• Former Police Officer Accused of Punching Umpire

    by News & Record July 2018

    Brooks Wayne Luckadoo, a former police officer with agencies in Gastonia and Bessemer City, admitted that he punched an umpire working a slow-pitch softball tournament game.

  • Flying Hot Dog Injures Phillies Fan

    by Andy Berg June 2018

    The Philadelphia Phillies may have to take something off their flying hot dogs, and we’re not talking condiments.

  • Golden 1 Center Again Closed Due to Protests

    by Courtney Cameron March 2018

    For the second time in as many weeks, entrances to the Sacramento Kings’ Golden 1 Center were blocked by protesters demonstrating against the police shooting of Stephon Clark.

  • Sacramento Kings Owner Addresses Fans After Protests

    by Courtney Cameron March 2018

    Thursday’s game between the Sacramento Kings and the Atlanta Hawks was delayed as protesters gathered around the city to protest Sunday’s fatal shooting of 22-year-old, unarmed Stephon Clark.

  • Strava Responds to Controversy with Opt-Out Redesign

    by Courtney Cameron March 2018

    Earlier this year, it was discovered that data gathered and shared by popular fitness apps had the potential to reveal sensitive information regarding the movements of soldiers and the locations of U.S. military bases after the GPS tracking company Strava published a global heat map in November 2017 showing patterns of activity gathered by satellite over a two-year period.

  • Police Captain Under Review for Altercation with Ref

    by Courtney Cameron January 2018

    The Wichita (Kan.) Police Department confirmed Tuesday that a man accused of confronting and shoving a 17-year-old female youth basketball referee at a game Saturday is a Wichita police captain, according to USA Today.

  • Bank Underwrites Tech's $25K Court-Storming Fine

    by Paul Steinbach January 2018

    Cory Newsom's trip to United Supermarkets Arena last Saturday turned out to be quite costly, but he wouldn't have it any other way.

    Newsom, president and CEO of Lubbock, Texas-based City Bank, announced yesterday that the bank would cover the $25,000 in fines levied against Texas Tech after fans stormed the court to celebrate the Red Raiders' 72-71 win over second-ranked West Virginia. The Big 12 Conference deemed the university's post-game safety protocols insufficient during the post-game chaos, which led to a WVU player striking a Tech fan.

    “It was an unfortunate incident that happened, but I think it was for all of the right reasons,” Newsom said, as reported by the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal. “The fan support was there. Watching the fan support was so exciting. We love our university; we love our team. We just felt like this was our chance to stand up and support them."

    Newsom described the game-day experience as electric. “While we support Texas Tech in its efforts to make certain game-day operations provide a safe and enjoyable environment for everyone involved, we also understand the outright excitement and spontaneity that a breathtaking victory over a highly ranked team can have on a university’s students," he said. "We see it at universities across the country on a weekly basis. Supporting your team is a big part of the college experience.”

    Newsom added that he agrees with the way in which Texas Tech athletic director Kirby Hocutt handled the matter, which he feels is the exception and not the rule at Tech events, stating, “We know he has reviewed Saturday’s situation and has made the necessary adjustments to assure that the safety of players, officials and fans will not be compromised."

    Hocutt thanked Newsom for his support. “We’re very appreciative of City Bank stepping forward in this generous and supportive way for Texas Tech athletics,” Hocutt said. “It’s sincerely appreciated. I think they’re stepping forward in this particular situation because of the excitement and support Texas Tech basketball has created this season.”

  • Harris Reprimanded, Tech Fined After Court Storming

    by Paul Steinbach January 2018

    The Big 12 Conference on Monday reprimanded both West Virginia forward Wesley Harris and Texas Tech for Saturday's court-storming incident at United Supermarkets Arena.

    The Red Raiders' 72-71 victory over the second-ranked Mountaineers prompted fans to pour onto the court from both endlines at the final buzzer. It was the first top-10 win in Lubbock for Tech.

    Bumped by fans amid the chaos, Harris spun and hit an individual with his forearm, knocking Brooks Jennings' cap off. Jennings is the son of former Red Raider standout and assistant coach Bubba Jennings. Tech was fined $25,000 for mishandling the post-game environment, as reported by the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal.

    "We must ensure that a safe environment is provided for players, coaches, game officials and fans," Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby said in a statement. "Although the post-game environment did not live up to our expectations, Mr. Harris intentionally striking a fan is contrary to the conference's sportsmanship standards."

    The athletic directors from both schools issued their own statements.

    "We admittedly did fail to meet our expectations Saturday in efforts to secure the floor and allow West Virginia to exit without incident," Tech AD Kirby Hocutt said. "We have the utmost confidence in our game-day operations staff, including police and security, to provide a safe environment for everyone at the United Supermarkets Arena. We have a plan to ensure the safety of the teams, officials and fans. This plan has been executed many times in the past without any incidents. We will make the necessary adjustments to continue to ensure that all in attendance have an excellent experience at all of our events."

    WVU's Shane Lyons stated, "I want to thank the Big 12 Conference and Texas Tech for the positive and open dialogue all three parties engaged in during the last two days. As I said before, this situation involved court security, player safety and post-game emotions, and all three had to be taken into account. We will revisit with our student-athletes to again reinforce our expectations regarding sportsmanship issues across all sports. The Big 12 has issued its reprimand. We accept it, and I consider the matter closed."




  • Hockey Fans Decry Long Lines, Increased Security

    by Andy Berg October 2017

    In the wake of the mass shooting in Las Vegas, safety is on everyone’s minds. But isn’t there a balance between security and inconvenience?

  • Police Investigate Threats Against MSU Sporting Events

    by Courtney Cameron October 2017

    East Lansing Police Lt. Chad Connelly announced Friday that the department is working with Michigan State University police as well as federal agencies to investigate threats targeting campus sporting events.