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Aug 10, 2015

Under Armour aims to expand reach with NBA deal

Aug 10 (Reuters) – Under Armour said on Monday it was
expanding its partnerships with the National Basketball
Association, sponsoring its pre-draft showcase and its youth
basketball program in a move aimed at deepening ties with the
league.

The No. 2 U.S. sportswear maker said it would be the title
partner of the NBA’s Draft Combine and a presenting partner of
the Jr. NBA with a deal that expands the company’s ties with the
league that first began in 2011.

Aug 7, 2015

Lawsuit filed against NASCAR’s Stewart in fatal dirt-track accident

By Steve Ginsburg

(Reuters) – The family of Kevin Ward Jr., who was struck and
killed by fellow driver Tony Stewart during a sprint car race in
upstate New York last year, filed a wrongful death lawsuit
against the NASCAR star on Friday, lawyers said.

Stewart, 44, one of the biggest names in auto racing,
fatally struck the 20-year-old Ward during a non-NASCAR race on
Aug. 9 on a dimly lit part of the Canandaigua Motorsports Park
track, about an hour’s drive west of Syracuse.

Aug 5, 2015

NFL’s Ravens say they did not warn Colts about deflated footballs

By Steve Ginsburg

(Reuters) – The Baltimore Ravens on Wednesday insisted they did not warn the Indianapolis Colts about deflated footballs before January’s AFC championship involving the New England Patriots.

After defeating the Ravens 35-31 in the divisional round, the Patriots routed the Colts 45-7 using balls inflated below league standards, a scandal widely known as “Deflategate.”

Aug 5, 2015

U.S. runners hope doping scandal will ultimately help sport’s image

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Fresh allegations of widespread doping in international athletics will eventually help the sport emerge from its eternal cloud of suspicion and show Americans are performing at the highest level without cheating, top U.S. runners say.

No U.S. athletes have been linked to confidential data released by a whistleblower indicating suspected widespread blood doping in international track and field between 2001 and 2012. U.S. Anti-Doping Agency chief Travis Tygart said he was unaware of any American athlete suspected of doping in the report.

Aug 4, 2015

NFL union releases Brady’s ‘Deflategate’ testimony

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The National Football League
players union on Tuesday made public a full transcript of star
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s June 23 appeal of
his four-game “Deflategate” suspension before league
Commissioner Roger Goodell.

The transcript, filed in Manhattan federal court as part of
the union’s challenge to the suspension, revealed Brady’s
testimony defending his alleged role in a scheme to deflate
footballs before the Patriots’ 45-7 playoff win in January over
the Indianapolis Colts.

Aug 3, 2015

Calls grow for global athletics probe after widespread doping alleged

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Global sporting bodies have called for a thorough probe of the latest doping allegations that have plunged athletics into crisis just weeks before track and field’s showpiece event, another black eye for sport after the FIFA corruption scandal.

The U.S. anti-doping agency said an “aggressive review” was needed to protect clean athletes after Britain’s Sunday Times newspaper and Germany’s ARD/WDR broadcaster reported on Sunday they had obtained secret data from the global athletics governing body, the IAAF, supplied by a whistleblower disgusted by the extent of doping.

Aug 3, 2015

Athletics-Calls grow for global athletics probe after widespread doping alleged

WASHINGTON, Aug 3 (Reuters) – Global sporting bodies have called for a thorough probe of the latest doping allegations that have plunged athletics into crisis just weeks before track and field’s showpiece event, another black eye for sport after the FIFA corruption scandal.

The U.S. anti-doping agency said an “aggressive review” was needed to protect clean athletes after Britain’s Sunday Times newspaper and Germany’s ARD/WDR broadcaster reported on Sunday they had obtained secret data from the global athletics governing body, the IAAF, supplied by a whistleblower disgusted by the extent of doping.

Aug 3, 2015

U.S. anti-doping chief unaware of Americans in damaging report

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A “thorough and aggressive review” needs to be done to protect clean athletes from “gangsters” after a blockbuster report surfaced alleging widespread doping in athletics, the head of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) said on Sunday.

Britain’s Sunday Times newspaper and Germany’s ARD/WDR broadcaster said they had obtained the secret data from the global athletics governing body, the IAAF, showing that endurance runners suspected of doping have been winning a third of Olympic and world championship medals.

Jul 31, 2015

NFL union urges quick Brady ruling, seeks to void suspension

By Steve Ginsburg and Jonathan Stempel

(Reuters) – The National Football League and its players
union asked a federal judge to decide by Sept. 4 whether to
uphold star New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s
four-game suspension, which could resolve the “Deflategate”
scandal before the regular season starts.

Friday’s request by the NFL Players Association on behalf of
Brady was a surprise. The union had been expected to ask U.S.
District Judge Richard Berman in Manhattan to delay any
suspension until he could rule on its merits.

Jul 31, 2015

NFL, union ask U.S. judge to decide on Brady suspension by Sept. 4

By Steve Ginsburg

(Reuters) – The National Football League and its players union asked a U.S. judge on Friday to decide whether to uphold New England Patriots star quarterback Tom Brady’s four-game suspension in the “Deflategate” case by Sept. 4, before the season begins.

U.S. District Judge Richard Berman in New York, who is overseeing litigation over the suspension, on Thursday urged the two sides to discuss a resolution and to cool down their rhetoric.