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College

SportShorts for Tuesday, August 13, 2019

GOLF

Fiorini wins local event

Megan Fiorini of Rock Falls won the an event on the Iowa PGA Junior Tour on Monday at Pinnacle Country Club in Milan. She carded a 42 to win by one shot.

BASKETBALL

‘Rich Paul Rule’ tossed out

The NCAA will no longer require a bachelor’s degree for agents representing players who want to consider the NBA draft but keep their collegiate eligibility. In other words, the Rich Paul Rule is dead after a week of existence.

Paul, the agent for LeBron James and other NBA stars, wrote on Monday morning that the NCAA’s degree requirement was “preventing young people from less prestigious backgrounds, and often people of color, from working in the system they continue to control.”

In its Monday afternoon announcement, the NCAA took pains to point out that “specific individuals were not considered when developing our process.” But it’s hard to see the specific changes from today as anything but the consideration of one specific individual who does not have a bachelor’s degree.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Badgers don’t want Cephus back

University of Wisconsin officials are sending a “clear message” they don’t want former Badgers wide receiver Quintez Cephus to return despite his acquittal in a sexual assault case, his attorney said Monday.

Cephus, 21, of Macon, Georgia, was suspended from the football team in August 2018 after being charged with second- and third-degree sexual assault. He was expelled from the university earlier this year for violating its nonacademic misconduct code. Cephus applied for readmission on Aug. 6, days after a jury found him not guilty.

Cephus’ attorney, Stephen Meyer, said Monday that discussions with the university have collapsed. But the university, in a statement posted on its website, said Meyer was “false” and no decision has been made.

NFL

Antonio Brown loses on helmet issue

Oakland Raiders receiver Antonio Brown lost his grievance with the NFL on Monday over his use of an old helmet that is no longer certified as safe to use for practice or play.

The arbitrator issued the ruling after holding a hearing last Friday with Brown, representatives from the league and the players’ union.

Running backs want their own union

A petition reportedly has been filed with the National Labor Relations Board seeking to create a separate union for NFL running backs.

According to the website Law360, the petition was filed Thursday by the International Brotherhood of Professional Running Backs and focuses on the shorter careers for players at the position.

“These employees have unique career structures; and the current one-size fits all unit is inappropriate,” the petition says of players’ representation by the NFL Players Association. “Excluded: All other player groups,” it said.

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