• Opinion: Security Concerns Ever-Present

    by August 2016

    Presumably all the athletes, families and fans that want to be are safely out of Brazil. Whew! A sign of our times is that what doesn't happen on any given day is more significant than what does happen. Like, terrorists didn't blow up anything during the Rio Olympics.

  • Reported Robbery Puts Damper on Rio Olympics

    by Christine Brennan August 2016

    The tenuous relationship between this beautiful but troubled city and the Summer Olympic Games took a turn for the worse Sunday when U.S. gold medalist Ryan Lochte said robbers posing as police pointed a gun at his head and took his money, while three other U.S. swimmers with him were forced to lie on the ground by their assailants and also were robbed. Suddenly, the 2016 Olympics had changed dramatically. A week of conversation about green pool water and lost buses seemed almost quaint compared to what was now going to come:

  • Speedway Officials Preparing Fans for College Football

    by Jeff Birchfield Johnson City Press August 2016

    Bristol Motor Speedway general manager Jerry Caldwell encourages fans to get their battle plans ready for college football’s biggest game ever. At a Friday press conference, Caldwell and other officials pointed out some key differences between attending a NASCAR race at BMS and the upcoming Pilot/Flying J Battle at Bristol football game between the University of Tennessee and Virginia Tech on Sept. 10 at 8 p.m.

  • Intense Security Impacts Olympic Attendance

    by Genaro C.Aramas August 2016

    Olympic athletes have been competing in near-empty venues and before thin crowds in other locations during the opening days of the Rio Games — a problem that can be traced to long security lines, traffic and a lack of familiarity with some sports.

  • Baseball Fans Get a Little Too Close to the Action

    by Stuart Goldman August 2016

    Tuesday’s Major League Baseball games in Philadelphia and Cincinnati included fan interaction that got a little too close to the playing field.

    In Philadelphia, home-plate umpire Bob Davidson appeared to eject a fan in the sixth inning for heckling. The fan reportedly kept repeating “You suck!” at Davidson during the game. According to a spokesperson for the Philadelphia Phillies, Davidson complained to security about the fan’s language, and when asked to leave, the fan obliged.

    In a pool report after the game, Davidson said the fan used a homophobic slur toward him, prompting him to have the fan removed.

    In Cincinnati, a Reds fan in the front row attempted to catch a foul ball in the seventh inning that Reds first baseman Joey Votto also was trying to catch. Neither Votto nor the fan made the catch, and when Votto realized it was a Reds fan who interfered with him, he looked at the Reds logo on the fan’s shirt, grabbed it, then walked away in disgust.

    Votto received both praise and criticism on Twitter for his actions, but cooler heads prevailed. Votto wrote an apology on a baseball and had it delivered to the fan, and the two made amends.

    The Votto-Reds fan interaction was not the best player-fan baseball moment this week. On Monday, Kansas City Royals pitcher Danny Duffy recorded a franchise-record 16 strikeouts in a win at Tampa Bay. After the game, Duffy tossed his hat, which would have been perfect for the Royals Hall of Fame, to one lucky Royals fan in the stands. (Read more about the young fan in The Kansas City Star.)

  • Cops Walk in Reaction to Lynx Players' Comments, Shirts

    by Jason Scott July 2016

    Reacting to comments and warm-up jerseys that denounced racial profiling and supported the Black Lives Matter movement, four off-duty Minneapolis police officers walked off their security posts at a Minnesota Lynx game Saturday.

  • Fan Who Threw Bottle at Phillies' Howard Cited

    by Chris Palmer June 2016

    The great mystery of the Ryan Howard Bottle Toss has been solved, according to police. Authorities announced Monday that Sidney Smith - a 21-year-old student at the University of Delaware - turned himself in to police last week and was cited for disorderly conduct for throwing an aluminum Bud Light Lime bottle toward the Phillies' struggling slugger on June 4 at Citizens Bank Park.

  • Man Arrested for Selling Fake NBA Finals Tickets

    by Alexis Stevens June 2016

    If you're hoping to get tickets to Thursday night's Game 6 of the NBA Finals, there's one guy you should probably avoid. His tickets for an earlier game weren't real, but his prices were, according to police.

  • Man Who Ran on Court During NBA Finals Pleads Not Guilty

    by Adam Ferrise June 2016

    A YouTube personality who has a history of getting arrested while pulling pranks entered a not guilty plea to misdemeanor charges stemming from an incident at Game 4 of the NBA Finals.

  • Russia, England Risk Euro Ejection Over Fan Violence

    by Dayton Daily News June 2016

    Football hooliganism has been making a comeback at the European Championship and is challenging French authorities who have struggled to deal with the sudden surge in violence.