Ben Nuckols

  • NFL Oct 24, 2019

    A Century After Black Sox, Baseball Cheating Goes High-Tech

    A century after the Black Sox scandal that tarnished the World Series and ushered in major changes in baseball, the notion that millionaire ballplayers would take money to throw a game — much less the World Series — is all but unthinkable. But that doesn’t mean cheating in baseball is a thing of the past, and there are still concerns...

  • NEW YORK May 31, 2019

    Elite 8: National Spelling Bee Too Easy for Octet of Champs

    There were warning signs throughout a marathon day of spelling that this Scripps National Spelling Bee would not conclude like any other in the event’s 94-year history. Rishik Gandharsi sensed it as he stepped to the microphone for the ninth round of Thursday night’s prime-time finals, when he was one of eight spellers remaining onstage. “Just out of curiosity,” Rishik...

  • coach Jun 24, 2018

    World Cup: Colombia Knocks Poland Out of the World Cup, 3-0

    Radamel Falcao’s first career World Cup goal has helped Colombia keep alive its hopes of qualifying for the knockout stage of the World Cup and eliminate Poland with a 3-0 win. A Yerry Mina header from a floated James Rodriguez pass put Colombia in front just before halftime. Falcao made it 2-0 in the 70th before Juan Cuadrado sealed it...

  • PRESIDENT Jun 6, 2018

    Gymnastics Executive Says She Was Told to Keep Quiet About Nassar

    The former president of USA Gymnastics refused to answer questions Tuesday from a Senate subcommittee about how he handled allegations of sexual abuse by former team doctor Larry Nassar, and another former executive sat next to him and asserted that he instructed her and others to keep quiet after she informed him of athletes’ claims.

  • New Jersey Jun 1, 2018

    Texas Teen Wins 2018 Scripps National Spelling Bee With ‘Koinonia'

    Karthik Nemmani didn’t win his regional spelling bee. He didn’t even win his county spelling bee. But he was still good enough to win the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Throwing everything he had into his one shot at glory, 14-year-old Karthik outlasted better-known spellers on Thursday night and became the champion after a dramatically abrupt end to the competition, when...

  • Massachusetts May 27, 2018

    Restless Days and Sleepless Nights: Spelling Bee Takes Toll

    There’s little downtime for the dozen or so spellers who make it to the primetime finals of the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Once they get through the morning finals, which can last 4 hours or more, the remaining spellers are swarmed by relatives, reporters — and Scripps representatives who hand them a color-coded schedule that maps out nearly every minute...

  • Las Vegas May 15, 2018

    As States Race to Launch Sports Betting, Calls Grow for Congress to Protect Games' Integrity

    Many of the major U.S. sports leagues indicated Monday, after the Supreme Court struck down a law banning gambling on individual sporting events, that they would be willing to work on a legal framework, NBC News reported. But some called on Congress to create a uniform set of rules, as did Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, who said Monday he would...

  • Las Vegas May 15, 2018

    A Look at Where Legal Sports Betting Is Headed in the US

    The Supreme Court struck down a 26-year-old federal ban on sports betting on Monday, allowing states to decide whether they want to allow legal wagers on football, basketball, baseball, hockey and other games. Once sports betting becomes more widely legal, fans can expect to have the opportunity to bet on their phones during games, a common practice in countries such...

  • CEO Dec 29, 2017

    US Sports Leagues Hedging Their Bets on Legalized Gambling

    In court, all four major U.S. sports leagues are fighting New Jersey’s challenge to the federal ban on sports gambling, which the Supreme Court will hear next week. Outside of court, leaders of three of the four leagues have made public comments that suggest they wouldn’t mind losing the case. Only the NFL has been steadfast in its opposition to...

  • Los Angeles Oct 6, 2017

    Football's Decline Has Some High Schools Disbanding Teams

    Participation in high school football is down 3.5 percent over the past five years, according to the annual survey by the National Association of State High School Federations, or NFHS. The decline would be much steeper if not for a handful of states in the South and the West. Throughout the Northeast, the Midwest and the West Coast, in communities...

  • Rhode Island Jun 21, 2017

    Republican Medicaid Cuts Would Hit States Battling Opioid Epidemic

    The Republican drive to roll back Barack Obama’s health care law is on a collision course with a national opioid epidemic that’s not letting up. Medicaid cuts resulting from the GOP legislation would hit hard in states deeply affected by the addiction crisis and struggling to turn the corner, according to state data and concerned lawmakers in both parties. The...

  • Connecticut Jun 20, 2017

    ‘Secret' GOP Health Care Proposal Takes Shape

    Only a handful of Senators currently know what’s in the Republican health care plan they’re expected to vote on next week. Senators from both sides of the aisle are raising complaints about the closed door process.

  • NEW YORK Jun 20, 2017

    Tony Bennett Receives Gershwin Prize From National Library

    Tony Bennett, the beloved and durable interpreter of American standards whose chart-topping career spans seven decades, has been honored with this year’s Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. The Library of Congress announced the award Tuesday. The lifetime achievement award named for the duo of George and Ira Gershwin was created by Congress to honor singers and songwriters who entertain, inform...

  • Donald Trump Mar 17, 2017

    2 Federal Judges Find New Trump Travel Ban Discriminatory

    Rejecting arguments from the government that President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban was substantially different from the first one, judges in Hawaii and Maryland blocked the executive order from taking effect as scheduled on Thursday, using the president’s own words as evidence that the order discriminates against Muslims. The rulings in Hawaii late Wednesday and in Maryland early Thursday were...

  • California Mar 16, 2017

    Trump Travel Ban Blocked as Budget Plan Looms on Social Programs

    A revised travel ban penned by President Donald Trump was held by a Hawaii judge the same day it was supposed to go into effect on Wednesday as Trump laid out a new budget plan, setting money aside for a border wall along Mexico and the United States as well as increasing the military’s budget. Critics are worried that social...

  • Donald Trump Mar 10, 2017

    Opponents of Dakota Pipeline Bring Their Message to Trump

    With options dwindling to stop construction of the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline, American Indians and their supporters brought their message to President Donald Trump on Friday with rallies outside the White House and his Washington hotel. Even if the pipeline is completed, the protest movement has been successful because it has called attention to the issue of tribal sovereignty,...

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