GAMBRELL DELAYS SIGNING WITH NHL, COMES BACK TO DU
Dylan Gambrell, who was the San Jose Sharks’ top pick in the 2016 NHL draft, decided to delay his professional career and return to the University of Denver for his junior season. The decision further makes the Pioneers, the 2017 NCAA champions, the team to beat in 2017-18.
“We’re getting an All-American — an elite college hockey player — back, and I’m really proud of his maturity for understanding what’s best for him, in that fact that he wants to get close to his degree and he wants to get to the level where he can walk right into the NHL,” DU coach Jim Montgomery told The Denver Post. “I’ve always encouraged our players to not leave school (early) to play in the American Hockey League.”
DU will have three of the country’s top forwards next season in Gambrell, classmate Troy Terry of Highlands Ranch and Henrik Borgstrom, who led NCAA freshmen with 22 goals last season. Gambrell, 20, was the Pioneers’ second-leading scorer as a freshman in 2015-16, and the thirdleading scorer behind Terry and Borgstrom last season. Denver will return its top four scoring forwards, including Gambrell’s left-winger in junior-to-be Jarid Lukosevicius.
Schlereth to leave ESPN for FS1.
Former Broncos offensive lineman and current analyst Mark Schlereth announced he is leaving ESPN to join FS1 as an NFL studio analyst. He will remain a radio host alongside Mike Evans on 104.3 The Fan.
According to Sporting News, the jump to FS1 was in the works for months as Schlereth is close to Jamie Horowitz, the recently ousted Fox Sports boss who worked with Schlereth at ESPN.
Schlereth was an NFL analyst at ESPN for 16 years and made regular appearances on “NFL Live,” “SportsCenter” and “Mike & Mike.” Although details of his role at FS1 have yet to be announced, he made his debut on “Undisputed” Tuesday morning alongside former teammate Shannon Sharpe and co-host Skip Bayless.
“Money” Mayweather owes $22M.
LAS VEGAS» The IRS said boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. still owes $22.2 million in taxes from 2015, the year he earned his biggest payday with a fight against Manny Pacquiao.
A notice of a federal tax lien filed against the undefeated fighter nicknamed “Money” shows the balance as unpaid as of March 6. The document was filed with county officials in Las Vegas in April.
Mayweather’s tax troubles come as he gets ready to come out of retirement to fight against Irish MMA star Conor McGregor in August.
Former UCLA coach Bush dies.
LOS ANGELES» Jim Bush, who guided UCLA to five NCAA track and field championships during his 20 years coaching the Bruins, died. He was 90.
Bush died Monday of cancer at his home in Culver City, said his wife, Francoise. He had decided to stop chemotherapy treatment after a recurrence of cancer two years ago.
Connolly co-medalist for CO Open.
EAGLE» Brendan Connolly of Castle Rock matched scorecards with Trevor Murphy of Saint Johnsbury, Vt., with six birdies and no bogies to finish tied for first at Eagle Ranch Golf Course and take medalist honors by two strokes at qualifier No. 2 for the Colorado Open.
A 10-man playoff for seven spots and two alternates was held for those finishing in a tie for ninth at 1-underpar 71. Steve Schneiter of Sandy, Utah, and Sam Nichamin of Avon secured the final two spots after six holes. Brian Prouty of Tucson and Eric Hallberg of Castle Rock earned the first and second alternate spots.
Colorado State center Jake Bennett was named to the 71-member Rimington Trophy watch list. The trophy is awarded annually to the most outstanding center in college football at the FBS level.