Former Louisville coach Rick Pitino said it was "unjust" for the NCAA to rule that the Cardinals had to take down their 2013 national championship banner. The NCAA announced Tuesday that it was upholding the ruling that Louisville would have to vacate its wins from 2011 to 2015, including its 2013 title and its 2012 Final Four appearance. The penalties came as a result of an investigation into allegations that former Louisville staff member Andre McGee arranged parties and strippers for players and recruits at Billy Minardi Hall on Louisville's campus.
ESPN personality and former “SportsCenter” anchor Jemele Hill, who has been at the center of the political firestorm at the network accused by many conservatives of having a liberal slant, revisited her controversy on an appearance on “The View” on Wednesday. Hill started a frenzy with her September tweets critical of President Donald Trump calling him and his supporters white supremacists and saying that he is unfit for office. These tweets were posted during the NFL’s anthem-kneeling controversy and in the wake of the white supremacist rallies that took place in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Lindsey Vonn has proven her mettle as a ratings draw. For the first time during the Olympics, NBC beat the ratings for the corresponding night in Sochi four years ago. An estimated 20.5 million people watched NBC, NBCSN or streaming services during prime time Tuesday, when the centerpiece of the coverage was Vonn's bronze-medal run in the downhill skiing competition. That compares with the 18.9 million people who watched NBC during Sochi. For NBC alone on Tuesday, the viewership was 18.8 million. Top NBC researcher Joe Brown called it "a gravity-defying media achievement."
Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has been fined $600,000 by the NBA for saying his team should tank this season. Cuban called tanking "brutal" but acknowledged that he told his team that it would be best to lose for the rest of the 2017-18 season.
Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban was solely responsible for the decision to keep former Mavs.com reporter Earl K. Sneed on staff after two separate domestic violence incidents, telling ESPN on Wednesday that it was a "horrible mistake in hindsight." Sneed was fired this week in advance of Sports Illustrated publishing an investigative story about a culture of misogyny and predatory sexual behavior within the Mavericks organization. Cuban said he was not aware of "gruesome details" of a 2011 domestic dispute that resulted in Sneed being arrested at the Mavericks' office until contacted by Sports Illustrated this week.
As he shuffles around the new NBA-like practice facility stashed next to his home arena, Phoenix Suns legend "Thunder" Dan Majerle is soft-spoken yet instructive in a quick Sunday afternoon practice in December. Twenty years ago, he was nearing the conclusion of a 14-year NBA career that included three All-Star Games and two appearances on the league's all-defensive team. Today, he wobbles on the sideline with worn knees as the head coach at Grand Canyon University, a private Christian college and Division I basketball's only for-profit institution. Majerle is enjoying his team's first season of eligibility for the NCAA tournament after a lengthy transition period to the Division I level that started in 2013.