He was named All-NFL five times, and earned all-conference recognition 11 straight years from 1969 to 1979

There were Kobe video tributes, Kobe signs, deafening “Ko-be! Ko-be!” chants, Kobe highlight reels, Kobe posters, Kobe cakes, Kobe plush dolls, a “Kobeland” street fair with a Kobe Ferris wheel and Kobe Plinko, hundreds of Kobe replica jerseys, Kobe Fatheads, Kobe giveaway t-shirts, Kobe commemorative Nike t-shirts, Kobe commemorative Nike sneakers, Kobe-centric Nike television commercials, a Kobe-voiced dramatic reading of his “Dear Basketball” short film, special-edition Kobe “RoboJam” drones (only 400 made), a Kobe hashtag (#Ko8e24), a Kobe Stopper (Ruben Patterson) and, finally, two Kobe jerseys raised to the Staples Center rafters.

The Lakers honored franchise icon Kobe Bryant by retiring his No. 8 and No. 24 jerseys during a 116-114 overtime loss to the Warriors on Monday, with the halftime ceremony completing a full day of unadulterated idol worship. Bryant—?sporting a beard, wearing a dark suit, dark tie and white shirt, and joined by his wife and three daughters—was welcomed to the court by Lakers president Magic Johnson, GM Rob Pelinka and owner Jeanie Buss.

“We’re here to celebrate the greatest who has ever worn the purple and gold,” Johnson said. “For 20 years, you thrilled us and made us scratch our heads and say, ‘What we did we just see? What did we just witness?’ … There will never, ever be another Kobe Bryant.“

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According to , there is confidence the locker room with the players UND has welcomed this , and everyone has the same goal to achieve a back-to-back championship.- Nawrocki.The franchise doesn’t need to create any more questions or unfavorable situations by cutting Kalil and hoping his replacement play better; it’s too risky.said Thompson.

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He was physical tonight.There is a significant that Moore spend one of the next three or four years on the Disabled List.He’s the first player to make the leap from the GFL to the NFL.True professional.chargers_098

Aaron Rodgers condemns Thomas Davis’ hit on Davante Adams: ‘He’s a repeat offender’

Adams, who required medical attention on the field after the hit before he was helped off, later was ruled out with a concussion. When asked about Adams’ condition, Rodgers said he had not spoken to the wide receiver, but said, “I’m obviously concerned when he’s not out there.”

“I’ll never understand it,” Adams wrote. “Game is already dangerous enough and we got Pro Bowl players out here head hunting and saying they ‘didn’t mean to harm me’ … Somebody please explain to me what I wasnt trying to hurt him means when we nowhere near the play and u lead with ya head and ear hole a defenseless player …

“Look it’s football but no room for s— like that. We supposed to be in this together n look out for one another not mess with a mans livelihood and hand out unnecessary concussions. We all got mouths to feed what if I did that to him and his kids cant eat … Not the type to rant but when u go through this s— twice in a year it takes a lil toll on u so excuse me.”

I understand your frustration and I do apologize for the hit! In no way was I trying to hurt you. My first instinct was turn and make a block. In all sincerity I do apologize. I truly respect you as a player and I made a mistake!

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there’s the more subtle link. For both, it’s anyone’s guess which team will show up in any given week.

After the Bills’ win (and the Ravens’ loss) Sunday, McDermott said, No one gave this team a chance all year long, and for once, that no-respect ploy was genuine. Being judged in November on whether he was throwing away a playoff berth was not what anyone expected to be a topic around the Bills this year.

But they wrung everything out of LeSean McCoy, overcame the baffling, counterproductive use of Taylor’s strengths, survived without a healthy, reliable set of receivers and patched together enough of a defense to get by most weeks.

That’s not terribly uncommon on wild-card weekend — if either were more consistent, they’d be off this week. But here is a Jaguars team that physically dominated playoff contender Seattle in Week 14, then two weeks later got physically dominated itself by a 10-loss 49ers team. The Bills, meanwhile, in a three-week span earlier, gave up 298 rushing yards to the Saints and lost at home 47-10, then went to Kansas City and smothered Alex Smith’s offense in a 16-10 win. (The game in between, with Nathan Peterman starting … that is and always will be a separate issue.)

Vinnie Iyer: The Falcons have the much better run defense, but the Rams have the more dangerous backfield because of Gurley. The Rams will get into Matt Ryan’s face with Aaron Donald, while the Falcons won’t have the same success winning on the edge against tackles Andrew Whitworth and Rob Havenstein to get to Jared Goff.

The Bills appear to be the biggest Andy Dalton fan outside of Cincinnati.

The Bengals quarterback’s last-minute touchdown pass to Tyler Boyd not only secured a Cincinnati win over the Ravens, but sent the Bills to the playoffs for the first time since 1999.

Understandably, they’re asking what the Ravens do now after falling short too often, but never falling totally off the cliff. The mediocrity has a lot of moving parts, which Harbaugh acknowledged while praising how the players gritted it out this season, through an epic wave of injuries, until literally the last minute of the last game.

I’m disappointed. I’m hurt, because I wanted this team in the playoffs, Harbaugh said after the loss. I wanted this team in the playoffs for the team, the players, because of what they’ve done this year, how far they’ve come, the adversity they’ve overcome, what they’ve dealt with.astros_035

Cardinals QB Carson Palmer announces retirement

Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer announced his retirement Tuesday in a letter after 15 seasons in the NFL.

“Over the years, I’ve had teammates who decided to hang it up and I would ask them how they knew it was time to walk away. The answer was almost always the same: you just know,” Palmer said in the letter.

Palmer was reduced to just seven games this season after breaking his left arm. He was placed on injured reserve with nine touchdowns and seven interceptions this season.

With Palmer opting to retire, and Bruce Arians retiring as head coach, the Cardinals could be ready to usher in a new era. Veteran wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald has yet to announce his decision for next season, but the end of his career could be just around the corner as well.

“Marvin Lewis has been an important member of the Cincinnati community and the Bengals family for the past 15 years, and we are happy to have reached this agreement,” Bengals president Mike Brown said in a statement. “Marvin has made significant contributions during his time here. While recently we have fallen short of our expectations, we have full confidence in Marvin to re-establish winning football in 2018.”

The Bengals won their last two games this season, but still finished 7-9 — third in the AFC North.

“My family and I are very grateful for the opportunity to stay in Cincinnati and continue my career with the Bengals,” Lewis said. “My job is to win a World Championship. We have a talented roster full of veteran leaders and emerging young stars, and I am committed to making the necessary improvements to put this team in the best position to win.”

Lewis is 0-7 in the postseason during his career as Bengals head coach.

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Radio host Mike Francesa blasts Ben McAdoo for Eli Manning benching

Radio host Mike Francesa went off on Giants coach Ben McAdoo and the entire organization Tuesday after learning the team had benched Eli Manning in favor of Geno Smith.

“You’ve got to be kidding me, you can’t run this clown out of town fast enough,” he said. “The worst thing that ever happened is Eli Manning had to be associated with you as head coach.”

He continued, “Now at 2-9 this is how the Giants are going to circle the wagons? They’re going to throw their champion quarterback who has been there every day through beatings, through everything since 2004 and they’re going to throw him under the bus with five games to play in this decaying, decrepit, disgusting season?

“That’s what the Giants are all on the same page. So I’m to believe this that Jerry Reese stamped this, John Mara stamped this, the Tisch family stamped this, this is what you guys all decided to do to Eli Manning in Game No. 12 of this disgusting season? Shame on all of ya.”

Francesa summed it up perfectly in the end.

“The Giants haven’t just hit rock bottom. They’ve crashed with a thud,” he said. “What a disgrace.”

A lawsuit filed Monday, and obtained by the Washington Post, alleges Moon, 61, committed sexual battery by grabbing the crotch of 32-year-old Wendy Haskell during a trip to Seattle earlier this year. She also accused Moon of drugging a drink of hers during an October trip to Mexico.

Haskell was hired in July as Moon’s executive assistant at Sports 1 Marketing in Irvine, which he started in 2010. Haskell, who traveled with Moon to speaking engagements, also claims in her suit that Moon required her to stay in his hotel room and wear “skimpy thong lingerie bottoms” while sleeping in the same bed. ny_rangers_001

Bruins top Devils behind Khudobin, McAvoy

Charlie McCoy scored in the 11th round of the shootout to lift the Boston Bruins to a 3-2 win over the New Jersey Devils on Wednesday night.

Anton Khudobin made 40 saves as Boston improved to 9-7-4 with its third straight win-all with Khudobin in goal.

The Bruins struck first when rookie left winger DeBrusk opened the scoring with his fifth of the season with a shot from the right circle at 1:25. And Bergeron added to Boston’s lead with his fifth of the season at 11:02.

The Bruins had a two-goal lead and Khudobin, who made his third straight start, tried to make it hold up with a pad save on a Nico Hischier break-in with and a diving stop on Travis Zajac in a span of 1:13. But there was nothing he could do on Bratt’s power play goal with 2:50 left as New Jersey’s rookie right winger lifted a loose puck in the slot to halve the deficit while Brian Boyle was tied up with Zdeno Chara in front of Khudobin. A video review upheld the goal.

Freeney is 17th on the NFL’s all-time sack list with 125.5, which is second among active players behind Julius Peppers’ 151. He’s in his 16th season, and the Seahawks were his fifth team.

Buccaneers coach Dirk Koetter told reporters on Monday that the Bucs are shutting Winston down for a few weeks to rest his shoulder after undergoing an MRI. In the meantime, backup quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick will replace Winston as the starter.

“We’re going to be going with quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, and Ryan Griffin will be the No. 2,” Koetter said, according to CBS Tampa.

Winston originally injured his shoulder in Week 6 against the Cardinals, leaving the game in the second quarter while Fitzpatrick filled in for him.

This will be the first time in 40 career NFL games that Winston will miss a start. Since he’s been injured, the Bucs (2-6) have lost their last three games and extended their losing streak to five straight games.