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Word on the Street: Is Kobe sorry for slur?

Word on the Street: Is Kobe sorry for slur?

Wednesday, April 13, 2011
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Kobe fined for gay slur

After receiving a technical foul in last nights game, Kobe Bryant called referee Bennie Adams a derogatory slang word for homosexuals. It was caught on cameras on the nationally broadcast game and started a debate on Twitter. After looking into the matter, the NBA fined Kobe 100,000 for the slur.

Kobe released an official statement through the team today:

What I said last night should not be taken literally. My actions were out of frustration during the heat of the game, period. The words expressed do NOT reflect my feelings towards the gay and lesbian communities and were NOT meant to offend anyone. (Pro Basketball Talk)
Valet worker files suit against LeBron's mom

A valet at a Miami Beach hotel is suing Gloria James, claiming she verbally abused him and assaulted him while he was working. Rock Feller Sorel says he suffered pain, loss of income, and is seeking more than 15,000 in damages.

Attorneys for Gloria were reviewing the complaint.

LeBron's mother was arrested and charged with simple battery and disorderly intoxication last week. (MiamiHerald.com)

Marquette signs O.J. Mayo's brother

Buzz Williams has another reason to be excited for next year: Todd Mayo has signed a letter of intent with Marquette.

Mayo is a 6-3, 190-pound guard from Huntington, W.V.and the brother of Grizzlies guard O.J. Mayo. He joins forward Juan Anderson and point guard Derrick Wilson in Marquette's 2011 recruiting class.

Williams said that Mayo is the "perfect complement" to his returning squad. (Chicago Breaking Sports)

Ex-Maine East guard signs with DePaul

DePaul added guard Charles McKinney to its incoming class. The Chicago native played at Maine East for three seasons before competing last season at Quality Education Academy in North Carolina. McKinney is ranked by ESPN.com as a top-60 shooting guard.

The 6-foot-4 guard's addition makes DePaul's class a top-25 group nationally, according to CBSSports.com. McKinney enters DePaul with other Chicagoland signees Jamee Crockett and Macari Brooks along with Shane Larkin and Derrell Robertson.

"Were really pleased to add Charles to the fold, DePaul coach Oliver Purnell said in a statement. He is the kind of tough athlete from a winning program that we need to build with. Hes anxious to be here and were anxious to have him. (Chicago Breaking Sports)

Playoff drama highlights a busy week on High School Lites

Playoff drama highlights a busy week on High School Lites

High School Lites had a busy show as it was the final week of the regular season for IHSA boys basketball Class 3A and 4A. The Class 1A and 2A playoffs also tipped in boys basketball as the show has some thrilling regional titles that were decided in the final minute. And finally, the girls basketball Class 1A and 2A state semifinals were played on Friday as the state's top teams played in Bloomington.

Be sure to follow us on Twitter @NBCSPreps for the latest news and scores for IHSA basketball.

Wintrust Athlete of the Week: Richards wrestler Mia Palumbo

Saint Xavier Team of the Week: Simeon boys basketball

Highlights

Marshall shocks Leo in Class 2A regional final

Aurora Christian runs past Harvert Christian for 1A regional title

Buzzer-beater lifts Monticello over Gibson City for regional title

Jacobs goes unbeaten in Fox Valley with win over Dundee-Crown

West Aurora gets by rival East Aurora

Yorkville completes season sweep of DeKalb

Lemont escapes past T.F. North

Marshall needs OT to get past Teutopolis in girls 2A semifinals

Harlan takes down Eureka in 2A semifinals

Stockton runs by Okaw Valley in 1A

Schlarman races by Lebanon

Three Things to Watch: Blackhawks hit road to face Blue Jackets

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Three Things to Watch: Blackhawks hit road to face Blue Jackets

Here are Three Things to Watch when the Blackhawks take on the Columbus Blue Jackets tonight on NBC Sports Chicago and streaming live on the NBC Sports app. Coverage begins at 5:30 p.m. with Blackhawks Pregame Live.

1. One big reunion.

The Blackhawks will square off with the Blue Jackets for the first time since Oct. 7, which was the second game of the season. In that game, they won 5-1 led by Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Brandon Saad, each of whom scored a goal and added an assist.

Of course, that was the first game since the offseason trade that sent Artemi Panarin to Columbus and Saad back to Chicago, along with Anton Forsberg. Artem Anisimov, of course, was part of the original deal that sent Saad to Columbus in 2015, so there are a lot of emotional ties between the two teams.

Forsberg didn't get a chance to face the Blue Jackets in the first meeting, but there's a chance he will this time with it being the second of a back-to-back and Jean-Francois Berube getting the start in Friday's 3-1 win over San Jose.

2. Panarin and Kane bromance.

The emotions of a difficult break-up have probably died down by now, but Panarin and Kane gave us this moment at center ice during pregame warmups in their first game against each other and it hit Chicago right in the feels:

Panarin has spent enough time apart from Kane for people to realize how big of a star he is in his own right, leading the Blue Jackets in all three scoring categories: goals (17), assists (32) and points (49).

He hasn't gone more than three games this season without recording a point, and is looking to extend his point streak to four games, which would tie a season high.

3. Struggling Blue Jackets special teams.

The Blue Jackets got off to a great start but are barely clinging onto a wild card spot going into Saturday's game, and a big reason for that slide is their lack of success on special teams. Usually one can pick up the slack for the other, but they've been brutal in both departments.

The Blue Jackets are 0-for-9 on the power play in their past five games and are ranked 31st overall, converting on only 14.1 percent of their opportunities. They also have own the 27th-ranked penalty kill with a 76.3 percent success rate.

So if there's an area the Blackhawks can exploit, it's that. But, you know, still be mindful of that Russian winger's one-timer from the faceoff circle.