• Smoking Ban Takes Effect in Chicago's 580 Parks

    by TINA SFONDELES. Staff Reporter September 2014

    The ban includes all public parks, including large parks that host festivals like Lollapalooza and the Pitchfork festival, though ticketing is unlikely to happen at those large festivals.

  • NFL Hires Ex-FBI Director to Investigate Handling of Rice Incident

    by Tom Pelissero, USA TODAY Sports September 2014

    The NFL has hired former FBI director Robert Mueller to investigate the league's pursuit and handling of evidence in the Ray Rice domestic violence case after a report Wednesday that a league executive received videotape evidence five months before it became public.

  • Clemson Women's Soccer Team Faces Hazing Allegations

    by Kerry Capps, Anderson Independent-Mail (South Carolina) September 2014

    A former member of the Clemson women’s soccer team is suing head coach Eddie Radwanski, other staff members, administrators and former teammates for an alleged hazing incident that included “humiliating and demeaning acts” and caused significant physical injuries.

  • NFL Rules Allowed Sabres Owners' $1.4B Bid for Bills

    by Mike Harrington; News Sports Reporter September 2014

    The pending deal for Terry and Kim Pegula to purchase the Buffalo Bills does not force them to divest themselves of the franchise that originally brought them to prominence in Buffalo.

  • Appalled by Rice Video, Goodell Says NFL Was Misled

    by Christine Brennan, USA TODAY Sports September 2014

    NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said he never saw the elevator video of Ray Rice striking his then-fiancée until Monday morning, but when he did, he found it "sickening," he told USA TODAY Sports in a telephone interview Tuesday evening.

  • NCAA Lifts PSU Bowl Ban, Will Restore Scholarships

    by Joe Juliano; Inquirer Staff Writer September 2014

    The NCAA rewarded Penn State on Monday for its efforts to change the university's culture and improve campus security following the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse scandal by lifting two of the most onerous penalties from the football program.

  • New Jersey OKs Sports Betting, Effective Immediately

    by Harold Brubaker; Inquirer Staff Writer September 2014

    When the Christie administration declared on Monday that, effective immediately, casinos and horse racetracks may legally offer sports betting, legislators were quick to welcome the move.

  • Videographer's Drone Flight Over Neyland Stadium Probed

    by News Sentinel staff September 2014

    The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating a drone that flew above Neyland Stadium during the University of Tennessee-Utah State football game late last month, the agency has confirmed.

  • Opinion: Hawks Owner Acknowledged That Racism Exists

    by Dianne Williamson September 2014

    Let's call a timeout on Bruce Levenson's self-flagellation tour to pose some questions about this latest race-based "scandal" of the National Basketball Association. First, if someone acknowledges that racism exists, does that make him a racist?

  • Audit Questions Parks Dept's No-Bid Contract Approvals

    by NORBERTO SANTANA JR., VOICE OF OC September 2014

    Internal auditors say they have substantiated allegations that Orange County executives granted no-bid contracts to a friend of a county Parks Department official - dividing the contracts to avoid scrutiny from the Board of Supervisors.