• Board Penalizes High School for Practice Violations

    by Rick Ryan August 2016

    Wheeling Central's football program was hit with penalties by the West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission Wednesday for practice violations earlier this month. The SSAC Board of Directors suspended veteran head coach Mike Young for both his team's preseason scrimmages (a penalty already served), placed his entire coaching staff on probation for one year and took away four of the Maroon Knights' six allotted "flex" days next summer, which are used for out-of-season coaching.

  • Dusty Baker Dislikes MLB Replay

    by Knoxville News-Sentinel August 2016

    Baseball's replay system has a glaring loophole: There is no formal time limit to request a challenge. Without a deadline to worry about, teams nearly always stall until someone in the clubhouse with access to a television relays whether to challenge the play or not to the manager.

  • Autistic Teen Fights for Football Eligibility

    by Joseph Popiolkowski August 2016

    Jacob Kohler, who was diagnosed with autism as a child and needs a fifth year to graduate, has been ruled ineligible to play by Section VI, which governs Western New York high school sports.

  • HS Forfeits Win Over Ineligible Player

    by Chris Thomas August 2016

    Catholic High School’s football team, the defending Tennessee state champion in Class 4A, has forfeited Saturday’s win over Morristown West after playing an ineligible player, Irish coach Steve Matthews told the News Sentinel on Monday.

  • Residency Probe Hangs Over HS Football Program

    by Phil Anastasia August 2016

    One of New Jersey's best teams is under siege, and not from opponents trying to win games or claim championships, but from critics hoping investigators will determine the Chargers broke the rules in their rise to prominence.

  • MLB Considering Changes to Boost Offense, Pace

    by Bob Nightengale August 2016

    Major League Baseball, alarmed by the game's lack of action this season, is considering making the most radical changes to the game in more than a century. Commissioner Rob Manfred said baseball is contemplating everything from altering the strike zone to limiting the number of pitching changes in a game, to curtailing the number of shifts, to even installing 20-second time clocks for pitchers. If these changes are implemented, it would lead to perhaps the most radical rule changes since 1889, when baseball reduced the number of balls to constitute a walk to four. Certainly, it would have more impact than the American League instituting the designated hitter in 1973.

  • New Preseason Football Practice Guidelines Considered

    by Ernie Clark August 2016

    Double sessions of preseason practice have represented a rite of passage for generations of high school football players. Two-a-days are underway this week at many Maine schools under strict guidelines regulating the length of practice sessions, protective equipment used, amount of contact allowed, and recovery time -- all designed to help players cope with the mid-August heat. "The biggest concern with preseason is acclimatization, acclimatization not only to the heat but also re-acclimatization to the sport," said Chris Sementelli, program manager for MaineGeneral Sports Medicine in Augusta and a liaison to the Maine Principals' Association sports medicine committee. While double sessions remain the norm at many high schools, some programs have veered away from the tradition for reasons that have less to do with Mother Nature and more to do with changing demographics and competing demands.

  • HS Under Investigation for Possible Practice Violations

    by Rick Ryan August 2016

    The West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission is looking into possible football practice violations by Class A power Wheeling Central. The possible violations in question involve players wearing pads during the first week of practice, which began Aug. 1 for high schools in West Virginia.

  • Study: Most NCAA Violations Involve Big-Money Sports

    by Eric Olson August 2016

    Big-money sports football and men's basketball were involved in 83 percent of NCAA Division I major infractions cases from 1953 to 2014, according to the first study of its kind released Tuesday. Probation and public reprimand and censure were the most common penalties.

  • Opinion: Despite Dangers, Kickoffs Belong in NFL

    by Paul Woody August 2016

    Nothing about football is safe. As players have gotten bigger, stronger and faster, the game has moved from a collision sport to something close to a car wreck on almost every play. The NFL constantly tries to make the game safer, but it borders on a losing proposition. Players give little thought to their bodies or future once they take the field.