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Apr 29, 2015

Baltimore Orioles to play in empty stadium as Baltimore reels from rioting

By Steve Ginsburg

(Reuters) – In what will be a first for Major League Baseball, the Baltimore Orioles will host the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday in a stadium closed to fans as Baltimore copes with some of the worst U.S. urban rioting in years.

The Orioles said Wednesday’s scheduled 7:05 p.m. game would be played at 2:05 p.m. before an empty Camden Yards ballpark.

Apr 28, 2015

Baseball’s Orioles to resume play Wednesday in game closed to public

By Steve Ginsburg

(Reuters) – The baseball game between the Baltimore Orioles and Chicago White Sox scheduled for Tuesday night in riot-hit Baltimore has been postponed and Wednesday’s game will be closed to the public, team officials said.

The Orioles said Wednesday’s scheduled 7:05 p.m. game with the White Sox would be played at 2:05 p.m. before an empty Camden Yards stadium.

Apr 28, 2015

National Football League says it will give up its tax-exempt status

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The National Football League’s front office will voluntarily give up its decades-old tax-exempt status, Commissioner Roger Goodell said on Tuesday.

NFL teams pay taxes on their profits but the league’s central office has gotten a pass since it is listed a non-profit trade or industry association.

Apr 24, 2015

Boxer Mayweather’s violent history ignored, women’s advocates say

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – While world champion boxer Floyd Mayweather prepares for his May 2 bout against Manny Pacquiao, women’s advocates believe his history of domestic violence is merely a footnote to the biggest fight in years.

Mayweather hit his ex-girlfriend in front of two of their children in 2010, resulting in a 90-day prison sentence, just one incident highlighting his turbulent relationships with women.

Apr 23, 2015

Lawyer in NFL concussion deal says an appeal would be ‘selfish’

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A major architect of the landmark concussion settlement reached with the National Football League on behalf of retired players said on Thursday it would be “selfish” for anyone to appeal the deal.

Christopher Seeger, co-lead counsel for the retired NFL players, said if even one of the 5,000 players involved in the settlement filed an appeal, benefits would probably be held up a year.

Apr 22, 2015

National Football League concussion settlement gets final approval

By Steve Ginsburg

(Reuters) – A federal judge on Wednesday gave final approval to a multimillion-dollar settlement in a lawsuit brought by about 5,000 former National Football League players who accused the league of covering up the dangers of concussions.

The settlement, approved by Judge Anita Brody, includes allowing for monetary awards of up to $5 million per claimant for serious medical conditions associated with repeated head trauma.

Apr 8, 2015

NFL hires its first woman to officiate games full-time

By Steve Ginsburg

(Reuters) – The National Football League (NFL) on Wednesday said it would hire a woman for the first time to officiate games full-time for the most popular U.S. sport.

Sarah Thomas, 41, will join the NFL as a line judge after officiating in Conference USA, a college league, since 2007, the league said.

Apr 7, 2015

Former kicker sues NFL’s Buccaneers over MRSA infection

By Steve Ginsburg

(Reuters) – Former Super Bowl-winning kicker Lawrence Tynes
is suing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for $20 million after
contracting a MRSA infection in a toe on his kicking foot that
prematurely ended his career, his lawyer said Tuesday.

Lawyer Stephen Rosenthal said Tynes contracted the infection
in 2013 at the Buccaneers’ training facility.

Apr 6, 2015

NBA takes basketball know-how to Cuba, first for U.S. pro league

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The National Basketball Association, along with basketball’s international governing body, announced plans on Monday to host a developmental camp for male and female players in Cuba, in the first such initiative by a U.S. pro sports league since the United States and the communist-ruled island embarked on a diplomatic thaw in December.

Retired NBA stand-outs Steve Nash and Dikembe Mutombo and former WNBA star Ticha Penicheiro will lead the camp, set for April 23-26 in Havana.

Apr 5, 2015

Washington’s Nationals Park, where the power elite goes to relax

By Steve Ginsburg

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Reuters) – While the Los Angeles Lakers have Jack Nicholson and the Hollywood crowd sitting courtside for their games, the Washington Nationals have attracted a set of high-profile groupies of their own: the nation’s powerbrokers.

Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito is a frequent visitor to Nationals Park in the nation’s capital. So is Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and his Democratic counterpart Harry Reid.