• NYPD-FDNY Charity Football Game Ends in Violence

    by Larry Celona, Frank Rosario and Bruce Golding May 2016

    This year's NYPD-FDNY charity football game turned into a bloody brawl when a cop viciously tackled a firefighter during the meaningless final minutes. The violent hit near the cops' sideline touched off two fights on the field at MCU Park on Coney Island, site of the 44th annual Fun City Bowl on Sunday.

  • Parents' Ire at Coaches Shifts to Posts, Tweets

    by David La Vaque; STAR TRIBUNE (Mpls.-St. Paul) May 2016

    Two longtime coaches who resigned last month both blamed, in part, parents using social media to amplify their vitriol.

  • One School Rescues Another After Track Bus Breakdown

    by Staff report May 2016

    Burnet Consolidated Independent School District came to Water Valley’s rescue Sunday when the bus carrying the high school track team home from the UIL State Track and Field Championships in Austin broke down outside of Burnet.

  • Opinion: Punch Off-Base, But Emotion Good for Game

    by Bob Nightengale May 2016

    Just when we thought baseball might be going soft, along comes Sunday's old-fashioned brawl between the Toronto Blue Jays and Texas Rangers, sending a right cross that jolts our senses. Well, maybe with not quite the same impact as Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor's fist delivered to Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista's jaw, thank goodness, as it makes us woozy just watching replays of the punch heard 'round the baseball world. Yes, and it comes seven months after that bat flip, with the Rangers letting us know they certainly haven't forgotten about Bautista's demonstrative celebration in their emotional American League Division Series in October. The Rangers, who have played seven games against the Blue Jays this year, waited until Bautista's final at-bat against them this season to send that purpose pitch.

  • Scandals Tarnish Glory of Olympic Games

    by Chris McGaughey May 2016

    Doping scandals. Bribery allegations. Fears about Zika. Political, economic and corruption crises. What else could go wrong? The past few days have unleashed a wave of grim news for the Olympics, battering four host cities — past, present and future — on three continents, and further eroding public trust in the credibility of the global sports movement. Just when the sports world thought it had pulled away from the darkest days of the FIFA and IAAF scandals, a confluence of turmoil this week brought the clouds back and threatened the image and prestige of the Olympics, less than three months before the Aug. 5 opening ceremony in Brazil. Richard Ings, former chief executive of Australia s anti-doping agency, said sports leaders must work quickly or sink further into this quicksand.

  • Soccer Player, Team Punished After Punch

    by Chris Thomas April 2016

    A Lenoir City High School boys soccer player has been banned from playing any sport for the school through graduation for “striking a Farragut player with a closed fist” in the side of the head during a game played at Lenoir City on Tuesday.

  • HS Students Chant 'Build a Wall' at Minority Soccer Players

    by Colorado Springs Gazette April 2016

    Students who directing racially derogatory chants at female high school soccer players during a recent varsity game in Wisconsin, including references to Donald Trump's vow to clamp down on illegal immigration from Mexico, will be disciplined, according to a school district official. Elkhorn district administrator Jason Tadlock said Monday school officials who investigated the incident found three elementary school girls who were sitting near Beloit Memorial fans chanted "Trump, build a wall." He said two male high school students yelled "Trump" back and forth four to five times. Beloit coach Brian Denu told WISC-TV (http://bit. Read more on Colorado Springs Gazette

  • Opinion: Corrupt Coaches Ruining College Basketball

    by Scott M. Reid April 2016

    More than any other school, North Carolina, for decades one of the world's truly great public institutions, has come to symbolize the college basketball's ugly side, the real March Madness.

  • Opinion: Old School Sportsmanship Never Out of Style

    by Steve Christilaw March 2016

    I have the utmost respect for those athletes who take the game seriously and treat it with the respect it so richly deserves. It's called sportsmanship - and that's a real word. You can look it up. No, please. Look it up.

  • After Fight, High School Teams Seasons Canceled

    by Jason Scott January 2016

    Following a nasty fighting incident during a game on Saturday involving fans and players from the Pike and Ben Davis girls basketball teams, the Indiana High School Athletic Association brought the hammer down by canceling the remainder of both teams’ seasons.