• 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

  • 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.”

  • World Cup Icon Chastain to Donate Brain to Research

    by Christine Brennan March 2016

    Brandi Chastain, whose iconic celebration at the 1999 Women's World Cup became a lasting symbol of power and success in women's sports, announced Thursday that she has decided to donate her brain after death to the Concussion Legacy Foundation to be studied by the renowned Boston University CTE program. "I'm not going to be needing it at the end of my life, No.1," Chastain said in a phone interview with USA TODAY Sports, "and hopefully, what can be learned is, can doctors and scientists and neuroscientists look at the brain of someone like me, who has been playing soccer a majority of my life, and really dissect the brain and say, 'Here's where we see it beginning.' Could we then use that information to help say that before the age of 14, it's not a good idea to head the ball?"

  • Legendary QB Bart Starr was College Hazing Victim

    by Tom Silverstein March 2016

    Quarterback Bart Starr was lucky to have a professional football career at all, let alone a Hall of Fame one. According to a report from, Starr's wife, Cherry, revealed a long-held secret that the severe back injury the quarterback always maintained was the result of a punting exercise occurred because of a brutal hazing incident he suffered at the University of Alabama. Cherry Starr told that Starr was beaten so badly with a paddle during an initiation into the university's AClub for varsity lettermen that he was hospitalized and failed his Air Force medical examination after his rookie season in Green Bay.

  • Harbaugh's Methods Draw Ire of SEC Coaches

    by Nancy Armour March 2016

    It's not Jim Harbaugh's fault that he's smarter than pretty much everyone else in college football. Harbaugh continued his excellent adventures of the offseason -- sleepovers at the homes of recruits, golf at Pebble Beach, hobnobbing with celebrities -- by coaching first base for the Detroit Tigers in a spring training game Wednesday during Michigan's trip to Florida. No doubt Southeastern Conference Commissioner Greg Sankey and NCAA President Mark Emmert seethed when they saw all of those photos of Harbaugh throwing out the first pitch, hanging with Tigers manager Brad Ausmus in the dugout, exchanging fist bumps and high-fives with big-leaguers, signing autographs ... you get the picture.