COLLEGE FOOTBALL NEWSMichigan State’s Dantonio announces retirementUNDATED (AP) — Michigan State football coach Mark Dantonio is retiring after a 13-year run.Defensive coordinator Mike Tressel will be the acting head coach while Michigan State seeks a replacement.Dantonio went 114-57 as Michigan State’s coach. He won Big Ten titles in 2010, 2013 and 2015. The last of those three seasons included a trip to the College Football Playoff. February 4, 2020 KOBE BRYANT-PRINCIPAL-FACEBOOK POSTPrincipal sorry for suggesting Kobe Bryant deserved deathCAMAS, Wash. (AP) — A high school principal in Washington state has apologized for a post on her personal Facebook page that suggested former NBA star Kobe Bryant’s death was deserved.Liza Sejkora, the principal of Camas High School, wrote on the day of Bryant’s death: “Not gonna lie. Seems to me that karma caught up with a rapist today.” The Columbian newspaper reported Tuesday that she later deleted the post and apologized Monday in a written statement that called her words “inappropriate and tasteless,”The former Los Angeles Lakers star, his daughter Gianna and seven others were killed in a Jan. 26 helicopter crash in California. The report says it will not consider other factors like athleticism and training and swing technique. When such changes will occur is unclear. With feedback and research, it could take more than a year to find a solution.KOBE BRYANT CRASH-MEMORIALService set for members of family who died with Kobe BryantUNDATED (AP) — A public memorial has been announced for three members of a family who died along with Kobe Bryant and others when a helicopter crashed in foggy weather last month outside Los Angeles. The service for Orange Coast College baseball coach John Altobelli, his wife Keri, and daughter Alyssa will be held Feb. 10 at Angel Stadium of Anaheim.Altobelli’s brother, Tony, posted a public invitation Monday on social media. A public memorial is expected for Bryant and his daughter Gianna, but has not been announced. Los Angeles County coroner’s records show the remains of all nine victims have been released. Dates and opponents have not been announced.In other NFL news:— The Jacksonville Jaguars have hired former San Francisco 49ers general manager Trent Baalke as their director of player personnel. Baalke replaces Chris Polian, who was fired last month after seven seasons in Jacksonville. Baalke spent the last three years working for the NFL as a football operations consultant.— The NFL has suspended Jacksonville Jaguars defensive tackle Carl Davis without pay for the first four games of the regular season for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances. Davis’ contract is set to expire when the new league calendar begins in March. The 6-foot-5, 320-pound defender played in three games in 2019, including two for Jacksonville and one for Indianapolis.— Los Angeles Chargers coach Anthony Lynn will go into next season with a contract extension and changes to his staff. Lynn has a 27-24 mark in three seasons, including 1-1 in the postseason. He led the Chargers to the playoffs in 2018 but they fell to 5-11 this season. Turner fired Bryce Drew as men’s basketball coach last spring and hired Jerry Stackhouse. Stackhouse called the moves surprising on Tuesday while meeting with reporters ahead of Wednesday night’s game with No. 18 LSU.Lee played basketball at Vanderbilt and has three different degrees from the university. She now is the first female athletic director in any capacity at Vanderbilt and the first black woman AD in the Southeastern Conference. Bryant was accused in 2003 of raping a 19-year-old employee at a Colorado resort. Prosecutors dropped a felony sexual assault charge at the accuser’s request. The woman later filed a civil suit against Bryant that was settled out of court.VANDERBILT-ATHLETIC DIRECTORMalcolm Turner resigns as Vanderbilt AD after 1 year on jobNASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Malcolm Turner has resigned as Vanderbilt athletic director after one year on the job, and Candice Storey Lee has been named interim athletic director effectively immediately.Vanderbilt announced Tuesday the school had accepted Turner’s resignation. Turner was president of the NBA G League when hired in December 2018 by Vanderbilt to replace David Williams. He started Feb. 1, 2019. Update on the latest in sports: Associated Press Click says he’s “trying to bring a fresh look” to the team and his goal is to “win this year, nothing less.” He says he’s confident has the talent in the front office and on the field to be competitive for years to come.In other Major League Baseball news:— The Philadelphia Phillies will retire the late Hall of Fame pitcher Roy Halladay’s No. 34 this season. The Phillies will pay tribute to Halladay on May 29, 2020, the 10th anniversary of his perfect game against the Marlins. It was the 20th perfect game in MLB history. Halladay was 40 when he was killed in a plane crash in November 2017. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2019.— The Arizona Diamondbacks have signed four players to minor league contracts, including outfielder Jon Jay and pitcher Edwin Jackson. The other two are catcher John Hicks and outfielder Trayce Thompson. All four have experience in the majors and were invited to big league camp.— Arbitrator Mark Irvings issued his decision to deny the grievance filed by Cubs star Kris Bryant, ruling the players’ association did not prove Chicago’s reasons for holding the third baseman in the minors at the start of the 2015 season were a pretext to push back his eligibility for free agency. Bryant made his debut on April 17, 2015, and the timing pushed back his free agent eligibility until after the 2021 season. The Spartans declined after that. They went 7-6 this past season.MLB NEWSAstros introduce new GMHOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Astros have introduced James Click as their new general manager.Click joins a scandal-plagued team that was left scrambling to fill two major roles just before the start of spring training. He takes over for Jeff Luhnow, who was suspended for a season by Major League Baseball before being fired in the wake of Houston’s sign-stealing scandal. The Astros last week hired 70-year-old Dusty Baker to take over for AJ Hinch as manager. NFL NEWSJaguars to play consecutive home games in London next seasonJACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars will play consecutive home games in London next season.The move is expected to increase revenue and strengthen the franchise’s foothold in an overseas market the NFL is eager to expand.The Jaguars will play at historic Wembley Stadium, where they have played a “home game” every year since 2013. Owner Shad Khan and team president Mark Lamping expect to extend a contract that runs through 2020. It’s unclear whether the next deal will include two games annually abroad. D’Angelo Russell was not in Golden State’s lineup at Washington last night, and the Cleveland Cavaliers scratched Tristan Thompson for their game against the Knicks.A former Warriors player could be another trade candidate. Andre Iguodala (ihg-ah-DAH’-lah), the 2015 NBA Finals MVP, is still on the roster of the Memphis Grizzlies. They haven’t played him this season.It’s unclear if any big moves are left for February after nearly half the players in the league changed teams in the summer. But, without a clear-cut favorite like the Warriors of recent years, more teams who believe they are contenders could be enticed to swing a deal.In other NBA news:— The New York Knicks have fired President Steve Mills. General manager Scott Perry will take control of the basketball operations. The team announced it would begin an immediate search for a new president. The shakeup comes two days before the NBA’s trade deadline and is the second major change for the Knicks this season. They fired coach David Fizdale just 22 games into the season. The Knicks are 15-36 this season. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNBA NEWSEyes on Russell, Iguodala, more as NBA trade deadline nearsUNDATED (AP) — It is the time of year in the NBA when every injury report causes eyebrows to raise. The trade deadline is Thursday at 3 p.m. EST, and teams need to be careful with the health of players they might be trying to deal. — The lone baseball writer who did not vote for Derek Jeter for the Hall of Fame chose to keep his or her ballot private. The Baseball Writers’ Association of America released the ballots of 315 Hall voters, and all public ballots included the longtime New York Yankees captain. Jeter was on 396 of 397 ballots in voting announced Jan. 21. He and Larry Walker will be inducted into the Hall at Cooperstown on July 26.GOLF NEWSGolf rulers says increased distance must be slowedPEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Golf’s governing bodies have released a two-year project showing that golfers at all levels keep hitting the ball so far that it’s hurting the game.The R&A and USGA plan to stop the cycle of golf courses expanding to accommodate the long ball of the modern game. The governing bodies are looking at equipment standards for clubs and golf balls.
The draw for the 2018 World Cup Final was made last Friday in Moscow. Eight groups from A to H were selected. Each group consists of four teams each, a total of 32 teams. Each time will play each other in each group from the field of 32 teams 2 will advance from each group to the quarter finals; eight rom the quarter finals to the semi-finals, four to the semi-finals, and eventually the two finalists.The respective groups and teams, and the teams currently touted by experts to emerge to the quarter finals are:Group A – Russia, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, UruguayQualifiers – Uruguay and EgyptGroup B – Portugal, Spain, Morocco, IranQualifiers – Spain and PortugalGroup C – France, Australia, Peru, DenmarkQualifiers – France and DenmarkGroup D – Argentina, Iceland, Croatia, NigeriaQualifiers – Argentina and CroatiaGroup E – Brazil, Switzerland, Costa Rica, SerbiaQualifiers – Brazil and SwitzerlandGroup F – Germany, Mexico, Sweden, South KoreaQualifiers – Germany and MexicoGroup G – Belgium, Panama, Tunisia, EnglandQualifiers – Belgium and EnglandGroup H – Poland, Senegal, Colombia, JapanQualifiers – Poland, ColombiaThe first match of the World Cup will involve hosts Russia against Saudi Arabia on Thursday, June 14, 2018, at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, which will also be the venue for the finals.That will be the only game on the opening day, but after that there will be three or four games played per day for the duration of the group stage.The 2018 World Cup tournament ends on Sunday, July 15. The third-place play-off is a day earlier, and the two semi-finals will take place on July 10 and 11.All of the final four matches of the World Cup will be played at either the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow or the Krestovsky Stadium in Saint Petersburg. read more
Rondo is close to re-joining the Lakers, Walton said.”He’s still holding back a little bit,” Walton said (via ESPN). “But he says it’s not from pain.” Related News Rajon Rondo is nearing his return to the court.The 32-year-old Lakers guard has been out since mid-November with a broken hand. Rondo, however, participated in “pretty much all” of Los Angeles’ practice Tuesday and has been cleared to ramp up contact, coach Luke Walton told reporters. Kobe Bryant: Lakers will ‘be champions before you know it’ The veteran signed a one-year, $9 million deal with the Lakers this offseason.The Lakers will face the Spurs on Wednesday. They’ll carry a 14-9 record into that matchup. Luke Walton says Rondo participated in “pretty much all” of Tues practice. The team says Rondo has been cleared to ramp up contact. He’s close, but not quite back and has been ruled out Weds. Luke: “He’s still holding back a little bit. … but he says it’s not from pain”— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) December 4, 2018Rondo is averaging 8.5 points and 6.5 assists in 25.3 minutes per game this season. He has shot 45.5 percent from the field in his 11 appearances. Lakers coach Luke Walton praises guard Josh Hart, says he makes ‘winning plays’ read more