At least three Major League Baseball teams will extend protective netting at their ballparks to prevent foul balls and broken bats from hurting spectators, a move triggered by a serious injury to a young girl at New York's Yankee Stadium this week. The Cincinnati Reds, Seattle Mariners and San Diego Padres said they would install additional netting at their ball parks in time for opening day in 2018, extending protection that is currently limited to the seats directly behind home plate to the start of the team dugouts.
BOSTON - The National Football League on Friday, Sept. 22, vowed to vigorously fight a lawsuit filed on behalf of former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez's family that claimed his severe chronic traumatic encephalopathy led to his suicide. Hernandez, 27, hung himself in April in a Massachusetts jail where he was serving a life sentence for the 2013 murder of an acquaintance. His death stunned his friends and fans, coming just five days after he was acquitted of a separate 2012 double homicide.
U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said on Friday her department was issuing new interim guidelines to colleges on how to handle sexual assault allegations, rescinding Obama administration rules that it said treated the accused unfairly. Earlier in September, DeVos, a controversial advocate of school choice appointed by President Donald Trump, had called for an overhaul of the guidelines implemented under former President Barack Obama.
BOSTON - The daughter of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez, who killed himself in April after being acquitted in his second murder trial, sued the league and the team on Thursday after tests revealed her father had a "severe case" of the brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy.
WASHINGTON - U.S. investigators wiretapped former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort under secret court orders before and after the 2016 election, CNN reported on Monday. The New York Times, citing two people close to the case, also reported that prosecutors told Manafort they planned to indict him. Federal agents had raided Manafort's Virginia house in July.
The wicked 2017 hurricane season is set to deliver its next two punishing blows from Hurricanes Maria and Jose. In both the Caribbean and along the Atlantic coast of the Northeast United States, conditions are set to deteriorate rapidly through Wednesday as these storms arrive. Of the two storms, however, Maria is the much more serious hurricane. The strengthening Category 4 storm with maximum sustained winds of 130 mph has the potential to cause widespread destruction along its path from the central Lesser Antilles through Puerto Rico.
ST. LOUIS - St. Louis police are investigating whether some of its officers chanted, "Whose streets? Our streets" during protests by people upset over the acquittal of a white former policeman who killed a black man. Protests entered a fourth day on Monday after three nights of arrests and scuffles with police. More than 80 people were arrested late Sunday, when police in riot gear used pepper spray and detained demonstrators who defied orders to disperse following larger, peaceful protests.
The Dallas Cowboys are the most valuable National Football League team for an 11th consecutive year, valued at nearly twice the league average, according to the annual list published by business magazine Forbes on Monday. The Cowboys, who have reached the playoffs only nine times since winning their last Super Bowl in 1995, are worth $4.8 billion, up 14 percent rise from last year, Forbes said.
LAKE FOREST, Ill.—Two weeks after a late meltdown, Marc Leishman avoided a repeat performance as he staved off a challenge from Justin Rose to win the BMW Championship by five strokes outside Chicago on Sunday, Sept. 17. Leishman began the final round with a five-shot lead, and was seven strokes in front of Englishman Rose, who twice cut the margin to two shots on the back nine. But Leishman would not be denied, the Australian riding a hot putter to birdie the 15th and 16th holes and put the tournament out of reach at Conway Farms in Lake Forest, Ill.
The 41-year-old adopted son of Jerry Sandusky, the former Penn State University assistant football coach convicted of sexually abusing young boys, pleaded guilty on Friday to soliciting two teenage sisters for sex, Pennsylvania prosecutors said. The guilty pleas by Jeffrey Sandusky came one week before he was set to go trial on allegations that he sent lewd text messages to the underage girls asking for sex and naked photographs, the Centre County District Attorney's Office said in a statement.