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  • KY football game shooting leaves 2 dead, 4 wounded

    11/24/2016 1:06:11 PM PST · by DCBryan1 · 21 replies
    CNN ^ | 24 NOV 16 | cnn staff
    (CNN)Gunfire erupted at an annual Thanksgiving Day football game in Louisville, Kentucky, leaving two dead and four others wounded, police said Thursday. The motive for the shooting is unclear. Developing story - more to come
  • Penn State topples No. 2 Ohio State 24-21

    10/23/2016 4:20:40 AM PDT · by C19fan · 31 replies
    AP ^ | October 22, 2016 | Staff
    The white out in the stands became the white out on the field as Penn State fans mobbed their Nittany Lions. Well after the biggest victory of the post-Joe Paterno era was over, the cries of "We Are! Penn State!" echoed underneath 56-year-old Beaver Stadium and bounced off its big rusty metal beams.
  • Florida-LSU Football Game Saturday Postponed Due to Hurricane Matthew

    As Hurricane Matthew pushes north with the Central Florida area square in its sights, the Florida Gators won't be taking the football field this weekend as scheduled. The Southeastern Conference announced that the game Saturday between UF and the LSU Tigers will be postponed. The teams will attempt to reschedule the game for a later date, however they do not share the same bye week later in the month. Florida is off the 22nd, LSU the 29th. The decision came after U.S. Sen. David Vitter, a Republican from Louisiana, wrote a letter to Florida Gov. Rick Scott urging him to...
  • ACC moves championship game to Orlando. ( fruits and weirdos win one )

    09/29/2016 10:47:01 AM PDT · by Hillarys Gate Cult · 32 replies
    Yahoo.com ^ | Sep 29, 2016 | Sam Cooper
    The ACC officially has a new location for its football championship game. The conference announced Thursday morning that the game will move to Orlando’s Camping World Stadium. The move comes two weeks after the conference, following an NCAA decision, decided to move all of its championships outside of the state of North Carolina because of House Bill 2 (HB2), a state law that requires transgender people to use public bathrooms that match the gender on their birth certificates instead of the gender with which they identify.
  • Man, That's a Tough Question: Why Isn't This Football Coach Working on Sundays?

    09/26/2016 10:13:30 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    GetReligion ^ | September 24, 2016 | Terry Mattinglly
    College football Saturdays are back, so let's stop and ponder a journalism mystery linked to the new football coaching regime at the University of Virginia. The feature at The Daily Progress in Charlottesville is pretty direct, starting with the headline: "Part of the Bronco way is no work on Sunday." Bronco is not a reference to a mascot, in Wahoo land, but to the school's new head coach – Bronco Mendenhall. Things are not off to a good start there, so times are a bit tense. Here is the overture: The day after Virginia’s season-opening loss to Richmond, Ruffin McNeill,...
  • NCAA won’t play in North Carolina because of ‘human rights violations,’...

    09/23/2016 11:52:21 AM PDT · by LibFreeUSA · 34 replies
    babalublog ^ | Sep 18, 2016 | Alberto Delacruz
    .... but plays in Cuba and China!
  • NCAA Wants Men in Women's Restrooms & Locker Rooms

    09/20/2016 7:27:15 PM PDT · by PROCON · 55 replies
    afa.net ^ | Sep. 20, 2016 | Tim Wildmon
    This past week the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) pulled all championship events out of North Carolina for the 2016-2017 season simply because that state passed a law, known as HB 2, which requires men and women to use the restroom or locker room corresponding to the gender on their birth certificate. In essence, the North Carolina legislature said men use the men's room and ladies use the ladies room. By doing this, North Carolina was simply protecting women and children from sexual predators and voyeurs. Along with punishing North Carolina, the NCAA is forcing all potential championship host sites...
  • HuffPost Deleted That Shameful “Ladies Of The SEC” Piece, But We Saved It So You Can Read It

    09/15/2016 1:27:58 AM PDT · by iowamark · 31 replies
    Rise News ^ | 9/13/2016
    The internet was aflame last night with many people upset over a piece in the Huffington Post from contributor Rebecca Walden. Walden penned a piece titled, “Young ladies of the SEC, cover it up!” and boy was it just awful. Now, it turns out that the Huffington Post wants this all to go away and so they deleted it. Not a good look HuffPost and not very journalistically sound either. But have no fear, below you can read the piece as it look on the HuffPost website before it was deleted: Dear young ladies of the SEC, can you do...
  • ACC moving championships out of NC due to bathroom bill

    09/14/2016 4:36:16 PM PDT · by buckalfa · 33 replies
    7News WSPA ^ | September 14, 2016 | WSPA Staff
    SPARTANBURG, SC (WSPA) – The Atlantic Coast Conderence (ACC) has announced they will be moving championship games out of North Carolina, because of House Bill 2. All 15 university will continue to host ACC Championships at campus sites. Clemson University President James Clements says, “The decision to move the neutral site championships out of North Carolina while HB 2 remains the law was not an easy one but it is consistent with the shared values of inclusion and non-discrimination at all of our institutions.” They say the locations will be announced in the future. The NCAA said on Monday that...
  • ACC moves its championships out of North Carolina in response to HB2

    09/14/2016 10:39:20 AM PDT · by C19fan · 43 replies
    Yahoo ^ | September 14, 2016 | Graham Watson
    The ACC has decided to move all of its neutral site championships from the state of North Carolina, the conference announced in a statement Wednesday. “The ACC Council of Presidents made it clear that the core values of this league are of the utmost importance, and the opposition to any form of discrimination is paramount,” commissioner John Swofford said. “Today’s decision is one of principle, and while this decision is the right one, we recognize there will be individuals and communities that are supportive of our values as well as our championship sites that will be negatively affected. Hopefully, there...
  • NCAA to relocate championships from North Carolina due to HB2 'bathroom' law

    09/13/2016 12:17:48 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 38 replies
    CBS Sports ^ | September 12, 2016 | Chip Patterson
    The NCAA has now joined the NBA and other organizations pulling its official events out of the state of North Carolina due to concern over the state's House Bill 2. Emphasizing an "inclusive atmosphere for all college athletes, coaches, administrators and fans," the NCAA announced it would be pulling seven championships from the state, including a site for the 2017 NCAA Tournament. "Fairness is about more than the opportunity to participate in college sports, or even compete for championships," said Mark Emmert, NCAA president said in a statement. "We believe in providing a safe and respectful environment at our events...
  • NCAA moving 7 championship events out of North Carolina

    09/12/2016 5:39:44 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 59 replies
    ESPN ^ | September 12, 2016 | ANDY KATZ
    The NCAA will move seven championship events this academic year from the state of North Carolina, including the first and second round of the 2017 NCAA men's basketball tournament, because of the state's controversial HB2 law. The NCAA's Board of Governors made the announcement late Monday night. The decision comes on the heels of the NBA moving the all-star game in February from Charlotte to New Orleans.
  • For Ole Miss sports, ‘Dixie’ is dead

    08/19/2016 8:34:58 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 59 replies
    Mississippi Today ^ | August 19, 2016 | Adam Ganucheau
    The University of Mississippi’s marching band will no longer play any variation of the song “Dixie” – a tradition some seven decades old at football games and other sporting events. The University's Athletic Department confirmed to Mississippi Today on Friday that the song, which was the unofficial anthem of the Confederate States of America during the Civil War, will no longer be played at athletic events.
  • The Rant: LGBT Big 12 Controversy

    08/09/2016 5:55:07 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    KFOR ^ | AUGUST 9, 2016 | Kevin Ogle
    A lot of talk lately about the Big 12 Conference adding teams. One possibility.. high-profile Brigham Young University. But a gay advocacy group has written a letter to the Big 12 commissioner urging him not to consider adding BYU to the conference saying the Mormon school is discriminatory against the LGBT community. What should the commissioner do?
  • 25 LGBT groups send letter to Big 12 urging it to shun BYU

    08/08/2016 6:00:08 PM PDT · by SSS Two · 34 replies
    Fox Sports ^ | Aug 8, 2016 at 7:24p ET | Stewart Mandel
    A coalition of national LGBT advocacy groups is urging the Big 12 not to admit BYU as a new member, FOX Sports has learned. On Monday, Athlete Ally, a non-profit that conducts LGBT awareness campaigns for sports leagues, and the National Center for Lesbian Rights, sent a letter to Big 12 administrators detailing what they believe are discriminatory policies by BYU, a religious institution owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. In the letter addressed to commissioner Bob Bowlsby, the authors write in part: “BYU … actively and openly discriminates against its LGBT students and staff. It...
  • Cities bidding for NCAA games must submit details on discrimination

    07/23/2016 2:56:44 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 27 replies
    Charlotte Observer ^ | July 22, 2016 | Rick Rothacker
    The NCAA on Friday said cities looking to host future championship games must submit details by Aug. 12 about how they will protect participants from discrimination, a move that could hurt North Carolina's chances of landing future games. The announcement came one day after the NBA said it was moving the 2017 All-Star Weekend from Charlotte over a controversial North Carolina law known as House Bill 2. Cities that have already been awarded games will face a separate questionnaire deadline, which will be determined later, the NCAA said. [Snip] Cities bidding for games now must complete a questionnaire from the...
  • List: The tenure of every FBS head coach

    07/11/2016 12:51:31 AM PDT · by iowamark · 22 replies
    CoachingSearch.com ^ | July 06, 2016 | Chris Vannini
    Earlier this week, CoachingSearch looked at the longest-tenured assistants in FBS. Now, here’s a look at the tenure of every FBS head coach. Illustrating the amount of turnover in the profession, 108 of the 129 FBS head coaches have been hired since 2010, and 88 have been hired in the past four years. That means more than 2/3 of all head coaches have been hired since 2013.Some veteran coaches who left the list this offseason included Frank Beamer (1987), Gary Pinkel (2001), George O’Leary (2004), and Steve Spurrier (2005).First, the longest tenured coach in each conference:AAC: Ken Niumatalolo (Navy) -...
  • Legendary college basketball coach Pat Summitt dies at 64

    06/28/2016 3:49:40 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 26 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 28, 2016 | Associated Press
    Pat Summitt, the winningest coach in Division I college basketball history who helped boost the women's game to the big time in a 38-year career at Tennessee, has died at 64.
  • [NCAA] Board of Governors approves anti-discrimination process for championships bids [ed]

    04/28/2016 11:02:39 AM PDT · by C19fan · 13 replies
    NCAA ^ | April 27, 2016 | Brian Hendrickson
    The NCAA Board of Governors on Wednesday took steps to protect participants and spectators from discrimination at NCAA events. At its quarterly meeting in Indianapolis, the board adopted a new requirement for sites hosting or bidding on NCAA events in all divisions — from the Men’s and Women’s Final Fours to educational events such as leadership development conferences — to demonstrate how they will provide an environment that is safe, healthy, and free of discrimination, plus safeguards the dignity of everyone involved in the event.
  • NCAA creates anti-discrimination process for championship bids

    04/27/2016 7:52:31 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 15 replies
    CBS Sports ^ | April 27, 2016 | Jon Solomon
    The NCAA has created an anti-discrimination process for championship bids, including cities that want to host the Final Four, the association announced Wednesday. The NCAA Board of Governors adopted a new requirement for sites bidding on championship events to demonstrate “how they will provide an environment that is safe, healthy and free of discrimination, plus safeguards the dignity of everyone involved in the event,” according to an NCAA news release. The requirement comes as legislatures in many states have passed religious freedom laws that allow residents to refuse to provide certain services based on people's sexual orientation or gender identity.
  • March Madness Betting Pools are Illegal

    03/29/2016 5:07:50 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 13 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 3/24/2016 | Jarrett Skorup
    The NCAA men’s basketball tournament, March Madness, kicks off today. But if you’re one of the millions that takes part in filling out your brackets and putting some money into a betting pool with your friends, you’re breaking Michigan law. State law allows an exception for small bets during poker games, but almost everything else is against the law. The state department notes, “Participating in betting pools based on sports, or anything else, is illegal.” Michigan sponsors a state lottery (with the funds benefiting government), but individuals gambling on themselves is a no-no. So enjoy the tournament – but bet...
  • National radio host on Syracuse: 'You've never seen whiter people in your life'

    03/28/2016 12:20:28 PM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 57 replies
    Post Standard, Syracuse, New York ^ | March 28, 2016 at 2:14 PM | By Matthew Fairburn | mfairburn@syracuse.com
    Brian Jones and Gregg Giannotti of the CBS national radio show "The Gio and Jones Show" had an interesting back and forth on the city of Syracuse on Monday morning. "You know the thing I don't like about them?" Giannotti said. "They say, 'We're New York's team. We're New York's team.' No you're not. You're not New York's team. You're Upstate New York's team. You're Central New York's team." "New York City and like Central New York. It's a long way away," he continued. "It's not really this area. People talk differently there. They look differently there. It's sort of...
  • NCAA monitoring North Carolina anti-discrimination law

    03/24/2016 11:23:09 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 27 replies
    ESPN ^ | March 24, 2016
    While the NCAA continues to monitor the situation, major corporations took stands Thursday against a new North Carolina law that bans anti-discrimination measures based on sexual orientation and gender identity and requires transgender people to use public bathrooms that match their birth certificates. American Airlines, which operates its second-largest hub in Charlotte, joined biotech company Biogen and payments processor PayPal as corporations condemning the new law. [Snip] The NCAA, which is scheduled to hold men's basketball tournament games in Greensboro in 2017 and Charlotte in 2018, issued a statement saying it's monitoring the situation and takes diversity into account when...
  • Texas A&M Beats Northern Iowa in Craziest March Madness Comeback Ever

    03/21/2016 1:28:57 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 24 replies
    Slate ^ | March 21, 2016 | Josh Levin
    On Friday night, Northern Iowa’s Paul Jesperson made a shot that nobody ever makes to send his team to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Two days after the Panthers sunk that miracle buzzer-beater from half-court, Northern Iowa got sunk by the greatest-slash-most-horrifying comeback in the history of March Madness —and probably in the history of college basketball. The only consolation for the Panthers: The game was on truTV, so a total of eight people probably saw it happen. With 44.3 seconds to go in the second half, Northern Iowa’s Jeremy Morgan made two free throws to give the...
  • NCAA Pressed to Defend Transgender Athletes

    03/19/2016 4:21:55 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 23 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | 3/18/16 | David Roach
    NASHVILLE (BP) -- As March Madness begins, a homosexual advocacy group is pressuring the NCAA to exclude from its membership all schools with federal government approval to "discriminate" against transgender individuals on religious grounds. Southern Baptist seminary president R. Albert Mohler Jr. predicted the NCAA eventually will succumb to pressure from activists and grant the request to ban schools with a biblically orthodox view of human sexuality from America's most prominent college athletics association. Campus Pride, a coalition of more than 80 homosexual and transgender advocacy groups wrote a letter to the NCAA March 9 "requesting that the NCAA take...
  • Obama Posts NCAA Brackets Before SCOTUS Pick

    03/16/2016 11:21:17 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 61 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | March 16, 2016 | Joel B. Pollak
    President Barack Obama revealed his 2016 NCAA basketball tournament brackets hours before revealing his choice to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court.
  • The Stanford band made everybody furious at the Rose Bowl for the third time in four years

    01/02/2016 6:21:50 AM PST · by C19fan · 53 replies
    SB Nation ^ | January 1, 2016 | Rodger Sherman
    In 2013, Stanford went to the Rose Bowl, and their band made people upset. In 2014, Stanford went to the Rose Bowl, and their band made people upset. In 2016, Stanford went to the Rose Bowl, and guess what happened! They played sinks and skateboards:
  • The six lessons we learned from the New Year's Six bowls

    01/02/2016 8:36:44 AM PST · by doldrumsforgop · 67 replies
    espn ^ | 1/2/16 | Adam Rittenberg
    Remember the excitement on Dec. 6? Not only did the College Football Playoff selection committee spit out two appetizing semifinal matchups, it delivered a New Year's Six slate seemingly packed with steak and sizzle. The games turned out to be empty calories. New Year's Six? Try the New Year's Snooze, a series of blowouts that left us bloated and unsatisfied. All six contests were decided by 14 points or more. Average margin of victory: 24.2 points. Alabama fans and Clemson fans are thrilled. The same holds for those who support Stanford, Ohio State, Houston and Ole Miss. They watched their...
  • League Suspends Referees After Miami-Duke Game

    11/01/2015 2:08:16 PM PST · by Perdogg · 61 replies
    The Atlantic Coast Conference has suspended the officiating crew that worked the Miami-Duke game for two league games following what it called "a series of errors" on the final play.
  • Gov. Brown bans 'Redskins' name at public schools

    10/12/2015 1:01:14 PM PDT · by rey · 59 replies
    Press Democrat ^ | 12 Oct 2015
    LOS ANGELES — Four California schools will be forced to change mascots after Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation barring public schools from using the "Redskins" name for sports teams. It was one of three sports-related bills Brown approved Sunday. He also signed a measure that bans using or possessing smokeless tobacco on the playing field at professional baseball parks and another that recognizes competitive cheerleading as a high school sport. The mascot legislation will prevent public schools from using a term that American Indians regard as offensive. It goes into effect in 2017. Only four schools still use the name....
  • Hall of Fame basketball player Harry Gallatin dies

    10/08/2015 3:02:13 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 6 replies
    AP ^ | October 7, 2015
    EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) -- Harry Gallatin, the Hall of Fame basketball player who was a seven-time All-Star forward for the New York Knicks in the 1950s, died Wednesday. He was 88. The Knicks and Southern Illinois-Edwardsville, where Gallatin was a former coach and athletic director, confirmed the death through Gallatin's family. He died in Edwardsville.
  • After over 15 years - time to say goodbye to Free Republic

    09/05/2015 6:15:18 PM PDT · by FlJoePa · 256 replies
    n/a | 9-5-15 | me
    Time to move on. Too juvenile and too much name-calling. Not near the level of critical thinking that used to go on back in the day. I wish the best to all the good ones left out there.
  • US labor board dismisses Northwestern football players’ union bid

    08/17/2015 6:44:57 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | August 17, 2015 | Daniel Wiessner and Mica Rosenberg
    Northwestern University football players lost a bid to unionize on Monday when the U.S. National Labor Relations Board dismissed their case, in a setback for elite U.S. student athletes seeking a chunk of the riches generated by college sports. The case had spurred a national debate over whether college athletes are truly amateurs when colleges and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) benefit handsomely from ticket sales, television contracts and licensing deals.
  • College Football fans - give me your 2015 season Hype Video links and top 5

    07/27/2015 6:32:33 PM PDT · by FlJoePa · 40 replies
    youtube ^ | n/a | youtube
    PSU 2015 Hype Video #1PSU 2015 Hype Video #2James Franklin delivering season tickets
  • Wrestler Matt Brown Named Capital One Division I Academic All-America® of the Year

    07/02/2015 9:35:57 AM PDT · by FlJoePa · 6 replies
    gopsusports.com ^ | 7-2-15 | n/a
    UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Nittany Lion wrestling national champion Matt Brown (West Valley City, Utah) has been named as the 2014-15 Capital One Division I Academic All-America® of the Year, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Brown is the second Penn State student-athlete to be selected as an Academic All-America® of the Year and joins former Nittany Lion wrestler, Dr. Jim Martin, who received the honor in 1988-89. Dr. Martin won a national title in 1988 and was a four-time All-American at Penn State A criminology and international politics major with a 3.97 G.P.A., Brown...
  • Fired (NCAA Football) coaches who are still on the payroll

    05/29/2015 8:56:46 AM PDT · by BerniesFriend · 8 replies
    ESPN ^ | 05/29/2015 | Mark Schlabach
    There's no question that Auburn, Florida, Michigan, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Tennessee and Texas are seven of college football's heavyweights. Collectively, they've combined to win 26 national championships, and 21 of their players have hoisted the Heisman Trophy. Together, they're also known for a more dubious number: $51.35 million. That's how much money the aforementioned FBS programs have paid their former coaches to buy out the remainder of their contracts, and each of them will carry dead money into the coming season. Buyout information for former USC coach Lane Kiffin is unknown because USC is a private school and is not...
  • Fans told no national anthem at NCAA regionial; sing it anyway

    05/19/2015 4:51:09 PM PDT · by Libloather · 28 replies
    Sporting News ^ | 5/19/15 | Troy Machir
    Over the weekend, Louisiana-Lafayette won the Lafayette region of the NCAA Softball World Series Tournament after defeating Baylor 9-1 in the final game on Sunday. But prior to the team's first meeting on Saturday, the third game of the day, fans in attendance were told that because the game was the third of the day, there would be no national anthem prior to the start of the contest. Fans at Lamson Park was none too pleased, and after several failed attempts to get the public address announcer to play the song, fans took it upon themselves to sing "The Star-Spangled...
  • Even a North Carolina basketball Team Is Not Immune to the Left’s Meltdown over Indiana

    04/10/2015 8:09:54 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 10 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 04-10-15 | Brother Bob
    By now you're probably familiar with the controversy around Indiana's Religious Freedom laws. Over at The Nation, their resident sports editor, David Zirin, is always ready to find some radical leftist angle on any sports story, and this year's NCAA Final Four tournament was no exception. In the week leading up to the Final Four games, Zirin published a piece "Duke University Coach Mike Krzyzewski Is a Profile in Cowardice" demanding that a firm stand be taken by Coach K: “I’m only going to talk about my team and basketball and the Final Four. Just like when we get to...
  • 5 Life Lessons I Learned from Bob Knight

    04/07/2015 10:57:49 AM PDT · by cdga5for4 · 17 replies
    The ProScoutSports LLC blog ^ | April 6, 2015 | Todd Starowitz
    Coach Knight didn't hesitate to push young people, or anyone who worked with him to the very edge of their emotional and physical capacity. That was the only way that he thought he could get the very most out of our generally lazy human nature. We were always highly prepared because we didn't want to receive the wrath of Coach if we weren't, or even more so we didn't want to let him down.
  • Andrew Harrison on Frank Kaminsky: (bleep) (Video) [Media Ignores RACIST REMARKS!]

    04/05/2015 1:42:07 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 47 replies
    Larry Brown Sports ^ | 4/4/15 | Larry Brown
    Andrew Harrison’s disdain for Wisconsin and Frank Kaminsky was evident after the Wildcats lost in the Final Four Saturday. Not only did Andrew and twin brother Aaron skip out on postgame handshakes, leading Wisconsin’s Bronson Koenig to take a shot at them, but Andrew was also caught dropping a curse word and potential slur about Kaminsky.
  • Kentucky's perfect season ends with 71-64 loss to Wisconsin

    04/05/2015 1:05:02 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 40 replies
    Yahoo ^ | April 4, 2015 | EDDIE PELLS
    ".....The hard-nosed Wisconsin Badgers did what nobody else could Saturday night — knocking off the Wildcats 71-64 behind 20 points and 11 rebounds from Frank Kaminsky and a clutch comeback down the stretch. Now, it's Wisconsin heading to the final to play Duke, an 81-61 winner over Michigan State in the earlier — and much less entertaining — semifinal. "It gives us another 40 minutes, I know that," said Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan, who leads the Badgers to their first final since 1941. And Kentucky has a long ride home, finishing the season at 38-1 — two wins short of...
  • Final Four Thread Michigan St v Duke; Wisconsin V UK

    04/04/2015 3:39:26 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 43 replies
    Final Four live on TBS, TNT.
  • An interview with Dan Gable

    04/04/2015 11:10:51 AM PDT · by iowamark · 3 replies
    Vinton Eagle, Vinton, Iowa ^ | 4/2/2015 | Blake Baxter
    VINTON – In between speaking to students and signing books for whoever wanted one, Olympic gold medalist and Iowa wrestling legend Dan Gable was gracious enough to sit down with me and answer a few of my questions. To me, Dan Gable is not only a sports and human inspiration, but he’s also the subject of one of my all-time favorite pieces of journalism.  I used this interview opportunity to ask him a couple of questions that have been on my mind for two years. This is what transpired:Blake Baxter: What exactly motivated you to write the book (A Wrestling Life:...
  • Wisconsin, Kentucky governors make friendly wager: Cheese, sausage & root beer vs. bourbon

    04/03/2015 11:35:18 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 36 replies
    Fox 6 Now ^ | April 3, 2015
    MADISON (WITI) — Governors Scott Walker and Steve Beshear offered up a friendly wager on Friday, April 3rd in anticipation of the NCAA Final Four men’s basketball game on Saturday. Governor Walker bet an assortment of Wisconsin cheese and sausage, and root beer, that the Wisconsin Badgers will win, while Governor Beshear wagered Kentucky bourbon for a University of Kentucky Wildcats victory. In a news release, Gov. Walker said the following: “The Badgers have had an incredible season thus far and have represented Wisconsin admirably both on and off the court. As we face the Kentucky Wildcats in the Final...
  • Bloomberg News: Why the sports world will crush opponents of LGBT rights

    04/02/2015 6:34:26 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 28 replies
    Bloomberg News The Salt Lake Tribune ^ | April 1, 2015 | By Will Leitch Bloomberg News
    This weekend, tens of thousands of basketball fans — frankly, most of them screaming for Kentucky, those lunatics — will flock to Indianapolis to watch the NCAA Tournament Final Four. And they will accompanied by hundreds, maybe thousands of protestors. Despite terrific, iconic final four teams in Duke, Michigan State, Wisconsin, and undefeated Kentucky, the lead story on non-sports outlets is going to be about the protestors. The blowback to Indiana's passing (and Gov. Mike Pence's signing) of a religious-freedom law has surpassed what anyone involved had anticipated. Pence himself looked shocked, bewildered, and a little lost while trying to...
  • NCAA President: Issue of Indiana law more important than basketball

    04/02/2015 6:50:32 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 33 replies
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | 4/2/15 | Shannon Ryan
    INDIANAPOLIS — NCAA President Mark Emmert said Thursday he had considered the option of moving the organization's headquarters and said the association would look more closely at potentially discriminatory laws before awarding bids for future championship sites.
  • NCAA president 'very pleased' with revisions to Indiana law

    04/02/2015 7:41:59 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 22 replies
    Argus Press ^ | 4-2-2015 | ap
    NCAA President Mark Emmert says the association is "very pleased" with revisions to Indiana's religious objections law that critics feared would lead to discrimination against gays and lesbians. Indiana lawmakers unveiled an amended bill Thursday morning.
  • Gay Athletes Planning Protests Over Indiana Law Around Final Four

    03/31/2015 5:00:19 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 23 replies
    ABC News ^ | March 31, 2015 | By Rick Klein
    Several prominent, openly gay athletes will be among those protesting the new Indiana religious freedom law this week, despite Gov. Mike Pence’s promise to "fix" the law before the Final Four begins on Saturday, according to local activists. Olympic diving legend Greg Louganis and former NBA player Jason Collins are among those coming to the state this week for press conferences or other public events. The effort to keep attention on the law around the college basketball showcase in Indianapolis. Rick Sutton, a veteran LGBT organizer and activist based in Indiana, said those who are upset by the new law...
  • Gay Athletes Planning Protests Over Indiana Law Around Final Four

    03/31/2015 6:41:01 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 57 replies
    ABCNews ^ | March 31, 2015 | RICK KLEIN
    Gay Athletes Planning Protests Over Indiana Law Around Final Four Mar 31, 2015, By RICK KLEIN Several prominent, openly gay athletes will be among those protesting the new Indiana religious freedom law this week, despite Gov. Mike Pence’s promise to "fix" the law before the Final Four begins on Saturday, according to local activists. Olympic diving legend Greg Louganis and former NBA player Jason Collins are among those coming to the state this week for press conferences or other public events. The effort to keep attention on the law around the college basketball showcase in Indianapolis caps a week where...
  • University of North Dakota begins campaign to find nickname

    04/01/2015 6:46:22 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 43 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 3-31-15 | AP
    The University of North Dakota is looking for suggestions for a new nickname. The school's nickname committee will be accepting submissions beginning Wednesday until the end of the April. The names must be 25 characters or less. The committee says it is looking for nicknames that are unique, promote pride and strength, represent the state and region, honor the traditions and heritage of the past, and can be a unifying and rallying symbol. A consulting group will research the suggestions for any trademark or copyright infringement. The committee will narrow down the choices for a public vote. The school's Fighting...