By the NFL, new guidelines on how teams must treat players with concussions. Previously, decisions on when players who sustained brain injuries were ready to return to the field were handled by team doctors. But the league will now require teams to consult independent neurologists in an effort to ensure that players receive impartial medical treatment. Several high-profile players have suffered concussions this season, including Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner (above) on Sunday. Said commissioner Roger Goodell, "This is a chance for us to ... bring more people into the circle to make sure we're making the best decisions for our players in the long term."
By police in Germany and Switzerland, 17 people accused of being involved in a soccer match fixing scandal. Officials said they suspect that criminal gangs influenced players, coaches and officials in some 200 matches in competitions ranging from Turkish top-division play to the European under-21 championships to the early stages of the UEFA Champions League. But at a press conference that was televised live in Germany, where 32 games are under suspicion, Bochum police director Friedhelm Atlhans said, "This is only the tip of the iceberg." Earlier this year UEFA (the governing body for soccer in Europe) implemented a betting fraud detection system, partly in response to the 2005 conviction of a German referee who admitted to manipulating the outcomes of games in his country's domestic league.
For one game for making offensive remarks about Iranian-born center Hamed Haddadi of the Grizzlies, Clippers announcers Ralph Lawler and Michael Smith. During a game on Nov. 18 the pair began a discussion in which they pronounced Iranian as eye-ranian, and Smith joked that Haddadi, the league's first player from Iran, might be "Borat's older brother." After a viewer complained, Fox Sports Prime Ticket suspended the duo for last Friday's game. Lawler has been the Clippers' play-by-play man for 31 years, while Smith has been with the team for 12 years.
By the University of Kansas, claims by current and former players that football coach Mark Mangino (right) abused them verbally. Former receiver Raymond Brown said that Mangino dressed him down in front of his teammates and said, "I'm going to send you back to St. Louis so you can get shot with your homies." Other players have reported hearing similar remarks, including one that allegedly mocked a player's father's alcoholism. Last week current Jayhawks linebacker Arist Wright reportedly complained to school officials that Mangino had poked him in the chest, which prompted the internal probe. As of Monday the investigation was ongoing. Since taking over as coach in 2002, Mangino has turned around the once moribund Kansas program. He was the 2007 national coach of the year, but the Jayhawks are 5--6 this season after winning their first five games. Of the allegations, Mangino said, "The fact of life is, these types of things are going to come up when things aren't going good. That's life."
After 12 years in the WNBA, the Sacramento Monarchs. In a surprising move, owners Joe and Gavin Maloof, who also own the Sacramento Kings, announced that they would no longer operate the WNBA team. "We love the Monarchs, but it's time to refocus," Joe Maloof said. "Our focus is to turn the Kings around, and to do that we have to put all our efforts and good salespeople on the Kings." The Monarchs, who were one of the WNBA's original eight franchises, are the second team to fold in a year; the Houston Comets ceased operations last December.