• Public Meeting to Discuss Colorado Springs Sports Complex

    by AB Staff November 2016

    The complex, in the works since last year, would offer a public space for playing sports such as baseball, softball and soccer. Residents voiced support for a new sports facility when the City's Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services master plan was last updated in 2014, officials said.

  • Collier County Commissioners Plan to Open New Park

    by Greg Stanley November 2016

    It will be two more years before the long-awaited Big Corkscrew Island Regional Park opens to the public, according to a timeline approved Tuesday by Collier County commissioners. The planned 150-acre park in Golden Gate Estates near Palmetto Ridge High School sat in planning limbo for nearly a decade before efforts to build it were revived in 2014. The county is still negotiating with Q Grady Minor, the firm that will design the park, over cost and the scope of the project.

  • Another Ex-Tennis Player Sues Wright State

    by Mark Gokavi November 2016

    Another former Wright State University men's tennis player has sued the school in federal court for allegedly violating his due process rights during an investigation into sexual misconduct claims. A similar lawsuit was brought earlier this fall by former team members Diego Venegas and Marc Sodini. That suit said a team culture of "mutual horseplay and banter" allegedly included inappropriate contact between teammates. Wright State has asked a U.S. District Court judge in Dayton to dismiss those claims. The newest lawsuit filed Monday in Cincinnati's U.S. District Court lists "John Doe" as the plaintiff, saying that disclosing his identification "will cause the student irreparable harm as this case involves matters of the utmost personal intimacy."

  • Ex-HS Football Players Sued Over 2011 Assault

    by Mark Gokavi November 2016

    Three members of the 2011 Trot-wood-Madison High School football team sexually assaulted a freshman with a broomstick, according to a lawsuit filed in county court and court documents obtained by this news organization.

  • Injured Ex-Lineman Sues U. of Illinois for Negligence

    by Courtney Cameron November 2016

    On Friday, former offensive lineman for the University of Illinois Anthony Durkin filed a lawsuit against the university, the former athletic director, and two former coaches for breach of contract and negligence resulting in lifelong injury. The suit claims that former head coach Tim Beckman and former tight ends coach Alex Golesh forced Durkin to continue play against doctor’s orders after he suffered a shoulder injury in 2013. Their mistreatment allegedly exacerbated the injury, resulting in the loss of Durkin’s scholarship. According to Yahoo! Sports, Durkin has filed for $250,000 in damages, as well as compensation for his accumulated medical expenses and the loss of past and future wages.

  • Penn State Challenges Jury's Award to McQueary

    by Jeremy Roebuck November 2016

    Pennsylvania State University on Monday asked a judge to overturn the verdict in Mike McQueary's defamation case, calling the $7.3 million a jury ordered it to pay the former assistant football coach last month "excessive" and "grossly exorbitant." In filings in Centre County Court, lawyers for the school said McQueary failed to prove university officials were to blame for the damage to his reputation after he emerged as a central witness in the case against Jerry Sandusky and three administrators charged with covering up Sandusky's serial sex abuse.

  • Court Rejects Water Park’s ‘High Thrill’ Ride Defense

    by John Wolohan November 2016

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  • Brand-Conscious Universities Force HS Logo Redesign

    by Courtney Cameron November 2016

    American high schools are facing a new challenge as universities become more possessive of their brand. Nationwide, high schools are scrambling to redesign team logos under threat of trademark-infringement suits as big-name universities such as Penn State, Notre Dame, University of Iowa, University of Texas and Texas Tech University issue warnings to high school teams informing them of trademark violations.

  • Bond for $24.7M in Park Land Spending Up for Vote

    by Meris Lutz November 2016

    The Cobb County Commission appears divided over a proposal to issue $24.7 million in bonds to buy land for new parks. The commission is scheduled to vote on the bond issuance at its regular meeting Tuesday.

  • Florida Rec Center Proposal Remains Divisive Issue

    by Aleese Kopf November 2016

    Although many residents support plans to rebuild the Palm Beach Recreation Center, several see it as an example of the town spending taxpayer dollars on an unwanted, over-sized building. As evidenced by dozens of letters and emails over the past two weeks, plus comment at three recent public meetings, many Palm Beachers are concerned, perhaps even angry about the proposal. They question why there's a rush to build a new facility, how it will be used, who will go there and if it will be financially sustainable. The town, its architect, Friends of Recreation board members and Recreation Advisory Commission members have tried to address those questions, but it seems a consensus hasn't been reached. Several people think the town is building a facility based on a "If you build it, they will come" concept. They say plans were drawn based on "hypothetical use," and not real evidence.