Bubble to be employed at Mohegan Sun
Final plans were announced Thursday for 11 days of college basketball this month inside a modified bubble at the Mohegan Sun resort casino in Connecticut.
The event, dubbed “Bubbleville” will include 40 teams playing 45 games in tournaments that were either relocated or created to be played at the resort between Nov. 25 and Dec 5.
The event was organized by he Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, which holds its men’s TipOff Tournament and Women’s Challenge at Mohegan Sun every year, and the Gazelle Group, which runs the Empire Classic and the Legends Classic, both of which are normally held in New York.
Schools involved include men’s No. 2 Baylor, No. 3 Villanova, No. 4 Virginia, No. 18 Arizona State and No. 20 Oregon. The women’s programs competing are scheduled to include No. 3 UConn, No. 5 Louisville and No. 6 Mississippi State.
Kentucky women’s basketball coach Matthew Mitchell announced his retirement, effective immediately. Associate coach Kyra Elzy will serve as interim head coach of the 11th-ranked Wildcats.The 49-yearold Mitchell, 303-133 in 13 seasons at Kentucky and 333-162 overall, cited “an eventful offseason” with a head injury and subsequent surgery this summer to relieve a subdural hematoma.
Unanimous choices Rhyne Howard of Kentucky and Aliyah Boston of South Carolina headlined the preseason women’s All-American selections. They were joined on the team by Louisville’s Dana Evans, Arizona’s Aari McDonald and UCLA’s Michaela Onyenwere.
The San Antonio Spurs have promoted assistant coach Mitch Johnson to fill the position vacated by former star Tim Duncan. Johnson was named an assistant coach with the Spurs last year after three seasons as an assistant coach for the Austin Spurs, the team’s G League affiliate, whom he helped guide to the 2018 championship.
Women’s 400-meter world champion Salwa
Eid Naser faced a new legal case that could see her banned before the Tokyo Olympics. Track and field’s Athletics Integrity Unit said it appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport against a decision last month to close a case against Naser, who had been charged with breaking anti-doping rules. Naser had missed doping tests and failed to update details of how she could be found by sample collection officials, but the charges were dismissed on a technicality.