Athletes’ union criticizes Northwestern appeal

WASHINGTON – The College Athletes Players Association is criticizing Northwestern University's argument for overturning a ruling that would allow the school's football players to unionize.

Northwestern is appealing a ruling by a regional director of the National Labor Relations Board who said that the school's football players are employees under federal law and thus entitled to unionize.

CAPA says Northwestern "has not established grounds for review of the regional director's factfinding." Wednesday's filing also attacks other parts of the appeal.

The players are set to vote by secret ballot April 25 on whether to form a union. CAPA would represent them.

The Evanston, Ill.-based university argues in the appeal that its athletic program "is fully integrated with its academic mission, and that it treats its athletes as students first."

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Simeone questions Real Ronaldo appeal



Portugal´s football star Decos submits appeal against ban

Deco: Contesting drug ban

Deco: Contesting drug ban

Former Portugal star Deco has appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport over his one-year ban for a failed drugs test.

The 36-year-old, whom has today retired, was tested following Fluminense's 2-0 win over Boavista about March 20 and his sample contained traces of furosemide – a diuretic that is utilized to mask other substances.

The previous Porto, Barcelona plus Chelsea player has protested his innocence, declaring the positive test is the outcome of a contaminated vitamin supplement, plus has today submitted an appeal to the CAS.

A statement found on the CAS website read: "The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has registered an appeal filed by the Portuguese football player Anderson Luis de Souza, known popularly because 'Deco', against a decision taken by the Brazilian 'Superior Tribunal de Justica Desportiva do Futebol' (STJD), according to that he was found to have committed an anti-doping direction infraction and suspended for one year.

"The player requests the annulment of the STJD choice and that he be cleared of any anti-doping tip violation.

"The CAS usually set the procedural calendar inside the next days."

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NCAA denies USC appeal to reduce penalty

Regardless of current talks between the 2 sides, the NCAA on Friday turned down an enchantment by USC asking to steadily cut back the penalties that have plagued the Trojans’ program since 2010.

USC athletic director Pat Haden and Dave Roberts, USC’s vice chairman for athletic compliance, met with NCAA president Mark Emmert and other officials this week in Indianapolis after the NCAA determined to cut back sanctions levied against Penn State in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse scandal.

“There isn’t any comparability between USC and Penn State,” the NCAA mentioned in a statement Friday. “USC’s attraction was denied, and there’s no additional consideration being given.”

A source conversant in USC’s case had told ESPN’s Joe Schad it was unlikely the NCAA would grant relief as a result of USC went by means of a conventional process, not like Penn State.

The imposed scholarship reduction penalties put in place following the Reggie Bush case are set to run out with the signing class of 2014 in February. The 2014 season also will be the ultimate year of the seventy five-player roster limit imposed on USC.

Joe Schad and Johnny Curren of contributed to this report.

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Alex Rodriguez’s appeal hearing scheduled to begin on Sept. 30

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According to Newsday’s Steven Marcus

, the a lot anticipated — at least for these concerned — arbitration listening to which is able to mark the start

Alex Rodriguez

‘s appeal of his 211- recreation suspension is slated to start on Monday, Sept. 30, which is someday after the common season is scheduled to end. Marcus provides that the hearing will possible require several lengthy classes before a resolution is met, but that might have gone with out saying.

Of course you’re probably pondering there’s one minor problem that would pop that would throw an enormous wrench in these plans, and you’re correct, the New York Yankees are solely 2 ½ video games again in the wild card race getting into Saturday and will still play their way into the postseason. In keeping with Andrew Marchand ESPN New York, if that situation performs out the listening to would then be postponed to a later date.

Here’s slightly extra data from Marchand’s report:

A supply mentioned the hearings are expected to happen in New York. An announcement on whether or not Rodriguez’s suspension — stemming from the Biogenesis and performing-enhancing drug scandal — is diminished is not anticipated until after the World Sequence.

At least A-Rod wouldn’t have to drive far after cleansing out his locker.

A decision may end up being pushed back into the center of November if the Yankees have been to play their means into the fall basic. It might not appear probably, however it’s a minimum of potential. As Marchand notes, if it gets to that point, that would significantly alter the Yankees offseason plans.

The timing of [arbitrator Fredic] Horowitz’s decision could have an effect on the Yankees’ offseason plans. Group owner Hal Steinbrenner has made it a goal to drop the Yankees’ payroll underneath $189 million to benefit from revenue sharing and luxury tax advantages from the current collective bargaining settlement.

Basically all we realized on Friday is that each one parties would like to get the listening to started at the soonest attainable time, which is where Sept. 30 is available in. However it’s all written in pencil and the situation will stay fluid based mostly on how the rest of the 2013 season performs out. So let’s says the Yankees have been to play in a tiebreaker game on Sept 30. and lose, the listening to might only be pushed again in the future. If they lose within the wild card sport, maybe two or three days. And so forth.

In other words, keep tuned, because the schedule and story is always topic — if not assured — to alter when A-Rod, the Yankees and MLB are involved.


Ryan Braun sued by ‘friend’ who helped him win PED appeal


If a lawsuit filed towards Milwaukee Brewers slugger Ryan Braun has any advantage, it’s no less than a serious blow to his repute. At worst, it shows he tried to cheat the system long before getting to Main League Baseball.

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Braun, who has been suspended for the remainder of the 2013 season for his involvement in the Biogenesis case, is being sued for defamation by a person described as “a lifelong good friend,” one who helped him win an attraction for a optimistic PED check in 2011.

ESPN experiences that the buddy, Ralph Sasson, also says Braun “doped through his years on the College of Miami, dedicated tutorial fraud and accepted money whereas a student.” The school years can be so formative.

Sasson asserts that Braun and his agent, Nez Balelo, agreed to pay him $5,000 to help defend Braun by “conducting background analysis” on Dino Laurenzi Jr., the one who collected Braun’s in poor health-fated urine sample. That’s French for “digging up filth” in an effort to injure Laurenzi’s reputation. Sasson collected the cash, but solely after threatening to sue, which he did anyway as a result of he fees that Braun made “defamatory statements about him to undisclosed events.”

Sasson did not elaborate to ESPN, saying the suit speaks for itself.

Another merchandise alleged that didn’t come to fruition as a result of Sasson refused:

The lawsuit also says that Braun requested Sasson to “prank call” ESPN “Outside the Strains” reporter Mark Fainaru-Wada, who was working with reporter T.J. Quinn on a story in December 2011 that Braun had failed a PED check. In response to the lawsuit, Braun needed Sasson to say, “the unique information Quinn and Fainaru-Wada had obtained regarding Braun was a part of an elaborate conspiracy to assassinate the character of multiple baseball players and agents together with, however not limited to, Ryan Braun.”

The old “trying-to-throw-them-off-the-path” trick. Did not work.

Braun’s lawyer says Sasson is trying to capitalize on the current consideration Braun has obtained.

It’s price noting that, earlier Friday, “60 Minutes” reported that someone from “the inner circle” of Alex Rodriguez leaked to Yahoo! Sports that Braun’s name was to be discovered among paperwork related to Biogenesis, a shuttered well being clinic in Miami reputed to have distributed medicine to major league gamers. It is the policy of Yahoo! Sports activities not to disclose sources


Redskins linebacker Brian Orakpo plans to appeal NFL’s ban on customized face masks

Brian Orakpo (USA At this time Sports Photographs)

The NFL has knowledgeable a number of gamers, including Indianapolis Colts linebacker Robert Mathis and Arizona Cardinals defensive finish Darnell Dockett, that the customized face masks they had been sporting in the course of the OTAs and training camp would not be permitted to be worn throughout games.

Another participant who planned to put on a customized face masks is Washington Redskins linebacker Brian Orakpo, who plans to appeal the league’s “disheartening” decision, Mark Maske of the Washington Submit reports.

“Hopefully we can,” stated Orakpo, who wore his common face mask during last Thursday night time’s preseason opener in opposition to the Tennessee Titans. “We’re clearly within the course of right now of making an attempt to get it cleared once more. However right now we’re denied so we simply have to go along with what they say.”

Two players – Baltimore Ravens defensive finish Chris Canty and New York Giants defensive finish Justin Tuck – have received permission to put on customized face masks. The one exception the NFL is making is for medical reasons and each Canty and Tuck have nicely-documented back and/or neck accidents that might necessitate using a custom-made face masks. The argument for Canty and Tuck is that the “grill”-type mask doesn’t give offensive linemen something to grab and pull, which may worsen or exacerbate these gamers’ preexisting injuries.

Orakpo, who missed most of last season with a torn pectoral muscle, might have a tougher time convincing the NFL that he meets the usual for a medical exemption

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Training camp roundup: Broncos LB Von Miller has appeal hearing set for August 15

Von Miller’s enchantment listening to is ready for next week (USA At the moment Sports activities Photographs)

Slow day round NFL coaching camps, but that is because 28 NFL groups will play a preseason game tonight or tomorrow night.

• Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller may have his appeal hearing for his four-game suspension on Aug. 15, Mike Klis of the Denver Post experiences. Miller is dealing with a suspension for allegedly violating the league’s substance abuse coverage. Based on Klis, the format of the appeals hearing has not but been determined.

• Philadelphia Eagles offensive tackle Dennis Kelly will miss the preseason after undergoing back surgery, Geoff Mosher of CSN Philadelphia notes. Kelly started 10 video games last season and with Jason Peters additionally battling an harm, journeyman Allen Barbre is currently the Eagles’ high left deal with.

• Pittsburgh Steelers extensive receiver Plaxico Burress was carted off the practice discipline on Thursday with a right arm injury. In line with a number of reviews, Burress was going for a bounce ball with a pair of defenders and landed his arm.

• Indianapolis Colts extensive receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey returned to apply after spraining his knee earlier this week, Mike Wells of reports.

• Blaine Gabbert will start at quarterback for the Jacksonville Jaguars on Friday night, head coach Gus Bradley introduced. Working again Maurice Jones-Drew is healthy, but won’t play.

• New York Giants defensive end Justin Tuck has tightness in his again and is unlikely to play towards the Steelers on Saturday night time.

• The Dallas Cowboys are targeting free agent guard Brian Waters, ESPN’s Adam Schefter stories. If the Cowboys’ supply is correct, the 36-year-outdated Dallas native is interested by taking part in this season.

• Everyone is aware of Miami Dolphins defensive ends Cameron Wake, Dion Jordan and Olivier Vernon. Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald thinks it’s best to know Derrick Shelby, who made the crew as an undrafted free agent out of Utah in 2012 and is having a solid training camp.

Dolphins defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle on Shelby: “I see extra manufacturing out of Derrick, stating the other night. He’s all the time a man which you can count on the be in the best place, he’s very dependable, but we saw that playmaking ability the opposite evening and we’ve seen it throughout training camp. He’s been tough to dam, he’s gotten more pressure on the quarterback, he’s been the man that we feel more than happy with at this point in camp and he’s made quite a lot of progress.”

• The Detroit Lions will restrict the enjoying time of quarterback Matthew Stafford within the preseason opener towards the New York Jets on Friday night time, writes Kyle Meinke of

Here are the notable transactions on Thursday, Aug. eight:

• Hours earlier than their preseason opener, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers pulled the plug on cornerback Myron Lewis, placing the 2010 third-round decide on waivers. The Buccaneers also “waived/injured” defensive finish Marvin Booker, who joined the team earlier this week. Cornerback Mason Robinson was re-signed.

• Waived by the Seattle Seahawks on Wednesday, tight finish Michael Palmer was claimed by the Steelers, who additionally signed tight finish Nathan Overbay as injuries are hitting the group’s tight finish place arduous throughout coaching camp. Heath Miller remains on the physically unable to perform listing and Matt Spaeth was carted off the follow field on Wednesday.

• The Arizona Cardinals claimed defensive finish Cordian Hagans off waivers from the Steelers.

• The Chicago Bears positioned cornerback Kelvin Hayden on injured reserve with a torn hamstring.