GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) Derrick Barden had 20 points on 9-of-10 shooting, Tevin Svihovec chipped in with 19 points and Northern Colorado went on to beat North Dakota 75-66 on Friday night.
Tied 31-31 at the break, Northern Colorado (3-6, 1-0 Big Sky) shot 73.7 percent from the floor in the second half, hitting 14 of 19 shots, but North Dakota didn't make it easy, going on a 22-10 run to begin the second half.
The Bears began their comeback with a 3-pointer by Paul Garnica with 10:02 to play, sparking a 34-13 rally from that point on.
Tate Unruh had 13 points and 10 rebounds for the Bears and Garnica ended his night with 14. Barden had nine rebounds to go along with his point total.
Aaron Anderson had 18 points to lead North Dakota (2-8, 0-2).
On Tuesday, Cleveland Browns center and NFLPA president J.C. Tretter penned a letter questioning if the NFL is truly prioritizing player safety in its return to work plan, which is expected to begin with training camp at the end of the month.
Hours later, Buffalo Bills wide receiver and former Maryland Terrapin standout Stefon Diggs voiced similar concerns on Twitter, stating "I’d be lying if I said I was comfortable starting back up."
Earlier in the day, he tweeted that he missed football and that he loves the sport.
If and when the NFL does resume this fall, games will be played without fans in some stadiums. Diggs mentioned that it would be "weird" to play in front of an empty stadium, something he's never done before at any level of football.
Even if there are fans at NFL games this fall, they will be away from the playing field. The league has already announced that the first 6-8 rows of each lower bowl section will be blocked off from fans to help slow the spread of the coronavirus. Instead, those sections will be covered with advertisements, similarly to how the Premier League has done during its restart.
Training camp is set to being on July 28, around the same time both the MLB and NBA will begin/resume their respective seasons. With live-action just a few weeks away, we've seen multiple players across both sports opt-out from playing, including Nationals infielder Ryan Zimmerman and Wizards sharpshooter Davis Bertans.
As the NFL season begins to get closer, it's likely only a matter of time before a few players opt-out, too.
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When the NBA returns to action in Orlando later this month, some players will have the option to replace their last name on their jerseys with social justice statements.
Washington Wizards' Moe Wagner will be one of those players that will be opting to do so, according to the TNT's Chris Haynes. Wagner will have 'Vote' on the back of his jersey.
The second-year player will join several other stars that will be speaking out by virtue of their jerseys. As of now, he joins Rudy Gobert, C.J. McCollum, Pat Connaughton and others who will have a social justice message on their threads.
Rudy Gobert (Utah Jazz) - "Equality"
CJ McCollum (Portland Trail Blazers) - "Education Reform"
Jusuf Nurkic (Portland Trail Blazers) - 'Equality"
Kent Bazemore (Sacramento Kings) - "Education Reform"
Matisse Thybulle (Philadelphia 76ers) - "Vote"
Pat Connaughton (Milwaukee Bucks) - "Equality"
Meyers Leonard (Miami Heat) - "Equality"
Ivica Zubac (Los Angeles Clippers) - "Enough"
Moe Wagner (Wizards) - "Vote
More players will likely join-in to wear these statements. The NBA and NBPA agreed to this option allowing the players to inspire change on a large platform while restarting the 2020 season. The players can continue important conversations regarding race and social injustice as opposed to basketball serving as a distraction to larger issues within the country.
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Some players are "disgruntled with the lack of options" the NBA provided, according to Haynes. There are 28 options for players to chose from, along with their regular last name. According to ESPN, here are the phrase options:
-Black Lives Matter
-Say Their Names
-I Can't Breathe
-Power to the People
-Say Her Name
-Sí Se Puede (Yes We Can)
-Listen to Us
-I Am A Man
-How Many More
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