7 things to know about Bulls coach Billy Donovan, including his brief stint on Wall Street and close ties to Rick Pitino
CHICAGO — In his statement announcing Billy Donovan as the 21st head coach in Chicago Bulls history, vice president of basketball operations Arturas Karnisovas emphasized the success Donovan enjoyed throughout his basketball career.From his Final Four appearance as a player at Providence, brief but successful coaching stop at Marshall, pair of national championships and decades of dominance at Florida and five consecutive playoff appearances with the Oklahoma City Thunder, the new Bulls coach has a long track record of winning.“Whether as a player or as a coach, he has won everywhere his caree...
Chicago Bulls hire Billy Donovan as head coach
The Bulls hired Billy Donovan as their new head coach Tuesday evening, landing one of the biggest names available on the coaching market to fill their vacancy.Donovan, 55, spent the last five seasons as the Oklahoma City Thunder’s coach, going 243-157 (.608) and guiding the team to the playoffs all five years, including an appearance in the Western Conference finals in his first season.In what was supposed to be a rebuilding year this season, the Thunder exceeded expectations and made the playoffs before losing in Game 7 of the first round against the Houston Rockets. It was their fourth conse...
Kansas, UNC, others pursuing California sophomore power forward
Jalen Lewis, a 6-foot-9, 210-pound sophomore power forward from Bishop O’Dowd High School in Oakland, Calif., who received a scholarship offer from Kansas in April, tells Stockrisers.com he continues to hear from numerous college basketball programs.“My recruitment has been really good so far. I feel like I’ve definitely gotten my name out there from last season. I currently earned offers from Cal, UC-Davis, Kansas, Arkansas, Michigan, Georgetown, USC and Stanford,” Lewis informed the recruiting website.Lewis — he is the No. 2-ranked player in the recruiting Class of 2023 by ESPN.com — also ha...
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Hall of Fame Dallas Cowboys' legend Deion Sanders named head coach at Jackson State
Jackson State University announced former Dallas Cowboys Hall of Famer Deion Sanders as the 21st head football coach in school history at a press conference full of Prime Time pomp and circumstance Monday.An eight-time Pro Bowl player, and two-time Super Bowl champion, Sanders was with the Cowboys for five seasons, primarily as a defensive back and return man. His 14-year NFL career also included five seasons with the Atlanta Falcons, the team that drafted him in 1989.But Sanders, a two-sport athlete from Florida State, was also drafted by the New York Yankees in 1988. He played Major League B...
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Sideline Chatter: It might be first time a pitcher has forced a team to punt
The Canton (Miss.) Academy football team just suffered a different kind of “three-and-out.”A Panthers player made an unfortunate $20 boast in class that Kendall Calloway — the pitcher on the school’s softball team — couldn’t strike him out, so they took it out to the softball field to settle the bet.Not only did Calloway put three quick pitches past him, she did the same to every other guy foolhardy enough to step in and try to redeem their teammate’s honor.———Headlines— At TheOnion.com: “Mariners place Kyle Lewis on IL after losing him in thick outfield smog.”— In the New York Daily News: “No...
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UCF shakes off slow third quarter, routs Georgia Tech
ATLANTA — UCF coaches talked about quarterback Dillon Gabriel’s growth and improvement from his true freshman to sophomore seasons.It didn’t take long for Gabriel to showcase the strides he made during the offseason, tossing three touchdown passes while guiding No. 14 UCF to a 49-21 road win over Georgia Tech on Saturday.The Knights had to overcome an ugly third quarter, eventually pulling away thanks to three fourth-quarter scores.UCF coach Josh Heupel praised the Knights for coping with extensive coronavirus restrictions and a national fight against social injustice, unifying to kick off the...
10 takeaways from the Big Ten schedule release, including Nebraska taking one in the teeth and Ohio State getting a favorable draw
CHICAGO — Conspiracy Theory Saturday got off to a bang when the Big Ten’s Week 1 schedule was released on Fox Sports’ “Big Noon” kickoff show.Guess where Nebraska, the Big Ten’s rogue member, starts the season?Columbus, Ohio. The Shoe. Have fun starting 0-1 on Oct. 24 (or 23).“I think Ohio State will be a two-to-three touchdown favorite,” said Fox Sports analyst Urban Meyer, whose Buckeyes just slid past the Huskers (36-31) during his final season as coach.Buckeyes quarterback Justin Fields learned of the Nebraska matchup during ESPN’s “GameDay” show. He helped bring Big Ten football back by l...
21-year-old Matthew Wolff puts himself in position to be youngest U.S. Open winner in almost 100 years
MAMARONECK, N.Y. — Two years ago, you probably wouldn’t have known them. Now, these kids could go back-to-back in major championships.Matthew Wolff, 21, is on the verge of doing, what Colin Morikawa, 23, did at the PGA Championship.All he has to do is out-bomb and gouge Bryson DeChambeau Sunday at Winged Foot to become the youngest U.S. Open champ since Bobby Jones in 1923.Wolff, as explosive a player as any in the world, blistered Winged Foot’s front nine, going out in 30 en route to a 65, tying Justin Thomas’ first round as the lowest ever shot in an Open here. He’ll be protecting a two-shot...
New York Daily News
Student test results before University of Texas football opener suggest silent spread
AUSTIN, Texas — Among the 1,200 University of Texas students who were tested for the coronavirus in advance of last weekend’s football opener — a negative test was required for students to attend — 95 tested positive.The results, among students who were not exhibiting symptoms, suggest that the virus could be silently spreading on campus to a degree not previously known.University health officials later determined that 26 of the students who tested positive for the virus had previously tested positive and had recovered to an extent that they were no longer considered contagious.Even excluding ...
Michigan football players up the intensity after Big Ten's reboot
Giles Jackson awoke Wednesday morning to the sound of his phone.It was around 9:30 a.m., and the notifications were constant from the group chat he participates in with Michigan football’s other wide receivers.The reason for all the messages: The Wolverines’ season had been revived and play would begin the weekend of Oct. 24.On Thursday, Jackson recounted how he learned of the Big Ten’s news. And he grinned as he described how his teammates reacted.“We were all super excited,” Jackson said. “You could tell, the whole thing with practice changed. The intensity went up. We were all just having f...
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