The Hawks Honor Kobe Bryant

(Atlanta, Ga) – The Atlanta Hawks  joined the basketball community in honoring and mourning NBA legend Kobe ‘Bean’ Bryant.
As the Hawks took to the court to face the Wizzards at State Farm Arena there was a moment of silence and a 24-second shot clock violation and an 8-second half-court violation in honor of the man who started the mamba mentality.
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The  future hall of famer and his 13-year-old daughter were among those who died in a helicopter crash in California yesterday. Fans all over the world are shocked and devastated.  John Collins said he almost didn’t want to play as the weight of the tragedy was so heavy.  But the game did go on with Trae Young leading the Hawks to a 152-133 victory.
Young had his average double double with 45 points on 24 shot attempts and 14 assists.  He wore #8 in honor of Bryant and post game said that Kobe was with him. In classic Kobe fashion, Trae nailed a 42-footer at the buzzer. To sum it up, Trae was the first NBA player to have a 45 point double-double with less than 25 attempts since Kobe did it on December 17th, 2006.
Turns out that Kobe’s daughter GiGi considered Trae to be her favorite player.  She had only been to 3 NBA games this year and two of those were Atlanta Hawks’ games to see Trae play.
De’Andre Hunter also chipped in 25 pts. Up next, the Hawks will head to Toronto Tuesday. They’re back home Thursday hosting the 76ers.

Japanese Billionaire Seeks Life Partner For Trip To Moon

(AP) — The Japanese billionaire who’s paying to be the first private citizen to fly around the moon wants company and the deadline to apply is this Friday. Yusaku Maezawa  has set up a website to help find a woman with a desire for world peace to be his life partner.

The 44-year-old online fashion empire founder says applicants must also be single women who are over the age of 20, interested in going into space and preparing for it.

Maezawa’s looking for someone with “a bright personality” who “wants to enjoy life to the fullest.”

Most Of Puerto Rico Has No Power, Many Without Water

(Ponce, PR-AP) – More than two-thirds of Puerto Rico residents are still without power as the island continues to rebound from a series of earthquakes.

Puerto Rico’s Electric Power Authority said it had restored service to only a third of its one-point-five-million customers. Also, a quarter million people do not have running water because of no power at those plants.

The Trump Administration approved a federal disaster declaration request, which provides some money to deal with debris removal and help for families that lost their homes.

More Than 1 Billion Animals Estimated To Be Dead, At Least 24 People and 2000 Homes Destroyed In Australia Fires

(Sydney-AP) — A prominent scientist believes more animals are dying in Australia’s bushfires than he originally thought. Chris Dickman now thinks more than one-billion animals have been killed in the fires.

That includes more than 800-million in New South Wales alone. The University of Sydney ecology professor first estimated the death toll would be under half a billion.

The fires have been burning for months, charring millions of acres of land and leaving at least two dozen people dead.

Twenty-four people have been arrested in connection with the fires including a teenage firefighter. Crews are fighting as many as 146-brushfires, 65-of which aren’t contained.

Lawmakers Expected To Get Classified Briefing On Airstrike This Week

(Washington, DC-AP) – Democrats are angry that congressional leaders were not briefed before the U.S. airstrike that killed a top Iranian military leader in Iraq.

Lawmakers are expected to get a classified briefing on the incident this week. The briefing will likely be conducted by CIA Director Gina Haspel, Defense Secretary Mark Esper and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

Meantime, House Democrats are planning a vote this week on a war powers resolution aimed at limiting President Trump’s military actions on Iran. The House resolution would have little chance of passage in the Republican-led Senate.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the airstrike endangered U.S. service-members and diplomats by “risking a serious escalation of tensions with Iran.” The House resolution would have little chance of passage in the Republican-led Senate.

SNL Gets Long Awaited Visit From Eddie Murphy, Highest Rated Episode In Years

(New York, NY-AP) – Eddie Murphy is reviving some of his classic bits from Saturday Night Live. Murphy hosted SNL last night for the first time in over three decades.

The 58-year-old actor and comedian offered updates on several of the iconic characters and skits he made famous on the show in the 1980s. Murphy’s Mister Robinson’s Neighborhood character still lives in the same neighborhood, which has become greatly gentrified.

His Buckwheat character is back, competing in a singing contest dressed up as a corn cob, and Eddie Murphy as Gumby delivered the news on Weekend Update.

No Cap: The U.S. Had A Trade Agreement With Wakanda….

(USA) – The U.S. doesn’t have a free trade agreement with the Kingdom of Wakanda, despite what the U.S. Department of Agriculture says.

The fictional African nation, home to Marvel superhero Blank Panther, was included in an online USDA list of nations with U.S. trade deals.

The listing was removed this week after a software engineer called it out on Twitter. A USDA spokesman said the fake country was included by mistake as part of a test.

LeBron And Bronny Playing Together In The NBA, Will We See The Day? James Jokes About The Possibility With SW’s Sytonnia Moore

(Atlanta, GA) – When LeBron James and the Lakers slid through the A to take on the Hawks the MVP didn’t look like he’d been in the league for 17 years but that doesn’t mean he didn’t feel like it.  Post game, I asked him about the possibility of him making history with son Bronny by becoming the first father and son to play in the NBA at the same time.  Start at 6:04 to see what he had to say!

Hawks vs Lakers Post Game With LeBron James

(Atlanta, GA) – It wasn’t an easy win for the Lakers, but as usual LeBron James was dominant with 32pts, 13rbs and 7assts. His son Bronny has been ballin’ out too.

Post Game, I asked him if he had thought about potentially making history by becoming the first Father and Son to play in the league at the same time?

Stephen A. Smith Confirms That Jay Z Fought Hard To Get Colin Kaepernick A Tryout With The NFL

(Los Angeles, CA) – When Jay Z struck a deal with the NFL to have a hand in urban relations and entertainment, he was called everything in the book.  Both music and sports’ fans questioned how he could sign up to do business with a league that was effectively black-balling Colin Kaepernick for taking a knee in protest against racial injustices.
Instead of waiting to see what Jay Z would do with this seat at the table, the criticisms flew left and right until Colin Kaepernick was invited to tryout for the NFL in Atlanta.  The narrative changed slightly with fans wondering if Jay Z had anything to do with it or not but with Sean Carter staying mute, no one knew for sure.
Well, sports analyst Stephen A. Smith who has been very vocal about Kap’s approach to that tryout (He switched the location, brought his own receivers, wore a Kunta Kinte shirt and challenged the NFL to man up and stop running in a press conference afterwards) is now explaining why he was so upset with how Colin executed the and blew the opportunity.
Sitting down with the NBA’s Matt Barnes, Smith said part of his disgust was centered around knowing how hard Jay Z worked behind the scenes to get Colin that tryout with the NFL.  Check out the clip at 50:53!

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