Falcons name Smith as head coach
The Atlanta Falcons have agreed to terms with offensive coordinator Arthur Smith of the Tennessee Titans to become the team's head coach.
The Falcons announced the agreement on Friday. Smith held a virtual interview with the team on Monday and he also interviewed with the New York Jets and Detroit Lions. The Jets reached an agreement with Robert Saleh on Thursday night to be their coach.
Smith, 38, has served on the Tennessee staff for 10 seasons, including two as offensive coordinator. The Titans finished this season tied for second in the NFL in total yards.
Pitt suspends freshman forward
Pittsburgh suspended freshman forward John Hugley indefinitely for disciplinary reasons on Friday after his arrest on felony charges stemming from an incident last summer.
Hugley, who is from Cleveland, Ohio, is facing two counts of felony criminal conspiracy and one felony count of receiving stolen property, according to a criminal complaint filed Thursday.
The complaint alleges Hugley was one of two men who entered a car without permission in the early hours of July 19 while the person responsible for the vehicle was sleeping. The car was reported stolen later in the day before being recovered on Aug. 4.
Hugley has appeared in seven games for the Panthers and is averaging 5.1 points and 4.3 rebounds per game. He missed one game due to COVID-19 protocols.
Pitt (6-2, 2-1 ACC) hosts Syracuse on Saturday.
'Pitbull' is NASCAR ownership partner
Pitbull has become an ownership partner in new NASCAR team Trackhouse Racing, set to make its debut next month at the Daytona 500.
The platinum-selling rapper, known also as “Mr. Worldwide,” joins NBA Hall of Famer Michael Jordan as celebrity owners entering NASCAR this year.
The team has hired Daniel Suarez to drive the No. 99 Chevrolet.
NBA fines Irving $50,000
Kyrie Irving's absence from the Brooklyn Nets has become a costly one.
The NBA fined the point guard $50,000 on Friday for violating its health and safety protocols, and said he could return to team activities Saturday.
Irving has missed the past five games while away from the Nets for personal reasons. He was seen in a video on social media during his absence at an indoor family party while not wearing a mask.