Mar 04,2021

More than 10,000 pieces of new news a day. News update non-stop 24/7.  Raiders GM Mike Mayock: 'Jury is still out' on Trent Brown.  Dan Dakich still employed by ESPN as a college basketball analyst.  Former NFL tight end Kellen Winslow II sentenced to 14 years in prison for multiple rapes.  Golf returns to Bay Hill and to some semblance of cheers.  Joe Altobelli, manager who led O's to '83 WS, dies at 88.  Jets' Douglas praises Darnold, but open to trading QB.  Kellen Winslow II, former NFL star, gets 14 years in prison for rapes.  The 2-Month Trade Request: How James Harden Forced His Way Out of Houston.  Newsom confident MLB fans can return to California stadiums in April.  Jets’ plans at quarterback are becoming increasingly clear.  More than 10,000 pieces of new news a day. News update non-stop 24/7.  Reports: Dan Dakich to keep ESPN job, but receives scolding from network over internet bullying.  Will the real Melo please stand up? And the real KD while we’re at it.  David Fletcher to set an aggressive tone for Angels with his old-school mentality.  Chronic flooding puts Countryside Elementary School project on the front burner, officials say.  Hirokazu Sawamura ‘excited’ after making first bullpen appearance for Red Sox.  Oakland A’s takeaways: What A.J. Puk’s progress means for the rotation.  Bruins’ Charlie Coyle out vs. Capitals because of COVID-19 protocols.  ASU football team starts spring football with lofty expectations.  Cardinals GM was in the batter's box before saying he might 'take a swing' at signing Watt.  Cardinals GM Steve Keim: No timeline for Larry Fitzgerald to decide if he will return.  
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Raiders GM Mike Mayock: 'Jury is still out' on Trent Brown
       
APLas Vegas Raiders general manager Mike Mayock says the “jury is still out” on whether highly paid right tackle Trent Brown will be back in 2021 after being limited by injuries in his first two seasons with the team. The Raiders gave Brown a $66 million, four-year contract in free agency in 2019 in Mayock’s first season as general manager to be the anchor of the line. But after a strong start to his tenure, Brown has been hampered by various injuries and a bout with COVID-19. “When he’s healthy, in shape and ready to go, he’s as dominant as any tackle in football,” Mayock said Wednesday. “There would be nothing finer than you have Trent Brown at right tackle protecting Derek Carr next year.
Dan Dakich still employed by ESPN as a college basketball analyst
       
INDIANAPOLIS -- ESPN has talked with college basketball analyst Dan Dakich about his recent Twitter controversy in which a woman college professor accused him of misogynistic speech. ESPN confirmed Wednesday that Dakich is still employed as a college basketball analyst for the network, a job he's held since 2010. "We are taking this matter very seriously and are in the process of looking into it,” the network told IndyStar. The conversations between ESPN and Dakich follow a recent Twitter dispute over college athlete compensation in which Dakich debated several college professors on Feb. 23. When Dakich asked whether teachers knew anything about sports, Dr. Johanna Mellis responded to Dakich on Twitter : "Dan you want to play in the 'arena?'
Former NFL tight end Kellen Winslow II sentenced to 14 years in prison for multiple rapes
       
ADADWinslow, 37, was convicted of forcible rape, rape of an unconscious person, assault with intent to commit rape, indecent exposure, and lewd conduct in public. Winslow was convicted of rape in a 2019 case involving a 58-year-old homeless woman in Encinitas, Calif. Winslow, who last played in the NFL in 2013, made an unsuccessful comeback attempt in 2016 and participated in the Spring League for two years. Winslow, you carefully selected your victims, those that were most vulnerable. We had Jane Doe number 1 who was 54, Jane Doe number 2 who was homeless, age 59, Jane Doe number 3 was 57 and Jane Doe number 5 was 77 years old and she was alone in a Jacuzzi in a gym,” Bowman said (via NBC San Diego).
Golf returns to Bay Hill and to some semblance of cheers
       
"It's kind of hard to remember the cheers, really," Hatton said Wednesday. That's about what Bay Hill is anticipating this week, with tournament officials saying attendance will be limited to 25% capacity. Bay Hill was the last PGA Tour event before the COVID-19 pandemic shut down golf for three months. Rory McIlroy is playing, and Jordan Spieth makes his debut at Bay Hill. "It was the first time since The Players Championship that you heard a roar that ... it gave you goose bumps."
Joe Altobelli, manager who led O's to '83 WS, dies at 88
       
Joe Altobelli, the manager who led the Baltimore Orioles to their most recent World Series title in 1983, has died at the age of 88. The Orioles confirmed Altobelli's death on Wednesday and in a statement said that the manager was a "tremendous leader." Altobelli was hired by the Orioles before the 1983 season — replacing future Hall of Famer Earl Weaver — and immediately found success. He led the Chicago Cubs for one game as the interim manager in 1991. Altobelli also had a successful stretch as the Orioles' Triple-A manager from 1971-76, when the Rochester Red Wings won two International League championships.
Jets' Douglas praises Darnold, but open to trading QB
       
Sam Darnold's time as the face of the New York Jets franchise might be nearing a disappointing end. Douglas' comments during a video call that included new coach Robert Saleh marked the first time the GM directly acknowledged being willing to trade Darnold. Darnold is entering the fourth year of his rookie deal and is scheduled to count $9.8 million against the Jets’ salary cap. The Jets could also opt to stick with Darnold, for at least this year, and trade down from No. Agent Erik Burkhardt was critical of the Jets' handling of Maye's situation in a Twitter post Tuesday night, but Douglas brushed off those comments.
Kellen Winslow II, former NFL star, gets 14 years in prison for rapes
       
Kellen Winslow II, a former NFL star tight end, was sentenced to 14 years in prison on Wednesday as part of a plea deal for a multitude of sexual offenses against five women in Southern California. Winslow was convicted of forcible rape, rape of an unconscious person, assault with intent to commit rape, indecent exposure, and lewd conduct in public. San Diego County Superior Court Judge Blaine Bowman called Winslow a "sexual predator" who preyed on women who were especially vulnerable. It was the type of victim that you sought out yourself because you felt that perhaps they wouldn’t report the crime" or "wouldn't be deemed credible by the jurors," Bowman said. Jurors also convicted him of two misdemeanors -- indecent exposure and a lewd act in public -- involving two other women.
The 2-Month Trade Request: How James Harden Forced His Way Out of Houston
       
James Harden might've known that before he agitated his way to Brooklyn over the course of several bitter months. After eight years with the franchise, Harden was starting to feel legitimate doubt about staying in Houston, according to a source familiar with his thinking. He acquired the head coach Harden wanted in Mike D'Antoni and the players Harden wanted in Dwight Howard, Chris Paul and Russell Westbrook. The two met to reaffirm their desire to play with one another and started laying the foundation for a trade, sources say. Jimmy Butler had even OK'd the trade, according to a league source.
Newsom confident MLB fans can return to California stadiums in April
       
| Harry How/Getty Images Newsom confident MLB fans can return to California stadiums in AprilOAKLAND — California fans can likely catch Major League Baseball games in person when the season begins in April, Gov. The fact that Newsom believes ballparks can safely allow some fans to attend — outside — is the latest indicator that Newsom has high confidence in California's progress. California is home to five MLB teams: the Oakland Athletics, the San Francisco Giants, the San Diego Padres, the Anaheim Angels and the reigning champion Los Angeles Dodgers. In the yellow tier, teams could expand capacity to 25 percent. Allowing MLB teams to bring back fans by then may require looser thresholds than those already established.
Jets’ plans at quarterback are becoming increasingly clear
       
NEW YORK — Jets GM Joe Douglas and head coach Robert Saleh haven’t quite tipped their hand for their plans at quarterback yet, but those plans are becoming increasingly clear. Perhaps the clearest statement came from Douglas when he was asked a leading question about trading the Jets’ boatload of picks for a player. “Ultimately, for us to get where the great teams are, the most consistent teams are, you do that through the draft,” Douglas said. The GM basically confirmed a month-old ESPN report that the Jets are in trade discussions with other teams about Darnold. Safety Marcus Maye, the team’s clear MVP last season, is a free agent, although the Jets could franchise tag him.
Reports: Dan Dakich to keep ESPN job, but receives scolding from network over internet bullying
       
UFC president Dana White also backed that sentiment, telling MMA Junkie that Chimaev "ain't quitting." Then, on Tuesday, Kadyrov posted a message via the Visit Chechnya Instagram account, in which he said that he talked Chimaev out of retiring. "Friends, you've probably already heard the news about Khamzat Chimaev, who announced his departure from the UFC in his account. That is how Khamzat wrote on Instagram. When he wasn't physically able to train for the bout, Edwards was re-booked opposite Belal Muhammad for the same date.
Will the real Melo please stand up? And the real KD while we’re at it
       
Carmelo Anthony has been known as “Melo” since the future Hall of Famer was selected as the No. 5 overall pick in the 2003 NBA draft by the Denver Nuggets. The 19-year-old built his resume around the world before being selected as the third overall pick by the Hornets in last year’s draft. He became the youngest player ever to record a triple-double when he did so in January against the Atlanta Hawks. I’m the real KD.... your name Kevin Durant act accordingly ?? https://t.co/zz9nKERprd — 3:14 (@kashdoll) February 27, 2021The debate caught the attention of many, even 50 Cent posted about it on his Instagram.
David Fletcher to set an aggressive tone for Angels with his old-school mentality
       
Joe Maddon wants the Angels to play “like it’s 1985,” an approach the manager describes as a “real assertive, aggressive, attitudinal kind of game, maybe pushing it on the bases. He knows to stay in his lane.”AdvertisementFletcher’s primary job is to get on base for the sluggers behind him. If there is one phase of the game Maddon would like to see Fletcher expand, it’s on the basepaths. Fletcher has 13 stolen bases and has been caught stealing four times in 283 big league games. Advertisement“You’re probably going to see the best version of him, if we’re able to leave him there,” Maddon said.
Chronic flooding puts Countryside Elementary School project on the front burner, officials say
       
AdvertisementThe virtual walkthrough Feb. 10 was part of a study the MSBA completes before deciding the next steps for a school. Beyond insufficient internal space, Gilman said the school is also around a wetland area. According to its website, the MBSA board of directors distributes grants “based on need and urgency.” Goldman said this would be the third MSBA project for Newton, after Angier and Cabot Elementary Schools. “You just don’t make up 40 years of neglect in a couple of years.”David Fleishman, superintendent of Newton Public Schools, said Countryside typically serves about 400 students. “Countryside is a wonderful school that needs a lot of work,” Fleishman said.
Hirokazu Sawamura ‘excited’ after making first bullpen appearance for Red Sox
       
FORT MYERS, Fla. — Under gloomy skies, Hirokazu Sawamura threw 23 pitches to Kevin Plawecki in the bullpen adjacent to the Red Sox clubhouse Wednesday morning. “It was my first bullpen session ever in the U.S. and wearing this jersey, the Red Sox jersey. “Very likable guy,” Sox manager Alex Cora said of Sawamura. AdvertisementEvery Red Sox starter had at least one hit and it was 12-1 after an eight-run fourth inning. I know he’s going to be fine and we’re going to get back to competing again.
Oakland A’s takeaways: What A.J. Puk’s progress means for the rotation
       
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — The Oakland A’s let a seven-run lead slip into the Arizona breeze in Wednesday’s 10-7 loss to the Colorado Rockies. Puk’s progress and what it means for the rotationA.J. Puk’s progress in the final stages of his post-surgery rehabilitation will be crucial to determining the A’s pitching picture. “As the season goes on, you need 10 starters or eight starters, there’s always room for starters and that means there’s always room for depth,” Emerson said. Major League Baseball delayed the minor league season by a month, pushing the start of the Triple-A season from early April to early May.
Bruins’ Charlie Coyle out vs. Capitals because of COVID-19 protocols
       
It was a pleasant run of COVID-19 health and safety for the Bruins. But at 5 p.m. Wednesday, two hours before dropping the puck against the Capitals at TD Garden, the Bruins placed center Charlie Coyle on the list. No immediate update was available regarding the issue that placed Coyle on the list. Coyle, who scored twice in Sunday’s win over the Rangers, was present at the morning skate. The Weymouth product went 10 games without a goal, from Jan. 26 to Feb. 21, before he scored against the Flyers in Lake Tahoe.
ASU football team starts spring football with lofty expectations
       
More:ASU football schedule - 2021“It was one of those practices I think is similar to the first day of school. We got a third team that can go in there, like a whole team, on both sides of the ball so that's interesting," he said. Edwards and recruiting coordinator Antonio Pierce have focused on bringing in athletes that fit the DNA they're looking for. We look different at all positions, every single one of them. Quick hitsThis will be the first time in several years ASU comes into spring ball looking for a No.
Cardinals GM was in the batter's box before saying he might 'take a swing' at signing Watt
       
“If there’s an opportunity that makes sense on both the football side and the business side, we will certainly take a swing,” Keim told Arizona Sports 98.7-FM. Just a couple days after Watt officially became available, he was on the phone with agent R.J. Gonser ready to talk business. But first, Keim spent a good day and a half watching as much recent game tape on Watt as he could find. It didn’t take long for him to decide the Cardinals needed to go “all in” right then and there. “I quickly realized J.J. Watt still looked like J.J. Watt, in my opinion,” Keim said on Wednesday during a Zoom conference call with Arizona reporters.
Cardinals GM Steve Keim: No timeline for Larry Fitzgerald to decide if he will return
       
Steve Keim says that Larry Fitzgerald is still deciding about his future, and that's OK with the Arizona Cardinals' general managerIn a news conference on Wednesday, Keim said the Arizona wide receiver does "not necessarily" need to let the team know his plans by March 17, the start of NFL free agency. Keim said that they have been in frequent communication, but he is also giving Fitzgerald space as he mulls whether he will retire or come back for an 18th season. The past two years, Fitzgerald decided well before the start of free agency. "Knowing him, he's probably just trying to make me sweat," Keim said. "It's a private thing for a player, and we've always given Larry his space.
Arizona Diamondbacks’ Tim Locastro out after testing positive for COVID-19
       
Diamondbacks outfielder Tim Locastro has tested positive for COVID-19, manager Torey Lovullo said on Wednesday. Locastro is feeling fine and is asymptomatic, Lovullo said, adding that Locastro is not sure how he contracted the virus. In the past, the Diamondbacks had spoken with pride about how their players and staff have managed to be careful when away from the ballpark. We have responsibilities when we step away from the ballpark. He still could, but Lovullo said that Locastro will miss at least 10 days, assuming the test wasn’t a false positive.
Two 6-2 losses in less than a week has the Avalanche setting off an alarm
       
Absorbing 6-2 losses twice in six days has set off an alarm with the Avalanche, which had a lengthy team meeting ahead of Wednesday’s two-game series finale at San Jose. The Sharks on Monday overcame a 2-0 deficit and scored six unanswered goals against the Avs, who also lost 6-2 last Wednesday at home to Minnesota. “It’s tough at times with the expectations that we have for our team,” Avs defenseman Devon Toews said. “We’ve shown stints where we can be a really good hockey team this year,” forward Brandon Saad. That’s the biggest thing,” Saad said.
Colorado Rapids add two homegrown signees
       
The Colorado Rapids have been successful in recent years signing homegrown youth players such as Cole Bassett and Sam Vines. They are the 13th and 14th Rapids Academy players to sign professional deals with the club. Yapi, a native of Colorado, joined the Rapids Academy at the age of 12. “Darren’s ability and quality has been evident throughout his time in our academy,” Rapids general manager Pádraig Smith. The midfielder was named Rapids Academy Player of the Year in 2015.
Backup catchers Mercedes, Collins shine in White Sox loss
       
Royals 6, Sox 5 (6)Catchers shineCatcher Yermin Mercedes is doing what he can to soften his reputation as an offensive catcher. Mercedes also had an RBI single and lined into an inning-ending double play (Eloy Jimenez was caught off second). And he was charged with an error for hitting Taylor at first on pickoff attempt, allowing a run. The injury to Grandal is a reminder of the value Mercedes and Collins could provide waiting in the wings. But carrying three catchers would knock an extra infielder or outfielder off the roster and probably isn’t be in the plans, La Russa said.
Blackhawks thankful yet careful as NHL’s COVID-19 rate rapidly improves
       
The NHL’s COVID-19 list on Wednesday included only four players. That number would’ve been difficult to fathom on Feb. 12, when the COVID-19 list reached a peak of 59. And for the Blackhawks, who peaked with five players on the list from Jan. 30 to Feb. 1 but haven’t had anyone on it since Feb. 13, it arrives as welcome news. The rate began rapidly increasing on Jan. 31, however, and continued to rise sharply until the aforementioned Feb. 12 peak. Teams have also lost 278 man-games so far due to players out on the COVID-19 list for games that happened nonetheless.
Pedro Strop on returning to the Cubs this spring: ‘This is my home’
       
MESA, Ariz – There’s one thing you can guarantee when right-hander Pedro Strop is around. Strop has been in Cubs’ camp for less than a week and his presence has already been felt around the organization. He returned to the Cubs on a minor-league deal last season and worked at the alternate site before being shut down due to injury. “Right now, I’m 100 percent and I’m so happy where I’m at right now,” Strop said. Cubs add Sogard on Minor-League dealThe Cubs have signed infielder Eric Sogard to a minor-league deal, according to a source.
Right side of Raiders offensive line about to be rebuilt
       
Raiders general manager Mike Mayock implied in comments Wednesday that the team is poised to move on from right guard Gabe Jackson and right tackle Trent Brown. (Heidi Fang /Las Vegas Review-Journal) @HeidiFangLas Vegas Raiders offensive guard Gabe Jackson (66) lines up during an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns, Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Richard)Change appears to be coming on the Raiders’ offensive line, and it might mean a completely new tandem at right guard and right tackle. While Raiders general manager Mike Mayock would not confirm reports that veteran right guard Gabe Jackson will soon be released, he also didn’t deny them. The expectation is Jackson will be cut in a cost-saving move that creates $9.6 million in salary cap relief.
Oklahoma St. freshman Cunningham breaking out late in season
       
Oklahoma State's star freshman was coming off a 40-point performance in an overtime win at Oklahoma last Saturday and fans anticipated an encore in a rematch two nights later. He scored 13 of his 15 points in the final 10 minutes, and the Cowboys won 79-75. Cunningham's grasp of how to be most effective is the main reason Oklahoma State is one of the nation's hottest teams. After he made 12 of 21 field goals and 13 of 14 free throws in the first game against Oklahoma, Oklahoma State coach Mike Boynton said the race to determine the top pick in this year's NBA draft should be over. “I'm not getting paid by any team, I'm not under -- my rights as a player are not under any (NBA) team.
WCHA Final Faceoff could make or break Gophers’ NCAA tournament future
       
With COVID eliminating interleague play this season, selecting the at-large bids for the NCAA women’s hockey tournament will be difficult. The only way to do that is win this weekend’s WCHA Final Faceoff at Ridder Arena. “They’re a team with a lot of depth, and that’s something that’s hard to play against,” Gophers senior Taylor Wente said. The Gophers have been to the NCAA tournament every season since 2006-07, winning it all four times. “I think we’ll get Skaja back, hopefully this weekend,” Frost said.
Big East teams to get tickets for men's hoops tournament at MSG
       
The Big East Conference is going to provide a limited number of tickets to each of the participating teams in the Big East Tournament at Madison Square Garden next week. Andrew Cuomo's recent announcement allowing partial spectator capacity at sporting events in the state. All tickets will be specifically designated for use by the members of each school's official travel party in order to permit families and guests of athletes, coaches and team staffs to attend the men's basketball games. Each person attending the games will be required to comply with all state public health regulations and arena policies. There will be no public sale of tickets to this year's tournament.
Dominic Smith to make Mets exhibition debut Thursday vs. Nationals
       
JUPITER, Fla. — Late to camp, Dominic Smith is late to playing in exhibition games, too. The Mets are taking it slow with Smith in part because of his injury history, manager Luis Rojas said Wednesday. With Smith splitting time between those positions during spring training, the Mets want to avoid a repeat. "This time, we want him to spend more time in left," Rojas said. Extra basesCatcher Bruce Maxwell played first base during the Mets’ 14-9 exhibition loss to the Cardinals on Wednesday .
Oregon softball’s home-opening doubleheader delayed until Saturday due to weather
       
EUGENE — Oregon softball’s home-opening doubleheader has been pushed back a day due to an inclment weather forecast. 6 Ducks (9-1) were to host Boise State and Portland State starting at 2:30 p.m. Friday but instead will open the home weekend at Jane Sanders Stadium at 1:30 p.m. Saturday against PSU and 4 p.m. against BSU. UO will play the Broncos and Vikings in another doubleheader on Sunday at 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m., respectively. All Oregon games can be watched via Pac-12.com and heard on KWVA 88.1 FM. Updated Weekend Schedule:Saturday, March 611 a.m. – Portland State vs. Boise State1:30 p.m. – Oregon vs. Portland State4 p.m. – Oregon vs. Boise StateSunday, March 710 a.m. – Boise State vs. Portland State12:30 p.m. – Oregon vs. Boise State3 p.m. – Oregon vs. Portland State
Oregon State survives California, and now it’s Oregon in the season’s rubber match with added stakes of a Pac-12 tournament
       
It’s back to normal times, at least on paper, after Oregon State edged California 71-63 Wednesday afternoon at the Pac-12 tournament to get a shot at rival Oregon. If Oregon State vs. Oregon seems familiar, it is. Until this season, Oregon and Oregon State played their pair of regular season games as back-to-backs on a weekend since 2012-13. Oregon State called timeout and regrouped. “Clearly not the performance we saw the other day (at Oregon),” Rueck said.
Oregon State Beavers men’s basketball at Utah Utes: Live updates
       
Oregon State tries to match a streak that has been accomplished in nearly two decades when the Beavers face Utah at 4 p.m. Wednesday at Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City. The Beavers, coming off a road sweep of California and Stanford, try to win three consecutive conference road games for the first time since the 2002-03 season. Oregon State (13-11, 9-9) at Utah (10-11, 7-10)Time: 4 p.m. WednesdayWhere: Huntsman Center, Salt Lake CityOn air: ESPN2KenPom ranking: Oregon State 100, Utah 82NCAA NET ranking: Oregon State 108, Utah 108Betting line: Utes by 5Projected starters for Oregon StateG – Ethan Thompson (6-5 senior)G – Zach Reichle (6-5 senior)G – Jarod Lucas (6-2 sophomore)F – Warith Alatishe (6-7 junior)C – Roman Silva (7-1 senior)Up next for OSU: Oregon, 5 p.m. Sunday, Gill Coliseum (FS1)Previous meetings: Utah leads the series 19-16. On Feb. 18, Oregon State beat the Utes 74-56 in Corvallis. Notable: Thompson scored 25 points in the Beavers’ easy win over Utah two weeks ago.
Lake Oswego HS cancels practices, games due to multiple COVID-19 cases
       
Lake Oswego High School has canceled this week’s games and practices for several sports following multiple COVID-19 cases stemming from a social gathering outside of school on February 25, according to Lake Oswego School District superintendent Dr. Lora de la Cruz. “I am notifying you of cases of COVID-19 in our learning community so that you may take the necessary precautions to help minimize potential exposure.”“We have been made aware of multiple cases of COVID-19, contracted outside of school at a social gathering Thursday, Feb. 25. These cases had participated in athletic practices and an onsite activity Friday-Tuesday. Lake Oswego coach Steve Coury was an outspoken proponent for the return of high school athletics, appearing on FOX News last month. “They need some sense of normalcy.”Lake Oswego football was slated to travel to Tigard High School for a highly-touted 6A football match-up Friday night.
After UConn football’s defense struggled in 2019, players are ready to move on
       
“We kind of adjusted to his playing style, just to dominate and be that physical defense,” Fortt said. “These past two years we’ve learned a tremendous amount of information that will make us more comfortable to be on the field and play ball, and not have to think, and to just go out there and make plays. That’s what coach Spanos allows us to do.”
Highlands wrestlers gaining experience in their 1st year on the mats
       
There were lots of pins Feb. 27 at Dixie Heights as four wrestling teams competed against each other in a varsity wrestling meet. Few brought more noise than the one by Highlands junior Henry King as he engaged in a tense back-and-forth match against Peyton Mayer of Walton-Verona. “It was only his third match of the year,” Highlands head coach John Hazares said. Hazares, a veteran youth wrestling coach who also coached at Northern Kentucky University last season, was tabbed to lead the varsity program heading into its first season. They will head into this weekend’s girls state championship before the Bluebirds head into the postseason and gain valuable experience.
Joe Altobelli, Detroit prep star who managed Orioles to 1983 World Series title, dies at 88
       
Joe Altobelli, who grew up in Detroit and was a star three-sports athlete before going onto a long career in professional baseball and managing the Baltimore Orioles to the 1983 World Series championship, died Wednesday. Altobelli spent 11 years managing the Red Wings, who then were the Triple-A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles, before he succeeded the fiery Weaver in 1983. They beat the Chicago White Sox, 3-1, in the ALCS, and the Philadelphia Phillies in five games in the World Series. Baltimore was 85-77 the following season, but never had a chance in the AL East against the eventual World Series champions from his hometown of Detroit. The Orioles haven't won a World Series since 1983.
Revamped Michigan coaching staff brings 'different energy' to Wolverines
       
“We’ve got a young staff, and I really love all the coaches that Coach Harbaugh brought in. It’s kind of a different energy around Schembechler (Hall) these days. Just learning different things from NFL guys, from guys that came from different programs, just learning different things. “In practice, I’ve seen some energy, some things I’ve never seen these past three years being on this team. You can tell in practice that there’s a different type of energy around Schembechler.”achengelis@detroitnews.comTwitter: @chengelis
Basketball 3-on-3 national championship set for Indianapolis
       
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Dos Equis 3X3U National Championship will have a new format this year. The third annual 3-on-3 basketball tournament will be held April 2-4 at The Pavilion in downtown Indianapolis, site of the 2021 NCAA Tournament. Seniors from all 32 Division I conferences will team up with other aspiring professional prospects from around the country for a share of a $150,000 purse, one of the largest prizes at a FIBA 3-on-3 sanctioned event. Each conference will be paired with another based on geographic region, comparable KenPom preseason rankings and conference history at the national championship. The teams will be separated into two pools, leading to more guaranteed games and chances to win a share of the $150,000.
Mayfield stops Browns' QB carousel, team pleased with growth
       
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Browns won't be chasing a quarterback in free agency. They aren't stressing over which one to take in the NFL draft or looking to make a trade. Baker Mayfield has brought wins, change and calm to Cleveland. Coming off a solid third season and playoff appearance, Mayfield has brought much-needed comfort to the Browns, who entered 2020 still unsure if the No. 1 overall draft pick in 2018 was the answer but now feel confident they've got their guy.
AUTO RACING: NASCAR heads to Las Vegas
       
Last race: William Byron pulled away as three cars battled behind him at Homestead-Miami Speeday to win for the second time in his career. Fast facts: Byron is 13th in the points race after three races. Points leader Denny Hamlin and Kevin Harvick are the only drivers with two top-five finishes. ... Harvick and Daytona 500 winner Michael McDowell are the only drivers with top-10 finishes in all three races. ... Byron's victory was the 264th for Hendrick Motorsports, four behind Petty Enterprises for most all-time in the top series.
Smith, Gators get last run, top Auburn in SEC women's opener
       
GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Kiki Smith scored 19 points, Danielle Rainey added 13 and 12th-seeded Florida opened the Southeastern Conference tournament with a 69-62 win over 13th-seeded Auburn on Wednesday after blowing an 18-point third quarter lead. Both teams had a pair of double-digit runs in the second half, the Gators getting the last one that was enough to propel them into the quarterfinals against fifth-seeded and 17th-ranked Kentucky on Thursday. Auburn, trailing by 18, closed third quarter with a 12-0 run and scored another 11 straight after a Florida basket to open the fourth quarter, taking a 57-54 lead. Kristina Moore then hit a 3-pointer and Rainey two more as the Gators scored 12 straight for a 66-57 lead with 3:51 to go and that was enough.
Barcelona rallies late, returns to Copa del Rey final
       
MADRID (AP) — Barcelona eased some of the pressure on the club by rallying late to force extra time and defeat Sevilla 3-0 on Wednesday, reaching its ninth Copa del Rey final in 11 seasons. Barcelona trailed 2-0 from the first leg but pulled even in the fourth minute of stoppage time, when Gerard Piqué scored with a header to make it level 2-2 on aggregate. Martin Braithwaite then netted early in extra time to give the Catalan club a 3-2 win over both legs. Goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen had kept Barcelona in it by saving a 73rd-minute penalty kick that would have practically ended the team's chances of advancing. Ousmane Dembélé opened the scoring early for Barcelona, which will be trying to win a record 31st Copa title.
Mississippi close to putting limits on transgender athletes
       
The Republican-controlled state Senate passed the bill 34-9 on Feb. 11, with five senators not voting and four voting “present." During the Senate debate, nobody asked whether any transgender athletes are competing in Mississippi. The bill's sponsor, Republican Sen. Angela Hill of Picayune, did not volunteer such information but said “numerous coaches” had called her wanting a ban. Brandon Jones, Mississippi policy director for the Southern Poverty Law Center, said in a Feb. 25 statement that the proposed ban on transgender athletes on girls’ and women’s teams is “reckless and hurtful to Mississippi students.”“Transgender collegiate athletes should be allowed equal opportunities to play any sport they choose as their authentic selves and reap the same benefits, just like any other student,” Jones said. “Our laws and the lawmakers who write them should work to protect Mississippi’s transgender youth, not encourage discrimination against them.”Reeves is the father of three daughters.
PGA: Viktor Hovland has changed for the better, rolls into Arnold Palmer Invitational on a scorcher
       
PGA: Viktor Hovland has changed for the better, rolls into Arnold Palmer Invitational on a scorcherORLANDO, Fla. — Viktor Hovland has changed. But the youngster out of Oklahoma State isn’t the player he was six months ago. Back then, he was still pretty stout adapting to the learning curve of the PGA Tour. Amateur champion had broken through for his first PGA Tour title in the 2020 Puerto Rico Open and looked destined to become a week-in, week-out threat in the professional ranks. Hovland still posted some fine results when golf returned in June but his work to increase his speed, improve his putting and chipping and elevate his overall game started to take hold.
OU vs. Texas men's basketball: How to watch live stream, TV channel, game time, lineups
       
Three things to know• OU senior Brady Manek is just four points shy of 1,400 career points after his 20-point performance Monday against Oklahoma State. He’ll also be just the second to score at least 1,400 points and make 200 3-pointers, joining Buddy Hield. Only eight teams have won six regular-season games over top-15 opponents in the last 25 seasons. OU has lost three straight games, while Texas has lost five of its last six against ranked opponents. OU won the first matchup 80-79 on Jan. 26.
Raiders GM Mike Mayock: 'Jury is still out' on Trent Brown
       
Las Vegas Raiders general manager Mike Mayock says the “jury is still out” on whether highly paid right tackle Trent Brown will be back in 2021 after being limited by injuries in his first two seasons with the team. The Raiders gave Brown a $66 million, four-year contract in free agency in 2019 in Mayock’s first season as general manager to be the anchor of the line. But after a strong start to his tenure, Brown has been hampered by various injuries and a bout with COVID-19. “When he’s healthy, in shape and ready to go, he’s as dominant as any tackle in football,” Mayock said Wednesday. If Trent gets in shape and stays committed, there’s not a better talent out there.”
California city believed 1st in US to ban new gas stations
       
PETALUMA, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California city has become what's believed to be the first in the country to ban all new gas stations in an effort to curb carbon emissions. The Petaluma City Council voted unanimously Monday to prohibit the creation, expansion, reconstruction and relocation of gas stations, encouraging owners to transition to stations that serve electric and hydrogen-powered vehicles, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. The city of 58,000 people 40 miles (64 kilometers) north of San Francisco hopes to become carbon neutral by 2030. “I hope other cities will follow suit, and if they have existing fossil fuel stations that satisfy the needs of their community, they too will decide that they don’t need any more,” Fischer said. Petaluma has 16 gas stations, with one more expected to be built as part of a grocery store.
Carlo Ancelotti wants Everton players to use ‘expectation’ as ‘motivation’ in chase for Champions League
       
Carlo Ancelotti has urged his Everton players to embrace ambition in a battle for European places he expects to go down to the final day of the Premier League season. But, despite these stumbles, Ancelotti said there was no harm in raising expectations on his players. Independent Football Newsletter Get the latest football headlines direct to your inbox twice a week Please enter your email address Please enter a valid email address Please enter a valid email address SIGN UP Thanks for signing up to the Independent Football newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. Read our privacy notice Independent Football Newsletter Get the latest football headlines direct to your inbox twice a week Thanks for signing up to the Independent Football newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. “I think West Brom are playing now how Allardyce wants them to,” Ancelotti added.
Manchester United 14 points behind City after dour draw at Crystal Palace
       
Now 14 points behind their neighbours as Manchester City’s procession to a third league title in four years continues, United laboured in attack throughout against opponents who are made in the image of their manager, Roy Hodgson. Cavani should have scored from the resulting corner after a goalbound header struck Rashford and fell at his feet . Yet if they were feeling the exertions of the backs-to-the-wall performances in their past two matches, Palace certainly did not show it. A volley from Townsend that bobbled just wide of the post was another warning shot for United as they once more struggled to find any attacking rhythm. It was not until the substitute Daniel James saw his header deflected over the bar by Patrick van Aanholt that United even looked like scoring.
Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer criticises ‘too slow’ performance in dull draw at Crystal Palace
       
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made no attempt to downplay the poor nature of his team’s performance in the 0-0 draw with Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Thursday night. A little bit off and when you’re off, if you’re not spot on you’re not going to win games,” he told Sky Sports. Independent Football Newsletter Get the latest football headlines direct to your inbox twice a week Please enter your email address Please enter a valid email address Please enter a valid email address SIGN UP Thanks for signing up to the Independent Football newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. Read our privacy notice Independent Football Newsletter Get the latest football headlines direct to your inbox twice a week Thanks for signing up to the Independent Football newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. “It’s not what we want but we’re in the Premier League and you have to play better to win games.
Race horse owner Philip Reynolds vows to support Gordon Elliott amid Regulatory Board hearing
       
Prominent owner Philip Reynolds has vowed to support trainer Gordon Elliott, while launching an impassioned plea for people to find it in their hearts “not to destroy him”. He believes the “scars of this week” are the “ultimate punishment” for Elliott - and underlined his personal, positive experiences at the Cullentra stable. Independent Rugby Newsletter Live Rugby union coverage direct to your inbox every week Please enter your email address Please enter a valid email address Please enter a valid email address SIGN UP Thanks for signing up to the Independent Rugby newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. Read our privacy notice Independent Rugby Newsletter Live Rugby union coverage direct to your inbox every week Thanks for signing up to the Independent Rugby newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. He’s only human.”Like Reynolds, Gigginstown House Stud signalled their support for Elliott earlier in the week, describing the photo in question as “unacceptable” but stating their horses would remain at the yard.
Early goals put Man City in control after first leg of Women’s Champions League tie with Fiorentina
       
Manchester City took a decisive lead in their Women’s Champions League last-16 tie against Fiorentina with a dominant 3-0 victory. City took the lead after two minutes when Chloe Kelly drove down the right and crossed for Hemp, who made no mistake to open the scoring. Scotland international Caroline Weir came close to adding a third, forcing Fiorentina goalkeeper Katia Schroffenegger to come off her line and punch. Read our privacy notice Independent Football Newsletter Get the latest football headlines direct to your inbox twice a week Thanks for signing up to the Independent Football newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. City added a third in the 89th minute when Kelly provided another assist, this time for Mewis, who headed past the keeper at the far post.
AC Milan salvage Udinese draw with last-gasp penalty
       
Franck Kessie scored a penalty with the final kick of the match to snatch a point for AC Milan against UdineseAdvertising Read moreMilan (AFP)Franck Kessie scored a 97th-minute penalty to rescue a 1-1 draw for AC Milan at home to Udinese on Wednesday, giving Serie A leaders Inter Milan the chance to pull six points clear at the top. But a needless handball from Udinese substitute Jens Stryger Larsen offered Milan a lifeline, with Ivorian international Kessie converting the penalty with the final kick of the match. Francesco Caputo's stoppage-time penalty earned Sassuolo a dramatic 3-3 draw against Napoli, as Gennaro Gattuso's side dropped vital points in the race for the Champions League places. Benevento continued their slide down the table following a 3-0 loss against Hellas Verona, while Genoa and Sampdoria drew 1-1. Cristiano Ronaldo added a late third as the Portugal star notched 20 league goals for the 12th straight season.
Yankees manager Boone receiving pacemaker, taking medical leave
       
New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone is having surgery to receive a pacemaker, but says he expects his absence from the team to be briefAdvertising Read moreMiami (AFP)New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone was having surgery to receive a pacemaker on Wednesday and will take medical leave, the Major League Baseball team said. However, Boone said he expects to be back at work he said he expects to return to work "in the next several days". The Yankees are due to play the first game of the regular season against the Blue Jays on April 1. Boone, 47, had surgery in March of 2009 to replace an aortic valve. "Our only priority at this time is Aaron's health and well-being, and we will support him in every way throughout his recovery."
Extra-time winner lightens mood as Barcelona reach Spanish Cup final
       
Gerard Pique had equalised in the fourth minute of stoppage time with virtually the last play of the game to save Barca. That was after Ousmane Dembele, who scored in the 2-0 win at Sevilla in La Liga at the weekend, had given the 30-time Spanish Cup winners a 12th-minute lead in the second leg. Part of the social media campaign included criticising current and former players like Lionel Messi and Xavi Hernandez, and iconic coach Pep Guardiola. Barcelona will face either Athletic Bilbao or Levante, who are 1-1 in their semi-final, in the final on April 17 in Seville. Before that, however, Barcelona will attempt another comeback effort when they take on Paris Saint-Germain in the second leg of their Champions League last 16 tie next week.
All That Glitters is Russian Gold
       
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Shaquille O’Neal Is Ready for a ‘Challenge’ in AEW Match
       
Shaquille O’Neal is ready to bring the pain when he steps into the All Elite Wrestling ring on Wednesday, March 3. “I have nothing to prove,” O’Neal said in an All Elite Wrestling promo interview this month. I’ve got a lot of moves in my arsenal,” O’Neal told the outlet. I’m coming with the power game. When I get hands on him, I’m going to display this power.”The Kazaam actor added: “Oh, I’m winning.
Facebook Journalism Project Accelerator Publisher Participants Report Their Progress
       
Facebook Journalism Project shared an update on the progress made by participants in its Accelerator program and shared details on what to expect in 2021.
Clubhouse: How to Find More People to Follow
       
When you create a Clubhouse account, the Clubhouse application will encourage you to follow at least 25 people. If you want to find new people to follow in the Clubhouse app, our guide will show you how this is done.
New York Jets GM Joe Douglas keeping all Sam Darnold options open, including a trade
       
The New York Jets, on the verge of another franchise-defining offseason makeover, are leaving all their options open as they pick their next quarterback. The way general manager Joe Douglas talked on Wednesday, it's impossible to know if that future will include Sam Darnold. Douglas said he still believes in the soon-to-be 24-year-old quarterback, who has struggled through his first three seasons as a pro. But he also acknowledged that their stance on Darnold has changed: Douglas is now open to the possibility of trading Darnold. "Our goal and our plan is to be a team that really builds this through the draft, and hitting on draft picks," Douglas said.
Big East Tournament to have limited number of fans at MSG
       
The Big East Tournament will have spectators — just not many of them. The league announced that at next week’s conference tournament at the Garden each team will be given an undisclosed number of tickets. Each school, sources said, will be given slightly fewer than 100 tickets each at the outset of the tournament. As the tournament progresses and teams get eliminated, the number of tickets for each school will incrementally increase. The Big East Tournament opens next Wednesday with a tripleheader starting at 3 p.m. and concludes on Saturday with the championship game at 6:30 p.m.
Villanova vs. Creighton prediction, line: Wildcats will bounce back
       
The Villanova Wildcats are coming off their worst 3-point shooting performance of the coach Jay Wright era, going 2 of 27 from 3-point range on Sunday in their loss at Butler, and they will look to get back on track Wednesday against Creighton. Prior to Sunday’s loss, Villanova had been shooting 37.7 percent from 3-point range, good for 29th in the country. Creighton on defense forces a lot of shots to the outside as it ranks first in the Big East in opponent 2-point shooting percentage. But the Bluejays rate 312th in free-throw shooting percentage and allow opponents to rebound 26.5 percent of their miss shots. All of this should lead to Villanova being able to rebound from a cold shooting performance on Sunday.
Listen to Episode 11 of ‘Fullcourt on Flatbush’: The Incredible James Harden feat. Derrick Coleman
       
To talk about a successful first half of the season and Harden’s exceptional play, we bring you a brand new episode of our Brooklyn Nets podcast, “Fullcourt on Flatbush,” with Robin Lundberg and Kerry Kittles, featuring an interview with Nets great Derrick Coleman. Fullcourt on Flatbush Podcast with Robin and Kerry :James Harden playing at an incredible level. Derrick Coleman Interview:Nets forward (1990-95), 1994 NBA All-StarThe New Jersey Nets back then vs. having success now in Brooklyn. Catch up on all episodes of “Fullcourt on Flatbush,” a Brooklyn Nets podcast, by subscribing to the podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts. Follow Kerry Kittles and Robin Lundberg on Twitter @Kerry_Kittles30 and @robinlundberg.
Washington Football Team replacing cheerleaders with coed dance team
       
The Washington Football Team is eliminating its longtime cheerleading squad, months after former members alleged team employees made inappropriate videos from calendar shoots. The organization will replace its cheerleading squad, founded in 1962, with a coed dance team, according to reports. “My desire is to create a team that is all of that — inclusive, diverse, coed, athletic — to set the gold standard in the NFL. We’re looking for that super athlete that can dance, perform tricks and stunts and manipulate whatever props that will create a really great show.”Former cheerleaders previously employed by Washington will be able to try out for the coed dance team, Pope said. Washington Football Team cheerleaders perform in 2019.
Aaron Boone cried to teammates when he needed his first heart surgery
       
TAMPA — Shortly after Aaron Boone was hired by the Yankees in December 2017, he recalled the day in 2009 he told his new Astros teammates he needed heart surgery, while in the final season of his career. “I remember crying more than I expected,” Boone, who took a leave of absence from the Yankees on Wednesday to receive a pacemaker, said in 2017 of that meeting. I knew I was looking at the beginning of the end of my career, knowing it was the final days. Later, he was cleared to resume playing and worked through a minor league rehab assignment before returning to the majors in September. At the time of Boone’s hiring in The Bronx, he said he hadn’t dealt with issues with his hearts since the procedure.
NFL to consider fourth-and-15 alternative to onside kick, delaying coach hiring cycle
       
Successful onside kicks have become increasingly rare in the NFL since the league enacted safety-related rule changes on kickoffs before the 2018 season. The Eagles also submitted the fourth-and-15 proposal last year after it was submitted the previous year by the Denver Broncos. ADADUnder last year’s proposal, a team could have utilized the fourth-and-15 option up to twice in a game, whether trailing or not. Owners tabled the fourth-and-15 proposal last May, when it did not have enough votes for ratification, for reconsideration at another time. Only one Black head coach was hired by an NFL team this offseason, David Culley by the Houston Texans.
Class AAA season is delayed four weeks, cementing return of alternate sites
       
The Class AAA season had been scheduled to start on April 6. The newly remodeled Class AAA East is scheduled to begin May 4 and the Class AAA West on May 6. ADThe original schedule created a limited but real logistical conundrum: If the Class AAA season were to begin April 6, those players slated for Class AAA rosters would need to participate in some form of spring training in March. The whole thing amounted to a headache for front-office staff trying to allocate talent to minor league rosters. Now teams will be able to option players back and forth to the alternate sites as they did in 2020.
Yankees' Aaron Boone takes leave of absence to get pacemaker
       
Aaron Boone is taking an absence from the New York Yankees to get a pacemaker after experiencing some issues breathing over the last two months. Boone is in the middle of trying to get the team prepped and ready for the 2021 season. I look forward to getting back to work in the next several days," Boone said in a statement Wednesday. The procedure will take place at a Tampa, Fla., hospital as the Yankees are in the Sunshine State for spring training. Boone would briefly play that season but retire and later work for ESPN.
Joe Montana's advice to Tom Brady after latest Super Bowl victory: 'Play as long as you can'
       
Montana, who led the San Francisco 49ers to four Super Bowl championships in the ‘80s, played 16 years in the NFL. The Western Pennsylvania native was the first player ever to take home three Super Bowl MVPs in addition to his two regular-season MVPs in ‘89 and ‘90. Like many NFL fans across the country, Montana witnessed Brady win his seventh Super Bowl championship during this first season with the Buccaneers in 2020. To go along with his seven Super Bowl titles, Brady also earned five Super Bowl MVPs. In two seasons he did lead the Chiefs to the playoffs but was unable to carry the team to the Super Bowl.
Violence erupts as kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls returned to families
       
A pair of slippers belonging to one of the JSS Jangebe school girls is seen a day after over 300 schoolgirls were abducted by bandits, in Zamfara, Nigeria February 27, 2021. The raid in Zamfara state was the second such kidnapping in little over a...moreA pair of slippers belonging to one of the JSS Jangebe school girls is seen a day after over 300 schoolgirls were abducted by bandits, in Zamfara, Nigeria February 27, 2021. The raid in Zamfara state was the second such kidnapping in little over a week in the northwest of the country, where schools have become targets for mass kidnappings for ransom. Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari urged state governments not to reward "bandits" with money or vehicles. REUTERS/Afolabi SotundeClose
Amazon in talks with NFL for Prime Video rights deal: WSJ
       
FILE PHOTO: The logo of Amazon is seen at the company logistics centre in Boves, France, August 8, 2018. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol(Reuters) - The National Football league (NFL) is close to a media rights deal with Amazon.com Inc’s Prime Video service, which would allow the streaming platform to carry many games exclusively, the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday. A deal with Amazon would result in a significant number of Thursday night games exclusively on Prime Video and represent the league’s deepest foray into streaming, WSJ reported, citing sources familiar with the matter. If completed, the deal will not take effect until after the 2022 season, the report said. Last week, the Sports Business Journal reported a media rights deal between NFL and Walt Disney Co’s ESPN and ABC channels.
Golf returns to Bay Hill and to some semblance of cheers
       
ADVERTISEMENT“It’s kind of hard to remember the cheers, really,” Hatton said Wednesday. That’s about what Bay Hill is anticipating this week, with tournament officials saying attendance will be limited to 25% capacity. Bay Hill was the last PGA Tour event before the COVID-19 pandemic shut down golf for three months. 31 in the world before Bay Hill a year ago. ADVERTISEMENTRory McIlroy is playing, and Jordan Spieth makes his debut at Bay Hill.
Kellen Winslow II sentenced to 14 years for string of rapes, sex offenses in Southern California
       
Winslow was convicted of forcible rape, rape of an unconscious person, assault with intent to commit rape, indecent exposure and lewd conduct in public. Had he been convicted of the 12 charges including seven felonies that he originally faced without a plea deal, Winslow could have faced life in prison. Before Wednesday's hearing, Winslow agreed in February to yet another plea deal, reducing his maximum sentence to 14 years. 'I don't ever feel safe'The homeless woman Winslow raped was one of four women to provide statements at Wednesday's sentencing hearing. The son of Hall of Fame tight end Kellen Winslow, Winslow II was selected by the Browns as a first-round draft pick out of Miami in 2004.
Jets GM says he’ll ‘answer the call’ if trade offers come for Sam Darnold
       
It appears the New York Jets will be driving a hard bargain if any teams come calling for quarterback Sam Darnold. Following months of speculation about Darnold’s future in New York being in jeopardy, Jets general manager Joe Douglas said he’d be willing to listen to trade offers for the 2018 No. The Jets also are expecting a decent-sized bounty in exchange for Darnold as he enters the final year of his rookie contract. While many teams are on hunt for a quarterback, it appears the Jets aren’t willing to give up their No. 2 overall pick as part of any potential Darnold trade package.
Newsom says state is on track to allow fans at MLB games by opening day
       
California’s major league ballparks were closed to fans for every game last season, but Gov. Gavin Newsom indicated Wednesday that they could be open to fans for every game this season. AdvertisementNone of the five counties that host California’s major league teams are in the orange tier, which indicates moderate spread of the coronavirus. Under the current state guidance, teams in counties in the orange tier can play to 20% of capacity. AdvertisementIn the American League West, two of the non-California teams play in Texas, where Gov.
Wednesday’s Red Sox spring training report: An explosive fourth
       
Breakdown : The Sox had 15 hits, nine for extra bases, including a pair of home runs by Bobby Dalbec. They scored eight runs in the fourth inning as the first nine batters reached base off Glenn Sparkman and Chandler Shepherd. Twins manager Rocco Baldelli opted to end the inning with one out. Next: The Sox play the Orioles in Sarasota Thursday at 1:05 p.m. Matt Andriese gets the start against righthander Dean Kremer. Follow him on Twitter @PeteAbe.
Fight over status of gig workers heats up on Beacon Hill
       
A debate that could shape the future of the so-called gig economy in Massachusetts is heating up on Beacon Hill this week, as advocacy groups face off over how state law should treat workers who earn money through services such as Uber and Lyft. They want lawmakers to clearly classify gig workers in state law as contractors, while also making it easier for them to receive benefits. AdvertisementHenry DeGroot, the organization’s executive director, said he believes these reforms make sense however the question of employment status shakes out. “Uber, Lyft, and the other app companies present a false choice: either workers’ rights or flexibility,” DeGroot said. The debate is playing out as gig economy companies are emboldened by an electoral win last year in California, where they convinced voters to overturn a state law classifying gig workers as employees.
Warriors hoping Nico Mannion, Jordan Poole can provide boost to second unit
       
Every so often while quarantined in the G League bubble, Nico Mannion’s phone would light up with a text message from Draymond Green. The initial plan for Mannion and Poole was for both to finish the G League season, which runs through March 11, with Golden State’s G League affiliate. “That second game is going to be very difficult,” Kerr said of Thursday’s game in Phoenix. But I don’t know when.”This could also be an opportunity for Kerr to see if the young guards can provide a much-needed jolt to the Warriors’ second unit that starts second and fourth quarters. While it’s unclear when they will play during this two-game stretch, Mannion and Poole will have a chance to show if their G League experience can provide the Warriors what they need.
Raiders’ O-line shuffle could include Trent Brown, Gabe Jackson
       
Raiders general manager Mike Mayock said Wednesday the “jury is still out” on right tackle Trent Brown, while declining to confirm or deny a report that right guard Gabe Jackson has been informed of his release. Together, Brown and Jackson represent 715 pounds and more than $23.5 million in salary cap space with free agency beginning on March 17. There would be nothing finer than having Trent Brown at right tackle protecting Derek Carr next year, Week 1. Related Articles Inside the Raiders: Should Trent Brown stay or should he go? — The Raiders signed long-snapper Trent Sieg, a restricted free agent, to a three-year extension.
ASU wrestlers break Pac-12 competition and championship trophy
       
Zeke Jones figured it was safe to entrust the Pac-12 wrestling championship trophy to senior Kordell Norfleet for a few hours Sunday night. The Sun Devils have not won an NCAA trophy for a top four finish since 1995 and their 1988 national championship is the only one earned by a school west of Oklahoma. "He's trying to wrestle the international style, do all upper body because he's trying to focus on making the Olympic team while he's wrestling the college season. Valencia won his fourth Pac-12 title, just the third Sun Devil to do so, beating previously career unbeaten Shane Griffith of Stanford 7-1 in the final. More:ASU wrestling wins another Pac-12 title with five individual championsReach the reporter at jeff.metcalfe@arizonarepublic.com or 602-444-8053.
Bagley expected to play as ASU ends regular season with road trip to Colorado, Utah
       
And they're going to need it because the last road trip of the regular season will not be an easy one. The Sun Devils (10-11, 7-8) take a modest three-game win streak into this week's games against the mountain schools — Colorado and Utah. ASU defeated Washington twice last week, then outlasted Washington State 77-74 in overtime on Saturday with the difference being Remy Martin's 3-pointer. Coach Bobby Hurley's team was supposed to face the Cougars again in a Monday matinee but that was canceled 90 minutes before tipoff due to coronavirus issues in the Washington State program. Hurley said in a weekly radio interview Wednesday morning he expected Bagley to play this this week.
How the UIL, TAPPS and SPC have reacted to Gov. Greg Abbott’s order to reopen Texas
       
The University Interscholastic League announced Wednesday that it plans to release updated COVID-19 mitigation guidance in the wake of Gov. Greg Abbott’s decision to lift business restrictions and remove the statewide mask mandate, but details of the UIL’s new plan weren’t announced. Current UIL COVID-19 mitigation guidelines require spectators to wear masks at events. TAPPS soccer state championships are also scheduled for this weekend, which is before Abbott’s rescinding on COVID-19 mandates goes into place. I think most of our schools have a very conservative approach.”As for Abbott’s decision to lift COVID-19 mandates, Windham said he didn’t agree with it.
Alleged gunman charged with killing teen mistaken for rival gang member
       
A second man has been charged with murdering a 17-year-old boy who was mistaken for a rival gang member before he was gunned down in Austin. Hakeim Stone fired the shots that left Avion Aldridge dead in a vacant lot on Sept. 26 in the 200 block of North Leamington Avenue, Cook County prosecutors said Wednesday. About 11 a.m. on the day of the shooting, reputed gang members Stone and Jones were with a group of others when they thought they spotted a rival, prosecutors said. There, Stone chased Aldridge into the vacant lot and shot him four times, prosecutors said. Surveillance footage captured Stone and Jones immediately before and after the shooting, and a fingerprint recovered from the stolen car matched Stone’s, prosecutors said.
White Sox’ Yoan Moncada is getting his groove back
       
SURPRISE, Ariz. — Yoan Moncada battled fatigue issues due to the aftereffects of the coronavirus last season. That’s something I’m going to be able to maintain throughout the season.”Feeling weaker is the likely reason Moncada lost it. It’s a lot better.”Aches and painsOutfielder Adam Engel (ankle) told La Russa he feels “much improved.”“I don’t know if he plays tomorrow or the next day, but he’s feeling better,” La Russa said. La Russa called prospects Jimmy Lambert and Jonathan Stiever “future rotation fixtures” who will stay stretched out and serve as starting depth in 2021. *Second baseman Nick Madrigal, who had shoulder surgery after the season, is slated for his first start Monday, La Russa said.
Jimmy Butler travels with Heat to New Orleans after missing two games with sore knee
       
If Butler misses Thursday’s game, he then would have another six days afterward to recover during the Heat’s weeklong All-Star break, the Heat’s schedule not to resume until a March 11 home game against the Orlando Magic. The Heat are expected to reconvene at AmericanAirlines Arena for practice on Tuesday evening.
Mercy Hospital deal could keep the Bronzeville facility open
       
The board also voted in January to deny an application by Trinity to open an outpatient care center on the South Side. Trinity has asked to re-appear before the board and ask the board to re-consider. Trinity still hopes to open that center this year, even if Insight acquires Mercy, according to the statement.
Island Ice Ep. 73: Talking Isles with NHL.com's Brian Compton
       
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Rangers' Mika Zibanejad still can't snap out of season-long funk
       
His third goal gave the Rangers a 4-3 lead late in the third period, but Alex Ovechkin tied it. Then Zibanejad’s fourth put the Rangers up, 5-4, before Ovechkin tied it again, in the final minute, to force overtime. That has been the hope all season long for Zibanejad, who has just two goals in 20 games this season. Zibanejad, who is 2-5-7 in 20 games this season, had a brilliant assist on Buchnevich’s first-minute, breakaway goal in that game. Asked about his top line, Quinn joked, "Which top line?’’ But then he started his answer by complimenting Zibanejad.
Yankees GM Brian Cashman talks about Aaron Boone's medical situation
       
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman talks about manager Aaron Boone having a pacemaker put in on March 3, 2021, in Tampa during spring training. Credit: NY Yankees
Vikings’ Rick Spielman shoots down trade rumors: ‘Kirk Cousins is our quarterback’
       
Kirk Cousins isn’t going anywhere. “Kirk Cousins is our quarterback,” Spielman said. “I know there’s a lot of rumors floating around out there, but Kirk Cousins is our quarterback. In his third season with the Vikings, Cousins threw for a career-high 35 touchdowns and had the second-highest passer rating of his nine-year career at 105.0. But Minnesota finished just 7-9, making Cousins’ Vikings starting record 25-21-1, and they missed the playoffs for the second time in the three years.
For Saints, delayed start to Triple-A season brings disappointment, understanding
       
FORT MYERS, Fla. — The delayed start to the Triple-A season certainly doesn’t come as a surprise to the St. Paul Saints, though there is disappointment nonetheless. The start of the Saints’ first season as a Twins affiliate has been pushed from April 6 to May 4 as Major League Baseball has decided to utilize the alternate-site format to begin the MLB season for health and safety reasons. “Certainly there’s a level of disappointment, but we’ve sort of been there and done that, and so have our fans,” Saints executive vice president and general manager Derek Sharrer said. Now, like last season, the Twins will have reinforcements close by for the first month of their season. Because teams have fewer players in camp this year, teams are doing what they can to protect arms and keep players fresh.
Kyle Rudolph, former Vikings tight end from Elder HS, interested in Patriots, per report
       
Former Elder High School standout Kyle Rudolph has interest in signing with the New England Patriots, according to a report Wednesday from NESN.com's Doug Kyed. Rudolph was released Tuesday by the Vikings after 10 NFL seasons with Minnesota. He wrote for theplayerstribune.com that he's so proud of the decade he spent with the Vikings. Rudolph and his family announced last March they were donating 82,000 meals to Minnesota residents affected by uncertainty related to COVID-19 through Second Harvest Heartland. Last January, thousands of dollars were donated to Kyle Rudolph's End Zone at University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital after gloves Rudolph wore, signed and donated were sold on eBay.
Cincinnati Reds prospect Nick Lodolo feeling more comfortable against big-league hitters
       
GOODYEAR, Arizona – Nick Lodolo won’t throw 103 mph like his teammate Hunter Greene, but there are plenty of reasons why Lodolo is rated as a top-100 prospect by multiple publications. 7 overall pick in the 2019 MLB Draft, threw a scoreless inning in Tuesday’s spring training game against the Los Angeles Angels. He walked a batter and hit a batter with two outs, but his stuff played well against big-league hitters. “That’s something I felt like I needed to develop, along with other things,” Lodolo said of his changeup. Minor leaguers are expected to report to spring training in early April after big-league camp ends.
Columbus Crew sends Sebastian Berhalter on loan to Austin FC for 2021 season
       
Crew midfielder Sebastian Berhalter will spend this season, and potentially longer, with Austin FC. The Crew announced Wednesday that it was sending the homegrown player to Austin on loan with an option for a permanent transfer. The move should give Berhalter a chance for playing time with the MLS expansion team — owned by former Crew owner Anthony Precourt — that Berhalter wouldn’t have had with the Crew this season. The transaction will also reunite Berhalter with Austin coach Josh Wolff, who was a Crew assistant when Berhalter's father, Greg, was head coach. Berhalter is the sixth former Crew player to join the Austin roster ahead of its inaugural season in MLS.
Tigers' AJ Hinch trying not to turn a molehill into a mountain with Willi Castro's defense
       
Lakeland, Fla. — Almost daily, manager AJ Hinch is asked about his concern level regarding shortstop Willi Castro's defense at shortstop, specifically, his throwing. He's going to make a mistake or two every now and then. "But he's going to do things aggressively and that's one of the things I love about him." “He’s going to play a couple of positions this spring,” Hinch said. “I try to prepare for everything so we can make every decision imaginable, and that includes JaCoby playing off center,” Hinch said.
Lions' Dan Campbell joins Pat McAfee Show to talk past mistakes, why this will be different
       
Detroit Lions coach Dan Campbell, who has picked up the affectionate nickname MC/DC (Motor City Dan Campbell) from former punter turned podcaster Pat McAfee, joined McAfee's podcast on Wednesday for a half-hour segment that covered a broad range of topics. "I'm going to listen to everybody. But man, to just say you're going to blindly lean on analytics, it makes no sense, not in this sport. "I would say you're looking for a guy who's a winner," Campbell said. I think those are the big things, man.
Tigers starter Daniel Norris on two scoreless innings in spring debut
       
Tigers starter Daniel Norris on two scoreless innings in spring debutDaniel Norris made his spring debut with a 22-pitch, shutout performance in two innings against the Phillies on Wednesday.
Leipzig beats Wolfsburg 2-0 to reach German Cup semifinals
       
LEIPZIG, Germany (AP) — Yussuf Poulsen scored as Leipzig reached the semifinals of the German Cup with a 2-0 win Wednesday over a Wolfsburg team which hadn't conceded a goal for eight games. However, top scorer Wout Weghorst slipped as he took the spot kick and sent the ball high over the crossbar. Poulsen picked up a pass from Alexander Sorloth in the 64th minute and powered past two defenders before hitting the ball past goalkeeper Koen Casteels. Leipzig and Wolfsburg are also rivals for Champions League qualification, sitting second and third respectively in the Bundesliga table. Leipzig lost the cup final in 2019 and is bidding to win its first major trophy.
NBA star's trustee vote shows race fight in South Carolina
       
About two dozen Republicans didn't vote at all. English was one of the first Black players at the University of South Carolina in 1972 and perhaps its most famous. He played 16 seasons in the NBA, most prominently for the Denver Nuggets in the 1980s and eight years as an all-star. Black lawmakers said the vote is just the latest example of a number of Republicans in the General Assembly dismissing diversity when they elect judges and trustees. More than one in four people in South Carolina are Black.
Lindo Jr. leads GW over Fordham 53-49 in A10 tourney
       
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Ricky Lindo Jr. had a career-high 21 points plus 14 rebounds as 11th-seeded George Washington narrowly beat No. 14 Fordham 53-49 in the first round of the Atlantic 10 Conference tourney on Wednesday. The Colonials scored the last six points of the game, with Lindo making three free throws and James Battle hitting the go-ahead 3-pointer with 40 seconds to go. Fordham had a turnover and missed its last four shots before Lindo iced the game with two free throws with 2.4 seconds to play. Battle had 17 points for George Washington (5-11), which plays sixth-seeded George Mason in the quarterfinals on Thursday.
Austin acquires Sebastian Berhalter from Columbus on loan
       
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Midfielder Sebastian Berhalter, the 19-year-old son of U.S. national team coach Gregg Berhalter, was acquired by Major League Soccer's new expansion team in Austin, Texas, on Wednesday on a loan from Columbus in exchange for $50,000 in general allocation money. Gregg Berhalter, a former U.S. defender, coached Columbus from 2013-18 before taking over the U.S. team. Austin has the right to acquire Sebastian Berhalter on a permanent basis at the end of the season. He played at the University of North Carolina and signed with Columbus as a homegrown player last year. He had four starts and nine appearances last year for the MLS champion Crew.
Man United, Leicester stumble to draws in Premier League
       
As a grueling and intense Premier League season heads toward its conclusion, Manchester United and Leicester are stumbling their way toward Champions League qualification. United has completely lost its attacking spark, with a 0-0 draw at Crystal Palace on Wednesday at a fog-shrouded Selhurst Park making it three straight goalless stalemates in all competitions for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team. Leicester also had to make do with a point, drawing 1-1 at Burnley, though manager Brendan Rodgers wasn’t too unhappy considering his growing injury list. United and Leicester remain second and third, respectively, but have won just five of their last 16 league games combined.
Muguruza beats Sabalenka at Qatar Open, Svitolina wins
       
DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Garbine Muguruza outlasted third-seeded Aryna Sabalenka in a close second-round match at the Qatar Open on Wednesday, while top-seeded Elina Svitolina eased into the quarterfinals. Muguruza won 6-2, 6-7 (5), 6-3 after she served for the match at 6-5 in the second set before Sabalenka broke her serve and won the following tiebreaker. “I just fight and stay there and keep thinking that I’m going to win,” Muguruza said. “If I have an opponent that is playing great, I have to play better.”The 16th-ranked Spanish player will face Maria Sakkari of Greece in the quarterfinals. Sakkari won 6-2, 6-2 against Madison Keys in what was the American's second match since returning to the tour after missing the Australian Open with the coronavirus.
Boone takes leave for pacemaker; Lester to have surgery
       
Boone takes leave for pacemaker; Lester to have surgeryNew York Yankees manager Aaron Boone took a leave of absence from the team to get a pacemaker and intends to return to work in a few days. New York said the procedure was likely to be performed later Wednesday at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tampa, Florida. “It sounds like it’s going to be a short-term thing,” general manager Brian Cashman said. “I do applaud him for being very open and honest.”Bench coach Carlos Mendoza took over as acting manager for Wednesday night’s exhibition against Toronto in Tampa.
Kessié snatches draw for title-chasing Milan against Udinese
       
MILAN (AP) — Franck Kessié scored a penalty with the last kick of the match to rescue a 1-1 draw for title-chasing AC Milan against Udinese in Serie A on Wednesday. Rodrigo Becão looked to have secured Udinese’s first win at Milan in nearly five years before a needless handball from Jens Stryger Larsen. It was Milan’s first match without injured forward Zlatan Ibrahimovi? and the Rossoneri remained second in the standings, three points behind Inter Milan, which visits relegation-threatened Parma on Thursday. Udinese moved nine points above the relegation zone.
Oklahoma State at Baylor men's basketball: How to watch, live stream, TV channel, game time, lineups
       
Three things to know• OSU junior Isaac Likekele has played just once in the past five games due to different injuries. He missed both Bedlam matchups due to a hand injury he suffered in his lone game back from a foot injury. • OSU has won three straight games against AP Top 25 teams for the first time since 2015. That’s led OSU to eight N.E.T. The two teams were scheduled to play this game on Feb. 20, but it was postponed due to Baylor’s issues with COVID-19.
How to watch OU vs. TCU women’s basketball: TV, game time, lineups
       
• Taylor Robertson’s streak of consecutive made free throws, which dated back to last season, was snapped at 60 consecutive in Monday’s win over Texas Tech. • The Sooners have won three consecutive games for the first time this season and five of their last six. OU has a shot to make the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2018. ESPN’s latest bracketology for the women’s tournament has the Sooners fourth on their list of “first four out” of the field. The Sooners won at TCU, 76-60, on Feb. 24 to start their current winning streak.
Oklahoma Class A girls basketball: Roundup of quarterfinal state tournament games
       
Seiling’s smothering defense led to its 55-36 win over Cheyenne in the quarterfinal round of the state tournament at the State Fair Arena. When the Cheyenne guard passed the ball off to her forward, the forward was met by Isabella Hammons in the half-court corner. Hammons held the Cheyenne forward there until the 5-second violation. Braci Nyberg fronted the Cheyenne guard who had just caught the inbound pass. “That’s kind of what we lived on all year,” Seiling coach Brady Hamar said of his Seiling’s defense.
Chelsea Women down to 10 and concede two penalties — but still beat Atletico Madrid in Champions League last 16
       
Chelsea Women 2 Atlético Madrid Femenino 0Turns out it takes more than a sending off, and giving away two penalties for Chelsea's star-studded line up to be beaten. Emma Hayes's side did not just survive 75 minutes with 10 players on the pitch, but thrived, as they picked apart top side Atlético Madrid in a dramatic night of Champions League football. Chelsea looked like they might have a mountain to climb after Sophie Ingle's sending off just 13 minutes into the tie. But they still had the small task of 75 minutes to play with 10. Match detailsChelsea Women (4-3-3): Berger; Mjelde, Bright, Ingle, Andersson; Harder, Leupolz, Ji (Cuthbert, 69); Kirby (Reiten, 78), England (Charles, 19), Kerr.
Steven Gerrard sent off as Rangers take another step towards league title
       
A display of admirable doggedness by Alfredo Morelos put Rangers within touching distance of an epochal title win this weekend, although whether Steven Gerrard will be in the dugout to witness it remains to be seen. The title could now be delivered if Rangers beat St Mirren at home on Saturday, for which Gerrard may have to serve a touchline ban, and Celtic drop points at Dundee United the ­following afternoon. Intriguingly, however, the Tony Macaroni Arena was the only domestic venue at which Rangers had not posted a victory this season, having drawn 0-0 on their previous visit on Aug 16. Rangers were without injured James Tavernier, Ryan Jack, Kemar Roofe and Leon Balogun. In Balogun’s absence, Nathan Patterson got his first start in place of Tavernier at right-back.
Manchester United slip into top-four fight after bland Crystal Palace draw as Premier League goes through the motions
       
A night at Selhurst Park that often felt more like an existential exercise rather than a football match, and posed similar questions. This 0-0 draw between Crystal Palace and Manchester United certainly tested that, with few moments of anything beyond a fine late save by Dean Henderson from Patrick van Aanholt and a few long shots. Through that, elements of this game posed questions beyond the philosophical, of Solskjaer but also the sport as a whole. Read our privacy notice Independent Football Newsletter Get the latest football headlines direct to your inbox twice a week Thanks for signing up to the Independent Football newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. There is a lot to admire in it, and it warrants real respect, but it doesn’t exactly crackle or entertain.
Crystal Palace vs Manchester United: Five things we learned from forgettable midweek draw
       
Crystal Palace held Manchester United to a 0-0 draw in what was a largely dreadful Premier League match on Wednesday night. Palace, meanwhile, remained a vague threat on the counter, but without much intent to constantly push players forward. Here are five things we learned from the game at Selhurst Park. Read our privacy notice Independent Football Newsletter Get the latest football headlines direct to your inbox twice a week Thanks for signing up to the Independent Football newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. League latestLeicester’s draw earlier in the evening saw them move level on points with Manchester United, so a similar point for the Red Devils takes them clear in second.
Ozan Kabak reveals Virgil van Dijk gave him ‘tips about how Liverpool play’ after joining Reds on loan
       
New Liverpool centre-back Ozan Kabak has sought out help from one of his inspirations as he looks to adjust to the demands of playing for the Premier League champions. Now he is in rehabilitation but I hope he will be back soon and he will help us on the pitch also,” said Kabak to Premier League Productions. Read our privacy notice Independent Football Newsletter Get the latest football headlines direct to your inbox twice a week Thanks for signing up to the Independent Football newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. “The Premier League is a really, really high level. The Bundesliga was also a really high level, but I think the Premier League is more high-intensity and physical.”
Crystal Palace vs Manchester United result: Player ratings as visitors stutter again in foggy, goalless draw
       
Vincente Guaita – 7: Pulled off a magnificent fingertip save to keep out a drilled and deflected Matic effort. Cheikhou Kouyate – 7: A very solid effort in defence from a man more accustomed to playing in midfield. Read our privacy notice Independent Football Newsletter Get the latest football headlines direct to your inbox twice a week Thanks for signing up to the Independent Football newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. Eberechi Eze – 6: Was kept away from the ball in the early moments, to the dismay of Palace fans and the neutral. Harry Maguire – 6: Gave the ball away with a horrid pass under zero pressure early on and was lucky that Palace didn’t fully capitalise.
Late David double keeps Lille top of Ligue 1
       
David (L) struck twice late on to keep Lille top of the tableAdvertising Read moreParis (AFP)Canadian forward Jonathan David's late double helped Lille edge out Marseille 2-0 on Wednesday to remain two points clear of Paris Saint-Germain at the top of Ligue 1. Christophe Galtier's Lille extended their unbeaten run to 10 league matches but were frustrated by eighth-placed Marseille at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy for almost 90 minutes. But when the Marseille goalkeeper kept out Jonathan Ikone's effort in the 90th minute, David was on hand to tap in. The 21-year-old put the result beyond doubt in the third minute of added time, diverting home Ikone's cross to score his ninth league goal this term. - Aouar fires Lyon past Rennes -Earlier on Wednesday, Houssem Aouar's second-half strike clinched Lyon a home win over Rennes.
Former Qatar Open champions Pliskova, Kvitova, Azarenka through to quarters
       
The Tunisian dug deep to secure crucial points, including an ace in the sixth game of the second set which ramped up pressure on the more experienced Pliskova. A superb forehand won her the second set, sending the match to a third. "The conditions are good for me -- she plays a lot of tough shots," said Pliskova. Petra Kvitova, the Czech number four seed and another former Qatar Open champion, distinguished herself with a 6-1, 6-3 demolition of Russia's Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. Maria Sakkari was in a hurry, dispatching American Madison Keys, 6-2, 6-2 in one hour eight minutes to reach the final eight.
Man Utd fire another blank at Palace
       
In foggy conditions at Selhurst Park, United failed to see a clear route to goal as they were involved in a sixth goalless draw in 27 Premier League games this season and a third in a row in all competitions. A point edges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men back a point clear of Leicester in second place, but the gap to runaway leaders Manchester City is now 14 points ahead of a derby clash between the two on Sunday. Solskjaer was able to welcome back Edinson Cavani from injury, but the veteran Uruguayan could not enliven another dull United display in front of goal. United's record unbeaten run away from home in the Premier League stretches to 21 games, but a deluge of draws is doing little to aid their chances of ending the season on a high. A draw takes Roy Hodgson's men 11 points clear of the drop zone in 13th.
Former NFL player Winslow jailed 14 years for rape, assault
       
Kellen Winslow II, who has been jailed in California for 14 years for multiple rapes and other sexual offenses, in action for the New York Jets in 2013Advertising Read moreLos Angeles (AFP)Former NFL player Kellen Winslow II was sentenced to 14 years in prison on Wednesday for a series of sexual assaults against five women in southern California. He was convicted of rape, indecent exposure and other offenses involving three women at a 2019 trial. Winslow, the 37-year-old son of former San Diego Chargers Hall-of-Famer Kellen Winslow, later pleaded guilty to rape and assault with intent to commit rape in separate incidents involving two other women. And that's what Kellen Winslow II is," Bowman said. A jury was unable to reach a verdict on those charges, but Winslow later pleaded guilty to both offenses on the day his retrial was due to begin.
Mississippi close to putting limits on transgender athletes
       
(AP) — The Mississippi House voted Wednesday to ban transgender athletes from competing on girls' or women's sports teams in the state's schools and universities. Mississippi is one of more than 20 states with lawmakers proposing restrictions on athletics or gender-confirming health care for transgender minors this year. “Girls deserve to compete on a level playing field,” Republican Rep. Becky Currie read from a text as she explained the bill to the Mississippi House. The House voted 81-28 to pass Senate Bill 2536. During the Senate debate, nobody asked whether any transgender athletes are competing in Mississippi.
Naomi Osaka Considers Her Legacy Beyond the Court: ‘It’s Just as Important that I Inspire Young Girls’
       
I hope that in my new role, I can increase inspire women to take leadership positions within organizations as well." For more about Naomi Osaka — and more inspirational Women Changing the World honorees — please pick up this week's issue of PEOPLE, on stands Friday. I can't imagine what my life would be like without tennis so I decided to start a project called Play Academy with Naomi Osaka," she explains. "Our goal is to inspire girls to stay in sport by giving them the tools, resources, and inspiration needed to stay motivated. She's focused on empowering and encouraging young women to use their voices as well as honing their athletic skills.
Johnny Manziel Says He's Shifting Focus to Becoming a Pro Golfer: 'I'm Giving Myself 12 Years'
       
"I'm giving myself 12 years to try to play professional golf," Manziel said on the Green Light with Chris Long podcast. "I think it is a very uphill battle, but that's what I'm setting for my goals," he added. "That's when I began to learn how to draw the ball, how to hit a fade, learned how to play golf." Manziel most recently appeared as quarterback of The Zappers in a game for the Fan Controlled Football League earlier this year. The appearance came nearly a year after Manziel said he was moving on from his football hopes.
17-Year-Old New York High School Football Player Dies After Practice from Medical Emergency
       
Miguel Lugo is being remembered as "a vibrant and healthy boy who lit up any room that he walked in"A New York family is mourning after a high school football player died suddenly following a football practice. Miguel Lugo, 17, reportedly suffered a medical emergency on Monday during the first practice of the season after COVID-19 related delays, USA Today reported. A cause of death has yet to be determined, and Lugo's family members are left questioning how their otherwise healthy son died so suddenly. "Heartbreak and tragedy facing our community with the passing of senior Miguel Lugo," the district's athletic program tweeted Tuesday. Chairman of New York's Section 9 football committee David Coates told USA Today that Lugo's death is "extremely sad."
The nefarious issue that tanked Biden Cabinet nominee Neera Tanden
       
Added: 03.03.2021 21:18 | 4 views | 0 commentsTanden's confirmation failure makes her the first Cabinet pick to be disqualified. It's no coincidence that she's an Asian American woman.
Budget 2021: Key points at-a-glance
       
Budget 2021: Key points at-a-glanceAdded: 03.03.2021 13:10 | 23 views | 0 commentsSource: www.solarpowerportal.co.ukRishi Sunak is delivering his annual Budget in the House of Commons. Here's what you need to know. More in www.bbc.co.uk »
Budget 2021: Rishi Sunak hails 'swifter and more sustained' recovery
       
Added: 03.03.2021 13:10 | 22 views | 0 commentsHowever, the chancellor says repairing the long-term economic damage from Covid "will take time".
Budget 2021: No 'green revolution' from Sunak
       
Added: 03.03.2021 18:23 | 8 views | 0 commentsGreen measures such as a change to the Bank of England's remit do not go far enough, critics say.
With an active hurricane season on the way, officials prep disaster plans for coronavirus challenges
       
With an active hurricane season on the way, officials prep disaster plans for coronavirus challengesAdded: 21.05.2020 17:04 | 7 views | 0 commentsThe coronavirus is complicating the job for emergency officials as they look to keep their teams and residents safe while responding to a catastrophe.
Tropical storm could form off the East Coast this weekend before hurricane season even begins
       
Tropical storm could form off the East Coast this weekend before hurricane season even beginsAdded: 13.05.2020 19:52 | 7 views | 0 commentsThe Atlantic hurricane season's first tropical storm could develop near Florida and the Bahamas this weekend, continuing a trend toward more preseason storms in the Atlantic in recent years.
Earth has hottest May on record, with 2020 on track to be one of the top 10 warmest years
       
Earth has hottest May on record, with 2020 on track to be one of the top 10 warmest yearsAdded: 05.06.2020 8:00 | 7 views | 0 commentsThe Earth had its hottest May ever last month, continuing an unrelenting climate change trend as 2020 is set to be among the hottest 10 years ever.
Man advertises room for rent with brutal amount of honesty
       
Added: 15.01.2018 13:26 | 5 views | 0 commentsRaphael Briand is leaving London and is trying to get a new renter to move into his old room (some may find the language offensive)
Eat it: Hanoi chef spreads joy with 'Coronaburger'
       
Added: 26.03.2020 17:04 | 5 views | 0 commentsYou've got to eat it, to beat it: That's the philosophy of one Hanoi chef who is attempting to boost morale in the Vietnamese capital by selling green, coronavirus-themed burgers.
Djokovic says important all players free to travel to U.S. Open
       
Added: 18.06.2020 16:22 | 11 views | 0 commentsWorld number one Novak Djokovic says he is excited by the prospect of playing at the U.S. Open but says it would only be fair if every player eligible is able to compete.
Alcott slams U.S. Open 'discrimination' over wheelchair omission
       
Added: 18.06.2020 15:10 | 11 views | 0 commentsAustralian Paralympic tennis champion Dylan Alcott has slammed the omission of the wheelchair tournament from the U.S. Open, calling it "disgusting discrimination".
On this day: Born June 19, 1978
       
Added: 18.06.2020 12:59 | 12 views | 0 commentsDallas Mavericks' Dirk Nowitzki was one of the finest imports to feature in the NBA and became the first European player to win the league's Most Valuable Player award (MVP) in 2007 before he led the franchise to a maiden championship in 2011.
Horse racing: Stradivarius takes third successive Ascot Gold Cup
       
Added: 18.06.2020 19:33 | 11 views | 0 commentsStradivarius, ridden by Frankie Dettori, blew away the field to land a third successive Gold Cup at Royal Ascot on Thursday in a race run without spectators due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Golf: Spieth uses birdie blitz to climb Harbour Town leaderboard
       
Added: 18.06.2020 18:52 | 11 views | 0 commentsJordan Spieth recovered from a poor start with a stunning run of birdies to tie the lowest nine-hole score of his career in the opening round of the RBC Heritage in South Carolina on Thursday.
Fauci casts doubt on football this fall
       
Added: 18.06.2020 16:52 | 11 views | 0 commentsWith the United States bracing for a possible second wave of the novel coronavirus, Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, on Thursday cast doubt on the National Football League playing this year.
Report: Some NFL coaches want season delayed
       
Report: Some NFL coaches want season delayedAdded: 18.06.2020 19:42 | 10 views | 0 commentsSome NFL coaches want the 2020 regular season delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic, ESPN's Ed Werder reported.
Golf: Poulter, Hubbard share early lead at RBC Heritage
       
Added: 18.06.2020 19:37 | 12 views | 0 commentsBritain's Ian Poulter capped an error-free opening round with a birdie-birdie finish to grab a share of the early lead with American Mark Hubbard at the RBC Heritage in Hilton Head, South Carolina on Thursday.
Iran's only female Olympic medalist to compete under white flag in Tokyo
       
Iran's only female Olympic medalist to compete under white flag in TokyoAdded: 03.03.2021 14:18 | 21 views | 0 commentsIranian female Olympic medal winner Kimia Alizadeh has been granted refugee status in Germany and aims to compete in the Olympic Refugee Team under a white flag in Tokyo this summer.
Cristiano Ronaldo breaks another record during 600th league game
       
Added: 03.03.2021 9:58 | 28 views | 0 commentsCristiano Ronaldo wrote his name into football's record books once again on the occasion of his 600th league game.
Chaos, scandal and anger: Barcelona 'commits public suicide'
       
Added: 03.03.2021 9:57 | 28 views | 0 commentsFew people will envy the man elected to be the new president of FC Barcelona.
Fall Guys bought by Fortnite maker Epic Games
       
Fall Guys bought by Fortnite maker Epic GamesAdded: 03.03.2021 13:18 | 29 views | 0 commentsSource: www.vg247.comThe deal is "a huge win" for Fall Guys, its team says as it prepares to launch on Xbox and Nintendo. More in www.bbc.co.uk »
NBA All-Star Sunday: How to watch the 2021 All-Star Game, Slam Dunk contest without cable
       
NBA All-Star Sunday: How to watch the 2021 All-Star Game, Slam Dunk contest without cableAdded: 03.03.2021 17:30 | 18 views | 0 commentsThe NBA's midseason showcase is this Sunday and you can stream it live on TNT, no cable required.
Katherine Heigl Explains How She Talks to Her Daughters About Their Birth Parents
       
Like many parents, Katherine Heigl is trying to navigate raising three children amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. "This is the longest period I have consistently spent with my...
How the 2021 SAG Awards Is Shaking Things Up Amid COVID-19
       
UPDATE: Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the 2021 SAG Awards will look very different compared to previous years. According to Variety, who first broke the news, the award show is going to...
Cristiano Ronaldo Denies New Allegations from 'Celebrity Big Brother' Star
       
Added: 03.03.2021 18:25 | 9 views | 0 commentsCristiano Ronaldo has called in his lawyers after a British reality star made serious allegations against him on social media this week ... and we're told CR7 adamantly denies all wrongdoing. Jasmine Lennard -- a UK fashion model who...
Randy Johnson's Massive AZ Mansion Hits Auction Block, Previously $25 Mil
       
Added: 03.03.2021 18:25 | 4 views | 0 commentsRandy Johnson's big unit is up for grabs -- a 25,000 sq. foot estate with a full gym, game room, bar, basketball court and WATERSLIDE -- and all ya gotta do is be the highest bidder. As we previously reported, the ex-MLB superstar put the...
Cuba Gooding Jr. Sings Karaoke for 51st Birthday
       
Added: 03.03.2021 18:25 | 4 views | 0 commentsCuba Gooding Jr. -- who's got class, style and street knowledge by the pound -- rang in 51 with an awesome night of karaoke, and we gotta say ... he killed it. The actor celebrated his birthday by singing karaoke last weekend at Il Piccolo Verde in...
'Last Chance U' Star Malik Henry To Walk On At Nevada
       
Added: 03.03.2021 18:25 | 4 views | 0 commentsMalik Henry -- the star of "Last Chance U" -- is getting one more shot to play FBS football .. 'cause the QB is walking on at Nevada this season -- his new head coach just announced. Henry -- a top high school recruit in 2016 who signed with Florida...
Drake Gets Lifetime Ban From Supporting Crimson Tide, Says Ex-Bama Star
       
Added: 03.03.2021 18:25 | 5 views | 0 commentsDrake better find a new bandwagon to hop on ... 'cause the 6 God has been officially 86'd from the Alabama fan base until further notice ... so says ex-Tide player and UFC fighter Eryk Anders!! Drizzy has been gettin' roasted for jinxing pretty...
Judge Allows Tyrese's Daughter to Play Soccer After Parents Squabble
       
Added: 03.03.2021 18:25 | 5 views | 0 commentsTyrese's daughter is now allowed to bend it like Beckham, after a judge ordered that she can. Tyrese and ex-wife Norma Gibson were in a fight over whether 11-year-old Shayla can enroll in her school's soccer program. Tyrese had refused, saying her...
NY Jets Chris Herndon Pleads Guilty In DUI Crash Case, License Revoked
       
NY Jets Chris Herndon Pleads Guilty In DUI Crash Case, License RevokedAdded: 03.03.2021 18:25 | 6 views | 0 commentsNY Jets tight end Chris Herndon -- a breakout star in 2018 -- pled guilty in his DUI case stemming from a June 2018 crash, TMZ Sports has learned. As we previously reported, the 22-year-old smashed into another car on the 1-80 highway in New...More in www.tmz.com »
Chargers Star Brandon Mebane Rejoins Team After Death of Infant Daughter
       
Added: 03.03.2021 18:25 | 4 views | 0 commentsL.A. Chargers defensive lineman Brandon Mebane ?rejoined his team Wednesday after taking time off to be with his hospital-stricken infant daughter, who passed away last week. While still in the womb back in July, Mebane's daughter,...
Shaq Says Paying for Jazmine Barnes' Funeral 'Was Right Thing to Do'
       
Added: 03.03.2021 18:25 | 4 views | 0 commentsShaquille O'Neal says the shooting death of 7-year-old Jazmine Barnes is such a sad tragedy, he couldn't imagine the family having to raise money for the funeral ... and that's why he stepped in. "With something that terrible to have...
All clear: Daytona Beach International Airport reopens after bomb threat forces evacuation
       
Added: 03.03.2021 18:01 | 12 views | 0 commentsThe bomb threat at Daytona Beach International Airport was made in an email to an airport staff member. It turned out to be a hoax, the sheriff said.
Livingston 0-1 Rangers: Late Morelos goal puts visitors within four points of title
       
Added: 03.03.2021 20:30 | 11 views | 0 commentsRangers manager Steven Gerrard was sent to the stand before Alfredo Morelos' late winner at Livingston moved his side within four points of the Scottish Premiership title.
Match of the Day 2: 'It's an absolute mess'
       
Match of the Day 2: 'It's an absolute mess' - Shearer and Murphy on Man Utd penalty rowAdded: 03.03.2021 21:16 | 6 views | 0 commentsMatch of the Day's Alan Shearer and Danny Murphy debate the penalty row in the Chelsea v Man Utd game and the wider issues around rule changes.
Sheffield United 1-0 Aston Villa: Victory for struggling Blades is 'big result' says boss Chris Wilder
       
Sheffield United 1-0 Aston Villa: Victory for struggling Blades is 'big result' says boss Chris WilderAdded: 03.03.2021 21:00 | 8 views | 0 commentsSheffield United manager Chris Wilder says their 1-0 win over Aston Villa at Bramall Lane is a "big result" for his struggling side.
Andy Murray loses to Andrey Rublev in Rotterdam Open second round
       
Andy Murray loses to Andrey Rublev in Rotterdam Open second roundAdded: 03.03.2021 20:45 | 9 views | 0 commentsBritain's Andy Murray is knocked out of the Rotterdam Open, losing 7-5 6-2 to world number eight Andrey Rublev in the second round.
Women's Champions League: Chelsea 2-0 Atletico Madrid
       
Added: 03.03.2021 20:59 | 12 views | 0 commentsAnn-Katrin Berger saves two penalties as Chelsea's 10 players earn a first-leg lead in their Champions League tie with Atletico Madrid.
Open the Damn Schools--Biden Must Send Message
       
Added: 03.03.2021 19:25 | 9 views | 0 commentsIn the months since the summer, evidence that the costs of keeping students out of school far exceed any potential risk of reopening safety has become incontrovertible.
Sweden attack: Terrorism suspected after mass stabbing in Vetlanda
       
Added: 03.03.2021 21:43 | 3 views | 0 commentsAt least eight people are injured in the town of Vetlanda before the suspect is shot and injured.
Terry Bradshaw Had Surgery in 1983 Under Name ‘Tom Brady’
       
The 34-year-old Steelers quarterback had torn muscle and tendons in his throwing elbow in training camp after slipping on a wet field while throwing a pass. On March 3, 1983, Bradshaw was admitted to Doctor’s Hospital in his hometown of Shreveport, La., for surgery. To avoid being descended upon by press and admirers, Bradshaw was admitted under an assumed name: Thomas Brady. Bradshaw wasn’t the one who came up with the alternate T.B. He didn’t play in Pittsburgh’s playoff loss to the Raiders, and after the game, was hopeful his arm would allow him to keep playing.
DeMarcus Ware box jump: Cowboys legend breaks Myles Garrett record
       
DeMarcus Ware via TwitterFormer Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Ware was one of the most fearsome pass rushers of the 2000s as he amassed 138.5 career sacks and 35 forced fumbles. Ware responded to a video of Myles Garrett's 64-inch box jump with a leap of his own on Tuesday night. Ware completed a 66-inch box jump, flashing the otherworldly athleticism that was a constant presence in the NFL. Ware is a four-time All-Pro and nine-time Pro Bowler, but Tuesday's jump was a true highlight in his athletic career. Ware indulged in some fantasy football after his box jump, pitching an idea that would send shivers down the spines of quarterbacks across the NFL.
The Hockey News Fantasy Podcast: End of the Line for Price, Malkin and Karlsson?
       
Carey Price and Evgeni Malkin (Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports)This week on The Hockey News Fantasy Podcast, with senior writer Matt Larkin:- Top waiver-wire pickups for shallow, medium and deep leagues- Strategy tip of the week: Collecting phone numbers- Starting Lineup: Worst Movies- Taking listener questions on pool topics such as:(a) Do Cal Petersen and Chris Driedger have long-term fantasy value? (b) What's something fantasy managers overlook? (c) Is it time to give up on Carey Price as a fantasy star? (e) Is it more than a slump for Evgeni Malkin? (f) Is Erik Karlsson done as an elite fantasy contributor?
Leafs' Matthews, Andersen, return against Oilers. Campbell May Also Dress
       
EDMONTON -- Auston Matthews and Frederik Andersen will make their return to the lineup when the Toronto Maple Leafs take on the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday. Matthews missed the first two games of the three-game set in Edmonton with a lingering wrist injury. Campbell could be ready to return and serve as Andersen's backup against the Oilers, according to Leafs head coach Sheldon Keefe,. Campbell in discussions with Leafs staff on the benchBased on the order, it doesn't seem like Campbell will dress tonight. He skated briefly during the morning skate before heading off as the session began.
Ondrej Palat Has Become Lightning's 'Mr. Clutch'
       
It’s reasonably safe to assume that Ondrej Palat will not win the Rocket Richard Trophy this season. Only Cam Atkinson of the Columbus Blue Jackets has as many goals as Palat does when the game is tied this season. Hopefully, I can help the power play produce.”With the Lightning having the league’s third-best power play, it’s safe to say that Palat has adequately replaced Kucherov in the spot. Palat worked his way up from the minors along with Lightning coach Jon Cooper, who trusts Palat completely. And the most recent four goals Palat has scored on the power play have come on one-timers from the right circle.
Rising Stars: Rosters announced, but game will not take place
       
This year's NBA All-Star events will look considerably different than those in the past because of precautions brought on in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Of those precautions, the NBA's Rising Stars Challenge will not be held this year, but players were still selected to highlight their young careers. Precious Achiuwa, Deni Avdija, Nickeil Alexander-Walker, RJ Barrett, Facundo Campazzo, Brandon Clarke, Laguentz Dort, Rui Hachimura, Theo Maledon and Mychal Mulder comprise the World roster. The Rising Stars Challenge, an exhibition game made up of players in their first or second year in the NBA, is one of the few All-Star events that is not taking place this year. The rosters for the skills challenge, three-point contest and dunk contest were all announced on Tuesday night on TNT and will still take place before Sunday's All-Star Game slated for an 8 p.m.
The Hockey News Podcast: How do the Sabres Extinguish Their Tire Fire?
       
Is John Tortorella not long for Columbus? Is Patrick Kane the greatest U.S.-born player ever? Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY SportsThis week on The Hockey News Podcast, with senior writers Ken Campbell, Ryan Kennedy and Matt Larkin:- The Sabres keep losing games. - Patrick Kane reaches 400 goals. Is he the greatest U.S.-born player of all-time?
The AHL is Wild Fun Right Now
       
Photo courtesy the San Diego Gulls. The Kings have their affiliate in the nearby city of Ontario, while the Ducks' farm squad is down in San Diego. The San Diego Gulls counter with Jamie Drysdale, Jacob Perreault, Brayden Tracey and, before he got called up, Trevor Zegras. "When we played them, you looked at the rosters and said 'Holy smokes,' " said San Diego coach Kevin Dineen. They're good players, they're entertaining and they're good people - that's the impression I get from both teams.
Liverpool won't let players go for FIFA dates if they must quarantine
       
LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp will not allow his players to travel to international matches this month if they have to quarantine on their return. Under current coronavirus guidelines, arrivals from countries that Britain regards as high risk are subject to 10 days of hotel confinement. Portugal and all of South America are on the so-called “red list” so it would apply to Liverpool’s Brazil internationals — Alisson Becker, Roberto Firmino and Fabinho — and Portugal forward Diogo Jota. FIFA has given clubs dispensation during the pandemic to prevent players who may be affected by the regulations from joining up with their countries, and Klopp intends to do so. “I think all the clubs agree that with the same problems, we cannot just let the boys go and then sort the situation when they come back by placing our players in a 10-day quarantine in a hotel.
Pep Guardiola Won't Be Drawn Into Manchester City Title Talk
       
Pep Guardiola joked money was the main reason why his Manchester City side has been able to win 19 games in a row across all competitions, but later revealed the feat was down to the ability of his players to focus on winning one game at a time. ...read more
Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez's Liverpool recovery behind the scenes
       
Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker has revealed the side will not be changing the way they play despite Virgil van Dijk's long-term injury. The Brazilian keeper also showed his delight at returning to first team action sooner than he expected after suffering an injury. ...read more
Neymar Returns to PSG Training
       
Neymar makes his way back from his latest injury for PSG, though it's unlikely that he'll be fit to face former club Barcelona at all in the Champions League round of 16.
Jets Will 'Answer' Trade Calls Regarding Sam Darnold
       
Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY SportsNEW YORK (AP) — Sam Darnold’s time as the face of the New York Jets franchise might be nearing a disappointing end. “I will answer the call if it’s made,” Douglas said Wednesday when asked if he’d listen to offers for Darnold. “As it pertains to Sam, Sam’s, we think, a dynamic player in this league with unbelievable talent and who really, really has a chance to really hit his outstanding potential moving forward." Darnold is entering the fourth year of his rookie deal and is scheduled to count $9.8 million against the Jets’ salary cap. The Jets could also opt to stick with Darnold, for at least this year, and trade down from No.
Daryl Dike goal video: USMNT forward scores again for Barnsley
       
Daryl Dike has his second goal in three games on loan for Barnsley, with the U.S. men's national team forward scoring the opener vs. Queens Park Rangers in England's second tier on Wednesday. The 20-year-old Dike, who previously scored vs. Former U.S. international Geoff Cameron started for QPR but wasn't involved with marking Dike on the play. Dike embarked on a short-term loan from Orlando City on transfer deadline day, a move that reportedly comes with an option to buy for $20 million. Dike, an Oklahoma native who attended the University of Virginia, maintains eligibility to represent Nigeria, something his older brother, Bright, and sister, Courtney, both have done.
UEFA Considers Cutting 3 Cities From Euro Hosts
       
With 100 days until the rescheduled European Championship, UEFA is considering cutting three cities from its list of 12 host venues across the continent. UEFA wants the hosting plan settled within weeks after being forced to postpone its showpiece tournament last year due to the pandemic. UEFA is willing to take games away from cities that cannot guarantee a significant number of spectators based on an expected easing up of the pandemic by June. UEFA has yet to receive positive information from Irish authorities with the ban on fans attending games running through April 5. The new format provided an opportunity to stage games in some countries that wouldn’t necessarily have a chance to host the tournament on their own.
NCAA Basketball Wednesday Betting Preview: Back Creighton to Cover Against Villanova
       
Villanova won the first game, 64–59, and Creighton won the second meeting, 76–61. 11 Florida StateTeams at opposite ends of the Atlantic Coast Conference standings meet when Boston College visits Florida State. Florida State was leading 41–29 at halftime, but the Tar Heels outscored the Seminoles 49-29 during the second half. As one would expect, given the record of both teams, Florida State enters this contest with better numbers across the board. Florida State is the vastly superior team, but I am taking the points and backing the Eagles.
Free Agency Primer on Everyone but the Quarterbacks | NFL Deep Dive
       
Plus a look at a deep cornerback market, and why safeties might be out of luck again. Gary Gramling: A quick trivia question that everyone can think about as we sort of wrap up the receivers here. And yeah, I will be the guy who ignores the important numbers here and just looks at the total dollars and makes a big deal out of it. And these poor guys are going to be scrapping a little bit to get some good deals. But, a lot of these guys are going to be looking for those big money deals and they're just going to be bummed out.
Denver Broncos RB Phillip Lindsay Unwilling to Talk Deshaun Watson Trade: 'It Bring a Lot of Commotion' to Locker Room
       
Phillip Lindsay is in somewhat of a holding pattern as he waits to see whether new Denver Broncos GM George Paton will tender him as a restricted free agent. Take a second and sign up for our FREE newsletter and get breaking Broncos news delivered to your inbox daily! Advocating for one of his teammates and friends to be demoted or supplanted is bad business because what if no Watson-to-Denver trade materializes? Suddenly there'd be an awkward, and likely even resentful, gulf between any player who advocated for Watson and Lock. If Lindsay wants Watson in Denver, he certainly didn't let on and if anything, only seemed to back Lock indirectly by virtue of his reflective but carefully-worded remarks.
Could Drew Brees Do in Chicago as Tom Brady Did in Tampa?
       
The videos have been out there for the past week of Drew Brees pushing a sled and doing some conditioning, thanks to Mr. Social Media himself, former Bears quarterback Chase Daniel. "I have not gotten any sense at all that Drew Brees is doing anything but retiring," Rapoport said Monday on NFL Network. If Brady could do it in Tampa, why not Brees in Chicago? The Ryan Pace ConnectionSome Bears fans believe Ryan Pace has a poster of Brees in every room of his house. He bent over backwards to accomodate the Saints cap problems and reduced his salary to about $1 million, as Rapoport pointed out.
2021 Fantasy Baseball: Full Season Stat Projections - Pitchers
       
Sports Illustrated & Shawn Childs have developed a way to determine each player’s value with each category relevant to their production. Hitters have five offensive categories (batting average, runs, home runs, RBI, and stolen bases). When using projections, a fantasy owner’s success will only be as strong as his or her ability to interpret information. 2021 Fantasy Baseball Rankings, Projections & Cheatsheet(Note: There are multiple tabs/sheets in this document. READ MORE: Hitter ProjectionsFULL DOCUMENT: PDF | CSV / EXCEL | VIEW AS WEB PAGEProjections Ordered by TeamStarting Pitchers - SIscoresRelief Pitchers - SIscores
Illinois, Arkansas basketball improve NCAA tournament standing
       
It’s win-or-go-home season, with conference tournaments tipping off and bubble teams fighting for their lives and a chance at NCAA tournament glory. Fort Wayne hung tough, and the teams traded blows at the end of regulation to send the game to overtime. 2 seed Wright State blew a 24-point lead with just over six minutes to play in the game to No. The Yellow Jackets’ win over Duke gives them yet another solid victory for their NCAA tournament hopes. Arkansas got 42 points from its bench against South Carolina and 25 or more bench points in all three games this week.
Who Says No? ESPN's Trade Proposal To Send Kyle Lowry to Philly
       
As we enter NBA trade season, we'll start to look at some creative trades proposed by media outlets and break down the age-old question: Who says no? First up, thanks to ESPN's Tim Bontemps, we've got this doozy that sends Kyle Lowry to the Philadelphia 76ers with an intriguing package coming back for the Toronto Raptors. Essentially, the Raptors would be adding the 76ers' 2020 first-round pick, Maxey, along with two other first-rounders including an unprotected first in 2023. For Cleveland, it allows the Cavaliers to move off of Drummond without taking on any bad long-term money and for their trouble, they'll get a second-round pick. Who Says No: TorontoAs long as Toronto stays a playoff team in the middle of the Eastern, there's little chance the Raptors are going to trade Lowry.
The Spurs Can't Stop Their Winning Ways
       
They won how the Spurs win, with accurate shooting (48.3%), low turnovers (eight) and a stingy defense that held New York to 40.7% shooting. “They just keep on trucking.”The win solidified San Antonio’s grip on a top-five seed and, really—who saw this coming? Yet San Antonio is 18-13 after the win over New York and barreling towards the playoffs. What a season for Johnson, Dejounte Murray and the Spurs entire player development machine. The 29th pick in 2019, Johnson played 17 games for San Antonio last season.
AEW Revolution: Kenny Omega on Exploding Barbed Wire Deathmatch
       
Kenny Omega on the Exploding Barbed Wire Deathmatch: “The idea itself is incredible. Omega defends the AEW Championship this Sunday—the company’s first pay-per-view not on a Saturday—at Revolution against Jon Moxley in an Exploding Barbed Wire Deathmatch. “No matter the idea, regardless of the outrageousness of it, you can’t shock Moxley,” Omega says. While the match has existed for decades, AEW is going to place its own distinct touch on the Exploding Barbed Wire Deathmatch. The (online) week in wrestlingJon Moxley delivered an especially compelling promo last week on Dynamite, helping build to this Sunday’s Exploding Barbed Wire Deathmatch Revolution main event.
Full Frame: American Pharoah's Triple Crown SI Cover
       
American Pharoah's Triple Crown victory was one of the top sports highlights of 2015 and produced one of the most memorable SI covers that year. Photographer Erick Rasco details the story of wading into the packed crown at Belmont race track to capture one of the most unique angles of that historic event.
Weston McKennie: Juventus makes Schalke loan move permanent
       
Weston McKennie is no longer on loan to Juventus. “In the beginning I was thinking, yeah, it’s a loan and it feels maybe like a year-long trial,” McKennie told Sports Illustrated in October. "He has surprised me a lot," Brazil international and Juventus midfielder Arthur recently told CBS. Schalke anticipated this from the start, though it did leave the door open to welcome McKennie back with open arms. “It is a great honor to be the first American player in the history of Juventus," McKennie said upon his introduction at Juve.
Tom Brady tells James Corden about Super Bowl trophy toss (video)
       
Tom Brady almost needed scuba lessonsThe post-Super Bowl boat parade last month in Tampa might end up being just as memorable as Tom Brady’s seventh Super Bowl victory. On Tuesday night, Brady joined James Corden on The Late Late Show and was asked to recall the events of that day. “I’m happy I’m on land at that point, absolutely. Happy I’m being surrounded by my fellow quarterback Griff [Ryan Griffin], in the right place at the right time. Wild finish in the Horizon League quarterfinalsTerry Bradshaw checked into the hospital under the name “Tom Brady” to undergo arm surgery in 1983(This is 100% real, by the way.)
Shaq, Candace Parker get into awkward debate on TNT postgame show
       
I’ve never understood why Shaquille O’Neal is on TNT’s Tuesday night crew alongside Adam Lefkoe, Dwyane Wade and Candace Parker. The group was discussing pick-and-rolls and rotating on defense, but Shaq kept questioning Parker and Wade—especially Parker—on their explanations of what today’s defenses try to do. While Parker and Wade were using detailed analysis, Shaq basically went with the “Why can’t we do it like the old days?” angle. No matter how effectively Parker and Wade tried to explain that to Shaq, he wasn’t budging. RANDOM VIDEO OF THE DAY: In Tuesday's Traina Thoughts, I wrote about Eddie Murphy playing the old white guy in the barbershop in Coming to America.
SI Insider: Byron Buxton Will Continue to Be an X-Factor for the Twins
       
SI Insider: Byron Buxton Will Continue to Be an X-Factor for the TwinsTwins centerfielder Byron Buxton has struggled with a few stats while at the plate but slugging is definitely not included in that category. SI's Tom Verducci shares the numbers behind Buxton's hitting that could make a difference for the Twins this season.
March Madness: Undefeated California Baptist won't dance in 2021
       
After a recent transition to Division I, the 20–0 Lancers aren't eligible for the 2021 women's NCAA tournament. 3 Stanford against California Baptist University, seemingly a battle of sharks and minnows in the grand scheme of the sport. California Baptist, a Division I newbie, has 25. California Baptist, in its second year in Division I, played the Cardinal tight from wire-to-wire. And all postseason hope isn’t lost: The WNIT has been in contact with California Baptist about playing in that tournament, a solid consolation prize.
Can Mikaela Shiffrin become even better?
       
There were months where Mikaela Shiffrin didn’t want to ski, mixed with weeks where she wondered if she could. And it’s still not always there, right?”This is Mikaela Shiffrin attempting to make sense of Mikaela Shiffrin, an athlete as dominant and introspective as any on the planet—and one who confronted an even more difficult 2020 than her peers. “I always just relied on really, really solid preparation, a very methodical process. That version of Mikaela Shiffrin could be even better than the original one. This is, after all, Mikaela Shiffrin.
MLB delays Triple A season until May amid COVID-19 concerns
       
Major League Baseball has opted to delay the Triple A season at least one month amid COVID-19 concerns, according to ESPN's Jeff Passan. Minor league players will now report to alternate sites run by their organization's MLB team ahead of opening day. Travel concerns played a significant role in the decision to delay the Triple A season. Triple A teams travel via commercial airline, creating a greater risk of contracting COVID-19 compared to MLB teams that use private planes. The 2021 Triple A season is expected to now run through part of September due to the delay.
Best tennis players to never reach No. 1 ranking
       
And what broadcast sponsor is signing on to air weeks and weeks of matches from one location? 3 ranking, 25 singles titles), who took perhaps THE all-time Slam final beat-down (0-6, 3-6, 0-6) in the '77 French Open from perhaps the greatest men's singles player to never (officially) reach No. 1 ranking can be a combination of luck and circumstance—points fall off, a player gets injured, a player reduces their schedule. What a contrast—I watched the 1975 Wimbledon men’s final on Tennis Channel last night—Ashe vs Connors. I think also everybody else in pro tennis is complicit to an extent in the sorry state of affairs that is current in men's tennis.
An NFL Quarterback’s Guide to Forcing Your Way Out of Town
       
Follow these six easy steps and your current team will send you on your way in no time. The most direct way of doing this is to remove all mentions of your current club from your Twitter and Instagram bios. If your practice of liking Twitter posts did not garner the appropriate media attention, this most certainly will. Fans will wonder why the general manager and owner simply won’t see things your way, despite a completely reasonable set of requests. Remember that, while you had some help along the way, the power was inside you all along.
Who's Going to Be the Worst Team in 2021?
       
Tom VerducciIt’s hard to see a team worse off this year than the Pittsburgh Pirates. Emma BaccellieriThe Pirates' status as the worst team in last year's shortened season was no small-sample-size fluke—and the roster now is actually worse. Same deal with the Rockies, Trevor Story and the NL West, though Colorado still has a bunch of young starters who have flashed at times. Michael ShapiroPerhaps the Pirates have the worst roster in baseball, but playing in the National League Central should provide at least a minor boost to their 2021 win total. What was recently an emerging contender has been mismanaged into a bottom feeder, setting the stage for the worst season in franchise history.
Yankees' Manager Aaron Boone Needs Surgery, Will Take Immediate Medical Leave of Absence
       
TAMPA — Yankees manager Aaron Boone is taking an immediate medical leave of absence to receive a pacemaker, the team announced on Wednesday afternoon. Boone will undergo surgery Wednesday evening at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tampa and is expected to get back to work in a few days. The skipper had been working long days since his team reported to spring training last month. To conclude his statement, Boone implored others dealing with heart issues to "remain vigilant" and contact their doctor should any symptoms or discomfort pop up at any time. “Aaron leads our players, coaches and staff with a rare combination of work ethic, intelligence and a genuine concern for others.
Kellen Winslow II sentencing: Gets 14 years after rape conviction
       
The 37-year-old son of Chargers Hall of Fame receiver Kellen Winslow appeared via videoconference at the hearing in San Diego Superior Court in Vista, California. San Diego County Superior Court Judge Blaine Bowman said Winslow can only be described with "two words, and that is sexual predator." Winslow was convicted of forcible rape, rape of an unconscious person, assault with intent to commit rape, indecent exposure and lewd conduct in public. The forcible rape involved a woman who was homeless in his hometown of Encinitas, a beach community north of San Diego. Jurors also convicted Winslow of two misdemeanors -- indecent exposure and a lewd act in public -- involving two other women.
Rob Gronkowski to coach Arizona spring football game
       
Rob Gronkowski will be adding the title of head coach to his resume, at least for one game. Gronkowski completed his first season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be the head coach at his alma mater at the Arizona Wildcats' spring football game slated for April 24. According to Tuscon.com's Justin Spears, Gronkowski was also at Arizona Stadium was during the 2011 Wildcats' football spring game. "It's definitely a special win and it has a definite place in my heart for this victory, for this Super Bowl run," he said in the wake of Tampa's Super Bowl LV win over the Chiefs. But that's never stopped him from dipping his toes in other waters before, with coaching the Arizona spring game being his latest venture.
Tokyo Olympics may take place without fans from abroad
       
Yukihito Taguchi/USA TODAY SportsThe postponed Tokyo Olympics look like they will take place without any fans from abroad when they open in just under five months. The Japanese newspaper Mainichi said on Wednesday the decision had been made to exclude foreign fans. The report came just an hour before Tokyo organizers held “five-party” talks online with the International Olympic Committee, the International Paralympic Committee, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government and the central government of Japan. In this respect, we may have to set one or another priority.”The Olympics are to open on July 23. The exclusion of foreign fans has been almost a foregone conclusion with the games being held during a pandemic.
Welcome (Sort of) Freshmen
       
Before he did anything else at Wake Forest, Carter Whitt had to explain why he was there. “He was like, ‘Uh, yeah, right, you’re here for basketball,’ ” Scott recalls with a laugh. Instead, he’s one of several high school players who took advantage of an unusual situation created by the pandemic. This presented a gift: an unprecedented chance to gain college basketball experience. “I don’t want to say it’s surreal,” says Russ Frazier, his coach for three years at Leesville Road High School in Raleigh.
The Lakers (and LeBron) Have Nothing to Worry About Yet
       
Simply put, this Lakers team is still very, very good when healthy. In the first round of those playoffs, LeBron’s Cavs were outscored by the Pacers and yet still somehow won the series. There was absolutely no statistical basis for Cleveland beating Toronto that year, but LeBron’s team swept them. There’s not necessarily panic around this Lakers team, but some people certainly have their eyebrows raised. And as great as LeBron is, this team is going to need Davis to accomplish its goals in the summer.
Mailbag: Are the Arizona Cardinals legitimate Super Bowl contenders?
       
With J.J. Watt now in Arizona, can the Cardinals take a leap from their 8–8 mark last season? Plus, which teams will find a way to either draft a QB prospect or trade for a veteran on the market. Let’s start with this perspective: On March 3, 2020, no one saw the Buccaneers as Super Bowl contenders. For those reasons, it really doesn’t surprise me much that Joseph was able to appeal to Watt as the Cardinals’ lead recruiter. From GrantJohn (@JohnJo25278): What do you think the chance is the Bears land either Russell Wilson or Deshaun Watson this offseason?
Washington to Replace Cheerleaders With Coed Dance Team in 2021
       
The Washington Football Team will replace its cheerleading team with a coed dance team for the upcoming season, Petra Pope, the team's newly hired senior adviser, told USA TODAY's Jori Epstein. "We want to be more inclusive, so we are going to invite a coed entity (to audition)," Pope told USA TODAY. In a statement to ESPN, Washington team president Jason Wright said the team wanted to create halftime programs similar to those in the NBA. Among the reported accounts, a former Washington football team senior executive instructed employees to create a behind-the-scenes video for owner Daniel Snyder, featuring outtakes of partially nude team cheerleaders from a 2008 team swimsuit calendar shoot. The team is expected to remain the Washington Football Team throughout next season, but it appears that the team will have a new name starting in 2022.
Survivor: Terry Deitz plays a game of Cambodia What If?
       
Terry Deitz dominated Survivor: Panama — Exile Island. (The very next season, Survivor moved to a final three format as a direct result.) Terry made his big return after being voted in by fans to play on Survivor: Cambodia — Second Chance, but his journey was cut short not due to being voted out, nor due to any injury in the game. Image zoom Terry Deitz of 'Survivor' | Credit: Monty Brinton/CBSENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: First off, give the update as to what you've been up to since appearing on Survivor. Who's one player from another Survivor season you wish you could have played with or against and why?
The Receipt-Keeper of YouTube
       
Wallace’s Karmageddon trilogy — about the public meltdowns of the famously divisive YouTube influencers Shane Dawson, Jeffree Star, and Tati Westbrook — helped his channel explode in popularity over the summer of 2020. That happened right around the time that I uploaded a video on Shane Dawson, this was before actually there were a bunch of these on YouTube. Sometimes if it’s really, really long, I’ll download it myself and then just play it in my editing software 4x speed. You talked a bit in your big Shane Dawson video about how his whole shtick is just a persona. Shane Dawson, the person is different from Shane Dawson, the online persona.
Alston Supreme Court Brief Refines Players’ Key Arguments
       
Attorneys for a class, led by former West Virginia running back Shawne Alston, filed a 62-page brief to the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday. In Wednesday’s brief, attorneys for Alston underscore a key theme: Because NCAA rules prevent colleges from directly paying the recruits they seek to enroll, colleges spend that money on other people, services and facilities they believe attract recruits. Alston attorneys assert that the labor market for college athletes is damaged when schools can’t compete for athletes as they would without joint restraints. The NCAA’s reply brief is due on March 19 and the Court will hold oral argument on March 31. Sometime this summer the Court will issue a ruling, which might contain concurring and dissenting opinions.
Ex-NFL star Kellen Winslow II rebuked in court by victims, judge
       
SAN DIEGO – Kellen Winslow II finally received his reckoning. “It just leaves us with someone who can only be described in two words,” Judge Blaine Bowman told Winslow in San Diego Superior Court. San Diego Deputy District Attorney Dan Owens read her statement in court. The jury in June 2019 convicted him of misdemeanor lewd conduct. Before that he grew up in San Diego County, where his namesake father became a Hall of Fame tight end for the San Diego Chargers.
Jordan Spieth on the rebound heading into Arnold Palmer Invitational debut
       
His fall was so dramatic – he hasn’t won since the 2017 Open Championship – that he didn’t qualify for last week’s World Golf Championships-Workday Championship, the first WGC he wasn’t eligible for since 2013. He also decided to add this week’s Arnold Palmer Invitational to his playing schedule for the first time in an effort to keep his momentum humming. Gallery Check the yardage book: Bay Hill Club for the Arnold Palmer Invitational view 42 imagesNow he’s in a win-win situation at Arnie’s annual bash. “Just have to be patient on a very difficult golf course,” Spieth said. It seems like a course where course knowledge can go a long way, given the difficulty of it and especially on and around the greens.
Immanuel Quickley misses out on NBA Rising Stars nod
       
Immanuel Quickley’s breakout rookie season with the Knicks wasn’t enough to land him on the roster for the NBA’s Rising Stars Challenge. The league has eliminated the annual game on All-Star weekend this year involving the top rookies and sophomores in the game due to COVID-19 restrictions. The United States and World rosters still were named Wednesday to honor those players selected. Quickley, the 25th overall pick in the 2020 draft out of Kentucky, is averaging 12.6 points and 2.4 assists in 32 appearances for the Knicks this season. Knicks rookie Immanuel Quickley did not get named to the NBA Rising Stars U.S. roster.
Jets’ Joe Douglas changes tune on Sam Darnold overtures
       
Joe Douglas has a message for any teams interested in trading for Jets quarterback Sam Darnold: call me. After talking about fielding calls for Jamal Adams and Le’Veon Bell, Douglas said the only untouchable player is a franchise quarterback and he said Darnold was exactly that. Jets GM Joe Douglas (l.) said he will answer calls from NFL teams asking about a possible Sam Darnold trade. I feel like this isn’t going to hurt us in terms of free agents,” Douglas said. “I would say with Sam, our stance on Sam hasn’t changed,” Douglas said.
Kellen Winslow Jr., former NFL star, gets sentenced in serial rape case
       
The 37-year-old son of San Diego Chargers Hall of Fame receiver Kellen Winslow appeared via videoconference at the hearing in San Diego Superior Court in Vista, a city north of San Diego. “In the future, I do plan to tell my story,” said the former Cleveland Browns star, once the highest-paid tight ends in the NFL. He noted that Winslow continued to prey on women even after his first arrest. He was convicted of forcible rape, rape of an unconscious person, assault with intent to commit rape, indecent exposure, and lewd conduct in public. But both sides agreed to reduce the sexual battery charge to assault with intent to commit rape last month.
Washington tasks Petra Pope to lead team's new game day experience, including coed dance team
       
The Washington Football Team will have a coed dance team to replace the cheerleading squad, the organization announced Wednesday. "Petra’s NBA track record speaks for itself," Washington Football Team president Jason Wright said in a news release. EX-WASHINGTON EMPLOYEES ASK NFL TO RELEASE REPORT FINDINGSPope’s responsibilities will include the creation of game day entertainment programs. "The NBA has long embraced innovative dance and halftime shows, but most NFL teams have remained more oriented toward traditional cheerleading programs," she said. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP"The Washington Football Team has always done an incredible job connecting with the community.
Yankees manager Aaron Boone taking leave to get pacemaker
       
Yankees manager Aaron Boone is taking a leave of absence from the team to get a pacemaker and intends to return to work in a few days. New York said the procedure was likely to be performed later Wednesday at St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa, Florida. The 47-year-old is entering his fourth season as Yankees manager. While the heart checkup came back normal, there were indications of a low heart rate which, after further consultations with doctors in Tampa, necessitates a pacemaker." Yankees general manager Brian Cashman was expected to address the situation later Wednesday.
Yankees' Aaron Boone Taking Leave of Absence to Have Surgery for Pacemaker
       
Frank Franklin II/Associated PressThe New York Yankees will be without manager Aaron Boone for at least "the next several days" because of a medical procedure expected to take place Wednesday. "It definitely hits home, but I'm doing well with it," Boone said at the time. The former All-Star appeared in 10 games over the final month of the regular season before retiring at the end of the year. After spending seven years as a radio and television broadcaster, Boone was hired as Yankees manager in December 2017. The Yankees are scheduled to open the 2021 regular season on April 1 against the Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium.
Damian Lillard on Fan Criticism: People Don't Consider That We Have Lives Too
       
Sue Ogrocki/Associated PressPortland Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard lamented the inability of some fans to consider the concerns that might be weighing on an athlete outside of their given sport. The six-time All-Star added, "I think there's a lot of people who don't take into consideration that we have lives, too." Even though Portland is sixth in the Western Conference (19-14), the 30-year-old guard is inserting himself into the MVP conversation. In 2020, he was the first to discover the dead body of his cousin and personal chef. One was a cousin close enough to Lillard to be at his family’s Thanksgiving dinner in Portland in November.
Oklahoma St. freshman Cunningham breaking out late in season
       
Oklahoma State’s star freshman was coming off a 40-point performance in an overtime win at Oklahoma last Saturday and fans anticipated an encore in a rematch two nights later. ADVERTISEMENTCunningham’s grasp of how to be most effective is the main reason Oklahoma State is one of the nation’s hottest teams. After he made 12 of 21 field goals and 13 of 14 free throws in the first game against Oklahoma, Oklahoma State coach Mike Boynton said the race to determine the top pick in this year’s NBA draft should be over. He took just four shots in the second half of a win over Iowa State. “I’m not getting paid by any team, I’m not under -- my rights as a player are not under any (NBA) team.
Jets’ Douglas praises Darnold, but open to trading QB
       
FILE - New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold rolls out to pass against the New England Patriots in the first half of an NFL football game in Foxborough, Mass., in this Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021, file photo. General manager Joe Douglas has backed off that stance, though, and it could signal a major change at the position as free agency and the NFL draft approach. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Sam Darnold’s time as the face of the New York Jets franchise might be nearing a disappointing end. “I will answer the call if it’s made,” Douglas said Wednesday when asked if he’d listen to offers for Darnold. The Jets could also opt to stick with Darnold, for at least this year, and trade down from No.
Strange but true: Terry Bradshaw checked into hospital under alias 'Tom Brady' in 1983
       
He didn't check into Doctor's Hospital in Shreveport, Louisiana, under his own name, and instead used the alias "Tom Brady." Story continuesTerry Bradshaw used the name "Tom Brady" to check into a hospital in Feb. 1983, 17 years before the real Tom Brady would make his NFL debut. Bradshaw confirms he used Tom Brady aliasJust because a story appeared in a newspaper in 1983 doesn't mean it's true, especially since Bradshaw wasn't quoted. “Tom Brady! If there's any takeaway from this Tom Brady alias story, it's that.
NBA betting: Hopefully you've noticed how incredible the Suns have been to bettors lately
       
It has been a while since the Phoenix Suns were profitable for bettors. The fun Amar'e Stoudemire/Steve Nash teams that couldn't get over the hump to the NBA Finals were a long, long time ago. No other NBA team is more than five games over .500 against the spread. Paul, who made the All-Star Game, is the top Suns player in ESPN.com's PER efficiency rating at No. No other Suns player is in the top 54.
Could the Bears land the next Tom Brady in the 2021 NFL draft?
       
The Chicago Bears currently hold the 20th overall pick in the 2021 NFL draft. According to ESPN senior draft analyst, Mel Kiper Jr., the Bears’ first-round pick could still pay big dividends if it’s used on Alabama QB Mac Jones, who Kiper compared to the greatest who’s ever lived, Tom Brady. I hate to say, but he kind of has a little bit of [Tom] Brady in him. I’m not saying he’s ever going to be Tom Brady. And like Brady, he’s not real mobile, not a runner.
Did UCLA really turn down Michael Jordan?
       
Bill Walton told an outrageous tale of his alma mater declining to recruit the greatest player who ever lived. Michael Jordan wanted to play for UCLA, Walton insisted, but UCLA told him, “Nah.” When pressed by play-by-play man Dave Pasch, Walton reiterated that Jordan preferred the Bruins to home-state North Carolina until former UCLA coach Larry Farmer said, “There’s no reason for you to come here. Google “Michael Jordan” and “UCLA,” and one of the first links that pops up is the transcript of a 1992 interview the Chicago Bulls legend did with Playboy magazine. That was my dream school.”“When I was growing up, they were a great team,” Jordan continues. Story continuesAn unranked UCLA team made an improbable run to the 1980 national title game to culminate Brown’s debut season.
Damian Lillard emotionally drained after 18 months of family tragedies: 'People have no idea'
       
Damian Lillard is emotionally drained after 18 months of loss his family has endured, including the shooting deaths of two people in his inner circle last week. The Portland Trial Blazers point guard opened up to The Athletic's Jason Quick about the impact of multiple family tragedies over the past 18 months and how he plays through it. “It’s been a hard year and a half for my family, man,” Lillard said, via The Athletic. “People have no idea.”Damian Lillard experiences 18 months of lossDamian Lillard said it's been difficult to get in the right mindset for games. It does a lot of things for people in my family,” Lillard said.
Amazon near NFL deal to stream more games exclusively on Prime Video
       
The National Football League is on the verge of signing new rights deals with media partners that could see Amazon.com Inc. carry many games exclusively and TV networks pay as much as double their current rate, people familiar with the matter said. New agreements could be in place as early as next week, the people said. The TV deals for the league’s Sunday and Monday franchises with Fox, CBS, NBC and ESPN are likely to run for as long as 11 years, they said.
Candace Parker teaches Shaq about modern basketball (or at least she tries)
       
Candace Parker led the Sparks to the WNBA title 10 years later. While discussing the intricacies of defending the pick-and-roll with Wade, Parker stated, “The NBA switches now, right?”AdvertisementShaq blurted, “Why?”Parker shrugged and answered, “Because everybody can shoot threes.”Candace Parker making Shaq look real dumb while talking about modern pick-n-roll basketball pic.twitter.com/TQYwVVrVmx — gifdsports (@gifdsports) March 3, 2021Part 2 of Candace Parker putting Shaq in a bodybag. *panel discusses modern pick and rollsCandace Parker to Shaq: pic.twitter.com/8euVLbGwo9 — Jasmine (@JasmineLWatkins) March 3, 2021Candace Parker is not here for the play-play. She’s here to explain basketball and she’s kicking ass doing it. pic.twitter.com/JkVzojiWY0 — Laurence Holmes (@LaurenceWHolmes) March 3, 2021Candace Parker teaching Shaq about the basic tenets of a pick and roll is an energy I need bottled and sold, please.
Yankees manager Aaron Boone takes leave of absence for heart procedure
       
New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone is taking a leave of absence from the team to get a pacemaker and intends to return to work in a few days. I look forward to getting back to work in the next several days.”The 47-year-old is entering his fourth season as Yankees manager. The team started the exhibition season Sunday and was scheduled to play its fourth game on Wednesday night against Toronto in Tampa. Advertisement“As many of you know, I underwent open-heart surgery in 2009, and I wanted everyone to understand where I’m at regarding the procedure that’s taking place today,” Boone said. “Over the last six to eight weeks I’ve had mild symptoms of lightheadedness, low energy and shortness of breath.
California’s prep sports coronavirus testing plan: What you need to know
       
For the thousands of student-athletes and coaches in other parts of California, the state this week provided new details on the logistics of the testing regimen. Gavin Newsom’s announcement last month but were left with questions about how the testing requirement would be implemented. Below, you can find a list of common questions with answers sourced from the new state testing guidelines, which are available to read in full here. In the Bay Area, all but three counties — Contra Costa, Solano and Sonoma — have lowered their adjusted case rates below the required testing threshold. No, the state-provided testing through its Valencia lab is open only to athletes in high-contact sports at public schools.
Sharks’ Bob Boughner gives update on Tomas Hertl after positive COVID test
       
San Jose Sharks coach Bob Boughner said Tomas Hertl has experienced symptoms since he tested positive for the coronavirus but is hopeful that he can return to the team sometime next week. Boughner said last week after Hertl tested positive that the Sharks were not counting on him being back for at least 14 days. Also, per NHL protocols, Hertl must refrain from exercise for a total of 14 days from the time of the first positive test, so he will miss at least four more games. If all goes well, Hertl could return for the Sharks’ series with the Anaheim Ducks on March 12 and 13. “But I don’t think it’ll be long after 14 days.
PrepCast: New tournament champions coming in wrestling, boys' swimming
       
SportsWe couldn't gather in person, but you can watch the ceremony in which six new members were inducted into the 2020 class of the Star Tribune Minnesota Sports Hall of Fame.
Devin Booker addresses ejection in Phoenix Suns' win at Los Angeles Lakers
       
Phoenix Suns All-Star Devin Booker addressed being ejected in the second half of Tuesday's 114-104 win over defending NBA champion Los Angele Lakers at STAPLES Center. "I've heard worse things and seen worse things said during least important games and nothing was (done) about it," Booker said. Justin Van Duyne handed Booker the second technical as Phoenix led 70-63. Booker wasn't available to the media after Tuesday's game. The Suns are second in the Western Conference behind Utah (27-8), which has the league's top record.
Stars forward Alexander Radulov is getting closer, but return from injury is ‘hard to pinpoint’
       
Stars forward Alexander Radulov is getting closer to game action, but is not quite there yet, according to coach Rick Bowness. Radulov has three goals and eight assists this season, and the Dallas power play is 3 for 29 without Radulov in the lineup. Sekera coming around: Defenseman Andrej Sekera missed Tuesday’s game against Tampa Bay due to an illness that was not COVID-19 related. Joel Hanley filled in for Sekera on the bottom pair, and Bowness was very complimentary of Hanley’s game Tuesday against the Lightning. He was calm with the puck on the breakouts.”+++Find more Stars coverage from The Dallas Morning News here.
Projecting the Rockies’ 2021 opening-day lineup
       
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — The Cactus League has barely begun, but the Rockies’ 2021 roster is almost set. The Rockies plan to go with five starters and eight relievers, leaving 13 position players on the 26-man roster. Key number: .316, batting average for Fuentes last September, including two homers, five doubles and 17 RBIs. Key number: 16, home runs from Rockies’ second basemen last season, best in the NL. Key number: .186, batting average for Rockies pinch hitters a year ago, 11th in the NL.
Student-athletes in the NHL? Believe it or not, the Dallas Stars have a few
       
That includes Pysyk, and the player who sits next to him on the team plane: Jamie Oleksiak. When teams are on the road, players are essentially limited to their hotel room, save for walks outside in the neighboring areas. Oleksiak started taking classes in the Edmonton bubble last year, and has knocked out a personal finance course along with psychology. In the OHL, players go to school for the first two years of playing until they graduate high school. “It’s a unique experience, that’s for sure, but it’s definitely beneficial.”+++Find more Stars coverage from The Dallas Morning News here.
What’s a Big Dance without Loyola? MVC tourney performance shouldn’t dictate fate
       
The Ramblers are 21-4 and ranked 20th in the country heading into the Missouri Valley Conference tournament in St. Louis. Do the Ramblers have to add an MVC postseason crown to their resume to get into the NCAA Tournament? “I felt like in 2018, people were saying [Loyola had to win] going into the [MVC] tournament,” he said. The tournament is — without fail — officiated more tightly than Big Ten teams are accustomed to. This is one of the biggest reasons your league hasn’t produced a national champion since Michigan State in 2000.
Joe Altobelli, manager who led Orioles to 1983 World Series title, dies at 88
       
BALTIMORE — Joe Altobelli, the manager who led the Baltimore Orioles to their most recent World Series title in 1983, has died at the age of 88. The team’s roster included future Hall of Famers like first baseman Eddie Murray, shortstop Cal Ripken Jr. and pitcher Jim Palmer. The Orioles mourn the loss of former manager Joe Altobelli, who led Baltimore to a World Championship in 1983. pic.twitter.com/YmyndcHyHd — Baltimore Orioles (@Orioles) March 3, 2021“A tremendous leader, Altobelli’s compassion, skill and baseball expertise contributed to the Hall of Fame careers of Eddie Murray, Jim Palmer, and Cal Ripken, Jr,” the Orioles said in a statement. Altobelli also had a successful stretch as the Orioles’ Triple-A manager from 1971-76, when the Rochester Red Wings won two International League championships.
Mike Mayock talks Raiders draft, free agency
       
With free agency and the draft right around the corner, Raiders general manager Mike Mayock offered insight on what might be ahead. Raiders general manager Mike Mayock speaks to reporters during an offseason training session at the team's former headquarters in Alameda, Calif., Tuesday, May 28, 2019. (Heidi Fang /Las Vegas Review-Journal) @HeidiFangLas Vegas Raiders offensive guard Gabe Jackson (66) lines up during an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns, Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Richard)Change appears to be coming on the Raiders’ offensive line, and it might mean a completely new tandem at right guard and right tackle. While Raiders general manager Mike Mayock would not confirm reports that veteran right guard Gabe Jackson will soon be released, he also didn’t deny them.
Logano’s LVMS dominance tops Pennzoil 400 story lines
       
Joey Logano reacts after winning a NASCAR Cup Series auto race at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020. Baskow/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @Left_Eye_ImagesThere will be fans in the stands at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Sunday and an array of story lines up and down the starting grid for the 24th running of the Pennzoil 400 presented by Jiffy Lube. Here are three things of many to watch for in NASCAR’s annual spring fling at Las Vegas Motor Speedway:1. Joey Logano cracks a smile after discovering the microphone was broken during winner's press conference. #Pennzoil400 | #Alsco300 | #BuckedUp200 pic.twitter.com/QpGJ5JeT5d — Las Vegas Motor Speedway (@LVMotorSpeedway) March 1, 2021Contact Ron Kantowski at rkantowski@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0352.
Waiting game for Marlins as heralded young hitters struggle
       
“I think the best thing that ever happened to me was in that time period where I got sent down and called back up and I had to sit on the bench,” Harrison said. “The best of Monte will come out. I can’t wait for the fans of Miami to see that, and the world.”
NFL ‘highly likely’ to adopt 17-game regular season schedule in 2021: Report
       
The NFL is expected to expand the 2021 regular season to 17 games, according to a report. The extra game will consist of cross-conference games, with teams from the NFC taking on AFC squads. While the season expands to 17 games, the league will start the season at the same time and it isn’t expected to add an extra bye week. The league prefers to not start its regular season during Labor Day weekend because of concerns about lower television ratings. The report also indicated the league could schedule a Wild Card playoff game on Monday night beginning in 2022.
Zach Parise is a healthy scratch for first time in Wild career
       
After overextending a shift late in an overtime loss to the Vegas Golden Knights on Monday night, veteran winger Zach Parise is a healthy scratch for the first time in his Wild career. “I said to him, ‘If I get the puck, get up ice with me; I’m not going to shoot, I’m going to find you,'” Parise said. “That’s what matters.”In place of Parise, the Wild will dress Gerry Mayhew and Kyle Rau. With only three goals and six assists, Parise has seen his playing time decrease over the past month. Still, he felt like his game was trending in the right direction as of late, which makes the healthy scratch even more frustrating.
The Ponds at Battle Creek golf course in Maplewood to close; petition drive underway
       
The Ponds at Battle Creek, a nine-hole course in Maplewood, will close at the end of the 2020 season, under a proposed Ramsey County budget. It’s a bummer,” said Mike Larson, who manages the golf leagues for the course. This will be hard news for them,” said Mark McCabe, director of Ramsey County Parks and Recreation. The study recommended differentiating them — a low-cost “value” course, a middle-range “standard” course and a higher-end “premium” course. McCabe said that Goodrich will be the county’s value course, and will get $2.4 million in improvements in the 2020-21 budget.
First Lady Jill Biden visits Benjamin Franklin Elementary School with Meriden's own Miguel Cardona, the new U.S. secretary of education
       
First Lady Jill Biden visits with kindergarten teacher Rachel Valentin, who has been teaching for 21 years at Benjamin Franklin Elementary School, with Meriden's own Miguel Cardona, the new U.S. secretary of education, Wednesday, March 3, 2021, in Meriden. (Kassi Jackson/Kassi Jackson)
Seattle Seahawks’ Shaquill Griffin loves Seattle, but ‘I know it’s strictly business’
       
Seattle Seahawks’ cornerback Shaquill Griffin would “love” to remain in Seattle, but he’s prepared to step into the free agent market. Griffin expressed plenty of love for the Seahawks, but he knows that his contract demands may not mesh with what the Seahawks could offer. “I would love to be back in Seattle, but I know there’s a business aspect behind it,” Griffin said Wednesday morning on “Good Morning Football” show on the NFL Network. “But that organization knows I love it over there — the fans and coaches know how much I love Seattle. We talk about free agency, Russell Wilson's future in Seattle, @Seahawks reaction when watching DK Metcalf chase down Budda Baker, @Shaquemgriffin's 2018 Combine & more!
Early analysis of Oregon Ducks’ 2021 football schedule
       
EUGENE — Oregon is coming off back-to-back Pac-12 championships and New Year’s Six bowl appearances and enters 2021 with even higher aspirations. Fresno State quarterback Jake Haener (9) against New Mexico during an NCAA college football game Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020, in Las Vegas. Ohio State receiver Garrett Wilson plays against Nebraska during an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020, in Columbus, Ohio. 12 Oregon Ducks take on the Stanford Cardinal in the Pac-12 football season opener at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon, on Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020. Both defenses had advantages over the opposing offenses in the 2020 game and likely will again.
Oregon State survives upset bid by No. 12 seed California, beats Bears 71-63 in Pac-12 tourney opener
       
Oregon State survived several nervous moments by determined No. The Beavers shot 51% from the floor, yet needed most of 40 minutes to put away the scrappy Bears (1-16). The Bears shot 40% (26 of 65) from the floor, and out-rebounded Oregon State 39-33. Oregon State led 39-27 at halftime, after pulling away from the Bears early in the second quarter. The Bears again cut into the lead by scoring seven consecutive points, but Oregon State led 56-47 after three quarters.
Can Oregon women’s basketball ‘right the ship’ in Pac-12 tournament rematch with Oregon State?
       
Oregon will open its postseason slate with a rubber match against Oregon State in the Pac-12 tournament. 5 seed Beavers in the quarterfinals on Thursday (11 a.m., Pac-12 Network) at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. It’s the first ever conference tournament meeting of the in-state rivals, who played Sunday in Eugene with Oregon State winning 88-77 to split the regular season series and snap a three-game losing streak to Oregon. I really feel like we can but at some point we’ve got to actually do it. “We’re in the (NCAA Tournament) field — I’m not worried about that; but we want to get in the field with a little bit of momentum.
Tigers prospect Matt Manning sharp in debut, not conceding a roster spot
       
Lakeland, Fla. — Don’t tell Matt Manning he’s not making the team out of spring. “I’m pitching like I’m trying to make the team out of spring,” Manning said. I’m going to try to be one of those top 26. “I put in so much work,” Manning said. “I try to prepare for everything so we can make every decision imaginable, and that includes JaCoby playing off center,” Hinch said.
Green Room podcast: UM isn't invincible, after all, so does MSU have a shot?
       
Matt Charboneau and Tony Paul are joined by Michigan beat reporter James Hawkins to preview the two-game series between the Spartans and Wolverines on Thursday in Ann Arbor and on Sunday in East Lansing. Here are some of the highlights from this edition of the Green Room:?1:30: James Hawkins on UM's 76-53 loss to Illinois?5:10: Matt Charboneau says Spartans "running on empty"?8:20: Michigan's aura of invincibility takes a hit?11:20: Hawkins on the UM/MSU matchups?14:20: Hunter Dickinson the "difference maker"?17:30: NCAA Tournament lookahead?22:20: Tony Paul predicts a split, Matt/James a UM sweep
Report: Lions reach agreement with wide receiver Tyrell Williams
       
Desperately needing talent and depth at wide receiver, the Detroit Lions are adding a veteran option to the roster ahead of free agency, agreeing to terms on a one-year deal with Tyrell Williams, according to an ESPN report. The Raiders signed Williams to a four-year, $44 million contract in free agency ahead of that season. In Detroit, Williams will reconnect with offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn, who was the receiver's head coach with the Chargers. In free agency, you don’t always know what all the warts are. Before adding Williams, the Lions only had one receiver under contract who saw snaps with the team last season, Quintez Cephus, who had 20 receptions as a rookie.
Ohio University will now allow students, two guests to spring graduation in-person
       
Ohio University has changed course and will now allow students and up to two guests each to attend spring graduation ceremonies in-person, with masks and social distancing. The university plans to host multiple in-person spring commencement ceremonies at Peden Stadium over the course of five days between April 29 and May 3, according to a news release Wednesday afternoon. “We are so pleased to have the opportunity to celebrate our graduating students’ incredible accomplishments with in-person commencement ceremonies this spring,” OU president M. Duane Nellis said in the release. The number of students who plan to participate in-person will determine the number and size of events. The decision comes on the heels of OU announcing Monday that it would welcome students back to campus for increased in-person activities this summer and fall.
Oklahoma St. freshman Cunningham breaking out late in season
       
His only three baskets came during a two-minute span that turned a five-point deficit into a three-point lead. He scored 13 of his 15 points in the final 10 minutes, and the Cowboys won 79-75. Oklahoma State's star freshman was coming off a 40-point performance in an overtime win at Oklahoma last Saturday and fans anticipated an encore in a rematch two nights later. Cunningham’s grasp of how to be most effective is the main reason Oklahoma State is one of the nation’s hottest teams. After he made 12 of 21 field goals and 13 of 14 free throws in the first game against Oklahoma, Oklahoma State coach Mike Boynton said the race to determine the top pick in this year's NBA draft should be over.
Fiona Ferro, Clara Tauson reach Lyon Open quarterfinals
       
LYON, France (AP) — Second-seeded Fiona Ferro of France and Danish qualifier Clara Tauson both advanced to the Lyon Open quarterfinals on Wednesday. Ferro was leading Tereza Martincova 6-2, 4-1 when her Czech opponent retired with a back problem. Tauson continued her good form, beating Timea Babos 6-2, 6-3 after knocking out top-seeded Ekaterina Alexandrova in the first round. The 139th-ranked Tauson, a former Australian Open junior champion, next plays Italian Camila Giorgi — who rallied beat Nina Stojanovc of Serbia 2-6, 6-1, 7-6 (5) in the second round.
Colorado Rapids sign 16-year-old forward Darren Yapi
       
COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (AP) — The Colorado Rapids signed 16-year-old forward Darren Yapi to a five-year contract, the youngest player to sign a pro deal in the club's history. The team announced the deal with the home-grown player Wednesday. The 6-foot-1, 175-pound Yapi spent last season training with the Rapids first team along with the Colorado Springs Switchbacks, the club's affiliate in the second tier USL Championship. He signed a deal with the Switchbacks on July 31, leading to his pro debut on Aug. 1 at 15 years old. Yapi ended up earning Rapids Academy player of the year honors.
Golf returns to Bay Hill and to some semblance of cheers
       
Golf returns to Bay Hill and to some semblance of cheersORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Tyrrell Hatton had vivid memories when he returned to Bay Hill, most of them the feeling of pure iron shots on the closing holes or his heart rate as he tried to navigate 20 feet in two putts on a baked green for his first PGA Tour victory. Not to be overlooked were the ears. Hatton received an enormous ovation after he rolled in a short par putt to win the Arnold Palmer Invitational. It wasn't the loudest ever at Bay Hill, not with Tiger Woods winning eight times or Palmer hitting driver off the deck onto the 18th green in his final appearance. But it was the last big cheer in golf.
Jets' Douglas praises Darnold, but open to trading QB
       
NEW YORK (AP) — Sam Darnold's time as the face of the New York Jets franchise might be nearing a disappointing end. The 23-year-old quarterback was considered an untouchable player on the roster only a year ago. “I will answer the call if it's made,” Douglas said Wednesday when asked if he'd listen to offers for Darnold. “As it pertains to Sam, Sam’s, we think, a dynamic player in this league with unbelievable talent and who really, really has a chance to really hit his outstanding potential moving forward. "But, you know, like I said earlier, if calls are made, I will answer.”
The Latest: Big East teams to get tickets for men's hoops
       
The Latest: Big East teams to get tickets for men's hoopsThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Big East Conference is going to provide a limited number of tickets to each of the participating teams in the Big East Tournament at Madison Square Garden next week. The league said Wednesday it would follow New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s recent announcement allowing partial spectator capacity at sporting events in the state.
What to know about Kentucky women's basketball team entering SEC Tournament
       
LEXINGTON – The Kentucky women’s basketball team opens SEC Tournament play Thursday against the winner of a first-round game between Auburn and Florida. In SEC play, Howard averaged 21.6 points per game with 7.9 rebounds per game with 54 assists and 31 steals. Sophomore forward Dre’una Edwards also is averaging double-digits in points (10 per game) while leading the team in rebounding (6.3 per game). SEC Tournament bracketThe senior day loss to Ole Miss ended UK’s hopes of earning one of the SEC Tournament double byes awarded the top four teams in the regular season standings. BACKGROUND:Following Matthew Mitchell's surprise retirement, Kyra Elzy takes over Kentucky programWhere will Kentucky be seeded in the NCAA Tournament?
VIDEO: NBA MVP Odds - LeBron James' stock falling
       
SportsGridSportsbook WireIs now a good time to place an NBA MVP futures bet on LeBron James? Of all NBA players, James has the shortest odds as the oddsmakers favorite to win this season's MVP award. He's currently at +175 (bet $100, win $175) on BetMGM sportsbook. For comparison, Joel Embiid is the next closest at +325 (bet $100, win $325). The team at SportsGrid discuss James and a three-horse race for this year's NBA MVP honors.
Manchester City winger Chloe Kelly terrorises Fiorentina in convincing Champions League win
       
Manchester City 3 Fiorentina 0Manchester City boss Gareth Taylor said there is “no limit” to England winger Chloe Kelly’s potential, after her starring role in their impressive 3-0, first-leg victory over Fiorentina in the Women’s Champions League. Kelly, 23, frequently tormented the Italian visitors down the hosts’ right flank and provided two assists with teasing crosses to help put City on course for the quarter-finals. Praising Kelly, who joined City from Everton last summer, Taylor said: “From when she first came to us to where she is now, you’ve seen a big improvement, particularly in her decision-making. There’s still a lot of room for improvement but she’s very coachable, she wants to improve. On the pitch she’s a street-fighter, she doesn’t get bullied off the ball.
Football authorities must be held to account over its dementia crisis, MPs told
       
A parliamentary investigation into sport’s dementia crisis has been urged to demand answers from the football authorities over accusations that the issue was “swept under the carpet” for decades. It is also now approaching 20 years since Dawn’s father, Jeff Astle, died from what a coroner ruled was ‘industrial disease’ from repeated heading. Dawn Astle believes that the inquiry will only be credible or useful if there is a willingness to confront the past. It needs to be addressed because football can’t be trusted to look after its own.”The first session of the DCMS inquiry will be held next Tuesday. The FA has already drafted heading limits in children’s football and is working with the Premier League to produce similar guidance for the adult game.
Chloe Kelly shines as Manchester City take charge of last-16 tie with Fiorentina
       
Gareth Taylor maintains his team are good enough to win the Champions League and, on this evidence at least, it is difficult to disbelieve the Manchester City manager. Even Taylor, something of a perfectionist, appeared quietly delighted – and with Kelly in particular. A characteristically stellar Kelly cross prefaced the opening goal after two minutes. At one point, with no City marker in touching distance, Daniela Sabatino collapsed as if she had been shot. In the 89th minute another defence-bisecting Kelly cross found the American at the far post and Mewis’s header did the rest.
Kelechi Iheanacho rescues Leicester who take hard-earned point away from Burnley
       
Depleted but not defeated, Leicester limped out of Turf Moor with a draw. Minus Harvey Barnes, shorn of James Maddison and with an out-of-sorts Jamie Vardy stuck on one goal since Christmas, they conjured a wonderful equaliser from Kelechi Iheanacho. Not content with providing much of the soundtrack at Turf Moor with his constant commentary, Kasper Schmeichel offered some of the talking points. He made two other saves from Wood, the former Leicester forward who often scores against his former club. Leicester responded in kind, Tielemans’ shot deflecting off Jack Cork to hit the upright but defeat would have been cruel on Burnley.
Former NFL player Kellen Winslow II jailed for 14 years for series of rapes
       
Former NFL player Kellen Winslow II has been sentenced to 14 years in prison for multiple rapes and other sexual offenses against five women in southern California, including one who was homeless when he attacked her in 2018. The 37-year-old son of Chargers hall of fame receiver Kellen Winslow appeared via videoconference at the hearing in a California court on Wednesday. Winslow II declined to comment before his sentence, saying his lawyers had advised him not to speak. Jurors also convicted Winslow of two misdemeanors – indecent exposure and a lewd act in public – involving two other women. He was once the highest-paid tight end in the league, and his last NFL season was in 2013.
Yankees manager Aaron Boone, 47, takes leave to get a pacemaker but plans to return to work soon
       
New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone is taking a leave of absence from the team to get a pacemaker but intends to return to work in a few days. The club said the procedure would be performed later Wednesday at St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa, Florida. The 47-year-old is entering his fourth season as Yankees manager. The team started the exhibition season Sunday and was scheduled to play its fourth game on Wednesday night against Toronto in Tampa. Yankees general manager Brian Cashman was expected to address the situation later Wednesday.
England's Hatton defends at Bay Hill after whirlwind year
       
England's Tyrrell Hatton defends his title at this week's US PGA Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill in Orlando, FloridaAdvertising Read moreMiami (AFP)England's Tyrrell Hatton defends his title this week at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, where victory launched a roller-coaster year that included two wins in the past five months. Sixth-ranked Hatton tees off Thursday at Bay Hill in Orlando, where he captured the final trophy before the Covid-19 pandemic shut down the season for three months. "It was very special to defend the Dunhill and I'll be trying my best to do that this week here at Bay Hill," Hatton said. Hatton, 29, hopes to build momentum for next month's Masters, the only major tournament where he hasn't managed a top-10 finish. Up to 5,000 spectators a day will be allowed at Bay Hill, giving Hatton some perspective on going from no golf to no fans to a limited few.
US Soccer council member removed after controversial speech
       
The USSF board of directors voted to repeal the policy last June, a decision the online annual meeting affirmed Saturday by 71.34% voting in favor of repeal. “This is about the athletes and our staff’s right to peacefully protest racial inequalities and police brutality.”Becky Sauerbrunn, the captain of the U.S. women’s national team and a member of the Athlete Council, issued a statement disputing Jahn’s claims. Members of the women’s team who had kneeled for the anthem announced last week that they would no longer do so, preferring instead to focus on projects within the team and their communities to fight systemic racism. “I’m embarrassed to represent a hypocritical federation that conducts a complete assault on diversity of thought without even seeking clarifying statements from me in their smear campaign. ___More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/hub/soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Injury-hit Leicester held 1-1 by Burnley in Premier League
       
APBURNLEY, England (AP) — Leicester’s bid to qualify for the Champions League received a further setback with a 1-1 draw at relegation-threatened Burnley in the Premier League on Tuesday. Brendan Rodgers’ injury-hit team recovered from conceding a fourth-minute goal to Mat?j Vydra, with Kelechi Iheanacho’s volley in the 34th earning a point at Turf Moor. Leicester is third, five points ahead West Ham and six clear of fifth-place Chelsea having played a game more. Rodgers’ injury list is growing, with Harvey Barnes the latest player out to join James Maddison, James Justin and Jonny Evans on the sidelines. Choudhury’s weak back pass was seized on by Vydra, who went round Wilfred Ndidi and shot high past Kasper Schmeichel.
Ex-NFL star Kellen Winslow II rebuked in court by victims, judge
       
SAN DIEGO – Kellen Winslow II finally received his reckoning. “It just leaves us with someone who can only be described in two words,” Judge Blaine Bowman told Winslow in San Diego Superior Court. San Diego Deputy District Attorney Dan Owens read her statement in court. The jury in June 2019 convicted him of misdemeanor lewd conduct. Before that he grew up in San Diego County, where his namesake father became a Hall of Fame tight end for the San Diego Chargers.
New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone takes leave to undergo pacemaker surgery
       
TAMPA, Fla. — New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone is taking an immediate medical leave of absence from his post to receive a pacemaker, the club announced Wednesday afternoon. “As many of you know, I underwent open-heart surgery in 2009, and I wanted everyone to understand where I’m at regarding the procedure that’s taking place today,” said Boone in a statement. Boone, who turns 48 on Tuesday, had open-heart surgery on March 26, 2009, to replace his bicuspid aortic valve, when he was a player. Boone is believed to have been the first MLB player to appear in a game following open-heart surgery. Entering his fourth year as Yankees manager, Boone and his wife, Laura, are the parents of four children.
Pavel Buchnevich’s breakout leaves one final problem for Rangers’ top line
       
Quinn was asked if he thought Buchnevich was beginning to rediscover the offensive grit he had to start the season. Pavel Buchnevich during the Rangers’ win over the Sabres on March 2, 2021. “He’s just unlucky…I don’t know what is going on but he had the chances,” Buchnevich said of Zibanejad. “We talk a lot now — at practices, [before] the game, during the game,” Buchnevich said of his line. Veterans like Buchnevich, Zibanejad, and Chris Kreider have quickly realized that this young Rangers squad has no shot at the playoffs unless they consistently contribute night in and night out.
Frank Ntilikina looks like a different player with Knicks exile behind him
       
From getting buried at the end of the bench to suddenly moving into the starting lineup, Frank Ntilikina’s rollercoaster season with the Knicks is back on the upswing. You’ve got to be ready,” Ntilikina said after Tuesday’s loss to the Spurs. Even if Rose misses another game, the Knicks (18-18) don’t open the second half until next Thursday in Milwaukee. Everybody has to be ready, ready to play together, ready to play with different teammates out there, face different matchups. “Comes back to the same thing – work, dedication, focus, and everything I can bring to prepare and be ready to play this game.
Olympics organizers near a decision to ban overseas spectators for Tokyo Games
       
It was hardly a surprise Wednesday when the Mainichi newspaper reported that the Japanese government has “begun preparations” to host the Games without overseas spectators. She dropped a strong hint, however, that banning overseas spectators was the only way to ensure a “safe and secure Games” and calm concerns among the general public. AD“When we think of the current situation, whether it is Japan or overseas, we are in a very difficult situation. The IOC issued its first “Playbook” for the Tokyo Games last month, indicating that participants will be tested before departure and on arrival, and be expected to avoid social interaction when possible and steer clear of public transport. Spectators will be allowed to clap but asked not to cheer or shout to avoid spreading virus particles.
2021 Southern Conference women's basketball tournament: Matchups, players to know & more
       
The 2021 Southern Conference women’s basketball tournament will determine which team gets an automatic bid to the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament. The conference tournament begins March 4 and runs through March 7. There will be eight teams in the tournament and each game will take place at Harrah’s Cherokee Center Asheville in Asheville, N.C. Here is the Southern Conference tournament schedule. 1 seed in the conference tournament.
2021 Missouri Valley Conference men's basketball tournament: Matchups, players to know & more
       
The 2021 Missouri Valley Conference men’s basketball tournament will determine which team gets an automatic bid to the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. The conference tournament will tip-off on March 4 and run through March 7. Here is the Missouri Valley tournament schedule. Isiaih Mosley, Missouri State: Mosley led the conference with 20 points per game and added 3.3 assists per game. Jawaun Newton, Evansville: If thePurple Aces catch fire in the tournament, Newton will be the guy to watch.
Lloyd Pierce’s firing supported by Hawks' top players: report
       
Lloyd Pierce’s departure from the Atlanta Hawks on Monday may have shocked the NBA’s coaching community but the decision reportedly appeared to be driven by the frustration of top players on the team. MAVERICKS’ RICK CARLISLE CALLS HAWKS’ FIRING OF LLOYD PIERCE ‘INSANE’, QUESTIONS TIMING OF DECISIONPierce was losing the support of players outside of Young toward the end of his tenure with several players expressing their desire for a change with management, sources told the outlet. Pierce, hired in 2018, was 63-120 (.344) with the Hawks, missing the playoffs in each of his two completed seasons. According to the report, Pierce’s coaching style did not sit well with the Hawks’ top players, including Young, John Collins and Cam Reddish. Additionally, players reportedly began to feel like they were not being heard.
Cardinals' JJ Watt reveals the 'one thing' he wants for Texans' Deshaun Watson
       
Arizona Cardinals defensive end J.J. Watt wants nothing but the best for his former teammate Deshaun Watson, even if that means not playing for the Houston Texans. Watt spoke to reporters on Tuesday a day after he announced his decision to sign with the Cardinals and spoke about the situation in Houston involving his longtime friend and quarterback. JETS ‘REFUSE TO TAKE CARE OF THEIR BEST PLAYER’ AHEAD OF FREE AGENCY, MARCUS MAYE’S AGENT SAYS"I love Deshaun. I love Deshaun," Watt said. Watt continued: "I tell him, the one thing I want for Deshaun Watson is for him to be happy.
Jets 'refuse to take care of their best player' ahead of free agency, Marcus Maye's agent says
       
The New York Jets might have another Jamal Adams situation on their hands. Star safety Marcus Maye is set to become a free agent later this month and, according to his agent, he’s not so pleased with how contract negotiations have been going. COWBOYS’ DAK PRESCOTT LOOKING FOR PATRICK MAHOMES MONEY: REPORTESPN reported Tuesday that the Jets could have up to $80 million in cap space by the time the free agency market opens on March 17 but Maye’s agent, Erik Burkhardt, tweeted that the Jets "refuse to take care of" his client. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COMJets general manager Joe Douglas addressed the statement during a press conference on Wednesday, saying that he’s had "productive" talks with Burkhardt regarding Maye’s contract. The situation is all too similar to that of former Jets safety Adams, whose departure gave way to Maye’s rise this past season.
Ex-NFL player Kellen Winslow II gets 14 years in prison for rape and assault
       
The 37-year-old son of San Diego Chargers Hall of Fame receiver Kellen Winslow appeared via videoconference at the hearing in San Diego Superior Court in Vista, a city north of San Diego. San Diego County Superior Court Judge Blaine Bowman said Winslow can only be described with “two words and that is sexual predator." He was convicted of forcible rape, rape of an unconscious person, assault with intent to commit rape, indecent exposure, and lewd conduct in public. The forcible rape involved a woman who was homeless in his home town of Encinitas, a beach community north of San Diego. But both sides agreed to reduce the sexual battery charge to assault with intent to commit rape last month.
Yankees manager Aaron Boone taking leave to get pacemaker
       
FILE - This is a Feb. 24, 2021, photo showing Aaron Boone of the New York Yankees baseball team. The New York Yankees announced Wednesday, March 3, 2021, that manager Aaron Boone is taking an immediate medical leave of absence to receive a pacemaker. (Mike Carlson/MLB Photos via AP, Pool)FILE - This is a Feb. 24, 2021, photo showing Aaron Boone of the New York Yankees baseball team. The New York Yankees announced Wednesday, March 3, 2021, that manager Aaron Boone is taking an immediate medical leave of absence to receive a pacemaker. (Mike Carlson/MLB Photos via AP, Pool)NEW YORK (AP) — Yankees manager Aaron Boone is taking a leave of absence from the team to get a pacemaker and intends to return to work in a few days.
Ex-NFL player Kellen Winslow II gets 14 years for rapes
       
Winslow will appear via video conference at the hearing Wednesday, March 3, 2021, in San Diego Superior Court. Winslow will appear via video conference at the hearing Wednesday, March 3, 2021, in San Diego Superior Court. (Howard Lipin/The San Diego Union-Tribune via AP, Pool,File)SAN DIEGO (AP) — Former NFL player Kellen Winslow II was sentenced Wednesday to 14 years in prison for multiple rapes and other sexual offenses against five women in Southern California, including one who was homeless when he attacked her in 2018. The 37-year-old son of San Diego Chargers Hall of Fame receiver Kellen Winslow appeared via videoconference at the hearing in San Diego Superior Court in Vista, a city north of San Diego. He was convicted of forcible rape, rape of an unconscious person, assault with intent to commit rape, indecent exposure, and lewd conduct in public.
FuboTV Stock Is Down After Earnings. All Eyes Are on Its Gambling Plans.
       
FuboTV stock is trading sharply lower Wednesday after reporting mixed fourth-quarter results. For the quarter, FuboTV (ticker: FUBO), an online TV provider, posted revenue of $105.1 million, up 98%, and ahead of the guidance range of $94 million-$98 million announced in January. Subscription revenue was $91.4 million, up 91%, while ad revenue was $13.1 million, up 157%. For the full year, FuboTV sees revenue ranging from $460 million to $470 million, with subscribers increasing to between 766,000 and 770,000. FuboTV stock has had an eventful ride in the public markets.
As public frustration mounts over Britt Reid crash, here's why he hasn't been charged yet
       
Yet Reid, the son of Chiefs head coach Andy Reid, remains a free man, still awaiting a Kansas City police investigation to determine whether he’ll face charges. Kansas City Police told Yahoo Sports on Tuesday that the investigation into the incident is ongoing and there are no updates. Kansas City police are asking for patience as they work to determine whether or not former Chiefs assistant Britt Reid should be charged for the car crash that put 5-year-old Ariel Young in a coma. Otherwise, it is still wait-and-see in Kansas City for a frustrated public. There’s still hope for better days for Ariel, and for details and decisions from Kansas City law enforcement and the Chiefs themselves.
Miller Time: What’s next at Indiana, Arizona and other hoops hot seats
       
Arizona hasn’t won an NCAA tournament game since the federal investigation went public, although it was projected as a No. If there weren’t diminishing returns on the court, the argument for Arizona to muscle through another year with Miller may be more prominent. We should know better in the next few weeks where that finish line is, as Arizona’s season is already over. Georgetown head coach Patrick Ewing reacts during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Villanova, Saturday, March 7, 2020, in Washington. That lone NCAA trip at South Carolina resulted in a Final Four bid in 2017, which was euphoric and historic.
Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes, Brittany Matthews set wedding date
       
Kansas City Chiefs starting QB Patrick Mahomes and fiancee Brittany Matthews just welcomed their daughter Sterling Skye Mahomes, and now they’ll start preparations for another memorable occasion. Mahomes and Matthews have been dating since high school and ahead of the 2020 NFL season, the Chiefs’ quarterback finally popped the question. Matthews confirmed that she and Mahomes have officially picked the venue and date for their wedding. Of course, they didn’t actually reveal the details of when and where, but Matthews did reveal that the wedding is set to happen in 2022. Remember, Mahomes is rehabbing a turf toe injury this offseason and they’ve got a newborn daughter to take care of.
Patrick Mahomes' fiancée reveals when they'll marry 1 week after welcoming daughter
       
Patrick Mahomes and fiancée Brittany Matthews know when they'll walk down the aisle. The NFL star popped the question with a glowing sign that read "WILL YOU MARRY ME" after his Super Bowl ring ceremony. He and the Chiefs beat the San Francisco 49ers 31 to 20 during Super Bowl 54 on Feb. 2, 2020. "This happened today,” Matthews wrote on her Instagram stories, alongside a photo of the scene. "Mom & Dad, taking a small detour to the wedding??," Matthews captioned a photo of herself and Mahomes holding up a sonogram.
Yankees manager Aaron Boone taking leave to get pacemaker
       
NEW YORK (AP) — Yankees manager Aaron Boone is taking a leave of absence from the team to get a pacemaker and intends to return to work in a few days. New York said the procedure was likely to be performed later Wednesday at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tampa, Florida. I look forward to getting back to work in the next several days.”The 47-year-old is entering his fourth season as Yankees manager. “As many of you know, I underwent open-heart surgery in 2009, and I wanted everyone to understand where I’m at regarding the procedure that’s taking place today,” Boone said. Yankees general manager Brian Cashman was expected to address the situation later Wednesday.
Yankees manager Aaron Boone taking leave of absence to receive pacemaker
       
Yankees manager Aaron Boone is taking an immediate medical leave of absence from the team so he can receive a pacemaker. (Photo by Doug Murray/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)The New York Yankees announced Wednesday that manager Aaron Boone will be taking an immediate medical leave of absence from the team so he can receive a pacemaker. Yankees full statement on Aaron Boone. At the end of his statement, Boone encouraged those who also deal with heart issues to stay "vigilant" about their health. Yankees managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner offered well wishes and support to Boone as he undergoes surgery and recovers.
EA bans a FIFA player for life after racist abuse of ex-footballer Ian Wright
       
EA has banned a FIFA player for life after he sent racist messages to a former soccer player. Patrick O'Brien lost an Ultimate Team game with a virtual version of Ian Wright, which led to the teenager sending 20 abusive messages to Wright over Instagram last May. The judge acknowledged O'Brien showed legitimate remorse — he apologized to Wright and made a donation to the Irish Network Against Racism. Although Wright forgave O'Brien, he expressed disappointment in the outcome. “We hugely value [Wright's] partnership and support, and we also want him to know he has our support," EA's FIFA brand vice president, David Jackson, told Eurogamer .
Former NFL player Kellen Winslow II sentenced to 14 years in rape case
       
Former NFL player Kellen Winslow II was sentenced Wednesday to a 14-year prison term following his 2019 convictions for rape and other crimes involving sexual misconduct. “That’s what Kellen Winslow II is. He preys on vulnerable victims and is very brazen in the way he carries out his crimes.”Shortly before Bowman handed down the sentence, Winslow, 37, declined to make a statement, citing his attorney’s advice. AdvertisementTight end Kellen Winslow Jr. was selected sixth overall by the Cleveland Browns at the 2004 NFL Draft on April 24, 2004 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Winslow had been scheduled to be sentenced March 2020, but COVID closures and other postponements pushed the hearing back a year.
Sheriff seeks ‘black box’ data from Tiger Woods’ SUV in California crash
       
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department will retrieve data from the black box in the Genesis SUV courtesy vehicle that golf legend Tiger Woods was driving before his rollover crash last week. Authorities have previously said they believe the incident was “purely an accident” but they would have to pull the black box event recorder from the vehicle to make that determination. He is believed to have been traveling at a high rate of speed before the crash, authorities said. There were no skid marks or other indications of braking, according to the sheriff. “To every golfer and every fan, you are truly helping me get through this tough time,” Woods added.
In 1983, Terry Bradshaw really did go by the alias ‘Tom Brady’ — though it was news to him
       
Thomas Brady. On the version shared by the @QuirkyResearch account, beneath the headline “Steelers’ ‘Tom Brady’ undergoes arm surgery,” the story reads:“SHREVEPORT, La. “The four-time winning Super Bowl quarterback was admitted to Doctor’s Hospital on March 3 under the name Thomas Brady. Newspaper articles from March 1983 feature quotes from Bradshaw talking about the alias. “Actually, the patient was registered as Thomas Brady.
Don’t block that bus stop: Illegal parkers in California risk more tickets and fines under new bill
       
Drivers who park illegally at bus stops or in transit-only lanes could get ticketed more often if a proposal in California’s state Legislature becomes law. Richard Bloom, D-Los Angeles, would allow bus agencies to install automated cameras on the front of their coaches, which could capture the license plate of any car parked in bus stops or dedicated bus lanes. The cameras are mounted just inside the special Tempo buses’ windshields; the rest of the AC Transit fleet doesn’t have them. San Francisco’s Muni buses have cameras as well, but state law currently only allows those two agencies to use the technology to keep cars out of their bus lanes. “Camera enforcement is cost-effective and ideal for busy streets where parking enforcement is not realistic,” Bloom said in a statement.
The Bears need a trade miracle (Russell Wilson or Deshaun Watson), not a real miracle (Alex Smith)
       
It’s nice that the Bears have a plan, but it’s a miracle they need. It means that the Bears have a strategy if the Texans decide they have to give in to Watson’s trade demands. Watson already has one foot out the door, and Wilson is dipping a toe in trade waters, if you’ll forgive the mixed leg metaphors. Both possibilities are huge long shots, and a more likely scenario is that they end up with Alex Smith, who actually is a miracle. But he’s not the kind of miracle the Bears need.
Long-snapper Trent Sieg remains with Raiders
       
The long-snapper, who has spent three years with the organization, was a restricted free agent. Las Vegas Raiders long snapper Trent Sieg (47) chats with umpire Dab Ferrell (64) before an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos, on Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020, at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas. (Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @bizutesfayeLong-snapper Trent Sieg will remain with the Raiders. Sieg has been a key piece of an efficient special teams unit for the Raiders. “Trent Sieg staying where he belongs,” punter A.J.
NASCAR weekend to affect traffic around Las Vegas Motor Speedway
       
Although fan capacity is capped at 15 percent for NASCAR weekend in Las Vegas, officials still caution that the event likely will affect travel on Interstate 15. In this March 10, 2013 photo, traffic is seen backed up while trying to access Interstate 15 following the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Kobalt Tools 400 race at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. (Las Vegas Review-Journal, file)Although fan capacity is capped at 15 percent for NASCAR weekend in Las Vegas, officials still caution that the event likely will affect travel on Interstate 15. “We expect heavy traffic along northern Interstate 15 during NASCAR race weekend,” said NDOT spokesman Tony Illia. Only team members, officials and media may use the gate off of Las Vegas Boulevard.
Could Miami Hurricanes get their 2022 quarterback recruit this month?
       
All three commitment predictions made for Brown on 247 Sports, as of Wednesday afternoon, have him going to Miami. Two of the three on his Rivals page predict he’ll choose the Hurricanes — the one prediction in Florida’s favor was made back in December, before the other two.
Heat’s Tyler Herro, Precious Achiuwa selected for Rising Stars, earn a trip to . . . nowhere
       
In the voting, assistant coaches selected four frontcourt players, four guards and two additional players at any position for each team. Voters selected a minimum of three first-year NBA players and three second-year NBA players for each team. The assistant coaches were not permitted to vote for any player on their team. Each of the league’s 30 teams submitted one ballot per coaching staff.
Spring Training Rundown: Bullpen
       
This latest move gives the Cubs a solid seven reliever base from which to build their 2021 bullpen. Duane Underwood Jr. is out of options and the least proven of the relievers, so is likely the most vulnerable. I wish the Cubs had a bit more flexibility in terms of young arms with options available in this group. He has an option available, so is unlikely to make the Opening Day roster, but he is an experienced arm who could be the first call up from Iowa during the year. The Cubs still have a pending 40-man roster move to make room for Ryan Tepera, making James Norwood a potential DFA.
Jets GM Joe Douglas will listen to calls about QB Sam Darnold
       
The Jets’ decision makers still aren’t committing to Sam Darnold being their starting quarterback next season. General manager Joe Douglas has taken trade calls for Darnold and will continue to as long as his phone rings. Douglas said the Jets are still evaluating everything and that they’re in no rush to make a decision on Darnold’s future. "As it pertains to Sam, we think Sam is a dynamic player in this league with unbelievable talent who really, really has a chance to really hit his outstanding potential moving forward. Douglas considered Darnold untouchable in the fall of 2019, but things have changed dramatically – and for good reason.
Aljamain Sterling previews his UFC 259 title shot vs. Petr Yan
       
UFC fighter Aljamain Sterling, from Uniondale, previews his UFC 259 bantamweight title fight against Petr Yan on Saturday, March 6, 2021, in Las Vegas.
Yankees manager Aaron Boone takes immediate medical leave to receive pacemaker
       
TAMPA, Fla. – Delivering news that was nothing less than shocking, the Yankees announced Wednesday afternoon manager Aaron Boone would be taking "an immediate leave of absence to receive a pacemaker." While the heart checkup came back normal, there were indications of a low heart rate which, after further consultations with doctors in Tampa, necessitates a pacemaker." Boone, in his fourth season as Yankees manager, said in the statement he believed he would be able to return to work "in the next several days." "Aaron leads our players, coaches and staff with a rare combination of work ethic, intelligence and a genuine concern for others. The Yankees are 236-148 in the regular season under Boone, earning a postseason berth in all three seasons but reaching the ALCS just once.
New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone takes medical leave of absence to receive pacemaker
       
The New York Yankees announced Wednesday that manager Aaron Boone is taking an immediate medical leave of absence to receive a pacemaker. The former Cincinnati Reds fan favorite is in his fourth season as the manager of the Bronx Bombers. "As many of you know, I underwent open-heart surgery in 2009, and I wanted everyone to understand where I’m at regarding the procedure that’s taking place today," Boone said in a statement. While the heart checkup came back normal, there were indications of a low heart rate which, after further consultations with doctors in Tampa, necessitates a pacemaker." Boone, who turns 48 next week, had open-heart surgery in 2009 to replace his bicuspid aortic valve when he played for the Houston Astros.
Colorado Avalanche at San Jose Sharks odds, picks and prediction
       
Joe WilliamsSportsbook WireThe Colorado Avalanche (11-7-1) finish up a two-game road set against the San Jose Sharks (8-9-2) Wednesday with a 10:30 p.m. Avalanche at Sharks: Odds, spread and linesOdds via BetMGM; access USA TODAY Sports' betting odds for a full list. He has lost three of his past four starts and allowed 3 or more goals in each of those losses. Avalanche at Sharks: Odds, lines, predictions and picksPredictionAvalanche 5, Sharks 3The Avalanche (-225) will cost you two or more times your potential return, and they're a risky play since they enter just 2-3 across their past five games. The Avalanche are also on a 3-1 Over run across their past four games after a 5-0 Under run.
A reminder: Ohio, unlike Texas and Mississippi, still has COVID-19 restrictions in place
       
Greg Abbott tweeted that Texas was "OPEN 100%" and that all restrictions, including masks, were ending. Ohio has had increasing success in battling the spread of COVID-19 so far in 2021. Ohio schools returning to in-person classesDeWine wanted schools to return to in-person classes, at least part-time, on March 1. The gatherings and Ohio restaurants and barsRight now, Ohio still has an order in place that restricts gatherings of more than 10 people outside of a single residence where they live. Employees must wear masks and business must allow customers to wear masks.
Eastpointe four-star receiver Tay'Shawn Trent picks Michigan
       
Eastpointe four-star receiver Tay’Shawn Trent announced Wednesday afternoon that he will be playing his college football at Michigan. Trent used his size (6-foot-4, 205 pounds) and speed to have an outstanding season, grabbing 32 passes for 548 yards and 11 touchdowns to help Eastpointe reach the Division 3 district final, leading head coach Al Demps to say: “Tay’shawn is a four-star wide receiver that lived up to the billing. Teams double- and triple-teamed him, and he still found a way to make plays.”Trent is the No. 40 receiver in the country, according to the 247Sports composite, and the No. Trent, who will be among The News top 10 players for the 2022 class, had 15 offers, including national powers in Cincinnati and Indiana, along with Michigan State, Penn State, West Virginia, Pittsburgh, Kentucky and Louisville.
Daly scores 23, Saint Joseph’s advances in A-10 tourney
       
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Ryan Daly scored 23 points as Saint Joseph’s topped La Salle 72-66 in the first round of the Atlantic 10 Conference Tourney on Wednesday. Jordan Hall added 17 points and seven rebounds for Saint Joseph’s (5-14). Taylor Funk added 12 points and seven rebounds. Jack Clark had 12 points and eight rebounds for the Explorers (9-16). Sherif Kenney, the Explorers’ leading scorer (10 ppg) scored two on 1-for-5 shooting before fouling out in 23 minutes.
D-backs outfielder Locastro tests positive for COVID-19
       
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Tim Locastro has tested positive for COVID-19. Manager Torey Lovullo said on Wednesday that Locastro tested positive on Tuesday night and would be out for 10 days unless there had been a false positive. Lovullo added that Locastro feels good and currently has no symptoms. The 28-year-old Locastro is expected to have a sizable role with the Diamondbacks this season, either as the starting center fielder or a versatile backup outfielder. “He's doing good,” Lovullo said.
Injury-hit Leicester held 1-1 by Burnley in Premier League
       
BURNLEY, England (AP) — Leicester’s bid to qualify for the Champions League received a further setback with a 1-1 draw at relegation-threatened Burnley in the Premier League on Tuesday. Brendan Rodgers’ injury-hit team recovered from conceding a fourth-minute goal to Mat?j Vydra, with Kelechi Iheanacho’s volley in the 34th earning a point at Turf Moor. However, more dropped points — coming three days after a 3-1 loss to Arsenal — further opens the door for Leicester’s top-four rivals with around a quarter of the season left. Leicester is third, five points ahead West Ham and six clear of fifth-place Chelsea having played a game more.
Yankees manager Aaron Boone taking leave to get pacemaker
       
NEW YORK (AP) — Yankees manager Aaron Boone is taking a leave of absence from the team to get a pacemaker and intends to return to work in a few days. New York said the procedure was likely to be performed later Wednesday at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tampa, Florida. Boone said in a statement the medical team is “confident that today’s surgery will allow me to resume all of my usual professional and personal activities and afford me a positive long-term health prognosis without having to change anything about my way of life. I look forward to getting back to work in the next several days.”The 47-year-old is entering his fourth season as Yankees manager. The team started the exhibition season Sunday and was scheduled to play its fourth game on Wednesday night against Toronto in Tampa.
Thunder: Lu Dort, Theo Maledon selected as NBA Rising Stars
       
Thunder guards Luguentz Dort and Theo Maledon were among the 20 players named to the NBA Rising Stars rosters on Wednesday. The annual Rising Stars game will not be played this year due to a condensed All-Star schedule, but the league's assistant coaches still voted on the top first- and second-year players. Ten international players and ten players from the U.S. were selected to form two teams. Dort, from Montreal, and Maledon, from Rouen, France, were named to the World Team.
Winning numbers drawn in 'Pick 4 Day' game
       
STANLEY, Va. (AP) — A police officer in a Virginia town was shot and killed by a driver during a traffic stop before he could get out of his p…
Kyra Elzy: UK women's basketball will need more than Rhyne Howard to make postseason run
       
Kyra Elzy: UK women's basketball will need more than Rhyne Howard to make postseason runSEC Player of the Year Rhyne Howard will lead Kentucky in postseason play, but coach Kyra Elzy says the team needs to use its depth.
Kelechi Iheanacho's screamer for Leicester lights up draw at Burnley
       
Both Sean Dyche and Brendan Rodgers would have preferred victory, of course, but at this stage of the campaign the Burnley and Leicester managers can be content with the draw and move on. The next act had Leicester skating upfield and Jamie Vardy – who was largely starved of opportunity throughout – peeling left to collect. His pass was clever, played into space behind Burnley, but Kelechi Iheanacho did not share the centre-forward’s vision. At this juncture Burnley again seemed more likely to score, with Leicester devoid of ideas. At the end Tielemans hit Pope’s right post via a Jack Cork deflection but a draw felt fair.
Tokyo Olympics will be closed to fans from abroad, hints Games organiser
       
The new president of the Tokyo Olympic organising committee has hinted that foreign fans will not be allowed at this summer’s Games amid reports in the Japanese press that a decision had already been made to exclude them. The Japanese newspaper Mainichi stated on Wednesday before the meeting with Bach that officials had already made up their minds ahead of a final announcement on the foreign fans situation expected by the end of the month. She confirmed the subject of fans was a key part of the talks with Bach, the International Paralympic committee president, Andrew Parsons, the Tokyo governor, Yuriko Koike, and the Olympic minister, Tamayo Marukawa. Bach hinted at hard choices to be made in comments before the meeting was closed to reporters. Bach said he was encouraged at the number of national Olympic committees that were getting athletes vaccinated.
Sir Nick Faldo suggests Rickie Fowler spends too much time 'shooting commercials'
       
Fowler actually improved after that stern conversation, coming second in the 2018 Masters. Yet since the beginning on 2020 it has been alarmingly downhill, with Tillery seeking Fowler to have more flex in his right knee. The millions continue to pour in with so many lucrative endorsements, but his career inside the ropes is turning decidedly dry. “Everyone that’s played really at all, especially at some sort of a high level, completely understands that golf is up-and-down,” Fowler said. “But things are starting to head the right way.”
Canyon issues ‘stop ride’ notice after Mathieu van der Poel’s handlebar incident
       
Bike manufacturer Canyon has issued a ‘stop ride’ notice following an incident at Le Samyn, the cobbled classic in Belgium. A piece of Alpecin-Fenix rider Mathieu van der Poel’s Canyon-made handlebar broke during the race, forcing the talented Dutchman to play a supporting role for one of his teammates, Tim Merlier, who won the race. The problem affects some of the current Aeroad CF SLX and CFR models. The affected cockpits (CP0018 and CP0015) only installed on the current Aeroad models CF SLX and CFR. The Aeroad CF SL model is not in any way affected by this issue.”Canyon founder Roman Anrold said: “Mathieu fortunately did not fall.
England and Exeter wing Jack Nowell suffers injury setback during recovery
       
Exeter Chiefs and England wing Jack Nowell has suffered a setback during his recovery from injury. “Unfortunately, Jack has had another issue as he has got back into full training, so I think it is going to be a little while before we see Jack,” Baxter said. “At this stage, it is a bit early for me to give you the full extent of the injury. “We kind of held Jack back for a week to give him a couple of weeks of full training. Read our privacy notice Independent Rugby Newsletter Live Rugby union coverage direct to your inbox every week Thanks for signing up to the Independent Rugby newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent.
Sheffield United vs Aston Villa result: Ten-man Blades dig deep to earn rare victory
       
A poacher’s goal from David McGoldrick gave bottom side Sheffield United a 1-0 home win over Aston Villa on Wednesday, as they overcame Phil Jagielka’s sending off to grab their fourth Premier League victory of the season. The home side took the lead on the half-hour mark when McGoldrick timed his run perfectly, stealing in at the far post to bundle home George Baldock’s cross-shot. Villa’s Ollie Watkins hit the crossbar with a glancing header in the 54th minute and three minutes later Jagielka was shown a red card after a lengthy VAR review for a foul on Anwar El-Ghazi, who referee Robert Jones ruled was through on goal. The visitors had plenty of possession but Aaron Ramsdale was rock-solid in the United goal as his side hung on for a win that leaves them on 14 points after 27 games, 12 behind 17th-placed Newcastle United. Villa are ninth on 39 points.
Burnley vs Leicester result: Fine Kelechi Iheanacho volley earns visitors draw after early Matej Vyrdra strike
       
Kasper Schmeichel was man of the match for Leicester as he helped the visitors to a 1-1 Premier League draw at Burnley on Wednesday night. Iheanacho equalised but this still felt like a missed opportunity for Champions League-chasing Leicester, who remain third. Independent Football Newsletter Get the latest football headlines direct to your inbox twice a week Please enter your email address Please enter a valid email address Please enter a valid email address SIGN UP Thanks for signing up to the Independent Football newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. Read our privacy notice Independent Football Newsletter Get the latest football headlines direct to your inbox twice a week Thanks for signing up to the Independent Football newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. Albrighton tested Pope while Tielemans’ effort from just outside the area came back off a post as Burnley escaped with a point.
Williams century, bowlers help Zimbabwe trounce Afghanistan inside two days
       
Advertising Read moreAbu Dhabi (AFP)A century from skipper Sean Williams coupled with destructive pace bowling from Blessing Muzarabani and Victor Nyauchi led Zimbabwe to a 10-wicket win over Afghanistan inside two days in the first Test in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday. Williams hit 105 to guide Zimbabwe to 250 all out before Afghanistan -- trailing by 119 -- were bowled out for 135 in their second innings. Lanky pacer Muzarabani finished with 2-14 -- and six wickets in the match -- while his new ball partner Nyauchi took 3-30, also getting six in the match. Williams completed his third Test century, and second in successive Tests, soon after lunch with a single to square leg. The second Test starts on March 10, also in Abu Dhabi.
Washington Football Team to Replace Cheerleaders With Coed Dance Team
       
WFT to have coed dance squad, no cheerleaders in 2021 originally appeared on NBC Sports WashingtonThe Washington Football Team will replace its cheerleading squad with a coed dance team headed by a newly hired advisor Petra Pope, who has three decades of experience in NBA entertainment. The team’s first coed dance squad is part of its vision for the future, Pope said in a statement released by the team on Wednesday. Pope told USA TODAY Sports that the contracts for the WFT cheerleaders had "expired" but that they were eligible to audition for the dance team. The decision to switch to a dance squad is the latest in a series of moves Washington has made to rebrand its franchise. In addition to making a slew of new, diverse hires at the top of the organization in the past year, Washington dropped their former name and played out the 2020 season as the Washington Football Team.
How Running Helped This Dancer Find the Strength to Come Out to Her Family
       
While Maggie's been a dancer her entire life, it was running that finally made her feel comfortable in her own skin and proud of who she is. Joining a run club in LA reminded her that she's not alone in any struggle. Watch the video to see Maggie in action, and hear how running has given her a sense of belonging. For more running resources and to find out how to join a run club near you, check out our run page. We've partnered with HOKA ONE ONE® to show how one marathoner discovered community and fitness through running.
We Can't Get Over How Cute Serena William's 3-Year-Old Is Making Her Fashion Campaign Debut
       
Serena Williams was recently joined by a very important (and very cute) coworker for her spring Stuart Weitzman campaign. The tennis pro's 3-year-old daughter, Olympia Ohanian, made her fashion debut in the sweetest way, posing for photos alongside mom. "She's mini Serena." Serena is a longtime face of the Stewart Weitzman brand, but this is the first time we've seen Olympia dabble in fashion. But despite her incredibly early links to athletics and fashion, Serena said she "doesn't know" if she wants Olympia to follow in her footsteps: "I want her to do whatever she wants to do."
Sports Paaltix hosted by Anoushay Abbasi is an interesting HBL PSL comedy sketch show on B-Sports
       
A recent addition on this front is Anoushay Abbasi’s sports comedy sketch show. Anoushay Abbasi has proven herself as one of the rising talent of the entertainment industry, garnering her rave reviews, dabbling in different genres and interesting characters. She has starred in some critically acclaimed dramas, including Behkawa, Meri Saheli Meri Humjoli, Tootey Huye Par, Pyaray Afzal, and Meray Pass Tum Ho. Anoushay Abbasi, alongside Khalid Butt and Faizan Najeeb, of the 4 Man Show fame, talk about HBL PSL 6, with fun segments, interesting guests on Aports Paaltix and cricket in their a unique fun way. “Sports hosting is something new for me but given how Pakistan loves cricket, I was super excited to try it,” shared Anoushay Abbasi.
To catfish a killer: How a serial murderer was outsmarted and stopped
       
To catfish a killer: How a serial murderer was outsmarted and stoppedKhalil Wheeler-Weaver killed three young women in Essex County, NJ in 2016. He was eventually caught, thanks to the friends and family of one of them.
Health officials say Super Bowl 55 events were not a COVID-19 super spreader in Tampa
       
Hillsborough County health officials have determined that official events held around Super Bowl 55 resulted in 57 total COVID-19 cases, despite the thousands of fans who traveled to Tampa to attends the game and surrounding events. Wiese did say, however, that the county saw an increase in the positivity rate in the weeks following the game. "This information, along with the low numbers that were reported, really leads to the conclusion that transmission that was occurring after the Super Bowl was the family get-togethers, the house-hold parties, the bars and restaurants that had unofficial gatherings and events associated with the Super Bowl," Wiese said. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeated the Kansas City Chiefs, 31-9 in the game on February 7. “The Super Bowl was not a super-spreader,” Higgins said.
Black Florida school resource officer fired after using N-word on bodycam
       
A black Florida school resource officer was fired after he was caught on his body camera using the N-word multiple times, authorities said. Delvin White, an officer at Middleton High School, was dismissed Tuesday for “violations of policy that prohibit discriminatory conduct,” the Tampa Police Department said. The officer used the racial slur while on the phone and driving home from an off-duty assignment on Nov. 13, the Tampa Bay Times reported. White told his supervisor that he did not intend for the word to be derogatory during the arrest, authorities said. Delvin White told his supervisor that he did not intend for the word to be derogatory.
Aaron Boone taking leave from Yankees to receive pacemaker
       
Yankees manager Aaron Boone is taking a leave of absence to receive a pacemaker, the team announced Wednesday. Boone is expected to have the surgery later Wednesday at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tampa, where the Yankees are based for spring training. Boone, 47, is beginning his fourth season as Yankees manager after taking over for Joe Girardi following the 2017 season. He has led the Yankees to the playoffs in each of his first three seasons.
Chelsea’s Christian Pulisic has struggled with injuries, playing time
       
The previous season, at age 21, Pulisic scored nine Premier League goals and a career-best 11 in all competitions. ADSince Tuchel replaced Frank Lampard on Jan. 26, Pulisic has started once, in an FA Cup match against second-tier Barnsley. He has subbed into four Premier League matches, remained on the bench for another and wasn’t in uniform for two more. ADIn the UEFA Champions League, Pulisic played the last three minutes against Atlético Madrid. Rose Lavelle, a U.S. breakout star at the 2019 Women’s World Cup, is another example.
Brian Dutcher and San Diego State show the value of patience
       
In four seasons at San Diego State, he has a record of 92-30 going into Wednesday night’s regular season finale at UNLV. ADTwo years later, he was hired to take over a downtrodden San Diego State program. In Fisher’s third season, San Diego State went 21-12, won the Mountain West and appeared in the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1985. “I’m being introduced tomorrow as the coach at San Diego State,” he said. “I’m not sure I would have lasted as an assistant for that long in the same place in, say, Laramie, Wyoming — God bless Laramie, Wyoming — but San Diego is paradise.
Nationals starter Jon Lester to undergo thyroid surgery
       
“If everything goes well, he’ll be back, hopefully he can pitch again in about a week,” Martinez said on a video call with reporters Wednesday. The 37-year-old Lester joined the Nationals on a one-year, $5 million contract in January. When asked Tuesday if Lester’s medical history made this thyroid issue more concerning, Martinez did not go into specifics. As recent as this week, the Nationals were banking on him improving those numbers while maintaining that steady workload. … He’s going to give you innings, he’s going to compete, he’s going to throw the ball over the plate.”
Monorail is a ‘viable’ transit option for I-270 but wouldn’t reduce traffic, study says
       
The monorail would attract about 10,300 new transit trips daily, which would take that many vehicles off I-270 and other roads in the corridor — about a 0.1 percent reduction in traffic, the study found. Monorail advocates say they question some of the findings, particularly the assumptions underlying the ridership calculations. However, the overall conclusion that monorail would be feasible, they say, shows it deserves serious consideration as a way to expand mass transit. ADEisinger said he agreed with much of the state study, except for ridership forecasts and predictions of how much traffic a monorail would take off roads. He said his company, Rockville-based Promark Partners, owns property across the Washington region but not at any potential monorail station sites.
2021 Atlantic Sun Conference men's basketball tournament: Matchups, players to know & more
       
The 2021 Atlantic Sun Conference men’s basketball tournament will determine which team gets an automatic bid to the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. The games will be played either at Jacksonville University or North Florida with the championship being played in North Florida. Here is the ASUN conference tournament. 2 seed in the conference tournament. Carter Hendricksen, North Florida: Hendricksen is in the top five in scoring with 15.1 points per game.
California Gov. Newsom sued by student-athletes over indoor sports ban: 'We're all just isolated'
       
A California high school student has filed a lawsuit against Gov. Gavin Newsom, claiming his ban on indoor high school sports brought on by the coronavirus pandemic is a violation of equal protection laws. "The state of California put in some guidelines and restrictions to allow college sports to come back," Grebing said. NEWSOM SUED BY CALIFORNIA STUDENTS OVER INDOOR HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS RESTRICTIONSGrebing told Bill Hemmer and Dana Perino he and his legal team could not find a legitimate reason for the state’s ban. But we really couldn’t find a bona fide or legitimate reason why they banned high school sports."
Sam Gordon, viral football star, loses bid to have Utah school districts create all-girls teams
       
Sam Gordon, a football player who went viral on social media after her father put her highlights on YouTube, lost her bid to have Utah school districts create football teams for girls. U.S. District Court Judge Howard Nielson ruled Monday that Utah school districts aren’t legally required to create a separate sport for girls interested in playing football because girls who want to play can play on teams usually filled by boys. Gordon, 18, argued she believed there were plenty of girls interested in playing football when she started an all-female league six years ago with her father called the Utah Girls Football League. Brent Gordon, Sam’s father and an attorney, said his daughter will look to continue to expand football opportunities for Utah girls. She was given the league’s NFL Game Changer Award for her efforts in forming the all-girls tackle football league.
WFT to Replace Cheerleaders with Coed Dance Squad for 2021 Season
       
Daniel Kucin Jr./Associated PressThe Washington Football Team will replace its cheerleaders with a coed dance squad for the 2021 NFL season as part of its continued organizational restructuring. "At this point, as we re-imagine what this looks like, that's not in the plans," Pope told Epstein. Right now, we're thinking modern, modern franchise. A source told Epstein the changes to the game-day experience at FedEx Field were "unrelated" to the settlement. A new nickname is expected to arrive in 2022, and the Washington Football Team moniker will remain in place for next season.
Creighton basketball coach apologizes for 'plantation' remark
       
— Creighton coach Greg McDermott apologized Tuesday for urging his players to “stay on the plantation” in a postgame locker room talk following a loss over the weekend. I can’t have anybody leave the plantation.”The comments came after the 14th-ranked Bluejays’ 77-69 loss to Xavier in Cincinnati. “I have never used that analogy and it is not indicative of who I am as a person or as a coach,” McDermott said in his post. I have apologized to our student-athletes and to our staff.”The coach added that he apologized directly to Creighton’s president, the Rev. Creighton assistant coach Terrence Rencher, who is Black, tweeted that he was “deeply hurt” by McDermott’s words.
Antonetti says Indians cooperating with Callaway inquiry
       
FILE - Cleveland Indians pitching coach Mickey Callaway, left, watches with manager Terry Francona during the first inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers, in Detroit, in this May 3, 2017, file photo. Indians manager Terry Francona said no one in the Cleveland organization “covered up” for former pitching coach Mickey Callaway, who is under investigation by Major League Baseball following allegations of sexual harassment. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)FILE - Cleveland Indians pitching coach Mickey Callaway, left, watches with manager Terry Francona during the first inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers, in Detroit, in this May 3, 2017, file photo. Indians manager Terry Francona said no one in the Cleveland organization “covered up” for former pitching coach Mickey Callaway, who is under investigation by Major League Baseball following allegations of sexual harassment. Callaway has been suspended as the Los Angeles Angels pitching coach, pending the outcome of MLB’s investigation.
AP Top 25 Podcast: College football’s biggest underachievers
       
Nebraska’s search for an identity in a changing college football landscape. On the latest AP Top 25 College Football Podcast , Steven Godfrey of Banner Society joins the AP’s Ralph Russo to take on the task of finding each conference’s most egregious underachiever. And how USC being unable to maximize its potential hurts all of college football. ADVERTISEMENTPlus, new Vanderbilt coach Clark Lea joins the show and shares his vision for transforming the Commodores. ___Follow Ralph D. Russo at https://twitter.com/ralphDrussoAP and listen at https://westwoodonepodcasts.com/pods/ap-top-25-college-football-podcast/___More AP college football: https://apnews.com/Collegefootball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25
Tokyo Olympics unlikely to have foreign fans, but final decision still to come
       
The 2020 Tokyo Olympics are still set to open on July 23, 2021, but that may happen without any foreign fans in the stands. Via the Associated Press, newly-minted Tokyo organizing committee president Seiko Hashimoto indicated on Wednesday that having foreign fans in the stands at the Olympics was not likely to happen. Hashimoto's comments came after she participated in online five-party talks with International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach, International Paralympic Committee President Andrew Parsons, Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike, and Olympic Minister Tamayo Marukawa. Hashimoto said that a decision on foreign fans at the games will come by the end of the month, hopefully before the start of the torch relay on March 25. Story continuesSeiko Hashimoto, president of Tokyo 2020, speaks during a five-party meeting at the Tokyo 2020 headquarters in Tokyo on March 3, 2021.
Kiper: Bears, Ryan Pace need to be aggressive to draft first-round QB
       
But in reality, Ryan Pace has many more avenues to try to finally find the Bears’ solution at quarterback. But if Pace decides to go with a rookie, draft expert Mel Kiper thinks the Bears will have to be aggressive to get a guy with a first-round grade. “I thought at one point and time that Mac Jones could, or Trey Lance could, but I just think that’s not going to happen. The Jets pick second, but it’s unclear whether or not they’ll draft a rookie QB, or decide to stick with Sam Darnold. Outside the top-five, the Panthers, 49ers, Patriots and Football Team could all be in the market for a rookie quarterback.
Rapoport: Bears QB options include Alex Smith, Sam Darnold, Marcus Mariota
       
3 QBs to watch as Bears search for starter, per Rapoport originally appeared on NBC Sports ChicagoEvery Bears fan wants to hear big name quarterbacks linked to Chicago. “Their options include Alex Smith when he gets cut, possible,” Rapoport said. Sam Darnold would be another interesting one. If the Jets trade Sam Darnold, someone is going to trade for him, and the Bears would make a lot of sense. With two months until the NFL Draft, it’s unlikely we’ll get any concrete answers regarding the Bears’ QB position soon.
Jets GM confirms he'll take calls about trading QB Sam Darnold
       
New York Jets general manager Joe Douglas met with the media on Wednesday and revealed that if any teams call him about trading for quarterback Sam Darnold, he will be picking up the phone and listening. Darnold compliments are missing one key elementAfter confirming that he'll be answering Darnold trade calls, Douglas showered Darnold with compliments about his potential, though Douglas notably didn't say Darnold would be realizing that potential with the Jets. Jets GM Joe Douglas said the team is still investigating their QB options, but "With Sam (Darnold) our stance on Sam hasn’t changed. Douglas shouldn't just be listening to trade calls, he should be camping out by the phone 24/7, waiting for it to ring. Jets GM Joe Douglas thinks quarterback Sam Darnold is the bees knees, but he's still going to answer calls about trading him.
Texas boosters, Greg McDermott and others in college sports are telling us who they are. I hope Black student-athletes listen
       
Just last year, Iowa paid Chris Doyle, one of its strength and conditioning coaches, $1.1 million to leave the program after numerous Black players accused Doyle of racism. Creighton head coach Greg McDermott is among the influential college sports figures with attitudes toward his student-athletes that are uncomfortable at absolute best. There is one really obvious solution: These coaches and boosters and programs could just do much, much better than they are currently. Both of those emailers said that if Black students don't like the school song they can go elsewhere. It's time for Black students and student-athletes considering Texas and other schools who harbor such disdain to take their advice.
Kyle Brandt expects Bears, Ryan Pace to make QB move that 'shocks' NFL
       
Why Kyle Brandt thinks Bears make 'insane' QB move originally appeared on NBC Sports ChicagoYou’ve heard the Deshaun Watson rumors. But what if none of those guys ends up being the Bears quarterback next season? “I don’t think the Bears quarterback is going to be the low-hanging fruit,” Brandt said. “I don’t think it was ever going to be Carson Wentz, I don’t think it’s going to be Alex Smith, it’s not going to be Mitch, it’s not going to be Foles. “There’s so many things involved,” Nagy said when discussing the Bears’ QB search.
Fired Greater Lawrence administrator hired in Medford
       
Heidi Riccio lost her job as an administrator at Greater Lawrence Technical School in June after an internal investigation found she had taken credit for a national award she never won. She was offered the position one day after the Medford School Committee conducted a public interview July 1. She has worked in vocational education for 17 years, all at Greater Lawrence, including the last three years as director of career and technical education. AdvertisementRiccio, who could not be reached for comment, was placed on paid leave by Greater Lawrence on May 8, one day after the press release appeared in local publications. She previously earned $106,511 at Greater Lawrence.
N’Keal Harry would love to have Cam Newton back, but for now he works with a robotic QB
       
I would love to have him back and be able to play with him again.”“I would absolutely love to have Cam back,” Harry said this week via telephone. Add wide receiver N’Keal Harry to the list of Patriots endorsing quarterback Cam Newton’s return to the team next season. Newton consistently defended Harry amid questions about the strength of the receiving corps. Harry, who was drafted 32nd overall in 2019, caught 33 passes for 309 yards and two touchdowns in 14 games last season. During the first quarter against the San Francisco 49ers in Week 7, Harry suffered a concussion that sidelined him for the following two weeks.
Leadership guru Pam Borton taps decades as a basketball coach to help executives find their purpose
       
On the day before Sarah Thomas makes history as the first female Super Bowl official, she shares her thoughts. Q: Sarah Thomas will make history as the first female official for Sunday's Super Bowl LV in Tampa. Q: A minimum of five years of experience is required to officiate a Super Bowl. Women leaders have a tendency to be better collaborators, concentrate on building relationships and seek different perspectives. A: I would normally say the Chiefs, but watching Tom Brady, at 43 years old, take his team to a Super Bowl his first year has been inspiring.
Don’t block that bus stop: Illegal parkers could get more tickets under new bill
       
Drivers who park illegally at bus stops or in transit-only lanes could get ticketed more often if a proposal in California’s state Legislature becomes law. The vehicle’s owner would get a ticket in the mail and, Bloom and the bill’s supporters hope, learn their lesson not to block the bus. The cameras are mounted just inside the special Tempo buses’ windshields; the rest of the AC Transit fleet doesn’t have them. San Francisco’s Muni buses have cameras as well, but state law currently only allows those two agencies to use the technology to keep cars out of their bus lanes. “Camera enforcement is cost-effective and ideal for busy streets where parking enforcement is not realistic,” Bloom said in a statement.
Mavs downgrade Luka Doncic to doubtful to play vs. Thunder because of lower back tightness
       
The Mavericks have downgraded Luka Doncic to doubtful to play Wednesday night against Oklahoma City because of lower back tightness. The team first listed its All-Star guard as questionable on the daily injury report Tuesday, the first time Doncic or the Mavericks have mentioned his back issue. The 22-year-old, who is slated to start his second consecutive All-Star Game on Sunday, has missed only one game this season, a Jan. 3 loss to the Bulls because of a right thigh contusion. Willie Cauley-Stein, who left that game after the first quarter with a right thumb sprain, is questionable to face the Thunder. The NBA announced Tuesday that Doncic will also participate in the league’s skills challenge before the All-Star Game on Sunday night in Atlanta.
Steelers Hall of Famer Terry Bradshaw once went by the name ‘Thomas Brady’
       
Bradshaw’s Steelers won Super Bowl IX against the Vikings, Super Bowls X and XIII against the Cowboys, and Super Bowl XIV against the Rams. Bradshaw was the Most Valuable Player in those last two games, and his future Hall of Fame legacy was secured. At the time, future NFL quarterback Tom Brady, who eclipsed Bradshaw’s status as the winningest Super Bowl quarterback ever (seven and counting), was 5 years old — a Bay Area kid who was just getting his Joe Montana worship on. When Bradshaw checked in to that hospital in 1983, he did so under an assumed name — as superstars often do. “I didn’t know anything about it,” Bradshaw told the Tampa Tribune later that month of the fake name.
Bears re-sign 5 players
       
The Bears re-signed five exclusive rights free agents Wednesday: guard Alex Bars, running back Ryan Nall, tight end J.P. Holtz, outside linebacker James Vaughters and inside linebacker Josh Woods. Exclusive rights free agents are players with three seasons of experience or fewer. They can only re-sign with their teams ahead of the start of the league season on March 17. Those who don’t re-sign with their teams would then become unrestricted free agents. Nall played 64.8% of the Bears’ special teams snaps last year, the fourth-most on the team, and posted three carries and eight catches.
Dolphins hire Patriots’ Anne Noland to be new senior director of football communications
       
On the business side, the Dolphins have women filling four of their nine vice president roles and Black men filling three of their six their senior vice president roles.
Cincinnati Bengals re-sign long snapper Clark Harris
       
Long snapper Clark Harris will remain in Cincinnati at least for one more season. Harris has served as Cincinnati's long snapper since the 2009 season. The 36-year-old long snapper has played in 184 games in Cincinnati, one shy of Anthony Munoz (185) for sixth-most in team history. In 2017, Harris earned his first career Pro Bowl invitation. He's the first Bengals long snapper to earn a Pro Bowl nod.
Cavaliers' Kevin Love to receive Humanitarian Award in virtual Cleveland event
       
Cavaliers forward Kevin Love, a champion of mental health causes since he revealed his own issues three years ago, will receive the Humanitarian Award at the 21st Greater Cleveland Sports Awards. The Greater Cleveland Sports Commission announced the honor Wednesday, ahead of Thursday night’s virtual event to be aired in a one-hour special on WKYC Channel 3, wkyc.com and SportsTime Ohio at 7 p.m. The Kevin Love Fund is developing an education curriculum in hopes of destigmatizing mental health issues. “We are very excited to award Cleveland Cavalier Kevin Love with Humanitarian of the Year,” David Gilbert, president and CEO of Greater Cleveland Sports Commission, said in a statement. He wrote that he shared more because the pandemic has exacerbated anxiety and mental health problems around the world.
AP Top 25 Podcast: College football's biggest underachievers
       
Nebraska’s search for an identity in a changing college football landscape. What programs are the biggest underachievers and why? On the latest AP Top 25 College Football Podcast, Steven Godfrey of Banner Society joins the AP’s Ralph Russo to take on the task of finding each conference’s most egregious underachiever. Can anybody wrestle the title away from Miami in the Atlantic Coast Conference? And how USC being unable to maximize its potential hurts all of college football.
Waiting game for Marlins as heralded young hitters struggle
       
MIAMI (AP) — Miami Marlins outfield prospect Monte Harrison says he surprised himself when he made his major league debut last year. It wasn't just that he didn't hit; it was how he reacted when he didn't hit. “I said I was not going to be that guy who gets called up to the big leagues and struggles mentally,” Harrison said. “And then when I got to the big leagues, I struggled mentally. That’s very humbling.”Harrison's experience wasn't isolated in Miami last season; several other Marlins prospects also scuffled in their first crack at the majors.
AP source: Cubs, infielder Sogard agree to minor league deal
       
CHICAGO (AP) — Infielder Eric Sogard and the Chicago Cubs have agreed to a minor league contract, a person familiar with the situation said on Wednesday. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the deal is pending a physical. ESPN first reported the move. The 34-year-old Sogard hit .209 with one home run and 10 RBIs in 43 games for Milwaukee last season. He has a .246 average, 25 homers and 175 RBIs over 10 seasons with Oakland, Toronto, Tampa Bay and the Brewers.
Ex-NFL player Kellen Winslow II gets 14 years for rapes
       
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Former NFL player Kellen Winslow II was sentenced Wednesday to 14 years in prison for multiple rapes and other sexual offenses against five women in Southern California, including one who was homeless when he attacked her in 2018. The 37-year-old son of San Diego Chargers Hall of Fame receiver Kellen Winslow appeared via videoconference at the hearing in San Diego Superior Court in Vista, a city north of San Diego. He declined to comment before his sentence, saying his lawyers had advised him not to speak. San Diego County Superior Court Judge Blaine Bowman said Winslow can only be described with “two words and that is sexual predator." Winslow was once the highest-paid tight end in the league, earning more than $40 million over his 10 seasons before he left in 2013.
Astros pitcher Framber Valdéz breaks finger in spring debut
       
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Houston Astros left-hander Framber Valdéz has a fractured left ring finger, an injury that could deal another blow to the team's banged-up starting rotation. The ball hit the finger as he grabbed the ball, and after throwing to first for the out, Valdéz flexed the finger several times. Valdéz finished two innings, throwing 24 pitches. “Following his outing, we decided to have Framber examined,” Astros general manager James Click said Wednesday. At this point, the medical staff needs to do additional tests and imaging before deciding on the next steps.
Antonetti says Indians cooperating with Callaway inquiry
       
CLEVELAND (AP) — Indians president of baseball operations Chris Antonetti said Wednesday he couldn't comment on his previous remarks about Mickey Callaway's conduct due to Major League Baseball's ongoing investigation into sexual harassment allegations against the team's former pitching coach. Antonetti joined Terry Francona for the manager's Zoom availability from training camp in Arizona, a day after a story by The Athletic said several former Indians employees had come forward in the last month to say the team's front office was aware of Callaway's behavior. The unidentified employees responded to Antonetti's public comments on Feb. 4 that he didn't know about Callaway's lewd actions until he read a previous Athletic story. At the time, Antonetti said “there had never been any complaints against Mickey in his time with us, either to me or to our human resources department or other leaders.”
'Take it to the Track' event brings street racers to safer environment: Tucson Dragway
       
Dragway officials have been talking to street racers for some time now. Racers told them they often spend hours driving around town looking for places and people to race. "But I'm 52 now and I'm a little older, so I shouldn't be doing that anyway." Barnett knows first-hand how dangerous street racing can be. "There's a safety crew there, it's on a regular street and there's a flashlight start just like you're on the street," Barnett said.
Washington replacing cheerleading team with coed dance team
       
Washington will not have cheerleaders for the first time since the NFL’s longest-running cheerleading team was founded in 1962, with a coed dance team taking its place. Washington will not have cheerleaders for the first time since the NFL’s longest-running cheerleading team was founded in 1962, with a coed dance team taking its place. “I’ve been asked to create a more modern entertainment team that is inclusive and diverse,” Pope said in a phone interview. Washington on Monday made Joey Colby-Begovich vice president of gameday experience, and Pope will be in charge of forming and naming the new dance team. Wright has said he expects “Washington Football Team” to continue for 2021 with a new, permanent name to be ready in 2022.
Lawrence Dallagio calls for Owen Farrell to be replaced as England captain
       
Lawrence Dallagio believes Owen Farrell should be replaced as England captain by a forward such as Maro Itoje or Jamie George. Dallaglio, who captained England on 22 occasions, said that while he admired Farrell as a “warrior and champion”, insists the fly-half is currently not “the best person” to lead Eddie Jones’ side. “If you look at the history of the game of rugby nearly every successful team has been captained by a forward. “That’s only my personal opinion and clearly not one that Eddie Jones shares because he’s insistent that Owen Farrell is the talisman. It’s been proven before that sharing the leadership around the group will make England a better team in the long run.”
Crystal Palace vs Manchester United, Premier League: live score and latest updates
       
Palace fans don't really enjoy watching their team just now, which is hardly a surprise considering the players in their squad and the way the manager likes to keep them competing mid-table in the Premier League. Defence is the name of the game, hard to break down, squash the space, hit on the counter-attack. Roy Hodgson does actually want to attack but needs his players to help him do it, and in particular Eberechi Eze. "The great thing is that he is so much aware of that, he is really aware of what is required and really anxious to learn. Tonight's match kicks off at 8:15pm, stay with us for live updates throughout.
Manchester City 3-0 Fiorentina: Women's Champions League – as it happened
       
Manchester City scored two goals in the first four minutes to set themselves on their way to an emphatic first-leg victory over Fiorentina
Courtney Lawes ruled out for 12 weeks with pectoral injury and now a Lions doubt
       
Courtney Lawes, the England forward, has been ruled out for approximately 12 weeks ahead of undergoing surgery on the pectoral muscle he injured in England training last week. Lawes as a result is now in a race to be fit in time for the British and Irish Lions tour this summer. David Ribbans, the Northampton Saints lock, has been called up by England to replace Lawes. Lawes joins Joe Launchbury, Sam Underhill and Jack Willis among England's injured forwards. England's players will regroup at The Lensbury in Teddington on Sunday following the conclusion of their fallow week, after their loss to Wales.
Black box on Tiger Woods’ crashed car to be examined by police
       
Police investigating Tiger Woods’ Los Angeles car crash have obtained the “black box” from inside his vehicle, which they hope will explain how the champion golfer came off the road. The 15-time Major winner was heading to the Riviera Country Club on the twisting, winding, Hawthorne Boulevard when he hit the central reservation and rolled several times down a hill, shattering his right leg. Woods says he has no recollection of the incident on February 23 and is still in hospital having undergone surgery. But detectives are exploring whether excessive speed was a factor in the accident and whether he should face any charges. Data inside the Genesis car he had been loaned might provide the answers.
Sachin Tendulkar exclusive: The secrets of playing spin, Joe Root's brilliance — and why Test cricket needs more great rivalries
       
Sachin Tendulkar has scored almost 2,000 Test runs more than anyone else on Indian pitches, so his advice for how to cope carries a lot of weight. In an exclusive interview, Tendulkar praises Joe Root’s talent for playing on spinning pitches, saying it is a gift that cannot be taught by a coach. “The question is: are the wickets tough enough for batters to be called Test cricket because bowlers are getting tested in these other formats. Test cricket is one format if you keep good wickets, which are slightly in favour of bowlers, it will even the balance between bat and ball and it will revive Test cricket. “Right now in Test cricket, rivalries are missing, which is important for the game.
France coach Fabien Galthie cleared of any wrongdoing in Covid outbreak investigation
       
France head coach Fabien Galthie has been cleared of any wrongdoing by an internal investigation into the handling of a coronavirus outbreak within the Six Nations squad, the head of the French federation’s (FFR) medical committee said on Wednesday. A FFR spokesperson told Reuters on Wednesday that the investigation report would not be made public. Independent Rugby Newsletter Live Rugby union coverage direct to your inbox every week Please enter your email address Please enter a valid email address Please enter a valid email address SIGN UP Thanks for signing up to the Independent Rugby newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. Read our privacy notice Independent Rugby Newsletter Live Rugby union coverage direct to your inbox every week Thanks for signing up to the Independent Rugby newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. Rugby coverage is brought to you in association with QBE who help businesses build resilience through risk management and insurance.
Crystal Palace vs Manchester United LIVE: Team news and latest Premier League build-up tonight
       
Palace were 3-1 winners in the reverse fixture near the start of the campaign, with former Man United winger Wilfried Zaha netting twice in that clash with his old club. Zaha’s absence is certainly a blow to Roy Hodgson’s side, who enter the match in 13th place in the Premier League . Second-placed Man United, meanwhile, trail rivals and league leaders Man City by 15 points and have also won just two of their last five games. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team are unbeaten in that run, however, having drawn their other three matches in that stretch. Follow live updates from Crystal Palace vs Manchester United below.
Jack Grealish needs to leave Aston Villa to prove his talent, says Paul Scholes
       
Jack Grealish needs to leave Aston Villa as soon as possible to prove he is one of the Premier League’s best players, according to Paul Scholes. He has been tipped for the Premier League’s end of season gongs including PFA Player of the Year, but Scholes believes Grealish needs to prove his worth a “top club”. He needs to leave Villa to prove that [he is a top player]. It is all about him at Aston Villa. He needs to get out now to a club that need to win every week, there is pressure to deliver trophies.
Ex-NFL player Kellen Winslow II faces sentencing for rapes
       
Winslow appeared via videoconference at the hearing Wednesday in San Diego Superior Court. San Diego County Superior Court Judge Blaine Bowman said Winslow can only be described with 'two words and that is sexual predator.' The 37-year-old son of San Diego Chargers Hall of Fame receiver Kellen Winslow declined to give a statement before Bowman handed down the sentence. Former NFL football player Kellen Winslow Sr. leaves an arraignment for his son, ex-NFL football player Kellen Winslow Jr., in this file photo from June 15, 2018, in Vista, California. Winslow is the son of Pro Football Hall of Fame tight end Kellen Winslow Sr, who starred for the San Diego Chargers from 1979-87.
Mourinho says Real questions needed over Bale bid to find Spurs form
       
Advertising Read moreLondon (AFP)Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho says Real Madrid are best-placed to explain why it took Gareth Bale quite so long to get somewhere near his best form this season. The Wales star's second spell at the north London club looked like it might become a disappointment after two years of largely being sidelined by Spanish giants Real. Bale, 31, spent much of the opening half of the season on Spurs' treatment table, rather than on the pitch. Meanwhile, Mourinho confirmed Bale would feature against Fulham in some capacity. The former Chelsea and Manchester United manager added: "He (Bale) is such an experienced guy that of course his opinion is very important.
Looking back at the day ex-Steelers QB Terry Bradshaw was 'Thomas Brady'
       
Bradshaw’s Steelers won Super Bowl IX against the Vikings, Super Bowls X and XIII against the Cowboys, and Super Bowl XIV against the Rams. Bradshaw was the Most Valuable Player in those last two games, and his future Hall of Fame legacy was secured. When Bradshaw checked in to that hospital in 1983, he did so under an assumed name — as superstars often do. “I didn’t know anything about it,” Bradshaw told the Tampa Tribune later that month of the fake name. As for Bradshaw, 1983 proved to be his last NFL season — he played just one game, completing five of eight passes for 77 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions before Father Time came calling.
Klopp won't allow players to travel if need to quarantine
       
APLIVERPOOL, England (AP) — Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp will not allow his players to travel to international matches this month if they have to quarantine on their return. Under current coronavirus guidelines, arrivals from countries that Britain regards as high risk are subject to 10 days of hotel confinement. FIFA has given clubs dispensation during the pandemic to prevent players who may be affected by the regulations from joining up with their countries, and Klopp intends to do so. “I think all the clubs agree that with the same problems, we cannot just let the boys go and then sort the situation when they come back by placing our players in a 10-day quarantine in a hotel. It is just not possible,” Klopp said.
Derrick Rose could play in Knicks’ next game after COVID-19 scare
       
Derrick Rose could be back in the Knicks’ lineup Thursday night after missing Tuesday’s loss in San Antonio due to the NBA’s health and safety protocols. Rose was forced to sit out Tuesday’s game because his pregame COVID-19 test came back inconclusive, but the veteran guard was cleared to fly back to New York with the Knicks after the results of multiple tests thereafter were negative, a source confirmed. Rose could be eligible to play in the final game before the All-Star break Thursday night against Detroit at the Garden as long as his pregame tests also produce a negative result. The 32-year-old Rose had started the previous three games, averaging 16.3 points and 7.3 assists in 32.7 minutes per appearance. Ntilikina was forced to quarantine for a week in a Miami hotel last month for COVID-19 contact tracing because he had come in contact with someone who had tested positive for the virus.
Trevor Bauer was ready to join Mets after merch fiasco: ‘It’s f–king over’
       
“It’s f–king over, I’m done,” Luba recalled Bauer telling her on the Barstool “Starting 9” podcast. According to Luba, Bauer felt guilty that the merchandise was out there. Trevor Bauer pitching in a Dodgers spring training game on March 1, 2021. He was going to play for the Dodgers and sign a three-year, $102 million deal, eschewing the Mets’ offer of three years potentially worth $105 million. The Post’s Joel Sherman reported last month that in the final 24 hours of Bauer’s free agency, the Mets believed they had reached an agreement with Bauer.
Vanessa Bryant opens up on Kobe, Gigi's deaths, hopes to be inspiration for her family
       
Vanessa Bryant revealed in an interview she is focused on "finding the light in darkness" more than a year after her husband Kobe Bryant and daughter Gigi died in a helicopter crash. But getting out of bed and pushing forward is going to make the day better for my girls and for me. KYRIE IRVING ELABORATES ON KOBE BRYANT NBA LOGO PUSH"My girls help me smile through the pain," Bryant said. Bryant added: "I want to make Kobe, Gigi, Natalia, Bianka and Capri proud." Kobe and Gigi Bryant and seven others died when a helicopter they were on crashed on a hillside near Calabasas, California, on Jan. 26, 2020.
Cowboys' Dak Prescott looking for Patrick Mahomes money: report
       
The Dallas Cowboys have until Tuesday to decide if they will place another franchise tag on Dak Prescott, but reports this week indicate that the star quarterback is looking for a big contract that places him on the heels of Patrick Mahomes’ historic payout. By the way, last year’s money was in the ballpark of Russell Wilson-Jared Goff type money," she said during an appearance on "The Dan Patrick Show." "Now he’s looking to be paid right behind Patrick Mahomes, a guy who’s gone to the Super Bowl two years in a row and Dak hasn’t done that yet. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COMThe Cowboys placed a franchise tag on Prescott last season after they failed to reach a long-term contract. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPIf last year’s negotiations were any indication, Prescott doesn’t seem willing to budge.
Terry Bradshaw's 'Thomas Brady' alias story resurfaces 38 years later
       
Quirky Research tweeted a photo of a UPI news article from March 3, 1983, with the headline: "Steelers’ ‘Tom Brady’ undergoes arm surgery." The story was about Bradshaw using an alias to check into a hospital to have minor elbow surgery. TOM BRADY TALKS LOMBARDI TROPHY TOSS: 'I WAS NOT THINKING AT THE MOMENT'The tweet went viral Wednesday, as it was the anniversary of Bradshaw using the alias. The following season, Bradshaw only played one game and would later retire from football. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPBradshaw finished with four Super Bowl titles, three Pro Bowl selections and one All-Pro selection.
New York Sports Clubs' former owner settles NY attorney general lawsuit over billing
       
FILE PHOTO: New York State Attorney General Letitia James in New York City, U.S., November 19, 2019. REUTERS/Lucas JacksonNEW YORK (Reuters) - The former owner of New York Sports Clubs and Lucille Roberts will forfeit a $250,000 bond to settle New York Attorney General Letitia James’ lawsuit over its billing practices during the coronavirus pandemic. The settlement papers were filed in a New York state court in Manhattan on Wednesday. The new owners of New York Sports Clubs and Lucille Roberts are not part of Wednesday’s settlement. Town Sports operated 99 New York Sports Clubs and 16 Lucille Roberts before the pandemic struck.
Trevor Bauer's agent says pitcher wanted to sign with Mets over Dodgers after merchandise screwup
       
Trevor Bauer in white Dodgers uniformMore bizarre details about Trevor Bauer’s free agency have turned up thanks to his agent, Rachel Luba, who appeared on the latest Barstool Sports’ podcast, Starting 9. Mets fans, remember that “LFGM” Bauer merchandise snafu that looked like he had decided on joining the Mets about a month ago? Well, according to Luba, that mistake almost had Bauer throw his hands up and choose New York outright. After the walk of thought, Bauer returned and told Luba he wanted to go to the Dodgers. Bauer’s Linktree was eventually changed to “LFG” to make it not include the Mets acronym at the end.
Dodgers pound Rockies while Trevor Bauer and Kenley Jansen pound the strike zone
       
Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer throws against the Colorado Rockies during the first inning of a spring training game on Monday in Phoenix. ON THE MOUND: Trevor Bauer gave up a leadoff single before settling down in his Dodgers debut. Four pitchers projected to populate the Dodgers’ bullpen followed Bauer and each logged an inning, starting with Tony Gonsolin. Kenley Jansen pitched the fourth and was one strike away from an immaculate inning, finishing with two strikeouts and a groundout on nine pitches. Peters opened the scoring in the second inning with a two-run homer off former San Francisco Giants right-hander Dereck Rodriguez.
Changed The Game: Meet the radical agent-activist behind sports’ most inspiring stories
       
She exclusively represents women athletes, and sees closing gender gaps in sports as a form of activism. “That these women athletes should be served and serviced in the same way. At the core of Colas’ work is an eagerness to serve those desires beyond the boundaries of sports. She was “flattered” to learn she’d be featured in Yahoo Sports’ “Changed The Game” series , alongside athletes she speaks about in reverential terms. Athletes such as Wyomia Tyus , who should have been celebrated in 1968 as much as some of Colas’ clients are celebrated today.
The time Terry Bradshaw went by the name ‘Tom Brady’ in 1983
       
Terry Bradshaw was Tom Brady 38 years ago. For one day, Terry Bradshaw was Tom Brady. The headline read, “Steelers’ ‘Tom Brady’ undergoes arm surgery.’”It was referring to Bradshaw, not a then-unknown 5-year-old boy living in Northern California. pic.twitter.com/Yr3ujc0fHC — Quirky Research (@QuirkyResearch) March 3, 2021On March 3, 1983, Bradshaw had surgery to repair muscle tears in his right elbow at Doctors Hospital in Shreveport, La. “He said, ‘Your name’s ‘Thomas Brady.’ That’s how it happened.”
Three ex-Cathedral players make their high school football debuts in North Carolina
       
Junior quarterback Lucas Lenhoff, the starter at L.A. Cathedral High last season, passed for three touchdowns last week to help Charlotte (N.C.) Myers Park open its football season with a 49-0 victory. And it wasn’t just one former Cathedral player helping Myers Park defeat Charlotte Garinger. All three are juniors and were enrolled at Cathedral until moving to North Carolina. Los Angeles County reached that last week, clearing the way for the Phantoms to have a season. Meanwhile, in North Carolina, Lenhoff and friends have a head start on Cathedral and are making new friends.
My eyes have been opened to the very real threat of avalanches, even in New England
       
It always felt to me like avalanches were things that happened somewhere else. I knew they were serious and dangerous business, but as primarily a New England resort skier, I’d lost sight of that. They triggered an avalanche that swept them downhill and buried them, and the fact that no one had avalanche safety gear complicated rescue efforts. ”They just didn’t know it was dangerous,” said Bruce Tremper, a longtime Utah Avalanche Center expert who was among those who produced a report on the Solden avalanche, during the BRASS webinar. Avalanche education resources• BRASS Foundation• Mount Washington Valley Avalanche Center• Know Before You Go• Utah Avalanche Center• Colorado Avalanche Information Center• Henry’s Avalanche Talk• American Avalanche Association• Excellent story about risk shared by the Friends of Tuckerman Ravine on Facebook
COVID robs high school and college athletes of some joys they can never get back
       
Our high school and college juniors and seniors have lost seasons they will never get back. It’s a situation that would have plunged me into teen darkness when I was a high school athlete. There were no spring sports for high school or college teams in 2020. AdvertisementMeanwhile, there are no state high school basketball or hockey tournaments — no kids looking forward to going to the Garden for EMass finals next week. That’s the stuff that happens in high school and college team sports.
Former SF Giants manager Joe Altobelli dies at 88
       
Former Giants manager Joe Altobelli, who won the National League Manager of the Year award in San Francisco and a World Series title in Baltimore, died Wednesday of natural causes at 88. Altobelli’s three-year stay as the Giants manager in the late 1970s produced optimism in San Francisco, albeit without any real rise in the standings. Altobelli became the eighth manager in San Francisco history when general manager Spec Richardson hired him to replace Bill Rigney on Oct. 7, 1976. “Winning a World Series is the pinnacle you reach as a manager,” Altobelli said in 2003. In parts of seven seasons as a big league manager, Altobelli had a 437-407 record (.518 winning percentage).
Here's how SAGU American Indian College in Phoenix rebuilt its basketball program for title run
       
"In the last three years, we won four games," Athletic Director Paul La Bate said. Floco has coached high school basketball in the Valley, in Southern California and in the college ranks in North Dakota. Morgan slipped through the recruiting cracks in high school playing for the highly competitive Curie High in Chicago, where he graduated in 2018. "I've done research and it's one of the best prices for a private Christian college," La Bate said. "Most of the pastors graduate from American Indian College," La Bate said.
Dallas ISD is a powerhouse school district in basketball — and this postseason, like others in the past, proves it
       
Madison boys basketball coach Damien Mobley is eager to face the state’s No. That shows how good the basketball is in Dallas ISD, a school district that still has four teams alive in the playoffs, with Madison joined by the Kimball boys, Carter boys and Pinkston girls. Dallas ISD schools have combined to win 26 state titles in boys basketball. Pinkston has a chance to become the first DISD girls team to win a state title since Lincoln won 4A in 2008. 23 in the state in 4A, won a region that included No.
Sean Miller hopes he can return Wildcats to 'top of the mountain'
       
“I believe we can return back to the top of the mountain,” Miller said. It’s unclear what Miller may — or may not — be accused of, and what the school thinks of whatever the NCAA found. Instead of replacing five starters, that experience, I hope, is more towards our advantage.”Experience and, Miller hopes, a little more bulk. “They are a bigger team than you think,” Miller said. “Oregon is a very, very good team,” Miller said.
Kevin Harvick earns pole position start at LVMS
       
Kevin Harvick has been awarded the Busch Pole Award for Sunday’s Pennzoil 400 presented by Jiffy Lube at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. William Byron, winner of last week’s Cup Series race at Homestead, Florida, will start outside on the front row. Starting positions are determined by a formula that reflects a driver’s finishing position from the previous race, his car owner’s finishing position from the previous race, team owner points ranking and the fastest lap from the previous race. Myatt Snider will start Saturday’s Alsco Xfinity Series race from the pole while Ben Rhodes was awared the No. 1 starting position for Friday night’s Bucked Up 200 Truck Series event.
The best Pokémon booster box
       
Unfortunately, there's no way to guarantee which cards are contained within a booster box, except on the rare occasions when a special edition box contains one or two guaranteed cards. Of course, part of the fun of collecting Pokémon cards is not knowing what cards you'll receive when you open a booster pack. That said, if there's one card you want, be sure that it's contained in the set that you're buying. For instance, you won't find the Alolan variant Pokémon from Sun & Moon in the XY base set or any of its expansion packs.
Lefty Gio González agrees to minor league deal with Marlins
       
González, a South Florida native, pitched in 12 games last year for Chicago White Sox with four starts and had an ERA of 4.83. He has a career record of 131-101 with a 3.70 ERA in 13 seasons for four teams.
Hyde: The Dolphins’ surprising release of Kyle Van Noy isn’t so surprising — it’s ice-cold smart | Commentary
       
So maybe the Dolphins are just getting ready for that. There’s a lesson in the watching here, and it’s an old one in sports. The regular seasons are times for “family” and “brotherhood” and “sacrifice.” They’re a time to think, as Brian Flores said of his players after the Cincinnati game this year, “These are my kids.”
Building the UBS Arena is a family affair for Islanders fans Mark and Christian Worhle
       
The bonds that unite Farmingville’s Mark and Christian Worhle run deeper than their father-son relationship. "It’s going to be hard to compare to anything," Christian Worhle said of attending a game there. "He always talked about doing the arena," said Christian Worhle, 38, who played hockey at Sachem North High School. Christian Worhle works on the three-dimensional modeling while supervising how those designs align with the practical installations. "I’ve been in the Local for almost 20 years, but we never crossed paths," said Christian Worhle, who has four children with his wife, Lauren.
Steve Somers is elder statesman of WFAN and 'last one standing' as station gets younger
       
In 2020 alone, longtime update man John Minko and hosts Mike Francesa and Joe Benigno left the station. Last month Entercom, WFAN’s parent company, announced Mark Chernoff, a top executive since 1993, will give up day-to-day oversight sometime this year. I think over the years it was cultivating a little bit of an audience, and maybe that audience is still there." That audience long has appreciated Somers’ quirky, sometimes inspired, sometimes discursive monologues and wordplay. "I’ll be honest with you, there is a lot more I have learned from my audience than they have learned from me," Somers said.
Oregon State Beavers vs. California Bears: Pac-12 women’s basketball tournament live updates
       
Oregon State opens play in the Pac-12 women’s basketball tournament at 11 a.m. Wednesday when the fifth-seeded Beavers take on No. 12 seed California at Michelob Ultra Arena in Las Vegas. 5 seed Oregon State (9-6) vs. No. … Oregon State won its 2020 opener against Washington State, then fell to Stanford in the quarterfinals. It is the only time they have played in the Pac-12 tournament since it began in 2002.
Portland Timbers will continue preseason camp in Arizona, play 4 matches in Visit Tucson Sun Cup
       
The Portland Timbers will head to Tucson, Arizona, later this month to continue preseason training and will play four preseason matches there as the club prepares for the 2021 MLS season. After arriving in Tucson on March 15, the Timbers will play in the 2021 Visit Tucson Sun Cup. Portland will face the Colorado Rapids and Phoenix Rising on March 16, then play the Rising again on March 20. Portland will wrap up its preseason slate with a March 30 match against the Seattle Sounders in Tukwila, Washington. Marathón then will come to Portland for the second leg of the round of 16 matchup on Tuesday, April 13.
Cincinnati Bearcats look to get back on track after 'playing on fumes' in last loss
       
University of Cincinnati men's basketball coach John Brannen said Sunday after the Bearcats' 80-74 loss against Memphis that he thought his team was "playing on fumes." More:Late UC rally falls short as Bearcats stumble to Memphis 80-74 on impromptu senior day"I felt there was some emotional fatigue," Brannen said. The matchup will be UC's last home game of the season before closing out the regular season Sunday at East Carolina. A win or loss against the worst team in the SEC won't move the scale one way or the other. RANKINGSKenPom.com: Vanderbilt (98); Cincinnati (106)RPI: Vanderbilt (238); Cincinnati (103)
COVID-19: Hamilton County gets its first doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine
       
Last weekend, the federal government gave emergency permission to the vaccine candidate of Janssen, the drug development subsidiary of the medical giant Johnson & Johnson. He is leading studies of vaccine candidates in teens and children, and he praised the Janssen vaccine as a potent weapon against the new coronavirus. When than door opens, 182,693 county residents are eligible for vaccination because of their age. In distributing vaccine, Ohio has chosen to get the drug to neighborhood pharmacies and other dispensers in all 88 counties. “Our concerns are for health equity, and not forcing people to drive long distances to get a vaccination,” Kesterman said.
Pistons to start selling general-admission tickets; up to 750 fans allowed
       
Detroit — That background noise at Pistons games won’t just be recorded cheering and booing. For the first time since the pandemic began last March, the Pistons will begin selling general-admission tickets to home games at Little Caesars Arena. Using local and state guidelines, the Pistons will welcome up to 750 fans for home games. Tickets will be available Thursday morning at 10 at Pistons.com and Ticketmaster.com. Season-ticketholders and suite holders already had been given access to presale tickets this week.
Minnesota Wild at Vegas Golden Knights odds, picks and prediction
       
Esten McLarenSportsbook WireThe Vegas Golden Knights (13-4-1) once again play host to the Minnesota Wild (12-6-1) Wednesday after coming away with a 5-4 overtime victory Monday. Wild at Golden Knights: Odds, spread and linesOdds via BetMGM; access USA TODAY Sports' betting odds for a full list. Money line : Wild +120 (bet $100 to win $120) | Golden Knights -145 (bet $145 to win $100): Wild +120 (bet $100 to win $120) | Golden Knights -145 (bet $145 to win $100) Against the spread/ATS : Wild +1.5 (-225) | Golden Knights -1.5 (+185): Wild +1.5 (-225) | Golden Knights -1.5 (+185) Over/Under : 5.5 (O: -115 | U: -105)Wild at Golden Knights: Projected starting goaliesCam Talbot (4-2-1, .917 SV%, 2.55 GAA) vs. Marc-Andre Fleury (10-3-0, .935 SV%, 1.77 GAA)Talbot took the overtime loss Monday by allowing all 5 goals on a 39-shot bombardment from Vegas. Wild at Golden Knights: Odds, lines, predictions and picksPredictionGolden Knights 3, Wild 1The GOLDEN KNIGHTS (-145) are the play once again at a similar price to Monday's closing line. Add some value by backing the GOLDEN KNIGHTS -1.5 (+185) to win by 2 or more goals.
I-235/I-44 junction racing toward fall finish with opening of second flyover
       
I-235/I-44 junction racing toward fall finish with opening of second flyoverThe second of two Dallas-style flyover ramps connecting Interstate 235 and Interstate 44 opens Thursday with reconstruction of the junction on track for an opening by this fall. The new eastbound flyover to northbound I-235 eliminates a second cloverleaf ramp, the other one from northbound I-235 to westbound I-44 having been replaced last year. Two more cloverleaf ramps will be rebuilt for extended runs on the west half of the junction. Terri Angier, Oklahoma Transportation spokeswoman, said the junction was originally designed for about 50,000 vehicles daily. “We had 90,000 to 100,000 vehicles traveling on I-235.
Somehow, the NFL pulled off playing every game in a pandemic
       
“It started in Tennessee where we weren’t sure how to control this, what was causing this,” Goodell said. The league had to impose intensive protocol measures to prevent disaster and keep things going. Contact tracing devices worn by players, coaches and team personnel played a vital role in the process. Ultimately, the league learned through extensive research and data analysis there was no on-field transmission of the virus during games or practices. As we like to say, the virus never crossed the line of scrimmage as near as we can tell.
Oklahoma oil prices and drilling report for Feb. 6, 2021
       
Oklahoma oil prices and drilling report for Feb. 6, 2021Oklahoma crude oil prices as of 5 p.m. Friday:Natural Gas (Henry Hub) as of 4 p.m. EST Friday:SNR Northern Oklahoma Operating LLC; Griffith No. 2-15 Well; SE11/4 NW11/4 SW11/4 SW11/4 of 15-25N-02W; TD 4,003. 1 Well; NE1/4 SW1/4 SW1/4 NE1/4 of 22-28N-02E; TD 3,800. 2-7 Well; S1/2 SW1/4 SE1/4 SE1/4 of 02-15N-15E; TD 1,300. 12 Well; NW1/4 NW1/4 NE1/4 NW1/4 of 09-07N-03E; TD 4,900.
Opinion: In nonprofit leadership, change isn’t always good
       
When Len Cason became chair of the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation’s board of directors, George W. Bush was in the first year of his presidency. The University of Oklahoma Sooners were college football’s reigning national champs. But at OMRF, one thing hasn’t: Len Cason still chairs our board. And for our organization, that’s proven to be an incredible advantageAn attorney who specializes in tax, estate planning and business law, Cason co-founded the Oklahoma City law firm now known as Hartzog Conger Cason in 1979. He joined OMRF’s associate board in 1988 and became a part of the full board three years later.
The first Oklahoma Wonder Grant recipient built a virtual tour of Oklahoma's historically Black towns. Now, the project seeks a second
       
The first Oklahoma Wonder Grant recipient built a virtual tour of Oklahoma's historically Black towns. Now, the project seeks a secondAs work continues on the first Oklahoma Wonder Grant project, the group behind the grant is looking for its next recipient. In August, Trifecta Communications awarded $15,000 to The Coltrane Group to develop a virtual tour of Oklahoma's historic Black towns. Part of that project includes the creation of an app-based augmented reality "time portal" with a detailed train taking them through the tour. "In collaboration with the Oklahoma Railway Museum, our team has 3D-modeled a historically accurate train engine and cars from 1900 that would have traveled the routes through Oklahoma Territory."
Mavs owner Cuban stops playing national anthem at home games
       
DALLAS (AP) — Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said Tuesday he decided before this season began not to play the national anthem before the team's home games. The Mavericks played their first 10 regular-season home games without fans. Dallas is allowing 1,500 vaccinated essential workers to attend games for free. Cuban didn't elaborate on his decision not to play the anthem, saying nobody had noticed. NBA spokesman Tim Frank said, “Under the unique circumstances of this season, teams are permitted to run their pregame operations as they see fit.”
Mavs' Cuban relents on anthem after NBA reiterates policy
       
DALLAS (AP) — Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban relented Wednesday and the national anthem will be played before home games this season after the NBA reiterated its “longstanding league policy” to include the song. Most teams don't have fans at home games. But the NBA abruptly reversed course with Cuban's decision reverberating around the country, including a question put to White House press secretary Jen Psaki during her daily briefing. Athlete protests of social and racial injustice during the “The Star-Spangled Banner” became a flashpoint between then-President Donald Trump and various leagues during his administration. “With NBA teams now in the process of welcoming fans back into their arenas, all teams will play the national anthem in keeping with longstanding league policy,” the league said.
Shaq's historic Atlanta Krispy Kreme damaged by raging fire
       
ATLANTA (AP) — A historic Krispy Kreme Doughnuts store in Atlanta owned by basketball star Shaquille O'Neal that dates back to the mid-1960s was engulfed in flames early Wednesday, heavily damaging the structure. Atlanta fire crews responded to the iconic restaurant on Ponce de Leon Avenue shortly after midnight, news outlets reported. Video posted on social media showed raging flames. The Midtown store opened in 1965 and O’Neal bought it in 2016, news outlets reported. “I hope no one was hurt and we will bounce back better than ever,” O'Neal said in a statement.
Oklahoma City center Steven Adams through the years - Photo Gallery
       
The Thunder is using Enes Kanter, left, and Steven Adams in the offense more than ever, from passing to running the fast break. [PHOTO BY BRYAN TERRY, THE OKLAHOMAN]
OSU football legend Barry Sanders through the years - Photo Gallery
       
Barry Sanders runs through a hole created by Oklahoma State's War Pigs, the offensive line that blocked for Sanders during his 1988 run to the Heisman Trophy. That included Mike Wolfe (62) and John Boisvert (51). [OKLAHOMAN ARCHIVES]
Deaths
       
Wiseman, Earl R. Jr.: 97, Kerr-McGee administrative services manager, died Feb. 6. No services (Matthews, Edmond). OKLAHOMA CITYCroley, Harrell Ray Jr. “Hank”: 87, Hank’s Keys and Locks locksmith, died Feb. 3. Services 2 p.m. Thursday, Quail Springs Baptist Church. Services will be live streamed at https://qsbc.org/live/ (Mercer-Adams, Bethany).
Livestock report from the Oklahoma City Stockyards
       
A total of 195 cows and bulls sold with 30 percent going to packers. Supply included 60% Feeder Cattle (100% Steers); 15% Slaughter Cattle (89% Cows, 11% Bulls); 25% Replacement Cattle (50% Bred Cows, 12% Bred Heifers, 38% Cow-Calf Pairs). Average dressing Boners and Breakers $58-$68.50; Lean Cows $57-$63; High dressing $64-$71.50; Low dressing $57-$58, Very Low Dressing $44-$46. Lightweight cows Average dressing $60; High dressing not tested; Low dressing $57; Very Low dressing $44-$46. Average dressing $78-$87; High dressing not tested; Low dressing not tested.
Gov. Kevin Stitt signs order to reduce waits for driver's license appointments
       
Kevin Stitt took action Wednesday to reduce wait times for Oklahomans seeking to obtain or renew a driver's license. As some Oklahomans are facing monthslong waits to get appointments with the Department of Public Safety or local tag agents, Stitt issued an executive order to give the state additional flexibility to issue licenses. The Department of Public Safety and tag agencies are facing a backlog due to COVID-19 and the state's long-awaited rollout of REAL ID-compliant driver's licenses, for which there is pent-up demand. “The COVID pandemic has negatively affected so many of our normal processes, including renewing driver licenses and identification,” Stitt said in a news release. “No Oklahoman should have to wait months to obtain an ID or take a day off work to renew their license."
What to know about Oklahoma weather Friday: Highway patrol, National Guard preparing to help stranded motorists
       
OG&E stages gear, calls us workersAn Oklahoma Gas and Electric truck stocked with gear used to respond to storms like the one about to hit Oklahoma is pictured. Oklahoma Gas & Electric is prepared to respond to those types of situations as this latest event evolves. Earlier this week, it activated an incident command system to monitor the services it provides to its 858,000 customers. Rhodes said equipment that has been staged on the utility’s trucks includes power poles, wires, transformers, cross arms and insulators. “Obviously, if we do have blizzard-like conditions, our greatest concern is for our employees’ safety as they try to get to where they need to go to get power outages restored,” Rhodes said.
Oklahoma winter weather: A look at the records broken so far
       
Oklahoma winter weather: A look at the records broken so farOklahoma broke a daily record Monday for lowest recorded temperature ever on the date of Feb. 15. The previous daily record of minus-15 degrees was set in 1905 in Vinita. During the early morning hours Monday, Oklahoma Mesonet recorded minus-22 degrees in Kenton, located in the far western Oklahoma Panhandle. Oklahoma’s all-time record low was minus-31 degrees, set in Nowata on Feb. 10, 2011. According to the National Weather Service, the current streak began Feb. 8 and is expected to last until Feb. 19, which is only 11 days.
Oklahoma weather closings: Schools, churches, other services
       
Students board buses at Cesar Chavez Elementary school in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, May 16, 2017. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
Do you have questions about the Norman transit study?
       
Do you have questions about the Norman transit study? NORMAN — The city of Norman is inviting the public to weigh in on designs and route options that have been developed during the Go Norman Transit Study, a year-long comprehensive evaluation of the city’s existing transit service. City leadership has invited public participation throughout the study and designed several transit route concepts based on the feedback. “So far we’ve learned a lot through the Go Norman Transit Study about how people utilize public transit and how we can improve it,” said Taylor Johnson, public transit coordinator for the city of Norman. “We want to continue gaining valuable public feedback, especially during these last stages of planning so we can provide our citizens with transportation that works for them.”A public survey to gain feedback on the route concepts is now open.
Cherokee students entering college this fall can apply for this scholarship
       
Cherokee students entering college this fall can apply for this scholarshipThe Indian Women’s Pocahontas Club will offer 10 scholarships to graduating seniors for the 2021-22 school year. The club will sponsor 10 Cherokee students entering college with a $600-per-academic-year scholarship or endowment. Applications must be received by June 30. For more information regarding eligibility requirements, contact Jennifer at jennerskinner@gmail.com or go to www.indianwpc.org.
Just in time for spring
       
Tolonda Cole and her son, Jaziel Cole, 3, play with a new bat and ball during a Major League Baseball “Play Ball” event Saturday at Greater New Zion Baptist Church in Oklahoma City. [Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]
Mass shootings fall in Oklahoma, but nation faces record high
       
Mass shootings in Oklahoma fell to two in 2020 from four the year before, while nationally mass shootings jumped nearly 50% during a pandemic bringing also crippling unemployment, violent protests and idle youth. In 2020, Oklahoma reported two mass shootings that killed one and injured seven. A year earlier, the state had four mass shootings that killed five and injured 12. Among Oklahoma's deadliest shootings last year took place on Nov. 1 in Oklahoma City, killing one and injuring three. Authorities said the violence erupted at an event center where a large party was being held.
OU basketball: Sooners' 2OT win at West Virginia is 'definitely a push forward to the postseason'
       
OU basketball: Sooners' 2OT win at West Virginia is 'definitely a push forward to the postseason'In yet another nail-biting moment at the close of a wild game, OU found a way to come out on the right side. West Virginia had plenty of chances, especially at the end of regulation and the second overtime, to put the Sooners away. 12 Sooners, a 91-90 decision over No. 14 West Virginia on Saturday at WVU Coliseum in Morgantown. The short-term implications were plenty — a momentum-building road win in a tough environment, a seventh win in eight games and moving into second place in the Big 12.
NBA notebook: Nets star sorry for how his tenure with the Houston ended
       
NBA notebook: Nets star sorry for how his tenure with the Houston endedHarden sorry for how his tenure with the Houston endedJames Harden is sorry. It's been a month since his divorce from the Houston Rockets, and as he reflects back on it, he apologizes for how the eight-plus years with the organization ended. "I don't like it at all because that's not who I am," Harden told ESPN's Rachel Nichols. "The drama, the extra whatever you want to call it, the negativity for me. So I don't like how it necessarily happened.
College basketball notebook: Jones leads No. 13 Texas over TCU
       
Jones leads No. 13 Texas over TCUAndrew Jones scored 19 points to lead Texas to a 70-55 win over TCU on Saturday as the Longhorns got their first home win in nearly a month. Matt Coleman added 15 points and Jericho Sims had 11 points and eight rebounds for Texas, which had lost three of its last four at home, including the last two. Texas (13-5, 7-4 Big 12) started sloppy with three turnovers in three possessions but soon cleaned up those problems. Jones found it easy to create just about any shot he wanted on his way to 13 points in the first half.
Thunder vs. Bucks: Five takeaways from OKC's win over Milwaukee
       
Thunder vs. Bucks: Five takeaways from OKC's win over MilwaukeeJustin Jackson likes to get some shots up every game-day morning around 9 a.m., but he didn’t know if he could keep his routine Sunday with blistering winds and snow blanketing Oklahoma City. “Thankfully I was able to get in there,” Jackson said. A little more than 12 hours later Jackson rattled in a game-sealing 3-pointer with 14 seconds left in the Thunder’s 114-109 win against the Bucks at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Starting for just the second time this season, Jackson scored a team-high and season-high 22 points on 9-of-16 shooting.
Tramel: Oklahoma State basketball must cut down on turnovers to make a run in March Madness
       
Tramel: Oklahoma State basketball must cut down on turnovers to make a run in March MadnessCade Cunningham had just taken an alley-oop pass from Rondel Walker for a highlight-reel dunk that became a 3-point play. OSU had a 25-14 lead early on Kansas State. But on the Cowboys’ next possession, Cunningham hurried the ball upcourt, lost control of his dribble and the Wildcats came up with a steal. OSU does many things well and seems headed for its first NCAA Tournament since 2017 and potentially its first March Madness victory since 2009. But OSU has a couple of major weaknesses that could loom large as this basketball season hits the homestretch.
Oklahoma high school football recruiting: Choctaw OL Cade McConnell commits to TCU
       
CHOCTAW – One of the top offensive linemen in the state has made his college decision. Cade McConnell, a junior at Choctaw, announced Sunday he was verbally committing to TCU. McConnell earned a selection to The Oklahoman's 108th All-State football team as a second-team offensive lineman. 12 in The Oklahoman's way-too-early 2022 Super 30 rankings. Last season, McConnell anchored an offensive line that became one of the best in the state, helping lead Choctaw to the state championship game for the first time in 60 years.
How The Oklahoman selected the 2020 All-State Football Team
       
The Oklahoman sent nomination forms to every high school football coach in Oklahoma via email, asking head coaches to nominate candidates for the All-State team and enter their season statistics into The Oklahoman’s database. Coaches were alerted of the nomination forms going out and their due dates in print, online and social media posts. Coaches didn’t have to nominate their players to be honored, but those nominations are pivotal in making selections. If a player was not nominated, or if he or his team’s stats were not submitted to The Oklahoman, he may not be recognized. Selections began after reviewing forms and consulting with other staff writers and correspondents, along with some coaches.
College basketball winners and losers: OU flexes Big 12 muscle; Villanova suffers upset in Big East
       
Meanwhile the Mountaineers (14-6) continue to show that they're one of coach Bob Huggins most offensively gifted teams. Oklahoma survived West Virginia 91-90 in double overtime off an Austin Reaves game-winner. The Sooners are coming into their own and can use the double-overtime win over West Virginia as a propellant to finish this next month strong and peak in March when it matters. 1 seed in the NCAA selection committee's top 16 seed reveal. 1 seed on Selection Sunday, it'll have to keep beating teams like Indiana and rely on the strength of the Big Ten (the No.
Opinion: Detroit Pistons' Blake Griffin may not have 'it' anymore, but has enough to boost rebuild
       
But if you think it’s hard to watch Blake Griffin play basketball these days, imagine what it’s like for him? Both in the way he carries himself on the court and the way he carries himself in the locker room. And yet as much as the money is an issue for next year, and as much as he struggles to regain some semblance of his old self — and by old self I mean his 2019 self — he is still finding subtle ways to propel the organizational reboot. On Tuesday night against the Brooklyn Nets, Griffin took 11 shots and made four of them. That’s not terrible, but it’s hardly the high percentage he used to shoot when he could hammer dunk over everyone.
Oklahoma All-State Football 2020: Jenks’ Keith Riggs guided Trojans back to the top amidst constant uncertainty
       
JENKS — When it comes to the 2020 football season, Keith Riggs hopes to never have a repeat of it again. Sure, his Jenks football team won the Class 6A-I state title after coming up short in the championship game his first two seasons as head coach. Jenks was arguably the state’s best team at the end of the season, and it was the school’s first state title since 2015. “It’s an understatement to say the season was a challenge,” Riggs said. “It was something new for every coach out there, whether you had 30 years of experience or it was your first year as head coach.”
Daniel Berger has the final say and wins at Pebble Beach
       
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. — Daniel Berger got into the mix quickly with an eagle and finished it off with one even better, holing a 30-foot putt on the par-5 18th for a 7-under 65 and a two-shot victory Sunday in the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. Berger won for the second time since the PGA Tour returned to golf from the COVID-19 pandemic, starting with a playoff victory at Colonial last June. This was another wild chase on a crisp, breezy day along the Pacific, and Jordan Spieth went from leading to lagging. He went from a two-shot lead to a three-shot deficit through six holes, going from the leading character to a support role. Spieth birdied the last two holes for a 70 to tie for third with Patrick Cantlay (68).
Sooners stun No. 19 West Virginia women with 4th quarter rally
       
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Madi Williams scored 21 points and Taylor Robertson 20 and Oklahoma pulled off a surprise 72-71 win over 19th-ranked West Virginia on Saturday. Facing a 66-57 deficit entering the fourth quarter, the Sooners went on a 15-0 run over a nearly eight-minute span and the Mountaineers never recovered. West Virginia missed 11 of 13-shot attempts in the fourth quarter and turned it over seven times. The Mountaineers coughed it up a total of 20 times. Despite the collapse, Kirsten Deans buried a 3-pointer with 28 seconds left to bring West Virginia within the game's final margin.
Oklahoma All-State football 2020: Owen Ostroski’s talent, tenacity helped Tulsa Holland Hall reach new heights
       
TULSA — Owen Ostroski had a fiery message on the morning of his final day as a high school football player. “WOKE UP PISSED OFF,” the Tulsa Holland Hall star tweeted hours before taking on Tulsa Lincoln Christian in the Class 3A state title game. Ostroski's pent-up aggression showed when the teams met at the University of Central Oklahoma’s Wantland Stadium in Edmond. The defensive lineman was a nightmare to block and constantly caused disruptions in the backfield. He finished with eight tackles, including 3½ for loss, and half a sack as Tulsa Holland Hall earned a 35-7 victory.
NBA notebook: Wall opens up about Wizards trade, says he felt disrespected
       
Wall opens up about Wizards trade, says he felt disrespectedAs John Wall gets set to return to Washington for the first time as an opponent Monday, he reflected on the trade to the Houston Rockets, saying that the Wizards were not honest with him during the process. "I felt like I deserved the honesty and respect because I’ve been there for 10 years," Wall told The Athletic on Saturday. "I think I did everything I could and gave everything I had, heart and soul to the organization on and off the court." Wall told The Athletic that he ultimately felt that a trade was coming, but was still surprised he was sent to Houston on Dec. 2. He added that the organization that drafted him first overall in 2010 was not truthful with him, especially since general manager Tommy Shepard said a week before that there was "no plans to trade John."
Oklahoma All-State football 2020: Bixby’s Braylin Presley played his best against the top competition
       
BIXBY — It took Braylin Presley a while to get through all of the notifications on his phone when he got back in the locker room. The junior running back at Bixby had just put on a show on national television. The Spartans’ Week 10 contest against Tulsa Booker T. Washington was aired on ESPN, and Presley was no stranger to the big stage. When he got back in the locker room, he quickly saw the results of his national performance. Presley had numerous tweets from friends, family and college fans wanting their teams to offer him.
OU football: Sooners' secondary starting to fit the mold Alex Grinch has long desired
       
But the secondary morphed from there, with Tre Norwood’s role expanding greatly, Woodi Washington eventually moving into the starting lineup at cornerback and several other young players — Jeremiah Criddell and D.J. Graham among them — were on the field at critical times as well. The Sooners racked up interceptions late in the season, with at least one in each of the final six games, averaging more than two per game over that stretch. In the last two games, OU had three each — all but one of those by defensive backs. Tre Brown came up big once again in the Big 12 Championship Game with an interception that sealed the win (plus two critical kick returns).
Remembering Dale Earnhardt: Junior reflects on events of 2001 and what followed that Daytona 500
       
Remembering Dale Earnhardt: Junior reflects on events of 2001 and what followed that Daytona 500Dale Earnhardt Jr. says the entire 2001 NASCAR racing season takes residence in a heavily fogged area of his memory because of his father’s death in the season-opening Daytona 500. “I don’t remember much about that year,” Earnhardt said in an exclusive interview with the Daytona Beach News-Journal. “It was just very heavy, very weighty; cloudy and it was a dark mood.”His father’s race team, Dale Earnhardt Inc., had reached a new high as Michael Waltrip won the 2001 Daytona 500 and was followed across the finish line by 26-year-old Earnhardt Jr. Yet that definitive high would soon turn into the ultimate despair after Earnhardt Sr. hit the outside, concrete retaining wall in Turn 4, sparking a mass pileup which cost the seven-time NASCAR champion his life.
Tramel: Can former Sooners QB Josh Heupel last long enough to coach Volunteers vs. OU football in 2024?
       
Tramel: Can former Sooners QB Josh Heupel last long enough to coach Volunteers vs. OU football in 2024? Sept. 7, 2024, could provide an interesting reunion on the banks of the Tennessee River. If Josh Heupel can last that long as the University of Tennessee football coach. The Volunteers hired Heupel two weeks ago, in the wake of an NCAA investigation that cost Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt his job. But if Heupel can make it the 2024 season, he’ll see a quite familiar shade of red enter Neyland Stadium the second week of the season.
Carlson: What does Big 12 football schedule predict for OU, OSU? Here's what we read in the tea leaves
       
Carlson: What does Big 12 football schedule predict for OU, OSU? There are going to be clunker matchups — every conference has them — so the schedule makers do everything they can to strike a balance. Schedule makers try to avoid having teams play in the regular-season finale if the opponents are likely to play again the following week in the conference championship game. So, with all that in mind, what are we to make of the Big 12 schedule? Or the Big 12 in general?
Meet The Oklahoman’s 108th All-State football first team
       
FIRST-TEAM DEFENSE DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR Owen Ostroski, Tulsa Holland Hall Senior defensive lineman Ht./Wt. : 6-2, 245 College choice: Tulsa Domination is one word to describe Ostroski’s season. : 6-4, 198 College choice: Texas A&M This is Daniels second straight season being named first team at defensive back. : 5-10, 170 College choice: Lindenwood Patrick was a star for the Class 6A-I champions. : 6-1, 170 College choice: Garden City McGuire returned six of his eight kick returns for touchdowns.
Tramel: How the Big 12 is challenging Big Ten for college basketball supremacy
       
Tramel: How the Big 12 is challenging Big Ten for college basketball supremacyBig 12 basketball looks stronger than it’s ever been. Five teams in the NCAA selection committee’s top 16 via the first bracket reveal of the season. But the Big 12 probably takes a backseat to the Big Ten in terms of overall conference prowess this season. The selection committee’s rankings released Saturday included No. The Big 12 had No.
Oklahoma high school wrestling: Boys regional tournaments pushed back to Friday and Saturday
       
The high school boys wrestling regional tournaments have been moved to Friday and Saturday. Regionals were originally set for last Friday and Saturday. The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association announced last week it was postponing the tournaments to Thursday and Friday as severe winter weather swept through the state. The OSSAA announced Monday on its website the tournaments will be pushed back another day and the Class 5A East Regional has been moved from Tahlequah to Claremore. The first seven weight classes will wrestle Friday, and the other seven will compete on Saturday.
How Thunder's Vanessa Brooks blazed historic trail as NBA physical therapist/trainer
       
Vanessa Brooks was in a residency program at Duke when she received a LinkedIn message from Donnie Strack, the Thunder’s vice president of human and player performance. Strack had seen Brooks’ impressive resume, which included athletic training experience from her undergrad days at Georgia, a doctorate degree from Emory University in Atlanta, sports medicine work at Duke and what would soon be a physical therapy sports fellowship at Wake Forest. But despite her credentials, Brooks, then in her mid 20s, didn’t know how to respond. “I first thought, 'Oh no, LinkedIn has spam, too,'” Brooks said.
Bedlam basketball: OU vs. Oklahoma State game moved to Big Monday on March 1
       
Bedlam basketball is going primetime. The Big 12 announced Monday morning that the rescheduled basketball game between OU and Oklahoma State in Stillwater was again moved -- this time to Big Monday on March 1. The game was set to be played on Jan. 16, but OSU was unable to play due to COVID-19 protocols. Instead, the game was set for Thursday, Feb. 25, at 8 p.m. until the decision was made to take advantage of the extra week in the schedule between the regular season and the Big 12 Tournament.
Morning roundup: Williams looks to lopsided series, Njokovic injured for Australian Open quarterfinals
       
Morning roundup: Williams looks to lopsided series, Njokovic injured for Australian Open quarterfinals shares emailSerena Williams celebrates after winning her fourth-round match against Aryna Sabalenka at the Australian Open in Melbourne, Australia, on Sunday. [AP Photo/Hamish Blair]TENNIS Williams looks to lopsided series, Njokovic injured Serena Williams goes up against Simona Halep in the quarterfinals — their 12th meeting on tour in a matchup that dates to a decade ago. Williams leads the series 9-2, but Halep won their most recent showdown, 6-2, 6-2 in the 2019 Wimbledon final. That was one of four consecutive defeats in Grand Slam title matches for Williams as she chases her record-tying 24th major singles trophy.
How to watch Oklahoma State vs. Iowa State men's basketball: Live stream, game time, lineups
       
• Cowboys junior guard and team leader Isaac Likekele did not play Saturday in the win against Kansas State as he rested a foot injury. • OSU’s up-tempo attack is the best in the Big 12. • OSU won the first matchup this season, 81-60, against the under-manned Cyclones, who had just six scholarship players available. The Cowboys have won three straight in the series and a win would mean the first four-game streak since 2009-11. PROJECTED STARTERSIowa State (2-14, 0-11 Big 12)
Thunder vs. Trail Blazers: How to watch, live stream, time, lineups
       
Thunder vs. Trail Blazers: How to watch, live stream, time, lineupsThree things to know• The Thunder beat the Trail Blazers 125-122 on Jan. 25 in Portland. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander led the Thunder with 24 points, nine rebounds and six assists. • Portland guard Damian Lillard is fourth in the NBA in scoring (29.2 points per game) behind Bradley Beal, Stephen Curry and Joel Embiid. • The Thunder has a three-game winning streak against the Trail Blazers.
Opinion: J.J. Watt is leaving Houston because Texans made staying unthinkable
       
There are many reasons why the Houston Texans have recently been one of the great cosmic examples of putridity. It's the way the former coach, Bill O'Brien, made inexplicable trades. Like dumping DeAndre Hopkins for a bag of peanuts and Jadeveon Clowney for a bag of candy corn. It's the history of awful Texans ownership with Bob McNair calling players "inmates." Or it's the fact a graduate of the Clown Academy of Red Nose Floppy Shoes College having an influential position in the organization.
Carlson: Here's the case for Thunder guard Hamidou Diallo as NBA's most improved player
       
Energy was never a problem with Diallo, especially on defense, but offensively, he was more erratic than fluid, more uncertain than sure. He should be in the conversation for the NBA’s most improved player. Not saying he will win it — have you seen what former Thunder reclamation project Jerami Grant is doing in Detroit? — but Diallo has clearly made the biggest strides on the Thunder roster. “I would say the biggest thing is just opportunity,” Diallo said of how he explains the difference between where he is now and where he was a year ago.
Daytona 500: Michael McDowell beats 100-1 odds for upset in No. 34 Love's car
       
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Michael McDowell was glued to Brad Keselowski's bumper, watching and waiting for his chance to win the Daytona 500. McDowell was certain Keselowski would go for it eventually, and when he did, McDowell would play his hand. On the final lap, Keselowski attempted to dart around Logano, but Logano threw a block on his teammate that crashed them both. McDowell stayed right where he was, flat in the gas, and drove through a crash scene for a stunning upset. "I knew I didn't want to make my move too early, so I was committed to the (Keselowski) bumper and when he made the move, the hole opened up."
NBA notebook: Pistons, Blake Griffin looking to part ways through buyout or trade
       
Pistons, Blake Griffin looking to part waysFormer six-time All-Star and former Oklahoma standout Blake Griffin's time with the Detroit Pistons is coming to an end, after the team and player agreed he will be out of the lineup until a resolution on his future is reached, Pistons general manager Troy Weaver said in a statement Monday. "I am grateful to the Pistons for understanding what I want to accomplish in my career and for working together on the best path forward," Griffin said in his statement. Griffin's mammoth contract makes a trade difficult. His cap hit is $36.8 million this season, and he holds a player option for $38.9 million in 2021-22.
Oklahoma high school basketball: Aaliyah Moore a finalist for Naismith National Girls Player of the Year
       
Aaliyah Moore is closing in on another accolade to add to her outstanding high school career. On Tuesday, Aaliyah was named one of five finalists for the Jersey Mike’s Naismith National High School Girls Basketball Player of the Year. The award is one of the top accolades a high school athlete can receive. “These finalists represent the nation’s top high school girls players and coaches who have enjoyed remarkable success this season, despite the challenges brought on in a global pandemic, through their play on the court or their leadership from the sidelines,” Eric Oberman, executive director of the Atlanta Tipoff Club said in a release. “The final few weeks of this season will be extremely competitive among the candidates as it always is, which makes narrowing this list down to one winner for each award an exciting challenge for our voters.”
Oklahoma State football: Why Spencer Sanders is the Cowboys' present and future at quarterback
       
Oklahoma State football: Why Spencer Sanders is the Cowboys' present and future at quarterbackSTILLWATER — Holding the MVP trophy from the Cheez-It Bowl in December, Spencer Sanders had firmed up his grip on Oklahoma State’s starting quarterback job. Sanders turned in his best performance of the year in the season’s final game, showing the consistency, accuracy and game management the Cowboys needed from their leader. Here’s a look at where the Cowboys’ quarterback position stands heading into 2021:Season rewind: It had the look of a long year from the start, when Sanders suffered an ankle injury on the first series of the season opener against Tulsa.
Mike Stoops fell on his sword for Lincoln Riley
       
Riley called the decision “probably the hardest day I’ve had here as a head coach for sure. Tough cause I know what Mike’s meant to this program, the kind of guy he is, the friend he’s been to me. Very difficult, but at the same time my job’s to make the best decision for this program and for this team right now. “I just, at the end of the day, I felt like we needed a new voice. It was all about this team and what’s best right now, and that’s what I felt was best.”Riley admitted that his relationship with Bob Stoops made the decision “tough.
Tramel: NBA lottery lunacy — Thunder has a better record than Houston or Miami
       
The NBA standings are wild, and it’s not like the season just started. Most teams have played between 25 and 30 games, which means the season is about 37 percent completed. But the Thunder also doesn’t want to damage its lottery odds, since the 2021 NBA Draft is a huge part of the OKC rebuild. Just Sunday and Monday, the Bulls, Timberwolves, Pistons and Knickerbockers all won games, and the Wizards won twice. Those are teams either behind the Thunder in the standings or jostling with OKC a little above the dregs.
The Oklahoman's high school athletes of the week for Feb. 8-14
       
Here are The Oklahoman's high school athletes of the week for Feb. 8-14:Boys basketballIsrael Hart, Sr., Midwest City: The guard had a terrific performance as Class 6A No. 9 Midwest City knocked off No. Hart scored 25 points to go along with five rebounds and four assists. He has averaged nearly 25 points per game in the calendar year, helping the Bombers to a 10-3 mark in 2021. Hart has become one of the most impactful guards in the city.
Oklahoma high school sports: OSSAA announces delays to playoff events
       
The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association announced Tuesday numerous delays to playoff schedules for all winter sports. The winter storm, along with more snow expected Tuesday night into Wednesday, is cause for the delays. The Class A and B basketball regional tournaments have been delayed until Saturday, Monday and Tuesday. The Classes 4A-3A-2A basketball district tournaments have been delayed until Monday and Tuesday. All games will be at the same sites and times.
Oklahoma State basketball: Cowboys' rematch with Baylor postponed
       
STILLWATER — Oklahoma State’s second shot at Baylor is going to have to wait. The Cowboys’ scheduled game Saturday at the second-ranked Bears was postponed with no make-up date announced, the Big 12 announced Tuesday afternoon. No reason was provided by the conference, though Baylor has not played since Feb. 2 due to COVID-19 protocols. In that span, Baylor has had six games postponed. OSU lost the first matchup 81-66, but was without superstar Cade Cunningham (COVID-19 protocols) and Rondel Walker (arm).
Opinion: Blake Griffin and Pistons breaking up will be a win-win
       
These days, we can only assume that he can still dunk. More than 440 NBA players have gotten at least one slam down in that span, but none are from Griffin, and there might not be another anytime soon. The Detroit Pistons and the former OU star are going to be splitting up sometime in the coming weeks, after the sides revealed Monday that they've decided it best to go their separate ways. But, eventually and not surprisingly, it will come down to money. So, if the Pistons are really going to move on, they'll probably have to just take the hit, negotiate a buyout and truly start fresh.
NBA notebook: Spurs have 4 players positive, Atlanta has All-Star concerns
       
Spurs have 4 players positive, Atlanta has All-Star concernsThe San Antonio Spurs are dealing with a coronavirus outbreak among four players, the NBA said Tuesday, meaning the Spurs will not play until the middle of next week at the earliest. Meanwhile, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms — whose city was picked to play host to the NBA All-Star Game and skills competitions on March 7 — raised major concerns about the notion of fans coming to the city for the events. “People should not travel to Atlanta to party,” she said in a statement to The Associated Press. The NBA on Tuesday postponed five more games: the next three for the Spurs — at Cleveland on Wednesday, at New York on Saturday and at Indiana on Monday — as well as the next two for the Charlotte Hornets while contact tracing is completed.
10 NCAA Tournament bubble teams sweating the most a month from Selection Sunday
       
One résumé-staining loss can be a deal-breaker for some teams, while for others a Quadrant 1 (top-25 home, top-75 away) victory can make all the difference. Here’s a look at which teams are sweating the most heading into play Tuesday. 10 seed in USA TODAY Sports’ latest bracketology, the Tar Heels (12-7, 7-5) have a NET score of 57 with no bad losses. There is a road win over fellow bubble team Duke serving as the marquee victory. Drake, previously unbeaten just a few weeks ago, may have lost its mantle in the MVC but that one major victory speaks volumes because the Ramblers have a top-10 NET score.
Oklahoma State basketball: 3 takeaways from Cowboys' win over Iowa State
       
Oklahoma State coach Mike Boynton hopes people can sit back and appreciate what Cade Cunningham is doing this season. “He’s having a hell of a year and doing it when everyone expects him to, when everybody’s giving him their best shot defensively,” Boynton said. “For the most part, he shows up and performs at a pretty high level every night. “He’s not always as efficient as he was today. Man, if somehow we can just step back for a second and understand there’s a 19-year-old out there in a lot of ways dominating college basketball games without people even noticing, it’s pretty impressive.”Tuesday afternoon was no different.
Thunder at Grizzlies: How to watch, live stream, time, lineups
       
• This game was originally scheduled for the second half of the season. The Thunder and Grizzlies will both be playing on the second night of a back-to-back. • Grizzlies rookie Desmond Bane ranks fifth in the NBA in 3-point shooting (48.2%). Bane and Thunder forward Kenrich Williams were teammates at TCU for two seasons (2016-18). • Memphis center Jaren Jackson Jr. has missed the entire season as he recovers from left knee surgery.
Tramel: Mike Stoops made a 'career-saving' decision to work for Nick Saban after OU football tenure ended
       
Mike Stoops sounds the same. Same as he did when pounding the coaching-booth table for Kansas State and when being the brash alter ego of brother Bob during the OU renaissance and when defiantly defending the defensive stumbles in his second Sooner stint. Except there’s a new halt in his voice. A conciliatory tone. Mike Stoops with a crisis of confidence.
Kansas State at Oklahoma State women's basketball: How to watch, tip time, lineups
       
• The Cowgirls are seeking their 12th win in Big 12 play, which would be the program’s most in a season since the conference was formed. • OSU point guard Ja’Mee Asberry made five 3-pointers in Saturday’s win over Texas Tech. • Since becoming a mainstay in the starting lineup in late January, Cowgirl sophomore guard Lauren Fields has seen a spike in productivity. She’s scored in double-figures in four of the last six games and is averaging 12.7 points per game during that span. PROJECTED STARTERSKansas State (6-12, 1-10 Big 12)
Tramel: OU football has played against the MAC less than any other major-college conference
       
Tramel: OU football has played against the MAC less than any other major-college conferenceOU football soon can check off another from its list of major-college opponents that never have shared a field with the Sooners. OU revealed last week that it will host Kent State on Sept. 10, 2022. In fact, Kent State will become just the fourth Mid-American Conference program to compete against OU. OU’s three games against the MAC are the fewest against any Division I-A conference. The Sooners have played just four games against Sun Belt Conference teams, going 2-0 against both Louisiana-Monroe (2013, 2016) and Arkansas State (1992, 2000).
Thunder vs. Trail Blazers: Five takeaways from OKC's loss to Portland
       
Thunder vs. Trail Blazers: Five takeaways from OKC's loss to PortlandThe Thunder opened the fourth quarter on a 23-4 run. What had been a 24-point Trail Blazers advantage was erased. After the Thunder took a 102-97 lead, Lillard and the Trail Blazers finished with an 18-2 flurry for a 115-104 win over the Thunder on Tuesday night in Oklahoma City. Thunder guard Luguentz Dort played lockdown defense, but there’s no locking down Lillard.
OU basketball: Sooners' game vs. Texas postponed due to winter weather
       
NORMAN — The winter storm that's moved across Oklahoma and Texas kept pushing the matchup between No. 12 Texas back. Now, the game has been postponed indefinitely, the Big 12 announced Wednesday. The game was originally scheduled for Tuesday, then pushed back to Wednesday and then to Thursday, as the Longhorns have not been able to travel from Austin. The Sooners are scheduled to play at Iowa State at 5 p.m. Saturday (ESPN2).
'Scoring is just my job': How Cameron's Brooke McCormack set an Oklahoma high school basketball record
       
'Scoring is just my job': How Cameron's Brooke McCormack set an Oklahoma high school basketball recordBrooke McCormack has always been fueled by her competitive spirit. “She doesn’t like getting beat in practice. She doesn’t like getting beat in a game. She doesn’t like getting beat. "In practice, while we’re running sprints, she’s throwing up in the trashcan and then she’s winning the next sprint.
Opinion: Warriors’ Draymond Green exposes double standard on how NBA players and organizations are viewed
       
In fairness to the Pistons and to the Cavaliers, they have tried to make this a win-win resolution for all parties. The Pistons sent out a release with statements from general manager Troy Weaver about his stated plans and talks with Griffin and his representatives. With Green speaking with Drummond before Monday’s game, you cannot help but wonder if Green spoke on behalf of his friend. Regardless, Green’s overall issue with Drummond’s situation does not just rest with him and the details of his specific situation. Instead, Green’s main gripe points to the double standard on how NBA franchises and star players are viewed when they try to end their partnership for the sake of a better future.
OU basketball: How Lon Kruger's ever-changing starting lineups have developed deepest Sooners team in years
       
NORMAN — During OU's run to the Final Four in 2016, Sooners coach Lon Kruger started the same lineup 37 consecutive times. The year before, the same five starters started all 35 games. In 2013-14, OU had the same starting lineup in all 33 games. In fact, during that 105-game stretch, four of the Sooners’ starters remained the same, with only the center spot changing from year to year. This season, as OU has its best chance to make a deep NCAA Tournament run since 2016, there hasn’t been nearly that level of stability.
Sooners have very little football history with MAC
       
Sooners have very little football history with MACOU football soon can check off another from its list of major-college opponents that never have shared a field with the Sooners. OU revealed last week that it will host Kent State on Sept. 10, 2022. In fact, Kent State will become just the fourth Mid-American Conference program to compete against OU. The Sooners beat Akron 41-3 in 2015, Ball State 62-6 in 2011 and Bowling Green State 40-24 in 2004. The Sooners have played just four games against Sun Belt Conference teams, going 2-0 against both Louisiana-Monroe (2013, 2016) and Arkansas State (1992, 2000).
Opinion: As Simone Biles pushes limits of gymnastics, gymnastics may push back again
       
It looks as if international gymnastics officials will get a second chance to do right by Simone Biles. In a 60 Minutes interview Sunday night, the Olympic champion was shown training a Yurchenko double pike vault, a skill no woman has tried yet in competition. Should Biles decide to do it at the Tokyo Olympics, or a World Cup meet before that, the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) will have to assign it a value. Which means it can either recognize Biles’ greatness, or it can punish her for being better than everyone else and continue dumbing down the sport. Given the FIG’s track record, I’m not overly optimistic about what it will choose.
From new(ish)-look Dodgers to star shortstops, four things to watch for as MLB spring training gets underway
       
From new(ish)-look Dodgers to star shortstops, four things to watch for as MLB spring training gets underwayEleven months after Major League Baseball told its players, fans and executives to scatter, they have returned to Florida and Arizona – tentatively hopeful, relieved there is any baseball at all, wisened by several months of living through pandemic protocols. Spring training arrived Wednesday, and while there is a bit less uncertainty than on March 12, 2020, when the novel coronavirus compelled MLB to shutter for four months, the league will convene at its 30 training camps for a spring like no other. The game itself? It’s always changing, particularly in Pandemic Season II. With that, a look at what to watch as pitchers and catchers trickle in, beginning Wednesday:
Morning Roundup: Big Ben's future with Steelers in doubt
       
The Steelers have 19 players heading to free agency, including wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster and outside linebacker Bud Dupree. That doesn't include perennial Pro Bowl center Maurkice Pouncey or tight end Vance McDonald, close friends of Roethlisberger who have retired in recent weeks. Roethlisberger currently holds a $41.25 million salary-cap hit in 2021, the highest of any player in the league. Colbert expressed confidence in backup quarterback Mason Rudolph, the short-term (and possibly long-term) solution if Roethlisberger retires or plays elsewhere, though he stopped short of promising to sign Rudolph to a contract extension. Rudolph is 5-4 as a starter and played well in the 2020 regular-season finale against Cleveland while Roethlisberger sat out to rest.
Tramel: Thunder showing that epic NBA comebacks are becoming almost normal
       
Tramel: Thunder showing that epic NBA comebacks are becoming almost normalThe Thunder trailed the Portland Trail Blazers 82-58 midway through the third quarter Tuesday night. Soon enough, the Thunder had regained the lead, up by five, 102-97, with five minutes left. Then Damian Lillard turned into Damian Lillard, and Portland went home a 115-104 winner. But the Thunder had staged a remarkable comeback. Later Tuesday, the Suns led the Netropolitans 73-49, but Brooklyn stormed back and beat Phoenix 128-124.
'No excuses': Inside the Thunder's winter-travel adventure to face the Grizzlies
       
'No excuses': Inside the Thunder's winter-travel adventure to face the GrizzliesThunder center Mike Muscala is in his eighth NBA season, but Wednesday night marked a first for him. “That’s the first time I’ve traveled the day of a game in the NBA,” Muscala said. The Thunder walked into FedExForum in Memphis less than two hours before tip-off, having driven straight from the airport to the arena. Due to the weather in Oklahoma City, the Thunder wasn’t able to fly to Memphis after its home game Tuesday night against the Trail Blazers. Instead, it left late in the afternoon Wednesday for the 8 p.m. game against the Grizzlies.
Oklahoma high school football: Mike Corley found a way to make Carl Albert's dynasty even mightier
       
MIDWEST CITY — Gary Rose doesn’t quite remember who recommended him to hire Mike Corley as an assistant coach. Corley was a rising defensive assistant at Duncan, and Rose, the head coach at Carl Albert, was looking for someone to join his staff. Back in 2003, Rose hired Corley, who would go on to take over the program following Rose's retirement in 2017. Rose made many successful hires during his career, even him saying he never made a mistake there. “He was one of the best hires I ever made,” Rose said.
Carlson: Due to COVID-19, college basketball teams should consider this detour on road to NCAA Tournament
       
Carlson: Due to COVID-19, college basketball teams should consider this detour on road to NCAA TournamentWord out of the Pacific Northwest is, Gonzaga may opt out of its conference tournament. Seems like a no-brainer for the Zags during the pandemic. They are undefeated and a shoo-in for the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. The top overall seed in the selection committee’s rankings has little to gain at the West Coast Conference tournament. But here’s where the news coming from the other side of the Rockies gets interesting — BYU might opt out of the WCC tournament, too.
Thunder at Bucks: How to watch, live stream, time, lineups
       
• The Thunder beat the Bucks 114-109 last Sunday in Oklahoma City. Justin Jackson led the Thunder with 22 points. • Milwaukee had lost four straight games heading into its Thursday night matchup against Toronto. It was the first four-game losing streak for the Bucks since Mike Budenholzer took over before the 2018-19 season. • Bucks forward Bobby Portis is the only qualified player in the league shooting better than 55% from the floor and 45% from 3-point range.
Is Thunder guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander worthy of NBA All-Star bid? ‘He certainly looks like an All-Star’
       
Fans account for 50% of the starters vote, while players and media both account for 25%. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander will not be among the names revealed when starters for the NBA All-Star Game are announced Thursday night on TNT. All-Star reserves, however, are selected by NBA head coaches. The All-Star reserves will be announced Tuesday night on TNT, and that’s when Gilgeous-Alexander could hear his name called. “He certainly looks like an All-Star,” Thunder coach Mark Daigneault said.
Trey Alexander, Aaliyah Moore highlight Oklahoma's nominees for 2021 McDonald's All-American game
       
Heritage Hall's Trey Alexander and Moore's Aaliyah Moore highlight Oklahoma's selected nominees for the 2021 McDonald's All-American game. Nominees were announced Thursday, and numerous Oklahomans appear on the list. There are six boys and 12 girls nominated for the annual McDonald's All-American game. The selections for the McDonald's All-American team will be announced later this month. The Woodward boys and Deer Creek girls had three nominees each.
Tramel: Oklahoma State basketball's counter is speedy centers, Kalib Boone & Matthew-Alexander Moncrieffe
       
Kalib Boone and Matthew-Alexander Moncrieffe are slender centers. Not slender as in 7-foot slender. A college basketball team can win with post men like that. For example, the way Boone and Moncrieffe played in OSU’s 76-58 victory over Iowa State on Tuesday. He made eight of 14 shots, to go with three steals and a blocked shot.
OKC Dodgers return in April. Here is their new-look schedule
       
OKC Dodgers return in April. Here is their new-look scheduleThe Oklahoma City Dodgers are on track to play their first baseball game in more than a year. OKC's long-awaited return to Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark is set for Thursday, April 15, against Round Rock, the organization announced Thursday morning. But OKC is back for 142 games this season, including 72 at The Brick. The Dodgers are closely working with the OKC-County Health Department to set health and safety protocols.
Opinion: Everyone is a winner in Eagles' Carson Wentz deal with Colts
       
After weeks of speculation, the Carson Wentz trade watch came to an end Thursday as the Philadelphia Eagles and Indianapolis Colts agreed to a deal that will send the sixth-year pro to Indy and multiple early draft picks to Philly. The Colts agreed to part with a 2021 third-round pick and a 2022 conditional second-round pick that could turn into a first if Wentz plays 75% of his new team’s snaps this year. Meanwhile, the Eagles also save $10 million in roster bonuses due to Wentz in 2021, and they rid themselves of $25.4 million of guaranteed base salary in 2021. Indianapolis fills the quarterback void created by Philip Rivers’ retirement, and Wentz gets a fresh start overseen by one of his most-trusted mentors in Colts head coach Frank Reich. This was the move that NFL insiders long classified as the most logical for Wentz, the Colts and the Eagles.
Opinion: Time is running out for Serena Williams to win Grand Slam No. 24 — and she knows it
       
Opinion: Time is running out for Serena Williams to win Grand Slam No. 24 — and she knows itAfter yet another loss late in a Grand Slam to a young superstar, each one a bit less competitive than the last, Williams is running out of options and running out of time to sneak in one more major title. And she knows it. If we’re being honest, Williams’ 6-3, 6-4 loss to Osaka in the semifinals of the Australian Open wasn’t a passing of the torch because that happened several Grand Slams ago. Because if Serena doesn’t believe that anymore, what’s the point of being out there?
Thunder vs. Bucks: Five takeaways from OKC's loss at Milwaukee
       
Thunder vs. Bucks: Five takeaways from OKC's loss at MilwaukeeShai Gilgeous-Alexander walked to the Thunder’s bench and threw down a towel as he took a seat. Gilgeous-Alexander was limited to 14 points, five assists and four rebounds in the Thunder’s 98-85 loss at the Bucks on Friday night. “Just a bad night,” Gilgeous-Alexander said. “I missed a couple easy ones, missed a bunch of free throws, shots that I usually make.
Tramel: When Al Horford sits, the Thunder struggles. That's good news for his trade value.
       
The Thunder led Memphis 11-8 Wednesday night. The Grizzlies were on their way to scoring on eight straight possessions. This was a decent offensive night for the Thunder, too, so the game was competitive. Then the Grizzlies scored on 11 straight possessions, took a 106-92 lead with 6:09 left, and this game was over. Landed in Memphis, de-planed and went straight to FedEx Forum, not arriving until about 5 p.m., two hours before tipoff.
Carlson: Thunder's Mark Daigneault isn't only up-and-coming coach in the house. Meet his wife, Ashley Kerr
       
Carlson: Thunder's Mark Daigneault isn't only up-and-coming coach in the house. Meet his wife, Ashley KerrAshley Kerr took a chance leaving Florida for Oklahoma. As an aspiring coach, she had a good gig working for the Gators, and she could’ve stayed put, could’ve tried to climb up the coaching ranks there. But she thought she was ready for a new challenge in a new place. That storyline may sound a little familiar — Thunder coach Mark Daigneault did the same.
Morning Roundup: Phillies catcher J.T. Realmuto has fracture in right thumb
       
BASEBALLPhillies catcher J.T. Realmuto has fracture in right thumbPhiladelphia Phillies two-time All-Star catcher J.T. Realmuto has a small fracture in his right thumb and will be evaluated again in two weeks. He practiced on the first day of spring training Wednesday but an MRI later revealed the break. His hand will be immobilized but it's possible he'll still catch pitchers during bullpen sessions.
Oklahoma State women's basketball: Ja'Mee Asberry's confidence is soaring and her shots are falling
       
Oklahoma State women's basketball: Ja'Mee Asberry's confidence is soaring and her shots are fallingSTILLWATER — Ja’Mee Asberry wanted to be a better shooter. A standout point guard for the Oklahoma State women’s basketball team, Asberry’s primary contributions were handling the ball and distributing it to others. But she believed she could be a more efficient scorer from the perimeter, and last offseason, she turned her focus to that development of her game. “She didn’t only rework her shot, she revamped her shot and put in a lot of time,” OSU coach Jim Littell said. “She’s put in all kinds of time on her skillset, and she’s being rewarded for it right now.”
Iowa State at Oklahoma State women's basketball: How to watch, live stream, tip time, lineups
       
• The Cowgirls are looking to avenge a 90-80 loss to Iowa State on Jan. 13 in Ames. It was OSU’s first loss in conference play. • OSU has won seven of its last eight games, and all seven victories have been by double figures, with an average margin of victory of 19.6 points. The Cowgirls’ last game decided by single digits was a 67-59 loss to West Virginia on Jan. 16. • Cowgirl forward Natasha Mack has been at her best in conference play, where she is averaging 20.6 points, 12.9 rebounds and 4.4 blocked shots per game.
OU football: Sooners pick up 2022 tight end commit Jason Llewellyn
       
The Sooners picked up a commitment from three-star tight end Jason Llewellyn of Aledo, Texas, on Friday. Finley had been involved in recruiting Llewellyn (6-foot-5, 243 pounds) at Ole Miss before becoming the Sooners' associate head coach for offense and h-backs and tight ends coach a month ago. Llewellyn's other offers included Texas, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, Michigan, Baylor and Auburn among others. Llewellyn is the sixth commitment of the 2022 class for the Sooners and the fifth on offense. He's OU's third 2022 commitment from Texas.
OU baseball: Three things to know about the 2021 Sooners
       
OU baseball: Three things to know about the 2021 SoonersNORMAN — Last season, Skip Johnson’s OU baseball team was looking like a contender for a berth in the College World Series. The Sooners lost a few of their core players from that squad, especially pitchers, but still return plenty in 2021 and expectations are still high. OU is ranked No. 22 in the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association’s preseason poll. As the Sooners begin their season Sunday at home against Nebraska-Omaha, here’s a look at three things to know about the Sooners in 2021:
Ten players to watch in college baseball in 2021
       
CF Colton Cowser, Sam Houston State: Cowser was not recruited by the big baseball schools coming out of high school, but he's molded himself into a potential first-round draft pick. He's extremely polished defensively, and he's better offensively than he showed when he batted .255 over 14 games. He led the Hurricanes with a .358 average in 19 games last season with two doubles, a triple and two homers. CF Jud Fabian, Florida: Fabian, who bats right-handed and throws left-handed, could be one of the first college players drafted given his trajectory the last two years. 2B Robert Moore, Arkansas: Moore batted .317 with two homers and 17 RBIs as a 17-year-old freshman in 2020.
OU at Iowa State men's basketball: How to watch, live stream, TV channel, game time, lineups
       
Three things to know• Saturday is just the third game in 26 days for Sooners senior guard Austin Reaves, who missed two games due to COVID-19 contact tracing. OU has also had two games postponed since his return. In the previous two games, he’s totaled 44 points, 17 rebounds and 15 assists. Kuath, who is 6 foot 10, is averaging 6.2 points and 4.6 rebounds, starting 15 of the 18 games. OU is also looking for its first series sweep of the Cyclones since 1995, before the teams met just once a season from 1997-2011.
Oklahoma State baseball: Three things to know about the 2021 Cowboys
       
With the schedule changes, it’s unclear how Holliday will adjust. But he did say this week that left-hander Justin Campbell, who was in last season’s weekend rotation, is set to start in the O’Brate Stadium opener if not needed in long relief. Holliday said he opted for Campbell to pitch first in the new stadium because he manages his emotions well and he’s valuable as a hitter during a weekend series. “Sometimes, it’s a lot to ask a kid to pitch a game and hit all in the same three-game series,” Holliday said. “Just to give him the best frame of mind, the best preparation and to ask of him things he can do but not ask too much of him because you gotta keep in mind we’re coming back off some inactivity.”
West Virginia-Texas, Texas Tech-Kansas top Big 12 slate
       
... Jalen Coleman-Lands has led Iowa State in scoring in its last three games, including 17 points at Oklahoma State. ... West Virginia's Derek Culver had a career-best 29 points and 14 rebounds in the loss to the Sooners. On the women’s sideIowa State (14-8, 10-5 Big 12) faces Oklahoma State (16-6, 12-4) on Saturday in a game matching two of the top four teams in the Big 12. ... Oklahoma's Madi Williams had 27 points and 13 rebounds in a win over Iowa State. ... Lexi Donarski set an Iowa State freshman record with 32 points in a win over the Horned Frogs.
College basketball notebook: NCAA to allow 25% capacity at men and women's tournaments
       
NCAA to allow 25% capacity at men and women's tournamentsThe NCAA will allow a limited number of fans to attend all rounds of its men's basketball tournament in Indiana and later rounds of its women's tournament in Texas. The governing body said Friday it is permitting 25% capacity at the men's tournament venues to allow for social distancing. That figure will include all participants and essential staff along with the family members of team players and coaches. On the women's side, the NCAA will allow a capacity of up to 17% at each venue from the Sweet 16 to the Final Four. Games taking place for the first two rounds will limit attendance to team guests.
Tramel: Could Blake Griffin leave the Pistons for his hometown Thunder? Here's why it's unlikely
       
Tramel: Could Blake Griffin leave the Pistons for his hometown Thunder? Here's why it's unlikelyBlake Griffin signed a five-year, $171 million contract with the Los Angeles Clippers in summer 2017. The Clippers had buyer’s remorse almost immediately and traded Griffin the next winter to Detroit. The Pistons had buyer’s remorse almost immediately, and since trading Griffin again was dang near impossible, four months later they fired coach/general manager Stan Van Gundy. So after three quite forgettable years for Griffin in Detroit, the Pistons have thrown up their hands.
NBA notebook: Inside the All-Star voting numbers
       
James appeared on 56% of the ballots, Durant on 55%. NBA players are apparently not easily impressed — even by other NBA players. Antetokounmpo appeared on 47% of player ballots, Curry on 45%, Embiid and Jokic both on 44% and Beal on 42%. This year, a record 310 players got at least one vote to be a starter, either from themselves or another NBA player. That’s 18 more than the previous record, set last year, and 21 more than the player total from 2019.
Opinion: Blazers' Damian Lillard deserved NBA All-Star starter spot over Mavericks' Luka Doncic
       
In the case of Thursday’s NBA All-Star starter announcement, there was one major snub: Portland’s Damian Lillard should have been named a starter instead of Dallas’ Luka Doncic. That’s not saying Doncic isn’t an All-Star. He’s just not a starter this season. Lillard is averaging 29.8 points (third in the NBA), 7.7 assists and 4.4 rebounds and shooting 45.1% from the field, 38.4% on 3-pointers and 93.3% on free throws, all while leading the Trail Blazers to an 18-10 record, good for fourth place in the Western Conference. The Blazers score 120 points and allow 115.1 points per 100 possessions with Lillard on the floor.
Tramel: Thunder now avoiding blowout losses, which is encouraging
       
But a .450 winning percentage wasn’t sustainable for a team on the wrong side of so many blowouts, and sure enough, the Thunder didn’t sustain it. The Thunder isn’t getting blown out anymore. In the 10 games since February 1, OKC has gone 3-7 but with no blowout losses. Not even Friday night, when the Thunder played so poorly offensively, a blowout should have been automatic. The Thunder shot 29.2 percent from the field in the first quarter and 28.6 percent from the field in the third quarter.
Oklahoma high school basketball roundup: Keyondre Young tallies 20 points, leads Del City past Carl Albert
       
There were only four basketball games total Friday across Oklahoma, and two of them were between district rivals in the metro. Del City and Carl Albert's boys and girls teams faced off in their regular-season finales. Most Class 6A-5A schools canceled games Friday night because of the lingering effects from the winter weather. Tahlequah and Pryor was the only other set of games. Here's a look at what happened at Del City High SchoolBOYS
Tramel: Darrell Royal, Jim Owens lead the OU football alums ranking of head coaches
       
Darrell Royal: The Longhorn legend built a powerhouse in Austin, going 167-47-5 from 1957-76 and winning three national championships. Royal also went 12-8 in two years at Mississippi State (1954-55) and 5-5 at Washington in 1956. Owens, from OKC’s Classen High School, was on Bear Bryant’s Texas A&M staff when Royal went to Texas, and UW hired Owens at age 29. He coached at a variety of places, including OU in 1951-52, before Idaho hired him as head coach in 1962. In 11 years, his Oregon State record was just 51-64-1, but his 1967 Beavers beat second-ranked Purdue, tied second-ranked UCLA and beat top-ranked Southern Cal.
Opinion: Now is Naomi Osaka's time after dominant Australian Open victory, fourth Slam
       
But through most of 2019, there was reason to be concerned about how she was handling it. With new responsibilities and big expectations, Osaka started to lose early in tournaments she was suddenly supposed to win and lose to opponents she was supposed to beat. It seemed, for a moment, like taking the mantle from Serena Williams as the face of women’s tennis just might not be for her. Now we see Osaka more clearly, and it appears she sees herself the same way. Because for the past seven months, she’s leaned into who she was destined to be: a leader on social justice, a dominant personality, a fashion brand, and, of course, a tennis player rapidly climbing up the Grand Slam winners list.
After giving birth and dealing with COVID-19, USWNT star Alex Morgan learns to go with flow
       
There is the COVID-19 pandemic, which has forced her to be flexible in ways she never could have imagined. Train several weeks for a game only to have it canceled the day before? There is her absence from the soccer field, appearances in just five games over the last 19 months. It’s forced her to pack up her family and head overseas in search of training, then turn around and come back home for a similar reason. The little bits of free time she used to have in her schedule to nap or watch television now revolve around her daughter.
Bedlam wrestling: How Oklahoma State's Travis Wittlake rose to national contention with consistency
       
While the hat might make him feel like more of a Cowboy now, Wittlake was already fitting in just fine at OSU. I was pretty excited to get it.”The redshirt sophomore wrestler from Coos Bay, Oregon, won his hat last Sunday. Black cowboy hats were given as first-place awards — fittingly — at the Cowboy Challenge tournament hosted by OSU. “As we competed against them a couple weeks ago, it’s a better team and a pretty competitive team. I’m gonna expect that we’re gonna have to have our best match to get the win.
How to watch OU vs. Baylor women’s basketball: TV, game time, lineups
       
• The game was originally scheduled to be played Saturday, but was moved back a day due to the recent winter storm in Oklahoma and Texas. The game is the annual Play 4 Kay game to benefit the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. • Baylor has won the last 10 meetings, including an 84-61 win in Waco on Jan. 23. • Taylor Robertson has hit a Big 12-record 45 consecutive free throws, dating back to Feb. 22, 2020. Robertson is 35 of 35 from the line this season.
Thunder at Cavaliers: How to watch, live stream, time, lineups
       
The Cavaliers rank last in the NBA with a -9.1 net rating. The Thunder ranks 28th with a -6.2 net rating. • Thunder guard Hamidou Diallo ranks 13th in the NBA in total points off the bench. Diallo is fourth on the team in scoring at 12.4 points per game. • Cleveland forward Kevin Love is nearing a return from a calf injury.
Tramel: OU basketball turned desperate, in a good way, to win at Iowa State
       
Trailing 30-9 less than 12 minutes into the game, Iowa State climbed all the way back and took a one-point with less than 12 minutes left in the game. Saturday in Ames, Iowa, it was good. The ninth-ranked Sooners beat the Cyclones 66-56 with a strong finish, and OU remains in second place in the Big 12. The Sooners are 9-4 and with one more victory can secure their first winning conference record since the 2016 Final Four season. Iowa State came roaring back, and Tre Jackson’s 3-pointer with 11:29 left gave the Cyclones a 47-46 lead.
Why have OU football, Oklahoma State fared so much better than Texas? Here's Steve Sarkisian's challenge
       
Why have OU football, Oklahoma State fared so much better than Texas? Here's Steve Sarkisian's challengeSome interesting survey results came out of Texas recently. Dave Campbell’s Texas Football surveyed recruits from the Lone Star State in this year’s recruiting class. The publication, a Texas institution that has long chronicled football there, says the recruits are among the best. Among the survey questions — what college football program in Texas is the most overrated?
NBA notebook: Pacers' Turner turns clapback into Texas fundraiser
       
Pacers' Turner turns clapback into Texas fundraiserMyles Turner's performance in the Indiana Pacers' 120-112 overtime loss Monday to the Chicago Bulls was not up to his usual standards this season: 2-of-10 shooting, including 1-of-6 on 3-pointers, 11 points, six rebounds, six blocks and five fouls. One fan was apparently so upset with Turner's play, he sent Turner a Venmo request for $100. In response, Turner sent the fan one cent, saying, "Here's a penny for your thoughts"
OU basketball: Three takeaways from Sooners' win at Iowa State
       
OU basketball: Three takeaways from Sooners' win at Iowa StateOU had not made a 3-pointer in more than 12 minutes when Umoja Gibson caught a pass in transition and fired a long shot in one motion. Finally, a 3-pointer fell. Iowa State had erased a 21-point deficit, but Gibson’s trey was a spark in a big stretch during the ninth-ranked Sooners’ 66-56 win Saturday night at Hilton Coliseum in Ames, Iowa. It’s OU’s first win at Iowa State since 2011 and the first in the Lon Kruger era.
College basketball notebook: Mack, Asberry lead Cowgirls past Iowa State
       
College basketball notebook: Mack, Asberry lead Cowgirls past Iowa State shares emailNatasha Mack (4) had 24 points, four rebounds, two assists and six blocks to lead Oklahoma State to an 80-73 win over Iowa State on Saturday at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater. [OSU ATHLETICS]WOMEN Mack, Asberry lead Cowgirls past Iowa State Natasha Mack and Ja'Mee Asberry combined for 45 points and the Oklahoma State Cowgirls coasted to an 80-73 win over Iowa State on Saturday. 13 West Virginia erased a 19-point deficit in the second half, then withstood a flurry of last-second misses to hold off No. Trailing by two, Matt Coleman III missed the front end of a one-and-one free throw situation with eight seconds left. Miles McBride scored 17 for West Virginia (15-6, 8-4 Big 12), which was down 62-43 early in the second half.
Could Hank Aaron pass Barry Bonds as baseball’s home-run champ? Negro League inclusion is the key
       
Could Hank Aaron pass Barry Bonds as baseball’s home-run champ? Negro League inclusion is the keyAt first, Bob Kendrick wasn’t excited by the news that the glory days of baseball’s Negro Leagues, 1920-48, would be added to the official Major League records. The 59-year-old president of Kansas City’s Negro Leagues Museum didn’t just know of the grand old players who played in the obscurity of segregation. “Legendary players,” Kendrick said. So they never sought validation from anyone.”But baseball’s December decision to include Negro League statistics doesn’t validate the Negro Leagues.
Allmendinger back at Daytona in 1st Cup race since 2018
       
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — AJ Allmendinger is back, racing for wins this time, and eager to help young Kaulig Racing reach the big show. Allmendinger will run his first Cup race since the 2018 season finale in Kaulig’s first Cup race not at a superspeedway. Allmendinger is a ringer with 15 appearances in the Rolex 24 sports car race in Daytona. His familiarity with Daytona made Allmendinger the smart pick for Matt Kaulig to take another step forward. NASCAR added Sunday’s road course race to the schedule in December and Kaulig persuaded his “trophy hunter” Allmendinger to help pull the team to the top level.
Thunder vs. Cavaliers: Five takeaways from OKC's win at Cleveland
       
Thunder vs. Cavaliers: Five takeaways from OKC's win at ClevelandThe rust Shai Gilgeous-Alexander showed in his first two games back from a knee injury was gone by Sunday night in Cleveland. Gilgeous-Alexander tormented the Cavaliers at every level — at the rim, in the midrange and from behind the arc — in the Thunder’s comfortable 117-101 win. He shot 9-of-15 from the floor and 3-of-3 from 3-point range for 31 points, nine assists and four rebounds. He finished two points shy of tying his career high. Thunder coach Mark Daigneault said Gilgeous-Alexander didn’t look like himself offensively Friday night in a loss at Milwaukee, but on Sunday the third-year guard was at his best.
'Make it undeniable': How Oklahoma State's Mike Boynton hopes to open doors for Black basketball coaches
       
Editor's note: Undeniable — The Oklahoman’s four-part series examining the lack of Black coaches in men’s college basketball — begins with a profile of Oklahoma State head coach Mike Boynton, who is on a rare path for a young, inexperienced Black coach. STILLWATER — Mike Boynton walked toward Gallagher-Iba Arena’s south baseline, raised both hands, clapped and pointed to the Oklahoma State student section. Boynton wanted to celebrate the frenzy. The Cowboys had just completed an early-February, double-overtime upset of Texas. Down the stretch, Boynton punched the air.
Thunder vs. Heat: How to watch, live stream, time, lineups
       
• The Heat crushed the Thunder 118-90 on Jan. 4 in Miami. The Heat shot 16-of-34 (47%) from 3-point range and Bam Adebayo dominated inside with 20 points on 9-of-10 shooting. • Oklahoma City is the last stop of a seven-game road trip for the Heat — the longest in franchise history. Miami is 3-3 on the trip with wins at the Rockets, Kings and Lakers and losses at the Jazz, Clippers and Warriors. • Miami ranks 26th in offense and eighth in defense.
Oklahoma high school swimming: 10 swimmers to watch at the state meets
       
The high school swimming state meets are coming up. The Class 5A prelims will be held Monday at Edmond Public Schools Aquatic Center before the finals on Tuesday. Jenks will host the Class 6A races. BoysOwen Flynn, Jr., Heritage Hall: He won two Class 5A state titles (100-yard breaststroke and 200 individual medley) last year and expects to have another solid showing. Matt Hall, Sr., Southmoore: A member of The Oklahoman’s All-City first team last year, Hall will be a contender in a couple of events at the Class 6A state meet.
Opinion: With 18th Grand Slam title, Novak Djokovic shows he's not yielding to young guns
       
Before the Australian Open final, Novak Djokovic vowed that if the younger generation of tennis stars wanted to start holding Grand Slam trophies, they better be prepared for him to fight back. “I’m not going to stand here and hand it over to them,” Djokovic said in an interview with Eurosport. “I’m going to make them work their ass off for it.”True to his word on practically every point of the Australian Open final against Daniil Medvedev, Djokovic sent the message loud and clear: A generational shift in tennis is not happening. Djokovic’s 18th Grand Slam title, pulling him within two of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal for the all-time lead in men’s tennis, was as emphatic a message as he could send to top-10 players like Medvedev, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Alexander Zverev and Andrey Rublev who are a decade younger. Better up your game, boys.
Oklahoma State vs. Texas Tech men's basketball: How to watch live stream, TV channel, game time, lineups
       
Likekele has had success against Texas Tech, too, scoring 14 and 17 points in the last two meetings. • Texas Tech star Mac McClung, a Georgetown transfer, is no stranger to Gallagher-Iba Arena. Last season, he led Georgetown to an 81-74 victory while scoring 33 points on 12-of-21 shooting. McClung scored 21 in OSU’s 82-77 overtime win at Texas Tech on Jan. 2. The Cowboys are also 24-5 in Stillwater against the Red Raiders, with wins in 15 of the last 17 meetings.
NASCAR: Norman native Christopher Bell wins first Cup Series race at Daytona
       
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Christopher Bell chased down Joey Logano on the winding Daytona road course Sunday for his first career Cup victory and a coveted spot in NASCAR's playoffs. Bell, a second-year Cup driver from Norman, won in his second race driving for Joe Gibbs Racing to give the team a pair of surprising victories at Daytona International Speedway. Ty Gibbs, the 18-year-old grandson of team owner Joe Gibbs, won the Xfinity Series race Saturday night in his first career national series start. Bell's victory wasn't quite as stunning, but he still delivered far earlier than expected in his return to JGR. It gave Bell a competitive Toyota but a victory, this soon, was a big ask.
Morning roundup: OU softball earns doubleheader wins over Houston
       
The bronze finish gives the Sooners their fifth top-five finish of the season and 18th in their last 19 tournaments. The Sooners are back in action on March 1-3 at the Cabo Collegiate at TPC San Antonio. OKLAHOMA 12-5, HOUSTON 4-3: Oklahoma softball had two resounding wins over Houston on Sunday, winning 12-4 and 5-3 to stay undefeated on the season. The Sooners scattered 17 hits in just six innings in Game 1 as Giselle Juarez earned a win in the circle with four strikeouts in four innings. The second contest was more defense driven, until OU’s Grace Lyons opened up the game with a three-run shot that put the Sooners on top.
Oklahoma high school swimming: Heritage Hall's Gracie Shapard looks to stay on top, win more Class 5A state titles
       
Oklahoma high school swimming: Heritage Hall's Gracie Shapard looks to stay on top, win more Class 5A state titlesGracie Shapard was still in middle school when she started comparing herself to high school swimmers. Although Shapard was young, she realized she had what it takes to be a state champion. “I knew that I had pretty good chances to get some gold here and there,” she said. Shapard has done much more than that.
Oklahoma State wrestling: AJ Ferrari's win seals Bedlam for Cowboys
       
STILLWATER — Once AJ Ferrari got his opponent’s leg wrapped up, it took nearly 15 seconds to execute the takedown, but that was all Ferrari needed. An Oklahoma State true freshman, Ferrari rode out the final minute-and-a-half for a 4-1 decision over Oklahoma’s Jake Woodley that sealed the Cowboys’ team victory in the Bedlam dual, 24-16 on Sunday night at Gallagher-Iba Arena. Ferrari, ranked No. 12, and Woodley, ranked 15th, battled for points, but each managed only a single escape point until early in the third period. Fighting for control and the takedown points, Ferrari finally got them with 90 seconds left in the match, and he maintained top position the rest of the way.
NBA notebook: Pelicans rally from 24 down, top Celtics in overtime
       
Pelicans rally from 24 down, top Celtics in overtimeBrandon Ingram highlighted a 31-point performance by hitting a go-ahead 3-pointer with 33.3 seconds left in overtime, and the New Orleans Pelicans held on for 120-115 victory over the Boston Celtics on Sunday after rallying from 24 points down in the third quarter. Zion Williamson scored 24 of his 28 points after halftime and had 10 rebounds, four assists and a block for the Pelicans, who narrowly avoided losing for the sixth time in seven games. Josh Hart, who was instrumental in the comeback, had 17 points, 10 rebounds, three blocks and a steal. Jayson Tatum had 32 points and nine rebounds, and Jaylen Brown scored 25 for the Celtics, who appeared to be cruising to their third victory in four games when Tristan Thompson’s free throws gave Boston a 79-55 lead in the middle of the third quarter.
Tramel: Thunder needs Cavaliers' NBA Draft lottery luck, not their drafting acumen
       
The Thunder beat the Cavaliers 117-101 Sunday night. Sharing the court with the Cavs is a cautionary tale for all things Thunder. 1 overall draft pick in 2003, the year LeBron James came out of an Akron high school, St. Vincent-St. Mary. LeBron meant long-term success, and Cleveland certainly rode high all those years with LeBron. But without LeBron, when first he left for the Heat (2010) and again when he left for the Lakers (2018), Cleveland has struggled and was rewarded with lottery luck.
'Embrace the history': As Tulsa reckoned with 1921 race massacre, Golden Hurricane moved city forward
       
Forty-one years ago, Nolan Richardson went to the barbershop for haircuts and history lessons. He had just arrived at the University of Tulsa as an up-and-coming coach fresh off winning a junior college national title. The extent of racial tensions in his new home was a bit of a mystery. Richardson knew little of the 1921 race massacre and Black Wall Street. He had no idea the divide between the white community and the Black community remained, even in 1980.
Oklahoma high school basketball: OSSAA announces updated state tournament schedule
       
Get ready for a state tournament week unlike ever before. On Monday, the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association announced changes to the basketball state tournament schedule. Starting next week, the Class A/B tournament will begin on Tuesday, and every game will be played at State Fair Arena. The annual coaches meeting, which is normally held in person at State Fair Arena the Sunday before the tournament, will be held on Zoom. Traditionally, the A/B state tournament begins Thursday at three subsites and State Fair Arena, with all semifinal and championship games at State Fair Arena.
'It was a no-brainer': Why Oklahoma State football alum J.W. Walsh was happy to return to Stillwater
       
'It was a no-brainer': Why Oklahoma State football alum J.W. Walsh was happy to return to Stillwater shares emailOklahoma State's J.W. Walsh had been gone from Oklahoma State for about five years after a playing career as a part-time starting quarterback and fan favorite. Since graduating in 2015, he had been bouncing around Texas, coaching at various locations, until the opportunity came for him to return to Stillwater in January. I’m happy to be back,” said Walsh, who was hired as an offensive quality control coach for the Cowboys.
OU football: The next R.W.? Billy Bowman could be for Sooners what McQuarters was for Cowboys
       
Billy Bowman could be for Sooners what McQuarters was for CowboysNORMAN — After R.W. McQuarters declared for the NFL Draft 23 years ago, then-Oklahoma State coach Bob Simmons said there would surely be another. McQuarters,” Simmons said then. Nearly a quarter-century later, the state’s two premier schools are still searching for a two-way player who dazzles on both sides — and on special teams — the way McQuarters did for the Cowboys. When Simmons said that, Billy Bowman was a young defensive back at Ada’s East Central University.
Tramel: Big 12 Now can be frustrating, but streaming ballgames is here to stay
       
Tramel: Big 12 Now can be frustrating, but streaming ballgames is here to stayAs the OU-West Virginia basketball game hit crunch time on Valentine’s Eve, reaching overtime and then another, the score drifted across the scroll of most televised sporting events in America. You can imagine basketball fans quickly flipping channels, hoping to catch the finish of the showdown involving top-15 teams. OU-WVU was on ESPN Plus, part of the Big 12 Now streaming package. Available only via the world wide web. The game of the year in the Big 12.
OU at Kansas State men's basketball: How to watch, live stream, TV channel, game time, lineups
       
Three things to know• OU has won nine of its last 10 games, with the lone loss coming without senior Austin Reaves due to COVID-19 contact tracing. He’s averaged 21.3 points, 7.4 rebounds and 5.3 assists in February. Kruger played basketball and baseball at Kansas State, being drafted professionally in both sports. • OU routed the Wildcats 76-50 on Jan. 19, recording season highs in steals (13) and blocks (seven) while forcing 20 turnovers. That was also the breakout game for Elijah Harkless, who had 13 rebounds, eight points, six assists and three steals.
'We ran out of gas': How the Thunder failed to put away the Heat in Chesapeake Energy Arena return
       
'We ran out of gas': How the Thunder failed to put away the Heat in Chesapeake Energy Arena returnThe Heat, on the seventh game of a seven-game road trip, looked ready to go home. Miami scored just 45 points in the first half on 35% shooting. But the defending Eastern Conference champs came to life in the second half in their 108-94 win against the Thunder on Monday night in Oklahoma City. The Heat outscored the Thunder 34-23 in the third quarter, and Miami started the fourth quarter on a 15-0 run.
Why Big 12 basketball schedule-makers have a mess on their hands? It’s not just about the Baylor Bears
       
Why Big 12 basketball schedule-makers have a mess on their hands? Baylor hasn’t played in almost three weeks and is 9-0 in the Big 12. That means the Bears have nine conference games to go. The Big 12 Tournament starts March 11 in Kansas City. Between Saturday and March 11 are 11 days.
Tramel: Cade Cunningham must stop fouling if Oklahoma State is going to make a run in NCAA Tournament
       
Cade Cunningham got the ball in the post, whirled toward the basket and used his left arm to hook Texas Tech defender Micah Peavy. The Cowboys trailed Tech 43-36 Monday night in Stillwater, and with 16:48 left in the game, Cunningham would be sitting for a long stretch, by any conventional means of strategy. Cunningham sat out 6½ minutes, during which OSU rallied to take a 49-47 lead. This OSU team has a few other bells and whistles. OSU hadn’t even scored in the second half, with Cunningham.
'A barrier breaker': How Georgetown’s John Thompson inspired generations of Black basketball coaches
       
Editor's note: Undeniable — The Oklahoman’s four-part series examining the lack of Black coaches in men’s college basketball — continues with Part 3 on the legacy of late Georgetown coach John Thompson. In the final months of his life, John Thompson Jr. was moved by what he saw across the country. Athletes and coaches of all races and walks of life tossed any apprehension aside and took a stand. They marched in peaceful protests. They were no longer silent.
Christopher Bell's first NASCAR Cup win set off huge celebration in Oklahoma. Here's who cheered loudest
       
Christopher Bell's first NASCAR Cup win set off huge celebration in Oklahoma. Here's who cheered loudestDavid and Kathy Bell would’ve loved to have been at Daytona for their son’s first NASCAR Cup Series win. But being 1,267 miles away in Norman did not temper their emotions. Christopher Bell scored the first Cup Series victory of his career Sunday at the O’Reilly Auto Parts 253. He passed Joey Logano, then pulled away on the final lap for victory.
Morning roundup: OSU baseball wins big, OU bounces back in Monday slate
       
COLLEGESOSU baseball wins big, OU bounces backOklahoma State cruised to a 14-6 baseball win over Wichita State, and OU avenged its opening day loss with an 8-5 victory over Omaha on Monday. OU scored five runs in the eighth inning on an RBI single by Diego Muniz and a grand slam by Conor McKenna to defeat Omaha at L. Dale Mitchell Park. Jake Bennett struck out 10 over 5.0 frames, as Sooners pitchers notched 17 strikeouts in the game. Javier Ramos (1-0) earned his first victory with one inning of relief.
Oklahoma high school football: Carl Albert announces Mike Dunn as next head coach, athletic director
       
Dunn was announced Tuesday as the next head football coach and athletic director at Carl Albert High School. Dunn has spent the past four seasons as head coach and athletic director at Del City. Dunn replaces Mike Corley, who retired earlier this month after going 52-2 in four seasons as head coach with four Class 5A state championships. "Accepting the athletic director/head coaching position at Carl Albert High School is my career come full circle," Dunn said in a release. "To walk the same sideline as Jim Harris, who coached my dad in high school, Al Miller, Jack Pebworth, Gary Rose and Mike Corley is surreal to think about."
Tiger Woods taken to hospital after California car crash
       
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Golf star Tiger Woods was injured Tuesday in a vehicle rollover in Los Angeles County, authorities said. Woods had to be extricated from the vehicle with the “jaws of life” tools, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said in a statement. Woods was taken to the hospital with unspecified injuries. A KABC-TV helicopter over the scene of Woods’ accident showed a car on its side with the front end heavily damaged. The wreckage appeared to be just off the side of a road on a hillside.
OSSAA announces capacity limits, fan guidelines for basketball, wrestling state tournaments
       
The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association announced Tuesday its guidelines for fans in relation to the basketball and wrestling state tournaments at State Fair Arena. OSSAA executive director David Jackson, associate director Mike Whaley and assistant director David Glover held a Zoom meeting with media members to discuss the changes. There will be a 25% capacity, or a little less than 2,200 fans, allowed into the arena for each game. The State Fair staff, in conjunction with the Oklahoma County Health Department, set the capacity limits the OSSAA has to follow to be able to host competitions. For basketball, the arena will be cleared and sanitized between games.
OU basketball: How the Sooners are keeping focused in rare lull in Big 12 schedule
       
Lon Kruger wishes his OU team didn’t go through a swoon to start the second half of Saturday’s eventual win at Iowa State. He wishes the seventh-ranked Sooners would’ve kept the pedal to the floor and cruised their way to a win instead of finding themselves down after earlier being ahead by 21. But heading into OU’s game Tuesday night at Kansas State, Kruger said that experience can serve as a bit of a wakeup call. “It’s a reminder that just a slight change — whether it be our mental approach or our execution or whatever — you go after establishing a 21-point in the first half to losing that lead in the second half,” Kruger said. “You absolutely refer to that and try to learn from it and try to remind the guys how fragile a lead is in this league.”
Oklahoma high school girls basketball: Moore's Aaliyah Moore tabbed 2021 McDonald's All-American
       
MOORE – Aaliyah Moore has yet another accolade to add to her resume. The senior forward at Moore High School was named a McDonald's All-American on Tuesday. Moore is the sixth girls player in state history to earn McDonald's All-American honors and the first since Muskogee's Aaliyah Wilson in 2016. Last week, Moore, a Texas signee, was named one of five finalists for the Naismith High School Girls Player of the Year. Because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, there will be no McDonald's All-American game this season.
Oklahoma high school boys swimming notebook: Heritage Hall’s Owen Flynn wins pair of Class 5A state championships
       
EDMOND — Heritage Hall’s Owen Flynn had a clear view of Tulsa Kelley’s Tyler Hoang in the next lane. As the swimmers approached the wall at the end of the 200-yard individual medley during the Class 5A state meet, Flynn knew it was close. “It was definitely scary going in to touch the wall and seeing him right there next to me,” Flynn said. “I really had to reach for it.”Flynn finished in 1 minute, 59.91 seconds, just ahead of Hoang (2:00.04).
Oklahoma high school boys swimming: Carl Albert's Kaleb Putman wins two Class 5A state titles, Titans place second
       
EDMOND — Kaleb Putman was loose and relaxed as he waited to compete in his races at the Class 5A swimming state meet. Wearing a cowboy hat, unbuttoned blue flannel shirt and jean shorts with a big belt buckle, he mingled with his fellow Carl Albert swimmers and exuded confidence. He had reasons to be confident. After a dominant regular season, the senior won a pair of regional titles. Putman shined again on Tuesday, winning the 200-yard freestyle (1 minute, 43.03 seconds) and 100 backstroke (52.32) at Edmond Public Schools Aquatic Center.
Thunder vs. Spurs: How to watch, live stream, time, lineups
       
• The Spurs haven’t played since Feb. 14 in Charlotte. Their last four games have been postponed due to a COVID-19 outbreak within the team. • Six Spurs have already been ruled out for Wednesday: DeMar DeRozan (personal reasons), and Derrick White, Rudy Gay, Keldon Johnson, Devin Vassell and Quinndary Weatherspoon all for health and safety protocols. • The Spurs beat the Thunder 112-102 on Jan. 12 in Oklahoma City. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander had 20 points and nine rebounds for the Thunder.
Tramel: Thunder just not good enough against hungry Heat
       
Tramel: Thunder just not good enough against hungry HeatThe Thunder and Heat entered their Monday night game with stunningly similar records. A Thunder win would have made them deadlocked in the NBA standings. And the Thunder even led the majority of the game. The Thunder’s occasional impressive victory and routine competitiveness has masked the truth. While a fun to watch and some young talent that has potential, the Thunder can be overmatched and quick.
Oklahoma State basketball: 3 takeaways from Cowboys' overtime upset of Texas Tech
       
STILLWATER — Oklahoma State sophomore Keylan Boone had not played in nine days when he checked into the game late Monday night. The Cowboys were floundering. Superstar Cade Cunningham was stuck on the bench with four fouls and No. 18-ranked Texas Tech was in control with a nine-point lead. Boone hit a 3-pointer with 13:26 remaining in regulation for OSU’s first points of the half — yes, the half — to kick off a wild comeback in the Cowboys’ 74-69 overtime upset of the Red Raiders inside Gallagher-Iba Arena.
Big 12 basketball schedule updates: What to know about Sooners, Cowboys
       
Big 12 basketball schedule updates: What to know about Sooners, CowboysOU and Oklahoma State’s final schedule is set. The Big 12 announced the makeup games for the remainder of the season Tuesday afternoon, with the Cowboys set to make up their missing two games and the Sooner set to make up just one of their two. OSU will travel to Baylor on Thursday, March 4, and West Virginia on Saturday, March 6. Each game will be on ESPN or ESPN2. OU will host Texas on March 4 on either ESPN or ESPN2.
How to watch OU at TCU women’s basketball: TV/streaming, game time, lineups
       
How to watch OU at TCU women’s basketball: TV/streaming, game time, lineups• The game will be the first of the season between the teams. The teams were scheduled to meet Jan. 9 in Norman, but that game was postponed due to COVID-19 issues with the Sooners. The game will instead be played March 4. Three things to know• Fort Worth native Madi Williams has been hot recently, scoring 20 or more points in each of the last four games. • Sooners freshman Nevaeh Tot, who is from the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, recently moved into fifth place in OU history in assists by a freshman.
Morning roundup: Former Cowboy, Cushing coach Ralph Wilson dies at 73
       
Wilson, who was on the Cowboy football team for the 1966 to 1969 seasons, also served OSU football as part of the chain crew for 26 years at home games. Born in Alva on Nov. 28, 1947, Wilson grew up in Waynoka and became the first All-State player to come out of the town, earning a scholarship to OSU. As part of the Cowboy football program, Wilson played for coach Phil Cutchin and coach Floyd Gass. In his career in Stillwater, Wilson played both offensive end and defensive end. Wilson went on to earn a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree from OSU, and afterward spent the rest of his career working in Cushing as a teacher and coach.
OU basketball: 3 takeaways from Sooners' 62-57 loss at Kansas State
       
MANHATTAN, Kan. — Austin Reaves threw up his arms in frustration. Reaves' 3-pointer in the closing seconds hit off the rim as he pleaded for a foul call that never came. Reaves came up big most of the night but it wasn't enough as OU's vexation at Bramlage Coliseum continued Tuesday night. 7 Sooners struggled to find much of a rhythm before seemingly taking control, only to see Kansas State senior Mike McGuirl catch fire at the end to lift the Wildcats to a 62-57 upset.
When does Russell Westbrook return to OKC and more Thunder takeaways from NBA second-half schedule
       
When does Russell Westbrook return to OKC and more Thunder takeaways from NBA second-half scheduleThe Thunder’s second-half schedule will begin with a March 11 home game against the Mavericks, and OKC’s season will conclude May 16 at home against the Clippers. The NBA released its second-half schedule Wednesday. The Thunder has five games remaining in the first half, and then it will return from a week-long All-Star break to embark on another 36-game stretch to finish the reduced 72-game schedule. Here are 10 takeaways from the Thunder’s second-half schedule:Rescheduled games
'He's just a flat-out winner': Al Horford has embraced his role for the rebuilding Thunder
       
Al Horford doesn’t leap like he used to, but the 34-year-old Thunder center jumped in celebration last week when Justin Jackson’s late 3-pointer buried the Bucks. In nine seasons with the Hawks, three with the Celtics and one with the 76ers, Horford was only on two losing teams. If Horford remains with the Thunder (12-19) past the March 25 trade deadline, he’s almost certainly adding a fourth losing season in the 14th year of his career. But Horford, who would surely prefer playing for a contender, has publicly embraced his veteran role on a rebuilding team that’s sixth-youngest in the NBA. Maledon was 5 years old when Horford won his second NCAA title at Florida.
NBA notebook: Harden, Lillard reportedly headline All-Star reserves
       
First-time All-Stars dot rostersNew Orleans’ Zion Williamson, Chicago’s Zach LaVine, Boston’s Jaylen Brown, New York’s Julius Randle on Tuesday were named All-Stars for the first time. They are among the 14 reserves — seven from the Eastern Conference and seven from the Western Conference — selected by NBA head coaches. And don’t worry Damian Lillard fans. Even though he was not voted in as a starter by fans, players and media, coaches made sure he was selected as a reserve.
Oklahoma State women's basketball at No. 7 Baylor: How to watch, tip time, lineups
       
• Oklahoma State appears to be lined up for a middle seed in the NCAA Tournament. • Baylor will try to become the only Big 12 team to sweep the season series against OSU. The Cowgirls’ other three losses came against Iowa State, West Virginia and Texas, all of which split with OSU this season. • Cowgirl forward Natasha Mack was one of 10 players named as semifinalists for the Naismith Women’s Defensive Player of the Year award, announced Tuesday. PROJECTED STARTERSOSU (17-6, 13-4 Big 12)
Oklahoma high school girls swimming notebook: Carl Albert wins third straight Class 5A state title, McGuinness' Macy Lewis knocks off defending champions
       
Oklahoma high school girls swimming notebook: Carl Albert wins third straight Class 5A state title, McGuinness' Macy Lewis knocks off defending championsEDMOND — The Carl Albert swimming program faced some serious adversity this season. Along with dealing with issues related to the coronavirus pandemic, the Titans' home pool had equipment failure. “Our kids were literally out of the water for 10 weeks during the middle of the season,” coach Kirk Norman said. That didn’t stop the Carl Albert girls team from reaching its ultimate goal.
Will O'Brate Stadium do for Oklahoma State baseball what Allie P. did 40 years ago? Ask Tom Holliday
       
Will O'Brate Stadium do for Oklahoma State baseball what Allie P. did 40 years ago? Ask Tom HollidayTom and Kathy Holliday drove into Stillwater on an August day in 1977 and went straight to the OSU baseball park. He had just been hired away from Arizona State by new Cowboy coach Gary Ward. The Hollidays’ 11-month-old son, Josh, was in tow. “I had never seen weeds 6-8 feet wide,” Holliday said.
'This is home': Cody Laurendi calls his release from Energy FC a 'gut punch' but plans to stay in OKC
       
'This is home': Cody Laurendi calls his release from Energy FC a 'gut punch' but plans to stay in OKCCody Laurendi has been the face of Energy FC the past five seasons. Whether representing Oklahoma City's professional soccer team at sponsor events, coaching clinics, or meet-and-greets with season-ticket holders, the affable Laurendi was Energy FC's top community ambassador and a fan favorite. "I wanted to represent the club in the community," said the Florida native. "I wanted to build relationships in the community. I wanted to be known for much more than on field play."
Carl Albert wins third straight state championship
       
EDMOND — The Carl Albert swimming program faced some serious adversity this season. Along with dealing with issues related to the coronavirus pandemic, the Titans' home pool had equipment failure. “Our kids were literally out of the water for 10 weeks during the middle of the season,” coach Kirk Norman said. That didn’t stop the Carl Albert girls team from reaching its ultimate goal.
Tramel: Was UCF's pick of Gus Malzahn the best move 2021 college football coaching carousel?
       
Only 15 major-college football jobs made coaching changes during or after the pandemic-stricken 2020 season. But some schools can’t wait for normal to return, and some coaches get antsy, and just one domino falling can create a carousel. Here are the 15 coaches who took over Division I-A jobs going into the 2021 season, ranked by the quality of the hire. Not the quality of the job, not the quality of the coach, but the quality of the fit. Malzahn has major coaching chops, with a 68-35 record as Auburn’s head coach and three of the eight SEC victories over Nick Saban in the last 10 years.
Tramel: Have COVID interruptions stopped Brady Manek's and OU basketball's momentum?
       
Maybe you can blame the weather. The Sooners, who vanquished one top-10 team after another earlier this season, struggled to beat Iowa State on Saturday and then lost at Kansas State 62-57 Tuesday night. 13 Texas Tech, the latter two games without Austin Reaves, had to sit out do to COVID-19 protocols. The Sooners’ home games against Baylor (Feb. 10, COVID) and Texas (Feb. 16, icy weather) were postponed. OU played only on Saturdays until this week, and mostly without the flair that turned the Sooners into a top-10 team themselves.
‘Like a March Madness’: Thunder’s Lu Dort nets winner, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander has career high vs. Spurs
       
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander had a career night, but it was Luguentz Dort who found himself at the bottom of a Thunder dogpile. Gilgeous-Alexander, with 42 points, was surprisingly the inbounder with 3.9 seconds left and the Thunder and Spurs tied 99-99. Gilgeous-Alexander lobbed a pass to Al Horford, who drove the lane and kicked out to a wide open Dort in the corner. Dort fell backwards onto the court when he knew his 3-pointer was pure.
'These boys deserve it all': Oklahoma State baseball finally opens O'Brate Stadium, beats Little Rock
       
'These boys deserve it all': Oklahoma State baseball finally opens O'Brate Stadium, beats Little RockSTILLWATER — Kimberly Anderson pulled into her parking spot near O’Brate Stadium and immediately snapped a photo on her phone. She’s sat through rain delays. All while hoping for better days in an updated facility than old Allie P. Reynolds Stadium. She believed Oklahoma State’s baseball team deserved better. It’s why she was emotional entering the home plate gates of O’Brate Stadium on Wednesday afternoon for the long-awaited opener of the stadium.
Opinion: We can't stop talking about Tiger Woods and his golf career, even when we should
       
Opinion: We can't stop talking about Tiger Woods and his golf career, even when we shouldThe photos were terrifying, and riveting. An SUV had plunged off a winding road in Southern California, flipped a few times and landed on its side in the brush. Word soon spread that the car was driven by Tiger Woods. We’ve never been able to take our eyes off Tiger Woods. When Tiger was rising through the ranks of amateur golf, we watched the brash youngster win three consecutive U.S.
10 takeaways from Thunder’s second-half schedule
       
The Thunder’s second-half schedule will begin with a March 11 home game against the Mavericks, and OKC’s season will conclude May 16 at home against the Clippers. The NBA released its second-half schedule Wednesday. The Thunder has five games remaining in the first half, and then it will return from a week-long All-Star break to embark on another 36-game stretch to finish the reduced 72-game schedule. Here are 10 takeaways from the Thunder’s second-half schedule:Rescheduled games
OU football: Sooners holder Spencer Jones injured in viral bathroom fight video
       
The video of OU football player Spencer Jones getting into a fight at Logie’s on the Corner in mid-February has been viewed more than 8 million times just five days after it was posted. Police weren’t called at the time of the incident, which began near midnight Feb. 13 in Norman. On Feb. 16, Jones spoke with police by phone after suffering a serious eye injury in the fight, according to reports. Jones’ is the only name listed on the report, which lists the Sooners' holder as the victim of assault and battery. “All involved parties have been identified,” the report reads.
Tramel: Lu Dort joins the Buzzer-Beater Club in Thunder's win vs. Spurs
       
The plan was a two-man game between Big Al and SGA, the Thunder’s two best players. But Spurs center Jakob Poeltl made a play for the ball, Horford’s instincts took over and he drove into the lane. He goes out there and takes the shots.”Daigneault referenced Game 5 of the Thunder-Rockets playoff series from a year ago. Dort missed 13 of 16 shots, including all nine 3-pointers, and the Thunder lost by 34. But Dort was 2-of-6 on 3-pointers in a Game 6 victory, then exploded for 30 points in Game 7, making six of 12 deep balls.
'It’s in God’s hands': This former Sooners assistant took leap of faith trying to climb coaching ladder
       
'It’s in God’s hands': This former Sooners assistant took leap of faith trying to climb coaching ladderEditor's note: Undeniable — The Oklahoman’s four-part series examining the lack of Black coaches in men’s college basketball — concludes with Part 4 on the path and struggles of Black assistant coaches to become head coaches. Chris Crutchfield saw no other option but a leap of faith last summer. For a quarter of a century, he bounced from program to program as an assistant coach at various levels, recruiting future pros and coaching in the Final Four. He even interviewed for open Division I jobs at least a dozen times the past decade, only to be turned away. He needed head coaching experience.
Oklahoma high school girls wrestling: Peyton Hand is Choctaw's queen of the mat
       
Oklahoma high school girls wrestling: Peyton Hand is Choctaw's queen of the matCHOCTAW — Peyton Hand got tired of watching from the stands. Growing up in a wrestling family, she often watched her younger brother’s matches when she was a kid. With each match Hand attended, her interest in the sport grew a little. It eventually developed to the point that she decided to join a little league program, and she fell in love with competing.
Oklahoma high school girls basketball: Nationally-ranked Norman forms it’s own bubble
       
NORMAN — Michael Neal watched the Norman girls basketball team weave its way through opening drills as hip-hop music played over a lone speaker in the empty gymnasium. It was a “light-day” focused on shooting, but the players took it on as any other practice. They met each other with low-fives any time they crossed paths, bobbed their heads to the music and offered each other words of encouragement. This team is tight. But now, the Tigers are taking togetherness to the next level -- Norman has created its own bubble that expands between its rented AirBnB home and the Norman gymnasium.
Carlson: Spring football in Oklahoma? It never meant more than it does for state's lone HBCU
       
Carlson: Spring football in Oklahoma? It never meant more than it does for state's lone HBCUHenry Mitchell looked around last Saturday afternoon and saw familiar sights. An emerald-green football field with white-painted lines. It sure looked like a normal football game — but it didn’t feel that way to Mitchell. “Not used to playing a football game in the spring.”
Oklahoma high school girls basketball: Moore's Aaliyah Moore undergoes hip surgery, ending prep career
       
MOORE — Aaliyah Moore sat on the sidelines sporting her newly acquired McDonald's All-American hat and her white Moore jersey with a pair of crutches next to her feet. Moore High School opened its regional tournament with a win Thursday night, but its superstar was stuck watching just days after being named to the McDonald's All-American team. A hip injury officially ended her high school career this week, she told The Oklahoman. “I’ve been playing with a hurt hip since like last July, but I just played through it,” Aaliyah said. “But it got to the point where it was unbearable and I was like, ‘OK, something has got to be up because it’s a lingering injury.’”
Oklahoma State basketball: What Lamont Evans' punishment at South Carolina could mean for Cowboys
       
Oklahoma State basketball: What Lamont Evans' punishment at South Carolina could mean for CowboysFormer Oklahoma State assistant coach Lamont Evans received another punishment from the NCAA for his scheme to accept bribes to influence student-athletes. This time it was for his part in the scheme at South Carolina before he was hired by the Cowboys. Evans was dealt a second 10-year show cause on Thursday by the Division I Committee on Infractions. But South Carolina’s men’s basketball program did not receive near the same level of punishment as the Cowboys.
Thunder: Hamidou Diallo to miss multiple games with groin injury
       
Hamidou Diallo has been ruled out for the Thunder's next two games after suffering a right groin injury Wednesday night against the Spurs. The Thunder only has four games remaining before the All-Star break, and coach Mark Daigneault said he could see Diallo sitting out until the second half, which begins March 11 against the Mavericks. "It's not something we're overly (concerned) about, but we're gonna be cautious with him just like we are with everybody else," Daigneault said Thursday. "As we've done all year, we're willing to take a step backward to take two steps forward, especially when it comes to the physical and freshness well being of our players." Diallo is averaging 11.9 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game in his third NBA season.
Oklahoma high school girls basketball roundup: Kayla Jones scores 19 points to push Moore over Del City
       
Stepping into the starting lineup for Aaliyah Moore, Jones did not disappoint. The 6-foot-1 sophomore led all scorers as Moore bested Del City 60-31 in the regional bout at the Douglas H. Frederick Sports Complex in Moore on Thursday night. Putnam North cruised to a 78-36 win over Lawton in the regional round of the postseason. Putnam North will take on Moore in the Class 6A regional championship on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. Deer Creek advances to the Class 6A regional championship game where they’ll take on Choctaw at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday.
Thunder recalls Ty Jerome from G League bubble
       
Ty Jerome might soon make his Thunder debut. The Thunder announced Thursday night that it's recalling Jerome from the G League bubble. The 6-foot-5 guard averaged 12.1 points, 3.2 assists and 2.6 rebounds in nine games with the Oklahoma City Blue. Phoenix selected the former Virginia guard with the 24th pick in the 2019 NBA Draft. Jerome averaged 3.3 points, 1.5 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 31 games in his rookie season with the Suns.
Norman North's Aiden Hayes, an NC State signee, sets two national records at Class 6A state swimming meet
       
Norman North's Aiden Hayes, an NC State signee, sets two national records at Class 6A state swimming meetJENKS — Aiden Hayes was ready to see what he could do. Competing in the final Class 6A swimming state meet of his career, the Norman North senior locked in from the start and got into a zone. Hayes knew he was going to win his two individual races. It was just a matter of how fast he could finish. At Jenks Trojan Aquatic Center on Thursday, Hayes shattered his own expectations.
Oklahoma high school boys swimming notebook: Edmond Memorial’s Max Myers claims first Class 6A state title of career
       
Oklahoma high school boys swimming notebook: Edmond Memorial’s Max Myers claims first Class 6A state title of careerJENKS — A state championship victory kept eluding Max Myers throughout his career at Edmond Memorial. The Notre Dame signee had some runner-up finishes, but he never earned a gold medal. That was until Thursday. Myers won the 100-yard freestyle (44.55 seconds) at the Class 6A state meet at Jenks Trojan Aquatic Center.
Vote: Trae Young or J.T. Realmuto? George Kittle or Christopher Bell? Meet OKC metro’s ‘30 Under 30’
       
A couple Sundays ago, after watching the Thunder's unexpected win against the Bucks, I flipped over to the Daytona 500. The NASCAR race had been delayed by rain earlier in the day, and even though I hadn't been watching, I heard Norman native Christopher Bell had wrecked before the weather arrived. But I figured I'd watch a bit of the race anyway. He didn't win that night — he did this past Sunday, though — but that same day had begun with another momentous moment for another Oklahoma City-metro area product. Daryl Dike made his first start for Barnsley in English soccer's second tier.
Maggie Nichols 'starting at the ground level' as a student assistant coach for OU women's gymanstics
       
Maggie Nichols 'starting at the ground level' as a student assistant coach for OU women's gymansticsNORMAN — Sweat dripped off Maggie Nichols’ forehead as she scrambled around earlier this month inside Hamilton Gymnasium in Denver. Nichols was poised, ready when her time came. But while Nichols had spent the previous four seasons dominating collegiate gymnastics, her role Feb. 7 in Denver was much different. Instead of focusing on her own performance beforehand, Nichols was doing everything she could so that the current OU women’s gymnasts could focus on their performances.
Thunder vs. Nuggets: How to watch, live stream, time, lineups
       
• Nuggets center Nikola Jokic ranks sixth in the NBA in assists, 11th in points and 12th in rebounds. His seven triple-doubles rank second in the league behind Russell Westbrook’s nine. • Last week, Nuggets guard Jamal Murray became the first player in NBA history to score 50 points in a game without attempting a free throw. • This is the third and final game between OKC and Denver this season. The Nuggets won the first two matchups — both in Denver.
Thunder vs. Hawks: Five takeaways, including a fashion faux pas, from OKC's win over Atlanta
       
The Thunder wore orange, the Hawks wore red and the lack of contrast on the court Friday night became a problem that had to be solved. So Oklahoma City, the home team, ditched the orange and changed into its white uniforms at halftime of a game it led 63-55. Call it a lack of communication. "The Hawks are wearing the incorrect uniform color for the game," a Thunder spokesman told The Oklahoman at halftime. "The league process of inputting uniform colors should have caught the orange/red combo, but because the Hawks only have red uniforms on the trip the Thunder will switch to white at the half."
Oklahoma high school girls swimming: Piper McNeil wins two individual state titles, leads Shawnee to two relay wins
       
Oklahoma high school girls swimming: Piper McNeil wins two individual state titles, leads Shawnee to two relay winsJENKS — Shawnee swimmer Piper McNeil had an unexpected problem during the Class 6A state meet on Thursday. “Right before the 200 free relay, my suit ripped,” the sophomore said. “I was thinking more on that and not my race as much.”McNeil was definitely flustered when it happened. But once the race began, she dominated the competition like she always does.
Thunder vs. Hawks: How to watch, live stream, time, lineups
       
• Danilo Gallinari made a franchise-record 10 3-pointers Wednesday night in Atlanta’s win over Boston. The former Thunder forward joined J.R. Smith (twice) and Donyell Marshall as the only players in NBA history to make at least 10 3-pointers in a game off the bench. • Hawks guard and former OU star Trae Young was left off the Eastern Conference All-Star team. Young is averaging 27.2 points and a career-high 9.5 assists in his third NBA season. He’s attempting 5.0 3-pointers per game, up from 3.6 last season.
Oklahoma high school football recruiting: Beggs DB Kendal Daniels granted release from Texas A&M
       
BEGGS – The state's top football prospect in the 2021 class is looking for a new home. Beggs senior defensive back Kendal Daniels was granted release from his National Letter of Intent from Texas A&M, The Oklahoman confirmed Friday afternoon. Sooner Scoop's Bob Pryzbylo first reported Daniels' release. Aristide took a position as outside linebackers coach at Miami, which is a reason for Daniels' departure, sources confirmed to The Oklahoman. Daniels was set to choose OU this summer, but the Sooners pulled his offer shortly before his commitment date.
'Everybody listens to him': Why Sooners guard Austin Reaves has OU basketball set for NCAA run
       
'Everybody listens to him': Why Sooners guard Austin Reaves has OU basketball set for NCAA runNearly three years after his arrival, though, Reaves has completely remade his game. It was a reputation earned by shooting better than 45% from behind the arc during two seasons at Wichita State, including better than 50% as a freshman. His move to point guard, flipping spots with De’Vion Harmon, has played a big role in the Sooners’ resurgence. 7 OU will try to get back on track against Oklahoma State at 2 p.m. Saturday at Lloyd Noble Center (ABC). His dad, Brian Reaves, was a point guard and is tied for third on the school’s career assist list.
Tramel: Go ahead and change the 50-year-old NBA logo from Jerry West, just don't make it Kobe Bryant
       
Tramel: Go ahead and change the 50-year-old NBA logo from Jerry West, just don't make it Kobe BryantKyrie Irving wants the NBA to change the league’s logo from a silhouette of Jerry West to a silhouette of Kobe Bryant. A change.org petition in support of the switch has attracted more than 3.2 million signatures since Kobe’s death in a helicopter crash 13 months ago. I have no problem with the NBA updating the logo. It’s been a good logo. The vertical image of a player, never officially proclaimed but obviously West, dribbling with his left hand, was selected way back in 1969 and has served the league well.
How to watch OU women's basketball at Texas: women’s basketball: TV/streaming, game time, lineups
       
OU hasn’t won in Austin since 2013. • The game is the first of four games in eight days for the Sooners to close out the regular season. The other three — Texas Tech on Monday, TCU on Thursday and Kansas State next Saturday — are at home. • OU is coming off a 16-point win over TCU, its largest Big 12 margin of victory this season. PROJECTED STARTERSOklahoma (9-10, 6-8 Big 12)
How to watch Oklahoma State at OU basketball: Bedlam, live stream, TV channel, game time, lineups
       
• The Cowboys are the only team in the Big 12 with six players averaging at least nine points per game. And even with a four- and five-guard lineup primarily being used by coach Mike Boynton, OSU still leads the Big 12 in rebounding while also scoring 38.7 points in the paint. • OSU has won seven of its last 10 true road games and eight of the past 11 away from Gallagher-Iba Arena, dating back to last season. Three things to know about OU• OU senior Austin Reaves trails only OSU’s Cade Cunningham in scoring in the Big 12. Reaves has been particularly impressive in conference games, averaging 18.8 points with at least 20 points in four of his last five games.
'He is wild now': How Oklahoma State's Cade Cunningham was shaped by Montverde Academy coach Kevin Boyle
       
'He is wild now': How Oklahoma State's Cade Cunningham was shaped by Montverde Academy coach Kevin BoyleSTILLWATER — Cade Cunningham and Moses Moody had one key rule in their dorm room a few years ago. If Cunningham rolled to his left side, so did Moody. Otherwise, things got awkward real fast for two high school junior basketball players sleeping in beds just a foot or two apart at Montverde Academy in Florida. “We’d wake up in the morning and if we’d happen to be looking in the same direction, it’s like eye to eye,” Moody said. “It was a tough situation.”
Choctaw's Peyton Hand, Broken Arrow win big in first OSSAA-sanctioned girls state wrestling tournament
       
Choctaw’s Peyton Hand just soaked in the moment after her state championship match Thursday. Hand was one of 10 individual champions in the first OSSAA-sanctioned girls state wrestling tournament on Thursday. Hand became Oklahoma’s first ever official 112-pound girls champion wrestler. “I didn’t really think this was going to happen in women’s wrestling,” Hand said after her match. The boys are having their 100th boys state championship and this is our first one.
Thunder: Danilo Gallinari's one season in OKC included legendary post-practice shooting competitions
       
The same game unfolded after every Thunder practice last season. Danilo Gallinari and a group that usually included Mike Muscala, Dennis Schröder and Abdel Nader would compete in an intense variation of around the world. Mark Daigneault, then a Thunder assistant, was always stationed at the hoop where the game was played. Daigneault recalled one of Gallinari’s epic performances. “One day he didn’t think they were playing,” Daigneault said, “and he walked off the court and he took his shoes off and then they like yelled at him: ‘Gallo, you’re not playing today?’
NBA notebook: Pacers forward Sabonis to replace Durant in All-Star Game
       
WIZARDS 112, NUGGETS 110: Bradley Beal scored 33 points, and Jamal Murray bounced a pass to Facundo Campazzo, who clanked a hurried 3 off the rim at the buzzer, leaving the Wizards to celebrate their escape over the Nuggets. GRIZZLIES 122, CLIPPERS 94: Tyus Jones scored a career-high 20 points, Memphis slowed Kawhi Leonard and Paul George to beat the Clippers on Thursday night. Dillon Brooks finished with 19 points for Memphis, and Jonas Valanciunas and Ja Morant had 16 each, with Valanciunas adding 15 rebounds. KNICKS 140, KINGS 121: Immanuel Quickley scored 18 of his 25 points in the first half, and Julius Randle had 21 points and 14 rebounds to power New York to a win over Sacramento on Thursday night. Quickley and Randle were two of six Knicks players to finish in double figures in scoring as New York improved to 16-17.
Royals’ Perez, Mondesi ready to build on healthy 2020 sprint
       
Salvador Perez and Adalberto Mondesi each arrived at spring training a year ago after significant surgeries, and they spent the time leading up to the COVID-19 pause wondering whether they would be ready for opening day. Perez, who missed all of 2019 following Tommy John surgery, and Mondesi, whose season ended with shoulder surgery, took advantage of the break between the original spring training and spring training 2.0 — when baseball resumed a ramp up for a season unlike any other. They were fully healed by the time July rolled around, and each took advantage of the health they were finally afforded by putting together standout 60-game sprints. Perez led all catchers with a .333 average, hitting 11 homers and driving in 32 runs while winning his third Silver Slugger award. Mondesi hit .356 with six homers and 20 RBIs over for the final month of the pandemic-shortened season.
Bedlam basketball: 3 takeaways from Oklahoma State's 94-90 overtime upset of OU
       
NORMAN — Cade Cunningham dribbled, crossed over and stepped back, creating just enough space between himself and Elijah Harkless. And the next possession, Cunningham again went into attack mode. He dribbled to the free-throw line, spun, pumped fake and got Harkless in the air. On a day the nation was watching Bedlam, it got a great look at a powerful matchup in the Cowboys’ thrilling 94-90 overtime win over No. 7-ranked OU Saturday afternoon inside Lloyd Noble Center.
Oklahoma high school boys basketball roundup: Minco's Cooper Shirley scores 52 points in regional win
       
Minco coach Cache Hill thinks if he would've kept senior guard Cooper Shirley in for the duration of the game, he could've gotten to 60 points. Many teams were making their final pushes for the state tournament while others were beginning their playoff journeys. Shirley tallied 52 for Minco in its 103-82 win against Frederick in Class 2A regional consolation action. Shirley went 13-of-22 from the field, including a 6-of-10 mark from deep. Minco advances to the regional consolation final Saturday and will play the winner between Merritt and Silo.
Oklahoma high school wrestling notebook: Skiatook’s Josh Taylor, Cougar Anderson become 4-time state champions
       
Josh Taylor and Cougar Anderson don’t know what it feels like to leave Oklahoma’s annual high school wrestling state tournament without a title. The Skiatook seniors each won their fourth state championship Friday at State Fair Arena. Taylor, a 138-pounder, struck first, beating Tuttle’s Reese Davis 12-4 in the Class 4A finals. About an hour later, the 170-pound Anderson became the state’s 42nd four-time champion. Taylor finished 25-0 for his first undefeated season, while Anderson improved to 21-0 and went undefeated for the third straight year.
Tramel: Tanking is tough for Thunder when teams like the Hawks are on the schedule
       
Tramel: Tanking is tough for Thunder when teams like the Hawks are on the scheduleWhen NBA teams have built a quality roster and are trying to move up the pecking order with regular-season success to position themselves for the playoffs, sometimes good teams get in the way. The opposite is true of this Thunder team. Sometimes when NBA teams go into makeover mode, trying to rebuild and position themselves for the draft lottery, bad teams can get in the way. The Hawks are trying to win. They fortified their roster with additions like Clint Capela (mid-season a year ago), Danilo Gallinari, Rajon Rondo and Bogdan Bogdanovic.
Oklahoma high school wrestling: Tuttle rolls, wins 13th straight Class 4A state tournament title
       
Bryce Dauphin flipped Skiatook’s Isaac Long on his back, and the noise from Tuttle’s crowd went up a notch. Dauphin, a senior wrestler for Tuttle, had been in control of the Class 4A 145-pound championship match, and the crowd sensed the end was near. Dauphin secured the pin a few seconds later and raised two fingers on each hand to celebrate the second state title of his career. The convincing victory mirrored how Tuttle performed at the state tournament Friday night and for more than a decade.
Oklahoma high school girls basketball roundup: Mustang's stout defense leads to regional championship
       
MUSTANG 58, YUKON 33Mustang prides itself on defense, and that was apparent early in its game against Yukon. 5 Broncos were ferocious as soon as the Millers inbounded the ball. Clogged passing lanes, no room to dribble, defenders everywhere. Mustang got off to a slow start but cruised to a 58-33 win Saturday at Mustang Event Center, winning the regional championship game against Yukon. The Broncos will host Choctaw next Thursday in the area championship, with the winner advancing to the state tournament.
OU basketball: Takeaways from the Sooners' 94-90 Bedlam loss
       
NORMAN — It wasn’t the prettiest game, but Bedlam rarely is. There were turnovers all over the place, stretches of offensive futility on both sides, and other mistakes all around. But OU and Oklahoma State kept answering each other’s punches, until finally the No. 7 Sooners couldn’t answer any more. Cade Cunningham had a monster game — 40 points, 10 in overtime, to go along with 11 rebounds — as the Cowboys knocked off OU 94-90 in overtime at Lloyd Noble Center.
5-inning games, 2-out innings? Odd MLB spring look on deck
       
Colorado Rockies infielder Ryan McMahon figures players can find plenty to do with any extra time they could get at the end of days if spring training games don't go nine innings. If not, head home, hit the couch and watch some basketball right now,” McMahon said. Or maybe even some extra batting practice. Depending on the day and depending on how things went, there’s a lot of different ways that you could go with it,” McMahon said. "The days are different every day, that’s for sure.”
OU football: Grant Burget, Barry Switzer's original halfback with Sooners, dies at age 69
       
OU football’s Barry Switzer era began with a game at Baylor on Sept. 15, 1973. Switzer wasn’t just bemoaning the loss of a good player. He felt awful for Burget. Everyone felt awful for Burget. “Probably the most well-liked (OU) player since 1970,” said Dean Blevins, who played quarterback at OU 1974-77 and is the long-time sports director at KWTV in Oklahoma City.
Oklahoma high school basketball: State tournament qualifiers for Classes A/B
       
Cameron JourdanCameron Jourdan joined The Oklahoman in March 2019 to cover high school sports. He graduated from Oklahoma State University in May 2018. He had an internship with The Oklahoman and Stillwater News Press. During his time at OSU, Cameron served in a... Read more ›
'He’s gonna mesh well': Ty Jerome's Thunder debut a few months in the making but worth the wait
       
'He’s gonna mesh well': Ty Jerome's Thunder debut a few months in the making but worth the waitTy Jerome went down in the first hour of the first day of practice in Thunder training camp. Jerome’s legs got caught underneath a teammate who dove on the floor, and an MRI revealed that Jerome suffered a high ankle sprain in his left ankle. “I didn’t know how long it was gonna be at first,” Jerome told The Oklahoman. “I thought it was gonna be like a few weeks.”But Jerome’s Thunder debut was delayed a few months, until Friday night, when the second-year guard played 22 minutes off the bench and recorded one of the best performances of his young NBA career.
Oklahoma high school boys basketball: Norman North uses big third quarter to top Midwest City
       
NORMAN – As Kellen McCoy clapped his hands from the sidelines, his Norman North players followed his lead. The Timberwolves' defense had come up with yet another stop and turned it into a quick transition basket. Yet once again, McCoy wanted more out of his players. 4 Norman North started slow but had a dominant third quarter in its 51-34 win against Midwest City on Saturday in the regional final. Jaylon White, who scored 14, had 10 points in the quarter and spearheaded the stellar run.
Thunder vs. Nuggets: Five takeaways from OKC's loss to Denver
       
Thunder vs. Nuggets: Five takeaways from OKC's loss to DenverThunder coach Mark Daigneault called three timeouts in the first quarter. The first came at the 7:01 mark after the Nuggets built a 17-4 lead. “I actually didn’t call one really early because I just wanted to see us battle through that,” Daigneault said. “And then I certainly tried to help get the game under control a little bit.”The second timeout came at the 5:05 mark: 24-6 Nuggets.
NASCAR : Christopher Bell eyes more aggressive approach after earning first Cup Series win
       
Now, the 26-year-old from Norman is locked into the playoffs with 24 races left in the regular season to build his experience in his second Cup season, beginning with Sunday’s race at Homestead-Miami Speedway at 2:30 p.m. on Fox. With a win in his second race of the year — at the Daytona road course — Bell’s modest goals went out the window . Before the NASCAR Cup Series season began, Christopher Bell had realistic goals for himself in his second season on the top circuit and first with Joe Gibbs Racing . Did your first Cup win come a little quicker than you expected? I think if you asked anybody, they wouldn’t have expected me to win at a road course on the second race of the year.
Warriors G League G Jeremy Lin experienced racism on court
       
SAN FRANCISCO — Warriors G League guard Jeremy Lin shared on social media that he experienced an act of racism on the court. Golden State coach Steve Kerr said he will support Lin and denounced any discriminatory act that caused Lin to speak out about racism targeting Asian Americans. In a heartfelt social media post, Lin didn't go into specific details about what happened except to reference he had been called "coronavirus" on the court without saying when or where this happened. Kerr said it was brought to his attention Friday night that Lin had expressed his dismay publicly. Lin the first American-born player of Chinese or Taiwanese descent in the NBA and his team are playing at the neutral G League bubble venue in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.
Tramel: Cade Cunningham's 40 points & Oklahoma State's overtime victory remind us how great Bedlam can be
       
Before this wild Bedlam basketball game even was over — settled, but not over — Cade Cunningham’s teammates were in a celebratory mood. With 7.8 seconds left, Oklahoma State finally had a safe lead and Cunningham had a historic 40 points. Soon enough, the Cowboys had a 94-90 overtime victory over the seventh-ranked Sooners, Cunningham had his place in Bedlam history and we all had the best of both worlds. “Appreciate what you’re watching,” OSU coach Mike Boynton said of Cunningham, a freshman who might be the best player in college basketball and certainly lost no votes Saturday. I’m not surprised, that on the biggest game on our schedule, on the road, he stepped up and was ready to compete at the highest level.”
Oklahoma high school wrestling notebook: Mustang’s Tate Picklo re-injures kneecap, loses in Class 6A state finals
       
Picklo re-injured his left kneecap during the match and couldn’t continue, resulting in his first loss since he was a freshman. The Mustang senior and OU signee didn’t get pinned. Picklo’s dad, Mustang coach Brian Picklo, isn’t sure if his son will be back for the dual state tournament, which will be held in Enid in a couple of weeks. “He’s already won a couple state titles,” he said. We’ll see if he can wrestle at dual state.
OU women's basketball: Sooners rally late to beat Texas in overtime
       
Texas head coach Vic Schaefer also sat as he witnessed the Longhorns imploding late in the game. The scoreboard at the Erwin Center read 59-58 as Texas' Charli Collier walked over to the sideline and, resigned, sat on a fold-up chair. She had just picked up her fifth foul of the day and could only watch as Oklahoma tied things up late in the fourth quarter, sending Saturday afternoon’s game into overtime. The junior guard scored Texas’ first seven points and finished with nine of the team’s 15 in the opening period. Then, when Oklahoma roughed her up and sent her falling onto the hardwood in the second quarter, it was Audrey Warren who came through.
'Eyes wide open': Why OU basketball is excited about a quick Bedlam turnaround after losing OT classic
       
'Eyes wide open': Why OU basketball is excited about a quick Bedlam turnaround after losing OT classicNORMAN — De’Vion Harmon didn’t quite pull an Aaron Rodgers in his postgame press conference after No. 7 OU fell to Oklahoma State 94-90 in overtime on Saturday at Lloyd Noble Center. Rodgers famously delivered his message after Green Bay’s 1-2 start in 2014. There’s a little more urgency at this point for the Sooners, after OU dropped its second consecutive game to fall to 14-7 overall and 9-6 in Big 12 play. We get another big-time opportunity to go get one on the road in Stillwater on Monday night.
NBA notebook: LeBron James rejects Zlatan's criticism of activist athletes
       
LeBron James rejects Zlatan's criticism of activist athletesLeBron James responded to Zlatan Ibrahimovic's criticism of his political activism with a promise that he will never just shut up and dribble. The Los Angeles Lakers superstar also pointed out that Ibrahimovic clearly didn't feel the same way about spotlighting social injustices when the soccer great called out racism in his native Sweden just three years ago. The AC Milan striker and former LA Galaxy star criticized James and other socially conscious athletes Thursday in an interview with Discovery Plus. Ibrahimovic called it “a mistake” for James and other athletes to get involved in political causes, saying they should "just do what you do best, because it doesn’t look good.”
How to watch OU at Oklahoma State: Monday's Bedlam basketball, live stream, TV channel, game time, lineups
       
• Cowboys junior Isaac Likekele did not play Saturday due to a hand injury he suffered against Texas Tech. He’s played once in the past four games, primarily due to a foot injury. Three things to know about OU• OU senior Austin Reaves has scored 20 or more points in four straight games. He and Cunningham are the only Big 12 players to score at least 40 points in a game the past two seasons. Reaves scored 41 at TCU to end the 2019-20 regular season.
How to watch OU vs. Texas Tech: women’s basketball: TV/streaming, game time, lineups
       
• OU is 5-1 in games decided by five or fewer points, their most wins in such games since 2012-13. Six of the Sooners’ seven Big 12 wins have come by six points or fewer. • The Sooners have forced 18 or more turnovers in each of their last four games, including 23 by Baylor on Feb. 21 and 22 by Texas on Saturday. PROJECTED STARTERSTexas Tech (10-13, 5-12)
Tramel: Is Baylor even No. 1 in Big 12 basketball after COVID layoff?
       
1 in Big 12 basketball after COVID layoff? Baylor is on the verge of the Big 12 basketball championship. Then COVID struck Baylor. And when Baylor returned to the court, last Tuesday against Iowa State, the Bears weren’t the same. Baylor had to scratch out a 77-72 home victory over winless-in-the-conference Iowa State, then lost 71-58 at Kansas on Saturday.
NASCAR: William Byron continues run of surprise NASCAR winners
       
HOMESTEAD, Fla. — William Byron gave NASCAR its third surprise winner in three weeks, this one not quite as stunning as the first two at Daytona International Speedway. Byron controlled most of the final two stages at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Sunday and won for the second time in 111 Cup starts. His first one came at Daytona last August and landed him one of the final spots in the playoffs. No one saw that one coming. And few had this one on the radar, either.
'He's like that': How Oklahoma State's Cade Cunningham left his own mark on Bedlam in OT upset of Sooners
       
'He's like that': How Oklahoma State's Cade Cunningham left his own mark on Bedlam in OT upset of SoonersNORMAN — Cade Cunningham subtly put his finger to his lips and told the Oklahoma faithful to quiet down. OU’s Elijah Harkless had fired up the crowd, chasing down a breakaway dunk by Oklahoma State’s Avery Anderson III and blocking it. But the ball ended up in Cunningham’s hands. And the hoopla went silent. Cunningham buried a 3-pointer.
Oklahoma high school wrestling: Stillwater wins first state tournament title since 2014
       
Anthony Ferrari was pacing. Waiting for his wrestling match against Mustang’s John Wiley, the Stillwater junior was wearing a black and gold “Italian Stallion” robe as he walked up and down the ramp leading up to the floor at State Fair Arena. Ferrari was focused, and the junior Oklahoma State commit was clearly ready when the 160-pound finals began at the Class 6A state tournament. Ferrari went on to pin Wiley, a junior OU commit, after an action-packed 5 minutes and 20 seconds.
NBA notebook: Antetokounmpo, Bucks rally late to to beat Clippers
       
Antetokounmpo, Bucks rally to beat ClippersGiannis Antetokounmpo scored 36 points and sparked a closing 9-0 run to help the Milwaukee Bucks rally to beat the Los Angeles Clippers 105-100 on Sunday for their fifth consecutive victory. The Bucks won for the first time in 11 games this season when trailing after three quarters. Kawhi Leonard’s potential tying 3-point attempt bounced off the front rim with about four seconds left. Khris Middleton got the rebound and sealed it with two free throws with 2.1 seconds remaining.
Archery in the Schools Grand Shoot: Locust Grove, Altus take team archery state championship
       
Locust Grove captured the high school archery title at last week's Archery in the Schools grand shoot held Tuesday and Wednesday at the state fairgrounds in Oklahoma City. The Pirates won the high school (ninth through 12th grades) championship but Altus captured both the elementary school (fourth and fifth grades) and middle school (sixth through eighth grades) titles. The top overall shooter among boys was Easton Wall of Locust Grove. Annie Brannon of Chandler was the top girls' shooter. Slightly more than 650 schools, public and private, participate in Archery in the Schools in Oklahoma, part of a larger outdoor education curriculum managed by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation.
Oklahoma State football: QB commit Garrett Rangel's competitive side developed at a ping-pong table
       
STILLWATER — Garret Rangel’s competitive spirit was forged at a ping-pong table. And he’s excited to bring his physical gifts to Oklahoma State. I took a virtual visit about two weeks before I announced I was committing, and the way they showed my parents all that love and support, and showed me love and support, we knew Oklahoma State was the one. To be honest, once Oklahoma State offered me, and Coach Rattay and I got really close over last summer and during the season, I think we kind of knew Oklahoma State was the one since then. I think my toughness is a big part of who I am, and my competitiveness.
Oklahoma State football: Beggs safety Kendal Daniels signs with Cowboys after release from Texas A&M
       
Oklahoma State football: Beggs safety Kendal Daniels signs with Cowboys after release from Texas A&MSTILLWATER — In a surprise twist, Oklahoma State has landed the state’s top football prospect. Beggs safety Kendal Daniels announced Monday that he was committing to the Cowboys just days after he was released from his letter of intent at Texas A&M. He signed with OSU later in the day. Daniels, a 6-foot-4, 198-pound senior, signed with Texas A&M over Clemson, LSU and OU in December. He was initially going to commit to OU last summer, but his scholarship offer was pulled before his commitment date.
Big 12 spring football preview: Can Cyclones surge past Sooners to 2021 title?
       
Oklahoma 2020 record: 9-2 (6-2) Key players: QB Spencer Rattler, WR Marvin Mims, LB Nik Bonitto Biggest question: Is this Oklahoma’s best shot to win national title under Lincoln Riley? Oklahoma State 2020 record: 8-3 (6-3) Key players: QB Spencer Sanders, RB Dezmon Jackson, LB Malcolm Rodriguez Biggest question: Does last year’s disappointment fuel this season’s team? TCU 2020 record: 6-4 (5-4) Key players: QB Max Duggan, DL Ochaun Mathis, DB Tre’Vius Hodges-Tomlinson Biggest question: Can Duggan lead the usual resurgence under Gary Patterson? Texas 2020 record: 7-3 (5-3) Key players: RB Bijan Robinson, WR Joshua Moore, LB DeMarvion Overshown Biggest question: Who replaces Sam Ehlinger at quarterback? Mesidor is one of several key players on that side of the ball who return.
Morning roundup: Cardinals agree to terms with free agent edge rusher JJ Watt
       
Former Texas Longhorns coach Tom Herman, whom the program fired in January, was announced as an offensive analyst/special projects for Chicago. Herman went 32-18 in four seasons at Texas, including victories in all four bowl games that the Longhorns appeared in during his time there. His best season was in 2018, when he led Texas to a 10-4 mark and a victory over Georgia in the Sugar Bowl. Before coaching at Texas, Herman was the head coach at Houston, where he went 22-4. Herman joins a Bears offense that has struggled at times under the direction of coach Matt Nagy and quarterback Mitchell Trubisky.
NBA notebook: Hawks fire Lloyd Pierce as coach following disappointing start
       
The Hawks are 14-20 and 11th in the Eastern Conference, following a 109-99 loss at Miami on Sunday night. Atlanta Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce was fired on Monday following a disappointing start to a season of heightened expectations. “We would like to thank Lloyd for his work and commitment to not only the Hawks organization but the city of Atlanta," Schlenk said in the statement. “We have high expectations for our team on the court and we believe by making this change now that we can have a strong second half of the season,” Schlenk said. Pierce, hired in 2018, was 63-120 (.344) with the Hawks, missing the playoffs in each of his two completed seasons.
College baseball: What we learned about OU, Oklahoma State over the weekend
       
College baseball: What we learned about OU, Oklahoma State over the weekendOSU coach Josh Holliday was curious leading into the first games at O’Brate Stadium just how it would play. The season got into full swing last week with both OU and Oklahoma State off to a strong start. OSU hit six homers in the weekend sweep of Illinois State — three each Saturday and Sunday — and now have nine on the season. He was named the Big 12 Newcomer of the Week, batting .462 and slugging 1.154 on the week while driving in five runs over four games. He also doubled and scored three times in a win at Wichita State.
College softball: What we learned about OU, Oklahoma State over the weekend
       
College softball: What we learned about OU, Oklahoma State over the weekend shares emailOklahoma State pitcher Kelly Maxwell has yet to allow a run this season in 20 innings pitched. [Photo courtesy of OSU Athletics]College softball season is off to a potent start for No. 8 Oklahoma State. The Sooners continue to use their offense to overwhelm the opposition, while the Cowgirls piled up wins against top-15 opponents in the last few days. Here’s a look at four things we learned about the OU and OSU softball teams over the weekend: Sooners’ bats on fire
Class B boys basketball: A look at each team in the 2021 Oklahoma state tournament
       
Class B boys basketball: A look at each team in the 2021 Oklahoma state tournament shares emailCyril celebrates winning the Class A boys state championship over Fort Cobb-Broxton on March 2, 2019. 1Titles: 0 State appearance: 5th State record: 0-4 Starting lineup No. 20 Titles: 3 State appearance: 11th State record: 13-7 Starting lineupNo. 9 Titles: 2 State appearance: 12th State record: 9-9 Starting lineup No. 14 Titles: 0 State appearance: 3rd State record: 0-2 Starting lineup No.
Class A boys basketball: A look at each team in the 2021 Oklahoma state tournament
       
Class A boys basketball: A look at each team in the 2021 Oklahoma state tournament shares emailGarber's Ty Chester (22) tips the ball in front of Arapaho-Butler's Brock Walker (24) during the Class A boys state basketball tournament championship game last March at State Fair Arena. — Player — Ht. — Player — Ht. 8 Titles: 1 State appearance: 3rd State record: 3-1Starting lineup No. — Player — Ht.
Can Steven Adams open up the Thunder's offense?
       
Thunder general manager Sam Presti made the suggestion and the hairs stood up on the back of fans’ necks. As of now, the Thunder isn’t going to get shooting out of its centers. "But maybe we can push Steven into a development phase where we have him look at that," Presti said. Ever the team player, Steven Adams said he’d be OK with it, expanding his game out to mid-range and the 3-point line the way many of the league’s best teams now deploy their centers. Adams, though, isn’t going to start jacking threes for his sake, only if it’s what the team requires.
Nationals say lefty Jon Lester to have thyroid gland removed
       
Washington Nationals left-hander Jon Lester is leaving spring training camp to have surgery for the removal of his thyroid gland, manager Dave Martinez said Wednesday. The 37-year-old Lester was to travel from West Palm Beach, Florida, to New York on Wednesday; the Nationals said the operation is planned for Friday. “Hopefully he can pitch again in about a week,” Martinez said in a video conference with reporters before Washington’s exhibition game against the Miami Marlins. “We want him to get it taken care of now, so it’s not an issue.”Martinez said the Nationals “still have plans, as of right now, that he will start the season with us on his scheduled day, but we’ll have to see — after this procedure’s done — how he’s feeling.”
No Fun NHL? Restrictions help players appreciate hockey more
       
Instead of going out to dinner with his fiancee after coming home from practice, Brandon Carlo takes his dogs on long walks to get out of the house and enjoy some fresh air. “It’s nice that I can still do those things,” the Boston defenseman said. NHL players and their families are limited in what things they can do this season by coronavirus protocols designed to keep them safe and games on track, and those rules go further than other leagues. There aren't NHL-approved restaurants to frequent on the road like in the NBA, and players are limited to their home or the team hotel and the rink except for emergencies, so there isn't much to do outside of playing hockey. But now that you actually can’t do anything else, it definitely makes you appreciate it more.”
Klopp won't allow players to travel if need to quarantine
       
LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp will not allow his players to travel to international matches this month if they have to quarantine on their return. Under current coronavirus guidelines, arrivals from countries that Britain regards as high risk are subject to 10 days of hotel confinement. FIFA has given clubs dispensation during the pandemic to prevent players who may be affected by the regulations from joining up with their countries, and Klopp intends to do so. “I think all the clubs agree that with the same problems, we cannot just let the boys go and then sort the situation when they come back by placing our players in a 10-day quarantine in a hotel. It is just not possible,” Klopp said.
Bilbao, Dublin, Glasgow risk being cut from Euros hosting
       
With 100 days until the rescheduled European Championship, UEFA is considering cutting three cities from its list of 12 host venues across the continent. Bilbao, Dublin and Glasgow are at risk of being dropped over the lack of guarantees about the number of fans that could be allowed into stadiums by June, people with knowledge of the tournament planning told The Associated Press on Wednesday. They spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the situation ahead of a looming deadline for UEFA to receive the plans from host countries. UEFA wants the hosting plan settled within weeks after being forced to postpone its showpiece tournament last year due to the pandemic. UEFA is willing to take games away from cities that cannot guarantee a significant number of spectators based on an expected easing up of the pandemic by June.
Bedlam basketball: 3 takeaways from Oklahoma State's 79-75 win over OU for series sweep
       
Bedlam basketball: 3 takeaways from Oklahoma State's 79-75 win over OU for series sweepSTILLWATER — Oklahoma State guard Chris Harris Jr. brought out the broom and a celebration at midcourt soon followed. The broom was passed around and Eddie Sutton Court received a few sweeps. Then, the Cowboys raised the Bedlam trophy as a group. “Just having fun,” OSU senior Bryce Williams said. “No disrespect.”OSU coach Mike Boynton followed by leading an “O-S-U” chant with the crowd and then addressing the crowd.
There's no Trae Young, but here's how Lomega's girls basketball team is putting up big scores anyway
       
There's no Trae Young, but here's how Lomega's girls basketball team is putting up big scores anywayAdy Wilson knows the difference is small. Just one little point. And still, every time the lights on the scoreboard switch from 99 to 100, it causes a big celebration. “When we hit that hundred mark,” Wilson said, “we’re all up on the bench, cheering.”She and her Lomega teammates have celebrated that milestone three times this season, the most of any high school girls basketball team in Oklahoma. And a couple of those games, an eye-popping 116-point game as well as a 111-point performance, are two of the four highest single-game totals in the past eight years, according to iwasatthegame.com.
OU basketball's biggest problem in recent slump? The 'biggest four minutes of the game'
       
OU basketball's biggest problem in recent slump? The 'biggest four minutes of the game'Umoja Gibson came off the screen and had daylight — not that he needs much to get off the shot. The OU guard fired up a 3-pointer in a fluid motion, but the ball bounced off the front of the rim and Oklahoma State scooped up yet another rebound. Moments later, the ball was right back in the Sooners’ hands, with Austin Reaves barreling down the court after a turnover. Reaves, as he’s done countless times during the season, attacked aggressively, using his body to shield his shooting arm from contact as he laid it up.
OU basketball: Three things we learned from Sooners' Bedlam loss to Oklahoma State
       
In Saturday’s first meeting between the two, Cunningham and the Sooners’ Austin Reaves were front-and-center. Monday, it was a pair of in-state players — Boone, from Tulsa, and Harrah’s Brady Manek for the Sooners — coming up big. But Manek’s big first-half wasn’t enough, Boone and Cunningham came up with late points and the Cowboys handed the Sooners (14-8, 9-7 Big 12) their third consecutive loss. "Honestly, I just made a horrible, horrible play," Reaves said. " I just had the ball in my hands and made a horrible play.
Oklahoma high school basketball: OSSAA announces Class A/B state tournament brackets
       
The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association announced Sunday brackets for the Classes A and B basketball state tournaments. All state tournament games this week will be at State Fair Arena. There will be six games per day, starting Tuesday, continuing through Friday. The four championship games will remain Saturday. Here's a look at the brackets:CLASS A
Class A girls basketball: A look at each team in the 2021 Oklahoma state tournament
       
Class A girls basketball: A look at each team in the 2021 Oklahoma state tournament shares emailHydro-Eakly players rush the court after winning the Class A girls basketball state title over Canute at State Fair Arena on March 7, 2020. 13 Titles: 0 State appearance: 7th State record: 2-6 Starting lineupNo. 4 Titles: 3 State appearance: 12th State record: 17-8 Starting lineup No. 6 Titles: 0 State appearance: 8th State record: 0-7 Starting lineup No. 2 Titles: 5 State appearance: 8th State record: 19-2 Starting lineup No.
Washington replacing cheerleading team with coed dance team
       
Washington will not have cheerleaders for the first time since the NFL’s longest-running cheerleading team was founded in 1962, with a coed dance team taking its place. The move is part of the organization's rebranding effort and not related to a confidential settlement reached with members of the 2008 and 2010 cheerleading teams. "I’ve been asked to create a more modern entertainment team that is inclusive and diverse," Pope said in a phone interview. “We just want to follow that mode of being more modern and a more modern franchise. Washington on Monday made Joey Colby-Begovich vice president of gameday experience, and Pope will be in charge of forming and naming the new dance team.
2021 high school boys volleyball preview: Patrick Henry, Deep Run and James River aim to repeat as state champs
       
CLASS 5: For Deep Run (23-0), the experience comes from setter Wade Every and outside hitters Ian Wagenhauser and Tyler Grey. Sophomore Makary Czekajlo will need to step up in the middle, which Pond says is the Wildcats’ most inexperienced position. Alejandro Campos can spell Every at setter, as Deep Run looks to build depth as the season progresses. Glen Allen (17-6) returns three starters in seniors Sam Kinter and Jack Rutkowski and junior Brooks Cowart. No one is sleeping on Midlothian (15-3), which returns four starters from its first year in Class 5 in 2019.
Stanford at USC odds, picks and prediction
       
Johnny ParlaySportsbook WireThe Stanford Cardinal (14-11 overall, 10-9 Pac-12) visit the USC Trojans (19-6, 13-5) Wednesday. Stanford at USC: Odds, spread and linesOdds via BetMGM; access USA TODAY Sports' betting odds for a full list. Money line : Stanford +280 (bet $100 to win $280) | USC -350 (bet $350 to win $100): Stanford +280 (bet $100 to win $280) | USC -350 (bet $350 to win $100) Against the spread/ATS : Stanford +7.5 (-110) | USC -7.5 (-110): Stanford +7.5 (-110) | USC -7.5 (-110) Over/Under : 136.5 (O: -110 | U: -110)Stanford at USC: Three things to knowUSC won at Stanford 72-66 in early February as a 3-point favorite. Stanford at USC: Odds, lines, predictions and picksPredictionUSC 77, Stanford 66USC is 12-2 at home and shouldn't have a problem winning this one. ATS: Stanford 12-12-1 | USC 15-10OVER 136.5 ( -110) is the STRONGEST PLAY - 1½ times your usual wager.
Bouncing back from the ‘tough pill to swallow’ of being dropped
       
High end sport isn't for the faint-hearted, something England bowler Dom Bess now knows all too well. Despite taking 17 wickets in the first three matches of the winter on the sub-continent, the Yorkshire off-spinner saw himself replaced for the now infamous two-day defeat in Ahmedabad last week, paying the price for a bad few days at the office in the second Test in Chennai a week previous.
Sebastian Vettel eyes world championship after making peace with Ferrari exit
       
Sebastian Vettel says he has made peace with his final-year Ferrari horror show and believes he can be a Formula One world champion again. But following his transfer to Aston Martin - with the historic British name returning to the F1 grid after more than six decades away - the 33-year-old is ready to move on to the next chapter in his career. Independent Rugby Newsletter Live Rugby union coverage direct to your inbox every week Please enter your email address Please enter a valid email address Please enter a valid email address SIGN UP Thanks for signing up to the Independent Rugby newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. Read our privacy notice Independent Rugby Newsletter Live Rugby union coverage direct to your inbox every week Thanks for signing up to the Independent Rugby newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. Team principal Otmar Szafnauer said it will be three to five years before Aston Martin are in a position to fight for glory.
The growing calls for a boycott of the Qatar World Cup
       
The 32 year old decided to petition Denmark’s parliament – the Folketing – to get the country’s national football team to boycott the World Cup finals being held in Qatar next year. Read our privacy notice Thanks for signing up to the News newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. “The World Cup in Qatar is a problem,” Peter Froulund, head of branding and communication at the bank says. “The reality is that some people decided 10 years ago that they would never support a World Cup in Qatar,” a Qatari fan tells The Independent. It is certainly something World Cup organisers should be prepared for says Professor Chadwick.
Courtney Lawes injury: England and Northampton Saints forward faces 12 weeks out
       
England lock Courtney Lawes faces being out of rugby for 12 weeks after suffering a pectoral injury. The Northampton forward, who has won 87 caps, was hurt during England training last week. Northampton said that Lawes will undergo surgery and he faces an approximate 12-week recovery period. “Northampton Saints can confirm that, following consultation between the club’s medical staff and a specialist, Courtney Lawes will undergo surgery on the pectoral injury he sustained in England training last week,” Saints said in a statement. Read our privacy notice Independent Rugby Newsletter Live Rugby union coverage direct to your inbox every week Thanks for signing up to the Independent Rugby newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent.
Washington Football Team replaces NFL's oldest cheerleading squad with coed dance ensemble
       
The Washington Football Team is replacing the NFL's longest-running cheerleading squad with a coed dance ensemble, but the franchise is insisting that the move is part of its ongoing rebranding and not related to any accusations of sexual harassment by former dancers. Washington will not have the first coed dance team in the NFL. Then-Washington Redskins cheerleaders perform during an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles in Landover, Maryland, in this Sunday, December 15, 2019, file photo. He is the first African American to become president of an NFL team. Wright has said he expects 'Washington Football Team' to continue for 2021 with a new, permanent name to be ready in 2022.
Nats pitcher Lester faces surgery to remove thyroid
       
Washington Nationals pitcher Jon Lester, seen here in action for the Chicago Cubs last season, faces surgery to remove a thyroid glandAdvertising Read moreWashington (AFP)Washington Nationals pitcher Jon Lester is to undergo surgery to remove his thyroid gland but is expected to return in time for the Major League Baseball season, manager Dave Martinez said Wednesday. Lester, who joined the Nationals on a one-year contract in January after ending his successful five-season stint with the Chicago Cubs, opted for surgery following a consultation on Tuesday. The 37-year-old left-hander, a member of the Cubs' 2016 World Series-winning team, had complained of tiredness during pre-season training in Florida. "He said he felt kind of tired, that's the big issue," Martinez was quoted as saying on the Nationals official website. "He has been working his tail off, day in and day out, and I know he's going to help us," Martinez said.
England's Lawes out for up to 12 weeks
       
Advertising Read moreLondon (AFP)England forward Courtney Lawes could be out of action for up to 12 weeks following a chest injury, according to club side Northampton. Lawes damaged a pectoral muscle during England training last week and, as a result, missed the reigning champions' 40-24 Six Nations loss away to Wales. If Northampton's prognosis proves correct, the 32-year-old Lawes would be sidelined until late May or early June, ruling him out of the bulk of the Saints' remaining Premiership fixtures this season. Whether Lawes, capped twice by the British and Irish Lions in Australia in 2017, would then be available for the combined side's upcoming series with world champions South Africa remains uncertain. "The 32-year-old lock will require a rehabilitation period of approximately 12 weeks."
Cheers and Jeers: Wednesday
       
-Cheers and Jeers for Wednesday, March 3, 2021Note: Lawyers rush to scene after baker's man refuses to play pattycake on religious grounds. -CHEERS to the left making things right. CHEERS to making it through the first hurdle. CHEERS and JEERS to making cents (and also losing them). CHEERS to fun things a president can do as his country disintegrates from a Great Depression.
'No regrets:' Albert Pujols, entering his 21st MLB season, reflects on what could be his final year
       
Hey, I don’t know what’s going to happen. But I don’t know, we’ll see what happens. Pujols: “I don’t think I’m ever going to think this is it. I don’t think the computer can tell you how to be mentally strong and tough." I don’t know, I don’t understand it.
Joe Altobelli dies at 88: Manager led Baltimore Orioles to 1983 World Series title
       
Funeral arrangements have not been announced, but the Rochester Red Wings announced they would hold a celebration of Altobelli’s life at Frontier Field sometime later this year. Altobelli played parts of the next four seasons in Rochester, helping win a Governor’s Cup title in 1964. "Winning a World Series is the pinnacle you reach as a manager,” Altobelli recalled in 2003. He went on to coach for the Yankees and Chicago Cubs before rejoining the Red Wings as general manager in 1992. The final phase of Altobelli’s career lasted from 1998 to 2008, when he served as a color commentator on the Red Wings’ radio broadcasts.
Organized effort to ban trans from HS girls sports
       
Organized effort to ban trans from HS girls sportsLegislators in more than 20 states have introduced bills this year that would ban transgender girls from competing on girls' sports teams in public high schools. Yet in almost every case, sponsors are unable to cite an instance in their own state or region where such participation has caused problems.
NCAA Tournament bubble watch: Big East matchup features team on rise and team in trouble
       
The early contest of note in this edition of the Bubble Watch pits a pair of Big East contenders looking to stay on the right side of the ever-shifting line between in and out of the 68-team NCAA Tournament field. Later for the night-owl crowd, there’s a Pac-12 squad hoping to salvage its dwindling NCAA chances with a road upset. ET, FS1This is a game that both teams that are hovering in the precarious "last four in" neighborhood really need to win. They’ve managed to stay just above .500 but are several steps outside the projected NCAA field. Wednesday night provides them a Quad 1 opportunity (win at home against a top 30 NET team or win on the road against a top 75 NET team), and by now they’re certainly accustomed to being on the road.
Aston Martin launches new car in return to F1 after 61 years
       
APSILVERSTONE, England (AP) — The Aston Martin team presented its new Formula One car on Wednesday, revealing a slick livery of British racing green as it returns to the series for the first time since 1960. Aston Martin left after failing to score any points that year and returns to the grid with high hopes after signing four-time F1 champion Sebastian Vettel. “I love the history of motor racing and Aston Martin is one of the great names of the past, so it is fun to be part of their return," Vettel said at the team's online launch on Wednesday. The Silverstone-based team was then rebranded from Racing Point to Aston Martin, and Sergio Perez — who drove consistently well and won one race last season — was replaced by the 33-year-old Vettel. “Aston Martin returning to Formula One after an absence of 61 years will have a powerful effect on the sport, the media and the fans, commanding global attention," Lawrence Stroll said.
Hurricanes' Niederreiter fined for interfering with Saros
       
APNEW YORK (AP) — Carolina forward Nino Niederreiter was fined $5,000 by the NHL on Wednesday for interfering with Nashville goaltender Juuse Saros, the maximum allowable under the collective bargaining agreement. Niederreiter hit Saros up high in a collision behind the net five minutes into the Hurricanes-Predators game Tuesday night. Saros remained in net for the rest of the first period before being replaced by Pekka Rinne to start the second. The Predators said only that Saros would be re-evaluated Wednesday and provided no details about the nature of his removal from the game. “The ref called a penalty,” Predators coach John Hynes said.
There's a house stuck on an Ohio highway. Officials hope they can remove it today.
       
Canton Repository staffCANTON, Ohio – Interstate 77 has a new resident – kind of. A 72-year-old man moving a small house drove through a construction zone on an Ohio highway and became stuck Tuesday afternoon, said Ray Marsch, spokesman for the Ohio Department of Transportation. The driver then left the house there – in the zone. Canton police said the driver was cited for violating his permit and for being over the legal width. Follow the Canton Repository on Twitter: @CantonRepdotcomCalifornia's Pacific Coast Highway is falling into the ocean:Is this the end of the road for one of America's most scenic drives?
USMNT's Reggie Cannon struggles explaining America: 'Feels like I am describing medieval times'
       
"Explaining the America I have lived in to those who don’t live in America, it feels like I am describing medieval times." At the time, Cannon called the reaction the fans had "disgraceful" and has continued to speak out against racial inequality. Threatening to kill your family, threatening to show up at your house, threatening to do vulgar things to you, that I can’t say. It is, unfortunately, part of the society that America is today, especially when Trump was in charge. "Growing up I didn’t even know what my grandfather had done all for my country, for science," Cannon said.
Patriots ‘heavily scouting’ the top quarterbacks in 2021 NFL Draft
       
According to a report from The Athletic’s Jeff Howe, the Patriots are “heavily scouting” the top quarterbacks in the 2021 NFL Draft. “The Patriots have been heavily scouting the top five quarterbacks in the class,” Howe wrote. That group includes Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence, BYU’s Zach Wilson, North Dakota State’s Trey Lance, Ohio State’s Justin Fields and Alabama’s Mac Jones.”The Patriots have the No. Belichick and the rest of the Patriots brass did not prioritize quarterback after Brady left for the Buccaneers last offseason. The Patriots are scouting all the top quarterbacks in the 2021 NFL Draft, including Zach Wilson and Mac Jones.
Colin Cowherd opens about blood clot: ‘Like somebody stabbed me’
       
He said it felt like “somebody stabbed me.” Cowherd happened to have a buddy, restauranteur Mike Zislis, who is on the board of nearby Torrance Memorial Medical Center. They blew through some red lights and a little more than 10 minutes later Cowherd was on morphine in an emergency room. After an hour passed in his hospital bed, Cowherd asked again, “What is going on with me here? “People can die of blood clots.”Cowherd, 57, has had 16 blood tests and the root of the issue is not known. Go watch a movie.”Colin Cowherd Amy E. PriceAfter the Super Bowl, Cowherd ended up missing his Fox Sports TV/radio show for two days.
What Gisele Bündchen asked Tom Brady after he won Super Bowl 2021
       
There was more to Tom Brady’s post-Super Bowl embrace with wife Gisele Bündchen in Tampa Bay last month. During an appearance Tuesday on “The Late Late Show with James Corden,” Brady — now the owner of seven Super Bowl titles — spoke about the moments after his Tampa Bay Buccaneers topped the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl 2021. “All the sudden I see my oldest son [Jack] run over to me, ‘Dad!’ you know, and I gave a big hug. After Brady led the Patriots to a Super Bowl comeback over the Falcons in 2017, Bündchen expressed concern over concussions in an interview with CBS. “I want him to do whatever makes him happy.”Last month, Brady said he will “definitely consider” playing past the age of 45.
Garrett Whitlock impressing at Red Sox camp after they swiped him from Yankees
       
The Red Sox have one very big reason to keep Garrett Whitlock on their active roster this year: Don’t let him return to the Yankees. As Whitlock receives praise early on in spring training, it is an interesting subplot in the Rule 5 pick’s drive to make Boston’s team. But this guy has come back from Tommy John looking great, and what’s more impressive — almost — than how he’s throwing the baseball is how he’s carrying himself.”Garrett Whitlock at Red Sox camp on Feb. 28, 2021. But after a strong 2018 campaign, he needed Tommy John surgery in 2019. The Yankees left him unprotected and the Red Sox took him.
Aston Martin launches first F1 car in over 60 years
       
Aston Martin has been struggling financially and its share price on the London Stock Exchange fell sharply in 2020. The company is hoping that Formula One will boost sales of Aston Martin road cars like the DB11, the Vanquish and the Vantage. The Aston Martin Cognizant F1 team revealed the "AMR21" car at a virtual event that was broadcast from London. Stroll said Aston Martin has a fantastic order book going forward on its sports cars and the new DBX, which is Aston Martin's first SUV. Vettel said he was immediately motivated to join the team when he was approached by Stroll, and Otmar Szafnauer, the CEO of the Aston Martin Formula One team.
OTD: Terry Bradshaw Used 'Tom Brady' as Hospital Alias for 1983 Arm Surgery
       
Brady went on to become arguably the greatest quarterback of all time with seven Super Bowl wins, five Super Bowl MVP awards and three NFL MVP awards to his credit. At the time of Bradshaw's surgery in 1983, Brady was just five years old, meaning his choice of alias was nothing more than a huge coincidence. While Brady's eventual Hall of Fame football career wasn't even a thought in 1983, Bradshaw's was about to come to an end. The four-time Super Bowl champion appeared in just one game during the 1983 season. He missed the first 14 weeks of that campaign while recovering from elbow surgery before returning for a December matchup against the New York Jets.
Washington replacing cheerleading team with coed dance team
       
FILE - Washington Football Team cheerleaders perform before an NFL football game against the New York Giants in Landover, Md., in this Sunday, Nov. 8, 2020, file photo. The Washington Football Team will not have cheerleaders for the 2021 season as part of an organizational rebranding. (AP Photo/Daniel Kucin Jr., File)FILE - Washington Football Team cheerleaders perform before an NFL football game against the New York Giants in Landover, Md., in this Sunday, Nov. 8, 2020, file photo. The Washington Football Team will not have cheerleaders for the 2021 season as part of an organizational rebranding. Wright has said he expects “Washington Football Team” to continue for 2021 with a new, permanent name to be ready in 2022.
‘I’ve been ready for this since this was declared a pandemic’: J&J’s one-shot COVID-19 vaccine is enticing for people who hate needles
       
That’s why Prouty is really hoping he can get the Johnson & Johnson JNJ, -1.51% single-dose COVID-19 vaccine shot. Marcus Prouty is hoping for a Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine shot. Across the country, doctors, nurses and other medical professionals have administered 75.2 million vaccine shots so far, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “My clinical experience has shown me people with a fear of needles fear it for different reasons,” she said. See also: Opinion: How does the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine compare with the Pfizer and Moderna shots?
Touchdown Wire mock draft has Jags addressing defense with No. 25 pick
       
There may not be much controversy when it comes to the first overall pick, which Jacksonville will almost certainly use to select former Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence. Another possible option would be to reinforce the receiving corps, but the latest mock draft from Touchdown Wire has the Jags addressing the other side of the ball. The justification for Jacksonville taking Lawrence on this mock draft was, understandably, pretty straightforward. When under pressure in 2020, he completed 28 of 69 passes for 449 yards, seven touchdowns, and two interceptions. Though receiver options like Kadarius Toney or Elijah Moore are certainly intriguing, the Parsons pick would strengthen one of the worst defenses in football.
Mel Kiper Jr.: Detroit Lions should build around Jared Goff, pass on QB with seventh pick
       
“I would not consider a quarterback if I were the Lions," Kiper said in a teleconference Monday. Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff walks down the tunnel to the field to warm up before a game vs. the Minnesota Vikings on Sept. 27, 2018 in Los Angeles. 7 makes sense, even after Goff's arrival"I think Jared Goff can be a good quarterback in this league," Kiper said. So that hopefully with a new organization, they can do that for Jared Goff." This article originally appeared on Detroit Free Press: Mel Kiper Jr.: No reason for Detroit Lions to consider QB at No.
NFL MOCK DRAFT: What the experts are predicting for all 32 first-round picks
       
Until then, experts from around the NFL world will do their best to predict the first round. We analyzed 11 mock drafts to get a sense of what experts expect from the first 32 picks. The 2021 NFL Draft is fast approaching, with teams hoping to grab their next star player in the first round. Still, by taking a wide view, we can paint a picture of how the first 32 picks of this year's draft might play out. Jacksonville Jaguars - Trevor Lawrence, QB (Clemson)AP Photo/John BazemoreExperts: 11 of 11Other possibilities: N/AKey expert quote: From Mel Kiper Jr. at ESPN: "Don't overthink this.
Tom Brady shares what little insight he has about Lombardi toss at Super Bowl boat parade
       
Everyone else wants to talk about the famous Lombardi Trophy toss during the Tampa Bay Buccaneers boat parade. "I don't remember that quite as well," Brady said in his first interview since the Super Bowl champions parade last month. Brady gives limited insight on Lombardi tossThe Buccaneers celebrated their title with a boat parade along the Hillsborough River in downtown Tampa and the videos from players on the boats were wild. One showed Brady throw the Lombardi Trophy from his $2 million yacht. ': Brady's daughter on what we're all thinkingTampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady said his daughter, Vivian Lake, was the voice of reason when he threw the Lombardi Trophy off a boat.
David Krejci and Matt Grzelcyk return to Bruins lineup
       
? David Krejci and Matt Grzelcyk returned to the lineup after a few weeks of battling lower-body injuries. Krejci missed the last four games, while Grzelcyk missed the last seven (and has played in six of Boston’s 19 games). According to data on Hockey Reference, the Bruins have not used 11 sweater numbers in regular-season games (66, 69, 78, 85, 87, or anything 93 or higher). Going down a “fun with numbers” rabbit hole:Montreal has used all but eight sweater numbers from 1 to 99. Tied with the Bruins for second-most numbers used (all but 11) the Rangers, who had a high-profile 99 (Gretzky), 77 (Esposito) and 68 (Jagr) come through town.
Patriots’ Anne Noland hired by Dolphins; will become third woman to run PR for an NFL team
       
Patriots communications strategist Anne Noland is leaving the organization to become the senior director of football communications for the Miami Dolphins. Noland will become the third woman in the NFL to head a team’s public relations department, joining Amy Palcic (Jacksonville Jaguars) and Emily Parker (Cincinnati Bengals). Noland, a 2015 graduate of the University of Georgia, joined New England’s PR team in April 2017 as a media relations coordinator. In Miami, she will reunite with coach Brian Flores, who was one of seven head coaches to speak at the fifth annual NFL Women’s Careers in Football Forum.
J.D. Martinez devoted the offseason to correcting a swing flaw that wrecked 2020 for him
       
When Martinez returned to South Florida, he did not ease into the offseason. A player who rebuilt his swing completely in the 2013-14 offseason wanted once again to completely disassemble it and put it back together. The 2020 season may have been only 60 games, but it was a long year for Martinez. Once he identified the back heel as the foundational problem, Martinez could work through his remaining sequence of moves. Balls flared to right field early in the offseason increasingly became thunderous drives with the familiar arc that Martinez seeks.
Inside the Raiders: Should Trent Brown stay or should he go? Raider Nation sure wants him gone
       
On one hand, the Raiders could use the $14 million in salary cap space by sending Brown on his way. As much as Jon Gruden talks about availability, his main concern isn’t the games Brown missed as much as the projection of how many games he’ll play in 2021. The Raiders have had some big swings and misses over the past two years in free agency. With free agency beginning March 17, the answer is coming soon. His $10.625 million salary is too steep for a backup, although it could double to something approaching starter’s wages should he win the job.
What another surgery means for Weston Richburg’s 49ers tenure
       
Center Weston Richburg’s future with the 49ers looks increasingly dim. Richburg recently underwent hip surgery, according to the NFL Network. He hasn’t suited up for the 49ers since sustaining a knee injury in December 2019 at New Orleans, and his 2020 comeback got further derailed by shoulder surgery. Richburg is due a $7.85 million salary in 2021, and releasing him could save the 49ers some $4.5 million in salary-cap space. Ben Garland, Daniel Brunskill and Hroniss Grasu all started at the position while the 49ers posted a 6-10 record.
Heliot Ramos, top SF Giants outfield prospect, says he’s ready for big league push
       
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Henry Ramos has never spent a day in the big leagues, but he’s the person responsible for fueling his brother’s major league dreams. “I didn’t want to come back home.”Nowadays, Ramos has another place he doesn’t want to return to: The minor leagues. “I wish I could play in the big leagues in April,” he said. Heliot watched Henry claw his way toward the big leagues, only to be left waiting at the highest level of the minors. The Giants have always believed Heliot would play a key role in their outfield, and with a strong minor league season in 2021, the younger Ramos brother may soon have his chance.
Here's how SAGU American Indian College in Phoenix rebuilt its basketball program for title run
       
"In the last three years, we won four games," Athletic Director Paul La Bate said. Floco has coached high school basketball in the Valley, in Southern California and in the college ranks in North Dakota. Morgan slipped through the recruiting cracks in high school playing for the highly competitive Curie High in Chicago, where he graduated in 2018. "I've done research and it's one of the best prices for a private Christian college," La Bate said. "Most of the pastors graduate from American Indian College," La Bate said.
Adbert Alzolay wants you to know one thing: ‘I feel ready to be a starter’
       
But my personal opinion, yes, I feel ready to be a starter.’’Alzolay, 26, was effective in limited opportunities last season, going 1-1 with a 2.95 ERA in six appearances, including four starts. With a few of the Cubs’ starters offering similar looks, having Alzolay in the rotation as a change of pace would make sense. Still, Alzolay said he is ready to take the ball whenever he has an opportunity. ‘‘If I’m healthy, I’m pretty sure I’m going to keep pitching because we just want to win,’’ Alzolay said. ‘‘So if I’m healthy, I know that there are a lot of possibilities that I can keep pitching.’’
Sidelined catcher Yasmani Grandal ‘making progress’
       
GLENDALE, Ariz. — White Sox catcher Yasmani Grandal remains sidelined with inflammation in his right knee but “was making progress,” manager Tony La Russa said Tuesday. “[Trainer] James [Kruk] gives a report every morning and every afternoon,” La Russa said. Grandal got off to a slow start in his first spring training as a Sox a year ago because of a calf injury. In addition to Grandal, outfielder Adam Engel was also sidelined with inflammation in his right ankle. Here is the White Sox lineup for their game against the Royals in Surprise, Arizona (2:05 p.m.).
2nd teen charged with murder in 2020 killing of 17-year-old mistaken for rival gang member in Austin neighborhood, officials say
       
Aldridge had been in an alley in the 200 block of North Leamington Avenue about 11:10 a.m. that day when police said someone walked up, pulled out weapons and fired shots at him. Aldridge was shot at least once in the upper torso and pronounced dead at the scene, police said.
Washington replacing cheerleading team with coed dance team
       
Washington will not have cheerleaders for the first time since the NFL's longest-running cheerleading team was founded in 1962, with a coed dance team taking its place. "I've been asked to create a more modern entertainment team that is inclusive and diverse," Pope said in a phone interview. Washington on Monday made Joey Colby-Begovich vice president of gameday experience, and Pope will be in charge of forming and naming the new dance team. Wright has said he expects “Washington Football Team” to continue for 2021 with a new, permanent name to be ready in 2022. “My goal is to create this team, reinvent this team and make it more modern.”___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL
Tom Brady on his Lombardi Trophy throw: ‘I was not thinking at the moment’
       
Tom Brady acknowledged his decision to toss the Lombardi Trophy off a boat and over water during the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Super Bowl boat parade wasn’t his finest moment. Tom Brady casually tossing the Lombardi Trophy. It was, ‘This seems really fun to do,’ ” Brady said Tuesday on “The Late Late Show with James Corden. “That’s my little 8-year-old daughter,” Brady told Corden. “A little of both,” Brady said on “The Late Late Show with James Corden.” “It was definitely a moment of celebration.
MIAC moves ahead with spring, and some fall, sports
       
The Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference announced Wednesday it will resume athletic competition this month for spring sports, as well as fall sports that were postponed by the coronavirus pandemic. The Presidents’ Council approved a plan that could put teams on the field as soon as Friday,The MIAC is planning for a full spring sports season, including conference championships for baseball, softball, tennis, golf, and outdoor track and field. For fall sports, soccer and volleyball will participate in a condensed schedule, while cross country and football will have the autonomy to schedule up to four contests. There will not be conference championships for fall sports, and the MIAC will monitor the safety of all sports, maintaining “ultimate authority over whether or not to participate in intercollegiate athletics or MIAC schedules this spring.”For winter sports, which played through numerous game postponements and the cancellation of NCAA winter championships, the MIAC will allow schools the autonomy to continue to compete beyond March 6 for basketball and March 13 for hockey. There will be no conference champions or postseason awards for winter sports.
Man charged with criminal vehicular homicide of 60-year-old St. Paul dad
       
A man had a bad feeling after he saw a 60-year-old pedestrian on a St. Paul street corner, and then another driver speeding and swerving between vehicles, according to a criminal complaint filed Wednesday. Police and paramedics responded and pronounced Xiong, of St. Paul, dead on Sunday about 9 p.m. The Ramsey County attorney’s office charged Christopher D’Shaun Mack, 23, of St. Paul, on Wednesday with criminal vehicular homicide – leaving the scene of a collision. According to the criminal complaint:The witness told police he offered Xiong a ride when he saw him standing on the corner, but the man declined. Witnesses gave police the license plate number of the suspect vehicle, which registered to a Dodge Journey on Toronto Street off Jefferson Avenue, near West Seventh Street in St. Paul.
Oregon Ducks men’s basketball resume review: Pac-12 title could cap late season surge
       
EUGENE — Oregon is surging back up the Pac-12 standings as well as the NET rankings. That’s the best Oregon has been situated since before its Jan. 23 loss to Oregon State, and for good reason. The Tigers (NET 46) are still barely in Quadrant 1 and the Pirates (NET 52) are in Quadrant 2. The Oregon State-Utah game won’t have a huge impact either way but an OSU win raises the caliber of the loss. What Oregon wants from Saturday’s clash of UCLA and USC will depend on Wednesday’s outcomes but the Trojans are higher in NET (24).
Here's FC Cincinnati's schedule for the 2021 MLS preseason
       
FC Cincinnati will play four tune-up matches prior to kicking off the 2021 Major League Soccer season. FC Cincinnati departs for Orlando March 23. Once there, they'll face Chicago Fire FC on March 27, Orlando City SC on March 31 and Minnesota United FC on April 3. FC Cincinnati won't host a match at its new West End Stadium for about a month. In 2020, the club started preseason in Arizona while it finished the 2019 preseason in Charleston, South Carolina.
Columbus Clippers season pushed back one month; home opener now scheduled for May 11
       
The return to Huntington Park will have to wait at least another month for the Clippers. As of now, the Clippers season will begin May 4 in St. Paul, Minnesota, with a home opener in a 120-game schedule set for May 11 against the Omaha Storm Chasers. That way, players would not have to go through a significant quarantine period if called up in an emergency. Mike DeWine signed a state order Tuesday that expanded outdoor seating capacity for sporting events to 30%, which would be roughly 3,030 fans at Huntington Park. Last season, when there was no minor league baseball, teams had a 60-man player pool with those players who were not with the big-league team at the alternate site.
Analysis: Ohio State's starters played well against Iowa, but few other lineups did
       
In the next 1:08, it allowed a Luka Garza layup before Ahrens replaced Washington with 14:28 to play. *Iowa expanded its lead on this lineup of Brown, Liddell, Walker, Washington and Young. In the first 3:53, the starters outscored Iowa 14-4, pulling within two points at one point before Key replaced Young with 16:07 to play and the Iowa lead at 46-42. *From 5:25 until 3:13 remained, a lineup of Jallow, Liddell, Towns, Walker and Washington outscored Iowa 4-2 to pull within 68-57 before Ahrens replaced Washington. Two lineups were outscored by five points: Ahrens, Liddell, Sueing, Walker and Young (in 2:02) and Brown, Johnson, Liddell, Towns and Walker (in 1:13).
Detroit Pistons at Toronto Raptors odds, picks and prediction
       
Esten McLarenSportsbook WireThe Toronto Raptors (17-17) host the Detroit Pistons (9-25) Wednesday at their 2020-21 season home of Amalie Arena in Tampa, Fla., for a 7 p.m. The Raptors also had Sunday's scheduled game against the Chicago Bulls postponed until a later date. Pistons at Raptors: Odds, spread and linesOdds via BetMGM; access USA TODAY Sports' betting odds for a full list. Pistons at Raptors: Odds, lines, predictions and picksPredictionRaptors 106, Pistons 94Well, this will be ugly. The Pistons are also likely to be without three of their top four scorers and three of their top five rebounders.
Creighton at Villanova odds, picks and prediction
       
Joe WilliamsSportsbook WireThe Creighton Bluejays (17-6 overall, 13-5 Big East) travel to meet the Villanova Wildcats (15-4, 10-3) Wednesday at Finneran Pavilion in Bryan Mawr, Penn., for an 8:30 p.m. Creighton at Villanova:Odds, spread andlinesOdds via BetMGM; access USA TODAY Sports' betting odds for a full list. Money line : Creighton +185 (bet $100 to win $185) | Villanova -225 (bet $225 to win $100): Creighton +185 (bet $100 to win $185) | Villanova -225 (bet $225 to win $100) Against the spread/ATS : Creighton +5.5 (-115) | Villanova -5.5 (-105): Creighton +5.5 (-115) | Villanova -5.5 (-105) Over/Under : 146.5 (O: -110 | U: -110)Creighton at Villanova: Three things to knowThe Wildcats enter this game looking for redemption after a 73-61 loss at Butler Sunday. While the Wildcats are 0-3 straight up and ATS in their past three road games, they're money at home. Creighton at Villanova: Odds, lines, predictions and picksPredictionVillanova 81, Creighton 74VILLANOVA (-225) is over my usual money line limit of -180, but the Wildcats are a solid bet on their home floor.
2021 Arnold Palmer Invitational matchups and prop bet predictions
       
Below, we'll look for the best value bets in the 2021 Arnold Palmer Invitational odds, with tournament matchups, placings and other PGA Tour prop bet predictions. 2021 Arnold Palmer Invitational: First-round 3-ball matchupsOdds provided by BetMGM; access USA TODAY Sports' betting odds for a full list. Place your legal, online 2021 Arnold Palmer Invitational bets in CO, IA, IN, MI, NJ, PA, TN, VA and WV atBetMGM . 2021 Arnold Palmer Invitational: First-round leaderSam Burns (+5000)Burns is +4000 to win this event but is getting a higher price for the 18-hole lead. Get some action on the 2021 Arnold Palmer Invitational by signing up and betting at BetMGM.
Opinion: A good idea to vaccinate legislators
       
However, it also makes sense to get senators and House members vaccinated sooner rather than later because doing so increases the chances of members being able to conduct the people’s business in person instead of through a computer hook-up. And, legislative leaders hope that receiving the vaccine will serve to encourage others to do the same. The proud and tradition-rich Oklahoma program had endured four awful seasons before his hiring in December 1998. Stoops led Oklahoma to a bowl game in 1999, then the next season took the Sooners to the national championship. Overall, Oklahoma went 190-48 under Stoops — no OU coach has more victories — and won 10 conference championships.
The anthem isn’t a litmus test of patriotism
       
The anthem isn’t a litmus test of patriotism shares emailDallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban discontinued playing the national anthem before games without any fanfare for about a dozen preseason and regular season home games. [Ashley Landis/The Dallas Morning News/TNS file]We flunked big time. Some don’t even stand.” And, as Davis wrote, Cuban talked about the political weaponizing of the anthem and not wanting to contribute to division. And that includes the national anthem, written as a poem by lawyer and slaveholder Francis Scott Key, later set to music and adopted as the national anthem about 100 years later. As a point of fact, the national anthem isn’t the only option for a patriotic expression at the start of a large event.
Livestock report from the Oklahoma City Stockyards
       
Livestock report from the Oklahoma City StockyardsCompared to the last sale (02/09/21): Slaughter cows mostly $1-$4 higher on a light test. Receipts Tuesday: 387; Last week: 0; Last year: 724Livestock report from the Oklahoma City Stockyards:Slaughter Cows: 1,000-1,650 lbs. Average dressing Boners and Breakers $62-$69.50; Lean Cows $58-$60.50; High dressing $66-$74.50; Low dressing $49, Very Low Dressing $34. Light weight cows Average dressing and High dressing not tested; Low dressing $40-$41; Very Low dressing $26. Average dressing $84; High dressing $95; Low dressing not tested.
Where would you live if you could, now that working from home is more than a remote possibility?
       
Where would you live if you could, now that working from home is more than a remote possibility? The idea of working from home first hit me in 2004, in a remote part of northwest Oklahoma, just outside of Aline. It was on a summertime Saturday road trip to see the Oklahoma Historical Society's Sod House Museum. First, they lived in a dug-out, which is just what it sounds like: a hole dug out of the ground. In 1894, they moved up to a sodhouse, a house made of sod grass, roots and dirt.
'I believe people have a right to tell their story.' Oklahoma publisher helps tell Black stories.
       
'I believe people have a right to tell their story.' Oklahoma publisher helps tell Black stories. Nearly 20 years ago, Edmond's Crystal Perkins set out to publish her first novel, but she never sought out an East Coast publisher. An academic adviser at Langston University, she was trying to generate cash to help several students pay their tuition bills. "Imagine, if I had let others tell me I don't have what it takes!"
Oklahoma Class B girls basketball: Roundup of quarterfinal state tournament games
       
After opening with a 12-point first quarter, Stone rode that momentum the rest of the way and was Kiowa’s best player on both sides of the floor. She finished with 26 points, eight steals and seven rebounds in the quarterfinal round. Leedey’s Rylie Gore gave her best effort to keep Leedey in the game but her 15-point performance just wasn’t enough to outlast the Cowgirls. She scored all 12 of the Bison’s first-half points and finished with more than half of Leedey’s total points. “They did what we were supposed to do,” Pannell said of Kiowa’s defense.
Tramel: Oklahoma State sweeps Bedlam basketball, with best player Cade Cunningham & then the better team
       
Tramel: Oklahoma State sweeps Bedlam basketball, with best player Cade Cunningham & then the better teamOver 56 hours in recent days, our state was blessed with 85 minutes of Bedlam basketball. Two glorious games that showed that college hoops still can be entertaining. OSU, which sports an offense that isn’t exactly world-class, shot 50.4% in the two-game Bedlam Series, and remember, the OU revival this season was built on defense. OSU had the best player Saturday. OSU had the better team Monday.
Achievers: Edmond North students receive scholarships to attend aviation university
       
Four students from the Edmond North High School Air Force Junior ROTC program have received scholarships to attend an accredited aviation university participating in a private pilot license training program this summer. Ulric Williams, Kyumbee Son, Ethan Panko and Will Beaman are four of 230 AFJROTC cadets around the world to receive the scholarship from Headquarters Air Force Junior ROTC, Maxwell Air Force Base, Montgomery, Alabama. The scholarship covers transportation, room and board, academics, and flight hours required to potentially earn a private pilot license. The Flight Academy Scholarship Program is an Air Force-level initiative in collaboration with the commercial aviation industry to address the national civilian and military pilot shortage. The Flight Academy allows aspiring young aviators to get their Private Pilot’s Certification, at no cost, during an eight-week summer course at partner universities.
EPL winner Demarai Gray seeking new spark in Germany
       
DÜSSELDORF, Germany (AP) — Already a Premier League champion with Leicester at the age of 19, Demarai Gray felt his career had stalled this season. The 24-year-old winger had been known as an impact substitute at Leicester, able to change games with a burst of fresh energy and pace. Now he's reviving his career in Germany with Bayer Leverkusen. Obviously at Leicester I didn’t feel that, so you kind of lose your spark a bit. You go a bit dim, your motivation dips a bit,” Gray said Tuesday.
The OK -- The Travel Issue
       
As probably too many of my co-workers here at The Oklahoman can tell you, I bleed purple. Regardless, I'm a Kansas State Wildcat fan through and through and if you haven't visited Manhattan, you're truly missing one of the hidden gems of the Midwest. But truth be told, I'm partial to a few other schools as well. Sure, we may fight with each other, but when it comes to taking on outsiders, just know I'm always backing the team from the Big 12. (OK, maybe not when Kansas plays.)
When is your high school reunion?
       
Editor's note: In an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19, venues and businesses might be temporarily closed. Please confirm all reunion plans. AnadarkoAnadarko High School class of 1970: Looking for classmates for a 50th reunion scheduled for Aug. 6-7. For more information, contact Rick Davis at 405-229-9931 or rick@davis-scoreboards.com; or email Donna Hanson at camcarsgram@yahoo.com.
Epidemic Ignored: Solutions necessary to stop Oklahomans from funneling into jails, prisons for treatment
       
The cost of a year of state-funded mental health treatment: $2,000. The Legislature never appropriated enough money to fund community mental health centers, creating the fractured, overburdened system of today, advocates say. Jail staff at the McCurtain County jail in Idabel alleged that he became combative, according to state jail inspection reports. Inmates get medicines — sometimesHealth leaders, attorneys and mental health advocates agree that the level of medical and mental health care delivered in jails varies widely. ‘We can’t do this anymore’Other states have implemented solutions to divert people with mental illnesses out of county jails and into treatment.
Achievers: Harding Charter Prep senior receives newspaper award
       
Harding Charter Preparatory High School senior Katie Hillemeyer recently was awarded the Best of School Newspapers Online award for her most recent article. Her story was titled "No One Even Batted an Eye," which shed light on domestic abuse within the school community. The school newspaper staff has received three Best of School Newspapers Online awards this school year. To be considered for this column, please email achievement announcements and photos to LLynn@Oklahoman.com.
Canisius, Niagara meet in conference play
       
BOTTOM LINE: MAAC foes meet as Canisius faces Niagara. Niagara lost 68-66 at home to Siena on Sunday, while Canisius fell 66-53 to Fairfield on Saturday. FACILITATING THE OFFENSE: Nwandu has either made or assisted on 41 percent of all Niagara field goals over the last three games. Niagara has 49 assists on 75 field goals (65.3 percent) across its past three games while Canisius has assists on 34 of 78 field goals (43.6 percent) during its past three games. The Purple Eagles have turned the ball over only 9.9 times per game this season.
The Latest: Pac-12 to allow players’ family at tournaments
       
The Latest: Pac-12 to allow players’ family at tournamentsThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Pac-12 will allow players’ family members to attend its men’s and women’s basketball tournaments in Las Vegas next month. The policy still must be approved by Las Vegas health authorities. No fans will be allowed to attend.
Olympics gymnastics coach kills himself after being charged
       
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A former U.S. Olympics gymnastics coach with ties to disgraced sports doctor Larry Nassar killed himself Thursday, hours after being charged with turning his Michigan gym into a hub of human trafficking by coercing girls to train and then abusing them. John Geddert faced 24 charges that could have carried years in prison had he been convicted. "This is a tragic end to a tragic story for everyone involved," Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel said. Nessel earlier announced that Geddert was charged with a bushel of crimes, including sexual assault, human trafficking and running a criminal enterprise. The charges were the latest fallout from the sexual abuse scandal involving Nassar, a former Michigan State University sports doctor now in prison.
Sabres injuries mount; Skinner's status remains uncertain
       
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Sabres enter the weekend dealing with injuries to two key players and uncertainty as to whether coach Ralph Krueger is going to end the benching of high-priced forward Jeff Skinner. Starting goalie Linus Ullmark will miss at least both games of Buffalo’s weekend series against the Philadelphia Flyers due to a lower body injury. Captain Jack Eichel is considered day to day after a lower-body injury made him a last-minute scratch before Buffalo’s 4-3 overtime loss to New Jersey on Thursday. “We are an environment of accountability and you need to earn your keep here on this group every single game and every single practice,” Krueger said. “It’s about different ways of growing people in different positions, and that’s what this is about, is working together with Jeff to make him a better Jeff Skinner for the game today.”
France to play All Blacks in opener of 2023 Rugby World Cup
       
France to play All Blacks in opener of 2023 Rugby World CupPARIS (AP) — Three-time champion New Zealand and three-time runner-up France will square off in a blockbuster opening match of the 2023 Rugby World Cup. The teams have combined to deliver some of the most storied matches in the tournament's history, including the 1987 and 2011 finals, both won by the All Blacks. Host France and New Zealand were confirmed on Friday in the schedule release as the first game of 48 on Friday, Sept. 8, 2023 at Paris' Stade de France. At the national stadium the following day, two-time champion Australia plays a European qualifier in Pool C. Australia is chasing its first crown since beating France in 1999. Ireland will open on the same Saturday in wine-growing Bordeaux, also against a European qualifier in Pool B.
OU football: Sooners DB Bookie Radley-Hiles enters the transfer portal
       
Dec 19, 2020; Arlington, Texas, USA; Oklahoma Sooners defensive back Brendan Radley-Hiles (44) reacts after the game against the Iowa State Cyclones at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY SportsThe Oklahoma Sooners have seen some success as of late with the NCAA’s transfer portal. The team added three players from the University of Tennessee alone, the latest being running back Eric Gray. OU defensive back Brendan Radley-Hiles has put his name in the transfer portal, according to a report from Rivals.com. It isn’t a done deal that he will be leaving as he can pull his name out at any time.
Oklahoma State basketball: Kalib Boone gets boost from strong finish in OT Bedlam win over Sooners
       
Oklahoma State basketball: Kalib Boone gets boost from strong finish in OT Bedlam win over SoonersSTILLWATER — Oklahoma State senior guard Bryce Williams’ 3-pointer was wild, hitting off the backboard and the rim before skirting away off the hand of Avery Anderson III. A mad scramble for the loose ball followed. Kalib Boone against OU’s Brady Manek. Just above the right elbow and near OSU’s bench, Boone finally secured the rebound with 19.7 seconds remaining in overtime. The Cowboys had an extra possession with a two-point lead, which propelled them to the 94-90 overtime upset of No.
Tramel: Can Texas Tech transfer Alan Bowman repeat the Baker Mayfield story?
       
A Texas high school quarterback wins the Texas Tech starting job as a true freshman, has a quite promising start, but injuries mount. The Tech quarterback decides to transfer and lands at a blueblood program, one of the greatest in college football history, which has fallen on relatively hard times. Sure, that first paragraph describes Mayfield. But it also describes Alan Bowman, who announced last week that he is transferring to Michigan. The Mayfield/Bowman parallels are not perfect — Bowman spent three years in Lubbock, Mayfield one; Bowman endured a coaching change, Mayfield did not.
Class B girls basketball: A look at each team in the 2021 Oklahoma state tournament
       
James JacksonJames D. Jackson joined The Oklahoman in January 2020 to cover high school sports. He a University of Central Oklahoma graduate. During his time at UCO, James served as a sports reporter and Editor-in-Chief of the student newspaper, The Vista.... Read more ›
'Vile racist' taunts incite fight at Oklahoma high school basketball game
       
After racial abuse of African American student-athletes by the Newcastle High School student section sparked a brawl at a basketball game last week, the Oklahoma City Public School System is asking for official action to be taken against Newcastle. The fight broke out Thursday night between John Marshall High School basketball players and Newcastle students after a Class 4A regional playoff game. Newcastle hosted the game on its home court southwest of Oklahoma City. Newcastle students prompted the fight with “vile racist and derogatory taunting,” said Paula Lewis, chairperson of the Oklahoma City Public Schools Board of Education. Lewis said the fight that ensued was “deeply unfortunate,” but it was caused by racist insults going unchecked during and after the game.
Oklahoma Catholic Men's Conference adds virtual option for 2021
       
When COVID-19 created a flood of concerns for organizers of the In The Father’s Footsteps Oklahoma Catholic Men’s Conference, Jim Beckman registered a plea. "Really since last March, I feel like I’ve been one of the relentless voices of, 'Don't cancel! said Beckman, executive director of Evangelization and Catechesis for the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City. "That's what’s happening a lot in the world, one thing after another is being canceled or put on hold. People have a lot of needs in their life, and life goes on, despite the circumstances that we’re in right now.
Achievers: OKC residents medal at School for the Blind Cane Quest contest
       
Achievers: OKC residents medal at School for the Blind Cane Quest contestThree Oklahoma City residents recently earned medals at Oklahoma School for the Blind’s eighth Oklahoma Regional Cane Quest competition in Muskogee. Two sophomores earned medals in the Trailblazers category for competitors in 10th through 12th grades: Elbin Carrillo won a gold medal, while Julio Valdez picked up a silver medal. Sixth-grader Quante Sellers earned a Top Scouts award for third through sixth grades. All the medalists are Oklahoma School for the Blind students. They competed to earn points and win prizes with 31 other cane users from across the state.
UCO establishes scholarship in honor of human environmental sciences professor
       
EDMOND — The Dr. Kaye Sears’ Honorary Scholarship for Professionalism in honor of longtime environmental sciences professor Kaye Sears has been established by University of Central Oklahoma College of Education and Professional Studies faculty and alumni. The scholarship will be awarded annually, providing financial assistance to UCO students within the family life education or family and child studies degree programs. Applications for the first scholarship are available through the UCO Scholarship Portal at scholarships.uco.edu. "I am truly humbled and honored by this wonderful scholarship that will continue to support students in the future after I am gone," Sears said.
Oklahoma Association of Realtors names officers, directors
       
The Oklahoma Association of Realtors announces 2021 officers and directors. “The Oklahoma real estate industry is fortunate to be under the direction of this outstanding executive committee heading into 2021,” association CEO Jessica Hickok said. “I am incredibly proud of these leaders and how they continue to drive homeownership and protect property rights in Oklahoma through their advocacy efforts, despite complications brought on by COVID-19. I look forward to the year ahead and know this board will do exceptional things.”All elected positions were nominated by the association's Nominating Committee and voted on by association members at the annual meeting in October. The 2021 Executive Committee members are:
Achievers: Harding Charter Prep awards scholarships to three grads
       
Three Harding Charter Preparatory High School graduates were recently awarded $5,000 each as recipients of Clyde Riggs Life is Great Scholarships. Scholarship winners were: Dylan DelCol, Joseph LaSala and Julianne Tran. The scholarship is given to honor the life of community leader Clyde Riggs, who died in a bicycle accident in 2010. It is awarded to college-level sophomores and above to help ease the financial burden of higher education. Applicants must be a Harding Charter Prep alum.
Celebrating a love that improves with age
       
January is one of my least favorite months — the coldest month in Oklahoma and the one with the least sunshine. Out of 31 days, we average nine with clear skies and full sunshine. Then, of course, this January has been a deadly month in our state because of COVID-19. And basketball, my favorite sport, is going strong, providing energy to the season as they move toward the playoff time of year. I remember decorating a shoe box for school and buying those little Valentine cards.
65 years after launching Montgomery's Bus Boycott, Black women still fight for a seat at the table
       
65 years after launching Montgomery's Bus Boycott, Black women still fight for a seat at the tableIt was Dec. 1, 1955. Rosa Parks had been arrested for her defiance of Montgomery’s segregated bus seating law, and Jo Ann Robinson sat at home lost in thought. Could the Black women of the Women’s Political Council, for which she now served as president, convince 50,000 Black people to stay off the city buses that so many depended on as their only means of transportation? He had received the Alabama State College professor’s urgent message about Parks’ arrest. Active since 1949, Robinson and the WPC had worked closely with the burgeoning Black lawyer to negotiate with city leadership and Montgomery bus company officials for better treatment of Black residents on its buses to no avail.
Flambe plant shines with 2021 Pantone color choices of the year
       
Some headlines call it "Pandemic Gray," but you will see it opens the door to one of the toughest, persevering and award-winning plants of all time, Flambe Yellow chrysocephalum. Flambe Yellow gives you both Pantone colors on one plant. It was selected as a Mississippi Medallion Award Winner while I was a horticulture specialist with Mississippi State University. You might wonder what’s so special about a plant with a name that is difficult to pronounce. The answer is nonstop blooms on a plant that is drought tolerant, heat tolerant and frost tolerant to around 30 F.
Prostate procedure puts golfer back on course
       
To learn how to participate in, email us at brand-insight@opubco.comConnecting local experts and business leaders with the NewsOK audience. Dr. Blake ParsonsIt's hard to play golf when you have to keep an eye out for a bathroom and deal with lower back pain. But, that’s what avid golfer Mark Day faced when he suffered from an enlarged prostate. “Before, I was playing golf every day,” Day said. That was my exercise program.”However, his prostate problem changed all that and his life in general this past year.
Olympic boxing qualification events canceled, postponed
       
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — A global boxing qualifying tournament for the Tokyo Olympics has been canceled and a European event was postponed from April to June. The International Olympic Committee said Tuesday plans were changed because of “current challenges to international travel and related restrictions in many countries” during the coronavirus pandemic. Boxers worldwide were to compete for 53 places in the Tokyo lineup at a tournament in Paris in June. Those places will now be allocated equally across continents by world rankings based on results since 2017, the IOC said.
Russell Westbrook's Tulsa Race Massacre documentary to air on The History Channel
       
The debut is timed to coincide with the 100 th anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921, one of the worst acts of racial violence in American history. The History Channel announces today the greenlight of the two-hour documentary “Tulsa Burning: The 1921 Race Massacre” (working title) from Westbrook; Peabody and Emmy-Award winner Stanley Nelson; Peabody and duPont-Award winner Marco Williams; Donnell Beverly, president of Russell Westbrook Enterprises; Blackfin, an eOne company; and Firelight Films. “The Tulsa Race Massacre was not something I was taught about in school or in any of my history books," said Westbrook in a statement released today. [Oklahoma Historical Society photo]The History Channel will also join the Russell Westbrook Why Not? Foundation, Endeavor, RedFlight Innovation and Values Partnerships to create an educational and experiential campaign focused on the history and legacy of Tulsa’s Black Wall street.
Ash Wednesday crowds not deterred by snow, freezing temperatures in Oklahoma City
       
Hamilton said he was pleased with the turnout and he expected the 6:30 p.m. service to draw the biggest crowd. "Lent starts no matter what the weather's like and it's great that people know that," he said. The priest said people seemed to be OK with the changes to the imposition of ashes. "That way people were ready to do what they needed to do and no one seemed awkward about it. "I think they were happy to be able to get ashes, one way or the other.
Boy Scouts celebrate the first group of female Eagle Scouts
       
Growing up in Minneapolis, Isabella Tunney followed the progress of her older brother with admiration and occasional envy as he worked toward earning the Boy Scouts’ prestigious rank of Eagle Scout. This weekend, at age 16, Tunney will be one of nearly 1,000 girls and young women honored by the Boy Scouts in a virtual celebration of the inaugural class of female Eagle Scouts. Only in 2018 did the Boy Scouts start accepting girls as Cub Scouts; older girls were admitted into the flagship scouting program in 2019. Tunney, like many of the girls attaining Eagle rank, worked intensively to amass the needed merit badges within two years. A minimum of 21 badges are required to attain Eagle; Tunney earned all 137, in subjects ranging from welding to white-water rafting to coin collection.
Aston Martin launches new car in return to F1 after 61 years
       
SILVERSTONE, England (AP) — The Aston Martin team presented its new Formula One car on Wednesday, revealing a slick livery of British racing green as it returns to the series for the first time since 1960. Aston Martin left after failing to score any points that year and returns to the grid with high hopes after signing four-time F1 champion Sebastian Vettel. He has won 53 F1 races but endured a dismal final year with Ferrari in 2020 during which he secured just one podium finish. “I love the history of motor racing and Aston Martin is one of the great names of the past, so it is fun to be part of their return," Vettel said at the team's online launch on Wednesday. “I have not driven the car yet, obviously, but I think it looks great.
Tramel: Why NFL timing helps Jalen Hurts and hurt Tim Tebow
       
Tim Tebow retired from baseball last week. Same thing that many said about Michael Jordan a quarter century ago. Jordan played 127 games for Birmingham in the AA Southern League in 1994. Jordan was 31 years old and belonged in the Southern League about the way he belonged in a seminary. But he was Michael Jordan, and larks are allowed when you’re Michael Jordan.
Hurricanes' Niederreiter fined for interfering with Saros
       
NEW YORK (AP) — Carolina forward Nino Niederreiter was fined $5,000 by the NHL on Wednesday for interfering with Nashville goaltender Juuse Saros, the maximum allowable under the collective bargaining agreement. Niederreiter hit Saros up high in a collision behind the net five minutes into the Hurricanes-Predators game Tuesday night. Saros remained in net for the rest of the first period before being replaced by Pekka Rinne to start the second. The Predators said only that Saros would be re-evaluated Wednesday and provided no details about the nature of his removal from the game. “The ref called a penalty,” Predators coach John Hynes said.
PSG striker Kean isolating after testing positive for virus
       
PARIS (AP) — Paris Saint-Germain striker Moise Kean has tested positive for the coronavirus and has gone into isolation, the club said Wednesday. PSG said that Kean tested positive on Wednesday morning and stayed in Paris while his teammates traveled to Bordeaux for a league game. The 21-year-old Kean has done well since joining on a season-long loan from Premier League team Everton, scoring 15 goals in 27 games. PSG faces Barcelona in the Round of 16 of the Champions League next Wednesday, leading 4-1 from the first leg in Spain, with Kean scoring a goal in that game.
Washington replacing cheerleading team with coed dance team
       
Washington will not have cheerleaders for the first time since the NFL’s longest-running cheerleading team was founded in 1962, with a coed dance team taking its place. The move is part of the organization's rebranding effort and not related to a confidential settlement reached with members of the 2008 and 2010 cheerleading teams. Lawyers for the team and those cheerleaders told The Associated Press last month that “the matter has been resolved” but would not say when the settlement was reached. "I’ve been asked to create a more modern entertainment team that is inclusive and diverse," Pope said in a phone interview. “We just want to follow that mode of being more modern and a more modern franchise.
2021 Arnold Palmer Invitational matchups and prop bet predictions
       
Below, we'll look for the best value bets in the 2021 Arnold Palmer Invitational odds, with tournament matchups, placings and other PGA Tour prop bet predictions. 2021 Arnold Palmer Invitational: First-round 3-ball matchupsOdds provided by BetMGM; access USA TODAY Sports' betting odds for a full list. Place your legal, online 2021 Arnold Palmer Invitational bets in CO, IA, IN, MI, NJ, PA, TN, VA and WV atBetMGM . 2021 Arnold Palmer Invitational: First-round leaderSam Burns (+5000)Burns is +4000 to win this event but is getting a higher price for the 18-hole lead. Get some action on the 2021 Arnold Palmer Invitational by signing up and betting at BetMGM.
Toronto Maple Leafs at Edmonton Oilers odds, picks and prediction
       
Joe WilliamsSportsbook WireThe Toronto Maple Leafs (17-4-2) finish up a three-game set against the Edmonton Oilers (14-10-0) Wednesday for an 8 p.m. Maple Leafs at Oilers: Odds, spread and linesOdds via BetMGM; access USA TODAY Sports' betting odds for a full list. Money line : Maple Leafs -115 (bet $115 to win $100) | Oilers +100 (bet $100 to win $100): Maple Leafs -115 (bet $115 to win $100) | Oilers +100 (bet $100 to win $100) Against the spread/ATS : Maple Leafs -1.5 (220) | Oilers +1.5 (-300): Maple Leafs -1.5 (220) | Oilers +1.5 (-300) Over/Under : 6.5 (O: -105 | U: -115)Maple Leafs at Oilers: Projected starting goaliesMichael Hutchinson (3-1-0, 1.77 GAA, .943 SV%, 1 SO) vs. Mike Smith (6-1-0, 1.87 GAA, .938 SV%, 2 SO)Hutchinson posted a shutout in Monday's game in Edmonton, turning aside all 31 of the shots he faced. Maple Leafs at Oilers: Odds, lines, predictions and picksPredictionOilers 4, Maple Leafs 2The OILERS (+100) will salvage the series finale against the Maple Leafs, who have spun two shutouts from two unlikely sources in the first two games. The OILERS -1.5 (+260) on the alternate line will help you more than double up, and they're definitely worth a roll of the dice at this price.
Oklahoma City Thunder at Dallas Mavericks odds, picks and prediction
       
Cameron DaSilvaSportsbook WireThe Dallas Mavericks (17-16) will try to extend their winning streak Wednesday when they host the Oklahoma City Thunder (14-20) at American Airlines Center. Thunder at Mavericks: Odds, spread and linesOdds via BetMGM; access USA TODAY Sports' betting odds for a full list. Money line : Thunder +155 (bet $100 to win $155) | Mavericks -190 (bet $190 to win $100): Thunder +155 (bet $100 to win $155) | Mavericks -190 (bet $190 to win $100) Against the spread/ATS : Thunder +4.5 (-110) | Mavericks -4.5 (-110): Thunder +4.5 (-110) | Mavericks -4.5 (-110) Over/Under : 223.5 (O: -110 | U: -110)Thunder at Mavericks: Key injuriesThunderPG George Hill (thumb) out(thumb) out SG Hamidou Diallo (groin) outMavericksPG Luka Doncic (back) questionable(back) questionable C Willie Cauley-Stein (thumb) questionableSpecial NBA Betting Promotion! Thunder at Mavericks: Odds, lines, predictions and picksPredictionMavericks 111, Thunder 108The Mavericks have been playing well of late, winning eight of their last 10 games. PG Shai Gilgeous-Alexander will continue to play well against Dallas' defense and help the THUNDER +4.5 (-110) cover the spread.
Half of SEC basketball teams are coached by Black women: 'It looks like what it's supposed to look like'
       
When Kentucky named Kyra Elzy its women's basketball coach in December, she knew there would be big expectations. Elzy became the seventh Black woman leading an SEC women's basketball program for the 2020-21 season. "There have been so many Black coaches to lead the way in order for me to be given this opportunity." The other Black coaches in the SEC are at Auburn, Georgia, LSU, Ole Miss, Mississippi State and South Carolina or half the league. "The NCAA women's basketball has been comprised of a lot of older white women and some men," Staley said.
COVID In Colorado: Gov. Jared Polis Envisions A ‘Very Close To Normal’ Summer
       
Jared Polis told Coloradans he’s confident that this summer will be “very close to normal” during a news conference Tuesday. Institutions that have been closed for nearly a year are finalizing reopening plans and submitting them to the state. “I’m not sure what normal is anymore,” laughed Chris Zacher, Executive Director of Levitt Pavilion. “I’ve been thinking about normal for a long time.”There hasn’t been any live music at Levitt Pavilion since October 2019. Zacher has spent the last year working with the city and state on reopening plans.
Sachin Tendulkar exclusive: The secrets of playing spin, Joe Root's brilliance — and why Test cricket needs more great rivalries
       
Sachin Tendulkar scored almost 2,000 Test runs more than anyone else on Indian pitches so his advice for how to cope carries a lot of weight. In an exclusive interview with Telegraph Sport, Tendulkar praises Joe Root’s talent for playing on spinning pitches, saying it was a gift that cannot be taught by a coach. If the bowler knows the batter is not going to put any pressure on him then bowling becomes easy. Test cricket is one format if you keep good wickets, which are slightly in favour of bowlers it will even the balance between bat and ball and it will revive Test cricket. “Right now in Test cricket rivalries are missing which is important for the game.
Wisconsin hunters kill 216 wolves in less than 60 hours, sparking uproar
       
Hunters and trappers in Wisconsin killed 216 gray wolves last week during the state’s 2021 wolf hunting season – more than 82% above the authorities’ stated quota, sparking uproar among animal-lovers and conservationists, according to reports. This hunt comes in the wake of federal policy, and local litigation, that stripped gray wolves of protection. In the 1950s gray wolves, which are native to Wisconsin, were extirpated from the state due to years of unregulated hunting. Following the implementation of these protections, gray wolves emerged and spread from a northern Minnesota “stronghold”, the Journal Sentinel said. In October 2020, the Trump administration removed the gray wolf from the Endangered Species List.
Sheffield United vs Aston Villa, Premier League: live score and latest updates
       
Chris Wilder admits he does not know if he will be Sheffield United manager next season, despite confirming he wants to remain in charge at Bramall Lane. Asked if he would be at the club next season, Wilder replied: "I don't know. We always plan short, medium and long term, but that plan is determined by other people than me. Jayden Bogle (shin), Chris Basham (hamstring), Jack Robinson (foot), Jack Rodwell, John Egan (toe), Jack O'Connell (knee) and Sander Berge (hamstring) are still out. Aston Villa will be without captain Jack Grealish for a third Premier League game in a row.
Liverpool will block stars from playing in World Cup qualifiers if they must go into 10-day quarantine on return
       
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says his players will be blocked from going on international duty later this month if they are forced into a ten-day quarantine on their return to England. Klopp said it is unacceptable for national associations to expect clubs to lose their players at a key point in their season. “I think everyone agrees we cannot let the players go and play for their country and come back and quarantine for 10 days in a hotel. “I think FIFA was kind of clear that we don't have to let the players go this time,” said Klopp. Diogo Jota may also be involved after a stomach bug prevented him making his comeback against Sheffield United last Sunday.
Virat Kohli tells England to stop moaning as India would never blame pitch for defeat - is that really the case?
       
Virat Kohli has told England to stop moaning about the pitch after their crushing two-day defeat last week, with the Indian captain instead blaming the result on “a bizarre display of batting”. The Ahmedabad pitch has come in for much criticism since England’s 10-wicket loss in the third Test, although the official pitch ratings are yet to be published. “If you win a Test on day four or five, no-one says anything but if you win in two days everyone pounces on the same issue. We lost in New Zealand on day three in 36 overs and none of our people wrote about the pitch. “The reality of the situation is that the pitch was very flat and slow,” he said, after England’s 227-run win.
Tom Brady shares Gisele Bündchen’s response to Super Bowl win that made him want to ‘change the subject’
       
Tom Brady has revealed his wife Gisele Bündchen’s less-than-enthusiastic response to his recent Super Bowl win as the quarterback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. I was trying to figure out a way to change the subject really quick so I think I moved onto something else pretty quickly,” Brady recalled. Following the Super Bowl, the athlete said he would be “coming back” next season. INDY/ LIFE Newsletter Be inspired with the latest lifestyle trends every week Please enter your email address Please enter a valid email address Please enter a valid email address SIGN UP Thanks for signing up to the INDY/LIFE newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. Read our privacy notice INDY/ LIFE Newsletter Be inspired with the latest lifestyle trends every week Thanks for signing up to the INDY/LIFE newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent.
Tommy Fury calls out Jake Paul: ‘You can fight me any time, any place, anywhere’
       
Tommy Fury has called out YouTuberJake Paul in a social media spat which could yet lead to a serious fight. The war of words began when Tyson Fury praised his younger brother and added: “Jake Paul, where you at?”In response, Paul tweeted: “He calls me out to fight someone – his brother! If you want to do something don’t let your brother do it for you.”Tommy Fury responded with an offer to fight, posting: “Mr Jake Paul, I don’t need anybody to do my dirty work. All you’ve got to do is get in touch.”• Read more: Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury finally agree termsThe younger Fury, 21, is undefeated with a 5-0 record after beating fellow Briton Scott Williams last week. Jake Paul, the brother of fellow YouTuber-turned-boxer Logan Paul, has already won two boxing matches against YouTuber AnEsonGib and basketball player Nate Robinson.
Jose Mourinho suggests Real Madrid are to blame for Gareth Bale’s slow return to peak fitness
       
Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho says Real Madrid have the answers as to why it took Gareth Bale so long to regain his best form. But Mourinho says Madrid will know why it has taken until March for his fitness to reach its peak. “Why for the past two years did he have what he had in Madrid? But good reaction, good recovery sessions. Read our privacy notice Independent Football Newsletter Get the latest football headlines direct to your inbox twice a week Thanks for signing up to the Independent Football newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent.
England dare to be brave and drown out pitch talk in pivotal India Test
       
“I don’t understand why a cricket ball or pitch are brought into focus?” asked Virat Kohli in his last address before the final Test. Naturally, people are going to talk about two of the three basic facets involved in any game of cricket. Lest we forget, a win to confirm the series will take them through to the inaugural World Test Championship Final. Read our privacy notice Independent Rugby Newsletter Live Rugby union coverage direct to your inbox every week Thanks for signing up to the Independent Rugby newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. Dom Bess will return to the Test side after two matches out (ECB)"It was certainly a tough pill to swallow," Bess said about missing second Test.
Luanda: the best catch capital
       
We put the fishing to the test in these rich and unique waters by heading off land with a fishing club and two world fishing champions. The members of the Olé sport fishing team, who are based in the capital, often set off for here. Nicolás Castaño Mansilla is the Captain of the Olé Sport Fishing Team. Some of the most known members of the Olé team and the best in the business are José Cardoso, also known as ‘Zé Carlos’. Luís Mateus Sport Fishing World ChampionLobito has hosted World Championships and attracts competitors and interest from beyond Angola’s borders.
Vanessa Bryant opens up about 'finding the light in darkness' and pushing forward for her daughters
       
Vanessa Bryant has spoken out about the unimaginable pain - as well as her journey through grief and resilience - following the death of husband Kobe Bryant and their daughter Gianna 'Gigi' Bryant. But getting out of bed and pushing forward is going to make the day better for my girls and for me. Strong women: Vanessa Bryant has spoken out about the unimaginable pain - as well as her journey through grief and resilience - following the death of husband Kobe Bryant and their daughter Gianna 'Gigi' Bryant. Vanessa also re-launched his non-profit and renamed it Mamba & Mambacita Sports Foundation - in honor of both Kobe and Gigi. She said in the end, all she wants is 'to make Kobe, Gigi, Natalia, Bianka and Capri proud.'
Tom Brady, 43, says supermodel wife Gisele Bundchen urged him to retire (again) after Super Bowl win
       
Tom Brady is in no rush to retire from football, but as the 43-year-old quarterback revealed Tuesday, supermodel wife Gisele Bundchen made a good counter argument in the moments after his record seventh Super Bowl victory last month. she asked Brady, who revealed the quote to James Corden on Tuesday's show. The discussion occurred on the field immediately after Brady's Buccaneers beat the AFC champion Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LV on February 7. Bundchen previously revealed her wish that Brady retire, telling Ellen DeGeneres in 2018 that she had 'not been very successful' on that front. Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady holds the Vince Lombardi Trophy during a boat parade to celebrate victory in Super Bowl LV against the Kansas City ChiefsBundchen has publicly pushed for Brady to give up football for several years.
ATP extends rankings freeze, boosts prize money at smaller events
       
"Between the Australian Open and Wimbledon, minimum prize money levels for ATP 250 and ATP 500 tournaments will be raised to 80% and 60% respectively, from 50%," the ATP said in a statement. The decision received the backing of the ATP player council, which includes Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. The ATP will extend its rankings freeze through to the end of the Toronto Masters, which runs from August 9-15. Individuals will only be able to use their protected rankings for as many Masters 1000 events as they missed while away from competition. A $10,000 allocation will be set aside for each event on the ATP Tour and second-tier Challenger circuit to cover hotel costs arising from additional isolation or quarantine periods.
Ricky Williams reveals the reason he started consuming cannabis
       
The longtime cannabis advocate and former NFL superstar said a college breakup led to him trying cannabis for the first time. Article contentNational Football League legend and longtime cannabis advocate Ricky Williams has revealed what prompted him to try cannabis for the first time. Try refreshing your browser, or Ricky Williams reveals the reason he started consuming cannabis Back to videoSpeaking with Shannon Sharpe on the Club Shay Shay podcast, Williams said he was ruminating on the end of a two-year relationship while attending the University of Texas. “That’s how it started,” Williams explained to Sharpe. Williams retired from football in 2012 and recently launched a new podcast, Curious Questions with Ricky Williams, where he discusses some of his other interests and passions, like astrology, as well as his on-going relationship with cannabis.
Albert Pujols could keep playing to reach 700 career homers: 'If I’m close to it, why not?'
       
TEMPE, Ariz. — It’s perhaps Major League Baseball’s most exclusive and esteemed club. “If I’m close to it, why not?" "If I don’t re-sign with the Angels, I’m going to have to find a team that will give me that opportunity. I’d have 800 homers by now.’’Pujols passed Willie Mays (660) last season for fifth on the all-time home run list. Pujols, who enters his 20th major league season, is in the final year of his 10-year, $240 million contract.
'No regrets:' Albert Pujols, entering his 20th MLB season, reflects on what could be his final year
       
Hey, I don’t know what’s going to happen. But I don’t know, we’ll see what happens. Pujols: “I don’t think I’m ever going to think this is it. I don’t think the computer can tell you how to be mentally strong and tough." I don’t know, I don’t understand it.
Texans have gotten Deshaun Watson calls from at least five teams
       
But at least five teams have phoned the Houston Texans to inquire about a potential trade for wantaway quarterback Deshaun Watson, the Houston Chronicle’s John McClain told “BMitch and Finlay” Tuesday on 106.7 The Fan in Washington. Deshaun Watson Getty ImagesThe Texans insist they’re not trading Watson, who insists he’ll never play for them again. Someone will have to blink first eventually, and McClain says Watson, 25, is “not gonna report” for Texans training camp if he’s still on the team. Watson could hold out and return to play in just enough games so that his contract doesn’t toll. “To me, they have to trade him,” McClain said of the Texans.
ESPN’s Dan Dakich on ‘short string’ after professor controversy
       
“I’m on a string right now,” he said during his radio show on WFNI The Fan, according to the Indianapolis Star. Dakich engaged Kalman-Lamb and Dr. Johanna Mellis, who is an assistant professor in the history department at Ursinus College who hosts a podcast on sports and labor issues. The next day on his radio show, Dakich was critical of Kalman-Lamb’s appearance and repeatedly referenced his office hours at Duke. Dakich, who was an assistant coach at Indiana under Bob Knight, took down his Twitter account on Sunday. He was investigated last March following a rant about a high school basketball coach’s firing.
China on Beijing Winter Games boycott calls: 'These acts are in violation of the Olympic spirit'
       
China dismissed calls to boycott the 2022 Beijing Olympics on Wednesday as U.S. lawmakers have started putting pressure on the Biden administration to consider pulling out of the Winter Games over the country’s human rights violations. Beijing, at least for now, is scheduled to host the Winter Olympics in 2022. But American lawmakers have called on the Biden administration to consider boycotting the event over China’s human rights abuses against Uyghur Muslims. "This is why we have introduced a resolution in Congress urging the IOC to move the 2022 Winter Olympic Games. If the Games are not moved, our resolution call for the United States to lead an international boycott of the 2022 Olympic Games."
University of Texas president addresses 'Eyes of Texas' controversy, defends players targeted by furious alums
       
Hartzell said Tuesday that those who are threatening players don't represent the community. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM"The fact that we don’t all agree on our school song doesn’t mean that we don’t all belong. Next week, the Eyes of Texas History Committee will release its report. Football defensive back Caden Sterns was one player who mentioned that he was threatened by alumni over the song. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP"I know this much, 'The Eyes of Texas' is our school song," Sarkisian said at the time.
Tom Brady Talks Video of Lombardi Trophy Toss During Bucs' Super Bowl Parade
       
Phelan M. Ebenhack/Associated PressTampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady said Tuesday his decision to throw the Lombardi Trophy to another boat during the team's Super Bowl celebration is a blur. The seven-time Super Bowl champion also addressed another memorable part of the clip: his daughter pleading with him not to throw the trophy across water. The Bucs' celebration came after a 31-9 blowout of the reigning champion Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LV on Feb. 7. I'm happy I'm on land at that point. I'm happy I'm being surrounded by my fellow quarterback Griff [Ryan Griffin] at the right place at the right time.
Nikola Jokic Joins Wilt Chamberlain as Only Centers with 50 Triple-Doubles
       
Nick Wass/Associated PressThe Denver Nuggets' Nikola Jokic became just the second center in NBA history to reach 50 career triple-doubles during Tuesday night's win over the Milwaukee Bucks. "It's nice, of course," Jokic told reporters. The 26-year-old Serbian superstar leads the NBA in Player Efficiency Rating and ranks seventh in ESPN's Real Plus-Minus. "Nikola has 50 career triple-doubles, but he also has 20 games where he missed a triple-double by either one rebound or one assist," Nuggets head coach Michael Malone said. Jokic and Co. have one more game before the All-Star break as they take on the Indiana Pacers (15-18) on Thursday night.
L.A. sheriff's office gets warrant for 'black box' in Tiger Woods' crashed SUV
       
Investigators with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department have executed a search warrant to get the data from the "black box" in the luxury SUV involved in the rollover crash that left Tiger Woods seriously injured last week. "Traffic collision investigators are continuing the investigation into the cause of the collision involving Mr. Woods," Deputy Trina Schrader told NBC News in a statement. "On March 1, 2021, they executed a search warrant to retrieve data from the vehicles 'black box.' Multiple requests for additional information from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department went unanswered, but USA Today Sports reported that a sheriff's deputy said obtaining the warrant was routine. Woods' also famously crashed his Cadillac Escalade SUV into a fire hydrant and a tree just after Thanksgiving 2009 outside his home in Florida.
Nationals say lefty Jon Lester to have thyroid gland removed
       
Washington Nationals left-hander Jon Lester will have surgery to have a thyroid gland removed, manager Dave Martinez said Wednesday, March 3, 2021. Lester will leave spring training in West Palm Beach, Florida, and fly to New York for the procedure. Washington Nationals left-hander Jon Lester will have surgery to have a thyroid gland removed, manager Dave Martinez said Wednesday, March 3, 2021. Lester will leave spring training in West Palm Beach, Florida, and fly to New York for the procedure. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)Washington Nationals left-hander Jon Lester is leaving spring training camp to have surgery for the removal of his thyroid gland, manager Dave Martinez said Wednesday.
Lawmakers can’t cite local examples of trans girls in sports
       
She cried when she heard about the proposal that would ban transgender girls from competing on girls’ sports teams in public high schools, which would separate her from her friends. She cried when she heard about the proposal that would ban transgender girls from competing on girls’ sports teams in public high schools, which would separate her from her friends. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)Legislators in more than 20 states have introduced bills this year that would ban transgender girls from competing on girls’ sports teams in public high schools. There’s no authoritative count of how many trans athletes have competed recently in high school or college sports. ADVERTISEMENTIn Utah, a 12-year-old transgender girl cried when she heard about the proposal, which would separate her from her friends.
UFC 259 betting: Best bets for Blachowicz-Adesanya, Nunes-Anderson and Yan-Sterling
       
Amanda Nunes followed Cormier by knocking out Cris “Cyborg” Justino on Dec. 29, 2018, to add the featherweight belt to her bantamweight title. She has defended each belt multiple times and will defend the featherweight title again on Saturday at Apex when she faces Megan Anderson at UFC 259. He’s -250 to win, while Blachowicz is +210 in his first defense after winning the vacant title by stopping Dominick Reyes. I’ll lay a half-unit on Nunes to win in the third round at +800, hoping for $400 profit. In the other title fight on the card, new bantamweight champion Petr Yan is -130 over Aljamain Sterling, who is +110.
Greatest moments in Dodger history, No. 22: Cody Bellinger’s catch in 2020 NLDS
       
“It was weird, but I knew I caught it.”AdvertisementTurns out he caught the 22nd greatest moment in Dodger history. And that if Brandon Morrow is healthy in October, I would bet on him.”Your first Dodgers memorySince I still have a lot of these, “Your first Dodgers memory” returns this season. If you haven’t already, I’d still love for you to send me your first Dodgers memory, and it might run in an upcoming Dodgers Dugout. Matt Friedlander of Riverside: July 1973, I was 11, walking through double doors into Dodger Stadium with my Dad. And now we have season tickets right at about the same section we sat at as kids.
Former Red Sox ace Jon Lester to have thyroid gland removed
       
Martinez said the 37-year-old starting pitcher is expected to be back at camp in about five to seven days. Lester will leave spring training in West Palm Beach, Florida, and fly to New York for the procedure. In 2006, Lester’s rookie season with the Red Sox ended early because he was diagnosed with a form of lymphoma. In 2008, he became the first Red Sox lefty to throw a no-hitter since Mel Parnell turned the trick against the Chicago White Sox in 1956. AdvertisementHe went 110-63 with the Red Sox before he was traded to Oakland at the 2014 trade deadline.
New lawsuit hits San Jose State athletics amid allegations of cover-up, retaliation
       
SAN JOSE — A former deputy athletics director filed a wrongful termination and retaliation lawsuit Tuesday against San Jose State University alleging school officials engaged in a pattern of covering up misconduct by staff and students and retaliating against those who reported it. O’Brien, who started working at San Jose State in 2017, now is the Senior Assistant Dean for External Relations at the Santa Clara University School of Law. The athletes received letters last Friday acknowledging the findings by private lawyers supervised by the California State University system. According to the online news outlet Sportico, Rasmussen submitted an internal complaint with San Jose State a month later, alleging acts of retaliation he experienced for doing his job. The U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division also is investigating San Jose State’s handling of the sexual abuse allegations, four people who have spoken with the investigators told USA Today.
Bay Area spring high school football watch list: Wide receivers, tight ends
       
The Bay Area News Group will have you covered throughout. Byrne, TE, Carmel, 6-6, 238Social: @JTByrne2Three-star prospect, according to 247Sports, signed with Oregon State. Class of 2022Cody Ahola, WR, Christopher, 6-3, 205Social: @codyaholaAll-Bay Area News Group HM as a sophomore. Rashid Williams, WR, Pittsburg, 6-2, 180Social: @Rashidakello6Caught 27 passes, five for TDs, as a freshman in 2019. Coaches: If we missed a deserving player, please email the name, position, year in school and the player’s credentials to highschools@bayareanewsgroup.com.
Pac-12 stock report: Smart football schedule, donor help for WSU, no excuses for USC, Washington’s recruiting stall and Stanford’s NCAA fall
       
Commentary on Pac-12 developments on and off the field (and court) …Rising: The 2021 football schedule. Put another way: The Pac-12 football schedule looks like something crafted by the SEC or Big Ten. From our deep dive into the 2021 master grid, the schedule is clearly built for success up and down the divisions. Support the Hotline: Several Hotline articles will remain free each month (as will the newsletter), but for access to all content, you’ll need to subscribe. *** Send suggestions, comments and tips (confidentiality guaranteed) to pac12hotline@bayareanewsgroup.com or call 408-920-5716*** Follow me on Twitter: @WilnerHotline*** Pac-12 Hotline is not endorsed or sponsored by the Pac-12 Conference, and the views expressed herein do not necessarily reflect the views of the Conference.
Film room: 3 offseason trades that make sense for Cowboys, including a CB who may be worth the No. 10 pick
       
Here is a look at three offseason trades that would make sense for the Dallas Cowboys. Similar to how Calais Campbell and Jurrell Casey were traded for Day 3 picks last year, maybe the Cowboys could potentially get Brown in exchange for a late-round pick. Brown does an excellent job of not only absorbing double teams but also making plays against them as well. With the Cowboys, Okudah would be back in the scheme that enabled him to thrive in the first place. Therefore, if I were working in the Cowboys front office, I’d make sure to give Detroit a call to their interest in trading Okudah for Dallas’ first-round pick.
Nationals pitcher Jon Lester to have thyroid gland removed
       
Washington Nationals left-hander Jon Lester is leaving spring training camp to have surgery for the removal of his thyroid gland, manager Dave Martinez said Wednesday. The 37-year-old Lester was to travel from West Palm Beach, Florida, to New York for the procedure. The starting pitcher originally was scheduled to make his first appearance for Washington in a Grapefruit League game Thursday. But Martinez said that after additional test results came in, a decision was made Tuesday for Lester to have the surgery. Lester pitched 61 innings across 12 starts during the pandemic-shortened 2020 season, going 3-3 with a career-high 5.16 ERA for the Cubs.
Denver weather: Snow and rain mix interrupt mild stretch
       
The dry and mild temperatures Denver has been enjoying the first part of the week will come to a short end. According to the National Weather Service in Boulder, Wednesday will be a warm and sunny 61 degrees with a low of 30 degrees. No snow accumulation is expected, but a rain and snow mix will turn to snow later in the day across the plains. Denver will be back near 60 degrees and sunny Friday followed by a low of 32 degrees. It will kick off a mostly sunny weekend with temperatures expected to be in the 60s, possibly through next Tuesday.
Craig Counsell on Bob Uecker's longevity in baseball
       
Craig Counsell on Bob Uecker's longevity in baseballUecker, who turned 87 on Jan. 26, began his 51st season in the booth Tuesday with his first spring broadcast of the Brewers’ Cactus League game against Oakland at American Family Fields of Phoenix. He is back for another season with broadcast partners Jeff Levering and Lane Grindle as well as longtime producer Kent Sommerfeld.
Tokyo Olympics president hints that foreign fans won’t be allowed at games
       
The Japanese newspaper Mainichi reported Wednesday that the decision had already been made to exclude foreign fans. She said a decision on foreign fans will come by the end of the month, and she wants one by March 25, when the torch relay begins from northeastern Japan. The Tokyo Games have been haunted by problems. A bribery scandal tied to the bid in 2013 forced the resignation two years ago of Japanese Olympic Committee President Tsunekazu Takeda. Last month, former organizing committee president Yoshiro Mori was forced to resign after making sexist comments about women.
Hyde: The Dolphins’ surprising release of Kyle Van Noy isn’t so surprising — it’s ice-cold smart | Commentary
       
Unfortunately for Van Noy, this isn’t some grand, sweeping novel with him as protagonist. He became a bit player to business with his Tuesday release that either forecasts some larger, more sweeping move to come by the Dolphins ... or says the Dolphins made a bad personnel move a year ago ... or simply says this was a possible off-ramp all along.
Chicago White Sox fans at Cameback Ranch angry over the new ‘flipping’ rule that ends rallies mid-inning: ‘This is not Little League’
       
“And the way you do it, we’re going to try get enough protection in an inning where we can maybe bring somebody, maybe from the minicamp, so we can finish the inning (with a reliever) and the other team can score as much as they can. It’s purely the correct thing to do for fans.”
Oregon Ducks women’s basketball resume review: Pac-12 tournament offers chance to reclaim top 16 seed in NCAA tourney
       
EUGENE — Oregon ended its regular season with its third loss in four games and is still without a signature win entering postseason play. 19 Ducks (13-7, 10-7 Pac-12) are hobbled heading into the Pac-12 tournament as the No. 5 seed Oregon State and No. With Te-Hina Paopao in a walking boot on Sunday and questionable to play this week, Oregon could be in for a short appearance in Las Vegas. — Can’t lose: A loss on Thursday won’t knock the Ducks down that far in the NCAA Tournament, but a win could at least ensure a No.
Marcus Mariota news and rumors: ‘Keep an eye on’ the Philadelphia Eagles
       
Mariota is currently the backup quarterback with the Las Vegas Raiders, but there are plenty of signs he won’t be with the Raiders much longer. The latter scenario seems to be what teams are waiting for and there are plenty of teams reportedly interested in Mariota. The Philadelphia Eagles are reportedly a team to “keep an eye on” if Mariota is released. And, while Philadelphia wouldn’t seem like an obvious landing spot — Jalen Hurts remains, and Mariota and Carson Wentz are repped by the same agency — one prominent league source said to keep an eye on the Eagles if Mariota is traded or released. -- theathletic.comThe Eagles traded Carson Wentz Feb. 18 and seemingly have handed the keys to the offense to Jalen Hurts, who will enter his second season in 2021.
NBA says $3 million going to HBCUs through All-Star Game
       
ATLANTA (AP) — The last shot of Sunday’s NBA All-Star Game will be worth $300,000 for either the Thurgood Marshall College Fund or United Negro College Fund, the league said Wednesday in revealing how an estimated $3 million in charitable donations from the contest will be distributed. Those two organizations that support historically Black colleges or universities will be the primary benefactors, each guaranteed $500,000 in scholarship funding before the game even starts and with an additional $750,000 at stake during the game. The first team to hit the target score and win the All-Star Game will get the final $300,000 in scholarship funds. Black institutions will see at least another $1.25 million guaranteed from the skills competitions and All-Star Game, the NBA said. Each assist in the game will generate $1,900 in scholarship funds; last year’s game had 77 assists, which if matched this year would mean $146,300.
Retired Connecticut cop KILLED after he's punched by 'random' attacker in Las Vegas
       
A retired Connecticut State Police bomb squad member was killed on Sunday after a random attacker threw a punch that knocked him backward, causing the back of his head to hit the pavement on the Las Vegas Strip. His ex-girlfriend who was still close to him told DailyMail.com that Las Vegas authorities told her the ex-cop was targeted at random. Driscoll, 57, drove to Las Vegas as part of a months-long hiking trip that he planned to take in the Western part of the United States. Just before 4:30am, Driscoll was walking with a woman, Nava Fuehrer, across the pedestrian bridge between The Cromwell and Bally’s casino in Las Vegas when they passed by a group of men, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported. After 22 years on the force, Driscoll retired from the Connecticut State Police in 2009.
Ex-NFL player Kellen Winslow II faces sentencing for rapes
       
Kellen Winslow II - once the highest-paid tight end in the NFL - will face sentencing on Wednesday in San Diego and could be imprisoned for more than a decade for multiple rapes and other sexual offenses against five women in Southern California. Winslow will appear via videoconference at the hearing Wednesday in San Diego Superior Court. The 37-year-old son of San Diego Chargers Hall of Fame receiver Kellen Winslow could face up to 14 years in prison under his latest plea deal. Winslow in June of 2019 was convicted of raping a 58-year-old woman who was homeless in his home town of Encinitas, a beach community north of San Diego. Former NFL football player Kellen Winslow Sr. leaves an arraignment for his son, ex-NFL football player Kellen Winslow Jr., in this file photo from June 15, 2018, in Vista, California.
UK government unveils new £300m virus-aid scheme for English sport
       
Advertising Read moreLondon (AFP)The British government announced Wednesday a new £300 million ($419 million, 347 million euros) recovery package for sport in England as part of a plan to assist the wider economy in coping with the fall-out from the coronavirus pandemic. Finance minister Rishi Sunak, delivering his budget in parliament, said £700 million was being made available to art, culture and sporting institutions to aid their response to the impact of Covid-19. Britain's Treasury, or finance ministry, tweeted that there was "£300m to back clubs and governing bodies across a wide range of sports in England". Culture Minister Oliver Dowden said on Twitter that the £300m fund would "help spectator sports such as cricket, tennis and horse racing". Wednesday's announcement follows a £300m sport 'winter survival package' announced by the government in November.
Klopp threatens to withdraw Liverpool players from World Cup qualifiers
       
Advertising Read moreLondon (AFP)Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has threatened to withdraw players from international matches this month if there is a chance they will have to quarantine on their return under coronavirus rules. World governing body FIFA has given clubs dispensation to prevent players who may be affected by the regulations from joining up with their countries for the matches, which include World Cup qualifiers. Sixth-placed Liverpool, who are one point behind Chelsea in the race for top-four spots, have not won at home since mid-December as their title defence has collapsed. Klopp, speaking at his pre-match press conference on Wednesday, said Chelsea, still unbeaten under new boss Thomas Tuchel, would be tough to beat. "A week ago we were out now we're around it again," said Klopp.
Lawmakers can't cite local examples of trans girls in sports
       
Legislators in more than 20 states have introduced bills this year that would ban transgender girls from competing on girls’ sports teams in public high schoolsLegislators in more than 20 states have introduced bills this year that would ban transgender girls from competing on girls’ sports teams in public high schools. There’s no authoritative count of how many trans athletes have competed recently in high school or college sports. In Utah, a 12-year-old transgender girl cried when she heard about the proposal, which would separate her from her friends. Texas is among those with a ban, limiting transgender athletes to teams conforming with the gender on their birth certificate. While Beggs, Miller and Yearwood were the focus of news coverage and controversy, trans athletes more commonly compete without any furor -- and with broad acceptance from teammates and competitors.
This pool player shows off his impressive billiard skills with insane trick shots
       
This pool player shows off his impressive billiard skills with insane trick shotsIulian Cernatinschi, shows off trick shots on his pool table in New Jersey. A previous version of this video misspelled Iulian Cernatinschi’s name.
Nationals say lefty Jon Lester to have thyroid gland removed
       
APWashington Nationals left-hander Jon Lester will have surgery to have a thyroid gland removed, manager Dave Martinez said Wednesday. Lester will leave spring training in West Palm Beach, Florida, and fly to New York for the procedure. Martinez said the 37-year-old starting pitcher is expected to be back at camp in about five to seven days. In 2006, Lester's rookie season with the Boston Red Sox ended early because he was diagnosed with a form of lymphoma. Lester was a free agent and joined the Nationals on a $5 million, one-year contract after playing the past six seasons with the Chicago Cubs.
Juventus makes Weston McKennie’s move to Turin permanent
       
APTURIN, Italy (AP) — Juventus made Weston McKennie’s move to the Serie A giant permanent on Wednesday, tying the American midfielder to the club for the next four seasons. McKennie has been at Juventus since August, after joining on loan from German club Schalke, but the Bianconeri have exercised the option to purchase the player’s full rights. Juventus said the fee was 18.5 million euros ($22 million), payable over three years, plus up to 6.5 million euros ($7.8 million) in bonuses. McKennie, who is the first American to play for Juventus, has scored five goals — including one in a Champions League win at Barcelona — in 31 appearances. The 22-year-old has already won a trophy at Juventus, helping it lift the Italian Super Cup in January with a 2-0 victory over Napoli.
Kenny Smith offers an inside look at TNT's 'Inside the NBA'
       
It would not be as good.”What has been the key with balancing between being the point guard while also stirring the pot? Smith: "You hit it on the head – being a point guard from New York City. But if I hear that someone isn’t saying something that isn’t clear enough, I’m going to assist them. Or if I see something that I know they will be better at, I’m going to assist that as well. A point guard is also a good listener so I listen to everything that they’re saying all the time.
Tommy Fleetwood among golfers to watch at Arnold Palmer Invitational
       
The PGA Tour continues its Florida swing in Orlando for the Arnold Palmer Invitational. McIlroy, T-6 last week at the Concession, has not finished lower than sixth in the last four years at Bay Hill. Molinari won at Bay Hill the last time he appeared (2019) and has mustered three other top 10s here since 2014. Tommy Fleetwood (40/1)Here is the other half of the “Moliwood” duo that led the European Ryder Cup team to victory in 2018. He has gained 11.7 strokes putting over eight rounds in the last two years at Bay Hill on the lightning-fast Bermuda greens.
Nick Faldo takes ‘commercial’ dig as Rickie Fowler hits rock bottom
       
“Everyone that’s played really at all, especially at some sort of a high level, completely understands that golf is up-and-down,” Fowler said on Tuesday at Bay Hill. CBS analyst and six-time major winner Nick Faldo seems to think that might be part of the problem. Faldo took a little dig on Twitter, quote tweeting a story about Fowler’s struggles by referencing the number of commercials he is in. In a recent interview with Golf Digest, Fowler estimated that he spends 25-30 days a year shooting commercials. Fowler told Golf Digest in a separate interview this week that his failures have started to affect the relationship between himself and caddie Joe Skovron.
NBA legend Magic Johnson on joining the board of sports merchandising giant Fanatics
       
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailNBA legend Magic Johnson on joining the board of sports merchandising giant FanaticsSp