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Roger Federer ranked by Forbes as sports' top earner at $106 million
Roger Federer has taken over as the highest-paid athlete in Forbes' annual earnings report, topping Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, who have held the No. 1 spot in three of the past four years. Federer earned $106 million pre-tax, edging out Ronaldo by about $1 million to take over No. 1. According to the report, Federer is the first tennis player in Forbes' 30-year history of ranking athlete earnings to land at No. 1. A big part of his incoming cash came off the court, as Federer made $100 million in endorsement deals from Uniqlo, Credit Suisse, Mercedes-Benz and 10 other partners. In contrast, Ronaldo made $45 million in endorsements from Nike and is own CR7 brand. Messi made $32 million from Adidas, MasterCard and PepsiCo.

With Federer at No. 1, Ronaldo and Messi at Nos. 2 and 3, soccer star Neymar sits at No. 4 followed by NBA players LeBron James, Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant. The NBA has the most players on the list of any sport with 34, followed by the NFL with 31, which is up from 19 last year. Tiger Woods s in the top 10 at No. 8, having taken home $60 million in endorsement deals and $2.3 million in winnings.

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How each top 2020 college football team becomes a national title contender
Every college football team begins a given season with questions to answer. Some just have far more than others. This time last year, we were wondering if Justin Fields was ready to dominate at Ohio State or if Joe Burrow's late-2018 surge at LSU meant something significant. He was, and it did. This year the questions shift, but the teams most well-positioned for a title run are about the same. The raw number of questions we have about a team says a lot. If you simply count the "ifs" -- if this happens, if that happens it takes to turn a team into a true national title contender, that drops some major hints about the teams most likely to make deep runs. Below are the 18 teams with title odds better than +10000 per Caesars Sportsbook, sorted by the number of "ifs" it takes to make each a true title contender. Give me enough "ifs," and I can make anybody a champ, but the likely title winner will come from this pool.

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Hornets' Malik Monk reinstated from suspension for violating anti-drug program

Charlotte Hornets guard Malik Monk has been reinstated following his suspension for violating the NBA's anti-drug program.
Monk's suspension began Feb. 26 and was set to continue until he was determined to be in full compliance with the program. "That's been a while now," Hornets general manager Mitch Kupchak said Monday of Monk's suspension ending. "He went through his program, and my understanding was he was reinstated as soon as possible. He has been in our facility and participated in all team activities. "Whenever we can resume some [group] activity, hopefully on a formal basis, he'll be there."
The Hornets are one of the teams left out of the NBA's 22-team regular-season resumption in Orlando, Florida. Monk, a third-year reserve from Kentucky, was averaging 10.3 points and 2.9 rebounds in 21 minutes per game before his suspension.

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Michael Irvin II announces FAU as transfer destination after leaving Miami

Former Miami tight end Michael Irvin ll, son of former Hurricanes star and NFL Hall of Fame wide receiver Michael Irvin Sr., shared on Twitter that he will play his final season of eligibility at FAU. Irvin II previously announced his transfer from MIami (FL) in March. "I have had a riddled college football career so far, which is why I have made this decision very carefully," he wrote. "With that being said, I have learned a lot and would not change my experience and the relationships I have made throughout the process. I'm thankful for everything that I have been able to do. After a number of discussions with my family, we believe that I have been granted an opportunity that I can't pass up. I have decided I will spend my last year of college football as an FAU Owl." Irvin II had just two catches for 33 yards for the Hurricanes last season and just nine catches for 78 yards in 2017. He sat out most of the 2018 season recovering from a knee injury. He was a three-star prospect in the Class of 2016 out of high school powerhouse St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

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Premier League approves Black Lives Matter on club shirts, taking a knee in games

The Premier League has sanctioned displaying the words "Black Lives Matter" on the back of shirts in place of individual players' names and also voiced its support to players who want to take a knee following the resumption of fixtures next week. England's top flight is due to restart on June 17, with Aston Villa vs. Sheffield United and Manchester City vs. Arsenal scheduled to be the first Premier League games since the coronavirus pandemic forced the suspension of the competition on March 13. And with players across Europe having already paid tribute to Floyd and Black Lives Matter with T-shirt messages and many players taking a knee, the Premier League have agreed to the shirt-name initiative and made it clear that they back any footballers who choose to take a knee.

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Virginia changes logo to remove slavery history
"After the release of our new logos on April 24th, I was made aware of the negative connotation between the serpentine walls and slavery," athletic director Carla Williams said in a statement. "I was not previously aware of the historical perspective indicating the original eight-foot-high walls were constructed to mask the institution of slavery and enslaved laborers from public view.
 

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Florida putting end to 'Gator Bait' cheer, band performance due to racist history of term

The University of Florida will no longer allow its "Gator Bait" cheer at sporting events because of "historic racist imagery associated with the phrase," school president Kent Fuchs announced Thursday. As part of a university-wide review to help the school take steps against racism, Fuchs highlighted the cheer as an action that will be taken immediately. "While I know of no evidence of racism associated with our 'Gator Bait' cheer at UF sporting events, there is horrific historic racist imagery associated with the phrase," Fuchs said. "Accordingly, University Athletics and the Gator Band will discontinue the use of the cheer." When the band strikes up the familiar tune at sporting events, fans respond with a chomping motion with their arms and shout "Gator Bait!" African American babies were used as alligator bait, according to the Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia at Ferris State University, citing newspaper articles and imagery from the late 1800s and early 20th century. The term "alligator bait" was also used as a racial slur against African Americans.

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NCAA extends policy banning championships where Confederate flag flown

The NCAA expanded its Confederate flag policy on Friday to prohibit all of its championship events from being held in the states where the flag is flown. Mississippi is the only state impacted by the policy change. It is the only state flag that continues to feature the banner of the Confederacy -- a blue cross with 13 white stars. "There is no place in college athletics or the world for symbols or acts of discrimination and oppression," Michael V. Drake, chair of the board and president of the Ohio State University, said in a statement. "We must continually evaluate ways to protect and enhance the championship experience for college athletes. Expanding the Confederate flag policy to all championships is an important step by the NCAA to further provide a quality experience for all participants and fans." The Association's expansion of the policy now includes all championship sites, including those awarded based on competition like baseball, softball, lacrosse and women's basketball.

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Commissioner threatens no SEC championships in Mississippi until state flag changes

SEC commissioner Greg Sankey threatened to not host any future conference championship events in Mississippi until the state changes its flag. Mississippi is the only state that still has the Confederate symbol -- a blue cross with 13 stars -- on its flag. "It is past time for change to be made to the flag of the State of Mississippi," Sankey said in a statement. "Our students deserve an opportunity to learn and compete in environments that are inclusive and welcoming to all. In 2001, Mississippians voted in a referendum to keep the current flag. But this week, in the wake of nationwide protests against racism, Mississippi legislators again proposed a bill that would remove the Confederate symbol from the flag. Several state universities, including Mississippi State and Ole Miss, stopped flying the flag in 2016.

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ACC Atlantic season preview: Clemson's dominance will continue, but who else will make noise?

The 2020 college football season has already been the strangest since the end of World War II, and it hasn't even officially begun yet. The threat of the coronavirus brought a stop to all spring practices in March, and teams have only recently begun to resume voluntary workouts with safety measures in place. Every school has its own set of protocols, and we don't yet know how things will play out if a large cluster of players gets sick, or an entire team has to quarantine during the year, or if a coach gets really sick, or anything else. The unknowns are limitless. We do know one thing, though: They're clearly going to try to play football this fall. So while we wait to find answers for at least some of the unknowns, let us tentatively resume our division-by-division 2020 preview series.

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