Another hearing set for Elliott suspension
A federal appeals court has set a Thursday hearing as attorneys for Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott seek a longer-lasting injunction to stop his six-game suspension over domestic violence allegations.
The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday issued an emergency stay of the NFL’s punishment, the third legal reprieve for Elliott. It cleared last year’s league rushing leader to play in Sunday’s game against Kansas City. Elliott scored the go-ahead touchdown in the Cowboy’s 28-17 win over the Chiefs.
It is possible, if not likely, that the three-judge panel will rule as early as Thursday, after oral arguments, on whether Elliott can play Sunday at Atlanta.
None of the judges assigned to Elliott’s case presided over the NFL’s winning appeal in Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s four-game suspension in the Deflategate case.
Elliott’s suspension has been weaving through the courts since he was ordered in August to serve the ban for violating the league’s personal conduct policy.
Huggins extends contract with WVU
West Virginia coach Bob Huggins has agreed to a four-year contract extension.
WVU athletic director Shane Lyons on Monday announced the extension, which runs through the 2021-22 season. The 64-year-old Huggins will earn $3.75 million this season, including a base salary of $250,000.
Under the agreement, starting with the 2022-23 season, Huggins can assume a five-year appointment in public relations and development along with other duties within the athletic department, ending in June 2027. Or he can continue coaching.
The arrangement is similar to a 2012 contract extension for Huggins.
Huggins is entering his 36th season as a head coach and 11th in Morgantown. No. 11 West Virginia opens play Friday night against No. 25 Texas A&M at Ramstein Air Base in Germany.
Sophomore headlines All-American team
Michigan State’s Miles Bridges headlines The Associated Press preseason All-America team.
The 6-foot-7 sophomore was the leading vote-getter with 61 votes from the 65-member national media panel that selects the weekly AP Top 25 poll. That was 14 more than Notre Dame senior Bonzie Colson, the preseason Atlantic Coast Conference player of the year and the No. 2 vote-getter.
Arizona junior Allonzo Trier received 39 votes, Villanova junior Jalen Brunson received 33 and Missouri freshman Michael Porter Jr. had 30 votes to round out the rest of the five-man team released Monday.
Porter is the fifth freshman to make the team, the first since LSU’s Ben Simmons two seasons ago.
North Carolina senior Joel Berry II — last year’s Most Outstanding Player at the Final Four — fell short of the team with 25 votes.
Caligiuri, Martino to run for USSF president
Former U.S. national team forward Paul Caligiuri and midfielder Kyle Martino are the latest new candidates for U.S. Soccer Federation president in the wake of the Americans’ failure to qualify for next year’s World Cup.
Caligiuri, 53, scored in the 1-0 win at Trinidad and Tobago in 1989 that put the U.S. in the World Cup for the first time since 1950. He started every U.S. match at the 1990 and 1994 World Cups, and scored five times in 110 international appearances. After retiring as a player, he has coached Cal Poly-Pomona men’s team (2002-08), its women’s team (2002-2005) and Orange County FC of the National Premier Soccer League (starting in 2017). He also has served on the USSF’s board of directors.
The 36-year-old Martino had one goal in eight international appearances, playing for Columbus (2002-06) and the LA Galaxy (2006-07). He is among the studio analysts on NBC’s coverage of England’s Premier League.