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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...

Jamie Vaught: Nonfiction titles for your winter reading list, just in time for holiday shopping

The first of a two-part series • “Between Breaths: A Memoir of Panic and Addiction” by Elizabeth Vargas (Grand Central Publishing, $27) chronicles her lifelong battle with anxiety before turning to alcohol and then recovery. The author is a well-known TV reporter for ABC network, serving as co-anchor of the popular 20/20 program. In 2014, Vargas made national news when she went on record with...