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PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Starling Marte says his wife Noelia has died of a heart attack. Marte wrote on Instagram Monday, “It is a moment of indescribable pain. On behalf of my family, I am grateful for the expressions of esteem and solidarity in this difficult time.” The 31-year-old Marte has played his entire eight-year big league career with the Pittsburgh Pirates before being traded to the Diamondbacks during the offseason.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a lower-court ruling prohibiting the NCAA from limiting compensation for education-related expenses for student-athletes. The decision upholds an injunction approved by U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken on behalf of a nationwide class of student-athletes. The appeals court ruling clears the way for Division I conferences to independently set rules for education-related compensation provided to student-athletes.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom has given the go ahead for professional sports teams in the state to play without spectators soon. The Democratic governor said Monday that sports could return in the “first week or so of June without spectators and modifications and very prescriptive conditions.” That is extremely welcome news for teams, who were wondering if they would have to make contingency plans to play elsewhere. Los Angeles County officials said last week there was the possibility that their stay-at-home order could be extended through the summer.

UNDATED (AP) — LeBron James reiterated Monday that he is hopeful the NBA season can resume, with the caveat that the health and well-being of players won’t be jeopardized by a return to play. The Los Angeles Lakers star said it remains his wish that the season comes back “sooner than later.” The NBA suspended the season on March 11 because of the coronavirus pandemic, and two unidentified members of the Lakers were among the league’s players who subsequently tested positive for the virus.

UNDATED (AP) — The final episodes of “The Last Dance” have aired, yet ESPN has one more program to show about the Chicago Bulls’ sixth championship. ESPN will show “Game 6: The Movie” on Wednesday night at 9 p.m. EDT, following a rebroadcast of episodes nine and 10 of “The Last Dance.” The game will feature game footage captured by five NBA Entertainment cameras. It marks the first time that the game has been available to watch in high definition. The Bulls defeated the Utah Jazz 87–86 as Michael Jordan hit the game-winning basket with 5.2 seconds remaining to cap their sixth championship in eight seasons.




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DARLINGTON, S.C. (AP) — Kevin Harvick took the lead from Alex Bowman on a late restart and pulled away over the final 30 laps at Darlington Raceway to win NASCAR’s first Cup race in 71 days. It was the first Cup race since the schedule was halted due to the coronavirus pandemic. The event was run without fans and with an emphasis on masks and social distancing. Roughly 900 people were approved to be inside the gates, all considered essential.

JUNO BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Rory McIlroy’s final drive allowed him and playing partner Dustin Johnson to win $1.85 million for charity in the TaylorMade Driving Relief exhibition in Florida. With the match down to a closest-to-the-pin contest after regulation, McIlroy barely stayed on the shelf left of the pin, measured at 13 feet to beat Matthew Wolff’s attempt by five feet. More than $5.5 million was pledged during the exhibition match for COVID-19 relief funds.

UNDATED (AP) — The California State University system’s plan for a mostly virtual fall semester due to the coronavirus pandemic doesn’t necessarily close the door on football at its three schools that play in the far-flung Mountain West Conference. San Diego State athletic director John David Wicker says the school is looking at having football players return to campus no earlier than July 7 and is making plans to play the season as scheduled. SDSU is proceeding because it envisions a fall schedule that includes a hybrid model of classes, in which some students will be on campus for in-person instruction such as labs while other classes will be held online.

UNDATED (AP) — English Premier League clubs will try today to agree on protocols to allow a return to training during the coronavirus pandemic. Teams already have started checking players and coaches for COVID-19, with a total of 1,600 weekly tests anticipated across the 20 clubs in England's top division. Today’s meeting comes two days after the German league resumed its schedule.

UNDATED — All Spanish league clubs can begin small group training sessions this week despite stricter lockdown restrictions remaining in place in parts of Spain because of the coronavirus pandemic. Cities like Madrid and Barcelona have not been allowed to loosen confinement measures like most of the country, but teams such as Real Madrid and Barcelona have been given the go-ahead to move into the second phase of training. Players had only been allowed to train individually across Spain until now.




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Lincoln – The Nebraska men’s basketball program size in the frontcourt with the signing of Eduardo Andre to a National Letter-of-Intent on Friday.

Andre, a 6-foot-10, 220-pound center from London, England, played at AZ Compass Prep during the 2019-20 season. Andre, who chose NU over offers from Illinois, Maryland and Texas A&M among others, averaged 10.3 points, 9.8 rebounds and 3.9 blocks per game as a senior. 

“Eduardo brings length and explosiveness to our frontcourt,” Nebraska Coach Fred Hoiberg said. “His ability to protect the rim gives us a dimension that we didn’t have last year, and he has the skillset to play inside-out. Eduardo has only been playing competitively for a few years, but he has a lot of upside, and we think can develop in our program.”

A three-star recruit by both 247 Sports and Rivals, he was ranked among the top 200 seniors in the country by 247 Sports. Prior to his transfer to AZ Compass Prep, Andre was rated among the top 10 recruits in Texas in the class of 2020.

Andre who didn’t begin playing competitive basketball until he was 14 years old, played two seasons of basketball at Woodrow Wilson High School in Dallas, where he averaged 12.3 points, 11.5 rebounds and 4.3 blocks per game during his junior campaign. For his efforts, he was named the District 11-5A Defensive Player of the Year. He played AAU basketball with the Dallas Mustangs program.

Andre joins a recruiting class which includes grad transfer Kobe Webster (Western Illinois), transfers Kobe King (Wisconsin), Trey McGowens (Pittsburgh) and Trevor Lakes (University of Indianapolis) and junior college transfers Teddy Allen (Western Nebraska CC) and Lat Mayen (Chipola College).




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HOUSTON (AP) — Former major league manager and infielder Art Howe is in intensive care in a Houston hospital with the coronavirus. The 73-year-old Howe confirmed to Houston TV station KPRC 2 Thursday night that he has been dealing with the illness since first feeling symptoms of COVID-19 on May 3. Howe is best known as the manager of the “Moneyball” Oakland Athletics playoff teams in the late 1990s and early 2000s. He also managed the Astros and Mets.

UNDATED (AP) — Brad Keselowski has won the pole for Sunday’s race at Darlington Raceway without burning an ounce of fuel. The Team Penske driver watched NASCAR's chief scorer Kyle McKinney finally pluck the No. 1 ball out of a random draw, giving the 2012 series champion the top starting position when the Cup season resumes. Keselowski will be joined on the front row by Alex Bowman of Hendrick Motorsports. Matt DiBenedetto, Kyle Busch and Aric Almirola close out the top five starting spots.

MIAMI (AP) — Authorities say police in South Florida are trying to find New York Giants cornerback DeAndre Baker and Seattle Seahawks cornerback Quinton Dunbar after multiple witnesses accused them of an armed robbery at a party. Miramar police issued arrest warrants for both men Thursday on four counts each of armed robbery with a firearm. Baker faces an additional four counts of aggravated assault with a firearm. The warrant says Baker and Dunbar were attending a cookout at a Miramar home Wednesday night when a fight broke out, and Baker pulled out a handgun.

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The Orlando Magic are the latest NBA team to reopen their practice facility since the coronavirus shutdown. Nikola Vucevic (VOOCH'-uh-vihch) was among the first Magic players to arrive for voluntary workouts under the watch of assistant coach Lionel Chalmers, who was in a mask and gloves for the session. The NBA requires anyone who is present for the workouts, except for the player while he is working out, to be wearing personal protective equipment.




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MIAMI (AP) — The Miami Marlins will temporarily furlough 90 to 100 baseball operations employees beginning June 1 because of the coronavirus pandemic. A person confirmed the furloughs to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the Marlins didn't comment publicly. The person said about 40 percent of the baseball operations staff will be affected, with the status of those furloughed to be evaluated monthly. Their health benefits will continue through the end of October.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A spokesman for The Greenbrier resort in West Virginia says several NFL teams are eyeing the facility owned by state Gov. Jim Justice as a potential training facility during the coronavirus pandemic. Spokesman Cam Huffman says no franchise has officially signed on to practice at the resort, which has previously hosted training camps for New Orleans Saints and the Houston Texans. The Greenbrier has been closed since March 19 due to the pandemic, and the annual PGA event at the resort has been canceled.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Georgetown guard Mac McClung plans to enter the NCAA transfer portal after taking his name out of consideration for the NBA draft. McClung averaged 15.7 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 21 games as a sophomore this past season, missing time with a right foot injury. His departure follows the transfers of four other Georgetown men’s basketball players during last season.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Former NBA point guard Mo Williams is Alabama State's new head coach. Williams played 14 seasons in the NBA, winning a championship with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2016. He spent the past two seasons as an assistant for California State University at Northridge, under coach Mark Gottfried.

UNDATED (AP) — The Italian soccer league is hoping to resume competition on June 13. The date was agreed to during a video conference with all 20 Serie A clubs and is subject to approval by the Italian government. Full team training will restart on May 18 after a revised medical protocol was approved. The clubs have already resumed training on an individual basis.




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As a result of the Governor’s announcement on May 11, beginning June 1st NSAA member schools are permitted to open weight rooms for voluntary strength and conditioning sessions.

Prioritizing the health and safety of all students and staff must remain the focus of each NSAA member school.

These requirements must be followed when conducting voluntary strength and conditioning sessions:

Maintain social distance by being 6 feet apart
Follow gathering guidelines of groups of 10 or less students
Groups of 10 or less must be pre-determined
Once groups determined, students may not switch from one group to another
Interaction between groups shall be avoided
Sessions can only include weightlifting, running, and exercises designed to promote physical fitness
Sport-specific drills are not permitted, and sport-specific equipment may not be used
Implement diligent and effective cleaning and disinfecting of frequently touched objects and surfaces following the guidance of the CDC
It is the responsibility of each NSAA member school to comply with the above requirements
 
Additionally, NSAA member school sponsored camps, clinics and open gyms are prohibited in any sport at this time.

Should the conditions warrant, these requirements will be adjusted.

Any further official updates will be posted on the NSAA website and the NSAA social media platforms.




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Lincoln – University of Nebraska assistant Matt Abdelmassih was recognized by ESPN as one of the top young coaches in the country, as the website unveiled its "40 Under 40" list Wednesday morning.

 

ESPN college basketball writers Myron Medcalf, Jeff Borzello and John Gasaway compiled the list, which attempts to rank coaches according to both achievements and potential. Abdelmassih is No. 22 on the list, which includes head coaches and assistant coaches.

 

Abdelmassih was instrumental in helping turnaround the Iowa State and St. John’s programs before reuniting with Fred Hoiberg at Nebraska in April of 2019.  Abdelmassih’s first class at Nebraska, which was put together in just over a month, was the Huskers’ second-best class of the Big Ten era. His 2020 recruiting class features as a pair of transfers in Trey McGowens (Pittsburgh) and Kobe King (Wisconsin) who are among the top 11 transfers in the country this offseason, while junior college transfers Teddy Allen and Lat Mayen are listed as two of the top 20 recruits nationally by JUCORecruiting.com

 

During his tenure at St. John’s, Abdelmassih recruited the majority of roster for the Red Storm, including the starting lineup for the 2018-19 squad which won 21 games and reached the NCAA Tournament.  He recruited three freshmen who were Big East All-Freshman Team selections, while adding transfers who were major contributors.

 

Abdelmassih was on Hoiberg’s staff all five seasons at Iowa State, as the Cyclones made four NCAA Tournament appearances, including a Sweet 16 appearance in 2014 and Big 12 Tournament titles in 2014 and 2015. He played a significant role in recruiting for the Cyclones, including All-Americans Royce White and DeAndre Kane.

 





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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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