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WASHINGTON (AP) – The Supreme Court ruled unanimously on Monday that the NCAA cannot limit the educational benefits – like computers and paid internships – that colleges can offer their sports stars, a victory for athletes that could help open the door to further relaxation in the decades-old struggle to pay student-athletes.
Schools that recruit high performance athletes can now offer tens of thousands of dollars in benefits that also include study abroad programs and graduate scholarships. However, the case does not decide whether students can simply receive salaries for the benefits their efforts bring – measured in the tens of millions for many universities.
The High Court specifically said that the NCAA’s limits on the educational benefits colleges can provide to athletes who play Division I basketball and football violate antitrust laws.
Las Vegas Raiders defensive end Carl Nassib on Monday became the first active NFL player to declare himself gay.
Nassib, who is entering his sixth season in the NFL and his second with the Raiders, broke the news on Instagram, saying he was not doing it for attention, but because he felt representation and visibility were important.
Nassib added in a written message that followed the video that he “has been in agony at this time for the past 15 years” and only recently decided to go public with his sexuality after receiving support from his family and his friends.
NEW YORK (AP) – Major league umpires are looking for sticky stuff pitchers could use to heal baseballs.
What has long been against the rules but seldom applied is no longer overlooked. The crackdown began on Monday when major and minor league umpires began to regularly check all pitchers for sticky substances used to get better grip on balls, but can also increase ball spin and make them harder to hit. hit.
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (AP) – Eli Manning has a new job with the New York Giants.
The two-time Super Bowl MVP joins the organization to work on business opportunities and fan initiatives, roughly 18 months after Manning retired after the 2019 season.
Manning, who set most of the Giants’ achievement records, will assist with initiatives spanning business development, marketing, and community and corporate relations. He will also work on developing original content and activating fan engagement, including a new lifestyle series premiering this fall.
James Harden has pledged to play for the United States men’s national basketball team which will compete in the Olympics starting next month, a person familiar with the situation said.
Harden’s decision was first reported by The Athletic and then confirmed to the AP on condition of anonymity as neither the Nets star nor USA Basketball have publicly announced the decision.
The men’s roster is about to be filled, with Miami’s Bam Adebayo also informing USA Basketball of his intention to compete in the Tokyo Games.
The eight engagements, so far: Adebayo, Harden, Kevin Durant of Brooklyn, Draymond Green of Golden State, Bradley Beal of Washington, Jayson Tatum of Boston, Devin Booker of Phoenix and Damian Lillard of Portland.
For the US women’s team, Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi will try to become the top five Olympic gold medalists in basketball.
The duo were selected for their fifth Olympics on Monday, joining Teresa Edwards as the only female basketball player in U.S. history to play five. Edwards won four gold medals and one bronze in his illustrious Olympic career.
TOKYO (AP) – A very limited number of fans will be allowed to attend the Olympic Games in Tokyo, organizers said on Monday as they tried to save part of the spirit of the Games where even cheering was banned.
Organizers have set a limit of 50% capacity – up to a maximum of 10,000 fans, all of whom must be Japanese residents – for each Olympic venue, whether indoors or outdoors. Officials said if coronavirus cases spike again, the rules could be changed and fans could still be banned all together. Foreign spectators were banned several months ago.
The move comes as Japanese opposition to hosting the Games in July remains high, although it may subside, and new infections in Tokyo have started to ease.
LOS ANGELES (AP) – America’s first Olympic skateboarding team has been unveiled.
The 12 members range from superstar Nyjah Huston to up-and-coming teens keen to make their mark when skateboarding becomes an Olympic sport for the first time in Tokyo next month.
Huston is joined by Jagger Eaton and Jake Ilardi in the Men’s Street Team, while Mariah Duran teams up with Alexis Sablone and Alana Smith in the Women’s Street competition. Bryce Wettstein, Brighton Zeuner and Jordyn Barratt make up the US women’s park team, while Zion Wright, Heimana Reynolds and Cory Juneau make up the men’s park team.
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) – Reigning Olympic shot put champion Michelle Carter will not compete in the US track and field trials in Oregon after having a benign tumor removed from her right ankle.
The 35-year-old will be cheering on her friends and competitors instead this week. The pain in her sole recently started to intensify and the US record holder underwent a precautionary MRI where doctors found the tumor.
She then underwent what turned out to be a complicated operation. Carter plans to compete at the world championships next summer in Eugene and the 2024 Paris Olympics, where she will try to reclaim the title she won’t be able to defend this time around.
Major League Soccer is launching a lower level professional league aimed at developing the young players in its academy system.
The new league, which will rank below the USL Second Division Championship, will begin playing next year and will include teams affiliated with current MLS clubs as well as independent teams.
The name of the league has not been announced. About 20 clubs are expected to participate in the first season, which begins in March and runs through the fall, ending with a league game in December.
LAS VEGAS (AP) – The National Lacrosse League announced its expansion to Las Vegas on Monday and hockey great Wayne Gretzky, Brooklyn Nets coach Steve Nash and team owner Joe Tsai and PGA star Dustin Johnson are co-owners of the new franchise.
The name, logo and colors of the new team will be revealed at a later date. The team encourages fans to submit suggestions on their website at www.lasvegaslacrosse.com.
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Kansas City Chiefs defensive end Frank Clark was arrested in Los Angeles after police saw a machine gun in his car, police said Monday.
Clark, 28, was arrested for a vehicle violation south of downtown around 9:20 p.m. Sunday, said Tony Im, LAPD’s public information officer.
Clark was arrested on suspicion of having a gun concealed in a vehicle, Im said.
He was held in the Los Angeles County Jail and released Monday afternoon on $ 35,000 bail, according to the county sheriff’s inmate’s website.