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Sports at a glance

NCAA looking for some help

WASHINGTON — NCAA President Mark Emmert urged Congress put restrictions on college athletes’ ability to earn money from endorsements, telling a Senate committee Tuesday federal action is needed to “maintain uniform standards in college sports” amid player-friendly laws approved in California and under consideration in other states.

The NCAA last fall said it would allow players to “benefit” from the use of their name, image and likeness and is working on new rules it plans to reveal in April. Under the NCAA’s timeline, athletes would be able to take advantage of endorsement opportunities beginning next January.

Meanwhile, more than 25 states are considering legislation that would force the NCAA to allow players to earn money off their personal brand in a bid to address inequities in the multi-billion-dollar college sports industry. California passed a law last year that gives broad endorsement rights to players and it will take effect in 2023. Other states could grant those rights as soon as this year.

Ferrari shows off new car

REGGIO EMILIA, Italy — Ferrari team members acknowledged that they need to “learn from mistakes” committed last season as they presented their new Formula One car Tuesday during an elaborate presentation inside an opera house.

Team principal Mattia Binotto alluded to costly errors during the Russian and Brazilian Grand Prix races last year due to internal competition between drivers Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc.

The new car, named the SF1000 in anticipation of Ferrari’s 1,000th F1 race midway through the season, has sleeker aerodynamics than last year’s SF90.

In his debut season with the team, Leclerc earned the first two F1 victories of his career in back-to-back weeks in Belgium and Italy — and achieved seven pole positions. Vettel, the four-time F1 champion with Red Bull who is still seeking a first title with Ferrari since joining in 2015, won just one race and took two poles last year.

Scary scene at NHL game

ANAHEIM, Calif. — St. Louis defenseman Jay Bouwmeester collapsed on the bench during a break in play in the first period, prompting the Blues and Anaheim Ducks to postpone their game Tuesday night.

Teammates immediately called for medical help after Bouwmeester slumped over with 7:50 left in the first period.

Bouwmeester appeared to be grabbing a drink of water when he began to slowly fall. Emergency medical personnel rushed to the Blues bench.

Bouwmeester logged 5:34 of ice time in the game. The 36-year old is in his 17th NHL season and eighth with the Blues. He was the third overall pick by Florida in the 2002 NHL draft and is ranked sixth among active players and second among defensemen with 1,241 regular-season games played.

More Nassar trouble surfaces

LANSING, Mich. — A woman testified Tuesday that she reported abuse by sports doctor Larry Nassar in 1997 but backed off and even apologized after being pressured by a Michigan State University gymnastics coach.

Larissa Boyce said Kathie Klages warned her that any complaints about Nassar could cause trouble. She said she convinced herself that she misunderstood what Nassar was doing with his hands during treatments for injuries.

Klages is on trial in Ingham County court, charged with lying in 2018 to police who were investigating what Michigan State officials knew about Nassar long before scandal emerged in 2016.

The Associated Press

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