• Iowa HS Hoops Coaches Freed From 'Seat Belt' Rule

    by Jason Scott November 2015

    A rule requiring high school basketball coaches in Iowa to remain in their seats during games has been lifted.

  • NHL Weighing Options to Boost Scoring

    by Mark Lazerus November 2015

    Scoring, as always, is down this year. Teams are combining for an average of 5.28 goals per game, down a bit from last season's 5.32, which was down from the previous season's 5.34

  • Opinion: Get Government Out of Locker Rooms

    by Debra J. Saunders November 2015

    This story starts with a transgender high school student who was born male but identifies as female. As a public high school student, she wants the school to recognize her as a girl, to call her by her new legal name, to allow her to use the girls’ bathroom and to accept her in girls’ athletic programs.

  • Coaches Talk College Hoops Rule Changes

    by Worcester Telegram & Gazette November 2015

    Area college basketball teams open their seasons later this week and fans will notice some changes to the men's and women's games.

  • LSU Investigating Star Player's Family for NCAA Rules Violation

    by Josh Peter November 2015

    LSU is investigating whether the family of star running back Leonard Fournette violated NCAA rules, according to a person familiar with the matter who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation.

  • U.S. Soccer Announces Ban on Heading for U-11 Players

    by Jason Scott November 2015

    In response to a class-action lawsuit that sought rules changes and a reduction in concussions, U.S. Soccer announced guidelines on Monday that will prohibit young players from heading the ball.

  • Did Family of LSU Player Commit an NCAA Violation?

    by Josh Peter November 2015

    Before Leonard Fournette made his debut at LSU, his parents and a family associate were setting up an online business to capitalize on the star running back's growing fame. The plan was to sell T-shirts and hats emblazoned with "BUGA Nation," an acronym for "Being United Generates Attitude" that Fournette helped develop when he was the top-rated high school recruit in the country. Paul Price, described by Fournette's mother as the family's manager, made payments of about $10,000 to build a website and produce the merchandise to be sold, the owners of three companies involved told USA TODAY Sports. The owners said they gave Price and the Fournettes more than $20,000 in discounts because they expected strong sales driven by the star running back's popularity. Even with the discounts, one of the business owners said he had yet to be paid in full. The website launched the week of LSU's 2014 season opener, but the business went no further -- sales of T-shirts and hats were stopped within 24 hours after the NCAA learned of the site's existence, Lory Fournette said.

  • How Will Rules Changes Impact College Hoops Season?

    by Bruce Pascoe November 2015

    Of all the new rules aimed at speeding up college basketball, where team scoring average dropped again to just 67.6 last season, the reduction of the shot clock from 35 to 30 seconds may be the most well-known. But that one may not even help much. "There's some coaches I've talked to with an NBA background who feel 30 will favor the defense," UA coach Sean Miller said. "Against a great defensive team, the longer the possession, the greater the chance you have to break that defensive team down. "Five seconds less -- that's one or two passes, one dribble drive less, so maybe that will favor the defense. I don't know." The shorter shot clock was used on an experimental basis during the CBI, NIT and CIT tournaments last season, and basketball analytics guru Ken Pomeroy said it resulted in about two more possessions per game. But Pomeroy said it isn't known how coaches who've had time to strategize will attack it now.

  • NFL Report a Flag on Poor Officiating

    by Bob Brookover November 2015

    The NFL sent a memo to all 32 teams in late September asking their employees to refrain from making public comments about the officiating. The league admitted in the letter to being concerned that the criticism could "draw significant and unwanted public scrutiny." Perhaps the logic was that the officiating crews do just fine all by themselves drawing significant and unwanted public scrutiny. The memo itself was infuriating, because it warned teams it should not share things they have been told by Dean Blandino, the third-year vice president of officiating. Why so secretive? There's nothing wrong with admitting you got something wrong. To be fair, officiating is a difficult, albeit well-paying, part-time job. The problems go beyond just the calls on the field. The rules committee has made some things so convoluted that on-field interpretations can be confusing for everyone, including the officials.

  • New Policy Spells Out Rules For Adult/Student Contact

    by Karen Zapf October 2015

    Plum School District, where three teachers are accused of having sex with students, on Tuesday became one of the state's first school districts to adopt a policy aimed at preventing inappropriate adult-student contact through social media. The school board voted 7-0 to put in place a policy, titled "Maintaining Professional Adult/Student Boundaries," modeled after one made available several weeks ago by the Pennsylvania School Boards Association. The district appears to be one of the first to do so since the association's annual convention in Hershey, association spokesman Steve Robinson said.