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NASCAR industry to salute US military units Independence Day weekend – Nascar

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (June 27, 2017) – As part of the continued efforts to show appreciation for the United States Armed Forces through NASCAR Salutes Refreshed by Coca-Cola, NASCAR XFINITY Series™ drivers will bear the names of active military units and installations on their race car windshields during Friday’s Coca-Cola Firecracker 250 at Daytona International Speedway (7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). Military installations like U.S….

Baseball’s everyday players are a dwindling breed – Chicago Tribune – Chicago Tribune

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Williams, whose NL record Steve Garvey later broke, understands why so few of today’s players are interested in being in the lineup 162 games. “With today’s travel and the excitement and the pressure, with so many things that are going on, managers give players rest now,” Williams said. “Once a manager sees someone struggle, not swinging the bat well, he takes him out of the lineup. It’s better for the…

Supreme Court agrees to rule on sports betting – ESPN

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

10:05 AM ET Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print comment The U.S. Supreme Court announced Tuesday that it will hear New Jersey’s appeal to offer legal sports betting, a surprising twist in the state’s nearly five-year battle with the major American sports leagues. A victory for New Jersey would allow the state to offer legal sports betting at its casinos and racetracks, and potentially jump-start a state-by-state expansion across…

Sky Sports to replace numbered channels and slash prices in revamp – The Guardian

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Sky is scrapping its numbered sports channels and replacing them with themed offerings focused on specific sports – led by football, golf and cricket – as it combats falling viewer numbers with a branding revamp and a cheaper viewing package. The retirement of Sky Sports 1,2,3,4 and 5 and the introduction of a new package two-thirds cheaper than current prices represents a major shakeup of the strategy that has made…

‘Maximum tension, minimum release’: why baseball produces so many brawls – The Guardian (blog)

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

In 1986 I had the privilege of sitting next to the great Scottish sportswriter Hugh McIlvanney during the NFL’s first American Bowl at Wembley Stadium. One of the topics we discussed was the fascination that British fans have with baseball brawls, highlights of which seemed to occupy an unusual amount of time on British television – more, it seemed to me, than on American TV. “It’s just refreshing to us,”…

Teemu Selanne and Paul Kariya Head Hockey Hall of Fame Class – New York Times

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

TENNIS Serena Williams Responds to McEnroe Serena Williams has no interest in John McEnroe’s thoughts on what would happen if she tried to play on the men’s tour. Williams responded via Twitter to comments McEnroe made during a weekend interview with NPR to promote his latest book. In her post, Williams tells McEnroe, “I adore and respect you,” but she asks him to “please please keep me out of your…

NASCAR playoff picture: Breaking down the championship chase heading into Daytona – CBSSports.com

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs are getting closer with 16 of the 26 regular-season races in the books. When the circuit heads to Chicagoland Speedway in September, 16 drivers will be competing for a championship. Here is a look at where things stand heading into this weekend’s fast-track race at Daytona International Speedway: Locked in Kyle Larson: The No. 42 driver clinched a spot in the playoffs in…

STUDY: The Health and Wellbeing Benefits of Swimming – SwimSwam

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Swim England is the first sport governing body to look in-depth at the relationship between health and well-being and swimming. With once-a-week participation in children 16 and over falling by three-quarters of a million in the past decade, Swim England is encouraging the public to swim for pleasure, leisure, or as a sport. The Swimming and Health Commission established by Swimming England developed reports exploring the evidence base regarding the health benefits…

Is NCAA hockey finally on the horizon for Illinois? – Chicago Tribune

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

For decades, promising youth hockey players in Illinois have not had an opportunity to play college hockey in their home state. Since 1996, when Illinois-Chicago’s varsity program disbanded, the state has not had any Division I college hockey programs. That may be changing. The University of Illinois is partnering with the NHL and league’s players association to evaluate the addition of hockey as a varsity program, the league announced Friday…

‘Maximum tension, minimum release’: why baseball produces so many brawls – The Guardian (blog)

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

In 1986 I had the privilege of sitting next to the great Scottish sportswriter Hugh McIlvanney during the NFL’s first American Bowl at Wembley Stadium. One of the topics we discussed was the fascination that British fans have with baseball brawls, highlights of which seemed to occupy an unusual amount of time on British television – more, it seemed to me, than on American TV. “It’s just refreshing to us,”…

Baseball’s everyday players are a dwindling breed – Chicago Tribune – Chicago Tribune

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Williams, whose NL record Steve Garvey later broke, understands why so few of today’s players are interested in being in the lineup 162 games. “With today’s travel and the excitement and the pressure, with so many things that are going on, managers give players rest now,” Williams said. “Once a manager sees someone struggle, not swinging the bat well, he takes him out of the lineup. It’s better for the…

Fox Sports cuts web writing staff to invest more in online video – Chicago Tribune

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

21st Century Fox Inc.’s sports department is overhauling its online operations, eliminating the writing staff to invest in more-lucrative video production. Fox Sports will eliminate about 20 writing and editing positions in Los Angeles and replace them with a similar number of jobs in video production, editing and promotion. Executives told staff in meetings Monday after outlining the new strategy in a memo obtained by Bloomberg. Affected employees will be…

Milford startup sells sports gear subcription boxes for kids – CT Post

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Caption Close In the age of video games, tablets and smartphones, one local man has developed a way to keep kids interested in team sports and staying active. “Kids stop playing (sports) because it’s not fun anymore,” said Milford resident Joseph Bereski. “I was thinking, what can keep them engaged in the game?” With this question in mind, Bereski last year launched an online startup that sells subscription boxes of…

Seven elected to Hockey Hall of Fame – NHL.com

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Video: Selanne, Andreychuk, Recchi, Kariya elected to HHOF Selanne, who set an NHL rookie record with 76 goals for the Winnipeg Jets in 1992-93 and scored 684 times in 21 NHL seasons, was elected in his first year of eligibility. He broke the previous record of 53 set by Hall of Fame forward Mike Bossy of the New York Islanders in 1977-78, and his 132 points also are a record…

OSU baseball: Mulholland honored again – Corvallis Gazette Times

Monday, June 26, 2017

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Clayton Kershaw Might (Might!) Not Be The Best Pitcher In Baseball Anymore – FiveThirtyEight

Monday, June 26, 2017

Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw has been the presumptive Best Pitcher In Baseball for so long that it might as well be printed on the front of his baseball card. Since his debut during the 2008 season, Kershaw has over 10 more wins above replacement than any other pitcher in the game — his former Dodgers teammate Zack Greinke is a distant No. 2 — and he has consistently…

10 things to know as LSU, Florida play for national baseball title – The Advocate

Monday, June 26, 2017

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Some things to know as Florida (50-19) and LSU (52-18) play for the national championship in the best-of-three College World Series finals starting Monday night: WHO IS THIS GUY? LSU is short on starting pitching because of a forearm injury to Eric Walker, so coach Paul Mainieri is throwing right-hander Russell Reynolds in Game 1. Reynolds has made 14 appearances this season,…

Minor league baseball players lose appeal over wages – Reuters

Monday, June 26, 2017

A federal appeals court on Monday said professional minor league baseball is exempt from U.S. antitrust laws, and rejected an appeal by players who complained that their wages were kept artificially low. By a 3-0 vote, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco said minor league baseball ruled falls “squarely” within the “business-of-baseball” antitrust exemption that the U.S. Supreme Court granted the sport in 1922. “The employment…

Ex-major leaguer’s son fights for life after freak baseball accident – New York Post

Monday, June 26, 2017

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Fox Sports Cuts Web Writing Staff to Invest More in Online Video – Bloomberg

Monday, June 26, 2017

21st Century Fox Inc.’s sports department is overhauling its online operations, eliminating the writing staff to invest in more-lucrative video production. Fox Sports will eliminate about 20 writing and editing positions in Los Angeles and replace them with a similar number of jobs in video production, editing and promotion. Executives told staff in meetings Monday after outlining the new strategy in a memo obtained by Bloomberg. Affected employees will be…