• With NFL Out, St. Louis Turns to Soccer

    by Tyler Allison March 2016

    On Jan. 13, Stan Kroenke and the St. Louis Rams made the decision to move west to Inglewood, California, transitioning from the Greatest Show on Turf to the Greatest Disappointment of the City. The Rams were the second NFL franchise to leave St. Louis in less than 30 years, and it showed that despite an appreciation for the sport the city may have had, the NFL wasn’t meant for the Gateway to the West. St. Louis has been dominated by baseball and has supported professional hockey for years. However, one sport that has flourished but flown under the national radar until now is soccer. For more than 100 years, St. Louis has been a hotbed for soccer in the Midwest. One of the first soccer leagues in the nation — the Saint Louis Soccer League — was created in 1907. The SLSL lasted for only seven years before combining with other area leagues to form the National Challenge Cup, now known today as the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.

  • US Olympic Committee Says Athletes Not Concerned with Zika

    by Nancy Armour March 2016

    If American athletes have fears about competing in Rio de Janeiro because of the Zika virus, they're not telling U.S. Olympic Committee CEO Scott Blackmun. Given the fears and furor over the virus, which has been linked to birth defects, you'd expect Blackmun's phone to be buzzing 24/7 with athletes and sports federation officials frantically seeking answers and guidance about what they should do. But that hasn't been the case. Quite the contrary.

  • High School PED Testing Bill Approved by NJ Assembly

    by Jason Scott February 2016

    A New Jersey state Assembly committee approved a bill that would expand random testing of high school athletes for steroids and performance enhancing drugs yesterday.

  • GHSA Acts After Religious Expression Bills Introduced

    by Stuart Goldman February 2016

    As two bills were recently introduced in the Georgia General Assembly that would prohibit bans on religious expression on uniforms, the Georgia High School Association (GHSA) is working toward allowing member schools to play against independent and parochial schools.

  • Billion Dollar Domed Stadium Proposed in Las Vegas

    by Takara Scott-Johnston January 2016

    The Las Vegas Sands and a team of investors are putting together a plan to build a new billion dollar stadium to house UNLV's football team — and possibly a National Football League franchise.

  • IOC Announces New Policies for Transgender Athletes

    by Jason Scott January 2016

    Transgender athletes no longer need to undergo sex reassignment surgery in order to be eligible for competition in the Olympics.

  • UMass Rec Bookkeeper Pleads Not Guilty

    by Takara Scott-Johnston January 2016

    Former University of Massachusetts Lowell bookkeeper Denise Daly has been ordered to stay away from all UMass campuses after pleading not guilty to multiple charges related to the theft of  $200,000 from the university recreation center.

  • Leaked Files Expose Possible Match-Fixing in Tennis

    by Takara Scott-Johnston January 2016

    A group of anonymous whistle blowers recently passed documents on to the BBC and Buzzfeed News that are exposing match-fixing at the top level of world tennis.

  • High School Athletics Bills Move to State Senate

    by Takara Scott-Johnston January 2016

    The Florida State Senate heard two competing reform bills on Thursday aimed at changing the way the Florida High School Athletic Association conducts itself.

  • Crossover Game Causes High School to Exit League

    by Takara Scott-Johnston January 2016

    A high school in Detroit has been suspended from the Detroit Catholic League for the 2016-17 school year for its refusal to participate in a crossover football game next season. Notre Dame Preparatory High School will be banned from playing against any Catholic League school in any sport, unless it is a state tournament game.