Stars pay tribute to late comedy icon Jerry Lewis

The death of comedy legend Jerry Lewis on Sunday prompted an outpouring of tributes from fellow comedians, actors and others in the entertainment world.

Here are reactions from some notable personalities:

– Comic film actor Jim Carrey –

“That fool was no dummy. Jerry Lewis was an undeniable genius an unfathomable blessing, comedy’s absolute! I am because he was! ;^D” he wrote on Twitter.

– Actress and comedian Whoopi Goldberg –

“I realize I may be late with all this but all know is, losing Dick Gregory & Jerry Lewis is a gain 4 heaven, but a big loss for comedy,” she tweeted. US comedian and civil rights activist Dick Gregory died one day prior to Lewis.

– Late night TV host Jimmy Kimmel –

“Jerry Lewis was a genius comedian, actor, director, inventor, humanitarian, and as a Las Vegan, what I miss most…” tweeted Kimmel. He added a link to a video of Lewis’s performance of “You’ll Never Walk Alone” at his annual telethon to raise money for muscular dystrophy.

– Actor Robert De Niro –

“Jerry was a pioneer in comedy and film. And he was a friend,” the actor said in a statement. “Even at 91, he didn’t miss a beat… Or a punchline. You’ll be missed.”

– Television and radio host Larry King –

“Jerry lived to make the world laugh, and laugh we did for decades. His talent was surpassed only by his humanitarianism. Rest well, pal.”

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NBA probes charge Lakers improperly wooed George

The NBA has launched a probe of the Los Angeles Lakers after Indiana complained they improperly approached Pacers star Paul George while he was still under contract to the team.

“At the request of the Indiana Pacers, the NBA opened an investigation into alleged tampering by the Los Angeles Lakers,” the league said in a statement from spokesman Mike Bass.

“The independent investigation is being conducted by the law firm Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz.

“The Lakers have been cooperative and, at this point, no findings have been made. We have asked both teams to refrain from commenting while the investigation is ongoing,” the league said.

In June, George told the Pacers he planned to opt out of his contract in 2018, when he wanted to sign a free agent deal with the Lakers that would bring him back to his native California.

On June 30, the Pacers traded him to the Oklahoma City Thunder.

ESPN reported that the league is investigating whether Magic Johnson, the former Lakers star who is now president of basketball operations for the club, had improper contact with George.

Johnson said on a television chat show in April that he would love to see George in a Lakers uniform.

The league’s rules against tampering forbid teams from trying to influence players under contract to other teams, allowing them to try to lure players only when they become free agents on July 1 of the year their contracts expire.

George, 27, averaged 23.7 points and 6.6 rebounds per game last season for Indiana.

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USA beat Europe for second straight Solheim Cup crown

The United States won the Solheim Cup on Sunday, thwarting Europe’s longshot bid for a comeback triumph in the women’s match play golf showdown.

The Americans took a commanding five-point lead into the day’s 12 singles matches at Des Moines Golf and Country Club in Iowa.

They reached the 14 1/2 points needed for an outright win when Lizette Salas sank a par putt at the 18th for a 1 up win over Jodi Ewart Shadoff of England.

“My hands are still shaking just thinking about it,” Salas said.

But the Americans had been hurtling toward victory ever since Lexi Thompson’s remarkable rally to halve the opening singles match with Sweden’s Anna Nordqvist.

With captain Annika Sorenstam’s Europe needing the biggest final-day comeback in Solheim Cup history to snatch the prize, Nordqvist set an early tone, winning the first four holes as Thompson struggled.

But the American came alive on the back nine with a gutsy display that included holing out for an eagle at the 11th and an eagle at 15 to square the match.

Thompson, who was eight-under on the back nine, won the 16th with a birdie to take a 1 up lead that she took to 18 after both players bogeyed the par-three 17th.

Thompson was on the green in two at the last when Nordqvist fired her approach to within two feet. Thompson conceded the birdie putt, and when she couldn’t get her own long birdie attempt to drop the match ended halved.

“It was probably fitting that they both got half a point, they both played amazing,” US captain Juli Inkster said.

The United States continued to edge closer to the goal as veteran Cristie Kerr closed out a 2 & 1 victory over England’s Mel Reid and Paula Creamer defeated England’s Georgia Hall 1 up.

Germany’s Caroline Masson helped keep European hopes alive with a 4 & 2 win over Michelle Wie.

And Scottish veteran Catriona Matthew, pressed into playing duty only when Suzann Pettersen pulled out late with an injury, rallied from 3 down through 11 holes to beat Stacy Lewis 1 up.

But when 18-year-old Angel Yin halved her match with France’s Karine Icher, with Salas assured of at least halving hers, the Americans were certain of the 14 points they needed to keep the cup.

Salas’s win ensured it would be an outright victory, with only the final points tally left to be determined by the remaining matches.

“We just got out-played, there’s no doubt about it,” said Sorenstam, adding she was proud of her players’ determination in the face of adversity.

“They were out there fighting for every single point,” she said.

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