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Oct 20, 2014

NFL, others file lawsuit to block New Jersey sports betting

Oct 20 (Reuters) – The National Football League and other
sports leagues filed a lawsuit on Monday in an attempt to block
New Jersey from offering legalized wagering on sporting events.

In calling for the injunction, the NFL, NBA, Major League
Baseball and the NCAA are seeking to block enforcement of a law
that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed on Friday, which
partially repeals a ban on sports wagering in the state.

Oct 20, 2014

Kings’ Voynov suspended by NHL after domestic violence arrest

By Steve Ginsburg

(Reuters) – Los Angeles Kings defenseman Slava Voynov was suspended indefinitely by the National Hockey League following his arrest early Monday on charges of domestic violence, the league said.

Voynov, 24, will be paid during the suspension but will be barred from all club activities pending a formal investigation, the NHL said.

Oct 18, 2014

NBA’s big-money TV deal could be a vanishing breed, analysts say

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – National Basketball Association executives should be popping the champagne over their jaw-dropping television contracts totaling $24 billion because such big-money deals are likely to vanish, analysts say.

The point of sports saturation on television in the United States is rapidly approaching, warns Smith College sports economist Andrew Zimbalist.

Oct 11, 2014

Feature – Van Dyken’s spirit still shines despite accident

By Steve Ginsburg

(Reuters) – Olympic champion swimmer Amy Van Dyken does not remember the all-terrain vehicle accident that severed her spine.

Her husband sure does.

“I knew she was going to be hurt,” said Tom Rouen. “It was just a matter of how bad. You never think of this scenario. You’re hoping she might have broken a wrist or a shoulder.”

Oct 11, 2014

Van Dyken’s spirit still shines despite accident

By Steve Ginsburg

(Reuters) – Olympic champion swimmer Amy Van Dyken does not remember the all-terrain vehicle accident that severed her spine.

Her husband sure does.

“I knew she was going to be hurt,” said Tom Rouen. “It was just a matter of how bad. You never think of this scenario. You’re hoping she might have broken a wrist or a shoulder.”

Oct 11, 2014

Swimming-Van Dyken’s spirit still shines despite accident

Oct 11 (Reuters) – Olympic champion swimmer Amy Van Dyken does not remember the all-terrain vehicle accident that severed her spine.

Her husband sure does.

“I knew she was going to be hurt,” said Tom Rouen. “It was just a matter of how bad. You never think of this scenario. You’re hoping she might have broken a wrist or a shoulder.”

Oct 9, 2014

California senator ‘encouraged’ by NFL’s steps on domestic abuse

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – California Democratic Senator Barbara Boxer said on Thursday she was encouraged about the NFL’s plan to curb domestic violence by its players after receiving a letter from Commissioner Roger Goodell detailing the league’s actions on the issue.

Boxer was one of 16 woman senators who signed a letter last month calling on Goodell to institute a zero-tolerance policy for domestic violence.

Oct 6, 2014

Michael Phelps suspended from USA Swimming-sanctioned events for six months

By Steve Ginsburg

(Reuters) – U.S. champion swimmer Michael Phelps, who recently returned to top-level competition after a two-year retirement, was suspended for six months by USA Swimming on Monday following his recent arrest on a drunken driving charge.

Phelps, 29, the most decorated Olympian of all time, will also not represent the United States at the 2015 FINA World Swimming Championships in Russia next August, USA Swimming said in a statement.

Oct 2, 2014

Ex-judge selected to hear Ray Rice’s appeal of NFL suspension

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A former U.S. District judge was appointed Thursday by the National Football League to hear an appeal filed by Ray Rice, a former Baltimore Ravens running back suspended indefinitely for knocking out his future wife.

The NFL has been heavily criticized over its handling of the Rice episode and other domestic abuse cases involving its players.

Sep 30, 2014

Olympic swimming champ Phelps arrested on drunken driving charge

WASHINGTON, Sept 30 (Reuters) – American swimmer Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time, was arrested for drunken driving early on Tuesday after speeding and then crossing the double-lane lines inside a Baltimore tunnel, police said.

Phelps, 29, was clocked by radar around 1:40 a.m. traveling 84 miles per hour (135 kph) in a 45-mph (72-kph) zone, police said. The 18-time Olympic gold medalist was booked and released.