Syracuse men’s basketball assistant Mike Hopkins has been formally given the title of head coach designate to succeed Hall of Famer Jim Boeheim after the 2017-18 season. A former Orange captain, Hopkins has served on Boeheim’s staff for 19 seasons. Hopkins said in a statement Thursday that ‘‘I’m honored, humbled and grateful for this special opportunity. Very few people are afforded the privilege to coach at their alma mater.’’ In March, Boeheim announced that he will retire in three years and said he wanted Hopkins to take over for him.
Varney retiring from Brandeis
Baseball coach Richard “Pete” Varney announced he will retire at the end of this month after a 34-year career at Brandeis University. Varney won more games than any other coach of a single team in Brandeis history. He became the fourth Division 3 baseball coach in New England history with 700 career victories after defeating Worcester State, 7-2, on April 7. Varney’s final record is 705-528-6.
Walker, 53, invited by Falcons
Falcons coach Dan Quinn apparently plans to have 1982 Heisman Trophy winner Herschel Walker put his money where his mouth is, inviting him to Atlanta’s training camp, according to a report by CBSSports.com. Walker recently said that he believes he could still play in the NFL at the age of 53. Walker, a star at the University of Georgia, played in the shortlived USFL and also played with the Cowboys, Vikings, Eagles, and Giants. He last played in the NFL in 1997, at age 35 . . . Tommy Hudspeth, a Lions coach in the 1970s who also coached at BYU and UTEP, died at 83. The Toronto Argonauts, for whom he worked as coach and general manager, said Hudspeth had cancer.
Maddon rants after review
Cubs manager Joe Maddon thinks baseball’s video review umpires should be replaced by ‘‘a bunch of nerds.’’ Chicago’s 5-2 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday night ended when Chris Denorfia singled off the base of the left-field wall with two outs in the ninth and was thrown out by Scott Van Slyke, who made a perfect strike to second. Second base umpire Jordan Baker’s call was upheld after a video review. “That might be the worst non-overturn I’ve seen to this point,” said Maddon . . . The Astros agreed to a contract with Louisiana State shortstop Alex Bregman, the second overall pick in the amateur draft, that includes a $5.9 million signing bonus.
Rome in favor of 2024 bid
Rome’s city council voted, 38-6, in favor of the capital’s bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics — a strong showing amid a widening corruption scandal. The city last hosted an Olympics in 1960; it is competing with Boston and Hamburg for the 2024 Games, with Budapest also expected to join the contest. ‘‘Today sport prevailed over politics,’’ Italian Olympic Committee president Giovanni Malago said . . . Usain Bolt was removed from the list of entrants for the 100 meters at the Jamaica trials, apparently the latest setback for the world record-holder. Bolt was expected to compete in the 100 in Kingston to sharpen his sprinting form . . . In the WNBA, Jia Perkins’s go-ahead 3-pointer with 24.6 seconds left helped San Antonio beat visiting Phoenix, 76-71; Seimone Augustus scored 24 points and Minnesota held off host Seattle, 76-73 . . . Seattle Sounders forward Clint Dempsey, the captain of the US national team, was barred from the US Open Cup for at least two years for tearing up a referee’s notebook during a tournament match last week.