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Bryant cruises past St. Francis (Pa.) in 78-58 win

Bryant cruises past St. Francis (Pa.) in 78-58 win

LORETTA, Pa. (AP) Alex Francis scored 21 points and Dyami Starks had 18 to lead Bryant to a 78-58 win over St. Francis (Pa.) on Saturday.

Bryant did not have much trouble with the Red Flash, jumping out to a 22-8 lead when Francis scored on a layup with 6:36 left in the first half. The Bulldogs closed the first half with a 9-3 run to claim a 40-18 halftime advantage.

St. Francis never posed a threat the rest of way, shooting 38 percent (21 of 55) from the floor for the game. Bryant shot 54 percent (27 of 50) in the victory.

Frankie Dobbie scored 11 points and had four assists, but also had six turnovers for the Red Flash (9-4, 2-0 Northeast Conference). Joe O'Shea pitched in with 10 points and Francis had seven rebounds.

Earl Brown recorded a double-double with 12 points and 15 rebounds for St. Francis (1-12, 1-1).

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Nationals pay tribute to John Altobelli, another victim in Sunday's helicopter crash

Nationals pay tribute to John Altobelli, another victim in Sunday's helicopter crash

The sports world was shaken on Sunday after hearing the news that legendary NBA player Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna, died in a helicopter crash earlier that morning.

As the somber evening wore on, more information came out regarding the victims of the tragedy. One of the passengers on the helicopter was longtime Orange Coast College and Cape Cod League manager John Altobelli.

Altobelli's daughter was a teammate of Bryant's daughter, Gianna, and the helicopter was traveling to one of their youth basketball games. Altobelli's wife, Keri, was also on board. There were no survivors.

On Monday, the Nationals Twitter account shared their condolences for Altobelli and his family.

The Nationals were one of the multiple teams to share their sympathy for the Altobelli family. Both New York Mets outfielder Jeff McNeil and Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge played under Altobelli in the Cape Cod League.

Orange Coast was expected to begin its season on Tuesday.

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Dwayne Haskins reflects on bond with Kobe Bryant from pre-draft workouts

Dwayne Haskins reflects on bond with Kobe Bryant from pre-draft workouts

Terrible news hit America on Sunday when word came out that basketball legend Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter crash along with his daughter and seven others. 

A tragic event for a man and a player that made an impact far beyond basketball. Bryant was known for many things, but more than any, it might have been his competitive spirit. A five-time NBA champion and an 18-time All-Star, Bryant's play was defined by a fluid game and an unstoppable spirit. 

For Redskins quarterback Dwayne Haskins, he got to see some of Bryant's spirit up close. Last year, before the NFL Draft, Haskins trained at Bryant's gym in Los Angeles, and their encounters made an impression on the signal-caller. 

"He's definitely a guy that brings a lot to the table as far as how he trains, how he prepares and what he expects out of his teammates. Very, very demanding," Haskins said of Bryant. "I want to be able to have that other tool, being able to have that edge that Kobe had. Of course, I play like that, but I'd be able to lead like that. That's why I studied Kobe."

Haskins is one of many young athletes that grew up watching Bryant, and for plenty, idolizing Bryant. 

After the news broke Sunday, Haskins reacted on Twitter.

Haskins said it well: RIP to a legend. Gone too soon. 

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