The new National Independent Soccer Association, which includes the Chattanooga Football Club, is officially recognized as a professional entity. The United States Soccer Federation board of directors and members meeting Saturday in Nashville gave NISA unanimous acceptance for USSF Pro League Council membership, less than two weeks before the coast-to-coast league's first games. "This is a historic moment for the National Independent Soccer Association," commissioner John Prutch said in a league release. "I'd like to thank our board of governors and their clubs for their resolve and dedication to the cause."
* Lee University takes a 6-3 baseball record into its in-state Division II game Wednesday at Carson-Newman — delayed a day because of expected rain — but lost its last two games in its first Gulf South Conference series of 2020. The Flames opened the weekend series with a 6-2 win over visiting West Georgia but then lost 6-3 and 6-5. Pitchers Logan Workman (2-0) and Michael Hendricks combined for a two-hitter with nine strikeouts in Lee's win, when Alan Smith was 2-for-4 with three RBIs and Thomas Zazzaro had two RBIs and scored twice. Smith was 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI and Dylan Standifer homered for Lee in the 6-3 loss, and Zazzaro was 3-for-5 and stole two bases Sunday. Carson-Newman is 8-4 after a 9-5 home loss Sunday to No. 1-ranked Tampa.
* Covenant College's Hannah Monday had a big Monday after a big week, as part of a big month so far. The junior from Dade County was named the USA South women's basketball player of the week for her averages of 20.5 points, 12.5 rebounds, three steals, 2.5 blocked shots and two assists the last two games. Monday had 26 points, 12 rebounds and four blocks in a 61-57 win over LaGrange. She's averaging 13 points and 7.5 rebounds for the season and 15.7 and 10.3 in February.
* Covenant senior Logan Hull is the USA South men's tennis player of the week for all matches so far this semester, and he and junior Paxton Haggerty are the first recipients ever of the league's award for doubles team of the week. Hull is 2-1 at No. 1 singles in 2020 and 3-0 with Haggerty at No. 1 doubles.
* Sewanee's Emily Bulls was picked as the Southern Athletic Association's women's lacrosse defensive player of the week after the Tigers' league wins over Birmingham-Southern and Oglethorpe. Bulls caused nine turnovers and collected 12 ground balls in the two matches. In Sunday's 20-3 romp, Sarah Strand and Mary Kate Myers had five and four goals and an assist apiece, and Grace Zechman had three of each.
* Sewanee freshmen Alice Charboneau and Michaela Walker were chosen the SAA's softball player and pitcher of the week, respectively, for their roles in two routs of Johnson. Charboneau was 5-for-7 with a home run, a double, three RBIs and four runs scored in the doubleheader. Walker also was 5-for-7 with three RBIs, and she got both pitching wins with seven strikeouts and no earned runs allowed in eight total innings.
* The Bryan College softball team improved to 2-2 with 8-2 and 8-0 wins Monday at Piedmont International in North Carolina. The doubleheader was moved up a day.