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Two-time Grand Slam finalist Kevin Anderson has announced his retirement from professional tennis at age 35. The South African was the runner-up to Rafael Nadal at the U.S. Open in 2017 and to Novak Djokovic at Wimbledon in 2018. Anderson won seven ATP Tour singles titles, most recently at the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships last July. All of his trophies came on the speedier surfaces of grass or hard courts, which helped add oomph to his booming serves. Anderson played college tennis at Illinois, where he won the 2006 NCAA men’s doubles championship. He announced his retirement via Twitter on Tuesday.   more
BOISE, Idaho--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 3, 2022--ATHLYT, the Name, Image, and Likeness (NIL) marketing technology platform, announced today it has closed its seed funding round from venture capital firms … more
DENVER--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 3, 2022--Icon Source, the leading digital endorsement deals marketplace, successfully activated its partnership with The Players' Lounge, facilitating more than 100 name, … more
Connecticut lawmakers have passed a bill that would allow college athletes at state universities to use their school’s name and logo in endorsement deals. Gov. Ned Lamont's office said he supports the concept of the legislation but will have to read through it before deciding whether to sign it. UConn had asked for the bill. Executive associate athletic director Neal Eskin testified that the current law puts the Huskies at a recruiting disadvantage. more
Former football great Herschel Walker has gone to great lengths to dodge tough questions during his run for the U.S. Senate in Georgia. The GOP candidate does not widely publicize his campaign stops and limits his appearances mostly to conservative news outlets and friendly audiences. Earlier this month, he skipped the first debate for the May 24 Republican primary. Political experts say it may be a wise choice for the gaffe-prone GOP front-runner. But Walker’s Republican rivals have seized on his absence to raise doubts about his fitness to take on Democrat Raphael Warnock in November should he win the Republican primary. more
Scott Frost will not be allowed to perform his coaching duties for five consecutive days this football season as part of Nebraska’s negotiated settlement with the NCAA for allowing an unauthorized staff member to do hands-on special teams coaching in 2020. The NCAA said Frost failed to monitor former special teams analyst Jonathan Rutledge’s activities. Rutledge was found to work directly with players during special teams drills and assist or make tactical decisions in games. Among other penalties are a $10,000 fine, probation through April 2023 and removal of non-coaching staff members from practice or competition for five days. more
James Madison has canceled the remainder of its softball season as the school tries to cope with the apparent suicide of one of its star players last week. Sophomore catcher Lauren Bernett died April 25 following a stellar weekend series against Drexel, for which she was named the Colonial Athletic Association’s player of the week. The Rockingham County Sheriff's office has classified the death as an apparent suicide. Coach Loren LaPorte said it was not an easy decision to cancel the rest of the season and that the team will use the time to continue healing. more
Texas guard Andrew Jones, whose college basketball career was interrupted for nearly two years by leukemia, has announced he will skip a final season with the Longhorns and turn pro. Jones ranks ninth in scoring in program history with 1,620 points. He announced his decision to enter the NBA draft in a statement posted on social media. Jones was diagnosed with leukemia in January 2018 and missed most of that season and the next while undergoing treatment.  more
MLB LOS ANGELES (AP) — Clayton Kershaw became the Dodgers’ career strikeout leader during the fourth inning of Saturday night’s game against Detroit. The 33-year-old lefty began the … more
Dominic Smith went 4 for 4 with three RBIs to back an inconsistent Max Scherzer, and the New York Mets won their seventh straight series to begin the season by beating the Philadelphia Phillies 10-6. Jeff McNeil also had four of New York’s 15 hits, and Starling Marte drove in three runs. The Mets took two of three in the weekend set. Scherzer struck out his first five batters for the first time in his career. But he gave up two home runs to Mets nemesis Kyle Schwarber, and a solo shot to Bryce Harper. The three-time Cy Young Award winner is 15-0 — the longest winning streak of his career — in his last 24 regular-season starts. more
Brinae Alexander is joining the Maryland women’s basketball team as a graduate transfer. The 6-foot Alexander was Vanderbilt’s top scorer last season, averaging 15.2 points per game and shooting 36% from 3-point range. Maryland will have a significantly different roster next season after losing Ashley Owusu and Angel Reese to the transfer portal. The Terps have added Alexander in addition to two other recent transfers — Elisa Pinzan from South Florida and Abby Meyers from Princeton. Maryland previously landed Florida guard Lavender Briggs as a transfer as well. more
Florida forward Keyontae Johnson, who collapsed during a game in December 2020 and hasn’t practiced or played since, has entered the NCAA transfer portal with hopes of resuming his college career. School officials confirmed Johnson’s desire to move on from Florida following his graduation over the weekend. It’s possible the 22-year-old Johnson hopes to prove he’s healthy before turning pro, which has been one of his goals for more than a year. The Norfolk, Virginia, native has a $5 million insurance policy that would pay out if he never plays again. The policy allows him to take part in a handful of games to test his health. If he proceeds beyond the set number of games, any potential payout would be nullified. more
Coroner officials say the death last month of a 24-year-old California police officer was caused by “fentanyl toxicity." De’Jon Packer, a rookie with the San Jose Police Department, was found unresponsive March 13 during a welfare check at his Milpitas home. The Santa Clara County Medical Examiner’s confirmed to NBC Bay Area on Saturday that Packer died of a drug overdose. The death remains under investigation by Milpitas police. Packer was a star running back at San Jose State University before becoming a police officer. more
Carolina Panthers coach Matt Rhule went back to his college roots on Day Three of the NFL draft. The Panthers traded up into the fourth round to select Penn State linebacker Brandon Smith on Saturday. They dealt both of their fifth-round picks to Washington to make the move. Like Smith, Rhule was once played linebacker for the Nittany Lions. The Panthers finished the afternoon by selecting 6-foot-5, 246-pound edge rusher Amare’ Barno from Virginia Tech and 6-foot-5, 311-pound guard Cade Mays from Tennessee in the sixth round. They added Baylor cornerback Kalon “Boogie” Barnes in the seventh round. Barnes was the fastest player at the scouting combine by running a 4.23 40-yard dash. more
The first draft for the Minnesota Vikings under new general manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah largely yielded the type of players the roster suggested would fit best. The way the Vikings moved around the board to get those guys invited plenty of questions. Adofo-Mensah signed off on six trades over the three days. The two most scrutinized deals were with division rivals Detroit and Green Bay. The Lions and Packers picked wide receivers in those spots. The Vikings targeted a clear need by taking cornerbacks with two of their first five picks. more
Hall of Fame coach C. Vivian Stringer has announced her retirement after 50 years in college basketball. She had 1,055 wins, four Final Four appearances and 28 NCAA Tournament appearances while leading Cheney State, Iowa and Rutgers. Stringer was emotional when she told her team Friday night on a Zoom call. Stringer had coached at Rutgers since 1995, winning 535 games there. She led the Scarlet Knights to the NCAA title game in 2007 when they lost to Tennessee. The school’s other appearance in 2000 made Stringer the first men’s or women’s coach to guide three different programs to the Final Four after playing in the first NCAA title game with Cheyney State in 1992. She led Iowa to the national semifinals in 1993. more
There are stars to be found in the final rounds of the NFL draft. They’re just not easy to spot. Heading into Day 3 of the draft Saturday, there's plenty of talented players and potential starters out there. And maybe a few hidden gems. Among the most intriguing players left on the board are North Carolina quarterback Sam Howell, Clemson receiver Justyn Ross and San Diego State's “Punt God,” Matt Araiza. more
The Atlanta Falcons picked Cinncinnati’s Desmond Ridder in the third round of the NFL draft, giving the team its possible future starting quarterback. Ridder likely will play behind Marcus Mariota this season while given an opportunity to prove he can be the future starter. Ridder was only the second quarterback taken in the draft, following Pitt’s Kenny Pickett, selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the first round. Ridder was a four-year starter at Cincinnati and led the Bearcats to last season’s College Football Playoff. He threw for 30 touchdown passes as a senior. He passed for a school-record 87 TDs for his career. more
Both players of the year from the Big 12, a standout receiver from an FCS powerhouse, and more trades marked yet another dizzy and busy round at the NFL draft. Quarterbacks in the second round Friday? Not yet — the first time since 2000 only one QB, Kenny Pickett of Pitt to the Steelers, went in the top 40 picks. The round began Friday with Houston defensive tackle Logan Hall going to the Buccaneers. Tampa Bay, under new head coach Todd Bowles after Bruce Arians retired last month, owned the spot after trading with Jacksonville the previous night.  more
Dorian Thompson-Robinson is back for one more season at UCLA, even though many encouraged him to declare for the NFL draft. The fifth-year quarterback would have been a midround pick in this year’s class. But Thompson-Robinson cited getting his degree along with trying to wrap up some unfinished business this upcoming season. Thompson-Robinson also wanted to play another year for coach Chip Kelly, even though Kelly was one of the people suggesting he go to the pros. more
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