Lakers….LA Sheriff’s Department spent Monday combing hillsides in Calabasos where Kobe Bryant helicopter crashed-killing Lakers legend, his daughter, and 9-people in all. Debris field spread over 200-yards on hillside….NTSB looking at flight plan and at recordings from flight tower in Burbank.
..CBS reports Bryant’s pilot requested special permission to fly in bad weather
..FAA reports there was no distress call made…Helicopter did not have voice recorder
..LAPD-Sheriffs Departments had grounded their own helicopters because of heavy fog thruout morning because of bad conditions.
..Flight tower recordings told pilot he was flying to low while in holding pattern.
..Radar show copter was attempting to steep climb to 2,000 feet when it collided with mountain at 1,700 feet at 160mph….800 pounds of fuel exploded.
..Radar showed copter made abrupt change in flight dropping low to get out of fog indicating pilot may have been lost.
..Radar showed pilot was flying ‘VFR’, not on instruments in intense fog.
..Former Kobe Bryant private pilot Kurt Deetz said fog at takeoff at John Wayne Airport-Orange Count was very bad…too dangerous to fly.
Kobe Bryant….Reaction nationwide continued to pour in.
..LA..Mayor ordered flags flown at half mast
..LAX..Changes all LED lights at airport to Purple & Gold colors
..Jack Nicholson-Oscar actor..”This Kills You”
..LeBron James..Wept on team flight home from Philadelphia
..Phil Jackson-Longtime coach…”He was chosen one”
..Rob Pelinka-Lakers GM-Agent..”Heartbroken with Vanessa”
..Arn Tellum-Ex Agent..”He has fearsome curiosity”
..Jerry West..”Most tragic day of life”
..Doc Rivers..”He had so much more to give”
..Ron Artest…”Will never be another like Kobe”
..Adam Silver-Commissioner…”Special wisdom he passed on”
..Tiger Woods-PGA…”His fire burned competitively hot”
..Kyle Kuzma-Lakers..”I grew up to be like you”
..Magic Johnson..”The dude was different”
..Dwight Howard..”We should appreciate people of greatness”
..Dwayne Wade..”Legends will live forever”
..Michael Jordan..”He was my little brother”
..Mark Cuban..”NBA should retire #24″
..Hall of Fame…Announces Bryant will be enshrined in Hall this coming summer.
Lakers-Clippers….NBA Cancels-Tuesday night matchup….Lakers front office devastated…..Were planning to honor Kobe Bryant memory before-during the game…Will wear ‘black band’ on jerseys….
Lakers..Cancelled practice on Monday….Not prepared to play on Tuesday.
Memphis..Lose F-Grayson Allen-hip injury
Aztecs…Head to Albuquerque to prepare to play at New Mexico on Wednesday night….Lobos unbeaten at home this year.
Aztecs…(21-0)..Remain ranked #4 in AP and USA Today-Coaches Polls.
New Mexico……..Hires Rocky Long as Defensive Coordinator on Denny Gonzalez staff…..Long decided to retire to Albuquerque ‘to be with lifetime-longtime friends’……..Decided not to take Aztecs Defensive Coordinators job-‘felt it would be like a distraction’ to Brady Hoke staff and players.
Aztecs…USC-transfer QB-Jack Sears decides not to attend classes and will instead transfer as Graduate Student to another school.
LSU…Negotiating to hire Bo Pelini as Def Coord-former head coach at Nebraska-has been at Youngstown State as head coach.
Oklahoma..Hire DeMarco Murray at RB-coach…Longtime NFL running back.
Florida..Lands WR-Justin Shorter-5-star recruit transfers out of Penn State.
Indiana…QB-Peyton Ramsey enters transfer portal..(2,500-25TD)
USC..S-CJ Pollard to transfer as graduate school
Notre Dame..signs contract to host California in game in 2021.
Cleveland…Video cam surfaces showing RB-Kareem Hunt arrested on DUI-charge..in possession of marijuana and open flask of vodka while driving on highway….Tells police he would fail a drug test if taken….Police officer admonishes him for blowing 2nd chance in NFL.
Kansas City..NFL will not fine Chiefs WR-Tyreek Hill for pregame stunt where he acted like a dog peeing in endzone.
Jacksonville..Former S-Donovin Darius arrested on speeding charge of DUI-had taken 25-different pills in car…turned over for mental health evaluation
Chargers…Fox Sports reports Bolts have decided to ‘move on’ from QB-Philip Rivers, and will not offer him a contract….Chargers refuse comment.
Chargers…NFL Network reports that Bolts will franchise tag Rivers (27.6M)…refuting Fox report.
Dallas…coach Mike McCarthy announces 19-man staff…17-new assistants..only 2-holdovers.
NY Giants..Hire Freddie Kitchens-ex Browns-as TE Coach
NY Giants..Hire Derek Dooley as Consultant-ex head coach Tenn.
Cowboys..Hire former QB-Scott Tolzein as QB-coach..ex Wisconsin
Browns..Hire Andrew Berry-ex Eagles-as GM-VP Football Operations
Carolina..Hire Jeff Nixon-ex Baylor-at RB coach
Carolina..Hire Brian Angelica-ex Redskins-as TE coach
Vikings..Name Andre Patterson-Adam Zimmer as Co-Def Coords
Packers…Interview Jerry Gray for DB coach job-ex Vikings
Padres-Red Sox…Trade Talks stall over OF-Mookie Betts….Red Sox demanding 1B-Wil Myers…P-Cal Quantrill..OF-Manny Margot and 30M-partial payment of Myers contract….Padres reject offer because Betts would be just a 1-year rental before free agency….Padres offer to pay 15M of remaining contract but want Red Sox international signing bonus slots (250,000) each for Quantrill-Margot being in deal.
Dodgers-Red Sox….LA enters Mookie Betts trade talks with possible offer of OF Joe Pederson-P-Ross Stripling in 2-for-1 deal for 1-year rental.
Pirates-Arizona….Trade-Pittsburgh sends OF-Starlin Marte and (1.5M) cash to Diamondbacks for top minor league prospects SS-Lioner Peguero and P-Brennan Malone plus International Signing Bonus slot.
Reds..Sign FA-OF-Nick Castellanos-ex Cubs (4Y-64M) deal.
Reds..Put OF-Nick Senzel on trading block.
Cubs..Open talks with FA-2B-Scooter Gennett-ex Reds
Milwaukee..Sign FA-P-Shelby Miller-ex Texas-Arizona-Atlanta
Washington…Sign FA-P-Kevin Quackenbush…ex Padres-Reds-Dodgers
MLB confirms Umpires will be hot-mik’d in 2020 to explain decisions on instant replay decisions for fans and media.
MLB-Union…having discussions about adding “DH” to games for 2021 season.
Dodgers..P-Clayton Kershaw says ‘have not yet heard any remorse from Astros players’ over sign stealing scandal.
Dallas Keuchel…Ex-Astros pitcher apologizes for what happened in 2017 Houston season…’should not be part of baseball’.
Mike Fiers…A’s pitcher says he is ‘standup guy..not a snitch…should have spoken out sooner about Sign Stealing’
Astros..Complete first round of managerial interviews with Mark Kotsay…9-total candidates under consideration.
Ducks-San Jose…Monday game…Anaheim (19-24-5)
San Diego Gulls…Off till Friday night home game with San Jose
American Hockey League…Considering expansion….Las Vegas Golden Knights now want to put an expansion team into AHL….
Penguins..Release F-Andreas Martinson-will sign in Switzerland.
..FA Cup….Liverpool (22-0-1) in English Premier League winds up in (2-2) tie with Shrewsbury-third tier team in FA Cup play.
..Rafael Nadal grinds to win over Nick Kyrgios in 4-set match that included two ‘7-6’ tiebreakers.
..Tuesday schedule includes Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal in matches.