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Two California cases of new virus from China reported by health officials

Two people in California — one in Los Angeles County and another in Orange County — have tested positive for the coronavirus, the California Department of Public Health reported on Sunday. Both patients, who were not identified, had recently traveled to Wuhan, China, the source of the outbreak that has sickened some two thousand patients and caused dozens of deaths since December. “The California Department of Public Health has been preparing for this situation by working closely with local health departments and health care providers,” Dr. Sonia Angell, CDPH Director and State Health Officer, said in a prepared statement. “California is prepared for more cases that may arise.” The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health said Sunday the infected person presented themselves for care once they noticed that they were not feeling well and they are currently receiving medical attention. Another new case, based in Arizona, also was reported by the U.S. Centers of Disease Control on Sunday.  A total of five cases are now being tracked in the U.S., including the cases in Seattle and Chicago reported last week. Those patients remain hospitalized.…

Kobe Bryant leaves lasting impact with Orange County girls basketball community

Kobe Bryant represented different things to millions of people around the world. To Orange County’s small and close-knit girls basketball community, he symbolized inspiration, friendship, mentorship, hope and pure wonder that they could literally touch. The Lakers’ legend was one of them. So it was with heavy hearts and after shedding tears that players and coaches remembered Bryant after he and his daughter Gianna were among nine people who died Sunday in a helicopter crash in Calabasas. “Kobe Bryant was an inspiration and someone who I looked up to,” Tustin High junior guard Alyssa Norada said. “Growing up, I used to watch his highlights before bed or watch them before games, trying to learn how to perfect a signature move.” Like so many in Orange County girls basketball, Norada also spent time with Bryant, 41, in person. He coached Gianna, 13, on the Orange County-based Mambas, an elite travel basketball team consisting of eighth graders. The team also included Alyssa Altobelli, another 13-year-old who died in the crash along with her parents, longtime Orange Coast College baseball coach John Altobelli and Keri. Christina Mauser, Bryant’s…

With unrivaled ‘game,’ on and off the court, Kobe Bryant defined LA for a generation

LA icons … There’s Magic. There’s Vinny. Edward James Olmos. Marilyn, of course. And Nipsey. And then, there’s Kobe Bryant — the kid from Pennsylvania whose mad skills were on display for the world — from a uniquely suited-for-him L.A. stage. “Kobe! Kobe! Kobe! “ The chants would rise and fall every 10 or 15 minutes or so Sunday night in the crisp air outside of Staples Center, where hundreds — donning No. 8 8 or No. 24 — mourned. There was an urgency to those chants — like the fourth quarter of a Game 7, Lakers vs. Celtics. They flowed in and out, from early morning when the news first broke, to long after dark. A boom box thumped. There was even some mariachi music blasting somewhere. At multiple vigils scattered around the spacious LA Live quad, the thumping turned to reverence and reflection as the candles burned and the tears flowed. There was the man from Orange County who recalled how Lakers games in the Kobe era brought his family together. There was the Palmdale couple who couldn’t miss Kobe’s last game —…

Nick Castellanos signs with Reds, so where do the Giants go from here?

For the second straight offseason, the San Francisco Giants have failed to sign a marquee free agent. Outfielder Nick Castellanos’ decision to reportedly sign a four-year, $64 million deal with the Cincinnati Reds on Monday means all of the coveted players who hit the market this winter have now agreed to terms with various teams. The Giants never publicly indicated they were out to reel in one of baseball’s biggest fish this offseason, but several reports linked them to Castellanos who appeared to be a genuine fit for a team in desperate need of corner outfielders with power. With Castellanos heading to a National League Central team that made one of the loudest statements of any this offseason, former Reds and Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig is now the top player who has yet to sign. Zaidi has a history with Puig, who spent the first six years of his career in Los Angeles, but after missing on Castellanos, it seems more likely the Giants will forego the chance to sign a major league free agent in the outfield. Since hiring new manager Gabe Kapler and…

How Erin Andrews went from ‘Manute’ to ‘sexiest sportscaster’

“Do I feel like looks open the door? 100 percent. Sure does. But let me tell you, that didn’t keep me in the door. I think it’s because I worked my a– off.” That’s Erin Andrews speaking about how sex appeal — along with a fierce dedication to her craft — have made her one of the most successful women in broadcasting, On Sunday, Andrews will be working her third Super Bowl as a sideline reporter for Fox as the 49ers battle the Chiefs. But before that, “Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel” (10 p.m. Tuesday, HBO) delivers a compelling profile of “America’s first and only sports reporter to moonlight as a Hollywood celebrity.” In addition to her sportscasting duties for Fox, Andrews is a co-host on ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars,” and has a huge social media following. In the segment, correspondent Soledad O’Brien goes one-on-one with Andrews, who addresses some of the challenges she’s faced throughout her career, including a brutal legal battle with a stalker who posted a nude video of her online and, more recently, a struggle with cervical cancer. As she navigated…

San Diego State remains unbeaten with win over UNLV, sets school consecutive victories streak

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The San Diego State men’s basketball team set school records for longest winning streak and best start to a season Sunday with a 71-67 victory over UNLV in Las Vegas. The Aztecs improved to 21-0, breaking the records set by the 2010-11 Kawhi Leonard-led team that advanced to the Sweet 16. San Diego State also won 20 consecutive games in the 2013-14 season. The Aztecs led 34-28 at halftime, but were outscored 12-4 to open the second half. The Runnin’ Rebels (11-11) took the lead — their first since the game’s first basket — with 13 minutes, 28 seconds left when Cheikh Mbacke Diong’s basket gave them a 40-38 lead. San Diego State responded with a 15-7 run to take a 55-47 lead with 4:54 remaining. “It’s college basketball, everyone has a run in them and (UNLV coach) TJ (Otzelberger) has done a great job with his team,” Aztecs coach Brian Dutcher said. “We knew they were ready for this moment, cause we’d seen it many times with TJ’s club, they get better and better. They played the right way, they…

Music stars pay tribute to Kobe Bryant at Grammys award show

LOS ANGELES (AP) — From the red carpet to the main stage, sadness loomed over music’s biggest night Sunday at the arena in downtown Los Angeles where Kobe Bryant played for 20 years for the city’s NBA team. Bryant’s death in a helicopter crash earlier in the day was acknowledged in the opening minutes of the Grammys broadcast. Before her performance, Lizzo said, “This is for Kobe.” She went on to perform “Truth Hurts” and “Cuz I Love You.” Host Alicia Keys said she was feeling “crazy sad” about Bryant. She was joined on stage with Boyz II Men, who collectively sang “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday.” “The whole wide world lost a hero,” the singer said in front of the audience. “We are standing her literally heartbroken in the house that Kobe Bryant built.” Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, and seven others were killed in the crash on a steep hillside in dense morning fog in Southern California. He was 41 and had retired from the Lakers in 2016. Some shed tears for Bryant on the red carpet. Others were almost speechless ahead of the 62nd annual…

Bryant’s helicopter flew in fog that grounded other choppers

CALABASAS, Calif. (AP) — The helicopter carrying Kobe Bryant and eight others that crashed into a rugged hillside outside Los Angeles was flying in foggy conditions considered dangerous enough that local police agencies grounded their choppers. The helicopter plunged into a steep hillside at about 9:45 a.m. Sunday with an impact that scattered debris over an area the size of a football field and killed all aboard. The accident unleashed an outpouring of grief from admirers around the world who mourned the sudden loss of the all-time basketball great who spent his entire 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers. Thousands of fans, many wearing Bryant jerseys and chanting his name, gathered outside the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles, home of the Lakers and site of Sunday’s Grammy Awards where Bryant was honored. The 41-year-old Bryant, who perished with his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, was one of the game’s most popular players and the face of the 16-time NBA champion Lakers. The cause of the crash was unknown, but conditions at the time were such that the Los Angeles Police Department and the county sheriff’s department grounded their…

Silicon Valley Billionaire Sues California, San Mateo County in Fight Over Secluded Beach

A billionaire who has been fighting for more than a decade to keep a secluded beach to himself has sued California and San Mateo County. Venture capitalist Vinod Khosla accuses officials in the lawsuit filed Friday in San Francisco of harassing him and violating his property rights. The San Francisco Chronicle reports the complaint accuses state and local officials of trying to force him to let the public onto his property to use Martins Beach. Khosla bought the 89-acre coastal property for $32.5 million in 2008.

Kobe Bryant’s Helicopter Pilot Was Given Clearance to Fly Under Worse-Than-Normal Conditions, Audio Reveals

Millions of people never met him, but the sudden death of Kobe Bryant and eight others has left a country in mourning. Officials assess the wreckage of the helicopter crash that killed Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gigi and seven others on Jan. 26, 2020 in Calabasas. (Credit: Christina House / Los Angeles Times) The 41-year-old NBA legend died in a helicopter crash under foggy conditions in Calabasas, California. Visibility was so low Sunday morning that Los Angeles police had grounded its helicopters, spokesman Josh Rubenstein said. The helicopter crashed into a hillside, killing all nine people on board — including Bryant’s 13-year-old daughter, Gianna. The official cause of the crash has not been determined. As fans around the world grapple with Bryant’s death, new clues are emerging about what happened shortly before the crash. The helicopter was operating under “special visual flight rules,” according to an air traffic control conversation with the pilot, captured by website LiveATC.net. An SVFR clearance allows a pilot to fly in weather conditions worse than those allowed for standard visual flight rules (VFR). The Burbank Airport control tower allowed the helicopter to proceed…

At Least 2 Dead, Several More Missing After Dozens of Boats Catch Fire at Alabama Dock

At least two people died and more are missing after an overnight fire destroyed a dock of about 35 boats in Jackson County Park in Alabama, the Scottsboro Fire Department told CNN. Two bodies have been recovered from the water, according to Chief Deputy Rocky Harnen with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department. Six or seven people remain unaccounted for, Harnen said. Most of the boats at the dock were houseboats, the Fire Department said. Harnen said it was a “total destruction” of about 35 boats, which were at the covered boat dock. “The dock is collapsed, (and) we can’t get to all the boats right now,” Harnen said. “We have a list of residents here and we are trying to confirm whereabouts of everyone.” Seven people were rescued from the water and taken to the hospital for burns and potential hypothermia, Scottsboro Fire Chief Gene Mecklaus told CNN affiliate WHNT. Each of the seven had jumped off a boat or off a dock into the water, and all are in stable condition, he said. Agencies from across the state are responding, including Scottsboro Police, Jackson…

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