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Kobe Denies Report That Next Season Will Be His Last

This morning we reported via Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak, that this upcoming season would probably be it for Kobe Bryant. Bryant took to Twitter to deny reports that next season would be his last. My thoughts on next season being my last season are the same as the last time the media asked me last season #nadanew — Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) May 22, 2015 Maybe Bryant is trying to avoid all the fuss? Most of the time, his answer is simply “we’ll see” or “I’ll address that when the time comes> ” Maybe Mitch Kupchak is simply giving the future Hall of Famer a hint — a nudge to move on into other avenues. Bryant has never worn any other uniform, and other than a daydream of being with the Clippers, Bryant has made it clear that he wouldn’t wear any other uniform. Read More »

Lakers Have Interest DeMarre Carroll: Do You Like That Potential Signing?

The Atlanta Hawks suffered a major scare during game one against the Cleveland Cavaliers, after DeMarre Carroll went down with what appeared to be a serious injury. Luckily, Carroll just suffered a hyperextended knee and he’s listed as day-to-day. As the 28-year-old is set to reach free agency, Carroll is going to have multiple suitors. However, it appears the Lakers may be pursuing him the hardest. With his defense and versatility, one league exec estimated his next deal at more than $15 million per year. The Lakers, a source said, have big-time interest in Carroll. With Kobe potentially retiring next summer, it’s vital for the Lakers to start winning. Los Angeles holds the number two overall pick, which will probably be used on Jahlil Okafor or Karl Anthony-Towns. Carroll will bring energy, defensive intensity and offensive potential. Making this signing would let ‘Lakers Nation’ know they’re serious about contending soon. Most also believe the Lakers have a good shot at getting Kevin Love as well. On the flip side, Carroll isn’t young. The small forward is nearing 30 years old and with his recent knee injury, their could be cause for concern there. He’s averaging 16.2 points, 6.4 rebounds and 2.2 dimes a game during the postseason. The Celtics and Pistons will both reportedly show interest in Carroll as well. Read More »

Teacher Arrested for Giving Weed Brownies to Students

Those weed brownies can be powerful *cough cough* or so I’ve heard. A Louisiana high school English teacher was arrested after giving two students brownies laced with marijuana. Camille Brennan, 29, of New Orleans, turned herself in to St Tammany Parish authorities after they put out a warrant for her arrest on charges of distribution of marijuana and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. She is currently out on bail. Read More »

Rangers’ Sather Named NHL General Manager Of The Year Award Finalist

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The Rangers and Lightning are battling on the ice and for a front office award. New York’s Glen Sather, Tampa Bay’s Steve Yzerman and Anaheim’s Bob Murray are the finalists for the NHL’s General Manager of the Year Award, the league announced Friday night. One year removed from making it to the Stanley Cup Final, Sather’s Rangers again find themselves in pursuit of the league championship. Currently taking on the Lightning in the Eastern Conference finals, the Blueshirts won the Presidents Trophy with a franchise-record 113 points. They also led the NHL and set club records for road wins (28) and points (58). The Rangers defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins in five games in the first round of the playoffs and then battled back from a 3-1 deficit to eliminate the Washington Capitals. Prior to the trade deadline, Sather pulled off a daring move, acquiring veteran defenseman Keith Yandle, a prospect and a fourth-round draft pick from the Arizona Coyotes for promising forward Anthony Duclair, veteran John Moore and a first-round pick. Yandle, who is signed through next season, had 11 points in 21 regular season games for New York and has added six assists and a plus-3 rating in 15 games this postseason. Yzerman’s moves helped Tampa Bay get back to the conference finals for the second time in the last five seasons. The Lightning set franchise records with 50 wins and 108 points, and also led the NHL with 262 goals scored and 32 home wins during the 2014-15 regular season. A member of the Hockey Hall of Fame due to his stellar 22-year career as a player for the Detroit Red Wings, Yzerman finished second in the 2010-11 voting for GM of the Year. Murray is a finalist for the third time, having won the award last season after finishing second in 2012-13. Currently battling the Chicago Blackhawks in the Western Conference finals, the Ducks had 109 points during the regular season, thanks in part to Murray acquiring veteran center Ryan Kesler over the summer and defenseman Simon Depres at the trade deadline. One curious omission was Garth Snow of the New York Islanders. Snow engineered trades for veteran goalie Jaroslav Halak and Stanley Cup-winning defensemen Johnny Boychuk and Nick Leddy last offseason as part of an overhaul that resulted in the Islanders improving 22 points from the season before and qualifying for the playoffs. Read More »

Caltech Students Continue Annual Tradition Of ‘Ditch Day’ And Stay On Campus PASADENA ( — For one day out of the year at least, it’s not all work and no play at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena. The future pillars of science and technology participated Friday in the annual tradition of Ditch Day at the private research university. “It’s a great Caltech tradition,” said one student. The day — one of the school’s oldest traditions — includes seniors masterminding activities for the underclassmen. “They spend the whole year planning their activities for this day,” explained one student. Repelling down a four-story building was among this year’s challenges, which one student said was terrifying. “I think I prayed for the first time in a while,” he added. Other activities included sliding across the gym floor in an effort to grab as many balloons as possible, and rolling in a giant hamster ball. “It’s a nice day off from class,” said one student, who is a bioengineering major. “I don’t have to worry about turning in homework.” Read More »

7 Teens Arrested In Recent Weeks In Subway Vandalism Incidents

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Police have arrested seven teenagers in the last three months, on accusations that they committed acts of vandalism on the subways. The group, known as the Subway Conquestors, has been implicated in several incidents in recent months. In the latest video posted to YouTube , the group sneaks onto a darkened train at an unknown location and begins manipulating doors. An announcement and digital map indicate that the train is set to run as a D Train, but the train is of a newer model than those actually used on the D line. D.J. Hammers, who uploaded the video, alleged that they used stolen subway keys. Later, the video shows a quarrel that ends with a man being struck and falling to the ground, in what appears to be an unused subway station. Details about that incident have not been learned. A subway train sign that is described as having been vandalized also appears. Police told CBS2 the suspects involved with the incidents in that video — which was shot back in the winter – were arrested sometime back. But the Subway Conquestors have been implicated in other incidents since then. Police sources believe the Subway Conquestors were also responsible for an explosion in the Bronx , and have been linked to one at Brooklyn’s Nostrand Avenue station in April. In the Nostrand Avenue incident, police arrested Keyshawn Brown, 16 , and accused him of placing a piece of metal on the tracks. Rail enthusiast Max Diamond said the acts are getting more extreme as the vandals try to one up each other. They have been accused of changing destination signs to confuse passengers, surfing train cars, and stealing Metropolitan Transportation Authority equipment and gear. The most recent arrest in the cases was this past Wednesday. Read More »

Long Island Teen Hit With Criminal Charges For Allegedly Hosting Underage Drinking Party MINEOLA, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — A Long Island high school senior was slapped with criminal charges this week – just before graduation. As CBS2’s Carolyn Gusoff reported Friday, Jake Sandler, 19, was accused of hosting a party where underage teenagers were drinking. And as Lynbrook High School students prepared for prom and graduation, Sandler was preparing to appear before a judge. Nassau County police said Sandler threw a party midday Thursday – a senior cut day. A total of 70 kids showed up – between the ages of 18 to 20 — drinking alcohol, police said. Neighbors called 911, and police arrested Sandler. “He, at the time, was in control of the premises and became the responsible party,” said Nassau County police Deputy Inspector Gary Shapiro. Neighbors on Lloyd Avenue said Sandler is a good kid and an all-conference basketball player. But he has found himself headed now to a different kind of court. “I’m surprised. I’m surprised,” one man said. “But then again, the law is the law.” “He’s just a kid, you know?” another man said. “But choices are made, and choices can be bad.” Officials said violating the state’s social host law is not a minor issue. It’s illegal for anyone over 18 to allow minors to drink alcohol in a home they own or rent. If parents are not home and are not aware of the drinking, they’re not liable. But their child — if over 18 — can be. “Most of this was during a school day where the parents – as well as most of the other attendees – it was understood they would be in school,” Shapiro said. High school students told CBS2 they’re well-schooled in the social host law — by their parents. “They tell me that, you know, it would be their responsibility if someone was like, God forbid, to get hurt,” one woman said. A father added: “Personally I would never allow my kids to do that. It just seems like it opens up a whole litany of problems.” But as Gusoff reported, the message sometimes gets lost when well-intentioned parents view underage drinking as a rite of passage. Violating the social host law could not only result in a misdemeanor conviction, but also up to a year in jail. Sandler’s father declined to comment. Read More »

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