• 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.

  • Federal Program to Help Get Richmond Kids Outdoors

    by Justin Mattingly June 2016

    Richmond is one of 50 cities chosen by the Department of the Interior to participate in the nationwide movement, which is part of first lady Michelle Obama's "Let's Move! Outside" initiative.

  • Sharapova Hit with Two-Year Ban, Will Appeal

    by Chris Lehourites and Howard Fendrich The Associated Press June 2016

    Maria Sharapova was suspended Wednesday for two years for failing a drug test, labeled "the sole author of her own misfortune" because she hid regular pre-match use of a newly banned substance from anti-doping authorities and members of her own entourage. The tennis star said she would appeal what she called "an unfairly harsh" punishment to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

  • 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.