Mike Storen, a former ABA commissioner and multisport marketing whiz and the father of ESPN broadcaster Hannah Storm, died Thursday. He was 84.

Storm said her father died at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta of complications from cancer.

Known for his hearty laugh and creative mind, Storen rose to executive spots in basketball, football, baseball and tennis during a four-decade career in sports.

“I still have a red, white and blue basketball with his name on it,” Storm said. “All those things the ABA did — the 3-point shot, cheerleaders, the slam-dunk contest — those were right up his alley.”

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Despite the uncertainty surrounding the sports world, the NFL went ahead with a full 2020 schedule release on Thursday night.

That means, for the second time in the last two weeks, football fans are offered a bit of a distraction and can get excited about what could be coming this September if the circumstances around the COVID-19 pandemic allow the league to return to action on time.

While there’s a possibility the NFL is forced to make changes to its schedule at some point in the future, we’re going to work on the assumption the NFL is able to

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A pair of contenders looking to earn a shot at the UFC heavyweight title highlight the rest of Saturday’s UFC 249 main card as Francis Ngannou takes on undefeated Jairzinho Rozenstruik as a minus-275 favourite on the UFC odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

Ngannou has shown he is serious about earning a rematch with reigning champion Stipe Miocic by tallying first-round knockouts in three straight outings. The streak has cemented his position as the No. 2 contender in the UFC heavyweight division going into Saturday night’s bout in Jacksonville.

Ngannou needed just 71 seconds to dispose of Junior dos

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ROME — With his team based in the Lombardy region where nearly 15,000 people have died from the coronavirus, Brescia captain Daniele Gastaldello said his entire squad opposes resuming the Serie A soccer season.

“In Brescia we’ve all been touched,” Gastaldello told Italian daily La Repubblica in an interview published Thursday. “We all know someone who has been directly hit by the tragedy. We’ve realized how little it takes to ruin a family.”

While most clubs in the Italian league are resuming training on an individual basis this week, last-place Brescia is one of the holdouts.

“We don’t feel safe.

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HOBE SOUND, Fla. — The next match involving Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson involves a $10 million donation for COVID-19 relief efforts, along with plenty of bragging rights in a star-powered foursome May 24 at Medalist Golf Club.

Turner Sports announced more details Thursday for “The Match: Champions for Charity,” a televised match between Woods and Peyton Manning against Mickelson and Tom Brady.

Medalist is where Woods plays when he’s at home. Manning and Brady said they have played there before — Manning running out of golf balls before reaching the 18th, Brady posting a 106.

The format will be

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FORT WORTH, Texas — IndyCar has gotten the green flag to finally start its season, which it will do in Texas with a nighttime race June 6 without spectators.

The race at Texas Motor Speedway was the next one on the schedule that hadn’t been postponed or cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic. IndyCar and track officials announced the details Thursday, heavy with safety precautions along with financial concessions from both sides to make it happen.

There will be a condensed schedule, with practice, qualifying and the race taking place on the same day. There will be strict access guidelines

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