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Minor league baseball team to hold ‘Mark Emmert Fan Appreciation Night’ July 2


Not only did Friday mark the end of two days of testimony for NCAA president Mark Emmert in the Ed O’Bannon lawsuit in Oakland, Calif., but the day also featured a promotion put together in honor of the much-maligned leader of collegiate athletics.

The Lake County Captains, a Class A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians, announced plans for “Mark Emmert Fan Appreciation Night” which will be held on July 2. Among the benefits fans will be able to receive are the opportunity to receive tickets to a future Captains game provided they remain present through the first three innings.

Also of note is that four lucky college students will win an “all you can eat” wristband and tickets to a future game, with the giveaway meant to honor the recent change in rules that allows schools to provide athletes with unlimited meals and snacks. And if a fan wants to change their seat during the July 2 game they’ll be allowed to do so, provided they wait for an inning before making the switch.

There are other prizes fans can win during “Mark Emmert Fan Appreciation Night,” and the franchise has also invited Emmert to attend the game. Minor league baseball is always good for quirky promotions (see: Bill Veeck Sr.), and this one is outstanding.

Wichita State’s Anton Grady improving after being hospitalized

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Wichita State senior forward Anton Grady received some positive news on Saturday as a neurosurgeon reviewed MRI results, which are negative for spinal cord trauma.

According to a release from Wichita State, doctors believed Grady suffered a spinal cord concussion during a collision on Friday after he was taken off the floor in a stretcher and taken to a hospital in an ambulance. CT and MRI scans on Friday both turned up negative, but the news of Saturday’s results are an even more encouraging sign for Grady.

The injury for Grady occurred during a Friday loss to Alabama during the AdvoCare Invitational as the senior’s condition has improved since the collision. Grady will receive physical therapy over the next few days and doctors will check his progress before he is released from the hospital.

Grady has been alert and responsive to questions and had feeling in his extremities on Friday, but the use of his arms and legs was limited. By Saturday morning, Grady had improved the use of his extremities.

The 6-foot-8 Grady has averaged 9 points and 6 rebounds per game this season in his first season with the Shockers. The Cleveland State transfer is shooting 39 percent from the field.

Colorado’s Tory Miller reprimanded by Pac-12 after biting opponent

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Colorado sophomore forward Tory Miller has been reprimanded by the Pac-12 and he also apologized for biting Air Force’s Hayden Graham earlier this week.

During Colorado’s win over Air Force on Wednesday, Miller was assessed a Flagrant 2 Dead Ball Technical Foul and ejected with 12:25 left in the second half after biting Graham during a loose ball.

In a release from the Pac-12, they announced reprimanding Miller, but he will not be suspended.

“All of our student-athletes must adhere to the Pac-12’s Standards of Conduct and Sportsman-ship,” Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott said in the release. “Regardless of Mr. Miller’s frustration and emotion, such behavior is unacceptable and he is being appropriately reprimanded.”

Miller also released his apology in the same release.

“I would like to apologize for my actions during the Air Force game. I would like to apologize to Hayden Graham, Air Force, my teammates and fans. It was a heat of the moment thing. I’m an emotional player, but I let my emotions get the best of me. I will use this as a learning experience and focus on helping my teammates and respecting my opponents for the rest of the season and beyond,” Miller said.

For Miller to not be suspended for this is good news for him and Colorado since he won’t miss any additional action, but did the Pac-12 make the right decision on this?