CHICAGO (AP) The National Labor Relations Board on Monday overturned a historic ruling that gave Northwestern University football players the go-head to form the nation's first college athletes' union, saying the prospect of union and non-union teams could throw off the competitive balance in college football.
The decision throws out a March 2014 ruling by a regional NLRB director in Chicago who said that college the football players are effectively school employees and entitled to organize. Monday's decision did not directly address the question of whether football players are employees.
The labor dispute goes to the heart of American college sports, where universities and conferences reap billions of dollars, mostly through broadcast contracts, by relying on amateurs who are not paid. In other countries, college sports are small-time club affairs, while elite youth athletes often turn pro as teens.
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The unanimous ruling by the five-member National Labor Relations Board concludes that letting Northwestern football players unionize could lead to different standards at different schools - from amounts of money players receive to the amount of time they can practice. That would, it says, would create the competitive imbalances.
BOSTON (AP) - Cleveland manager Terry Francona said he plans to accompany his longtime friend - Red Sox manager John Farrell - to his first chemotherapy treatment for lymphoma on Tuesday.
Farrell announced last Friday that he has a ''highly curable'' form of cancer and is taking a medical leave for the rest of the season.
Francona, who managed Boston from 2004-11, had Farrell as his pitching coach for the 2007 World Series champions.
Farrell worked under Francona from 2007-10. Francona said the two became friends when they played together for the Indians in 1988.
Francona's decision to accompany Farrell was first reported by NESN.
NEW YORK (AP) - Yankees rookie pitcher Bryan Mitchell was hit in the head by a line drive Monday night, forcing him off the field with a towel over his bloody face.
The Yankees said he was taken to a hospital, but didn't give a report on his condition.
Mitchell was struck in the second inning by a liner off the bat of Eduardo Nunez of the Minnesota Twins at Yankee Stadium.
The 24-year-old pitcher was knocked down, and the ball caromed into center field for a single. The Yankees and their medical staff quickly rushed to the mound.
Mitchell was on his knees for over a minute, then two trainers flanked him as he walked off. Mitchell needed help getting down the dugout steps because the towel was covering his face.
Nunez, players on the both teams and the crowd applauded as Mitchell exited his third major league start.
Rookie Caleb Cotham came in to relieve Mitchell.
CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) - Prosecutors pushing for a murder conviction against Oscar Pistorius filed papers at South Africa's Supreme Court of Appeal on Monday, four days before the Olympic runner is expected to be released from prison and moved to house arrest.
Court registrar Paul Myburgh confirmed the prosecution's papers had been filed. Lawyers for the double-amputee runner have until Sept. 17 to file their response ahead of a hearing in November.
Prosecutors want a panel of judges at the Supreme Court to overrule a decision by another judge to acquit Pistorius of murder for killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in 2013. Pistorius was instead found guilty of culpable homicide, or manslaughter, for shooting Steenkamp through a toilet cubicle door in his home.
He was sentenced to five years in jail, but is expected to be released from the Kgosi Mampuru II prison in the South African capital Pretoria on Friday after serving 10 months of that culpable homicide sentence.
Because of his good behavior, the 28-year-old Pistorius can be released on probation to serve the remainder under house arrest.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Danny Briere, the undersized center who went on to become an NHL All-Star and keyed the Philadelphia Flyers' run to the 2010 Stanley Cup Finals, has retired.
Briere ended a 17-year career on Monday that saw him play for the Phoenix Coyotes, Buffalo Sabres, Flyers, Montreal Canadiens and Colorado Avalanche. Briere spent the bulk of his career with the Sabres and Flyers and earned All-Star nods playing for both franchises.
Generously listed at 5-foot-9, Briere was MVP of the 2006 All-Star game, the same year he helped lead the Sabres to the Eastern Conference finals.
Briere shined in 2010 when he set a Flyers record with 30 points (12 goals) in 23 playoff games. Four of his goals were game-winners and he brought the Flyers all the way to Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals.
The native of Gatineau, Quebec, Briere was a first-round selection (24th overall) by the Coyotes in the 1996 draft. He had 307 goals and 389 assists for 696 career points. Briere had 116 points (53 goals) in 124 career playoff games.