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Take 2: Why soccer is un-American and 10 ways to fix it | The Seattle Times – The Seattle Times

Friday, July 17, 2015

America’s success in the Women’s World Cup has revived talk that soccer is about to take off as a big-time sport in the U.S. (as optimistically envisioned in the name Major League Soccer). Well, the game — as now played by women and men — is never going to become massively popular in this country. I realized why after watching several desultory games. Futbol is un-American. Americans like…

NASCAR issues written warning to Greg Biffle’s team, three others – FOX Sports – FOXSports.com

Friday, July 17, 2015

NASCAR has issued written warnings to four teams on the heels of the Quaker State 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekend at Kentucky Speedway. The teams of drivers Casey Mears, Greg Biffle, Alex Kennedy and Brett Moffitt were all hit with warnings for issues in inspection. According to the Sprint Cup Rule Book, a team that receives two warnings during two consecutive events faces a P1 level penalty that could…

Germany’s Celia Sasic retires from soccer – ESPN.com – ESPN

Friday, July 17, 2015

Germany’s Celia Sasic has announced her retirement from soccer. The top goal scorer from the 2015 Women’s World Cup, Germany’s Celia Sasic, has announced her immediate retirement from soccer. The 27-year-old scored six times in Canada this summer to earn the Golden Boot award, but she has decided to leave the sport, making her announcement via Facebook. “Dear fans, soccer is my passion. Soccer has accompanied me my whole life,…

Dale Earnhardt Jr., Fiancée Amy Reimann Collect Epic NASCAR Memorabilia … – NESN.com

Friday, July 17, 2015

Dale Earnhardt Jr., Fiancée Amy Reimann Collect Epic NASCAR Memorabilia (Photos) Dale Earnhardt Jr. isn’t just NASCAR’s most popular driver and the son of one of the greatest drivers in stock car racing history. He’s also a fan, historian and flat-out geek for all things racing. With his recent engagement to Amy Reimann, Earnhardt Jr. made it his mission to outfit his fiancée in vintage NASCAR gear. To do so,…

Uruguayan soccer legend Alcides Ghiggia dies at 88 – Washington Times – Washington Times

Friday, July 17, 2015

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) – Alcides Edgardo Ghiggia, who scored the winning goal in the final game of the 1950 World Cup to give Uruguay a stunning 2-1 victory over Brazil – still recalled as Brazil’s greatest defeat – died on Thursday. He was 88. Ghiggia’s son, Arcadio, said his father died of a heart attack. Ghiggia scored the deciding goal 10 minutes from time with the game tied 1-1. It…

NASCAR issues written warnings to Greg Biffle’s team, three others for … – FOXSports.com

Thursday, July 16, 2015

NASCAR has issued written warnings to four teams on the heels of the Quaker State 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekend at Kentucky Speedway. The teams of drivers Casey Mears, Greg Biffle, Alex Kennedy and Brett Moffitt were all hit with warnings for issues in inspection. According to the Sprint Cup Rule Book, a team that receives two warnings during two consecutive events faces a P1 level penalty that could…

Take 2: Why soccer is un-American and 10 ways to fix it – The Seattle Times

Thursday, July 16, 2015

America’s success in the Women’s World Cup has revived talk that soccer is about to take off as a big-time sport in the U.S. (as optimistically envisioned in the name Major League Soccer). Well, the game — as now played by women and men — is never going to become massively popular in this country. I realized why after watching several desultory games. Futbol is un-American. Americans like…

First true glove can mean the world to a player – Minneapolis Star Tribune

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Behold the baseball glove: Talisman and totem, tactile symbol and wearable nostalgia, proof of the human race’s occasional bursts of genius. There is nothing in the world like a baseball glove, nothing so dear and perpetually near. Take it from the 12-year-old me. As a child, I read and saved every article on sports I could find, watched every game we could pull in with the antennae on our small,…

Say hey, baseball: Rob Manfred is in favor of MLB expansion – SB Nation

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Listen, we know it’s tough to catch up on everything happening in the baseball world each morning. There are all kinds of stories, rumors, game coverage and Vines of dudes getting hit in the beans every day. Trying to find all of it while on your way to work or sitting at your desk just isn’t easy. It’s OK, though, we’re going to do the heavy lifting for you each…

Mike Trout’s Back-to-Back All-Star MVP Awards Are a Baseball First – New York Times

Thursday, July 16, 2015

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Share “The numbers don’t work for major league…” – NewsOK.com

Thursday, July 16, 2015

At the 2006 NBA All-Star Game weekend, the Hornets had been in Oklahoma City for about five months. The Oklahoman team. four of us if I remember right, went to Houston, and most of our questions concerned OKC’s status as a major-league city. The good, the bad, the possibilities. We only had one memorable response. It came from Avery Johnson, who then coached the Dallas Mavericks. Johnson, in his Louisiana…

LAKE ELSINORE: Storm baseball club gets sweet revenge on pop star Ariana … – Press-Enterprise

Thursday, July 16, 2015

LAKE ELSINORE: Storm baseball club gets sweet revenge on pop star Ariana Grande Share Pin It More Galleries Storm promotions May 2011 – Charlie “Sheen-co de Mayo.” It shined the spotlight on the actor’s erratic behavior and unhinged rants, which got him fired from hit sitcom, “Two and a Half Men” June 2006 – “Tom Cruise Bobblecouch Night.” It poked fun at the movie star who professed his love…

Soccer coach accused of having sex with 13-year-old – Kare 11 – KARE

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Soccer coach Rebecca Noonan(Photo: KARE) ANOKA, Minn. – A high school soccer coach is charged with criminal sexual conduct, accused of having sexual relations with a 13-year-old boy last autumn. Anoka County Sheriff’s investigators say Rebecca Lee Noonan, a 31-year-old Minneapolis woman, had intercourse with the boy in his family’s home in Ramsey in August or September of 2014. Noonan is the long-time head girls soccer coach at Champlin Park…

NASCAR should run a Sprint Cup race midweek during summer – SBNation.com – SB Nation

Thursday, July 16, 2015

No day is slower on the sporting calendar than the Wednesday after Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game. All four of North America’s most prominent stick-and-ball sports are off and it’s the very reason why ESPN schedules the ESPY Awards for that evening. Someone pointed this void out to Brad Keselowski Wednesday afternoon, who upon realizing the dearth of sporting activity expressed a sentiment many within NASCAR share: “3 words,”…

Sunil Gulati, U.S. Soccer Leader, Misses a Hearing and Draws Ire From … – New York Times

Thursday, July 16, 2015

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In the breakdown of Seattle cycling tickets, one officer averages about 124 … – The Seattle Times

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Riding a bike in Seattle hasn’t been quite the same since Glen Mulkey started as a motorcycle patrol officer. After transferring from a Seattle Police Department SWAT team to a traffic detail downtown in 2006, Mulkey began his, uh, complicated relationship with the city’s cycling community. In just four days on the job — this was in July 2006 — he ticketed 37 riders. That’s more bike citations than most…

BBC Sport – Scottish Gossip: Hearts signing, Rijeka warning, Rangers’ new code – BBC Sport

Thursday, July 16, 2015

FOOTBALL GOSSIP Canada youth international Dario Zanatta is expected to sign a two-year contract with Hearts after the 18-year-old forward impressing on trial. (The Herald)  Rodney Sneijder, the brother of Netherlands midfielder Wesley, has confirmed he is on the verge of signing for Dundee United after the 24-year-old played 15 minutes of a pre-season friendly against AZ Alkmaar. (The Sun)  …

Souhan: First baseball glove can mean the world to a player – StarTribune.com – Minneapolis Star Tribune

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Behold the baseball glove: Talisman and totem, tactile symbol and wearable nostalgia, proof of the human race’s occasional bursts of genius. There is nothing in the world like a baseball glove, nothing so dear and perpetually near. Take it from the 12-year-old me. As a child, I read and saved every article on sports I could find, watched every game we could pull in with the antennae on our small,…

Mike Trout’s Back-to-Back All-Star M.V.P. Awards Are a Baseball First – The … – New York Times

Thursday, July 16, 2015

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Angels’ Mike Trout leaves no doubt he’s best player in baseball with 2nd All … – NJ.com

Thursday, July 16, 2015

CINCINNATI — There is no doubt. Not after another All-Star game MVP. Not when player after player and manager after manager rained down compliments on him. Not after he took Zack Greinke deep on the fourth pitch of the game —  the pitcher who hadn’t allowed a run in over a month.  Mike Trout is the best player in baseball. He is the reigning American League Most Valuable Player. He has…