Thursday Sports in Brief | The state


INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — NCAA member schools have voted to ratify a new streamlined constitution, paving the way for a decentralized approach to college sports governance that will give schools and conferences more power.

The vote was overwhelmingly in favor, 801-195, and was the main agenda for the NCAA’s annual convention. NCAA President Mark Emmert in his state of college sports address — delivered via video conference from a ballroom at the convention because he’s currently in COVID-19 protocols — called the new constitution more of “Declaration of Independence”.

From now on, each of the three divisions of the association will be empowered to govern themselves.

The new constitution is 18 1/2 pages, down from 43, and primarily sets out the guiding principles and core values ​​of the NCAA, the largest governing body for college sports in the United States with more than 1,200 member schools and nearly 500 000 athletes.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The University of Pennsylvania said it will work with the NCAA on its newly adopted standards for transgender athletes.

Swimmer Lia Thomas, who competed for Penn’s men’s team before transitioning, qualified to compete in the 2022 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships in March. She is set to compete in the 200-yard, 500-yard and 1,650 women’s freestyle yards.

“Penn Athletics is aware of the NCAA’s new transgender participation policy,” the Ivy League school said in a statement. “In support of our student-athlete, Lia Thomas, we will be working with the NCAA regarding her participation as part of the newly adopted standards for the 2022 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championship.”

Under the new guidelines, approved by the NCAA Board of Governors on Wednesday, transgender participation for each sport will be determined by the sport’s national governing body policy, subject to review and recommendation by an NCAA committee. to the Board of Governors.

Where there is no national governing body, the policy of the international federation for that sport would be in place. If there is no international federation policy, the previously established IOC policy criteria would take over.


Bob Goalby, who won the 1968 Masters without having to make the playoffs when Roberto De Vicenzo infamously signed for the poor scoreline, has died. He was 92 years old.

Goalby’s death on Wednesday in his hometown of Belleville, Ill., was confirmed by the PGA Tour and by Bill Haas, his great-nephew.

The Masters was among his 11 PGA Tour victories, and Goalby won twice on what is now the PGA Tour Champions. He is best remembered for how he was declared the Masters champion. Equally noteworthy is his role in launching two tours.

Goalby was among the players who boldly led the Tournament Players Division to break away from the PGA of America and become what is now the PGA Tour. Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus provided support that made this possible. Goalby was among those who initiated the movement. Later, he joined Gardner Dickinson and Dan Sikes in 1980 to organize a tour for players aged 50 and over.


The NFL has fined Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott $25,000 for comments allowing fans to throw objects at officials after a wild card loss to San Francisco.

The fine was issued a day after Prescott apologized in a series of tweets. Warned after the game that fans were throwing objects at the officials, Prescott said: “Thanks to them then.” He initially called it “sad” because he was told the objects were being thrown at Dallas players.

When given another chance to answer a question about fans throwing objects at officials, Prescott said, “I guess that’s why the refs took off and got out of there so quickly. I think everyone was upset with the way this thing turned out.


Locked-out baseball players plan to make a counter offer to management on Monday, 11 days after clubs made a proposal to the union when snail-paced negotiations resumed after a 42-day hiatus.

The players’ association has asked Major League Baseball to schedule the negotiation session, which must take place in person.

Time is running out to reach an agreement in time for spring training to begin as scheduled on February 16.

Opening day scheduled for March 31 is also increasingly under threat, given the need for players to report themselves, follow COVID-19 protocols and have at least three weeks of training that includes a number. minimal exhibition matches.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Rays’ proposed plan to split the season between Florida and Montreal has been rejected by Major League Baseball.

Rays principal owner Stuart Sternberg broke the news on Thursday, calling it a “total deflation.”

The idea of ​​playing in both the Tampa Bay area and Montreal has been discussed in recent years after attempts to build a new full-time ballpark locally failed.

The Rays’ lease at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., where the team has played since its inaugural season in 1998, expires after the 2027 season.

When asked if he felt somewhat betrayed by his co-owners, Sternberg replied “it’s a word”.

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