Opinion: Medina Spirit saga is exposing horse racing’s incompetence on doping

Cavaliers assistant Lindsay Gottlieb becomes USC Trojans women’s head coach

USC has hired Cleveland Cavaliers assistant Lindsay Gottlieb as its women's basketball head coach. 

Gottlieb joined the Cavaliers bench in 2019 after eight seasons as the women's head coach at the University of California, where she led the Bears to NCAA tournament appearances in seven of her eight seasons at the helm, including a Final Four berth in 2013. The Brown graduate won Pac-12 Coach of the Year that season. 

Gottlieb, 43, "went to the NBA to challenge myself at the highest levels of the game of basketball and was fully invested in that journey," she said in a release, and became the seventh female NBA assistant when John Beilein hired her two years ago. 

She added: "It is an honor and a thrill to become the women's basketball coach at USC.  I am inspired by the incredible history of this program and excited about the opportunity to do special things with the young women I will have the privilege to coach." 

Gottlieb has plenty of collegiate experience out west, as her first head-coaching gig was at UC-Santa Barbara from 2009-11. 

Ford recalls over 660,000 Explorers for faulty roof rail covers

Ford is recalling over 660,000 SUVs due to loose roof rail covers that can detach while the vehicle is in motion and “create a hazard for others on the road.”

The recall affects 2016-2019 Ford Explorers. More than 620,000 of the SUVs are in the U.S.

According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), the retention pins in the part can loosen and allow the roof rail covers to detach from the vehicle. To fix the issue, dealers will install push-pins and replace any damaged rail clips and roof rail covers, NHTSA said.

Ford said it was not aware of any reports of accidents or injuries related to the recall.

ABC News’ Gio Benitez contributed to this report.

Jacksonville Jaguars plan to sign Tim Tebow in former QB’s NFL comeback, per report

Tim Tebow looks to be getting his chance at an NFL comeback, after all.

The Jacksonville Jaguars plan to sign the former quarterback as a tight end, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero reported Monday, after Tebow worked out for the team in April.

A deal between the two sides was not complete and is not imminent, a person with knowledge of the situation told USA TODAY Sports' Mike Jones. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because talks remained ongoing.

The signing serves as reunion between Tebow and Jaguars coach Urban Meyer, under whom the former star signal-caller won a Heisman Trophy in 2007 at Florida and led the Gators to a national championship in 2008. He also won a title with the Gators in 2006 as a backup.

DMX’s posthumous album ‘Exodus’ features new songs, gets May release date

NEW YORK — A new album from DMX will be released later this month.

DMX’s longtime producer and collaborator, Grammy winner Swizz Beatz, announced on Monday that “EXODUS” will feature new material and drop on May 28.

“My brother X was one of the most pure and rare souls I’ve ever met. He lived his life dedicated to his family and music. Most of all, he was generous with his giving and loved his fans beyond measure. This album, X couldn’t wait for his fans all around the world to hear and show just how much he valued each and every single person that has supported him unconditionally,” Swizz Beatz said in a statement.

The posthumous album will be released on Def Jam, where DMX released most of his albums and made music history. The Grammy-nominated performer’s first five albums all debuted at No. 1 on the all-genre Billboard 200 albums chart. His hits include “Get at Me Dog,” “Ruff Ryders’ Anthem,” “Party Up (Up in Here)” and “X Gon’ Give It to Ya.”

DMX, whose birth name was Earl Simmons, died last month at age 50. His life and legacy was celebrated at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, where Kanye West, Nas, Busta Rhymes and members of DMX’s Ruff Ryders collective — Swizz Beatz, Eve, The Lox — attended and spoke highly of the rapper.

His last album, “Undisputed,” was released in 2012.

More than just Lakers are jockeying for position in the final week of NBA regular season

In the final week of the season, the talk of the Los Angeles Lakers having to get into the postseason via the play-in tournament is all the rage.

But that’s not the only compelling playoff push with seven days left in the NBA’s 2020-21 regular season.

The top seeds aren’t locked just yet, and teams are jockeying for position throughout the standings.

We take a look the scenarios in the Eastern and Western conferences headed into Monday's games and see who is in solid position, a precarious situation and on the outside looking in while factoring in the tiebreakers that could be the difference between a guaranteed playoff spot and the play-in game format.

Opinion: Medina Spirit saga is exposing horse racing’s incompetence on doping

In a functional, competently run sport, there would not be a Monday morning in which the legitimacy of its showcase event was up in the air more than a week later. There would not be drawn-out, litigious uncertainty about whether a competitor in the middle of a doping inquiry would be allowed to enter the next big race. And there would not be a cartoonish figure in the middle of the scandal going on cable news to blather about “cancel culture” without being accompanied by a laugh track.

And yet, within the Potemkin village that is horse racing governance in the United States, this was a very real sequence of events that spun off from Sunday’s bombshell that Medina Spirit had tested positive for a small but illegal amount of the anti-inflammatory drug betamethasone coming out of the Kentucky Derby, putting the colt’s win in jeopardy and an already beaten-down sport on the precipice of becoming a punchline.

In horse racing’s zeal to plumb the depths of its own brokenness, there are no winners, only losers. It’s already a long and growing list.