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‘Amazing Amy’ set for history-making NJCAA run

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PHOENIX — Amy Bockerstette is set to become the first person with Down syndrome to compete in a national collegiate athletic championship. The 22-year-old golfer will play with her Paradise Valley Community College teammates at the NJCAA national championships May 10-13 at Plantation Bay Golf & Country Club in Ormond......

Sources: Northwestern promoting Polisky to AD

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Northwestern is promoting Mike Polisky to athletic director, ending a lengthy search for Jim Phillips’ successor, sources told ESPN. Polisky, who has served as Northwestern’s deputy athletic director for external affairs since June 2010, will be announced as AD on Monday. Phillips took the ACC commissioner job in December and......

Suit alleges LSU conspired to keep women quiet

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Seven women filed a federal class-action lawsuit against LSU and its leadership Monday, with the university’s former president and athletic director, as well as its athletic fundraising group, among those named as defendants, according to a copy of the lawsuit obtained by ESPN. According to the 118-page document, the women......

Michigan women win 1st gymnastics title over OU

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It all came down to the final gymnast. With Michigan and Oklahoma tied and a national title on the line, all eyes in Fort Worth’s Dickies Arena were on the Wolverines’ Abby Heiskell as she mounted the balance beam for the final routine of the day. In the end, her......

Study: Athletes low risk for COVID heart issues

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A study released Saturday examining more than 3,000 college athletes who had COVID-19 found so few instances of heart-related issues that future cardiac testing might be used only for athletes with certain symptoms. In the study, published in the American Heart Association’s journal, Circulation, researchers found signs of possible, probable......

PSU’s O’Keefe sets NCAA goals mark in lacrosse

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There’s a new goal king in men’s college lacrosse. Penn State senior attacker Mac O’Keefe set the NCAA record for most career goals on Friday when he passed former Duke star Justin Guterding in the second period against Michigan. O’Keefe entered the game with 211 career goals, just behind Guterding’s......

Nittany Lions high-scoring lacrosse star Mac O’Keefe ‘as dynamic as it gets’

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Mac O’Keefe tries not to think about the record he’s about to break, or read about it or hear about it or pay attention to it. It’s not that easy, though. All it takes is a scroll through his social media and it’s there, in his hand, staring him, in......

Ex-Nebraska player not guilty of sexual assault

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Jurors in a Lancaster County, Nebraska, court found former Nebraska football player Katerian LeGrone not guilty of sexually assaulting a female student in 2019 after about a week of testimony. LeGrone, 21, and his former teammate Andre Hunt were charged with first-degree sexual assault after the woman reported the alleged......

Maggie Nichols, Kyla Ross on returning to NCAA gymnastics championships — in coaching roles

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Last spring, two of the most decorated gymnasts in collegiate history were leading their teams on a path to the NCAA championships. Oklahoma’s Maggie Nichols and UCLA’s Kyla Ross were both having record-breaking senior seasons with their eyes set on more — until March 12. The season was abruptly canceled......

UMass wins first NCAA men’s hockey title

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PITTSBURGH — Filip Lindberg had 25 saves, Aaron Bohlinger scored his first career goal and Massachusetts beat St. Cloud State 5-0 on Saturday night to win the program’s first NCAA title. After St. Cloud State turnover, Bohlinger led a breakaway and dropped the puck to Ryan Sullivan whose one-touch pass......

ESPN now will call entire NCAA volleyball tourney

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ESPN on Friday said all 47 matches in the Division 1 NCAA volleyball tournament will be live on one of its platforms and will include commentators. The company previously had planned to stream the first two rounds of the event on its digital platforms without play-by-play announcers or analysts, a......

Lynx want NCAA to fight for transgender athletes

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Minnesota Lynx head coach Cheryl Reeve and forward Napheesa Collier have joined current and former NCAA athletes and LGBTQ advocates to call on the NCAA to take action in response to legislative measures restricting access to athletics for transgender athletes being considered and enacted across the country. Fifty-six legislative measures......

UMass wins OT thriller to make Frozen Four final

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PITTSBURGH — Garrett Wait scored in overtime and short-handed Massachusetts beat two-time defending champion Minnesota Duluth 3-2 on Thursday night in the Frozen Four semifinals. UMass (19-5-4) advances to Saturday’s national championship game against St. Cloud State. Both teams seek to make program history with a first title. UMass was......

Coaches critical of NCAA volleyball tourney setup

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OMAHA, Neb. — Coaches of two of the top teams in the NCAA Division I volleyball tournament complained Thursday about the setup for the event next week, with Wisconsin’s Kelly Sheffield saying it could continue shining an unfavorable light on the treatment of female athletes by college sports’ governing body.......

$50M suit alleges backlash to Miles allegations

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BATON ROUGE, La. — In a $50 million federal racketeering lawsuit, an LSU associate athletic director has accused university officials of retaliating against her for reporting racist remarks and inappropriate sexual behavior by former Tigers football coach Les Miles. Sharon Lewis’ lawsuit says she was denied pay raises and subjected......

Wisconsin women nab 1-seed in volleyball tourney

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6:31 PM ET Mechelle VoepelESPN.com Close Mechelle Voepel covers the WNBA, women’s college basketball, and other college sports for espnW. Voepel began covering women’s basketball in 1984, and has been with ESPN since 1996. Wisconsin was awarded the No. 1 seed in the NCAA women’s volleyball tournament, which begins April......

How post-COVID-19 risks might change sports as we know them

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For sports fans across the country, the resumption of the regular sports calendar has signaled another step toward post-pandemic normality. But for the athletes participating in professional, collegiate, high school or even recreational sports, significant unanswered questions remain about the aftereffects of a COVID-19 infection. Chief among those is whether......

Jordyn Wieber survived abuse, and is now out to change gymnastics culture

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7:30 AM ET Alyssa RoenigkESPN Close Alyssa Roenigk is a senior writer for ESPN whose assignments have taken her to six continents and caused her to commit countless acts of recklessness. (Follow @alyroe on Twitter). BEFORE HER TEAM’S rotation on balance beam at their final home meet of the regular......

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