BALTIMORE (Reuters) – American swimmer Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time, was sentenced on Friday to 18 months probation and a year suspended jail sentence after pleading guilty to drunken driving.
The 18-time Olympic gold medalist was arrested for drunken driving early on Sept. 30 after speeding and then crossing the double-lane lines inside a Baltimore tunnel, police said.
(Reuters) – The San Francisco 49ers released defensive tackle Ray McDonald on Wednesday after police said he was a possible suspect in a sexual assault case.
San Jose police said they were investigating the assault of a woman seeking treatment at a hospital on Tuesday when officers determined that McDonald might have been involved in the incident.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – There will be no immediate flow of top Cuban players into Major League Baseball despite the major U.S. policy shift toward the communist-run island, experts on baseball in Cuba said on Wednesday.
Any move to let Cuban players leave their country freely will not happen for at least several years, said author Pete Bjarkman, who has written extensively about Cuban baseball.
(Reuters) – The NFL Players Association filed a lawsuit against the National Football League on Monday challenging an arbitrator’s decision to uphold the league’s suspension of Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson.
Filed at the U.S. District Court in Minneapolis, the lawsuit claims arbitrator Harold Henderson, a former NFL executive hand-picked by Commissioner Roger Goodell to hear the case, was not impartial.
(Reuters) – Minnesota Vikings star running back Adrian Peterson’s appeal of his suspension from the NFL for beating his son has been denied by the arbitrator named by Commissioner Roger Goodell to handle the matter, the league said on Friday.
Arbitrator Harold Henderson said in his ruling that Peterson, the 2012 NFL Most Valuable Player, “has not demonstrated that the process and procedures surrounding his discipline were not fair and consistent.”
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama said on Friday the NFL appeared to be “winging it” in dealing with former Baltimore Ravens star Ray Rice’s domestic violence case but praised the league for later putting in place a new policy to handle such incidents.
The National Football League on Wednesday unveiled a tougher policy for disciplining players for off-field misconduct including violence against women in the wake of high-profile domestic violence cases involving Rice and 2012 NFL Most Valuable Player Adrian Peterson.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Women’s advocacy groups on Thursday excoriated NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s changes to the league’s personal conduct policy, saying it does not do enough to help victims and hold players who commit domestic violence accountable.
National Football League owners voted on Wednesday to accept Goodell’s revised program, hoping to stem criticism that has tarnished the league’s image.
(Reuters) – National Football League owners on Wednesday unanimously endorsed what they called a “revised and strengthened” Personal Conduct Policy in the wake of several domestic violence incidents involving players.
“With considerable assistance from the many people and organizations we consulted, NFL ownership has endorsed an enhanced policy that is significantly more robust, thorough, and formal,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said.
(Reuters) – No fines or reprimands will be handed down to LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and others who wore “I Can’t Breathe” shirts during warm-ups for a Cleveland Cavaliers-Brooklyn Nets game on Monday night, National Basketball Association sources said on Tuesday.
James, the NBA’s biggest star, wore the same type of shirt Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose wore last Saturday in Chicago.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The National Football League (NFL) “failed” in its efforts to police domestic abuse by its players but has “learned from those mistakes,” a top NFL executive testified to Congress on Tuesday.
Troy Vincent, the NFL’s executive vice president for football operations, conceded that the case involving Ray Rice was handled poorly.