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N.F.L. to Propose Fix to Catch Rule That Nobody Understands
After years of confusion about what constitutes a catch - a rule that even the players on the field never seemed to comprehend entirely - the NFL is poised to release a proposal to fix the rules around receptions and remove some controversy from the game. If successful, the changes would eliminate an issue that has been a consistent headache for the league recently.
Former Mavericks employee: Mark Cuban 'doesn't recognize culture he helped create'
Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban looks on as Cynthia Marshall is introduced Feb 26 as the team's interim CEO. Weishaupt writes she is one of the women Ussery harassed and was interviewed by Sports Illustrated for its original story. Ussery was the focus of an internal investigation in 1998 after several female employees complained of sexual misconduct. I want to deal with this issue, Cuban told SI after the allegations became public.
Bill Simmons Media Group Announces Departure of Company President
The Bill Simmons Media Group and its president, Eric Weinberger, mutually agreed to part ways two weeks ago, according to a statement released Tuesday by a company spokesman. Weinberger, a former NFL Network executive, left the league-owned media company in 2015 to become president of the Bill Simmons Media Group. When announcing Weinberger's suspension in December, a Bill Simmons Media Group spokesman said the company was conducting an internal investigation of his behavior.
Iowa's Ellington to transfer, Wagner to switch to football
The dismantling of Iowa's underperforming roster began Tuesday, as reserves Brady Ellingson and Ahmad Wagner announced that they were leaving the program. He hasn't decided whether to stay at Iowa or play football at another school. He couldn't find consistent playing time even after fellow guard Christian Williams abruptly quit the team in November. Wagner was a highly sought-after recruit in both basketball and football coming out of high school.
Mystery Surrounds Death of Pennsylvania College Athlete in Bermuda
Mark Dombroski, a 19-year-old college athlete from Pennsylvania, was in Bermuda over the weekend for an international rugby tournament. The cause of death remains a mystery, and police have not ruled out any possible explanation, including foul play. Until those results are available, Mr Field-Lament said he would not comment on how Mr Dombroski may have died. He did say, however, that contrary to speculation on social media, Mr Dombroski had not been bound or tied up.
Virginia women's hoops coach retires, cites family matter
Virginia head coach Joanne Boyle communicates with players during the first half of a second-round game of the NCAA women's college basketball tournament, Sunday, March 18, 2018, in Columbia, SC South Carolina defeated Virginia 66-56. Virginia women's basketball coach Joanne Boyle says she is retiring because of a family matter. The announcement by the school Tuesday did not provide details on the family matter.
Iowa seeking new linebackers in spring workouts
The Hawkeyes head into spring workouts with question marks at all three spots after losing a veteran trio keyed by All-American Josey Jewell. The Hawkeyes didn't find much clarity during bowl preparation in December, so working toward building a unit that can be ready to go by September will be perhaps Iowa's biggest challenge in spring workouts. Being listed as a starter on the depth chart in March might not mean a lot - if anything - in August.
Maria Sharapova snaps back at disappointed fan on Twitter
Maria Sharapova celebrates winning a point in her third-round match against Angelique Kerber of Germany during the 2018 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on Jan 20. Maria Sharapova's response to a disappointed fan is worth a look. A fan voiced his displeasure with Sharapova on Twitter after she withdrew from the Miami Open last week with a forearm injury. The fan said he had purchased tickets for a friend to see Sharapova play.
Steph Curry targeting return from ankle injury later this week
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) and bench react to a play against the Sacramento Kings during the first quarter at Oracle Arena. Golden State Warriors guard Steph Curry, who's been out the last six games with a right ankle injury, is making progress and hopes to return to action later this week, the team announced. A release from the Warriors said Curry was examined by the team's medical staff, and he's been cleared to participate in full team practices beginning on Wednesday.
When owners vote on NFL catch rule, 'Less is better' in terms of language
Cowboys WR Dez Bryant (88) couldn't complete this catch when it mattered against the Packers in the 2014 playoffs. There has been so much confusion over the years for what constitutes a legitimate catch in the NFL, that a cleaner, simpler rule could ignite its own debate amid the numerous controversies. That's why owners will vote on a revised catch rule designed to appease the stakeholders Vincent mentions - fans, players, coaches, officials, broadcasters, replay supervisors and your cousin Ida Lynn, too.
Boeheim would 'handle' Krzyzewski in shooting contest
Mike Krzyzewski and Jim Boeheim will face off as opposing coaches in the Sweet 16 in the NCAA tournament this week. Both were guests this week on The Dan Patrick Show, and the host posed the question to both of them. Boeheim - who led No 11 seed Syracuse to an upset over No 3 seed Michigan State on Sunday - was on the show Monday, and he didn't hesitate with his answer. Boeheim, who is 73, said : No contest.
New Rutgers offensive coordinator starting from scratch
Rutgers will start from scratch under new offensive coordinator John McNulty. It sounds like a pro-type offense, but it will be mixed with run-pass options that stretch defense from sideline to sideline. This is McNulty's second stint as offensive coordinator at Rutgers. Rescigno, who has the most experience, doesn't feel that learning a new offensive is a negative. Sitkowski has confidence as a freshman despite losing his starting job at IMG after an injury during his senior year.
NCAA tournament Sweet 16: Most important players for every March Madness team
USA TODAY Sports' Scott Gleeson looks at five teams that have made improbable runs to the second weekend of March Madness. Texas Tech guard Keenan Evans Basketball is undoubtedly a team game, but March Madness always has room for star players who can take over with highlight-reel, buzzer-beating heroics. USA TODAY Sports tracks every Sweet 16 team's most important player. The Wildcats survived without their leading scorer in wins over Creighton and UMBC to get to the Sweet 16.
Texas freshman Mo Bamba leaving school for NBA draft
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - No more Mo Bamba for Texas. The freshman forward said Tuesday he will leave Texas for the NBA after one season of dominant rebounding and record-setting shot blocking. In a short statement, Bamba called his one season with the Longhorns incredibly rewarding. Bamba was ranked among the top recruits in the country when he signed with the Longhorns and was considered a likely one-and-done college player. Texas hoped to make the most out of their young star from New York City.
Column: Poulter a 'match play ninja' only when playing well
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Memories are strong in match play, which might explain why Ian Poulter picked up a new nickname. Poulter is the No 58 seed in the 64-man field, and when his number popped up, he was referred to as a ninja in match play. Poulter has won 23 matches in the Match Play, tied with McIlroy and Paul Casey for the most among those playing this week.
At 35, Cardinals catcher Molina ready for the long haul
Owner of as many Gold Gloves at catcher as he has All-Star appearances - eight - Molina is a hard man to keep in the dugout. He's started fewer than 130 games only once since 2009, the exception coming in 2014 when he tore a thumb ligament. The 35-year-old Molina is the only starting St Louis position player remaining from the Cardinals' 2011 World Series championship team.
4 billboards inside Ottawa: Fans want Senators owner out
Disgruntled Ottawa Senators fans want owner Eugene Melnyk to know exactly how they feel. Sens fans and the city of Ottawa need to step up to save a pillar of this community. He said billboards are a way for fans to be heard, and he contends ownership has driven off players and front-office staff. Melnyk's comments were made the night before the first outdoor game in Ottawa and set off a firestorm on social media.
Rory McIlroy celebrated win at Bay Hill with wine, Ben & Jerry's ice cream
Instead, he had two glasses of Opus One wine and a large bowl of Ben & Jerry's ice cream, a large scoop of Americone Dream on one side, another large scoop of Salted Caramel Core on the other. He was still all smiles Tuesday at Austin Country Club, home to the Dell Technologies Match Play beginning Wednesday. Related: Rory McIlroy fires final-round 64 to win API; Tiger ties for 5th.

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