GNAC honors Concordia's Johnson, Mantalas
Sophomore Paige Johnson of Concordia Johnson has been named Female Newcomer of the Year in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference.
Johnson, from Los Angeles, scored 35 points — the second-most ever — in the GNAC indoor championships. She won the 60 meters, 60 hurdles and high jump, and was fourth in the long jump. Her 60-meter time of 7.52 seconds set a conference record and was voted Women's Performance of the Meet.
She ws scheduled to compete in the 60 and 60 hurdles at the NCAA championships, which was wiped out by the coronavirus.
Mantalas, in his eighth season, led the CU women to the GNAC title by seven points over Seattle Pacific, a couple of weeks after the Northeast Portland school announced it would close at the end of this academic year.
Mantalas also was the GNAC's 2018 men's outdoor track and field coach of the year after leading Concordia to the championship.
Tokyo Olympics to be postponed to 2021?
The seemingly inevitable postponement of the Tokyo Olympics took a turn for such a delay on Monday.
Dick Pound, a member of the International Olympic Committee, told USA Today the Summer Games will be postponed until 2021. He said details still had to be worked out.
The IOC didn't deny Pound's assessment, but has said it will review the status of the event over the next four weeks.
Marcus Mariota will have some spending money in Las Vegas. The Raiders' new quarterback acquisition and former Oregon Ducks Heisman Trophy winner's two-year contract, as reported by Mike Garafolo of the NFL Network, gives him $7.5 million guaranteed the first year and calls for $17.6 million total, plus some playing time incentives.
According to Garafolo, Mariota will receiver $2.4 million if he plays 60 percent of the snaps in 2020 and could get up to another $1.5 million in playing time and win incentives. And, he has $10 million in incentives for 2021, along with $2 million incentives in playoffs/Super Bowl incentives each year.
Mariota is expected to battle Derrick Carr for the starting job. Carr has been with the Raiders for all six of his NFL seasons since coming out of Fresno State, and he threw for 4,054 yards and 21 touchdowns, with eight interceptions, in 2019 as the Raiders, then in Oakland, went 7-9. They missed the playoffs for the third year in a row and for the 16th time in the past 17 seasons.
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