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Mar 11, 2015

NASCAR lifts suspension of ‘The Outlaw’ Kurt Busch

By Steve Ginsburg

(Reuters) – NASCAR lifted its suspension of Kurt Busch on Wednesday, six days after the Delaware Attorney General’s Office declined to press criminal charges in a domestic abuse case involving the driver’s former girlfriend.

Busch, 36, was also granted a waiver to compete in the Chase for the Sprint Cup should he qualify. The 2004 champion missed the first three races of the season during his suspension.

Mar 9, 2015

NFL’s tax-exempt status is again under fire in Congress

WASHINGTON xx (Reuters) – Congressman Jason Chaffetz insists his bid to overturn the NFL’s decades-old tax-exempt status has nothing to do with political posturing or electioneering.

And the Utah Republican says his campaign to get rid of the tax break is not motivated by the recent travails of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, who has been excoriated for turning a blind eye to domestic abuse by some of his players.

Mar 6, 2015

NCAA hits Syracuse basketball coach with nine-game suspension

By Steve Ginsburg

(Reuters) – The NCAA suspended Syracuse University basketball coach Jim Boeheim on Friday for nine Atlantic Coast Conference games and took away scholarships after a lengthy investigation of the school’s athletic programs.

Syracuse discovered and self-reported 10 violations, over an eight-year period dating to 2001, that primarily involved men’s basketball but also football, the NCAA Committee on Infractions said.

Mar 5, 2015

No criminal charges to be filed against NASCAR’s Busch

By Steve Ginsburg

(Reuters) – No criminal charges will be filed against suspended NASCAR driver Kurt Busch in a domestic abuse case involving his former girlfriend, prosecutors in Delaware said on Thursday.

Patricia Driscoll said Busch grabbed her by the neck inside his motor home at Dover International Speedway in Delaware on Sept. 26 and repeatedly slammed her head against a wall.

Mar 2, 2015

NHL concussion lawsuit following a path blazed by the NFL

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Gary Leeman suffers from memory loss, dizziness, headaches and other symptoms associated with repeated head trauma.

He also has anger issues, although it may be hard to discern whether it’s from the concussions he suffered as a Toronto Maple Leafs forward or his contempt for the National Hockey League.

Feb 27, 2015

Women athletes have more concussions than men, new study shows

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Olympic figure skating champion Sarah Hughes vividly recalls falling on her head in practice and suffering her first concussion.

“They carried me off the rink and then I threw up,” the 29-year-old Hughes, the 2002 Olympic champion said, her deep blues eyes widening. “We knew something was wrong. It was really, really scary. Incredibly frightening. I was just 11.”

Feb 26, 2015

U.S. judge rules for Vikings’ Peterson in NFL discipline case

By Steve Ginsburg

(Reuters) – Running back Adrian Peterson, suspended by the
National Football League for hitting his 4-year-old son with a
switch, was reinstated to the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday
after a federal judge ruled in favor of the NFL players union in
a lawsuit.

U.S. District Court Judge David Doty said NFL Commissioner
Roger Goodell acted beyond his authority in November when he
suspended Peterson until at least April 15.

Feb 25, 2015

U.S. goalie Solo admits to ‘horrible choice’ that led to suspension

By Steve Ginsburg

(Reuters) – Two-time Olympic gold medalist Hope Solo admitted on Wednesday she made a “horrible choice” by being in a U.S. soccer team van when her husband, former NFL player Jerramy Stevens, was arrested for drunken driving.

Solo, 33, was suspended for 30 days by the U.S. Soccer Federation for the incident, which occurred in January during training camp in the Los Angeles area.

Feb 21, 2015

NASCAR suspends driver Kurt Busch after domestic violence ruling

Feb 20 (Reuters) – NASCAR suspended driver Kurt Busch indefinitely on Friday following a Delaware court ruling that found the 2004 Sprint Cup champion had likely physically abused his ex-girlfriend.

The suspension means Busch will have to sit out NASCAR’s premier event, the Daytona 500, on Sunday.

Feb 20, 2015

Major League Baseball issues new rules to speed up games

By Steve Ginsburg

(Reuters) – Major League Baseball instituted several rule changes on Friday designed to step up the pace of play amid growing concerns that its games are growing too long.

Among the changes is that batters must keep at least one foot in the batter’s box unless one of several exceptions occurs, like time is called or the pitcher throws a wild pitch. Timers will also be added to better track time and guide players, the league said.