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NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE NEWS

ESPN made it official Thursday by announcing Joe Tessitore, Jason Witten, Booger McFarland and Lisa Salters as its new Monday Night Football broadcast team.

David Tepper a billionaire fund manager is expected to sign a deal and complete the $2.2 billion purchase for the Carolina Panthers. The $2.2 billion purchase price tops the $1.4 billion by Terry Pegula who paid for the Buffalo Bills in 2014.

 

COLLEGE BASKETBALL NEWS

The Michigan Wolverines are looking to extend the contract with John Beilein beyond the 2020-21 season. Beilein has been the head coach since 2007 and has posted a 248-143 record. His last extension came in 2015 that pays him 3.37 Million per year through 2020-21.

South Dakota graduate transfer Matt Mooney has committed to Texas Tech, making his announcement on social media.

Five-star junior Onyeka Okongwu committed to USC. Okongwu, a 6-foot-8 Chino Hills (Calif.) product, chose the Trojans over UCLA and Arizona State.

Minnesota men’s basketball coach Richard Pitino says Pittsburgh’s Marcus Carr will join the Gophers. Carr was third on the team in scoring, averaging 10 points and 4.0 assists. Carr also led the team with 20 steals.

McDonald’s All American Jordan Brown, the No. 31 recruit in the ESPN 100, committed to the Nevada Wolf Pack on Friday morning. Brown, a 6-foot-10 power forward, was the last remaining uncommitted player left in the ESPN 100 for the 2018 class.

Loyola-Chicago with their Final Four appearance has resulted in a 660 percent increase in donations as compared to the previous year.

Dick Vitale signed a contract extension with ESPN on Thursday that will keep him with the cable giant through the 2020-21 college basketball season.

 

COLLEGE FOOTBALL NEWS 

The NCAA has approved a rule limiting the number of people who can communicate through headsets during a game to 20 per team, including 15 coaches.

Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh says he is looking at potential ways to provide compensation for his players without making them full employees.

Big time match-ups on the first Saturday of college football season, when Alabama plays Louisville, Auburn plays Washington and Michigan plays at Notre Dame.

Bob Welton Nebraska’s director of recruiting operations under Frost, is leaving the Huskers to take a job with the Crimson Tide. A Nebraska spokesperson confirmed the personnel move to the Lincoln Star Journal.

NBA PLAYOFFS 

A 41 point performance from James Harden wasn’t enough for the Houston Rockets to defend home court advantage in Game 1 with the Golden State Warriors.

Will the Phoenix Suns get the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft for the first time in franchise history?

Netflix and ESPN Films are teaming up to produce a documentary series about Basketball Hall of Famer Michael Jordan. The multi-part 10-hour documentary will be released next year and will be titled “The Last Dance.”

Puma is trying to get back in the NBA and targets Trea Young as a potential ambassador.

 

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

All-Star second baseman Robinson Cano of the Seattle Mariners was suspended 80 games without pay by Major League Baseball after testing positive for a banned substance.

Eleven-time Emmy award-winning filmmaker Jonathan Hock will direct “14 Back,” the story of the historic summer of 1978 pennant race between the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox.

 

 

 

 

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