Baylor Final Four (copy)

The defending national champion Lady Bears will open their 2019-20 season versus New Hampshire on Nov. 5 at the Ferrell Center.

The defending national champion Baylor Lady Bears released their nonconference schedule on Tuesday.

Following exhibition games versus Langston University and Lubbock Christian, the Lady Bears will open the regular season at home against New Hampshire on Nov. 5.

Other notable dates on the nonconference slate include the Paradise Jam Shootout on Thanksgiving weekend in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, hosting Georgia in the Big 12/SEC Challenge on Dec. 4, and a trip to play Connecticut on Jan. 9.

Here's the full slate:

Oct. 25 — Langston (exh.)

Oct. 30 — Lubbock Christian (exh.)

Nov. 5 — New Hampshire

Nov. 8 — Grambling

Nov. 14 — Houston Baptist

Nov. 19 — South Florida

Nov. 21 — Lamar

Nov. 28 — vs. Washington State (Paradise Jam Shootout, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands)

Nov. 29 — vs. Indiana State (Paradise Jam Shootout, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands)

Nov. 30 — vs. South Carolina State (Paradise Jam Shootout, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands)

Dec. 4 — Georgia (Big 12/SEC Challenge)

Dec. 18 — Arkansas State

Dec. 30 — Morehead State

Jan. 9 — at Connecticut (Hartford, Conn.)

Police rule NHL player’s death suicide

DETROIT — A police report says the death of former Nashville Predators captain Greg Johnson was an apparent suicide, according to the Detroit News.

The paper said Wednesday it had obtained a Rochester Police report, and that Johnson was found by his wife shortly before 10 a.m. on July 7. A gun and a single bullet were found near him. No suicide note was left.

The Oakland County Medical Examiner declined to discuss findings from an autopsy, according to the paper.

Johnson was with Nashville for the franchise’s first season in the league. He spent the last seven years of his career with the Predators. He also played for Detroit, Pittsburgh and Chicago during his 12 years in the NHL.

The Detroit News said Johnson’s agent, Tom Laidlaw, declined to discuss the specifics surrounding the former player’s death. Johnson was 48.

Price, Eckersley feuding again

BOSTON — David Price ignited an old feud Wednesday with Red Sox TV analyst Dennis Eckersley after the Hall of Fame pitcher commented about a confrontation between the men in a story by The Boston Globe this week.

Two years ago, Price confronted Eckersley on a team flight after Eckersley was critical of a player’s performance on air. On Wednesday, Price called it “trash” that Eckersley discussed the incident during an interview for a lengthy piece on the former pitcher’s life and career.

“I didn’t know how to deal with that. I don’t plan on saying a word to him, I don’t plan on seeing him, never,” Eckersley told The Boston Globe Magazine about the incident. “I don’t really give a (expletive) one way or another. I don’t think he really cares one way or the other.”

That was the only time Eckersley was quoted about the run-in.

About three hours before the scheduled first pitch of the Red Sox-Blue Jays game at Fenway Park, Price let loose about Eckersley to reporters in the home clubhouse.

“The fact that it was two years ago, over two years ago now. The fact that he wanted to move on and since then he’s went on the radio and talked about it, done it again,” Price said. “In 2017, I addressed it, told you guys in front of the camera I wish I handled it differently. I did it again in 2018 in spring training on Day One. Said the same thing.”

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