COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Dawn Staley’s passion is evident when she’s on a basketball court. When she was a player it was there and now her fiery demeanor can be seen on the sidelines as South Carolina’s longtime women’s head coach. It will be on display again this summer when she leads the U.S. national team at the Tokyo Olympics. But when her sister, Tracey Underwood, was diagnosed with leukemia last year it wasn’t about a game, it was life and death. Staley, the coach, began doing what she does — mobilizing her family and others to action. “We had to activate,” Staley said. [ALSO FROM ON HER TURF: It’s not just the weight rooms: disparities at the NCAA women’s basketball tournament ] The journey began a year ago. Underwood and Staley weren’t sure what to think when Tracey had a persistent cough in March 2020 without any real answers as to why. Underwood was fatigued constantly and could barely finish a walk around her neighborhood without needing to rest. One … [Read more...] about After helping sister fight leukemia, Dawn Staley hopes to diversify bone-marrow registry
Drew Brees' legendary NFL career has come to an end after the longtime New Orleans Saints signal-caller announced his retirement after 20 seasons in the league. But while a bittersweet moment for players and fans alike across the country, the news has provided the opportunity for many to go back and revisit the countless highlights over the course of his lengthy career. With Brees starring at Purdue before going to the then-San Diego Chargers in the 2001 NFL Draft and later joining the New Orleans Saints in 2006, Big Ten Network recently released a video compilation of several former Boilermaker players sounding off on the legacy that Brees left behind in West Lafayette. And the "retirement celebration" for Brees wouldn't pass by either without Purdue Football tweeting out a montage of Brees' top moments both at the collegiate and professional levels. You embark on the journey through memory lane yourself below. It's official, @drewbrees is retiring. @BoilerFootball career … [Read more...] about WATCH: Purdue, Big Ten Network reflect on Drew Brees’ legendary career
The retirement was drawn out for a bit, including a tease at one more season, but Drew Brees stepped away from the game of football after 15 years with the New Orleans Saints and 20 years in the NFL. Now, the next chapter can begin . After reports surfaced of his next job in the television department , Brees confirmed his next move on Monday. Brees appeared on the “TODAY Show” to announce his move to NBC Sports as an analyst. “Well I'm going to be working for NBC,” Brees said. “I’m part of the team now. A new team. Listen, I'm excited about that journey. I'm very excited to stay very closely connected with the game of football. It's been such an important part of my life. I get to continue to talk about it and show passion for it. Bring my kids along for the ride there as well and let them be a part of those special moments. There are so many philanthropic efforts we are a part of in the city of New Orleans. A lot of those will be announced in … [Read more...] about Drew Brees confirms new job after retirement from NFL
Years ago, U.S. men’s freestyle wrestling head coach Bill Zadick watched J’den Cox move on the mat and coined a nickname: The Matrix. “When I wrestle the way I want to wrestle, it’s very hard for anyone to create what they want to create,” Cox said recently. “So, in that case, you stepped into a world that you don’t have control of.” More than 20 opponents entered Cox’s world in the last two and a half years. None left it victorious. Cox puts his win streak on the line at this week’s U.S. Olympic Trials, which he hopes culminates in a showdown with Kyle Snyder , the only reigning U.S. Olympic men’s wrestling champion, in Saturday’s 97kg freestyle finals in Fort Worth, Texas. Cox, who took 86kg bronze in Rio after his coach all but begged him to enter the 2016 Olympic Trials, won the world championships in 2018 and 2019 at 92kg, which is not an Olympic weight class. In the latter, he became the second U.S. man to win an Olympic or world title without surrendering a point … [Read more...] about J’den Cox’s test awaits at U.S. Olympic Wrestling Trials: Kyle Snyder
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Talented freshmen Paige Bueckers and Caitlin Clark wouldn’t mind having the option to enter the WNBA draft this year. There is no one-and-done choices for female players because of the league’s longstanding eligibility rules for the draft that haven’t really been a major part of WNBA Collective Bargaining Agreement negotiations. “I’m a believer in living in the now and right now I don’t have that choice,” said Bueckers, the UConn phenom who was honored Wednesday as the first freshman to be named The Associated Press women’s basketball player of the year. “I’m focused on college right now. In the future, I feel like that option for future college students might be there.” The WNBA Players’ Union has thought about it. Sue Bird, who is on the WNBA Players’ Union executive council, said earlier this week that the issue was brought up briefly in CBA negotiations with the league last year, but with so many issues to deal with, it wasn’t revisited and the current … [Read more...] about In college basketball, men can be ‘one-and-done.’ Why not the women?