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WNBA players are still treated like second-class citizens. It’s on the NBA to fix that.

This is what second-class citizenship in pro sports looks like:<p>Last summer, the Minnesota Lynx lost home-court advantage for the entirety of the WNBA playoffs despite having finished the regular season with a league-best 27-7 record. They were forced off their regular season floor in St. Paul’s …

Basketball

Ohio State Investigation Takes Another Unexpected Turn. Things Keep Getting Worse

The situation at Ohio State University continues to get murkier with another update from Brett McMurphy.<p>McMurphy got his hands on the contract of …

Domestic Violence

Packers’ Aaron Rodgers releases surprising statement about Trump and anthem protests

Aaron Rodgers, the star quarterback of the Green Bay Packers, had surprising advice for fellow athletes on how to deal with criticism from President Donald Trump over the national anthem protests.<p>In an interview with NFL.com, Rodgers said that it was best to just ignore whatever the president …

Aaron Rodgers

WNBA team's travel nightmare results in forfeit after league ruling

<b>(CNN) —</b> For the first time in WNBA history, there has been a forfeit.<p>The Las Vegas Aces, who are fighting for one of the league's final playoff spots, declined to play against the Washington Mystics last week, citing safety concerns after traveling for more than 25 hours.<p>The WNBA announced in a …

Las Vegas Aces

NCAA announces new rule changes allowing 'elite' high school seniors to hire agents

The NCAA unveiled significant rule changes Wednesday aimed at cleaning up college basketball that will include “elite” high school seniors having the ability to hire agents and underclassmen having the ability to return to college if they enter the NBA draft but aren’t selected.<p>The NCAA also took …

College Football

Boras: Clients will find work because good owners will wake up

Pitchers and catchers report to spring training next week, and while a number of Scott Boras' clients remain unsigned, the agent isn't worried about …

Athletes have to figure out if their victory lap includes the White House

<b>(CNN) —</b> For championship sports teams, an invite from the White House used to be a slam dunk. Why wouldn't you leap at the chance to visit the most famous home in the country and banter with the president?<p>But since last year, when President Trump began feuding with athletes over national anthem …

USOC defends CEO as doing ‘right thing at every turn’ in Larry Nassar scandal

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — Facing mounting criticism over the sex abuse scandal that has already led to sweeping changes at USA Gymnastics, the U.S. Olympic Committee offered an unwavering defense of its CEO at a news conference Friday in PyeongChang and said it would make no leadership changes …

Pastner denies sexually assaulting woman in 2016

Following his team's 77-54 loss to Louisville, Georgia Tech head coach Josh Pastner took time in his postgame press conference to deny that he …

MLBPA preparing free agent Spring Training camp

It is no secret that plenty of excellent players remain unsigned in free agency. With that in mind, the MLBPA is preparing their own Spring …

Baltimore Orioles

Let the Games Begin in PyeongChang: Pictures

Winter Olympics

Former Army football player sues NCAA, alleges negligence over head trauma that caused his Lou Gehrig’s disease

The issue of concussions and college football is not going away anytime soon and it seems a new front is being opened in the courts to that …

Swimmer Ariana Kukors Describes How She Says Her Coach Groomed Her For Sexual Abuse

Former Olympic swimmer Ariana Kukors published an essay on her personal website today detailing what she calls her “extensive, abusive, and …

After ‘a Lot of Ups and Downs,’ Serena Williams Nears Her Return

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — We rule out more major moments and tennis titles at our peril. Serena Williams has proved that point many times over as she has returned from illness, injuries and other turmoil to keep winning the big ones.<p>Coming back at age 36 from pregnancy and a difficult delivery, after more …

USOC gives USA Gymnastics board six days to resign or federation will be decertified

USA Gymnastics’ status as the sport’s national governing body will be terminated unless it meets six conditions set out by the U.S. Olympic Committee, including the resignation of the entire board by next Wednesday.<p>USOC CEO Scott Blackmun outlined the conditions in an email sent Thursday to the USA …

USA Gymnastics

Bills in Illinois, New York propose age restriction for tackle football among youths

An Illinois state lawmaker proposed a bill Thursday that would ban tackle football for children under 12. The move came a day after the reintroduction of a similar bill in New York. While both face long odds to become law, they offer another signpost in football's ongoing struggle with the damage …

UConn Receives NCAA Inquiry into Men's Basketball Team for Potential Violation

The NCAA has reportedly opened an investigation into the University of Connecticut men's basketball team.<p>According to the <i>New Haven Register</i>'s Jeff Jacobs, "some, if not all" of the inquiry "involves areas of recruiting."<p>The full scope of the investigation remains unclear, but the school did confirm …

Viktor Ahn wants IOC to explain why he can't go to Olympics

MOSCOW (AP) — Six-time Olympic gold medalist Viktor Ahn wants to know why he has been barred from next month's Pyeongchang Games.<p>Ahn is a short-track …

International Olympic Committee

Climb aboard the FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour by Coca-Cola

Climb aboard the plane that will take sports' most-wanted prize to 91 cities across 51 countries and six continents over the next few months<p>On Monday, <b>Goal</b> joined Andrea Pirlo and Sir Geoff Hurst at the kick-off of the FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour by Coca-Cola, which launched in London.<p>The tour will …

MLB free agents are considering hosting their own spring training camp

Friday’s Say Hey, Baseball looks at where the slow free agent market might be bringing MLB.<p>Don’t be fooled by Lorenzo Cain signing with the Brewers: The free agent market is still at a standstill. Cain got his money and he got five years, but he’s just one player. J.D. Martinez, Jake Arrieta, Eric …

ESPN Weighs Sale of FiveThirtyEight Blog in Pivot From Politics

Walt Disney Co.’s ESPN unit is in talks to sell data analytics blog FiveThirtyEight as it looks to distance itself from political commentary that has …

Media Industry

NBA announces 5-pronged initiative to improve player-referee relationships

The league has found answers to tension between players and officials.<p>Amid a worsening on-court relationship between players and officials, NBA President of League Operations Byron Spruell announced a five-pronged initiative aimed at finding harmony between the two sides on Friday. The program, …

Chris Paul

NFL's reported concussions at six-year high in 2017

NFL players suffered more concussions in 2017 than in each of the previous five years, according to data released Friday by the league.<p>There were 281 reported concussions this season, including head injuries suffered in preseason games and practices. That is the highest number in the past six years …

NFL

The Latest: Nike says it's following events at Michigan St.

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Latest on the fallout from the Larry Nassar sexual abuse scandal at Michigan State University (all times local):<p>10:05 …

USA Gymnastics

Report: Whistleblower spoke to NCAA president Mark Emmert about Michigan State allegations in 2010

NCAA president Mark Emmert was alerted to 37 reports of alleged sexual assault by Michigan State athletes at a meeting in 2010, soon after he was …

Nigel Bradham fined $9,115 for facemask

Getty Images<p>The NFL fined Eagles linebacker Nigel Bradham $9,115 for a facemask penalty in Sunday’s NFC Championship Game.<p>Bradham was penalized with …

Tom Izzo Says He Will Cooperate with Sexual Assault Investigation, Not Retiring

Michigan State head basketball coach Tom Izzo told reporters Friday night he will fully cooperate with any investigation into the school's handling of allegations of sexual assault and violence against women by members of his teams.<p>"We will cooperate with any investigation going forward as we have …

Shutdown grounds Air Force sports, upends NFL viewing

AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AP) — The federal government shutdown prompted the Air Force Academy on Saturday to call off sports events and upended …

Military

Michael Phelps opens up about depression after 2012 Olympics

Michael Phelps disclosed that he has battled severe anxiety and depression for much of his life which drove him to consider suicide after his success at the 2012 Olympics.<p>Speaking at a mental health conference in Chicago on Tuesday, the 23-time Olympic gold medal winner talked openly about his long …

Johnny Manziel sells out entire stock of 'Comeback$ZN' merchandise in under 48 hours

Manziel's making a little coin off of his hopeful redemption story. Eric Seals-USA TODAY Sports<p>Johnny Manziel set up a website to sell merchandise as …