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Mitsubishi completes $2.7bn First State acquisition

first_imgIn addition, First State ranked as the 15th largest infrastructure manager globally, with €14.9bn of assets under management, according to IPE Real Assets’ Top 75 Infrastructure Managers survey.According to a press release published earlier today, First State Investments is to operate as a standalone business overseen by a board formed from First State and Mitsubishi senior staff, with independent non-executives to be added “in the coming year”.Mark Steinberg, First State Investments’ CEO, said: “Under MUFG ownership, we will have the financial backing and shared strategic vision to enable us to become an even stronger global investment manager.“Our investment teams will continue to enjoy their current levels of investment autonomy, which has underpinned the business’ strong growth and long-term performance. Importantly, their commitment to incorporating ESG principles across their processes and strategies will remain central to their investment approach.”Mikio Ikegaya, president and CEO of Mitsubishi UFJ Trust and Banking, added: “From the outset, we have regarded First State Investments as a well-recognised global business, synonymous with first-class investment professionals and strong fund performance.“We are committed to supporting First State Investments’ strategy of delivering high-quality investment capabilities and establishing and maintaining strong client relationships. We look forward to working with First State Investments as we continue to expand our investment management business and investment offerings globally.” Japanese financial services company Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUFG) has completed the purchase of First State Investments from the Commonwealth Bank of Australia for $2.7bn (€2.4bn).The deal was announced in October last year after the Australian bank said it intended to demerge its wealth management and mortgage broking businesses.First State, which manages $155.1bn in assets globally, will become part of Mitsubishi UFJ Trust and Banking Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of MUFG.It ranked 110th in IPE’s ranking of the largest managers of European institutional assets, according to the 2019 Top 400 Asset Managers survey, with €11.4bn.last_img read more

Madame Butterfly Susie O’Neill is selling her riverfront home

first_imgOlympic swimmer Susie ONeill and Ray White New Farm agent Christine Rudolph at the home Ms O’Neill is selling at 401 Brisbane Corso, Yeronga.Australian swimming legend Susie O’Neill is selling her family’s riverfront Brisbane home of almost 19 years.It’s a reluctant move for the elite swimmer and eight-time Olympic medallist, who fondly remembers raising her two teenage children and celebrating many milestones in the Yeronga property.Ms O’Neill bought the two-level, five-bedroom, three-bathroom house at 401 Brisbane Corso with her medico husband Cliff Fairley, an ophthalmologist, in 2001, and still remembers the day she first saw it. Former Olympic swimmer Susie O’Neill is selling this house at 401 Brisbane Corso, Yeronga.“I remember it was a feeling,” Ms O’Neill said.“When we walked in, it was like; ‘Oh, wow!’.“It is going to be emotional selling it.”Ms O’Neill said the decision to move to another part of Brisbane was based purely on convenience for their two children to get to school and to accommodate her parents.The property has a number of incredible features, but the one she will miss the most is the view.“Whenever I walked in that front door, that view just blew me away,” Ms O’Neill said.“I never took that view for granted.” The modern kitchen in the architecturally designed home.Ms O’Neill said she loved sitting on her beanbag in the lounge room and watching the rowers go by.“We have loved this house since we bought it,” she said.“This is where we had our children and we love the river and all that goes on there. We especially like seeing the rowers in the mornings.“It truly is a great house; ideal for families and entertaining.” Susie O’Neill says she will miss watching the rowers go past her riverfront home.Marketing agent Christine Rudolph of Ray White New Farm said the Brisbane Corso was renowned as one of Brisbane’s best streets, and the property offered a “golden opportunity” for buyers.Designed by architect Harry Poulos and renovated as recently as last year, the private, 875 sqm north-facing property offers the perfect river aspect. Susie O’Neill’s backyard at her home at 401 Brisbane Corso, Yeronga.“The home has the perfect north-facing aspect across the water to the leafy bankbeyond,” Ms Rudolph said.“Yeronga is just 7km from the CBD, and a truly hidden pocket as you only get localsdriving here.“ The home comes with a special pool designed for elite swimmers like Susie O’Neill, where you can set it to swim or run against a current.Famously nicknamed ‘Madame Butterfly’ for her expertise at the swimming stroke of the same name, O’Neill is better known these days as a co-host of Brisbane’s Nova 106.9 breakfast radio show with Ash, Kip and Luttsy. Ms O’Neill said one of the home’s unique selling points was the heated pool, where you could train like a professional athlete. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus8 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market8 hours agoThis home at 401 Brisbane Corso, Yeronga, is for sale.The Elite Fastlane pool is one of only two in Australia.“I was in the Australian team for 12 years, but I have been a swimmer for 20 years of mylife,” Ms O’Neill said. The Elite Fastlane pool overlooks the Brisbane River.“What I love about the Fastlane pool is the convenience of it. I can use it as a normal pool and jump in and cool off, or, I can use it to exercise by swimming against the current.“You can also run against the current and our kids have a lot of fun with it, on thekneeboard.” The open-plan living, kitchen and dining area offers stunning views of the Brisbane River.Ms O’Neill said she still considers swimming a great form of relaxation.“Even 15 minutes in the pool at the end of the day is great, but I am not going to drive all the way to a 50m pool to do that, so it’s very special.”The property is scheduled for auction with Ray White New Farm next month. The home at 401 Brisbane Corso, Yeronga, offers a peaceful outlook.last_img read more

Europa Oil & Gas buys Edge licence offshore Ireland

first_imgSimon Oddie, interim CEO and executive chairman of Europa, said: “We are confident that by adding FEL 3/19 to our portfolio we have not only increased the quantum of gross prospective gas resources to 2.7 tcf but have also increased the attractiveness of what was already a compelling investment proposition in the Slyne Basin. “With gas set to play a key role in Ireland’s energy mix and our licences located near Corrib and its processing infrastructure, our position benefits from having a highly attractive risk/reward profile. With this in mind, we look forward to showcasing our new position to prospective partners, a number of whom we have been talking to for some time. Exploration and production company Europa Oil & Gas has acquired a 100 per cent interest in Frontier Exploration Licence (FEL) 3/19 offshore Ireland from Norwegian oil company DNO. It is worthnoting that all work commitments on FEL 3/19 have been fulfilled and, subjectto regulatory approval, Europa’s forward plan will be to include FEL 3/19 in arelaunch of the farm-out of its strategic position in the Slyne Basin. “Together with ongoing work on the ground to bring the Wressle field in Lincolnshire into production in H2 2020 at an initial gross rate of 500bopd […] we are well placed to advance our portfolio of licences up the development curve and in the process generate value for our shareholders”. Europa isacquiring a 100 per cent interest in the licence from DNO for a nominal upfrontfee and the granting of a 5 per cent net profits Interest over futureproduction of gas and liquids from any accumulation on the licence. “Both Edge and Inishkea are viewed as being drill-ready and our aim will be to secure a partner or partners to fund drilling activity on one or both licences at the earliest opportunity. The companyadded that the inventory included the nearby 1.5 tcf Inishkea prospect onEuropa’s 100 per cent-owned FEL 4/19. center_img To remind, the acquisition of this license comes several months after Europa relinquished its interest in another Irish offshore licence – Licensing Option (LO) 16/19. According toEuropa, the acquisition will provide the company with a proven gas play which isin line with the refocusing of the Irish portfolio towards gas. FEL 3/19, which lies 18 kilometres east of the producing Corrib field, was formerly the LO 16/23 block which DNO acquired following the Faroe Petroleum buy. The newlicence lies close to Europa’s FEL 4/19, and since both are near Corrib andassociated gas processing infrastructure, the company classifies the twolicences as lower risk “infrastructure-led” exploration. Europa saidon Thursday that acquiring FEL 3/19, which is located close to the 1tcfproducing Corrib gas field in the Slyne basin, would add the 1.2 tcf Edgeprospect to Europa’s inventory in Ireland. A few weeks before this, Europa took a blow regarding its farm-out hopes. Namely, an unnamed oil major gave up on farming into its licenses off Ireland. In doing so, the company was forced to continue its search for a partner to drill its Inishkea prospect.last_img read more

Ireland set for Oman date

first_img It will be manager Martin O’Neill’s last opportunity to run the rule over his players before the competitive games start with the Republic preparing for friendlies against Turkey, Italy, Costa Rica and Portugal later this month and into June. The Republic of Ireland will face Oman as part of their preparations for the Euro 2016 qualifying campaign. Press Associationcenter_img Ireland will entertain Paul Le Guen’s men at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin on Wednesday, September 3, four days before their opening qualifier in Georgia. The two sides last met in September 2012 when goals from Robbie Brady, Alex Pearce, Shane Long and Kevin Doyle secured a 4-1 win at Craven Cottage. last_img read more

National : Ivy League race jam-packed as season enters stretch run

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on April 12, 2011 at 12:00 pm A year ago, Yale’s chance to qualify for the NCAA tournament all came down to a single game. After a regular season in which the Bulldogs faced just one ranked opponent outside of the Ivy League, Yale head coach Andy Shay thought his team’s only chance to qualify came in a matchup with Princeton in the semifinals of the Ivy League tournament.‘We feel like if we won our first Ivy League tournament game,’ Shay said, ‘that would have augmented our RPI and our strength of schedule, but we didn’t win that game.’The same scenario could be the case for nearly all of the Ivy League teams this season. The league has been thrown into a frenzy with a variety of upsets and close games. Yale alone has played four games decided by two goals, and had two games that were decided in at least overtime.With six of the league’s seven teams sitting tied in second or fourth place behind Cornell, the Ivy League is jam-packed with teams looking to separate themselves and make the NCAA tournament.‘The competition is very stiff,’ Cornell head coach Ben DeLuca said. ‘I feel like every team brings a wealth of talent to the table.’AdvertisementThis is placeholder textFor Pennsylvania head coach Mike Murphy, there’s one simple motto his team follows as it enters its quest for its first NCAA tournament bid since 2006.Murphy keeps it simple. Murphy’s motto is to make sure to take care of the little things, and the little things will take care of the big things. He said little things have come from playing in close games — five of the Quakers’ games have been decided by a single goal.‘If we’re going to be considered for the NCAA tournament, we have two chances,’ Murphy said. ‘One is to win the Ivy League tournament, where coming out on top in those one-goal games will help us with that.‘In regards to the strength of the league overall relative to other teams, I think our success outside the league — Harvard beats Georgetown — those are the things that can help our league get a second or maybe a third team into the NCAA tournament.’No. 17 Penn’s strength of schedule may work wonders in enabling the team to secure a bid to the tournament. The Quakers have defeated strong opponents in then-No. 10 Duke and then-No. 17 Bucknell. Penn also played a strong game against Villanova, falling 9-8 in overtime.But Penn is relatively different from other Ivy League schools. For certain schools, the inability to schedule games against quality scholarship teams looms largely due to a difficult geographic location or prestige.Three Ivy League teams are currently ranked inside the top 20, with Harvard receiving votes.The challenge for teams in the Ivy League is often an inability to face quality scholarship school opponents. DeLuca said a lot of the challenge has to do with a lack of interest from major conference schools.‘I don’t think there’s a lot of interest by some of those top-tier programs,’ DeLuca said. ‘Especially working around our Ivy League schedule, which is set toward the end of the season. You’re really confined to your out-of-conference scheduling happening toward the early part of the season. And a lot of those teams, especially from down south, are not interested in coming up north in March or April.’Behind the Big Red, Yale and Penn hold a half-game lead over the rest of the field with a 2-2 mark in league play. The Bulldogs and Quakers are followed closely by Harvard, Brown, Dartmouth and Princeton, each with 1-2 records in conference play.The Ivy League tournament began a year ago with the champion receiving the automatic bid for the NCAA tournament. Since only four teams can qualify for the Ivy League tournament and a chance to vie for the league’s automatic bid, the home stretch is more crucial than ever for many teams to punch their tickets to the NCAA tournament for the first time in years.But the parity is advantageous for many of the schools within the league. Princeton, which hasn’t missed the NCAA tournament since 2008, is on the brink of not even qualifying for the Ivy League tournament. The Tigers are off to their worst start since 2005 after stumbling to a 2-6 record and winning just one conference game thus far.Even with Cornell, only one of the Big Red’s conference games was decided by more than two goals. DeLuca is well aware of the threat that teams pose this year more than every other season.‘Almost any game you can throw out the rankings and the numbers surrounding each program,’ DeLuca said, ‘there’s going to be battles between two pretty strong programs — for the most part — throughout the year.’For Penn head coach Murphy, it all comes back to the little things. At this juncture of the season, he said that’s what could define each team’s chance at a league title.‘At this point we’ve got a pretty good idea of who we are,’ Murphy said. ‘I think the challenge at this point is to stay healthy and keep things fresh and consistent. We’ve done an OK job at that stuff thus far, and we’re — knock on wood — pretty healthy right now. We’re still pretty excited about where we’re going with things.’adtredin@syr.educenter_img Commentslast_img read more

Last time they played: Syracuse throttles Clemson in 1996 Gator Bowl

first_imgGator Bowl Jan. 1, 1996Syracuse 41, Clemson 0There were questions about how Donovan McNabb would fare as Syracuse’s starting quarterback.But after leading the Orangemen to the most lopsided bowl victory in program history, those questions were answered.“All season long, I continued to get better and we put it all together in the bowl game,” McNabb told reporters after the game.SU crushed then-No. 23 Clemson, a two-point favorite, 41-0 in the Gator Bowl in front of 67,940 fans in Jacksonville, Fla. McNabb took home MVP honors after throwing for 309 yards and three touchdowns while also rushing for a score in a standout performance to cap his first season under center.With the victory, Syracuse head coach Paul Pasqualoni tied Dick MacPherson with three bowl victories at SU.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn the contest’s opening drive, SU running back Malcolm Thomas plunged into the end zone from 1 yard out for the first of his two rushing touchdowns and then McNabb ran one in himself for a 5-yard score.McNabb, who completed 6-of-7 passes for 108 yards in the first frame, then connected with wide receiver Marvin Harrison for a 38-yard touchdown.“It came so easy to us, especially in the first quarter,” Syracuse guard Cy Ellsworth told reporters after the game. “It broke their spirits, you could see it in their eyes and, in my opinion, they gave up.”In addition to breaking its own program record and the Gator Bowl record for biggest margin of victory, Syracuse produced a Gator Bowl record 20 points in the first quarter.From there, the Orangemen cruised.Thomas added a 2-yard score in the third quarter and McNabb again found Harrison for a touchdown, this time from 56 yards. Harrison finished with seven catches for 173 yards, despite breaking his thumb mid-game. In the fourth quarter, McNabb hit Kaseem Sinceno from 15 yards out for the quarterback’s third and final touchdown of the game.McNabb then left the game, having picked apart a Clemson defense that included future Philadelphia Eagles teammate Brian Dawkins. The redshirt freshman tied Syracuse’s bowl record with three passing touchdowns.The Orangemen nearly tripled the Tigers’ offensive output — 467 yards of total offense to Clemson’s 159 — and almost doubled Clemson’s count of first downs, 21 to 12.Defensively, Kevin Abrams picked off Tigers quarterback Nealon Greene twice and SU safety Donovin Darius racked up 10 tackles.“Some people felt we were in this game by default,” Pasqualoni said. “We showed we were worthy of it.”—Compiled by Phil D’Abbraccio, asst. copy editor, Comments Published on October 4, 2013 at 2:36 am Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

USC spoils Masi’s homecoming again

first_imgThe USC men’s tennis team welcomed a familiar face in former coach Brett Masi on Friday, and it wasted no time in showing how far they’ve come without him.The No. 2 Trojans (6-0) notched their sixth consecutive win to begin the season with a 6-1 victory over No. 47 San Diego.Youth served · Freshman Ray Sarmiento helped keep the Trojans’ undefeated streak alive by winning his sixth-straight singles match. – Mannat Saini | Daily Trojan Doubles play didn’t start off well, though, as freshman Ray Sarmiento and junior Steve Johnson, playing at the No. 1 spot for USC, was the only doubles pair to fall, losing to the Toreros’ Dean Jackson and Patrick Pohlmann, 8-3.But sophomore J.T. Sundling and senior Jaak Poldma were dominant in doubles at the No. 3 spot, grabbing a win against San Diego’s Clarke Spinosa and Thibaut Visy, 8-3 to even the score.“We started really quickly, which was nice,” Sundling said. “We were up 5-0, which really helped us, and it’s always good to start strong.”Although Sundling and Poldma easily won their doubles match, junior Daniel Nguyen and freshman Emilio Gomez eked out an 8-6 victory over San Diego’s Nikola Bubnic and Nils Schive.With a 7-6 advantage, Nguyen stepped up to the service line for the Trojans.Nguyen and Gomez fought off a push by the Toreros pair to deuce, as Nguyen held serve and grabbed the doubles point for USC with one last ace to give USC a 1-0 advantage.“We got up early in the break, but played really badly down the stretch,” Sarmiento said. “We need to work on better first serves and closing out the point.”The Trojans had a much tougher time in the doubles department, but their singles matches went smoother.“Steve [Johnson] and Jaak [Poldma] played so well and were in control,” said USC coach Peter Smith. “They really led the team, which was great to see, especially at the No. 1 and No. 2 spots.”Johnson defeated San Diego’s Jackson 6-3, 6-2 and Poldma beat Bubnic 7-5, 6-1.In an abbreviated third set, Nguyen, who lost the first set 2-6, came back with a 6-3 second set victory and pulled out a thrilling tiebreak deficit victory.Sarmiento came away with his sixth consecutive singles victory with a 6-2, 7-5 decision over San Diego’s Clarke Spinosa.Though the win might have seemed easy just looking at the stats, San Diego’s play told a whole different story. USC was challenged early in doubles play, before rattling off three-straight singles victories to close out the win at home.Sarmiento said he was not surprised by the level of competition San Diego brought, and that USC welcomes the challenge.“We have to expect that every match is going to be a battle,” he said. “We have to work hard and always have to prove ourselves.”USC welcomes Pepperdine to Marks Stadium on Friday at 1:30 p.m. for its next match.last_img read more

Sports Reform Committee in Abuja for Second Retreat

first_imgAs the guest speaker at an open session of the Sports Reform Committee at the boardroom of the Nigeria Olympic Committee, he said “we cannot use 20th century practices to solve 21st century problems.“The 21st century is a ‘no jobs’ century with information communication technology (ICT) wiping off most jobs as one computer can do the job of 30 persons working manually. Banks are retrenching because with ATM cards less desk cashiers are needed for example.“Therefore, sports which is one of the three competencies needed to survive must therefore be run by intelligent, knowledgeable business minds who know where the money is and can position and package their sports to attract capital.”Continuing, the renowned business consultant said: “to attract indigenous private and foreign investment, sports in Nigeria has to be democratised and taken out of the hands of the bureaucracy and glamourised.”The parley also featured a session with Lagos based sports editors from television, radio and newspaper houses who rubbed minds with the committee on the problems stalling sports development in Nigeria.However, the Abuja retreat, according to a statement from the committee “will have an open house on Thursday, April 28, featuring a presentation from a public sector individual and a parley with Abuja-based sports editors.”The Committee has seven terms of reference which are:i) Design a new architecture that will restructure Nigerian sports from a service oriented model to a development oriented one that will enhance effective and enduring sports development in Nigeria.ii) Identify the major obstacles to sports development in Nigeriaiii) Develop a sustainable framework for sports development which will build a strong base for the systematic discovery, identification, training and deployment of athletes into sporting activities.iv) Develop a holistic framework, including institutional, legal and other arrangements to professionalise sports and provide alternative career options for our teeming youth with clearly established career path for athletes in all sporting fields.v) Recommend ways of reconstituting the sports federations/associations in a way that all stake holders have a say and attract passionate, knowledgeable and resourceful Identify, suggest and recommend alternative sources of revenue for the funding of sports development in Nigeria.vii) Come up with other considerations which in the opinion of the committee will lead to the repositioning of Nigerian sports for effective and enduring development.The committee which has until July 14 to submit its report has Godwin Kienka as chairman.Members are; Babatunde Fatayi-Williams, Prof. Florence Adeyanju, Chief Segun Odegbami, Col. Sam Ahmedu (rtd), Chief Mary Onyali, Bola Orodele, Yusuf Datti, Kayode Thomas, Ayo Olubato, Dr Ademola Aare, Waziri Laminu and Despan Kwardem.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The Sports Reform Committee set up by the Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung, to restructure Nigerian sports for effective development will begin a second retreat in Abuja starting today.The Abuja retreat is coming on the heels of the maiden edition in Lagos which featured presentations from the private sector led by the president and Chairman in Council of the Nigeria – British Chamber of Commerce, Prince Dapo Adelegan.Adelegan, had insisted at the weekend in Lagos said that sports development in the 21st century anywhere in the world, especially more so in Nigeria, should be driven by persons with a serious business mindset.last_img read more

Mark Heisler on the NBA: The Too Long Goodbye: Kobe goes out as only he can

first_imgIf you’re wondering what point there is in Kobe Bryant going on from here …That’s a really good question.I know the answer: He’s Kobe.This isn’t just a game, it has been his life in a way that it may not ever have been for any other player. Actually, with his legacy safe and the direction of the season set, there’s nothing important at stake, crazed as it is making everyone.“Yeah, I’ve seen him play and it’s disgusting,” an opposing player told the Los Angeles Times, quoting sources anonymously as if tracking the Watergate burglars back to Richard Nixon.In real life, for every Bill Russell who goes out on top, 100 Michael Jordans, Kareem Abdul-Jabbars, Magic Johnsons, Larry Birds, Wilt Chamberlains and Jerry Wests leave as imitations of themselves and are revered nonetheless.Kobe carved his legacy in stone years back: Not as great as MJ or as controversial as Wilt, but close.It’s a long season. Lakers fans, denuded of hope, need something to care about. Before, it was getting rid of Mike D’Antoni, the outsider.Soon, it’ll be getting rid of Byron Scott, who’s Lakers family.Unfortunately for the Lakers, Kobe, Byron and Jim Buss can join hands and walk out without helping.Does someone think Gregg Popovich takes this team to the playoffs?I know someone who doesn’t: Pop.There’s an important question and it’s not how long Kobe, Bryon and Jimbo stay:Will they tank to keep their No. 1 pick, which goes to Philadelphia unless it’s No. 1, 2 or 3?Actually, the real question is whether the Lakers are decisive enough to grasp that sad necessity.All they have in the meantime are the emerging futures of D’Angelo Russell, Julius Randle and Jordan Clarkson, none of whom is the Next Kobe; their desperate hope of landing a big free agent and Bryant’s dead duck of a swan song.Now totally legacy-conscious, Bryant has been totally gracious, tortured as his explanations have become.The best was last week in Oakland after his marathon pre-game warmup, hoping to shock the world in the nationally televised game against the Warriors.Instead, the world got more of the same. The Lakes lost by 38. Kobe shot 1 for 14, dropping him to 31.1 percent, last in the NBA, as is his 19.5 percent on 3-pointers while taking seven, count ‘em, seven a game.Afterward, he said he got upset with how things were going, which “bothered me so I got out of my Zen.”He ran out of Zen a while back — April 12, 2013, when he tore his Achilles, ending a brilliant run (he averaged 30.5 with 7.0 rebounds and 7.5 assists that month) and the notion of he and Dwight Howard restoring the Lakers.Bryant hasn’t had his legs since. His shots are almost uniformly contested, flat and short.If it’s unseemly, he earned the right to go out this way. If he’s in denial, he earned that, too.No player may have been as devoted to the game. No one ever worked as hard at it.“It’s a game that he’s loved since he was able to talk,” said ESPN’s Bruce Bowen, his old San Antonio rival, “so who are we to say this player shouldn’t do this thing?“If that’s where his heart is, I think you have to respect that.”It’s true. Kobe once told me he realized he had a destiny to fulfill — when he was six.When he became a Laker at 17, weighing 165 pounds, he hired away Joe Carbone, the 76ers’ strength and conditioning coach whom he had worked with, and moved him across country as his personal trainer.At 29, Bryant’s work ethic awed young teammates on the 2007 U.S. national team like LeBron James, who didn’t know him — Kobe had been anything but chatty — and were leery of him until finding he was human, if forbidding.Several games into a qualifying tournament in Las Vegas, Coach Mike Krzyzewski gave his players a day off. They headed for golf courses, tables and high-end stores, except Kobe, who went back to the Thomas and Mack Center to work out.You don’t just switch off his kind of devotion and determination.This may be all he has left but it’s safe, too: Kobe is going out Kobe.Mark Heisler has written an NBA column since 1991 and was honored with the Naismith Hall of Fame’s Curt Gowdy Award in 2006. His column is published Sundays in Los Angeles News Group print editions.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more