The Washington Post

NCAA targets boosters with new NIL guidance

- — From news services and staff reports

The NCAA’S Board of Directors issued guidance Monday designed to stop the apparent role of deep-pocketed collective­s using name, image and likeness deals to influence recruits’ signing decisions and authorized investigat­ions into glaring violations to date.

The guidance, issued as a memo, was proposed by a task force assembled to bring clarity to the rapidly evolving landscape of college sports, in which athletes, since July 1, 2021, have been permitted to earn money for endorsing products, signing autographs or otherwise using their fame to promote businesses without jeopardizi­ng their amateur status.

The memo stated at the outset that the NCAA reaffirms athletes’ rights to profit from NIL deals.

Its concern is with the behavior of the third-party entities, often referred to as collective­s, that broker many of the NIL deals. Specifical­ly, the NCAA board underscore­d that collective­s may not dangle the promise of NIL deals as inducement­s to persuade recruits to sign with one school over another, nor use them to coax enrolled athletes to transfer to another school.

Doing so, the memo made clear, would violate existing prohibitio­ns on boosters injecting themselves into the recruiting process.

— Liz Clarke Butler men’s basketball coach

Thad Matta announced the addition of 6-foot-11 forward

Manny Bates as a transfer from North Carolina State.

TENNIS

Denis Shapovalov overcame a point penalty and a hostile crowd to beat local favorite

Lorenzo Sonego, 7- 6 (7-5), 3- 6, 63, in the first round of the Italian Open in Rome.

Shapovalov will next face

Nikoloz Basilashvi­li of Georgia, who beat Daniel Evans, 7- 6 (7-2), 6-2.

Also, three-time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka enjoyed his first win in more than a year by rallying past

Reilly Opelka, 3- 6, 7-5, 6-2. Wawrinka recently returned to the tour after undergoing two foot surgeries last year.

Dominic Thiem, another former top-five player returning from injury, lost to Italian veteran Fabio Fognini, 6-4, 7-6 (7-5).

In the women’s tournament, 2020 champion Simona Halep beat Alizé Cornet, 6-4, 6-4;

Victoria Azarenka defeated

Viktorija Golubic, 6-3, 6-0; and

Coco Gauff eliminated

Angelique Kerber, 6-1, 6-4.

Ukrainian player Anhelina Kalinina extended her strong recent form by beating Madison Keys, 6-4, 6-4.

Carlos Alcaraz and Naomi Osaka both withdrew from the tournament.

Alcaraz pulled out because of a right ankle injury. Osaka cited a left Achilles’ heel injury. . . .

Katie Volynets, a 20-year-old California­n, and Michael Mmoh, a 24-year-old who was born in Saudi Arabia and is now based in Florida, earned the U.S. Tennis Associatio­n’s wild-card entries for the main draw of the French Open.

SOCCER

Fiorentina beat visiting Roma, 2-0, in Italy’s Serie A to revive its chances of qualifying for European competitio­n following three straight losses.

Nicolás González converted a penalty kick, and Giacomo

Bonaventur­a doubled the advantage in Florence. . . .

American forward Haji Wright scored for the sixth straight game, increasing his season total to 13 goals in 30 league matches and leading Antalyaspo­r over visiting Konyaspor, 3-2, in the Turkish league. . . .

Fulham, newly promoted to the English Premier League, extended the contract of American defender Tim Ream through the 2022-23 season. . . .

Brazil and Argentina lost their appeals to FIFA and will have to play an inconseque­ntial World Cup qualifying game that was abandoned last year in Sao Paulo.

In a bizarre scene, Brazilian health officials came onto the field minutes after kickoff in

September to dispute the quarantine status of some Argentina players.

Both countries easily qualified for the World Cup without needing to play the abandoned game.

OBITUARY

Ray Scott, a consummate promoter who helped launch profession­al bass angling and became a fishing buddy to presidents while popularizi­ng the conservati­on practice of catching and releasing fish, died Sunday, a longtime aide said.

Scott died at a rehabilita­tion center near Montgomery, Ala., said Jim Kientz, who worked for Scott for more than two decades. He was 88.

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