• Southern Cal's Sarkisian Takes Indefinite Leave of Absence

    by The Commercial Appeal October 2015

    Southern California coach Steve Sarkisian is taking an indefinite leave of absence after athletic director Pat Haden determined that the troubled coach is “not healthy.” Haden announced the decision Sunday after Sarkisian didn’t show up for practice. “I think it’s the right thing for our team, and I’ve always got to do what’s right for our team and for our school,” Haden said.

  • Council Mulls Liquor Sales at Raymond James Stadium

    by Christopher O'Donnell September 2015

    Good news may be coming for those who like a tipple with their touchdowns. The Tampa Sports Authority is asking the Tampa City Council to expand the sale of liquor throughout Raymond James Stadium for Bucs games and concerts. Beer and wine are already sold in all areas of the venue but only fans in the expensive club level seats and executive boxes can buy liquor.That puts the stadium at a disadvantage compared with other Tampa Bay professional sports teams, according to the sports authority, which runs the stadium on behalf of Hillsborough County. Liquor sales are already permitted on all three levels of Amalie Arena during Tampa Bay Lightning games and in all areas of Tropicana Field, home to the Tampa Bay Rays.We felt our fans who come in here to support teams should have the same opportunity as fans at the Amalie Arena and the Trop, said Bobby Silvest, the authority's vice president of communications and marketing. We just want an equal playing field for our venue. If approved by the city council, Raymond James concessions vendor Aramark Sports and Entertainment would be able to sell liquor in all areas of the stadium and at the outer perimeter of the venue, including two plaza areas. Alcohol will not be sold in

  • Sale of Alcohol at Ohio Stadium Gets Mixed Reviews

    by Dan Gearino September 2015

    Only a few Ohio State fans got to drink beer and wine inside the 'Shoe on Saturday, but many others let their opinions flow on the subject. With the Buckeyes' home opener, a 38-0 win over the University of Hawaii, Ohio State has begun selling alcohol in some premium seating areas.

  • Another California City Bans E-Cigarettes in Parks

    by Jordan Graham staff writer, The Orange County Register September 2015

    It soon will be illegal to smoke an electronic cigarette in Costa Mesa parks. The City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved the new e-cigarette rules as part of a law that regulates smoking lounges.

  • Growing Number of Ohio Districts Testing for Drugs

    by Lawrence Budd August 2015

    The Waynesville High School marching band was being tested this week for drug use, joining more than 200 student-athletes playing fall sports who have already submitted to - and passed - the test.

  • Opinion: Deflategate Still Trumps 'Fall Guy' Fallout

    by Chris Korman, @ChrisKorman August 2015

    We should be trying to figure out how it came to be that a league with revenue of more than $10 billion a year -- a gargantuan business able to pay its relatively few employees handsome salaries -- decided it was not just OK but worthy of a video on its own website to have a former player advise rookies to have a "fall guy."

  • Personal Trainer Seeks Work After Assault of Intern

    by Melinda Miller August 2015

    A former Clarence fitness club operator who pleaded guilty in March to assaulting an intern after giving her a spiked drink wants to work again as a personal trainer while he serves out a five-year term of probation.

  • Alcohol Now Allowed in 4 Percent of Ohio Stadium

    by Todd Jones, The Columbus Dispatch August 2015

    The incessant pressure to produce money in college athletics is evident in how the opinion of Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith changed in a year's time.

  • District Takes Rare Step to Test Athletes for Drugs

    by James Yodice, Albuquerque Journal (New Mexico) August 2015

    The misconception is easy to have, and often it leads to the wrong conclusion: Only teenagers in big cities can lay their hands on drugs. "You can get drugs anywhere," said Billy Burns, the athletic director at Logan High, a school in a remote area of eastern New Mexico with about 85 students in grades 8-12.

  • Alcohol Sales at Park Reviewed on Case-by-Case Basis

    by Nick Blizzard, Dayton Daily News (Ohio) August 2015

    City officials are proceeding with plans for more events that involve alcoholic beverage sales at Riverfront Park, a site viewed as a key draw for Miamisburg's downtown. Those actions follow the first Miami Valley Brewgrass Festival, a pilot event for permitting alcohol sales and charging admission at the 10-acre park.