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College Football Playoff mulls moving semis from New Year's Eve

Bill Hancock said the College Football Playoff is considering moving the playoff semifinals from New Year's Eve. Hancock, the CFP's executive director, said the move could happen no sooner than after the 2018 regular season. "We're exploring if there's a better [date] for the semifinals," Hancock said. "We're thinking about if New Year's Eve is the way to go."

Why Judd Apatow Had to Make 'Doc and Darryl'

Doc & Darryl doesn't sugarcoat any of the players' many missteps, but it does paint a picture of Gooden and Strawberry that's considerably more complex and empathetic than the "two bums who squandered their talents" narrative that's often been pushed by the mainstream media. "We wanted to truly understand them," says Apatow.

How Four Ace Coaching Hires in 2016 Could Transform ACC Football

Every year in college football, new coaches bring a sense of optimism, but what’s happening in the ACC is not ordinary. Fans at Miami, Syracuse, Virginia and Virginia Tech can all reasonably believe that their school made a game-changing coaching move. The ACC’s four coaching hires for 2016 could signal the most important shift for the league since it added Miami and Virginia Tech in 2004.

Deflategate and Tom Brady’s suspension come down to a Supreme Court ‘Hail Mary’

The Deflategate saga has seemed endless since arising from the NFL’s determination that the New England Patriots used improperly under-inflated footballs in the first half of the AFC title game at the conclusion of the 2014 season. Tom Brady, the Patriots’ four-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback, played the entire 2015 season while appeals of his four-game suspension by the league made their way through the federal court system.

Albany game at Duke canceled over North Carolina HB2 law

New York governor Andrew Cuomo’s stand against North Carolina’s anti-transgender law has led to the cancellation of Albany’s game at Duke. Cuomo put out an executive order in response to the law being passed, and Albany, a public university in the State University of New York system, will not travel to Durham Nov. 12 as originally scheduled.

Chinanu Onuaku could bring the 'granny shot' to NBA arena near you

Chinanu Onuaku stepped his massive Jordan 13 sneakers to the foul line on Friday. With 7:20 remaining in the second quarter of the Houston Rockets’ summer league bout against the Atlanta Hawks, Onuaku bent his knees, exhaled a breath and flicked his wrists—plural. Onuanku shoots free throws underhanded.

Duke’s unimpressive non-conference schedule bad for the sport

Less than a third of Duke’s basketball schedule in the first two months of the season is worth watching, and only two of those games will convince anyone with something better to do than sit on their couch and watch sports to make the effort to see them play. More than half of their schedule comes against completely overmatched opponents. And this is the norm.

VT's Buzz Williams agrees to contract extension

Buzz Williams has agreed to a two-year contract extension with Virginia Tech that carries through the 2022-23 season, at which time his guaranteed income would be $3.3 million. The reworked deal pays Williams a $100,000 retention bonus Aug. 1, bumping his 2016 compensation to $2.6 million, and calls for subsequent bonuses of $100,000 on April 30, 2017 and $200,000 each of the following three Aprils.

Former Clemson Basketball Player Demontez Stitt Dies at 27

Former Clemson basketball player Demontez Stitt has died at 27. Stitt has played pro basketball in Europe and America with Hapoel Tel Aviv, Belfius Mons-Hainaut, Maccabi Haifa, Sigal Prishtina, Fuerza Regia Monterrey and Orkide Gediz Universitesi. Last season in TBL he averaged 19 points, 4.7 rebounds and 5 assists per contest. According to One, Stitt was found dead in his home on Tuesday.

Emotion vs. reason on Kevin Durant

This brings us, once again, to Kevin Durant. Two days after his Big Decision of 2016, people are still mad. They're mad at the NBA, they're mad at the Warriors, they're mad at impulsive millennial players (???), but mostly, they're mad at Durant. This has cemented itself as the storyline of the upcoming 2016-17: Kevin Durant, joiner, coward, bad guy, weakling.

Testimony in documents allege Joe Paterno knew of child abuse in 1976

Joe Paterno was aware of sexual abuse by Jerry Sandusky as far back as 1976 and some assistant coaches knew in subsequent decades, according to alleged victims' depositions that were unsealed Tuesday.

Jim Heckman out at Scout, product team quits en masse, blames Russian investors

There appear to be some bizarre things going on with Scout Media Inc. and its network of sports websites (particularly recruiting-focused ones). Awful Announcing has obtained a letter the Scout board sent to Scout publishers Sunday, saying that they’d terminated the employment of chairman Jim Heckman for cause and alleging that he had “advanced his own personal interests at the expense of the company’s”.

WME/IMG Takes Bold Swing with $4 Billion UFC Acquisition

WME/IMG is taking another big swing at transforming and diversifying its far-flung business operations with the $4 billion acquisition of mixed martial arts organization Ultimate Fighting Championship. WME/IMG and its private equity partners Silver Lake, KKR and Michael Dell’s MSD Capital, L.P. and MSD Partners, L.P. confirmed the deal Monday.

How soon might ACC, ESPN unveil league's television future?

ACC commissioner John Swofford has spent much of the last four years offering vaguely confident updates on a prospective television outlet dedicated to the league. With the project almost assuredly near fruition, the ACC and ESPN could well unveil their future partnership before Swofford and reporters meet July 21 in Charlotte, N.C., for his annual state-of-the-conference presser.

Tim Duncan Announces Retirement

San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan Monday announced that he will retire after 19 seasons with the organization. The 40-year-old Duncan comes off of a season in which he led the NBA in Defensive RPM (5.41) and became just the third player in league history to reach 1,000 career wins, as well as the only player to reach 1,000 wins with one team.

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