• Penn State Seeks $900K from Former Football Assistant

    by John Beauge July 2017

    According to court documents, Penn State doesn't expect former defensive coordinator Bob Shoop to pay up...

  • Ballpark Plans Hit a Snag as City Refuses to Sell Land

    by Matthew Piper July 2017

    A batter calling his shot at the University of Utah's proposed baseball stadium will need to turn a few degrees to the west. Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski informed the U. on Wednesday that after hearing concerns from community members, the city won't sell a portion of Sunnyside Park required to build the ballpark in the school's preferred orientation.

  • Judge Explains Stanford Swimmer Assault Sentencing

    by Cleve Wootson July 2017

    Almost a year after Judge Aaron Persky sentenced a Stanford swimmer to six months in jail

  • Paterno Family Drops Lawsuit Against NCAA

    by Penn State AP July 2017

    The family of Penn State ex-football coach Joe Paterno is dropping a lawsuit against the NCAA

  • $9M Claims Announced in NFL Concussion Settlement

    by Courtney Cameron June 2017

    The first two claims have been announced in the NFL’s billion-dollar concussion settlement, totaling $9 million in benefits, according to ESPN.

    A payout of $5 million will be made for a qualifying diagnosis of ALS, while another $4 million will be paid out for a qualifying diagnosis of CTE.

    The names of the former players in question have not been disclosed, but the amounts signify that both parties would have played a minimum of five seasons for the NFL and were diagnosed before the age of 45.

    The ALS claim was approved on May 26, and the CTE claim on June 5.

    The U.S. District Court of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, the body responsible for overseeing the settlement process, was notified of the approved claims on Thursday.

    There are more than 20,000 eligible class members with potential to add their names to the settlement. Of those, more than 14,500 registered prior to the August 7 deadline.

    As of June 5, 146 former NFL players or their families had opted out of the settlement.

    Christopher Seeger, co-lead class counsel for the retired NFL players, told ESPN, "We continue to be encouraged by the response from retired players and their families to the settlement, and are pleased that its vital benefits — including monetary payments — are now available.

    "We implore all class members, even those who may feel healthy today, to register before the Aug. 7 deadline so they can be eligible for the benefits they deserve.''

  • Residents Group Sues to Block Aquatics Complex

    by Courtney Cameron June 2017

    A Long Beach residents group filed suit on Wednesday in the Los Angeles County Superior Court in an attempt to prevent construction of an oceanfront competitive aquatics complex.

  • 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.

  • Planet Fitness Wins Suit Over Transgender Locker Policy

    by Courtney Cameron June 2017

    On Thursday, the Michigan Appeals Court issued a three-naught decision in favor of a Midland Planet Fitness that terminated a member’s contract after she complained about the facility’s transgender-friendly locker room policy.

  • Court: Leagues Have Duty to Shield Youths from Predators

    by John Wolohan and Gao Fei May 2017

    In an effort to protect minors from sexual predators, a number of youth sports organizations have developed policies designed to educate adult volunteers, coaches, employees, parents and players regarding the prevention and detection of sexual abuse. Additionally, youth organizations have also started mandating criminal background checks of all adult volunteers, coaches and employees. Is the combination of education and checks enough, or must national sports organizations ensure that their state and local affiliates actually follow the national guidelines? That was the question the Court of Appeal of California, Sixth Appellate Division was asked to decide in Jane Doe v. United States Youth Soccer Association, 8 Cal. App. 5th 1118; 2017 Cal. App. LEXIS 148.