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Colin Kaepernick will receive Harvard University’s highest honor in African and African-American studies next month.

The former NFL quarterback, along with comedian Dave Chappelle and six others, will be presented with the W.E.B. Du Bois Medal at the sixth annual Hutchins Center Honors on Oct. 11, the university announced Thursday.

The W.E.B. Du Bois Medal is awarded to those who “have made significant contributions to African and African-American history and culture, and more broadly, are individuals who advocate for intercultural understanding and human rights in an increasingly global and interconnected world.” Past recipients include Muhammad Ali, Maya Angelou, and Oprah Winfrey.

In its press release, Harvard highlighted Kaepernick’s pledge to donate $1 million to community organizations, which he completed in January. He was recently made the face of Nike’s “Just Do It” 30th-anniversary campaign.

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After 11 NHL seasons, Ondrej Pavelec is calling it a career.

Pavelec signed a one-year contract with the New York Rangers last summer to back up Henrik Lundqvist. He suited up in 19 games for the Blueshirts in 2017-18, posting a .910 save percentage.

He finishes his career with 398 appearances, recording 156 wins and 18 shutouts.

NBA commissioner Adam Silver sent a memo “strongly” encouraging all 30 teams to increase the number of women in their organizations in general, including in leadership roles, and improve reporting processes for sexual harassment, sources told The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

The memo apparently also asks teams to “evaluate all executives on efforts to eliminate harassment, conduct anonymous workplace surveys, (and) provide consistent discipline when misconduct is substantiated,” Charania writes.

The recommendations in the reported memo are extremely similar to the NBA’s recommendations to the Dallas Mavericks, which were made public Wednesday after an investigation into the franchise’s workplace culture. The league’s investigation determined that numerous instances of sexual harassment and inappropriate conduct had occurred within the Mavericks organization over a period of more than 20 years.

Lio Rush and Bobby Lashley’s friendship seemingly came out of nowhere, with the 205 Live high-flyer first appearing in a brief hype-up segment last week, before indulging in a spot of verbal sparring with Elias on his new ally’s behalf on the 17 September episode.

It’s a surprising development, as ‘The Man Of The Hour’ was only promoted from NXT to 205 Live on 26 June. He’s still making a name for himself on the cruiserweight show, where he remains active, but now looks set for a considerable Raw role on top of this.

According to PW Insider’s Mike Johnson, Vince McMahon is the driving force behind all this.

Having cut a promo on social media, Rush supposedly took it to the Chairman directly, and Vince was extremely impressed with what he saw. Thus, Lio was promoted to his new position as Lashley’s sidekick.

The nascent alliance is already delivering wild entertainment, with Rush’s charisma and freakish athleticism on full display this Monday night. If it continues, it may be the tonic needed to revive Lashley’s career, as the big man has struggled to capture the audience’s imagination since returning in April.

Lonzo Ball‘s unorthodox shooting form and weak percentages during his rookie campaign with the Los Angeles Lakers drew a great deal of criticism.

The 20-year-old point guard is at least self aware of his shortcomings as a shooter, which is why he took it upon himself to try and improve that facet of his game by reworking his form over the summer.

“”We didn’t want to bother him [his shot],” said team president Magic Johnson on Thursday, according to ESPN’s Ohm Youngmisuk. “I think he decided to do that on his own.

“And, man, it is beautiful.”

Johnson said that Ball now brings the ball more in front of him and does the same with his follow through. Where he sets and releases his shot hasn’t changed.

“I think his shot looks incredible,” added general manager Rob Pelinka. “He was here every day. He was one of the most committed guys this offseason. … The way he’s shooting the ball looks a lot more fluid now.

“One of the things about his college metrics is he was an outstanding 3-point shooter. With this team, with so many different ball handlers, I think that’s a strength for him. If he pushes it ahead to someone and runs and fills a spot, and he’s a catch-and-shoot player, he’s going to have the ability, I think, to be a good shooter.”

Ball converted 41.2 percent of his 3-pointers during his lone season at UCLA, with that number dropping to just 30.5 percent during his first season in the NBA. The second overall pick of the 2017 draft shot 36 percent overall across 52 outings, including 33.5 percent on the catch-and-shoot and 31.7 percent on pullup shots.

Of the 154 players in the Association who played 1,700 or more total minutes, Ball ranked 153rd in true shooting percentage at 44.4 percent.

He underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee in July and will be ready for the start of Lakers training camp, although he’ll initially be held out of five-on-five drills.

In just his first regular-season NFL appearance, Baker Mayfield accomplished what was beginning to seem impossible.

The No. 1 pick of the 2018 NFL Draft entered Thursday night’s game against the New York Jets late in the second quarter as an injury replacement for starting quarterback Tyrod Taylor and led the Cleveland Browns to a 21-17 win for their first victory in 635 days.

Mayfield’s presence in the game seemed to make an immediate impact by rejuvenating his teammates, and fans. The 23-year-old completed his first three pass attempts on a drive that concluded with a 45-yard field goal from Greg Joseph to narrow the Jets’ lead to 14-3 at the half.

Mayfield finished 17-for-23 through the air for 201 yards with no touchdowns and no interceptions.

Running back Carlos Hyde scored two second-half touchdowns, including the clincher with 2:04 remaining in the fourth quarter. Linebacker Joe Schobert and cornerback Terrance Mitchell intercepted Jets rookie starter Sam Darnold on consecutive drives to end the game.

Hyde, who turned 28 Thursday, left the stadium immediately after the game for the birth of his child at a Cleveland hospital.

Taylor led the Browns to a 0-1-1 record through the first two weeks, but was ruled out due to a concussion early in the second half.

Head coach Hue Jackson said after the game he’ll have to “watch the tape” before making a decision on Week 4’s starting quarterback, according to James Palmer of NFL Network.

That matchup will see the Browns travel west for a showdown against the Oakland Raiders.

The victory saw the chains come off the variety of Bud Light fridges that promised free beer to Browns fans if the team were to win a game this season after going 0-16 in 2017.

He may not be the dominant middleman Montreal Canadiens fans were hoping for, but there will be a new top center in La Belle Province this season.

Speaking with TSN 690’s Tony Marinaro on Monday, Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin confirmed summer acquisition Max Domi will skate at center, while last offseason’s big-ticket addition, Jonathan Drouin, will move to the wing.

“(Drouin) has been playing the wing since the beginning of camp,” Bergevin told Marinaro. “We have Max Domi playing in the middle right now …

“The first half of last year, I think (Drouin) had a hard time (at center). The second half, especially toward the end, he got better and better,” Bergevin continued. “We’re going to try Max in the middle because he did play some center in Phoenix last year. We’d like to try that for now but we know we could also put Jonathan in the middle if need be, so it just gives us more options.”

With the Arizona Coyotes last year, Domi saw a stretch of games at center midseason – his first time playing the position since age 16 – and played well defensively according to former bench boss Rick Tocchet. He appeared in all 82 games with the Coyotes a year ago, finishing the campaign with nine goals and 36 assists. However, he was less than 45 percent efficient in the faceoff dot, far behind fellow centers Derek StepanChristian Dvorak, and Brad Richardson.

Bergevin also rattled off how he envisions the rest of his lineup fitting in at center.

“We’ve got (Phillip) Danault. There’s (Tomas) Plekanec, there’s (Matthew) Peca,” Bergevin said. “Right now we have Big Mac (Michael McCarron), but he could also play the wing. We have (Jacob) de la Rose, who can also play the wing.”

Bergevin added that top prospects Jesperi Kotkaniemi and Nick Suzuki have been trying their hand at center in training camp as well.