• Oklahoma Player Apologizes for Post-Game Antics

    by Knoxville News-Sentinel September 2015

    Cameras caught Eric Striker and Hatari Byrd in less-than-sporty moments immediately following Oklahoma’s 31-24 double overtime victory over Tennessee Saturday night. Knoxville television outlet WATE showed Striker directing foul language toward the SEC while making his way around the Neyland Stadium field. An SB Nation reporter captured video of Byrd raising his middle finger toward the Neyland stands as the OU safety was about to enter the tunnel toward his locker room.

  • NFL: Headset Malfunction Not Patriots' Fault

    by Ralph N. Paulk September 2015

    The NFL on Friday cleared the New England Patriots of any wrongdoing in connection to Steelers coaches' headsets malfunctioning during Thursday night's season opener. In a statement released Friday, the NFL said the problem "involved no manipulation by any individual and that the Patriots had nothing to do with it."

  • Blog: Headset Allegations Just Another Conspiracy Theory

    by Jason Scott September 2015

    The first game of the NFL season happened Thursday night, and the defending champion New England Patriots defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers 28-21.

    Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski were terrific, but it should come as no surprise that much of this morning's reaction has been centered on something other than the game: an allegation of malfunctioning headsets.

  • Ref Case: Players Allege Slurs, Assistant on Paid Leave

    by Spokane Spokesman-Review September 2015

    Two Texas football players accused of intentionally ramming into a referee during a high school game allege the referee directed racial slurs at them, San Antonio school district officials said Tuesday.

  • Opinion: Attack on Ref Should Be Treated as Assault

    by Abilene Reporter-News September 2015

    If I were to tell you that I never did anything stupid or potentially dangerous when I was a kid, I’d be lying. In fact, many of us can reflect on saying or doing things that could have either harmed ourselves or someone else, before we had the maturity to realize our mistake. But there’s a difference between youthful recklessness and a decision to deliberately hurt someone else. There’s a distinction between stupidity and callous indifference.

  • Formation Fallout: K-State Nixes Online Band Chat

    by Phil Anderson. September 2015

    Less than two days after the Kansas State University marching band garnered national attention with a controversial halftime performance at Bill Snyder Family Stadium in Manhattan, the ensemble's director was ready to take questions from the public live online Monday morning.

  • K-State Band Apologizes for Inappropriate Formation

    by Jason Scott September 2015

    Officials at Kansas State University have apologized for a marching band halftime performance that featured what appeared to be sexual innuendo directed at the University of Kansas.

  • Texas HS Football Players Suspended After Decking Ref

    by The Colorado Springs Gazette September 2015

    A San Antonio school district has suspended two football players from the team after one of them ran into the back of a referee watching a play and the other dove into the official, the district's athletic director said Sunday.

  • Italian Soccer League's "Green Card" for Good Behavior

    by David R. Sands September 2015

    They have long been accused of gamesmanship and diving in hopes of drawing a penalty, but Italian soccer players will soon be able to get a different kind of recognition from the referees - a "green card" to recognize good sportsmanship and other "acts of virtue" on the pitch.

  • Brady’s Suspension Overturned, Available for Week One

    by Jason Scott September 2015

    New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has had his four-game suspension over the “Deflategate” controversy overturned by a U.S. district judge.