• America's Oldest Ballparks Go Hollywood for '42'

    by Michael Popke — AB Managing Editor April 2013

    In the new Jackie Robinson biopic 42, which opened Friday, Brooklyn Dodgers shortstop Pee Wee Reese (played by Lucas Blake) does his best to put Robinson - portrayed to near-perfection by 30-year-old Chadwick Boseman - at ease in a hostile ballpark environment during his 1947 rookie season as the first African American player in Major League Baseball. "Maybe tomorrow, we'll all wear 42," Reese says. "That way, they won't be able to tell us apart."

  • Get Ready for AB Facility Madness

    by Michael Gaio March 2013

    An outstanding home facility can make all the difference in college hoops. Take Missouri, my alma mater, for example: A perfect 17-0 at home; a painfully disappointing 2-8 on the road. Ouch. And these days, facilities are more impressive than ever as they become a major weapon in the recruiting arms race.

  • Blog: The First, Horrible Step to 'Selig Series'

    by Andrew Cohen March 2013

    On the one hand, you've got your World Baseball Classic. Haven't heard of it? Don't care? You're in good company. Top Major League Baseball players and their agents don't want to risk their gazillion-dollar careers by participating in it, and MLB owners concur. It's this weird sideshow, held in the middle of spring training, featuring the best ballplayers in Japan, Cuba, Venezuela and, er, the Netherlands, facing off against the USA's own Eric Hosmer and Giancarlo Stanton, among other household names.

  • Football Playoff Likely to Impact Scheduling, FCS Budgets

    by Paul Steinbach February 2013

    What impact the new Division I college football playoff will have on regular-season scheduling is anybody's guess right now, since the makeup of a selection committee and criteria won't be determined until late April. That's when it might be known how much weight strength of schedule will carry when the first four-team playoff field is picked following the 2014 season.

  • Armstrong Asked to Return Olympic Medal

    by Emily Attwood January 2013

    Oprah's interview confirming Lance Armstrong's admission to doping hasn't aired yet, but the International Olympic Committee has heard all it needs to hear. A spokesman for the committee announced today that the IOC has asked Armstrong to return his 2000 Olympic bronze medal, won two months after his second Tour de France title.

  • Academics Ponder the Rigors of College Basketball

    by Paul Steinbach January 2013

    The 2012 Adjusted Graduation Gap Report for NCAA Division I men's and women's basketball, released Thursday by the College Sport Research Institute at the University of North Carolina, indicates the overall AGG between NCAA D-I men's basketball players and the general full-time male student body is once again sizable. And while the AGG for women is only half as large, the gap is roughly the same as last year and slightly larger than in 2010, the inaugural year of the study.

  • HOF Ballots (the Released Ones, Anyway) by the Numbers

    by Paul Steinbach January 2013

    Seems everyone has an opinion about Wednesday's National Baseball Hall of Fame balloting, and if you're Goose Gossage, the lone 2008 inductee, you have several.

  • Blog: Women's Soccer Is Once Again Taking the Wrong Path

    by Andrew Cohen December 2012

    Professional women's soccer has a problem. Actually, a lot of problems. But here's one I'm not sure has occurred to the backers of the latest league: Women's soccer is running out of acronyms. There was the Women's United Soccer Association (WUSA, 2001-3) and Women's Professional Soccer (WPS, 2009-11), and now there's going to be the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL, 2013-?). After this league folds (in 2015, if my math's correct), someone will be able to start up the WNSL and WNPS, but then they'll have to really dig deep in 2028 for a name that doesn't carry with it the stench of failure. Maybe by then it'll occur to women's soccer advocates that a different tack must be taken to establish it as a professional sport.

  • Illinois High School Association Wins Webcasting Hearing

    by Michael Popke — AB Managing Editor November 2012

    An Illinois county circuit court judge on Tuesday ruled that the Illinois High School Association did not breach the terms of a live stream an IHSA football playoff games last week. (IHSA broadcast-rights fees are only applicable during postseason IHSA events.)

  • Armstrong Stripped of Tour de France Titles

    by Emily Attwood October 2012

    Less than two weeks after the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency released a report revealing doping allegations and losing nearly all of his endorsements, Lance Armstrong has now lost all seven of his Tour de France titles, as well. The International Cycling Union announced today it had accepted the USADA's findings and decision to ban Armstrong from competition for life, formally stripping him of titles earned between 1999 and 2005. Because so many of the second-place finishers in the events have also been linked to doping allegations, no winners will be named for those years, says Tour de France director Christian Prudhomme.