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Sports are not war – Al Jazeera America

Sunday, November 08, 2015

Unsurprisingly, 9/11 kicked the entire enterprise into high gear as a pervasive, nationalistic schlock-piety crept into every corner of American life, beginning with the rescheduling of the September 16 and 17 NFL games following the attacks. Military flyover and honor guards became obligatory, Gen. David Petraeus performed the Super Bowl coin toss, and even a Fox Sports pre-game show broadcasted live from Bagram Air Base, the anchors dressed in —…

Jackson’s Janet Marie Smith a true baseball hero – Jackson Clarion Ledger

Sunday, November 08, 2015

Janet Marie Smith of Jackson is leading a renovation of 63-year-old Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. As an architect and designer, Smith has become one of the game’s most valuable assets.(Photo: Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers) She has never hit a curve ball or stolen a base. Never made a diving catch or turned a double play. But Janet Marie Smith, who grew up in Jackson and is a proud member of…

It really was the ‘Year of Missouri’ in baseball TV business – STLtoday.com

Sunday, November 08, 2015

Missouri truly was the baseball state in television consumption of the sport this year. St. Louis led the way nationally in ratings for the World Series among markets outside those of the competing teams. Nielsen says 17.2 percent of homes in the market tuned in to the five-game event in which Kansas City beat the New York Mets and was televised by Fox. KC led the way, with a massive…

The Current-Argus Pick Six: Baseball movies – Carlsbad Current-Argus

Sunday, November 08, 2015

A baseball field at the Bob Forrest Youth Sports Complex in Carlsbad.(Photo: Maddy Hayden – Current-Argus) Baseball season is over and the Kansas City Royals are champions, but that does not mean you can’t enjoy America’s pastime. Here are some baseball movie suggestions from the Current-Argus to get you out of the “pickle” that is the offseason. The Sandlot (1993) Every World Series player starts out playing baseball in his…

Athletics doping: London 2012 medallists ‘suspected cheats’ – BBC Sport

Sunday, November 08, 2015

London 2012 medallists are among suspected Russian drugs cheats who escaped bans when bribes were allegedly paid to the heads of world athletics. The Sunday Times  claims it has obtained a list of eight athletes who officials recommended should be banned in 2011. But it is alleged Lamine Diack, then head of athletics’ world governing body the IAAF, and Dr Gabriel Dolle, the…

New UK sports strategy aims to attract physically inactive people to support roles – The Independent

Sunday, November 08, 2015

Britain’s first sports strategy in 13 years will aim to get physically inactive people involved in support roles, such as preparing pitches, and help disaffected young people by highlighting initiatives such as police running football clubs.  A New Strategy for Sport is about to be drafted and will be published before Christmas. A consultation, launched in August, has attracted more than 3,000 submissions.  The previous strategy, from 2002, has been…

The Godfathers of Sports Betting – Daily Beast

Sunday, November 08, 2015

On Super Bowl Sunday of 1985, the FBI raided 43 locations across 16 states in an attempt to take down the Computer Group, maybe the most successful gambling syndicate of all-time. A round of follow-up indictments based on some off-kilter assumptions was all it took for the bane of sportsbooks everywhere to close up shop. Anyone with any money tied to the daily fantasy sports (DFS) industry—especially the people implicated…

Baseball’s battle between scouting and analytics continues – The Boston Globe

Sunday, November 08, 2015

The general managers meetings take place this coming week in Boca Raton, Fla., and we’ll see, in person, the changing face of baseball front offices. Formulas, calculations, models, concepts, and projections have overshadowed in some cases instincts and scouting. Smart has replaced street smart. Continue reading below This is baseball 2015, except in Kansas City and San Francisco, the homes of the last two World Series champions, where traditional baseball…

Hank Aaron helps Negro Leagues Baseball Museum celebrate 25th anniversary – Kansas City Star

Sunday, November 08, 2015

An 18-year-old Hank Aaron boarded a bus in Mobile, Ala., in 1952 bound for Indianapolis, where he’d join the Clowns of the Negro Leagues. Aaron didn’t even own a change of clothes, traveled with only a small bag and had $2.50 in his pocket. “You have start somewhere,” Aaron said Saturday at Bartle Hall, where he was the guest speaker during the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum’s 25th Anniversary Gala, “and…

Sports TV/radio for Nov. 8-10 – Springfield News-Leader

Sunday, November 08, 2015

Buy Photo File Art(Photo: News-Leader)Buy Photo Today Auto Racing FIM MotoGP: Grand Prix at Valencia Spain, 6:30 a.m. – Fox Sports One NASCAR: Sprint Cup Series, the AAA Texas 500, at Fort Worth, Texas, 1 p.m. – NBC Figure Skating ISU: Grand Prix of Figure Skating, Beijing, China (tape delay), 11 a.m. – NBC Basketball NBA: Phoenix at Oklahoma City, 6 p.m. – Fox Sports Midwest Plus Football NFL: Regional…

Hockey HOFer Angela Ruggiero always wanted to elevate game – Detroit Free Press

Saturday, November 07, 2015

Last SlideNext Slide Angela Ruggiero is the fourth woman to make the Hall of Fame, following Cammi Granato, Angela James and Geraldine Heaney.(Photo: Bruce Bennett Getty Images) She was in the middle of preparing for it when her cell phone rang. The speech. It was shortly after 6 p.m. on a recent Thursday, and Angela Ruggiero was about to pursue an enormous challenge, somehow condensing a lifetime of gratitude into…

NASCAR at Texas 2015: Start Time, Ticket Info, Lineup, TV Schedule and More – Bleacher Report

Saturday, November 07, 2015

With three races left in the Chase for the Sprint Cup, wrecks, suspensions and more take center stage as the series heads to Texas Motor Speedway for Sunday’s AAA Texas 500.  It’s been an odd Chase thus far, with big names like Jimmie Johnson eliminated despite having won this race the past three times. Maybe the most important storyline around was Jeff Gordon getting his first win of the season…

Gossip column: Wenger, Mourinho, Sterling, Van Gaal, Ronaldo – BBC News

Saturday, November 07, 2015

For a list of all the latest deals, check out the transfers page. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said he was “a bit angry” when he discovered the club had let Tottenham striker Harry Kane, 22, leave as an 11-year-old. (Independent)  Liverpool and Arsenal face competition from Serie A club Napoli for the signature of Real Madrid forward Jese, 22. (AS…

Payouts for college athletes from EA Sports lawsuit to be distributed soon – USA TODAY

Saturday, November 07, 2015

Sam Keller is one of several former athletes who spearheaded a lawsuit against the NCAA, EA Sports and a college licensing company.(Photo: Matthew Stockman, Getty Images) A legal agreement reached late Friday night means current and former college athletes who are entitled to shares of the $60 million in settlements related to use of their names, images and likenesses in video games could begin seeing checks within about 60 days,…

Massachusetts lottery looks into daily fantasy sports game – Boston Herald

Saturday, November 07, 2015

BOSTON — The Massachusetts Lottery is considering developing a daily fantasy sports game as the online competitions have exploded in popularity — and faced increased scrutiny about their legality. Michael Sweeney, the lottery’s executive director, said exploring options amid such games’ legal ambiguity is necessary if state lotteries are to remain viable in a changing gambling landscape. “Until such time as it becomes absolutely clear that this is illegal, we…

NASCAR driver code remains in garage, but where is the line on track? – USA TODAY

Saturday, November 07, 2015

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Putin’s Sports Network Goes Live – Wall Street Journal

Saturday, November 07, 2015

ENLARGE Moscow In the late 1970s, in the American state of Connecticut, a hockey official got fired, took out a $9,000 cash advance on his credit card and convinced an oil company to help him launch a sports network called ESPN. By contrast, Russia’s new 24-hour sports network had a quintessentially Russian origin: Kremlin Decree Number 365. President Vladimir Putin signed that decree in mid-July, laying the groundwork for a…

City Sports going-out-of-business sale begins, quietly – The Boston Globe

Saturday, November 07, 2015

David L Ryan/Globe Staff Brendan Greally (left) and Brendan Pedersen with son Jack Pedersen at the City Sports in Dedham on Friday. DEDHAM — The liquidation of the City Sports chain drew a line of exactly two shoppers Friday morning outside the store at the Legacy Place mall — which may explain why the retailer is closing in the first place. “I’m kind of shocked there aren’t more people here,…

Soccer player embodies one Afghanistan success story: sports – Los Angeles Times

Saturday, November 07, 2015

As far back as he can remember, soccer has been part of Shafaq Ayobi’s life. As a 7-year-old shepherd in eastern Afghanistan’s Laghman province, he kicked around a ball that he and his friends formed from scraps of cloth. Each day, as he made the seven-mile journey from home to the grazing area for his family’s livestock, he carried the ersatz ball. “While the animals would graze and drink water,”…

How Adidas Is Helping Get Racism Out Of School Sports – Refinery29

Saturday, November 07, 2015

Adidas is trying to make the playing field look a little more politically correct, at least as far as uniforms are concerned. The sportswear behemoth announced that it will help high schools that want to replace mascots or logos bearing Native American symbolism or offensive names. The company will assist with design resources to help schools whip up new athletic iconography to replace existing, “potentially harmful” logos or mascots, and…