• Federal Program to Help Get Richmond Kids Outdoors

    by Justin Mattingly June 2016

    Richmond is one of 50 cities chosen by the Department of the Interior to participate in the nationwide movement, which is part of first lady Michelle Obama's "Let's Move! Outside" initiative.

  • Sharapova Hit with Two-Year Ban, Will Appeal

    by Chris Lehourites and Howard Fendrich The Associated Press June 2016

    Maria Sharapova was suspended Wednesday for two years for failing a drug test, labeled "the sole author of her own misfortune" because she hid regular pre-match use of a newly banned substance from anti-doping authorities and members of her own entourage. The tennis star said she would appeal what she called "an unfairly harsh" punishment to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

  • New Rule to Benefit HS Baseball Draftees

    by Josh Barnett and Bob Nightengale June 2016

    For the first time, high school baseball players drafted will be able to hire agents without jeopardizing their college eligibility, significantly curtailing the practice of agents serving as advisers. Under an NCAA rule passed in January, players must pay the agent's rate while working with the agent and then end their relationship with the agent before enrolling in college if they don't sign.

  • Ex-FIFA President Blatter Paid Self Millions

    by Chris McGaughey June 2016

    Sepp Blatter's $12 million bonus from the 2014 World Cup and yet another police raid for evidence of financial crimes at FIFA revealed the turmoil at soccer's world body was far from over. The scale of Blatter s pay deal at the end of his 17-year presidency was finally confirmed by FIFA itself in a stunning opening of its financial books on Friday. The now-banned Blatter and two recently fired top officials secretary general Jerome Valcke and finance director Markus Kattner awarded themselves raises, bonuses, and future golden handshakes totaling tens of millions of dollars.

  • U.S. Gymnasts Focused on Competition, Not Zika

    by Jeff Jacobs June 2016

    Gabby Douglas stared down the Russians, the Romanians and the Chinese at the 2012 London Olympics. So while the world debates the Zika virus and whether it is wise to hold the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, the two-time gold medalist sounded ready to stare down the mosquitoes, too.

  • OHSAA Approves Football Playoff Changes

    by Marc Pendleton June 2016

    The Ohio High School Athletic Association on Thursday approved a major reshuffling of the football playoff schedule for all but one of the seven divisions.

  • Calipari: SEC Should Reschedule League Hoops Tourney

    by Seth Emerson June 2016

    John Calipari, long an opponent of holding the SEC basketball tournament, has moved on from wanting to eliminate it. Now he just wants to move it to November.

  • Decision on Big 12 Expansion Unlikely at Meeting

    by Phil Stukenborg June 2016

    When the Big 12 Conference’s athletic directors and board of governors (the league’s presidents and chancellors) meet at the Four Seasons Resort and Club at Las Colinas, expansion will be among the primary topics. What won’t be a priority is reaching a decision regarding expansion this week.

  • NFL Pro Bowl Relocating to Orlando

    by From Our Press Services June 2016

    Orlando beat out Honolulu, Houston and Sydney for the right to host the NFL’s all-star game.

  • NHL Expansion Likely, League Considering Markets

    by Kevin Allen June 2016

    Given the steady rise of the NHL's visibility and popularity in recent years, expansion is inevitable. The NHL is tracking toward growing as early as 2017-18, though Commissioner Gary Bettman said a decision hadn't been reached.