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Jul 10, 2015

Dallas Cowboys’ Hardy has his 10-game suspension cut to four: NFL

By Steve Ginsburg

(Reuters) – Dallas Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy had his 10-game suspension for domestic violence reduced to four games, the National Football League announced on Friday.

Arbitrator Harold Henderson said in a statement he believed NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell “acted within his authority and properly exercised his discretion” in finding that Hardy violated the league’s Personal Conduct Policy.

Jul 9, 2015

Redskins name, Confederate flag both offensive, says woman battling NFL team’s trademark

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The woman at the center of a legal fight to have the Washington Redskins NFL team change its name equated the moniker with the Confederate battle flag on Thursday, saying both are overt symbols of racism that have no place in U.S. society.

Amanda Blackhorse, a member of the Navajo nation and lead plaintiff in a lawsuit seeking to revoke trademark protection for the term “Washington Redskins,” said the name and the flag were “both offensive.”

Jul 8, 2015

NFL’s Redskins fail to restore voided trademarks

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The National Football League’s Washington Redskins have lost an emotionally charged battle over whether the team’s name is an ethnic slur after a federal judge refused to reinstate six trademark registrations canceled last year for being offensive to Native Americans.

U.S. District Judge Gerald Lee in Alexandria, Virginia, said on Wednesday that he agreed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office that the trademarks might disparage Native Americans and that the law allowing for cancellation did not violate free speech rights of the U.S. Constitution.

Jul 7, 2015

Florida State University president backs decision to boot quarterback

By Steve Ginsburg

(Reuters) – Florida State University’s president said on Tuesday he fully supports head coach Jimbo Fisher’s decision to dismiss De’Andre Johnson from the football team after video surfaced showing the 19-year-old freshman quarterback punching a woman in a bar.

Fisher took the action on Monday night after prosecutors released the June 24 surveillance video taken inside a Tallahassee nightclub.

Jul 6, 2015

Football’s Carli Lloyd seen as marketing darling, analysts say

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Carli Lloyd has the personality and grit to become the next advertising sensation but the World Cup star should start aggressively hitting the market because of the limited interest in women’s football in the United States, analysts said on Monday.

Lloyd had three goals in the first 16 minutes to lead the Americans to a 5-2 victory over Japan in the finals of the Women’s World Cup on Sunday in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Jul 6, 2015

Soccer’s Carli Lloyd seen as marketing darling, analysts say

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Carli Lloyd has the personality and grit to become the next advertising sensation but the World Cup star should start aggressively hitting the market because of the limited interest in women’s soccer in the United States, analysts said on Monday.

Lloyd had three goals in the first 16 minutes to lead the Americans to a 5-2 victory over Japan in the finals of the Women’s World Cup on Sunday in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Jul 6, 2015

Embattled Ray Rice still waiting for another shot at the NFL

WASHINGTON, (Reuters) – Former Baltimore Ravens star Ray Rice is waging an unrelenting crusade to get back on the field nearly a year after being booted from the National Football League – along with his $35 million contract – over a heinous case of domestic abuse.

Videos of the 28-year-old, two-time Pro Bowler’s workouts have been sent to NFL teams, as Rice crosses his fingers that executives will give him a second chance.

Jul 3, 2015

It’s not the Super Bowl, but World Cup will have its share of parties

By Steve Ginsburg

(Reuters) – The women’s World Cup final between the United States and Japan on Sunday may not rival the Super Bowl, but soccer fans, wild with excitement, will be at viewing parties in bars, museums and homes across America.

In Chicago, U.S. Soccer will host a Lincoln Park extravaganza on the shores of Lake Michigan, where soccer-mad revelers will watch the title match on a 19-by-33 foot, high-definition screen.

Jun 23, 2015

Danny Ferry, architect of NBA’s Hawks, faces uncertain future

By Steve Ginsburg

(Reuters) – Danny Ferry, a basketball lifer who built the success-starved Atlanta Hawks into an NBA title contender before being swept up in a racially charged scandal, said on Tuesday he was unsure of his next career move.

Ferry stepped down as general manager of the Hawks on Monday, ending a 10-month indefinite leave of absence for the former NBA champion and college Player of the Year.

Jun 22, 2015

NBA’s Atlanta Hawks, general manager Ferry part ways

By Steve Ginsburg

(Reuters) – Atlanta Hawks general manager Danny Ferry, who was placed on leave in September because of racially charged remarks, resigned on Monday, saying it was “critically important for me to clear my name.”

Ferry, a former NBA player who had been the Hawks’ general manager since 2012, has maintained he was simply repeating words used in the team’s scouting reports.