Kobe was a beacon to the world.

Kobe Bryant was more than just basketball


At 9:45 a.m., the whole entire world found out some devasting news. It was reported by TMZ that Kobe Bryant's helicopter had crashed in the mountains of Calabasas. Nine others, including Gianna Bryant, Bryant's daughter, died in the fatal casualty.

Bryant was way more than a five-time champion, 17-time all-star, two-time Olympic gold medalist, and league's MVP. He was a husband, father, friend, mentor, leader, and businessman. Bryant wanted to be remembered for more than just basketball. He also knew three different languages. Bryant once trash talked Jusuf Nurkic in his own language.

Off the court accomplishments:

He proved that his writing skills were unmatched. Bryant won an Oscar for his short-filmed movie called "Dear Basketball." The film was based off his short poem that he wrote for the love of basketball. Bryant later opened his own basketball academy called "Mamba Academy." His academy featured all sports for athletes to train. He loved training and giving advice to today's NBA players. Bryant pushed for the respect of WNBA and collegiate women's basketball. He knew there was a lack of respect for women who played basketball.



Kobe Bryant as a father:

As a father, he spent all his time with his lovely daughter, Gianna. He wanted to make sure that his daughter was equipped on the basketball court. Bryant became Gianna's AAU coach, where he helped a group of girls accomplish their goals. He showed them how to become hard workers and sparked their competitive side. Another thing Bryant loved doing with his daughter, was watching basketball with her. He took her took to NCAA basketball, WNBA, and NBA games; as they watched courtside. Gianna enjoyed the game of basketball just as her father did. She worked extremely hard but sadly her life was taking in a tragedy at 13 years old.



Bryant's death was untimely and weird to the whole entire world. Athletes from different sports and ethnicities payed tribute to Bryant during their games. It never mattered if somebody knew Bryant personally or not, this loss is devasting. The world stood still when Bryant, his daughter, and nine others died.

We cheered, hated, loved, admired, watched, learned, and now mourn over death of Kobe Bryant.


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McCullers Jr. had nine strikeouts over four

McCullers Jr. looks sharp in tune-up before Rangers overpower Houston's bullpen

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Despite watching their chance to clinch their playoff spot on the field slip away in the walk-off loss on Friday, the Astros benefited from a loss by the Angels later in the night, securing their playoff berth. That meant they could play conservatively in the final two games of the season against the Rangers in Arlington. Here's a quick rundown of Saturday's matchup:

Final Score: Rangers 6, Astros 1.

Record: 29-30, second in the AL West.

Winning pitcher: Jimmy Herget (1-0, 3.20 ERA).

Losing pitcher: Brandon Bielak (3-3, 6.75 ERA).

McCullers Jr. looks playoff-ready 

With nothing substantial to play for, the Astros did not expect to ask Lance McCullers Jr. to go deep into Saturday's game, instead giving him a few innings for a tune-up before assuming whatever role he would play in the post-season. He looked impressive, a promising sign after his injury stint and struggles on the road at points this season.

He finished four innings, during which he racked up a season-high nine strikeouts while giving up no runs on just two hits, both singles, and two walks. His final line: 4.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 9 K, 0 HR, 61 P.

Both teams trade runs as  they go to their bullpens

Meanwhile, neither team was getting much going at the plate in the early goings, keeping it a scoreless game through the first five. Brandon Bielak took over for McCullers Jr. starting in the fifth but would allow the first run of the night in the bottom of the sixth as the Rangers would get three singles to take a 1-0 lead.

After Kyle Gibson held the Astros at bay for six innings, Houston would get on the board against Texas' bullpen, getting a leadoff double by Aledmyz Diaz in the top of the seventh. Diaz moved to third on a sac bunt, then scored on a sac fly by Jack Mayfield, making it 1-1.

Rangers blow it open in the seventh

The tie didn't last long, as Bielak would put two on base in the bottom of the seventh before giving up a three-run homer to make it a 4-1 Rangers lead. Andre Scrubb was next out of Houston's bullpen and allowed a solo home run on his first pitch. Scrubb would complete the inning, but not before allowing another run on three singles to push Texas' lead to 6-1.

Cy Sneed was next out of Houston's bullpen for the bottom of the eighth and tossed a scoreless frame with two strikeouts. Houston would not make the unlikely comeback in the top of the ninth, with the Rangers taking the game 6-1.

Up Next: The last game of the Astros' 2020 regular season will be Sunday at 2:05 PM Central, as are most other games on the MLB slate on the league's final regular-season day. Houston's starter is TBD as they will continue to preserve their arms for the best-of-three first round that starts on Tuesday, while Texas will send Jordan Lyles (1-6, 7.08 ERA) to the mound.

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