• Lawsuit Targeting Prayer in High School Sports Settled

    by Massarah Mikati, Deseret Morning News (Salt Lake City) August 2015

    A federal lawsuit filed against a school district in Georgia for allegedly violating First Amendment rights by allowing football coaches to lead students in prayers and include Bible passages in team materials has been settled.

  • Saints Fan Guilty of Battery in Soldier Field Incident

    by LeeAnn Shelton, Chicago Sun-Times August 2015

    A New Orleans Saints fan accused of pushing Chicago Bears chairman George McCaskey during a game at Soldier Field last December was found guilty of misdemeanor battery on Tuesday.

  • Teammates Ditched Chaperone, Assaulted Homeless

    by David Chanen; Star Tribune ((Mpls.-St. Paul) August 2015

    A group of young males from a Minneapolis amateur basketball team skipped out on a chaperone before assaulting three homeless people in downtown Wichita after a tournament over the weekend, an organization spokesman said Tuesday.

  • Gym Mat Death Probe Shifts to Witness Tampering

    by Ray Glier, @RayGlier, Special for USA TODAY August 2015

    Two and a half years ago, Brian Bell, a former football star at Lowndes High School in Valdosta Ga., first was investigated in the death of a classmate. Last month, federal authorities raided several college dorm rooms and homes, including those of Bell and his parents, as the probe took a turn into witness tampering and obstruction. In January 2013, Kendrick Johnson, a 17-year-old black student, was found dead in a rolled-up wrestling mat at Lowndes High. The incident sparked racial strife in the community and gained national attention when Florida State withdrew a football scholarship offer to Bell, who is white.

  • Gymnastics Coach Faces Child Porn, Gun Charges

    by Lulu Ramadan Palm Beach Post Staff Writer August 2015

    A Jupiter gymnastics coach and mentor to children was arrested Friday morning on seven charges of possession of child pornography, among other charges, according to Broward Sheriff's Office.

  • 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.