Kobe Bryant has confirmed the Los Angeles Lakers worst fears, he won't play again for the rest of the season.
The star shooting guard aggravated a sore shoulder against the New Orleans Pelicans last week and was found to have suffered a torn rotator cuff. The decision has been taken to have Bryant go under the knife, meaning he won't play another minute in the 2014/15 season.
The Lakers have been pretty awful this season, managing just 12 wins all season and with a record of 12-33 they find themselves in second to last place in the Western Conference. The loss of Bryant is unlikely to help that.
There has been some good news for Lakers fans today however, as it is being reported that Bryant won't be hanging up his jersey at the end of the year.
That's about as good as it gets for the Lakers faithful though, as they will now have to be subjected to the Nick Young show for the rest of the season.
To the NFL, where the DeflateGate saga has taken a new turn. The league is now investigating a Patriots employee after he was caught on video taking the game balls into a separate room.
Staying with the Patriots, Jerry Rice has had his say. The legendary wide receiver has said an asterisk and disclaimer should be put against New England's name if they win on Sunday.
And finally to soccer, where Scotland international Shaun Maloney has joined the Chicago Fire as a designated player. The winger has moved from Championship side Wigan Athletic.
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