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Student suspended for sexual misconduct claims discrimination

In June, a male student of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) filed suit against the school after he was suspended for alleged sexual misconduct. The unnamed student, identified in the complaint as “John Doe,” claims the school’s disciplinary process “was directly and indirectly designed to discriminate against male students on the basis of their sex.”

Athlete claims fertility treatments caused failed drug test

New York Giants wide receiver Golden Tate is appealing a four-game suspension after the NFL ruled he violated the league’s performance-enhancing drug policy. Tate confirmed the suspension but said he plans to appeal the ruling.

The 10-year NFL veteran says the banned substance in question was a prescribed medication he was taking after he and his wife started seeing a fertility specialist in the off-season. Tate says he discovered the drug was on the league’s banned substance list just days after he began taking it.

U.S. women's team poised to take on FIFA

There has been a lot of media attention given to the United States Women’s National Team (USWNT) before, during and after their unprecedented fourth FIFA World Cup win and second in a row. Team members have courted controversy on several fronts, notably irking President Trump in their rebuff of his invitation to visit the White House.

Challenging FIFA to pay more

Despite risks, CBD use in pro golf continues to rise

Ten years ago, few would have expected to see professional golfers sponsored by a product even tangentially related to marijuana. However, athletes across the world have discovered the benefits of CBD oil, a hemp product mostly devoid of THC. The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) removed CBD from its list of prohibited supplements in 2018 – but, as with any supplement, CBD use is not without its risks.

NCAA comes out against California bill for college athletes

The NCAA is pushing back against a bill in the California legislature that would allow college athletes to earn money for the use of their name, image or likeness beginning in 2023. In a letter to State Assembly committees, NCAA President Mark Emmert told lawmakers that if the bill passes California schools might be prohibited from competing in NCAA championships. It will be interesting to see if the NCAA follows through with its threat, as California is home to 23 schools in Division I alone. 

Athletes influence social change throughout history

Along with celebrating back-to-back World Cup wins, the U.S. national women's soccer team has also embraced its role in advocating for LGBTQ inclusion and gender equity. While other professional sports in the U.S. seem to lack openly gay players, the UWNT has become a source of pride for LGBTQ Americans. Time and time again, the team has stood together on issues of inclusiveness.

Even as the Women's World Cup champions take the world by storm, social activism in sports has existed for about as long as sport itself. Long before Colin Kaepernick took a knee during the national anthem, athletes engaged in protests at the Olympic Games and numerous other arenas. In some cases, putting their careers on the line.

Russia's continued battle with WADA

Russian athletics continue to struggle with widespread doping allegations this month, with new sanctions coming out and prominent officials recommending the country's athletics federation remain banned from global competition.

Although sports organizations in the country have made reforms to address the complaints of various anti-doping organizations over the last several years, some claim that has done nothing to change the widespread doping culture Russian sport has become.

Is your CBD oil "THC-free" as claimed? Maybe not.

Many athletes have begun turning to cannabidiol (CBD) oil as a more natural way of managing pain. However, varying levels of THC in CBD drops and vague labeling can land some in serious trouble. Although the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) permits the use of CBD, all other cannabinoids are still prohibited for athletes participating in global competitions.

World Surf League announces new anti-doping program

The World Surf League has announced a partnership with the International Surfing Association to adopt a new anti-doping program that will comply with World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Code. The decision comes just one year before professional surfing makes its Olympic debut at the Tokyo 2020 Games.

Authorities keeping a close watch for match-fixing at World Cup

Officials are on high alert for potential match-fixing at the FIFA Women’s World Cup in France. It seems with the growth in popularity the women’s league has seen in recent years, comes more attention from betters. Games in this year’s tournament are reportedly drawing millions of dollars in bets, making it a lucrative target for fixers worldwide.

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