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Floyd Mayweather to Pay for George Floyd's…

Floyd Mayweather to Pay for George Floyd's Funeral Services CEO of Mayweather Promotions Leonard Ellerbe has said the boxer will pay for the funeral on June 9 in Floyd’s hometown of Houston. Leonard Ellerbe, via ESPN.com Ellerbe has also shared that the boxing legend has been in direct contact with Floyd’s family. TMZ reported that Mayweather will also be paying for services in Minneapolis and North Carolina. Floyd died on May 25 of asphyxia after a white Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee into Floyd's neck.

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NBA owners approve 22-team season restart plan

The NBA’s Board of Governors has approved a 22-team format for restarting the league season in late July at the Disney campus near Orlando, Florida

The Latest: 75 Penn State football players to…

Penn State will begin bringing some students back to campus Monday, including 75 football players

NHL to Wrap up Season With 24-Team Playoff

NHL to Wrap up Season With 24-Team Playoff The news was announced by NHL commissioner Gary Bettman. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, pro hockey suspended the 2019-20 season on March 12. According to 'USA Today,' the top 12 teams in both the Western and Eastern Conferences have qualified. Seven squads whose records placed them at the bottom of the standings are done for the year. In both conferences, the top four teams automatically head to the next round. To advance, the rest of the qualifying teams will have to play. 'USA Today' adds that proposals see a best-of-five series determining who gets past the opening round. The top four squads will play in-conference round-robin games to decide postseason rankings. In a vote late last week, the new schedule was approved by the NHL Players’ Association. Bettman adds that two cities will host East and West playoff games, respectively. Among the areas being considered for the playoffs are Vancouver, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh and Toronto.

The Latest: Detroit Pistons set to reopen…

The Detroit Pistons are set to reopen their practice facility, starting Thursday

AP sources: IMG Academy, MGM top WNBA list of…

Two people familiar with the situation say the WNBA has decided to hold its games at just one location if there is a season this year and that the MGM Resorts in Las Vegas and the IMG Academy in Florida are the top candidates

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Michael Jordan Addresses His Tough Reputation in…

Michael Jordan Addresses His Tough Reputation in 'The Last Dance' In the latest two episodes of ESPN's docuseries, the NBA legend discussed his winning mentality and competitiveness. Michael Jordan, via 'The Last Dance' Jordan's toughness on his Bulls teammates was so grating that coach Phil Jackson would ask him to tone it down at practice. Phil Jackson, via 'The Last Dance' Warriors head coach Steve Kerr and Jordan even exchanged punches at one point but quickly made amends. Former teammates Jud Buechler and Will Purdue add that Bulls players were afraid of Jordan and that he "crossed the line" multiple times. According to Chicago guard B.J. Armstrong, Jordan was hard to deal with on a daily basis. Will Purdue, via 'The Last Dance' Jordan explains that he needed his team to play at a certain standard and that winning and leadership "have a price." In an emotional moment, he added that his passion to win and mentality is who he is. Michael Jordan, via 'The Last Dance'

Kings broadcaster resigns after tweet to Cousins

Longtime Sacramento Kings broadcaster Grant Napear has resigned after he tweeted “ALL LIVES MATTER” when asked by DeMarcus Cousins for his opinion on the Black Lives Matter movement

COVID-19 Will Cost the Sports Industry $12…

COVID-19 Will Cost the Sports Industry $12 Billion, Study Says An analysis given to ESPN adds that hundreds of thousands of jobs will be displaced. Should the pandemic cancel NFL and college football schedules this fall, figures say that the economic toll will more than double. Data was provided to ESPN by Patrick Rishe at Washington University in St. Louis and analytics firm Emsi. Rishe's analysis factors in the MLB and MLS playing half of their normal seasons with fans. Predictions include the NHL and NBA having no more regular season games and postseasons without attendance. Come July, youth sports would have to return as well. Data claims that $3.25 billion could be lost on what fans spend at sports games. Stadium and arena employees would lose $371 million in wages. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, sports are responsible for around 3 million U.S. jobs. $2.2 billion and $2.4 billion will be lost for TV revenue and tourism for youth sports, respectively. A big part of small screen revenue comes from college and pro football. During the regular season, Rishe says TV revenue from each NFL game accounts for nearly $24 million. College Football programs also bring in billions, which in turn helps athletic department budgets. The college industry has already taken a major hit this year with the cancellation of March Madness.

Hoops Hall mulls date for Bryant, Class of 2020…

The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame is considering new dates for the induction of its star-studded Class of 2020

Wes Unseld, Hall of Famer and NBA champion in DC…

Basketball Hall of Famer Wes Unseld, who led Washington to its only NBA championship, has died at age 74

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MLB Suspends Alex Cora for 2020 Season and Docks…

MLB Suspends Alex Cora for 2020 Season and Docks Red Sox Draft Pick Major League Baseball completed its investigation on Wednesday into allegations of illegal sign stealing by the Boston Red Sox. Former manager Alex Cora, who was fired in January for his role in the scandal, was suspended by MLB commissioner Rob Manfred for the upcoming season. Cora's punishment is only for his role in Houston, where he served as bench coach for the Houston Astros during the 2017 season. Manfred said that he does not believe Cora was aware of the sign stealing in 2018 as manager of the Red Sox. Boston's video replay system operator, J.T. Watkins, was suspended without pay for one year for his role. The team was stripped of its second-round draft pick this year. Ron Manfred, via report