Jan 9 (Reuters) – Oregon and Ohio State will play for the
national championship on Monday but the clear winner in college
football’s first playoff has already been crowned: ESPN.
The two semifinal games on New Year’s Day brought in more
than 28 million viewers each, making the telecasts the top two
programs in cable television history.
(Reuters) – An independent probe has found no evidence that anyone at the NFL possessed or saw the surveillance video of former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice striking his then-fiancee last year but concluded league failed to properly investigate the event.
The investigation, led by former FBI director Robert Mueller, concluded that the league “should have done more with the information it had.
(Reuters) – The owners of the Atlanta Hawks said Thursday they have unanimously approved a plan to sell the franchise, a move triggered last year by a racism controversy.
Bruce Levenson vowed to sell his majority interest in the club last September after his email became public in which he made racist remarks that included “the black crowd scared away the whites” at Phillips Arena.
(Reuters) – Jameis Winston, the 2013 Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback whose off-the-field issues have cast a shadow over his brilliance on the gridiron, said Wednesday he will leave Florida State University and enter the National Football League draft.
Many experts have Winston ranked among the top two quarterbacks potentially available in the draft, along with Marcus Mariota of Oregon, who won the 2014 Heisman Trophy.
BALTIMORE (Reuters) – American swimmer Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time, was sentenced on Friday to 18 months probation and a year suspended jail sentence after pleading guilty to drunken driving.
The 18-time Olympic gold medalist was arrested for drunken driving early on Sept. 30 after speeding and then crossing the double-lane lines inside a Baltimore tunnel, police said.
(Reuters) – The San Francisco 49ers released defensive tackle Ray McDonald on Wednesday after police said he was a possible suspect in a sexual assault case.
San Jose police said they were investigating the assault of a woman seeking treatment at a hospital on Tuesday when officers determined that McDonald might have been involved in the incident.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – There will be no immediate flow of top Cuban players into Major League Baseball despite the major U.S. policy shift toward the communist-run island, experts on baseball in Cuba said on Wednesday.
Any move to let Cuban players leave their country freely will not happen for at least several years, said author Pete Bjarkman, who has written extensively about Cuban baseball.
(Reuters) – The NFL Players Association filed a lawsuit against the National Football League on Monday challenging an arbitrator’s decision to uphold the league’s suspension of Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson.
Filed at the U.S. District Court in Minneapolis, the lawsuit claims arbitrator Harold Henderson, a former NFL executive hand-picked by Commissioner Roger Goodell to hear the case, was not impartial.
(Reuters) – Minnesota Vikings star running back Adrian Peterson’s appeal of his suspension from the NFL for beating his son has been denied by the arbitrator named by Commissioner Roger Goodell to handle the matter, the league said on Friday.
Arbitrator Harold Henderson said in his ruling that Peterson, the 2012 NFL Most Valuable Player, “has not demonstrated that the process and procedures surrounding his discipline were not fair and consistent.”
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama said on Friday the NFL appeared to be “winging it” in dealing with former Baltimore Ravens star Ray Rice’s domestic violence case but praised the league for later putting in place a new policy to handle such incidents.
The National Football League on Wednesday unveiled a tougher policy for disciplining players for off-field misconduct including violence against women in the wake of high-profile domestic violence cases involving Rice and 2012 NFL Most Valuable Player Adrian Peterson.