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Column: After a memorable Series, baseball must come clean – USA TODAY

Monday, October 30, 2017

Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig rounds the bases after a two-run home run against the Houston Astros during the ninth inning of Game 5 of baseball’s World Series Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)(Photo: The Associated Press) Without a doubt, this World Series has been a whole lotta fun. Assuming you can stay awake. The two best teams on the biggest stage, throwing nothing but haymakers night…

Baseball’s Growth Can Provide Template for American Unity – Sports Illustrated

Monday, October 30, 2017

“Love is the most important thing in the world, but baseball is pretty good, too,” Yogi Berra once quipped. As the leaves change colors, the air becomes crisp, and the Dodgers and Astros prepare for a critical Game 5, I can’t help but agree with Yogi. Baseball is pretty good, even if it is as much a work in progress as America’s experiment in democracy. On the field, the game…

Baseball, Manfred strike out on Gurriel’s delayed suspension – Los Angeles Times

Monday, October 30, 2017

The racist gesture made by the Houston Astros’ Yuli Gurriel toward the Dodgers’ Yu Darvish on Friday night called for somebody in power to swing for the fences. Instead, baseball bunted. After a nation witnessed Gurriel tugging on the corners of his eyes while using an ethnic slur about Darvish, Commissioner Rob Manfred needed to make a powerful statement Saturday that included an immediate suspension. Instead, he offered words backed…

Alshon Jeffery charges the mound in Eagles’ latest baseball celebration – SB Nation

Monday, October 30, 2017

The Philadelphia Eagles have evolved their initial baseball group celebration against the 49ers. After an Alshon Jeffery touchdown against the 49ers, the wideout once again pretended to participate in a baseball celebration. Jeffery was the batter this time and got hit by a Zach Ertz pitch. Jeffery then pretended to charge the mound, as baseball players sometimes do. Next time, Ertz should probably pretend to square up since baseball players…

Was this last-second NASCAR crash at Martinsville ‘dirty?’ You be the judge. – Charlotte Observer

Monday, October 30, 2017

You won’t get a clear answer one way or the other on this one. With four laps to go in Sunday’s NASCAR race at Martinsville Speedway, Chase Elliott had the lead. All he had to do was go four more laps as he had all afternoon, and he’d win. It would be his first-ever Cup Series win, but perhaps more importantly, it would have earned him an automatic berth to…

Kyle Busch to race for NASCAR title after Martinsville victory – Chicago Tribune

Monday, October 30, 2017

There should be no confusion about the intensity of NASCAR’s playoffs after Sunday’s show at Martinsville Speedway. Chase Elliott could have won, same for Brad Keselowski, and Denny Hamlin, too. It was Kyle Busch, though, who punched his ticket into NASCAR’s championship race with a victory in overtime of a race that turned wild very, very quickly and ended with a multicar accident after Busch took the checkered flag. Busch…

Justin Verlander among World Series pitchers who think ball feels different – ESPN

Monday, October 30, 2017

8:43 PM ET Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print comment HOUSTON — Justin Verlander threw 17 sliders in Game 2 of the World Series last Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium. Only one of those pitches produced a swing-and-miss, leading the Houston Astros ace to suspect something might be amiss. Verlander isn’t alone. A new controversy gripped baseball Sunday when Sports Illustrated published a report in which players and coaches…

Baseball’s Growth Can Provide Template for American Unity – Sports Illustrated

Monday, October 30, 2017

“Love is the most important thing in the world, but baseball is pretty good, too,” Yogi Berra once quipped. As the leaves change colors, the air becomes crisp, and the Dodgers and Astros prepare for a critical Game 5, I can’t help but agree with Yogi. Baseball is pretty good, even if it is as much a work in progress as America’s experiment in democracy. On the field, the game…

Baseball, Manfred strike out on Gurriel’s delayed suspension – Los Angeles Times

Monday, October 30, 2017

The racist gesture made by the Houston Astros’ Yuli Gurriel toward the Dodgers’ Yu Darvish on Friday night called for somebody in power to swing for the fences. Instead, baseball bunted. After a nation witnessed Gurriel tugging on the corners of his eyes while using an ethnic slur about Darvish, Commissioner Rob Manfred needed to make a powerful statement Saturday that included an immediate suspension. Instead, he offered words backed…

Alshon Jeffery charges the mound in Eagles’ latest baseball celebration – SB Nation

Monday, October 30, 2017

The Philadelphia Eagles have evolved their initial baseball group celebration against the 49ers. After an Alshon Jeffery touchdown against the 49ers, the wideout once again pretended to participate in a baseball celebration. Jeffery was the batter this time and got hit by a Zach Ertz pitch. Jeffery then pretended to charge the mound, as baseball players sometimes do. Next time, Ertz should probably pretend to square up since baseball players…

Baseball’s anthem kneeler arrested for pointing gun at woman – New York Post

Monday, October 30, 2017

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Saudi Arabia to Allow Women at Three Sports Stadiums – NBCNews.com

Monday, October 30, 2017

Saudi Arabia will open three sports stadiums to women next year, authorities announced Sunday. he Saudi General Sports Authority said on Twitter that stadiums in three cities — Riyadh, Jeddah and Damman — “will be ready to accommodate families from early 2018,” according to a translation by Agence France-Presse. The announcement comes one month after the ultra-conservative country’s interior ministry issued a decree allowing women to drive next year. Related:…

Saudi Arabia to let women into sports stadiums – CNN

Monday, October 30, 2017

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Kyle Busch wins in thrilling wreck-filled finish | 2017 MARTINSVILLE – FOXSports.com

Monday, October 30, 2017

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Battles over music and sports streaming dominate high court – The Guardian

Monday, October 30, 2017

The legal battle against music piracy and the illegal streaming of top-flight football such as Premier League matches dominates cases in the high court, an analysis shows. Football and music bodies were the top three claimants last year, bringing almost 300 cases against pirates in the ongoing battle to protect the value of the multi-billion pound industries. More than 100 cases were brought by the music licensing and performance rights…

Gay Players Are Coming Out In A Major Sports Video Game – Kotaku

Monday, October 30, 2017

This year’s edition of Football Manager, one of the biggest sports game series on the planet, is going to allow its virtual players to come out. If you’re unfamiliar with the series, it’s a management/spreadsheet game that puts the player in control of a football club, letting them run everything from game tactics to merchandise sales. Advertisement In FM2018, fictional players that the game generates itself—in order to replace actual…

PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics Are Just Around the Corner … – NBCNews.com

Sunday, October 29, 2017

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — South Korea is preparing to welcome the world, with Wednesday marking 100 days until the start of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics. Here are 18 things to know about the Games: 1. The Olympic flame will begin making its way around South Korea this week. The relay’s theme is “Let Everyone Shine,” and about 7,500 torchbearers will participate. Along its path to PyeongChang, the torch will…

NASCAR: Insane Martinsville race ends with Kyle Busch win and massive last-lap wreck – Charlotte Observer

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Mangled cars were strewn across the track, drivers were shouting at each other from inches apart, and there was Kyle Busch, squeezing through all the chaos and across the finish line. The easy takeaway to be gleaned from the insanity at Martinsville is that Busch has punched his ticket to Homestead, where he’ll race for a NASCAR Cup Series championship for the third consecutive year. But the rest of it…

DI Men’s Soccer Committee reveals top 10 ranking – NCAA.com

Sunday, October 29, 2017

INDIANAPOLIS — As the 2017 college soccer regular season winds down and with conference tournaments approaching, the NCAA Division I Men’s Soccer Committee announced its top 10 ranking during the ESPNU telecast of Indiana vs. Michigan State on Sunday, Oct. 29. Using the selection criteria and results through games played on Oct. 22, Wake Forest is the top-ranked team in the nation with a record of 15-1-0. The…

NASCAR Playoffs Round of 8 at Martinsville preview: TV schedule, live stream, stage lengths – CBSSports.com

Sunday, October 29, 2017

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series heads to Martinsville Speedway for the first race in the playoffs Round of 8. Point values have been reset as Martin Truex Jr. leads the way. Not far behind Truex is Kyle Busch, Brad Keselowski and Kevin Harvick above the cutline for the Championship 4. Jimmie Johnson, Denny Hamlin, Ryan Blaney and Chase Elliott round out the remaining playoff contenders. On Sunday, Keselowski will…