RECENT ARTICLES
  • FAU Coaches Resign After Admitting to Drug Use

    by Michael Gaio October 2013

    Florida Atlantic head football coach Carl Pelini and defensive coordinator Pete Rekstis resigned Wednesday after school officials say they admitted to using illegal drugs.

  • Man Indicted for Attempted Extortion of U. of Louisville Athletics

    by Michael Gaio October 2013

    A Jackson, Miss., man with a history of extortion attempts was arrested Thursday on charges of trying to blackmail the University of Louisville athletic department. Thomas Ray wanted $3.5 million in return for not going public with damaging information about the department.

  • To Avoid Lawsuits, Health Clubs Must Heed Equipment Life Expectancy

    by Jeffrey Long September 2013

    Exploding exercise balls can lead to expensive lawsuits, unless health club owners follow these important steps.

  • Middle School Football Player Dies From Ant Attack

    by Michael Gaio September 2013

    Unfortunately, for the second day in a row, we are writing about the death of a youth football player. However, this one wasn't caused by a helmet-to-helmet hit or any other football-related injury.

  • Judge: Yoga in Public Schools Doesn't Teach Religion

    by Michael Gaio July 2013

    On the surface, teaching kids yoga in a public school sounds like a reasonable idea. It's a popular exercise activity and helps kids stay in shape. But nothing is ever as simple as it seems.

  • Judge: HS Cheerleaders Can Display Biblical Banners

    by Michael Popke — AB Managing Editor May 2013

    After a contentious battle last fall, the members of a high school cheerleading squad in a small southeast Texas town have won the right to display at football games banners decorated with Bible verses that change from week to week. Here are two examples of the verses: "I can do all things through Christ, which strengthens me (Philipians 4:13) and "But thanks be to God, which gives us victory through our Lord Jesus Christ" (1 Corinthians 15:57).

  • Ohio Attorney General Could Go After Steubenville High's Football Coach

    by Michael Popke March 2013

    Despite Sunday's guilty verdict for two Steubenville (Ohio) High School football players in a high-profile rape trial, the case appears to be far from closed. On Monday, state attorney general Mike DeWine said he would consider filing charges against anyone who failed to speak up after the brutal attack of a drunken 16-year-old West Virginia girl during a party last summer - including Steubenville's head football coach Reno Saccoccia.

  • Judge: O'Bannon Case Can Move Forward as a Class Action

    by John Wolohan February 2013

    In a case that exemplifies the saying that "the wheels of justice grind slowly," a U.S. District Court judge in California, Claudia Wilken, last week denied the NCAA's attempt to prevent a group of former and potentially current football and basketball players from having their antitrust and image rights lawsuit classified as a class action. A certification hearing is now scheduled for June 20.

  • Hot-Dog Injury Case Goes to Extra Innings

    by Carla Varriale January 2013

    In the legal equivalent of a two-out, two-strike, bottom-of-the-ninth-inning homer, John Coomer, the spectator struck in the eye by a hot dog launched by the Kansas City Royals mascot, has been granted a new trial in the case.

  • Member's Back Injury Will Go Before Another Court

    by Carla Varriale January 2013

    Dianne Layden, a registered nurse, had been a member of No Limits Fitness for nine months when she hired Angela Plante to provide personal training services. Plante, a certified personal trainer at the club, designed an exercise program in March 2007, and Layden performed the exercise program on her own for three months. At that point, having grown "tired of doing the same exercises," Layden asked Plante to teach her a new program, advising the trainer that she had a history of back problems and a herniated disc. Plante instructed Layden during a single training session, during which Layden did not experience any discomfort, but she experienced mild back pain shortly afterwards and for the next day. In spite of that, Layden returned to the club two days later and repeated the program without supervision. She later acknowledged that her discomfort was apparent from the first squat, performed on a Smith machine, but she continued to do 14 more.