Howard University men’s basketball team signs NIL deal with moving company, College HUNKS Hauling Junk

The moving company, College HUNKS Hauling Junk, has been active in the name, image and likeness space with college athletes, signing Miami quarterback D’Eriq King to a sizeable endorsement deal and recently signing the entire San Diego State football team to a contract.

The company has once again made a big splash by signing the entire Howard University men’s basketball team to an endorsement deal on Monday. This is believed to be the first deal of its kind with an entire team from an HBCU.

"College HUNKS is an iconic brand, and Howard University is an iconic institution, so it makes sense to align our mutual passions for building leaders," Howard Men’s basketball player Tai Bibbs said. "My teammates and I are looking forward to partnering with College HUNKS to promote their amazing employment opportunities for frontline staff, their moving and hauling services for clients, as well as their franchise opportunities for aspiring business owners."

The players will receive a specified dollar amount up front to split evenly and will then have opportunities individually to earn more money through incentives with the company by bringing in new clients or employees.

The co-owners of the business, Nick Friedman and Omar Soliman, grew up in the Washington D.C. area attending Howard University homecoming events and Friedman played on the Howard intramural club basketball team, so this endorsement hit home for the company.

"Our business started as an underdog with a beat-up cargo van in college, so aligning with student-athletes that historically have not received large media attention is important to our brand purpose," Friedman said. "College HUNKS has a diverse team, and we strive to brighten the spotlight within and outside of our brand to build leaders and make a positive impact."


Syracuse football coach Dino Babers to return next season

Syracuse football coach Dino Babers will return next season, athletic director John Wildhack announced Monday.

The Orange finished 5-7 in 2021, their third straight losing season, but showed significant progress over their 1-10 campaign in 2020.

Babers has already shaken up his staff, announcing Sunday offensive coordinator Sterlin Gilbert, tight ends/inside receivers coach Reno Ferri and defensive line coach Vince Reynolds would not return.

"We’re disappointed with how this season ended," Wildhack said at a press conference in Syracuse. "Our work on the 2022 season began yesterday. We will work on our deficiencies aggressively."

Babers has only one winning season at Syracuse, going 10-3 in 2018.


College basketball Power Rankings: Duke is the new No. 1, three new teams climb into top 16

Less than three weeks into the 2021-22 college basketball season, we have our first No. 1 debate.

After the way Gonzaga dispatched Texas and UCLA, it seemed unlikely the Zags were going to relinquish the top spot anytime soon. But Duke showed a level of skill, physicality and talent Gonzaga hadn’t seen since last year’s national championship game against Baylor — and the Blue Devils knocked off the Zags in Las Vegas. With Kansas and UCLA also suffering their first losses last week, a clear two-team battle for the top spot emerged: Duke vs. Purdue.

Purdue looked like a legitimate national championship contender two weekends ago, when the Boilermakers went to the Hall of Fame Tip-Off event and beat North Carolina and Villanova on back-to-back days.

But we’re going to give Duke the slight edge this week. The reasoning is pretty simple: Duke’s wins over Gonzaga and Kentucky are just a bit more impressive than Purdue’s victories over Villanova and North Carolina. From a qualitative standpoint, I like Duke a little bit more so far too.

In a dream world, Duke and Purdue would have been matched up against each other in this week’s ACC/Big Ten Challenge. That’s not the case, but both teams will be tested. The Blue Devils travel to Columbus to face Ohio State, while Purdue hosts Florida State. Team of the Week: Duke Blue Devils

It’s not often you’ll see a team beat the reigning No. 1 team in the country then move to No. 1 in the Power Rankings, so it’s hard to pick someone other than the Blue Devils for Team of the Week honors.

Gonzaga hadn’t lost a regular-season game since the 2019-20 campaign, the Zags had steamrollered top-5 opponents Texas and UCLA earlier this season and they were favored by nine points at tipoff versus Duke. We’ve been lucky to have several marquee matchups in the first few weeks of the season, but Friday’s game felt different. The buzz in Las Vegas came through very clearly, even on television, with the arena seemingly poised to erupt after every basket.

And Duke lived up to the hype. The Blue Devils were fantastic in their win over Gonzaga, starting with Paolo Banchero having one of the best first-half performances we’ve seen from a freshman in some time. Mark Williams played like a first-round pick, limiting Drew Timme at one end and scoring 17 points at the other. Wendell Moore Jr. continued his excellent junior season, registering 20 points and six assists, with much of that coming when Banchero had to leave the game with cramps. Trevor Keels had six assists and was a real factor defensively, and Jeremy Roach made plays late. Even Joey Baker and Theo John had their moments off the Blue Devils bench.

It was as complete a performance as we’ve seen from a team this season, especially in such a big game against such a good opponent. Player of the Week: Johnny Davis , Wisconsin Badgers

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Ralf Rangnick appointed Manchester United interim manager

The appointment of the 63-year-old German, who was previously head of sports and development for Russian club Lokomotiv Moscow, follows Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s dismissal earlier this month following a three-year spell as manager in which the club did not win a trophy.

Following his six-month spell in charge, Rangnick will continue in a consultancy role at the club for a further two years. Manchester United went viral again but for all the wrong reasons "I am excited to be joining Manchester United and focused on making this a successful season for the club," said Rangnick on Monday.

"The squad is full of talent and has a great balance of youth and experience. All my efforts for the next six months will be on helping these players fulfil their potential, both individually and, most importantly, as a team.

"Beyond that I look forward to supporting the club’s longer-term goals on a consultancy basis," added Rangnick. Ralf Rangnick is taking over the reins at Manchester United on an interim basis until the end of the season. Widely considered a pioneer of German football as an early adopter of the "gegenpress" tactical approach, Rangnick has been credited as an influence to Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, Chelsea head coach Thomas Tuchel and Bayern Munich boss Julian Nagelsmann among many others. Cristiano Ronaldo of Manchester United takes instructions as he prepares to come on as a substitute during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on November 28, 2021 in London. The German takes over with United currently in eighth place in the league, 12 points behind leaders Chelsea. United and Chelsea shared a 1-1 draw in the Premier League at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

Rangnick’s arrival has prompted plenty of speculation about Cristiano Ronaldo’s role in the Manchester United team, given the German’s tactical approach.

United’s next game sees them face Arsenal at home in the Premier League on Thursday.

The Manchester club added that Michael Carrick will remain in charge of the first team until Rangnick’s work visa is finalized.


NBA Power Rankings, Week 7: Where do Phoenix Suns, Golden State Warriors rank ahead of this week’s meeting?

The battle for No. 1 in the NBA Power Rankings is on.

The Golden State Warriors , winners of seven straight games, take their league-best 18-2 record into Tuesday night’s Western Conference showdown with the Phoenix Suns .

Phoenix, meanwhile, hasn’t lost in over a month and is one win shy of matching the franchise record of 17 straight victories.

Elsewhere in the NBA, the defending champion Milwaukee Bucks are looking like themselves again and have successfully broken out of the Eastern Conference play-in race. Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks have won seven straight ahead of a Wednesday night meeting with LaMelo Ball and the Charlotte Hornets .

LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers are back to .500, the injury-riddled Denver Nuggets continue to slide in the West standings and the Memphis Grizzlies prepare for a stretch without star guard Ja Morant , who suffered a sprained left knee on Friday .

Where do all 30 teams stand in the final rankings of November?

Note: Throughout the regular season, our panel (Tim Bontemps, Jamal Collier, Nick Friedell, Andrew Lopez, Tim MacMahon, Dave McMenamin and Ohm Youngmisuk) is ranking all 30 teams from top to bottom, taking stock of which teams are playing the best basketball now and which teams are looking most like title contenders. 1. Golden State Warriors
2021-22 record: 18-2
Previous ranking: 1

The Warriors are 18-2. Klay Thompson appears to be just a few more weeks away from returning. Stephen Curry is playing like he’s on track to win the third MVP award of his career. Draymond Green continues to play like he’s headed to another Defensive Player of the Year award. They have a chance to snap Phoenix’s 16-game winning streak on Tuesday and will see the Suns again on Friday night. Everything is looking up for Steve Kerr and his talented roster right now. — Friedell

This week: @PHX, PHX, SA 2. Phoenix Suns
2021-22 record: 17-3
Previous ranking: 2

With one more win, the Suns would tie their franchise record with 17 consecutive victories. They’ll get the chance on Tuesday night against the only team in the league with as many wins as the Suns have this season — the Warriors. Phoenix’s 16-game streak is also tied for the third-longest win streak in NBA history for a team that lost in the NBA Finals the previous season. — Lopez

This week: GS, DET, @DET 3. Brooklyn Nets 2021-22 record: 14-6 Previous ranking: 3Brooklyn is a team that can be viewed in a couple different ways. Good: The Nets have the NBA’s third-best record, the East’s best record and Kevin Durant and James Harden are healthy. Bad: They’ve had three games against the other elite teams in the NBA this season — Milwaukee, Golden State and Phoenix — and have been thoroughly beaten in all of them. — Bontemps This week: NY, MIN, CHI 4. Milwaukee Bucks 2021-22 record: 13-8 Previous ranking: 9The Bucks look like one of the powers in the […]


Oklahoma loses two more ESPN 300 commits in wake of football coach Lincoln Riley’s departure

After suffering four decommitments Sunday, Oklahoma received more bad news on Monday when ESPN 300 defensive end Derrick Moore and offensive lineman Demetrius Hunter both announced they were decommitting from the Sooners.

The exodus is coming after head coach Lincoln Riley accepted the same position at USC , and the Oklahoma recruits are now reevaluating their positions.

Moore is the No. 23 recruit in the 2022 class and was the second-highest-ranked commit for the Sooners behind five-star defensive tackle Gabe Brownlow-Dindy. Moore is a 6-foot-4, 250-pound defensive lineman from St. Frances Academy in Baltimore who had offers from some of the top programs in the country, including Georgia, Alabama, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Michigan, among others. Thank you Norman❤️ — � (@Big8DMoore) November 29, 2021 Hunter also decommitted on Monday, saying he believes it’s in his best interest to consider other options. He is the No. 281 recruit out of West Orange-Stark High School in Orange, Texas, and one of the top interior offensive linemen in the class. Thanks Sooner Nation❤️ — ��������� "������ℯ"�����r (@Pancakehunter59) November 29, 2021 Sunday’s decommitments include ESPN 300 linebacker Kobie Mckinzie, the No. 95 recruit out of Lubbock, Texas.

It wasn’t just the 2022 class that took a hit, either. Riley and his staff had gotten a head start on 2023 recruiting, but with Riley leaving, quarterback Malachi Nelson announced his decommitment from the program.

Nelson is the No. 3 recruit in the 2023 class and the No. 2 quarterback, behind Arch Manning. He’s from Los Alamitos, California, and Riley has already been in contact with Nelson about joining him at USC.

In addition to Nelson, ESPN 300 receiver Brandon Inniss and ESPN 300 running back Treyaun Webb also decommitted on Sunday, leaving the 2023 class with four total commitments.

With Moore and Hunter decommitting in 2022, that leaves the Sooners with eight ESPN 300 commitments and 15 total commitments.


PSG’s Neymar to miss up to two months with ankle injury

PSG’s Neymar was in clear distress when he was stretchered off the pitch. Marcio Machado/Getty Images Paris Saint-Germain ‘s Neymar is set to miss six to eight weeks after sustaining ligament damage in his left ankle in their win over Saint-Etienne on Sunday.

The Brazil international was stretchered off the pitch on 85 minutes during PSG’s 3-1 win, and the club confirmed on Monday that he would be out for a sustained period of time.

After the game, Neymar promised to come back stronger from the injury. "Unfortunately, these setbacks are a part of an athlete’s life," he said on Instagram . "Now you have to raise your head and move on. I will come back better and stronger."

PSG said that further tests would be carried out in 72 hours to further determine the severity and how they would proceed.

Sunday’s result extended PSG’s lead at the top of Ligue 1 to 12 points.


Atlantic Coast Conference, Big Ten, Pac-12 launch mental health initiative as part of conference alliance initiatives

The Atlantic Coast Conference, Big Ten and Pac-12 launched an initiative Monday to raise awareness of the importance of mental health as part of their conference alliance announced earlier this year.

Teammates for Mental Health will be unveiled this week during basketball games involving the three conferences, including the ACC/Big Ten women’s and men’s challenges.

The centerpiece will be a public service announcement that will air throughout the 28 games being played from Nov. 29-Dec. 2. The PSA includes men’s coach Mike Krzyzewski (Duke) and Wayne Tinkle (Oregon State), Maryland women’s coach Brenda Frese and others, and it will air on ESPN, the ACC Network, the Big Ten network and the Pac-12 Network.

The initiative will also include in-arena signage and lapel pins for coaches to wear during games.

The ACC, Big Ten and Pac-12 announced in the summer the conferences were forming an alliance to work together on scheduling, plus off-field issues like the future of NCAA governance and athlete welfare.

"When the Alliance was formed back in August, you know, people paid a lot of attention to the schedule pieces. And Kevin and I and George have been emphatic that that is a component of it, but you also have major issues from an NCAA standpoint and the future college athletics," ACC Commissioner Jim Phillips said. "But at the core of it for us is really the student athlete experience."

Pac-12 Commissioner George Kliavkoff said 10 working groups of athletic directors and other administrators and school officials have been meeting regularly over the last four months. Four of the groups are focused on scheduling games and events between the conferences in football, men’s and women’s basketball and Olympic sports. The other six are looking at things like compliance, NCAA issues, social responsibility and how best to support mental and physical well-being of athletes.

The Teammates for Mental Health campaign is the first public collaboration to come from the three conferences. Kilavkoff said each conference was already working independently on athlete mental health issues.

"But the alliance is all about kind of sharing best practices across the 41 institutions, and across the three conferences, and specifically as it relates to student-athlete health and well-being, we have the experts for each of the conferences, each of the institutions, meeting on a regular basis, recommending and suggesting things that we can do through the alliance to elevate what they do for their student-athletes," Kliavkoff said.

The mental health of athletes has taken on growing prominence, with Olympic champion Simone Biles and tennis star Naomi Osaka among those speaking out or taking steps to protect themselves.

The initiative is aimed at encouraging athletes and coaches to be on the lookout for signs that someone close to them is struggling with their mental health.

Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren, who played college basketball, said the pressure on athletes is greater than ever and the attention they receive through social media can compound the stress. He said the goal is to have everyone involved in athletics treat signs of mental-health ailments as they would […]


Mikaela Shiffrin equals Ingemar Stenmark’s record with 46th World Cup slalom win

(CNN)Skiing star Mikaela Shiffrin equaled Ingemar Stenmark’s record for the most World Cup wins in a single discipline on Sunday as she claimed the 46th slalom victory of her career.

Having trailed Petra Vlhova after the first run, Shiffrin took the lead on the second and finished 0.75 seconds ahead of her rival in Killington, Vermont, moving level with the record that Stenmark has held for 32 years.

"I won’t say it’s not meaningful. It certainly is, but I’m trying not to focus on those numbers. The closer I get to these marks, it’s hard not to think about it and want that."

Stenmark, the Swedish slalom specialist who competed in the 1970s and 80s, also holds the record for the most World Cup wins with 86, while Shiffrin is third on the all-time list with 71. Shiffrin celebrates victory on home soil in Killington, Vermont. Vlhova led Sunday’s competition with a time of 49.87 seconds on her first run, 0.2 seconds ahead of Shiffrin.

But an error early on the second run cost the Slovakian and enabled Shiffrin to take the victory — her fifth consecutive slalom win in Killington.

The result means Shiffrin, a two-time Olympic gold medalist, leads the overall World Cup standings on 360 points after five events, 20 ahead of Vlhova.

"At my top speed, this (the second) run, I don’t know if I can ski faster slalom than that," she said.

The women’s World Cup now moves to Lake Louise, Canada, with the downhill taking place on December 3.


Lydia Ko: ‘Sometimes results are so overrated,’ says former world No. 1

The Kiwi player has won two majors , as well as becoming the youngest player ever to win a professional golf tour event aged just 14.

In 2015, when she was just 17 years, nine months and nine days of age, Ko also became the youngest men’s or women’s player to be ranked world No. 1 in professional golf.

If winning tournaments or setting records provides a buzz, it is not the be-all and end-all for Ko, a message that is reinforrced by her coach Sean Foley: "Just because you win another event, yes, you’ll be happy for that day, but it doesn’t make you a better person or worse person the day after." "Sometimes for me, I identify myself with just the way I played that day," Ko told CNN Living Golf’s Shane O’Donoghue. "And sometimes if I don’t play well I go: ‘Oh man, you’re so stupid,’ or things like that.

"And I think it’s very easy to kind of connect your identity to that, but I’ve just got to separate that. And my goal is to hopefully have the career grand slam, I’ve been close in the three majors that I haven’t won yet. And that would be probably my end goal."

In her golf career so far, Ko has won the Evian Championship and the ANA Inspiration. She has also come within just a few shots of winning the other three majors, finishing second at the Women’s PGA Championship in 2016, as well as tying third at the US Women’s Open and the Women’s British Open.

"And I’m sure I’ll be very, very happy, but I think sometimes results are so overrated and me being happy off the golf course, I think is the best thing that will make me happy on the course as well." Ko is presented with a photo board displaying her wins following her arrival at Auckland International Airport on September 18, 2013 in New Zealand. As well as her record-breaking victory at the New South Wales Women’s Open in 2012 aged 14, she became the youngest winner of a Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Tour event in the same year.

When she was 17, she set an LPGA record for most money earned by a rookie, raking in $2,089,033.

In 2015, Ko became the youngest player in the "modern era" (post-1900) of either gender to win a major championship, winning the Evian Championship as an 18-year-old. Ko poses with the trophy after winning LPGA Taiwan Championship on October 25, 2015. However, after winning the Mediheal Championship in 2018, her fortunes changed.

For the first time in her young career, Ko endured a barren spell, entering 37 events between 2019 and 2020, failing to win one and finishing in the top 10 just eight times.

Ko remembers when she was struggling for form and was searching for her "consistency," adding that she was "definitely overthinking and trying to overanalyze."

"I think before I used to not be that type of person and when you’re struggling, you’re trying to find answers and […]