• D-I Hockey Coaches Allowed Fairer Access to Recruits

    by Larry Mahoney, BDN Staff February 2014

    ORONO, Maine -- Division I college hockey coaches will have a better chance to land players in their battle against the Major Junior hockey leagues thanks to legislation passed by the NCAA last month that will allow them earlier and more frequent contact with potential student-athletes.

  • Archdiocese Denies High School Girl a Chance to Wrestle

    by Lou Rabito; Inquirer Columnist February 2014

    Amanda Leve talks with confidence and pride about her accomplishments in Brazilian jiujitsu, her unyielding willingness to battle boys her age and older, and her ability, at times, to force them into submission. This being 2014, those opportunities exist for a 17-year-old girl. Leve also speaks enthusiastically about wanting to become a professional mixed-martial-arts fighter, with the goal of competing on the sport's biggest stage, UFC.

  • Ultimatum: Suspend Coach for Ref Bump or Miss Playoffs

    by CHRIS HARLAN January 2014

    The Greensburg Central Catholic boys basketball team will be banned from this season's playoffs unless the school suspends coach Greg Bisignani for three regular season games. That ultimatum was delivered Tuesday by the WPIAL Board of Control, said WPIAL executive director Tim O'Malley. The punishment was the outcome of a hearing Monday that examined Bisignani's interaction with an official in the moments after an overtime loss to McKeesport on Jan. 18.

  • Two Busted for Selling $10K in Fake Super Bowl Tickets

    by Christina Carrega-Woodby and Kirstan Conley January 2014

    Two men were busted after allegedly producing phony Super Bowl tickets that looked so real, authorities said they'd likely fool security at MetLife Stadium on Sunday.

  • Club Basketball Team Focus of Charter School Inquiry

    by Gregory Childress; 919-419-6645 January 2014

    The state Office of Charter Schools has launched an inquiry into the relationship between PACE Academy in Carrboro and Bull City Prep Academy, a club basketball team that has several players attending the charter school.

  • Play Super Bowl Concussed? Most Players Say 'Yes'

    by Nick Daniels January 2014

    Most NFL players would do almost anything for a chance at a Super Bowl ring — including play with a serious injury.

    ESPN’s NFL Nation reported Monday 85 percent — or 272 of the 320 NFL players polled — said they would play in  the Super Bowl, even if they had a concussion.

  • Reading Controversy: UNC Examines Athlete Admissions

    by APRIL DUDASH January 2014

    CHAPEL HILL - The 10-member UNC Student-Athlete Academic Initiatives Working Group on Friday discussed proactive ways to balance athletic competitiveness with high academic standards. Professors, administrators and athletics staff touched upon educating middle-school-aged athletes on the importance of getting a degree, working with middle and high-school coaches on academic leadership and enhancing conversations with UNC admissions about student recruits. The group has met since September to revamp 22 pinpointed stages of university interaction with student-athletes, from recruitment to post-graduation.

  • High School Accuses Rival of Recruiting Its Players

    by MIKE CAMUNAS; Tribune correspondent January 2014

    Days after losing one of its best football players to a Hillsborough County private school, Pasco High is calling foul. On Thursday, Pasco County athletic director Phil Bell filed a formal complaint with the Florida High School Athletic Association on behalf of Pasco football coach Tom McHugh, claiming Tampa Catholic recruited sophomore Nate Craig and two other Pasco High players. FHSAA spokesman Corey Sobers confirmed the complaint and an ongoing investigation into the claims.

  • Man Who Fell from 300 Deck in Buffalo Gets Stadium Ban

    by Paul Steinbach November 2013

    A fan who attempted to slide down the side railing of the 300 deck at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Buffalo, only to topple backwards and land on a fan in the 200 level, has fallen out of favor with the hometown Bills. As a result of his actions Sunday, the fan has been banned from the stadium.

  • High School's 'Arab' Mascot Called Into Question

    by Michael Gaio November 2013

    When it comes to nickname and mascot controversy, typically Native Americans and teams like the Indians and Redskins come to mind. But a Southern California high school's longstanding Arab mascot is at the center of its own controversy.