Update on the latest in sports:
Los Angeles honors Kobe, Gianna Bryant with public memorial
LOS ANGELES (AP) – NBA legend Kobe Bryant is being remembered today in a public farewell at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Thousands of mourners will gather to pay their respects to the former Los Angeles Laker, as well as his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and the seven others who were killed Jan. 26 in a helicopter crash.
The Celebration of Life will feature music and retrospectives on Bryant’s career, along with speakers reflecting on his impact on his sport and the world. Bryant became active in film, television and writing after his career ended in 2016.
Staples Center is sold out for the memorial. The money made from ticket sales will be given to the Mamba and Mambacita Sports Foundation, which supports youth sports programs in underserved communities and teaches sports to girls and women.
Big changes are coming to the NFL scouting combine this year
INDIANAPOLIS(AP) – The NFL’s annual gathering of top college talent is going to look a whole lot different this year.
There are 16 new position-specific drills being unveiled at this year’s scouting combine and 10 old ones being eliminated.
The league is moving most of the on-field drills to prime time to get more of an audience.
And two teams aren’t bringing their assistant coaches this year.
The Broncos and Rams will have their staffs watch the drills on television and review interviews on film as they evaluate this year’s crop of college prospects.
Survey finds Olympic, elite athletes struggling financially
UNDATED (AP) – A new survey finds that the majority of elite and Olympic athletes struggle to make ends meet.
Fifty-eight percent of the 491 survey respondents from across the globe say they do not consider themselves financially stable.
Scores of athletes say the funding they receive from sports organizations in their countries is hardly enough to make ends meet.
Majorities say multibillion-dollar organizations like the International Olympic Committee should pay them to compete at their events.
Over the last year, the advocacy group Global Athlete received responses from 491 athletes spread across six continents, about 200 of whom identified themselves as Olympians or Paralympians, and the rest of whom compete at an elite level in their country or at an international level.
Kids under 12 banned from heading soccer balls in practice
LONDON (AP) – Children up to the age of 12 will be banned from heading a soccer ball in practice sessions in England, Northern Ireland and Scotland as authorities look to address the potential long-term impact on health of head injuries.
The governing bodies of the three regions made the decision months after a Scottish study found former professional players there were less likely to die of common causes such as heart disease and cancer compared with the general population but more likely to die with dementia.
The guidelines say there will be a “graduated approach” to heading in practice for kids from 12-15, while the heading will be restricted to one practice session per week for kids 16 and 17.
There will be no change in terms of heading in matches, taking into consideration the extremely limited number of headers which actually occur in youth matches.
Supreme Court won’t hear case brought by author Jon Krakauer
WASHINGTON (AP) – The educational records of a star University of Montana quarterback accused of rape will remain confidential after the Supreme Court declined to get involved in the case brought by author Jon Krakauer.
Krakauer had made a public records request for the documents in 2014 while writing the book “Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town.” But Montana officials denied him access to the documents related to former University of Montana quarterback Jordan Johnson, who was accused of rape by an acquaintance in 2012.
Krakauer, the author of “Into the Wild” and “Into Thin Air,” took officials to court over their denial. A lower court initially ordered Krakauer be given access to the records but the Montana Supreme Court disagreed.
Sports court holds open hearing in cyclist’s doping case
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) – The Court of Arbitration for Sport has begun a public hearing in Switzerland for cyclist Andre Cardoso to challenge a four-year ban for doping.
Cardoso’s lawyers took the option to request a rare public hearing open to registered media and observers.
Chinese swimmer Sun Yang was the first party to a CAS case that requested an open-door process under recently modified rules. A verdict in Sun’s case is pending this month.
Cardoso is appealing against a ban imposed by the International Cycling Union after his positive test for the hormone EPO two weeks before the 2017 Tour de France.
The case has been complicated by the backup sample provided by Cardoso not matching the original sample that tested positive for the endurance-boosting hormone.
His lawyer Yasin Patel argued the burden of proof had shifted unfairly on his client.