NEW YORK (AP) — Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Bryce Harper and New York Mets pitcher Steven Matz are the latest baseball players to make donations to coronavirus relief efforts. Harper and his wife, Kayla, are giving $500,000 to Direct Relief and Three Square in his hometown of Las Vegas and Philabundance in Philadelphia. Matz is having his foundation donate $32,000 to New York City first responders and hospitals —the first two numbers matching his uniform number. Matz tweeted the money will be given by TRU32.
UNDATED (AP) — A unique basketball Hall of Fame class will be announced Saturday in a unique way. Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett are all expected to be announced as part of the 2020 class of enshrinees by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Instead of being revealed at college basketball’s Final Four, the announcement will be televised from ESPN studios. The other finalists are Tamika Catchings, Rudy Tomjanovich, Eddie Sutton, Barbara Stevens and Kim Mulkey.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina State’s NCAA case involving recruiting violations tied to former Wolfpack one-and-done star Dennis Smith Jr. has been recommended to go through an independent investigation process created for complex cases. The process includes independent investigators and decision-makers with no direct ties to NCAA member schools. The NCAA has alleged ex-assistant Orlando Early provided Smith and his associates approximately $46,700 in impermissible benefits.
CHICAGO (AP) — The starting quarterback slot for the Chicago Bears is up for grabs. The Bears front office says there will be a competition between Mitchell Trubisky and newcomer Nick Foles. General manager Ryan Pace says both players are “embracing” the battle that will play out whenever offseason workouts begin. General manager Ryan Pace says both players are “embracing” the battle
NEW YORK (AP) — A lawyer representing retired NFL players alleges the players’ union stonewalled his clients when confronted with questions whether their Social Security disability payments would be affected before the labor agreement was narrowly ratified last month. Attorney Ben Meiselas told the AP that the NFLPA refused to provide responses to direct questions regarding the status of retiree disability benefits.