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Fifty senators call on NFL to support Redskins’ name change

By Ian Simpson WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Fifty U.S. senators urged the National Football League on Thursday to endorse a name change for the Washington Redskins, saying the franchise’s name was a racial slur. In a letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, the lawmakers said the league should follow the example…

Lobbyist who wanted to ban gays in NFL now boycotting Rams and Visa over Michael Sam

A Washington, D.C .lobbyist who previously announced plans to prepare legislation that would ban gay athletes from playing in the National Football League (NFL) has called for a boycott of the St. Louis Rams and credit card company Visa over their affiliation with the openly gay Michael Sam. Sam, the…

REPORT: Arizona anti-gay law has NFL thinking of moving Super Bowl to Tampa Bay

The prospect of Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) signing into effect an anti-LGBT law has the National Football League exploring its options for moving the Super Bowl out of the state, Sports Illustrated reported on Wednesday, citing an anonymous league source. “It’d be incredibly logistically challenging to pull it off…

Sonic apologizes for racist sign in front of Kansas City area restaurant

A sign outside a Belton, Missouri Sonic Drive-in that went viral on Twitter has forced the company to issue a string of apologies. Here is the original tweet: Everyone please look at this pic and tell @sonicdrive_in what you think of it. Please RT! pic.twitter.com/gvtik9lYMo — Delores Schilling (@DelSchilling) December…

In cash-strapped Detroit, few critics question new sports arena funding

By Joseph Lichterman DETROIT (Reuters) – While Detroit has become a top emblem of U.S. urban economic decline with its recent bankruptcy filing, it remains a resilient and vibrant sports town. Major League Baseball’s Tigers and the National Football League’s Lions, like teams in other U.S. cities, have obtained public…

Putin claims no memory of stealing Super Bowl ring

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Friday that he had no recollection of allegedly stealing the Super Bowl ring belonging to the National Football League’s New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft. The New York Post reported on June 14 that Kraft had told a US audience that he had once…

Relay failure caused Super Bowl blackout

An electrical relay device installed at the Superdome to help prevent blackouts failed and caused the power outage that shut down the Super Bowl, the suppliers said on Friday. Lights went out in the stadium early in the third quarter of the National Football League’s championship spectacle last Sunday, halting…

Analysis: ‘Pay for pain’ scandal could end up in courts

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A scandal in which U.S. football players got rewarded for injuring opponents could have legal consequences, with prosecutors, players and even fans getting in on the judicial action. By Sunday morning, four National Football League teams were linked to a “pay for pain” scandal that came…

Pro hockey players fight homophobia with ‘You Can Play’ campaign

BOSTON (Reuters) – Thirty players in the National Hockey League have joined a campaign intended to promote gay and lesbian equality in sports with a television ad that will premiere during Sunday’s matchup of the New York Rangers and Boston Bruins. The campaign, called “You Can Play,” aims to combat…

US sports shows its colors in 9/11 observance

United States sports fans marked the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks by unfurling giant American flags inside sold-out stadiums accompanied by racous chants of “USA! USA!” The anniversary of the September 11 attacks on Washington and New York was also observed by pregame ceremonies and tearful moments of…

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