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
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.
Browns star defensive end Myles Garrett has been reinstated by the NFL after being suspended for hitting Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph in the head with a helmet in a Nov. 14 game
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.
Panthers owner David Tepper remains noncommittal on Cam Newton's future with the organization, saying it will largely depend on how the quarterback recovers from foot surgery
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.
The owner of the New Orleans Saints says the NFL team played no role in determining which priests would be named in the list of “credibly accused” clergy published by the area's Roman Catholic Church
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