• Braves Spring Training Complex Plan Moves Forward

    by Zach Murdock June 2017

    Local leaders this week scratched off two more items on their to-do list for an Atlanta Braves spring training complex in the West Villages development in North Port. The first came with the West Villages' submission on Monday of the final grant application for $20 million in state stadium funding necessary to complete the $75 million to $80 million proposed public-private financing deal. The second came Tuesday afternoon when North Port city leaders endorsed a licensing agreement with the team that allows for regular public use of the complex outside of baseball games, satisfying concerns commissioners have raised over the past few months.

  • Oregon State's Troubled Pitcher Goes Undrafted by MLB

    by Anne Peterson June 2017

    Oregon State pitcher Luke Heimlich, who as a teenager pleaded guilty to molesting a 6-year-old girl, was not taken in Major League Baseball's draft.

  • Report: Ex-Tennis Coach Forged $85K in Expenses

    by Nathan Baker June 2017

    An audit report released by East Tennessee State University outlines more than $106,000 of fraud and abuse allegations lodged at former tennis coach Yaser Zaatini, who resigned suddenly in March.

  • Lance Armstrong, USPS Scrap Over Witnesses in $100M Suit

    by Brent Schrotenboer June 2017

    The federal government's $100 million lawsuit against Lance Armstrong doesn't go to trial until November. But both sides are duking it out over who gets to testify about a crucial question in the case.

  • Ex-PSU President Asks Court to Toss Conviction

    by Andy Berg June 2017

    Former president of Penn State, Graham Spanier, has asked a judge to throw out his conviction on charges that he endangered a child in connection with the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse case.

    A jury found Spanier guilty of endangering a child because he failed to act on a report he received in 2001 that stated Sandusky, former PSU assistant football coach, was seen showering with a boy in a university locker room.

    According to a report from Law360, Spanier filed a post-trial motion arguing that his failure to report the incident amounted to a “course of conduct that extended the statute of limitations.”

    “The jury found that Dr. Spanier had not committed endangering the welfare of children through a course of conduct,” argued Spanier’s lawyers in the motion. “The jury thus rejected the only argument the commonwealth has ever made that its prosecution of Dr. Spanier on [the child endangerment count] is not time-barred.”

    Spanier is also arguing that the prosecution did not prove beyond a reasonable doubt that he had an obligation under law to those minor children whose welfare he allegedly endangered.

    Spanier’s motion comes nine days after he was sentenced to up to 2 months in jail and up to 10 months on house arrest. He also received a $7,500 fine and is required to do 200 hours of community service.

    The Sandusky case recently ensnared a number of personnel associated with the PSU athletic department. In March, the former PSU athletic director, Tim Curly and vice president Gary Shultz both plead guilty to misdemeanor charges of child endangerment.

    Law360 reported that this was not the first the court had heard about the statute of limitations surrounding the charges against Spanier, Schultz and Curley. The three raised the issue ahead of their trials but the request to consider the issue was thrown out.

  • Delivery Worker Charged in CrossFit Equipment Theft

    by Courtney Cameron June 2017

    One day after a break-in at Pennant CrossFit, Southborough police traced a suspect to his home in Danvers, Mass., where he confessed to taking fitness equipment from the business on June 5 and from several other area gyms on other occasions.

  • Angry Neighbors Disrupt Basketball Academy's Housing Plans

    by Kirk Brown June 2017

    Mike Rawson, CEO of 22ft Academy, said he will probably look elsewhere for student living quarters because of fierce opposition from neighbors and the cost of needed renovations at the home and two other buildings that he bought last summer for $440,000.

  • How to Protect Your Trademarks

    by John Wolohan, Jeeyoon Kim and Patrick Walsh June 2017

    One of the most valuable properties that a sports organization can own is its name. For example, when you hear the words "Nike," "New England Patriots," "Planet Fitness" or "Final Four," certain images come to mind. Since companies, teams and organizations work hard and spend a lot of money to develop the right image, it is essential that they properly protect their name or brand by trademarking it. Here are five tips that will help you protect your trademarks from unauthorized use:

  • MLB Looks at Abuse Allegations Against Cubs' Russell

    by Dayton Daily News June 2017

    Major League Baseball is looking into a domestic violence accusation against Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell.

  • Opinion: Assault Cases Cast Cloud on Michigan State

    by Graham Couch June 2017

    The recruiting class that was supposed to take Michigan State's football program to the next level has instead driven it into the gutter.