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On June 2nd, 2020 at around 9:26 pm, 42 year old Bobby Williamson of Alda, Nebraska was arrested on charges of Terroristic Threats, Use of a Firearms in the Commission of a Felony, and Possession of a Stolen Firearm.

The arrest follows an incident in which a peaceful protest was taking place in the Dodge Lot City Parking lot near the intersection of 1st and Walnut Streets. Williamson allegedly drove by in a white 2011 Nissan Versa near the intersection of Division and Walnut, and brandished a firearm toward a 31 year old Somali male participating in the protest. This action was observed by another witness.

The vehicle was immediately located and stopped by officers assisting with the protest.
Williamson was taken into custody, at which time three firearms were recovered from the
vehicle, a .22 caliber revolver, and .22 caliber rifle, and a 12 gauge shotgun. The .22 caliber handgun was determined to have been stolen from Grand Island in 2018. 

Additionally, roughly 30 rounds of .22 long rifle ammunition and 10 rounds 12 gauge 
ammunition were recovered.
None of the firearms were loaded at the time of recovery.

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The Miss Rodeo Nebraska Association will not have a pageant this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

The decision was not made lightly – it came after months of consideration and monitoring of safety recommendations by state and local health officials.

 

The MRNA tried to come up with alternatives, even pushing the pageant back from June to August, while still keeping the welfare of contestants and attendees as its top priority. Ultimately, it was determined that cancelling the pageant was in the best interest of everyone.

 

The reigns of Miss Rodeo Nebraska 2020 Joeli Walrath and Miss Teen Rodeo Nebraska 2019 Brylee Thompson will be extended into next year.

 

“The safety of those involved with the pageant and the public was the committee’s foremost concern, thus making the decision for us to cancel the pageant,” said Cindy Petersen, chair of the pageant committee. “We are grateful to our current titleholders who are willing to carry their titles into the next year and are looking forward to a successful pageant in 2021.”

 

Miss Rodeo America, Inc. made the same announcement last week – putting off its pageant until December of 2021. Current MRA, Jordan Tierney, will continue her reign until that time.

 

More information about the Miss Rodeo Nebraska Association, its titleholders and history can be found online at missrodeonebraska.org.


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Starting Monday, June 1, CHI Health St. Francis is scaling back hospital visitation restrictions. Almost three months ago, visitation restrictions were put in place that gradually increased to the current state of no visitors unless in select patient situations.

 

“As COVID-19 moved across our country, St. Francis, like many hospitals worked to prevent the spread as not to overwhelm our health care system. We were extremely successful. I’m so incredibly proud of the part our St. Francis team played in caring for our community. Now that the number of hospitalized COVID-19 positive patients has substantial decreased and we’ve resumed elective procedures, our community needs us to continue providing the same quality care relied on for the last 133 years. Part of that care is having a loved one by your side as you heal,” says Ed Hannon, president, St. Francis.

 

Starting June 1, St. Francis patients will be allowed one healthy adult visitor at a time while at the hospital. Additional visitors are allowed in the following circumstances:

 

·         Minor patients including NICU and newborns are allowed up to two parents/guardians at a time.

 

·         Patients receiving end of life care may be allowed more than one visitor as determined by the patient’s representatives and care team.

 

Hannon says on a case-by-case basis, visits by minors may be allowed at the discretion of the patient’s care team.

 

All visitors will continue to be screened upon arrival and will be required to wear a mask.

 

According to Hannon, even before the pandemic, hospitals routinely and safely cared for infectious disease patients. They continue to follow stringent policies and procedures making hospitals safe environments.

 

“Once again opening up to visitors reflects our confidence and reassures our community. Patients and visitors shouldn’t be hesitant to come to the hospital to have their health issues addressed. Waiting it out at home runs the risk of causing unnecessary, sometime irreversible, damage to our community’s health and safety,” says Hannon.

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CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Chase Elliott capped a busy stretch for NASCAR by winning the Alsco Uniforms at Charlotte Motor Speedway yesterday, finishing 2.2 seconds ahead of Denny Hamlin. Elliott reeled in Kevin Harvick with 27 laps remaining and closed out his first Cup victory of the season. Ryan Blaney was third, followed by Ricky Stenhouse and Kurt Busch. The rain-delayed event closed a frantic 12-day period that featured four Cup races, two each in North and South Carolina.

UNDATED (AP) — Organizers have canceled the Boston Marathon for the first time in its 124-year history due to social distancing requirements of the coronavirus outbreak. The race had endured through two World Wars, a volcanic eruption and a previous pandemic. The race draws a field of 30,000 and already had been postponed from April 20 to Sept. 14. It will be replaced by a virtual event in which participants who verify that they ran 26.2 miles on their own will receive their finisher's medal.

UNDATED (AP) — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is hopeful that coaches will be able to return to their team facilities by next week. Goodell also said during today’s owners conference call that the virtual offseason is being extended for two more weeks. NFL executive vice president of communications, public affairs and policy Jeff Miller said the league’s first consideration is of course the health and safety of the public and the players and the employees and the people who will be participating.

UNDATED (AP) — Sports agent Scott Boras is recommending that his clients refuse Major League Baseball’s attempt to cut salaries during negotiations with the players’ association. He is claiming that team financial issues caused by the coronavirus pandemic have their origin in management debt financing. Boras wrote in an email obtained by The Associated Press that players should not alter terms of the March 26 agreement between MLB and the union that called for players to reduce their salaries to a prorated rate based on a shortened season. MLB on Tuesday proposed a series of tiered reductions that would cause top stars to receive the biggest cuts.

UNDATED (AP) — The English Premier League plans to restart on June 17 after a 100-day shutdown with new staggered kickoffs to maximize broadcast slots as fans are prevented from attending games. The clubs agreed Thursday that the competition should resume with a Wednesday night doubleheader featuring Manchester City playing Arsenal and Aston Villa hosting Sheffield United. After those makeup games are played, the 30th round will start on Friday, June 19 provided authorities approve safety plans.

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MAY 28, 2020 (GRAND ISLAND, NEB.)  — Nebraska State Troopers have arrested a Lincoln man who was wanted in connection with a shooting that occurred just after midnight Thursday in Grand Island. The arrest is the result of an 18-hour search for the suspect between Aurora and Henderson.

At approximately 12:50 a.m. Thursday, a trooper observed a Chevrolet Trailblazer traveling eastbound on Interstate 80 near Aurora. The vehicle matched the description of one being sought by the Grand Island Police Department in connection with a shooting that occurred approximately 30 minutes earlier.

The trooper initiated a traffic stop near mile marker 335. Two occupants of the vehicle were quickly taken into custody, but a third occupant fled the traffic stop on foot. Additional troopers and Hamilton County Sheriff’s Deputies arrived on scene to search the area. The person who fled the traffic stop was identified as the suspect of the shooting currently under investigation by Grand Island Police.

Law enforcement continued searching the area throughout the day. Thursday afternoon, an arrest warrant was issued in Hall County for Antoine Johnson, 33, of Lincoln, on charges of attempt of a Class I/1A/1B/1C/1D felony, use of a firearm to commit a felony, assault in the 1st degree, and use of a firearm to commit a felony.

Late Thursday afternoon, NSP received information that Johnson may be in the area just south of Interstate 80 at the Henderson exit at mile marker 342. Troopers proceeded to the scene and were able to locate Johnson hiding in a ditch approximately one mile south of I-80. Johnson was taken into custody at approximately 6:45 p.m. without incident.

Johnson has been transported to Hall County Jail. The Grand Island Police Department is the lead investigating agency of the shooting that took place early Thursday morning.

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Grand Island, Neb. (5/28/20) – An arrest warrant has been issued for the suspect in the
shooting of Gary Zierke III near the intersection of Sycamore and Oklahoma Streets at 12:20
AM on 5/28/20.

The warrant is issued for Antoine C Johnson, of Lincoln, NE for Attempt of a Class
I/1A/1B/1C/1D Felony, Use of a Firearm to commit a felony, Assault in the 1st Degree, and Use
of a Firearm to commit a Felony.

Johnson is a Black Male, about 5’11” in height, and 185 pounds, with Black Hair and Brown
Eyes. He should be considered possibly armed and dangerous.

If Antoine C. Johnson is observed, please call 911 and report from a safe place or distance. If
you have information as to possible locations for Antoine C. Johnson, please contact 308-385-
5400 or your local police agency.



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At 12:20 AM on May 28th, 2020, the Grand Island Police Department responded to the area of Sycamore and Oklahoma Streets in reference to a shooting. On arrival, a victim was located with a single gunshot wound to his head. Lifesaving actions were taken by police personnel until emergency medical services could arrive.

The victim has been identified as Gary Zierke III, a 31 year old Lincoln male. Zierke is in critical condition and he has been taken by life flight to an Omaha Hospital.

This incident is believed to be drug related. A suspect in this case has been identified, and the search for that suspect is still ongoing. That search is being coordinated with other law enforcement agencies.

The Grand Island Police Department will continue to put resources toward the resolution of this incident and provide updates as warranted.

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North Platte, Ne - The following students qualified for the President’s List at Mid-Plains Community College during the 2020 spring term. To make the list, each student had to complete 12 or more applicable credit hours in college-level courses and maintain a grade point average (GPA) of 3.9 or greater on a 4.0 scale.

 

Nebraska

 

Anselmo - Luke Christen

 

Big Springs - Logan Osmera

 

Brady - Colton Lovitt, Emery Swan

 

Broken Bow - Mahala Sanchez

 

Brule - Justin Candy

 

Cambridge - Eddie Jaeger, Audrey Paisley

 

Cozad - Kaitlyn Kleinknecht, Tatiana Orozco

 

Culbertson - Kiera Barr, Suzette Dutcher, Adelina Wilcox

 

Elwood - Jaycee Wooters

 

Gothenburg - Mark Boson

 

Grant - Christopher Terry

 

Hershey - Caje Naranjo

 

Imperial - Kent Silvester

 

Indianola - Terasa Emmons, Dylan Hofman

 

Kearney - Makenzie Kollars

 

Lewellen - Shaun Swoboda

 

Lexington - Hana Brock, Weston Kunkee

 

McCook - Wade Burkert, Madison Cooper, Deanne Crocker, Stephen Guthrie, Kyle Kinne, Adrienne LaBay, Tyler Lytle, Nicholas Macfee, Brittanie Nolan, Rebecca O’Connor, Mary Osborne, Bria Simmonds, Ethan Wilcox, Alexander Wolvin

 

Merna - Cynthia Huhman

 

Mullen - Alysen Daniels

 

North Platte - Blake Barner, Alyssa Bergeron, Ty Brouillette, Noel Burrell, Tanner Collins, Blayden Gilbert, Elizabeth Goentzel, Kali Griesfeller, Regan Gutschenritter, Matthew Haynes, Shayla Hecht, Caleb Horne, Stephanie Johnson, Adam Kelsey, McKynzie Kelsey, Sungmoon Kim, Nicholas Lemke, Jenny Lim, Jade Lovitt, Sophia Maizo, Gabrielle Menghini, Duane Miller, Megan Morash, Angel Murphy, Jade Osborn, Shane Roebuck, Megan Shannon, Jaylee Sheets, Sylvan Singh, Amanda Smith, Carlye Stoppkotte, Bryson Walker, Daniel Wardyn, David Wellnitz, Ashtyn Winder, Lucas Zimbelman

 

Ogallala - McKenna Headley, Madison Mendoza, Conner Stevens

 

Ord - Chance Williams, Wyatt Williams

 

Paxton - Dalton Perlinger

 

Sutherland - Dewey Davis, Erica Hopping, Bonita Naughtin

 

Trenton - Jayda Dwyer, Kyleigh Scott

 

Valentine - Sheyenne Hammond

 

Venango - Valerie Perez

 

Wauneta - Alejandra Almanza


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North Platte, Ne - A North Platte man will face first-degree murder charges stemming from Friday’s fatal shooting in North Platte.

43 year old Keith Allen made his preliminary court appearance Tuesday where he was charged with first-degree murder in the shooting of 25 year old Brett Torres. 


Allen called 911 Friday afternoon and reported that he had shot Torres in self-defense.

Police arrived on scene and found Torres in a vehicle unresponsive and suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.

Police did not report finding any weapons in Torres' possession or inside the vehicle.


Allen will remain in the custody of the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office with no bond, and is due back in court on June 4th.


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The Hall County Fair announced Wednesday morning it’s intentions of presenting the 2020 county fair with adherence to all prevailing COVID-19 protocols. Hall County Fair manager Corby Flagel says it’s a developing situation. 

“Our primary goal is to offer an opportunity for the people of Hall County to show their livestock and static exhibits they have dedicated themselves to since last July,” 
 
“We are prepared to adapt our fair with a number of contingencies to coincide with the evolving health and safety guidance issued by the Nebraska Central District Health Department.” 

As of now, no music concerts or entertainment in a large gathering venue are scheduled to occur at this time, but that to could change should the covid 19 conditions continue to improve.

The Hall County Fair is scheduled to take place at Fonner Park from July 22 – 26. 

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NEW YORK (AP) — Their meeting about opening the season was virtual, but it’s not clear if there was a meeting of the minds between Major League Baseball and the players’ union. A person familiar with the talks says the meeting lasted more than three hours but did not include an economic proposal. MLB explained its view of the economics, science and logistics of getting the season under way. Opening day was to have been March 26. The owners would like to see an opening around the July 4th weekend.

MIAMI (AP) — A person familiar with the results of a poll of NBA players taken by their union says there would be “overwhelming” support for any plan that has this season resuming in a safe way amid the coronavirus pandemic. The poll conducted by the National Basketball Players Association was informal but gave a sense that players would like to not only get to the playoffs but also resume at least some of the regular season.  

UNDATED (AP) — The Mid-American Conference is eliminating postseason tournaments in eight sports, including baseball and softball, and men’s and women’s basketball are among nine sports that will have postseasons scaled back. The MAC’s announced the cost-cutting move in response to the financial crisis being brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. Champions in the 12-team conference will be determined by regular-season results in sports without postseason tournaments.

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The South Korean women's golf tour is starting up again with the KLPGA Championship this week. Women's golf in South Korea joins the country's professional baseball and soccer leagues that have already restarted in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Play is at the Lakewood Country Club located east of the capital Seoul. The event will be played without spectators. Reports say players will follow social distancing guidelines and use hand sanitizers at the course. 

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Offensive lineman Danny Pinter has become the first of Indianapolis' nine draft picks to sign his rookie contract. The 6-foot-4, 306-pound Ball State alum was selected in the fifth round last month, No. 149 overall. Pinter played high school and college football in Indiana and now will have a chance to play in the NFL with his home-state team. Pinter signed a four-year deal worth roughly $3.6 million. 




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Nebraska middle distance runner Brent Wetovick was named the Big Ten Men's Indoor Freshman of the Year on Tuesday after a vote by the league's head coaches. This is the second consecutive year a Nebraska athlete has won the award, with Husker high jumper Mayson Conner earning the honor last season.

Wetovick, a native of Fullerton, Neb., won the Big Ten indoor title in the 600 meters with a personal-best time of 1:16.81 on the oversized track, the No. 4 time in school history in the event. He competed in the 600 meters three times this season and won them all.

Wetovick ran in nine races as a freshman and won eight of them. He captured three titles in the 600 meters, a pair of 800-meter titles, was on two winning 4x400-meter relay teams and ran a leg in a winning distance medley relay.




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UNDATED (AP) — If the players’ union co-signs with Major League Baseball owners, the baseball season could launch around the Fourth of July weekend. A person familiar with an opening proposal say owners gave their approval on Monday. Spring training would start in early to mid-June. Each team would play about 82 regular-season games, most against opponents in its own division. Postseason play would be expanded from 10 clubs to 14 by doubling wild cards in each league to four. The union gets to see the proposal today.

NEW YORK (AP) — A person familiar with the planning tells The Associated Press that the World Baseball Classic will be postponed from 2021 to 2023 because of the new coronavirus. The decision must be approved by the WBC board of directors, which is expected. The fifth edition of the tournament was scheduled for next March in Taiwan, Tokyo, Phoenix and Miami. The decision to postpone was first reported by ESPN Deportes (day-POHR’-tays).

NEW YORK (AP) — Under 1% of Major League Baseball employees tested positive for antibodies to COVID-19. The results were based on about 5,600 completed records from employees of 26 clubs. Stanford University, the University of Southern California and the Sports Medicine Research and Testing Laboratory in Salt Lake City led the study. The study was not representative of the overall population, given 95% of the participants were under 65 and few reported underlying medical conditions.

MIAMI (AP) — The Miami Dolphins are banking that Tua Tagovailoa (TOO'-ah tuhng-ah-vy-LOH'-ah) will fully recover from a hip injury that ended his career as a quarterback at Alabama. A person familiar with negotiations says Tagovailoa has signed a $30.275 million, four-year guaranteed contract with the Dolphins. It’s said to include a $19.6 million signing bonus. Tagovailoa says doctors have indicated he’s on schedule for a return in 2020.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Longtime NFL assistant coach John Teerlinck has died. He was 69. Teerlinck spent 24 seasons coaching NFL defensive linemen, the last 12 with the Indianapolis Colts, and developed a reputation as one of the top pass-rushing coaches in league history. Hall of Famers Chris Doleman, John Randle and Kevin Greene were among Teerlinck's top pupils. 




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Release from Monday, May 11th
Gov. Ricketts: Sports

We have been receiving a lot of questions about youth sports.
We want to encourage people to take advantage of the outdoors with appropriately socially distanced exercise.

Through May 31st:
The current DHM prohibits organized team sports for youth and adults through May 31, 2020.  It will remain in effect through the end of the month.
Starting June 1st:
Schools are permitted to open weight rooms for use by all student-athletes as long as they follow the same guidelines as fitness centers/clubs, gymnasiums, health clubs, and health spas.
Organized team practices for baseball and softball may begin unless circumstances dictate a change in date.

Starting June 18th:
Baseball and softball games may begin unless circumstances dictate a change in date.
Detailed guidelines for the play of organized baseball and softball are available below by downloading or viewing a pdf of the file. 
 

Commissioner Blomstedt: Sports

We’re exploring what’s safe and what works best for team sports.
As we restart baseball and softball, we expect to learn best practices for mitigating the spread of the virus that we can apply to other sports.
For instance, in developing guidelines for baseball and softball, we’ve identified safety protocols—such as not sharing drinks or snacks and using your own equipment—that are transferable to other activities.
We’ll also figure out protocols for the safe use of school facilities.
We’ll share these insights and best practices on www.launchne.com.




Gov. Ricketts On Sports Guidelines June 1st

The third of four McCook Community College sophomore volleyball players has signed a letter of intent to continue playing at the next level. Bailey Honn, a 5-8 right-side hitter and McCook High School graduate, has signed on to play at Ottawa University in Kansas.

“I chose Ottawa because of the great program they have to offer,” she said. “Beach volleyball at Ottawa really caught my attention along with the variety of degrees available. The team, coaches, and teachers I met with seemed like the perfect fit for me.”

Honn plans to pursue a degree in biology.

“I am excited for new competition, traveling to new places, and the opportunity to play with and against new and experienced players,” she said. One of her new teammates with the Braves is a former Lady Indian, Yessah Rocha, a 5-5 libero from Topeka, who will be a senior on the team.

Honn played in 92 sets this past season and had 365 total attacks with was credited with 114 kills, 42 digs and 45 block assists.

“Bailey is a natural athlete, so I know she is just going to continue to improve and do great things,” said MCC Volleyball Coach Hayley Kobza.

Honn said her time playing at MCC was surreal. “It was like being a part one big supportive family. I have many close memories and friends from MCC that have prepared me for the next step,” she said. Among her fondest team memories was dancing in the locker room before practices and games.

“I was lucky enough to coach Bailey while she was in high school and it has been a fun experience to watch her grow so much in the two years here at MCC,” said Coach Kobza. “She was my first McCook player and she represented the Bison well.”

Honn expressed gratitude to her family for supporting her and also to her teammates for “an unforgettable year together and becoming my second family.” She also thanks Coach Kobza and Coach Deines for giving her an opportunity to continue playing volleyball after high school and for being “two of the best coaches, mentors, and role models” and to the incredible teachers and friends she’s met at MCC.

“These will stick with me for life.”




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UNDATED (AP) — The president of the University of Virginia says he hopes college football can be played this fall, but he doesn’t expect it to seem like “normal football seasons.” James Ryan said on CBS’s “Face the Nation” that that athletic director Carla Williams and football coach Bronco Mendenhall are committed to a safe return to play. But Ryan says nothing will proceed until medical officials say it’s safe to resume workouts. He says students need to be back on campus before football can begin.

MADRID (AP) — The Spanish soccer league isn’t changing its plan to resume competing after five players from clubs in the first and second divisions tested positive for COVID-19. Players from most clubs began individual training sessions on Friday after nearly two months of confinement because of the coronavirus pandemic. The league says it has told everyone to keep following health safety measures suggested by authorities, so the numbers of infected players "remain very low.” The five players who tested positive will remain sidelined until they fully recover. They will be allowed to resume practicing after testing negative in two consecutive tests.

UNDATED (AP) — News that a player has tested positive for COVID-19 underscores the challenges the English Premier League faces as it works toward resuming its soccer season. The Brighton player tested positive just as clubs prepare for fresh talks on how they can create safe conditions to play again. Brighton chief executive Paul Barber said the club's COVID-19 case was “a concern," with players still only training individually. The 20 Premier League clubs are due to hold a conference call tomorrow on the next steps forward. The British government has said it wants to see the return of the Premier League to “lift the spirits of the nation."

UNDATED (AP) — America’s Cup teams are returning to the water in varying degrees nearly two months after the coronavirus pandemic forced the shutdown of what would have been an impressive global road show for sailing. Defending champion Emirates Team New Zealand has returned to training on Auckland’s Waitemata Harbor with its half-size test boat after a mandatory lockdown was lifted. The Kiwis don’t have access to their 75-foot race boat because it’s still being shipped back from Italy after a preliminary regatta scheduled for April was canceled. By Monday or Tuesday, the New York Yacht Club’s yacht Defiant will be headed from Pensacola, Florida, to Auckland on a 500-foot ship.

UNDATED (AP) — Former Houston Rockets star Yao Ming, who is now president of the Chinese Basketball Association, says the league has three options for resuming the season that has been on hold since Feb. 1 because of the coronavirus pandemic. Yao says the league might play out the full schedule; play a shortened season with some games dropped; or end the regular season and go straight to the playoffs based on teams’ current rankings. Yao told state broadcaster CCTV that he hopes as much as the season can be played as possible, but that public health and fairness are the key considerations.




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LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The NCAA struck back at the University of Kansas and its men’s basketball program Thursday, calling five Level I violations that are alleged to have occurred “egregious” and arguing that they undermine and threaten” college athletics. It was the latest in a series of back-and-forth filings that set up a likely infraction hearings. The case came out of an FBI investigation into college basketball corruption. It centers on whether two Adidas representatives were acting as boosters for the Jayhawks when they paid prospective recruits to lure them to the program.

UNDATED (AP) — The NFL has released its fall schedule. One highlight of the opening weekend will have Tom Brady's regular-season debut with Tampa Bay against Drew Brees at New Orleans on Sept. 13 — the first matchup of age 40-plus quarterbacks in NFL history. The opening of SoFi Stadium in the Los Angeles area that Sunday night has the Rams hosting the Cowboys.

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo says he feels terrible that a hacker used his Twitter account to say “extremely inappropriate and disgusting” things. Los Angeles Lakers forward Kostas Antetokounmpo says his brother’s social media accounts were hacked Thursday. More than a dozen tweets popped up in Antetokounmpo's feed in the span of about five minutes. The tweets included racial slurs, profane attacks on other players and a claim that Antetokounmpo had the coronavirus.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh favors making it easier for college football players to head into the NFL earlier. In an open letter to the football community, Harbaugh pushed for a change that would allow players to enter the NFL draft after their freshman or sophomore seasons. The league and the players union have shown no inclination of revising the rule.

ATLANTA (AP) — Mike Storen, a former ABA commissioner and multisport marketing whiz and the father of ESPN broadcaster Hannah Storm, has died. He was 84. Storm says her father died Thursday at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta of complications from cancer. Storen rose to executive spots in basketball, football, baseball and tennis during a four-decade career in sports. Storen was general manager of the Indiana Pacers and Kentucky Colonels and president of the Atlanta Hawks. He owned the ABA’s Memphis Sounds, worked for the Cincinnati Royals of the NBA and the Houston Astros.

HOBE SOUND, Fla. (AP) — Two of the biggest names in golf and in the NFL will square off for a televised golf match to raise $10 million for COVID-19 relief. The May 24 event, to be simulcast on TNT and TBS, will feature Tiger Woods and Peyton Manning taking on Phil Mickelson and Tom Brady. The match will be held at Florida’s Medalist Golf Club.




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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Former NFL quarterback Brett Favre (fahrv) is repaying $1.1 million in welfare money that he received for multiple speeches where he did not show up. Auditor Shad White says his office received $500,000 from Favre on Wednesday, plus a commitment that Favre will repay the other $600,000 in installments over the next few months. Favre's effort to repay the money came two days after White released an audit of spending by the Mississippi Department of Human Services. The audit showed Favre had been paid by Mississippi Community Education Center, a nonprofit group whose former leader has been indicted in a welfare embezzlement scheme.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Titans have continued to reshape their secondary by working out a one-year contract with cornerback Johnathan Joseph. The two-time Pro Bowl selection just completed a nine-year run with the Houston Texans after playing his first five NFL seasons with Cincinnati. Joseph has 750 tackles and 31 interceptions over 14 seasons since being taken in the first round of the 2006 draft.

UNDATED (AP) — All but one of the 14 schools in the Southeastern Conference have indicated they plan to reopen their campuses for the fall semester, a step widely believed to be needed to resume football and other sports. South Carolina and Tennessee on Wednesday became the latest schools in the nation's top football conference to announce their plans, joining Alabama, LSU and others. Vanderbilt hasn’t announced its plans for the fall.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Former Wake Forest center Olivier Sarr has announced on social media that he is transferring to Kentucky. Sarr was the Demon Deacons’ second-leading scorer and top rebounder last season, averaging 13.7 points and nine boards. He gives the Wildcats a veteran 7-footer after the team's entire starting lineup declared for the NBA draft.

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — An NCAA panel has rejected an appeal by former UConn men's basketball coach Kevin Ollie, who sought to overturn findings that he violated ethical conduct rules while leading the Huskies. The NCAA Division I Infractions Appeals Committee ruled Ollie failed to prove that information he presented alleging witnesses against him lied outweighed the information that supported the violation findings. The NCAA Committee on Infractions placed the UConn program on two years of probation 10 months ago and sanctioned Ollie individually for numerous violations of NCAA rules during his tenure.




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NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL will reveal its 2020 regular-season schedule on Thursday night. While it is discussing contingencies for changes to the schedule due to the coronavirus pandemic, it currently is planning for a normal season. But just in case, Commissioner Roger Goodell has also sent a memo to teams for a ticket refund plan for canceled games or those held without fans.

UNDATED (AP) — More than $6 million has been raised by the governing bodies of tennis for a relief fund aimed at helping 800 players deal with the financial effects of the coronavirus pandemic. The WTA and ATP tours, the International Tennis Federation and the four Grand Slam tournaments formed the “Player Relief Programme.” The seven groups say the money will be divided evenly among women and men and will go to singles and doubles players. They also say the WTA and ATP will oversee the distribution of the money, based on eligibility requirements that will factor in rankings and past prize money.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) —Philadelphia 76ers general manager Elton Brand remains optimistic that injured guard Ben Simmons can return to play if the NBA season resumes. Simmons had been sidelined with nerve issues in his lower back when the NBA season shut down on March 11 because of the coronavirus pandemic. Simmons is allowed to rehabilitate at the 76ers’ practice facility in Camden, New Jersey, with other select players undergoing rehab.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The ESPYS are shifting focus from honoring athletic accomplishments to celebrating acts of heroism and humanitarian aid during the coronavirus pandemic. ESPN says its annual awards show will air June 21, about a month earlier than its usual July date. Comedian Tracy Morgan hosted last year’s show in its longtime home of Los Angeles. Awards named for Muhammad Ali and Billie Jean King are usually given out at a separate show the night before but will be added to The ESPYs telecast this year.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Speedway High School will hold this year’s graduation ceremony at the nearby Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Speedway officials agreed to host the event. The historic 2.5-mile oval just a short stroll from the high school has an estimated 235,000 permanent seats — and more than enough space to safely social distance. Details are still being worked out for the May 30 event.




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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia Flyers and 76ers are set to offer refunds or credits for unplayed regular-season games at their shared arena because of the coronavirus pandemic. While neither the NHL or NBA has officially canceled the remainder of the season, or decided when and where the season may resume, both organizations on Tuesday decided to address the ticket status for games scheduled for the Wells Fargo Center.

MADRID (AP) — The tennis club where Novak Djokovic broke confinement rules in Spain says it mistakenly authorized the player to practice. The top-ranked Djokovic published a video of himself training in Marbella on Monday, in apparent violation of Spain’s current rules amid the coronavirus pandemic. Spain has eased some of the lockdown measures that have been in place since mid-March, allowing professional athletes to start training again individually. But most training centers and sports facilities must remain closed until next week.

MADRID (AP) — Rafael Nadal says if given the option he would scrap this season entirely so tennis could resume normally in 2021. The second-ranked Spaniard is 33 years old and has won 19 Grand Slam titles. He says he hopes to resume playing this year but doubts it could happen because of the coronavirus pandemic. He says he "would sign up right now just to being ready for 2021.” Nadal recently said he was concerned with the risk of new injuries when players return to action after a long time without proper training. The Spaniard has had to deal with a series of injuries throughout his career.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Veteran pass rusher Aaron Lynch has signed a one-year contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars. He should give the Jaguars more depth in case disgruntled defender Yannick Ngakoue decides to skip part of the season. Lynch played 16 games for Chicago last year and had six tackles, two sacks and two passes defensed. He also spent four years in San Francisco. The 49ers drafted him in the fifth round in 2014. The Jaguars released running back Jeremy McNichols and defensive end Chuck Harris to make room for Lynch and running back Chris Thompson on the roster. Thompson signed last week.

NEW YORK (AP) — Running back Frank Gore has agreed to terms on a one-year contract with the New York Jets. Agent Drew Rosenhaus announced the deal Tuesday. Gore turns 37 next week and joins a Jets backfield that also includes Le’Veon Bell and fourth-round draft pick La’Mical Perine. Gore is third on the NFL’s career rushing list with 15,269 yards. The move reunites Gore with coach Adam Gase, for whom he played in Miami in 2018. The two were also together in San Francisco in 2008 when Gase was an offensive assistant. ESPN first reported the agreement between the Jets and Gore.




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