Wednesday, Nov. 24: Kobe's surprise mentor

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Wednesday, November 24

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Surprising Kobe mentor: King of Pop

Sparked by a certain kinship, Michael Jackson reached out Kobe Bryant. From a distance, the King of Pop could sense so much of his own obsessive genius within the prodigy. Bryant was the 18-year-old wonder for the Los Angeles Lakers, and no one knew what to make of a restlessness borne of a desperate desire for greatness. ... They would talk for hours and hours, visiting at Neverland Ranch, and Bryant has long been fortified by the lessons Jackson instilled about the burden of honoring true talent, about the ways to open your mind to be smarter, sharper and insatiable in the chase. "It sounds weird, I guess, but it's true: I was really mentored by the preparation of Michael Jackson," Bryant told Yahoo! Sports. (Yahoo! Sports)Comment

T.O.: Ben's soft, Revis is average

Terrell Owens sent a shot across the bow of Ben Roethlisberger -- he's "soft" -- on the T. Ocho Show, and earlier in the day offered a scouting report on Jets corner Darrelle Revis. "Just an average corner to me," said Owens of Revis on Tuesday. "Everybody has assessed his abilities as far as what he did last year, shut down corner, this and that. He did very well last year. ... I know my skill set. Last year we played I know why I didn't perform to the best of my abilities. It's going to be a great game on Thursday." (

Yankees daring Jeter to look elsewhere?

Brian Cashman made another counterpunch in what has become a strangely public negotiation. The Yankees are so confident with their offer to Derek Jeter that they're all but publicly daring their iconic shortstop to find something better on the open market. "We're not trying to chase Derek away. We're trying to get him to sign," general manager Brian Cashman said Tuesday. "But at the same time, he's a free agent. If he doesn't like what we're offering him, if he can find a better opportunity with more money, that's fine. Whatever's important to him." (Newsday)Comment

Must-See Photo

The Omen: red light bathed Edmonton Oilers goaltender Devan Dubnyk during the National Anthem before his game against the Phoenix Coyotes at Arena in Glendale, AZ, on Tuesday night. Dubnyk took a lot of red light baths during the game, too -- a 5-0 loss. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Must-See Video

Flyers owner Ed Snider and Philadelphia said a final farewell to the city's hallowed Spectrum arena. Bruce Springsteen's "Wrecking Ball" blared as the first blows were struck on Tuesday.

Game To Watch

Heat at Magic, 7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN

  1. Miami Heat
  2. Orlando Magic

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This Day in Sports

  • 1957 -- Cleveland Browns fullback Jim Brown rushes for NFL-record 237 yards against the Los Angeles Rams
  • 1960 -- Wilt Chamberlain of the Philadelphia Warriors pulls down an NBA record 55 rebounds against Bill Russell's Celtics
  • 1982 -- Shortstop Cal Ripken of the Baltimore Orioles is named AL Rookie of the Year