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The helicopter carrying NBA superstar Kobe Bryant was filmed circling above Glendale, Calif. approximately 15 minutes before it crashed.

In a short video shared on Twitter, the Sikorsky S-76B helicopter can be seen flying overhead in foggy conditions on Sunday morning.

Glendale resident David Lyudmirksy filmed the video from his home on West California Avenue at approximately 9:29 a.m. local time. He told Storyful that he recorded the helicopter because he noticed “weird stuff happening” above his home.

Approximately 40 kilometres west of Glendale, the helicopter crashed into a hillside above Calabasas, Calif. at approximately 9:45 a.m. The crash killed everyone on board, including Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, and seven others.

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The cause of the crash remains under investigation as authorities continue to scour the hillside wreckage.

The 41-year-old retired athlete was travelling by helicopter from Santa Ana, Calif. to his youth sports centre in Thousand Oaks, Calif. for a basketball tournament in which his daughter was scheduled to compete.

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Canada coach John Herdman disputes Croatian counterpart’s account of skipped post-match handshake

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Canada head coach John Herdman during a World Cup match against Croatia, at the Khalifa International Stadium, in Doha, Qatar, on Nov. 27.The Associated Press

Canada coach John Herdman is disputing his Croatian counterpart’s account of why there was no handshake after their World Cup game.

Herdman had antagonized the Croatian camp with a heated postgame message to his players after Canada’s opening 1-0 loss to Belgium at the soccer showcase. Asked in a pitch-side interview what he had said in a postgame huddle to his players, Herdman replied: “I told them they belong here and we’re going to go and eff – Croatia. That’s as simple as it gets.”

That prompted a stern lecture from Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic on the need for respect. And after Croatia beat the Canadians 4-1 Sunday, Dalic was asked if he had a chance to shake hands with Herdman following the final whistle.

“I did not see the other head coach after the match,” he said through an interpreter. “When I lose I always congratulate the winner. He was not there and that’s his way of doing things. He’s obviously mad. He is a good coach. He is a high-quality professional. But it will take some time for him to learn some things.”

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Herdman, whose postgame news conference preceded Dalic’s on Sunday, disputed that account Wednesday when asked about it.

“Look, we shook hands before the game. So that happened,” he said. “At the end of the game, the usual process – no different than [with Belgium coach] Roberto Martinez. You shake hands with the coach, then you go shake hands with the referee.

“When I turned round, [Dalic] was already off down the touchline, which is his right to do. He’s celebrating. He’s just beaten Canada. It was a big celebration for him. He was off and I couldn’t get to shake his hand. I went into the field, shook the ref’s hand, shook players’ hands. And didn’t get to see him.

“That moment’s gone. We’re into process now – team huddle, see your fans, flash interviews, calm yourself down so you don’t say anything and move on.”

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