Tennessee State University will become first HBCU to offer NCAA ice hockey

Ahead of the 2023 NHL Draft in Nashville, Tennessee State University has announced that it will become the first HBCU to introduce college hockey. TSU’s ice hockey program was formed through a partnership with the NHL, the NHLPA, and the Nashville Predators.

Whether TSU will get a men’s hockey team, women’s hockey team, or both still remains to be seen. A more formal announcement is expected prior to the start of the 2023 draft at Bridgestone Arena.

This is another step from the NHL and the NHLPA in attempting to reach more players and fans from diverse backgrounds. On Tuesday, the league announced the creation of the Player Inclusion Coalition (PIC), which is a collection of 20 former NHL and women’s professional hockey players “who will work to advance equality and inclusion in the sport of hockey.”

Former NHL players Anson Carter and P.K. Subban are the co-chairs of the organization, Carter said the group wants to create positive change for “underrepresented groups” within the game.

“Every member of the NHL Player Inclusion Coalition shares a passion to bring diversity and inclusion to the forefront of the hockey community. It has been incredible to work together to amplify the role of Players as advisors, ambassadors, and catalysts for real change, which benefits underrepresented groups in the game,” Carter said in a statement. “As we enter the coalition’s next phase, we are excited to grow our impact by sharing more of our work with fans to invite everyone who loves hockey to join the movement with us.”

The NHL and NHLPA have set aside $1 million for the PIC to begin its efforts in making hockey a more inclusive sport.

Croatian C Zvonimir Ivisic commits as injured Wildcats add 7-footer to roster

Kentucky basketball had both a brilliant offseason and a terrible offseason, one marred by injuries to big men while in the process looking like a well-constructed team in winning a gold medal earlier this summer at the GLOBL JAM. John Calipari and his staff addressed the former to sustain momentum of the latter on Tuesday, landing a commitment from Croatian big man Zvonimir Ivisic to give UK a key piece of size and depth for its frontcourt in 2023-24.

“I got the offer for a scholarship by Coach Calipari to attend the University of Kentucky,” Ivisic announced on social media. “I’m excited to tell that I accepted the scholarship and will play there next season.”

He chose Kentucky over reported interest from Memphis.

Ivisic is a 7-foot-1, 220-pound center who profiles as a do-it-all big capable of playing both inside and out. On the FIBA circuit this summer in the U20s, he shot 74.1% from 2-point range and 34.4% from 3-point range on 32 total attempts across seven games. He also added 11.4 points and 5.3 rebounds per game.

Kentucky was smacked with the injury bug to its frontcourt repeatedly this offseason with five-star freshman Aaron Bradshaw and second-year breakout candidate Ugonna Onyenso both sustaining lower body injuries that required surgery. Bradshaw’s injury forced UK to go out and add Tre Mitchell from West Virginia out of the portal, and Onyenso’s injury during the GLOBL JAM trip prompted UK to again add to its ranks with both he and Bradshaw out indefinitely.

Kentucky was the biggest riser in Gary Parrish’s most recent Top 25 (And 1) rankings of the offseason, jumping eight spots after landing Mitchell and sitting comfortably in the top 25 at No. 17. With Ivisic and Mitchell in tow to complement the hopeful returns of Bradshaw and Onyenso, UK should have enough size to buttress a guard-heavy roster led by five-star newcomers Justin Edwards and DJ Wagner, who figure to be key pieces for the Wildcats this season.

Stream 2023 U.S. Open Cup on CBS Sports Golazo Network

Familiar foes Houston Dynamo and Real Salt Lake will square off in the 2023 U.S. Open Cup semifinals on Wednesday on the CBS Golazo Network. The Dynamo are hosting Wednesday’s match and coming off of a 5-0 home win against the Portland Timbers. Meanwhile, RSL have been on a two-week hiatus after falling 5-0 to LAFC on the road on Aug. 8.

Houston are the +109 favorites (risk $100 to win $104) in the latest Houston Dynamo vs. Real Salt Lake odds, while RSL are +210 underdogs. A draw returns +225 on the 90-minute money line. The over/under for total goals is 2.5. Kickoff from Shell Energy Stadium in Houston is at 9:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday. You can stream Houston vs. Salt Lake City on the CBS Sports Golazo Network.

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How to watch Salt Lake vs. Houston
Houston Dynamo vs. Real Salt Lake date: Wednesday, August 23
Houston Dynamo vs. Real Salt Lake time: 9:30 p.m. ET
Houston Dynamo vs. Real Salt Lake live stream: CBS Sports Golazo Network
What you need to know about Houston
The Dynamo will be playing on shorter rest than Salt Lake, who were booted from the Leagues Cup two weeks ago. They should be full of confidence, however, after their big home win against the Timbers which saw five different players find the back of the net.

Houston also benefit greatly from playing in front of their home crowd. They have eight wins, two draws and two losses through 12 games at Shell Energy Stadium this season. Stream the match here.

What you need to know about Salt Lake
Real Salt Lake were unbeaten in nine straight MLS matches, which is what helped them move up to third in the league table. They had also been a strong road team prior to being clean-sheeted by LAFC two weeks ago.

RSL have the advantage of being well-rested for Wednesday’s match since they haven’t played since Aug. 8. They also have a leg-up since they are unbeaten in their last 11 matches against Houston. Stream the match here.

How to watch, live stream Houston vs. Salt Lake in the 2023 U.S. Open Cup
SportsLine soccer expert Martin Green’s best bet for this matchup is a halftime draw at +115 odds. Five of the last seven matches between these teams have ended in a draw and there have been three consecutive 0-0 finishes at Shell Energy Stadium. “Fourteen of Houston’s 24 games this season have been all-square at the break, so the odds on a draw at half-time in this game also look attractive.” See more analysis here.