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Billy Reed: Kobe Bryant owned the air; he soared — until a helicopter crash brought him down

It is ironic that Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter crash because the air was his second home. In every game he played with the Los Angeles Lakers, Kobe didn’t just jump. He flew. He soared. And, yes, he could execute the 360-degree helicopter dunk when he wanted to give the fans a show. Like his hero, Michael Jordan, he complemented his talent by playing with a fierceness that enabled him to take...

John Calipari, former UK players shocked and saddened by death of L.A. Lakers star Kobe Bryant

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Like thousands of basketball fans, teams and coaches across the nation, John Calipari was speechless after hearing of the death of Kobe Bryant on Sunday. The Kentucky coach said, “we all are in a state of shock over the news of Kobe, his 13-year-old daughter and those who perished with them. No words work on a day like today; only a prayer.” “Lord, we all mourn...

Troy Gentry of Montgomery Gentry country music duo dies in helicopter crash in New Jersey

Troy Gentry, 50, half of the award-winning country music duo Montgomery Gentry, has died in a helicopter crash in New Jersey. 
The group’s website says Gentry “was tragically killed in a helicopter crash” that occurred around 1 p.m. Friday in Medford, New Jersey. Montgomery Gentry The group was supposed to perform Friday at the Flying W Airport & Resort in Medford. The statement...