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W. Forest baseball to host NC State

The Wake Forest baseball team is scheduled to continue its six-game homestand with an ACC series against N.C. State at David F. Couch Ballpark this weekend.

The Deacons (14-20, 6-17 ACC) will be taking on the Wolfpack (20-13, 12-12) after scoring a season-high 17 runs against Davidson on Tuesday. The Wolfpack heads to Winston-Salem on a four-game win streak.

Friday’s first pitch set for 6 p.m. Saturday’s game is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m., while the teams will hit the diamond at 1 p.m. for the series finale on Sunday.

Gottfried, staff placed on leave

Mark Gottfried, a former N.C. State basketball coach, was placed on leave at Cal State Northridge, where he’s been the head coach since 2018, according to the school.

Cal State Northridge issued a statement on Thursday saying that Gottfried and his entire staff were placed on paid administrative leave during an investigation of potential rules violations within the men’s basketball program.

Gottfried coached the Wolfpack for six seasons before being fired in 2017.

U.S. will attempt to qualify for Tokyo Olympics baseball

The United States will open its second chance to qualify for the baseball tournament at the Tokyo Olympics when it faces Nicaragua on May 31 at Port St. Lucie, Fla.

The U.S., managed by Mike Scioscia, is scheduled to play the Dominican Republic the next day at West Palm Beach in a Baseball Americas Qualifier, the World Baseball Softball Confederation announced Thursday. It closes first-round play in Group A against Puerto Rico on June 2 at Port St. Lucie, Fla.

Panthers exercise Moore’s option

The Carolina Panthers are picking up the fifth-year option on wide receiver D.J. Moore‘s contract, according to a person familiar with the situation.

Moore, 24, will make $11.1 million in his fifth season, which will be the 2022 season.

In three seasons with the Panthers, Moore has developed into the team’s No. 1 receiver with 3,156 yards on 208 receptions along with 10 touchdowns. He has put together back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons for Carolina, including a career-high 1,193 yards last season while averaging 18.1 yards per catch.

For his career, Moore is averaging 15.2 yards per reception.

Report says Rodgers wants out

General Manager Brian Gutekunst of the Green Bay Packers repeated on Thursday that the team remains committed to quarterback Aaron Rodgers amid a report the reigning MVP doesn’t want to return to Green Bay.

ESPN reported in the hours leading up to Thursday’s NFL Draft that Rodgers doesn’t want to return to the Packers. The ESPN report said the Packers have offered to extend Rodgers’ contract and that team CEO Mark Murphy, Gutekunst and Coach Matt LaFleur each flew out separately to meet Rodgers during the offseason.

Rodgers, 37, has spent his entire career with Green Bay since the Packers selected him with the 24th overall pick in the 2005 draft.

Seahawks sign Nkemdiche

Coach Pete Carroll may have found another reclamation project after the Seattle Seahawks signed former first-round defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche on Thursday.

Nkemdiche, 26, was a top prospect coming out of Mississippi, but his NFL career has been mostly a flop.

Nkemdiche was the 29th overall pick of the 2016 draft by Arizona, and appeared in 27 games over three seasons with six starts. His production was underwhelming, cresting with a career-high 32 tackles and 4½ sacks in the 2018 season. Nkemdiche’s 2018 season was cut short by a knee injury that required surgery and eventually led to his release by Arizona after failing his physical.

Clippers to keep Ferrell

On the final day of his 10-day contract, guard Yogi Ferrell agreed to a contract with the Los Angeles Clippers that runs through the end of this season and includes a non-guarantee for the 2021-22 NBA season, two people with knowledge of the situation confirmed.

Ferrell, 27, appeared in three games with the Clippers and immediately impressed during his April 21 debut when he scored eight points with seven assists in 20 minutes. In 29 minutes as a Clipper, he has yet to commit a turnover.

Muguruza pulls out of Madrid Open

Garbiñe Muguruza pulled out of the Madrid Open on Thursday after failing to recover from a leg injury.

The Spaniard was scheduled to face Sloane Stephens in the first round.

Also, Jil Teichmann beat fourth-seeded Elina Svitolina 2-6, 6-4, 7-6 (5) in the first round, while Angelique Kerber defeated Marketa Vondrousova 7-6 (5), 6-1 and Kiki Bertens beat Victoria Jiménez 6-4, 6-0.

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