• Opinion: Ban on Satellite Camps Hurts Student-Athletes

    by Paul Myerberg April 2016

    The NCAA's decision to ban satellite camps, effectively immediately, is seen largely as a victory for the Southeastern Conference, which has long railed against a practice it views as giving the rest of the Football Bowl Subdivision an unfair recruiting advantage. It didn't help, of course, that the SEC and the Atlantic Coast Conference had rules prohibiting coaches from participating as guest coaches at satellite-camp opportunities -- essentially giving the rest of the FBS free rein to hold camps in the Southeast.

  • Tyndall Hit with 10-Year Show Cause, Ex-Coach May Sue

    by Grant Ramey April 2016

    Donnie Tyndall plans to appeal the NCAA’s 10-year show cause ordered against him Friday. If that doesn’t work, he’s prepared to take legal action. The ruling announced Friday was “intended to drive him out of the coaching profession permanently,” according to the former Tennessee basketball coach’s legal representation, lawyer Don Jackson of The Sports Group, based in Montgomery, Ala. In an emailed statement to the News Sentinel late Friday night, Jackson said the planned appeal of the Committee on Infractions’ decision will “aggressively defend” Tyndall against “groundless allegations” made by the NCAA.

  • Ban on Meldonium Questioned After Athletes Fail Test

    by Rachel Axon April 2016

    Maria Sharapova is the most noteworthy athlete to have failed a drug test for meldonium. But in the month since the tennis star revealed her use of a drug she contends is for medical reasons, a slew of other top athletes have been implicated. They include fellow Russians Yuliya Efimova, a four-time breaststroke world champion, and Nikolai Kuksenkov, the country's best male gymnast. In all, 140 athletes have tested positive for meldonium in the three months after it was banned Jan. 1, according to a World Anti-Doping Agency spokesman. But as the tally of failed tests is increasing, critics are raising questions about whether meldonium enhances performance and how WADA could ban the drug with what they say is relatively little scientific evidence. "There's really no evidence that there's any performance enhancement from meldonium. Zero," said Don Catlin, a longtime anti-doping expert and the scientific director of the Banned Substances Control Group.

  • Fighting Down in US Junior Hockey Leagues

    by Kevin Allen April 2016

    Fighting in the NHL continues to decrease, but U.S junior hockey is where radical changes are being seen. "Fighting is not part of the fabric in junior hockey in the United States anymore," said Marc Boxer, USA Hockey's director of junior hockey. "It's not what kids are doing. ... No kid wants to take himself out of a game because the viewing he may get from NHL scouts and college scouts." The USA Hockey Player Safety Initiative was adopted in 2012 with a mandate to reduce unnecessary violence with tougher standards, harsher punishments and increased league scrutiny. Since then, fighting and reckless hits have been down and the quality of play has been on the rise.

  • Commissioners Considering Ban on Park Wrongdoers

    by Palm Beach Post Staff Writer April 2016

    Palm Beach County commissioners are set to vote on a plan to issue "trespass" notices to people that would force them to stay out of parks or natural areas or face criminal prosecution.

  • Editorial: No More Unequal Pay for World Cup Champs

    by Dallas Morning News April 2016

    In U.S. Soccer, particularly, pay comparisons are apples to apples. Men and women do the same job. They play the same number of games with the same amount of practice and travel.

  • Opinion: Demand Accountability for Sports Misconduct

    by Marlen Garcia April 2016

    Too often, top-level administrators are clueless about the inner workings of athletics. They see high-achieving athletes, many of whom also excel academically, and prefer to assume everything is dandy.

  • Boeheim: Difference Between 'Breaking Rules' and 'Cheating'

    by Dayton Daily News April 2016

    Jim Boeheim drew a distinction Thursday between what he considers cheating in college sports and the violations for which Syracuse was punished with a postseason ban last year. "It's something I regret," the basketball coach said. "I'm not happy about that. I don't think we gained any competitive advantage at any time in this whole case that we've been through for 10 years. I think it weighed on us for 10 years and affected recruiting for 10 years. That's just part of the punishment.

  • Final Four Families Get Travel Expense Help From NCAA

    by Ryan Aber March 2016

    For the second straight season, the NCAA will pay expenses to the family of each player for the teams in the men's and women's Final Fours. The money is for travel, hotel and meal expenses for family members.

  • Illinois Fantasy Sports Supporters Open to Regulations

    by Drew Zimmerman March 2016

    Supporters of online fantasy sports services in Illinois say they would be open to the type of regulations that were finalized by the attorney general of Massachusetts last week. Attorney General Maura Healey issued a series of regulations to daily fantasy sports companies across that state, including raising the minimum age to participate to 21, prohibiting contests based on college sports and providing consumer protections for compulsive players.