• Navigating Olympic Penalty for Russian Doping Tricky

    by Brent Schrotenboer June 2016

    The largest country on the planet has been accused of conducting the biggest sports doping scandal in decades, including rampant cheating at the most expensive Olympics ever. At least three insiders who blew the whistle on it fled the country in fear. Two of its former anti-doping officials ended up dead in February, adding to the dread. Now the stakes have been raised to unprecedented proportions, all centered on one big question: Should Russia be banned from the Olympics? Many think it should be after witnesses and reports detailed systematic cheating by the Russians with the help of Russian state security agents. The latest came Wednesday, when a new report from the World Anti-Doping Agency said armed Russian agents threatened doping control officers with expulsion from the country.

  • Major Changes Coming to Florida HS Playoffs?

    by Jodie Wagner June 2016

    The Florida High School Athletic Association is considering a proposal that would drastically alter the state football playoff format starting in 2017, including the elimination of district play for small schools and doing away with the automatic bids that go to district runners-up in large-school classifications. Introduced this year and fine-tuned Tuesday during an FHSAA Board of Directors meeting, the proposal would abandon the district format in Classes 1A-4A, and determine most postseason qualifiers based on a points system weighed heavily toward strength of schedule.

  • School Board Developing New Activity Fund Policy

    by Telegram & Gazette June 2016

    A new policy regulating how student activity funds will be managed in the Spencer-East Brookfield Regional School District is taking shape, with the School Committee voting Tuesday to move the proposal to a second reading.

  • Letter Calls on NCAA to Act on Abuse Allegations

    by Jason Scott June 2016

    In an open letter to the NCAA, a lawyer representing a former assistant gymnastics coach at Penn State calls for deeper NCAA investigations into allegations of abuse.

  • Report: Baylor Board of Regents Mulling Briles Comeback

    by Jason Scott June 2016

    According to multiple reports, Art Briles may not be done at Baylor after all.

  • Brazil's Sport Minister: Rio Is Ready for Olympics

    by Nicole Auerbach June 2016

    Despite growing international concerns tied to the Olympics in August — from the Zika virus and polluted water to crime and political instability — Brazil's new minister of sport said he was confident the Games would be successful. "Brazil is completely ready for the Games," Leonardo Picciani told USA TODAY Sports in an interview Friday. "Brazil and Rio de Janeiro worked hard and seriously in the last seven years to be prepared to host the Olympic Games. We are sure that we will have a fantastic Olympic Games. All the issues are gone, and all the venues are fantastic. The people of Brazil are excited to receive all the tourists, all the athletes. I am sure that the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro will be successful."

  • Utah to Consider Changes to HS Athletic Transfer Policy

    by Amy Donaldson June 2016

    Proposed changes to the high school transfer policy would make it even tougher for student-athletes in Utah to switch schools and continue playing varsity sports.

  • USA Swimming Bans Turner for Life

    by Yaron Steinbuch June 2016

    Brock Turner, the former Stanford University swimmer whose short sentence for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman sparked widespread outrage, has been barred for life by USA Swimming.

  • Ex-Vol Joins Class-Action Lawsuit Against NCAA, SEC

    by Dustin Dopirak June 2016

    Former Tennessee safety O.J. Owens has filed a class action lawsuit against the NCAA and the SEC, alleging “reckless disregard for the health and safety of generations of University of Tennessee athletes” because of a lack of education given to football players about traumatic brain injuries.

  • TSSAA Could Add Classifications for Some Sports

    by Chattanooga Times Free Press June 2016

    Multiple members of the TSSAA's Board of Control maintain it might be time to add a fourth class — or more — to basketball, baseball and softball despite the association's recommendation against the change.