ESPN suspends Stephen A. Smith after domestic abuse remarks

NEW YORK — ESPN on Tuesday announced a one-week suspension for one of its most controversial commentators, Stephen A. Smith, in the wake of his widely-criticized remarks about domestic abuse that referred to possible “provocation” by victims. The move came one day after Smith appeared on his ESPN2 talk show “First Take” and profusely apologized. […]

Community stunned by Stark County fatal shooting, apparent suicide

OSNABURG TOWNSHIP, Ohio – The body of a Stark County man accused of shooting and killing his estranged wife was found Sunday morning. People who live in the area are shocked by the case. “It’s just such a loss for everyone involved,” said a neighbor. Dustin Ray White, 39, was wanted for aggravated murder. The […]

Here is the first domestic violence commercial to ever air during the Super Bowl

No celebrities or NFL players facing the camera, saying “No more.” This ad simply depicts a 911 call of a woman pretending to order a pizza while calling police with her attacker still in the house. The Super Bowl commercial by No More, the group trying to end domestic violence and sexual assault, is a stark […]

‘Deflategate’: Tom Brady appeals suspension

(CNN)– An appeal has been filed on behalf of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, the NFL Players Association said Thursday. The appeal comes after the National Football League suspended Brady for four games without pay after an independent investigation found the Patriots used underinflated footballs for an advantage in last season’s AFC Championship game. […]

Browns rookie running back Duke Johnson out with concussion

CLEVELAND — Browns rookie running back Duke Johnson is following the NFL’s protocol on head injuries after sustaining a concussion in Saturday’s win over Tampa Bay. Browns coach Mike Pettine said Sunday he does not know when Johnson will return. The team has big plans for the versatile Johnson, who was making his preseason debut […]

Mike Pettine to Sports Illustrated: Browns have discussed Ray Rice

CLEVELAND– Cleveland Browns Coach Mike Pettine told Sports Illustrated that the Browns have discussed signing Ray Rice. Rice has been out of the league since the Baltimore Ravens released him last season. He was charged last year in New Jersey with assaulting then-fiancee Janay Palmer. In September, a video surfaced showing Rice punching Palmer in […]

Univ. of Cincinnati officer posts bond after pleading not guilty in shooting

CINCINNATI, Ohio— Former University of Cincinnati police Officer Ray Tensing pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges of murder and voluntary manslaughter in the July 19 shooting death of Samuel DuBose. At his arraignment, the judge set Tensing’s bond at $1 million. Tensing posted bond later on Thursday, according to the Hamilton County Clerk of Courts’ […]

NFL will air domestic violence PSA during Super Bowl 50

SANTA CLARA, California — For a second year in a row, the NFL will air a dramatic PSA during the Super Bowl addressing the issue of domestic violence. This year’s video shows a succession of text messages between two friends. One friend is encouraging another named Jess to attend a Super Bowl party, but Jess says […]

Ray Rice posts Facebook statement apologizing to Ravens fans

BALTIMORE (AP) — Ex-Ravens player Ray Rice has posted a statement apologizing to fans for a “horrible mistake” and asking for forgiveness ahead of the one-year anniversary of a domestic-violence charge. In a statement released Friday to The Baltimore Sun and posted on his Facebook page, Rice wrote he was sorry for letting down the […]

No evidence NFL saw Ray Rice video, investigation finds

There’s no evidence that anyone at the NFL saw or possessed a video showing Ray Rice punching his then-fiancée until it was made public, but the league should have known it needed to dig deeper into the incident, an external investigative report released Thursday concludes. The report wraps up an inquiry by former FBI Director […]

Time Magazine names ‘Person of the Year’ for 2014

(CNN) — The people on the front lines of fighting the Ebola epidemic are Time Magazine’s “Person of the Year.” They’re “the ones who answered the call,” the magazine said on its website Wednesday morning. The magazine’s readers voted for Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to receive the title. But the Time editors’ decision is […]

Janay Rice: Ray Rice was ‘terrified’ after hitting me

(CNN) — Ray Rice is a human who made a mistake that he’d never made before and that he won’t make again, wife Janay Rice said in an interview that aired Monday. “Ray knows me, and there’s no way. He knows what he would have to deal with. … I’m not going to sit there […]