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Aug 24, 2015

Bears’ Ratliff suspended by NFL for three games for DWI

By Steve Ginsburg

(Reuters) – Chicago Bears defensive lineman Jeremiah Ratliff has been suspended for the first three games of the regular season for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy, stemming from a 2013 drunken driving incident, the league said on Monday.

Ratliff, 33, will not be eligible to return to regular season practices until Monday, Sept. 28, after the team’s third game of the year, which is against the Seattle Seahawks.

Aug 14, 2015

U.S. women’s soccer league looks to build on World Cup win

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Five weeks after leading the United States to a stirring World Cup championship, Carli Lloyd is convinced Americans are finally ready to embrace women’s professional soccer for the long run.

The North American Soccer League has enjoyed a significant attendance bump since the title and Lloyd said the post-World Cup euphoria feels “extremely different” this time around.

Aug 12, 2015

Judge to hear about Brady’s ‘Deflategate’ suspension settlement talks

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The National Football League and the players’ union are expected to update a Manhattan federal judge on Wednesday on their progress, or lack of it, toward a settlement of their dispute over New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s ‘Deflategate’ suspension.

U.S. District Judge Richard Berman, who has pushed for a settlement, is expected to hear a closed-door briefing from the league and union regarding their efforts to resolve the case without the judge deciding whether to uphold Brady’s ban.

Aug 11, 2015

U.S. judge orders NFL, union talk settlement in Brady case

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. judge has ordered the
National Football League and its players union to hold
settlement talks later on Tuesday in a court battle over star
quarterback Tom Brady’s “Deflategate” suspension.

U.S. District Judge Richard Berman in Manhattan in a court
order on Tuesday requested that both sides “engage in further
good faith settlement efforts” before a court hearing on
Wednesday. The New England Patriots quarterback has been
suspended for four games.

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

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.