• Lochte Suspended 10 Months, Ban Could End Career

    by Christine Brennan September 2016

    From the moment Ryan Lochte hijacked the Rio Olympic Games for nearly a week with the incendiary and ultimately untrue statement that a gun had been put to his forehead during a night of drunken shenanigans, it was a foregone conclusion that suspensions and sanctions were coming for him and his three U.S. Olympic swimming teammates. And so it is that 32-year-old Lochte will receive a 10-month suspension Thursday, a person with knowledge of the situation tells USA TODAY Sports. Lochte is being hit with the ban for behavior that embarrassed and infuriated the International Olympic Committee, U.S. Olympic Committee, USA Swimming and his Rio hosts.

  • NFL Clears Players Accused of PED Use

    by Knoxville News-Sentinel September 2016

    NFL stars James Harrison, Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers can start the regular season without having the specter of a league investigation over whether they used performance-enhancing drugs hanging over their heads. The NFL cleared all three players on Wednesday, saying there was “no credible evidence” the players were guilty of any of the claims made in a documentary by Al-Jazeera America in January.

  • Report: No Big 12 Expansion Decision Until Mid-Sept.

    by Jay Drew August 2016

    Those of us who were hoping a decision would be made before the college football season starts are probably out of luck. The likely timeline is between mid-September and mid-October, and before a scheduled Big 12 board of directors (presidents) meeting in late October.

  • Opinion: NFL Should Cut Fourth Preseason Game

    by Mark Gaughan August 2016

    Get ready, football fans, for the single most useless, pointless, waste-of-time event on America's sports calendar: the fourth and final NFL preseason game. It's hard to get businesses to stop charging for something customers historically purchase. I guess this is the basic economic principle at work to explain why the NFL still gets away with charging full price.

  • Judge: Unseal USA Gymnastics Abuse Records

    by Jason Scott August 2016

    A judge in Georgia ruled Monday that files held by USA Gymnastics regarding sexual abuse complaints against coaches should be made public.

  • Kaepernick's Anthem Protest Causes Controversy

    by Cam Inman August 2016

    The NFL said Saturday that 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick did not violate any league policy by not standing with his teammates during the national anthem before an exhibition game with the Green Bay Packers at Levi's Stadium. Kaepernick, who made his preseason debut Friday night, said afterward that he was making a political statement.

  • Growth, Money Continue to Drive College Football

    by Dayton Daily News August 2016

    Like the universe, college football keeps expanding. More teams. More games. More money. The sport stretches on and on, year after year. Manifest destiny will play out Saturday in the form of a scarlet-and-gray religious rite as Ohio State begins its season against Bowling Green.

  • Documentary Film Delves into NCAA Exploitation

    by August 2016

    For decades there has been a thriving, billion-dollar business in America that fixes prices, engages in unfair labor practices, exploits the labor of the young and poor (and often black), denies them basic civil rights enjoyed by their fellow citizens, and does all of this right out in the open, with the full knowledge of the courts and the public. College football - it lives by a different set of laws, and very little has changed despite all the hand-wringing in recent years.

  • Opinion: Youth Sports Need Consistent Age Grouping

    by Bucky Gleason August 2016

    A few years ago, a study found that 36 percent of players drafted by teams in the NHL were born in the first three months of the year while only 14 percent were born in the final three months. The conclusion suggested older kids, some by nine months or more, had more opportunities to develop in youth hockey.

  • Schedule Strength Issues May Hurt FCS Teams

    by John O'Connor August 2016

    The ACC is considering changing from an eight-game league obligation to a nine-game requirement. If that happens, it may affect how some members view FCS games. FBS teams annually play 12 regular-season games and a proposed ACC scheduling model designed to provide attractive content for the new ACC Network could reduce games against the FCS.