• Accused U. of Minnesota Players Barred from Stadium

    by Courtney Cameron October 2016

    Five University of Minnesota football players barred from their home stadium after being served a restraining order are scheduled to appear again in court on November 2, just three days prior to the Golden Gophers’ next home game.

  • Giants Release PK Amid Domestic Violence Revelations

    by Tom Rock October 2016

    The Giants released Josh Brown Tuesday and admitted they were "misguided" in re-signing the kicker this offseason while at least partially aware of his history of domestic violence. "We believed we did the right thing at every juncture in our relationship with Josh," co-owner John Mara said in a statement on Tuesday. "Our beliefs, our judgments and our decisions were misguided. We accept that responsibility." The Giants knew about Brown's May 2015 arrest for assaulting his then-wife, Molly, at their home in the state of Washington. Those charges were dropped by prosecutors, but the police investigation continued. Mara said last week in a radio interview that he also was aware of an incident at the Pro Bowl in January 2016 during which the league had to intervene on behalf of Molly Brown during a disagreement between her and Brown.

  • NAACP Calls for Federal Investigation of HS 'Hate Crime'

    by Courtney Cameron October 2016

    At a conference Monday, Derrick Johnson, president of the Mississippi chapter of the NAACP, addressed the press concerning a recent incident involving an African-American member of the Wiggins football team and a noose. On October 13, a player was allegedly attacked in the boys’ locker room at Stone County High School in Wiggins on October 13, when another player threw a noose around his neck and tightened it.

  • Mike Leach Fined $10K for ASU Accusations

    by Spokesman Review October 2016

    The Pac-12 conference announced Thursday night that Washington State coach Mike Leach has been fined $10,000 for his recent comments accusing Arizona State of attempting to steal the signals of opposing teams.

  • Opinion: Brown Case Shows NFL Ignorance of Women

    by Nancy Armour October 2016

    There's not enough pink in the world to whitewash the NFL's continued disregard for women. As the league plasters its fields with pink ribbons and decks its players out in pink cleats and pink towels this month in an effort to fool us into thinking it cares for the health of its female fans, its handling of Josh Brown's suspension for domestic violence shows what a farce it is. "I became an abuser and hurt Molly physically, emotionally and verbally," the New York Giants kicker wrote in a March 2014 letter to family members and friends that was part of a trove of documents released Wednesday night to USA TODAY Sports, other news outlets and the NFL.

  • Davis: Oakland to Blame for Raiders' Focus on Vegas

    by Tom Pelissero October 2016

    Feeling disrespected and eager to secure his franchise's long-term home, Raiders owner Mark Davis is done with Oakland, at least as long as his Las Vegas dream is alive. Standing in a hotel lobby shortly after giving a brief update to his fellow NFL owners Wednesday, Davis said he had made a commitment to Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval, who Monday signed a bill the state Legislature approved last week for $750 million in public funding toward a nearly $2 billion stadium project in downtown Vegas. The NFL seems to back Davis' decision to cut off talks with Oakland leaders because he tried to get a stadium deal done there before applying to move to Los Angeles this year, even as the league engages with those leading renewed efforts to keep the Raiders.

  • Opinion: Cleveland Indians Name Is Tribute, Not Slur

    by Jack Torry October 2016

    The Cleveland Indians are in the American League Championship Series for the first time since 2007, and people have stepped forward to pronounce they're offended by the team nickname.

  • PSU Lawyers: McQueary Seeking 'Financial Gain'

    by Jeremy Roebuck October 2016

    BELLEFONTE, Pa. - Pennsylvania State University lawyers accused Mike McQueary of "exploiting the tragedy caused by Jerry Sandusky for financial gain," as the former assistant football coach asked a Centre County jury Monday to award him more than $4 million in a whistle-blower case against the school. McQueary, who saw Sandusky's 2001 sexual abuse of a boy in a campus shower, claims the university defamed him and took away his job after he emerged as the central witness in the case against three school administrators accused of covering up the crime.

  • Mother Levels Wrongful Death Suit Against Helmet Manufacturer

    by Courtney Cameron October 2016

    In a lawsuit filed Friday, Jeanine Smith sought financial retribution over the death of her son Andre due to a blunt force head trauma suffered on the football field. Smith was injured in 2015 when he was struck by another player during a kick return play. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, he was knocked down but immediately got back up again, and complained of a headache before losing consciousness. Smith never regained consciousness and was pronounced dead the following morning.

  • Sprinter Tyson Gay's Daughter Dies From Stray Bullet

    by Gary B. Graves October 2016

    LEXINGTON, Ky. - The 15-year-old daughter of Olympic sprinter Tyson Gay was fatally shot in the neck, authorities and the athlete's agent said Sunday, and police have arrested a man in connection with the shooting.