Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Colleges

USF's Sara Nevins a nominee for college softball's player of the year

TAMPA — USF pitcher Sara Nevins was named one of 11 nominees for the Amateur Softball Association of America's player of the year award. Three finalists will be named May 23, and the winner named May 29.

"I didn't expect it at all," Nevins said. "It's cool and exciting."

The Pinellas Park High grad is 26-4 with a 1.06 ERA, four saves, three no-hitters and one perfect game.

"There are 320 Division I teams. That's a lot of players on each team," said coach Ken Eriksen, whose team opens play in the Big East tournament at 10 this morning in South Bend, Ind., against DePaul. "And for Sara to get recognized by the national governing body … says a lot about what she has done this year against the schedule she has played."

Florida senior centerfielder Michelle Moultrie also was nominated. She's hitting .395 with 10 homers.

ACC-ESPN deal worth reported $3.6 billion

The ACC and ESPN/ABC reached a 15-year deal through 2026-27 for football, basketball and Olympic sports that the Associated Press reported is worth $3.6 billion.

Each of the 14 schools (including Pittsburgh and Syracuse, whose arrival date hasn't been determined) will make about $17.1 million annually. Under the 12-year, $1.86 billion deal reached in July 2010, each of the 12 teams made about $12.9 million.

The deal allows ESPN to air three football games per season on Fridays, the night many high school games are played, not including one on the day after Thanksgiving.

Big East: Interim commissioner Joseph Bailey said the conference is working to dispel any perception it is unraveling after Monday's ouster of John Marinatto. He said he has seen no split between football and basketball schools: "It's a very cohesive, very focused group."

Men's basketball: The NCAA is investigating Narlen Noels, Kentucky's incoming center and one of the nation's top recruits, the New York Times reported. The report said the NCAA is looking into Noels' relationship with his advisers and their possible ties to an agent as well as how Noels paid for unofficial visits to Kentucky and Louisville.

Women's basketball: Baylor star center Brittney Griner broke her right wrist while riding a longboard (similar to a skateboard). She is expected to be ready for fall practice.

Soccer: USF sophomore forward T.J. Roehn, the Times 2008 Hillsborough County player of the year for Berkeley Prep, is transferring to Michigan.

Times staff writer Greg Auman contributed to this report.

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