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Jan 26, 2020; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Fans gather at L.A. Live in Los Angeles to pay their respects to former Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant who died in helicopter crash on Sunday. Mandatory Credit: Sandy Hooper-USA TODAY

By Alex Barth,

Here’s the key stories in sports to start the day…

Super Bowl week kicks off in Miami: A full week of radio row begins today in Miami. It’s the first time in four years Patriots players are available to take part, which should bring some interesting results. 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Zolak & Bertrand, and Felger & Mazz will be on location with interviews all week. Rich Shertenlieb of Toucher & Rich is also in Miami and will be doing interviews throughout the week.

Continued reaction to the death of NBA legend Kobe Bryant: Bryant passed away yesterday in a helicopter crash at the age of 41. Tributes are continuing to pour in Monday morning, as we get more details on the accident that claimed the lives of Bryant and eight others, including Bryant’s 13-year-old daughter and a former CCBL coach.

Celtics fall to Pelicans 123-108: The Celtics three-game winning streak came to an end Sunday night in New Orleans. The C’s rallied from a 23-point first half deficit to cut the Pelican’s lead to single digits, but failed to complete the comeback in the fourth quarter. The game featured a number of tributes to Kobe Bryant.

Red Sox continue Mookie Betts trade discussions: According to the Boston Globe’s Alex Speier, the Red Sox are considering offers from both the San Diego Padres and Los Angeles Dodgers for former AL MVP Mookie Betts.

Sox stagnant on managerial search: 13 days after their ‘mutual parting of ways’ with Alex Cora, there has been almost no activity reported in the Red Sox managerial search. Speculation is the team is OK going into spring training without a manager.

20th anniversary of the Patriots hiring Bill Belichick: It’s been 20 years since the Patriots brought on Bill Belichick as their head coach. The team is the winningest in the NFL since the hire.

NHL returns from All-Star break: Following Saturday’s All-Star 3-on-3 tournament (of which David Pastrnak was named MVP), the NHL returns to action Monday with a six-game slate. The Boston Bruins begin their ‘bye week’, they won’t play again until Friday night in Winnipeg.

Drew McIntyre wins the WWE Royal Rumble: McIntyre eliminated Roman Reigns to secure the win, and earn a title match at Wrestlemania in April. 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Wrestling Inside The Ropes reacted after the match.

Alex Barth is a writer and digital producer for Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Thoughts? Comments? Questions? Hate mail? Let him hear it on Twitter @RealAlexBarth