Word on the Street: Is Kobe sorry for slur?

Word on the Street: Is Kobe sorry for slur?

Wednesday, April 13, 2011
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Kobe fined for gay slur

After receiving a technical foul in last nights game, Kobe Bryant called referee Bennie Adams a derogatory slang word for homosexuals. It was caught on cameras on the nationally broadcast game and started a debate on Twitter. After looking into the matter, the NBA fined Kobe 100,000 for the slur.

Kobe released an official statement through the team today:

What I said last night should not be taken literally. My actions were out of frustration during the heat of the game, period. The words expressed do NOT reflect my feelings towards the gay and lesbian communities and were NOT meant to offend anyone. (Pro Basketball Talk)
Valet worker files suit against LeBron's mom

A valet at a Miami Beach hotel is suing Gloria James, claiming she verbally abused him and assaulted him while he was working. Rock Feller Sorel says he suffered pain, loss of income, and is seeking more than 15,000 in damages.

Attorneys for Gloria were reviewing the complaint.

LeBron's mother was arrested and charged with simple battery and disorderly intoxication last week. (MiamiHerald.com)

Marquette signs O.J. Mayo's brother

Buzz Williams has another reason to be excited for next year: Todd Mayo has signed a letter of intent with Marquette.

Mayo is a 6-3, 190-pound guard from Huntington, W.V.and the brother of Grizzlies guard O.J. Mayo. He joins forward Juan Anderson and point guard Derrick Wilson in Marquette's 2011 recruiting class.

Williams said that Mayo is the "perfect complement" to his returning squad. (Chicago Breaking Sports)

Ex-Maine East guard signs with DePaul

DePaul added guard Charles McKinney to its incoming class. The Chicago native played at Maine East for three seasons before competing last season at Quality Education Academy in North Carolina. McKinney is ranked by ESPN.com as a top-60 shooting guard.

The 6-foot-4 guard's addition makes DePaul's class a top-25 group nationally, according to CBSSports.com. McKinney enters DePaul with other Chicagoland signees Jamee Crockett and Macari Brooks along with Shane Larkin and Derrell Robertson.

"Were really pleased to add Charles to the fold, DePaul coach Oliver Purnell said in a statement. He is the kind of tough athlete from a winning program that we need to build with. Hes anxious to be here and were anxious to have him. (Chicago Breaking Sports)

Watch: Former Bulls center Joakim Noah misses everything with this free-throw attempt

Watch: Former Bulls center Joakim Noah misses everything with this free-throw attempt

We all remember Joakim Noah's twisty-turny tornado shooting style from the free-throw line.

It was funny, and it worked better than you might expect, with Noah's unconventional shooting style from the charity stripe going through the net better than 73 percent of the time over a five-season span from 2009-10 to 2013-14.

But things haven't gone so well there for Noah in his first season with the New York Knicks. Entering Monday night's game, Noah was shooting just 42.9 percent from the free-throw line.

Well, things might've hit rock bottom Monday, with this nasty-looking free-throw try from Noah that missed everything.

Take a look:

Say it ain't so, Jo.

TSN coaches poll: Wild favored to win West over Blackhawks

TSN coaches poll: Wild favored to win West over Blackhawks

The Blackhawks have won three Stanley Cups since 2010, and have eliminated the Minnesota Wild from the playoffs three times from 2013-15.

But it's the Wild that NHL coaches believe will win the Western Conference this season as we approach the trade deadline.

In his annual midseason poll, TSN's Bob McKenzie surveyed 25 of 30 coaches to vote on multiple categories, such as the league's best player and the team most likely to win it all.

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According to the survey, 11 coaches predicted the Wild will win the West while the Blackhawks and Sharks tied for second with four votes.

As for winning the Stanley Cup, the Washington Capitals are the favorite, earning 10 votes, followed closely by the reigning champion Pittsburgh Penguins with eight. The Wild and Blackhawks rounded out the poll with three and two votes, respectively.

Joel Quenneville earned one vote as the NHL's best coach, which is three fewer votes than he had last year, despite this year being arguably his most challenging — and best — coaching job since arriving in Chicago, given the youth on the roster.