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Hamilton Tiger-Cats owner Bob Young issued an apology one day after the club hired former Baylor coach Art Briles and then released him amid intense public and league pressure.

Young apologized via the club’s website for the decision to bring in the disgraced coach:

We made a large and serious mistake. We want to apologize to our fans, corporate partners and the Canadian Football League. It has been a difficult season and we are searching for answers. This is clearly not one of them. We have listened, we are reviewing our decision-making processes and we will learn. We will go on. We want to thank our fans, partners and the CFL for their help and support.

Briles was dismissed by Baylor in May in the wake of a sexual assault scandal that rocked the institution. CFL commissioner Randy Ambrosie convinced the Tiger-Cats to drop the 61-year-old last night, just hours after they announced the hiring, according to Drew Edwards of 3DownNation.

Hamilton is winless on the season and sits dead last in the CFL in a number of offensive categories. Briles’ offense regularly ranked among the best in college football, and his familiarity with new head coach June Jones likely led to the move to bring him in.

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Basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar kept up his criticism of LaVar Ball on Friday, saying that the publicity-seeking hoops dad is cheapening the college game.

“Everybody knows about his sons because he has been able to hype them,” Abdul-Jabbar told Philadelphia radio station 97.5 The Fanatic. “But I don’t think that’s good for college basketball. It looks like it’s a huckster show. And that bothers me, you know. You have people going those lengths to promote their kids. I don’t get it.”

The 70-year-old Hall of Famer has been critical of Ball before, saying last month that he doesn’t think LaVar is doing his sons any good. Like Abdul-Jabbar, Lonzo Ball starred at UCLA and could also end up playing for the Los Angeles Lakers.

Abdul-Jabbar, who has won more NBA MVPs (six) than anyone else in history, also reiterated his viewpoint that the one-and-done rule is a “travesty” for college basketball.

“One-and-dones doesn’t make any sense to me,” he said. “To have somebody come and be on campus for six months and play a basketball season, what is that? … it’s not good for the college game and it hasn’t been good for the pro game. I think they better find a different way of dealing with those issues.”

There’s a sense that alterations will need to eventually come to both eligibility and draft rules. NBA commissioner Adam Silver has gone on record saying the league is considering ditching the one-and-done rule as early as next season.

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It’s felt like a foregone conclusion since the NBA draft lottery that UCLA alumnus Lonzo Ball would be heading to the Los Angeles Lakers with the No. 2 overall pick.

Well, hold your horses.

While it could very well just be another smokescreen from the organization, the 19-year-old guard reportedly underwhelmed the Lakers during his pre-draft workout Wednesday, sources told Bleacher Report’s Kevin Ding.

Interest remains in Washington’s Markelle Fultz and Kansas’ Josh Jackson, as well as Kentucky’s De’Aaron Fox, who is scheduled to see the team Tuesday. Lakers officials would like to secure a workout with Fultz at some point in the near future, and just visited Jackson in Sacramento on Thursday.

It’s not as if Ball had a poor showing, though, as he acted “humble and respectful” during his meals, and shot the ball well. However, in a solo workout, there’s only so much a player can do, especially one who’s advertised as being an elite playmaker capable of finding teammates in the open floor.

Ball said Wednesday that he feels Los Angeles is in need of a leader at point guard, which is a role he thinks he can fill immediately. D’Angelo Russell ran the point during the 2016-17 season, but is more of a natural off-guard, with the hope being he and Ball could play alongside one another in backcourt.

The draft takes place June 22 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

Al Pacino is in line to play former Penn State coach Joe Paterno in an HBO movie about the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal, according to a report from Kate Stanhope of the Hollywood Reporter.

Barry Levinson, director of “The Natural” and “Rain Man,” is attached to direct.

Paterno served as the Nittany Lions head coach from 1966 to 2011 but was fired as the allegations of sexual abuse of children against his former assistant Jerry Sandusky became public. Paterno died Jan. 22, 2012 just over two months after he was dismissed.

It won’t be Pacino’s first time playing a football coach on film, although the genre of movie will be quite different. He portrayed Tony D’Amato, head coach of the fictional Miami Sharks in 1999’s “Any Given Sunday” which included the famous “Inches” pregame speech.

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The Oakland Raiders reportedly owe more than $800,000 in unpaid parking revenue to the stadium they will call home in 2017.

The Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum board has discovered that the Raiders are at least four years behind in paying parking revenue, Doug Sovern of KCBS News reports.

The stadium, commonly called the Oakland Coliseum, is jointly owned by the City of Oakland and Alameda County.

The Raiders recently were granted NFL approval to relocate to Las Vegas, but plan to play at the Coliseum for the 2017 season and perhaps two additional seasons while their new stadium is built.

The Coliseum board will not use the issue of unpaid parking revenue as a means to void the Raiders’ lease for 2017, according to Sovern, and will instead allow the team to pay what it owes.

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If one word could describe the first round of this year’s NCAA tournament, it would be: chalk. Upsets have been few and far between, and a few of the lower-seeded teams that did win (Middle Tennessee, Wichita State, Rhode Island) were actually Vegas favorites to begin with.

As a result, no team seeded worse than 12 advanced past the first round for the first time since 2007, with the Blue Raiders serving as the only 12-seed to move on to the tournament’s first weekend.

In comparison, three teams seeded 13 or lower made their way to the second round last season, including Middle Tennessee, which became only the eighth 15-seed to beat a No. 2 in tournament history.

The one saving grace for double-digit seeds this year was the play of the 11-seeds, as Rhode Island, Wichita State, and Xavier all managed to beat the 6-seeds in their regions. The lack of upsets may have limited the drama during the opening round, but on the bright side, with all this talent moving on, the second round provides a bevy of highly anticipated matchups.

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Laughing at the Cleveland Browns‘ draft class has become an annual tradition for many fans, but Clemson‘s Dabo Swinney has the way the AFC North team can avoid that this year.

Take quarterback Deshaun Watson with the No. 1 overall pick.

“If they pass on Deshaun Watson, they’re passing on Michael Jordan,” the Tigers coach told reporters at the Senior Bowl, as per Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com. “Deshaun Watson is the best, by a long shot.”

The Browns staff is in Mobile, Ala., to coach one of the teams in the annual Senior Bowl, and although the Clemson star isn’t participating, Swinney is there advocating on his behalf.

“He’s humble, the same guy everyday, and he’s always ready,” the newly crowned national champion coach said. “He comes to every meeting prepared, that’s how you change things. You change a culture through decision-making, it’s who you pick.”

If any team is in need of a culture change, it’s the Browns, as they have only won 10-plus games once since returning to Cleveland prior to the 1999 season.

The list of players who have lined up at quarterback for the Browns is seemingly endless, with five different players taking snaps in the 2016 season alone.

Watson enjoyed one of the best two-year stretches in college football history during his final seasons at Clemson. The 6-foot-3, 215-pounder threw for a whopping 8,697 yards and 76 touchdowns, while also adding 1,734 yards and 21 scores on the ground.