• Atlanta Makes Super Bowl Pitch, Vote Coming this Week

    by Tim Tucker May 2016

    Five cities, including Atlanta, are bidding for the 2019, 2020 and 2021 Super Bowls, with no city allowed to land more than one. The Atlanta bid committee prefers the February 2019 event, which will be awarded first, but also is seeking the other two in case the first goes elsewhere.

  • Russian Doping Allegations Could Bring IOC Sanctions

    by Telegraph Herald May 2016

    The latest allegations of state-sponsored doping in Russia could lead to suspension of entire national federations, heavy fines and lifetime Olympic bans, IOC President Thomas Bach said Wednesday. Bach declined to say whether the IOC would consider banning Russia entirely from this year's Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, maintaining such a move hinges on a choice between "collective responsibility" and "individual justice." "We are waiting for the facts," Bach said. "We need a fair procedure for everybody. Should the allegations be proven true, we will apply our zero tolerance policy, not only with the athletes, but also with regards to everyone implicated within our reach."

  • Pro-Redskins Faction Defeated in School Board Elections

    by Karen Robinson; News Staff Reporter May 2016

    In the last year, the Lancaster School Board had grown increasingly dysfunctional and toxic as division intensified over the decision last year to retire the Redskins mascot.

  • Gym Teacher Supported After Suspension Over Shouting

    by Ellen Yan, Rachel Uda May 2016

    About 35 students rallied outside George W. Hewlett High School Tuesday in support of a teacher who they say was suspended after loudly arguing with a student during a gym class, an incident that was captured on video and posted online.

  • Opinion: IOC Must Ban Cheating Countries from Games

    by Nancy Armour,, USA TODAY Sports May 2016

    If the International Olympic Committee is as sincere as it claims about rooting out cheaters and getting the upper hand in the anti-doping fight, it's time to take the gloves off.

  • N.C. 'Bathroom Bill' May Affect ACC Championships

    by Ken Sugiura; Staff May 2016

    The ACC has made it clear that it wants no part of the state of North Carolina's controversial "bathroom bill."

  • Scandals Tarnish Glory of Olympic Games

    by Chris McGaughey May 2016

    Doping scandals. Bribery allegations. Fears about Zika. Political, economic and corruption crises. What else could go wrong? The past few days have unleashed a wave of grim news for the Olympics, battering four host cities — past, present and future — on three continents, and further eroding public trust in the credibility of the global sports movement. Just when the sports world thought it had pulled away from the darkest days of the FIFA and IAAF scandals, a confluence of turmoil this week brought the clouds back and threatened the image and prestige of the Olympics, less than three months before the Aug. 5 opening ceremony in Brazil. Richard Ings, former chief executive of Australia s anti-doping agency, said sports leaders must work quickly or sink further into this quicksand.

  • ACC Football Title Game to Remain in Charlotte

    by Jonathan Jones May 2016

    Charlotte’s role as host of the ACC football championship game through 2019 appears safe, so long as the city and venue promote “inclusive environments,” commissioner John Swofford said Thursday.

  • Political, Public Health Problems Persist in Rio

    by Rachel Axon May 2016

    With less than three months until the start of the Summer Olympics, Rio de Janeiro finds itself mired in myriad issues. Here's a look at problems facing Brazil, organizers and ultimately the athletes and personnel who will travel to the Games. Presidential problems: The president of the Olympic host country typically opens the Games, but it's unlikely Dilma Rousseff will be doing so when they begin Aug. 5. The Brazilian Senate voted Thursday to begin an impeachment trial against Rousseff, a process that could take six months, for breaking spending accounting rules. Vice President Michel Temer, who had to pay a fine for violating campaign finance limits, will serve as the country's leader in the interim.

  • MLB Investigating Red Sox Over Foreign Players

    by Brian MacPherson May 2016

    Major League Baseball is investigating the procedure by which the Red Sox signed multiple players from Venezuela in the most recent international signing period, Baseball America reported Wednesday. A Major League Baseball source did not confirm or deny the investigation other than to say that such investigations are routine to ensure rules are being followed. The Red Sox declined comment through a team spokesperson. Penalties if a violation is found could include fines, suspensions and further spending restrictions. According to the Baseball America report, Major League Baseball is investigating whether the Red Sox tried to circumvent strict limitations on their international spending through so-called “package deals” — signing multiple players out of the same training program in order to funnel more bonus money than permitted to a specific target. Such arrangements, according to a league source, are expressly prohibited.