• NFLPA Sues League, Hopes to Reverse Brady Ruling

    by Tom Pelissero, USA TODAY Sports July 2015

    Attorney Jeffrey Kessler has battled the NFL and its owners for years in court on behalf of the league's players. So it was unusual he found himself agreeing Wednesday morning with a regular adversary: New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft.

  • Howard's Rock Vandal Found Guilty of Lesser Charge

    by Mike Ellis 864-260-1277 July 2015

    Jurors in the trial of Micah Rogers returned a split verdict, finding that he damaged Howard’s Rock or its case but did not take anything of significant value.

  • Feds Seize Computers, Phones in Gym Mat Death Probe

    by Christian Boone; Staff July 2015

    Federal agents Tuesday seized computers and cell phones belonging to an FBI agent, his wife and their two sons as part of an ongoing investigation into the 2013 death of a Valdosta teen whose body was discovered in a rolled-up gym mat.

  • Judge Orders Towson to Allow Player to Return to Team

    by Laura Godlewski July 2015

    It was a hot summer day in August of 2013 when Towson University offensive lineman Gavin Class collapsed on the field during football practice. His body temperature had risen to 108 degrees, causing his heart to stop and his liver to fail.

  • Vandalism in 2013 Prompted Clemson Security Upgrades

    by Mike Ellis, Anderson Independent-Mail (South Carolina) July 2015

    The vandal or vandals who took away a piece of Howard’s Rock from Clemson University in 2013 may have been trying to remove the whole rock, the football facilities director testified Tuesday. Gary Wade, an assistant athletic director at Clemson, gave his testimony during the trial of Micah Rogers in the Pickens County Courthouse, part of the 13th Judicial Circuit.

  • Family Suing YMCA Over Son's Climbing Wall Injury

    by Emily Attwood July 2015

    Parents of a boy injured earlier this year after falling off a climbing wall at the Weston (Fla.) YMCA are suing the organization, alleging that the injury was due to an employee’s failure to secure his harness, as well as the absence of safety mats.

    Devin Pabian was celebrating his 11th birthday with a party at the YMCA and rock climbing with a group of friends. He had been harnessed in by a worker and scaled the 30-foot-tall wall. As he attempted to rappel down, he instead fell.

    The lawsuit alleges the fall was caused by an improperly secured harness or rope, and that the staff member in charge of monitoring the climbers had left the area.

    Pabian suffered fractures to his wrist, ankle and spine and had to be airlifted to a hospital for surgery.

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    "The miracle is he survived such a fall, the tragedy is it was preventable had the facility taken the necessary and reasonable safeguards to protect such young members and visitors they entice to such an attraction," says the family’s attorney, Jay Cohen.

    The Pabian family is seeking more than $15,000 in damages. A YMCA spokesperson declined to comment on the lawsuit.

  • The AB Extra: July 17

    by Laura Godlewski July 2015

    In this week's AB Extra, you'll find news about Nike's response to a ban by CrossFit, a rebranding of a Canadian town to welcome a new hockey arena and the United States' top swimming city.

  • YMCA Janitor Charged with Locker Room Recording

    by Doug T. Graham, Chicago Daily Herald July 2015

    A 34-year-old custodian has been charged with using his cellphone to record video of two underage girls changing in the women's locker room at Buehler YMCA on Sunday, Palatine police say.

  • Parents of HS Softball Players File Title IX Lawsuit

    by Laura Godlewski July 2015

    Parents of three high school softball players in Fayetteville, Ala., filed a Title IX lawsuit alleging the school district of Fayetteville High School favors boys teams.

  • Mom Blames Helmet Maker for Son's Football Death

    by Brian Rokos, The Press Enterprise (Riverside, CA) July 2015

    The mother of a Riverside teenager who died after collapsing during a football game in 2013 has sued the companies that manufactured and reconditioned her son's helmet, saying that they had reason to know that the helmet was defective but failed to warn anybody.