The Insider: MSHSL votes against shot clock for basketball
At a board of directors meeting Monday for the Minnesota State High School League, the MSHSL voted against shot clocks for high school basketball. The proposal was brought to the MSHSL board from the girls and boys Minnesota basketball associatio...
At a board of directors meeting Monday for the Minnesota State High School League, the MSHSL voted against shot clocks for high school basketball.
The proposal was brought to the MSHSL board from the girls and boys Minnesota basketball associations, but it was voted down on Monday. Eight states currently have shot clocks for high school basketball.
The MSHSL approved the addition of consolation brackets for the state tournament for boys and girls basketball. Currently, if a team loses in the quarterfinals of the state basketball tournament, the team is done. There is a third-place game for the final four teams in the tournament. Consolation rounds for state basketball won’t begin for at least two years.
A proposal for a 64-team state tournament for Class 4A boys basketball was tabled until the August board of directors meeting.
Blatter resigns as FIFA president
FIFA president Sepp Blatter stepped down amid swirling controversy as the leader of soccer’s world governing body on Tuesday and announced that a special election would be held sometime between December and next March to elect a successor.
The 79-year-old Blatter was re-elected to a fifth term as president at the FIFA Congress last Friday after news of a corruption scandal two days earlier rocked the organization and led to the arrest of seven officials.
Bladder announced his plans to resign at a news conference in Zurich. He said he will remain as president until a successor is appointed through a special election. The vote would not come before December, said Domenico Scala, chairman of FIFA’s audit and compliance committee.
Bladder said he asked that FIFA’s executive committee to organize the election at the earliest opportunity in order to name a new president ahead of the FIFA Congress next May in Mexico City.
Former Twins Pitcher Slowey takes MLBPA job
Kevin Slowey is moving from the mound to an office job, accepting a position as a special assistant to Major League Baseball Players Association director Tony Clark.
The 31-year-old Slowey spent seven years in the major leagues as a pitcher for the Minnesota Twins and the Miami Marlins. The cerebral right-hander went to spring training with the Philadelphia Phillies this year as a non-roster invitee on a minor league contract but was released in late March.
Slowey, noted for his control on the mound, posted a 43-36 career record in the majors with a 4.62 ERA in 662 innings. He last pitched for the Marlins in 2014, posting a 1-1 record with a 5.30 ERA in 17 appearances.
Warriors’ Thompson cleared for NBA Finals
Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson completed the NBA’s concussion protocol and was cleared Tuesday to play in opening game of the NBA Finals.
The Warriors open the best-of-seven series against the Cleveland Cavaliers and LeBron James on Thursday night in Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif.
Thompson suffered a concussion last week during a collision in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals against the Houston Rockets. He practiced for the second straight day with the Warriors in preparation for Thursday night’s game.
“I feel great, honestly,” Thompson told reporters after practice and before the results of the concussion tests were announced. “These past two days, I feel like I’ve got my wind back. Tomorrow is the final tuneup. Just trying to stop the nerves and anxiousness, or keep them down as much as possible.”
Thompson is the team’s second leading scorer, averaging 21.7 points per game during the regular season and 19.7 in the playoffs.
The Warriors are playing in the Finals for the first time since 1975.