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David Luiz sends message to Chelsea team-mates over Europa League bid

first_imgDavid Luiz sends message to Chelsea team-mates over Europa League bid Will Sarri win the Europa League? (Picture: Getty Images)However, they will claim a place in the Champions League if they triumph in the Europa League and the experienced Luiz gave his fellow squad members some tips of how to succeed.AdvertisementAdvertisementTo understand we have to be ready for every single moment,’ the 31-year-old told the club’s official site.‘Bad moments can arrive, emotional moments can arrive, hard moments can arrive, and we have to be ready for that. To win a tournament is not just flowers.‘I have learned a lot in my career, and football is nice because there is always something new, and you also have to be ready for that!’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Metro Sport ReporterSunday 24 Mar 2019 2:58 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link480Shares Luiz is hoping for more glory (Picture: AMA/Getty Images)David Luiz has enjoyed great success with Chelsea in Europe in the past – and he has offered some advice to his team-mates in order to replicate that joy this season.The Brazilian centre-half won both the Europa League and Champions League in back-to-back years earlier in his career and hopes to add a third European trophy to his collection.Chelsea have reached the quarter-finals of the Europa League, where they will take on Slavia Prague, and there is potentially added importance weighing on the competition given their struggles in the Premier League.Maurizio Sarri’s side are currently sixth in the English top flight, three points behind fourth-placed Arsenal, and face a fight to return to Europe’s premier competition through the league.ADVERTISEMENT Advertisement Comment Advertisementlast_img read more

PFA say Premier League players must ‘share financial burden’ but call on clubs to keep paying them during coronavirus hiatus

first_img PFA statement in full This is an extremely challenging and worrying time for our country, and the world, as we all try to navigate the Coronavirus pandemic. Our admiration and thanks are with the NHS and all keyworkers who are keeping our country going at this very difficult time.Football, of course, faces its own challenges. As this is an ever-moving situation, our staff are working tirelessly behind the scenes on this unprecedented crisis to address the needs of the players, while considering the clubs and the wider industry. Our initial response to the outbreak was to focus solely on the health and safety of players, club staff and the fans. We circulated advice and recommendations to all players and clubs regarding best practice at the training ground, and as the outbreak progressed, we then voiced the player’s concerns to the leagues which resulted in training being suspended at all clubs.We wanted to ensure the necessary steps were taken to ensure football was taking responsibility to do its part in reducing the potential for spreading the virus. It was quickly obvious that the wider implications of the pandemic were more important than football.Understandably, with the season subsequently on hiatus, the players’ and clubs’ financial positions then became a priority issue.We had an initial meeting with the Premier League and EFL on Monday 23rd March. At this point, our attention was mainly focused on EFL players – particularly League One and League Two – as their need was most urgent. Here, a significant number of players are employed on a relatively short-term basis, with 12-month contracts and salaries closer to the national average. As such, many of these players will have contracts ending in June. These are often people with young families, for whom their immediate financial position is uncertain.As the month progressed, we saw first-hand correspondence from multiple EFL clubs telling players that they needed to immediately sign paperwork in order to receive March’s salary. In several instances, this was sent the day before the squads were due to be paid. Players were being asked to agree to a range of terms including furloughs, deferrals and, in some cases, pay cuts. For some, this constituted a legal change to their contract that would have standing beyond the resumption of football. As the players’ union, we have a duty of care to our members and advised that players should not sign any contractual amendments, particularly when being put under significant pressure, without being fully informed. In addition, there was no consistency from clubs with regard to wording and the terms being offered. This meant the PFA was dealing with a high number of differing cases in a short space of time. Contrary to some press reports the PFA has never stated that it will block all wage deferrals. What we have sought to put in place is a structured and unified approach to ensure a fair response across the leagues.To address this, we called for an urgent meeting with the Premier League and EFL – which took place on Friday 27th March. The PFA’s primary aim was to ensure that wages for EFL players were protected for that month, this was agreed.In addition, a timetable was established to collectively use early April, to reach considered decisions and solutions, with a view for any potential changes and reductions to salaries coming into effect on April’s payroll. Talks on this basis are ongoing.Each club’s financial standing will vary. We are aware of the public sentiment that the players should pay non-playing staff’s salaries. However, our current position is that – as businesses – if clubs can afford to pay their players and staff, they should. The players we have spoken recognise that the non-playing staff are a vital part of their club and they do not want to see club staff furloughed unfairly. Any use of the government’s support schemes without genuine financial need is detrimental to the wider society. In instances where clubs have the resources to pay all staff, the benefit of players paying non-playing staff salaries will only serve the business of the club’s shareholders. We understand the severity of the situation and the challenges that clubs from all divisions face. We have requested, via the leagues, that clubs provide us with information about their financial position, so that we can make informed decisions for the future – both immediate and long-term.While we have a remit to protect our members, throughout our history, we have also done our utmost to protect the wider game. There are a large number of clubs within English football who would simply no longer exist without the PFA’s support. We have often been the organisation to pick up the pieces when clubs hit financial difficulty. We fully accept that players will have to be flexible and share the financial burden of the COVID-19 outbreak in order to secure the long-term future of their own club and indeed the wider game. Our advice going out to players at this point reflects that expectation.In addition, the PFA is also expecting to contribute financially to any solutions agreed upon.Like everyone else in the country, we are trying to deal with a situation that has never been faced. Our spirits have been lifted seeing communities come together to support each other. We have been proud to see many of our own members and clubs step up to support the NHS, to help children who would usually benefit from free school meals, donating to food banks and other charitable donations to those affected by this crisis. Much of this has been done privately and without publicity.We are hoping to reach an agreement with the Premier League and EFL that secures the long-term future of the clubs and protects players.As an industry, we are in discussions with clubs and players to identify the support we can give to our country during this difficult time.Courtesy of Phil HaighThursday 2 Apr 2020 9:13 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link42Shares Advertisement Comment Premier League players must be flexible during the coronavirus crisis, say the PFA (Picture: AMA/Getty Images)The Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) say that Premier League players must be ‘flexible and share the financial burden’ of the coronavirus crisis clubs should continue to pay them in full if they can afford it.There has been some controversy over Premier League clubs placing non-playing members of staff on furlough during the coronavirus hiatus of sporting action, while continuing to pay the enormous wages of their players.Tottenham, Newcastle, Norwich and Bournemouth have all trodden this path, but it looks like the situation will change in the near future.Health Secretary Matt Hancock on Thursday called on Premier League players to ‘take a pay cut and play their part’ and now the PFA have admitted that players will have to make sacrifices.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTPart of their lengthy statement on Thursday read: ‘We fully accept that players will have to be flexible and share the financial burden of the COVID-19 outbreak in order to secure the long-term future of their own club and indeed the wider game.’ Visit our live blog for the latest updates Coronavirus news liveHowever, the PFA also made it clear that clubs should continue to pay their players in full for now, if they can afford to do so.The organisation stated: ‘We are aware of the public sentiment that the players should pay non-playing staff’s salaries. However, our current position is that – as businesses – if clubs can afford to pay their players and staff, they should. More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘The players we have spoken recognise that the non-playing staff are a vital part of their club and they do not want to see club staff furloughed unfairly. Any use of the government’s support schemes without genuine financial need is detrimental to the wider society. ‘In instances where clubs have the resources to pay all staff, the benefit of players paying non-playing staff salaries will only serve the business of the club’s shareholders.’Talks are ongoing between the PFA and Premier League to resolve the situation.center_img MORE: Premier League footballers should ‘play their part’ and take a pay cut, Hancock saysMORE: Harry Kane offers drastic Premier League solution and sets deadline before season is scrappedFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. PFA say Premier League players must ‘share financial burden’ but call on clubs to keep paying them during coronavirus hiatus Advertisementlast_img read more

New word proposed to embrace same-sex marriage

first_imgThe Australian 30 Jan 2013Renaming gay marriage as “sarriage” would end divisions over marriage equality, New Zealand’s parliament has been told in a quirky submission on marriage equality legislation.The government administration committee heard a mix of views on Wednesday, including from Russell Morrison, who is concerned the bill will give the word “marriage” more than one meaning.“There are already too many words in our language with multiple meanings and I don’t believe that we should be adding to that situation,” he said.   He says the words “marry” and “marriage” are understood to refer to a man and a woman, so he’s come up with his own solution to avoid any confusion: “sarry” and “sarriage”.   “Then a person can be asked whether he or she is married or sarried, and the response will make the situation clear for everybody.”.  . . Mr Morrison said MPs may have already dismissed it as a “crackpot idea”, perhaps because they don’t like the word or because they don’t think it’s up to parliament to introduce new words into language.   “If that’s the case, I have to ask whose role that is, and why shouldn’t parliament do so if it sees the need?” he said.   “If you don’t like the word, by all means use something else. But if you actually try saying it for a little while over and over it doesn’t actually sound so out of place.” read more

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van Aert wins stage seven as Yates retains yellow jersey

first_img(BBC) – Wout van Aert won stage seven of the Tour de France in a sprint finish as Britain’s Adam Yates retained the leader’s yellow jersey.The Belgian, who also won stage five, got the better of his sprint rivals at the end of a blustery 168km ride from Millau to Lavaur.The Jumbo-Visma rider edged out Norway’s Edvald Boasson Hagen and Frenchman Bryan Coquard.Mitchelton-Scott’s Yates was ninth and stays at the head of the standings.An eventful stage had started with Bora-Hansgrohe setting a punishing early pace on the first categorised climb of the day up the Cote de Luzencon, to scatter the peloton.And while that succeeded in helping Slovakia’s Peter Sagan reclaim the green jersey from Ireland’s Sam Bennett, it also ensured a thrilling finale to the stage.With a number of the sprint favourites distanced, the battle at the top of the general classification developed over the last 40km when crosswinds caused splits in the leading group.Tadej Pogacar and Mikel Landa both lost over a minute though Yates survived a potentially dangerous moment on the outskirts of Castres to bridge across as Ineos Grenadiers upped the tempo at the front.“We were expecting an easy day today but Bora had other ideas,” Yates said.“We rode full gas from start to finish; it was a hard day for everybody. I wasn’t too anxious really, just a few moments where you had to be in position because of the wind.“It was not too crazy but enough to split the bunch, so you had to be in position.”‘It was always hectic’One rider who always appears to be well placed is van Aert, whose primary assignment was to act as a chaperone to team-mates Primoz Roglic and Tom Dumoulin.The 25-year-old has already exhibited his climbing and sprinting credentials in this edition of the race and timed his final effort to perfection to pip Boasson Hagen on the line.“I’m really proud of it,” van Aert said. “It was straight from the gun really hard. It was a very impressive stage from Bora-Hansgrohe, they were flat out from the first kilometre and made sure a lot of the sprinters were dropped.“It was always hectic because everyone feared the crosswinds. At the end we saw it was worth it to put a lot of energy into the positioning. I was with Primoz the whole day in the front so it was a good day for the team.“A lot of the GC favourites lost time and I could finish it off as well.”While Ineos’ Richard Carapaz dropped off the leading group with a puncture, his team-mate and defending champion Egan Bernal was also a beneficiary of the late drama, taking the white jersey for the best young rider from Pogacar.“In the finale, we saw the opportunity and we took advantage of it to split the bunch,” said Bernal.“The Tour de France is also won in stages like this one. You have to use all terrains. My team did a perfect job.”The race now moves on to the Pyrenees today with the 141km rollercoaster route from Cazeres-sur-Garonne to Loudenvielle.Stage seven results:1. Wout van Aert (Bel/Jumbo Visma) 3hrs 32mins 03secs2. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor/NTT Pro Cycling) Same time3. Bryan Coquard (Fra/B&B Hotels-Vital Concept)4. Christophe Laporte (Fra/Cofidis)5. Jasper Stuyen (Bel/Trek-Segafredo)6. Clement Venturini (Fra/AG2R-La Mondiale)7. Hugo Hofstetter (Fra/Israel Start-Up Nation)8. Egan Bernal (Col/Ineos Grenadiers)9. Adam Yates (GB/Mitchelton-Scott)10. Alejandro Valverde (Spa/Movistar)General classification after stage seven1. Adam Yates (GB/Mitchelton-Scott) 30hrs 36mins 00secs2. Primoz Roglic (Slo/Jumbo-Visma) +3secs3. Guillaume Martin (Fra/Cofidis) +9secs4. Egan Bernal (Col/Ineos Grenadiers) +13secs5. Tom Dumoulin (Ned/Jumbo-Visma) Same time6. Nairo Quintana (Col/Arkea-Samsic)7. Romain Bardet (Fra/AG2R-La Mondiale)8. Miguel Angel Lopez (Col/Astana)9. Thibaut Pinot (Fra/Groupama-FDJ)10. Rigoberto Uran (Col/EF Pro Cycling)last_img read more

Jim Boeheim on Syracuse’s NCAA Tournament chances: ‘It’s up to them’

first_imgWASHINGTON — Jim Boehiem has made a habit of not talking about his team’s NCAA Tournament chances. After all, as he says “It’s up to them. I don’t know what they’re going to do. You don’t know.”But in typical Boehiem fashion, he still found a workaround way to campaign for his team’s NCAA Tournament chances despite its 72-71 loss to Pittsburgh in SU’s first game of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament. The loss pushed the Orange to 19-13 and SU lost its 10th conference game in 19 tries.“I know we’ve beaten four teams in the top 30 or 35 in the country,” Boeheim said. “We’ve beaten eight teams in the top 100. If there’s teams better than that, so be it. We’ll see what happens.”More Coverage Syracuse loses 72-71 heartbreaker to Pittsburgh in ACC tournament Bracketologist Patrick Stevens on Syracuse’s Tournament chances: ‘I’m going to lean out at this point’ Cameron Johnson and Ryan Luther flip script on Pittsburgh’s formula to beating Syracuse Frank Howard plays extended minutes and makes a costly mistake in loss to Pittsburgh Published on March 9, 2016 at 4:59 pm Contact Sam: | @SamBlum3 The NCAA Tournament was a prevalent, yet touchy subject in Syracuse’s postgame press conference and locker room. Before Malachi Richardson was even asked a question, he asked the reporters to please not ask him anything about the NCAA Tournament.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“It’s not up to us. It’s not up to any of us,” Syracuse guard Frank Howard said. “I believe we have a good shot. I know we could definitely make something happen.”When Michael Gbinije was asked if he thought the team should be in, he smiled and said, “I’m not going to say no.”Dajuan Coleman shrugged off addressing the topic.“I have no idea about any of that,” He said. “We’re just taking it day by day.”Still, the Orange must sit and wait for another four days. Selection Sunday on CBS starts exactly 100 hours after the Orange lost to the Panthers. And for Syracuse, it will be a very long 100 hours.“It’s going to be tough,” Trevor Cooney said before repeating himself. Just got to get through it.” Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

US Tour: Ivorian Star Aurier, 2 Others Left Out Of PSG’s Travelling Party

first_imgIvory Coast defender Serge Aurier has been dropped from the Paris Saint Germain (PSG) squad for their US tour to further put his future with the club in doubt.Aurier has been linked with a move to several clubs this summer and PSG has moved to immediately strengthen his right-back position with the with the signing of Daniel Alves on a free transfer.Last summer’s acquisitions Hatem Ben Arfa and Grzegorz Krychowiak were also omitted from the team with both sides facing an uncertain future at the former French champions.French forward Hatem Ben Arfa joined PSG after an impressive season at OGC Nice but didn’t recapture that form last season and is expected to leave Parc des Princes this term. Polish midfield destroyer Krychowiak is almost certain to leave too having failed to nail down a starting berth. The former Sevilla man started just seven French Ligue 1 matches in his first season with Unai Emery’s men.During their US tour, PSG will play European heavyweights AS Roma, Tottenham and Juventus in Detroit, Orlando and Miami respectively in the International Champions Cup (ICC).January transfer signing Julian Draxler won’t travel to the US with the squad as well. He has been granted extra leave after he led Germany to victory at the FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia earlier this month. Relatedlast_img read more

Emirates FA Cup Trophy Tour: Super Eagles Legend Receives Heroes’ Welcome In Zambia

first_imgThe recent rivalry between the Chipolopolo of Zambia and the Super Eagles of Nigeria didn’t stop Zambian fans from trooping out in their numbers to welcome Nigerian football legend Kanu Nwankwo to their country as part of the Emirates FA Cup Trophy Tour of Zambia.London club Arsenal have won the trophy in three of the last four editions and it was appropriate for a former player Kanu, an African cum Nigerian icon, to headline the trophy tour as fans were given the opportunity to catch a glimpse of their idol.As part of the tour, the former Super Eagles captain visited the Zambian football community at Kamwala High School on a coaching clinic. He was also at the Radisson Blu on Friday night where he shared experiences from his football journey with clubs like Ajax Amsterdam, Inter Milan, West Brom and many more.At Radisson Blu, the Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Sports, Agness Musunga, presented Kanu Nwankwo with a Zambian national team jersey. Other dignitaries at the event include Zambia national team coach Wedson Nyirenda, 2012 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) winning captain Christopher Katongo and many more.Nigeria have had the better of the recent meetings between the two nations with Arsenal star Alex Iwobi getting the only goal of the game as the Super Eagles sealed a 1-0 victory over Zambia last week Saturday thereby securing a spot at next year’s FIFA World Cup in Russia.RelatedKanu Nwankwo looks to return to Arsenal as ManagerDecember 27, 2018In “England”Nigerians Don’t Appreciate “Big Name” Mikel Obi – Wilfred NdidiApril 19, 2020In “Featured”Kanu: How Nigerian Players Can Rule Africa Again (AUDIO)August 6, 2018In “Africa”last_img read more

SBC Digital Summit: A crash course in adaptability and resilience

first_img Share Submit Share Related Articles Superbet doubles down on Lucky7’s challenger investment  July 27, 2020 DraftKings CBO – Industry ‘only just scratched the surface’ of US sports betting July 16, 2020 StumbleUpon Better Collective cautious on quick recovery as COVID drags growth momentum August 25, 2020 Adaptability will be an essential quality for betting operators seeking to engage with customers on an increasingly digital-led footing as COVID-19 continues to ensure a retail lockdown. That was one of the big takeaways from a four-strong panel at today’s SBC Digital Summit titled ‘An Opportunity to Revisit the Omni-Channel Approach’. In opening the session, moderator and head of Digitain’s International Development Department Simon Westbury complimented the panel on the ‘resilience’ shown by their respective businesses throughout the COVID-19 crisis before getting proceedings underway. Fortuna Entertainment Group’s reaction to the COVID-19 outbreak was outlined by CEO Per Widerstorm, who said: “Top of our list was the protection of the business and health of our employees. We were ready when it came to working from home but I can tell you that the COVID situation saw the application of a crash course across our markets. “We also had to protect and optimise the cash in the short term, but a lot of work has gone to sourcing equipment for our employees. We had to ensure we offered protective equipment, masks and sanitisers etc, to our staff and we need to make sure we are top notch when we reopen such as in the Czech Republic. “We now have 150 shops open in the Czech Republic. We are closely monitoring the possible loosening of restrictions across our jurisdictions. In terms of opening hours it is only half the hours we usually do, so it is a phased approach in regards to that. “It’s also important to have information on how to behave, sanitizers and glass between customers and cashiers. Moreover, we also had to place importance on the position of terminals. What we have seen though  is that customers are coming in, not as normal but they do come in. We are encouraged by the early signals, we are looking into how we can open up when regulations allow elsewhere.” Snaitech CEO Fabio Schiavolin believes now is a good time for the industry to make improvements to the business, saying: “We have to look to the future. It’s a tough time but it’s a time where it gives us the chance to change and evolve. We have to struggle and work with the lack of markets and events. “We did launch original ideas such as a daily talk show to entertain, because it’s good to entertain our customers at this time. It was nice for us to invest in this talk show in which we were talking about table tennis and Belarusian football to give information for our customers on the markets we provided.“Product wise, a lack of ability to play around the ‘normal’ markets has given us the chance to investigate and look at verticals that we may have missed. This situation has given us the ability to develop new things. The big lesson is that digital is not an enemy for retailers – digital could be an opportunity.”Joining Widerstorm and Schiavolin on the Yggdrasil-sponsored panel were Stanleybet CEO and founder Giovanni Garrisi and Superbet CEO Johnny Hartnett.The SBC Digital Summit runs from 27 April to 1 May 2020 and features seven conference tracks, a virtual exhibition and virtual networking lounges, attracting an estimated 10,000 delegates logging in from around the world.There is still time to register for the event, with company discounts available: read more

Vanessa Bryant makes first public comment since deaths of Kobe Bryant, daughter Gianna

first_img“Mamba mentality . . . Mamba mentailty, Mamba mentality, man,” Oladipo, fighting back tears, said in a postgame interview after the Pacers defeated the Bulls in overtime. “That was (for) Ko, GiGi, all (those) people that (were) on that helicopter, that’s for them, man.”The Sacramento Kings put Bryant’s name and number in neon outside Golden 1 Center and produced their own video tribute.Tonight we honor Kobe Bryant at Golden 1 Center 💜— Sacramento Kings (@SacramentoKings) January 30, 2020Rivalries come and go, but legends never die.For Kobe & Gianna 💜💛— Sacramento Kings (@SacramentoKings) January 30, 2020The Lakers’ NHL neighbors, the LA Kings, offered their own tributes in the first sporting event at Staples Center since the crash, including a pregame ceremony, and a commemorative graphic:💛💜Tonight we remember the lives lost during Sunday’s tragedy. #MambaForever 💛💜— LA Kings (@LAKings) January 29, 2020 View this post on Instagram Vanessa Bryant, the widow of NBA legend Kobe Bryant, wrote Wednesday that “there aren’t enough words to describe our pain right now” as part of her first public statement since the deaths of her husband and daughter in a weekend helicopter crash.Her post on Instagram also expressed sorrow for the families of the seven other people who perished in the crash Sunday morning in Calabasas, Calif. She announced that a fund has been set up through the Mamba Sports Foundation to assist the families of those victims.center_img My girls and I want to thank the millions of people who’ve shown support and love during this horrific time. Thank you for all the prayers. We definitely need them. We are completely devastated by the sudden loss of my adoring husband, Kobe — the amazing father of our children; and my beautiful, sweet Gianna — a loving, thoughtful, and wonderful daughter, and amazing sister to Natalia, Bianka, and Capri. We are also devastated for the families who lost their loved ones on Sunday, and we share in their grief intimately. There aren’t enough words to describe our pain right now. I take comfort in knowing that Kobe and Gigi both knew that they were so deeply loved. We were so incredibly blessed to have them in our lives. I wish they were here with us forever. They were our beautiful blessings taken from us too soon. I’m not sure what our lives hold beyond today, and it’s impossible to imagine life without them. But we wake up each day, trying to keep pushing because Kobe, and our baby girl, Gigi, are shining on us to light the way. Our love for them is endless — and that’s to say, immeasurable. I just wish I could hug them, kiss them and bless them. Have them here with us, forever. Thank you for sharing your joy, your grief and your support with us. We ask that you grant us the respect and privacy we will need to navigate this new reality. To honor our Team Mamba family, the Mamba Sports Foundation has set up the MambaOnThree Fund to help support the other families affected by this tragedy. To donate, please go to To further Kobe and Gianna’s legacy in youth sports, please visit Thank you so much for lifting us up in your prayers, and for loving Kobe, Gigi, Natalia, Bianka, Capri and me. #Mamba #Mambacita #GirlsDad #DaddysGirls #Family ❤️A post shared by Vanessa Bryant 🦋 (@vanessabryant) on Jan 29, 2020 at 4:59pm PSTGREER: Your version of Kobe doesn’t need to match anyone else’sVanessa Bryant also wrote in the post that Kobe Bryant and daughter Gianna were “our beautiful blessings taken away from us too soon.””I’m not sure what our lives hold beyond today, and it’s impossible to imagine life without them. But we wake up each day, trying to keep pushing because Kobe, and our baby girl, Gigi, both knew that they were so deeply loved,” she wrote.Kobe and Gianna Bryant were killed when the helicopter in which they were riding crashed into a remote hillside in Calabasas. They were en route to a basketball game that 13-year-old Gianna was scheduled to play. Six other passengers and the pilot were on board the aircraft when it went down in foggy conditions.GREER: Gianna brought out the best side of her fatherAs Vanessa Bryant was making her first statement, NBA teams continued to honor Kobe and Gianna Bryant on Wednesday. The Nets, for their game against the Pistons, produced a video tribute to Kobe Bryant and held open two courtside seats in a nod to the viral moment of father talking with daughter a Nets game in December.Legends are forever.— Brooklyn Nets (@BrooklynNets) January 30, 2020The Nets left two seats open for Kobe and Gigi at Barclays Center.— NBA TV (@NBATV) January 30, 2020Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie, meanwhile, switched his jersey number from 8 to 26, making him the latest player to “retire” one of Kobe’s numbers.Pacers guard Victor Oladipo, in his first game back since suffering a knee injury last season, dedicated his game-tying 3-pointer Wednesday to the crash victims.last_img read more