UNDATED (AP) — North Carolina State has accepted a recommendation for its NCAA case involving recruiting violations tied to former one-and-done star Dennis Smith Jr. to go through the new independent investigation process for complex cases.In a statement Wednesday, Chancellor Randy Woodson questioned whether the school “can receive an objective or fair hearing” in a typical infractions-committee route. Woodson said the Independent Accountability Resolution Process is “the only remaining option.”The NCAA created the IARP following reform proposals from the commission led by former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in the wake of a federal corruption investigation into college basketball. It includes independent investigators and decision-makers with no direct ties to member schools. Rulings cannot be appealed.North Carolina State was charged last summer with four violations.In other college basketball news: Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditWhatsappVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSTrack world championships moved to 2022UNDATED (AP) — The track world championships in Eugene, Oregon, have been rescheduled for July 15-24, 2022. — The NFL’s Arizona Cardinals are teaming with State Farm to donate one million meals to local food banks to help families during the new coronavirus crisis. The team says the number of people seeking help from local food banks has more than doubled while the number of donations has decreased dramatically. The Cardinals have already made a $1 million donation to the Arizona Coronavirus Relief Fund and organized three blood drives at State Farm Stadium to help boost the area’s shrinking blood supply. Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury was among those who donated blood.— The Tokyo Olympic flame has been taken off public display in Japan. And it’s not clear when it will reappear again, or where — or under what conditions. The flame arrived in Japan from Greece on March 26. After the Tokyo Olympics and the torch relay were postponed until next year, the flame was put on display in the northeastern prefecture of Fukushima. It was supposed to remain on display through the end of April, but it was removed to an undisclosed location after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (shin-zoh AH’-bay) declared a state of emergency yesterday that includes limiting large crowds.NHL-DRAFTLafrenière tops list of NHL draft-eligible prospectsUNDATED (AP) — Alexis Lafrenière holds the top spot in the NHL Central Scouting Bureau’s final ranking of draft-eligible prospects. The next step remains uncertain for the 18-year-old forward and hundreds of his fellow prospects. At 6-foot-1 and 200 pounds, Lafrenière has consistently topped the NHL scouting bureau’s list of draft-eligible prospects. The NHL draft, scheduled to take place in Montreal in late June, has been postponed. So have the draft lottery to determine the top seedings and weeklong pre-draft combine in Buffalo, New York. The draft can’t feasibly be held until the playoffs are completed or the entire season canceled.Forward Quinton Byfield and defenseman Jamie Drysdale, both from the Toronto area, were ranked second and third among North American prospects. Forward Tim Stuetzle, the German professional league’s rookie of the year, was ranked as the top European prospect.NHL-OILERS-CAVEOilers’ Cave out of emergency surgery, remains in comaUNDATED (AP) — The Edmonton Oilers say forward Colby Cave has undergone emergency surgery after suffering a brain bleed. The event was pushed back a year because the Tokyo Olympics were delayed until 2021 amid the coronavirus pandemic. The track worlds were originally scheduled for Aug. 6-15, 2021.World Athletics president Sebastian Coe says 2022 will be a “bonanza for athletics fans around the world” with the Commonwealth Games beginning in Birmingham, England, only three days after the track worlds. The multisport European Championship is currently slated for Aug. 11-21 in Munich.World Athletics has also postponed the bidding processes for 2023 World Athletics Series events. They will now open in November 2020.In other developments related to the coronavirus:— Formula One says it will furlough half of its staff until the end of May and senior executives will take pay cuts amid the coronavirus pandemic. F1 says senior leadership figures will take “voluntary pay cuts while still continuing to work and not in furlough,” and CEO Chase Carey will take a “much deeper” pay cut. F1 has postponed eight races so far this season and the Monaco Grand Prix has been canceled. The season is currently scheduled to begin in France on June 28. More postponements are likely to turn into cancellations, but F1 has said it is still hoping to stage between 15 and 18 races out of the original 22. Associated Press April 8, 2020 Update on the latest sports The team posted on Twitter that doctors removed a colloid cyst that was causing pressure on Cave’s brain Tuesday. He remains in a medically induced coma at Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto.Cave’s wife, Emily, said earlier on Instagram that doctors were “fighting to keep him alive” in surgery. “We need a miracle,” Emily Cave wrote. “Please pray for my husband and best friend.”The 25-year-old Cave scored one goal in 11 games with Edmonton this season. COLLEGE BASKETBALL-NEWSNC State accepts NCAA case referral for independent process — The president of the International Paralympic Committee says the body has “cash-flow” problems because of the Olympic and Paralympic postponement until 2021. Andrew Parsons says about 5% of spending is being cut from the IPC’s budget. Parsons says the problem is due partly to broadcast rights holders who want to delay their payments until the product is delivered. Parsons says it’s not a question of “losing money” but rather some temporary belt tightening.— The players and coach on Switzerland’s national soccer team have declined to take more than $1 million of payments that were due from their federation in 2020. The team was scheduled to play in the now-postponed European Championship in June and had two games in Qatar canceled last month because of the coronavirus pandemic. The shutdown of games has cost the Swiss soccer body millions of dollars. Federation chairman Dominique Blanc says it’s a “magnificent gesture” from the players. Blanc tested positive for the virus three weeks ago. Team captain Stephan Lichtsteiner says “we wanted to set an example and show solidarity.”— A two-time Olympic finalist in the 800 meters has died after getting infected with the coronavirus. The Italian Olympic Committee says Donato Sabia has died. He was 56. Sabia finished fifth in the 800 at the 1984 Los Angeles Games and seventh at the 1988 Seoul Games. He also won the 800 at the 1984 European Indoor Championships. Sabia died in his hometown of Potenza in southern Italy shortly after his father also died from the virus.— A groom who worked at Belmont Park has died of coronavirus complications. The New York Racing Association says Martin Zapata died Tuesday. The 63-year-old native of Panama had spent the past two years working for trainer Tom Morley in New York, which has been hard-hit by the pandemic. NYRA says Zapata tested positive for COVID-19 on March 24 and was hospitalized two days later. He lived and worked at Belmont Park.— The opening of the stable area and training track at Saratoga in upstate New York is being delayed because of the coronavirus pandemic. The training track was set to open April 15. The New York Racing Association says it has yet to decide an appropriate date to safely open. Saratoga’s racing season is still scheduled to begin on July 16 and run through Sept. 7. In New Jersey, Monmouth Park has pushed back the opening of its stable area until June 1, a month later than planned. Live racing there is set to start July 4 weekend. — DePaul guard Jalen Coleman-Lands has been granted a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA. Coleman-Lands was limited to nine games in his first season competing at DePaul in 2018-19 after breaking his left hand. He played in all 32 games this past season and led the Blue Demons with 63 3-pointers while averaging 11 points. The Indianapolis product spent his first two years at Illinois and sat out the 2017-18 season after transferring to DePaul. He has averaged nearly 11 points in 41 games for the Blue Demons. DePaul announced the decision Wednesday.NFL-NEWSFALCONS-UNIFORMSFalcons to wear all-black home uniforms as part of redesignATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons are moving to black pants with black jerseys for their home uniforms in 2020 as part of a redesign the team says respects past fashion choices with updates “to match the modern progression of Atlanta.” The team’s first redesign in 17 years also include white jerseys and white pants for road uniforms. The Falcons will wear continue to use black helmets.Each new look features red stripes. The black home jerseys will have white numbers. The all-white road uniforms include black numbers.Falcons President Rich McKay says the redesign was influenced by feedback from fans.
Oklahoma State has maintained that status heading into the 2020 college football season — with a loaded offense capable of putting up 40-burgers in the Big 12 and perhaps ready to take a run at ending that losing streak against five-time defending conference champion Oklahoma. From a strictly football standpoint, Gundy — who is 129-64 and ranked No. 20 in SN’s 1-130 coach rankings — exceeded expectations.DeCOURCY: Gundy’s COVID comments not a sign that all coaches speak like foolsNow, he must exceed them even more off the field. It’s not just about what he says; what he does will define how much his players can listen to the message. Gundy has found that out in an offseason marked by foot-in-mouth moments. He pushed for a return to college football by May 1 while the COVID-19 pandemic was still escalating in the United States, with his justification being a “need to run money through the state of Oklahoma.” That could be excused as not knowing enough about the problem. Now, a photo has surfaced of Gundy wearing a OAN T-shirt (OAN is a far-right cable network). Star running back Chuba Hubbard took exception and demanded change, and a few former players made allegations of racist behavior by the longtime coach. Will Gundy’s actions in this instance be excused as not knowing enough about the problem? He should know enough by this point. College coaches are being held to a higher standard than ever with their players, and that’s a good thing for the future.MORE: Swinney shares message of support for Black Lives Matter protestsTo be clear, wearing the shirt on its own isn’t the problem. Gundy is entitled to his own political opinions, but a person in his position should be more in tune with his student-athletes before wearing that shirt. When a 2,000-yard running back on his roster speaks out, it suggests Gundy hasn’t listened enough. Players have been emboldened to have their voices heard amid national protests that were inflamed with the death of George Floyd, and Oklahoma State is the next program where a longtime coach has been tasked with addressing a problem that has lasted much longer in American society. Kirk Ferentz, who has been at Iowa since 1999, is dealing with the aftermath of the university’s separation agreement with strength coach Chris Doyle. Clemson’s Dabo Swinney found that out, too, after an incident involving an assistant coach using the N-word was reheated. Florida State coach Mike Norvell embellished what he said to a reporter about talking to every player about the Floyd protests, and star defensive tackle Marvin Wilson took notice. Accountability matters now more than ever, and Gundy has taken a hit. Monday’s events were enough for Oklahoma State athletic director Mike Holder to issue the following statement: “This afternoon has been very disturbing. The tweets from current and former players are of grave concerns.””Grave” is a particularly strong word in that statement, one that reflects the dangers of racial misconduct. The allegations are strong; Gundy’s response must be even stronger. What happens next will be very important in restoring trust with his star player as the Cowboys program tries to reach its goals in 2020 (if there is a season). He is no longer the eccentric coach with the mullet. He’s on the spot. To start, Gundy made an about-face video with Hubbard that Hubbard posted on his Twitter feed Monday night.Change is coming I promise you that. pic.twitter.com/wTGHtByh3N— Chuba Hubbard (@Hubbard_RMN) June 15, 2020″In light of today’s tweet with the T-shirt that I was wearing, I met with some players and realize it’s a very sensitive issue with what’s going on in today’s society,” Gundy said. “And so, we had a great meeting. I was made aware of some things that players feel like can make our organization, our culture even better than it is here at Oklahoma State. I’m looking forward to making some changes, and it starts at the top with me. And we’ve got good days ahead.”That might not be remembered more than “I’m a man! I’m 40!” but the impact of what follows it will last much longer than the next 15 minutes at Oklahoma State. There needs to be more than the recyclable spin we’re seeing across the FBS. Gundy can take his cue after botching what he said about COVID-19 and what he did by wearing a T-shirt that was bound to elicit the reaction that followed. This is a good time for him to listen to his players. Maybe talk a little less in the meantime. How much longer he remains at Oklahoma State might just depend on it. For 15 seasons, Oklahoma State’s Mike Gundy has been one of the most quotable coaches in college football. In 2007, he screamed “I’m a man! I’m 40!” into the mainstream vernacular at a time when the Cowboys were starting to emerge as a Big 12 contender.