Purdue All-America receiver Rondale Moore is opting back in to the 2020 football season, joining Gophers receiver Rashod Bateman in an attempt to play this season.
Moore announced in early August that he was opting out and would concentrate on preparing for the NFL draft. His decision came before the Big Ten postponed its fall football season, but there was speculation at that time the conference could be heading into that direction because of concerns about playing through the pandemic.
The Big Ten announced last week that it would stage a fall football season, starting the weekend of Oct. 24. The Big Ten has pledged to daily COVID-19 testing for its athletes.
Moore, a possible first-round draft pick who missed much of last season because of a knee injury, decided to rejoin the Boilermakers for his junior year.
As a freshman, Moore had 114 catches for 1,258 yards and 12 touchdowns. He also ran for 213 yards and two scores. Last year he was limited to just four games.
• North Carolina State announced temporary salary cuts or furloughs for coaches and staff members because of financial concerns amid the pandemic.
The school announced the measures Thursday, citing expected losses of $25 million to $35 million in projected revenue.
Coaches and staff members making at least $200,000 will have a 20% reduction in salary, while those making at least $100,000 face a 15% cut. Coaches and staff members who make less than $100,000 will have 19 days of furlough.
AROUND THE HORN
NHL: The Penguins traded forward Patric Hornqvist to Florida in exchange for Mike Matheson and forward Colton Sceviour.
Hornqvist scored 132 goals in 407 games for the Penguins and added 22 more in the playoffs, including 14 during Pittsburgh's run to consecutive Stanley Cups in 2016 and 2017.
• The Sabres signed forward Curtis Lazar to a two-year, $1.6 million contract Thursday.
Auto racing: IndyCar rookie Oliver Askew will not compete in next week's doubleheader at Indianapolis because of concussion-like symptoms that date to his crash in the Indianapolis 500 last month.
NAHL sets schedule
The North American Hockey League released its schedule for the 2020-21 season. It will commence on Oct. 9 and end on April 25.
"We are thrilled to be back and now have a schedule to move forward with," NAHL Commissioner and President Mark Frankenfeld said in a statement. "Each and every one of our teams and owners are to be commended for the way they are navigating through this difficult period."
There are 23 teams in the NAHL, including four Minnesota teams: the Austin Bruins, Minnesota Wilderness and St. Cloud Norsemen in the Central Division, and the Minnesota Magicians in the Midwest.
• Former Minnesota State Mankato forward Josh French signed with the Adirondack Thunder, the ECHL team announced on Thursday. He is the eighth players from the 2019-20 Mavericks team to sign a pro contract,
A Woodbury, Minn., native, French totaled 14 goals and 23 assists in 149 games.
• Matt Cairns, a 6-3, 213-pound defenseman for Cornell, will play his senior season at Minnesota Duluth, according to the Duluth News Tribune. He was taken by the Edmonton Oilers in the third round of the 2016 NHL draft.
staff and wire reports