FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailiStock(PHILADELPHIA) — Kobe Bryant was honored Saturday at his former high school in a packed gymnasium, nearly a week after his shocking death.Around 1,600 people, including Bryant’s cousin and former high school teammates, showed up for the tribute at Lower Merion High School in Ardmore, Pennsylvania, in the Kobe Bryant Gymnasium.Kevin Grugan, one of the NBA legend’s high school teammates, who is now the assistant coach for the school’s boys basketball team, thanked those who have shown an “outpouring of love and support.”Grugan also announced that Bryant’s legacy would be commemorated in the gym, with his high-school jersey framed on a wall.“We will welcome Kobe home in a small way,” Grugan said. “As the jersey that belongs here is finally here.”A video montage of Bryant’s life and career was also played, including a final image of him smiling court-side with his arm wrapped around his 13-year-old daughter Gianna “Gigi” Bryant. The two were among nine people killed in a helicopter crash on Jan. 26.The other victims were identified as college baseball coach John Altobelli, his wife Keri Altobelli, their daughter Alyssa Altobelli, basketball coach Christina Mauser, Sarah Chester, her daughter Payton Chester and pilot Ara Zobayan.The tribute took place between the varsity girls and varsity boys basketball games.Bryant graduated from Lower Merion, located in the suburbs of Philadelphia, in 1996 and went straight to the NBA.Gregg Downer, who was Bryant’s coach throughout high school, was in attendance at the ceremony but did not publicly speak. Bryant’s cousin, John Cox, who plays French professional basketball, also attended the ceremony but did not publicly speak.“Aces Nation has lost its heartbeat,” Downer said in an earlier statement, referring to the school’s nickname for its basketball team.The high school memorial is among the countless that have poured in since his death. On Friday night, the Los Angeles Lakers returned to the court for their first game since the tragedy. Bryant spent his entire 20-year career with the Lakers.“Tonight we celebrate the kid that came here at 18, retired at 38 and became probably the best dad we’ve seen over the last three years,” James said.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. Written by February 1, 2020 /Sports News – National Kobe Bryant honored at memorial by his Philadelphia-area high school Beau Lund
Captain of the Black Stars, Andre Ayew, says he is content with the team’s performance in their two AFCON 2021 qualifying matches against South Africa and Sao Tome and Principe.Ghana’s Black Stars beat Sao Tome 1-0 in the second AFCON 2021 Qualifiers played on Monday to maintain a 100 percent start, having opened the qualifiers with a 2-0 win over Bafana. Bafana 4 days prior.A second-half Jordan Ayew’s penalty gave Kwesi Appiah’s men their second win in the qualifiers in as many matches.“I am very happy, I want to congratulate the boys for what they have done so far. The camp has been brilliant, and discipline has been perfect.Every plan we had was executed very well, we have six points and no one in our group was able to do that.This is just the beginning and it’s good we have been able to get these points and I hope we are able to continue like that”.The Black Stars now top Group C with six points and will play Sudan in the third round of qualifiers in August 2020.
Ghana have been drawn into Group C of qualification for 2021 Africa Cup of Nations along with South Africa and Sudan.The winner of preliminary round qualifier between Mauritius and Sao Tome & Principe will complete the group. The draw took place in Cairo on Thursday evening ahead of this year’s final between Senegal and Algeria. The Black Stars were seeded as one of the top teams for the draw despite failing to reach the quarter-finals in Egypt. They suffered a round of 16 exit at the hands of Tunisia. There are 12 groups consisting of four teams each. The top two sides from each group will qualify for the showpiece that will be held in Cameroon, who were initially supposed to host the 2019 edition.The preliminary ties will be played in October and the group phase kicks off the following month with two rounds. Full draw:Group A: Mali, Guinea, Namibia, Liberia/ChadGroup B: Burkina Faso, Uganda, Malawi, South Sudan/SeychellesGroup C: Ghana, South Africa, Sudan, Mauritius/Sao Tome PrincipeGroup D: Congo DR, Gabon, Angola, Djibouti/Gambia, Group E: Morocco, Central Africa, Burundi, MauritaniaGroup F: Cameroon, Mozambique, Rwanda, Cape Verde Group G: Egypt, Kenya, Togo, Comoros Islands, Group H: Algeria, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Zambia, Group I: Senegal, Congo, Guinea-Bissau, Eswatini Group J: Tunisia, Libya, Tanzania, Equatorial Guinea, Group K: Cote d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Niger, MadagascarGroup L: Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Benin, Lesotho—
Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (72) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +35 Vote up Vote down Charlotte Brooks · 317 weeks ago It’s 4 days please let us have some fun. There were no major injuries and maybe they do need to stop at 10pm but other than that this is a tradition of good clean family fun atleast at my house . Agree people need to clean up after themselves but maybe fines can be given to property owners if the street in front of their house is left trashy . Report Reply 3 replies · active 317 weeks ago +26 Vote up Vote down Serious · 317 weeks ago Ok, let’s go this route.. How many people were arrested on July 1-4, having to do with fireworks? How many times did the Fire Department have to go out to calls related to fireworks? I choose not to go anywhere during this time, except during the day, because I KNOW PEOPLE ARE SHOOTING OFF FIREWORKS IN THE STREETS!! Yes, people need to clean up after themselves, however, this holiday brings out the neighbors, and allows them to unite the neighborhood in some areas. Someone needs a little less time on their hands… Report Reply 0 replies · active 317 weeks ago +28 Vote up Vote down Cathy Page · 317 weeks ago Aw, come on, now. The Fourth of July is a favorite holiday for our family! The kids love shooting off fireworks. I know they are loud, and they can be dangerous when not properly supervised, and they are messy, but so are dogs and kids and motorcycles, etc. Most things that are that much fun has some kind of drawback to them, but when you weight it out, the fun and memories are way bigger than the noise and the mess. I hope the council votes to keep fireworks. It’s only 4 days out of the year, and it’s an American tradition! Report Reply 0 replies · active 317 weeks ago +8 Vote up Vote down concernedaunt · 317 weeks ago My biggest problem with the fireworks is the MESS!!! People shoot the fireworks off in the street and then they leave the mess for others to clean up or for the street dept. to clean up. No one should leave a mess for someone to clean up and this problem needs to be enforced. I also think that time for shooting fireworks should be shortened. I know every night I could hear fireworks being shot off way after midnight. This needs to stop. Report Reply 1 reply · active 316 weeks ago -15 Vote up Vote down Sherre Sawyer · 317 weeks ago I think 4 days is too long. I think the hours per day is too long. The 4th of July is one day. I expressed my concerns several years ago and was bombarded with emails from the then council members with regard to “commerce.” I am not saying they should only be sold for one day, but how about thinking about our population and the health and well being of all our residents. I think the 4th of July should be hailed and respected….on the 4th of July!! The very meaning of it is changed in my opinion when you carry it out as long as this community does. Too long and too large!!! Report Reply 3 replies · active 316 weeks ago -10 Vote up Vote down cheers · 317 weeks ago How about no shooting off fireworks while riding a hours with a child in your arms in a parade route..geez people its a holiday..about next no trick or treating or Christmas lights. Report Reply 0 replies · active 317 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down WHSmom · 317 weeks ago I am not opposed to having fireworks…that is great..BUT let’s go by the rules…none after 10….and only shoot off what you buy IN Wellington….and don’t make your own make shift fireworks..daughter had pictures fall off the wall from the fireworks going off….bet those weren’t bought in Wellington…AND NONE after the fourth..heard firecrackers go off for 3 days after the 4th…AGAIN follow the rules… Report Reply 1 reply · active 317 weeks ago +15 Vote up Vote down anonymous · 317 weeks ago Seems the “fun police” are always at the ready to bring darkness to anything enjoyable. Independence Day – and the little bit of revelry tht comes with it – is but a small “slice of Americana” that we have far too little of anymore. Why is it that some “grumblers” would even wish to foist THEIR way of thinking on everyone else? If someone in your neighborhood is having too much fun, simply knock on their door and tell them you don’t like that. If they’re making a mess, ask them to clean it up! How hard is that? But don’t try to shove another RULE or REGULATION or LAW down our throats, we’re kinda tired of it. Report Reply 3 replies · active 316 weeks ago +16 Vote up Vote down Marc · 317 weeks ago The 4th of July is about LIBERTY and FREEDOM … not making more laws. Report Reply 0 replies · active 317 weeks ago +26 Vote up Vote down Larry · 317 weeks ago Please folks remember when you were a kid. The thrill of shooting of fireworks before the fourth and then celebrating the holiday and shooting even more. It is a special holiday that should be celebrated in a special way. It is time for family and friends getting together and spending time celebrating the great country. So many have tried to ruin and a lot are working hard at it. They have taken away so much on the cause of being politically correct. Don’t take this away. Report Reply 0 replies · active 317 weeks ago 12345Next » Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments < by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow â€” The Fourth of July holiday can be a bang of a good time for many, but a Wellington resident expressed his displeasure with the holiday at Tuesdayâ€™s City Council meeting.Wellington resident Perry Wiley questioned the current fireworks policy. The council decided it will revisit the issue at a later date.During the audience participation Wiley made the following statement:â€œI think the fireworks got out of hand this yearâ€¦ It wasnâ€™t too well enforced. I couldnâ€™t get up and down my street because of all the fireworks. I spoke to a lady who works at Sterling House and she couldnâ€™t get there because of the fireworks by the apartments near Sterling House.â€œIn short of banning all fireworks, which I would be in favor of, they should be banned in residential areas. They should only be shot in parks or ballfields or wherever.â€Perry said he had to pick up fireworks residue from his yard for two days and wasnâ€™t able to get on his roof of his house but worried about fireworks up there.â€œThe length of time when fireworks are being shot is too long this year,â€ Wiley said. â€œ10 a.m. to 10 p.m. is plenty of time to detonate fireworks. Everyone likes to stay up past 10 p.m. but on the fourth of July I went to sleep at 12:15 a.m. because people were still shooting off then even though they werenâ€™t supposed to.â€He also said that the size of the fireworks needs to be addressed. You can hear some of them pop off more than a mile away. He suggested posting rules on shooting fireworks.Wellington City Council member Vince Wetta said he has been gone during the holidays for five or six consecutive years, but was around this year and was surprised how much things have changed.â€œFireworks are bigger, they are prettier than they were in the past,â€ Wetta said. â€œI donâ€™t think we should ban fireworks because that canâ€™t be enforced. But Iâ€™d like to look at the current ordinance.â€Council member B.J. Tracy said when he first got on the council several years back he had suggested banning fireworks because he had worked for the fire department and about the liability attached to it.â€œThey about hung me from the nearest flag pole for suggesting it,â€ Tracy said. â€œThen we talked about restricting the area (to shoot off fireworks). If I remember right the opinion then was if you had designated fireworks area, then it would cause the city more liability because we would be congesting people together – which could result in more accidents.â€Wellington Mayor Roger Stallbaumer suggested the city council look at the issue during a future work session.Follow us on Twitter.