It began as a series of dramatic, detrimental conduct episodes: First, Ray Rice knocked out his fiancée. Then Greg Hardy was accused of beating his girlfriend. Adrian Peterson and the brutal spanking of his son with a wooden switch came next. And finally, it was Tom Brady possibly tampering with footballs.
The first inductees for the new look UFC Hall of Fame have been announced. Jeff Blatnick - a key personality during the UFC’s formative years - and the April 2005 rematch between Matt Hughes and Frank Trigg will be inducted as in this year’s Contributor and Fight categories, respectively.
A group of Armed Forces Foundation co-workers is trying to finalize plans for an event honoring troops at The Venetian on the Las Vegas Strip when an email from Patricia Driscoll arrives. She is already out West and wants her then-7-year-old son to join her. Which one of them would be so kind as to pick him up from school and fly with him cross-country to Vegas?
A year removed from an ugly skirmish between Alex Rodriguez and Major League Baseball, commissioner Rob Manfred commended the New York Yankees slugger on his comeback Thursday. Manfred also said he will leave any disputes over milestone bonus money to be resolved between the player and the team.
Amid reports that nothing is being done to allay the horrific, sometimes deadly conditions of migrant workers on World Cup construction sites, sponsors are beginning to get edgy. In a strangely collective effort, three major FIFA sponsors all released statements on Wednesday that seemed to put pressure on the governing body to up its game. In the strongest and most commendable of the bunch, Visa released a statement expressing “grave concern” over the reports from Qatar as well as the general poor press FIFA continues to pile up. It’s not a solution, but it’s a start.