• Rutgers Revises Drug Policy, Eases Marijuana Penalties

    by Jason Scott January 2017

    A new drug testing policy at Rutgers, implemented last August, relaxes penalties student-athletes receive if they are found to have used marijuana. The new policy creates a distinction between penalties for marijuana and other drugs, including hard drugs such as cocaine or heroin, or performance enhancing drugs.

  • Opinion: No Dopers Should Be Allowed in Hall of Fame

    by Telegram & Gazette January 2017

    Baseball’s Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York, is the sport’s pantheon to its greatest players (and executives, managers, umpires and writers), but not only that: It is a kind of national shrine.

  • Does Binge Drinking Decrease When Colleges Sell Beer?

    by Frank Fitzpatrick January 2017

    During the soon-to-be-completed 2016 football season, more than three dozen Division I schools, including Temple, peddled beer and sometimes wine at football games often populated by thousands of underage students.

  • FIFA: Doping Probe Unlikely to Cost Russia World Cup

    by Martin Rogers December 2016

    FIFA President Gianni Infantino appeared to guarantee Russia's status as host of the 2018 World Cup on Monday, even as soccer's global governing body opened a preliminary investigation into claims of state-sponsored doping offenses.

  • Emails Reveal Massive Russian Doping Cover-Up

    by NC Fuller Jackson December 2016

    Russia's doping cover-up went far beyond the Olympics, according to a vast archive of emails released by a World Anti-Doping Agency investigator.

  • Players Contend Marijuana Safe, NFL Ban Outdated

    by Ryan Kartje December 2016

    It's September, two days before another NFL season begins, and Jake Plummer is describing the chronic pain of a decade spent in professional football, as if it were once an indistinguishable part of him, the specter of which he couldn't relinquish until years later, when a friend introduced him to CBD.

  • Doping Remains a Problem Among Olympic Athletes

    by Rachel Axon December 2016

    of medals have been stripped from the 2008 Beijing and 2012 London Games this year as the International Olympic Committee has retested its samples from those Games.

  • Can Public Opinion Sway NFL's Stance on Marijuana?

    by Jarrett Bell November 2016

    Damned if they do, damned if they don't. That's the yin and yang of the marijuana issue as it pertains to the NFL drug policy. Voters in seven states last week approved cannabis -- either for recreational or medicinal use -- and, by extension, advanced the argument that the league's ban on it (officially) is like something out of the Stone Age. If you're keeping score, that's 28 states plus the District of Columbia that legally allow weed in one form or another.

  • Bears' Jeffery Suspended Four Games for Violation

    by Andrew Seligman November 2016

    Star receiver Alshon Jeffery was suspended Monday for four games without pay for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances, the latest staggering blow for the reeling Chicago Bears. It was another dose of bad news for a team that lost several players to injuries in an embarrassing 36-10 loss at Tampa Bay that left the Bears with a 2-7 record.

  • Opinion: States Ahead of NFL on Marijuana Policy

    by Paul Woody November 2016

    When the Dallas Cowboys played the Seattle Seahawks in a preseason game this past summer, Cowboys rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott was seen going into a marijuana dispensary. A buzz occurred in the news cycle. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, when asked, said he didn 't like the image of one of his players in such a place. There were no reports that Elliott was involved in any trouble in the shop or that he made any purchases.