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DI football to allow more participation before losing eligibility

College athletes competing in Division I football can participate in up to four games in a season without using a season of competition, the Division I Council decided this week. Division I student-athletes have five years to compete in up to four seasons. The new exception allows football players to preserve a season of competition if injuries or other factors result in them competing in a small number of games. (NCAA.org)

New transfer rule eliminates permission-to-contact process

Beginning in October, Division I student-athletes will have the ability to transfer to a different school and receive a scholarship without asking their current school for permission. Additionally, the proposal adds tampering with a current student-athlete at another school to the list of potential Level 2 violations, considered a significant breach of conduct. (NCAA.org)

Florida returns to College World Series with walk-off home run off Auburn outfielder's glove

Defending champion Florida is heading back to the College World Series. The Gators clinched their spot in Omaha in the most thrilling — or agonizing — way possible. Austin Langworthy hit a walk-off solo home run in the 11th inning off right fielder Steven Williams' glove to give Florida a 3-2 win over SEC rival Auburn in the deciding game of their super regional Monday. (USA Today)

An Emotional T.J. Oshie Describes Winning The Stanley Cup In Front Of Father, Suffering Dementia

You will get nowhere if you try to keep the emotion bottled up while watching Caps winger T.J. Oshie talk about winning the Stanley Cup with his father in attendance. Oshie’s father is battling Alzheimer’s disease, so joyous events they can experience together take on added importance. Wherever you stand on the Capitals, this was a genuinely incredible sports moment. (Deadspin)

Jeff Goodman Leaving ESPN, What's Next?

Jeff Goodman is leaving ESPN and joining the upstart Stadium, The Big Lead has learned from a person with direct knowledge. Goodman has signed a multi-year deal with Stadium, which started as a streaming platform and is making a big financial commitment toward an editorial push. Former ESPN college football reporter Brett McMurphy will also join Stadium. (The Big Lead)

C.M. Newton's courage and class went beyond wins and losses

Jock Sutherland tells the story of the turning point that was 1969. The former Lafayette High School basketball coach was C.M. Newton's assistant at the University of Alabama when he went to see a young prep star play in Birmingham. Upon his return, Sutherland's scouting report said Alabama had to sign Wendell Hudson. There was only one problem. Wendell Hudson was black. (Lexington Herald-Leader)

Donte DiVincenzo's exit to NBA Draft should serve as example that winning matters

Donte DiVincenzo’s college basketball career consists of a dozen starts spread over three seasons with the Villanova Wildcats, one of them shortened in time for him to earn a medical hardship year he’ll not be around to spend. He was a double-figure scorer on average in just one of those seasons. He never averaged 10 shots per game. He never averaged 30 minutes. (Sporting News)

Justify's Triple Crown shouldn't be diminished because of American Pharoah

If nearly four decades of futility elevated the Triple Crown as the most difficult feat in sports, having two winners in the last four years should do nothing to diminish it. Justify’s victory in Saturday’s Belmont Stakes to become the 13th Triple Crown winner should only give us more appreciation for what we’re watching. Horse racing has been blessed with another burst from the cosmos. (USA Today)

Dynasty Warriors: Golden State proves unstoppable in title run

Before the Hamptons, before light-years ahead, and before Jurassic basketball thinkers had to concede that a small team could actually win an NBA championship with jump-shooting, finesse and defense, nobody spoke of the Golden State Warriors as a squad with multiple Hall of Famers, let alone one. The Warriors are celebrating their third title Friday after beating the Cavaliers. (ESPN.com)

Could a Rogue FBI Agent Derail the NCAA Corruption Probe?

The criminal cases stemming from this investigation will play out in New York’s Southern District at trial this fall. They will raise the usual questions about the ethics of the NCAA, the unseemliness of recruiting, the fraught landscape of college sports. But the government’s case may rest on a more fundamental and less philosophical question: What happened to the lead agent? (Sports Illustrated)

Basketball Giant C.M. Newton Has Died

C.M. Newton, who began a long association with college basketball as a self-admitted backup player to legendary Kentucky coach Adolph Rupp and became legendary in his own right, has died in Tuscaloosa, where his rise to international prominence began as head basketball coach at The University of Alabama. Charles Martin Newton was 88 years old. (Bama OnLine)

Judge rules Louisville made a 'deliberate attempt' to hide information in basketball scandal

The University of Louisville made a deliberate attempt to withhold damaging information related to scandalous happenings surrounding the men's basketball program, according to Jefferson Circuit Judge Barry Willett. As a result, U of L must turn over all documents used by former President James Ramsey when he voluntarily withheld the team out of the 2016 NCAA Tournament. (CBS Sports)

Now I Can Die in Peace, Washington Capitals Edition

When Lars Eller scored the tie-breaking goal in the third period of Thursday’s Game 5 of the Stanley Cup final, there were seven minutes and 37 seconds to go in regulation. Precisely seven minutes and 37 seconds separating my beloved Washington Capitals from lifting their first-ever Cup. Relatedly: Those may have been the longest seven minutes and 37 seconds of my life. (The Ringer)

Georgia Tech's Josh Pastner cleared of sexual assault allegations following Title IX probe

Georgia Tech coach Josh Pastner has been cleared in a Title IX investigation into allegations he sexually assaulted and harassed the girlfriend of a former friend. The investigation conducted by Fisher Phillips law firm determined that the allegations made by Jennifer Pendley and Ron Bell, who also accused Pastner of violating NCAA rules last year, were not credible. (CBS Sports)

Under new rule, SEC graduates can transfer within the conference and play immediately

SEC graduates can now transfer within the conference and play immediately, after a vote on Friday abolished a previous rule,which required transfers to sit out one season. In years past, players like Georgia's Maurice Smith had to apply for a waiver for immediate eligibility. Alabama coach Nick Saban garnered headlines for attempting to block the intraconference transfers of Smith. (ESPN.com)

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