The Big Sky Conference and Pioneer League said they would not play football in the fall, effectively ending any hope for Football Championship Subdivision fall playoffs.

The Big Sky planned a spring season and called for the FCS playoffs to be moved to the second semester. The Pioneer League said it would consider having football season elsewhere in the school year.

The NCAA has said that if more than 50% of schools that compete in a sport do not compete in a regular season, the championship will be canceled. The Big Sky and Pioneer decisions bring the total of teams not playing in the fall to at least 70 of the 127 FCS schools.

Maryland QB Jackson opts out

• Maryland senior quarterback Josh Jackson opted out of the upcoming football season, leaving the Terrapins with little depth and experience at the position. His backup was Tyrrell Pigrome, who transferred to Western Kentucky.

• Northwestern returned to the field for the first time since a false positive for COVID-19 led to 37 players being quarantined and workouts being paused.

Pro football

Hall of Fame rules change

Coaches will have their own category for being voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame Board of Trustees approved a change in the selection process. Effective with the class of 2021, there will be 15 modern-era players as finalists (with a maximum of five elected), one coach finalist, one senior finalist and one contributor finalist.

Previously, coaches were considered along with players, lessening their chances of being elected.

Beasley reports to Titans

• Linebacker Vic Beasley reported to the Tennessee Titans and was activated off the reserve/did not report list. Beasley was the Titans' top free-agent signee in March but didn't report with the rest of his new teammates. His absence was unexcused, subjecting him to a $50,000 fine per day.

• San Francisco signed defensive lineman Dion Jordan to a one-year contract. Jordan was the No. 3 overall pick by Miami in 2013 but has been suspended 32 games for violating NFL rules on substance.


Amateur golf: Katherine Smith of Detroit Lakes, Minn., lost to Tyler Akabene of Danville, Calif., on the second extra hole in the round of 32 in the U.S. Women's Amateur in Rockville, Md. Akabene got a birdie on the par-3, 176-yard final hole.

Baseball: The St. Paul Saints scored two runs in the seventh inning to beat the Sioux Falls Canaries 3-1 at CHS Field. Josh Allen's RBI double broke a 1-all tie in the seventh and he scored on Chesny Young's sacrifice fly. Matt Solter got the victory, allowing one run on nine hits in seven innings.

Women's golf: Lydia Ko ran off four straight birdies to start her round and finished with birdies on her last two holes for a 6-under 65 and a one-shot lead going into the weekend at the LPGA Tour's Marathon Classic in Sylvania, Ohio. Jodi Ewart Shadoff (63) stood second.

College baseball: Mike Fox, whose North Carolina teams made seven trips to the College World Series in his 22 seasons, announced his retirement. Assistant Scott Forbes will take over the program. Fox won 1,487 games overall and was the leader in victories among active coaches.