Report: Falcons to attend Justin Fields’ second Pro Day
ATLANTA — Falcons general manager Terry Fontenot, coach Arthur Smith and offensive coordinator Dave Ragone were at Ohio State’s first Pro Day on March 30, and three members from the franchise are set to attend Justin Fields’ second Pro Day on Wednesday, according to Albert Breer of the TheMMQB. Fields, who played at Harrison High in Kennesaw, Ga., and started his college career at Georgia, is the AJC’s second-rated quarterback in the draft. The Falcons hold the fourth pick in the draft, which is set for April 29 to May 1. Jacksonville, the New York Jets and the San Francisco 49ers hold the fir...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Poll: Youth sports good at communicating COVID-19 safety protocols, bad at enforcing virus precautions
DETROIT – A majority of parents are giving their child's sports organization high marks for communication about COVID-19 safety protocols, but one in four gave low marks — fair or poor — for consistent enforcement of virus precautions, according to the results of a new national poll released Tuesday. The poll, conducted by C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health at the University of Michigan, comes at a time when officials say youth sports help to fuel rising COVID-19 cases in Michigan and elsewhere in the country. Last week, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer asked Michiganders to...
Detroit Free Press
If Florida passes transgender athletes bill, it might lose NCAA championship events
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The National Collegiate Athletic Association Board of Governors said Monday it would consider pulling championships from states that ban transgender athletes from participating in women’s and girls’ sports. The statement came a day before the Florida House is set to take up House Bill 1475, a bill which would do just that. “When determining where championships are held, NCAA policy directs that only locations where hosts can commit to providing an environment that is safe, healthy and free of discrimination should be selected,” the statement read. “We will continue to close...
Illinois forward Giorgi Bezhanishvili says he’ll enter the NBA draft: ‘I’m excited to see what the future holds’
Illinois forward Giorgi Bezhanishvili announced Thursday that he will forgo his remaining eligibility and enter the NBA draft. “From basketball to classes to dancing, it has been nothing but love since my first day here in Champaign!” a post on his social media account read. “I would like to thank all of Illini nation from deep in my heart for everything! My journey here at Illinois has been amazing. With that being said, I will be entering the 2021 NBA draft and pursuing the next step of becoming a professional basketball player. Thank you so much to everyone who has helped me along the way. ...
Kansas guard Ochai Agbaji declares for NBA draft
Kansas junior guard Ochai Agbaji has declared for the NBA draft but will remain eligible to come back to KU next year if he desires. Agbaji, a 6-foot-5 guard from Kansas City, Mo., led KU in scoring with 14.1 points per game last season while making 38% of his 3-pointers. “I will be keeping my NCAA eligibility throughout this process and look forward to hearing from NBA professionals on ways I can improve my game,” Agbaji said in a release. “This is a great opportunity as I work towards my goal of being a professional basketball player.” Agbaji earned honorable mention all-Big 12 honors last s...
The Kansas City Star
Health officials split on rapid COVID-19 tests as admission tickets
Epidemiologists and other public health experts are debating whether to use rapid COVID-19 tests as admission tickets to schools, businesses and entertainment and sports venues. Even with the quickening pace of vaccinations, it will be months before all Americans who want COVID-19 vaccines receive them. As a result, testing could become ubiquitous as a requirement for students, office workers, spectators and visitors seeking to gather indoors. Many enterprises have been doing such testing for months, from colleges and universities to Hollywood movie productions to professional sports teams. In...
KU’s Self ‘appreciative of confidence’ shown in him by chancellor with new contract
LAWRENCE, Kan. — Kansas men’s basketball coach Bill Self’s new, five-year rollover contract was not negotiated by athletic director Travis Goff, who was introduced to the public at a news conference Wednesday morning at the Lied Center, but by university chancellor Douglas Girod. “I think it was a decision there’s a lot of things going to be on Travis’ plate moving forward and regardless of whether you like the timing or not, regardless, there have to be some decisions that are made on basketball moving forward,” Self said. KU announced the signing of Self’s new deal Friday, three days before ...
The Kansas City Star
Rapinoe responds to Draymond’s take on women’s sports: ‘That is not acceptable at all’
Megan Rapinoe, the outspoken star of the U.S. women’s soccer team, called Warriors forward Draymond Green an “ass” for his recent comments about women athletes’ complaints. “It is really unfortunate in the position he is in, having all the resources he has and then having the ability to have a much more educated opinion that he just hasn’t,” Rapoine said Wednesday at the U.S. Olympic virtual media summit. Last week, Green said women athletes need to stop “complaining” about the difference in pay between men athletes and start taking action. Green made his comments at a time of an uproar over i...
The Mercury News
Loyola’s Drew Valentine — at 29, the youngest head coach in Division I basketball — has been acting like a coach since preschool: ‘He’s just a natural-born leader’
As a little boy playing on youth basketball teams, Drew Valentine would grab rambunctious, scattered teammates and move them into position. “I didn’t know he was listening that closely to me,” said Carlton Valentine, Drew’s dad as well as his youth and high school coach. “He’d say, ‘You’re supposed to be two passes away, not three.’ They’d get mad at him but he’d be right. Drew’s been a coach since he was 3 or 4 years old.” It came as no major shock to those closest to Valentine that the 29-year-old has now become the youngest head coach in Division I men’s basketball. Loyola introduced Valent...
Illinois star Ayo Dosunmu announces he will enter the NBA draft
CHICAGO — Illinois junior Ayo Dosunmu on Tuesday announced what has been hinted at all season: He will forgo his remaining eligibility and hire an agent as he enters the NBA draft. Dosunmu, who is projected as a first-round pick, was a consensus first-team All-American and won the Bob Cousy Award as the nation’s top point guard. He helped Illinois to a Big Ten Tournament title and a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament, averaging 20.1 points, 6.3 rebounds and 5.3 assists while shooting 39% on 3-pointers, and his late-game heroics made him an Illini fan favorite. “It’s something I wanted to do sin...