• Appeals Court Denies Brady; Last Option a Hail Mary

    by Lorenzo Reyes July 2016

    Tom Brady rarely faces long odds on the football field. But this time, the star quarterback of the New England Patriots will need help — and incredible good fortune — from the nation's highest court to pull out another victory. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals denied a request from Brady and the NFL Players Association for a rehearing of his four-game suspension in the ongoing Deflategate case Wednesday, sending the strongest signal yet that a conclusion to the saga finally might be near.

  • District Implements New Heat Procedures

    by Joe Sirera July 2016

    Leigh Hebbard said the changes were not in response to the death of incoming Page freshman Karson Cross after a football workout June 13.

  • KSHSAA Mulls Rule Change After Softball Controversy

    by Rick Peterson July 2016

    With inclement weather threatening state tournaments in several sports across the state, the KSHSAA was left scrambling to get tournaments completed while also abiding by regulations established by the National Federation of State High School Associations.

  • Six-Player Football Coaches Embrace Title Changes

    by AB Staff July 2016

    They play on smaller football fields with fewer players. Their games don’t last as long, especially if prematurely ended by the mercy rule. But that doesn’t mean six-man football coaches and players have less pride than their 11-man brethren. They drip the same amount of sweat at those sweltering August practices and fight for the same gold balls and trophies.

  • Opinion: MLB Should Fix All-Star Game Farce

    by Barry Rozner July 2016

    In the dream, Ron Manfred steps to the podium and smiles. The commissioner of baseball says that while he understands the reason why his predecessor decided to take an exhibition game and arbitrarily attach meaning to it, Manfred has concluded that homefield advantage in the World Series should be determined by the team having the best record during the 162-game regular season, during which each game counts in the standings. He means no disrespect to Bud Selig. In fact, he waited two All-Star Games and watched carefully the selections and management of the game itself, while weighing the arguments for and against.

  • Opinion: College Athletes Deserve More Time

    by Gordon Monson July 2016

    A smart, gifted athlete at a local university once whispered that he wished he could have properly prepared for medical school during his undergraduate years while playing football, but he had found it difficult to coordinate rigorous, conflicting time commitments in both athletics and academics. He said he felt as though his coaches "owned" him, and that his playing time was dependent on dutiful, required, rigid compliance to the wishes of others that often went unspoken, but were definitely implied. He went on to have a terrific football career at the school ccc and wound up with a degree in communications. He had no time to become a doctor. Time, at last, might be on a college athlete's side, or at least be edging in that direction.

  • Opinion: Sprinter's Defeat Shows Need for Doping Enforcement

    by Deseret Morning News July 2016

    With less than 120 meters to go to cross the finish line of the 800-meter final at the 2016 Olympic trials, Alysia Montano tripped on another athlete, who flailed after being clipped by a third runner, and Montano tumbled to the ground. After the fall, she cried out and then repeatedly struggled to get to her feet. She wailed and then collected herself enough to run a few more feet before the reality of what she'd lost pushed her back to her knees.

  • College Hockey Coaches Oppose Overtime Proposal

    by Chip Malafronte July 2016

    When the NCAA ice hockey rules committee last month recommended that overtime games during the regular season be played with four skaters to each side, it went against the overwhelming opinion of its coaching body. At the annual convention in April, the 60 Division I hockey coaches were nearly unanimous in voting against a proposal to change the current regular season overtime format: 5-on-5 for five minutes. The rules committee ignored that vote and moved forward with its proposal anyway. It's now up to the NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel, which could make the change official on July 20. If passed, the new rule would be implemented for the coming season.

  • Columnist: UT Defends Culture With a Payout

    by John Adams July 2016

    Tennessee officials have said all along there’s nothing wrong with the culture surrounding their athletic program. And they’re willing to spend almost $2.5 million not to prove it.

  • Prep Coach Fired Amid Ineligible-Players Probe

    by Sonja Isger Palm Beach Post Staff Writer July 2016

    While the public awaits the Florida High School Athletic Association's findings on allegations that Lake Worth High's baseball team was brimming with ineligible players from Puerto Rico, the school has axed its baseball coach and four of his volunteer assistants.