Antonio Brown Issues Apology to Hollywood Police Department

Antonio Brown faces charges of felony burglary with battery, burglary of an unoccupied conveyance and criminal mischief.

Antonio Brown issued an apology to the Hollywood Police Department Friday, saying in an Instagram post that “emotions truly did cloud my better Judgment.”

The apology came just over a week after Brown turned himself into the Broward County Jail following an arrest warrant that alleged he and his trainer attacked another man. Brown was granted bail on the morning of Jan. 24, and faces charges of felony burglary with battery, burglary of an unoccupied conveyance and criminal mischief.

He was freed from house arrest Tuesday but must check in with court personnel daily.

A Broward County judge set Brown’s bond at $100,000 and ordered he surrender his passport and wear a GPS monitor. He will also be required to undergo a mental health evaluation after he is released from jail.

 On Jan. 13, police also responded to an alleged domestic incident at Brown’s house. 

Brown missed most of the 2019 NFL regular season after a tumultuous summer and fall, which resulted in the Patriots releasing him on Sept. 20.

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Author: Ben Pickman

USWNT Routs Panama in Olympic Qualifying Tournament

The Americans face Costa Rica in their group final on Monday.

HOUSTON (AP) Lindsey Horan scored three goals and the U.S. national team downed Panama 8-0 on Friday night in the the group stage of the CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying tournament.

Panama goalkeeper Yenith Bailey got tangled up with one of her own players and Horan took advantage, scoring in the third minute to give the World Cup-winning Americans the early lead.

Moments later, Bailey knocked heads with Jessica McDonald and spent several moments on the ground. But ultimately Panama’s captain stayed in the game.

Some two minutes after Lynn Williams’ goal in the 16th minute, Horan scored her second of the game. Rose Lavelle got her first goal since the World Cup final to make it 4-0 in the 21st.

Bailey was stretchered off in the 32nd minute. It was unclear if it was because of the earlier collision.

Christen Press scored her third goal in as many games in the 70th minute before McDonald’s goal in the 72nd to make it 6-0. Tobin Heath, who came in as a substitute, added a no-look goal and Horan capped the scoring by completing her hat trick in the 81st.

The crowd at Houston’s BBVA Compass Stadium was announced at 14,121.

The top-ranked U.S. team also defeated Haiti 4-0 in the group stage opener on Tuesday night. The Americans face Costa Rica in their group final on Monday.

Costa Rica down Haiti 2-0 earlier Friday at for its second win in the group.

Eight teams are playing in the tournament, with the top two teams from each group advancing to the semifinals in Carson, California, on Feb. 7.

The top two finishers in the tournament will earn the region’s berths in the Tokyo Games this summer.

The U.S. has qualified for every Olympics since women’s soccer was introduced in 1996. The team has five consecutive titles in the qualifying tournament.

Six teams have already made the field for Tokyo: Japan, Brazil, Great Britain, the Netherlands, Sweden and New Zealand.

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LeBron Addresses Staples Center Crowd in Lakers’ First Game Since Kobe’s Death

LeBron James took the microphone at center court to conclude the team’s pregame tribute to Kobe Bryant.

LeBron James reflected on Kobe Bryant’s legacy moments before tipoff of the Lakers’ first game since Kobe Bryant’s death. 

James took the microphone at center court to conclude the team’s pregame tribute to Bryant. 

James spoke off the cuff, tossing aside his pre-written remarks. Before eulogizing his former teammate, he opened by acknowledging all nine of the victims of Sunday morning’s accident by name. 

“At some point we will have a memorial for Kobe, but I look at this as a celebration tonight,” James said. “This is a celebration of the 20 years of the blood, the sweat, the tears, the broken-down body. The determination to be as great as he could be. Tonight, we celebrate the kid who came here at 18 years of age, retired at 38 and became probably the best dad we’ve seen over the last three years.”

He concluded his heartfelt message by saying, “In the words of Kobe Bryant, ‘Mamba out.’ But in the words of us, ‘Not forgotten.’ Live on, brother.”

James’ comments capped off an emotional pregame ceremony that included Usher singing “Amazing Grace,” cellist Ben Hong performing “Hallelujah” as a montage of Bryant’s life played on the jumbotron and Boyz II Men singing the National Anthem as Bryant’s two jerseys were lit in the rafters.

Additionally, 24.2 seconds of silence were observed, honoring Bryant and his daughter.

Countless other tributes could be seen throughout Staples Center ahead of the team’s game against the Trail Blazers. 

James wore a wristband with Bryant’s name and number on it. He additionally paid tribute to Bryant on his sneakers.

Friday marked the first Lakers game since his death as the NBA decided to postpone Tuesday’s matchup against the Los Angeles Clippers. The team reunited for a luncheon and shared their own memories of the Lakers legend. The team practiced on Wednesday and Thursday but coach Frank Vogel was the only person who spoke to the media.

James and Anthony Davis have not formally spoken to the media yet, though both posted emotional tributes on Instagram. James and Davis also received tattoos earlier this week in honor of Bryant.

The Lakers have not played since last Saturday, when James surpassed Bryant for third on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. After the game, James expressed his appreciation of Bryant and said, “I’m happy just to be in any conversation with Kobe Bean Bryant, one of the all-time greatest basketball players to ever play, one of the all-time greatest Lakers. The man has two jerseys hanging up in Staples Center. It’s just crazy.”

Bryant congratulated James on Twitter and wrote: “Continuing to move the game forward @KingJames. Much respect my brother #33644”

The two also reportedly shared a phone call late Saturday night and several Lakers players listened in to the call.

Just one day later, Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, were among nine people killed in a helicopter crash in the hills of Calabasas.

Bryant is survived by his wife Vanessa and their three daughters Natalia, Bianka and Capri.

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Author: Ben Pickman