Nike co-founder honored by basketball tourney

A 16-team tournament featuring some of college basketball’s elite teams will be staged in November 2017 in Portland, Oregon, to honor a Nike co-founder, Phil Knight, before his 80th birthday.

The participating teams are Arkansas, Butler, Connecticut, Duke, Florida, Georgetown, Gonzaga, Michigan State, North Carolina, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oregon, Portland, Portland State, Stanford and Texas.

The event, billed as one of the largest regular-season invitational tournaments ever, includes nine of the past 13 NCAA champions.

NO BID: South Carolina Athletic Director Ray Tanner said the school won’t bid for NCAA tournament men’s basketball games removed from North Carolina because of North Carolina’s law limiting protections for LGBT people.


OLYMPIC SPIRIT: The first Jesse Owens Olympic Spirit Award will recognize the late Muhammad Ali.

The Owens Award was started this year, the 80th anniversary of Owens’ four-gold-medal performance at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, and will be presented annually to recognize Olympians who served as an inspiration in society.


EX-PLAYER DIES: Former NHL defenseman Richie Dunn died Tuesday at his home in Akron, New York. He was 59. No cause of death was given.

Dunn, from Boston, played 12 NHL seasons with Buffalo, Calgary and Hartford.

NHL: Dallas Stars announcer Dave Strader plans to work as many games as possible this season while undergoing treatment for a rare and aggressive form of cancer in his bile duct.


PUSH CHAMPIONSHIPS: Tyson Gay elected not to compete in the opening day of USA Bobsled’s national push championships in Canada, getting a little more time to transition from being an Olympic sprinter to someone who runs on ice.

Another sprinter stole the show instead. Ryan Bailey, in only his second week in the sport and first time competing on ice, won the men’s brakeman competition, enhancing his chances of making the national team. Bailey won the preliminary championship last month, though that was on dry land and left him with no expectations coming into his first time racing on ice.


BEVERLY HILLS: The Beverly Hills Dog Show will air on Easter on USA Network, a two-hour telecast featuring stars from NBCUniversal’s top programs and a red carpet for the pooches.

More than 1,000 dogs from over 200 breeds and varieties are expected. The seven finalists will walk a runway in fashion show style and the judge will pick the winner.


MESSI HURT: Barcelona said Lionel Messi will be out for three weeks with a groin strain in his right leg.

The Argentina star walked off in the 58th minute of the Spanish league match against Atletico Madrid that ended 1-1.


GIRLS’ SOCCER: Dexter Southfield School scored three times in the opening half en route to a 4-1 win over Berwick Academy in Brookline, Massachusetts.

Vanessa Leavitt put back a rebound to score the goal for the Bulldogs (3-1). Aaliyah Farid and Kenza Farid had assists on the play.

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