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Sep 9, 2014

NFL’s Buffalo Bills to be sold to owners of city’s NHL franchise

By Steve Ginsburg

(Reuters) – The owners of the Buffalo Bills reached an agreement on Tuesday to sell the National Football League franchise to Terry and Kim Pegula, who already own the National Hockey League’s Buffalo Sabres.

Terry Pegula, 63, a natural gas development and real estate mogul, has been a popular figure in Buffalo for his commitment to keep the franchise in western New York state.

Sep 9, 2014

Hawks discipline general manager for racial comments about Deng

By Steve Ginsburg

(Reuters) – The NBA’s Atlanta Hawks said on Tuesday they would discipline general manager Danny Ferry for making racially charged remarks, the latest incident that has raised concerns about racial attitudes in the franchise’s front office.

The team did not reveal what steps it was taking, but Ferry, a former NBA player who has been the Hawks’ general manager since 2012, said he had no plans to resign. Ferry defended himself in a statement on Tuesday, saying he was simply repeating words used in the team’s scouting reports.

Sep 9, 2014

Ray Rice’s wife rips media as video puts NFL on defensive

Sept 9 (Reuters) – Ray Rice’s wife defended the former
Baltimore Ravens running back on Tuesday after a video showed
him knocking her out, and assailed the media for its handling of
an incident that put the U.S. National Football League on the
defensive.

“I woke up this morning, feeling like I had a horrible
nightmare, feeling like I’m mourning the death of my closest
friend,” Janay Rice wrote in an Instagram post. “But to have to
accept the fact that it’s reality is a nightmare itself.”

Sep 9, 2014

Wife of ex-NFL player Ray Rice rips media for elevator video backlash

By Steve Ginsburg

(Reuters) – The wife of embattled former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice defended her husband on Tuesday and criticized the media for its handling of their domestic violence incident.

“I woke up this morning, feeling like I had a horrible nightmare, feeling like I’m mourning the death of my closest friend,” Janay Rice wrote in an Instagram post. “But to have to accept the fact that it’s reality is a nightmare itself.”

Sep 8, 2014

NFL’s Ravens cut Ray Rice after new domestic violence video

By Steve Ginsburg

(Reuters) – The Baltimore Ravens released Ray Rice on Monday after a video surfaced showing the three-time Pro Bowl running back punching his then-fiancee during an argument earlier this year.

A previously released video showed Rice dragging an unconscious Janay Palmer from an elevator at an Atlantic City, New Jersey, casino, but the new one was taken from inside the elevator.

Sep 7, 2014

Olympic champion Ohno trains for biggest challenge yet

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Apolo Ohno made a career of frenzied, 40-second bursts around the track so the speedskating champion knows his crusade to join the exclusive Ironman fraternity is daunting.

It is also downright frightening, admits the eight-time Olympic medalist, who will have television cameras documenting his every stride.

Sep 6, 2014

Triathlon-Olympic champion Ohno trains for biggest challenge yet

WASHINGTON, Sept 6 (Reuters) – Apolo Ohno made a career of frenzied, 40-second bursts around the track so the speedskating champion knows his crusade to join the exclusive Ironman fraternity is daunting.

It is also downright frightening, admits the eight-time Olympic medalist, who will have television cameras documenting his every stride.

Aug 23, 2014

Redskins name controversy heralds another season of discontent

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Amanda Blackhorse decided one afternoon to attend a rally outside a game between the NFL’s Kansas City Chiefs and the Washington Redskins.

Being a member of the Navajo nation, she felt it was her duty to protest the use of Native American monikers and logos by the football teams.

Aug 12, 2014

Stewart’s lethal accident could cause NASCAR sponsors to rethink deals

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – NASCAR driver Tony Stewart’s involvement in a fatal on-track accident over the weekend may wave a caution flag for the big-money corporate sponsors backing the three-time champion’s team, industry analysts said.

While no charges have been filed against 43-year-old Stewart, who is one of auto racing’s biggest names, the incident that killed Kevin Ward Jr. during a race in upstate New York on Saturday could still spook the backers whose brand logos cover Stewart’s sleek race car.

Jun 16, 2014

Heat’s James mum on future in South Florida

SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) – Moments after the San Antonio Spurs completed their demolition of the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals, speculation about whether the LeBron James-led Big Three would stay in South Florida kicked into high gear.

James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh are all eligible to become free agents this offseason but, following Sunday’s crushing loss to the Spurs, they deflected questions about their NBA futures.