Compiled from wire reports
SEC coaches support changes to draft rules
•?Alabama’s Nick Saban and Arkansas’ Bret Bielema would like to see a major change to rules regarding NFL draft entry. The high-profile coaches said Tuesday at the Southeastern Conference’s annual meetings they would like to see underclassmen who leave school early have the option of returning after testing their prospects for the NFL draft — similar to what happens in college basketball.
•?President Barack Obama congratulated the Villanova University men’s basketball team for winning what he described as “maybe the best title game of all time” in this year’s NCAA tournament. Obama, a basketball enthusiast, welcomed the Wildcats to the White House East Room.
•?The University of Minnesota opened its own probe of the wrestling program as campus police investigate a team member’s disputed allegation that the head coach covered up his wrestlers’ sale and use of the anti-anxiety drug Xanax.
AFL-CIO labor group joins Brady ‘Deflategate’ appeal
•?Tom Brady has added more high-profile legal power to fight his “Deflategate” suspension. The AFL-CIO filed a friend of the court brief on Monday asking the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to reconsider a decision handed down by a three-judge panel in April. Also weighing in: Kenneth Feinberg, who helped divvy up the funds for Sept. 11 and Boston Marathon bombing victims. In its amicus brief, the labor federation said the three-judge panel that reinstated Brady’s four-game suspension erred in granting Commissioner Roger Goodell the “highly deferential” status afforded a neutral arbitrator.
•?The NFL is moving the Pro Bowl from Honolulu to Orlando this season, three people with knowledge of the negotiations said. The NFL and ESPN have scheduled a news conference for Wednesday.
Blues sign Ken Hitchcock ?to one last year as coach
•?Ken Hitchcock has another one-year deal to coach the St. Louis Blues. The 64-year-old says he plans to retire from coaching after this season because he’s not willing to put in the necessary offseason preparation.
•?Former NHL All-Star Tom Lysiak has died of leukemia at the age of 63. He played 13 NHL seasons with the Atlanta Flames and Chicago Blackhawks.
•?Rick MacLeish, who starred for the Broad Street Bullies teams of the Philadelphia Flyers that won the Stanley Cup in 1974 and 1975, has died. He was 66.
Tour de France winner faces corruption charges
•?Five-time Tour de France winner Eddy Merckx, considered by many the greatest cyclist of all time, will be charged Wednesday in a Belgian corruption case linked to irregular purchases of equipment by Brussels-area police and municipalities, a Brussels prosecutor said.
— From wire reports