Ray Rice

Fans hold a sign in support of Derek Jeter prior to the last game of the season against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on September 28, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

The Top 14 Sports Stories Of 2014

Our sports teams here in New York weren’t all that good this past year — except for the Rangers (and, OK, now the Islanders). Still, we found reasons — both good and bad — to keep tuning in.

12/26/2014

Ray Rice, right, and his wife Janay arrive for a hearing on Nov. 5, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Ray Rice: ‘I Made A Horrible Mistake In My Life’

“I made a horrible mistake in my life, but if you truly believe in second chances, they will forgive me,” Rice said.

12/18/2014

Robert S. Mueller III  (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

AP Sources: NFL Employees Turn Over Phone, Email Records In Rice Probe

Nearly 500 employees at NFL headquarters turned over phone and email records to investigators looking into how Roger Goodell and his staff pursued and handled evidence in the Ray Rice case.

12/17/2014

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell holds a press conference on October 8, 2014 in New York City. Goodell addressed the media at the conclusion of the annual owners meetings in the wake of a string of high-profile incidents, including the domestic violence case of Ray Rice. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

NFL Owners Approve Revamped Personal Conduct Policy

A special counsel for investigations and conduct will oversee initial discipline, Commissioner Roger Goodell said. The commissioner also may appoint a panel of independent experts to participate in deciding an appeal.

12/10/2014

Ray Rice (Credit: CBS2)

Ray Rice Becomes Free Agent As Fans Weigh In On Appeal Against NFL

Rice was already receiving plenty of support from fans in his hometown of New Rochelle Saturday morning, but others weren’t so forgiving.

11/29/2014

Former Ravens running back Ray Rice pauses during a news conference with his wife Janay on May 23, 2014. Rice spoke publicly for the first time since a domestic violence incident in February at an Atlantic City casino. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Union: Ray Rice Wins Appeal Against NFL, Ruled Immediately Eligible

Ray Rice has won the appeal of his indefinite suspension by the NFL, which has been “vacated immediately,” the players’ union said Friday.

11/28/2014

(Credit: CBS2)

Fans Weigh In On Ray Rice’s Winning Appeal Against NFL

Sports fans doing their holiday shopping in Times Square Friday weighed in on Ray Rice’s winning appeal, and as CBS2’s Matt Kozar reported, reactions were mixed.

11/28/2014

Adrian Peterson (Photo by Harry Engels/Getty Images), Roger Goodell (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images), Ray Rice (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Union Says Personal Conduct Policy Needs To Be Collectively Bargained

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and players’ union chief DeMaurice Smith were to meet Tuesday to discuss the league’s personal conduct policy.

11/25/2014

Adrian Peterson (Photo by Andy Clayton King/Getty Images)

Jared Max: Who Is Adrian Peterson? I’ll Have To Get Back To You

The usual suspects — better known as the American audience — are started to wonder: Have we judged Peterson, Ray Rice or even Roger Goodell properly? Did we go to the trigger too quickly?

11/20/2014

Ray Rice, right, and his wife Janay arrive for a hearing on Nov. 5, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Ray Rice Appeal Hearing Ends, Attorney Says He Believes Process Was Fair

A hearing for Ray Rice appealing his NFL suspension concluded Thursday after two days and testimony from the former running back and the head of the league.

11/06/2014

Ray Rice, right, and his wife Janay arrive for a hearing on Nov. 5, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Roger Goodell Testifies For 2-Plus Hours At Ray Rice Hearing

Rice spent nearly 10 hours at the hearing, which took place nearly two months after the former Pro Bowl running back was suspended indefinitely by the NFL and released by the Ravens.

11/06/2014

Ray Rice (Credit: CBS2)

Ray Rice Arrives For Appeal Hearing, Is Seeking Immediate Reinstatement

The hearing begins nearly two months after the former Pro Bowl running back was suspended indefinitely by the NFL and released by the Baltimore Ravens.

11/05/2014

Former Ravens running back Ray Rice pauses during a news conference with his wife Janay on May 23, 2014. Rice spoke publicly for the first time since a domestic violence incident in February at an Atlantic City casino. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Union: Little Cooperation From NFL, Ravens On Rice Investigation

Attorney Richard Craig Smith is now questioning the league’s sincerity in calling for transparency, saying all parties should cooperate in both investigations.

10/25/2014

Ray Rice (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images), Roger Goodell (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

NFL Commissioner Goodell Told To Testify In Ray Rice Appeal

NFL lawyers have argued that Goodell shouldn’t have to testify, and instead were offering testimony from Jeff Pash, the NFL’s general counsel, and Adolpho Birch, the NFL’s vice president for labor policy.

10/23/2014

Los Angeles Kings defenseman Slava Voynov (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Silverman: Voynov Suspension May Be PC, But NHL Did The Right Thing

Ray Rice is having an impact on the NHL. A big impact.

10/22/2014

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