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WASHINGTON (AP) — NCAA President Mark Emmert is urging Congress to step in and put restrictions on college athletes' ability to earn money from endorsements. He told a Senate committee 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 has said it will allow players to “benefit” from the use of their name, image and likeness and is working on guidelines. More than 25 states are considering legislation to guarantee those rights to players. Emmert says those laws could have a corrupting influence on recruiting.
UNDATED (AP) — Louisville and defending national champion Vanderbilt bring No. 1 rankings into the college baseball season. Each is listed atop three of the six major polls. Louisville made its deepest postseason run in 2019 and returns three top starting pitchers and most of its bullpen. Vanderbilt features two of the biggest names in the college game in Austin Martin and Kumar Rocker. Martin is poised to be the No. 1 overall pick in the Major League Baseball draft. Rocker threw a no-hitter in super regionals and was Most Outstanding Player of the College World Series. The season opens Friday.
UNDATED (AP) — The college baseball season begins in earnest this week. AP’s Eric Olson has come up with 10 players to watch. He says Alec Burleson of East Carolina could be the best two-way player in the country as the Pirates' starting right fielder and closer. He can also play first base. Other top players to keep an eye include: Pitcher Reid Detmers of Louisville, second baseman Nick Gonzales of New Mexico State, third baseman Austin Martin at Vanderbilt and outfielder Garrett Mitchell at UCLA