Sports governance

In this photo taken Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, University of North Carolina athletic director Bubba Cunningham speaks with a fellow board member during a special joint meeting of the University of North Carolina Board of Governors and the UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Trustees in Chapel Hill, N.C. Cunningham has stopped trying to project when the NCAA case tied to the school's multi-year academic scandal will reach a conclusion. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
March 29, 2017 - 5:44 pm
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina athletic director Bubba Cunningham has stopped trying to project when the NCAA case tied to the school's multi-year academic scandal will reach a conclusion. That's because procedural hurdles, delays, even the NCAA's struggle to settle on charges have the...
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FILE - In this Feb. 28, 2017, file photo, Kentucky head coach John Calipari, right, address official John Higgins after being assessed a technical foul during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Vanderbilt, in Lexington, Ky. Referee John Higgins of Omaha has contacted law enforcement to report he’s received death threats after Kentucky’s loss to North Carolina in the NCAA South Regional final.A person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press that Higgins reported threats on his home phone, which has an unlisted number, and on the office phone for his roofing company. The person requested anonymity because the investigation is ongoing. (AP Photo/James Crisp, File)
March 29, 2017 - 2:34 pm
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Referee John Higgins of Omaha reported he received death threats after Kentucky's loss to North Carolina in the NCAA South Regional final, a Nebraska law enforcement official said Wednesday. Higgins' roofing company received about 3,000 harassing emails and an unknown number of...
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New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) works against the St. Louis Cardinals in the eighth inning of a spring training baseball game Tuesday, March 28, 2017, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. The game ended in a 3-3 tie. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
March 29, 2017 - 1:59 pm
New York Mets All-Star reliever Jeurys Familia accepted a 15-game suspension under Major League Baseball's domestic violence policy, discipline stemming from an altercation last October. The suspension, announced Wednesday, is the fifth and least severe under the policy, which was agreed to in...
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New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) works against the St. Louis Cardinals in the eighth inning of a spring training baseball game Tuesday, March 28, 2017, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. The game ended in a 3-3 tie. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
March 29, 2017 - 1:48 pm
New York Mets All-Star reliever Jeurys Familia accepted a 15-game suspension under Major League Baseball's domestic violence policy, discipline stemming from an altercation last October. The suspension, announced Wednesday, is the fifth and least severe under the policy, which was agreed to in...
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Maria Sharapova signs autographs at a sports conference as she nears the end of her 15-month doping suspension in Rancho Mirage, Calif., on Tuesday, March 28, 2017. The former No. 1 player plans to return to tennis next month at a tournament in Germany. (AP Photo/Greg Beacham)
March 28, 2017 - 10:05 pm
RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. (AP) — When Maria Sharapova realized her tennis career could be ended by what she claims was an accidental doping violation, the former world No. 1 decided she had to fight. "When you love what you do, and you do it with passion and integrity ... then you know what you stand...
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FILE - In this Oct. 25, 2016, file photo, New York Knicks' Joakim Noah warms up before an NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Cleveland. Noah is expected to return to practice following knee surgery, and the Knicks hope he can begin serving his 20-game suspension for violating the NBA's anti-drug policy as soon as this week. (AP Photo/Phil Long, File)
March 28, 2017 - 2:37 pm
GREENBURGH, N.Y. (AP) — Joakim Noah was seeking help to overcome injuries that wrecked his first season in New York and turned to an over-the-counter supplement. That decision "backfired," Noah said Tuesday. It led to a 20-game suspension for violating the NBA's anti-drug policy , preventing Noah...
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In this photo taken Thursday March 23, 2017 Argentina's Lionel Messi argues assistant referee Emerson Augusto de Carvalho during a World Cup qualifying match against Chile in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Messi has been banned from Argentina's next four World Cup qualifiers, starting with Tuesday's game in Bolivia, for "having directed insulting words at an assistant referee" during a home qualifier against Chile on Thursday, FIFA said hours before kickoff in La Paz.(AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)
March 28, 2017 - 12:58 pm
GENEVA (AP) — Lionel Messi is banned from Argentina's next four World Cup qualifying games, dealing a blow to a campaign by the 2014 runner-up that has stuttered without him. Messi's suspension for "having directed insulting words at an assistant referee" during a home qualifier against Chile last...
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March 28, 2017 - 10:41 am
ZURICH (AP) — Lionel Messi has been banned from Argentina's next four World Cup qualifiers, starting with Tuesday's game in Bolivia. Messi was banned for "having directed insulting words at an assistant referee" during a home qualifier against Chile on Thursday, FIFA said hours before kickoff in La...
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Dogs sit near pictures of the French former soccer player and administrator Michel Platini in a museum dedicated to him, owned by Philippos Stavrou Platini, who legally adopted his sports hero's surname, in Mosfiloti, Cyprus on Sunday, March 26, 2017. A Cypriot fan Michel Platini is renewing a bid to be entered in the Guinness Book of World Records for the biggest collection of Plantini memorabilia. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)
March 26, 2017 - 1:26 pm
MOSFILOTI, Cyprus (AP) — A Cypriot fan of former soccer player and administrator Michel Platini renewed a bid Sunday to be entered in the Guinness Book of World Records for the biggest collection of Plantini memorabilia. Philippos Stavrou Platini — yes, he legally adopted his sports hero's surname...
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FILE - In this Jan. 29, 2017 file photo, New York Knicks center Joakim Noah (13) looks to pass as Atlanta Hawks forward Paul Millsap (4) is defending in the first overtime of an NBA basketball game in Atlanta. Noah has been suspended 20 games without pay for violating the league's anti-drug policy. The NBA announced the suspension Saturday, March 25 saying Noah tested positive for Selective Androgen Receptor Modulator LGD-4033 _ something found in some over-the-counter supplements. (AP Photo/Todd Kirkland)
March 25, 2017 - 1:29 pm
Joakim Noah of the New York Knicks was suspended 20 games without pay for violating the league's anti-drug policy. He tested positive for a substance found in some over-the-counter supplements, the league said Saturday. Noah has not played since Feb. 4 and likely was to miss the Knicks' final 10...
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