• Opinion: Beer Sales at Pitt Games All About the Money

    by Paul Zeise July 2016

    Pitt announced last week that there will be beer sales stadium-wide at Heinz Field for football games starting this fall. Some people have been outraged; my only question is this: What the heck took them so long?

  • Affidavit: Coach Refused to Reveal Names in Drug Probe

    by Amelia Rayno June 2016

    University of Minnesota wrestling coach J Robinson told police investigators in April that he had "fully taken care of" his team's drug problem and refused to turn over the names of student-athletes involved and documents in his possession, according to a search warrant affidavit obtained Tuesday by the Star Tribune. Robinson was placed on paid administrative leave June 1, under investigation by both school administration and university police for his alleged knowledge and self-policing of several wrestlers' use and sale of the prescription sedative Xanax this past winter.

  • DA Reluctant to Damage Alabama Players' Careers

    by Howie Kussoy June 2016

    Alabama football players Cam Robinson and Laurence Jones were arrested, but will not be charged with alleged drug and weapon possession.

  • NFL Players Push for Marijuana Pain Relief Option

    by Nichole Montanez June 2016

    In recent months, current and former NFL players have come out in support of cannabis as a treatment for chronic pain and brain injury. This week at the Cannabis World Congress and Business Exposition in New York, former Denver Broncos Charlie Adams and Nate Jackson will be part of panel discussion on "CTE, concussions and CBD" moderated by Leonard Marshall, a former New York Giants player and co-founder of the Brain Unity Trust.

  • OSU Beer Sales Will Impact Nonprofits' Concessions

    by Mary Mogan Edwards June 2016

    For all the fans and visitors who will be happy about cold beer being served in Ohio Stadium this fall, the season will be dismal for some of the dozens of church groups, high-school sports teams and other nonprofits that have earned money in the past by staffing the concession stands at Buckeye football games. A new age minimum for concessions volunteers will wipe out a big part of the labor force for many such groups. Levy Restaurants, which operates concessions at the stadium, requires all volunteers to be 18 or older at any location where alcohol is served, said Levy spokeswoman Jenn Sutherland. Ohio law prohibits anyone under 19 from serving alcohol; Levy requires that concessions volunteers between 18 and 20 handle only tasks that are away from the counter.

  • Buckeyes to Sell Beer Throughout Ohio Stadium

    by Mary Mogan Edwards June 2016

    Beer will be sold throughout Ohio Stadium at Buckeye games this football season, and for that, thirsty fans can thank the good behavior of last year's drinkers and the efficiency of concession workers.

  • Opinion: Sharapova a World-Class Cheater

    by Christine Brennan June 2016

    If this is it for 29-year-old Maria Sharapova, and it certainly could be, it's such an inglorious ending. It's also a well-deserved one. When one of the world's iconic athletes willfully disregards repeated email warnings that a drug she has been taking for 10 years is being banned, and continues to use it after the ban, and hides the fact that she is taking it from her doctors, there's only one word for that kind of behavior: cheating. The International Tennis Federation suspended Sharapova for two years Wednesday for testing positive twice in 2016 for the banned substance meldonium. She immediately said she will appeal the decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, hoping to lessen her suspension.

  • Sharapova Hit with Two-Year Ban, Will Appeal

    by Chris Lehourites and Howard Fendrich The Associated Press June 2016

    Maria Sharapova was suspended Wednesday for two years for failing a drug test, labeled "the sole author of her own misfortune" because she hid regular pre-match use of a newly banned substance from anti-doping authorities and members of her own entourage. The tennis star said she would appeal what she called "an unfairly harsh" punishment to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

  • Police Use Seized Assets to Improve Harlem Gym

    by Maria Alvarez June 2016

    For the first time in 30 years, children at the Frederick Samuel Houses Community Center in central Harlem will play basketball on a new gym floor and have an electronic scoreboard — all paid with cash seized from drug traffickers.

  • Penn State Pushes for Liquor License

    by Jason Scott February 2016

    Penn State athletic director Sandy Barbour has reportedly asked the Board of Trustees to approve increased alcohol sales at on-campus athletic venues.