This Week in Sports :: December 24-28, 2007
Basketball star Kobe Bryant hits a historic mark while a Brazilian soccer team wants to sign Renaldo. Check out what else happened this week!
Kobe hits 20,000Kobe Bryant made history last Sunday at Madison Square Garden. In the world's most famous arena, Bryant became the youngest player in NBA history to hit the 20,000 point plateau. He surpassed legendary center Wilt Chamberlain by 12 days, by scoring 20,000 at the age of 29 years and 122 days old. Also on Sunday, Bryant scored 39 points to lead his Lakers to a 89-83 win over the Knicks. As of Thursday, the Lakers are now 18-10, which is good enough for second in the Pacific Division.
Brazil Team Wants RenaldoBrazilian soccer powerhouse Flamengo is in talks to bring over soccer star Renaldo to their team. Currently, the 31-year-old soccer sensation is under contract with Italy's AC Milan. In the past, Renaldo has expressed interest in joining the five-time Brazilian championship team. His team AC Milan has given permission to Flamengo to talk to Renaldo - who is under contract until the end of the 2008 season. This past season has been one of Renaldo's worst as a professional, because he was slowed down by injuries. Renaldo, a Brazilian native, is a two-time FIFA Player of the Year and led Brazil to two World Cups.
Skiles FiredAfter a successful season last year, big things were expected out of the Chicago Bulls, but two months into the season the Bulls had one of the NBA's worst records. On Christmas eve, the Bulls fired coach Scott Skiles. He was in his fifth season as Bulls head coach and had led them to three straight playoff appearances - including a trip to the second round last year. Long time assistant coach Pete Meyers will replace Skiles as the temporary coach of the Bulls.
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