TIME Football

Watch an NFL Punter Recover His Own Onside Kick

In a game against the Houston Texans

Indianapolis Colts punter Pat McAfee recovered his own onside kick in a game against the Houston Texans on Thursday night. The ball dribbled forward 10 yards before any other player besides McAfee got close to it.

It’s the second time McAfee has helped the Colts convert an onside kick this season. The Colts took advantage of the play and went on to score a quick touchdown, putting them ahead 10-0 early in the game.

TIME College football

Georgia Indefinitely Suspends Heisman Hopeful Todd Gurley

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Todd Gurley #3 of the Georgia Bulldogs looks on during the game against the South Carolina Gamecocks at Williams-Brice Stadium on September 13, 2014 in Columbia, South Carolina. Joe Robbins—Getty Images

The player is reportedly being investigated for allegedly selling his image

Georgia Bulldogs tailback and Heisman trophy frontrunner Todd Gurley has been suspended indefinitely, pending an investigation into the possible violation of NCAA rules, the University of Georgia said Thursday.

The school did not immediately say what the possible violation was, but Fox Sports and ESPN, citing unnamed sources, report that the investigation will look into whether Gurley accepted extra benefits from memorabilia brokers for the use of his likeness.

“I’m obviously very disappointed,” head coach Mark Richt said in UGA’s statement. “The important thing for our team is to turn all our attention toward preparation for Missouri.”

Gurley, a junior at the college, leads the Bulldogs with 773 yards rushing and eight touchdowns in five games this season. The No. 13 Bulldogs are set to play No. 23 Missouri on Saturday.

[Fox Sports]

TIME NFL

Report: Adrian Peterson Could Face Arrest After Pot Confession

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Adrian Peterson #28 of the Minnesota Vikings plays against the St. Louis Rams on Sept. 7 in St. Louis. Michael Thomas—Getty Images

NFL player's admission he 'smoked a little weed' could violate bond conditions

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson could be arrested again after admitting he used drugs, which would violate his bond conditions, reports FOX 9 in Minneapolis-St. Paul.

According to the report, Montgomery County prosecutors have filed documents to have Peterson arrested again after Peterson admitted to a staffer that he “smoked a little weed” before giving a urine sample on Wednesday.

The district attorney has reportedly asked the judge to set aside Peterson’s $15,000 bond.

FOX 9 reports that there likely won’t be any action on Thursday, because the judge presiding over Peterson’s case has a hearing scheduled for Friday morning.

Peterson was arrested and indicted in September on charges of reckless or negligent injury to a child after authorities said he hit his 4-year-old son with a switch.

A tentative trial date for the week of Dec. 1 was set on Wednesday. On the same day, Peterson appeared in a Montgomery County, Texas, courtroom, but did not enter a plea.

The 29-year-old faces up to two years in prison and a $10,000 fine if convicted on the charges. He agreed to be placed on the Commissioner’s Exempt list while his investigation is ongoing.

This article originally appeared on SI.com

TIME Soccer

U.S. Soccer Produces Moving Tribute to Landon Donovan’s Career

Landon Donovon prepares to play against Costa Rica during the 2014 World Cup Qualifier at Estadio Nacional on Sept. 6, 2013 in San Jose, Costa Rica.
Landon Donovon prepares to play against Costa Rica during the 2014 World Cup Qualifier at Estadio Nacional on Sept. 6, 2013 in San Jose, Costa Rica. Kevin C. Cox—Getty Images

The ceremonial end to Landon Donovan’s U.S. national team career is nearly upon us. On Friday, Donovan’s token appearance as captain against Ecuador in East Hartford, Connecticut will signal the end of a glittering career in which Donovan cemented his status as the greatest — or at least the most influential — American soccer player of all time.

There may be some controversy surrounding Donovan’s relationship with U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann at the moment, but U.S. Soccer showed its appreciation for Donovan with a moving mini-doc about Donovan’s career in the sport and on the international stage.

The seven-minute video starts with clips of Donovan as a child making other children look absolutely foolish, and ends with his seminal extra-time goal against Algeria. Along the way are a pretty incredible amount of career milestones to fit in to a seven minute video. To wit, U.S. Soccer also released a couple shorter features on individual moments: His time with the U-17 national team (teenage Donovan goes to DisneyWorld), his first cap & first goal (teenage Donovan scores vs. Mexico, freaks out), and his record-breaking goal against Sweden.

Watch the full feature below:

The article originally appeared on SI.com

TIME NFL

Vikings’ Adrian Peterson Disputes Claims About His Charity

Adrian Peterson Makes First Court Appearance On Child Abuse Charges
From left: NFL player Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings enters the courtroom with his wife Ashley Brown and his attorney Rusty Hardin on October 8, 2014 in Conroe, Texas. Petersen is facing charges of reckless or negligent injury to a child. Pool—Getty Images

The running back went on Twitter to defend himself

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson went on Twitter late Tuesday night to defend himself after an article was published in the Minneapolis Star Tribune on Sunday detailing some improprieties with his charity and claims of a wild sex party that was paid for with the charity’s credit card.

Peterson says his charity, the All Day Foundation, sent donations to two different charities, despite what the newspaper reported and that the foundation fired an accounting firm that listed recipients on the charity’s 2009 tax returns.

As for the sex party claims, Peterson says his foundation never owner a credit card. Prosecutors looked into an alleged sexual assault from that night but did not pursue charges against anyone.

Peterson also mentioned a story from ESPN.com in August, saying he had changed his way after being promiscuous in the past. The Star-Tribune said Peterson, who got married earlier this year, has fathered at least six children out of wedlock.

“Do not repost the ESPN story from August when I admit I was promiscuous, made mistakes and had to change my ways,” Peterson said in the Twitter post. “Instead repost the story about fathering children out of wedlock…create more buzz and retweets.”

Peterson is expected to plead not guilty on Wednesday to charges of reckless or negligent injury to a child after authorities said he hit his 4-year-old son with a switch. He faces up to two years in prison and a $10,000 fine if convicted on the charges.

Peterson is currently on the exempt/commissioner’s permission list until his court case is resolved. He will continue to collect his $11.75 million salary this season while he is inactive.

This article originally appeared on SI.com

TIME College Sports

The Long and Winding Road to Paying College Players

The man who helped win free agency for NFL and NBA players is seeking the same for college athletes

Over the past few months, the movement to pay college players has gained unprecedented momentum. In August, a federal judge ruled that college football and basketball players can earn a share of licensing revenues from the use of their name, image, and likeness. (The NCAA has since appealed the ruling.) An athlete can access these funds, which will be placed in a trust, when he or she has graduated or left the school. Schools can cap the pay, but the minimum cap is $5,000 per year.

This verdict in the so-called “O’Bannon” case – a former UCLA hoops star filed a lawsuit in 2009 after realizing he wasn’t being compensated for his likeness being used in a college basketball video game – came a few days after the NCAA voted to let schools in the Big 5 power conferences – the ACC, Big 10, Big 12, Pac 12 and SEC – have autonomy to write their own rules. These schools are prepared to give all their athletes a stipend that covers the full cost of attendance, which amounts to anywhere from $2,000 to $5,000 above the value of their athletic scholarships.

In March, a regional director for the National Labor Relations Board said that football players from Northwestern University could form a union, since these students act as employees of the school. Northwestern appealed the decision; the NLRB’s national office has yet to rule on the appeal. One just-released paper, to be published in the Hofstra Labor and Employment Law Journal, argues that the players should win.

(MORE: TIME Cover Story — It’s Time To Pay College Athletes)

However, an even bigger threat to the amateur model looms ahead: the lawyer who helped win free agency for NFL and NBA players is seeking the same open market for college athletes. Jeffrey Kessler, a partner at the Winston & Strawn law firm, filed an anti-trust lawsuit in March that could fundamentally alter college sports. The O’Bannon suit was limited to intellectual property rights: could athletes profit from their names, images, and likeness?

“We’re aiming to enjoin the restrictions placed on Division 1 basketball and major college football players from being compensated for their services, given the huge amount of revenue generated from these sports,” says Kessler, one of the top sports labor attorneys in the country. “What will be decided is whether it’s legal to have a rule that schools cannot compensate athletes at all.”

Kessler’s case won’t go to trial until fall of 2015, at the earliest. If he prevails, the courts may force the NCAA to adopt a true pay-for-play system, which the organization has long dreaded. The mechanics of paying players — do you just pay the football and men’s basketball players, and no one else? Should there be any limits? — are daunting. But the O’Bannon ruling sets some strong precedent for Kessler. The judge in that case, Claudia Wilken, may not have torpedoed the college sports model with her ruling. But she seems to invite someone else to do so.

Her opinion condemns the NCAA, and knocks down some of the most common justifications for limiting compensation for athletes to the value of the scholarship. “The evidence … demonstrates that student-athletes are harmed by the price-fixing agreement among FBS football and Division 1 basketball schools,” Wilken writes.

“It is also not clear why paying student-athletes would be any more problematic for campus relations than paying other students who provide services to the university, such as members of the student government or school newspaper,” Wilken writes in another section.

(MORE: College Athletes Need To Unionize, Now)

There’s nothing amateur about college sports. Conferences own their own television networks. Schools switched conferences to capture more revenues. Coaches salaries have skyrocketed: Newsday just reported that the average compensation for coaches in the Football Bowl Subdivision – the top tier of college football schools – is $1.75 million per year. That number has spiked nearly 75% over the past seven years. Athletes deserve their fair share.

Kessler picked the right time to mount a challenge. “There’s a growing recognition from the courts, the public, the fans, and even the schools that the current system is fundamentally unfair,” says Kessler. “We think change is coming.”

 

TIME MLB

St. Louis Cardinals Clinch Fourth Consecutive NL Championship Series

The St. Louis Cardinals celebrate after defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers as Yasiel Puig of the Los Angeles Dodgers walks off the field in Game Four of the National League Divison Series at Busch Stadium on Oct. 7, 2014 in St Louis.
The St. Louis Cardinals celebrate after defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers as Yasiel Puig of the Los Angeles Dodgers walks off the field in Game Four of the National League Divison Series at Busch Stadium on Oct. 7, 2014 in St Louis. Jamie Squire—Getty Images

Even an arm like Kershaw couldn't keep the mighty Cards from progressing to face either the Giants or the Nats

St. Louis pulled off a 3-2 win against Los Angeles Tuesday to claim their division, a victory cemented when Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams launched a seventh-inning three-run shot against star pitcher for the Dodgers Clayton Kershaw.

With the Busch Stadium victory, the Cardinals nailed the best-of-five playoff by Game 4, the New York Times reports. The team will head into the National League Championship Series for the fourth time in a row, to face either the San Francisco Giants or the Washington Nationals on Saturday, depending on which team wins Tuesday’s showdown at AT&T Park in San Francisco.

TIME Football

High School’s Football Season Cancelled Amid Hazing Investigation

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The superintendent told media that "this is a very sad day in Sayreville."

Sayreville War Memorial High School’s football team may have won three of its last four state championships, but the New Jersey school’s football season is getting cut short amid a hazing and bullying investigation.

“There was enough evidence to substantiate there were incidents of harassment, intimidation and bullying that took place on a pervasive level, on a wide-scale level, and at a level in which the players knew, tolerated and in general accepted,” superintendent Richard Labbe told press about the decision Monday night. “This is a very sad day in Sayreville.”

Local police and the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office is investigating the goings-on, and while precise details aren’t yet known, sources told NJ.com the investigations are related to a hazing ritual that “went too far.”

The team is also facing fallout from the arrest of its assistant coach last week for steroid possession, which allegedly has nothing to do with the situation surrounding the high school football players.

[NJ.com]

TIME Sports

Men’s Health Pulls Guide on Explaining Sports to Women After Backlash

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Critics take to Twitter with some witty responses to the sexist article

Men’s Health published an article Monday that aimed to mansplain how to mansplain sports to your woman . . . because there are no female sports fans, right? In a tweet that’s since been deleted, Men’s Health wrote: “She sees the game differently than you. Here’s how, and what to do about it.”

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Screenshot of Tweet Men’s Health

The ill-conceived article began with: “Not all women share your passion for sports, in case you hadn’t noticed. The reason? They need story lines.”

It gets worse:

“‘Most women don’t care about stats,’ says Andrei Markovits, Ph.D., coauthor of Sportista: Female Fandom in the United States. So while you’re enthusing about Dominic Moore’s scoring record, she’d rather hear about how he supported his wife’s battle with cancer—and even took a season off from the NHL at the height of his career.”

Luckily, a lot of smart people on Twitter (some of whom are women, some of whom aren’t) responded swiftly and wittily:

Men’s Health pulled the article from the site and apologized for their article on Monday night:

TIME Athletes

USA Swimming Suspends Michael Phelps

Team USA Pan Pacs Squad Training Session
Michael Phelps looks on during a Team USA Pan Pacs training session at the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre on Aug. 19, 2014 in Gold Coast, Australia. Phelps was banned for six months and dropped from the 2015 world championships roster by USA Swimming following a DUI arrest. Chris Hyde—Getty Images

This is Phelps' second DUI arrest in ten years

Michael Phelps will be suspended from USA Swimming-sanctioned events for six months, will withdraw from next year’s FINA World Championships and forfeit funding for six months, USA Swimming announced on Monday.

Phelps was cited for a violation of the organization’s Code of Conduct, specifically for conduct “detrimental to the image or reputation of USA Swimming, a LSC or the sport of swimming.”

Phelps was arrested on Sept. 30 in Maryland for driving under the influence. He was reportedly driving 84 mph in a 45 mph zone.

In addition to DUI, he has been charged with excessive speed and crossing double lane lines.

Michael Phelps arrested for DUI in Maryland

This is Phelps’ second DUI arrest in ten years. The previous incident, during which Phelps was 19-years-old, resulted in 18 months of probation.

In 2009, Phelps was suspended for three months after photos that appeared to show him smoking marijuana emerged.

Michael Phelps going to rehab after DUI arrest

A second conviction for DUI could mean up to one year in jail, a $1,000 fine and a six-month suspension of his driver’s license.

Phelps said on Oct. 5 that he would enter a six-week treatment program.

The 29-year-old, who recently began training for the 2016 Olympic games in Rio, hold 22 Olympic medals, including 18 golds.

This article originally appeared on SI.com

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