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IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa football strength and conditioning coach Chris Doyle has been placed on administrative leave after several black former players posted on social media about what they described as systemic racism in the program.Head coach Kirk Ferentz made the announcement Saturday night, calling it “a defining moment” for Iowa’s football program in a video posted on the team’s Twitter account. Dozens of former players took to social media to detail the troubling issues they allege they saw and experienced while playing at Iowa. The 51-year-old Doyle has been Iowa’s strength and conditioning coach since 1999, when Ferentz took over the football program.

NEW YORK (AP) — An analysis by The Associated Press has determined the New York Yankees, Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers would each save more than $100 million as part of management’s proposal when compared to the players’ plan to reopen a season delayed by the coronavirus pandemic. Set to earn $36 million each, Mike Trout and Gerrit Cole would get $25.3 million under the union’s plan and $5.6 million under the teams’ proposal. The Yankees would pay players $155 million under the union’s plan and $48 million under management’s proposal.

UNDATED (AP) — A pair of Florida-based NBA head coaches spoke out Saturday about their hopes that league visibility will be an asset again in the hope for actual social change following the death of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer. Miami’s Erik Spoelstra says he doesn’t think anyone is ready to move on, and we shouldn’t. Orlando coach Steve Clifford also seems convinced that the league’s players and coaches will take some sort of action when the season resumes.

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — The IndyCar season began Saturday with five-time season champion Scott Dixon taking the checkered flag at Texas Motor Speedway, his fourth win at the 1 ½-mile, high-banked oval. The 39-year-old New Zealander raced to his 47th career victory and matched A.J. Foyt’s record of 18 seasons with a win. Dixon finished 4.4 seconds ahead of Simon Pagenaud. Defending IndyCar champion and polesitter Josef Newgarden was third.

HAMPTON, Ga. (AP) — The only African American driver in NASCAR’s Cup series is expressing frustration that so many drivers have been reluctant to speak out concerning the outrage over the death of George Floyd. Bubba Wallace said on Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s podcast that “a few drivers — a very few — have given their opinion on the day’s matter” and that he appreciates that. But Wallace says, “the silence from the top drivers in our sport is beyond frustrating.” He says, “NASCAR — everybody thinks redneck, Confederate flag, racists,” Wallace says he hates it because he believes that NASCAR can be so much more.

 

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Amanda Nunes earned a dominant unanimous decision victory over featherweight contender Felicia Spencer at UFC 250. Nunes became the first UFC fighter to defend a championship belt while holding titles in two divisions with her one-sided win. Nunes also is the UFC’s long-reigning bantamweight champion. Cody Garbrandt also knocked out Raphael Assunção an instant before the second-round bell in the co-main event at a fan-free gym on the UFC’s corporate campus in Las Vegas. Sean O’Malley opened the pay-per-view portion of the card with a spectacular one-punch knockout of Eddie Wineland for his 12th consecutive victory.

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