Les Hunter, Loyola Chicago's 'Game of Change' and national championship star, dies at 77
CHICAGO — Les Hunter, a star on Loyola’s 1963 national championship basketball team that defied racial barriers, died Friday. He was 77.The university announced Hunter’s death, saying he had cancer.He was a starting center for the Ramblers, who upset Cincinnati in the national title game and drew acclaim for their basketball prowess and for what they represented to a nation divided by segregation.Hunter was a pivotal player in the landmark contest that became known as the “Game of Change.” The all-white Mississippi State team defied its state governor’s order banning it from crossing state lin...
Drew Davison: Will coronavirus disrupt the college football season? Don't rule it out.
The coronavirus pandemic is going to be over by football season, right? Right?Time will tell but Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby acknowledged the possibility that playing the season could be in jeopardy. At the very least it could be delayed depending on when teams and players are able to start training properly again.Canceling the season would be a nightmare scenario, but one that has crossed the minds of those involved with college athletics.As Bowlsby talked about the conference being able “to make members whole” on forecasted financial distribution for the current academic year, citing the...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit would be 'shocked' if there are college football or NFL games this fall
While sports have been postponed across the country due to the coronavirus pandemic, the status of the upcoming NFL and college football seasons this fall has been a looming question mark.Although games are still four months away, ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit said he doesn’t think football should be played as scheduled.“I’ll be shocked if we have NFL football this fall, if we have college football,” Herbstreit said in an ESPN Radio interview, per TMZ. “I’ll be so surprised if that happens.”“Just because from what I understand, people that I listen to, you’re 12 to 18 months fr...
Bill Self reflects on 28-3 Kansas basketball team: 'They carried their coach'
LAWRENCE, Kan. — Bill Self realizes that as time goes by, college basketball fans nationwide will not care much about the Kansas Jayhawks’ magical 28-3 season of 2019-20.Self, KU’s 17th-year hoops coach, does hope, however, that this squad, which was ticketed to be the No. 1 overall seed in the 2020 NCAAs had COVID-19 coronavirus not forced cancellation of the postseason tournament, will forever be recalled fondly by Jayhawk supporters.“Ten years from now they are not going to talk about what could have been. Nobody is going to talk about that,” Self said. “There will be something new to talk ...
The Kansas City Star
NCAA, Big 12 confront coronavirus-driven fiscal shortcomings and uncertainty to come
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Big 12 lost $6.6 million in revenue from canceling the men’s and women’s basketball tournaments in Kansas City earlier this month, and the conference could lose $15 million to $18 million worth of resources to distribute to its 10 members.But although Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby said he expects other sources of revenue will keep payments to member schools on track this year, “It’s whole new ballgame if we find ourselves not playing football.”Bowlsby conducted a teleconference with reporters Thursday, two weeks to the day after most major conference tournaments, inclu...
The Kansas City Star
Matt Calkins: 10 years later, Washington great Quincy Pondexter grateful for often-forgotten shining moment
SEATTLE — Do you remember the shot? It’s hard to find on YouTube, even though it might have been the most important bucket in program history.Do you remember the star? It wasn’t Isaiah Thomas, Brandon Roy or any of the myriad lottery picks that have come through Washington.No, the face of the 2009-10 UW men’s basketball season was Quincy Pondexter, a senior whose ability finally caught up to his potential. And 10 years ago Wednesday, Pondexter’s 11th-seeded Huskies played in the NCAA tournament’s Sweet 16, a stage they have not returned to since.Quincy looks back on the season as the greatest ...
The Seattle Times
With no sports, would you bet on the weather? Jeopardy!? Politics?
Not so. Maybe a baker can’t make bread without flour or a trucker can’t haul without gas. But somehow, the bookie carries on without sports.How about putting a few bob on the contestants correctly answering two of the three daily doubles on today’s episode of “Jeopardy!”?Or just a small wager on Wednesday’s low temperature in Vancouver — the over/under is 3 degrees Celsius?Those are real wagers to be made online, not an out-take from the movie “Vegas Vacation.”Online betting sites haven’t exactly shuttered here in the great lull created by the coronavirus outbreak. Instead they have adapted, m...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
With no games and no patrons, sports bars scramble to stay afloat during the coronavirus shutdown
CHICAGO — A few weeks ago, when the coronavirus still lived somewhat in the backdrop of the national consciousness, Palace Grill owner George Lemperis worried that business at his Blackhawks-themed diner near the United Center would slide a bit because of the hockey team’s fading playoff hopes.Then, about a week and a half ago, he knew his bottom line would take a hit when the NHL and other leagues halted their seasons, just as U.S. coronavirus cases began to spike and the World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic.And on March 15, Lemperis was at a friend’s birthday p...
Mike Jensen: Ivy League needs to give spring athletes a real shot at coming back next year
PHILADELPHIA — Jennifer Brann answered her cell phone Saturday afternoon. Had the Penn senior softball pitcher flown back home to Houston? She was still in Philadelphia.“I’m actually at the field, just sitting at the field,” Brann said. “Listening to music. It’s sunny and 50. We should be playing right now.”A Penn game had been scheduled for just that time, at Harvard, first game of a doubleheader. Before all the games were cancelled everywhere. The last Penn softball game of 2020 turned out to be an intersquad scrimmage, the day after Penn’s season was officially knocked out.“We all played di...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Dieter Kurtenbach: Can baseball reinvent itself amid crisis?
Does Alexander Pope have any poems about summer?Because I don’t think hope will be “springing” eternal this year.Thursday was supposed to be baseball’s Opening Day. The A’s were supposed to be hosting the Twins at the Coliseum. The Giants were supposed to be in Los Angeles, playing the rival Dodgers.It was supposed to be marked with a ceremony, like every other year. Afternoon baseball, punched up with unnecessary pomp like pregame line-ups, organ music, and bunting around the grandstand (but never at the plate — it’s 2020).It was supposed to be a smile-filled bon voyage to begin a long season...
The Mercury News