• Former Mayor Complicates UND Nickname Search

    by Andrew Sheeler Bismarck Tribune September 2015

    The search for a new University of North Dakota nickname hit a potential stumbling block on Monday, when former Bismarck Mayor Marlan "Hawk" Haakenson registered trade names for several of the Fighting Sioux replacement options under consideration. Haakenson said he registered the trade names in an attempt to interfere with the nickname selection process, though a UND official said such an attempt was unlikely to succeed. After the NCAA threatened sanctions if UND continued to use the Fighting Sioux nickname, a UND committee in July settled on five replacement options: Fighting Hawks, Nodaks, North Stars, Roughriders and Sundogs. UND stakeholders — including students, staff, faculty, alumni and donors — will be given the chance to vote on the replacement at a later date.

  • Baptisms on Football Field Violated Policy, District Says

    by Eric Stirgus, Tyler Estep September 2015

    Villa Rica High School and its principal should not have allowed a local church to perform baptisms in the school stadium last month that included 18 students on the football team, a Carroll County School District investigation concluded. In a statement sent Monday to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, district assistant superintendent Terry Jones said principal Glen Harding approved First Baptist Church of Villa Rica's activities at the school Aug. 12. The baptisms reportedly included at least one coach as well as the players and drew the ire of the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation, which sent a letter to the school stating it is "illegal for coaches to participate in religious activities with students." Jones' statement said the school district "had no knowledge that this event was scheduled to happen at VRHS."

  • California Poised to Become First State to Ban 'Redskins'

    by Jason Scott September 2015

    The California State Assembly voted on Thursday to approve legislation that would ban any schools within the state from using the term “Redskins” as their nickname or mascot.

  • NFL: Headset Malfunction Not Patriots' Fault

    by Ralph N. Paulk September 2015

    The NFL on Friday cleared the New England Patriots of any wrongdoing in connection to Steelers coaches' headsets malfunctioning during Thursday night's season opener. In a statement released Friday, the NFL said the problem "involved no manipulation by any individual and that the Patriots had nothing to do with it."

  • Few Take Steps to Be Involved in UND Nickname Vote

    by Anna Burleson September 2015

    When University of North Dakota President Robert Kelley announced who could vote on the future of the school's nickname, people who didn't automatically qualify as a stakeholder had three days to get involved by becoming either a donor or season ticket holder. Not many took advantage of that opportunity.

  • District's Heat-Related Sports Ban Disrupts Schedules

    by Nereida Moreno September 2015

    High school athletic officials across the county scrambled Thursday to reschedule football games affected by a Los Angeles Unified School District decision to ban all outdoor activities before 6 p.m. Friday because of excessive heat.

  • ENMU: 5 Years, 12 Sports, 132 Ineligible Players

    by Times Record News (Wichita Falls, Texas) September 2015

    Eastern New Mexico University didn’t exactly get caught cheating— they conducted their own investigation and turned themselves in — but last week the NCAA put them on probation for the next four years.

  • ESPN: Patriots' 'Spygate' More Extensive than Reported

    by Hal Habib, Palm Beach Post Staff Writer September 2015

    Late in Nick Saban's second season as Dolphins coach, their home game with the New England Patriots was a stunning affair. The game involved a shutout, with the losing quarterback screaming at teammates in full view, his plays failing, it was later learned, after the opposing defense "purchased" audio recordings of his signals. The twist: The angry quarterback was Tom Brady, the losing team was the Patriots and the intelligence-gathering was done by the Dolphins, not the other way around. Circumstantial proof such tactics can make a difference: The Patriots were 12-4 that season, the Dolphins 6-10, yet Miami won 21-0 that day.

  • Not Over Yet: NFL to Appeal Brady Ruling

    by Rachel Axon September 2015

    A federal judge ruled in favor of Tom Brady on Thursday, vacating an arbitration decision by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell that upheld a four-game suspension for the New England Patriots quarterback's alleged role in Deflategate. While the decision by Judge Richard M. Berman in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York gives Brady and the NFL Players Association a key win against the league, it certainly doesn't signal the end of the case. Here's a look at what's next:

  • No Ground Made in Latest Meeting Between NFL and Players Union

    by Tom Pelissero, @TomPelissero September 2015

    While a federal judge was preparing his ruling on vacating New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady's suspension, attorneys for the NFL and its players union met Tuesday in New York to discuss the league's personal conduct policy, two people with knowledge of the meeting told USA TODAY Sports.