Tuesday's sports stories

Jan 12, 2021 - Health

NBA training staffs are bearing the brunt of painstaking COVID protocols

Photo: Scott Taetsch/Getty Images

The NBA's COVID-19 protocol is necessarily rigorous, but it's thus far had a disproportionate effect on teams' training staffs.

The state of play: The league's 153-page document includes myriad new responsibilities, with team employees in charge of testing, contact tracing and more.

Jan 12, 2021 - Sports

Alabama defeats Ohio State to win the National Championship

DeVonta Smith, #6 of the Alabama Crimson Tide, rushes for a touchdown during the second quarter of the College Football Playoff National Championship game against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida, on Monday. Photo: Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

DeVonta Smith scored three touchdowns to help top-ranked Alabama beat No. 3 Ohio State 52-24 to win the national championship on Monday night.

The big picture: It's the sixth championship for Alabama under coach Nick Saban and the cap to a tumultuous college season that saw dozens of games canceled due to the pandemic.

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New England coach Bill Belichick turns down Trump's presidential medal offer

New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick. Photo: Ian Johnson/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick said Monday he will not accept the presidential medal of freedom that President Trump was set to award him following last week's Capitol siege.

Driving the news: Belichick said while he was initially flattered to be offered the award, "the tragic events of last week occurred," and he has decided not to move forward.

Kendall Baker, author of Sports
Jan 11, 2021 - Sports

Business is booming for sports agencies

Data: Forbes; Table: Axios Visuals

The pandemic may have upended the sports world, but business is booming for its top agencies.

By the numbers: The 40 most valuable sports agencies in the world negotiated deals worth over $56 billion in 2020 and brought in commissions worth $2.9 billion — a 10% rise from 2019 and a 55% gain since 2015, per Forbes.

Updated Jan 11, 2021 - Sports

PGA strips Trump-owned golf course of 2022 championship

President Trump golfing at Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Va., in December. Photo: Al Drago/Getty Images

The Professional Golfers' Association announced Sunday night that its board of directors voted "to terminate the agreement" to hold the 2022 PGA Championship at President Trump's New Jersey golf course.

Driving the news: PGA of America CEO Seth Waugh said in a video posted to the organization's website it had "become clear" that having the championship hosted at Trump Bedminster "would be detrimental to the PGA of America brand, and would put at risk the PGA's ability to deliver our many programs, and sustain the longevity of our mission."