Becky Hammon is hanging up her playing shoes and lacing up her coaching ones, all while making history in the process. The San Antonio Spurs announced Tuesday that they have hired Hammon, a 16-season veteran and six-time all-star with the WNBA, as an assistant coach — marking the first time a woman has ever been hired for the position in the NBA.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has defended the two-game punishment of Baltimore Ravens’ Ray Rice for domestic abuse. The case, and its aftermath, have sparked a firestorm of public criticism that the penalty was too lenient. Jeffrey Brown talks to Christine Brennan of USA Today/ABC News about the pushback, and how the case fits into larger problems for the sport. Continue reading
The National Collegiate Athletic Association agreed to settle a number of cases brought in a class-action head injury lawsuit. The proposed settlement, which must still be approved by a federal judge, would create a $70 million fund for concussion testing and diagnosis of current and former athletes. Gwen Ifill talks to Rachel Axon of USA TODAY Sports about some lingering questions about the deal. Continue reading
While Germany celebrated it 1-0 win over Argentina in the final game of the 2014 World Cup, Brazil faced its loss and the high cost of hosting. Judy Woodruff talks to Tommy Smyth of ESPN and Matthew Futterman of The Wall Street Journal from Rio Janeiro about the legacy of this year’s tournament, and the future of U.S. soccer. Continue reading
Ten-time NBA All-Star LeBron James is going home to rejoin the Cleveland Cavaliers. Jeffrey Brown talks to Kevin Blackistone of the University of Maryland and Glenn Moore of Cleveland.com to discuss motivations behind the move, and the expectations it has produced. Continue reading
It’s been a pretty good week for Cleveland. Earlier this week the Republican National Committee announced that Cleveland was its pick to hold the party’s national presidential nominating convention in 2016. And then today the biggest news the city could have hoped for — LeBron James, the biggest name in professional basketball, was returning home, leaving South Beach for C-Town. Continue reading
Fast forward to Friday. In his Sports Illustrated announcement, the first reason James cites for his return to the Cleveland Cavaliers is that he grew up in Northeast Ohio and how the region “holds a special place” in his heart. “My relationship with Northeast Ohio is bigger than basketball,” he said.
That James would pass up what is, right now, a better basketball situation in Miami for the promise of a young Cavs team shows that he does appreciate what bringing a title would mean to the city of Cleveland. Continue reading
A sleeping baseball fan featured during ESPN commentary is striking back with a $10 million lawsuit Commentary from two ESPN announcers about a sleeping baseball fan could be a $10 million problem for Major League Baseball, the New York Yankees … Continue reading
There’s been so much excitement surrounding the World Cup — and it has been an amazing tournament so far — that one almost feels like “Debbie Downer” to talk about some of the problems facing the sport of soccer. But … Continue reading