Referee Leaves Game With Head Injury After Kofi Cockburn’s Celebration

Kofi Cockburn’s celebration of an and-one turned into a head injury for referee Lewis Garrison.

College basketball referee Lewis Garrison was forced to leave Illinois’s upset of No. 5 Michigan after being hit in the head by Illinois big man Kofi Cockburn. 

After successfully completing an and-one play under the basket, Cockburn pumped his arm in celebration of the late-game play. Without the freshman seeing, Garrison came up from behind the basket and made contact with Cockburn’s arm. 

After being hit in the head, Garrison remained on the floor on his hands and knees with his head down. Cockburn was concerned for him and immediately attempted to help him up.

Garrison left the contest with just over three minutes left in the game. Illinois held on to defeat Michigan, 71–62. Cockburn finished with 19 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks. 

No further updates have yet been provided about Garrison’s status. 

Report: Anthony Rendon Agrees to Seven-Year, $245 Million Deal with Angels

Anthony Rendon led MLB in doubles and RBI in 2019.

Free agent Anthony Rendon has agreed to a seven-year, $245 million deal with the Los Angeles Angels, MLB Network’s Jon Heyman reports

The contract includes no opt outs, and there is no money deferred in the deal, per the New York Post’s Joel Sherman. MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand reports that Rendon’s contract includes a full no-trade clause.

Rendon’s $35 million annual average value will be second in the league for a position player behind new teammate Mike Trout, who stands at roughly $36 million AAV. 

The two-time Silver Slugger joins the Angels after winning the World Series with the Washington Nationals in October. On the way to his first championship, Rendon finished third in the NL MVP race and led MLB in doubles (44) and RBI (126), while also making his first All-Star appearance.

Trout tweeted his reaction to the deal Wednesday night. 

Rendon finished the 2019 season with a .319 batting average, 34 home runs and 1.010 OPS.