Scott Fowler: Roy Williams laughs off another bogey. This is retirement, and he’s loving it.
This is what retirement looked like for former North Carolina basketball coach Roy Williams on Wednesday: A sun-drenched day at the Wells Fargo Championship Pro-Am in Charlotte, with his son Scott caddying for him, his good friend Mack Brown as one of his playing partners and his wife Wanda and several of their grandchildren walking outside the ropes. In other words, it was a pretty darn good day for Ol’ Roy, who on April 1 retired after 18 years and three national championships coaching the UNC men’s basketball team. The 70-year-old Williams called Wednesday a “neat deal,” although his compet...
The Charlotte Observer
Just how fast is DK Metcalf? He will test himself against elite track athletes Sunday
It’s no secret that Seahawks receiver DK Metcalf is one of the fastest players in the NFL. But, is he really one of the fastest athletes in the country? Metcalf is going to put that question to the test this weekend. According to a report Monday from NBC Sports, Metcalf is entered in the 100-meter dash Sunday at the USATF (USA Track & Field) Golden Games and Distance Open at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, California. NBC would know because it is televising the event live at 1:30 p.m. Pacific time. The meet is scheduled to be shown on KING-TV from 1:30-3 p.m. Sunday. (He was listed as offic...
The Seattle Times
Sam Mellinger: Lance Leipold appears to be a sensible hire for Kansas Jayhawks football, but ...
Please take this as the compliment it’s intended to be, because the best way to describe new Kansas football coach Lance Leipold might be effectively boring. He is a lifelong football coach who will celebrate his 57th birthday this week. He likes cheeseburgers and loves his family. He used the word consistency seven times in his introductory news conference, and continuity four. He arrives without a trendy offense or rehearsed one-liners. The last coach traded on a reality show that never should have happened, the coach before him on recruiting contacts in Texas, the coach before him drifted o...
The Kansas City Star
Scott Fowler: LaMelo Ball is already great. But he must find another gear for Charlotte Hornets
There are a lot of levels in the NBA, and right now Charlotte Hornets rookie LaMelo Ball has reached a good one. His early return from a broken right wrist should ensure that Melo wins “NBA Rookie of the Year.” He’s created a whole new category for highlight packages with his look-ahead passes, which defy belief at least once per game. He’s fun, he’s marketable and he’s only 19 years old. But there remain many more NBA levels for Ball to conquer. His performance in the final eight games of the regular season — starting Tuesday night at Detroit, followed by five straight games in Charlotte — wi...
The Charlotte Observer
By taking ‘best player available,’ Falcons earn an A-minus for 2021 draft class
The Falcons maneuvered through the 2021 draft without making any reaches and took the best player available throughout. For making those moves, they earned an A-minus. The first-round selection of former Florida tight end Kyle Pitts was widely celebrated. But it must be noted that they passed on quarterback Justin Fields and left tackle Penei Sewell. Fields went to Chicago at No. 11 and Sewell went three picks after Pitts to Detroit. The argument for selecting Sewell was that he could play 65 to 70 plays a game at any four of the five offensive line positions, while Pitts, as a pass-catching t...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Bates and switch! Nation's top prep hoops star pulls MSU commitment
DETROIT — Whether Emoni Bates ever plays college basketball is an answer virtually no one but Bates knows at this point. But according to the star from Ypsilanti and the No. 1 recruit in the nation in the 2022 class, it doesn’t appear his next stop will be Michigan State. “I would like to thank Tom Izzo and the coaching staff at Michigan State but I have decided to reopen my recruitment,” Bates said on Instagram on Friday. “I’m not sure what my future holds but I am keeping all of my options open, both college and pro.” Bates committed to Michigan State in June of 2020, though at the time he d...
The Detroit News
Florida Legislature fixes college athletes’ compensation fumble in final minutes of session
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — After a mad legislative scramble, Florida college athletes may be able to profit off their name, image and likeness this summer after all. That’s because Republican lawmakers spent the last day of the 60-day legislative session using procedural maneuvers to undo legislation that if signed, would have delayed by one year when college athletes can get paid for things like autographs, commercials and social media posts. The end result was a hastily put together bill that keeps July 1, 2021, as the effective date of the name, image and likeness law, and incorporates language th...
KU Jayhawks hire Lance Leipold as football coach. Here’s what he did at Buffalo
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Lance Leipold will be the next Kansas football coach, KU announced Friday morning. He replaces Les Miles, who mutually parted ways with the school on March 8 after sexual harassment allegations during his tenure at LSU became public. Emmett Jones had been serving as interim coach through spring practices. Leipold, 56, signed a six-year contract with KU, according to the school’s release. Other financial information was not immediately available. “It is an exciting and humbling opportunity, and this is a day I will never forget,” Leipold said in a release. “We are going to bu...
The Kansas City Star
Sideline Chatter: We sure that wasn't some sort of no-show job from a booster?
Philanthropy has its limits, even for Nick Saban. The Alabama football coach admires his wife Terry's boundless zeal for spearheading efforts to build 18 Habitat for Humanity homes in Tuscaloosa — one for each Tide national championship — ever since the city was ravaged by a tornado 10 years ago. He just wishes she'd check the team's two-deeps before handing out job assignments. "She got Tua (QB Tagovailoa) over there on the damn scaffolding," Nick Saban told ESPN.com of one such project. "I said, 'Give him a job where he can stand on the ground.' " Headlines— At Fark.com: "To the $hock of nob...
The Seattle Times
Cameron Krutwig will forgo his final season of eligibility with Loyola Chicago to pursue a professional basketball career
CHICAGO — Loyola Chicago center Cameron Krutwig on Thursday announced he will forgo his final season of eligibility and enter the NBA draft. Krutwig will be remembered as one of the most significant players in Loyola’s history, starring as a freshman on the 2018 Final Four team and leading the Ramblers to the Sweet 16 as a senior. He had one more season of eligibility remaining because of NCAA rules related to the COVID-19 pandemic but said in a YouTube video he felt it was time to move on. “After a great four years here, a great career here, I feel it’s in my best interest and the right move ...