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NCAA calls off fall championships except major football…NHL Playoffs…Big Pay Day for Kittle

NCAA calls off fall championships except major football
UNDATED (AP) — The NCAA has called off all fall championship events except for major college football because of the limited number of schools competing in sports such as men’s and women’s soccer and women’s volleyball during the first semester. NCAA President Mark Emmert made the announcement in a video posted on Twitter, although it has been clear this was coming as conferences canceled fall sports seasons because of the coronavirus pandemic. Emmert said the NCAA would prioritize staging championships in winter and spring sports because those — including the NCAA basketball tournaments— were canceled when COVID-19 first spiked across the United States in March.

UNDATED (AP) — The Big Sky, West Coast and Southern conferences announced yesterday that they are the latest Division I leagues to postpone their fall sports schedule. New Mexico State has postponed its football season because of COVID-19 concerns and state restrictions. The Aggies are the third independent FBS program to decide not to play in the fall, joining Connecticut and Massachusetts.

UNDATED (AP) — The Carolina Hurricanes, Columbus Blue Jackets and Dallas Stars have tied their NHL first-round series, while the Vegas Golden Knights took a 2-0 lead yesterday. Doug Hamilton scored the tiebreaking goal in the third period of the Hurricanes’ 3-2 win over Boston, and Joonas Korpisalo (kohr-pih-SAH’-loh) stopped 36 shots as the Jackets downed Tampa Bay, 3-1. The Knights beat Chicago, 4-3 on Reilly Smith’s overtime goal, and Jamie Oleksiak (oh-LEHK’-see-ak) scored with 40 seconds left to lift the Stars past Calgary, 5-4.

UNDATED (AP) — All-Pro George Kittle has agreed to a five-year, $75 million extension with the San Francisco 49ers, a record for tight ends. According to overthecap.com, the previous high for annual value on a multiyear contract for a tight end was the four-year, $42 million deal Austin Hooper signed this offseason in Cleveland. Kittle had been one of the NFL’s biggest bargains after being drafted in the fifth round in 2017.

UNDATED (AP) — Novak Djokovic  says he will enter the U.S. Open and the hard-court tuneup tournament preceding it in New York this month. Reigning U.S. Open champion Bianca Andreescu has pulled out of the Grand Slam tournament. She says the coronavirus pandemic prevented her from properly preparing for competition.

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