Dayton C McElvene dies at 20

Dayton center Steve McElvene died at age 20 on Thursday after collapsing at his family’s home.

McElvene was pronounced dead late Thursday morning in Allen County (Ind).

Details regarding the manner of death weren’t immediately revealed.

The 6-foot-11, 268-pound McElvene averaged 6.1 points and 5.6 rebounds as a freshman last season. He set the school single-season record for blocked shots (55) and tied the single-game record (six).

Madden NFL 17 to feature Gronkowski

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski landed on the cover of Madden NFL 17.

Gronkowski was announced Thursday as the choice for the popular video game produced by EA Sports. He will be displayed spiking the ball.

Gronkowski, a popular personality on the off the field, follows New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. on the cover. Last year, Gronkowski finished second behind Beckham in the selection process.

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton was considered a possible choice for the cover this year. He was the runner-up to Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman two years ago.

Gronkowski, known for his partying during the offseason, will also be featured on the cover of an upcoming GQ magazine with model Hailey Clauson.

Ole Miss officials say Tunsil text seeking payments did occur

Mississippi officials have confirmed a text message conversation published on Laremy Tunsil’s Instagram account during the NFL draft did occur last year but are still investigating whether the messages were altered, ESPN’s Outside the Lines reported Thursday.

The conversations show Tunsil asking Ole Miss assistant athletic director John Miller for money to pay rent and his mother’s $305 utility bill in early 2015. Miller directs Tunsil to “see Barney next week,” a reference to assistant athletic director for high school and junior college relations Barney Farrar.

The firestorm erupted during the draft as Tunsil plummeted down the board and was finally selected 13th overall by the Miami Dolphins. The offensive tackle was forecast to go as high as No. 3.

Prior to the Instagram issue, a picture on Tunsil smoking from a bong while wearing a gas mask was posted on Tunsil’s Twitter account.

ACC adding football replay center

The Atlantic Coast Conference will become the first conference to add a replay review center for football.

At the end of the ACC’s spring meetings on Thursday in Amelia Island, Fla., conference officials announced that on-site officials will work with a review center for all ACC games and nonconference home games starting this fall.

Notre Dame, which is part of the ACC in all sports except football, plays five conference schools each year and will comply with the new replay system.

Replay officials at the operations center in Greensboro, N.C., will be able to assist with calls that are challenged by coaches and help the officials at the game make rulings through headset communications.