In what must be an Olympics first, prospective contestants were invited to submit a video to audition for a spot in the competition. The Youth Olympics can be a proving ground for events that eventually wind up in the Olympics. Should breakdancing succeed at the Olympics, maybe the door would open for other '80s events. Should the Olympics be looking for something that fits more easily in a TV window, it could considered a timed challenge.
With a month left in the regular season, the Horned Frogs look like they might not even make the NCAA Tournament. TCU came into the season shooting for a fifth straight trip to the College World Series. For the second straight year, TCU will finish the season without offensive star Luken Baker. The junior first baseman broke a bone in his left leg while running the bases against Abilene Christian last Tuesday.
Dan Gilbert, president and CEO of the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission, said the city's ability to host the 2016 Republican National Convention impressed the NFL, which has been rotating draft sites. BEREA, Ohio (AP) - Cleveland's recent success in hosting major events has the Browns hopeful they will be awarded an NFL draft. In partnership with the city's sports commission and the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, the team submitted a joint bid to host either the 2019 or 2020 draft.
North Carolina junior Luke Maye has declared for the NBA draft but isn't hiring an agent. The 6-foot-8 forward was a third-team Associated Press All-American after averaging 16.9 points and 10.1 rebounds. Coach Roy Williams says in a statement that it's a great opportunity for Maye to work out for NBA teams and get feedback on what to improve in his game. The deadline for college players to declare early for the draft was Sunday night.
Welcome to this week's LABR FAAB report, on it's new home. Each LABR squad starts with 100 FAAB units, with a minimum bid of $1. It was an odd week of FAAB purchases in AL LABR, as just six players found new teams. Earlier in the day, when putting together the Tout Wars FAAB report, I noted Gene McCaffrey bid on a few Padres.
VAR will be used throughout the World Cup in Russia this year after FIFA's rule-making panel voted to write VARs into the laws of football. There are facts: referees make one important mistake one in every three, with VAR it is every 19. The latest setback centers around why VAR was not consulted at all in a competition that has provided a testing-ground for it this season.
Croatia's Ivo Karlovic hit 29 aces as he beat Spaniard Tommy Robredo 6-7(5) 7-6(8) 6-4 in the first round of the Barcelona Open on Monday. Karlovic will face another Spaniard in eighth seed Roberto Bautista Agut on Tuesday in the round of 32. Pablo Cuevas, Rogerio Dutra Silva, Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, Marcel Granollers, Malek Jaziri, Leonardo Mayer and Stefanos Tsitsipas all progressed in straight sets. Dusan Lajovic beat Pedro Martinez 6-4 6-7(5) 6-3, while Benoit Paire squeezed past Nicolas Jarry 7-6(4) 6-7(3) 6-4.
Receiver Willie Snead has bid farewell to the Saints, which means New Orleans apparently won't match the contract the Baltimore Ravens offered the restricted free agent. Eager to add a target for quarterback Joe Flacco, the Ravens on Friday offered Snead a two-year, $10.4 million contract. Snead tweeted: What I'm going to miss most is the men in the locker room the coaches. He added: Even though I'm sad to go, I'm even more excited for the next chapter in my life.
The longest-running PGA Tour event still played at its original site has a new title sponsor, one already deeply involved in golf. The PGA Tour and Colonial Country Club announced Monday that financial services provider Charles Schwab Co will take over as title sponsor starting in 2019. Local companies are backing the event after upscale grocer Dean and Deluca withdrew as title sponsor after only two tournaments of a six-year deal.
(AP) - Taven Bryan's draft stock has more to do with potential than production. He was a 6-foot-4, 291-pound enigma his first two years in Gainesville, but came on as a junior in 2017. NFL scouts and general managers believe Bryan is just getting started. It would mean a lot really, Bryan said at Florida's pro day last month. No one at Florida was surprised to see Bryan raise eyebrows at the NFL combine in March.
The Boston Red Sox have traded left-hander Roenis Elias to the Seattle Mariners for future considerations. The Red Sox announced the trade Monday. Elias was 1-0 with a 1.23 ERA in Triple-A Pawtucket this season. He was sent to Boston four years later in a trade with Carson Smith for Wade Miley and Jonathan Aro. The Red Sox will receive a yet-undetermined player or cash.
University of Montana quarterback Gresch Jensen is transferring out of the program. Coach Bobby Hauck says he appreciates Jensen's efforts at Montana and wishes him well. Jensen played in 10 games last season as a redshirt freshman, passing for 2,531 yards and 20 touchdowns, after starter Reese Phillips suffered a broken leg. UNLV quarterback Dalton Snead transferred to Montana in January and will be a junior in the fall. Montana's other quarterback is redshirt freshman Tanner Wilson from Polson.
Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane, right falls over Manchester United's Chris Smalling during the English FA Cup semifinal soccer match between Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley stadium in London, Saturday, April 21, 2018. LONDON (AP) - England's Football Association has apologized to Tottenham and Manchester United for a tweet posted on the official FA Cup account following their semifinal at Wembley Stadium. The tweet poked fun at the performance of Tottenham striker Harry Kane during United's 2-1 win on Saturday.
USC Trojans quarterback Sam Darnold (14) throws before the game against the Ohio State Buckeyes in the 2017 Cotton Bowl at AT&T Stadium. We actually found it that I was basically throwing the same ball, whether I was elongating my motion or not, Darnold told USA TODAY Sports. We were able to definitely say, 'Sam, lowering it is not going to make it any better,' Palmer said.
FIFA is forcing the pace on talks over a $25 billion offer to revamp the Club World Cup and create a global national team competition. FIFA says President Gianni Infantino hosted a meeting last Friday with invited officials from some top European clubs. The European Club Association has strongly opposed FIFA's hope for a four-yearly club tournament starting in 2021, which could rival the UEFA-organized Champions League.
His friend, golfer John Daly, explained to me in March during an event at Maryland Live!. ' And I said well there's certain things you can do on a golf course and you might like to do and entertain yourself and have fun with your buddies, Daly said. Then Kid Rock says 'hey I'm calling you from Memorial. Unfortunately for Kid Rock, he lost the trophy to Larry the Cable Guy. More from UPI.com: Kid Rock teamed up with Nicklaus for the contest.
The New York Times first reported details of Infantino's secret talks with the group of international investors on April 9. Infantino disclosed the negotiations to FIFA's board at a fractious meeting last month in Bogot, Colombia. He wants to persuade skeptical officials to allow him to forge ahead with negotiations on the proposed $25 billion deal. During his campaign for the presidency of FIFA, Infantino promised fourfold increases in financing for soccer development to member nations.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - With every Anthony Davis put-back dunk, reverse alley-oop jam, step-back 3-pointer or game-sealing block in the playoffs, the New Orleans Pelicans take a step closer to becoming the NBA's next small-market success story. Sharp-shooting forward Nikola Mirotic, a Montenegro native acquired by the Pelicans in a mid-season trade, said Davis already has enhanced New Orleans' international profile because of the NBA's global appeal.
He claimed his second victory of the season Monday and his second straight win at Barber Motorsports Park. Fortunately we had a big gap, and that's really what helped us win the race. See you in the winner's circle: For Newgarden, the win was his third in his past four tries at Barber and win No 99 for Team Penske. Two of the series' youngest stars, Josef Newgarden and Alexander Rossi are going toe-to-toe in the championship right now.