(AP) — Football players at Northwestern are spearheading the formation of a first-of-its-kind union for college athletes.
Outgoing Wildcats quarterback Kain Colter joined union leaders Tuesday in Chicago to announce the creation of the College Athletes Players Association.
He says the NCAA currently dictates conditions. He says athletes need "a seat at the table" to guarantee safeguards against injuries and to ensure adequate financial compensation.
The first step is to apply for certification by the National Labor Relations Board on behalf of Northwestern football players. The hope is to be successful, then look toward other schools.
United Steelworkers official Tim Waters spoke alongside Colter. He says the key issue is whether college football players are employees. He says if they're deemed employees, they have the right to organize.
SUPER BOWL TEAMS PEPPERED WITH QUESTIONS
(AP) — Normally media day at the Super Bowl is held at the stadium in which the game will be played. Not this year. Because of the cold they have moved today's event to the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J, which is the home of the NHL Devils. This is the event in which legitimate reporters mix with all sorts of wannabe reporters who wind up asking some of the most inane questions possible.
MEDIA MEMBERS SWARM AROUND BRONCOS QUARTERBACK PEYTON MANNING DURING MEDIA DAY
AFC Champion Denver was first up with the whole thing taking up the entire morning.
(AP) — The Homeland Security Department is sending hundreds of employees to help with security at this weekend's Super Bowl.
Customs and Border Protection will screen cargo bound for MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, including stadium hotdogs, beers and souvenirs set to be sold at the game.
The Transportation Safety Administration is deploying teams of Federal Air Marshals, security screeners, behavioral detection officers and canine teams to screen people and bags headed to the game.
The Coast Guard and border protection officers will keep an eye on the waterways and airspace near the stadium, while other border protection officers and Immigration and Customs Enforcement will be watching for vendors selling knock-off NFL gear.
Homeland Security has helped with Super Bowl security since the massive agency was created more than a decade ago.
CHICO STATE'S JAZMINE MILLER IS NAMED THE CCAA PLAYER OF THE WEEK AS THE CATS GET A ROAD SWEEP OVER 14TH RANKED POMONA AND RIVAL HUMBOLDT STATE
COURTESY: RORY MILLER-CHICO STATE SPORTS INFORMATION
Every basketball team has a "go-to" player that can kick-start an offense encountering an unwelcome scoring drought. Luckily for the Chico State women's basketball team, they have several shooters that can lift the squad out of the doldrums, but one player in particular always seems to provide much-needed points on demand. Sparking the Wildcat offense is what Jazmine Miller has done nearly her entire career, and last week the senior guard once again filled up the hoop with a pair of double-digit scoring performances as the 'Cats posted huge road wins over Cal Poly Pomona and Humboldt State. Miller's efforts were significant enough that she has been named California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Player of the Week for the week of Jan. 20-26.
Tuesday's announcement marks the second time in the last three weeks that Miller has earned conference Player of the Week honors.
All told, Miller averaged 17.5 points a game, connecting on five 3-pointers and going 10-for-12 from the free throw line. In addition to being the Wildcats' top scorer in both contests, the Fairfield native also contributed a combined 13 rebounds, seven assists and two steals as Chico State extended its current winning streak to three and jumped back into the heart of the CCAA postseason race.
Thursday against Cal Poly Pomona, Miller hit three 3-pointers and finished with 17 points plus six assists in the 'Cats' convincing 85-73 victory over the No. 14 Broncos. Saturday versus Humboldt State, three late buckets by Miller – including a key 3-pointer – helped the Wildcat wipe out a 12-point deficit midway through the second half to record a come-from-behind 69-66 win over the host Lumberjacks.
Miller is currently averaging a team-high 13.4 points a game and is 12th among CCAA players in scoring. She alsoranks third in the conference in free throw percentage (86.2 percent) and sixth in 3-pointers. Miller, who earlier in January became just the 10th player in the program's history with 1,000 career points, needs just eight points to move past Michelle Pietka and into ninth place on the Wildcats' all-time scoring list.
Miller and the Wildcats are back at Acker Gym this weekend, hosting Sonoma State on Friday and San Francisco State on Saturday.
UNBEATEN RECORD ON THE LINE TONIGHT FOR SHOCKERS
(AP) — Fourth-ranked Wichita State puts its unbeaten record on the line tonight with a home game against Loyola of Chicago. The Shockers start the night with a record of 21-0. The Ramblers out of Chicago are 8-12. The last time these schools met in men's basketball was during the 1989-90 season when the Shockers, who lead the series 18-9, won.
In the lone game tonight involving two ranked schools, seventh-ranked Michigan State is at No. 15 Iowa. The Spartans of MSU are 18-2 while Iowa is 16-4.
Completing tonight's schedule of games, 11th-ranked Kentucky is at LSU and 20th-ranked Creighton is entertaining St. John's.
WARRIORS WELCOME THE WIZARDS TO ROARACLE
(AP) — It's a seven-game schedule in the NBA this evening. The Eastern Conference leading Indiana Pacers have a game on the West Coast as they are facing the Lakers in Staples Center. The Pacers lead the East and the Central Division with 34 wins against nine defeats. The Lakers are well below .500 and have lost their last four straight.
The Southwest Division leading Spurs are facing the in-state rival and second-place Rockets in Houston. The Spurs top the Rockets, who have lost two straight, by five games.
Portland can gain some ground on idle Oklahoma City in the Northwest Division. The red-hot Thunder won their eighth straight last night and in doing upped their lead over the Blazers to 2 ½ games. The Blazers are facing the Grizzlies this evening in Portland.
The Golden State Warriors can also gain some ground in their battle with the Clippers for first place in the Pacific Division. L.A. has the night off and a four-game lead over the Warriors. This evening. Golden State is home to Washington.
The remaining games this evening feature the Cavaliers at home to the Pelicans and Orlando at Detroit.