The NBA's board of governors was unanimous in its approval of a plan to stiffen potential penalties for tampering with players and employees under contract with other clubs, hoping for increased compliance in existing league rules.
Fines of up to $10 million are now possible in the most egregious situations, along with forfeiture of draft picks, suspensions of executives and voiding of contracts when rule-breaking is found – significant enough threats, the league hopes, to end any notion of teams entering into deals with free agents before rules allow.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said Friday, “We need to ensure that we're creating a culture of compliance in this league.”
2 share lead at BMW tourney
A fast start by Danny Willett and a sublime finish by Jon Rahm helped them into a tie for the second-round lead at the BMW PGA Championship Virginia Water, England. They were two strokes clear of Justin Rose (68), Henrik Stenson (69) and South Africa's Christiaan Bezuidenhout (67). No. 2-ranked Rory McIlroy followed an opening-round 76 with a 69 to make the cut.
Triplett takes lead at Sanford
Kirk Triplett shot a 4-under 66 in windy conditions Friday to take a one-shot lead in the opening round of the PGA Tour Champions' Sanford International. Paul Broadhurst and Tom Gillis shot 67 on a day when a dozen players in the 78-man field broke par at Minnehaha Country Club.
Poston catches Sanderson leader
J.T. Poston finished off an 8-under 64 and caught Tom Hoge for the first-round lead in the storm-delayed PGA Tour's Sanderson Farms Championship. He had to return Friday morning to complete his opening round because of thunderstorms that halted play for three hours before officials decided not to resume. Harris English and Carlos Ortiz joined the group at 65.
Concussions up for goaltenders
Goaltenders in the National Hockey League are seeing a recent increase in head injuries. Just two NHL goalies were concussed in 2016-17, missing a total of 15 games. Over the past two seasons, 14 different goalies missed a total of 276 games with a concussion or head injury caused by everything from elbows and knees to pucks off their helmets.
PFW sweeps past Presbyterian
The PFW women's volleyball team defeated Presbyterian 3-0 in Edwardsville, Illinois, led by nine kills apiece from Elizabeth Fuerst and Katie Crowe. Crowe also had 12 digs. Rachael Crucis had 18 digs, as the Mastodons (3-5) won 25-16, 25-20, 25-21 over the Blue Hose (4-8).