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Nov 22, 2014

Mother’s death leads NFL player to fight domestic abuse

By Steve Ginsburg

(Reuters) – Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback William Gay remembers arriving at the hospital as a confused 7-year-old trying to understand why members of his family were sobbing uncontrollably.

He soon learned that his mother had been shot in the back three times. The assailant, Gay’s stepfather, shot himself in the head, the .38 caliber revolver landing between the bodies.

Nov 21, 2014

NFL taps former league executive to hear Peterson appeal

By Steve Ginsburg

(Reuters) – Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson’s appeal of his suspension will be heard on Dec. 2 by former NFL executive Harold Henderson, the league announced Friday.

Peterson was suspended by the NFL without pay for at least the remainder of the 2014 season on Tuesday for committing what it termed “abusive discipline” on his son.

Nov 20, 2014

NBA trailblazer Collins says he wants to be remembered as good teammate

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Jason Collins said Thursday he would rather be remembered as a good teammate than as the first openly gay player in the four major American sports.

Collins, an aggressive, seven-foot center who played for six teams during a 13-year National Basketball Association career, announced his retirement on Wednesday at the age of 35.

Nov 19, 2014

NBA suspends Hornets’ Taylor 24 games for domestic violence

By Steve Ginsburg

(Reuters) – Charlotte Hornets forward Jeff Taylor was suspended 24 games without pay by the NBA on Wednesday after pleading guilty last month to misdemeanor domestic violence assault and malicious destruction of hotel property.

Taylor had been on paid leave since the start of the National Basketball Association season, missing 11 games, and he will have to sit out the next 13 games.

Nov 19, 2014

Trailblazer Jason Collins, first openly gay NBA player, retires

By Steve Ginsburg

(Reuters) – Jason Collins, the first openly gay player in the four major North American team sports, announced his retirement from the National Basketball Association on Wednesday.

Collins, 35, announced he was gay at the end of the 2012–13 season and did not play again until Feb. 23, 2014, when he signed with the Brooklyn Nets.

Nov 18, 2014

NFL suspends Vikings’ Peterson over ‘abusive discipline’ of son

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has been suspended without pay for at least the remainder of 2014 season, the National Football League said on Tuesday.

Peterson will not be considered for reinstatement before April 15, the league said in statement, for violating the NFL Personal Conduct Policy in an “incident of abusive discipline that he inflicted on his 4-year-old son.”

Nov 14, 2014

‘Don’t think, just play’: MIT engineers football success

By Steve Ginsburg

(Reuters) – The Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s reputation of academic superiority is well chronicled. But the private research university is now excelling in a sector of society once deemed unthinkable for a bastion of brainpower: football.

MIT is undefeated going into its last regular season game on Saturday against the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and headed to the Division III playoffs.

Nov 14, 2014

Lawmaker wants NASCAR’s Busch suspended over abuse allegations

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A California lawmaker on Friday called for NASCAR to suspend driver Kurt Busch from the season’s final race over “horrifying” domestic abuse allegations made by his former girlfriend.

Rep. Jackie Speier, a California Democrat, wants NASCAR to suspend any driver accused of domestic abuse until the case is settled or there “is a clear lack of evidence.”

Nov 13, 2014

NBA commissioner takes issue with union chief over salary cap

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said on Thursday he “couldn’t disagree more” with remarks made by the head of the players union that the league’s salary cap is unjust and un-American.

Silver also bristled at National Basketball Players Association Executive Director Michele Roberts’ indication that she plans to ask for much more than the current 50-50 split of basketball-related income in the next contract with the league.

Nov 11, 2014

Hopkins says not ready to hang up gloves

By Steve Ginsburg

(Reuters) – Bernard Hopkins will return to the ring despite suffering a crushing defeat over the weekend to Russian Sergey Kovalev, the 49-year-old former champion told Reuters on Tuesday.

Hopkins, who failed to win a round on any of the three judges’ scorecards in the light-heavyweight title unification bout, ended speculation of his retirement by saying he will fight “one more time.”