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Members of Congress Looking for Ways to Make Football Safer for Youth

Members of Congress are asking the nation’s governing body for amateur football to detail its efforts to make the game safer for children. Last week, Democrats on the Energy and Commerce Committee held a forum with experts on brain injuries who said tackle football poses serious risks, especially for kids. Committee Democrats sent a letter to USA Football on Tuesday…

Probe Prompts Soul-Searching Across NCAA Hoops

The federal corruption scandal enveloping college basketball has led more than two dozen prominent schools to review their programs and triggered uncomfortable soul-searching among the institutions at the heart of the sport. The future is at stake for a business that will produce $19.6 billion in TV money over the span of 22 years ending in 2032 for the NCAA…

Adidas Representative Stays Free Without Bail in College Hoops Scandal

Image via YouTube A federal judge has refused to impose bail for an Adidas representative embroiled in a bribery scandal that’s thrown college basketball into turmoil. At a hearing Thursday in federal court in Manhattan, prosecutors urged Judge Katherine Parker to require that James Gatto post $100,000 bond to keep his freedom. The judge instead continued the no-bail conditions set…

Faulkner University to Host Billingsley Game After Field Woes

Faulkner University’s athletic department is making sure a group of high school football players from Autauga County have the game of their lives this Friday after their field was condemned for the season. Their first game was a few weeks away when the Billingsley High School football team learned they would be unable to play on their home turf. The…

College Basketball Coaches Charged with Fraud Make Initial Appearances in Court

Three coaches charged in a college basketball bribery scheme each have been freed on $100,000 bail after initial appearances in a New York federal court. Chuck Person, a suspended assistant coach at Auburn, declined comment as he left a Manhattan courtroom Tuesday. David Axelrod, a lawyer for Arizona assistant coach Emanuel Richardson, said the impact of the case on his…

Trump Says U.S. Should Change Tax Law to Punish NFL

President Donald Trump is suggesting the U.S. change its tax laws to punish organizations like the NFL if members are “disrespecting” the national anthem or flag. The NFL gave up its federal tax-exempt status a couple years ago and now files tax returns as a taxable entity. So it’s unlikely that Trump’s proposal, tweeted in the early hours Tuesday, would…

ESPN’s Jemele Hill Suspended 2 Weeks Following Tweet About NFL Protests

ESPN anchor Jemele Hill has been suspended by the network for two weeks for making political statements on social media. Hill, who is African-American, received criticism from the network last month after referring to President Donald Trump as a “white supremacist.” Hill targeted Jerry Jones after the Dallas Cowboys owner stated that players who disrespect the flag would not play…

Alabama Remains Atop AP Poll, Auburn Cracks the Top Ten

Penn State moved up to No. 3 in The Associated Press college football poll, and Washington State and Auburn jumped into the top 10 for the first time this season after six ranked teams lost this past weekend. Alabama and Clemson still hold the top spots. The top-ranked Crimson Tide received 43 first-place votes in the poll released Sunday and…

ASU Fires Head Football Coach Brian Jenkins, Names Hill-Eley Interim-Head Coach

Alabama State University President, Dr. Quinton T. Ross, Jr., has announced that Donald Hill-Eley will move into the role of Interim Head Football Coach after Brian Jenkins was relieved of his duties Friday afternoon. “I am extremely impressed with the wealth of experience Coach Eley has brought to our athletics program as Associate Head Coach,” Dr. Ross said. “His knowledge of Hornets…

Number Ranked Quarterback Chooses Georgia Over Alabama, Other Schools

Highly touted high school quarterback Justin Fields plans to attend Georgia next year. Fields is from Harrison High School in Kennesaw, Georgia. He announced at a pep rally at the school Friday his nonbinding verbal commitment to the Bulldogs. According to 247Sports’ composite rankings of the major recruiting analysts, Fields is the No. 1 overall player in the country. Fields…