• Controversy: HS Baseball Playoffs Called Early

    by Rick O'Brien May 2016

    Controversy swirled when two Catholic League baseball quarterfinal games that were suspended Monday because of rain did not resume as expected on Tuesday. No. 5 seed Neumann-Goretti, which was ahead of No. 4 Roman Catholic by 2-1 in the top of the sixth inning, and No. 6 Cardinal O'Hara, which had a 4-1 advantage on No. 3 La Salle in the bottom of the sixth, were declared winners about noon on Tuesday.

  • Rule-Breaking HS Pleads Case to Conference ADs

    by Jason Scott May 2016

    Bellevue (Wash.) High School made headlines earlier this year after an outside investigation revealed widespread problems within its football program, ranging from boosters providing subsidized tuition at an alternative school and players using fake addresses for eligibility.

  • Strike Zone, Intentional Walk Changes Coming to MLB?

    by Pittsburgh Tribune Review May 2016

    A new strike zone could be on baseball's horizon, and the old-fashioned intentional walk could be a thing of the past after both were agreed to by the competition committee at Major League Baseball's owners meetings this week, sources told ESPN.

  • Coach: Fantasy Sports May Put Student-Athletes at Risk

    by Mary Hansen May 2016

    A suburban baseball coach warned Illinois lawmakers that fantasy sports contests are wagering in the eyes of the NCAA and put student athletes who participate at risk of being suspended.

  • Couple Jailed in Student-Athlete Transfer Case

    by Danielle Battaglia May 2016

    The investigation into the fraudulent documents also led the North Carolina High School Athletic Association to strip Eastern Alamance High School of 28 victories and forced the school to repay $19,000 in playoff gate receipts.

  • Complications Likely if Undrafted Players Return to School

    by Jay Clemons May 2016

    What's the downside of letting undrafted juniors or draft-eligible sophomores return to school — assuming they never signed with an agent, accepted money from prospective agents and were in good standing with a university before declaring?

  • Transfer Trend Concerns College Coaches

    by Andrew Miller May 2016

    It's a growing trend in college basketball; 2,000-plus college basketball players have changed schools over the last three years. Nearly 850 players made the move last year.

  • Ole Miss: Tunsil Texts Likely Real, Probe Continues

    by Daniel Paulling May 2016

    Ole Miss believes the alleged text message conversations between former offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil and director of football operations John Miller are real, but the school is still investigating whether screenshots of those messages were altered before being posted online, ESPN reported Thursday.

  • MLB Investigating Red Sox Over Foreign Players

    by Brian MacPherson May 2016

    Major League Baseball is investigating the procedure by which the Red Sox signed multiple players from Venezuela in the most recent international signing period, Baseball America reported Wednesday. A Major League Baseball source did not confirm or deny the investigation other than to say that such investigations are routine to ensure rules are being followed. The Red Sox declined comment through a team spokesperson. Penalties if a violation is found could include fines, suspensions and further spending restrictions. According to the Baseball America report, Major League Baseball is investigating whether the Red Sox tried to circumvent strict limitations on their international spending through so-called “package deals” — signing multiple players out of the same training program in order to funnel more bonus money than permitted to a specific target. Such arrangements, according to a league source, are expressly prohibited.

  • Schools Want Way to Welcome Back Undrafted Athletes

    by Tom D'Angelo May 2016

    Of the 107 underclassmen who forfeited their final year of college football eligibility to enter last month's NFL draft, 30 were not selected. That number will be even greater following next month's NBA draft. The league received 117 letters from players wishing to enter the draft before their college eligibility expired. Yet, the draft consists of two rounds -- 60 selections -- of which many will be seniors and international players.