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Strong field set for PGA Tour's return at Colonial

World No. 1 Rory McIlroy will head a strong field next week as the PGA Tour returns to action with the Charles Schwab Challenge in Fort Worth, Texas.

Texans special teams coordinator Seely retires

Houston Texans special teams coordinator Brad Seely is retiring after 31 seasons as an NFL assistant coach.

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DePaul AD Lenti Ponsetto retiring after 18 years

DePaul athletic director Jean Lenti Ponsetto announced Friday that she will retire later this year after serving in the role for 18 years.

Clemson WR Ross undergoes spinal surgery

Clemson receiver Justyn Ross announced Friday that he underwent surgery to repair a spinal condition.

Worker dies at L.A.-area stadium construction site

A construction worker at the SoFi Stadium construction site south of Los Angeles died Friday after falling from the roof of the $5 billion venue.

Report: Durant won't play for Nets this season

Former NBA MVP Kevin Durant will not make his Brooklyn Nets debut when the season resumes next month, the New York Post reported Friday, ending speculation that the veteran forward might salvage some games in the 2019-20 season.

Florida A&M leaving MEAC to join SWAC

Florida A&M is leaving the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference to join the Southwestern Athletic Conference in 2021-22.

Ohio approves fans' attendance at The Memorial

The state of Ohio has given the OK to fan attendance at next month's Memorial Tournament, officials said Friday.

Retired OL Long denies interest in joining Jets

The New York Jets are trying to coax offensive lineman Kyle Long out of retirement, the New York Daily News reported Friday.

Oklahoma State hit with one-year postseason ban

The NCAA handed a one-year postseason ban to the Oklahoma State men's basketball program Friday over a former coach's role in a far-reaching bribery scandal.

Former players say Texas State coach made racist remarks

Two former players say Texas State men's basketball coach Danny Kaspar directed racist remarks toward members of the team.

Former All-Star Crawford arrested for assault

Former major league outfielder Carl Crawford was arrested for an alleged assault on his ex-girlfriend, with the incident reportedly taking place in front of the couple's 1-year-old child.

Ryan donates $500K to Atlanta's black community

Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan is donating $500,000 toward helping the black community in Atlanta.

Silver walks back idea of restrictions for older NBA coaches

After initially saying that older coaches might not be able to return to the bench this summer due to the coronavirus pandemic, NBA commissioner Adam Silver reversed course Thursday night.

Williamson granted stay in improper-benefits case

New Orleans Pelicans rookie Zion Williamson won a temporary reprieve Thursday night when a Florida appeals court granted the former Duke star a stay from having to answer questions regarding an improper-benefits case.

Alliance reach grand final at ESL One Birmingham - EU/CIS

Alliance swept VP.Prodigy on Friday to reach the grand finals of the ESL One Birmingham Online's Europe and Commonwealth of Independent States event.

Alliance await the winner of Saturday's lower-bracket final between VP.Prodigy and Team Secret. The winner of Sunday's best-of-five final takes home the $60,000 top prize.

Alliance won the first game in 34 minutes and finished off VP.Prodigy in the second game in 27 minutes.

Team Secret advanced to the lower-bracket final on Friday with a 2-1 win against Team Nigma.

Team Nigma received a default loss in the first game because of internet connection issues, but evened the match with a swift 13-minute win in the second game. Team Secret took the third in 33 minutes, sending Team Nigma home with $14,000 for fourth place.

ESL One Birmingham, a $300,000 Dota 2 major, was scheduled for May 26-31 in Birmingham, England, before plans were changed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The tournament split into four online regional competitions: Europe/Commonwealth of Independent States, North America/South America, China and Southeast Asia.

Fnatic won the $40,000, six-team Southeast Asia event last week. The other three divisions -- Europe/CIS (16 teams, $200,000), the Americas (six teams, $40,000) and China (eight teams, $55,000) -- conclude Sunday.

The Europe/CIS event began with 16 teams, and the top-eight made the double-elimination playoffs. All playoff matches are best-of-three until Sunday's best-of-five final.

ESL One Birmingham Online -- Europe and Commonwealth of Independent States prize pool:
1. $60,000
2. $38,000
3. $25,000
4. $14,000 -- Team Nigma
5-6. $10,000 -- FlyToMoon, Team Liquid
7-8. $7,500 -- Vikin.gg, HellRaisers
9-10. $5,000 -- Natus Vincere, Cyber Legacy
11-12. $4,000 -- Team Unique, Ninjas in Pyjamas
13-14. $3,000 -- Family Team, OG
15-16. $2,000

Galaxy, MF Katai part ways after wife's disturbing posts

The LA Galaxy and midfielder Aleksandar Katai mutually agreed to part ways Friday.

The sudden breakup followed disturbing social media comments made by the Serbian player's wife, Tea Katai.

In a now-deleted post on Instagram earlier this week, she referred to protesters as "disgusting cattle" and called for law enforcement to "kill" them.

Katai, 31, who signed with the Galaxy as a free agent in December, played in two games with the team before the season was paused due to the coronavirus.

Katai released a statement about his wife's comments on Wednesday.

"I strongly condemn white supremacy, racism and violence towards people of color. Black lives matter. This is a mistake from my family and I take full responsibility," he said. "I will ensure that my family and I take the necessary actions to learn, understand, listen and support the black community."

Katai met with Galaxy officials on Thursday as a group of protesters gathered outside the team's facility carrying a banner reading "No Racists in Our Club."

Katai played for the Chicago Fire during the 2018 and 2019 seasons, appearing in 62 games (51 starts) and tallying 18 goals and 12 assists.

--Field Level Media

Ten teams named to We Play! Clutch Island event

We Play! Esports announced 10 teams that have been invited into its We Play! Clutch Island event, including five teams that will advance directly into the main event.

The 10 CIS teams qualified for the June 16-28 online event through their Regional Major Ranking points. The top five teams in RMR points were moved directly into the main event: Hard Legion, Virtus.pro, Natus Vincere, Team Spirit and Winstrike.

Five other Counter Strike: Global Offensive teams were named to a closed qualifier: Nemiga Gaming, Syman Gaming, ESPADA, Gambit Youngsters and forZe.

Three more teams will fill out the closed qualifier through an open qualifier. The top three teams in the closed qualifier will earn their way into the main event.

Teams in the We Play! Clutch Island event will compete for a prize pool of $50,000. Closed qualifiers will take place June 16-18, with a group stage taking place June 23-25. The event will conclude with a Grand Final on June 28.

All matches, including the Grand Final, will be in a best-of-three format.

--Field Level Media

Vitality, mousesports reach BLAST Spring European semifinals

Vitality and mousesports advanced to the semifinals of the BLAST Premier Spring Showdown European Event on Friday.

Vitality posted a 2-1 win over Dignitas, while mousesports earned a 2-0 sweep over Astralis in the other quarterfinal.

Vitality opened Friday's match with a 16-5 win on Nuke. Dignitas answered with a 16-8 decision on Dust II, but Vitality came through with a 16-11 win on Vertigo.

After a 19-16 overtime win on Overpass, mousesports closed out Astralis with a 16-5 victory on Train.

Saturday's semifinals will pit Vitality against Fnatic and mouseports against ENCE. The Vitality-Fnatic winner moves on to face Ninjas in Pyjamas on one final on Sunday, with the mousesports-ENCE victor taking on MAD Lions in a second final.

The Spring Showdown European event began with two five-team groups for round-robin play. All group games consisted of a single map, with three points awarded for a win and one for a tie. Standings determined seeding for two playoff brackets.

The winners of the two playoff finals will each earn $37,500 and a berth in the eight-team, $500,000 BLAST Premier Spring European Finals. The two losers from Sunday's finals will meet June 15, with the winner earning a third spot in the Spring European Finals, scheduled for June 16-21.

Five teams already earned spots in the Spring European Finals based on their results in the Jan. 31-Feb. 16 regular season: FaZe Clan, Natus Vincere, G2 Esports, Complexity Gaming and OG.

The top two teams at the Spring European Finals will earn berths in the eight-team, $1.5 million BLAST Premier Global Final, set for Jan. 18-24, 2021, at a site to be determined. The Global Final will also include the winners of the American Spring Finals, the Fall Finals and the ESL One Rio Major as well as the top three teams from the BLAST Premier Circuit.

BLAST Premier Spring Showdown - Europe prize pool:
1-2. $

We Play! Pushka League's second season to start in August

We Play! Esports announced Friday that its second season of the We Play! Pushka League will be divided into three global regions, with two of those regions starting play on Aug. 13.

The Europe region will include the Commonwealth of Independent States, the Americas region will include North and South America, and the Asia region will include China and Southeast Asia.

Pushka League play in the Europe and Americas region will start Aug. 13 and is expected to be completed by Sept. 13. Start and finish dates for the Asia region have not been determined.

All three regions will open with group stage play among 16 teams. The three best teams from each group will advance to the Division I Super Finals. The fourth- and fifth-place teams in each group will compete in a play-in stage for two more spots in the Super Finals.

A Division 2 and Division 3 playoffs among group stage participants also will be contested to earn spots in Division 1, 2 or 3 for Pushka League Season 3.

The prize pool for the Europe Division 1 Super Finals is $210,000, while Division 2 playoffs have a prize pool of $50,000 and Division 3 plays for $5,000. The prize pool for the Asia Division 1 Super Finals is $60,000, while the Super Finals in the Americas will have a prize pool of $40,000.

The prize pool for the relegation bracket of the Asia region is $15,000, and $10,000 for the Americas.

A full roster of teams, open qualifier mechanics, and other details will be announced at a later date.

--Field Level Media

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