• Breaking Down Winners and Losers of MLB Labor Deal

    by Bob Nightengale December 2016

    There is a new collective bargaining agreement, with plenty of new wrinkles, but unless you count the personal chefs now required in each clubhouse, there will be no dramatic changes to the game of baseball as we know it. The rich will stay rich, the poor will stay poor, the marquee free agents still will financially set every branch of their family tree up for life, and the pitch clock will stay unplugged in the closet. The New York Yankees, who might be the biggest winners in the new agreement, vowed Thursday to restrain themselves, at least until the 2018 free agent class when they try to sign everyone from Bryce Harper to Manny Machado. The Los Angeles Dodgers, thanks to severe luxury tax penalties, will still spend like the Dodgers, shopping at Walmart instead of Neiman-Marcus. And the Oakland Athletics, with no more subsidies from their rich neighbors, will be even more broke, watching their best players win World Series and MVP awards for other teams.

  • Opinion: NCAA Sanctions Make Bad ND Season Worse

    by Al Lesar December 2016

    With Notre Dame promising to file an appeal with the NCAA, the harshest punishment to come from the academic cheating scandal that involved a student athletic trainer and several football players would be vacating 12 wins in 2012, and nine in '13.

  • Schools Oppose State Involvement on HS Athletics Rules

    by Amy Donaldson November 2016

    A survey commissioned by the Utah High School Activities Association's board of trustees found that officials from nearly 100 Utah high schools oppose the rule proposed by the Utah state board changing the way high school athletes can transfer between schools.

  • Coatesville Board Member Uses Racial Slur at Meeting

    by Kathy Boccella November 2016

    In the three years since it was rocked by racially charged text messages between the then-superintendent and athletic director, the Coatesville Area School District has strived to move past the scandal and the bitterness it spawned. Recently, that effort has not gone so well.

  • CFP Committee Faces Dilemma Over Conference Title

    by George Schroeder November 2016

    Without diving too deep, we're looking at the very real possibility that for the first time in its short tenure, the selection committee will decide a team that did not win its league is among the four best.

  • Federal Court Blocks Overtime Expansion Rule

    by Michelle Rindels November 2016

    A federal court on Tuesday blocked a rule that would have made 4 million more Americans eligible for overtime pay, dealing a major blow to the Obama administration's effort to beef up labor laws.

  • HS Sues Association After Controversial Playoff Loss

    by Courtney Cameron November 2016

    Fenwick High School filed a lawsuit Monday against the Illinois High School Association after the board of directors made the decision to uphold an illegitimate overtime win for Plainfield North in the class 7A semifinals.

  • HS Postseason Ban Overturned After Eligibility Hearing

    by Courtney Cameron November 2016

    On Tuesday, the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association called for a hearing to investigate the eligibility of Wayne Hills varsity football players Hunter and Tyler Hayek. Claims of ineligibility were based on the assertion that the brothers transferred to the Wayne Hills school district in October of last year without registering a suitable change of residence. Evidence to these claims was provided by driver’s licenses showing a previous address in Woodland park, and a voter registration for the boys’ father under the same outdated address.

  • Officials to Discuss NHL's Role in Olympics in Meeting

    by Kevin Allen November 2016

    After taking five trips to the Winter Olympics since 1998, the NFL has tepid enthusiasm at best for committing to PyeongChang, South Korea, for the 2018 Games. When the International Olympic Committee decreed that the NHL would have to pay transportation and insurance costs to send players, the league was ready to pull the plug on its Olympic presence.

  • Columbia Suspends Wrestling Season to Investigate Group Chat

    by Courtney Cameron November 2016

    One week after the Harvard men’s soccer team’s “scouting report” was publicized and condemned by university officials, the Columbia University wrestling team finds itself at the hub of a similar scandal. The team has been called out by student journalists who gained access to private messages sent by the team using the app GroupMe which contained a sequence of racist, misogynistic and homophobic slurs.