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Links: NCAA adopts anti-discrimination process for possible championship sites

Former Indiana basketball coach Bob Knight speaks speaks during a campaign stop for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, Wednesday, April 27, 2016, in Indianapolis.
Former Indiana basketball coach Bob Knight speaks speaks during a campaign stop for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, Wednesday, April 27, 2016, in Indianapolis. The Associated Press

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NCAA adopts anti-discrimination process for sites bidding on championships, reports David Perlmutt of the Raleigh News and Observer. “The new policy comes as North Carolina continues to feel the backlash to what many charge is a discriminatory law. HB2 blocked a Charlotte ordinance that would have protected gays, lesbians and transgender people from discrimination in employment and public accommodations – including bathrooms and locker rooms. The law also pre-empts similar local ordinances, and bans cities from raising the minimum wage. Private companies are able to set their own bathroom and nondiscrimination policies. “

Former UK basketball player Ed Davender suffers a massive heart attack, reports Jerry Tipton of the Herald-Leader. “Former Kentucky basketball star Ed Davender suffered a severe heart attack Tuesday and is fighting for his life in the hospital, teammate Kenny Walker said Wednesday. Davender turns 50 on May 26. Walker was among friends and former UK players holding a bedside vigil at University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital. Davender’s mother was en route from North Carolina. “

It was Explanation Day for Matthew Mitchell, reports Jennifer Smith of the Herald-Leader. “It is all 100 percent on me. It doesn’t matter what happens. It’s all on me. But this is what I’m telling you: I am learning, learning lessons through all of the adversity. When Matt (Insell) left. Kyra (Elzy) and I had a great working relationship. Matt was a part of that staff and that staff had great chemistry. Kyra, Matt, Shalon (Pillow) and I think that impacted me on really trying to re-create that. Since Matt walked out the door, that has been elusive to recapture. So one person leaves, you bring another person in to those people and that has really been hard.”

NFL Draft confirms why Louisville is getting better of Kentucky, says my column. “You can discuss facilities and fan bases and coaches and conferences and contracts and uniforms and all that stuff. What it normally comes down to in college football (as in most sports) is which team has the best players. The NFL is in the business of drafting the best players. “

Ex-Indiana coach Bob Knight endorses Donald Trump, reports College Basketball Talk. “The General put his weight behind The Donald on Wednesday night. Bobby Knight, he of three national championships with Indiana and the reputation as one of the brashest coaches of all time, endorsed Donald Trump, the frontrunner for the Republican nomination, at a rally in Indianapolis. “

Tennis not much fun at Tennessee, reports Mike Strange of the Knoxville News-Sentinel. “The 2016 season produced the worst combined results from UT men’s and women’s teams since ... maybe ever. Tennessee’s men, only three years removed from the Elite Eight at the NCAA tournament, went 0-12 in the SEC regular season. Winterbotham’s Vols finally claimed a 4-3 win over Auburn in the SEC tournament last week before losing to Kentucky by the same score. “

Five Wildcats submit paperwork to be early entries, reports Metz Camfield of coachcal.com. “The NBA announced Tuesday its entire list of players who have filed as early entry candidates for the 2016 NBA Draft, and it includes five Kentucky Wildcats. Among the 162 total early entrants, as expected, are Isaiah Briscoe, Skal Labissiere, Marcus Lee, Jamal Murray and Tyler Ulis. Players have until May 25 to make a final decision on whether they will keep their name in the NBA Draft or return to school, so long as they don’t hire an agent. The NBA Draft Combine will take place from May 11-15 in Chicago.”

Former WKU star Courtney Lee hit the big shot for Charlotte, reports Dan Devine of Yahoo Sports. “Two nights after grabbing a crucial carom of a Kemba Walker miss with four seconds left to help ice the Charlotte Hornets’ Game 4 win to even their first-round playoff series with the Miami Heat at two games apiece, Lee once again found himself in the right place at the right time. This time, though, he didn’t just hold the Heat off; he put them down himself.”

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