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The Los Angeles Sheriff's Department has identified the shooter who ambushed and shot two deputies as they sat in a patrol unit outside a Metro bus station in Compton on Saturday.

The suspect's name has not been released and he/she is not yet in custody, Fox News reported Tuesday.

LASD deputy Claudia Apolinar, 31, was shot in the jaw. Her 24-year-old male colleague was shot in the head. Both officers are recovering from emergency surgery in stable but serious condition.

Apolinar's 65-year-old father Adolfo has held a bedside vigil for his daughter. She is a former librarian and the mother of a 6-year-old boy. "I'm here with her right now," he told a reporter in Spanish. He added that an LA Sheriff's Department deputy was standing guard outside her hospital room.

Apolinar and her colleague graduated from the police academy last year.

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A 33-year-old father of two was mistakenly identified as the shooter in a police BOLO (Be On the Lookout) alert issued on Monday.

Darrell Hicks, a youth football coach, was described as "armed and dangerous" and incorrectly stated he was wanted for the attempted murder of two LA County deputies.

It is unclear how Hicks' name and photo ended up on the BOLO alert. Hicks said he received death threats on social media after he was named as the gunman.

Hicks said he was out riding a dirt bike all day Saturday and had nothing to do with the shooting. An attorney with the Cochran Group law firm is representing Hicks.

"Any person would suffer greatly when falsely accused of a crime, especially a crime as heinous as this," said attorney Brian Dunn.

Hicks said he is afraid to take his 2 daughters outside, and he believes that his neighbors look at him differently now.

LA County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said the BOLO circulating on social media was erroneous. He offered a $200,000 award for information leading to the capture of the suspect.

Villanueva challenged NBA star LeBron James to match his award. The sheriff said, as of Tuesday morning, there has been no response from James.

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Tyrese Gibson says Beyonce and LeBron James must be protected "at all costs" because they're such powerful advocates for racial equality.

The 41-year-old singer/ actor just dropped his new single "Legendary" and its powerful accompanying video "8:46," which he says was inspired by the tragic death of George Floyd at the hands of police officers.

In an interview with the Associated Press, Tyrese paid tribute to the celebrities who are attacked on social media for sharing their personal views on the controversial topics.

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"Beyonce's 'Black is King' changed my life and changed me forever," he said. "We need to protect Beyonce at all costs. Whatever visions and ideas this powerful Black queen has bouncing around in her mind, we need to be willing to protect her at all costs. We need to protect LeBron James at all costs. He has decided to boldly and specifically step into carrying the torch of speaking up and speaking out."

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James, 35, has taken a lot of heat as the unofficial spokesman for the entire NBA. He called for a 2-day NBA boycott to protest in honor of Jacob Blake, the Black Wisconsin man who was shot 7 times in the back by a white police officer while trying to detain him on an outstanding warrant. Blake is paralyzed below the waist.

Tyrese also said he's "so proud" of NFL player Colin Kaepernick, who started the practice of bending a knee during the National Anthem as a protest against police brutality. "Long before it was ever cool to speak up and speak out, he took a knee on behalf of peaceful protest. He compromised his own survival to peacefully protest and speak up and speak out about something that’s on his heart."

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Remember the hackers who attacked a New York City law firm that represents bold name celebrities and pro athletes?

The hacker group, which calls itself REvil, hacked into the computer network at the prestigious law firm owned by Allen Grubman earlier this year.

They threatened to leak dirt on celebrities and politicians, such as President Trump, if they didn't receive ransom money by a certain date.

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Well, the ransom wasn't paid, so the group posted a new message on the dark Web saying it will "auction" off the dirt it allegedly has on LeBron James, Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey, and others starting at $600,000 per star.

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The group also threatened to auction off information on the Democratic Party, Sean Combs's Bad Boy Records and other companies for $1 million per company.

The group claims to have information pertaining to the Democrats bribing celebrities and sexual harassment by top politicians.

The group wrote: "Bribery celebrity's [sic] by the Democratical [sic] party, sexual harassment by top politicians, envy of celebrity’s for each other ... all of that is waiting for you in files of Grubman company."

It isn't clear which media outlet or blog has that kind of cash in today's economy to pay for dirt on washed up rappers (Nicki) and pro athletes who are nearing retirement (LeBron).

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LeBron James was among the athletes who voiced their outrage over the news that someone hung a noose in the garage stall of NASCAR's Bubba Wallace.

The incident happened at the Talladega Superspeedway in Talladega, Alabama on Sunday. The noose was observed by a team member. Wallace did not see the noose.

"Sickening! @BubbaWallace my brother!" James tweeted on Monday. "Know you don't stand alone! I'm right here with you as well as every other athlete. I just want to continue to say how proud I am of you for continuing to take a stand for change here in America and sports! @NASCAR I salute you as well!"

NASCAR said it launched an immediate investigation and will do everything possible to find the perpetrator and "eliminate them from the sport."

NASCAR previously announced the Confederate flag would no longer fly at any of its events or racetracks after Wallace complained about them.

The decision angered redneck drivers who proudly cling to their Confederate flags and tins of chewing tobacco.

On Monday, Wallace tweeted: "Today's act of racism and hatred leaves me incredibly saddened and serves as a painful reminder of how much further we have to go as a society and how persistent we must be in the fight against racism."

He added: "As my mother told me today, 'They are just trying to scare you.' This will not break me, I will not give in nor will I back down. I will continue to proudly stand for what I believe in."

Wallace is the only full-time Black or biracial driver in NASCAR's elite Cup Series.

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The NBA is using smart technology to keep players safe when the league returns from a 3-month coronavirus hiatus in July.

NBA players will wear a "smart ring" that detects symptoms of COVID-19 up to three days in advance.

According to CNBC, players will wear the new "Oura Smart Ring" that is capable of detecting COVID-19 symptoms up to 3 days in advance with 90% accuracy.

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Wearing the ring is not mandatory. Some players, including Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving, have suggested they may not play when the NBA returns in July.

The ring can monitor body temperature, respiratory rate, and heart rate, according to the manufacturer.

The Oura Ring was originally designed as a sleep tracker, but Oura Health, the company that manufactures the ring, soon find out the metrics could help detect coronavirus symptoms by monitoring the body temperature and other metrics.

According to a study by the University of California, San Francisco,2,000 medical workers wore the Oura Ring and completed daily surveys.

The study's objective was to monitor "the onset of symptoms such as fever, cough, and fatigue, which can characterize COVID-19," according to the UCSF.

The study's results were incomplete by the time the Oura Rings were purchased by the NBA.

West Virginia Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute conducted a similar study that found the Oura Ring was 90% accurate in predicting COVID-19.

But the study was carried out in conjunction with Oura Health, which raised the suspicion of a conflict of interest.

The Oura Ring is on sale for $299 on the company website and Amazon.com.

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LeBron James voiced his concerns about the plethora of glitches that marred Georgia's primary elections on Tuesday.

The Lakers star questioned whether the faulty machines and long lines were "structurally racist."

"Everyone talking about "how do we fix this?" They say "go out and vote?" What about asking if how we vote is also structurally racist?" James tweeted.

James responded to a reporter who noticed the lack of problems voting in the suburbs: "I come over to this side of town, and white folks are strolling in. On my side of town, we brought stadium chairs."

An investigation has been launched into the voting machine breakdowns and long lines which resulted.

Atlanta voters were forced to wait as long as four hours to vote.

Multiple counties reported problems with the voting machines, and confusion reigned over coronavirus rules.

Georgia also received over 1.2 million mail-in ballots -- a record for elections in Georgia.

Georgia usually receives around 40,000 mail-in ballots in any given election, UPI reported.
 

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Fox News host Laura Ingraham defended Drew Brees after the New Orleans Saints quarterback spoke out against Black and white NFL players kneeling in solidarity during the national anthem.

In 2018, Ingraham, who hosts "The Ingraham Angle" famously told NBA stars LeBron James and Kevin Durant to "shut up and dribble" after they criticized President Donald Trump.

"It's always unwise to seek political advice from someone who gets paid $100 million a year to bounce a ball," Ingraham said in 2018. "Oh and, LeBron and Kevin, you're great players, but no one voted for you. Millions elected Trump to be their coach. So keep the political commentary to yourself or as someone once said, shut up and dribble."

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But rather than tell Brees to shut up and throw the football, Ingraham came to his defense this week, saying he had the right to express his opinions.

"Well, he's allowed to have his view of what kneeling and the flag means to him," Ingraham said. She added, "By the way, on the streets of New Orleans, they're shouting '(expletive) Drew Brees.' That's what this moment has done to the beautiful team spirit of the New Orleans Saints."

James took to Twitter.com on Thursday to call out Ingraham for her double standard.

"If you still haven't figured out why the protesting is going on. Why we're acting as we are is because we are simply F-N tired of this treatment right here! Can we break it down for you any simpler than this right here????" he tweeted alongside a retweet by @ComplexSports.

The 41-year-old quarterback apologized for a second time on Thursday for his racially insensitive comments. He also addressed his comments with teammates in a team meeting.
 

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I would like to apologize to my friends, teammates, the City of New Orleans, the black community, NFL community and anyone I hurt with my comments yesterday. In speaking with some of you, it breaks my heart to know the pain I have caused. In an attempt to talk about respect, unity, and solidarity centered around the American flag and the national anthem, I made comments that were insensitive and completely missed the mark on the issues we are facing right now as a country. They lacked awareness and any type of compassion or empathy. Instead, those words have become divisive and hurtful and have misled people into believing that somehow I am an enemy. This could not be further from the truth, and is not an accurate reflection of my heart or my character. This is where I stand: I stand with the black community in the fight against systemic racial injustice and police brutality and support the creation of real policy change that will make a difference. I condemn the years of oppression that have taken place throughout our black communities and still exists today. I acknowledge that we as Americans, including myself, have not done enough to fight for that equality or to truly understand the struggles and plight of the black community. I recognize that I am part of the solution and can be a leader for the black community in this movement. I will never know what it’s like to be a black man or raise black children in America but I will work every day to put myself in those shoes and fight for what is right. I have ALWAYS been an ally, never an enemy. I am sick about the way my comments were perceived yesterday, but I take full responsibility and accountability. I recognize that I should do less talking and more listening...and when the black community is talking about their pain, we all need to listen. For that, I am very sorry and I ask your forgiveness.

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LeBron James's eldest son Bronny James is over people constantly asking him if he would date Dwyane Wade's MtF transgender child, Zaya Wade.

Zaya, 13, was born a boy named Zion, but he changed his name in 2019 after coming out during a Pride parade in Miami.

Bronny, 15, was repeatedly asked the question during his Twitch livestream sessions. The star high school player was asked by someone if he'd date Zaya Wade.

"Did I just hear that?" Bronny said, while frowning.

In another video, while playing a basketball game, a fan asked if Bronny would "smash" Zaya. He looked perplexed and said, "Why would you ask that?" Before asking his followers to "flame" the person for asking the question.

Bronny, who is heterosexual, has come under scrutiny for mentioning the type of females he is attracted to on TikTok.

Black females were upset when Bronny declared his preference for light-skinned exoticals or Hispanic women.
 

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Celebrities and pro athletes are sweating bricks after a prestigious law firm that represents them was hacked and their personal data was compromised.

The hackers threaten to release the personal data to the public if $21 million ransom isn't paid very soon.

Hackers infiltrated the computer systems of Grubman Shire Meiselas & Sacks, a law firm based in New York City that represents a long list of high-powered VIPs, corporations, A- and B-list celebrities and pro athletes.

The hackers used a phishing link in an email to trick an employee into giving them access to the company servers. Then they downloaded over 756 GIGs of data including contracts and personal e-mails sent and received by clients, according to Page Six.

Now the hackers are demanding $21 million ransom to restore the data and unlock the firm's website, which is down.

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The long list of clients include Drake, LeBron James, Elton John, Lady Gaga, Barbra Streisand, Nicki Minaj, Mike Tyson, Maria Carey, Mary J. Blige, Spike Lee, Lil Nas X, and many more.

The corporations repped by the law firm include MTV, HBO, EMI Music, Playboy Enterprises, Spotify, and more.

The law firm can't access any client files online because the hackers have the files encrypted. Only the hackers can access the files.

The police are powerless to help the law firm because the hackers are based in Russia or some other far flung country.

The police usually advise hacked hospitals, municipalities, and corporations to pay the ransom.

Some social media users are hoping the law firm doesn't pay the ransom so they can learn if LeBron is indeed paying child support for a love child.

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LeBron James was criticized on Twitter by ESPN journo Jason Whitaker for saying Black men are hunted in America "everyday/everytime".

James reacted angrily to the graphic video that shows Ahmaud Arbery's fatal shooting in Brunswick, Georgia on Feb. 23.

"We're literally hunted EVERYDAY/EVERYTIME we step foot outside the comfort of our homes! Can’t even go for a damn jog man! Like WTF man are you kidding me?!?!?!?!?!? No man fr ARE YOU KIDDING ME!!!!! I’m sorry Ahmaud(Rest In Paradise) and my prayers and blessings sent to the....."

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Whitlock tweeted that James's response was "not helpful", "Twitter trolling" and "shit stirring."

"This isn't helpful. It's twitter trolling. It's using this man's tragedy to build a brand as more outspoken than Michael Jordan. There are all kinds of ways to draw attention to this tragedy. Suggesting that we are hunted everyday/every time is just shit-stirring."

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Former NBA star Matt Barnes defended James, tweeting: "You always got some shit to say.. wtf are you doing, besides coonin?"

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Arbery, 25, was shot and killed by Travis McMichael, 34, who, along with his father, former cop Greg McMichael, 64, pursued the former high school football player through an upscale majority white neighborhood.

The McMichaels would later say they believed Arbery was burglarizing homes in the neighborhood.

A grand jury will decide whether to charge the McMichaels with murder. There have been no arrests.

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Dwyane Wade's eldest son, Zaire Wade, has decided what school to transfer to after riding the bench with LeBron James's son Bronny James, at Sierra Academy.

Zaire, who will graduate from Sierra, will play a postgraduate year at Brewster rather than enter college.

Last year, social media bloggers claimed Dwyane Wade was unhappy with Andre Chevalier, the head coach of Sierra Canyon, over the lack of playing time for his son.

Wade, 38, was reportedly unhappy with the attention lavished on Bronny, a rising star freshman on the highly touted boys basketball team.

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According to a published report, Wade argued with Chevalier about playing his son more. The same report claims Wade was considering transferring Zaire to another high school where he is not outshined by better caliber players.

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Everywhere the Trailblazers went this season, the media hordes followed LeBron James's son Bronny, 15.

It was all too much for Zaire and his father. Now Zaire has announced he will take his talents to Brewster Academy in New Hampshire.

The 17-year-old announced his decision to little fanfare on Instagram.com.

He posted a mock photo of himself wearing a Brewster Academy uniform. He captioned the image: "Told em it's another route, ima take the other way .. #NextStep."

One rude follower said Zaire's announcement would have received more press attention if he came out as transgender like his little brother, Zaya Wade.
 

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ESPN's sports reporter Doris Burke has tested positive for the coronavirus that causes Covid-19.

Burke, 54, covers many of ESPN's live basketball broadcasts including the NBA and WNBA playoffs. She has been with the network since 1991.

While chatting on Adrian Wojnarowski's podcast, Burke revealed she was tested because she has struggled with health problems recently.

Burke warned people to take the virus seriously and to comply with social distancing recommendations.

Burke is the highest profile NBA sports personality to be diagnosed with the disease. She joins 2 unidentified Laker players, as well as Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant, Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz, Detroit Pistons forward Christian Wood, Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart, and 3 unidentified Nets players.

The NBA canceled its season after Gobert, 27, was the first player to test positive. All of the players have since recovered from the virus.

Covid-19 causes no symptoms or mild flu-like symptoms in healthy adults who don't smoke.

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Last year, social media bloggers claimed retired NBA star Dwyane Wade was unhappy with the head coach of his son, Zaire Wade's basketball team. It seems the reports were true.

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Wade, 38, is reportedly unhappy with the attention lavished on LeBron James's son Bronny James (pictured), a rising star on the highly touted Sierra Canyon High School basketball team.

Before Zaire suffered a foot injury in early December, Wade reportedly had a heated argument with Sierra Canyon head coach Andre Chevalier over Zaire not getting enough playing time.

When Zaire recovered from his injury, he still didn't get the coveted playing time that Wade is paying for.

Wade, who was hired by TNT as a sports analyst, was asked whether he would attend Saturday's State Championship game.

"I will not be there. My son ain't playing and I don't want to do nothing to the coach," he said, suggesting they might come to blows. He added, "I won't be there but I'll be rooting for the kids."

Wade's conflict with the head coach threatens to drive a wedge between Wade and James, 35, who is staying out of the drama.

Zaire was touted to follow in his superstar dad's footsteps. But he has not lived up to the hype at Sierra Canyon. That's a hard pill to swallow for Wade who lives vicariously though his children.

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According to a published report, Wade argued with Chevalier about playing his son more. The same report claims Wade was considering transferring Zaire to another high school where he is not outshined by better caliber players.

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Everywhere the 30-4 Trailblazers went this season, the media hordes followed LeBron James's son Bronny.

Zaire, a 17-year-old senior, and Bronny, a 15-year-old freshman, are bench players on a team that boasts Amari Bailey, the No. 6 high school player in the nation, and Brandon Boston Jr., a five-star recruit heading to Kentucky next year.

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Wade and his wife, actress Gabrielle Union, 47, pictured with Zaire, share 19-month-old daughter Kaavia James, and Wade fathered a son, Xavier, 6, with his fan, Aja Metoyer, 36.

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Lakers legend Kobe Bryant was killed in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California on Sunday morning. He was 41.

Bryant and eight others were killed when his private Sikorsky S-76 helicopter crashed near Las Virgenes Road and Willow Glen St. at around 10 a.m. local time.

The crash occurred behind the home of reality TV personality Kourtney Kardashian.

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Firefighters and police responded to the area where the helicopter went down after a fire broke out.

Aerial images shows the smoldering wreckage on a hillside near a roadway. Nearly a dozen emergency vehicles parked on the road nearby.

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Bryant's death came one day after his NBA all-time scoring record was passed by Lakers forward LeBron James (left). Bryant is now #4 on the all-time scoring list behind James.

James 35, had written "Mamba 4 Life" and "8/24 KB" on his sneakers in gold ink to show respect for Bryant before the Lakers' 108-91 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday night.

Kobe Bryant poses with his family at halftime after both his #8 and #24 Los Angeles Lakers jerseys are retired

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The Philadelphia native spent his entire 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers, winning 5 NBA championships and 18 All-Star titles before retiring in 2016.

Bryant often used his private helicopter to ferry him and his family between Newport Beach to the Staples Center for Lakers games.

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Bryant is survived by his wife Vanessa Bryant and their four daughters - Gianna, Natalia, Bianca and toddler Capri.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

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LeBron James was in attendance at a sold out high school game between Sierra Canyon (California) and Paul VI Catholic School at a tournament in Springfield, MA on Monday.

LeBron's son, LeBron James Jr, aka Bronny, 15, is a freshman guard for Sierra Canyon, an elite private school in California where the tuition costs $37,000 per year.

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40 police officers worked the game at Springfield College to provide extra security for the NBA superstar and 4,000 basketball fans who paid to see the progeny of LeBron (Bronny) and Dwyane Wade (Zaire Wade) play for Sierra.

Late in the 3rd quarter, while Bronny was waiting to make an inbound pass, a young fan pelted him with a piece of candy.

LeBron, 35, sat about 50 feet away shaking his head slowly as the game was stopped so police officers could eject the fan who threw the Starburst candy.

Bronny, who has not started for Sierra this season, took two shots during the game, missing both.

He is averaging 2 points per game this season. His play seems to be affected by the intense pressure he is under. ESPN aired the game live on ESPNU network.

"You'd be surprised by all the stuff Bronny has to go through," said teammate Ziaire Williams. "It's not fair, but he doesn't let it faze him at all. I'm learning how to be more like that from him and he's younger than me."

A boy took to YouTube.com to apologize and take responsibility for the candy toss. The unidentified boy claimed to be a Lakers and LeBron fan.

"Hi James family. I just want to apologize that I threw an orange peel at Bronny."

But another video posted on Twitter.com shows a toddler throwing the candy at Bronny.

LeBron vented his frustration on Twitter.com. "Hating has no age limit! #JamesGang is build [sic] for it and well equipped. As we proceed."

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"It's just disrespectful," LeBron said later. "And it was a little kid, too I don't know how old that little kid was. I don't know if he learned that on his own, or her learned it at home."

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LeBron, who took a helicopter to the campus to avoid Boston's traffic, hugged his son after Sierra's loss to Paul VI Catholic School, before heading back to Boston where his Lakers lost 139-107 to the Celtics on Monday night.