LOS ANGELES (AP) — Pilot error has been determined to be the cause of a helicopter crash that killed Kobe Bryant and eight others last year. The National Transportation Safety Board said poor visibility because of thick fog north of Los Angeles probably led pilot Ara Zobayan to become disoriented. The NTSB said Zobayan thought he was climbing when the craft was plunging toward a Southern California hillside.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The longtime NFL coach Marty Schottenheimer has died at 77. Schottenheimer won 200 regular-season games with four NFL teams but fell short in the playoffs. He was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2014 and was moved to a hospice Jan. 30.

NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball has updated its protocols to quell the coronavirus pandemic. Players, on-field staff and non-playing personnel who require access to ballparks must wear electronic tracing devices from the start of spring training or face discipline for violations. MLB and the union extended last year’s experimental use of seven-inning doubleheaders and runners on second base at the start of extra innings.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The NHL has postponed tonight’s Flyers-Capitals game in Washington because of COVID-19-related issues with Philadelphia. It’s the 34th game postponed so far this season, which is roughly a quarter of the way through. Philadelphia’s upcoming games against New Jersey and Washington’s at Buffalo scheduled for Thursday and Saturday were already postponed because of breakouts on the Devils and Sabres.

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Penguins have hired Ron Hextall as general manager and veteran NHL executive Brian Burke as president of hockey operations. Hextall previously was GM of the Flyers. He replaces Hall of Famer Jim Rutherford, who resigned abruptly two weeks ago.

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