• Mavs' PA Announcer Blasts Refs on Twitter, Gets Benched

    by Michael Gaio April 2014

    Dallas Mavericks public address announcer Sean Heath has been suspended for two games by the NBA after a series of tweets criticizing the league.

    The story began when Dallas, currently clinging to the eighth spot in the Western Conference playoff race, lost an overtime game to the Golden State Warriors on April 1. The day after the 122-120 Mavericks loss, league officials acknowledged that Warriors center Jermaine O'Neal should have been called for goaltending when he blocked a Dallas shot attempt that would have put the Mavs ahead with 16 seconds left in overtime.

    After the game, Heath turned to Twitter to publicly accuse the the NBA of being rigged. Danny Crawford, who is mentioned in the tweets, is one of the officials who worked the Dallas Golden State game.

    On Thursday the league announced Heath would be suspended for two games, but according to ESPN granted a request from the Mavs to postpone the suspension for one game to give the team time to find a suitable replacement. According to ESPN, Heath is known for his "high volume and passion."

    With the season winding down, Heath will miss the team's final regular season game and then either the first playoff game or the team's home opener next year should Dallas fail to make the playoffs.

  • Latest in String of Sports Sex Stings Targets The Masters

    by Larry Copeland, Kevin Johnson, and Kevin Rowson, USA TODAY April 2014

    The Masters is drawing attention this week -- and not all because of golf. It's the latest major sporting event to be the target of a sex sting.

  • Charter Schools Question Threats to Sports Programs

    by AARON CARTER; Daily News Staff Writer April 2014

    For the first time since the PIAA voiced concerns that charter schools tilt the competitive balance in their favor because of enrollment practices, District 12 charters responded yesterday to the association's executive director, Dr. Robert Lombardi.

  • Federal Complaint Filed Against UNC Over 'Paper Courses'

    by Wes Platt; 919-419-6684 April 2014

    A Durham-based student-athletes rights organization has filed a federal complaint against the University of North Carolina over so-called "paper courses" at the college.

  • Reduced TOs, Shortened Shot Clocks for College Hoops?

    by Nicole Auerbach, @NicoleAuerbach, USA TODAY Sports April 2014

    College basketball's rule changes to give players greater freedom of movement helped perimeter players in 2013-14. Now, those tasked with future rule changes are looking at potential measures to assist movement for post players -- along with a host of other topics.

  • Professors Group Decries Attention Given to Athletics

    by KARIN KAPSIDELIS April 2014

    An "irrational exuberance" for athletics and a shift of resources away from academics are signs higher education is losing focus on its core mission, the American Association of University Professors says in its annual report on the economic status of the profession.

  • After 133 Closures in 2013, City Steps Up Pool Testing

    by Nick Daniels April 2014

    When many people go to the local pool for a swim, they don’t think twice about the delicate chemical balance required for the water to be safe for swimmers — they assume there are people responsible for checking that — and they’d be right. 

    But according to the Lincoln, Neb., Journal Star, city inspectors worry those tasked with checking the pool's chlorine and pH levels may not be doing so correctly.

    In 2013, Lincoln closed 133 pools after inspections revealed that the water did not meet quality standards — which may indicate that water testers are making errors during testing.

    Under current regulations, lifeguards at a pool can handle pool tests with little training in the correct testing processes.

    Pool water is tested by adding a chemical to a small sample of pool water and stirring the sample to turn the water pink. Then another chemical is added to return the water to its original color.

    “It’s like a chemistry test,” Scott Holmes, Environmental Public Health Division manager for the local department, told the Journal Star. “You have to add the correct number of drops. You have to swirl and not shake.”

    Under proposed changes to the outdated pool-testing rules, only certified pool operators or pool testers would be allowed to do quality checks. In order to become certified, candidates would be required to take a short class and be tested to make sure they know how to test the water. The certification class would cost $20 dollars and would make a tester certified for two years.

    Testing water correctly plays a large role in helping maintain healthy pool users. When the water has the right pH and chlorine balance, it can reduce the transfer of certain types of diseases and infections.

    In 2001, Lincoln suffered an outbreak of cryptosporidium, a diarrheal illness, after it is estimated that it originally spread through public swimming pools. At its peak, there were more than 133 cases of cryptosporidium that had been acquired through public swimming pools. 

  • NCAA: UGA Coach Tried to Influence Swimmer's Grade

    by Chip Towers; Staff April 2014

    Worried about a star athlete losing his academic eligibility after fall semester, Georgia swimming and diving coach Jack Bauerle interceded and called on a professor to help out.

  • High school league tackles football issues

    by DAVID LA VAQUE; STAFF WRITER, STAR TRIBUNE (Mpls.-St. Paul) April 2014

    The calendar said spring and the weather forecast said winter, but the talk was mostly football Thursday at the Minnesota State High School League board meeting. The rejected plan would have revamped the Class 6A section quarterfinals. The league's football advisory committee sought to change the method of seeding teams and create a 32-team tournament bracket.

  • Bill Calls for Concussion Education, Parental Consent

    by Chris Hunn, Chris Hunn on Twitter April 2014

    The concussion issue may soon be tackled at the state level in Connecticut. A proposed bill to raise concussion education and awareness has been referred to the house and could be voted on during this short session.