- Shooting Device Helped Hield Rise to Stardom
by Josh Peter April 2016
As a freshman, Hield shot 23.8% from three-point range. This season, he's making 46.5% of his three-pointers. Assistant coach Chris Crutchfield traces progress to Hield's love affair with his shooting device.
- Abdullah: NFL Has Made Strides on Concussion Safety
by Tom Pelissero March 2016
Husain Abdullah has had a front-row seat to scientific advances and the NFL's efforts to get a handle on head trauma in recent years. The 30-year-old safety's retirement Monday was borne not out of distrust or fear but an acceptance his own medical history - including five concussions over seven seasons with the Minnesota Vikings and Kansas City Chiefs - puts him in a high-risk category at a time when family and goals are at the front of his mind.
- Opinion: Jerry Jones' CTE Stance Is Absurd
by Corpus Christi Caller-Times March 2016
Jerry Jones has worn a lot of hats in his mercurial lifetime, most of which we won’t argue: son of a grocer, college football player, wildcatter, husband, father, NFL owner, real estate developer, marketing genius, visionary. But if you think it’s bad he also calls himself a general manager, now he’s playing doctor. Or maybe something worse. Maybe you heard he recently called “absurd” any links between football and CTE, the degenerative brain disease, contradicting a concession on Capitol Hill by the NFL’s own health and safety director, who was subsequently backed up by the league office.
- Opinion: Sexist Tennis Remarks Show Equality Is Long Way Off
by Nancy Armour March 2016
Novak Djokovic got one thing right: Female athletes do have to go through a lot of different things their male counterparts do not. Like people who ought to know better diminishing their accomplishments and dismissing their contributions to the sport. Like the public and people in positions of power treating them as commodities, their importance determined not by their ability but by their appearance. Like having to fight the same tired battle over and over and over again.
- Coach's Son to Leave Lobos Basketball Over Threats
by Geoff Grammer March 2016
As has been suspected and talked about around the UNM men's basketball program for several weeks, sophomore guard Cullen Neal will leave the team coached by his father. In a prepared statement, the third-year UNM student who is expected to earn a communications degree in June, making him eligible to play immediately elsewhere, announced he enjoyed his time as a Lobo but it was time to pursue his basketball career with another team. However, neither he nor the program will say why he made the decision. "I grew up around the Lobo basketball program and thoroughly enjoyed playing here, especially being able to play in the famous PIT! (sic)," Cullen Neal said in the news release. "I was blessed by being a part of a Mountain West championship and participating in the NCAA Tournament my freshman season. I will forever be grateful for the opportunity to play for my father for two seasons and will miss that in the future. Leaving my teammates, coaches, and all the support staff weighs heavy on my heart. I will miss all of them. I consider Albuquerque my home, and I love the University of New Mexico. I want to thank our great Lobo fans who have encouraged me and supported our team."
- Homophobic Talk Forces Minor Leaguer to Quit Baseball
by Ben Frederickson and Derrick Goold March 2016
A former Cardinals minor-league pitcher says he quit baseball because of homophobic conversations he encountered in the sport, according to a report published Wednesday on Outsports.com.
- Son's Clubhouse Presence Dispute Spurs LaRoche Retirement
by Buffalo News March 2016
Chicago White Sox designated hitter Adam LaRoche announced his plans to leave baseball after Executive Vice President Ken Williams asked him to limit the amount of time LaRoche's teenage son spends in the clubhouse, Williams said Wednesday.
- Assistant Football Coach Arrested for Rape, Kidnapping
by Luke Ranker March 2016
A Washburn University graduate assistant football coach was arrested early Monday in connection with a rape and kidnapping reported this weekend.
- Ex-Tennessee Player Backing Accuser Has Support
by Anita Wadhwani and Brandon Shields March 2016
When former Tennessee football player Drae Bowles was recruited out of high school in 2011, then-head coach Derek Dooley was facing the challenge of rebuilding a team that had faced more than its fair share of off-the-field criminal behavior by some of its players. Bowles was a standout recruit and an accomplished wide receiver. Off the field, Bowles texted Bible verses to friends and coaches, led the singing in the chapel at Jackson (Tenn.) Christian School and liked to take his little brother to Dairy Queen, friends and former coaches told The Tennessean last week.
- Athletes Join Diversity Protest During Basketball Game
by MJ Slaby March 2016
Dressed in black and carrying signs, roughly 150 University of Tennessee students filled a portion of the student section of Thompson-Boling Arena at the men’s basketball game against Ole Miss on Saturday. During the second half, they walked out, chanting “UT diversity matters.”