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In June, the NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel voted to move the three-point line from 20 feet, 9 inches to the international distance of 22 feet, 1.75 inches starting next season.
Why it matters: Like the NBA, the three-pointer has revolutionized college basketball. Now, all of a sudden, players must adjust to a new distance. Considering how much muscle memory is involved in shooting a basketball, that's a big deal.
The big picture: The committee considered multiple proposals to address freedom of movement before ultimately landing on this one. Another option was to widen the free throw lane from 12 to 16 feet — the dimension used in the NBA.
The bottom line: This story flew under the radar this summer but looks poised to play a role next season as teams adjust to their new reality.
P.S. … Who changes the lines on a college basketball court? Is it the janitorial staff? Does each school hire an outside company? Is it expensive? Does the NCAA help pay for it?
The 18th green at Liberty National. Photo: Shelley Lipton/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images
The FedEx Cup Playoffs begin today at possibly the most expensive golf course ever built — and nearly all of the best players in the world will be there (see pairings).
How it works: This is the first event of the new-look FedEx Cup Playoffs, which has been streamlined and improved to make for a more exciting end to the season.
Looking ahead: At the conclusion of the Northern Trust, the top 70 golfers in the standings will qualify for next week's event (BMW Championship in Chicago). After that, the top 30 golfers will advance to the finals the following week (Tour Championship in Atlanta).
Kyler Murray. Photo: Kevin Abele/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images
The 2019 NFL preseason officially began with the Hall of Fame Game last Thursday, but gets underway for the rest of the league this week, beginning with a loaded 11-game slate tonight.
National games (NFL Network):
Other games (all times ET):
Go deeper: What Daniel Jones' mom thinks of Giants craze around her son (NY Post)
Kevin Love. Photo: Sarah Stier/Getty Images
The NBA sent a memo to all 30 teams yesterday detailing an expanded set of mental health policies for next season, The Athletic's Sam Amick reports (subscription).
New team requirements:
Go deeper: The NBA's happiness crisis (Axios)
"A multibillion-dollar business that embraces advanced technology and cherishes precision, Major League Baseball would prefer not to need an oozy substance harvested by one family in a secret location along the Delaware River. But for decades it has, and that won't change anytime soon."
"Markelle Taylor changed at San Quentin State Prison, where he became a marathoner. … People run for many reasons, but the sport can have a deeper meaning for someone running on the outside after years behind bars."
"Moving to the WWE means starting from the bottom, a sobering reality for high-level athletes who have rarely experienced what it's like to fail."
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27 years ago today, the "Dream Team," featuring Charles Barkley, Michael Jordan and countless other NBA Hall of Famers, beat Croatia 117-85 to win the gold medal.
The backdrop: In the 1988 Olympics, the team won bronze with no NBA players. This team set a new standard. Since then, USA basketball has won gold in six of seven Olympic games.
Watch: The best of the Dream Team at the 1992 Olympics (Olympic Channel on YouTube)
Answer at the bottom.
ESPN turned ESPN2 into ESPN8: The Ocho yesterday and I had a blast watching. My favorite sport was probably "Headis," which is essentially ping pong using your head instead of a paddle.
See you back here tomorrow,
Kendall "Nice upward facing dog at the end there" Baker
Trivia answer: Pete Carroll (USC and Seahawks) and Dick Vermeil (UCLA and Rams)