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Laila Ali, Antonio Brown Accept Variety’s Sports Personality of the Year Awards – Variety

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Boxer Laila Ali and Pittsburgh Steelers’ wide receiver Antonio Brown were honored with Sports Personality of the Year awards at Variety’s Sports Entertainment Breakfast, presented by Mercedes Benz, on Tuesday at Vibiana in downtown Los Angeles. “She is a woman of many fists, excuse me, of many firsts,” joked former New England Patriots Hall of Famer and sports analyst Willie McGinest, who presented Ali’s award. Laila Ali and Antonio Brown “When…

Globe’s sports Rolodex a treasure trove of sports history – Boston Globe

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Used a Rolodex lately? Didn’t think so. For the benefit of young folks, a Rolodex is a plastic wheel loaded with alphabetized cards that store phone numbers of people you may need to contact. Watch “Mad Men.’’ Don Draper’s secretary always flips through her Rolodex after Don asks her to reach a client. Continue reading below I’m not a Rolodex guy, but I still travel with a black leather “At-A-Glance”…

U.S. Women’s Soccer Team Stuns On ‘Sports Illustrated’ Covers: See Them All – Hollywood Life

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

The U.S. women’s national soccer team took home the World Cup — and that’s not all! Each and every athlete has her very own ‘Sports Illustrated’ cover — what a way to celebrate! See each and every one right here. Sports Illustrated just did the coolest thing ever. Considering the U.S. women’s national soccer team made history by being the first to win three Women’s World Cups, it is only…

Local swim coach banned from sport for life amid sexual misconduct allegations – My Fox Boston

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

HAVERHILL, Mass. (MyFoxBoston.com) — A popular local swim coach has been banned from the sport for life amidst allegations of sexual misconduct. FOX25 learned Matt Forrest was permanently suspended by USA Swimming, the national governing body of the sport in the United States, in mid-June. According to USA Swimming, Forrest violated the Safe Sport code of conduct in two instances.  Specifically, Forrest was found to have made “…sexual contact or…

Tony Stewart lauds driver council, urges NASCAR chairman Brian France’s … – FOXSports.com

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

As a three-time Sprint Cup Series champion, a team owner and a track owner, Tony Stewart is as qualified as any driver in NASCAR to offer a candid assessment of where the sport is making its greatest strides — and where it could stand some refinements. Stewart was asked to weigh in on this topic Tuesday during a national teleconference with members of the NASCAR media. Admitting that his primary…

5 Baseball Myths and Legends: Get the Real Story – Discovery News

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Baseball’s Hall of Fame is located in Cooperstown, New York, where legend holds that baseball was invented virtually from scratch by 20-year-old Abner Doubleday in 1839. Alas, as with so many other things in this American life, the Doubleday story is largely a matter of marketing. The Strange Truth Behind Nine Baseball Traditions At the turn of the century, baseball’s popularity was rapidly expanding. Entrepreneur Al Spalding — a former…

Masanori Murakami: Baseball’s Forgotten Pioneer – TIME

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

AP Masanori Murakami in 1964 He changed the relationship between Japan and Major League Baseball. Then what happened? More The Disappointing Reason Babe Ruth Left Baseball This Map Shows the Best and Worst Cities for Baseball Fans In baseball, not all pioneers are created equal. Some, like Jackie Robinson, are recognized immediately as formative figures whose impact reverberates forever, in the game and throughout society. Others, though, need some time…

This Week in (Dumb) Baseball: 2015 MLB All-Star game edition – CBSSports.com

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

It’s Monday, which means our regularly scheduled programming of This Week in (Dumb) Baseball is ready for consumption. As regular readers already know, this feature has the title, sure, but it’s mostly for fun— a fact that eludes the masses but remains the case. For example, if you tell me to “quit whining,” you are missing the point. I’m mostly chuckling to myself as I write these things (with some…

History in the making: Mike Trout and Bryce Harper are baseball’s best players … – NBCSports.com

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

I know they both receive plenty of attention, but while looking over the All-Star rosters it struck me that we’re seeing something truly special with Angels center fielder Mike Trout and Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper being the two best players in baseball at ages 23 and 22. Trout, the reigning MVP, leads the American League in home runs, slugging percentage, runs scored, and Wins Above Replacement at age 23….

IU baseball rotation will be boosted by Kelzer return – Indianapolis Star

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Jake Kelzer (pictured) announced his intention to return for another season at IU on Tuesday.(Photo: Courtesy photo / IU Athletics) Tags Christian Morris New York Yankees Indiana Hoosiers Chicago Cubs If Christian Morris’ departure for the pros a week ago dealt a blow to Indiana’s pitching rotation, then that wound was at least partially healed Tuesday when Jake Kelzer announced his intention to return. Kelzer, a 6-8 redshirt sophomore who…

Globe’s sports Rolodex a treasure trove of sports history – Boston Globe

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Used a Rolodex lately? Didn’t think so. For the benefit of young folks, a Rolodex is a plastic wheel loaded with alphabetized cards that store phone numbers of people you may need to contact. Watch “Mad Men.’’ Don Draper’s secretary always flips through her Rolodex after Don asks her to reach a client. Continue reading below I’m not a Rolodex guy, but I still travel with a black leather “At-A-Glance”…

National Hot Rod Races Jump to Fox Sports 1 From ESPN – Variety

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

ESPN has parted ways with the National Hot Rod Assn. in a move that ends 15 years of televising the sports organization’s Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. Starting in 2016, those events will be broadcast on Fox Sports 1. The NHRA is essentially buying out the last year of its contract with ESPN, which was slated to end in 2016. ESPN and NHRA last signed a deal in 2012, a move…

Fantasy sports site FanDuel is now worth over $1 billion – Fortune

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Daily fantasy sports sites are rapidly gaining popularity and investors are lining up to back the few industry leaders. FanDuel is the latest platform to cash in, announcing Tuesday it closed a $275 million Series E financing round. The funding is led by private equity firm KKR KKR along with Google’s GOOG growth equity arm as well as Time Warner TWX properties Time Warner Investments and Turner Sports. The Wall…

Britain’s four-time world super-middleweight champion Carl Froch has retired … – BBC Sport

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Britain’s four-time world super-middleweight champion Carl Froch has retired from boxing. The 38-year-old won 33 of his 35 fights, with 24 victories by knockout. Froch has not fought since he knocked out George Groves to retain the WBA and IBF titles in May 2014. “I have nothing left to prove and my legacy speaks for itself. I’m incredibly proud of what I…

Sports Fan Joel McHale Ready to Take Aim During ESPY Awards – ABC News

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Joel McHale has landed the ultimate gig for a serious sports fan: hosting the ESPY Awards. The actor won’t be shy about taking aim at the athletes he idolizes when he presides over the annual show honoring the year’s best sports moments. And that includes Caitlyn Jenner, who will accept the Arthur Ashe Courage Award. Before coming out as a transgender woman earlier this year, she was known as Bruce…

Would Banning Headers In Soccer Solve The Concussion Problem? – NPR

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

i Germany’s Alexandra Popp and the U.S.’s Morgan Brian collide during a World Cup semifinal in June. Both were injured, but continued to play. Brad Smith//ISI/Corbis hide caption itoggle caption Brad Smith//ISI/Corbis Germany’s Alexandra Popp and the U.S.’s Morgan Brian collide during a World Cup semifinal in June. Both were injured, but continued to play. Brad Smith//ISI/Corbis Heading the ball in soccer has been accused of causing most concussions. But…

Steve O’Donnell: NASCAR ‘definitely pleased’ with new Kentucky rules package – FOXSports.com

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Two days removed from Saturday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway and the accolades continue to pour in about the new rules package debuted during this weekend’s event. The low-downforce package put things back in the drivers’ hands, removed a good bit of the dreaded aero-push and led to more side-by-side racing in the pack throughout the event. Drivers, fans and members of the media liked what they…

Does soccer success equal MLS? Charlotte has league’s attention – Charlotte Observer

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Two major soccer events in Charlotte in the next 10 days will feature large crowds and something more: another chance to get the attention of the country’s top pro league, Major League Soccer. Wednesday, Charlotte’s Bank of American Stadium will host two CONCACAF Gold Cup soccer matches – Cuba vs. Guatemala at 6 p.m., followed by Mexico vs. Trinidad & Tobago at 8:30 p.m. Both games are on Fox Sports…

Jeff Hammond: Why NASCAR ‘fans’ should stop hatin’ on Kyle Busch – FOXSports.com

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

I really found some of the responses I got from fans interesting after the Kentucky race Saturday night when I began tweeting congratulations to Kyle Busch on his second win of the season. I was struck by the fact that some fans took great exception to me not only congratulating Kyle, but also for my belief he might actually make the Chase for the Sprint Cup. Some of these responses were…

Testicular cancer and cycling: Is there a link? – CBS News

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Cyclist Ivan Basso’s announcement that he has testicular cancer comes almost 20 years after Lance Armstrong famously battled the disease. Could two cases of testicular cancer in the world’s top cyclists be a coincidence, or does something about competitive cycling increase men’s risk of the disease? Basso said at a news conference Monday that he is withdrawing from the Tour de France after being diagnosed with testicular cancer during the…