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As pandemic rages, college basketball players should get same NCAA eligibility extension as baseball, football

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As pandemic rages, college basketball players should get same NCAA eligibility extension as baseball, football

By the end of the week, we should have some idea when the 2020-21 college basketball season will start. We already own a high degree of certainty that it will be anything but a typical winter for the players and coaches involved.

There figures to be fewer games played. There might not be much of a non-conference season, possibly as few as four games per team. There is no assurance that the NCAA Tournament will be played in its entirety. And, of course, the experience of playing in sold-out gymnasiums and arenas will become a thing of the past (and, one hopes, the near future).

This ought not to be what anyone who plays Division I basketball should remember as his or her final season. And it does not have to be. Already, the NCAA membership has approved an additional year of eligibility for spring-sport athletes who had their 2020 seasons wiped away after little or no competition, and for fall-sport athletes who’ve had their 2020 seasons delayed or truncated.

It is time for the NCAA membership to offer the same deal to athletes in those sports that span both fall and spring semesters, including men’s and women’s basketball.

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This idea recently was discussed within the NABC Congress — each conference in each NCAA division is represented on this panel of the National Association of Basketball Coaches — and met with positive reinforcement among several members. They are concerned about how to effectively conduct their seasons during a continuing pandemic as well as how the experience for their athletes will be compromised.

College basketball players were among the first to feel the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on their athletic experiences. Some whose teams already had clinched NCAA Tournament berths with conference tournament titles — players from Utah State, Robert Morris and Northern Kentucky, for instance — learned that those championships would end their seasons. Others awaiting the start or continuation of conference tournaments saw them canceled abruptly.

We don’t know all of the 68 teams that would have comprised the field for the 2020 NCAAs, but we know for sure that nearly 1,000 athletes would have been involved. And as many as 2,700 had the opportunity to challenge for that experience eliminated.

It is obvious that this was the proper course of action, but athletes in two-semester sports — or winter sports, if one prefers — may be the only group that will have had two seasons impacted by the pandemic and still are the only college athletes yet to receive what amounts to a do-over from the NCAA.

Those coaches who support granting winter-sport athletes an extra year of eligibility are partly concerned about how to ideally maneuver through a season in which the virus figures to remain a constant threat. Those who make a practice of redshirting some athletes will be hesitant to follow that course because of the possibility that a positive test or two will leave them short-handed for a game or games. Even those who don’t will encounter the risk of being short-handed.

“In an unprecedented year, we’re looking to try to come up with things that are good for our student-athletes and our programs,” Kent State coach Rob Senderoff told Sports Grind Entertainment. “This is something that could be good for everyone in college basketball.”

Coaches would appreciate getting word on this concept soon because it would aid with planning for the season as well as recruiting.

This might cause some complications for current high school seniors, but the NCAA’s first priority ought to be current athletes.

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Many colleges did not offer summer school programs for their athletes, as they typically would, either to save money or to avoid the complication of having them on campus with the pandemic nowhere near exhaustion. As a result, offering the extra year also could help to assure that more complete their degree requirements.

There would be no requirement that schools participate in offering the extra year of eligibility to their athletes. Wisconsin was one university that chose not to allow spring-sport athletes whose eligibility was expiring to return for an additional year, and there has been no decision announced yet on whether the Badgers will take the same approach with fall-sport athletes.

Those that are interested in participating, though, should be providing their basketball players the same benefit football and baseball players received. This coming season will be better than nothing, but not what anyone has grown to expect from college hoops. Its athletes deserve the same special treatment presented to their classmates.

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Conor McGregor, Dana White feud escalates after exposed messages

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It may just be Conor McGregor vs. Dana White in the octagon soon.

On Sunday morning, McGregor tweeted that White should “stop lying,” in reference to comments White has previously made about the former double champion’s desire to fight in a potential boxing match against Manny Pacquiao.

Just two days earlier, McGregor took to Twitter to post several screenshots of Instagram direct messages between him and White from earlier this year. The screenshots, which have since been deleted, revealed that McGregor wanted to stay active this year and schedule at least three fights.

The 32-year-old McGregor brought up potential 2020 fights with top lightweight contender Justin Gaethje, as well as Diego Sanchez. White dismissed the notion of a Sanchez fight in one of his replies.

Having fought just once this year, a knockout victory over Donald Cerrone at UFC 246 in January, McGregor said coming into 2020 that he wanted to have a “season” with three fights. That obviously did not happen in part due to the coronavirus pandemic as well as disagreements with the UFC.

In an Instagram post Saturday, McGregor wrote that it was “borderline criminal” that he has been kept on the sidelines. McGregor did announced on Twitter in June that he was retired from the UFC. He also tweeted Friday that he plans to fight Pacquiao in boxing next. And on Monday night, he exchanged tweets with Dustin Poirier in which the two discussed a potential charity exhibition fight.

“The biggest number generator in the game asking for four fights since February this year and getting left on seen,” McGregor wrote on Instagram. “It’s pretty f–ked up when I keep thinking of it. I’ve been right here this whole time.”

White responded to the McGregor drama — and specifically the screenshots of their messages — at the UFC 253 post-fight news conference early Sunday morning in Abu Dhabi.

“This is some man-code stuff,” White told reporters at UFC 253 over the weekend. “It’s just something you don’t do. It’s one of the dirtiest things you can do.”

As far the Pacquiao fight is concerned, White said, “I have no idea.”

“You guys have been asking me about Conor McGregor forever,” White told reporters. “Did you see Conor McGregor’s tweet? The retirement tweet. ‘I’m retired.’”

McGregor, who is still under contract with the UFC, continued to blast White Sunday, tweeting that it was White who violated the code when he lied about him “turning down fights” earlier this year. McGregor also claims that White is aware of the potential Pacquiao fight and that he has the “legal letters” to prove it.

In order to go through with the boxing match against Pacquiao, McGregor would need the promotion’s approval.

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“The Inner Bi**h Has Been Conquered” – Joe Rogan Keeps His Fans Updated With His Workout Regime

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"The Inner Bi**h Has Been Conquered" - Joe Rogan Keeps His Fans Updated With His Workout Regime

In our fast-paced lives, finding the time to keep yourself motivated for achieving your daily fitness goals can be a tough task. However, if you ever need motivation regarding the same, Joe Rogan is out here to help you out.

The UFC commentator loves to keep his followers updated on his workout regimes. Not only does he dive into the specifics of his drills, but also discusses the mental aspects surrounding the workout.

A while ago, Rogan discussed how he conquers his ‘inner bit*h’ every day in an Instagram post. In a sort of a continuation of the same thread, Rogan updated his fans regarding how his ‘inner bit*h’.

The inner bitch has been conquered… for today. Tomorrow that motherf****r is probably going to act up again and convince me I need a rest. Luckily my @whoop strap will keep me honest and let me know that it’s all bulls**t and that I’m good to go,” Joe Rogan wrote on Instagram.

Today I did 10 rounds of Tabata on the @roguefitness echo bike. 20-second sprints, followed by 10 seconds of rest. I do that for 8 reps, and repeat the process 10 times for 40 minutes of work…..

How did the term ‘inner bit*h’ get linked with Joe Rogan?

The Joe Rogan Experience is one of the biggest names in the podcast industry. Rogan’s willingness to hear and learn from people coming from different backgrounds has made it a massive success.

UFC bantamweight Marlon Vera credited the UFC commentator for providing him with regular doses of motivation. It was during the post-fight interview of  Vera’s massive win over Sean O’Malley that he thanked Joe Rogan for taking him to the next level.

You’re the perfect example. I learned that from you when you talk on your podcast, the things you say about ‘Push yourself’ and ‘Don’t be a bitch,’ ‘Conquer your inner bitch.’ All these f**king things, Joe, you make a big level to another step. So thank you for that,” Marlon Vera said.

Along with providing people with motivation, the podcast has also helped Joe Rogan make a fortune. Earlier this year, the podcast became a Spotify exclusive following a licensing deal worth about $100 million.

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Where the Playoff Contenders Stand After the NASCAR Cup Series Race at Las Vegas

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Where the Playoff Contenders Stand After the NASCAR Cup Series Race at Las Vegas

The Southern Point 400 in Las Vegas kicked off the next round of the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs. Kurt Busch sealed his own slot in the Playoffs when he won the race.

However, younger brother Kyle Busch is still searching for his first win of the season. Out of the Top-12, Busch Jr. is one of four drivers who are yet to win a race.

In a playoff sense, a win in the next two races guarantees qualification into the next round of the Playoffs. Without the win, Kyle Busch, Clint Bowyer, Aric Almirola, and Austin Dillon are in danger.

Next weekend’s race at Talladega will be highly important, as Busch is nine points away from the cut-off line. Meanwhile, Kevin Harvick and Denny Hamlin sit at the top of the points standings, 61 and 58 points above the cutoff, respectively.

Admittedly, if Busch wants to enter the next round, he needs to win or outscore Bowyer, Almirola, Dillon, Bowman, and Chase Elliott. At the same time, Kyle Busch will be keen to register his maiden win of the season.

As the defending champion, this is a matter of personal pride for the 35-year-old.

Can Kyle Busch make it into the next round of the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs?

Admittedly, the #18 Joe Gibbs driver has the capability to make it into the Playoffs. Even better than that, his car is perfectly capable of winning races in the 2020 Cup Series season. In what can only be described as rotten luck or shenanigans, the 35-year-old has consistently missed out.

In Sunday’s race, he found himself starting on 2nd on the grid behind Kevin Harvick. This was his best chance of finally breaking the jinx, but he eventually lost out and finished 6th.

Sep 27, 2020; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Busch (18) leads driver Kevin Harvick (4) and a group during the South Point 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Of course, his encounter with Joey Logano (again) did not help matters either, as it compromised his race. At this rate, Busch would probably need a restraining order slapped against Logano, as he has interfered with him on multiple occasions.

The #22 driver annoyed Kyle Busch so much that he declared that he was ‘nobody’s friend for a reason’. Hopefully, for Kyle’s sake, the next two races work in his favor and he enters the next playoff round. If he can do it with a win, he will only be too happy to claim it.

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