Fans gather outside Staples Center ahead of Kobe Bryant Memorial | AFP

Fans gather outside the Staples Center in Los Angeles where a public memorial service for NBA legend Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna Bryant will be held. IMAGES

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Today in History for February 17th

Highlights of this day in history: Serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer gets life in prison; House lawmakers pick a president; Garry Kasparov beats IBM’s Deep Blue at chess; NBA star Michael Jordan born; The Eagles release their greatest hits. (Feb. 17)

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Obama makes surprise appearance at NBA event

Former President Barack Obama made an unannounced appearance Friday at an NBA Cares event during All-Star weekend in his hometown of Chicago with several of the league’s top rookies, second-year players and coaches. (Feb. 14)

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Images outside LA morgue where Bryant helicopter crash bodies believed to be transferred | AFP

Images show the outside of the morgue in Los Angeles where bodies of the nine victims of a helicopter crash, including NBA legend Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna, are believed to have been transferred. IMAGES

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Witnesses describe Bryant helicopter crash

A witness says the helicopter crash that killed nine people including former NBA star Kobe Bryant in Calabasas, California on Sunday sounded like ‘a big thud.’ (Jan. 28)

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The ‘House of Kobe’: Basketball-mad Philippines mourns NBA legend | AFP

A city in the Philippines on Sunday inaugurated a new community centre and court named in honour of Kobe Bryant – just hours before news broke of the NBA legend’s death. Locals in the basketball-mad country had hoped that Bryant would one day set foot in what they called the “House of Kobe”.

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Fans pay tribute to Kobe Bryant outside Staples Center | AFP

Fans pay tribute to Kobe Bryant outside the Staples Center, home to his former basketball team the Los Angeles Lakers. The 41-year-old NBA legend died Sunday in a helicopter crash along with his teenage daughter and seven others in Calabasas, west of Los Angeles. IMAGES

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Kobe Bryant fans pay tribute at NBA star’s former high school in Pennsylvania | AFP

Fans pay tribute to legend Kobe Bryant at his former high school in Ardmore, Pennsylvania, after the basketball legend was killed in a helicopter crash the day before. Bryant, 41, was traveling with his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven other passengers and crew when their helicopter slammed into a rugged hillside in thick fog in Calabasas, west of Los Angeles. There were no survivors. IMAGES

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Kobe Bryant’s death: Lakers fans pay tribute in Los Angeles | AFP

Los Angeles Lakers fans are gathering in front of Staples Center, where Kobe Bryant became one of the most iconic NBA players. They brought candles and flowers to celebrate the life of their idol. from mourning fans Nยฐ1OF62F

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ShowBiz Minute: Bryant, Eilish, Lizzo

Tributes have pour in for NBA legend Kobe Bryant; Billie Eilish, who gives voice to troubled youth, tops the Grammys; Lizzo takes home three Grammy awards; other first-time winners include Tyler, the Creator, Tanya Tucker and Rosalรญa. (Jan. 27)

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Will Ferrell: Kobe Bryant ‘will be sorely missed’

Speaking at the “Downhill” premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, LA Lakers fan Will Ferrell said everyone is “stunned and shocked” at the passing of former NBA star Kobe Bryant. (Jan 27)

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NBA legend Kobe Bryant killed in helicopter crash | AFP

NBA legend Kobe Bryant died on Sunday when a helicopter he was riding in crashed and burst into flames in thick fog, killing all nine people on board including his teenage daughter and plunging the sports world into mourning.

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Authorities prepare body bags at Kobe Bryant helicopter crash site | AFP

Images show emergency personnel with body bags at the site of the helicopter crash that killed NBA legend Kobe Bryant and one of his daughters. IMAGES

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Video shows minutes after Kobe Bryant crash

NBA legend Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter and seven others are dead after their helicopter went down in Southern California. (Jan. 26)

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Nine people dead in Kobe Bryant helicopter crash: official | AFP

Nine people were killed in the helicopter crash which claimed the life of NBA star Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Los Angeles officials confirm. SOUNDBITES

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Anthony Edwards tries to make Georgia hoops cool

Freshman Anthony Edwards is trying to change the perception of Georgia basketball before he heads off to the NBA. The 6-5 shooting guard is projected to be one of the top picks in the 2020 draft. (Dec. 17)

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NBA takes video replays into the 360-degree future

The NBA is taking video replays into the 360-degree future, one arena at a time. (Nov. 15)

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Pence calls out Nike, NBA for kowtowing to China

Vice President Mike Pence has taken a swipe at Nike and the NBA in a speech criticizing Chinaโ€™s record on trade and human rights. Pence accused the basketball league of acting like a โ€œsubsidiaryโ€ of Chinaโ€™s government in Thursdayโ€™s remarks. (Oct. 24)

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Chinese state TV keeps NBA opener off the air amid row | AFP

People stand in support of Hong Kong’s anti-government protesters outside the Staples Center in Los Angeles as the NBA season starts. American basketball and China have been locked in a war of words after the Houston Rockets General Manager Ray Moury tweeted support for Hong Kong’s pro-democracy activists during a pre-season tour of China earlier this month.

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LeBron James no longer King James in Hong Kong

Basketball player Lebron James’ standing among basketball fans in Hong Kong took a hit because of comments the NBA star made about free speech. (Oct. 15)

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Shanghai: NBA teams leave hotel, head for match | AFP

The Los Angeles Lakers and the Brooklyn Nets leave their hotel in Shanghai via bus and head for their exhibition match. IMAGES

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NBA says Shanghai game still on despite Hong Kong row | AFP

The NBA confirms it will go ahead with an exhibition game in Shanghai on Thursday that had looked in doubt after a team executive ignited a free speech row between China and the United States. of Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn Nets players in Shanghai hotel

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NBA says free speech remains vital amid China rift

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said the league wasn’t apologizing for Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey’s since-deleted tweet showing support for anti-government protesters in Hong Kong. (Oct. 8)

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