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Kobe Bryant Tweet Gets High-Schoolers Out of Final

'Great lesson in the power of social media'

(Newser) - Truly, tweets and US government are hopelessly intertwined these days. WRTV reports a high school senior in Indianapolis got his entire US Government class out of their final—thanks to a retweet from Kobe Bryant. William Pate was told by his teacher, Mr. Belser, the final would be canceled if... More »

Kobe Bryant's Last Game Is Setting Ticket-Price Records

It could cost up to $28K to see the Black Mamba one last time

(Newser) - After 20 years and more than 1,300 career games, NBA great Kobe Bryant will suit up one last time for the Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday, 24/7 Wall St. reports. And according to USA Today , that's making a meaningless matchup with the Utah Jazz possibly the most expensive... More »

Kobe Bryant Retires, Via a Poem

Laker says poetic farewell to basketball

(Newser) - "This season is all I have left to give," Kobe Bryant writes at the Players' Tribune , announcing his retirement in a moving poem that also serves as a love letter to the game. "My heart can take the pounding. My mind can handle the grind. But my... More »

5 Surprisingly Bilingual Stars

Admit it: You had no idea Kobe Bryant speaks Italian

(Newser) - If you were impressed when you found out Bradley Cooper speaks French , well, you'll love this list rounded up by Chelsea Fagan at Thought Catalog . Fagan offers up video evidence of 10 stars who are bilingual. Five standouts:
  • Jodie Foster speaks French.
  • Kobe Bryant speaks Italian.
  • Gwyneth Paltrow speaks
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21 Celebs Who Failed at Music

These actors, athletes did not make it in the music world

(Newser) - Just because you're good at acting or playing a sport doesn't mean you'll be equally talented at singing. Remember, if you will, how the Internet reveled in mocking Paris Hilton when her amazingly awful "Drunk Text" dropped. Now Perez Hilton lists 21 actors and athletes whose... More »

Kobe Out for 6 to 9 Months: 'The Anger Is Rage'

Bryant learns he has ruptured Achilles tendon

(Newser) - Rotten news for Kobe Bryant: He has a ruptured Achilles tendon that will keep him out for six to nine months, the LA Lakers tweeted today . Asked whether Bryant will play again next year, team trainer Gary Vitti said "that's the plan" on Twitter. But it's a... More »

10 Most Unpopular Athletes

Manti Te'o joins Lance Armstrong at top of list

(Newser) - The new Nielsen/E-Poll survey of the most disliked athletes in America has the not-so-surprising name of Lance Armstrong at the top of the list, reports Forbes . More surprising is that Notre Dame star and soon-to-be-NFL'er Manti Te'o tied Armstrong with a measly 15% approval rating. Even if he... More »

Kobe Bryant Back Together With Wife

He and Vanessa announce reconciliation

(Newser) - Looks like Kobe Bryant won't be splitting up his fortune after all: He and wife Vanessa are back together. "We are pleased to announce that we have reconciled," they announce in a statement to Us . "Our divorce action will be dismissed. We are looking forward to... More »

Lakers Spurn Phil Jackson, Hire Mike D'Antoni

Jackson reportedly 'stunned'

(Newser) - The Los Angeles Lakers hired Mike D'Antoni (formerly of the Phoenix Suns and New York Knicks) as their new head coach last night, passing over longtime on-again off-again coach Phil Jackson. D'Antoni signed a three-year, $12 million deal around 11:30 last night. Jackson was ready to take... More »

USA Basketball Romps Over France

Plus, US gymnast Jordyn Wieber fails to qualify, Queen's granddaughter competes, and more

(Newser) - With Michelle Obama cheering them on, Lebron James, Kobe Bryant and the US men's basketball team tidily put France away today in a preliminary game, reports the New York Times , in the first step to defending their gold medal. Though France is led by Tony Parker and five other... More »

Kobe Bryant Breaks Nose in All-Star Foul

Dwayne Wade run-in drew blood

(Newser) - Dwayne Wade's foul against Kobe Bryant in last night's NBA All-Star Game left the Lakers star with a nasal fracture. Bryant suffered a good old-fashioned bloody nose, but stayed in the game, ESPN reports. Afterward, a CT scan showed a broken nose. Bryant is due to be reevaluated... More »

Kobe's Ex Now a Very Rich Woman

Vanessa Bryant scores all three mansions

(Newser) - Today's lesson in why prenups are a good idea for sports stars: Kobe Bryant's soon-to-be-ex-wife Vanessa scored $75 million in their divorce property settlement, TMZ reports. That's half of the couple's total estimated assets of $150 million. Vanessa gets all three of their Newport Beach-area mansions,... More »

Kobe Bryant's Wife Files for Divorce

No pre-nup, so Vanessa gets half of his $150M

(Newser) - Apparently fed up with Kobe Bryant's infidelities, his wife of 10-plus years filed for divorce yesterday, reports TMZ . The legal documents say "irreconcilable differences," but sources say Vanessa found out Kobe had been unfaithful one too many times. "She's been dealing with these incidents for... More »

Kobe to Play in Italy During NBA Lockout

He's reached verbal agreement with club: source

(Newser) - Kobe Bryant won’t be resting on his laurels during the NBA lockout . The Los Angeles Laker has verbally agreed to a $3 million contract to play with Italian club Virtus Bologna for the first 40 days of the Italian league season, a source tells the AP . Bryant grew up... More »

Kobe Accused of Church Assault

Man claims he sprained wrist when Bryant grabbed his phone

(Newser) - Kobe Bryant is accused of assaulting a man ... at church, of all places. While attending services at San Diego's St. Therese of Carmel on Sunday, Bryant apparently thought the man was taking pictures of him and wife Vanessa via cellphone, KTLA reports. The man claims Bryant then grabbed the... More »

NBA Fines Kobe Bryant $100K for Gay Slur

NBA star has apologized after slamming referee

(Newser) - Kobe Bryant not only unleashed a gay slur against an NBA ref last night, he did so in view of TNT's cameras. After outrage mounted today, the league fined him $100,000 and called his actions "offensive and inexcusable." Bryant got ticked off at referee Bennie Adams when... More »

How Kobe Killed Hightops

Once-dominant fashion has gone by the wayside

(Newser) - In case you hadn't noticed, hightop sneakers are on death's door. You can thank big stars like Steve Nash, who's worn low-tops all his life, and Kobe Bryant, whose switch to low-tops last year prompted four of his Lakers teammates to follow suit. Of course, they're not alone. Eighty percent... More »

9 Best Celebrity Mea Culpas

Tiger Woods joins David Letterman, Mel Gibson, more

(Newser) - Tiger Woods’ public apology today joins the ranks of other famous—and extremely public—celebrity mea culpas. E! rounds up the top nine:
  • Mel Gibson: After his DUI arrest, he tried to explain his sexist and anti-Semitic tirade to Diane Sawyer.
  • Michael Richards: Used the N-word during a standup bit,
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Kanye West Is the Next Maya Angelou

He's back in studio, comparing himself to legends

(Newser) - Famously egotistical rapper Kanye West is back in the studio—and comparing himself to Kobe Bryant and Maya Angelou in a typical-for-him, all-caps blog post . Unlike many rappers, he promises he won’t get worse with age, because “true poets get better,” he writes. There’s just one... More »

Worst Sports Excesses of the Decade

Pacman Jones' strip club behavior typifies the sad new culture

(Newser) - American sports culture descended into sheer decadence this decade, and no single incident sums it better than Pacman Jones' "making it rain" with cash in a Vegas strip club in 2007, writes Clay Travis for Fanhouse. The chaos that ensued after he tossed around the money—reportedly about $100,... More »

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