• New Rule to Benefit HS Baseball Draftees

    by Josh Barnett and Bob Nightengale June 2016

    For the first time, high school baseball players drafted will be able to hire agents without jeopardizing their college eligibility, significantly curtailing the practice of agents serving as advisers. Under an NCAA rule passed in January, players must pay the agent's rate while working with the agent and then end their relationship with the agent before enrolling in college if they don't sign.

  • Ex-FIFA President Blatter Paid Self Millions

    by Chris McGaughey June 2016

    Sepp Blatter's $12 million bonus from the 2014 World Cup and yet another police raid for evidence of financial crimes at FIFA revealed the turmoil at soccer's world body was far from over. The scale of Blatter s pay deal at the end of his 17-year presidency was finally confirmed by FIFA itself in a stunning opening of its financial books on Friday. The now-banned Blatter and two recently fired top officials secretary general Jerome Valcke and finance director Markus Kattner awarded themselves raises, bonuses, and future golden handshakes totaling tens of millions of dollars.

  • U.S. Gymnasts Focused on Competition, Not Zika

    by Jeff Jacobs June 2016

    Gabby Douglas stared down the Russians, the Romanians and the Chinese at the 2012 London Olympics. So while the world debates the Zika virus and whether it is wise to hold the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, the two-time gold medalist sounded ready to stare down the mosquitoes, too.

  • OHSAA Approves Football Playoff Changes

    by Marc Pendleton June 2016

    The Ohio High School Athletic Association on Thursday approved a major reshuffling of the football playoff schedule for all but one of the seven divisions.

  • Calipari: SEC Should Reschedule League Hoops Tourney

    by Seth Emerson June 2016

    John Calipari, long an opponent of holding the SEC basketball tournament, has moved on from wanting to eliminate it. Now he just wants to move it to November.

  • Decision on Big 12 Expansion Unlikely at Meeting

    by Phil Stukenborg June 2016

    When the Big 12 Conference’s athletic directors and board of governors (the league’s presidents and chancellors) meet at the Four Seasons Resort and Club at Las Colinas, expansion will be among the primary topics. What won’t be a priority is reaching a decision regarding expansion this week.

  • NFL Pro Bowl Relocating to Orlando

    by From Our Press Services June 2016

    Orlando beat out Honolulu, Houston and Sydney for the right to host the NFL’s all-star game.

  • NHL Expansion Likely, League Considering Markets

    by Kevin Allen June 2016

    Given the steady rise of the NHL's visibility and popularity in recent years, expansion is inevitable. The NHL is tracking toward growing as early as 2017-18, though Commissioner Gary Bettman said a decision hadn't been reached.

  • Trouble Just Beginning for Ole Miss

    by Mark Bradley May 2016

    On Friday, Ole Miss revealed the NCAA's notice of allegations and, seeking to mitigate the damage, forfeited 11 football scholarships over a four-year span. The school received its notice in January and released it the

  • WHO Rejects Call to Postpone Rio Olympics

    by Geir Moulson May 2016

    The World Health Organization on Saturday rejected a call from 150 health experts to consider postponing or moving the Rio Summer Olympics due to the Zika virus in hard-hit Brazil, arguing that the shift would make no significant difference to the spread of the virus.