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  • Brady's Father Talks 'Framegate,' Rips Wells Report

    by Jim Corbett, USA TODAY Sports May 2015

    Tom Brady has chosen to remain silent after the so-called Deflategate report, but his father offered an emphatic defense of his four-time Super Bowl-winning son's character and sportsmanship.

  • Opinion: No Football Title Game for Big 12 Wise

    by George Schroeder, USA TODAY Sports May 2015

    One week after Bob Bowlsby suggested his league had to do something about being left out of the College Football Playoff, the Big 12 decided to do nothing -- and that's the right thing to do.

  • Prep Coach-Athlete Recruiting Meeting Brings Probation

    by Ward Gossett Chattanooga Times Free Press May 2015

    Cleveland High School has been placed on probation and fined, along with other penalties, by the TSSAA for recruiting violations.

  • San Francisco Nears Smokeless Tobacco Ban at City Fields, Including Giants' AT&T Park

    by Michael Gaio April 2015

    San Francisco officials are on the verge of spitting out a rule that would ban smokeless tobacco from ball fields throughout the city, including the San Francisco Giants’ AT&T Park.

  • Bill Banning 'Redskins' Moniker Advances in California

    by Emily Attwood April 2015

    The state of California is poised to quell any further debate over whether “Redskins” is an inappropriate athletic team name once and for all. The California Racial Mascots Act, advanced to a state Assembly panel on Tuesday, would prohibit the use of the name by any public school beginning January 1, 2016. 

    “There is obviously a lack of respect when we allow teams to brand themselves with racial slurs,” said assemblyman Luis Alejo, the bill’s author. “The R-word was once used to describe Native American scalps sold for bounty, and in today's society it has become widely recognized as a racial slur.”

    There are currently four public schools in the state that use the name Redskins for their athletic programs. The affected schools would not be required to cease all use of the name. Items such as yearbooks and newspapers would not longer be able to utilize the name, but to prevent financial hardship, schools would be allowed to keep uniforms and other materials bearing the name, provided they have selected a new name. Under the legislation, schools would be able to purchase up to 20 percent of uniforms with the old name until 2019.

    RELATED: Washington Redskins Lose Federal Trademarks

    “Tulare Union Redskins are part of a long and proud tradition dating back to 1890,” Sarah Koligian, superintendent of Tulare Join Union High School District, one of the four holdout schools, told  SFGate. “Our school has worked closely with our local Indian tribes to include them in the discussion regarding how the Tulare Union Redskin depicts both pride and respect.”

    The bill, approved last month by the Assembly Education Committee, was approved by the Assembly Committee on Arts, Entertainment, Sports, Tourism and Internet Media but must go through another committee before advancing to the Assembly floor.

    “It’s a small thing we can do in California that is part of a national movement to phase out the use of racial slurs as mascots,” Alejo said.

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  • Indiana to Alter Controversial Law, NCAA Pleased

    by Michael Gaio April 2015

    With the men’s Final Four just two days away, one of the biggest story lines has had nothing to do with basketball. Instead, the spotlight has been on host-state Indiana and its controversial “religious freedom” law, which is being amended just one week after its introduction.

  • Tennessee Fires Donnie Tyndall Amid NCAA Probe

    by Michael Gaio March 2015

    The University of Tennessee has fired men's basketball coach Donnie Tyndall, the school announced Friday morning. Gary Parrish of CBS Sports first reported Tyndall's departure.

  • Florida HS Coach Out Amid Foreign Recruiting Scandal

    by Michael Gaio March 2015

    On the bright side, Lake Wales High School’s boys’ basketball coach led his team to a winning record on the court. On the down side, he was willing to do almost anything — including recruiting students from other countries to get there. At least that’s what a report filed by the school to the Florida High School Athletic Association is claiming.

  • Minnesota Bill Aims to Undo HS Transgender Policy

    by Michael Gaio March 2015

    Minnesota legislators have introduced a new bill that would undo the state high school league's controversial transgender athlete policy.

  • Oregon Sexual Assault Case Highlights Bigger Issue

    by Michael Gaio March 2015

    Ugly details have emerged regarding an alleged sexual assault at the University of Oregon and the school’s handling of the lawsuit that followed.