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Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Los Angeles Lakers great Kobe Bryant announced his retirement Sunday, saying this season -- his 20th in the NBA -- will be his last.

The NBA legend made the announcement hours before Sunday's game, writing in a poem: "This season is all I have left to give. My heart can take the pounding, my mind can handle the grind, but my body knows it's time to say goodbye."

The Philadelphia native dominated the sport for two decades, entering the NBA directly from high school and playing for the Lakers for 20 years -- his entire career.

Kobe's accomplishments speak for themselves: He won five NBA titles, was a 17-time All Star and earned two Olympic gold medals.

Here are some of his best performances, according to ESPN NBA reporters:

1. In Game 7 of the 2000 Western Conference Finals, Kobe's iconic alley-oop to Shaquille O'Neal sealed the win against the Portland Trail Blazers.

2. Then in the 2000 NBA Finals, Shaq fouled out towards the end of the game, and Kobe stepped up, bringing the Lakers a crucial Game 4 win.

3. In December 2005, Kobe scored a career-high 62 points in three quarters against the Dallas Mavericks -- just a month before his historic 81-point game. He then sat out the entire fourth quarter.

4. In the 2006 playoffs, Kobe's buzzer beater against the Phoenix Suns gave the Lakers a 3-1 series lead.

5. And of course, in January 2006, Kobe achieved an 81-point game -- the second-most points scored by an individual player in NBA history.

Watch Robin Roberts’ exclusive interview with Kobe Bryant on Good Morning America on Wednesday.

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Mike Stone/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — It looks like the New England Patriots could be down another player.

Even before tight end Rob Gronkowski was carried off the field with a knee injury during Sunday’s losing game against the Denver Broncos, a knee injury also threatended to bench Dont’a Hightower for a few weeks, NFL Media reports.

According to the report, the linebacker has apparently sprained his MCL.

Though the knee injury is not likely to end the season for Hightower, it will keep the player off the field for several weeks while he recovers.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- At just 15 years old, Reece Whitley is already being called the next Michael Phelps.

Whitley, who stands 6-foot-8, is a swimming sensation and Monday morning on ABC News' Good Morning America, he learned that he was named Sports Illustrated’s SportsKid of the Year for 2015.

“Heyyyyy, awesome,” the swimming sensation from Lafayette Hill, Pennsylvania, said, clapping his hands in excitement. “It’s amazing. This whole process has been really fun to be a part of. So I think just seeing this at the end has been really cool. I’m enjoying it.”

Even first lady Michelle Obama tweeted, congratulating Whitley’s outstanding accomplishments on Monday.

Congrats @_reecewhitley on becoming @SIKids #SportsKid of the Year. We are so proud of you!

— The First Lady (@FLOTUS) November 30, 2015

“Wow, thank you,” he said in awe of her message. “That’s awesome.”

Mark Bechtel, managing editor of Sports Illustrated Kids, says the magazine looks for “kids who excel on the field and off it,” when choosing their SportsKid of the Year. “Or in Reece’s case, in the pool and out of it,” he added.

“What makes him so special is that he’s 15 years old. He’s an elite world class athlete, but you wouldn’t know it by watching the way he acts,” Bechtel said. “He’s got time for school, he’s got time to mentor all these little kids who look up to him and want to be him. Everything he does, he just does with this youthful exuberance and joy and so much humility.”

Whitley credits his success to failure at summer camp when he was 7.

“I failed that deep-water test the first time I did it. So I told my mom that night and she enrolled me in lessons the next week and this is what happens,” he said in an interview with ABC News’ Linsey Davis.

Whitley holds five national age group records. His swimming times are fast enough to have already qualified him for the 2016 Olympic trials.

And he’s not only breaking records. As an African-American, Whitley is breaking barriers, too.

Seventy percent of African-American children don’t know how to swim, according to the USA Swimming Foundation.

Asked for his reaction to that statistic, Whitley replied: “I think as I get older ... I’m going to need to take -- play a key role in kind of integrating swimming into inner city communities a lot more.”

Davis asked Whitley how he feels to be compared to swimming’s elite athletes.

“It means a lot, but at the end of the day you can’t really get caught up in that stuff,” he said. “It throws your mind off.”

Little League pitcher Mo’Ne Davis was last year’s SportsKid of the Year.

Sports Illustrated Kids is available online Monday and on newsstands Tuesday.

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Allen Kee / ESPN Images(DENVER) -- New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski suffered an injury to his right knee during the fourth quarter of Sunday night's game against the Denver Broncos. But just how serious is it?

We may soon find out. The star player is expected to undergo an MRI on Monday, a source tells ESPN, adding that, "We think he is going to be OK."

Gronkowski was carted off the field with 2:49 remaining in the fourth quarter after he was hit by Broncos defensive back Darian Stewart. New England went on to lose the game, 30-24 -- the team's first loss this season.

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Drew Hallowell/Philadelphia Eagles/Getty Images(MIAMI) -- Bill Lazor has been fired as the offensive coordinator of the Miami Dolphins, the team announced on Monday.

The move comes after the Dolphins lost to the New York Jets on Sunday, 38-20. Miami is now 4-7 this season.

Quarterbacks coach Zac Taylor will step in as the team’s play caller for the remainder of the season, the Dolphins said.

Meanwhile, in another coaching move, Miami promoted Phil McGeoghan to wide receivers coach.

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Scott Clarke / ESPN Images(SEATTLE) -- Seattle Seahawks tight end Jimmy Graham is out for the rest of the season after suffering a knee injury on Sunday, according to the team's head coach.

"We've loved Jimmy Graham coming to our team and we're very grateful that he's been a part of it and we're going to miss the heck out of him the rest of the season," coach Pete Carroll said Sunday after Seattle's 39-30 win against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Carroll said Graham hurt the patellar tendon in his right knee and will need surgery.

The tight end had to come out of the game in the fourth quarter after going up for a pass from Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson in the end zone. Graham came down awkwardly and had to be carted off the field.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here are the latest scores and winners:


Kansas City 30, Buffalo 22
N-Y Jets 38, Miami 20
Minnesota 20, Atlanta 10
Houston 24, New Orleans 6
Washington 20, N-Y Giants 14
Oakland 24, Tennessee 21
San Diego 31, Jacksonville 25
Cincinnati 31, St. Louis 7
Indianapolis 25, Tampa Bay 12
Arizona 19, San Francisco 13
Seattle 39, Pittsburgh 30
Denver 30, New England 24


Charlotte 87, Milwaukee 82
L-A Clippers 107, Minnesota 99
Orlando 110, Boston 91
Brooklyn 87, Detroit 83
Memphis 92, Philadelphia 84
Phoenix 107, Toronto 102
OT Houston 116, New York 111
Indiana 107, L-A Lakers 103


OT  Florida 2, Detroit 1


( 3) Michigan St. 77, Providence 64
( 6) Duke 85, Utah St. 52
( 7) Oklahoma 65, Wisconsin 48
(11) Arizona 68, Boise St. 59
Iowa 84, (20) Wichita St. 61
(23) Xavier 90, Dayton 61
(25) SMU 77, Brown 69
Alabama 74, (17) Notre Dame 73

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Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Kobe Bryant is retiring.

The NBA superstar and 37-year-old Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard announced his retirement on Sunday in a letter titled, "Dear basketball" published in a post for The Player's Tribune.

"But I can't love you obsessively for much longer," Bryant said in the post. "This season is all I have left to give. My heart can take the pounding. My mind can handle the grind but my body knows it's time to say goodbye.

"And that's OK. I'm ready to let you go."

He's not leaving yet though, he's still going to finish out the season.

This season marks Bryant's 20th with the Lakers and it's the worst of his career. His team is in last place in the Western Conference and as of Sunday was averaging 15.7 points per game with 31.5 percent shooting.

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Phil Ellsworth/ESPN Images(NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J.) -- Rutgers University has fired its football head coach Kyle Flood and Athletic Director Julie Hermann, ABC News has learned.

The former dean of Seton Hall law school will serve as interim athletic director.

"Kyle Flood has been a loyal and dedicated member of our community for more than a decade and our head football coach for four seasons, during which his teams won 26 games and played in three bowl games," said Rutgers University President Robert Barchi in a statement. "However, our continued struggles on the field combined with several off the field issues have convinced me that we need new leadership of our football program."

On Hermann's termination, Barchi said she was a "capable administrator" with a "passion for Rutgers" that "never waned."

"Julie came to Rutgers in 2013, at a time when the program was in turmoil, with a vision at where she could take our Athletics Program," said Barchi. "I believe, however, at this point, when major changes are being made in our football program, we need a fresh start."

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Subscribe To This Feed -- Olympic figure skater Nancy Kerrigan was shocked to learn of the death of long-time friend Garrett Swasey, the police officer gunned down at a Colorado Planned Parenthood Friday.

"You can't explain it. It's horrific," an emotional Kerrigan said in an interview with ABC affiliate WCVB-TV in Boston.

Swasey, a University of Colorado-Colorado Springs campus officer, 44, was killed when he responded in support of Colorado Springs police to reports of an active shooter at the clinic. Swasey, a married father of two children, was a six-year veteran of the UCCS police department, said the university.

But before working in law enforcement, Swasey was an ice skater, and he grew up on the rink with pro-skater Kerrigan.

Swasey's father "picked me up at school every day in high school and drove me to the ice rink," Kerrigan said according to WCVB-TV, "whether Garrett was coming with us or sick."

Swasey was a junior national champion in couples ice dancing in 1992, according to the Denver Post, and he then competed in the U.S. Figure Skating Championships with another partner in 1995.

Kerrigan said she learned about Swasey's death from his father, with whom she still keeps in touch, WCVB-TV reported.

Swasey grew up in Melrose, Massachusetts, about 10 miles north of Boston, according to Melrose Mayor Robert Doland.

"As a class of 1989 graduate, I remember him to be a kind and caring young man with many friends, dedicated to his skating career, and excelling in all areas at Melrose High School," the mayor said in a blog post.

Swasey was active in his community and his church in Colorado, said the mayor.

"The entire Melrose community mourns the loss of Garrett, and our thoughts are with his parents and family, who were longtime residents, as well as his wife Rachel and their two children," Doland said.

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