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Trump NFL row: Sports stars round on US president – BBC News

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Media captionWarriors head coach Steve Kerr: Trump comments ‘awful’ US President Donald Trump is facing growing condemnation from the sports world after his criticism of players. On Friday, Mr Trump said the National Football League (NFL) should fire players who protest during the US anthem. High-profile football players as well as basketball star LeBron James openly criticised Mr Trump in response. One NFL team owner said Mr Trump’s comments were…

A toxic mix: The Olympics, Rocket Man and the dotard – The San Diego Union-Tribune

Sunday, September 24, 2017

The gold, silver and bronze medals for the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, were unveiled earlier this week. The outer edges are ringed with letters in the Korean alphabet, forming diagonal ridges across the face to resemble a tree trunk. They hang from a teal and pale red ribbon made from the traditional Korean fabric of Gapsa and embroidered with Hangeul patterns. They’re beautiful and stylish and exquisite,…

Hamlin on why he hates lobsters: ‘It’s just a big scorpion’ – Nascar

Sunday, September 24, 2017

LOUDON, N.H. – If Denny Hamlin wins Sunday’s ISM Connect 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (2 p.m. ET on NBCSN), he’ll have to face his fear. Not on the race track, mind you. In Victory Lane. As part of its post-race ceremony, the Magic Mile awards the winning driver a gigantic live lobster. When Hamlin won at New Hampshire in July, he recoiled when crew chief Mike Wheeler tried…

NASCAR playoffs at New Hampshire picks, odds: Larson fastest in practice, Kyle Busch is on the pole – CBSSports.com

Sunday, September 24, 2017

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs continue on Sunday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway with just two races to go in the Round of 16. Martin Truex Jr. has already locked in his spot for the Round of 12, taking the checkered flag at Chicagoland but who will be the next to join him? Here are our picks for Sunday’s ISM Connect 300 at The Magic Mile. Winner: Kyle…

As Trump Takes On Athletes, Watch Them Rise – New York Times

Sunday, September 24, 2017

This is a barely recognizable president. It also is a barely recognizable generation of pro athletes. Thank God for the latter. Photo Stephen Curry at the Golden State Warriors’ media day on Friday. Curry, whose team won the N.B.A. championship in June, explained why he thought the team should skip the champions’ customary visit to the White House. A day later, President Trump posted on Twitter that Curry was not…

Trump clashes with sports world over player protests, invitation – Reuters

Sunday, September 24, 2017

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump and the sports world engaged in an intensifying spat on Saturday after he called for National Football League owners to fire players who protest during the U.S. national anthem and disinvited a National Basketball Association star from a White House visit. Responding to Trump’s attacks on football players who protested during the national anthem, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said on Saturday that Trump’s statements…

Truex, Larson lead Saturday’s Monster Energy Series practices in Loudon – Nascar

Saturday, September 23, 2017

RELATED: Final practice results Martin Truex Jr. jumped to the top of the leaderboard for Saturday’s final Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, wheeling his No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota around the 1.058-mile track at 131.647 mph. Kevin Harvick was second-fastest in the No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford at 131.633 mph. Polesitter Kyle Busch was third in the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota…

Usada chief Travis Tygart urges IOC to ban Russia from Winter Olympics – The Guardian

Saturday, September 23, 2017

The civil war in anti-doping over whether Russia should be allowed to compete in next year’s Winter Olympics intensified on Saturday night as the head of the powerful US Anti-Doping Agency said that anything less than a total ban would be a “get out of jail free card” that would have terrible consequences for sport. The warning came from Travis Tygart, Usada’s chief executive, who told the Observer that he…

Men’s soccer: Virginia Tech takes down undefeated No. 1 Notre Dame behind Marcelo Acuna’s brace – NCAA.com

Saturday, September 23, 2017

BLACKSBURG – The Virginia Tech men’s soccer team defeated top-ranked and previously unbeaten Notre Dame 2-1 Friday night at Thompson Field. The win, Tech’s first over a No. 1 team since 2011, takes the Hokies’ record to 4-4 overall and 1-2 in conference play. The Hokies came up with two goals against a Notre Dame defensive unit that had given up three goals through the first six matches….

Cycling World Championships: Chantal Blaak wins women’s road race – as it happened – The Guardian

Saturday, September 23, 2017

As expected the women’s road race went Dutch but it Chantal Blaak who was the surprise rainbow jersey winner, stealing away in the final kilometres

Changes are coming to baseball, but fans deserve report why they will be implemented – Chicago Tribune

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Commissioner Rob Manfred announced in May a reconstituted 16-member competition committee formed to address subjects such as the pace of game and roster sizes. Baseball owners, managers, a couple of former players and executives, including Cubs President Theo Epstein, had conference calls to discuss the game’s most pressing issues, which now presumably includes the debate over whether expanded netting at ballparks should be mandatory instead of optional. Obviously there have…

Trump vs. pro sports: President finds new target in America First agenda – Fox News

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Trump ignites controversy with comments on NFL players Democratic strategist Robert Patillo and GOP strategist Sean Noble react Professional sports has been caught in President Trump’s crosshairs as of late after he issued stinging attacks against protesting athletes and team owners. “If a player wants the privilege of making millions of dollars in the NFL, or other leagues, he or she should not be allowed to disrespect …,”…

The Sports World Is Dragging Donald Trump (Updating) – Deadspin

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Image via Twitter Consecutive temper tantrums had President Donald Trump calling for “son of a bitch” NFL players to be fired for protesting during the national anthem, and then trying to rescind a non-existent invitation to the White House from Golden State Warriors players who’d already said they’d decline any such invitation. For this latest spree of humiliating and disturbing behavior, the big dumb idiot is being thoroughly dragged by…

Trump in angry row with sports stars after withdrawing Warriors invitation – The Guardian

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Donald Trump was the subject of startlingly strong abuse from major sports stars on Saturday, after he criticised NFL players protesting against racial injustice and withdrew an invitation for the NBA-champion Golden State Warriors to visit the White House, breaking a tradition dating back to the Reagan years. The Cleveland Cavaliers star forward LeBron James called the president a “bum” while the Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy went further,…

National celebrations open Saudi sports stadium to women for first time – Reuters.com

Saturday, September 23, 2017

RIYADH (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia is celebrating the 87th anniversary of its foundation this weekend with a big program of concerts and performances, including a pageant operetta on Saturday evening which will allow women to enter the King Fahd International Stadium in Riyadh for the first time. The festivities are part of a government move to boost national pride and improve the quality of life for Saudis. Also on offer…

Sports world revolts: LeBron James, Roger Goodell fire back at Trump – Chicago Sun-Times

Saturday, September 23, 2017

President Donald Trump finds himself this Saturday on the receiving end of critical remarks from NBA superstar LeBron James and a defensive statement from NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. James called Trump a “bum” after the president rescinded his White House invite for Steph Curry of the world-champion Golden State Warriors. Trump — in a morning tweet — said Curry’s hesitation on a potential White House visit caused him to rescind…

Cycling World Championships: Chantal Blaak wins women’s road race – as it happened – The Guardian

Saturday, September 23, 2017

As expected the women’s road race went Dutch but it Chantal Blaak who was the surprise rainbow jersey winner, stealing away in the final kilometres

Men’s soccer: Virginia Tech takes down undefeated No. 1 Notre Dame behind Marcelo Acuna’s brace – NCAA.com

Saturday, September 23, 2017

BLACKSBURG – The Virginia Tech men’s soccer team defeated top-ranked and previously unbeaten Notre Dame 2-1 Friday night at Thompson Field. The win, Tech’s first over a No. 1 team since 2011, takes the Hokies’ record to 4-4 overall and 1-2 in conference play. The Hokies came up with two goals against a Notre Dame defensive unit that had given up three goals through the first six matches….

The NHL’s shortsighted greed kept them out of the Olympics – New York Post

Saturday, September 23, 2017

The NHL playing preseason games in China is a bittersweet reminder that the most international league of the four major sports and its biggest growth sector resides overseas. But it’s also a reminder that out of pettiness and greed they failed to convert on what is the best built-in marketing tool to grow the game in that sector, the Olympics. That was a sad reality that Alex Ovechkin finally came…

Start The Fall Off The Right Way, With NASCAR – Jalopnik

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Welcome to the Jalopnik Weekend Motorsports Roundup, where we let you know what’s going on in the world of racing, where you can see it, and where you can talk about it all in one convenient place. Where else would you want to spend your weekend? IndyCar is over and Formula 1 isn’t back until next week with the Malaysia Grand Prix. Fortunately we always have NASCAR to watch and…