• Opinion: No Team Worth $2B, Certainly Not the Clippers

    by Nancy Armour,, USA TODAY Sports May 2014

    Money doesn't buy class, as Donald Sterling has proved repeatedly over the past month. Apparently it doesn't buy common sense, either. Sterling and wife Shelly reached a deal Thursday night to sell the Los Angeles Clippers to former Microsoft chief executive officer Steve Ballmer for $2 billion, a person familiar with the situation told USA TODAY Sports on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly. That's billion, with a B. Let that rattle around your brain for a bit.

  • Strike Threatens Canadian Football League 2014 Season

    by Scott Adamson May 2014

    While three-quarters of the National Football League teams are participating in Organized Team Activities (OTAs) right now, players in the Canadian Football League are dealing with some serious business. Unfortunately, that business is not taking place on the gridiron. With the collective bargaining agreement between the league and its players expiring on Thursday and training camps set to open June 1, there is a genuine fear that the 2014 season could fall victim to a strike.

  • Is Sterling Playing Chicken with the NBA?

    by Brent Schrotenboer, @Schrotenboer, USA TODAY Sports May 2014

    Does Donald Sterling plan to let his wife sell the Los Angeles Clippers? Or will he fight? The answer is both.

  • Cubs Unveil Revised Reno Plan, Threaten to Leave Wrigley

    by FRAN SPIELMAN. City Hall Reporter May 2014

    The Cubs on Tuesday showcased - and put a $75 million price tag on - their revised plan to add more signs, seats and lights at Wrigley Field and said if the team is not allowed to "control our ballpark," it would consider moving and look first at other Chicago sites.

  • SEC Spring Meetings Focus on Autonomy Talks

    by Tim Tucker; Staff May 2014

    DESTIN, Fla. --- Even with one of their longtime, hot-button issues resolved, SEC coaches and officials face no shortage of pertinent topics at the league's annual spring meetings this week. Whether to play eight- or nine-game conference football schedules --- a frequent debate at these meetings the past two years --- was settled when the SEC decided last month to stick with eight. That cleared the table for the league to tackle topics related to a significant change expected in college athletics this summer. The meetings, which convened Tuesday and run through Friday, unfold amid expectations that the NCAA Division I Board of Directors will vote in August to give the SEC and four other conferences (ACC, Big Ten, Big 12 and Pac-12) autonomy to enact rule changes that would enable the 65 schools in those lucrative leagues to provide increased benefits and resources to their athletes.

  • Senators Pressure NFL to Replace 'Redskins' Nickname

    by S.A. Miller, THE WASHINGTON TIMES May 2014

    A group of 50 members from the Senate Democratic caucus signed on to a letter Thursday urging NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to follow the lead of the National Basketball Association, which banned Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling from the league for his racist comments about African-Americans attending basketball games.

  • NBA Commissioner Favors Raising Minimum Age to 20

    by Keith Pompey; Inquirer Staff Writer May 2014

    Two 19-year-olds - Jabari Parker and Andrew Wiggins - are expected to be among the first three players picked in the NBA draft on June 26.

  • FSU Holds Hearing for Teammates in Winston Sex Case

    by Rachel Axon, @RachelAxon, USA TODAY Sports May 2014

    As two Florida State football players faced a code of conduct hearing Tuesday for observing a sexual encounter between Jameis Winston and a woman who said the quarterback raped her, the Heisman Trophy winner was noticeably absent.

  • Team Credits Sports Psychology for NCAA Appearance

    by Super User May 2014

    The Charleston Southern softball season began like all others, with virtually no one expecting the Buccaneers to wind up in the NCAA tournament for the first time. But as the big bus pulled out of a CSU parking lot Wednesday, few members of a traveling party bound for an NCAA tournament regional in Knoxville were surprised. They visualized this.

  • Michael Sam Draft Has Retail, Political, Cultural Impact

    by Christine Brennan,, USA TODAY Sports May 2014

    Two days ago, Michael Sam was the eighth-to-last man selected in the NFL draft. Today, he is the most important football player in the nation. Sam, the first openly gay man to be drafted by an NFL team, has drawn us into conversations that we as a culture were going to get to, sooner or later. Turns out it's sooner.