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NASCAR’s Identity Crisis – The Ringer (blog)

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Welcome to The South Week at The Ringer. For the next several days, we’re celebrating — and reporting on — the richness of the region. You’ll find stories from all over the map, exploring topics such as the enduring legacy of Confederate monuments in Richmond and Montgomery, the evolution of Charleston barbecue, and the intersection of faith and football in Lubbock. We’re also ranking the best Southern rap albums, imagining the André 3000 mixtape…

A year since the Rio Olympics, legacy of the games is tattered – Miami Herald

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

RIO DE JANEIRO Maracanã Stadium pulsed with samba, bossa nova and forró music a year ago during the closing ceremony of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, but since then, Brazil’s storied temple of soccer has barely been used. Odebrecht, the giant construction company that helped renovate the stadium and is the majority shareholder in stadium concessionaire Maracanã SA, is embroiled in a massive Brazilian corruption scandal. The soccer arena has…

What makes Mike Trout baseball’s most perfect player – ESPN (blog)

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

10:36 AM ET Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print comment There’s a lot to watch in any given game. What if we focused on one player, at one position, over a full nine innings? For this, we turned our eyes to the best player in baseball, Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout. Comparing the careers of Mike Trout and LeBron James: On May 19, we headed to Citi…

Comcast SportsNet Chicago gets a new name: NBC Sports Chicago – Chicago Tribune

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Comcast SportsNet Chicago is rebranding itself NBC Sports Chicago, effective Oct. 2. Viewers are free to continue calling it That Cable Channel That Has the Cubs, Bulls, White Sox and Blackhawks. The content isn’t changing with this switch. Just the name. But in an industry roiled by new demands from both consumers and partner pro sports outfits, stay tuned. CSN Chicago’s rechristening, announced Wednesday morning, is part of a move…

NASCAR’s Identity Crisis – The Ringer (blog)

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Welcome to The South Week at The Ringer. For the next several days, we’re celebrating — and reporting on — the richness of the region. You’ll find stories from all over the map, exploring topics such as the enduring legacy of Confederate monuments in Richmond and Montgomery, the evolution of Charleston barbecue, and the intersection of faith and football in Lubbock. We’re also ranking the best Southern rap albums, imagining the André 3000 mixtape…

Cheerleading is starting school year as a CIF-regulated sport – OCRegister

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Sweat drips on the mat. Industrial fans churn. The air inside the gym is stifling, suffocating. Several El Dorado High teammates complain of sore ankles – sprains, twists, jams – and one checks her nose for blood after catching an elbow and crashing to the floor. Welcome to hell week, cheerleading style. The world of competitive high school cheer can be brutal and intense, on par with the football games…

NASCAR’s Identity Crisis – The Ringer (blog)

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Welcome to The South Week at The Ringer. For the next several days, we’re celebrating — and reporting on — the richness of the region. You’ll find stories from all over the map, exploring topics such as the enduring legacy of Confederate monuments in Richmond and Montgomery, the evolution of Charleston barbecue, and the intersection of faith and football in Lubbock. We’re also ranking the best Southern rap albums, imagining the André 3000 mixtape…

The future of NASCAR is on display through the K&N East championship battle – Autoweek

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

It’s not for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup championship but Harrison Burton and Todd Gilliland are treating their epic K&N Pro Series East duel like they are fighting to get into Homestead-Miami in November. In fact, it’s probably a preview of things to come for the highest level too. With three races remaining, Burton leads Gilliland by just four points. Between them, they’ve won seven of the first…

Parker Kligerman doing double duty with NASCAR at Road America – Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Parker Kligerman is scheduled to make his second NASCAR Xfinity Series at Road America this weekend and only his second start in the division since he raced it full time in 2013.(Photo: NASCAR via Getty Images) Parker Kligerman is a part-time NASCAR driver and a part-time television analyst for NASCAR broadcasts. Those two jobs will overlap Sunday, when Kligerman contributes to the NBC broadcast of the Xfinity Series Johnsonville 180 from…

NASCAR’s Identity Crisis – The Ringer – The Ringer (blog)

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Welcome to The South Week at The Ringer. For the next several days, we’re celebrating — and reporting on — the richness of the region. You’ll find stories from all over the map, exploring topics such as the enduring legacy of Confederate monuments in Richmond and Montgomery, the evolution of Charleston barbecue, and the intersection of faith and football in Lubbock. We’re also ranking the best Southern rap albums, imagining the André 3000 mixtape…

Exclusive: Nashville Soccer Club to play inaugural season at First Tennessee Park – The Tennessean

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

x Embed x Share CLOSE Court Jeske talks about the future of pro soccer in Nashville. Joey Garrison Buy Photo First Tennessee Park, home of the Nashville Sounds, lies just south of the Germantown neighborhood.(Photo: George Walker IV / The Tennessean)Buy Photo Nashville Soccer Club, the city’s United Soccer League expansion club set to begin competition next year, will play its 2018 inaugural season at First Tennessee Park, home of the minor league…

Dale Earnhardt Jr. explains when Kyle Busch will be among NASCAR’s all-time best – For The Win

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

It’s safe to say Dale Earnhardt Jr. likes to give Kyle Busch a hard time when he has the opportunity. But Busch’s personality and success on the track has also led Junior to repeatedly say the No. 18 Toyota driver is great for the sport. But when – if ever – will Busch be in the conversation for best NASCAR driver of all time? On his Dale Jr. Download podcast following…

Baseball can survive without Yankees pinstripes: Rob Manfred – New York Post

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

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Rafael ‘Felo’ Ramirez, Hall of Fame baseball broadcaster, dies at 94 – Washington Post

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Rafael “Felo” Ramirez, a Hall of Fame baseball radio broadcaster who was the signature voice for millions of Spanish-speaking fans over three decades, died Aug. 21 in Miami. He was 94. The Miami Marlins announced his death. in a statement on Tuesday morning. The organization says he died Monday night. Mr. Ramirez fell and struck his head while getting off the Marlins team bus April 26, during a series in…

NASCAR’s Identity Crisis – The Ringer (blog)

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Welcome to The South Week at The Ringer. For the next several days, we’re celebrating — and reporting on — the richness of the region. You’ll find stories from all over the map, exploring topics such as the enduring legacy of Confederate monuments in Richmond and Montgomery, the evolution of Charleston barbecue, and the intersection of faith and football in Lubbock. We’re also ranking the best Southern rap albums, imagining the André 3000 mixtape…

It’s the tenth anniversary of the biggest rout in baseball history – HardballTalk (blog)

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Ten years ago today the Rangers and the Orioles squared off at Camden Yards. The Orioles built a 3-0 lead after three innings and then all hell broke loose. The Rangers scored thirty (30!) unanswered runs via a five-spot in the fourth, a nine-spot in the sixth, a ten-spot in the eighth and a six-spot in the ninth. That was . . . a lot of spots. Two Rangers players…

Being a sports parent: What you need to know – USA TODAY High School Sports

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

ILoveToWatchYouPlay.com is the preeminent website for parents of young athletes, offering resources, product suggestions, news and advice from the world’s most notable athletes, coaches, youth sports experts and organizations. Founded by sports broadcast veterans Alex Flanagan and Asia Mape, the site seeks to help parents find balance, gain an edge and stay sane in the increasingly competitive world of youth sports. For the full list, visit ILoveToWatchYouPlay.com You will sacrifice family dinners and outings so…

You can make MLB cross-sport prop bets on the Mayweather-McGregor fight – CBSSports.com

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

The world will finally find out who is better at boxing, a professional boxer or an accomplished MMA champion, when Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor meet in Las Vegas (live Saturday, 9 p.m. on Showtime PPV). It’s a big deal. You may have heard about it. The Mayweather-McGregor fight is such a big deal that you can now make cross-sport prop bets involving MLB games on the same day. Courtesy…

There’s a new Gran Turismo Sport version of the PS4 – The Verge

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Sony has unveiled a shiny new limited edition Gran Turismo-themed Playstation 4, featuring a faceplate bearing the GT logo and a customized wireless controller. The 1 TB system will be available for sale on October 18th across the UK, Europe, Australia, and Asia. The release coincides with that of the latest Gran Turismo game, and will come with a ‘Day 1’ edition of the title, giving players $250,000 of in-game…

NASCAR can lead in time of turmoil – Albany Times Union

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Caption Close Charlotte, N.C. Fans turn to sports for entertainment, a respite from the stress of the real world. They say they don’t want politics mixed in with sports, they just want to enjoy the show. NASCAR lost the luxury of staying above the fray two years ago when chairman Brian France said he didn’t want Confederate flags at racetracks anymore. His announcement was in response to a deadly church…