• USC Coach Apologizes for Actions at Booster Event

    by Dan Wolken, @DanWolken August 2015

    Southern California football coach Steve Sarkisian apologized Sunday for his appearance at a booster event the night before in which he allegedly appeared under the influence of alcohol.

  • Female Coach Fitting In, Bonding with Cardinals

    by Lindsay H. Jones, @bylindsayhjones August 2015

    Hours before Jen Welter stepped onto the sideline as an assistant coach in an NFL game, her mind was not just on the history she was about to make. It was on her players.

  • More Complaints Against Ex-AD Teague Emerge

    by Brandon Stahl, Eric Roper August 2015

    The University of Minnesota confirmed Wednesday that "additional reports have been received" in relation to former athletic director Norwood Teague since his abrupt resignation on Aug. 7. In a brief statement, the U said the new complaints had come in through EthicsPoint, a service it uses for confidential reporting. "Not all reports allege the same conduct," the statement said, but it provided no further details, "in fairness to those who have reported and others who may do so."

  • Do Participation Trophies Curb Kids' Competitiveness?

    by Josh Peter August 2015

    Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison is not about to get a trophy from the Awards and Personalization Association.

  • Flyers Still Plan to Drop Puck on Eve of Pope Visit

    by Jeff Neiburg, The Philadelphia Daily News August 2015

    With all the Pope Francis madness surrounding the last weekend in September, the Flyers are one of the few organizations not making changes to their schedule . . . at least not yet.

  • Coaches Can Influence Kids in Ways Parents Can't

    by Amy Donaldson, Deseret Morning News (Salt Lake City) August 2015

    He was the fourth or fifth coach I called. I was asking high school coaches if they could really change the behavior of their teenage players. Could they keep them from swearing? Could they keep them from cutting class or cheating? Could they keep them from drinking or doing drugs?

  • Questions as NFL Owners Set to Meet About L.A.

    by Brent Schrotenboer, USA TODAY Sports August 2015

    The NFL's pursuit of the Los Angeles market has gotten so hot and heavy this year that the league has called a special owners meeting to discuss the topic Tuesday in Chicago. There's a long way to go before determining which teams -- if any -- will move into which proposed stadium.

  • Batboy's Impact on Team Endures After Tragic Death

    by Kyle McCaskey, Special for USA TODAY Sports August 2015

    "Go out there. Have fun. Play hard" -- requirements Kaiser Carlile demanded from his team when it was his turn to talk in the pregame huddles. The instructions for the Liberal (Kan.) Bee Jays did not come from a coach but from a batboy known for a quiet demeanor and a loud smile that often spoke for him.

  • N.C. Venues Clarify Transgender Restroom Policies

    by Laura Godlewski July 2015

    A North Carolina woman and transgender activist won a personal battle to gain clarity on policies at sports stadiums, arenas and race tracks on bathroom access now that all of the major venues in North Carolina have gone on the record to say transgender fans can use the restroom consistent with their gender identity.

  • New SEC Commissioner Nudges Ahead on Flag Issue

    by Gene Sapakoff, The Post & Courier (Charleston, SC) July 2015

    New Southeastern Conference commissioner Greg Sankey opened his first SEC Media Days address Monday quoting Bob Dylan's "The Times They Are A Changin." Ah, just the right tone for a lot of talk about progress.