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JMU Cancels Softball Season After Player's Suicide

'We will use this time to continue healing and to honor Lauren's memory'

(Newser) - Virginia's James Madison University has canceled the remainder of its softball season after the death of a star athlete. Catcher Lauren Bernett, 20, of McDonald, Penn., died of an apparent suicide on April 25, according to the Rockingham County Sheriff's Office. That was the same day she was...

James Madison U. Grieves for Softball Star After Suicide

Days earlier, Lauren Bernett was named Player of the Week in her conference

(Newser) - Lauren Bernett, star catcher for the James Madison University softball team, died in an apparent suicide on Tuesday, according to NBC News. In a statement announcing the death of the 20-year-old sophomore, JMU President Jonathan Alger said, “Our hearts are aching, hearing the news of the loss of one...

Kansas Pulls Off Biggest-Ever NCAA Championship Comeback

Erases 16-point deficit to win the title

(Newser) - What looked like a lost cause turned into one of the sweetest wins ever for Kansas. The Jayhawks brought their fourth NCAA title back to Allen Fieldhouse on Monday thanks to a second-half flurry that erased a 16-point deficit and eventually overcame North Carolina 72-69 in an epic battle of...

Lia Thomas Scores a Big First for Transgender Athletes
Swimmer Lia Thomas
Scores a Big First

Swimmer Lia Thomas Scores a Big First

She's the first transgender athlete to win NCAA Division I title

(Newser) - Lia Thomas won the 500-yard freestyle event at the NCAA Division I women's swimming and diving championships Thursday night in Atlanta, becoming the first known transgender athlete to win an NCAA Division I title in any sport, WSVN reports. The University of Pennsylvania swimmer told ESPN after the race...

US Transgender Swimmers Get Some New Rules

Panel to decide if transitioned athletes like Lia Thomas have unfair advantage at elite level

(Newser) - A panel of three medical experts will determine whether a transgender swimmer has an unfair advantage over other female competitors before they are accepted at the elite level, according to a new policy from USA Swimming . The panel will consider "prior physical development of the athlete as a male...

She Broke a Bunch of Swim Records, Now Faces Transphobia

Controversy swirls over U of Penn's Lia Thomas, who moved to women's team after transitioning

(Newser) - The debate on trans athletes participating in college sports has just been kicked up a notch after a University of Pennsylvania swimmer broke three school records and two national ones over the past month. LGBTQ advocates say the ensuing controversy has veered into transphobic waters. NBC News reports on the...

A Member of 'Track Royalty' Dead at 26
Man Born Into
'Track Royalty'
Dead at 26
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Man Born Into 'Track Royalty' Dead at 26

Death of Carl Lewis' godson Cameron Burrell reported at parking garage

(Newser) - A former NCAA track star who was the godson of US track and field legend Carl Lewis has died. Cameron Burrell, a former University of Houston sprinter who won NCAA championships in the 100-meter race in 2018 and in the 4x100-meter relay in 2017 and 2018, died Monday at age...

Boss Suggests Smaller Role for the NCAA

President says maybe the decisions should be made by conferences or schools

(Newser) - All-powerful, national, centralized governance of college sports might be outdated, NCAA President Mark Emmert suggested on Thursday. Perhaps conferences and schools should make the decisions, he said, or maybe each sport should be run individually. Emmert made his remarks in an interview with several reporters, USA Today reports, saying it'...

NCAA Moves to Let Players Cash In, Starting This Week

Board could approve change Wednesday, and players could accept offers Thursday

(Newser) - Facing pressure from state governments and the Supreme Court , the NCAA moved within one step of allowing its athletes to profit from the use of their name, image, and likeness—beginning as soon as this week. The NCAA Division I Council, consisting of athletic directors and conference commissioners, recommended an...

Supreme Court's NCAA Ruling Is a Big Deal
Supreme Court's NCAA
Ruling Is a Big Deal
the rundown

Supreme Court's NCAA Ruling Is a Big Deal

Decision undermines group's longstanding argument against student pay

(Newser) - The Supreme Court ruled against the NCAA Monday in a case involving the compensation of student athletes, and the decision is getting lots of attention for good reason. The unanimous decision is "narrow but potentially transformative," writes Nina Totenberg at NPR . That is, while the case doesn't...

Supreme Court Sides With College Athletes on Benefits

Ruling could make it easier for them to be compensated for non-tuition expenses

(Newser) - In a ruling that could push changes in college athletics, the Supreme Court on Monday unanimously sided with a group of former college athletes over rules limiting certain compensation. The high court ruled that NCAA limits on the education-related benefits that colleges can offer athletes who play Division I basketball...

He Carried Team to NCAA Tournament, Died Days Later

Oscar Frayer, sister die in car accident, just like their father

(Newser) - A basketball player from Grand Canyon University has died days after playing in his first NCAA tournament. California native Oscar Frayer, 23—who lost his father in a car accident when he was only 7—died in a Tuesday car accident that also killed his older sister, 28-year-old Andrea Moore,...

NCAA Calls It 'Pay-for-Play.' Now, SCOTUS Will Decide

High court agrees to review case on athlete compensation

(Newser) - The Supreme Court on Wednesday agreed to review a court decision that the NCAA says blurs "the line between student-athletes and professionals" by removing caps on education-related money that certain football and basketball players can receive. The high court's action comes after a three-judge panel of the 9th...

Paralyzed 11 Seconds Into His First Game, He Became an 'Inspiration'

Former Boston University hockey player Travis Roy dead at 45

(Newser) - Travis Roy, the Boston University hockey player who was paralyzed 11 seconds into his first college shift and went on to become an advocate for spinal cord injury survivors both in and outside the sports world, has died. He was 45. His death was confirmed by the BU athletic department...

2 More Conferences Reverse Course on College Football

Pac-12, Mountain West are back in the game

(Newser) - A major college football season that was in peril six weeks ago as conferences succumbed to concerns about COVID-19 is reconstituting. The West Coast got back in the game Thursday night, with the Pac-12 set to start a seven-game season Nov. 6, joining the Big Ten in overturning August decisions...

Study: Black Athletes Lose Out Under NCAA 'Amateur' Rule

If they were paid, players would get an average of up to $500K each

(Newser) - The "amateur" system at Power 5 colleges has become an effective system to transfer wealth from poorer—and often Black—athletes to mostly white students and administrators, according to a new study from the National Bureau of Economic Research. The NBER estimates that if the student athletes were allowed...

NCAA to Mississippi: Change State Flag or Else

SEC may nix championship games in state over Confederate symbol

(Newser) - Mississippi is the only state in the nation to still feature the Confederate symbol, which consists of 13 stars and a blue cross, on its flag —and that hasn't escaped the NCAA's eye. Now, the college athletic organization's Southeastern Conference is warning the state that if...

Disney Gives the World Good Coronavirus News
Disney Gives the World
Good Coronavirus News
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Disney Gives the World Good Coronavirus News

But sadly the world has its youngest coronavirus case: a newborn

(Newser) - Amid all the negative COVID-19 stories, a good one from Disney: Frozen 2 will be available for streaming three months earlier than expected, CNN reports. New Disney CEO Bob Chapek says the movie's "powerful themes of perseverance and the importance of family" are "incredibly relevant during this...

The NCAA Is Making a Huge Shift
The NCAA Is
Making a Huge Shift

The NCAA Is Making a Huge Shift

Moves toward allowing student athletes to be compensated for their name, image, likeness

(Newser) - The NCAA Board of Governors took the first step Tuesday toward allowing amateur athletes to cash in on their fame, voting unanimously to permit them to "benefit from the use of their name, image and likeness." The United States' largest governing body for college athletics realized that it...

Kansas: We're Really Sorry About This Show

The university's Late Night at the Phog event got wilder than expected

(Newser) - The University of Kansas apologized for its risque Late Night at the Phog event in which rapper Snoop Dogg performed, stripper poles were wheeled onto the Allen Fieldhouse floor, and fake money was shot over the heads of prospective recruits, the AP reports. Athletic director Jeff Long said Friday night...

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