Top senator: change name of Washington’s team
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said it’s time for the NFL’s Washington Redskins to change their name, linking the issue to racist comments by a professional basketball team owner.
In a Senate speech Wednesday, the Nevada Democrat said Redskins owner Daniel Snyder is hiding behind tradition in retaining his team’s name, which critics call racially offensive.
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Reid called on Snyder “to do what is morally right” by changing the name. Reid has criticized the name before, telling The Washington Post in March that he thinks it will be changed within three years.
Reid said his state has 22 tribes and that the only tradition behind the Redskins’ name was one of racism.
Reid congratulated the NBA for banning Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling for life. Sterling was caught in an audio recording making racist comments about blacks.
Reid said it’s time for NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to follow the NBA’s lead and rid his league of bigotry and racism.
All- Madrid final in Champions League
Atletico Madrid overpowered host Chelsea 3-1 on goals by Adrian Lopez, Diego Costa and Arda Turan, advancing to the first one-city Champions League final against rival Real Madrid.
Real and Atletico will meet in Lisbon on May 24 in the first Champions League final that is a city derby.
Real is seeking a record 10th title in Europe’s top club competition. Atletico lost a replay to Bayern in 1974, its only previous appearance in the European final.
Top recruit to Texas
Myles Turner, one of the top high-school players in the country, said he will play at Texas, giving the Longhorns a lineup that could challenge for the Big 12 title next season. Turner, a 6-foot-11 McDonald’s All-American, announced his decision in a televised campus event at Euless Trinity High School near Fort Worth.
NCAA tries to delay trial
The NCAA has filed a flurry of motions in federal courts, seeking rulings that could delay the start of the landmark antitrust lawsuit brought by former UCLA basketball star Ed O’Bannon and others.
The latest filings target both the judge assigned to the case and the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on issues that are at the center of the trial, now scheduled to begin June 9 in federal court in Oakland, Calif.
Roger Penske’s team said Colombian driver Juan Pablo Montoya will add two NASCAR races — Indianapolis and Michigan — to his full-time IndyCar schedule.
Montoya already is scheduled to compete in the inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis on May 10. One week later, he will attempt to qualify for the Indianapolis 500. Now he’ll return to Indy for the Brickyard 400 in July, too, and if he qualifies for each one, Montoya would be the first driver to start three feature races at Indy in the same season.
IndyCar drivers tested the new 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and agreed it is a whole lot better than the old one.
Trump buys Turnberry
Donald Trump expanded his golf empire with his biggest acquisition yet — Turnberry. Trump announced he has agreed to buy the picturesque links course and resort on the west coast of Scotland, which has hosted the British Open four times. The most recent was in 2009, when Stewart Cink won a playoff over 59-year-old Tom Watson. The most famous was in 1977, the “Duel in the Sun” that featured Watson defeating Jack Nicklaus.
The Independent in London reported that Trump paid Dubai-based Leisurecorp just over $63 million.
Russian team Metallurg Magnitogorsk won the Kontinental Hockey League championship for the first time, beating Czech team Lev Prague 7-4 in Game 7 of the Gagarin Cup.
Metallurg is coached by Mike Keenan, the Canadian who coached the New York Rangers to the Stanley Cup in 1994.
The result prevents Lev from becoming the first non-Russian team to win the eight-country KHL, widely considered the strongest hockey league outside the NHL.
• A day after describing preparations for the Rio 2016 Olympics as “the worst I have experienced,” International Olympic Committee vice president John Coates said he’s confident local organizers and “the people of Brazil can indeed deliver excellent Games.”
• Langston (Okla.) hired Hall of Famer Cheryl Miller as its women’s basketball coach.
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