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OBIT-WES UNSELD

Wes Unseld, NBA Rookie of Year and MVP in 1969, dies at 74

WASHINGTON (AP) — Basketball Hall of Famer Wes Unseld, who led Washington to its only NBA championship, has died at age 74.

Unseld is one of two players in NBA history to win Rookie of the Year and MVP awards in the same season.

He died Tuesday after a series of health issues, most recently pneumonia, according to a statement from his family released by the Wizards.

Unseld was a powerful 6-foot-7, 245-pound center who dominated as a rebounder and led Washington’s team — then known as the Bullets — to the 1978 NBA championship, earning Finals MVP honors. He was a five-time All-Star who played all 13 of his NBA seasons with the franchise that drafted him in 1968 out of the University of Louisville.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL-NOTRE DAME-NAVY MOVED

College football opener won’t be played in Ireland

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The college football season opener between Notre Dame and Navy has been moved out of Ireland because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Fighting Irish and Midshipmen were scheduled to meet in Dublin on Aug. 29, but instead will seek to play at the Naval Academy during the Labor Day weekend.

The decision to move the venue came after discussions between the Irish government, medical authorities and the leadership teams at Navy and Notre Dame.

Navy athletic director Chet Gladchuk says decision to forego the overseas trip is to ensure the health and safety of the players, coaches and fans.

ENGLAND-FLOYD PROTESTS

Premier League players can show support for protesters

UNDATED (AP) — English Premier League players are able to show solidarity with the George Floyd justice campaign during games without facing sanctions.

The Football Association has endorsed FIFA’s new stance that common sense would be applied when assessing the context of on-field messages on players’ equipment.

The laws of the game prohibit “any political, religious or personal slogans, statements or images.” But the English FA has given the green light for players using games to protest against social and racial inequality.

The Premier League is due to resume on June 17. 

FORMULA ONE

Formula One season to begin in July

PARIS (AP) — Formula One will finally get underway with back-to-back races at the Austrian Grand Prix in July as part of an eight-race European swing.

Governing body FIA says the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg will host races on July 5 and 12. The next race will be in Hungary on July 19 followed by consecutive races at the British GP on Aug. 2 and 9. Further races are scheduled for Spain on Aug. 16 and Belgium on Aug. 30. Italy will complete the European swing on Sept. 6.

Four races have been canceled this season because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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