• AAU vs. High School, Which is Better for Basketball?

    by Erin McCarthy July 2016

    Many high school coaches want to build programs through teamwork, deep rosters, and tradition. AAU coaches want to showcase top players, entice coaches and recruiters to their games, and play at high levels every night.

  • Officials Work to Ease Rio Jitters

    by Christine Brennan July 2016

    Everyone, it seems, is worried about Rio. Athletes, coaches, families, spectators, sponsors, you name it. Never before has an Olympics faced such a laundry list of serious problems little more than a month before they are set to begin. On Thursday, the leaders of the U.S. Olympic Committee went out of their way to try to assuage those fears, attempting to put the best face possible on the 2016 Summer Olympics in their last scheduled news conference before arriving in Rio. "I guess what I would say is that I'm bringing my family down there," USOC CEO Scott Blackmun said at a regularly scheduled news briefing during the U.S. Olympic swimming trials. "I feel like we're going to have a lot of security. I feel like the safest place in the world is going to be the village and the competition venues, so I think our athletes will be among the safest people in Rio just because of all the security that's going to be around them.

  • Opinion: Decision to Bring Golf to Olympics Regrettable

    by Christine Brennan June 2016

    One by one, the top male golfers in the world are withdrawing from the Rio Olympics. Jason Day pulled out this week. Rory McIlroy withdrew last week. Is Jordan Spieth next? They blame the Zika virus, which is a reasonable excuse. Except for this: Have you heard any swimmers say they aren't going to Rio because of Zika? Soccer players? Rowers? Of course not.

  • Olympics Squeeze Out Neighborhood Residents

    by Martin Rogers June 2016

    The video presentations used to pitch for hosting rights to an Olympic Games are glossy and sparkling and bursting at the seams with the same kind of narrative. They focus on what an Olympics -- with its seven-ringed slice of international obsession and gleaming parks and multipurpose venues that purport to provide years of benefit -- would add. The word "legacy" is used. A lot. There is typically no mention of what the Olympics take away, and that is what most bothered Sandra Souza, as she gazed earlier this year from her balcony at the Vila Autodromo favela over a cluster of venues for this summer's Rio Games.

  • BYU Won't Budge on Sunday Games

    by Jeff Call June 2016

    For decades, BYU has fought to compete at the highest levels of college athletics while upholding its longstanding commitment to keep the Sabbath Day holy by not competing on Sundays. Is the Sunday play issue a major factor that's keeping the Cougars out of a Power 5 conference? While the answer to that question isn't clear right now, there's no doubt that BYU's unbending refusal to compromise on Sunday play has stirred up controversy in the past and has prevented its athletes from competing in certain cases.

  • Some Oppose OSU Athlete-Only Academic Center

    by Mary Mogan Edwards June 2016

    Ohio University wants to build a $6.1 million academic-support center for its NCAA-level athletes. Supporters say it's expected and needed for intercollegiate teams, but some OU professors see it as inappropriate special treatment of athletes.

  • NHL Views Vegas as Logical Expansion Choice

    by Kevin Allen June 2016

    Billionaire businessman Bill Foley, a former West Pointer who tackles questions head-on, doesn't view the NHL's decision to allow him to launch a franchise in Las Vegas as a gamble. He sees it as a safe bet. "I'm convinced we are going to be full every night," Foley said.

  • Board to Consider Parks Tax Ballot Measure

    by Daily News of Los Angeles June 2016

    On Tuesday, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors will consider placing on the November ballot a parcel tax to fund the creation and maintenance of new and existing parks and recreational facilities.

  • Louisville President to Resign, Gov. to Name New Board

    by Chris McGaughey June 2016

    University of Louisville president James Ramsey is stepping down, and Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin will appoint a new board of trustees at the school, which has been plagued by scandal in recent years.

  • NCAA, NFL May Partner to Sponsor Camps

    by Harry Minium June 2016

    The NCAA is considering banning satellite football camps and replacing them next spring with camps it would sponsor at NFL training centers and high schools. If the NCAA doesn’t ban the current camps, documents indicate it is likely to set a 10-day window for coaches to attend camps. The current window is 30 days. High school players work out for and are coached by college coaches in satellite camps, often held on college campuses. In recent years, many Big Ten coaches have booked stops at satellite camps in the South in hopes of expanding their recruiting presence in the region’s rich talent pool.