Update on the latest sports

first_img— Niele Ivey has been introduced as the new women’s basketball coach at Notre Dame, succeeding Muffet McGraw. Ivey has been preparing for the job much of her adult life. She helped lead the Fighting Irish to a national championship as the point guard in 2001 and was an assistant coach on the Notre Dame team that won the title in 2018. She was on the Memphis Grizzlies staff last year after 17 seasons at Notre Dame. McGraw spent 33 years as head coach of the Irish before retiring Wednesday.NCAA-ATHLETE COMPENSATIONNCAA moves toward allowing athletes to be paid sponsorsUNDATED (AP) — The NCAA is moving closer to allowing Division I college athletes to earn money from endorsements and sponsorship deals they can strike on their own.Recommendations that would permit athletes to earn money for their names, images and likeness are being reviewed this week. A decision could come as soon as next week. The issue has dominated college sports for several years. California recently passed a law clearing the way for athlete compensation, prompting the NCAA to take a fresh look at its regulations.  Incentive deal to move Carolina Panthers to S.C. approvedUNDATED (AP) — A county in South Carolina has approved a deal loaded with tax breaks for the Carolina Panthers to move their headquarters and practice site.News outlets report that the York County Council approved the deal in a 4-3 vote after listening to public comments during their virtual meeting on Monday. It follows a series of moves the state has made to attract the team’s headquarters. They’ll continue to play their games in Charlotte, North Carolina.The approved deal will give the Panthers relief from all property taxes in the City of Rock Hill for 20 to 25 years, according to the York County Council.The Panthers first announced the move to Rock Hill last June during a celebration with Panthers owner David Tepper and several South Carolina politicians including Gov. Henry McMaster. In other NFL news:— The Buffalo Bills have picked up the fifth-year option on cornerback Tre’Davious White’s contract, according to a person with knowledge of the decision. ESPN.com first reported the move. By exercising their option, the Bills retained White’s rights through the 2021 season. White’s salary will bump up to about $10 million, based on an average of the top 32 salaries at his position. White has been a starter since being selected in the first round of the 2017 draft out of LSU. He finished tied for the NFL lead with six interceptions last season.— Kicker Zane Gonzalez has signed a one-year contract to stay with the Arizona Cardinals. The 24-year-old Gonzalez was a restricted free agent and was offered a one-year tender in March. He was open to shop for other offers but ultimately re-signed with the Cardinals in a deal announced on Thursday. Gonzalez is in his third NFL season after playing in college at Arizona State. He was 31 of 35 on field goals last season and 34 of 35 on extra points.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-NEWSGonzaga junior Kispert makes himself available for NBA draft Selectors will work from their homes as a safeguard against the coronavirus. Prospects will be at their homes, too. Commissioner Roger Goodell won’t be sharing hugs with any of the 32 first-rounders as usual. Instead, he will offer his congratulations remotely.Fifty-eight prospects will take part remotely with video kits supplied by the NFL that will record their reactions to being selected. The kits include two cell phones, two light stands, a pair of tripods, a headset for interviews and a microphone. One of the phone cameras will be on the entire time until the player is selected, while another will be used for interviews with ESPN, the NFL Network and Goodell.LSU quarterbacks Joe Burrow and Ohio State defensive end Chase Young are expected to be the top picks.The draft wraps up Saturday.  NFL-NEWS The study was a collaboration between the Global Athlete advocacy group and the Ryerson University Ted Rogers School of Management in Toronto.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTS‘Kentucky Derby at home’ will be online partyUNDATED (AP) — Churchill Downs will recognize the first Saturday in May with a “Kentucky Derby at Home” online party, highlighted by a virtual Derby featuring 13 former Triple Crown winners in an effort to raise $2 million for COVID-19 relief.The 146th Kentucky Derby was postponed from May 2 to Sept. 5 because of public health concerns about pandemic, the first time horse racing’s marquee event won’t run on its traditional day since 1945. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNFL-DRAFTVirtual NFL draft kicks off Thursday nightUNDATED (AP) — The virtual NFL draft begins Thursday night. And not since the NFL draft became a televised event in 1980 has it been stripped to the basics like this one. UNDATED (AP) — Gonzaga star Corey Kispert has entered his name in the NBA draft, but has left open the possibility of returning for his senior season. Kispert announced Thursday on Twitter that he doesn’t plan on hiring an agent, which would allow him to return to the Bulldogs.Kispert was a finalist for the Julius Erving small forward of the year award last season. He averaged nearly 14 points per game last season and led tIn other college basketball news:— Michigan guard Franz Wagner says he is returning for his sophomore season. Wagner started 27 games last season, averaging 11.6 points and leading the team in steals. The 6-foot-9 German missed the first four games because of a fractured wrist. Isaiah Livers is testing the NBA draft waters, but Wagner decided not to go that route. Michigan also announced that forward Austin Davis had surgery on Monday on his right shoulder and is expected to recover fully. He could be ready to return in early October.— Purdue graduate transfer Matt Haarms has chosen Brigham Young over Kentucky and Texas Tech. He will be eligible to play basketball immediately. Haarms was one of the top transfers after announcing he was leaving the Boilermakers after his junior season. He narrowed his choices to BYU, Kentucky and Texas Tech earlier this week. The 7-foot-3 center from Amsterdam averaged 8.6 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2 blocked shots per game while shooting 63% last season. MLB-MINOR LEAGUE CONTRACTIONMLB, minors term talks constructive, stop sniping for nowNEW YORK (AP) — The tone of talks for a new agreement governing the relationship between baseball’s major and minor leagues took a positive turn when the bickering sides met electronically for about an hour and later issued a joint statement that termed the session “constructive.”Negotiators for the governing body of the minor leagues asked questions during Wednesday’s session about what the administrative structure would be if Major League Baseball takes over their operation next year, according to a person familiar with the talks. The person told The Associated Press that the sides did not address MLB’s proposal to cut the minimum total of affiliated minor league teams to 120. That is the most contentious issue in talks to replace the Professional Baseball Agreement that expires after this season.In a joint statement Thursday, the sides said “The parties are continuing their discussions, with the goal of concluding a mutually beneficial long-term agreement in the near future.” He retired after the 2016 season, ending a career in which he called Dodgers games for 67 years.OLYMPICS-COLLECTIVE BARGAINING SURVEYStudy: Olympians should push for collective bargainingUNDATED (AP) — A study of Olympic spending patterns concludes that athletes who compete at the games are woefully underpaid. It says they would be best served by banding together to create the sort of collective-bargaining arrangement commonly found in the pros.The study of the worldwide Olympic bureaucracy’s finances concludes there’s far more money available for athletes than what they receive. It says the IOC averages $1.4 billion a year in revenues and spends only about 4% of it on athletes. Leagues such as the NFL and the Premier League spend between 40% and 60% of their revenue on players. April 23, 2020 MLB-DODGERS-SCULLY HOSPITALIZED92-year-old Vin Scully hospitalized after fall at homeLOS ANGELES (AP) — Retired Los Angeles Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully has been hospitalized after falling at his Los Angeles-area home.The team says the 92-year-old fell Tuesday and was taken to the hospital for observation. Scully is resting comfortably and is expected to be released soon.Scully jokes that he won’t be doing anymore “head-first sliding,” which he never liked. The computer-generated Derby created by Inspired Entertainment will feature past Triple Crown champions using data algorithms, including historical handicapping information for each horse to determine the probability of potential finishing positions. Participants who choose the winner will have the chance to win a Kentucky Derby VIP Experience. The virtual Derby will be shown May 2 on NBC during a special broadcast featuring the 2015 Kentucky Derby, when American Pharoah began his Triple Crown run.In other developments related to the coronavirus pandemic:— Minnesota football coach P.J. Fleck is taking an unpaid week, along with about 200 other leaders in the university system in response to the budget crunch caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. President Joan Gabel announced the furloughs earlier this month.Fleck confirmed Thursday on a video conference call with reporters he’s taking part. Fleck’s 2020 salary is $4.6 million.— Colorado athletic director Rick George said he and 11 head coaches will take pay cuts for the upcoming fiscal year in light of the budget impacts caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The salaries for George along with football coach Karl Dorrell, men’s basketball coach Tad Boyle and women’s basketball coach JR Payne will be reduced by 10%. The other eight varsity head coaches will have their salaries reduced by 5%.— New York’s public university system announced plans Thursday for an esports tournament that will have students competing for $20,000 in prize money for their schools’ student emergency funds. State University of New York Chancellor Kristina Johnson said the three-week tournament beginning Monday will help students impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. The health crisis has forced SUNY’s 64 campuses and universities to shift to remote instruction for the remainder of the academic year and forced many students out of jobs. Associated Press Update on the latest sports — New York Jets chairman and CEO Christopher Johnson and his family are making an additional $2 million donation to support the COVID-19 relief response in New York and New Jersey. The Johnson family and the Jets last month made a joint $1 million donation to multiple local United Way agencies to help combat the pandemic. The latest contribution, announced by the Jets on Thursday, will provide funding to the Food Bank of New York City, the EMS FDNY Help Fund, the Community Food Bank of NJ and the New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund.— The European track and field championships in Paris have been canceled. Local organizers and the French track federation say the biennial event scheduled for late August could not be postponed for one year. They cited uncertainty about the sport’s 2021 calendar and the French economy. The decision came hours after the Paris Diamond League event was postponed with no alternative date. France was to host track’s European championships for the first time since 1938. The 2022 edition is being held in Munich, Germany.— German soccer could resume on May 9 if regional politicians sign off on the league’s plan. The state governors of Bavaria and North Rhine-Westphalia have said May 9 would be acceptable but other state officials have signaled they would prefer the middle or end of May. League CEO Christian Seifert says “if the state governors and the federal government decide that this day is May 9, then we would be ready on May 9.” Seifert says games could be held with a limit of 213 people in the stadium and up to 109 in the surrounding area.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img

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