• Source: MLB Gave A-Rod Testosterone OK in 2007

    by Bob Nightengale, USA TODAY Sports July 2014

    Suspended New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez received permission from baseball officials to use testosterone during his 2007 MVP season, a person with knowledge of the exemption told USA TODAY Sports on Wednesday.

  • One Year After VHSL Realignment, More Change Expected

    by Jami Frankenberry July 2014

    The Virginia High School League's initial conference alignment plan for 2015-16 sends 10 South Hampton Roads high schools to new conferences or classifications. The plan, using enrollment figures from March 31 of this year, reunites some old rivals: Kellam joins six other former Beach District members in Group 6A as part of the Coastal Conference (Conference 1).

  • Audit of City Golf Courses Hints at Alleged Fraud, Waste

    by Dan McKay, Journal Staff Writer July 2014

    Internal auditors examining Albuquerque's municipal golf courses found poor management and a "fundamental breakdown in common business practices" that have cost the city hundreds of thousands of dollars, according to a recent report. In one case, auditors said, a 2008 arrangement resulted in the city's forgoing $1.5 million in revenue in exchange for a point-of-sale checkout system that would have cost $60,000. Meanwhile, the city's inspector general is investigating "potential fraud allegations" and will issue a separate report addressing allegations of fraud, waste and abuse. Maintenance of grounds and facilities at Albuquerque's four municipal golf courses is the city's responsibility, but independent contractors manage the business operations and concessions for a share of the revenue from liquor, food, merchandise, equipment sales and the like. All greens fees must go to the city.

  • Rutgers Officially Joins Big Ten, Starts Playing Catch-Up

    by Joe Juliano; Inquirer Staff Writer July 2014

    With Rutgers celebrating its official entry Tuesday into the Big Ten Conference, coach Kyle Flood saw nothing wrong with his players looking at the big picture, which includes eight new league opponents.

  • SEC Coaches Favor NBA Minimum-Age Increase

    by David Paschall July 2014

    If NBA commissioner Adam Silver attains his goal of raising the NBA draft minimum from 19 to 20 years and from one to two years out of high school, he would be greatly endearing himself to Southeastern Conference coaches.

  • AD: Rule 'A Death Sentence' for Freshmen Who 'Bomb'

    by Bonnie Washuk, Staff Writer July 2014

    LEWISTON - Saying the athletic eligibility policy doesn't allow students to recover from "bombing" their freshman year, Lewiston High School Athletic Director Jason Fuller is asking for change. The School Committee heard the request for sophomores, juniors and seniors Monday night, but took no action. The policy says athletes are eligible to play if they're on track to graduate, achieving the necessary 24 credits.

  • Utah's Compliance System Considered Unique by AD Hill

    by Dirk Facer, Deseret News June 2014

    By Dirk Facer Deseret News SALT LAKE CITY - When it comes to NCAA compliance, the University of Utah has a plan in place. Actually, it's more of a system - and one that Athletics Director Chris Hill considers unique. It's set up for outside checks and balances by the school's legal department. Utah compliance has a dotted line to Robert Payne of the office of general counsel, who reports quarterly to university president David W. Pershing. Both Hill and Payne receive compliance notifications. "So when I speak to the coaches, how many times do you think I want Robert Payne to talk to the president and then have the president call me?" Hill said. "Zero."

  • Coaches Fear 7-on-7 Football Could Lead to Recruiting

    by Anthony Chiang, Palm Beach Post Staff Writer June 2014

    When his players wanted to join spring's version of 7-on-7 football in past years, Palm Beach Central assistant coach Dennis Abbate took them to Plantation. The South Florida Blur was the primary independent 7-on-7 team based in Palm Beach County, but because it accepted stars from Miami-Dade and Broward counties, there weren't many roster spots left for local players. So they had to travel to Broward -- or even farther. "Every Sunday, we would have to drive them down to Plantation and it was a pain in the neck," Abbate said. The Blur now is gone, replaced by a team Abbate created. The BallerNation Football Club is made up exclusively of Palm Beach County players.

  • UT Files New Motion to Keep Lawsuit Docs Out of Media

    by Dan Fleser June 2014

    The University of Tennessee filed another protective order Friday in district court, seeking to prohibit “extrajudicial use or disclosure” of documents and information developed in discovery pertaining to Debby Jennings’ lawsuit against the university and athletic director Dave Hart.

  • Boy’s Drowning Sparks Call for Age Restriction Changes

    by Emily Attwood June 2014

    How young is too young to be swimming alone at a public pool? That is the question being asked in Cincinnati following the drowning of a 10-year-old boy last week. The boy was unresponsive when lifeguards pulled him from the pool at Bush Recreation Center and began emergency response procedures. He was transported to a local hospital, where he died over the weekend.