• Opinion: IOC Inaction on Russia Sends Wrong Message

    by Nancy Armour July 2016

    Integrity, decency, fair play — those are no longer the ideals on which the Olympic movement proudly and firmly stands. They have become chips to be bargained away in exchange for money, support and power.

  • WNBA Lifts Fines on Players, Teams for Protests

    by Worcester Telegram & Gazette July 2016

    The WNBA is withdrawing its fines for teams and players that showed support of citizens and police involved in recent shootings by wearing black warmup shirts before games.

  • NBA Pulls All-Star Game from Charlotte, Citing HB2

    by Tom Howell Jr. and Bradford Richardson July 2016

    The National Basketball Association on Thursday pulled the 2017 All-Star Game out of Charlotte, North Carolina, over the state's "bathroom bill," a law requiring that intimate public facilities be segregated on the basis of biological sex, not gender self-identification. The league said in a statement that holding the marquee midseason match-up in Charlotte is impossible given the "climate" created by state law HB2.

  • Despite Fines, WNBA Players Committed to Activism

    by Sal Cacciatore July 2016

    The WNBA has fined the Liberty, Phoenix Mercury and Indiana Fever and their players for wearing black warm-up shirts in the wake of recent shootings by and against police officers. All three teams were fined $5,000, and each player was fined $500.

  • As Network Brings ACC Stability, Big 12 Scrambles

    by George Schroeder July 2016

    It's no secret the TV climate has changed; the future for cable networks doesn't look bright. Which is why the Big 12, with only 11 million cable/satellite homes in its footprint (fewest of any Power Five conference) and more than half of those in Texas, saw its hopes for a conference network quashed by executives from ESPN and Fox this summer.

  • Anti-Doping Leaders Petition IOC Boss to Ban Russia

    by Christine Brennan July 2016

    Pressure intensified Wednesday on the International Olympic Committee in the midst of one of the largest sports doping scandals ever when anti-doping leaders from 14 nations called upon IOC President Thomas Bach to ban Russia's Olympic committee and its athletes from the upcoming Rio Games.

  • Rio Olympics May Feature First Openly Trans Athletes

    by Scott Gleeson and Erik Brady July 2016

    The International Olympic Committee held a meeting in May about transgender issues in which members of an international sports federation said two closeted transgender athletes who competed in their sport were considering coming out publicly before the Games this summer, according to two people who attended the meeting and spoke to USA TODAY Sports.

  • Big 12 Likely to Expand Amid Concerns About Falling Behind

    by Dan Wolken July 2016

    In the span of one afternoon, the Big 12 all but decided to change the very nature of its conference and shake up the entire college sports universe for the foreseeable future. The conference of One True Champion is about to undergo One True Expansion. After a meeting of Big 12 presidents here Tuesday, Oklahoma President David Boren announced that Commissioner Bob Bowlsby had been authorized to engage schools interested in joining the Big 12 and said the league could grow by as many as four teams.

  • Top NCAA Tourney Seed to Choose Opening-Round Site

    by Jason Scott July 2016

    Beginning this upcoming season, the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA basketball tournament will be able to choose the location of its first- and second-round games, giving the top seed an even greater competitive advantage.

  • Opinion: State-Sponsored Doping Must Result in Ban

    by Christine Brennan July 2016

    Russian summer sports are dirty to their core, according to an independent World Anti-Doping Agency report issued Monday by Canadian attorney Richard McLaren. Russia just won the gold medal for doping: systemic, long-term, state-sponsored doping. This is Lance Armstrong times 100. Perhaps 1,000. The McLaren Report says Russia and its athletes are not to be trusted, that instead of promoting clean sport, as Russia signed on to do as a major player in the Olympic world, it has become the new East Germany.