NFL awards Super Bowls to three cities

The NFL officially awarded future Super Bowls to Atlanta, Miami and Los Angeles on Tuesday.

Atlanta was selected to play host to Super Bowl LIII in 2019, Miami to Super Bowl LIV in 2020 and Los Angeles to Super Bowl LV in 2021.

The sites were announced at the annual NFL owners’ meetings in Charlotte, N.C.

In January, the Rams returned to Los Angeles after a 21-year absence and will move into a new $2.4 billion stadium on the site of the old Hollywood Park racetrack in Inglewood, Calif., about 10 miles from downtown Los Angeles, in 2019.

Los Angeles hosted the NFL’s first Super Bowl in 1967. The Los Angeles area has hosted seven Super Bowls but has not played host since 1993 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.

Former All-Pro diagnosed with CTE

Former All-Pro defensive end Charles “Bubba” Smith is the latest former NFL player to be diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy.

The Concussion Legacy Foundation website reported the results, which were released Tuesday with the permission from Smith’s estate. Smith is the 90th former NFL player found to have CTE by researchers at the Boston University brain bank.

Researchers say Smith showed symptoms of Stage 3 (out of 4) CTE. Among those symptoms: cognitive impairment and difficulty with judging and planning.

Smith died in 2011 at the age of 66 due to an overdose of phentermine — a weight loss drug. The Baltimore Colts made Smith the top overall pick in the draft in 1967. He also played for the Oakland Raiders and Houston Oilers.

NFL expands instant replay

Expanded instant replay was approved at the NFL Owners meetings with a focus on preventing administrative issues.

The changes are not the extensive overhaul of instant replay proposed by the Baltimore Ravens but the expansion of communication to correct mistakes related to the game clock, down and distance and penalty yardage represent new additions to what the NFL defines as reviewable. The adopted proposal was made by the league’s competition committee.

Beginning with the 2016 season, the following plays are reviewable: any score, interception, fumble or backward pass recovered by an opponent or out of bounds, muffed scrimmage kick (punt). Initiating a challenge when not permitted to do so results in the loss of a timeout. If the team is out of timeouts, it will be penalized 15 yards.

Illinois dismisses men’s basketball player

Illinois dismissed senior guard Kendrick Nunn from the squad less than a week after he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor domestic battery.

The school announced the dismissal on Tuesday. Nunn received probation for the mid-March incident in which he hit a woman.

Nunn was second on the Fighting Illini in scoring (15.5) and was the team’s leading rebounder (5.0) last season. He averaged 10.6 points and 3.3 rebounds in his three seasons on the team.

Former NBA player Kermit Washington arrested

Former NBA player Kermit Washington, best known for violently punching Rudy Tomjanovich in a 1977 game, has been arrested as part of an investigation involving Homeland Security.

The reason for Washington’s arrest is expected to be revealed at a press conference at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Kansas City on Wednesday.

Washington, 64, was arrested in Los Angeles by agents from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Internal Revenue Service.

TMZ reported that Washington’s arrest is connected to the investigation of NFL Hall of Famer Ron Mix, who pled guilty to tax fraud on Monday.