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Bill Simmons Prepares to Stand Up to Sports Incorporated

In this case, our protagonist, Bill Simmons, is not a bitingly funny comedian, but a bitingly influential sportswriter and commentator, who for 14 years was one of ESPN’s biggest stars. ESPN, which spends some $1.9 billion a year for N.F.L. rights, let Mr. Simmons go last year, after he repeatedly, and colorfully, criticized Roger Goodell, the N.F.L. commissioner, over his handling of two embarrassing scandals.... (New York Times)

Never doubt LeBron James again

Sunday night will not be the end of LeBron James criticism. Some people apparently only respect perfection, and James is not perfect. His jumper is a bit iffy and sometimes downright broken. He does lose basketball games. He is only a brilliant human, and not an immortal god. But Sunday night should be the end of any rationally thinking human accepting LeBron James criticism. (SB Nation)

Remembering Len Bias 30 years after his death: ‘He was It.’

Sometimes, it is impossible not to close your eyes and wonder what would have been if, 30 years ago Sunday, Len Bias had not died of a cocaine overdose two days after becoming the No. 2 player taken in the NBA draft. Bias, who had shown so much promise at Maryland, was targeted by Red Auerbach as the Next Great Celtics player. Instead, he was a legend interrupted in the NBA. (Washington Post)

Baylor regent: 'Briles era is over,' financial settlement reached

Embattled former Baylor football coach Art Briles has reached a financial settlement with the university, a longtime regent of the school told the Waco Tribune-Herald, saying, "The Briles era is over." Clifton Robinson, a Waco insurance magnate, told the Tribune-Herald that regents held a conference call Thursday night. (ESPN.com)

Jeff Van Gundy's story about the O.J. Simpson car chase is pretty amazing

The O.J. Simpson car chase — in which the Hall of Famer avoided surrendering to police in 1994 after being charged with murder, got into a white Ford Bronco driven his friend and ex-teammate Al Cowlings and headed down California freeways while the LAPD pursued — will always be connected to the NBA Finals. (USA Today)

Jim Harbaugh's favorite New Jersey high school is playing a game in Michigan Stadium

Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh has already laid pretty substantial groundwork at Paramus Catholic, the New Jersey school that produced top overall 2016 prospect and Wolverines commit Rashan Gary....Now Harbaugh's program will host Paramus Catholic on its own field. The Paladins will open their 2016 season with a game at Michigan Stadium on Sept. 2, which will bring a couple more blue-chip recruits right to Michigan's doorstep. (SB Nation)

Tennessee cancels classes for football opener because game-day traffic is awful

If you needed another reminder that college football is king in the Southeastern Conference, then Tennessee just provided one. The school has canceled classes for the football team’s season opener against Appalachian State on Thursday, Sept. 1, at Neyland Stadium, the university announced Tuesday. (Washington Post)

Louisville President James Ramsey stepping down

University of Louisville President James Ramsey is stepping down. Over the past two years, his leadership came under attack as the university dealt with embezzlement scandals and other embarrassments, including an FBI investigation of its top health care executive and an NCAA investigation of allegations that men's basketball players and recruits were provided dancers and prostitutes. (Louisville Courier-Journal)

Defensive end Xavier Lyas commits to NC State

Plant City (FL) Durant defensive end Xavier Lyas has been a Wolfpack lean since landing an offer from NC State six weeks ago. Lyas had hinted that a commitment could be forthcoming once he visited Raleigh and that came to fruition Thursday evening. In addition to NC State, Lyas (6-5, 200 pounds) held offers from Bowling Green, Northern Illinois, Florida International and South Florida. (Pack Pride)

Florida AD Jeremy Foley leaves lasting legacy with Gators

For the better part of the past 25 years, Jeremy Foley was one of the most successful figures in all of college sports but one we probably didn't talk about enough. Athletic directors mostly have a thankless job, and few know their names, unless something goes wrong. (ESPN.com)

Thousands pay tribute to Red Wings star Gordie Howe

The old. The young. The known. The anonymous. They lined up outside around the southwest corner of Joe Louis Arena on Tuesday, sometimes more than 300 deep in the early afternoon. The woolen, long-sleeved No. 9 winged wheel sweaters that many wore not exactly meshing well with the springtime heat. But those paying tribute to Gordie Howe patiently waited for as long as two hours without complaint. (Detroit Free Press)

A Great Day For The Greatest

Maybe because he’d been to all these places the procession was passing so many times before – down Bardstown Road, past the Muhammad Ali Center, then up Muhammad Ali Boulevard, past that little pink house at 3302 Grand Ave., his boyhood home where he first learned to feint, dance and dream – there was no reason to hurry. (The Undefeated)

Pittsburgh sports world celebrates Penguins' Stanley Cup win

There was plenty of celebration in the Pittsburgh sports world on social media after the Pittsburgh Penguins won the Stanley Cup on Sunday. Obviously, the Penguins' social media accounts were in full celebration mode, but they were joined by both the official accounts of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Pittsburgh Pirates as well. (ESPN.com)

NABC committee to study NCAA tournament principles

The National Association of Basketball Coaches has formed an ad hoc committee to discuss the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. Specifically, they will be going over the selection, the seeding and the bracketing principles that the selection committee uses to turn a pool of 351 college basketball teams into a 68 team bracket. (NBC Sports)

Kentucky forward Derek Willis arrested for public intoxication

Kentucky forward Derek Willis was arrested on Saturday for public intoxication, according to the Boone County Jail. Willis was released on $50 bond. As a junior last season, Willis averaged 7.7 points and 4 boards while shooting 44 percent from three. He started 11 games and is going to be counted on to play a major role on this year’s Kentucky team. (NBC Sports)

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