BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Sabres have fired general manager Jason Botterill in a dramatic change-of-course three weeks after co-owner Kim Pegula said his job was secure. In announcing the decision, the Sabres promoted senior vice president of business administration Kevyn Adams as Botterill’s successor. Botterill was fired three seasons into his tenure and after the Sabres failed to show any signs of improvement in extending what’s now a nine-year playoff drought.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — The University of Virginia will change its athletics logos to avoid a design element that refers to the school’s history with slavery. A statement from the school's athletics department said Monday that fans raised objections to the curves put on the handles of the crossed sabres below the V. The curves were meant to mimic serpentine walls on campus that were designed by Thomas Jefferson to hide the university's slaves from public view.
LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has made an abrupt about-face and agreed to keep funding meals for needy pupils over the summer holidays, after a campaign headed by young soccer star Marcus Rashford. The Manchester United and England player has been pressing the government not to stop a meal voucher program at the end of the school term in July. The 22-year-old has cited his own experience as a child who relied on free school lunches.
TOKYO (AP) — An executive board member of the Tokyo Olympic organizing committee says another delay should be sought if the games can't be held next year. The Tokyo Olympics were to be held this year but were postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic. IOC President Thomas Bach and organizing committee President Yoshiro Mori have said the games will be canceled if they can't happen next year.
UNDATED (AP) — Lamar Jackson will be on the cover when “Madden NFL 21” is released in two months. The Madden cover release usually carries some suspense, but the Baltimore Ravens quarterback let it slip during an offseason call with local media in April that he had been approached about the cover. This year’s game will be released on Aug. 28, two weeks before the regular season is scheduled to begin. Jackson won The Associated Press NFL Most Valuable Player Award last season.