(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.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The former girlfriend of Kurt Busch said on Monday she was “stunned” that prosecutors declined to file criminal domestic abuse charges against the NASCAR driver after a commissioner ruled earlier she had likely been choked and had her head slammed against a wall.
Prosecutors in Delaware said on March 5 that they were unlikely to get a conviction against Busch and would not file criminal charges against the 2004 NASCAR champion.
(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.
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.