LeBron passes Kobe for 3rd in scoring

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) LeBron James was a teenager when he first met Kobe Bryant at a youth basketball camp, in awe of his idol and ears open as the Los Angeles Lakers star offered advice to the prodigy that has lasted to this day.

"I was just listening," James said. "I was just trying to soak everything up I could. I remember one thing he said was that if you want to try and be great at it, and want to be one of the greats, you've got to put the work in."

James put in the work and followed Bryant's path -- from making the leap from high school straight to the NBA, to winning NBA titles, and, eventually, to playing in Los Angeles. With a driving right-handed layup, James no longer chased Bryant, he zoomed past him for third place on the NBA's career scoring list.

Federer rallies to reach Aussie quarters

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To be precise, he required a full set to get sorted. (MORE)

Dodgers' Turner: Don't want fake banner

LOS ANGELES (AP) The Los Angeles Dodgers would rather earn a World Series trophy on their own than accept any scraps from the Houston Astros or Boston Red Sox, the teams that beat them in 2017 and '18.

Despite being eager to focus on the upcoming season, several Dodgers publicly for the first time expressed annoyance at the Astros for the sign-stealing system used during the 2017 season, when Houston beat them in seven games in the World Series. (MORE)

Pacific beats Atlantic in All-Star Game

ST. LOUIS (AP) Young Laila Anderson delivered one of the most poignant moments of the weekend when she introduced the Blues' four All-Stars. The players who stood out on the ice later weren't all that much older.

Hockey's youth was on grand display in the NHL All-Star 3-on-3 tournament on Saturday night, which was won by the Pacific Division. Whether it was Boston's 23-year-old David Pastrnak earning MVP honors with six points or Vancouver's 21-year-old Elias Pettersson scoring twice and trying a lacrosse goal, the fifth incarnation of 3 on 3 making up the All-Star Game was a showcase of the game's present and future. (MORE)

Jazz down Mavs for 14th win in 15 games

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Once again, Rudy Gobert was there to clean up the mess.

On the final few possessions, the two-time Defensive Player of the Year made a tip-in, blocked a layup just before it hit the glass, got a key rebound and made a free throw. (MORE)

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