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.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – New Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred says his mandate to speed up the pace of play has more to do with “how the games move along” than how long they actually last.
Shortly after taking over for outgoing Commissioner Bud Selig in January, Manfred instituted several new rules to accelerate the time between innings and pitches.
(Reuters) – Tennis legend John McEnroe faces James Blake on Wednesday in a match in which they will call their own lines – declaring whether the ball is in or out – a wrinkle that McEnroe knows may draw more than casual interest from fans and former linesmen.
During a career in which he won seven grand slam singles titles, McEnroe was known as a sometimes volatile player who periodically berated linesmen over what he saw as blown calls. “You cannot be serious,” he once yelled in a famous tirade over a line call.
(Reuters) – The National Football League on Monday fined the Atlanta Falcons $350,000 and stripped them of a fifth-round draft choice in 2016 for piping in artificial crowd noise during their home games in 2013 and part of 2014.
Separately, Cleveland Browns General Manager Ray Farmer has been suspended four games for texting coaches during games in 2014 and the team was fined $250,000, the NFL said.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – More than three decades after putting down her tennis racquet, Renee Richards is still astonished she had the moxie to join the women’s professional tour after living the first 34 years of her life as a man.
For all the frenzy around Olympian Bruce Jenner’s reported decision to transition to a woman, the transgender pioneer Richards, born Richard Raskind, believes nothing could be tougher than what she endured in the 1970s.
(Reuters) – A U.S. District judge in Minnesota refused on
Wednesday to dismiss a lawsuit filed by former players accusing
the National Hockey League of knowingly withholding information
about the long-term effect of concussions.
The players have “adequately alleged that the NHL
negligently or fraudulently omitted information” about the
dangers of repeated head trauma, Judge Susan Nelson said in her
(Reuters) – The National Football League voted on Monday to suspend its long-standing television blackout policy for at least the 2015 season.
NFL teams voted for a one-year suspension of the blackout policy for both the upcoming preseason and regular season, the league said in a release.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – March Madness gripped the White House and lots of other workplaces on Wednesday as President Barack Obama joined an estimated 60 million Americans scrambling to make their predictions for the annual tournament to crown a collegiate basketball champion.
Obama, appearing on the ESPN cable network to pick winners round by round, selected undefeated Kentucky to beat Villanova in the April 6 finals of the NCAA Tournament that begins in earnest on Thursday.
(Reuters) – Syracuse University head basketball coach Jim Boeheim will retire in three years, the school said Wednesday, less than two weeks after the NCAA slapped the school with severe sanctions amid a lengthy investigation of its athletic programs.
In addition, the school’s athletic director, Daryl Gross, has resigned to take another position at the school, said Syracuse Chancellor Kent Syverud.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The decision by San Francisco 49ers’ budding star Chris Borland to walk away from the National Football League over head trauma concerns drew shock and a dose of admiration from fellow players on Tuesday.
The 24-year-old linebacker called it quits after just one season in the NFL, saying his four-year, $2 million contract was not worth exposure to brain injury.