• NCAA Lifts PSU Bowl Ban, Will Restore Scholarships

    by Joe Juliano; Inquirer Staff Writer September 2014

    The NCAA rewarded Penn State on Monday for its efforts to change the university's culture and improve campus security following the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse scandal by lifting two of the most onerous penalties from the football program.

  • Ravens Acted After Seeing Video of Rice Punching Woman

    by Gary Mihoces, USA TODAY Sports September 2014

    The harsh reality of the latest video was the tipping point in the Baltimore Ravens' decision to cut Ray Rice.

  • USC's Haden Fined $25K for Sideline Chat with Officials

    by Scott Wolf September 2014

    The Pac-12 fined USC athletic director Pat Haden $25,000 for his sideline actions Saturday at Stanford. USC coach Steve Sarkisian was also reprimanded.

  • Atlanta Hawks Co-Owner Out Over Racist Email

    by Chris Vivlamore September 2014

    Hawks co-owner Bruce Levenson said he will sell his controlling interest in the franchise because of an "inappropriate and offensive" internal email sent two years ago regarding, in part, the lack of white fans at Philips Arena. Levenson made the abrupt announcement Sunday, months after he self-reported the email to the NBA in July and the team and league commenced an independent investigation into the matter. In an exclusive interview with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Sunday night, Hawks co-owner and CEO Steve Koonin said other disciplinary action will be taken, including against general manager Danny Ferry. Levenson sent the email to Ferry, with copies to co-owners Todd Foreman and Ed Peskowitz, on Aug. 25, 2012. In the email, Levenson wrote about the reasons for the poor attendance. "My theory is that the black crowd scared away the whites and there are simply not enough affluent black fans to build a signficant (sic) season ticket base," Levenson wrote.

  • UConn Coach's Call to Little League Pitcher an NCAA Violation

    by The Virginian-Pilot (Norfolk, VA.) September 2014

    The NCAA determined that Connecticut women's basketball coach Geno Auriemma committed a secondary rules violation when he made a phone call congratulating Little League pitching star Mo'Ne Davis last month.

  • Punishment of Colts' Irsay Shows Goodell is NFL's Boss

    by Nancy Armour September 2014

    No one is above the NFL. Not a player. Not a coach. Not a team executive or general manager. Not even an owner. If there were any last doubts about how serious Roger Goodell is when it comes to protecting the image of the NFL, the commissioner dispelled them Tuesday with his stiff punishment of Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay.

  • NCAA Rebuts Report of Eased Penn State Sanctions

    by Chris Adamski September 2014

    Calling a national media report from earlier this week "irresponsible," the NCAA's chief legal officer on Friday insisted no decision has been made concerning further reduction of the sanctions the organization levied on the Penn State football program.

  • New NCAA Meal Rules Fill Athletes' Stomachs, Pockets

    by Bruce Pascoe, Arizona Daily Star September 2014

    Arizona athletes, cheerleaders and even Wilbur and Wilma T. Wildcat can dive into more free food than ever, now that wide-open NCAA meal guidelines went into effect this month. Their bank accounts could fatten up as a result, too.

  • Opinion: Stop Forcing Athletes to Stay in College

    by Super User September 2014

    As the college football season kicks off, the question of whether college athletes should be treated as professionals hangs in the air. Yet one issue has been oddly absent from the debate: the age restrictions the National Football League and National Basketball Association place on their players.

  • NFL Toughens Domestic Violence Stance

    by Tom Pelissero, USA TODAY Sports August 2014

    Future violations of the personal-conduct policy related to domestic violence or sexual assault by NFL personnel will result in a six-game suspension for a first offense and a ban of at least a year for a second.