certainly in a position of imbalance,” he said.last_img read more

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Ottawa to step up monitoring of threatened species habitat on provincial land

first_imgHer officials also found some caribou populations are facing an imminent threat of disappearing, which is the last step before the federal cabinet can step in and order conservation.McKenna has promised a report on provincial protections for 150 other species where critical habitat has been identified.That report is due in June 2019.(THE CANADIAN PRESS) OTTAWA, O.N. – Environmentalists are declaring victory over the federal government agreeing to increase oversight of habitat for threatened species on provincial land.The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society says it is withdrawing legal action against Ottawa after federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna made the promise.Last week, McKenna released a report suggesting the provinces weren’t doing enough to protect caribou habitat.last_img read more

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