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Texas bill would boost possible bids for All-Star Race, season-ending championship – ESPN

Friday, May 26, 2017

Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print comment AUSTIN, Texas — State lawmakers have given Texas Motor Speedway a big helping hand if the state’s premier stock-car track wants to lobby for NASCAR’s All-Star Race and season-ending championship. The Texas Legislature approved a bill Thursday that makes those two races eligible for the state’s Major Events Reimbursement Program, the same fund that is used to help attract big events such…

NASCAR’s pit crewmen, anonymous until that one-second fumble, share two traits – Charlotte Observer

Friday, May 26, 2017

NASCAR pit crew members come in all shapes and sizes, but they must be consistent in two crucial ways: Long on persistence and short on memory. It’s an odd part-time job: Train throughout the week for a series of 12-second procedures that would rival emergency rooms for urgency. Jack up the car, change tires, fine-tune the handling and fill that gas tank. If even one of these six crewmen misses…

NASCAR knows it has to innovate. But it’s not that easy – Charlotte Observer

Friday, May 26, 2017

When he was a kid, Marcus Smith would get out of school early on the Thursday before the 600-mile NASCAR race held at the racetrack his family owns in Concord. He and his brothers went to watch not only the qualifying races, but the boxing matches staged near the front stretch grandstands. “Those were my favorite,” said Smith, now the CEO of Speedway Motorsports, the company that owns Charlotte Motor…

Former Soccer Coach Arrested on Suspicion of Molesting 11-Year-Old – NBC Bay Area

Friday, May 26, 2017

A former Union City soccer coach was arrested Thursday on suspicion of molesting an 11-year-old girl, police said. Victor Jaime Juarez, 44, was arrested at his home in Union City and taken to jail on suspicion of lewd acts with a minor child and annoying or molesting a minor child, Union City police Sgt. Steven Mendez said. Juarez worked as a private girl’s youth soccer coach in Union City for…

Pulisic: US soccer has ‘so much potential’ – ESPN FC

Friday, May 26, 2017

The guys discuss the Liga MX final and salary difference in MLS, and Derek Rae discusses Americans’ success in Germany. Herculez Gomez and Mark Donaldson delve into why American players find homes in the Bundesliga more so than other leagues in Europe. Herculez Gomez doesn’t buy the idea that Christian Pulisic is the future of world football. United States international Christian Pulisic believes the future is bright for American soccer….

In e-sports, it’s the bosses who are rallying for a union – Los Angeles Times

Friday, May 26, 2017

With threats of strikes and retaliatory layoffs, and no shortage of sniping on social media, a battle last winter had the stamps of a modern-day union war. Thing is, the workers weren’t even unionized. Professional video game players fumed at their team owner for going against his word, at least that’s how they saw it. They successfully leveraged the prospect of a strike to get out of his grip. And…

Sports Tech Company Acquired After Raising $24 Million – Forbes

Friday, May 26, 2017

Krossover founder Vasu Kulkarni says his company’s exit is a pretty good sign for the sports tech world. (Photo by Grant Lamos IV/Getty Images for AWXII) Sports video analysis and statistics company Krossover has been acquired by Dallas-based Blue Star Sports, a company linked to Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and focused on building sports management software. The acquisition comes after Krossover, an eight year old company, has raised over $24 million…

Oscar De La Hoya to boxing fans: ‘Our sport might not ever recover’ from Mayweather-McGregor – Los Angeles Times

Friday, May 26, 2017

Oscar De La Hoya has penned a letter to boxing fans, urging them to turn their backs on the possible Floyd Mayweather Jr. versus Conor McGregor boxing match. As former 10-time champion De La Hoya works to promote the Sept. 16 middleweight title bout between unbeaten, three-belt champion Gennady Golovkin and Mexico’s most popular fighter, former two-division champion Canelo Alvarez, his cause has been distracted by attention on Mayweather-McGregor. That…

David Bobin death: Sky Sports News presenters pay tribute – Daily Mail

Friday, May 26, 2017

Former Sky Sports News presenter David Bobin passed away on Wednesday The presenter moved to Sky Sports in 1993 after many years on terrestrial TV  Bobin was also known for fronting the channel’s Spanish football coverage  By Glen Williams For Mailonline Published: 11:11 EDT, 26 May 2017 | Updated: 12:21 EDT, 26 May 2017 e-mail 1 View comments Former Sky Sports News presenter David Bobin passed away on Wednesday at…

VIX Hedging and College Sports – Bloomberg

Friday, May 26, 2017

VIX manipulation?! We talked on Wednesday about the CBOE Volatility Index, the VIX, which is an index of implied volatility based on S&P 500 Index stock options. The VIX is used as the reference for VIX futures and options, and we discussed a paper by John Griffin and Amin Shams of the University of Texas arguing that a monthly auction for the S&P 500 options is manipulated to influence the price of…

NASCAR’s pit crewmen, anonymous until that one-second fumble, share two traits – Charlotte Observer

Friday, May 26, 2017

NASCAR pit crew members come in all shapes and sizes, but they must be consistent in two crucial ways: Long on persistence and short on memory. It’s an odd part-time job: Train throughout the week for a series of 12-second procedures that would rival emergency rooms for urgency. Jack up the car, change tires, fine-tune the handling and fill that gas tank. If even one of these six crewmen misses…

NASCAR knows it has to innovate. But it’s not that easy – Charlotte Observer

Friday, May 26, 2017

When he was a kid, Marcus Smith would get out of school early on the Thursday before the 600-mile NASCAR race held at the racetrack his family owns in Concord. He and his brothers went to watch not only the qualifying races, but the boxing matches staged near the front stretch grandstands. “Those were my favorite,” said Smith, now the CEO of Speedway Motorsports, the company that owns Charlotte Motor…

Texas could make play for NASCAR all-star and finale races – Virginian-Pilot

Friday, May 26, 2017

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — State lawmakers have given Texas Motor Speedway a big helping hand if the state’s premier stock-car track wants to lobby for NASCAR’s All-Star race and season-ending championship. The Texas Legislature approved a bill Thursday that makes those two races eligible for the state’s Major Events Reimbursement Program, the same fund that’s used to help attract big events such as the Super Bowl, the NCAA Tournament’s Final…

Five inductees for NASCAR Hall of Fame Class of 2018 announced – FOXSports.com

Friday, May 26, 2017

Jim France, son of NASCAR founder Big Bill France and brother of Bill France Jr.,  grew up in the early years of stock car racing, living and learning every detail of the sport from his own experiences, and from his family. Joining International Speedway Corp. in 1959, Jim France worked in all phases of operations in his early years with the company. He was elected to the ISC board in…

DraftKings Rankings: Charlotte – Nascar

Friday, May 26, 2017

Rankings below are based on a mixture of expected output and DraftKings’ NASCAR salaries for that day. The ordering is not based on highest projected fantasy totals, but rather by the value of each driver. (fppk = average fantasy points per $1,000 of salary. The typical median fppk for a 2016 race was in the 3s. Plate tracks tend to be lower and short tracks tend to run higher due…

Louisville routs Notre Dame in ACC baseball tournament opener – The Courier-Journal

Friday, May 26, 2017

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Kingham’s complete game leads Baseball to 5-4 win over Kansas – TexasSports.com

Friday, May 26, 2017

Box Score | Quotes OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla.—Starting pitcher Nolan Kingham tossed a complete game and Texas Baseball defeated Kansas, 5-4, on Thursday night in game two of the Phillips 66 Big 12 Baseball Championship. With the win, the Longhorns move to 2-0 in the tournament and will face the winner of Kansas/TCU on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. The Longhorns got out to an…

Baseball: Section 1 finals previews and predictions – LoHud.com – The Journal News | LoHud.com

Friday, May 26, 2017

CLOSE x Embed x Share The Section 1 baseball finals are set after the semifinals on Wednesday, May 24, 2017. Wochit With all four Section 1 baseball finals scheduled for Saturday at Dutchess Stadium, Journal News/lohud beat writer Vin Mercogliano breaks down each matchup and offers his predictions.  PODCAST: Vin previews the Section 1 finals and suggests for the playoff format SCHEDULE: For the entire Section 1 tournament Mike Attonito of…

Baseball for the blind takes flight in Cuba – Reuters

Friday, May 26, 2017

HAVANA Yubis Zapata had to stop playing baseball when he lost his eyesight during military service due to an explosion, so for him, it is a miracle to be able to play once more, in Cuba’s growing league for the blind. Baseball has long been a national passion. The Communist-run country quickly adopted this version after it was developed in the 1990s in Italy, but it has only really caught…

‘MVP Baseball 2005’ was the best sports video game ever – SB Nation

Friday, May 26, 2017

I’m listening to “Tessie” by the Dropkick Murphys as I rack my brain for a time I was young, free of worry, and hitting baseballs up ramps with Jon Dowd because MVP Baseball 2005 was life. I’m not here to make the case that the baseball game with Manny Ramirez on the cover was the best sports game ever, because that’s a waste of time. Of course it was the…