Vanessa Bryant Renames Mamba Sports Foundation to Honor Daughter Gianna Vanessa Bryant, wife of the late Kobe Bryant, recently announced the renaming of his charity. Previously known as the Mamba Sports Foundation, the charity will now be called the Mamba and Mambacita Sports Foundation. The name change is in honor of their daughter, Gianna, who tragically died along with Kobe and seven others on Jan. 26. Vanessa Bryant, via Instagram Vanessa went on to say that the foundation’s “mission” to provide opportunities to young athletes was “stronger than ever.” She also thanked everyone for the “outpouring of support,” as they continue to carry forth Kobe and Gianna’s “legacy.” Vanessa Bryant, via Instagram
Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant has arrived at spring training and insists there are no hard feelings after he lost his service-time grievance against the team last month
Redskins Release Pro Bowl CB Josh Norman Washington cut Norman soon after hiring new head coach Ron Rivera. It's the second time Norman has left a team led by Rivera. He can now end up on several teams with many having secondary needs going into NFL free agency. One of them is the Eagles, which will allow Norman to extract revenge on the Redskins in NFC East matchups. Another NFC East team who could use Norman's services is the New York Giants. According to CBS Sports, Norman could end up being a starter if signed by certain NFL squads. These include the Giants and Eagles, as well as the Texans, Falcons and Broncos. There is also a possible chance Norman heads back to Carolina, where he started his career.
Common and Chance the Rapper Head up 2020 NBA Celebrity All-Star Game 2020 NBA All-Star weekend kicks off on Valentine's Day in the Windy City. Celebrities from comedians to former NBA stars will face off for the annual celebrity game at the United Center in Chicago. Rapper Common will lead Team Wilbon, coached by sports journalist and fellow Chicago native Michael Wilbon. They will be joined by Bad Bunny, Famous Los, Hannibal Buress, Chelsea Gray and several others. The away team will be coached by sports journalist Stephen A. Smith and will be led by Chance the Rapper, one of Chi-town's favorite sons. They'll be joined by Quavo, Marc Lasry, Katelyn Ohashi, A'ja Wilson and Chance's brother, Taylor Bennett. The competition should be high, as many of the players have competed in previous years.
Major League Baseball is raising the minimum salary for minor league players in 2021, according to a memo sent from the commissioner’s office to all 30 teams obtained by The Associated Press
New Oakland infielder Tony Kemp got called up by Houston in September 2017 and says he was asked whether he wanted to be part of the Astros' sign-stealing system
Astros Owner Jim Crane Apologizes but Says Sign-Stealing 'Didn't Impact the Game' Crane and Houston players Jose Altuve and Alex Bregman addressed the media on Thursday. Jim Crane, via statement Jim Crane, via statement Altuve and Bregman also spoke, but Crane reiterated that no players would be disciplined. Alex Bregman, via statement MLB suspended Astros manager A.J. Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow for one year for a sign-stealing scandal that took place during Astros home games in the 2017 season. Houston fired both Hinch and Luhnow soon after MLB's ruling.
Kenta Maeda wonders whether the Astros’ sign stealing affected the performance of teammate Yu Darvish during the Los Angeles Dodgers' 2017 World Series loss to Houston
US Men's Soccer Union Supports Increase in Pay for Women The U.S. men's national team wants the U.S. Soccer Federation to triple the pay of the women's team. U.S. men's union, via statement U.S. men's union, via statement The U.S. women's team union filed a gender discrimination lawsuit against the U.S. Soccer Federation. The trial is scheduled to start May 5 in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles. Molly Levinson, a spokesperson for the U.S. women involved in the lawsuit, also issued a statement. Molly Levinson, via statement Molly Levinson, via statement