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RIP Jim O'Connell: The world is less funny today

Based out of the AP’s main office in New York, Jim O’Connell established himself as one of the nation’s foremost college basketball experts. He was as much a front-and-center figure at the Final Four as James Naismith. But Oc was so much more. He was one of the last guard of “old school” sports writers who will simply cease to exist after his generation passes. (TMG College Sports)

Here’s How Many Miles Joey Chestnut Must Run to Burn Off Those 74 Hot Dogs

Competitive eater Joey Chestnut made history once again on the Fourth of July, cramming down a record 74 hot dogs in 10 minutes at the 2018 Nathan’s Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest in Coney Island. That gave him his eleventh title in the contest overall, and was two more than he managed to swallow in last year’s competition. (Runner's World)

Duke's Brittain Brown ready for his chance as starting RB

Duke hopes good things keep happening when the Blue Devils give the ball to Brittain Brown. The redshirt sophomore is entering his first season as the featured running back with a track record that suggests the whole team could benefit from an increased workload for him. Duke was 5-0 last season in games in which Brown carried more than 10 times. (Associated Press)

NBA sounds ready to move towards lowering draft age limit

On Tuesday, NBA commissioner Adam Silver and NBPA Executive Director Michele Roberts discussed the age limit during their respective press conferences. And by the sound of things, the league appears to still be headed in the direction of lowering the minimum age to 18. The minimum age to enter the draft could be lowered in time for the 2021 NBA Draft. (NBC Sports)

Former UCLA basketball player Billy Knight found dead in Phoenix

For the second time in less than a week tragedy has struck the UCLA basketball family, as it was reported on Tuesday that the body of former player Billy Knight was found Sunday in Phoenix. According to the Los Angeles Daily News, Knight’s body was found by members of the Phoenix Fire Department and he was pronounced dead shortly thereafter by Phoenix Police. (NBC Sports)

Former Louisville Players Expected to Sue NCAA Over Vacated Wins

Former Louisville basketball players are expected to file a lawsuit against the NCAA, regarding the school being forced to vacate wins. In February, the NCAA upheld ordered the school to vacate its 2013 championship amid an escort scandal. Louisville was ordered to vacate 123 wins in which athletes were ineligible from the 2011–12 through the 2015 academic years. (Sports Illustrated)

Kansas tacitly acknowledges being subpoenaed in ongoing federal basketball investigation

The University of Kansas tacitly acknowledged that it has been subpoenaed by the federal government in the ongoing federal basketball investigation. The school replied to a request for “any subpoenas received by (University of) Kansas...in relation to the ongoing federal investigation of college basketball” by stating it “has public records that are responsive to your request.” (Yahoo! Sports)

Sale of NFL’s Carolina Panthers to David Tepper closed

The Carolina Panthers announced the sale of the franchise to David Tepper has closed. Tepper becomes only the second owner in team history. He started work on Monday. Tepper, the founder and president of global hedge fund Appaloosa Management, L.P., bought the team from founder Jerry Richardson for $2.2 billion — the most ever paid for an NFL franchise. (Associated Press)

Former UNC football commit Payton Wilson likely to redshirt for NC State after re-injuring knee

, the former Orange High School star linebacker who recently flipped his college commitment from North Carolina to NC State, is reportedly likely to redshirt this upcoming season after a setback in his recovery from a torn ACL suffered this past fall. Before decommitting from UNC, he was projected to be the Tar Heels’ top incoming defensive recruit. (Chapelboro.com)

Mook Reynolds dismissed from Hokies in latest loss to Virginia Tech defense

Virginia Tech starting defensive back Mook Reynolds was dismissed from the team Monday, dealing another blow to the Hokies' defense. Reynolds, who finished last season with 70 tackles, is just the latest loss for Bud Foster's defense. Foster must now replace seven starters from last season. The secondary, which lost four starters, is not the only spot lacking veterans. (ESPN.com)

This Video Perfectly Sums Up the Emotions and Reactions of NBA Fans During Free Agency

YouTuber Cameron Magruder decided that with all of the jaw dropping moves that happened in the first two days, he should provide a breakdown of the rollercoaster of emotions each fan base went through at the start of July. From Kawhi Leonard trade rumors to LeBron James going to the Lakers to Mario Hezonja joining the Knicks and everything in between. (Sports Illustrated)

North Wilkesboro Speedway eroding with passage of time

A pair of young men, neither one who looked to be a day over 25, couldn’t help but notice a stranger who’d pulled up near to the ticket window in front of the North Wilkesboro Speedway to take a few pictures. NASCAR pulled the last of its big races in 1996 when they were learning how to walk; not many people make the trip all the way out to the track these days. (Winston-Salem Journal)

Reports: Trade could send Bismack Biyombo back to the Charlotte Hornets

Center Bismack Biyombo may return to his first NBA team. Biyombo would move from the Orlando Magic to the Charlotte Hornets in a three-way trade, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The reported deal, which would also include the Chicago Bulls, would send Timofey Mozgov to the Magic and Julyan Stone’s $1.6 million un-guaranteed salary to the Bulls. (Charlotte Observer)

Former UCLA basketball standout Tyler Honeycutt found dead after standoff with LAPD

Former UCLA standout and NBA player Tyler Honeycutt was found dead after a standoff with Los Angeles Police Department SWAT members early Saturday. The 27-year-old Honeycutt was identified by family members. The LAPD had gone into a Sherman Oaks residence after Honeycutt allegedly fired a gun at police and barricaded himself into the residence. (NBC Sports)

For Georgia Tech, Adidas partnership bringing more than new gear

Yes, Georgia Tech coaches and athletes are excited to be wearing Adidas gear, a partnership that officially goes into effect Sunday. However, for the athletic department, the excitement isn’t due only to being outfitted in gear more fashionable and cool than Russell Athletic, Tech’s apparel partner for years, and the recruiting gains that’s expected to provide. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
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