In defiance of the NCAA, California governor Gavin Newsom signed SB 206 into law last month, better known as the Fair Pay to Play Act. Backed by Bernie Sanders and NBA superstar LeBron James, the bill allows college athletes in the state to profit from their image and likeness. The bill comes one year after the NCAA, the largest governing body for college sports in the United States, reportedly amassed $1.1bn in revenue. Most of this money comes from the men’s basketball March Madness tournament, according to CNBC, and a large portion also comes from college football bowl games. Although the Fair Pay to Play Act would not force the NCAA to pay athletes for any of those tournament, it will allow them to do paid public appearances, sign endorsement deals, offer private lessons and sell their memorabilia. The act is a sign of progress but it will only apply to a select few: while high-profile football and basketball players from successful programs are marketable, most student … [Read more...] about In college sports, non-athletes suffer just as much as the stars on the field
Eddie Jones has told England they stand on the brink of greatness after setting up a World Cup semi-final against the “beatable” All Blacks on Saturday. Jones described New Zealand as the greatest team in sporting history but believes England can reach the final provided they are not blinded by the All Blacks’ aura. England have never beaten New Zealand under Jones, going down 16-15 last November in their only meeting during his tenure. Jones’s side are two victories from sporting immortality, however, after their comprehensive win over Australia booked a first World Cup semi-final for 12 years. “The reason I took this job is because I saw a team that could be great,” Jones said. “That was the challenge and they are starting to believe it. We have a challenge this week because we are playing the greatest team that has ever been in sport. If you look at their record no other team has that over a sustained period of time. So we are going to have … [Read more...] about All Blacks are best sports team ever but beatable, says Eddie Jones
Coming in the same playoffs as Portland’s Damian Lillard’s 37-foot heave to eliminate the Oklahoma City Thunder, Kawhi Leonard’s four-bounce buzzer beater on Sunday night will live on as one of basketball’s greatest buzzer beaters. What else are the greatest moments that occurred as the clock struck zero? We have five (along with some honorable mentions) to conjure memories of the times when nobody could quite believe what they had just seen. 1) “The Minneapolis Miracle”, 14 January 2018 In nine years the Minnesota Vikings had won a total of zero playoff games. And it took a miracle for them to snap that streak. Minnesota trailed 24-23 with 10 seconds left, no timeouts remaining and the ball spotted at their own 39-yard-line. To keep the clock from expiring, quarterback Case Keenum found sure-handed wideout Stefon Diggs, who intended to catch the ball and immediately run out of bounds to stop the clock. New Orleans Saints safety Marcus Williams … [Read more...] about Was Kawhi Leonard’s buzzer beater the best game killer in sports history?
Defying NFL custom and at least temporarily creating a quarterback quandary, the Arizona Cardinals led off the NFL draft on Thursday night by selecting Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray, the Heisman Trophy winner. For the second time in a year, Arizona went for a quarterback, having moved up from 15th overall to 10th in 2018 to grab Josh Rosen. NFL teams simply don’t do that, but with a new coach in college-trained Kliff Kingsbury, the Cardinals made the bold move. At least until they likely move Rosen elsewhere in a trade. “I feel we can be very dangerous,” Murray said. “He’s one of the best in the world at calling plays. I can’t wait to get up there with him. It’s been a long time coming and I hope he feels the same.” Murray, a first-round baseball pick by the Oakland A’s, becomes the 22nd Heisman Trophy winner to go first overall. He also is the second straight Sooners quarterback to pull it off: Baker Mayfield went to Cleveland … [Read more...] about Cardinals select multi-sport star Kyler Murray as No1 pick in NFL draft
Police are investigating a famous Irish sports star over an alleged sexual assault on a young woman in a pub in Dublin. The alleged incident took place in West Dublin at around 9pm on Friday evening. The woman is understood to have made a complaint the following morning. Irish police confirmed to Dublin Live that they are investigating the alleged incident, but that no arrests have been made. Police are investigating a famous Irish sports star over an alleged sexual assault in a pub in Dublin They said in a statement: 'Gardaí in Crumlin are investigating an alleged sexual assault of a woman that occurred, Friday 11th October, 2019 at approximately 9pm on Drimnagh Road, Dublin 12. 'Investigations are ongoing and no arrests have been made at this time.' It is understood the same sports star is being investigated over an alleged rape of a married woman at a hotel in Dublin in December 2018, according to Dublin Live. A file on that investigation is being … [Read more...] about Police investigate a famous Irish sports star over an alleged sexual assault on a young woman in a Dublin pub