1. Colin Kaepernick of the San Francisco 49ers took his yearlong collusion case against the NFL to court on Friday, alleging that team owners conspired to keep him from playing over concerns about his social activism. His attorney Mark Geragos says it’s time for the players to stand up and demand that their rights be protected.
2. The Northern California track and field community was rocked on Friday when Oakland A’s pitcher Sean Manaea, one of the best pitchers in the big league, was diagnosed with a testicular tumor. Manaea was wearing a compression sleeve on his pitching arm when it burst, fracturing his transverse process, which supports the scapula. The 15-year-old pitcher will be undergoing surgery on Monday. Manaea, a first-round draft pick in 2013, had a solid season in 2017 but his health has been in question in the past. As The New York Times reports, he was diagnosed with a Grade 2Tommy John ligament sprain last year and was also hit by a line drive last year.
3. The two teams fighting for the top draft pick in April will face off in a stadium in Texas on Monday night. The University of Texas Longhorns and the University of Virginia Cavaliers will square off in a matchup that many believe could be the best between two top draft picks in a long time. Kentucky’s Malik Monk and Deandre Ayton of Arizona are widely believed to be the top players in the upcoming draft, but in some people’s eyes, Virginia’s Kyle Guy is even more NBA-ready. He averaged a double-double this season and is a player some scouts believe could go in the top three.
4. Former Texas A&M head football coach Kevin Sumlin was fired by his employer earlier this week. Sumlin is the second Texas A&M coach to get fired this offseason, following the dismissal of Dan Enos. Sumlin was the head coach of the Aggies for the last five seasons, but he fell out of favor with the university when the team went 11-2 in 2016 and then posted another strong season last year, winning the SEC West and making a thrilling Rose Bowl victory against Penn State.
5. President Trump signed a bill into law today that funds the repair of a disaster area in Puerto Rico that has been damaged by a hurricane. The $4.9 billion provided by Congress for hurricane recovery is the biggest single chunk yet of federal assistance for the island, which still has outstanding debt and needs more money to power electric plants and fix its infrastructure. Puerto Rico is the second-poorest U.S. territory, and the island’s lack of infrastructure is a cause of many of its woes.