• Fairness of Florida HS Baseball Playoff Questioned

    by Anthony Chiang Palm Beach Post Staff Writer May 2014

    One dominant pitcher and rain is a dangerous combination. American Heritage found that out the hard way, running into Coral Springs Christian ace and top Major League Baseball draft prospect Touki Toussaint in the Class 3A regional quarterfinals last season. Trailing 1-0 in the seventh, the Stallions tied the game at one just before the skies opened up in the middle of the rally. That marked the end of Heritage's season, however, as the weather never allowed for the game to resume and the score reverted to 1-0 because the inning wasn't completed.

  • Sterling's Signature on NBA Contracts Hurts His Cause

    by Jeff Zillgitt, @JeffZillgitt, USA TODAY Sports May 2014

    The NBA not only is relying on its constitution and bylaws to force Los Angeles Clipper owner Donald Sterling to sell the team but also plans to rely on moral and ethical contracts with the league Sterling has signed over the years, a person familiar with the deal told USA TODAY Sports.

  • Editorial: Court Right to Rule TSSAA Records are Open


    The Tennessee Court of Appeals correctly upheld a lower court decision last week that the records of the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association are open to the public. The court affirmed that a non-government entity that acts as the “functional equivalent” of a government agency must play by the same rules as government agencies. This established legal principle is becoming more important to the public as more governmental functions are being outsourced to private entities.

  • Village Reverses Course, OKs Beer at Adult Athletic Events

    by By Deborah Donovan May 2014

    Reversing two previous votes, the Wheeling village board on Monday granted the Wheeling Park District a license to sell beer at adult athletic events in the rebuilt Heritage Park. Village President Dean Argiris and Trustee Mary Krueger changed their votes, joining Trustees Ray Lang and Bill Hein. Trustees Kenneth R. Brady and David Vogel voted against the license. Trustee Robert Heer did not vote because his daughter works for the park district.

  • Will SEC Scheduling Rule Shut Out Lesser Leagues?

    by Dan Wolken, USA TODAY Sports May 2014

    Though the scheduling format released by the Southeastern Conference last week included practically no substantive changes, one stipulation caught the eye of several officials in lower-level conferences.

  • Opinion: Winston, Florida State Need to Learn Lesson

    by Dan Wolken, @DanWolken, USA TODAY Sports May 2014

    The jokes came easily Wednesday once details of Jameis Winston's latest immature episode started to surface, but none of them was as funny as the statements from Winston and a Florida State athletics department full of national title-level enablers. Less than five months ago, those same folks were trying to whisk him away from reporters the day before the Heisman Trophy ceremony once questions about a sexual assault investigation that had just concluded started coming his way. Though Florida State officials eventually realized their mistake and allowed Winston to complete the news conference, their instinct was to shield and protect rather than allow their then-19-year-old quarterback to feel the full-measure discomfort that the circumstances demanded.

  • Upset Parents Contend that School Physicals Go Too Far

    by Sandra Tan; News Staff Reporter April 2014

    Two parents are angry that nurse practitioners in the Buffalo Public Schools examined, touched or tried to examine their children's genital areas as part of physical exams to which the parents did not knowingly consent.

  • Vikings Owners to Benefit from Storage of Dome Dirt


    The new Minnesota Vikings stadium project ran into a problem late last year: Where to store the unexpected amounts of reusable dirt from the soon-to-be demolished Metrodome? The obvious solution: Three nearby parking lots owned by the Wilf family, the Vikings owners.

  • Opinion: Self-Worth at Issue in Buffalo Jills' Lawsuit

    by The Buffalo News (New York) April 2014

    The lawsuit filed last week by five former Buffalo Jills was shocking for one reason: It took as long as it did for the women to get fed up. The allegations paint a picture that's more sad sorority than professional gig for a billion-dollar industry - little pay, humiliating body tests, a mandatory "bikini show." All this for the privilege of standing by the sidelines of the nation's most lucrative sport. There's no doubt the Jills have done plenty of charity work. They've signed up for a business in which physical fitness and attractiveness is paramount.

  • Charter School Coach Takes Issue with Transfer's Penalty

    by CHRIS HARLAN and KEVIN GORMAN April 2014

    Lincoln Park's basketball coaches weren't overly surprised when transfer Nick Aloi was declared ineligible by the WPIAL on Thursday. But they were shocked by what they considered extra-harsh punishment. When the WPIAL Board of Control declared Aloi ineligible for one year, its members could have made the penalty retroactive to his January transfer date. Instead, the board used Wednesday's hearing as the start date, forcing the sophomore to miss his entire junior season. "I think it's more than just about the kid. I think it's about charter schools," said Lincoln Park's Mike Bariski, athletic director and assistant coach at the Midland charter school. "It's a shame that Nick has become a target."