Boxer Muhammad Ali passed away at age 74 after suffering from a respiratory problem; he had suffered from Parkinson's Disease for 30 years. Read:
- His New York Times obituary;
- why his star Hollywood's Walk of Fame is NOT on the ground (hashtag "#FloatLikeAButterfly";
- about the two services his hometown of Louisville will have in his honor this week.
In recruiting news, St. John's has reportedly offered 2018 Nebraska wing Ed Chang, a lanky perimeter scorer born in the Sudan; he lived in Germany after fleeing the Sudan's war and moved to the United States in 2002.
The 6'7" player also has an offer from Creighton. Chang plays for the MoKan Elite AAU team in the 16 and under division.
While being celebrated for their national Championship, Villanova did the Running Man challenge at the White House.
Former DePaul forward Eric Wallace, who was last playing Australian Rules Football, is trying out for the NFL.
Now 27, Wallace moved back to the U.S. and tried out for tight end on the New Orleans Saints after four months of rigorous training and dedication. Results are pending.
“My training for the NFL began before the decision to commit to football,” Wallace said. “I spoke with a number of my friends who play or have played in the NFL, and they expressed their support in the endeavor. I also tossed it back and forth with my father, and it seemed the right decision.”
Wallace previously played football until he was 14 years old, when he decided to focus his efforts solely on basketball.
St. John's University's Belson Stadium (the on-campus home of St. John's soccer) will host New York City FC's Academy, hosting the youth team's games and practices.
The Academy will have access to the locker rooms, state-of-the-art gym for strength and conditioning and film rooms for game and training breakdown.
“We’re really happy to move our Academy to a new home and partner with St. John’s University in Queens,” NYC FC sporting director Claudio Reyna said. “St. John’s is a central location in New York City with top-class athletic facilities that will give our players and coaches a stable home base for training and competitive matches throughout the season. As we continue to grow our Academy we are confident that St. John’s will help us to provide a fantastic platform for our young players.”
NYCFC, one of the newest teams in Major League Soccer, is owned by a combination of the New York Yankees and the Premier League's Manchester United.