Du­rant joins own­er­ship group of MLS’ Union

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Brook­lyn Nets for­ward Kevin Du­rant has joined the own­er­ship group of Ma­jor League Soc­cer’s Philadel­phia Union.

Du­rant, a 10-time NBA All-Star, has a 5% own­er­ship stake, with an op­tion for 5% more in the near fu­ture, the Union an­nounced Mon­day.

“I’ve al­ways been a soc­cer fan and have wanted to get into it in a mean­ing­ful way. My team and I felt an in­stant con­nec­tion with the Philadel­phia Union own­er­ship and staff and their vi­sion for a part­ner­ship,” Du­rant said in a state­ment. “While you won’t get to see me at games for now, my team and I will be tak­ing an ac­tive role in the com­mu­nity where I can help give back to Ch­ester (Penn­syl­va­nia) and Philadel­phia.”

Ma­jor League Soc­cer’s sea­son has been on hold since March 12 be­cause of the pan­demic. The 26-team league is set to restart next month with a World Cup­style tour­na­ment in Florida.

Bas­ket­ball

WNBA PLANS TO PLAY 2020 SEA­SON IN FLORIDA » The WNBA has an­nounced plans to play a re­duced sea­son, with a 22-game sched­ule that would be­gin in late July with­out fans in at­ten­dance.

The league is still fi­nal­iz­ing a part­ner­ship with IMG Academy in Florida to play all the games at the fa­cil­ity in Braden­ton or other nearby lo­ca­tions. Play­ers and team of­fi­cials for the league’s 12 teams would be housed at IMG and hold train­ing camps there.

The WNBA would use its reg­u­lar play­off for­mat, with the top eight teams mak­ing the post­sea­son and the first two rounds be­ing sin­glee­l­im­i­na­tion. The top two seeds would have byes un­til the semi­fi­nals. The play­offs would be­gin in the mid­dle of Septem­ber and end in early Oc­to­ber.

Col­lege foot­ball

DOYLE OUT AS IOWA STRENGTH COACH AF­TER MIS­TREAT­MENT CLAIMS » Iowa cut ties with strength

coach Chris Doyle, an­nounc­ing a sep­a­ra­tion agree­ment that will pay him more than $1.1 mil­lion af­ter for­mer Hawkeyes ac­cused him of mis­treat­ing and be­lit­tling African Amer­i­can play­ers.

The school an­nounced the move be­fore a news con­fer­ence by ath­letic di­rec­tor Gary Barta, who re­leased a state­ment wish­ing Doyle well. The univer­sity

also said a Mis­souri law firm, Husch Blackwell, will con­duct an in­de­pen­dent re­view of al­le­ga­tions re­lat­ing to racial dis­par­i­ties within the foot­ball pro­gram.

Doyle, who earned $800,000 per year and was the high­est paid strength and con­di­tion­ing coach in col­lege foot­ball, has de­nied any “un­eth­i­cal be­hav­ior or bias” based on race. Un­der the sep­a­ra­tion agree­ment, Doyle will be paid 15 months’ salary and for un­used va­ca­tion.

NFL

SAINTS’ JENK­INS JOINS CNN AS SO­CIAL JUS­TICE CON­TRIB­U­TOR » New Or­leans Saints safety Mal­colm Jenk­ins will join CNN as a con­trib­u­tor fo­cus­ing on racial and so­cial jus­tice, the net­work an­nounced.

“I be­lieve I can be a voice for other ath­lete ac­tivists and those who have ded­i­cated their lives to chang­ing leg­is­la­tion, poli­cies and re­forms for hu­man equal­ity,” Jenk­ins said, tout­ing his ex­pe­ri­ence ad­dress­ing “the in­equal­i­ties of our crim­i­nal jus­tice sys­tem, ed­u­ca­tional sys­tem and dis­parate wealth in our marginal­ized com­mu­ni­ties” dur­ing his 11-year NFL ca­reer.

With pro­test­ers amass­ing in cities na­tion­wide in the wake of the po­lice killing of Ge­orge Floyd last month in Min­neapo­lis, Jenk­ins has ac­tively en­gaged in re­cent dis­cus­sions about po­lice bru­tal­ity and po­lice fund­ing on so­cial and in main­stream me­dia, as well as at ral­lies.

Base­ball

AP SOURCE: CHANCE MLB WON’T PLAY IN­CREASES IN MONEY FIGHT » The chance that there will be no Ma­jor League Base­ball sea­son in­creased sub­stan­tially when the com­mis­sioner’s of­fice told the play­ers’ as­so­ci­a­tion it will not pro­ceed with a sched­ule un­less the union waives its right to claim man­age­ment vi­o­lated a March agree­ment be­tween the feud­ing sides.

MLB’s ac­tion was de­scribed to The As­so­ci­ated Press by a per­son fa­mil­iar with the details who spoke on con­di­tion of anonymity be­cause no an­nounce­ment was au­tho­rized.

FOR­MER CAL OUT­FIELDER SIGNS WITH METS » For­mer Cal out­fielder Bran­don McIl­wain is join­ing the New York Mets or­ga­ni­za­tion, as he an­nounced his de­ci­sion to sign a non-drafted free agent con­tract.

McIl­wain made 33 ca­reer starts in cen­ter field for the Golden Bears through­out the 2019 and 2020 sea­sons.

KATHY WILLENS — THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS FILE

Brook­lyn Nets player Kevin Du­rant has joined the own­er­ship group of Ma­jor League Soc­cer’s Philadel­phia Union. Du­rant, a 10-time NBA All-Star, has a 5% own­er­ship stake, with an op­tion for 5% more in the near fu­ture, the Union an­nounced Mon­day.

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