Nepotism in sports broadcasting: ‘A tremendous advantage,’ but ‘what do you do with it?’

When Jac Collinsworth, at just 27 years old, debuted on the prestigious job as NBC’s play-by-play voice for Notre Dame football in September 2022, he succeeded one of the most decorated announcers in sports, Mike Tirico. To receive such a position suggested he was a sportscasting prodigy, but from his first game — when Marshall … Read more

NAACP urges current, future college athletes to reconsider public Florida schools

In an open letter published Monday, the NAACP urged Black college athletes to “reconsider any potential decision” to attend a public university in Florida following last week’s news that the University of Florida is eliminating its Diversity and Inclusion office. The Gainesville university’s decision came in response to a law signed last year by Florida … Read more

Thirty years ago, Chris Farley and college basketball collided in an unforgettable way

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Thirty years later, Christian Laettner isn’t sure he knew it was coming. In 1994, he was in the NBA, his second season with the Minnesota Timberwolves. Maybe someone had informed his agent but he doesn’t think so. The former Duke star just one day remembers seeing the commercial on ESPN. Chris Farley, then at the … Read more

A Hall of Fame coach’s son got his fairy tale ending. Now he wants to know how the story began

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EAST LANSING, Mich. — Steven Izzo sat in his locker, aw-shucksing the high point of his adult life, playing a familiar part. The first basket of his five-year career on his father’s Michigan State basketball team was an act of comedic defiance. The gall of this move. Against a Rutgers defender with 6 inches and … Read more

Amid tragedy, one high school basketball team shows the power of sports

GRETNA, Neb. — This is not a story about high school basketball. It’s not about a treasured coach who died midway through a season. It’s not a story of redemption, sorrow or achievement. It’s about togetherness. This is a story about community and a team that has revealed, through its resilience and fight to honor … Read more

When your landlord bats leadoff: The insular, clannish world of baseball real estate 

Shortly after haggling his way out of free-agent purgatory and into a new contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Kiké Hernández asked his wife, Mariana, to investigate another market. She contacted former Dodger Rich Hill’s wife, Caitlin, with a request: Could the Hernándezes live in the Hills’ house again?  The Hills had bought the property, … Read more

College athletes are getting closer to becoming employees. What would happen next?

The NCAA inches closer every day to a tipping point of dramatic overhaul. Years of tectonic shifts around college sports could soon usher in an era its leaders and administrators have long tried to avoid: the treatment of college athletes as employees. The next milestone could come Tuesday, when the Dartmouth men’s basketball team will … Read more

The business of Sarah Nurse: She’s one of the faces of hockey, but her sights are set on more

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TORONTO — Sarah Nurse was driving home from a recent PWHL Toronto practice when she got a bit of sage advice. It wasn’t from a podcast or a friend on the phone. The advice came courtesy of a billboard on the side of the road in Canada’s most populous city, featuring her own face with … Read more

Man on a mission: NFL great Alan Page’s quest for justice in football and beyond

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MINNEAPOLIS — A few times each month, Alan Page visits Justice Page Middle School, one of two schools named in his honor. As the first African American to become a Minnesota Supreme Court justice and the first African American elected to a statewide office, Page goes to inspire students. In their upturned faces and wide … Read more