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Oct 7, 2015

NFL expands commitment to international games, may play outside UK

By Steve Ginsburg

(Reuters) – NFL owners voted on Wednesday to extend the league’s commitment to play international regular-season games through 2025, including the option to play outside of the United Kingdom beginning next season.

The resolution, ratified during a one-day owners’ meeting in New York, broadens a 2011 agreement that permitted the NFL to schedule games at London’s Wembley Stadium through 2016.

Oct 6, 2015

MLB seeks explanation from DraftKings after disclosure about employee winnings

By Liana B. Baker and Steve Ginsburg

(Reuters) – Major League Baseball said on Tuesday it was
surprised to learn that fantasy sports operator DraftKings, in
which it has an equity investment, allowed its employees to
participate in contests and has reached out to the company to
discuss the matter.

A DraftKings employee recently won $350,000 from a $25 entry
fee in an American football contest and had other major winnings
on rival website FanDuel, the companies confirmed on Monday.

Oct 6, 2015

Major League Baseball talks to DraftKings after revelation about employee winnings

By Liana B. Baker and Steve Ginsburg

(Reuters) – Major League Baseball said on Tuesday it was surprised to learn that fantasy sports operator DraftKings, in which it has an equity investment, allowed its employees to participate in contests and has reached out to the company to discuss the matter.

A DraftKings employee recently won $350,000 from a $25 entry fee in an American football contest and had other major winnings on rival website FanDuel, the companies confirmed on Monday.

Oct 5, 2015

Nationals fire manager after two seasons in charge

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Washington Nationals, a club that struggled all season and barely finished .500 despite a roster loaded with marquee names and assembled through a team-record $164 million payroll, fired manager Matt Williams on Monday.

Under-performing players, defensive lapses, and a slew of injuries to key players were just a few of the reasons the Nationals staggered to an 83-79 record and failed to make the postseason.

Sep 30, 2015

NASCAR’s three-time champ Stewart to retire after 2016 season

By Steve Ginsburg

(Reuters) – Tony Stewart, one of auto racing’s biggest names, announced on Wednesday he would retire from NASCAR driving after the 2016 season, saying: “Deep down you know when it’s time to do something different.”

The mercurial 44-year-old Stewart, a three-time NASCAR champion and winner of 48 races at the circuit’s top level, said Clint Boyer would get behind the wheel of the Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet after next season.

Sep 30, 2015

Jeb Bush says NFL’s Redskins should keep controversial moniker

By Steve Ginsburg

(Reuters) – Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush said
the Washington Redskins should keep their controversial name
despite the belief by some Native American groups and members of
Congress that it is racist.

“I don’t find it offensive,” Bush said in a taped interview
to air on Wednesday on the Sirius XM radio show “The Arena.”
“Native American tribes generally don’t find it offensive.”

Sep 29, 2015

NCAA sanctions SMU basketball, Larry Brown for rules violations

By Steve Ginsburg

(Reuters) – The NCAA on Tuesday banned the Southern Methodist University men’s basketball team from postseason play in 2016 and suspended head coach Larry Brown for 30 percent of the team’s games this season because of multiple rules violations, including academic fraud.

In addition to academic fraud, SMU was also cited for unethical conduct and a lack of head coach control, according to a National Collegiate Athletic Association infraction panel.

Sep 28, 2015

MLB’s Manfred lauds ‘exciting step’ to get baseball back at Olympics

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said on Monday a recommendation by organizers of the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo to include baseball was an “exciting step” toward seeing the game return to a major global stage.

Japanese organizers urged the return of baseball and softball to the roster of Olympics events. A decision by the International Olympic Committee is not due until August 2016.

Sep 28, 2015

Washington Nationals suspend Papelbon four games for Harper fight

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Washington Nationals on Monday suspended relief pitcher Jonathan Papelbon for four games without pay a day after he grabbed teammate Bryce Harper by the neck during a dugout altercation in a game against the Philadelphia Phillies.

The move means Papelbon, acquired from the Phillies in a July trade, has played his last game of the season in a Nationals uniform. The team also said Papelbon dropped his appeal of a separate three-game suspension issued by Major League Baseball for hitting Manny Machado of the Baltimore Orioles with a pitch last Wednesday.

Sep 25, 2015

Evidence tampering claims in NHL star Kane’s rape case a hoax: prosecutor

By Steve Ginsburg

(Reuters) – A prosecutor looking into allegations of sexual assault by NHL star Patrick Kane in New York said on Friday claims of evidence tampering was an “elaborate hoax” by the alleged victim’s mother and that the case’s rape kit was secure and in police custody.

Erie County District Attorney Frank Sedita III said he was still investigating allegations that Kane, one of the National Hockey League’s best players, raped a woman last month at his lakeshore home outside Buffalo, New York.