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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.

Sep 29, 2014

NFL player Belcher likely had brain damage, post-mortem exam shows

By Steve Ginsburg

(Reuters) – A Kansas City Chiefs football player who fatally shot his girlfriend in 2012 before committing suicide showed signs of a degenerative brain condition found in other deceased NFL players, an attorney for the family said on Monday.

A post-mortem analysis of Jovan Belcher’s brain revealed signs of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), said Dirk Vandever, who is representing Belcher’s young daughter.

Sep 18, 2014

NFL teams speed up response to domestic violence woes

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The National Football League is showing signs of getting off the sidelines in the brouhaha over domestic violence and taking up a new playbook.

The Arizona Cardinals suspended Jonathan Dwyer after his arrest on charges of head-butting and breaking the nose of a woman. The Baltimore Ravens invited fans to trade in jerseys of former star player Ray Rice, who has been indefinitely suspended for punching out his wife.

Sep 17, 2014

A ‘second chance’ for NFL’s Ray Rice not out of the question

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – In launching a bid to overturn his indefinite suspension from the National Football League, former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice may be hoping for the same type of second chance that other tarnished NFL stars like Michael Vick have received.

With the backing of the NFL Players Association, Rice on Tuesday filed an appeal of his suspension by Commissioner Roger Goodell for knocking out his then-fiance and now wife in an elevator of a New Jersey casino.

Sep 17, 2014

NFL’s Panthers puts Hardy on leave pending settlement of case

By Steve Ginsburg

(Reuters) – The Carolina Panthers on Wednesday placed Pro Bowl defensive end Greg Hardy on the National Football League’s exempt list, meaning he will not play until his domestic violence case is settled.

Hardy was convicted in July of domestic violence, but has appealed the verdict, which entitles him to a jury trial under North Carolina law. The date for his trial is Nov. 17.

Sep 17, 2014

Rice appeals NFL indefinite suspension for knocking out wife

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Ray Rice on Tuesday appealed his indefinite suspension by the National Football League for a one-punch knockout of his wife as the former Baltimore Ravens running back tries to resuscitate his once-flourishing career.

Meanwhile, the NFL continues to grapple with domestic violence issues as some of its top players, including Adrian Peterson, are under scrutiny both by the league and the public.

Sep 16, 2014

Beer sponsor Anheuser-Busch reproaches NFL over domestic abuse

Sept 16 (Reuters) – Anheuser-Busch publicly chastised the
National Football League on Tuesday for its handling of domestic
violence cases, making the NFL’s official beer sponsor the first
major advertiser to put pressure on America’s most popular
sports league.

In a brief but strongly worded statement, Anheuser-Busch,
the maker of Budweiser and NFL official beer Bud Light, said it
was “disappointed and increasingly concerned by the recent
incidents that have overshadowed this NFL season.

Sep 16, 2014

‘Disappointed’ Anheuser-Busch takes NFL to task over domestic violence

By Steve Ginsburg and Anjali Athavaley

(Reuters) – Anheuser-Busch publicly chastised the National Football League on Tuesday for its handling of domestic violence cases, making the NFL’s official beer sponsor the first major advertiser to put pressure on America’s most popular sports league.

In a brief but strongly worded statement, Anheuser-Busch, the maker of Budweiser and Bud Light, said it was “disappointed and increasingly concerned by the recent incidents that have overshadowed this NFL season.

Sep 16, 2014

Minnesota governor says Vikings’ Peterson should be sidelined

By Steve Ginsburg

(Reuters) – The Minnesota Vikings should sideline running back Adrian Peterson until his child abuse case works its way through the courts, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton said on Tuesday, criticizing the team’s decision to reactivate the NFL player.

Peterson is accused of punishing his 4-year-old son in Texas last May by beating him with a tree branch, known as a switch. The incident is one of a series of domestic abuse cases that has rocked the National Football League.

Sep 16, 2014

Tony Stewart fatal dirt-track accident to be heard by grand jury

By Steve Ginsburg

(Reuters) – The circumstances surrounding a fatal dirt-track accident involving three-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart in upstate New York last month will be heard by a grand jury, authorities said on Tuesday.

Stewart, one of the biggest names in auto racing, struck and killed 20-year-old Kevin Ward during a non-NASCAR sprint car race on Aug. 9 at Canandaigua Motorsports Park.