• With No Settlement, Judge Will Rule on Deflategate

    by Wire services September 2015

    NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady attended last-minute settlement talks between the NFL and its players union Monday before a judge announced he would decide the dispute over deflated footballs with a ruling in a day or two. Everyone involved "tried quite hard" to reach a deal in the controversy that has hung over professional football since New England easily won the AFC title game in January, U.S. District Judge Richard Berman said in federal court in Manhattan.

  • Volunteers Sought to Draft School's Conduct Code

    by Matt Hongoltz-Hetling September 2015

    Hartford -- Superintendent Tom DeBalsi has asked for volunteers to serve on a committee that would help draft a code of conduct for coaches, student athletes, parents and spectators at the Hartford School District's athletic events. During a School Board meeting last week, DeBalsi acknowledged it is an unusual way to draft a policy, but said theresult will have an effect on an unusually broad group of stakeholders. "This issue to me is a bigger issue," he said. "It's a community issue that needs to be addressed by the community."

  • Changing Team Cultures, One School at a Time

    by Nicole Auerbach, @NicoleAuerbach, USA TODAY Sports August 2015

    It often takes something approaching a catastrophe for a college football program to call Kathy Redmond Brown.

  • Team Got Big Donations Before Stripped of LL Title

    by Chris Fusco August 2015

    Jackie Robinson West took in at least $324,000 in donations before Little League International stripped the Chicago team of its 2014 U.S. title - money that's enabled the organization to build more than $200,000 in cash reserves, records obtained by the Chicago Sun-Times show.

  • Will Player Fights Bring End to Joint NFL Practices?

    by Nate Davis, @ByNateDavis August 2015

    Joint practices have become an NFL training camp staple in recent years. Yet are their inherent drawbacks eclipsing the benefits they provide?

  • Gay Athletes Benefit When Coaches Foster Inclusion

    by Erik Brady and Scott Gleeson August 2015

    Cyd Zeigler is among those who think coaches should be proactive in rooting out homophobic language in locker rooms and on fields of play and that too many coaches tolerate such comments unless they know they have gay or lesbian players on their teams.

  • Softball Team Suspected of Tanking Eliminated

    by Tom Mahon August 2015

    A Little League softball team was eliminated from the World Series playoffs yesterday under unusual circumstances.

  • Alleged High School Baseball Hazing Investigated

    by Christian Boone; Staff August 2015

    Police from South Carolina traveled to Gwinnett County on Monday to interview a Parkview High School student who was allegedly sexually assaulted by his teammates while playing in a tournament there.

  • Do Participation Trophies Curb Kids' Competitiveness?

    by Josh Peter August 2015

    Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison is not about to get a trophy from the Awards and Personalization Association.

  • Sioux Chants Could Have Consequences for UND

    by Anna Burleson, Forum News Service August 2015

    The NCAA passed rules restricting its members from using Native American imagery in 2005, and after a drawn out battle with tribes, lawmakers and university representatives, the University of North Dakota ultimately reached a settlement agreement and retired its Fighting Sioux name in December 2012. The school has played as UND/North Dakota ever since.