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Sep 23, 2015

Lawyer for accuser of NHL’s Kane sees possible evidence tampering

By Steve Ginsburg

(Reuters) – The attorney for a woman accusing NHL star Patrick Kane of sexual assault said on Wednesday an evidence bag that once contained the case’s rape kit was delivered anonymously to the home of the accuser’s mother.

Attorney Thomas Eoannou said he would request an independent investigation “by a separate law enforcement agency into how this breach could have possibly happened.”

Sep 22, 2015

Incognito, at heart of NFL’s bullying scandal, visits former team

By Steve Ginsburg

(Reuters) – Buffalo Bills guard Richie Incognito, released in 2013 by the Miami Dolphins for his role in a bullying scandal, admitted on Tuesday that playing his former team this weekend will have “a little more meaning” than other games on the schedule.

Incognito, however, said it is time to move on from the episode that rocked the National Football League and nearly ended his career.

Sep 21, 2015

Former NHL star Theo Fleury puts his life story to music

By Steve Ginsburg

(Reuters) – Theo Fleury’s life story reads like a country song: He suffered sexual abuse as a youth, he was addicted to drugs, he drank too much, and he even put a pistol in his mouth and debated whether to pull the trigger.

So it seems only natural that the former National Hockey League star decided to try his hand at country music, a staple of the Canadian Prairies where he grew up. And it’s fitting that the debut single from his new album is called “My Life’s Been A Country Song.”

Sep 15, 2015

Obama honors Connecticut women’s basketball champs – again

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama welcomed the University of Connecticut women’s basketball team to the White House on Tuesday, saying the Huskies – NCAA tournament champions three years in a row – have visited so often they are now qualified to give tours of the executive mansion.

The Huskies capped a 38-1 season by defeating Notre Dame for the National Collegiate Athletic Association tournament title in April, the school’s 10th national championship and fifth in the past seven years under head coach Geno Auriemma.

Sep 15, 2015

Lyme disease never far from thoughts of WNBA star Delle Donne

By Steve Ginsburg

(Reuters) – Chicago Sky head coach Pokey Chatman needs only a brief glance at Elena Delle Donne, one of the brightest stars in the WNBA, to know when the high-scoring forward is going to need a break.

“Pokey can look at me in the morning and tell how I’m doing,” said Delle Donne, the league’s top scorer. “And she’ll know to give me more rest that day. We’re on an eye-contact level at this point.”

Sep 11, 2015

Patriots’ Belichick says there is nothing to ‘Headsetgate’

By Steve Ginsburg

(Reuters) – New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, growing tired of conspiracy theories regarding his team, lashed out on Friday at reports suggesting the Super Bowl champions are always seeking off-the-field ways to gain a competitive advantage.

Belichick denied that Thursday night’s headset problems in the NFL season-opener were part of a plan to disrupt the sideline communications of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Sep 10, 2015

Congressional bill aims to get NFL to change the name ‘Redskins’

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The District of Columbia’s congresswoman on Thursday introduced a bill to strip the NFL of its federal antitrust protection as long as it allows Washington’s football team to use the name “Redskins,” a moniker some see as racist.

Representative Eleanor Holmes Norton said the National Football League and Washington’s football team “should not be benefitting financially from federal antitrust exemptions while they continue to promote a disparaging moniker that has been found by legal authorities to be a racial slur.”

Sep 9, 2015

Patriots ask NFL to reinstate employees implicated in ‘Deflategate’

By Steve Ginsburg

(Reuters) – The New England Patriots have asked the NFL for
permission to reinstate two low-level employees implicated in a
league report in the deflation of footballs used by quarterback
Tom Brady in January’s AFC title game, the league said on

Equipment assistant John Jastremski and locker room manager
Jim McNally were suspended without pay by the Patriots in May
following an investigation into whether the footballs the team
provided for the game were inflated below league standards.

Sep 8, 2015

Obama vows to ‘dominate’ at Duke basketball fantasy camp

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – After President Barack Obama offered kind words to Duke University’s championship basketball team at the White House on Tuesday, Blue Devils Coach Mike Krzyzewski offered the president an invitation to Duke’s “fantasy camp” for “guys 35 and older.”

“I’ll dominate,” the 54-year-old president, an avid basketball player, joked to laughter and applause during the ceremony in the White House East Room.

Sep 4, 2015

Brady to suit up after ‘Deflategate’ win; NFL appeals

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Star quarterback Tom Brady will play in the New England Patriots’ season opener next week after a federal judge threw out his “Deflategate” suspension on Thursday – but the National Football League has not conceded defeat just yet.

Within hours of the ruling, the NFL appealed the order vacating Brady’s four-game suspension.