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Kobe Bryant’s widow leaves him a heartfelt message on his 42nd birthday

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Kobe, with wife Vanessa, accepting his Oscar for Best Animated Short in 2018.

NBA legend Kobe Bryant would have turned 42 years old today and his widow Vanessa Bryant left a heartfelt message for him on an Instagram post today.

“To my baby~ Happy birthday. I love you and miss you more than I can ever explain. I wish you and Gigi were here to celebrate YOU! I wish I could make you your fav food or a birthday cake with my Gigi. I miss your big hugs, your kisses, your smile, your loud ass deep laugh,” Vanessa said in a Instagram post.

“I miss teasing you, making you laugh and bursting your bubble. I miss you sitting on my lap like my big baby that you are. I think about your tenderness and patience all the time. I think about everything you would do in situations to help me deal with everything thrown my way.”

Vanessa lost her husband and daughter, Gigi Bryant, in a helicopter crash earlier this year that shocked the world once the news was released. Seven others died on the crash as well when they were all headed to a basketball game.

Vanessa’s post continued to show how much she is struggling with the loss of her loved ones.

“Our lives feel so empty without you and Gigi. I’ve been completely broken inside. As much as I want to cry, I put a smile on my face to make our daughters days shine a little brighter. I’m not the strong one, they are. They’re strong and resilient. I’m sure you’re proud of them. They put a smile on my face everyday,” she wrote.

“I wish I could wake up from this horrible nightmare. I wish I could surprise our girls and welcome you and Gigi home to us. I’m mad I didn’t go first. I always wanted to go first so that I selfishly didn’t have to feel this heartache. You were supposed to miss me. Gigi was supposed to be here with her sisters. It should’ve been me.”

Vanessa wrapped up her post by expressing her love and wishing Kobe a happy birthday.

“I know my Gigi is celebrating you like she always has on our special days. I miss my thoughtful princess so much! Natalia, Gianna, Bianka, Capri and I wish you a happy birthday my love. I love you for now, forever and for always,” she wrote.

Kobe’s death still shocks the world months later and he touched many people’s heart as he became one of the greatest athletes to play the game of basketball.

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Alabama’s coach Nick Saban and Greg Byrne test positive for COVID-19

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University of Alabama head football coach Nick Saban and UA Athletic Director Greg Byrne have tested positive for COVID-19.

“I found out earlier this afternoon that I had tested positive for COVID-19,” Saban said Wednesday in statement from the university. “I immediately left work and isolated at home. At this time, I do not have any symptoms relative to COVID, and I have taken another PCR test to confirm my diagnosis.”

Byrne also released a statement Wednesday.

“Today, I received notice that my COVID-19 test from this morning came back positive,” Byrne said. “Upon hearing the news, I immediately entered self-isolation and will remain at home and follow all guidelines. We’ve been diligent about mask wearing and social distancing from the start and want to continue to encourage you all to take the necessary precautions to help stop the spread of this virus for yourself and those around you.”

No. 2 Alabama is set to play No. 3 Georgia Saturday. Offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian will fill in as interim head coach during Saban’s absence.

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Ole Miss football team dealing with COVID-19 issues

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Ole Miss football is having problems with COVID-19.

After multiple sources reported the news, head coach Lane Kiffin confirmed it.

“For the first time, we are having an issue with that,” Kiffin said at a press conference. “I’m not going to get into the numbers. It’s very difficult moving people around, and we’re already beat up to from high play count Saturday versus great team.”

The Rebels are scheduled to take on the University of Arkansas Saturday at 2:30 p.m. in Fayetteville, Arkansas. If the game needs to be postponed, it will have to be done by Friday.

Most of the Rebels key players, including quarterback Matt Corral and wide receiver Elijah Moore, were at practice Wednesday, a positive sign for Ole Miss. The Rebels are 1-2 and is are expected to win Saturday’s game if COVID-19 doesn’t force multiple players to sit it out.

An announcement on whether Ole Miss will play this week can be expected no later than tomorrow.

 

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VHS basketball coach Kelvin Carter selected to coach Mississippi All-Star Game

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Vicksburg High School head basketball coach Kelvin Carter has been selected to coach in the Mississippi All Star Game.

Carter, who is going into his fourth season as the Gator’s head coach, has found plenty of success since he took over the basketball program in 2017 after the retirement of longtime VHS coach Dellie Robinson. The Gators finished last season with a 20-10 record under Carter’s leadership, sending the team to the playoffs.

This will be Carter’s first time coaching an all-star game, and he will coach the North Conference in the Mississippi Association of Coaches North-South All-Star Game. The game is scheduled for March 20, 2021, at Mississippi College.

The Gators are expected to have another great season under Carter this year. They continue to improve each year under his leadership.

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