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Urban Meyer to retire from Ohio State after rocky season on and off the field

Assistant coach Zach Smith was fired over abuse allegations54-year-old has had health concerns this seasonMeyer won three national championships in glittering careerUrban Meyer, the highly successful coach who won three national championships and spark…

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Former MSU president charged with lying to police investigating Nassar abuse

Lou Anna Simon faces four years in prison if convictedNassar pled guilty to sexually assaulting athletes under careThe former Michigan State University president, Lou Anna Simon, was charged on Tuesday with lying to state police during a probe of Larry…

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Air Force’s falcon mascot reportedly kidnapped and injured in pre-game prank

Aurora reportedly stolen by West Point cadets before gameAir Force and Army played college football game this weekendAir Force’s mascot, a 22-year-old white gyrfalcon name Aurora, may have to be euthanized after she was kidnapped in a prank by West Poi…

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University of Utah athlete Lauren McCluskey shot and killed on campus

Pentathlete and high jumper mourned by teammates and friendsMan identified as former boyfriend found dead on TuesdayA University of Utah athlete was shot and killed on campus on Monday night by her former boyfriend, who was found dead hours later insid…

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MSU cleared in Nassar scandal but abuse allegations grow at Ohio State

Michigan State says NCAA has cleared it over Nassar assaultsDozens of people say they were abused by doctor at Ohio StateMichigan State University says the NCAA, the body that oversees college sports in the US, has cleared it of any rules violations in…

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Urban Meyer, one of America’s most famous coaches, banned over protege scandal

Ohio State coach found to have protected assistant for yearsZach Smith accused of domestic violence and drug useOhio State suspended coach Urban Meyer for three games on Wednesday night after investigators found he protected his protege for years throu…

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‘Junction Boys syndrome’: how college football fatalities became normalized

There’s no good reason for college football workouts to be dangerous, let alone fatal. Yet tragedies like the death of Maryland lineman Jordan McNair have become numbingly familiarWhen Scott Anderson learned that University of Maryland football player …

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‘They entrusted their son to us’: Maryland accepts fault in football player’s death

Jordan McNair died after suffering heatstroke during practiceHead coach DJ Durkin has been placed on administrative leaveMaryland’s college football team have parted ways with their strength and conditioning coach and have acknowledged that “mistakes w…

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Ex-wife of Ohio State assistant fired for abuse says Urban Meyer knew of case

Meyer had previously told reporters he was unaware of abuse“All the [coaches’] wives knew,” Courtney Smith tells reporterThe ex-wife of former Ohio State assistant coach Zach Smith says she told Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer’s wife in 2015 that her husban…

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Tim Tebow’s big-league dreams are likely dashed, but deserve our respect

The one-time football sensation was derided when he signed a minor-league contract with the Mets to chase a new dream, but Tebow’s improbable if modest success deserves our appreciationFor all the gifs and memes and fragments of an Internet broken by h…

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Boston Celtics assistant said to have taken bribes while head coach at Penn

Jerome Allen ensnared in bribery case, Bloomberg reportsCeltics assistant alleged to have taken bribes while at PennAllen, 45, was head coach at Penn from 2009 through 2015Jerome Allen, a Boston Celtics assistant coach who previously served as the head…

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UNC coach says softening of football could bring down America and military

‘Our game is under attack’ laments UNC coach Larry FedoraFedora warns softening of football threatens America’s futureUniversity of North Carolina head coach Larry Fedora believes the rule changes implemented in recent years to limit head injuries and …

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College football star Tyler Hilinski had CTE when he took own life, say family

Twenty-one-year-old was a quarterback at Washington StateParents hesitate to draw link between football and son’s deathWashington State quarterback Tyler Hilinski was suffering from chronic traumatic encephalopathy when he took his own life this year, …

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The NCAA must end their silence on sexual violence in college sports

As conferences take steps to combat sexual violence in college sports, the NCAA’s silence is an effective abdication of their responsibility to protect women on campusCollege sports’ Big Sky Conference made an important announcement this month: they pl…

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Saint Peter’s baseball team storms to victory ending 77-game losing streak

Peacocks last won a game nearly two years ago in May 2016Team finished with 0-38 record last season and are 1-39 in 2018It was a good Sunday for the Saint Peter’s baseball team: they trotted to a 7-1 victory over Iona and barely looked troubled all aft…

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Josh Allen picked at No7 by Buffalo Bills as offensive tweets emerge on NFL draft day

Quarterback apologizes over offensive tweets from high schoolCalifornian had been expected to be one of top picksQuarterback Josh Allen has apologized after tweets containing repeated use of the n-word emerged on NFL draft day.Allen sent the tweets in …

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New college basketball guidelines only strengthen a rotten, exploitative system

Condoleezza Rice had the chance to change a sport that makes money off players who are often from poor backgrounds. She failed badlyThere are few sports systems more exploitive than American college basketball. The NCAA is a $1bn business in which coll…

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Shaquem Griffin: can a one-handed college star make it in the NFL?

The linebacker is one of the biggest stories in this year’s draft but he faces unique challenges as he attempts to step up to the professional gameEvery player in this week’s NFL draft has a unique story, a path that brought them, often through challen…

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‘If I don’t, who will?’: Can Kamathi Holsey tweet his way into the NFL?

Just getting on the radar of NFL scouts is half the battle for lesser-known prospects from small colleges, which is why some are increasingly leveraging social media to sell themselvesChances are you’ve never heard of Kamathi Holsey. His name doesn’t s…

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HBO’s Paterno, with Al Pacino as famed coach, probes scars of Sandusky scandal

A new HBO film shows how Jerry Sandusky revealed flaws in Joe Paterno that no one, least of all the coach himself, knew were thereJoe Paterno coached football at Pennsylvania State University for 62 years, 46 of them as head coach, winning 409 games (a…