76ers coach Brett Brown earns contract extension
• The Philadelphia 76ers announced a three-year contract extension for coach Brett Brown, who took the team from 10 wins to the third seed in the Eastern Conference in just two seasons. The deal runs through the 2021-2022 season.
• The National Basketball Players Association has hired its first director of mental health and wellness. Dr. William D. Parham will oversee the union’s new program designed to help members with mental health issues. The program will be headquartered in Los Angeles.
Broncos daughter is told she isn’t capable to lead
• The daughter of Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen announced her desire to take over the leadership role of the team and was informed she hasn’t met the criteria. The Bowlen Trust issued a statement that said Beth Bowlen Wallace “is not capable or qualified at this time.”
• The Buffalo Bills formally released nine-year center Eric Wood after he was diagnosed with a career-ending neck injury in January. He said he’ll never play again, but balked at announcing his retirement last winter.
National Hall of Fame reveals five inductees
• Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber is among five inductees announced Thursday for the National Soccer Hall of Fame. He will join former U.S. goalkeeper Brad Friedel, forward Tiffeny Milbrett and midfielder Cindy Parlow Cone, as well as former U.S. Soccer President Bob Contiguglia. The ceremony will be Oct. 20.
• Jaelene Hinkle revealed she decided not to play for the U.S. women’s national team last year because her Christian faith prevented her from wearing a jersey to commemorate LGBTQ Pride Month. “I just felt so convicted in my spirit that it wasn’t my job to wear this jersey,” she told the Christian talk show The 700 Club.
Washington softball team defeats Oklahoma 2-0
• Washington freshman Gabbie Plain threw 5⅔ shutout innings as the Huskies beat two-time defending national champion Oklahoma 2-0 in the Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City. Washington will play Oregon on Friday. Oklahoma will play Arizona State in an elimination game Saturday.
• Seton Hall is getting a shot-blocking center for its basketball team. Ike Obiagu, a 7-footer, will transfer from Florida State and continue his education and basketball career with the Pirates. He must sit out the 2018-19 season and will have three years of eligibility.
• The American Hockey League extended the contract of CEO and President David Andrews through June 2020. The extension would keep Andrews in charge for his 25th and 26th seasons.
— ABJ/Ohio.com wires
Sports news roundup, June 1: 76ers give contract extension to coach Brett Brown