Cowboys' 2018 NFL Draft Bid Reportedly Could Be Impacted by Texas Bathroom Bill – Bleacher Report


AT&T Stadium is shown before an NFL divisional playoff football game, Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

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A July meeting of Texas legislators to discuss a bill that prevents protection for transgender students from using the bathroom of the gender with which they identify could have an impact on the Dallas Cowboys’ hopes to host the 2018 NFL draft.

Per David Moore of the Dallas Morning News, if House Bill 2899 passes, the Cowboys could miss out on hosting next year’s draft.

“The timing of the NFL’s decision isn’t tied to the Texas legislative schedule, which begins its special session July 18,” Moore wrote. “The league has awarded the draft in August, September and October the last three years. But the timetable works to the league’s advantage by letting the issue play out without inserting itself into what has become a contentious public debate.”

As Moore noted, the Cowboys have already made a pitch to host the draft in April.

Per the Daily Beast’s Samantha Allen, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott called for the state’s legislature to reconvene for a special session with the hope of passing the controversial bill.

“The law to which Abbott was referring, HB 2899, would bar school districts and municipalities from implementing restroom protections for transgender students,” Allen wrote. “If passed, it would land at a time when federal court victories have been stacking up for transgender students who have been denied restroom rights.”

North Carolina passed a similar bill in March 2016 that nullified certain protections for transgender people. In response to the bill, the NBA moved the 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte, North Carolina, to New Orleans, and the Atlantic Coast Conference relocated championship events in eight sports out of the state.

In March, North Carolina lawmakers repealed?the bathroom bill.

The 2018 NFL draft is scheduled for April 26-28, with the location still to be determined.



Evans Suffers Leg Injury, Retires From Surbiton – Tennis Now


By Kieran Jackson | Saturday, June 10 2017


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Dan Evans


“I just pushed off on a return and heard and felt something go,” said Dan Evans, who was forced to retire after suffering a left calf injury.

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Dan Evans? Wimbledon participation in doubt following a left leg injury he sustained at the Aegon Surbiton Trophy today.

The top-seeded Evans was forced to retire hurt from his quarterfinal against German Dustin Brown, putting his participation for the rest of the grass court season and Wimbledon in serious jeopardy.

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The 55th-ranked Brit was a set and a break up at 6-3 4-2 when he pulled up chasing for a ball, and limped to his chair in some serious pain.

After a medical time-out being called, and heavy strapping wrapped around his left calf, he felt unable to continue, despite being a point away from serving for the match.

Following such a deflating exit to the tournament in which he was the clear favorite to win, Evans? main concern now will be the severity of the muscular injury.

He is due to play in the Nottingham challenger event next week, and Queens the week after. Although both might come too soon, his predominant focus will be regaining his fitness for Wimbledon in three weeks? time.

“I just pushed off on a return and heard and felt something go,” a disconsolate Evans said afterward. “It?s a bit disappointing to lose the match like that, but that?s the sport we play so we?ll see how it is.”

When asked about the prospect of playing in the next few weeks, Evans replied: “I don?t know obviously until I have the scan, so we?ll see how it is come Monday and hopefully it?s settled down a bit.”

Given he reached the third round last year at SW19, and grass being undoubtedly the surface most suited to his game, Evans will be desperate to return to action as soon as possible, with the need to defend ranking points and make the most of an extended grass court season at the forefront of his mind.

On the other hand, the fortunate Brown progresses to the semifinals, where he will play Australian Jordan Thompson, who beat towering American Reilly Opelka 7-5, 6-2.

Freelance journalist Kieran Jackson is covering the British grass court summer in the lead up to Wimbledon for Tennis Now.



Utah football: Kyle Whittingham signs contract extension through 2021 – Salt Lake Tribune



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Utah Utes head coach Kyle Whittingham as the University of Utah Utes host the Southern Utah University Thunderbirds, NCAA football at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City, Thursday September 1, 2016.

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Utah head football coach Kyle Whittingham will be sticking around a little bit longer.

Whittingham, who is 104-50 in 12 years as the Utes football coach, recently signed a contract extension through 2021, the school announced late Friday afternoon.

Whittingham was named the head coach on Dec. 8, 2004, succeeding Urban Meyer. His first win was as co-coach with Meyer in the 2005 Fiesta Bowl win over Pittsburgh; overall, Whittingham is 10-1 in bowl games with the Utes, including a win in the Foster Farms Bowl last December against Indiana.

Since joining the Pac-12 in 2011, Whittingham has led the Utes to victories over every other team in the league.



Who is the best cricketer in the world? Read captains' picks and vote for yours


Virat Kohli, Mitchell Starc and MS Dhoni
ICC Champions Trophy 2017
Venues: The Oval, Edgbaston, Cardiff. Dates: 1-18 June
Coverage: Highlights every evening on BBC Two, ball-by-ball Test Match Special commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra; in-play highlights and text commentary on the BBC Sport website

India’s Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni, and Australia bowler Mitchell Starc, are the best players in the world – according to a BBC Sport survey of world cricket’s captains.

With eight of the world’s top nations in England and Wales for the Champions Trophy, we asked the one-day captain of each competing nation to vote for their top three batsmen, bowlers and wicketkeepers in world cricket, taking into account all formats.

Completing our survey on behalf of their team-mates, captains were not allowed to vote for players from their own country and their top selection would be worth three points, their second selection two points and their third selection in a category one point.

Australia, Bangladesh, England, New Zealand, Pakistan and South Africa all took part but, despite repeated attempts to get their responses, India and Sri Lanka did not meet the deadline.

The verdict, however, was conclusive…

Arise, King Kohli

India right-hander Virat Kohli averaged 76 in Test cricket in 2016

For years, cricket fans bickered over the relative merits of Sachin Tendulkar and Brian Lara, but now there are a number of run machines who can realistically lay claim to being the best in the world – the likes of England’s Joe Root, New Zealand’s Kane Williamson and Australia’s Steve Smith.

One man stood out among his peers, however: Virat Kohli.

With 43 international centuries to his name at the age of 28, and four Test scores of 200 or more in the past 12 months, it is perhaps no surprise that three of his fellow captains nominated him as the best in the world with the other three respondents marking him as second best.

Two of those other number one votes went to South Africa’s dynamic run machine AB de Villiers, with New Zealand’s Kane Williamson earning the other.

England and Australia captains Joe Root and Steve Smith earned two nominations each for third place.

Analysis by BBC cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew: “Kohli is the most unflappable chaser of runs there’s ever been. I don’t know how he does it. He never shows any anxiety or pressure when chasing totals, when the pressure is actually really on. It’s extraordinary.

“He has a calculating mind that allows him to switch off from everything that’s going on around him and just bat. I don’t think there has been anyone else like him for his ability to chase runs.”

Starc head and shoulders above the rest

Mitchell Starc won the Allan Border medal for Test player of the year in Australia earlier this year

The most convincing winner in our survey was Australia’s left-arm quick Mitchell Starc. Four world captains had him as their first pick, with the other (Australia couldn’t vote for him, remember) having him second to South Africa’s Dale Steyn.

Chris Woakes received the solitary third-place vote for an England bowler, while Starc’s fellow left-armer from New Zealand, Trent Boult, was a popular pick for second and third place (receiving four nominations).

With six-wicket hauls on three continents in Test cricket, 27-year-old Starc is now the spearhead of an impressive Australian pace attack also including Josh Hazlewood (one vote for third place), Pat Cummins and James Pattinson.

Analysis by BBC cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew: “If there’s swing around, Starc moves the white ball. He’s got great pace and a searing yorker. He’s got all the attributes for a one-day fast bowler. He knocks people over and is particularly brutal with the tail. He’s definitely the standout fast bowler in the world.”

Dhoni keeps number one spot

He may be 35 now, but India’s iconic wicketkeeper MS Dhoni continues to strike fear into the opposition with his innovative, powerful batting and wicketkeeping skills.

Dhoni has handed over the captaincy to Virat Kohli now and he no longer plays Test cricket, but his one-day skills remain razor-sharp – emphasised by his sparkling 134 against England in January.

He does have a rival for his crown, though, with South Africa’s Quinton de Kock earning just as many nominations – although, crucially, not as many first-choice picks.

England’s Jos Buttler was a popular choice, while his team-mate Jonny Bairstow also received a vote.

This category was a two-horse race though – and World Cup, World T20 and Champions Trophy winner Dhoni, in fitting style, was triumphant.

Analysis by BBC cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew: “I don’t think he’s necessarily the best wicketkeeper, but it’s the all-round package that he brings. The innings he played in the 2011 World Cup final was astonishing. He hits the ball in unusual places with a lot of bottom hand. I also like the way he plays the game. He’s a positive cricketer. He would never claim to be a great keeper, but he’s more than fulfilled the job he’s been asked to do.”

Are the captains right?

Who gets your vote? Pick your top three batsman, bowlers and wicketkeepers in world cricket – only players nominated in this survey are available – and share it with your friends and on social media, using #bbccricket.

AB de VilliersSouth Africa

Hashim AmlaSouth Africa

Joe RootEngland

Kane WilliamsonNew Zealand

Steve SmithAustralia

Virat Kohli India

Bhuvneshwar KumarIndia

Chris WoakesEngland

Dale SteynSouth Africa

Josh HazlewoodAustralia

Kagiso RabadaSouth Africa

Mitchell StarcAustralia

Mohammad AmirPakistan

Ravichandran AshwinIndia

Trent BoultNew Zealand

Jonny BairstowEngland

Jos ButtlerEngland

MS DhoniIndia

Quinton de KockSouth Africa

Sarfraz AhmedPakistan

Wriddhiman SahaIndia