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Aug 27, 2015

Former 76ers basketball star Darryl Dawkins dies

By Steve Ginsburg

(Reuters) – Former National Basketball Association star Darryl Dawkins, known as “Chocolate Thunder” for his powerful dunks and flamboyant personality, died on Thursday of a heart attack, his family said. He was 58.

An explosive center whose dunks shattered two glass backboards in 1979, Dawkins got his nickname from musical great Stevie Wonder. In a 14-season NBA career he averaged 12 points, 6.1 assists and 1.4 blocks per game, statistics that were dwarfed by an outsized personality.

Aug 25, 2015

Arrests in U.S. general population higher than for NFL players: study

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The arrest rate for the general U.S. population was nearly twice that of NFL players from 2000 to 2013, refuting a perception generated by recent news stories that professional football players are more prone to criminal behavior, a new study shows.

Researchers compared overall arrest rates among 1,952 National Football League players with men between the ages of 20 and 39 across the country during that period.

Aug 25, 2015

IndyCar driver Wilson dies after wreck

By Steve Ginsburg

(Reuters) – British IndyCar driver Justin Wilson died on Monday after suffering a severe head injury during a wreck in the closing laps of a race the previous day at Pocono Raceway in Pennsylvania, IndyCar officials said. He was 37.

Wilson, a former Formula One driver and seven-time winner in IndyCar racing, had been in critical condition in a coma at a hospital in Allentown, Pennsylvania, before his death.

Aug 25, 2015

Motor racing-IndyCar driver Wilson dies after wreck

Aug 24 (Reuters) – British IndyCar driver Justin Wilson died on Monday after suffering a severe head injury during a wreck in the closing laps of a race on Sunday at Pocono Raceway in Pennsylvania, IndyCar officials said. He was 37.

Wilson, a former Formula One driver and seven-time winner in IndyCar racing, had been in a coma at a hospital in Allentown, Pennsylvania, before his death.

Aug 24, 2015

British IndyCar driver Justin Wilson remains in coma after wreck

By Steve Ginsburg

(Reuters) – British IndyCar driver Justin Wilson remained in a coma on Monday after suffering a severe head injury during a wreck in the closing laps of a race on Sunday at Pocono Raceway in Long, Pond, Pennsylvania, IndyCar officials said.

Wilson, a former Formula One driver and seven-time winner in IndyCar racing, was in critical condition at a hospital in Allentown, Pennsylvania, according to an IndyCar statement.

Aug 24, 2015

Bears’ Ratliff suspended by NFL for three games for DWI

By Steve Ginsburg

(Reuters) – Chicago Bears defensive lineman Jeremiah Ratliff has been suspended for the first three games of the regular season for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy, stemming from a 2013 drunken driving incident, the league said on Monday.

Ratliff, 33, will not be eligible to return to regular season practices until Monday, Sept. 28, after the team’s third game of the year, which is against the Seattle Seahawks.

Aug 14, 2015

U.S. women’s soccer league looks to build on World Cup win

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Five weeks after leading the United States to a stirring World Cup championship, Carli Lloyd is convinced Americans are finally ready to embrace women’s professional soccer for the long run.

The North American Soccer League has enjoyed a significant attendance bump since the title and Lloyd said the post-World Cup euphoria feels “extremely different” this time around.

Aug 12, 2015

Judge to hear about Brady’s ‘Deflategate’ suspension settlement talks

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The National Football League and the players’ union are expected to update a Manhattan federal judge on Wednesday on their progress, or lack of it, toward a settlement of their dispute over New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s ‘Deflategate’ suspension.

U.S. District Judge Richard Berman, who has pushed for a settlement, is expected to hear a closed-door briefing from the league and union regarding their efforts to resolve the case without the judge deciding whether to uphold Brady’s ban.

Aug 11, 2015

U.S. judge orders NFL, union talk settlement in Brady case

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. judge has ordered the
National Football League and its players union to hold
settlement talks later on Tuesday in a court battle over star
quarterback Tom Brady’s “Deflategate” suspension.

U.S. District Judge Richard Berman in Manhattan in a court
order on Tuesday requested that both sides “engage in further
good faith settlement efforts” before a court hearing on
Wednesday. The New England Patriots quarterback has been
suspended for four games.

Aug 10, 2015

Under Armour aims to expand reach with NBA deal

Aug 10 (Reuters) – Under Armour said on Monday it was
expanding its partnerships with the National Basketball
Association, sponsoring its pre-draft showcase and its youth
basketball program in a move aimed at deepening ties with the
league.

The No. 2 U.S. sportswear maker said it would be the title
partner of the NBA’s Draft Combine and a presenting partner of
the Jr. NBA with a deal that expands the company’s ties with the
league that first began in 2011.