• 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.

  • AHL Moving Closer to Relocating Team to Tucson

    by Arizona Daily Star May 2016

    The American Hockey League's Board of Governors approved the transfer of ownership from the Springfield, Massachusetts, franchise to Tucson during the annual spring meeting in Chicago on Tuesday.

  • HS Association Mulls Changes to Hoops Tournaments

    by Greg Lee May 2016

    A WIAA (Wash.) committee is preparing to propose a major change to the state basketball tournament format and seeding criteria. The changes could be effective beginning with the 2016-17 school year.

  • ACC will Follow NCAA's Lead on Discrimination

    by Powell Latimer May 2016

    The ACC will require hosts for conference championship sites to prove their commitment to non-discriminatory practices in a written statement, ACC commissioner John Swofford said Sunday. In an interview with the ACC Digital Network during the league 's spring meetings in Amelia Island, Fla., Swofford said the conference likely would adhere to the same standard the NCAA announced in April.

  • District Cuts Seven Junior-High Level Sports

    by Erin Adler May 2016

    The Forest Lake school district will cut most junior-high level sports in 2016-17, a decision that has rankled some parents and students who believe school athletics fill a vital role and didn't feel included in the district's decision-making process. "Basically, there was no announcement, there was no parent discussion, it was just all the sudden everything was cut," said Liz Tarlizzo, whose seventh-grade triplets play several sports at Century Junior High. "There was no plan in place, which is ... what I think everybody is most disappointed about."

  • Ultimate Frisbee Tourney Could Bring Economic Boost

    by Lawrence Budd May 2016

    One of the world's ultimate Frisbee events could be held in Warren County in 2018 if recreational officials land the tournament. The weeklong World Flying Disc Federation championship, featuring up to 3,000 of the world's best ultimate Frisbee players, is projected to generate $1.5 million for the economy.

  • Opinion: Transfers to Bigger Programs Are No Big Deal

    by Mike Jensen May 2016

    Note to Division I basketball coaches in "non-power" leagues: Get your recruits, start winning, keep winning, or you'll find your better ballplayers will start thinking about transferring out and your program may start moving in the wrong direction. The players know all this already. Their friends know it. Their handlers know it. Prove yourself in a low- or mid-major league, and bigger programs will show interest.

  • N.J. Non-Publics Seek Sectional Championship Format

    by Phil Anastasia May 2016

    The NJSIAA's executive committee overwhelmingly endorsed a proposal by the West Jersey Football League to change the playoff structure for non-public football, creating sectional championship games and eliminating state championship games.

  • With Ban Lifted, SEC Coaches Prep for Satellite Camps

    by Steve Megargee May 2016

    When the NCAA Division I Board of Directors decided Thursday to rescind a ban on satellite camps - just three weeks after it had been instituted - it also cleared the way for the SEC to end its own prohibition of the practice.