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Jun 23, 2015

Danny Ferry, architect of NBA’s Hawks, faces uncertain future

By Steve Ginsburg

(Reuters) – Danny Ferry, a basketball lifer who built the success-starved Atlanta Hawks into an NBA title contender before being swept up in a racially charged scandal, said on Tuesday he was unsure of his next career move.

Ferry stepped down as general manager of the Hawks on Monday, ending a 10-month indefinite leave of absence for the former NBA champion and college Player of the Year.

Jun 22, 2015

NBA’s Atlanta Hawks, general manager Ferry part ways

By Steve Ginsburg

(Reuters) – Atlanta Hawks general manager Danny Ferry, who was placed on leave in September because of racially charged remarks, resigned on Monday, saying it was “critically important for me to clear my name.”

Ferry, a former NBA player who had been the Hawks’ general manager since 2012, has maintained he was simply repeating words used in the team’s scouting reports.

Jun 17, 2015

Cheating ingrained in baseball long before alleged Cardinals hack

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Cheating in baseball has been a tradition since the days of Ty Cobb and Babe Ruth – generations before Major League Baseball confirmed that the St. Louis Cardinals are being investigated for possibly hacking in to the computers of the Houston Astros.

The practice has been romanticized because of the many uncomplicated – and often hilarious – ways to beat the system, whether by using a telescope from the center field stands to steal a catcher’s signs or filling a bat with cork to hit the ball out of the stratosphere.

Jun 15, 2015

Former NFL star Sharper pleads guilty to rape in New Orleans

By Steve Ginsburg

(Reuters) – Former National Football League star Darren Sharper pleaded guilty on Monday to drugging and raping three women in New Orleans, the final step in a series of deals with prosecutors in federal court and four states.

Sharper, a 14-year NFL veteran who retired after the 2010 season, pleaded guilty in Orleans Parish Criminal District Court to two charges of forcible rape and one of simple rape in 2013.

Jun 11, 2015

Pro wrestling luminary Dusty Rhodes dies at age 69

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – Charismatic bleach-blond Texan Dusty Rhodes, who billed himself as “The American Dream” and won millions of fans during a long career in professional wrestling, has died at age 69, World Wrestling Entertainment said on Thursday.

With a pudgy physique and a homely face, the former college football player did not have the appearance of the typical muscular pro wrestling hero. But Rhodes managed to become one of the biggest stars in the choreographed mayhem of pro wrestling, emotionally connecting with fans while winning a raft of championship belts.

Jun 9, 2015

American Medical Association adopts youth sports concussion policy

By Steve Ginsburg

(Reuters) – The American Medical Association, responding to rising concern about concussions in youth sports like soccer and football, on Tuesday adopted policies intended to lower the risk of these brain injuries and called for prompt diagnosis and medical care.

The influential doctors’ group recommended that young athletes suspected of having a concussion be removed immediately from a game and permitted to return only with a doctor’s written approval.

Jun 8, 2015

NFL’s Patriots cut Spikes amid accident investigation

By Steve Ginsburg

(Reuters) – New England Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes, being investigated for possible involvement in a hit-and-run accident, was released by the team on Monday, less than a month after it signed him.

A damaged Mercedes-Benz Maybach registered to Spikes was found abandoned early Sunday in the median strip of Interstate 495 in Foxborough, Massachusetts, State Police said.

Jun 7, 2015

Triple Crown winner American Pharoah gets deserved rest

ELMONT, New York (Reuters) – Less than 24 hours after joining the exclusive Triple Crown club, Belmont Stakes champion American Pharoah appeared ready for the next challenge.

“Looking at the horse today, he looked pretty darn good for a horse that just ran a mile and a half,” trainer Bob Baffert told reporters on Sunday. “He’s a tough horse. Today he looked like he could run back in three weeks.”

Jun 7, 2015

American Pharoah captures U.S. Triple Crown

ELMONT, New York (Reuters) – American Pharoah entered the pantheon of U.S. thoroughbred racing’s all-time greats by winning the Belmont Stakes wire-to-wire on Saturday to become the first horse to capture the coveted ‘Triple Crown’ in nearly four decades.

In winning a seventh straight race, American Pharoah became the 12th horse and first since Affirmed in 1978 to sweep the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes.

Jun 6, 2015

American Pharoah wins Belmont to capture U.S. Triple Crown

ELMONT, New York (Reuters) – American Pharoah entered the pantheon of U.S. thoroughbred racing’s all-time greats by winning the Belmont Stakes on Saturday to become the first horse to capture the coveted Triple Crown in nearly four decades.

In winning his seventh straight race, American Pharoah became the 12th horse to sweep the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes and the first since Affirmed in 1978.