• Opinion: Punishing Players for Earlier Cheating Unfair

    by Vince Grippi June 2016

    An incoming freshman at Bellevue High this year would play some 34 football games in his four years, about 35 percent fewer than a recently graduated senior may have played and about 20 percent fewer than the typical high school football player in this state.

  • Utah to Consider Changes to HS Athletic Transfer Policy

    by Amy Donaldson June 2016

    Proposed changes to the high school transfer policy would make it even tougher for student-athletes in Utah to switch schools and continue playing varsity sports.

  • Opinion: Sharapova a World-Class Cheater

    by Christine Brennan June 2016

    If this is it for 29-year-old Maria Sharapova, and it certainly could be, it's such an inglorious ending. It's also a well-deserved one. When one of the world's iconic athletes willfully disregards repeated email warnings that a drug she has been taking for 10 years is being banned, and continues to use it after the ban, and hides the fact that she is taking it from her doctors, there's only one word for that kind of behavior: cheating. The International Tennis Federation suspended Sharapova for two years Wednesday for testing positive twice in 2016 for the banned substance meldonium. She immediately said she will appeal the decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, hoping to lessen her suspension.

  • Sharapova Hit with Two-Year Ban, Will Appeal

    by Chris Lehourites and Howard Fendrich The Associated Press June 2016

    Maria Sharapova was suspended Wednesday for two years for failing a drug test, labeled "the sole author of her own misfortune" because she hid regular pre-match use of a newly banned substance from anti-doping authorities and members of her own entourage. The tennis star said she would appeal what she called "an unfairly harsh" punishment to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

  • Cheating HS Football Program Hammered with Sanctions

    by Jayson Jenks June 2016

    A committee has voted to ban the Bellevue High School football program from postseason play for four years, ban outside donations and tighten incoming transfer oversight, citing a preponderance of evidence that violations occurred.

  • HS Cross Country Team on Probation for Recruiting

    by Jim Allen June 2016

    One of the most successful high school athletic programs in Spokane history has been placed on probation for recruiting violations. The North Central boys cross country program - which has won 10 consecutive state championships - faces numerous penalties handed down last month by the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association. The penalties stem from the actions of assistant coach Len Long, who earlier this school year distributed DVD videos and other promotional material to select athletes at elementary schools outside the North Central attendance area.

  • New Rule to Benefit HS Baseball Draftees

    by Josh Barnett and Bob Nightengale June 2016

    For the first time, high school baseball players drafted will be able to hire agents without jeopardizing their college eligibility, significantly curtailing the practice of agents serving as advisers. Under an NCAA rule passed in January, players must pay the agent's rate while working with the agent and then end their relationship with the agent before enrolling in college if they don't sign.

  • Florida Guidelines Limit Full-Contact HS Football Practices

    by Josh Barnett June 2016

    Given the concerns about football and head trauma, the Florida High School Athletic Association has adopted full-contact practice limits for the first time. Frank Beasley, the executive director of the FHSAA, told USA TODAY High School Sports on Monday that the guidelines would take effect Aug. 1.

  • SEC Debates Application of 'Misconduct' Rule

    by Dustin Dopirak June 2016

    The SEC appeared ahead of the game last year when it approved a ban on the acceptance of transfers who had been punished through the legal system, or another university or athletic department for “serious misconduct,” defined as sexual assault, domestic violence or other forms of sexual violence.

  • New SEC Bylaw Bans Transfers with Misconduct Records

    by Dustin Dopirak June 2016

    The new bylaw, proposed by Georgia, prohibited SEC schools from accepting transfers who had been “subject to official university or athletics department disciplinary action at any time during enrollment at any previous collegiate institution … due to serious misconduct.”