NCAA extends policy banning championship events where Confederate flag flown
The NCAA expanded its Confederate flag policy on Friday to prohibit all its championship events from being held in the states where the flag is flown. Mississippi is the only state affected 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 NCAA board of governors and Ohio State president, 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 NCAA's previous policy, which was enacted in 2001, applied only to predetermined championship sites. At the time, it affected both Mississippi and South Carolina. But in 2015, South Carolina, following the murder of nine members of the historically black Emanuel African Methodist Church in Charleston, stopped flying the Confederate flag at its state Capitol and was therefore allowed to host NCAA championship events again.
Rory McIlroy, Phil Mickelson and Bryson DeChambeau put on a show in silence
Bubba Watson said it out loud the other day. "Do you want me to answer that PC, or do you want me to answer that truthfully?" he asked with a smile earlier this week at the Travelers Championship. Do PGA Tour professionals care who they play with? Does it matter to them at all? Do they even pay attention when the featured groups are announced every Tuesday and the full tee time list comes out on Wednesday? "Yes, it matters tremendously," Watson said. "There's guys that are a shot, maybe a 2-shot penalty when you see their name on that sheet. Maybe that's what they say about me, too, so I guess it works both ways. I like to have fun and be energetic. You know, when you see a certain name, you know you can joke around, you know you can have fun and kind of get away from the stress and not talking and just walking down the fairway.
Most unheralded star for each Top 25 college football team Every team has one, the do-everything player who rarely grabs the headlines but is one of the biggest reasons for its success. To their teammates, though, they are not working in obscurity and deserve a little love. So here is a little love as we recognize the most unheralded player on each Top 25 team.
Most exciting player for each Top 25 college football team
Joe Burrow was the runaway Heisman winner last year, and it was pretty clear he was the country's most exciting player. But even with Burrow gone to the NFL, college football is still crowded with stars capable of delivering edge-of-your-seat excitement on any given play. Here's the most exciting player on each of the nation's top 25 teams entering 2020.
Mississippi lawmakers vote to remove Confederate emblem from state flag
Mississippi lawmakers voted Sunday to retire the Confederate battle emblem from its state flag following widespread, increased pressure that came in part from the world of sports. Mississippi's House and Senate voted in succession Sunday afternoon to retire the flag, with broad bipartisan support. Republican Gov. Tate Reeves has said he will sign the bill, and the state flag would lose its official status as soon as he signs the measure. Mississippi is the only state flag that continues to feature the banner of the Confederacy -- a blue cross with 13 white stars. The state has faced pressure to change its flag during the past month amid worldwide protests against racial injustice in the United States. In 2015, the NCAA allowed South Carolina to host championships again after the state stopped flying the Confederate flag at its state Capitol following the murder of nine members of the historically black Emanuel African Methodist Church in Charleston. "We removed the flag from our campus five years ago, so we've made it clear that it doesn't represent who we are at Ole Miss," Kiffin told ESPN last week. "Today is another big step in doing our part to move the state forward and ensure a more welcoming environment for everyone. This is extremely important to me and to our players. Time to change!"
2020 WNBA power rankings: Seattle Storm replace Washington Mystics at No. 1
When we posted our initial 2020 WNBA power rankings after the league's draft in April, there was no certainty there would be a season because of the coronavirus pandemic. June 24 was technically the deadline for players to announce whether they're playing or opting out for 2020. But there might still be more roster movement if players are deemed medically exempt based on pre-existing conditions, or if more players test positive and can't join their teams in time for the start of the season.
Here are our updated rankings based on the current rosters through Monday.
Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves signs bill officially changing state flag
Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves on Tuesday signed a bill to retire the last state flag in the U.S. with the Confederate battle emblem following widespread, increased pressure that came in part from the sports world."This is not a political moment to me but a solemn occasion to lead our Mississippi family to come together, to be reconciled, and to move on," Reeves said in a statement. "We are a resilient people defined by our hospitality. We are a people of great faith. Now, more than ever, we must lean on that faith, put our divisions behind us, and unite for a greater good.'' Mississippi has faced increasing pressure to change its flag since protests against racial injustice have focused attention on Confederate symbols.
Texas responds to football players' requests with sweeping changes
A month after Texas football players requested a list of changes be made on campus, Texas has responded with to a sweeping plan to "redefine campus symbolism," including the renaming of Texas' football field for Earl Campbell and Ricky Williams and a statue for Texas' first Black football letterman. On June 12, Longhorns players released a statement requesting the removal of "The Eyes of Texas" as the school song, the renaming of four campus buildings that are named after Confederate or racist figures, more diverse statues by people of color, a permanent Black athletic history in the school's athletics Hall of Honor and the renaming of part of Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium after Julius Whittier, who in 1970 became the first Black player to letter for the Longhorns. The players included a demand to rename several campus buildings named for Confederate or racist figures, including:
• Robert Lee Moore Hall, named for a mathematics professor known for not allowing Black students to take his classes. The university said it will be renamed. •T.S. Painter Hall, named for Theophilus Paintery, who served as UT president from 1944 to 1952 and was noted for denying entrance to the Texas law school for Heman M. Sweatt, a Black student who met every requirement for admission except race. • Littlefield Hall, built by UT president George W. Littlefield, who was a Confederate Army officer, and James Hogg Hall, named for a Texas governor whose legacy included signing some of the state's first Jim Crow laws. These buildings were included as part of a new plan to educate visitors on the history and context of names on campus.
In 1966, Rupp's all-white UK team lost 72-65 to an all-Black starting five from Texas Western (now Texas-El Paso) in the championship game of the NCAA tournament. Three years later, Rupp signed his first African American player, 7-foot-2 center Tom Payne from Louisville, Kentucky.
Mike Tyson (50-6) to face Roy Jones Jr. (66-9) in Sept. 12 exhibition match Tyson, 54, will fight Roy Jones Jr., 51 in an eight-round exhibition at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California. The bout will be broadcast on pay-per-view as well as multimedia platform Triller. According to a news release, Triller will also show a 10-part docuseries leading up to the bout.
"Iron Mike" was considered one of the most ferocious fighters in the world. He became the youngest heavyweight champion in history (at 20 years and four months) by stopping Trevor Berbick in two rounds in November 1986.
Jones, at his apex, was considered the most brilliant boxer in the sport, winning titles at middleweight, super middleweight, light heavyweight and heavyweight. He had a sublime mix of speed, technique and ring intelligence.
Boxing's top 25 under 25: Meet the stars of the future In putting together a list of the best 25 fighters under the age of 25, Ortiz was an obvious selection. ESPN boxing contributors, shines a spotlight on the best prospects in the sport as well as some promising up-and-comers, title contenders and a few fighters who are already world champions.
1. Teofimo Lopez Jr. (15-0, 12 KOs), 22, IBF lightweight titlist
2. David Benavidez, (22-0, 19 KOs), 23, WBC super middleweight titlist
3. Shakur Stevenson (14-0, 8 KOs), 24, former WBO featherweight champion
4. Devin Haney (24-0, 15 KOs), 21, WBC lightweight titlist 5. Ryan Garcia (20-0, 17 KOs), 21, lightweight contender
North Carolina's Roy Williams donates $600K to fund spring sport senior scholarships
North Carolina coach Roy Williams donated more than $600,000 to fund scholarships for all spring sports seniors whose seasons were impacted by the coronavirus pandemic and want to return for another year. Williams and his wife, Wanda, made the donation in May and initially asked to keep their gift anonymous. They allowed North Carolina to go public with the donation on Thursday, with student-athletes returning to campus for workouts. "Only a handful of people at the University knew what Roy and Wanda had done to support our students," North Carolina athletics director Bubba Cunningham said in a statement. "He called me in March the day the NCAA canceled all spring championships. He didn't want those students to miss that experience and wanted to fund those scholarships for next year. I still get chills when I think about his phone call and the impact it would have for dozens of our students." After spring sports were canceled, the NCAA Division I Council approved an extra year of eligibility for all spring sport athletes whose seasons were cut short or canceled because of coronavirus.