Photo by Seyit Aydogan/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images(TORONTO) -- What do you get for the basketball player who has everything? A complete set of the most popular sneaker line in the world.
Michael Jordan's Jordan Brand honored retiring Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant with a full set of the Air Jordan line. In what the brand called a "one-of-a-kind gift," President Larry Miller gave Bryant a full set of Air Jordans -- versions one through 30 -- in white.
Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images(KNOXVILLE, Tenn.) -- Peyton Manning's name is in the spotlight again, but not for his Super Bowl victory or his potential retirement. Manning's name comes up in a lawsuit filed by multiple women against the University of Tennessee, Manning's alma mater.
The Tennessean first reported on the lawsuit and Manning's involvement. The report indicates that the women say the school violated Title IX regulations and created a "hostile sexual environment."
The lawsuit argues that school policies made students more vulnerable to sexual assault, and that the response to incidents forced women to suffer additional harassment. The suit also says that the university interfered with the disciplinary process in a way that favored male athletes.
One of the incidents mentioned in the lawsuit involves an accusation against Manning from 1996. Dr. Jamie Naughright, then an athletic trainer for the school, accused Manning of placing his genitals on her face while she was examining him for a possible injury. Manning has denied that he sexually assaulted Naughright, saying instead that he was "mooning" a teammate.
Manning and Naughright eventually reached a legal settlement, with Naughright leaving the university. The quarterback later wrote an autobiography in which he claimed Naughright had a "vulgar" mouth and described her in a negative light.
There have been a number of sexual assault complaints against University of Tennessee athletes in recent years, including a pair who were indicted on aggravated rape charges in February 2015.
Photo by Toni L. Sandys/ The Washington Post via Getty Images(HAMPTON, Va.) -- Hampton University makes history Saturday, hosting its first varsity lacrosse game against Division II Roberts Wesleyan College.
Hampton becomes the 70th NCAA Division I program with a men's lacrosse team -- and the first Historically Black College or University to field a lacrosse team since Morgan State University in 1981. The Morgan State team competed at the Division II level, however, making Hampton the first HBCU school with a Division I men's lacrosse team.
ESPN broadcast its SportsCenter on the Road from Hampton's Armstrong Stadium Saturday morning.
The Hampton head coach, Lloyd Carter, played on the Morgan State team in 1981. He was previously the coach of Hampton's club lacrosse team.
Photo by Alessandro Della Bella/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Former Secretary General of FIFA, the international governing body for the sport of soccer, was banned from involvement in all soccer-related activities for a minimum of 12 years by FIFA's Ethics Committee on Friday.
In a media release, FIFA said that Jérôme Valcke was found to have encouraged a sports marketing firm to gain an undue advantage by selling World Cup tickets, traveled at FIFA's expense purely for sightseeing reasons, and choose private flights for his trips, instead of commercial flights, with no business reason for doing so.
FIFA says Valcke failed to act in the best interests of the organization and "caused considerable financial damage to FIFA." Additionally, FIFA claims that Valcke's "private and personal interests detracted him from his ability to properly perform his duties as the Secretary General of FIFA."
Valcke also apparently attempted to grant television and media rights for the next two World Cups to a third party for a fee well below market value, as well as attempting to obstruct proceedings against him. FIFA claims he deleted or attempted to delete several files and folders relevant to FIFA's investigation against him.
LUCY NICHOLSON/AFP/Getty Images(SPRINGFIELD, Mass.) -- Shaquille O'Neal and Allen Iverson lead a group of 14 chosen Friday as finalists for induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
The class also includes WNBA champion Sheryl Swoopes, three-time NBA All-Star and Mayor of Sacramento Kevin Johnson, as well as a number of successful coaches. Michigan State University head man Tom Izzo, former head coach at the University of Maryland Charles "Lefty" Driesell, Notre Dame women's basketball coach Muffet McGraw, former Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan and former Oklahoma State head coach Eddie Sutton are also among the finalists.
Other finalists include 27-year NBA referee Darell Garretson, the first African-American coach in a professional basketball league John McLendon, successful high school coaches Robert Hughes and Leta Andrews, and 10-time AAU National Champions Wayland Baptist University.
Also nominated, through the Direct Elect International Committee was former Houston Rockets center Yao Ming.
The induction class of 2016 will be announced on April 4. Induction requires a candidate to receive 18 of 24 votes from the Honors Committee. Enshrinement will take place on the second weekend of September.
Rob Foldy/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Major League Baseball has issued its first lifetime ban over performance-enhancing drugs after New York Mets pitcher Jenrry Mejia had his third positive drug test in a year.
MLB made the decision Friday, saying the 26-year-old would also be suspended from minor league baseball, after the 26-year-old tested positive for Boldenone.
"We were deeply disappointed to hear that Jenrry has again violated Major League Baseball's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program," said a statement from the Mets. "We fully support MLB's policy toward eliminating performance enhancing substances from the sport. As per the Joint Drug Program, we will have no further comment on this suspension."
Mejia was already under suspension for testing positive for Stanozolol and Boldenone in July and had 99 games of his 162-game suspension left. He had previously been suspended in April for 80 games after a positive test for Stanozolol.
Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The crumb rubber on some turf fields will now be subjected to a federal investigation after health concerns were raised surrounding the small rubber shreds used as artificial turf.
On Friday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), and the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced a federal plan to study recycled tire crumbs used on playing fields.
According to a statement on the EPA's website, the Federal Research Action Plan will include multiple research studies and the agencies hope to release a report of the findings by late 2016.
"Today’s launch of a coordinated effort among the leading federal health and safety agencies to research the safety of recycled tire crumb is a significant first step to providing parents with the answers they deserve," said a statement from CPSC on Friday. "EPA, CDC, and CPSC are working together to end the uncertainty regarding whether it is safe for our children to play on fields and playgrounds that use crumb rubber and provide guidance that is clear, practical and reliable."
Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., who helped lead the effort in calling for a federal investigation into the crumb rubber, said Friday he was "pleased" with the plan.
"With millions of children and young athletes playing on artificial turf and playgrounds made from crumb rubber, Americans deserve to know whether the decisions they make today pose long-term health dangers," he said.
The crumb rubber has concerned athletes with some saying the pellets can easily get into their mouths and eyes, leaving questions about the possible health effects.
The video was taped when the Golden State Warriors visited the White House on Thursday, Feb. 4.
It's not the first time the first lady has looked to go viral with a video promoting healthy food. In October of 2014 the White House posted a Vine of her dancing with a 'Turnip' to the tune of Lil Jon's 'Turn Down For What' that has generated more than 48 million loops.
ABCNews.com(NEW YORK) -- Tim Tebow visited Good Morning America to talk about “Night to Shine,” an unforgettable prom night experience for people with special needs that is sponsored by his Tim Tebow Foundation.
Night to Shine is taking place in more than 200 host churches in 48 states and around the world this Valentine's Day weekend, giving teens with special needs who are 16 or older their own prom with red carpets, paparazzi and dancing.
“My inspiration was when I was 15 years old and I was at a school in a remote village in the Philippines and there was a boy who was shunned out of the event because his feet were on backwards, and what we want to do is fight for the people who can’t fight for themselves. That’s what it’s all about.” Tebow explained.
“It’s about people with special needs, it’s about giving them a voice, it is about celebrating them, it is about loving them and letting them know that their lives matter and that they are special, and giving them the time of their life.”
Last year’s Night to Shine event was actually Tebow’s first prom experience in his life. He was home-schooled through high school but was able to play football with a local school in Fort Lauderdale.