National Sports News

Nicky Hayden dies from injuries suffered in bicycle crash

CESENA, Italy — Former MotoGP world champion Nicky Hayden died in hospital on Monday, five days after he was hit by a car while training on his bicycle. Hayden was 35. Maurizio Bufalini Hospital in Cesena, where Hayden had been since the collision last Wednesday, made the announcement. Hayden had severe cerebral damage and multiple traumatic injuries. “The medical team has verified the death of the patient Nicholas Patrick Hayden, who has been undergoing care since last Wednesday May 17 in the intensive care unit of the Bufalini Hospital in Cesena following a very serious polytrauma which occurred the same day,” the hospital statement said. Hayden was training on the Rimini coast following a motorcycle race at nearby Imola. The Peugeot that hit Hayden had its windshield smashed. Judicial authorities have opened an investigation into the crash and questioned the 30-year-old driver of the Peugeot. According to The Guardian, the driver was given a…

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Emmanuel Akot moves into Arizona’s 2017 class

Five-star prospect Emmanuel Akot will graduate from high school early and enroll at Arizona next season, he announced Monday. Akot originally committed to the Wildcats in March as a 2018 prospect. “After much thought, my family and I have decided to join the 2017 class and become a member of the Arizona Basketball family next season,” Akot wrote in a tweet. A native of Canada, Akot attended Wasatch Academy in Utah. The 6-foot-6 wing is a versatile perimeter prospect who can handle the ball and create for others. He averaged 17.0 points, 5.5 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game during the two April live periods for Exum Elite Utah Prospects on the Adidas Gauntlet circuit. Akot also shot 47.2 percent from 3-point range. Akot was ranked No. 21 in the ESPN 60 for 2018, the No. 4 small forward in the class. By reclassifying into 2017, Akot joins a recruiting class already ranked in the top five nationally. The highlight is No….

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Enes Kanter back in United States, will have news conference Monday

After being detained in Romania and having his passport revoked, Enes Kanter is back in the United States after landing in New York on Sunday morning, his agent told ESPN. Kanter will hold a news conference Monday at 9:30 a.m. at National Basketball Players Association headquarters in New York. Kanter had been on a world tour for his Light Foundation, doing charity events to provide meals and clothes, and had already made stops in a number of countries. But after a flight from the Philippines to Bucharest, Romania, Kanter was detained by airport officials Saturday and told his Turkish passport had been “canceled.” Kanter announced the situation in a video on social media, saying the Turkish government revoked his passport because of his “political views.” Kanter has been a harsh critic of current president Recep Tayyip Erdogan, calling him a “dictator” and the “Hitler of our century.” “They’ve been holding us here for…

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NFL’s evolving stance on sports betting and Las Vegas

On Nov. 12, 2012, at the NFL’s Park Avenue offices in New York, commissioner Roger Goodell sat with his lawyer Jeff Mishkin and was deposed by attorneys for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, regarding the league’s lawsuit challenging the state’s new sports betting law. Attorney William H. Wegner, representing Christie, asked Goodell whether the NFL had ever considered putting a franchise in Las Vegas. “Not when I’ve been commissioner,” Goodell replied. Also during the deposition, Goodell was asked about his top priority as commissioner: Wegner: What threats are there to the integrity of pro football in the United States? Goodell: Gambling would be No. 1 on my list. Things have changed markedly in five years for Goodell. With Monday’s vote, we now have the Las Vegas Raiders, a stunning relocation of a storied franchise that will test the league’s longstanding avoid-at-all-costs approach to Nevada, home to the nation’s…

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Vikings’ Mike Zimmer to miss OTAs following eighth eye surgery

The Vikings announced Monday that coach Mike Zimmer will not be with the team during OTAs, which begin this week, saying that he will “be taking time away from the team to dedicate to recovering from eye surgery and restoring his health.” The Vikings said in a statement that they anticipate Zimmer returning to the team in a few weeks. Zimmer, who suffered a detached retina last season, has had eight surgeries on his eye since last November.? In this latest operation, performed Wednesday, Zimmer said doctors removed an oil bubble from his eye and inserted a gas bubble. Zimmer is unable to fly for six weeks after the surgery. Zimmer’s first operation came the day after the Vikings’ loss to the Chicago Bears last Oct. 31, and emergency surgery caused him to miss the team’s game against the Dallas Cowboys on Dec. 1. Zimmer returned to coach the Vikings’ next game against the Jacksonville Jaguars wearing a patch over his right eye and switching…

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