• Rio Olympics May Feature First Openly Trans Athletes

    by Scott Gleeson and Erik Brady July 2016

    The International Olympic Committee held a meeting in May about transgender issues in which members of an international sports federation said two closeted transgender athletes who competed in their sport were considering coming out publicly before the Games this summer, according to two people who attended the meeting and spoke to USA TODAY Sports.

  • Top NCAA Tourney Seed to Choose Opening-Round Site

    by Jason Scott July 2016

    Beginning this upcoming season, the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA basketball tournament will be able to choose the location of its first- and second-round games, giving the top seed an even greater competitive advantage.

  • Pac-12 Officials to Review Targeting via Replay

    by Joey Kaufman July 2016

    Replay officials in the Pac-12 will see greater authority this fall. Among the rule changes detailed Friday at the conference's media days was one that allows the replay booth to review a potential targeting penalty that was missed by officials on the field.

  • Anti-Doping Leaders Call for Russian Ban from Olympics

    by Stephen Wilson and Eddie Pells July 2016

    A letter drafted by U.S. and Canadian anti-doping leaders urging Russia's removal from the upcoming Olympics is circulating days before the public release of a report expected to detail a state-sponsored doping system that corrupted the country's entire sports program.

  • Collegiate Honor Codes Latest Front in Culture Wars?

    by Hal Boyd July 2016

    College honor codes appear to be emerging as the latest culture war du jour. In Canada, Trinity Western Law School is being denied accreditation by legal societies due to its strict "Christian covenant" that only allows sexual relations in a marriage between a man and a woman. The matter is now wending its way through the Canadian court system. In California, the state assembly is considering legislation that, among other things, requires religious schools receiving state aid to provide married student housing for "both married opposite-sex and married same-sex couples."

  • Freeze Faces Tough Questions on NCAA Investigation

    by Seth Emerson July 2016

    Three-and-a-half years ago, as Laremy Tunsil and other high-pro-file prospects were shocking people by signing with Ole Miss, coach Hugh Freeze sent out a tweet challenging people with any proof of recruiting violations to contact their athletics department.

  • Prep Pitch Count Rule Could Impact College Game

    by Pat Hickey July 2016

    Tuesday’s announcement that will require state athletic associations to impose pitch count restrictions in high school baseball have some wondering the same question. Will it lead to one being implemented in the college game? University of Evansville head coach Wes Carroll could see that happening, but defended the majority of his colleagues and said a similar policy is already in place at his program.

  • Photo from High School Could Earn Player Suspension

    by Matt Porter July 2016

    Promising University of Miami freshman wide receiver Sam Bruce is facing a potential one- or two-game suspension for an incident that occurred during his time in high school, the Miami Herald reported.

  • 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.