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  • **FILE** Big Ten Commissioner James Delany, left, speaks at a news conference to announce the University of Maryland's decision to move to the Big Ten in College Park, Md., Monday, Nov. 19, 2012. Seated alongside Delany is Maryland athletic director Kevin Anderson.  (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

    Maryland celebrates move into Big Ten

    "Today is a great day to be a Terp," said Maryland athletic director Kevin Anderson. "Over the past 15 months we've been asked to be a partner and a member of the Big Ten and [Tuesday] it will be official. We've never felt like we were outsiders and we've always been part of the participation of becoming a true member of the Big Ten."


  • FILE - In this June 24, 2014 file photo, Uruguay's Luis Suarez holds his teeth after biting Italy's Giorgio Chiellini's shoulder during the group D World Cup soccer match between Italy and Uruguay at the Arena das Dunas in Natal, Brazil. On Thursday, June 26, 2014, FIFA banned Suarez for 9 games and 4 months for biting his opponent at the World Cup. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan, File)

    World Cup: FIFA bans Suarez for 4 months for biting opponent

    FIFA banned Uruguay striker Luis Suarez from all football activities for four months on Thursday for biting an opponent at the World Cup, a punishment that rules him out of the rest of the tournament and the start of the upcoming Premier League season.


  • Illustration on renaming the Redskins the Washington Reagans by Alexander Hunter/ The Washington Times

    TAUBE: Why not the Washington Reagans?

    For the second time in 15 years, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is attempting to drop the Washington Redskins' trademarks.


  • NCAA President Mark Emmert answers a question at a news conference Sunday, April 6, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

    Mark Emmert stands firm against paying NCAA athletes beyond stipends

    Testifying in a landmark antitrust lawsuit filed against his organization, Emmert said Thursday he believes there is a clear difference between the proposal to pay athletes a few thousand more dollars a year and giving them the equivalent of a salary.


  • FILE - In this Sept. 23, 2012, file photo, Washington Redskins punter Sav Rocca carries a football in his helmet before an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals in Landover, Md. The U.S. Patent Office ruled Wednesday, June 18, 2014, that the Washington Redskins nickname is "disparaging of Native Americans" and that the team's federal trademarks for the name must be canceled. The ruling comes after a campaign to change the name has gained momentum over the past year. (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)

    LOVERRO: Hypocrites will get their way on Redskins' name

    That's the offensive part in the Washington Redskins name debate — the hypocrisy of people perfuming their righteous vanities who couldn't have cared less about the plight of Native Americans before they were told they should be offended by this name, and who will go back to caring even less if and when the name is changed.


  • Washington Redskins safety Ryan Clark (21) takes part in a drill on the practice field during mini camp practice at Redskins Park in Ashburn, Va., Wednesday, June 18, 20124. (Photo Rod Lamkey Jr.)

    Ryan Clark set to fill leadership role on Redskins' defense

    Safety was a problem area for Washington throughout last year's miserable 3-13 campaign. It had to be addressed. And while Clark's age makes him a short-term answer, coaches and teammates say he still brings value at a position of need. On a defense that lost its unquestioned leader, linebacker London Fletcher, to retirement, Clark could help fill that void.


  • Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid declined the Washington Redskins' offer to attend a game unless the team changes its nickname. (Associated Press)

    Harry Reid boycotting Redskins unless team changes name

    In a letter Monday to the team's president, Reid called the Redskins name a racial slur that disparages the American people. The Nevada Democrat, who said he represents 27 tribes in his state, rejected Bruce Allen's invitation to a Redskins home game until the team does the right thing and changes its name.


  • RG3 hosts "Friday Night Lights" football camp in Anacostia

    Celebrities, athletes and 300 local kids joined RG3 for his "Friday Night Lights" football camp.


  • ** FILE ** Pope Francis leaves  after an audience for members of associations founded by late Bishop Luigi Novarese, in the Paul VI hall at the Vatican, Saturday, May 17, 2014.  Bishop Luigi Novarese,  founded the Pious Union of the Silent Workers of the Cross to help sick and disabled people and was beatified on May 11, 2013. (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca)

    Pope to World Cup: Overcome racism, greed in sport

    Pope Francis has a message for the World Cup: Let football be a showcase for teamwork and solidarity, not an exhibition of racism and greed.


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