Williams named Miami's starting QB

CORAL GABLES, Fla. — Jarren Williams committed to Miami in 2017, then spent 2018 waiting for playing time that never came.

In 2019, his turn has arrived.

The Hurricanes have decided on their starting quarterback — and Williams got the nod, beating out incumbent starter N'Kosi Perry and highly touted Ohio State transfer Tate Martell for the job. Miami coach Manny Diaz made the announcement Monday, saying he still believes that the Hurricanes can win with any of those three quarterbacks.

Hurricanes sign GM to extension

RALEIGH, N.C. — The Carolina Hurricanes have signed team president and general manager Don Waddell to a three-year contract extension.

Owner Tom Dundon announced the signing Monday. Terms were not disclosed.

The 60-year-old Waddell had been mentioned as a candidate for the Minnesota Wild's GM vacancy. He has been with the organization since 2014, and the Hurricanes made their first playoff appearance in a decade during his first season as the team's full-time GM.

Browns' Thomas hurts neck in practice

BEREA, Ohio — Cleveland Browns defensive end Chad Thomas injured his neck in practice Monday and was taken by ambulance to a hospital.

Thomas was immobilized on a backboard and carted off the field. The team says he had feeling and movement in his extremities.

Browns coach Freddie Kitchens says Thomas absorbed a hit in the neck and shoulder area. He was treated on the field by medical personnel before going to University Hospitals for more testing.

Jaguars' Robinson back on field

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Jacksonville Jaguars have removed Cam Robinson from the physically unable to perform list. He is back on the field two days after coach Doug Marrone said he didn't believe his starting left tackle would be ready for the season opener.

Robinson went through individual drills Monday for the first time in nearly a year. The second-round draft pick from Alabama in 2017 tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee last September — during a Week 2 win against New England.

Marrone isn't sure what prompted the change of status, saying "this morning I was told something different. Now I'm happy."

Snowboard inventor dies at 89

Sherman Poppen, the snowboard inventor who laid the groundwork for a multibillion-dollar industry, has died. He was 89.

Poppen died July 31 at his home in Griffin, Georgia.

In 1965, while living in Michigan, Poppen was looking for a way to entertain his daughters on a snowy Christmas Day. So he strapped two skis together and held them in place with wooden crossbars. His wife dubbed it a "Snurfer." A year later, he got a patent on the contraption.

Jake Burton Carpenter improved on the design and helped bring the snowboard to the masses. But Carpenter never took credit for the invention that eventually found its way to the Olympics.

Missouri State volleyball coach resigns

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Missouri State volleyball coach Melissa Stokes has resigned after an investigation launched by the university found apparent NCAA violations.

The university announced Stokes' resignation Monday and said it agreed to make an $80,000 severance payment.

Stokes was placed on paid administrative leave last month while a law firm began an investigation. The university says the investigation concluded that Stokes allowed a "non-qualifier" to accompany the team during a foreign tour without personally paying costs, and she also allowed currently enrolled athletes to participate as campers in Stokes' volleyball camps.

Red Sox place rookie Chavis on IL

CLEVELAND — Michael Chavis played through the pain for as long as he could.

On Monday, the Red Sox rookie finally gave in.

Boston placed the versatile Chavis on the 10-day injured list with a sprained left shoulder he sustained recently while trying to make a diving catch.

One of the AL's top first-year players, Chavis has 18 homers and 58 RBIs, second most to Mets slugger Pete Alonso among rookies. But he's been in a slump, batting .156 (5 for 32) in his last 11 games, and the shoulder injury explains Chavis' recent slide.

Panthers to retire Luongo's number

SUNRISE, Fla. — Roberto Luongo regrets not having more friends and family at his last game with the Florida Panthers. If he had known he was retiring, a decision he didn't make until weeks later, he would have ensured that more of the people closest to him were there that night.

They're all invited for his jersey retirement instead.

The Florida Panthers announced Monday that they will send Luongo's No. 1 jersey to the rafters on March 7. Fittingly, the opponent will be the Montreal Canadiens — the hometown team for their now-retired goaltender.

Petition filed to create running backs union

A petition reportedly has been filed with the National Labor Relations Board seeking to create a separate union for NFL running backs.

According to the website Law360, the petition was filed Thursday by the International Brotherhood of Professional Running Backs and focuses on the shorter careers for players at the position.

The NFL Management Council and the union have begun preliminary negotiations on a collective bargaining agreement. The current 10-year deal expires in March 2021.

Running backs often draw attention for their holdouts, with Dallas star Ezekiel Elliott currently missing Cowboys training camp. Last year, Le'Veon Bell sat out the entire season rather than sign his franchise tag tender with Pittsburgh. He subsequently became a free agent and signed with the New York Jets for $52.5 million over four years.

Raiders' Lawson suspended 4 games

ALAMEDA, Calif. — Oakland Raiders cornerback Nevin Lawson has been suspended four games for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances.

The league announced the decision Monday, one week after Lawson revealed he had tested positive for Ostarine despite "never knowingly" taking the substance.

Lawson signed a one-year deal with the Raiders in March after spending the past five seasons with the Detroit Lions. He was in the mix for one of the backup spots at cornerback for Oakland this season.

NCAA amends "Rich Paul Rule"

INDIANAPOLIS — The NCAA has backtracked on new certification standards and will no longer require a bachelor's degree for a sports agent to represent Division I men's basketball players who declare for the NBA draft while maintaining college eligibility.

The requirement drew criticism last week when the certification standards were revealed, including a social media blast by NBA star LeBron James. The requirement was quickly dubbed the "Rich Paul Rule" in reference to James' agent, who does not have a college degree.

The NCAA announced Monday it would amend the standards so bachelor's degrees would not be required for agents currently certified and in good standing with the NBA players' association. Agent certification and access was among the recommendations made last year by the Condoleezza Rice-led Commission on College Basketball following a federal corruption investigation into the sport.

Markgraf named USWNT general manager

Former defender Kate Markgraf has been named general manager of the U.S. women's national team, U.S. Soccer announced Monday.

Markgraf will oversee the search for a coach to replace Jill Ellis, who is leaving the team in October. Ellis is stepping away from the job after leading the United States to back-to-back Women's World Cup titles.

The federation also announced that the general manager for the men's national team, Earnie Stewart, has been promoted to the new position of sporting director, overseeing U.S. Soccer's Sports Performance Department.