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Vandy makes Candice Lee SEC's first female, black AD

Vanderbilt has hired Candice Lee as its athletic director, making her the first female athletic director and the first African American woman to lead an SEC athletic department. Lee had been serving as interim athletic director since February, when Malcolm Turner resigned after one year in the position. In addition to being athletic director, Lee will hold the title of vice chancellor for athletics and university affairs. The school made the announcement on Thursday. Lee was a captain on Vanderbilt's women's basketball team, graduating in 2000. She becomes just the fifth female athletic director among the Power 5 schools.

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Scouting Peyton Manning the golfer, trash-talker and teammate of Tiger Woods

The scouting report says he's a big-play threat, a competitive, well-prepared player with laser-like focus in the pursuit of a win. Oh, and he'll drop some well-placed smack on you. And that's Peyton Manning, the golfer. "No question, no doubt," longtime friend and former teammate Brandon Stokley said with a laugh. "Probably everything he was in football he is in golf, but with more stories -- good stories, really good stories. But all of that focus you saw in football, I see that in his golf."

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Tennis star Naomi Osaka passes Serena Williams as top-earning female athlete

Tennis star Naomi Osaka has been a Grand Slam champion and No. 1 in the WTA rankings. Now she is No. 1 on another list: top-earning female athlete. According to a story posted on Forbes.com on Friday, the 22-year-old player earned $37.4 million from June 1, 2019, to June 1, 2020, from endorsements and prize money, eclipsing Serena Williams ($36 million) in that span. Forbes said Osaka's total is a one-year record for a female athlete, topping the previous mark of $29.7 million set by Maria Sharapova in 2015. Osaka is No. 29 overall, with Williams at No. 33, on Forbes' annual list of the 100 top-earning athletes. The full list is set to be released next week. Williams had led the way among women each of the past four years.

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Tyson Fury contacted about Mike Tyson fight, but nothing 'materialized'

Reigning WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury said he was contacted about facing the man he was named after -- former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson -- but doesn't think anything has come of it. "I had a phone call saying, 'Would you like to fight Mike Tyson in an exhibition fight?' I said, 'Hell yeah,' but I don't think anything's materialized out of it," Fury said in an interview with BT Sport published Tuesday. In recent weeks, Mike Tyson, 53, has caused quite a stir by posting social media videos of himself working out. Clips of him hitting the pads and showing he has gotten into much better physical condition have gone viral.

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Pac-12: Voluntary, in-person workouts in all sports can begin June 15

The Pac-12 will allow voluntary, in-person workouts for all sports to begin on June 15, as long as the local governments and universities allow student-athletes to return to campus, the conference announced Tuesday. The Pac-12 joins the SEC and Big 12 in making conferencewide announcements allowing the return of student-athletes for voluntary workouts, as the SEC can begin as soon as June 8, and the Big 12 also is June 15. The Big Ten and ACC have left the decisions with their individual institutions. Last week, the NCAA announced conferences and schools could reopen for on-campus voluntary athletic-related activities for all sports on June 1.

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College Football Hall of Fame damaged by protesters

The College Football Hall of Fame was damaged and looted during violent protests in Atlanta on Friday night, police confirmed in a statement. The Hall of Fame, which is located near the CNN Center and Centennial Olympic Park in downtown Atlanta, was near the epicenter of demonstrations over George Floyd's death. Floyd, who was black, died while in police custody in Minneapolis earlier this week. "Protesters continue damaging businesses, looting and setting fire to buildings," Atlanta police Sgt. John Chafee said in a statement Saturday morning. "There has been looting at the College Football Hall of Fame ... and many other businesses. We are grateful for the assistance being provided by multiple local and state law enforcement partners as we work to minimize the damage being caused by these individuals and to restore order in our city."

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Power 5 conferences ask Congress for college athlete compensation law

The Power 5 conference commissioners are asking Congress to move forward with federal legislation regarding compensation for college athletes. The commissioners of the Atlantic Coast, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 and Southeastern conferences sent a letter dated May 23 to congressional leaders, as first reported by Stadium. The Associated Press obtained a copy of the letter Friday. The letter was signed by John Swofford of the ACC, Bob Bowlsby of the Big 12, Kevin Warren of the Big Ten, Larry Scott of the Pac-12 and Greg Sankey of the SEC.They encouraged federal lawmakers not to wait for the NCAA process to play out before passing a national law that would set parameters for college athletes to be compensated for use of their names, images and likenesses (N IL).

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