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Kobe Bryant celebration of life: Beyonce and Jimmy Kimmel open tributes to Lakers legend

Jordan, considered by many to be basketball's GOAT, recalled an up-and-coming Bryant calling him late at night, bothering him about post-up moves, footwork or other intricacies of the game they would go on to master. "That nuisance turned into love over a period of time," Jordan said, weeping. "At first, it was an aggravation, but then it turned into a certain passion. This kid had passion like you would never
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Jimmy Crute believes he’s No. 1 prospect after win

Jimmy Crute is back in the win column. Serving as the UFC on ESPN+ 26 co-main event, Crute (11-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) defeated Michal Oleksiejczuk (14-3 MMA, 2-1 UFC) by first-round Kimura submission. The win served as a rebound for Crute, who was coming off a loss to Misha Cirkunov in September. “I was super happy,” Crute said on the ESPN+ post-fight show. “I was just happy to be able
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UFC Fight Night analysis, results — Jimmy Crute puts on clinic in victory

Jimmy Crute had a plan, he stuck with it and it served him well.Eight seconds into the co-main event of UFC Fight Night on Saturday night in Auckland, New Zealand, Crute shot for the legs of Michal Oleksiejczuk and took him to the canvas. And when the Polish lightweight climbed back to his feet, Crute took him down again. And again and again.Before he was finished, Crute had scored eight
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Trae Young scores career-high 50, gets last laugh on Jimmy Butler

ATLANTA -- Trae Young didn't attribute his first 50-point game to confidence gained from his first All-Star start.Belief in himself has never been a problem for the high-scoring guard with a fondness for 30-foot jumpers.Young had a career-high 50 points and the Atlanta Hawks scored the last 10 points of the game to beat the Miami Heat 129-124 on Thursday night.Young made 18 of 19 free throws and 8 of
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Miami made the Jimmy Butler gamble that Chicago never could

IT'S BUZZING INSIDE AmericanAirlines Arena.It is Jan. 23 in the middle of another sun-drenched day along Biscayne Bay, and the Miami Heat have just wrapped up practice and a film session. Players are shuffling to the trainer's room. Staffers float in and out of the double doors leading into the locker room. Teammates and coaches conduct interviews with members of the media.Among them is Jimmy Butler, navigating a conversation about
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Joel Embiid and Jimmy Butler share cryptic social media exchange

10:05 PM ETTory BarronESPN Editor CloseTory Barron is a Bristol-based writer and editor for ESPN.com. After retiring from playing lacrosse at UConn, the DC native decided to try her hand at writing about people playing sports.Is Jimmy Butler out here recruiting? His reply to Joel Embiid's cryptic social media post would kind of, sort of imply that.On Monday, Philadelphia 76ers big man Embiid took to Instagram to share a photo
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Bashaud Breeland’s pick of Jimmy G leads to points

7:17 PM ETAdam TeicherESPN Staff Writer CloseCovered Chiefs for 20 seasons for Kansas City Star Joined ESPN in 2013Follow on TwitterFacebookTwitterFacebook MessengerPinterestEmailprintMIAMI GARDENS, Fla. -- The Kansas City Chiefs came up with the game's first turnover on Bashaud Breeland's interception early in the second quarter.Stonecold and Big Mike with the pressure, Breezy with the pick 👊 pic.twitter.com/9G79wL3jyV— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) February 3, 2020 Chris Jones got pressure in Jimmy
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Conor McGregor or Jimmy Garoppolo?

Super Bowl LIV between the San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs takes place Sunday in Miami, and with it will come a whole lot of betting. Of course, you can wager on normal things like the spread, which lists the Chiefs -1.5, and the over/under, which sits at 54.5, as of this writing, according to BetMGM. There’s also a host of player prop bets to consider – like Chiefs
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Patrick Mahomes, Jimmy Garoppolo both in ‘great situations,’ says Chiefs QB

AVENTURA, Fla. -- To Patrick Mahomes, the similarities between himself and Jimmy Garoppolo don't end with the fact that each player will quarterback a team in Super Bowl LIV on Sunday. They extend to the idea that each player was put in the right position to take advantage of his skills."Being in the right organization with the right coaches, the right teammates ... being in this league it's not about
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49ers’ Jimmy Garoppolo motivated by questions about his lesser workload

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- After attempting the fourth-fewest passes ever in an NFL postseason game, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo has heard the chatter.As the Niners begin preparation for Super Bowl LIV against the Kansas City Chiefs, Garoppolo acknowledged Thursday that he knows how he might be viewed in the grand scheme of the offense after his eight pass attempts in the NFC Championship game.Not that he's worried about