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'Mamba mentality': Stolen Kobe Bryant jersey returned after two years A signed Kobe Bryant jersey that was stolen from a display case at his alma mater has been returned after more than two years, according to ESPN.,'Mamba mentality': Stolen Kobe Bryant jersey returned after two years A signed Kobe Bryant jersey that was stolen from a display case at his alma mater — Lower Merion High School in Ardmore, Pennsylvania — has been returned after more than two years, according to a story from ESPN detailing the jersey's unique journey.,The jersey was purchased online by Liu Zhe, a diehard Bryant fan from China, last October for around $2,000 as another piece for his collection commemorating the Los Angeles Lakers legend, according to ESPN.,After buying it, though, Liu said he noticed that the jersey looked awfully similar to the one that was stolen from the high school's display case in 2017, along with other Bryant items.,YOUR DAILY DOSE: Top sports headlines, delivered daily Kobe Bryant photographed on court at Lower Merion High School (Photo: Eileen Blass, USA TODAY) read more

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Tampering or not, Bryce Harper didn't back away from his comments about recruiting Mike Trout to the Philadelphia Phillies.,Harper, who signed a 13-year, $330 million deal last week, caused a stir Tuesday when he told a local Philadelphia radio show he would campaign for the two-time American League MVP if the Los Angeles Angels outfielder became a free agent after the 2020 season.,"If you don’t think I’m not gonna call Mike Trout in 2020 to have him come to Philly, you’re crazy,” said Harper.,Bryce Harper signed a $330 million deal with the Phillies last week.,When approached by media members Wednesday, Trout didn't have much to say about Harper's comment. read more

In a busy week full of fan appearances and charity opportunities, the team is also smoothing out its gameday and broadcast plans for its second season in the MLS.,In addition to its national broadcasts, LAFC announced today a total of 18 local broadcasts in the 2019 season in partnership with Univision Los Angeles.,“There are no bigger sports fans than Latinos in Los Angeles, and we are excited to once again partner with LAFC on the 2019 season.”,The members of the club’s expansive supporters’ system voted Jimmy Lopez to be president of the 3252, the overarching organization in charge of fan support, for the upcoming 2019 season.,Lopez previously served as the president of the Black Army 1850, one of the original supporters groups for LAFC that predates the team’s first roster and the completion of its stadium.

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RIB LAKE - Jayden Dobbs hasn't been on a football field in a competitive game in almost two years.,Jayden, a 2012 graduate of Athens High School, was signed by the Salina Liberty of the Champions Indoor Football league earlier this month.,"I just didn't want to end a great time in my football career like that," Jayden said.,His dad knew, though, that Jayden wouldn't end his time in football like that.,(Photo: T'xer Zhon Kha/USA TODAY is a 'labor of love' for longtime high school coaches RELATED: Badgers star Sam Arneson passes on NFL "I don't want to look back with any regrets" Now, Jayden gets done substitute teaching at Rib Lake Elementary School and drives to Medford to work out at the local high school. read more

UPDATE (Friday, 1:48 p.m.): ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports Patriots owner Robert Kraft is “not the biggest name involved" in the Jupiter, Fla. sex sting.,New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft is being charged with “soliciting prostitution” as part of “sex sting operation” in Florida.,According to Treasure Coast Newspapers (via USA Today), Kraft is facing two counts for “paying for sexual services at Orchids of Asia Day Spa” in Jupiter, Fla.,Kraft also has been a regular visitor to Trump National Golf Club Mar-a-Lago, which is about 30 minutes from the Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter, Fla.,The 77-year-old Kraft is less than one month removed from celebrating his sixth Super Bowl title.

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LOS ANGELES — LeBron James’ team won the All-Star Game, but that’s not the only reason why he had a ton of fun over the past few days.,READ MORE: NBA commentary from columnist Martin Rogers CLICK ROLL: Get exclusive content with our NBA newsletter He just spent a nice little break with a group of elite players, especially those he selected for his own team to take on Team Giannis (Antetokounmpo), that he’d love to be playing with every night.,And there's plenty to suggest that the closest James will get to his preferred Dream Team just passed by over the weekend, or will once again come and go at next year’s All-Star break.,Autoplay Show Thumbnails Show Captions read more

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LOS ANGELES — LeBron James’ return to action definitely wasn’t "back in no time," as he promised post-Christmas, but it was worth the wait for the Los Angeles Lakers.,In a thrilling 123-120 overtime victory over the local rival Los Angeles Clippers, James put his team ahead for the final time on a nerveless jump shot with just over a minute remaining to set up the win.,So much for the Lakers watching James’ playing time carefully as he came back from a groin strain sustained against the Golden State Warriors on Christmas Day.,At the time of the injury, James seemed mightily relieved that the groin strain he sustained was not more serious.,Back when James got hurt while reaching for a loose ball against the Warriors, a partnership with Davis was nothing more than a mere possibility, and one far more likely to happen later than sooner. read more

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The billionaire owner of the Rams never came clean with the people of St. Louis before he moved his team to Los Angeles in 2016.,Three years after they abandoned St. Louis for L.A., the Los Angeles Rams will play in the Super Bowl against the New England Patriots on Sunday.,(Photo: Kirby Lee, USA TODAY Sports) read more

Now, DFM has its eye on a potential takeover of the newspapers owned by Gannett, which would be tragic for cities and communities served by a Gannett-owned newspaper.,And, in 2016, DFM purchased the Orange County Register and Riverside Press-Enterprise and formed the Southern California News Group.,Today, the 11 SCNG papers, including the L.A. Daily News, the Orange County Register and the San Bernardino Sun, share content in order to save a lot of money and significantly boost DFM’s profits, little if any of which was reinvested in its news properties.,The purchase of your home town’s (or home state’s, for that matter) newspaper by DFM does real damage to residents’ awareness of what is actually going on in the community and it renders once-robust newspapers into little more than newsletters reposting press releases.,Besides crippling Southern California news coverage by ravaging the staffs of nearly a dozen newspapers, DFM has similarly decimated news staffs in Northern California, where the once-booming San Jose Mercury News and a number of community papers have been savaged by cuts and layoffs.