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A year without Kobe Bryant, Chelsea sack legend Frank Lampard: this week’s top stories

This week the world of sport has left us with exciting and moving news.  Balls and Bells brings you the five juiciest stories of the week.

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A WHOLE YEAR WITHOUT KOBE BRYANT:

Last Tuesday, January 26th marked the first anniversary of the death of basketball legend Kobe Bryant. The former Lakers player died in a helicopter crash along with his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven other people. This week has been full of tributes to Kobe from basketball stars such as Stephen Curry, Kyrie Irving, Pau Gasol and Magic Johnson. Curry played with sneakers that had Kobe and Gianna’s faces printed on them.

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CHELSEA AND FRANK LAMPARD PARTED WAYS:

On Monday, Chelsea announced the sacking of manager Frank Lampard, who had been in charge for 18 months. A difficult decision, considering that the Blues had to relieve a man who is a club legend: he played 648 games over 13 years, scoring 211 goals and winning 14 titles, including a UEFA Champions League. As his replacement, Chelsea hired German coach Thomas Tuchel.

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LEWIS HAMILTON’S FUTURE ON HOLD:

Lewis Hamilton has achieved absolute glory. Last year he won his seventh Formula 1 world title, equaling the record of the legendary Michael Schumacher. However, he has been unable to reach an agreement to sign his renewal with Mercedes, the team with which he has won almost everything. Mercedes’ CEO Toto Wolff said that the deal is close to being a reality and only details are missing. However, the days go by and the suspense increases.

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AUSTRALIAN OPEN UNDETERRED BY THE CORONAVIRUS:

Australia has been one of the countries that has dealt best with the Covid-19 pandemic. That is why the state of Victoria has decided to allow up to 30,000 spectators per day to enter Melbourne Park during the Australian Open (starting on February 8). This will be the case for the first eight days of the tournament, from the quarter-finals onwards this number will be slightly reduced to 25,000, half the average attendance in a normal year of the event.

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THE NORDICS TAKE OVER HANDBALL:

On January 31, Denmark and Sweden will contest the final of the Men’s Handball World Cup. The Danes are the current champions and will seek their second title, while the Swedes will try to win their fifth title, the first since 1999.

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