Thursday’s Sports in Brief

A developing intercourse-abuse problem in Olympic sports has caused a regular move of Congressional hearings and a three-yr to provide well worth $2.2 million.

Yet now not a penny of these federal funds may be used to fight the actual hassle: investigating or resolving more than 800 open cases, many brought by way of sufferers themselves.

That leaves an ever-growing backlog for the U.S. Center for SafeSport, the organization that opened 20 months in the past to investigate intercourse-abuse proceedings in Olympic sports.

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Shellie Pfohl, the head of the middle, says no person made her privy to the flaw inside the funding software until after instructions had been delivered approximately the way to apply for the money.

BASEBALL

CARLSBAD, Calif. (AP) — Major League Baseball and its players’ union probably will not determine until the eve of spring schooling whether or not to change regulations on the way to increase movement on the sphere next yr.

Deputy Commissioner Dan Halem stated Thursday as the annual fashionable managers’ conferences ended that there was no consensus for alternate but. More discussions will take location when owners acquire subsequent week in Atlanta, the union’s governing board convenes in overdue November and essential league executives go to Las Vegas for the iciness meetings in mid-December.

Topics being mentioned include the multiplied use of protecting shifts, the lower in innings thrown with the aid of starting pitchers and generation that aids signal stealing. A viable 20-2d pitch clock and changes to policies for waivers, exchange closing dates and disabled lists are also being mentioned with the aid of a tradition-bound game immune to change.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Aside from that fearsome left-handed swing every person knew, Willie McCovey provided an instance of humility in how he lived for a lot of his San Francisco Giants teammates 12 months after yr.

“McCovey turned into our leader,” Gaylord Perry stated as his fellow Hall of Famer turned into remembered in a celebration of his lifestyles Thursday at AT&T Park.

McCovey died Oct. 31 at age eighty after laid low with ongoing fitness troubles.

Hall of Famers, former teammates, and winners of the Willie Mac Award named for him attended on an image-best day. McCovey’s 44 became written into the infield dust subsequent to his function in the beginning base.

The San Francisco Fire Department paid tribute with a spraying show from a boat in his namesake McCovey Cove inside the bay beyond the right-subject arcade. Bouquets of plants had been left on McCovey’s statue throughout the water.

PRO FOOTBALL

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Police say Pittsburgh Steelers extensive receiver Antonio Brown turned into stopped for rushing over 100 mph in his Porsche, simply hours earlier than the Crew’s game against the Carolina Panthers.

Ross Township police inform WPXI-TV that an officer turned into searching for a bank theft suspect Thursday when a black Porsche sped via.

The officer pulled the automobile over and the motive force turned into identified as Brown.

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He became cited for reckless driving.

The Steelers say they’re aware of the state of affairs and won’t have similarly remarked.

DETROIT (AP) — Wally Triplett, the trailblazing going for walks again who changed into one of the first African-Americans drafted with the aid of an NFL team, has died. He was ninety two.

The Detroit Lions and Penn State announced Triplett’s loss of life Thursday. Triplett become the 1/3 African-American decided on in the 1949 draft, however he became the primary of those draftees to play in a regular-season sport. He played in 24 video games for the Lions and Chicago Cardinals.

Triplett changed into also the first African-American to start for Penn State, and in 1948, he and teammate Dennie Hoggard became the first African-Americans to play within the Cotton Bowl.

STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) — The XFL says former Buffalo Bills widespread supervisor Doug Whaley has been employed as the league’s senior vice chairman for soccer operations.

Whaley will file to the commissioner and CEO Oliver Luck.

Whaley spent the majority of his profession with the Bills, Pittsburgh Steelers, and Seattle Seahawks. He became with the Bills from 2010-17 in a selection of roles earlier than his promoting to GM from 2013-17.

Before becoming a member of the Bills, Whaley spent 11 years with the Steelers as the group’s pro scouting coordinator, wherein the received Super Bowls.

Whaley is presently serving because the director of the university recruiting for the NFL Players Association’s Collegiate Bowl through the give up of the yr.

The XFL kicks off in early 2020.

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL

No. Three Notre Dame will start quarterback Brandon Wimbush against Florida State on Saturday for Ian Book, who is nursing an undisclosed injury, two people familiar with the selection told The Associated Press.

A book isn’t expected to play after taking successful to the lower back and ribs last week against Northwestern, in keeping with the folks that spoke Thursday on the circumstance of anonymity because no authentic assertion became made.

Book replaced Wimbush as the starter within the fourth sport of the season for the Fighting Irish (9-zero, No. 3 CFP). He is completing 74. Five percent of his passes, tops inside the FBS, for 1,824 yards, with 15 touchdowns and 4 interceptions. With Book starting, the Fighting Irish have averaged 38 points per game. They averaged 23.3 in Wimbush’s 3 starts offevolved.

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Walt Kowalczyk, a celebrity halfback at Michigan State who completed third inside the 1957 Heisman Trophy race, has died. He turned into eighty three.

Michigan State says Kowalczyk died Wednesday.

Nicknamed “The Sprinting Blacksmith,” Kowalczyk helped the Spartans to pinnacle-3 finishes in the AP poll for the 1955 and 1957 seasons. He was named MVP of the 1956 Rose Bowl.

Kowalczyk led the Spartans in dashing for the duration of the 1957 season and scored nine speeding touchdowns. He additionally ranked second in all-motive yards. John David Crow of Texas A&M crowned the Heisman vote that season, accompanied by Alex Karras and Kowalczyk.

Kowalczyk changed into drafted within the first spherical by means of the Philadelphia Eagles in 1958. He spent three seasons in the NFL, two with Philadelphia and one with Dallas, and completed his profession in the AFL with Oakland in 1961.

 

 

Jason B. Barker