New on NIL: College leaders urge NCAA to enforce new guidelines

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Inside the Hyatt Regency at Gainey Ranch, the lavish resort on the outskirts of Phoenix, dozens of the most powerful people in college sports milled about, parading through the expansive lobby and basking in the sun on the terrace. But, the majority landed deep within conference meeting rooms, searching for answers to … Read more

Madison Bumgarner’s ejection, reframed as umpire fan fiction

Wednesday’s Diamondbacks–Marlins game in Miami was the setting of what was the most recent unintentionally comedic episode of The Ump Show. Madison Bumgarner, who started the game for the D-backs, was ejected after the first inning by first base umpire Dan Bellino during what should have been a routine sticky stuff inspection. It was a … Read more

Jo Adell squeezed out of Angels’ outstanding outfield

Welcome to The Opener, where every weekday morning during the regular season you’ll get a fresh, topical story to start your day from one of’s MLB writers. BOSTON – Before the Angels fell, 4–0, to the Red Sox on Tuesday, outfielder Jo Adell disembarked the team plane at Logan Airport. A few staffers unpacked … Read more

Task force to big-money boosters: NIL sanctions could be coming

Kirby Lee / USA TODAY Sports SCOTTSDALE Ariz. — College leaders are gearing up to issue a warning to hundreds of wealthy boosters who are using name, image and likeness (NIL) ventures to engage themselves in recruiting. University administrators, part of a task force to review NIL, are finalizing additional guidelines that are expected to … Read more

Giannis, Bucks Break Through Boston’s Defense in Game 1

BOSTON – Fourth quarter, game still in doubt and Giannis Antetokounmpo decided, hey, let’s do something nuts. Bottled up on the perimeter by Grant Williams, Antetokounmpo stepped toward the rim, flipped the ball off the backboard, caught it and threw down a dunk between two Celtics defendants. It swelled Milwaukee’s lead to 16 with six … Read more