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There’s been a lot of talk about the mental health struggles that many young athletes face, the pressures and expectations that can seem overwhelming. Let’s keep the conversation going. There’s so many more to reach, so many more who need to know they’re not alone. Sadly, it won’t come soon enough to help three female college athletes who took their own lives in the past two months. Katie Meyer was a soccer goalkeeper at Stanford. Sarah Shulze was a runner at Wisconsin. Lauren Bernett was a catcher on the James Madison softball team. All three, gone. more
UConn women’s basketball player Caroline Ducharme has undergone surgery on her left hip. The school says Thursday's procedure repaired damage from an injury the rising sophomore suffered before arriving at UConn. Ducharme, who made the All-Big East second team as a freshman, was to begin a rehabilitation program Friday. She is expected to be ready for the 2022-23 preseason. The 6-foot-2 guard averaged 9.8 points and 3.2 rebounds in 31 games during her freshman season, making 11 starts.  more
Penn State has hired Boston College athletic director Patrick Kraft to be its next AD. The 43-year-old Kraft will take over for the retiring Sandy Barbour on July 1 after the Penn State Board of Trustees approved an agreement that had been in the works for several days. The former Indiana football player has been leading Boston College’s athletic department for almost two years. Previously, he was athletic director at Temple for five years after serving two years at the Philadelphia school as a deputy AD. The 62-year-old Barbour announced in March she would retire this summer after leading Penn State athletics for the past eight years. more
Defense was the focus to start the NFL draft Thursday night, with the first five selections coming on that side of the ball, including edge rushers Travon Walker of national champion Georgia to Jacksonville and Aidan Hutchinson of Michigan to Detroit at Nos. 1 and 2. It’s the first time in 31 years that no player on offense went in the opening five picks. So, naturally, the next five choices were on offense. And those kept coming: right through No. 12. But no quarterbacks, hardly a surprise in a draft rich with linemen, receivers and defensive backs. more
Nevada casinos reported near-record March house winnings, while the airport in Las Vegas reported passenger traffic almost as heavy as pre-pandemic levels and tourism officials marked another big jump in visitors. The Gaming Control Board said Thursday the $1.35 billion that casinos statewide reaped was just shy of the best-ever monthly mark of $1.36 billion set last July. A board analyst dubbed it a return to a March Madness atmosphere. The number of Las Vegas visitors increased to over 3.3 million in March, up almost 50% from March 2021, and a return of international travelers helped Harry Reid International Airport tally nearly 4.3 million passengers in March, down only slightly from its pre-pandemic total in March 2019. more
A record eight teams enter the 2022 NFL draft without a first-round pick. The Super Bowl champion Rams are among them. The others are the Bears, Broncos, Browns, Raiders, Colts, Dolphins and 49ers. The first round is Thursday night in Las Vegas. The second and third rounds are Friday night. And the final four rounds are Saturday. Overall, there are 262 selections, including 39 compensatory picks. more
UCLA guard David Singleton is returning for a fifth year with the Bruins. And center Myles Johnson is leaving the team to finish his graduate degree in electrical engineering. Singleton is taking advantage of an extra year of eligibility, which the NCAA granted to athletes because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Johnson decided not to use his fifth year. Both players came off the bench for the Bruins. Singleton averaged 4.8 points and 1.5 rebounds. Johnson averaged 3.6 points and 5.4 rebounds.  more
Kyle Neptune knows pressure is high to keep Villanova a national championship contender as he takes over for the retired Jay Wright. Neptune started his coaching career at Villanova as a video coordinator. He rose the ranks and became Wright's top assistant during two national championship seasons. Neptune left for one season and became the head coach at Fordham. Wright's sudden retirement moved Fordham back to the Main Line and in charge of a program coming off a Final Four run. Wright went to four Final Fours at Villanova. more
Jani Hakanpaa scored on the first shot of the game for Dallas, Joe Pavelski had two assists to reach a career high in points at age 37 and the Stars wrapped up the Western Conference’s final playoff spot in a 4-3 overtime loss to the Arizona Coyotes on Wednesday night. After ar seven-round shootout win at home over Vegas on Tuesday night, the Stars needed only one point to join Nashville in the two wild-card spots. The Stars got that point by getting to overtime, though they blew a 3-0 lead in the third period and lost when Travis Boyd scored his 16th goal 1:43 into the extra period past Scott Wedgewood.  more
Following a trip to the NCAA Tournament, Akron has extended coach John Groce’s contract through the 2029-30 season. Groce led the Zips to Mid-American Conference tournament title last season and the league’s automatic NCAA bid. Groce’s previous deal was to expire after the 2026 season. Financial terms were not made available. Groce previously coached at Ohio and Illinois. He's posted a 94-59 record since taking over Akron’s program in 2017. The Zips are 63-25 overall and 40-16 in MAC play over the past three seasons under the 50-year-old Groce. more
The NCAA is looking for a new president. Mark Emmert will step down from the job no later than June 2023. Observers say the NCAA should first decide  what they want the function of the NCAA to be. The organization is making sweeping changes and handing more power to conferences and schools. Finding someone to lead amid all that turmoil is a challenge. Still, some involved in college sports still believe it will be necessary to have leadership at the top with a comprehensive vision for an organization that still emphasizes the importance of education. more
This weekend, the highly-anticipated NFL 2022 draft will occur in Las Vegas, Nevada. Perhaps its largest viewership will come from the most NFL-obsessed state in America. It might surprise you that … more
Texas Tech coach Mark Adams has a new contract that includes a hefty pay raise and extends his deal through the 2026-27 season. He led the Red Raiders to a 27-10 record and to the NCAA Sweet 16 in his first season as head coach. The 65-year-old Adams was the AP Big 12 coach of the year. The Red Raiders were 18-0 at home with wins over NCAA No. 1 seeds Kansas and Baylor. His compensation will start at $3 million next season, up from the $1.95 million he was set to make.  more
The 12-year tenure of NCAA President Mark Emmert is filled with change and controversy. Revenues for the organization climbed over $1 billion a year. But the organization also faced increasing attacks in court and from politicians. It has led to one of the most controversial and active tenures in the history of the NCAA. Emmert has agreed to step down no later than June 2023. more
NCAA President Mark Emmert is stepping down after 12 years on the job. NCAA Board of Governors Chairman John DeGioia announced the move and said it was by mutual agreement. Emmert will continue to serve in his role until a new president is selected and in place or until June 30, 2023.  Emmert was appointed to the job in April 2010. He had led the University of Washington and LSU prior to taking over at the NCAA. The job has changed radically since then. more
Basketball is one of the most popular sports in America. And while California may have the highest number of professional basketball players, other states offer kids a better chance to make it to the … more
Iowa State sophomore Hunter Dekkers is in line to take over for Brock Purdy, the winningest quarterback in school history. He is one of the several new starting quarterbacks in the 10-team league, and among the players expected to have a big impact for his team in the 2022 season. Defending Big 12 champion Baylor replaces the departed Big 12 defensive player of  the year at their STAR position with former four-star recruit Lorando Johnson. Oklahoma's Marvin Mims and TCU's Quentin Johnston are receivers expected to be among the league's top playmakers. Texas returns running back Bijan Robinson.  more
The Big 12 has a trio of new head football coaches and a few new starting quarterbacks. Only Oklahoma has both. More than 75,000 fans showed up over the weekend for Oklahoma’s spring game after the departures of coach Lincoln Riley and two quarterbacks. New Sooners coach Brent Venables already has a proven starter in Dillon Gabriel. The redshirt junior transfer threw for 8,037 yards at future Big 12 school UCF. New TCU coach Sonny Dykes and Texas Tech’s Joey McGuire wrapped up their first spring drills without naming a starter. more
Alabama returns likely the biggest stars in college football next season, Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Bryce Young and linebacker Will Anderson. But there are several other Southeastern Conference players who appear poised to have breakout seasons or newcomers figuring to have big impacts. The group includes quarterback transfers such as Mississippi's Jaxson Dart and South Carolina's Spence Rattler. New tailbacks who have impressed include the Rebels' Zach Evans and Alabama's Jahmyr Gibbs. Transfer portal pickups figure to impact most of the teams. more
Quarterback Jaxson Dart didn’t know exactly where he wanted to go upon deciding to leave USC, just that the Southeastern Conference was a preferred destination. Dart wound up landing at Mississippi and in the SEC, along with a number of other top players in the transfer portal. In some cases, such as Alabama, the rich got richer. Other teams may have picked up a new starting quarterback, runner, pass rusher or receiver. more
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