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Clearing the hurdles: why we’re keeping the spotlight on women’s sport – The Guardian

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Eight years ago, when I was sports news correspondent for this newspaper, I found myself hastily dispatched to Helskini to speak to England’s women footballers. They had reached the final of Euro 2009 and, a successful England team being a welcome novelty, we wrote of the hope that their success would change perceptions of women’s sport in this country. Similar predictions were made after Heather Stanning and Helen Glover took…

Inside Wrigley Field, The Scorekeepers Stay True To Baseball’s Beginnings – NPR

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs, is also home to one of the few scoreboards still operated by hand. Daniel Gaken/Flickr Modern technology has advanced the game of baseball in many ways. Teams use computer models to help strategize, data analytics to find the best players, and even tablets in the dugouts to instantly review plays. But the game itself can move at a leisurely pace — and some…

On Conor McGregor’s Unfathomable Rise in Modern Sports Culture – Bleacher Report

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Brandon Magnus/Zuffa LLC/Getty Images There was a moment when it became clear Conor McGregor was an undeniable force. It was a little over three years into his UFC run. He was the reigning featherweight champion of the world and was moments away from becoming the lightweight champion as well—the first man or woman to ever achieve simultaneous reigns in separate divisions in UFC history. At UFC 205, the promotion’s long-awaited…

Chelsea 2-3 Burnley – BBC Sport

Saturday, August 12, 2017

It seemed to be game over when Sam Vokes headed Burnley’s third goal – but Chelsea almost saved a point Champions Chelsea suffered a nightmare start to their Premier League title defence, having two men sent off as Burnley claimed a superb win at Stamford Bridge. It would be easy but misleading to lay the blame for the Blues’ defeat on the decision to show a red card to new…

Kyle Larson ready for busy weekend before NASCAR Cup race at Michigan – Los Angeles Times

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Kyle Larson is ready for a hectic weekend befitting his status as one of racing’s rising stars. Larson is set to race in Saturday’s Knoxville Nationals, squeezing in the prestigious sprint car event before returning to Michigan to compete in Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race. Chip Ganassi, Larson’s team owner on the Cup circuit, gave him permission to race Saturday in Knoxville, Iowa. He qualified ninth in his Cup car…

A relaxed Dale Jr. finally soaking it all in – ESPN

Saturday, August 12, 2017

3:00 PM ET Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print comment Dale Earnhardt Jr. had just finished meeting with a few guests of his sponsor Nationwide at his motor home less than three hours before the Brickyard 400. About to hop in a van to go to a Chevrolet appearance, he has a couple of minutes to chat with a reporter. Then his brother, Kerry, comes over with some people…

NASCAR Driver On F1: These Damn Europeans And Their Spaceship Cars – Jalopnik

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Clint Bower at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Photo credit: Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images If someone deserves an award for simply living life as the Good Lord intended, it’s NASCAR’s Clint Bowyer. He’s the most unapologetic country boy there is, and his views on Formula One, that series with them Eu-ro-peans over there driving spaceship cars that aren’t even V8s, are amazing. Bowyer’s views aren’t just amazing, actually, they’re television worthy. Every Ferrari-…

Brad Keselowski wins Monster Energy NASCAR Cup pole at his home track – Autoweek

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Brad Keselowski will start on the pole for Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Pure Michigan 400 (at 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN), after taking the top spot from fellow Ford driver Ryan Blaney, who had posted the fastest times to that point, but bobbled twice in his run in the final qualifying round on Friday at Michigan International Speedway. Keselowski grew up in Rochester Hills, Michigan, a Detroit suburb…

MR. NASCAR: Rookies give hope for the future of NASCAR – Tuscaloosa News

Saturday, August 12, 2017

By Mark McCarterAuto Racing Writer This is not one of those “NASCAR’s future is in great hands” sort of stories, about “young lions” and how we’re seeing the next Earnhardt vs. Wallace or Petty vs. Pearson is being birthed right here in front of our eyes. I’ve written too many of those, imagining the many years of thrilling racing that Kasey Kahne vs. Brian Vickers would…

Paul Kelly Exits AwesomenessTV to Join Whistle Sports | Variety – Variety

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Whistle Sports has hired Paul Kelly, previously AwesomenessTV’s chief partnerships officer, as the digital video network’s first chief revenue officer. Kelly will report to president and co-founder Jeff Urban, joining the New York-based company in early September. Kelly will work with Whistle’s sales, brand and business development teams to connect with agencies, marketers, partners and platforms. In 2015, Kelly joined Awesomeness — the Gen Z-centric digital media company majority owned…

Behind EA’s push to put more women in sports games – Engadget

Saturday, August 12, 2017

EA Sports’ push to put more women in its sports games didn’t begin with FIFA 16. Back in 2011, the company announced that its then-upcoming hockey game NHL 12 was getting its first female playable character. This decision came after 14-year-old Lexi Peters penned a letter to EA asking why there weren’t any girls in NHL, and why her brother could make a character that looked like him but she…

Chrissy Teigen wants to own a sports team too – ESPN.com – ESPN

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Derek Jeter and Michael Jordan are among 16 investors who are set to buy the Miami Marlins, and Chrissy Teigen wants to be an owner too. Hello I would like to buy a team — christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) August 11, 2017 Yes, the model and co-host of “Lip Sync Battle” wants to expand her portfolio into sports. Granted, she’s already best friends with Aly Raisman and has the connect with…

eSports are real sports. It’s time for the Olympic video games – The Guardian

Saturday, August 12, 2017

The image of an Olympian is associated with physical prowess, a sculpted body chipped into perfection by years of careful maintenance and preparation. We expect these people to perform great feats of physicality better than the rest of us. That is why so many are scornful of the notion that competitive video gaming, or eSports as it’s come to be known, should stand alongside other Olympic sports. But this requires…

Kansas State finds new KC radio home with 610 Sports – Kansas City Star

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Kansas State’s search for a new radio home in Kansas City is over. All K-State football and men’s basketball games will be heard on 610 Sports starting next month. The Wildcats anounced a four-year agreement with Entercom KC, which owns KCSP (610 AM) to make the station the official radio partner of K-State sporting events in Kansas City. “When we began our search for a new radio home in Kansas…

Paul Kelly Exits AwesomenessTV to Join Whistle Sports (EXCLUSIVE) – Variety

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Whistle Sports has hired Paul Kelly, previously AwesomenessTV’s chief partnerships officer, as the digital video network’s first chief revenue officer. Kelly will report to president and co-founder Jeff Urban, joining the New York-based company in early September. Kelly will work with Whistle’s sales, brand and business development teams to connect with agencies, marketers, partners and platforms. In 2015, Kelly joined Awesomeness — the Gen Z-centric digital media company majority owned…

eSports are real sports. It’s time for the Olympic video games – The Guardian

Saturday, August 12, 2017

The image of an Olympian is associated with physical prowess, a sculpted body chipped into perfection by years of careful maintenance and preparation. We expect these people to perform great feats of physicality better than the rest of us. That is why so many are scornful of the notion that competitive video gaming, or eSports as it’s come to be known, should stand alongside other Olympic sports. But this requires…

Behind EA’s push to put more women in sports games – Engadget

Saturday, August 12, 2017

EA Sports’ push to put more women in its sports games didn’t begin with FIFA 16. Back in 2011, the company announced that its then-upcoming hockey game NHL 12 was getting its first female playable character. This decision came after 14-year-old Lexi Peters penned a letter to EA asking why there weren’t any girls in NHL, and why her brother could make a character that looked like him but she…

Cheating is leeching sport of its magic. In the end, the fans won’t stand for it – The Guardian

Saturday, August 12, 2017

This summer, the athletics World Championships, men’s and women’s cricket, the Lions tour of New Zealand and Wimbledon have shown that the British public has an enduring passion for top level sport. We have the richest football league in the world, more major stadiums per capita than anywhere on Earth, and are widely credited with having staged the greatest Olympic Games of the modern era. Sport is a massive part…

Dale Earnhardt Jr. wrapping up final season more relaxed than ever – ESPN

Friday, August 11, 2017

3:00 PM ET Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print comment Dale Earnhardt Jr. had just finished meeting with a few guests of his sponsor Nationwide at his motor home less than three hours before the Brickyard 400. About to hop in a van to go to a Chevrolet appearance, he has a couple of minutes to chat with a reporter. Then his brother, Kerry, comes over with some people…

LA City Council endorses 2028 Olympics bid, accepting responsibility for any cost overruns – Los Angeles Times

Friday, August 11, 2017

Rushing to meet a deadline imposed by Olympics officials, the Los Angeles City Council voted Friday to endorse a bid for the 2028 Summer Games even though council members acknowledged they were acting without complete information. The council’s unanimous decision will put tax dollars at risk by making the city responsible for any shortfall if the massive, $5.3-billion sports event goes over budget. “We are the only city that has…