The last time Seattle hosted the game, 2001, is also the last season the team made the playoffs.
🏈 College football programs may be able to sign up to seven additional players every year to replace the loss of outgoing transfers, bringing the maximum annual number of signees up to 32.
The proposal comes after a surge of transfers stemming from the NCAA’s recent rule changes allowing most transfers to play immediately for another team.
🏀 The Houston Rockets and John Wall agreed to find a trade for the former All-Star guard. In the midst of a rebuild, Houston is set to trade its fourth All-Star guard in two years: Chris Paul, Russ Westbrook, James Harden, and now John Wall.
New League, New Rules
Imagine telling a high school sophomore they can make $100,000 per year to play basketball.
That’s the type of offer new professional basketball league, and potential NBA feeder, Overtime Elite is pitching to kids. The (not so) crazy part… It's working.
Rewriting the rules: The new league will take 24 high school juniors and seniors on a path solely focused on becoming professional basketball players. The league offers:
Minimum $100,000 salary
Ability to earn NIL deals
Customized academic schedule focused on financial literacy
Full healthcare and other benefits
Competitive schedule against top prep schools
Plus, if a player doesn’t go pro, they’ll receive $100,000 in financial aid to put toward their college degree.
Notable signees: The league recently finalized its first 24-man roster. Given the alternative is to play for free in high school, it’s not hard to see why so many players -- including several five-star recruits -- have already signed with the league.
It's a recruiting class even Duke and Kentucky would be jealous of:
2022 #8 prospect Jazian Gortman
2023 #8 prospect Tyler Smith
2023 #14 prospect Bryson Warren
2024 5-star prospect Jalen Lewis
2024 5-star prospect Matt Bewley
2024 5-star prospect Ryan Bewley
The only sacrifice? Forgoing the future college athletic eligibility and any subsequent NIL deals associated with joining a big-name school.
Take a step back: With the addition of Overtime Elite, young basketball players can go pro earlier than ever. Importantly, they're also guaranteed millions of views across social platforms given Overtime's reach of 10 million+ across Instagram, TikTok, and YouTube.
With reputable backers with deep pockets, like Jeff Bezos and Kevin Durant, the league is likely to be around for a while.
Champions League - Group Stage
(3 pts) Bayern Munich 3 vs. (0 pts) Barcelona 0
Well, it wasn’t quite as bad as the 8-2 shellacking Bayern gave Barca two years ago, but it was a rude awakening for Barca fans. Without Messi, this team is not one of Europe’s best.
(3 pts) Young Boys 2vs. (0 pts) Manchester United 1
Cristiano Ronaldo’s early goal wasn’t enough for United. A red card late in the first half led to a pair of second-half goals for the Young Boys, including this 95th-minute gem to win the game.
The Reds have dropped six of their last eight games and fallen out of the second NL Wild Card spot. With games against the White Sox and Dodgers on the schedule, they've got a tough path to the playoffs.
Stat:Since being drafted in 2009, only one franchise has more shooting fouls than James Harden... his long-term home, the Houston Rockets.
Quote:“Felt like a cat.”
- Raiders coach John Gruden felt like he died and woke up again during the thrilling OT win over Baltimore.
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B. In 2005, the NBA and NBA Players Union agreed to end the drafting of high school players beginning in the 2006 draft. The final group of nine high school draftees in 2005 included Andrew Bynum and Monta Ellis.