Los Angeles Lakers forward Kobe Bryant dribbles during the second half of the Lakers’ NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz.  The game is Kobe Bryant’s last after a 20 year career with the Lakers. Photo: EPA

Moments before starting the final game of his stellar 20-year career in the NBA, Kobe Bryant was described as “the greatest” ever to wear the purple (...)

Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers stands on court during game two of the Western Conference Finals against the San Antonio Spurs in the 2008 NBA playoffs. Photograph: Getty Images

Among the deluge of tributes to Kobe Bryant floating around cyberspace now is one tweeted by Shane Battier, one of the few defensive players capable o(...)

Kobe Bryant   of the Los Angeles Lakers waves to the crowd after passing Michael Jordan on the all-time scoring list with a free throw in the second quarter of the game against the Minnesota Timberwolves  at Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  Photograph:  Hannah Foslien/Getty Images

Kobe Bryant eclipsed Michael Jordan on the National Basketball Association’s all-time scoring list on Sunday, surpassing the legendary scorer during (...)

Pictured with Enterprise, Trade and Investment Minister Arlene Foster is Declan O’Mahoney, chief executive of HeartSine Technologies and (left) Shauna Heggarty and (right) Eileen Ervin. Picture: Michael Cooper

Manufacturing firm HeartSine Technologies is to create 40 jobs in Belfast, it said on Tuesday.The company, which was established in 1997, designs, dev(...)