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‘Ballers’ on HBO aims to be rare sports-themed series with winning game plan – Los Angeles Times

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

The record-breaking ratings accompanying the tsunami of recent sports blockbusters, from the NBA Finals to the Stanley Cup playoffs to the Triple Crown to the Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao bout, proves one of life’s most undeniable truths — America is stricken with sports fever. But despite the phenomenal behemoth of live athletics on TV, it’s a whole other ballgame when it comes to the prime-time scripted arena. Comedies and dramas set…

FOX Sports’ Darrell Waltrip, Andy Petree react to NASCAR rule changes for … – FOXSports.com

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Following NASCAR’s announced rules package changes in effect for the July 11 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway, FOX NASCAR analysts Darrell Waltrip and Andy Petree offered their thoughts on what effects the changes might have.  WALTRIP ON WHAT HE EXPECTS DRIVER REACTION TO THE NEW PACKAGE WILL BE AFTER THE KENTUCKY RACE: “When all is said and done, I expect drivers will say they want the power…

Garland soccer coach arrested for indecency with a child – WFAA

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

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U.S.A. Women’s Soccer Beat Nigeria 1-0. Here’s What Happens Next. – Huffington Post

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

The U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team defeated Nigeria 1-0 on Tuesday in its third and final group stage match of FIFA’s Women’s World Cup. The U.S.’s lone goal came in the 45th minute from Abby Wambach, who joined the starting lineup again after being relegated to the bench for the start of team’s last match. The goal marked Wambach’s 14th career goal in the World Cup, tying for second all-time…

St. Louis Cardinals Are Said to Have Breached Rival’s Database – New York Times

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

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U.S. Women Take The Soccer Pitch Against Surprising Nigerian Team At The … – NPR

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

The United States is back in action tonight at the Women’s World Cup in Canada. The U.S. has its final soccer game in group play against Nigeria. With a win, the U.S. would advance to the knockout round. Even with a tie or a loss, the U.S. could still move on (more on that below). Nigeria started the tournament well with a surprising and thrilling 3-3 draw against fifth-ranked Sweden….

NASCAR makes changes to 2015 Sprint Cup Series rules package for July … – FOXSports.com

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

What was rumored last weekend became official Tuesday, when NASCAR announced it will run a new, low-downforce aero package and a grippier tire at Kentucky Speedway next month. Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR’s executive vice president & chief racing development officer, made the announcement during a 4 p.m. ET teleconference with the national media. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series is off this weekend and its next two races are on the Sonoma…

Boston Revises Bid in Effort to Host 2024 Olympics – New York Times

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

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Soccer coach arrested for indecency with a child, and Dallas police expect … – Dallas Morning News (blog)

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Rolando Ramos [Editor’s note: This item has been updated since it was initially posted.] On Friday, a former coach for the youth soccer club C.D. Independiente was sentenced to 15 years in prison for sexually assaulting a 15-year-old boy. Three days later, the current head coach of the very same team was arrested by Dallas police and charged with a single count of indecency with a child, and detectives say…

Lotto Cycling Cup organisers apologise for bikini models – BBC News

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Organisers of the Lotto Cycling Cup have apologised after the winners of a women’s race in Belgium were flanked by models wearing bikinis. A picture of the podium was posted on Twitter after Wiggle-Honda’s Jolien d’Hoore won the Antwerp to Nijlen stage of the Flanders Diamond Tour. Dutch racing cyclist and journalist Marijn de Vries  described the scene as “an utter disgrace”. …

Baseball Hacking: FBI Is Looking Into Possible St. Louis Attack On Houston Astros – NPR

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

i Did the St. Louis Cardinals try to steal more than second base from the Houston Astros? The FBI is looking into a hacking attack on a key Astros database. Here, the Cardinals’ Aledmys Diaz is tagged out at second by Carlos Correa of the Astros during a spring training game in March. Stacy Revere/Getty Images hide caption itoggle caption Stacy Revere/Getty Images Did the St. Louis Cardinals try to…

Cardinals Face FBI Inquiry in Hacking of Astros’ Database – New York Times

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

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Sources: Jimmy Butler plans to pursue shorter-term offer sheets – Yahoo Sports

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Chicago Bulls restricted free-agent guard Jimmy Butler has plans to pursue shorter-term offer sheets this summer, resisting the Bulls’ initial plans to offer him a five-year, maximum contract extension, league sources told Yahoo Sports. As the NBA’s salary cap is set to dramatically rise beginning with the 2016-17 season, Butler has become far less interested in locking himself into the five-year, $90 million-plus deal the Bulls are expected to present…

Pope Francis Calls for Youth Sports Shake-Up – Huffington Post

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

This week, Pope Francis will release a hard-hitting encyclical letter on the environment that is creating a stir in and out of the Catholic Church. Francis does not shy away from controversy when human rights and welfare are concerned. Overlooked, however, among Francis’s more daring public stances is his advocacy of youth sports as a means of respecting children’s dignity and of helping children to climb out of poverty. Just…

Nintendo just showed off the new Star Fox and it looks incredible – Business Insider

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Every year, EA Sports’ Madden 16 game is a huge hit among NFL fans that play console games. And every year the game gets a little better. Madden has taken huge steps recently on next-gen consoles Xbox One and Playstation 4. EA Sports just rolled out a new trailer with footage directly from gameplay video from it’s next version at the E3 event in L.A. It looks so…

36 of the best hockey players on Wall Street – Business Insider

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Getty Images/ Bruce BennettRob McClanahan, a sales trader at Craig-Hallum Capital, was a member of the 1980 US Olympic “Miracle on Ice” team that beat the Soviet team. The Stanley Cup Final wrapped up this week, with the Chicago Blackhawks becoming the champions after beating the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-0 in Game 6. On Wall Street, hockey is a popular way for firms to entertain clients. It is also…

Cycling needs to lose its ‘podium girls’ – The Guardian

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

The Belgians famously spent 589 days without an elected government in 2010 and 2011. But when it comes to cycling organisation and governance, it seems they are still in a state of lawlessness. Following in the infamous tradition of the E3 Harelbeke race, the one-day classic in Belgium that used sexist posters as promotion, Lotto Cycling Cup – the organisers of the Flanders Diamond Tour – who oversaw the employment…

Brandi Chastain Jumps on Effort to Curb Headers in Youth Soccer – NBC Bay Area

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Soccer star Brandi Chastain is asking all players to reverse their jerseys to show support for a rule change: no headers for players under 14….

Celebrating Blackhawks fan provides insightful comment on hockey demographics – SB Nation

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

This was the best fan reaction we’ve heard all morning! @marcusleshock #cuptracker pic.twitter.com/KtoE2QKiXb — WGNMorningNews (@WGNMorningNews) June 16, 2015 Is this the best post-championship fan reaction video ever? It very well could be. One Blackhawks fan didn’t mince his works and spoke his mind — so congratulations to the ‘Hawks for not only winning the Stanley Cup, but for making hockey post-racial. ★★★ …

Jo Pavey pounds on towards fifth Olympics and beyond – The Guardian

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

It took the best part of two decades as a world-class athlete before Jo Pavey’s trophy cabinet reflected her talent but these days the medals and awards keep coming. The latest – an MBE for services to athletics which was announced on Saturday – left her “shocked and thrilled” and feeling things were all “a bit surreal”. There is also still a slightly stunned humility to Pavey’s words when she…