WASHINGTON (Reuters) – March Madness gripped the White House and lots of other workplaces on Wednesday as President Barack Obama joined an estimated 60 million Americans scrambling to make their predictions for the annual tournament to crown a collegiate basketball champion.
Obama, appearing on the ESPN cable network to pick winners round by round, selected undefeated Kentucky to beat Villanova in the April 6 finals of the NCAA Tournament that begins in earnest on Thursday.
(Reuters) – Syracuse University head basketball coach Jim Boeheim will retire in three years, the school said Wednesday, less than two weeks after the NCAA slapped the school with severe sanctions amid a lengthy investigation of its athletic programs.
In addition, the school’s athletic director, Daryl Gross, has resigned to take another position at the school, said Syracuse Chancellor Kent Syverud.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The decision by San Francisco 49ers’ budding star Chris Borland to walk away from the National Football League over head trauma concerns drew shock and a dose of admiration from fellow players on Tuesday.
The 24-year-old linebacker called it quits after just one season in the NFL, saying his four-year, $2 million contract was not worth exposure to brain injury.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The former girlfriend of Kurt Busch said on Monday she was “stunned” that prosecutors declined to file criminal domestic abuse charges against the NASCAR driver after a commissioner ruled earlier she had likely been choked and had her head slammed against a wall.
Prosecutors in Delaware said on March 5 that they were unlikely to get a conviction against Busch and would not file criminal charges against the 2004 NASCAR champion.
(Reuters) – NASCAR lifted its suspension of Kurt Busch on Wednesday, six days after the Delaware Attorney General’s Office declined to press criminal charges in a domestic abuse case involving the driver’s former girlfriend.
Busch, 36, was also granted a waiver to compete in the Chase for the Sprint Cup should he qualify. The 2004 champion missed the first three races of the season during his suspension.
WASHINGTON xx (Reuters) – Congressman Jason Chaffetz insists his bid to overturn the NFL’s decades-old tax-exempt status has nothing to do with political posturing or electioneering.
And the Utah Republican says his campaign to get rid of the tax break is not motivated by the recent travails of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, who has been excoriated for turning a blind eye to domestic abuse by some of his players.
(Reuters) – The NCAA suspended Syracuse University basketball coach Jim Boeheim on Friday for nine Atlantic Coast Conference games and took away scholarships after a lengthy investigation of the school’s athletic programs.
Syracuse discovered and self-reported 10 violations, over an eight-year period dating to 2001, that primarily involved men’s basketball but also football, the NCAA Committee on Infractions said.
(Reuters) – No criminal charges will be filed against suspended NASCAR driver Kurt Busch in a domestic abuse case involving his former girlfriend, prosecutors in Delaware said on Thursday.
Patricia Driscoll said Busch grabbed her by the neck inside his motor home at Dover International Speedway in Delaware on Sept. 26 and repeatedly slammed her head against a wall.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Gary Leeman suffers from memory loss, dizziness, headaches and other symptoms associated with repeated head trauma.
He also has anger issues, although it may be hard to discern whether it’s from the concussions he suffered as a Toronto Maple Leafs forward or his contempt for the National Hockey League.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Olympic figure skating champion Sarah Hughes vividly recalls falling on her head in practice and suffering her first concussion.
“They carried me off the rink and then I threw up,” the 29-year-old Hughes, the 2002 Olympic champion said, her deep blues eyes widening. “We knew something was wrong. It was really, really scary. Incredibly frightening. I was just 11.”