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LESBIAN BASKETBALL PLAYERS SUE PEPPERDINE

Two basketball players sued Pepperdine University this week, alleging that their coach and their academic advisor harassed and discriminated against them on the basis of their sexual orientation and the perception that they were in a relationship with each other. The lawsuit filed by Haley Videckis and Layana White maintains that the conduct of these university officials amounts to violations of Title IX and their constitutional rights to privacy.andnbsp;The complaint provides examples of the conduct of head women Ryan Weisenberg that are reminiscent of Jennifer Harris's case against Penn State and Rene Portland back in 2006. He and the academic advisor allegedly made repeated inquiries into the dating and sexual habits of the two players, and also asked other players whether"Hayley and Layana are dating." He is quoted as stating, "Lesbianism is not tolerated on this team," which the players perceived as a threat toandnbsp; pull their scholarships. Both players are apparently benched at t [Read More]

published December 13, 2014 at 6:20pm EST


SOCCER STAR BRANDI CHASTAIN TALKS CAPITAL ONE CUP AND MORE

Every young girl wants someone to believe in herandnbsp;and give herandnbsp;a chance, especially in sports. And sometimes when girlsandnbsp;have that opportunity, they leave the entire nation on their feet applauding. Brandi Chastain and her teammates severely altered womenandrsquo;s sports and its impact on the world at the 1999 Womenandrsquo;s World Cup. Now, Chastain is thriving in her ability to create these same opportunities for other girls. Chastain is now a sports commentator, as well as being involved in numerous nonprofit opportunities, such as the Capital One Cup, awarded at the ESPYandrsquo;s in July. Chastain took the time to talk to Pretty Tough about the Capital One Cup, the Womenandrsquo;s College Cup, the USAandrsquo;s group for the 2015 Womenandrsquo;s World Cup, and how these coincide for the betterment of female athletics. andnbsp; GA: You are currently on the advisor board for the Capital One Cup, a prestigious award based on the hard work, determination, and commitment to excell [Read More]

published December 11, 2014 at 6:41pm EST


SIX-DAY OLD BASKETBALL SEASON FEATURES MORE UPENDINGS

Upsets:#10 surprised #6 Stanford in overtime, 87-81.Mississippi State dropped #17 West Virginia, 74-61.More results:Pitt routed Michigan, 85-64, and set a school record in the process: a team-high 13 three-point shots.Auburn edged FGCU, 72-69.James Madison survived American, 69-65. They are 3-0.Arkansas fought off Middle Tennessee State, 58-51. They're 3-0.St. John's outlasted Florida, 72-66.Virginia topped Xavier, 71-62, behind Faith Randolph's 26 points.Ole Miss thumped Southern, 91-68. They are 3-0.Creighton beat Utah, 64-56.Toledo took down St. Bonaventure, 64-58.Full scoreboard.More news:The story of Mount St. Joseph's Lauren Hill, suffering from inoperable brain cancer, has impacted the Lady Vols.Oklahoma will honor Stacey Dales at Friday's home game.Junior forward Kali Peschel gives Iowa another weapon.A big decision awaits former BYU star Jennifer Hamson.Elena Delle Donne will be a goodwill ambassador for an NBA development league team.Bonus:Women's basketball figures speak out [Read More]

published November 20, 2014 at 11:59pm EST


PAC-12 BASKETBALL PREVIEW: OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

This is the twelfth in an annual 12-part series previewing the Pac-12 teams for the upcoming season.The good news for Oregon State is the bad news for everyone else: the team that roared to a 24-11 record, tied for second place in the Pac-12, played for the conference tournament championship and made it to the NCAA Tournament's second round last season is the only team in the Pac that returns all five starters this year.Sophomore guard Sydney Wiese and#40;14.3 points, 4 assists per gameand#41;, junior guard Jamie Wiesner and#40;12.5 points, 5.3 rebounds per gameand#41;, junior center Ruth Hamblin and#40;9.5 points, 8.5 rebounds, 4 blocks per gameand#41;, senior guard Ali Gibson and#40;9 points per gameand#41; and junior forward Deven Hunter and#40;8.8 points, 7.4 rebounds per gameand#41; are all back, as are four reserves. Three promising newcomers round out a solid roster that already has both players and coaches chomping at the bit to begin play.andldquo;Weandrsquo;re excited for the upcoming season," fifth [Read More]

published October 31, 2014 at 5:17pm EDT


NCAA SOCCER – AAC + AMERICA EAST TOURNAMENT PREVIEW

AAC Weighted Total Shot Ratio and#40;MAX 2.00and#41; 1.32 andndash; and#40;1and#41; UCF 1.26 andndash; and#40;6and#41; Cincinnati 1.24 andndash; and#40;3and#41; South Florida 1.21 andndash; and#40;4and#41; UConn 1.17 andndash; and#40;2and#41; Memphis 0.93 andndash; and#40;8and#41; Temple 0.88 andndash; and#40;5and#41; Tulsa 0.79 andndash; and#40;7and#41; East Carolina 0.57 andndash; and#40;9and#41; SMU 0.52 andndash; and#40;10and#41; Houston Schedule and#40;WTSR difference in parentheses by home side/higher seedand#41; AAC Tournament First Round and#40;10/31and#41; and#40;7and#41; East Carolina and#40;+0.27and#41; vs and#40;10and#41; Houston andndash; 2:00 PM and#40;8and#41; Temple and#40;+0.36and#41; vs and#40;9and#41; SMU andndash; 4:30 PM AAC Tournament Quarterfinals and#40;11/02and#41; and#40;1and#41; UCF vs TBA and#40;2and#41; Memphis vs TBA and#40;3and#41; South Florida and#40;-0.02and#41; vs and#40;6and#41; Cincinnati and#40;4and#41; UConn and#40;+0.33and#41; vs and#40;5and#41; Tulsa AAC Tournament Semi-Finals and#40;11/07and#41; TBA vs TBA TBA vs TBA AAC Tournament Final and#40;11/09and#41; TBA vs TBA Quick [Read More]

published October 31, 2014 at 2:08am EDT


PAC-12 BASKETBALL PREVIEW: THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, LOS ANGELES

This is the eleventh in an annual 12-part series previewing the Pac-12 teams for the upcoming season.The UCLA Bruins were hitting their stride in 2012-2013, coach Cori Close's second season. They knocked off Cal in the Pac-12 Tournament semifinals to play for the championship. After that they went on to the NCAA Tournament, where they went to the second round before bowing out.Then prior to the following season, down went four players: forward Kacy Swain, guard Kari Korver, and two of the incoming freshmen, Paulina Hersler and Savanna Trapp. This came on the heels of losing three of their starters and top scorers. The Bruins struggled, finishing the year 13-18 and 7-11 in conference play for eighth place. After a first-round loss in the Pac-12 Tournament, their season was done.But throughout the tough times, there was always a flicker of promise in the background. This season, they are here - the number one 2014 recruiting class in the country, aka UCLA's big freshmen: #6 Jordin Canada [Read More]

published October 29, 2014 at 11:38pm EDT


ONE WEEK TO STANFORD BASKETBALL

So it is one week until we get a Stanford Womenandrsquo;s basketball preview. Stanford opens its exhibition season against Vanguard. Many, many questions are floating around this yearandrsquo;s team. This will be the first time in six years without an Ogwumike, so how will Hall of Fame coach Tara VanDerveer adjust?Much has been made by the surprise announcement that VanDerveer is scrapping her beloved triangle offense in favor of screens. She made her point with a classic andldquo;Tara-ismandrdquo; telling anyone over 6andrsquo;3 that andldquo;their new middle name is screen.andrdquo; She says she wants to free up senior guard Amber Orrange and soph guard Lili and#40;Lee-Leeand#41; Thompson.Still, the Pac-12 coaches picked Stanford to win the conference and#40;which C and R thought for sure Cal would have a lock on the preseason voteand#41;. The coaches claimed they werenandrsquo;t fooled by the andldquo;we donandrsquo;t have an Ogwumike or a returning All-Americaandrdquo; and andldquo;we are playing a whole new offe [Read More]

published October 26, 2014 at 7:18pm EDT


FORMER COLLEGE ATHLETES SUING TELEVISION BROADCAST STATIONS

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published October 16, 2014 at 3:10pm EDT


PAC-12 WOMEN'S BASKETBALL PREVIEW: THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA - BERKELEY

This is the third in an annual 12-part series previewing the Pac-12 teams for the upcoming season.This is Cal coach Lindsay Gottlieb's fourth season at the helm of the program, which has been punctuated so far by the Bears' trip to the 2013 Final Four. But this year may be the most challenging yet for the East coast native and her team, as personnel have become fewer and younger. Gone is Afure Jemerigbe and#40;12.1 points per gameand#41;, Gennifer Brandon and#40;8.2 points, 8.5 rebounds per gameand#41;, Hind Ben Abdelkader and#40;4.9 points per gameand#41; and Mikayla Lyles and#40;4.2 points per gameand#41;, leaving ten players on this season's roster.That slate includes four seniors, three sophomores and three freshmen - a youthful team not unlike the one Gottlieb inherited her first year in Berkeley. These Bears are all hers, however, having played for her their entire careers, or transferring to play for her.A light roster means no one can take a night off. The young group will also have to learn f [Read More]

published October 14, 2014 at 12:39am EDT


COMPARING UNIVERSITIES' RESPONSE TO CHARGES OF SEXUAL ASSAULT -- WHAT A DIFFERENCE A YEAR MAKES?

Last week, the day after he came off the bench to lead the University of Florida to a 10-9 victory over Tennessee, quarterback Treon Harris was accused of sexually assaulting a female student on campus in the early morning of Sunday, October 5.andnbsp; The following day, the University announced that campus and local police were working together to investigate forensic evidence, and that it was suspending Harris from the team in the meanwhile. Citing "no tolerance" for sexual assault, University president Bernie Machen vowed that student safety was the institution's top priority.andnbsp; But last Friday, Harris's accuser withdrew her complaint.andnbsp; The university reinstated Harris and he is expected to be back on the field this weekend.andnbsp; Meanwhile, 150 miles away in Tallahassee, Florida State is struggling to get a handle on its own controversy arising from allegations of its quarterback's sexual assault controversy. This week Fox Sports News reported on evidence seeming to suggest [Read More]

published October 14, 2014 at 10:48am EDT