• Handshake Lines, Flying Objects Mulled After Scuffle

    by Geoff Grammer, Journal Staff Writer February 2014

    The University of New Mexico and the Mountain West Conference on Monday were working to determine disciplinary action against one fan and still trying to identify another fan who threw objects at San Diego State players on Saturday night after the Lobos knocked off the then-No. 6 Aztecs in a sold-out Pit. And Lobos coach Craig Neal on Saturday night spoke out against the longtime tradition of having two teams shake hands after a game. There was some pushing during the handshake line following Saturday's game, and the two teams were quickly separated.

  • NFHS Adopts Football Targeting, Defenseless Player Rules

    by Jim Leitner, sports editor February 2014

    The National Federation of State High School Associations took more steps last week to make its most popular sport safer. In an effort to reduce contact above the shoulders, the NFHS Football Rules Committee introduced rules that will define "targeting" and will be penalized as illegal personal contact. The group also defined a "defenseless" player. Beginning this fall, new Rule 2-43 will read as follows: "Targeting is an act of taking aim and initiating contact to an opponent above the shoulders with the helmet, forearm, hand, fist, elbow or shoulders."

  • Dolphins Sack O-Line Coach, Trainer in Wake of Report

    by Super User February 2014

    The firings Wednesday were the first punitive steps taken by the Dolphins since a report on the NFL's investigation into the scandal was released last week.

  • Transgender Students Allowed to Play, Homeschoolers Benched in Virginia

    by Michael Gaio February 2014

    It was a big news week for high school athletes in Virginia.

  • Columnist: Sports Investigations Latest Cottage Industry

    by Thom Loverro, THE WASHINGTON TIMES February 2014

    Mama, let your babies grow up to be independent sports investigators.

  • NBA's Age Rule Has Profoundly Affected College Game

    by Nicole Auerbach and Jeffrey Martin February 2014

    Michael Beasley wonders where his statistics might stack up if he had remained at Kansas State longer than his freshman year, when he averaged 26.2 points and 12.4 rebounds.

  • U. of Georgia Bars Iconic Swim Coach from SEC Meet

    by Chip Towers February 2014

    Jack Bauerle, who has led UGA's swim program for more than three decades and coached the Bulldogs to five national championships, has been barred by UGA "from the pool deck" while an NCAA investigation continues into his involvement in an academic matter involving men's swimming star Chase Kalisz.

  • Opinion: For Hockey, Bigger Ice Sheet Is Better

    by Michael Arace, The Columbus Dispatch February 2014

    The NHL, as it expanded in the last decade of the last century, had a chance to get bigger in another fashion. Twenty-six arenas were built or renovated in the past 20 years. The opportunity was there to install Olympic-sized ice sheets throughout the league. It was not done, primarily because it did not occur to the people who run the league. This is the NHL: It leaves knuckle tracks.

  • U. of Minnesota Seeks Permanent Stadium Alcohol Sales

    by MAURA LERNER; STAFF WRITER, STAR TRIBUNE (Mpls.-St. Paul) February 2014

    The University of Minnesota is ready to make beer and wine sales a permanent fixture at Gopher football games. After a two-year experiment, university officials found "no significant increase" in alcohol-related incidents at TCF Bank Stadium, according to a report this week to the Board of Regents. In fact, there were fewer police calls about rowdy or drunken fans in 2013 than in 2010, two years before the on-site beer and wine sales began.

  • Eligibility-Plagued Online Academy Pulls Out of Playoffs

    by DAVID LA VAQUE; STAFF WRITER, STAR TRIBUNE (Mpls.-St. Paul) February 2014

    Instead of playing a section championship game Thursday night and quite probably heading to the girls' hockey state tournament, Achiever Academy called it quits just a few hours earlier in the day amid intense scrutiny over eligibility questions about its players. In a rare and possibly unprecedented move, the private online high school withdrew from the playoffs, even as it held the top seed in its section of Class 1A. As a result, St. Paul United, the opponent in a game that never was played, will make its first appearance ever at Xcel Energy Center.