(Reuters) – The National Football League (NFL) on Wednesday said it would hire a woman for the first time to officiate games full-time for the most popular U.S. sport.
Sarah Thomas, 41, will join the NFL as a line judge after officiating in Conference USA, a college league, since 2007, the league said.
(Reuters) – Former Super Bowl-winning kicker Lawrence Tynes
is suing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for $20 million after
contracting a MRSA infection in a toe on his kicking foot that
prematurely ended his career, his lawyer said Tuesday.
Lawyer Stephen Rosenthal said Tynes contracted the infection
in 2013 at the Buccaneers’ training facility.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The National Basketball Association, along with basketball’s international governing body, announced plans on Monday to host a developmental camp for male and female players in Cuba, in the first such initiative by a U.S. pro sports league since the United States and the communist-ruled island embarked on a diplomatic thaw in December.
Retired NBA stand-outs Steve Nash and Dikembe Mutombo and former WNBA star Ticha Penicheiro will lead the camp, set for April 23-26 in Havana.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (Reuters) – While the Los Angeles Lakers have Jack Nicholson and the Hollywood crowd sitting courtside for their games, the Washington Nationals have attracted a set of high-profile groupies of their own: the nation’s powerbrokers.
Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito is a frequent visitor to Nationals Park in the nation’s capital. So is Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and his Democratic counterpart Harry Reid.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – New Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred says his mandate to speed up the pace of play has more to do with “how the games move along” than how long they actually last.
Shortly after taking over for outgoing Commissioner Bud Selig in January, Manfred instituted several new rules to accelerate the time between innings and pitches.
(Reuters) – Tennis legend John McEnroe faces James Blake on Wednesday in a match in which they will call their own lines – declaring whether the ball is in or out – a wrinkle that McEnroe knows may draw more than casual interest from fans and former linesmen.
During a career in which he won seven grand slam singles titles, McEnroe was known as a sometimes volatile player who periodically berated linesmen over what he saw as blown calls. “You cannot be serious,” he once yelled in a famous tirade over a line call.
(Reuters) – The National Football League on Monday fined the Atlanta Falcons $350,000 and stripped them of a fifth-round draft choice in 2016 for piping in artificial crowd noise during their home games in 2013 and part of 2014.
Separately, Cleveland Browns General Manager Ray Farmer has been suspended four games for texting coaches during games in 2014 and the team was fined $250,000, the NFL said.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – More than three decades after putting down her tennis racquet, Renee Richards is still astonished she had the moxie to join the women’s professional tour after living the first 34 years of her life as a man.
For all the frenzy around Olympian Bruce Jenner’s reported decision to transition to a woman, the transgender pioneer Richards, born Richard Raskind, believes nothing could be tougher than what she endured in the 1970s.
(Reuters) – A U.S. District judge in Minnesota refused on
Wednesday to dismiss a lawsuit filed by former players accusing
the National Hockey League of knowingly withholding information
about the long-term effect of concussions.
The players have “adequately alleged that the NHL
negligently or fraudulently omitted information” about the
dangers of repeated head trauma, Judge Susan Nelson said in her
(Reuters) – The National Football League voted on Monday to suspend its long-standing television blackout policy for at least the 2015 season.
NFL teams voted for a one-year suspension of the blackout policy for both the upcoming preseason and regular season, the league said in a release.