• Opinion: Russia Getting Away with Doping

    by Christine Brennan July 2016

    It's so darn confusing being Russian sports fan Vladimir Putin these days. He whines when he should celebrate. He complains when he should be happy. He screams about discrimination when he instead should say, "Thanks for the gift, Thomas Bach." Instead of having zero percent of his Olympic team in Rio, it's looking like he'll have about 75% of it there, which is about 75% more than should be there.

  • Coaches Differ on Idea of Eliminating Kickoffs

    by Scott Keepfer July 2016

    The Ivy League announced last week that it will move kickoffs from the 35-yard line to the 40-yard line in conference games this season in an effort to enhance player safety. A study conducted by the league revealed that kickoff returns account for 23.4 percent of concussions in games, despite representing only 5.8 percent of overall plays.

  • Opinion: NFL Should Update Medical Marijuana Stance

    by Jerry Sullivan July 2016

    Half of the states have legalized medical marijuana. Some players are using a cannabis extract that experts say aids in physical recovery and might counteract the effects of concussions.

  • Josh Gordon Reinstated by NFL

    by Spokesman Review July 2016

    Josh Gordon's curious and complicated career has taken a new turn. He's getting yet another chance. The talented but troubled wide receiver has been reinstated on a conditional basis by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, who met face to face with Gordon last week and said he believes the 25-year-old can "make the right choices" going forward. Gordon has been banned since February 2015 for multiple violations of the league's drug policies. He will be suspended for the first four games of the 2016-17 season, but he's allowed to join the team in its upcoming training camp and can participate in meetings and conditioning work. The league said once Gordon meets clinical requirements, he can take part in preseason activities, including practices and games.

  • White Sox Suspend Sale for Cutting Uniforms

    by Dayton Daily News July 2016

    The Chicago White Sox suspended ace Chris Sale five days without pay for destroying collared throwback uniforms the team was scheduled to wear.

  • Rio Olympics May Feature First Openly Trans Athletes

    by Scott Gleeson and Erik Brady July 2016

    The International Olympic Committee held a meeting in May about transgender issues in which members of an international sports federation said two closeted transgender athletes who competed in their sport were considering coming out publicly before the Games this summer, according to two people who attended the meeting and spoke to USA TODAY Sports.

  • Top NCAA Tourney Seed to Choose Opening-Round Site

    by Jason Scott July 2016

    Beginning this upcoming season, the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA basketball tournament will be able to choose the location of its first- and second-round games, giving the top seed an even greater competitive advantage.

  • Pac-12 Officials to Review Targeting via Replay

    by Joey Kaufman July 2016

    Replay officials in the Pac-12 will see greater authority this fall. Among the rule changes detailed Friday at the conference's media days was one that allows the replay booth to review a potential targeting penalty that was missed by officials on the field.

  • Anti-Doping Leaders Call for Russian Ban from Olympics

    by Stephen Wilson and Eddie Pells July 2016

    A letter drafted by U.S. and Canadian anti-doping leaders urging Russia's removal from the upcoming Olympics is circulating days before the public release of a report expected to detail a state-sponsored doping system that corrupted the country's entire sports program.

  • Collegiate Honor Codes Latest Front in Culture Wars?

    by Hal Boyd July 2016

    College honor codes appear to be emerging as the latest culture war du jour. In Canada, Trinity Western Law School is being denied accreditation by legal societies due to its strict "Christian covenant" that only allows sexual relations in a marriage between a man and a woman. The matter is now wending its way through the Canadian court system. In California, the state assembly is considering legislation that, among other things, requires religious schools receiving state aid to provide married student housing for "both married opposite-sex and married same-sex couples."