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Nick Saban leads Alabama athletes on march to protest social injustice

Alabama coach Nick Saban led dozens of his football players and other athletes on a march to protest social injustice and recent incidents of police brutality against Black men and women.The group marched the short distance Monday on the school's campus from the Mal M. Moore Athletic Facility to Foster Auditorium, where segregationist Gov. George Wallace stood at the door in 1963 trying to block the entry of two Black students. The Crimson Tide athletes, coaches and staff joined a series of organized events among football players and others in college athletics across the country in the wake of the Wisconsin police shooting of Jacob Blake. Such gatherings or marches have been held at schools such as Oklahoma, Kansas, Duke, Baylor, Mississippi and Mississippi State with others planned.

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David Gaines, former Harlem Globetrotter, college coach, dies at 80

David "Smokey" Gaines, a former Harlem Globetrotters and ABA player who coached at Detroit Mercy and San Diego State, has died. He was 80. Gaines died Saturday of cancer, his family said. He also contracted COVID-19, The Detroit News reported. A star guard in high school, the Detroit native was an All-State selection in 1959 and went on to star at LeMoyne-Owen College in Tennessee. He was a member of the Globetrotters from 1963 to 1967 and also played briefly for the Kentucky Colonels of the American Basketball Association before turning to coaching. Gaines began coaching as a part-time assistant under current ESPN analyst Dick Vitale at Detroit-Mercy in 1973 and took over when Vitale stepped down after the 1976-77 season.

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Tom Jernestedt, nicknamed 'Father of the Final Four,' dies at 75

Tom Jernstedt, a member of the Naismith Hall of Fame for his contributions to college basketball and the NCAA tournament, has died. He was 75. The NCAA said Sunday Jernstedt died this weekend. Nicknamed "Father of the Final Four," Jernstedt has widely been credited with transforming the NCAA tournament into the billion-dollar March Madness it has become today. Jernstedt helped the NCAA increase its television contract from just over $1 million to more than $10 billion when he left in 2011. He served as president of USA Basketball, was a member of the College Football Selection committee and was inducted into the Naismith Hall of Fame as a contributor in 2017.

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College football Power Rankings for Week 1

Wow, some real, actual college football, and more games are on the way. But as we unveil our first ESPN Power Rankings of the 2020 regular season, it's important to remember that we have a very small body of work so far. In fact, Memphis is the only team ranked that played this weekend, as the Tigers beat Arkansas State at home. We're only including those teams that are playing this fall, which means no Ohio State, no Penn State, no Oregon, no USC and no other teams from any conference not playing.
Go ahead and cue the SEC bias claims. Six of the top 10 teams in this week's rankings are from the SEC, which begins play Sept. 26 with a 10-game, league-only season. Top-5: Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, Florida and Notre Dame.

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The 10 can't-miss fights for the rest of 2020
After a long hiatus, boxing returned in the early summer months with a series of fight cards designed to get the business going. Those cards featured a handful of recognizable names and a few solid, if not spectacular fights.

Top-5
1. Vasiliy Lomachenko (14-1, 10 KOs) vs. Teofimo Lopez Jr. (15-0 12 KOs)
2. Jermall Charlo Charlo (30-0, 22 KOs) vs. Sergey Derevyanchenko 13-2, 10 KOs)
3. Jermell Charlo vs. Jeison Rosario
4. Ryan Garcia (20-0, 17 KOs) vs. Luke Campbell (20-3, 16 KOs)
5. Errol Spence Jr. (26-0, 21 KOs) vs. Danny Garcia (36-2, 21 KOs)
 

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NCAA men's and women's college basketball seasons can start Nov. 25

The 2020-21 men's and women's college basketball seasons can start Nov. 25, the NCAA Division I Council said Wednesday. The council, following its vote, said no exhibition games or scrimmages can be held before that date, which is the day before Thanksgiving. "The new season start date near the Thanksgiving holiday provides the optimal opportunity to successfully launch the basketball season," NCAA senior vice president of basketball Dan Gavitt said. "It is a grand compromise of sorts and a unified approach that focuses on the health and safety of student-athletes competing towards the 2021 Division I basketball championships." The past couple of weeks, discussions centered on waiting until Nov. 21-25 to begin the season. Gavitt said last week on a webinar with athletic directors and other college sports officials that Nov. 25 was under consideration because campuses around the country would be ending their fall semesters then.

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Bracketologists speak: NCAA tournament forecasters expect from odd 2020-21 basketball season

The NCAA Division I Council ruled on Wednesday that the 2020-21 college basketball season can begin Nov. 25, but many other details about how the campaign will play out remain up in the air. Primary among those is the nature of the 2021 NCAA tournament, with both the 68-team men's event and 64-team women's event subject to alterations in number of teams, sites, selection process and myriad other factors. From our vantage point in mid-September, we asked ESPN men's tournament bracketologist Joe Lunardi and his women's tourney counterpart, Charlie Creme, to weigh in on the biggest issues surrounding the tournament.

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Ronnie Hogue, Georgia's first Black scholarship hoops player, dies at 69

Ronnie Hogue, the first Black scholarship athlete on the Georgia Bulldogs men's basketball team, died Friday, the school announced. He was 69. Arriving at Georgia in 1969, Hogue averaged 20.5 points as a junior and scored a career-high 46 points against LSU on Dec. 20, 1971 -- the second-highest total in school history and most by a Georgia player at Stegeman Coliseum. As a senior, Hogue averaged 16.5 points and was picked as the team's top defensive player. He finished with a 17.8-point scoring average in his three years on the varsity team. Hogue was a seventh-round pick of the Washington Bullets in the 1973 NBA draft.

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Clemson remains No. 1 in AP poll; Alabama, LSU each get 1 first-place vote
Clemson remained a nearly unanimous No. 1 in the AP Top 25 on Sunday after another light week in college football. The Tigers received 59 of 61 first-place votes from a panel of sportswriters and broadcasters. The rest of the top 10 was basically unchanged.

The ACC Top-25:
No.1: Clemson
No.7: Notre Dame
No.11: North Carolina
No.12: Miami
No.20: Virginia Tech
No.21: Pittsburgh
No.24: Louisville
 
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