Roundup: Legendary Arizona State football coach Frank Kush dies at 88
Jeff Metcalfe reports that legendary Arizona State football coach Frank Kush has died Thursday at the age of 88. Kush, who was head coach at ASU from 1958-79 and won a school-record 176 games, was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1995.
Oregon sophomore Payton Pritchard was named to the 2017 Team USA U19 World Cup team's final roster on Thursday. The Americans will go for a third straight gold July 1-9 in Cairo, Egypt.
The NBA Draft is here, and Mike Rutherford of SB Nation opines that Markelle Fultz likely going No. 1 overall shows that you don’t have to win in college to be a top pick. The Huskies were an abysmal 2-16 in conference play this year and 9-22 overall.
Bruce Pascoe writes that Arizona’s Lauri Markkanen is ready for the NBA Draft, as the Finnish forward is set to become the first lottery pick from Finland. Markkanen figures to be a top-10 pick.
Meanwhile, Dirk Facer of the Deseret News features former Ute Kyle Kuzma as he waits to hear his name called Thursday night. Sounds like he could go anywhere from late in the first round to early in the second round.
Check out this ESPN video of LaVar Ball roaming the streets of New York with Jeff Goodman boasting about his sons. His oldest son, Lonzo, is expected to go No. 2 to the Los Angeles Lakers.
Danny Moran reports that Oregon State will start either Drew Rasmussen or Jake Thompson on the mound Friday against LSU. The Beavs will face LSU for a chance to go to the College World Series finals.
Stanford women’s volleyball hitter Hayley Hodson has medically retired, the school announced Wednesday. Big blow for the Cardinal, as Hodson was the AVCA National Freshman of the Year in 2015 before missing most of her sophomore season due to injury.
Jon Wilner gives us the details on Cal football coach Justin Wilcox’s contract. Plenty of incentives in there as well, including a bonus for beating Stanford.
Brian Windhorst of ESPN reports that the Cleveland Cavaliers have offered Chauncey Billups a long-term contract to be the team’s president of basketball operations. The Athletic reported that it is a five-year deal. Billups is still mulling the offer as of Thursday morning.
Washington State football players Cody O’Connell and Hercules Mata’afa were named preseason All-Americans by Athlon Sports (CougCenter).
Sweet – Pope Francis met with Ronnie Lott at the Vatican, and ABC7 News has some video and text on it. Fight on.