Bellarmine moving to Div. I, joining Atlantic Sun

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Bellarmine University, a private Catholic college in Louisville, is moving to NCAA Division I and joining the Atlantic Sun Conference. The move will elevate most of the university’s athletic programs to Division I status beginning in the summer of 2020. Bellarmine president Susan Donovan says the move is part of the university’s…

Minnesota athletes out of jail without charges

MINNEAPOLIS — Two University of Minnesota wrestlers who were arrested on suspicion of criminal sexual conduct have been released from jail without charges. The Hennepin County Attorney’s Office said in a statement Tuesday that an investigation of Gable Steveson and Dylan Martinez continues, but “no charges can be brought at this time.” The office faced…

Deputy in Ujiri clash has concussion, lawyer says

SAN FRANCISCO — A deputy suffered a concussion and is on medical leave after an altercation with the president of the Toronto Raptors as he tried to join his team on the court to celebrate their NBA championship, a lawyer said Tuesday. The 20-year-veteran of the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office also has a serious jaw…

NFL, NCAA team up for safety improvements

INDIANAPOLIS — The NFL’s top medical experts are asking college football physicians and trainers to help make the game safer. They want the NCAA to pitch in, too. Dr. Allen Sills and Jeff Miller, the NFL’s executive vice president for health and safety initiatives, spent Monday and Tuesday in Indianapolis sharing data about their findings…

Wichita State’s Teddy Allen dismissed after arrest

WICHITA, Kan. — Wichita State has dismissed Teddy Allen after he was arrested last week following a disturbance at a woman’s home. Athletic director Darron Boatright said Tuesday he and Coach Gregg Marshall wished Allen well but decided his dismissal was best for the basketball program. Allen was arrested last Thursday after a woman accused…

Kings’ Barnes to become unrestricted FA

2:33 PM ET Adrian WojnarowskiESPN Sacramento Kings forward Harrison Barnes is declining his $25.1 million player option and becoming an unrestricted free agent, his agent, Jeff Schwartz of Excel Sports, tells ESPN. Barnes, 27, one of the top small forwards in the marketplace, will pursue a long-term deal. Barnes and the Kings remain open to…

Sources — Horford to be unrestricted free agent

11:26 AM ET Adrian WojnarowskiESPN All-Star center Al Horford of the Boston Celtics will decline to exercise his $30.1 million option for the 2019-20 season and become an unrestricted free agent, league sources tell ESPN. While Horford, a five-time All-Star, will move into the free-agent marketplace on June 30, there’s motivation for both Horford and…

Let Zion Williamson choose where he wants to play next

In one of his more candid moments this past season, NBA commissioner Adam Silver confessed that he was concerned about the mental health of NBA players. “A lot of players are unhappy,” Silver told Bill Simmons at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, attributing much of the anxiety to social media. There are any number…

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