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CNN —Former New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick penned an emotional thank you letter to the “Patriots Nation” in Sunday’s Boston Globe. “Nowhere in America are pro sports fans as passionate as in New England and for 24 years, I was blessed to feel your passion and power,” Belichick wrote. “The Patriots are the only NFL team representing SIX states but in reality, Patriots Nation knows no borders. I loved coaching here and, together, we experienced some amazing moments.”Belichick spent 24 seasons as the Patriots head coach, leaving the team in January. Belichick has 333 total victories (both regular and postseason) – the second most all-time behind Hall of Fame head coach Don Shula’s 347.
Persons: Bill Belichick, ” Belichick, , Billie Weiss, Jerod Mayo, Belichick, Don Shula’s, Hall, Tom Landry, Raheem Morris Organizations: CNN, Former New England Patriots, “ Patriots, Sunday’s Boston Globe, Patriots, NFL, SIX, Patriots Nation, of Fame, Hall of Fame, Atlanta Falcons, Falcons Locations: Sunday’s, America, New England, Boston
CNN —Oklahoma City Thunder guard Josh Giddey won’t face charges in California following an investigation into whether the 21-year-old was in a relationship with a minor, police announced. Investigators have been “unable to corroborate any criminal activity” connected to Giddey, the Newport Beach Police Department announced on Wednesday. CNN has reached out to the NBA and the Thunder for comment but did not immediately hear back. In November, police opened an investigation after information began circulating online involving an alleged relationship between Giddey and a female minor. Giddey was asked in November about social media posts suggesting a relationship, to which he said, “I understand the question obviously, but there’s no further comment right now.
Persons: Josh Giddey won’t, Giddey, , Mark Daigneault, CNN’s Wayne Sterling Organizations: CNN, Oklahoma City Thunder, Newport Beach Police Department, Wednesday, NBA, Thunder, Jazz Locations: California, Giddey, Newport Beach, Salt Lake City , Utah
CNN —Chelsea FC women’s manager Emma Hayes has been named head coach of the US Women’s National Team, the US Soccer Federation announced on Tuesday. She was named 2021’s Best FIFA Women’s Coach and is a finalist for the 2023 award. US Soccer, which reached an equal pay deal with female players in May 2022, said, without offering specifics, that Hayes’ contract makes her the highest paid women’s soccer coach in the world. “We felt strongly that Emma was the best person and coach to take the US Women’s National Team forward,” US Soccer Sporting Director Matt Crocker said. “I remember being a young coach working my way up through the system in the US and watching all those young girls aspire to play on the US Women’s National Team.
Persons: Emma Hayes, Hayes, , Andonovski, , Emma, Matt Crocker, ” Hayes, Twila Kilgore, I’ve Organizations: CNN — Chelsea FC women’s, US, National Team, US Soccer Federation, Blues, FIFA, Soccer, CNN, US Soccer, US Soccer Sporting, Chelsea, Interim, Hayes ’, Women’s Super League, Chelsea –, FA Women’s, USA, Iona College, Professional Soccer, National, Summer Games Locations: Sweden, Paris
CNN —The firing of Jimbo Fisher will reportedly cost Texas A&M University about $77 million to buy out his contract, according to multiple reports and the salary tracking website Spotrac, after the school relieved him of his duties as head football coach on Sunday. When Fisher was first named head football coach at Texas A&M in 2017, the university said he had agreed to a 10-year contract worth $75 million, adding no “state-appropriated funds” would be used toward his salary. The finances behind the decision to fire the coach are “monumental,” Ross Bjork, Texas A&M director of athletics, said during a Sunday evening news conference. “As the contract states, there is a buyout provision in coach Fisher’s contract and those details will be worked out,” Bjork said. He was hired in December 2017 after spending eight seasons as head coach at Florida State University, where he led the Seminoles to a national championship.
Persons: Jimbo Fisher, Fisher, ” Ross Bjork, ” Bjork Organizations: CNN, Texas, M University, Athletics, Man Foundation, Aggies, Southeastern Conference, Abilene Christian Wildcats, LSU Tigers, Aggie, Florida State University, Seminoles Locations: Texas, ” Ross Bjork , Texas
Jimbo Fisher out as Texas A&M head football coach
  + stars: | 2023-11-12 | by ( Wayne Sterling | ) edition.cnn.com   time to read: +1 min
CNN —Jimbo Fisher has been relieved of his head football coaching duties at Texas A&M University, the school announced Sunday. “We appreciate Coach Fisher’s time here at Texas A&M and we wish him the best in his future endeavors,” Bjork added. He was hired in December 2017 after spending eight seasons as head coach at Florida State University where he led the Seminoles to a national championship. When Fisher was first named head football coach at Texas A&M, the university said he had agreed to a 10-year contract worth $75 million, adding no “state-appropriated funds” would be used toward his salary. In 2021, Texas A&M extended Fisher’s contract for an additional four years through the 2031 season, giving him an annual salary of more than $9 million.
Persons: Jimbo Fisher, , Mark, John, Sharp, ” Ross Bjork, ” Bjork, Fisher, Bjork Organizations: CNN, Texas, M University, Aggie, Florida State University, Seminoles, Aggies, Southeastern Conference, Abilene Christian Wildcats, LSU Tigers Locations: Texas, ” Ross Bjork , Texas
CNN —A second former player has sued the NHL’s Chicago Blackhawks, accusing the team of overlooking his complaints that then-video coach Brad Aldrich sexually assaulted him leading up to the 2010 Stanley Cup Finals. Attorneys for the unnamed player, who is referred to as “John Doe” in the lawsuit, say he was inspired by former Blackhawks player Kyle Beach, who sued the team in 2021 over its handling of similar sexual assault allegations Beach made against Aldrich in 2010. The Blackhawks declined to comment on specific details of the suit, in a Monday statement, citing ongoing litigation. The report concluded that Aldrich had engaged in sexual misconduct in 2010 and senior Blackhawks leaders failed to “promptly and thoroughly investigate” Beach’s assault allegation. Aldrich resigned from the Blackhawks in 2010.
Persons: Brad Aldrich, John Doe ”, Kyle Beach, Aldrich, , John Doe, ” Doe, , Doe, Aldrich “, John Doe’s, , Beach –, Antonio Romanucci, ” Romanucci, “ John Doe, Romanucci, CNN’s Joe Sutton, Kevin Dotson, David Close, Wayne Sterling Organizations: CNN, NHL’s Chicago Blackhawks, Blackhawks, “ Stanley, Black Aces, Stanley, , Chicago Blackhawks, The Blackhawks, Beach, NHL, Locations: Houghton , Michigan
CNN —Spanish Women’s World Cup star Jennifer Hermoso revealed on Monday that she has “received threats” in the aftermath of the unwanted kiss she received from former Spanish Football Federation president Luis Rubiales. I’ve received threats and that’s something which you will never get used to.”Rubiales gave an unwanted kiss to Hermoso during the medal ceremony after Spain’s Women’s World Cup triumph in August. Alexia Putellas, Hermoso and Irene Paredes celebrate winning the Women's World Cup. Catherine Ivill/Getty ImagesIn her GQ interview, Hermoso didn’t go into detail as to what those threats had been, but added that: “These weeks have been very hard. She returned to the Spanish women’s team late last month and scored the winning goal in a 1-0 victory against Italy.
Persons: Jennifer Hermoso, Luis Rubiales, ” Hermoso, “ I’ve, I’ve, ” Rubiales, Spain’s, Rubiales, Alexia Putellas, Hermoso, Irene Paredes, Catherine Ivill, Hermoso didn’t, I’m, she’s, that’s, Organizations: CNN, Spanish, Spanish Football Federation, GQ Spain, FIFA, La, Spanish women’s, Italy, Olympic Games, Spain’s National Locations: , Mexico, Spain
CNN —American ice hockey player Adam Johnson has died following a “freak accident” on the ice as he played for English side Nottingham Panthers, the team said in a statement. In the second period of the team’s Challenge Cup match against the Sheffield Steelers on Saturday, Johnson appeared to suffer a serious neck injury after colliding with a Sheffield player. Nottingham Panthers described the 29-year-old as an “outstanding ice hockey player,” and said everyone at the club was heartbroken. The Panthers play in England’s top league, the Elite Ice Hockey League, which announced that all games scheduled to take place on Sunday had been postponed. “The National Hockey League family mourns the passing of former Pittsburgh Penguin Adam Johnson.
Persons: Adam Johnson, Johnson, , , Adam, Pittsburgh Penguin Adam Johnson Organizations: CNN, English, Nottingham Panthers, Sheffield Steelers, Sheffield, Panthers, BBC Sport, Elite Ice Hockey League, American Hockey League, NHL, Pittsburgh Penguins, Minnesota Wild, Penguins, National Hockey League, Pittsburgh Penguin Locations: Sheffield, England’s, Hibbing , Minnesota, Sweden, Germany
CNN —Lionel Messi will miss a Major League Soccer match for the first time since joining Inter Miami as he will not feature against Atlanta United on Saturday. The turf field at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta did not play a role, the source said. On Friday, Messi posted a picture on his Instagram stories account of a pizza order in Miami. Inter Miami, on a nine-game winless run prior to Messi’s debut, is unbeaten in 11 games and captured its first trophy last month. Messi has featured in three MLS games so far this season.
Persons: Lionel Messi, Messi, it’s, I’ve, , Ballon d’Or Organizations: CNN, Major League Soccer, Inter Miami, Atlanta United, Mercedes, Benz, MLS, Miami, Barcelona, Bolivia, Saturday’s, phenom Locations: Atlanta, Europe, Miami
CNN —Canada earned its first ever FIBA Basketball World Cup medal after toppling World No. The third place game went into overtime in dramatic fashion with the USA down 111-107 with 4.2 seconds remaining in regulation and forward Mikal Bridges at the free throw line. Canada’s Kelly Olynyk missed a long three at the end of regulation but it was no matter; Canada went on to outscore the US 16-7 in overtime. It’s not just on the defensive end that he’s the best perimeter defender in the World Cup, offensively he’s been extremely efficient. Not just in this game.”Canada won its first ever FIBA World Cup medal.
Persons: Bridges, Canada’s Kelly Olynyk, Dillon Brooks, Shai Gilgeous, Alexander, “ I’m, Dillon, , Jordi Fernandez, It’s, Dante Dennis Diosina Jr, Anthony Edwards, Austin Reaves, Dennis Schröder, Franz Wagner, Aleksa Avramovic, Bogdan Bogdanovic Organizations: CNN — Canada, FIBA Basketball, United, Asia Arena, ” Canada, FIBA, Anadolu Agency, Getty, Bridges, Reuters Locations: United States, Asia, Manila, Philippines, USA, Canada, Germany, Serbia
CNN —Vlatko Andonovski has stepped down from his position as head coach of the US Women’s National Team (USWNT), the US Soccer Federation announced Thursday. The federation said in a press release that US Soccer and Andonovski mutually agreed to part ways. “All of us at US Soccer thank Vlatko for his dedication to our Women’s National Team over the past four years,” US Soccer sporting director Matt Crocker said in the press release. “Vlatko worked tirelessly for this team and has been a strong and positive leader for our women’s program. “We want to extend our deepest gratitude to Vlatko for his dedication to the Women’s National Team,” US Soccer President Cindy Parlow Cone said in the press release.
Persons: Vlatko Andonovski, Vlatko, Matt Crocker, “ Vlatko, “ It’s, ” Andonovski, , they’ve, Cindy Parlow Cone, ” Crocker, Twila Kilgore, Kilgore Organizations: CNN, US, National, US Soccer Federation, Soccer, Andonovski, US Soccer, Women’s National Team, Women’s National Locations: Sweden, Tokyo, United States
CNN —Tampa Bay Rays All-Star shortstop Wander Franco will not be with the team during its current road trip due to the situation surrounding social media posts involving Franco, the Rays said Monday. Tampa Bay and Franco have mutually agreed that he’ll be placed on the Restricted List, administrative leave that allows Franco to not count against the 26-man roster. Additionally, Major League Baseball is investigating the posts, an MLB official told CNN on Monday. Neither MLB nor the Rays gave any details on the posts. “We support any steps taken by the league to better understand the situation,” the Rays said in a statement.
Persons: Wander Franco, Franco, he’ll, ” Franco, Kevin Cash, , I’m, ” Cash Organizations: CNN, Tampa Bay Rays, Rays, Tampa Bay, Franco, Major League Baseball, MLB, , Cleveland Guardians, American, Baltimore Orioles, American League East
CNN —Golf’s power structure took a sharp shift to the players Tuesday when Tiger Woods was named as the sixth player director on the powerful PGA Tour policy board. The move gives the players a one-seat advantage on the board after the controversial merger in June between the PGA Tour and Saudi-backed LIV Golf. Five of the policy board members are independent directors, with professional backgrounds in law and business. “I am honored to represent the players of the PGA TOUR. Many elite PGA golfers accepted highly lucrative offers from LIV Golf, including Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson, Sergio Garcia and Bubba Watson.
Persons: Tiger Woods, LIV Golf, ” Woods, Jay, Monahan, Woods, Rory McIlroy, Webb Simpson, Patrick Cantlay, Charley Hoffman, Peter Malnati, McIlroy, LIV, , Golf, Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson, Sergio Garcia, Bubba Watson, Sen, Richard Blumenthal, Greg Norman, ” Monahan, Colin Neville, Neville, Ben Morse Organizations: CNN, Tour, PGA Tour, LIV, PGA, Washington Post, Saudi Public Investment Fund, Capitol Hill, Saudi, Premier Golf League Locations: Saudi, Connecticut
CNN —US superstar swimmer Katie Ledecky surpassed Michael Phelps for most career individual world swimming titles on Saturday after winning her 16th gold medal. Ledecky also became the first-ever swimmer to win six consecutive world championships in the same event. The 26-year-old earned her 16th world title after winning the 800-meter freestyle in a time of 8:08.87 at the 2023 World Aquatic Championships in Fukuoka, Japan. Ledecky won the women's 800m freestyle with ease. I’m really pleased with how the week went.”On Tuesday, Ledecky tied Phelps when she dominated the 1,500-meter freestyle for her fifth world title in that event.
Persons: Katie Ledecky, Michael Phelps, Ledecky, Li Bingjie, David J, Phillip, , I’m, Phelps Organizations: CNN Locations: Fukuoka, Japan, China
CNN —NBA star LeBron James shared a video Saturday on Instagram of his son Bronny playing piano after the young athlete’s cardiac arrest this week. LeBron James wrote in the video’s caption, “Grand rising! We’re here right with you every step of the way!” LeBron James wrote on Instagram. Everyone doing great,” the Lakers star wrote. #JamesGang.”A source familiar with the matter said Bronny James underwent a cardiac screening several months prior for prospective NBA athletes.
Persons: LeBron James, Bronny, , , Bronny James Organizations: CNN, NBA, University of Southern California’s, Sinai Medical Center, Lakers Locations: Los Angeles
CNN —Prior to a truce between the PGA Tour and LIV Golf last month, an adviser to the Saudi Public Investment Fund proposed that Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy could own LIV Golf teams and play in the Saudi-backed tour, according to a 276-page report released by the US Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations on Tuesday. In an April 26 meeting, PCP Capital Partners, a Saudi PIF adviser, presented a slideshow to PGA Tour board member Jimmy Dunne and PGA Tour Policy Board Chairman Edward Herlihy entitled “The Best of Both Worlds.”The slideshow proposed that McIlroy and Woods would own LIV Golf teams and participate in at least 10 LIV Golf events, documents showed. A May 24 email also revealed PGA Tour officials intended to fire LIV Golf CEO Greg Norman after the merger. Norman has been an advocate for the rival Saudi tour and a fierce public critic of the PGA Tour. The framework agreement between the Saudis and the PGA Tour needs to be approved by the PGA Tour’s 10-member policy board.
Persons: LIV, Woods, Rory McIlroy, Jimmy Dunne, Edward Herlihy, McIlroy, Yasir Al, Greg Norman, Norman, Jay Monahan’s, PIF, Roger Devlin, Dunne, Delvin, Rumayyan, ” Devlin, Devlin, , McIlroy “ Organizations: CNN, PGA, Saudi Public Investment Fund, LIV Golf, US, Capital Partners, Tour, Augusta National, International Golf Federation, Saudi, PGA Tour, LIV, Fund, Al Locations: Saudi, Saudi Arabia, Dubai, Rumayyan
CNN —NFL free agent running back Leonard Fournette said he’s “blessed” after escaping a vehicle fire in Florida on Tuesday. But I am still blessed.”The NFL six-year veteran played the last three seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers where he won the Super Bowl with the team in 2020. Last season, Fournette rushed for 668 yards and caught 73 passes for 523 yards in 16 games, nine of which were starts. Fournette holds the Buccaneers’ franchise record for most postseason rushing yards (362) and postseason yards from scrimmage (572). In six seasons with the Buccaneers and Jacksonville Jaguars, Fournette rushed for 4,478 yards with 34 rushing touchdowns.
Persons: Leonard Fournette, he’s “, Steve Gaskins, Fournette, Dodge, Gaskins, Organizations: CNN, NFL, Patrol, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Buccaneers, Jacksonville Jaguars Locations: Florida, Tampa, Dodge Durango
CNN —The NFL has stiffened its gambling policy for players by introducing six ‘key rules’ after a recent spate of violations. Don’t bet on the NFL;2. And don’t bet when you’re at work, wherever work happens to be in that moment. Rodgers added he made an “error in judgment.”In April, the NFL suspended five players for violating the league’s gambling policy. Moore of the Detroit Lions and Shaka Toney of the Washington Commanders were suspended indefinitely for betting on NFL games during the 2022 season.
Persons: Don’t, ” Jeff Miller, “ Don’t, That’s, you’re, ” Miller, Isaiah Rodgers, Rodgers, , Quintez, . Moore, Shaka Toney, Stanley Berryhill, Jameson Williams, Calvin Ridley, Roger Goodell, ” Goodell, “ We’ve, foolproof Organizations: CNN, NFL, Indianapolis Colts, Detroit Lions, Washington Commanders, Lions, Jacksonville Jaguars, Atlanta Falcons, Spring League Locations: Minnesota
CNN —Argentine superstar Lionel Messi is reportedly expected to make his Inter Miami debut on July 21, club managing owner Jorge Mas told a small group of reporters Monday, according to the Miami Herald. Inter Miami faces Mexico’s Cruz Azul in a Leagues Cup opening match that day at DRV PNK Stadium in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. CNN has reached out to Inter Miami and Messi’s representatives for comment. According to the Miami Herald, Inter Miami owner Jorge Mas said the club and seven-time world player of the year Messi have agreed to a deal but are still finalizing the agreement. “I made the decision that I am going to Miami,” he told Spanish outlets SPORT and Mundo Deportivo earlier this month.
Persons: Lionel Messi, Jorge Mas, Cruz Azul, Messi, Lintao Zhang, , , ” Mas, United States … Lionel Messi, “ It’s, Messi’s, TickPick Organizations: CNN, Argentine, Inter Miami, Miami Herald, Messi, Major League Soccer, Mundo Deportivo, Herald, Miami, Inter Miami’s Leagues, Cruz Locations: Fort Lauderdale , Florida, Spanish, Argentina, Miami, United States, North America
Damar Hamlin named 2023 George Halas Award winner
  + stars: | 2023-05-16 | by ( Wayne Sterling | ) edition.cnn.com   time to read: +1 min
CNN —Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin was named the 2023 George Halas Award winner by the Professional Football Writers of America on Monday. CPR was performed on Hamlin when he lost his pulse and needed to be revived through resuscitation and defibrillation. In April, Hamlin was cleared to resume football activities after his cardiac arrest was caused by commotio cordis, which can occur when severe trauma to the chest disrupts the heart’s electrical charge and causes dangerous fibrillations. The 25-year-old was cleared to resume football activities last month and said he has been planning to make a comeback to the NFL. “This event was life-changing, but it’s not the end of my story,” Hamlin said in a news conference two months ago.
CNN —Memphis Grizzlies guard Ja Morant has been suspended from team activities after an Instagram Live video appearing to show him flashing a gun while in a vehicle with others circulated on social media Sunday, just two months after the athlete was suspended over a similar video. Morant is suspended from all team activities “pending League review,” the Grizzlies announced on Twitter, adding the team had no further comment. CNN has reached out to Morant’s representative, the Grizzlies, and the NBA for comment. In March, the NBA suspended Morant for eight games without pay for “conduct detrimental to the league” after he was seen in another Instagram Live video holding a gun at a nightclub in Glendale, Colorado, a suburb of Denver. The investigation also did not find that Morant possessed the gun while traveling with the team or in any NBA facility.”Glendale police did not press charges against Morant.
CNN —UFC fighter Tony Ferguson was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence after his truck hit other vehicles and rolling over in Hollywood, California, on Sunday morning, the Los Angeles Police Department told CNN. Police said Ferguson initially refused to take a Breathalyzer test when he was taken into custody, the LA Times reported. Ferguson’s court date is set for June 1 in Los Angeles Municipal Court. The 39-year-old UFC welterweight fighter is 26-8-0 and has lost five consecutive fights. He has held the interim UFC lightweight championship title once, and also jointly holds the record for the longest win streak in lightweight division history with 12 wins tied with Khabib Nurmagomedov.
CNN —Oakland Athletics play-by-play announcer Glen Kuiper has apologized for using a racial slur during the team’s pre-game show prior to the A’s road game against the Kansas City Royals on Friday. Kuiper was discussing the “phenomenal” time he had visiting the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City, Missouri with A’s TV analyst Dallas Braden when he used a racial slur to describe the museum during the NBC Sports California broadcast. I just wanted to apologize if it sounded different than I meant it to be said. … I just wanted to apologize for that.”The Athletics called Kuiper’s language “unacceptable.”“The language used by Glen Kuiper during (Friday’s) pregame broadcast is unacceptable,” the team said in a statement. “The Oakland Athletics do not condone such language.
CNN —New York Jets general manager Joe Douglas called the deal to acquire four-time NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers from the Green Bay Packers “historic” for the franchise. Douglas spoke Tuesday on how the trade – which has not yet been finalized as the two teams work out the details – came together. “Obviously, a long time in the making,” Douglas told reporters at a previously scheduled pre-draft press conference. Rodgers is joining the New York Jets after 18 seasons with the Green Bay Packers. The NFL Draft begins Thursday night in Kansas City, Missouri.
CNN —Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa said Wednesday he considered walking away from football “for a time” after suffering multiple concussions last season. “I always dreamed of playing as long as I could to where my son knew exactly what he was watching his dad do. I love the game of football, if I didn’t, I would have quit a long time [ago].”Tagovailoa suffered multiple concussions last season causing him to miss five games, including the playoffs. This offseason, Tagovailoa is doing jiu-jitsu training to help him learn how to fall carefully. Tagovailoa will make a fully guaranteed $23.17 million for the 2024 season, according to the NFL.
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