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Archive for April 26th, 2020

Arkansas Men’s Basketball adds Khalen “KK” Robinson to its roster

 

Khalen "KK" Robinson (courtesy Arkansas)

FAYETTEVILLE – Khalen “KK” Robinson, a four-star recruit from Bryant who attends Oak Hill (Va.) Academy, has signed a National Letter of Intent with Arkansas, Razorback head coach Eric Musselman announced. Robinson is a consensus top 100 recruit in the nation.

 

This past season, Robinson was named to the MaxPreps Virginia All-State first team with two other of his Oak Hill teammates. He averaged 10.7 points, 7.5 assists, 4.8 rebounds and 3.7 steals per game. Robinson helped lead his team to a 37-3 record and a final ranking of #7 in the ESPN poll.

 

Robinson (6-0, 170) is ranked at No. 67 overall and 15th as a point guard by Rivals while ESPN puts him a #82. ESPN also ranks him the 20th-best point guard in the nation as well as the #2 rated player from Arkansas. Meanwhile, 247Sports Composite has him at No. 71 in the class of 2020. 247Sports spotted him at No. 76 in the nation, the 11th-best point guard in the nation and the sixth-best player out of Virginia.

 

Robinson averaged 18 points, 4.5 rebounds, three assists and three steals as a junior at Bryant High School while leading the Hornets to the Class 6A state championship game. He was tabbed honorable mention All-State on the Arkansas Sports Media Super Team.

 

Robinson was named to the 2018 and 2019 Arkansas 7A All-State team as well as the 3A All-State team in 2017 when playing for Episcopal Collegiate HS.

 

Arkansas Men’s Basketball 2020 Signing Class (as of April 20, 2020)

Name                            HT    WT   Pos.  Hometown / High School (Previous School)

Davonte Davis %       6-4    175     G    Jacksonville, Ark. / Jacksonville HS

Vance Jackson *        6-9    230      F     Pasadena, Calif. / Prolific Prep (Univ. of New Mexico)

Moses Moody           6-6    200     G    Little Rock, Ark. / Montverde (Fla.) Academy

Khalen Robinson      6-0    170     G    Bryant, Ark. / Oak Hill (Va.) Academy

Jalen Tate *                6-6    175     G    Pickerington, Ohio / Pickerington Central HS (Northern Kentucky Univ.)

Jaylin Williams           6-9    230      F     Fort Smith, Ark. / Northside HS

 

% – signed in November 2019

* – Graduate transfer, has one year of eligibility

 

 

For more­­ information on Arkansas Men’s Basketball, follow @RazorbackMBB on Twitter.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Mike Cawood; COURTESY ARKANSAS ATHLETIC COMMUNICATIONS

 

NCAA grants Iowa wrestler Michael Kemerer a 6th Year of eligibility

IOWA CITY, Iowa — The University of Iowa wrestling program announced Monday that Michael Kemerer has been granted a sixth year of eligibility from the NCAA.

 

The NCAA granted the three-time All-American a clock extension resulting from a redshirt year during initial year of enrollment and a hardship waiver (NCAA Bylaw 12.8.1.7).

Michael Kemerer

 

The NCAA decision means Iowa will return nine All-Americans from a 2020 team that saw 10 All-Americans win a Big Ten title, post a 13-0 dual record, and enter the NCAA Championships as the favorite to win the 24th team title in program history.

 

“I am thankful and already ready to compete again,” Kemerer said. “We did so many things and met every challenge we faced last year. We had a great team and a lot of fun doing it. We are bringing a lot of guys back, but it is a new season now, so we are going to have to go out and earn it again. You don’t take your accomplishments from last year into the next year, so we have to be looking forward, but we have a good team and it is going to be a fun year.”

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Chris Brewer; COURTESY IOWA ATHLETIC COMMUNICATIONS

Purdue Men’s Basketball issues Statement on Newman Family death

Brandon Newman's father died from COVID-19

 

Friday (April 17), Ronald Newman, the father of Purdue basketball redshirt-freshman Brandon Newman, died from complications from the Coronavirus. Ronald was a Chicago police officer who had earned over 130 departmental awards. He was 59 years old.
Purdue Athletics has issued the following statement:
“The Purdue athletic department and men’s basketball program is deeply saddened by the death of Ronald Newman. We send our condolences to the Newman family, and have reached out to Brandon and his family during their time of need.”

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Chris Forman; COURTESY PURDUE ATHLETIC COMMUNICATIONS

Arkansas Women’s Tennis signs British star Indianna Spink

 

Indianna Spink (courtesy Arkansas Communications)

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Head women’s tennis coach Courtney Steinbock has inked Indianna Spink to join the Razorbacks beginning this fall.

 

Spink has had a successful junior tennis career proving herself on the highest stage, both nationally and internationally. Her success from a very early age was immediately recognized by the British tennis governing body (The LTA). Spink earned the privilege of representing Great Britain beginning at age 11 in the European winter and summer cups as well as multiple friendly matches, including a head-to-head vs. the USA.

 

The Hertfordshire, England native, holds multiple national championships to her name. During the 2014 European Summer Cup, Spink was selected as the Player of The Tournament and that same year, she won the U12 singles title and then in 2016, she went on to claim the U14 singles and doubles national championship titles.

 

“I’m excited to welcome Indianna to this special place and even more excited about her becoming a Razorback,” women’s tennis head coach Courtney Steinbock said. “I looka forward to helping her continue to develop and grow in all areas of life as she pursues her goals both on and off the court. Indi has such a tremendous upside to her tennis so we’re really excited about her potential. She will make an immediate impact within this team as she possesses the traits we value in our program. Her love for the game, her work ethic, and her desire to learn and compete in academics and tennis is exactly what we’re looking for in our athletes. I can’t wait to get started working with her and the rest of the team.”

 

In 2017, Spink was chosen to represent England at the Youth Commonwealth Games in The Bahamas, snagging a bronze medal for her incredible run in the singles draw.

 

During the summer of 2018, she won back-to-back doubles titles in the Nottingham ITF tournament series as well as reaching the semifinals in singles at the ITF Junior T.C. Carthage tournament in Tunisia. Later that year, she went on to reach another singles semifinals at the Wirral Junior International Liverpool. Spink finished the year ranked No. 388 in the world.

 

In 2019, she competed in the highly prestigious and world renowned, Junior Wimbledon Championships. She defeated ITF ranked No. 16 Dana Guzman from Peru 7-5, 6-3. In the qualifying draw, Spink fell in an incredibly close 7-5, 7-5 battle to the 80th-ranked ITF player, Amarissa Toth from Hungary in the final round of qualifying.

 

Spink transitioned to the women’s tour and showed promising results in the open national level. After reaching multiple R16s on the British Tour, she finally snagged her first finalist appearance in the women’s open doubles event in Sutton. The next week, she traveled to Cumberland and finished the summer winning the women’s open singles championship, defeating former No. 627 WTA ranked, Suzy Larkin 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 in the final.

 
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PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Kyle Parkinson & ELISHAH SANTIAGO; COURTESY ARKANSAS COMMUNICATIONS

2020 NFL Draft goes down as Most Watched Ever; Sets new All-Time Highs for Media Consumption

Reaching a total of more than 55 million viewers over the three-day event, average audience for 2020 NFL Draft grows +35% over 2019

Viewership of “Draft-A-Thon LIVE,” a massive fundraising campaign, averages 5.4M total daily viewers across multiple digital and social properties

To date, the NFL family has raised more than $100 million to benefit COVID-19 relief efforts across the country

The unique presentation of the 2020 NFL Draft established new all-time highs for media consumption in every category. With over 600 camera feeds from homes across the United States, all telecasts of the 2020 NFL Draft reached more than 55 million total viewers across Nielsen-measured channels over the three-day event, up +16% vs. 2019. An average audience of over 8.4 million viewers watched all three days of the 2020 NFL Draft across ABC, ESPN, NFL Network, ESPN Deportes, and digital channels easily breaking the previous high of 6.2 million viewers in 2019 (+35%).

Each day of the 2020 NFL Draft established new highs as an average audience of over 15.6 million viewers watched Round 1 on Thursday (+37% vs. 2019), over 8.2 million viewers watched Rounds 2 & 3 on Friday (+40% vs. 2019), and over 4.2 million viewers watched Rounds 4-7 on Saturday (+32% vs. 2019).

All seven rounds of the 2020 NFL Draft were presented across ABC, ESPN, and NFL Network – the second straight year that The Walt Disney Company partnered with the National Football League to offer a multi-network presentation of the entire Draft.

“I couldn’t be more proud of the efforts and collaboration of our clubs, league personnel, and our partners to conduct an efficient Draft and share an unforgettable experience with millions of fans during these uncertain times,” said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. “This Draft is the latest chapter in the NFL’s storied history of lifting the spirit of America and unifying people. In addition to celebrating the accomplishments of so many talented young men, we were pleased that this unique Draft helped shine a light on today’s true heroes – the healthcare workers, first responders, and countless others on the front lines in the battle against COVID-19. We are also grateful to all those who contributed to the NFL family’s fundraising efforts.”

“This year’s NFL Draft clearly took on a much greater meaning and it’s especially gratifying for ESPN to have played a role in presenting this unique event to a record number of NFL fans while supporting the league’s efforts to give back,” said ESPN President Jimmy Pitaro. “The success of this year’s Draft is a testament to the unprecedented collaboration across the NFL, ESPN, and The Walt Disney Co. in the midst of such a challenging time.”

Top-10 metered markets across all networks included (rating in parenthesis): Columbus, Ohio (8.8), Cleveland (8.7), Philadelphia (8.6), Kansas City (8.5), Cincinnati (8.5), Atlanta (8.2), Jacksonville (8.1), Nashville (8.0), Milwaukee (7.8), and Denver/Baltimore (7.0).

With over 600 camera feeds in the homes of everyone from the Commissioner, more than 85 Draft prospects, 32 NFL Head Coaches, 32 NFL General Managers, Fans, College Football Coaches and many others, the 2020 NFL Draft offered unprecedented access to deliver the best possible experience for fans. To pull off this broadcast feat, the NFL utilized technology from partners such as AWS (Hosting/managing video feeds), Verizon (Provided Verizon phones and connectivity for remote locations), Microsoft (Microsoft Teams assisted with all League to Club and Club to League communication for all Draft selections), and Bose (Provided best-in-class headphones for superior audio for all Draft participants).

In addition to the telecast of the 2020 NFL Draft, an average of over 5.4 million daily viewers watched in excess of 46.7 million total minutes of “Draft-A-Thon LIVE,” a massive fundraising campaign aimed at raising much-needed funds for COVID-19 relief efforts. Draft-A-Thon LIVE was presented all three days of the 2020 NFL Draft and available through NFL digital properties across devices (phone, PC, tablet and connected TVs) as well as a number of digital platforms including Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Twitch, TikTok, Reddit, TuneIn, Yahoo! Sports and more than 100 news websites via SendtoNews. Celebrities such as Kevin Hart, Blake Shelton, Jeff Daniels, DJ Khaled, Ninja, and Carli Lloyd joined dozens of current NFL players and Legends and other stars to participate in Draft-A-Thon LIVE.

In addition to raising funds, Draft-A-Thon LIVE paid tribute to healthcare workers, first responders, and others on the front lines of the battle with COVID-19. To date, the NFL family has raised more than $100 million in COVID-19 relief.

Funds raised during Draft-A-Thon will help support six national nonprofit organizations and their respective COVID-19 relief efforts. Fans can continue to donate at NFL.com/Relief.

At NFL.com/auction fans can bid on autographed NFL items and exclusive packages to support COVID-19 relief as well. The NFL does not retain any profits from the sale of these items or experiences. Charitable contributions are donated to the NFL’s nonprofit partners.

Viewership metrics reflect Nielsen Fast Nationals, Nielsen Fast Total Audience Estimates, and NFL/ESPN/ABC digital measurement.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY NFL COMMUNICATIONS; COURTESY NFLmedia.com

 

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