(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.
WASHINGTON, Feb 4 (Reuters) – Trailblazer Charlie Sifford was hailed as a “legend” by President Barack Obama and the “grandpa that I never had” by Tiger Woods as the golf world paused on Wednesday to remember the first black man to join the PGA Tour.
Sifford, who was well beyond his prime when, at the age of 38, he was accepted into the PGA in 1961, died on Tuesday in Cleveland at the age of 92.
Feb 3 (Reuters) – Professional caddies have filed a class action lawsuit against the PGA Tour, contending they were forced to wear bibs featuring corporate logos and other advertisements that generate millions of dollars for the tour without giving them any compensation.
The lawsuit, filed on Tuesday in U.S. federal court in California, says the PGA Tour threatened to prevent the caddies from working at tournaments organized and promoted by the organization if they refused to wear the bibs.
(Reuters) – Two-time Super Bowl champion Leonard Marshall is teaming up with the lawyer who first sued the NFL over concussions to form an educational road show on how to avoid and treat head injuries in sports.
The target audience for the Brain Unity Trust is players, coaches and organizations, said Marshall, who suffers from CTE-related illnesses, perhaps from concussions during his 12 seasons as a defensive lineman in the National Football League in the 1980s and ’90s.
Jan 22 (Reuters) – Four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Jeff Gordon, who ranks third in all-time race wins, said Thursday the 2015 season will be his last as a full-time driver.
Gordon, 43, has three Daytona 500 victories and a record five Brickyard 400 wins.
Jan 20 (Reuters) – Two former WWE professional
wrestlers say they have serious brain injuries after suffering
repeated concussions in the ring and have filed a potential
class-action lawsuit against the Connecticut-based company in
federal court in Philadelphia.
Vito LoGrasso, 50, of Coatesville, Pennsylvania, and Evan
Singleton, 22, of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, accuse World
Wrestling Entertainment of “selling violence” and ignoring their
Jan 14 (Reuters) – A woman seeking a protective order against Kurt Busch on Wednesday rejected claims by the NASCAR champion that she is an assassin and said several of the race car driver’s stories about her were taken from a movie screenplay she is writing.
Busch, testifying on a protective order against him in a Delaware court on Tuesday, said his ex-girlfriend Patricia Driscoll is an assassin sent on covert missions who once returned to their hotel room in a blood-splattered evening gown.
Jan 9 (Reuters) – Oregon and Ohio State will play for the
national championship on Monday but the clear winner in college
football’s first playoff has already been crowned: ESPN.
The two semifinal games on New Year’s Day brought in more
than 28 million viewers each, making the telecasts the top two
programs in cable television history.
(Reuters) – An independent probe has found no evidence that anyone at the NFL possessed or saw the surveillance video of former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice striking his then-fiancee last year but concluded league failed to properly investigate the event.
The investigation, led by former FBI director Robert Mueller, concluded that the league “should have done more with the information it had.
(Reuters) – The owners of the Atlanta Hawks said Thursday they have unanimously approved a plan to sell the franchise, a move triggered last year by a racism controversy.
Bruce Levenson vowed to sell his majority interest in the club last September after his email became public in which he made racist remarks that included “the black crowd scared away the whites” at Phillips Arena.