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  • World Cup Drunkenness Reignites Beer Sales Debate

    by Taylor Barnes July 2014

    When Brazil was named the 2014 World Cup host in 2007, a protracted battle began between the country and soccer's governing body, FIFA: whether to allow beer sales in Brazilian stadiums. Alcohol is usually banned in soccer matches here in the interest of public security and avoiding fights. But with Anheuser-Busch InBev as a tournament sponsor, FIFA insisted that Brazilian authorities allow beer sales during the month-long event, leading to President Dilma Rousseff signing legislation in 2012 that allows alcoholic beverages inside World Cup stadiums. That's why the recent about-face in comments from Jerome Valcke, FIFA's secretary general, came as a source of frustration and vindication for Brazilians who long had fought for the alcohol sales restriction.

  • Beer-Photo Softball Coach Wants Due Process, Job Back

    by Mark Cooper, Staff Writer July 2014

    Jay Creps wants his job back. Creps was fired as Chatsworth's softball coach in early June after a parent turned in a photo of him drinking beer at a team gathering that occurred within the past couple of years. Creps, who coached Chatsworth the past five seasons, retained an attorney to fight for due process.

  • Beer and Wine Sales Trending at College Stadiums

    by Dan Wolken, USA TODAY Sports June 2014

    Southern Methodist's Rick Hart and Texas A&M's Eric Hyman run athletics departments that share a state, once shared a conference and still have enough in common to play each other in multiple sports, including football this season. But Texas A&M fans who land tickets to their team's Sept. 20 game at SMU's Ford Stadium will have the opportunity to do something that is forbidden in the Aggies stadium: buy a beer. After a successful trial run during basketball season that netted the athletics department a six-figure windfall over the course of 12games, SMU is one of a handful of schools that will begin selling beer and wine at its on-campus stadium. And with athletics departments getting ready to absorb multimillion-dollar obligations in new player benefits thanks to a wave of litigation and NCAA restructuring, it's plausible that others might soon follow suit.

  • Coach Photographed Drinking Beer Around Players Fired

    by The Orange County Register June 2014

    Jay Creps, who led Chatsworth's softball team to the L.A. City Section Division 1 championship game this season, was fired last week by Principal Tim Guy after a parent turned in a photo of him drinking beer out of a bottle during a team bonding party at his home that was attended by parents and players in either 2012 or 2013. Creps, who just completed his fifth year as coach, was confronted with the photo from the party and was told by Guy that it was against district policy to have any alcohol at any team function. Creps reportedly was given the option of resigning or being fired and refused to quit.

  • Doctor: MLB Needs New Chewing Tobacco Policy

    by LANDON HALL, STAFF WRITER June 2014

    In 2011, Major League Baseball for the first time set some rules about smokeless tobacco use by players. They could no longer carry around tins or packages of "chew" when fans were in the ballpark, and they couldn't use the products during interviews before or after games. But the powerful MLB Players Association prevented any further restrictions, and even though fewer players chew tobacco than in years past, they can and do stuff tobacco between their cheeks and gums, or behind their lower lips, whenever they want.

  • Columnist: Baseball Has Booted the Tobacco-Ban Issue

    by Deron Snyder, THE WASHINGTON TIMES June 2014

    One of my best memories in more than 25 years as a journalist has nothing to do with the Super Bowls, World Series or NCAA tournaments that I've been privileged to cover. It doesn't involve the Rose, Sugar, Orange or Fiesta bowls. It isn't the Kentucky Derby, NBA All-Star game or PGA events with Tiger Woods. It didn't take place at Wrigley Field, Fenway Park or Yankee Stadium. All of those were tremendous, unforgettable experiences. But another recollection that stands out is going to Tony Gwynn's house.

  • Coaches Find Lesson in Tobacco Use from Gwynn's Death

    by Thomas Clouse tomc@spokesman.com, (509) 459-5495 June 2014

    Baseball legend Tony Gwynn turned hitting into an art form. His engaging smile and high-pitched voice made him an approachable sports legend young players wanted to emulate.

  • NCAA (Finally) Issues Punishment Against U. of Miami

    by Michael Gaio October 2013

    It's been more than two years, but the NCAA finally issued its punishment on the University of Miami following an investigation into the school's athletic department.

  • Prep Athlete Plays Designated Driver, Gets Suspended

    by Michael Gaio October 2013

    A high school volleyball player in Massachusetts has been suspended for five games and stripped of her status as team captain for doing something most of us would consider a good deed.

  • Is There a Steroid Problem in Military Fitness Centers?

    by John Agoglia September 2013

    Like other athletes, the pressure to perform better has some military members turning to performance enhancing drugs.