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Five Of NASCAR’s Playoff Drivers Involved In Crazy Wreck Where No One Could See – Jalopnik

Monday, September 25, 2017

GIF via NASCAR NASCAR playoffs contender Kevin Harvick spun while battling Austin Dillon for position during today’s race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Harvick lit up his rear tires trying to stay out of the wall, but the cloud of smoke from his big burnout kept other drivers from being able to see what was in front of him and caused a pile-up anyway. Screencap via NBC Sports The smokiest…

Hockey gets warm and confused welcome by the Chinese – ESPN

Monday, September 25, 2017

Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print comment BEIJING — Recovering from Thursday’s relatively moderate reception in Shanghai, the matchup Saturday night between the Los Angeles Kings and the Vancouver Canucks here — the second leg of the NHL’s first preseason games in China, resulting in a 4-3 shootout win for the Kings — witnessed a much stronger welcome from a city bracing for the 2022 Winter Olympics. The attendance…

These NFL owners gave Trump millions. But when he attacked their sport, they hit back. – Washington Post

Monday, September 25, 2017

President Trump speaks at a campaign rally in Huntsville, Ala., on Sept. 22. (Brynn Anderson/Associated Press) Of all the National Football League franchise owners, Bob McNair is probably one of President Trump’s most generous donors. The Houston Texans owner donated $2 million in 2016 to a pro-Trump super PAC. He is also among the eight NFL team owners who collectively doled out millions of dollars for Trump’s inauguration, helping the New York billionaire…

NASCAR owners side with Trump, take firm stance against anthem protests – USA TODAY

Sunday, September 24, 2017

x Embed x Share CLOSE After Donald Trump said NFL players should be fired for kneeling during the national anthem, NFL players, owners and coaches condemned Trump’s comments. USA TODAY Sports Team owner and seven-time NASCAR champion Richard Petty was adamant on standing for the national anthem.(Photo: Brian Spurlock, USA TODAY Sports) LOUDON, N.H. — NASCAR again proved to be an insular oddity in American sports culture on Sunday as Monster Energy…

It wasn’t that long ago when NASCAR drivers sat in their cars during the national anthem – Yahoo Sports

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Do you know that NASCAR drivers used to sit in their cars during the national anthem before races? As President Donald Trump’s attacks on players who protest during the national anthem in the NFL became the dominant sports storyline of the weekend, NASCAR Hall of Famers Richard Petty and Richard Childress were asked Sunday at New Hampshire what would happen if a driver or team member of theirs protested during…

Racing Icon Chip Ganassi Guns For His First Nascar Cup Title – Forbes

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Chip Ganassi, 59, has accomplished just about everything someone could in auto racing. He had a five-year career as a driver before launching his own CART team in 1990. As an owner, he has won the Indy 500, Daytona 500, Brickyard 400, 24 Hours of Le Mans and more. His teams claimed 18 championships and more than 190 checkered flags. Ganassi was inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame last…

Baseball owners are a scourge on the sport – Beyond the Box Score

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Arte Moreno, owner of the Los Angeles Angels, is a bad owner. All owners are bad, and Arte Moreno is bad even by those lowered standards. He has done some things that other owners could only dream of: namely, repeatedly failed to capitalize on the contributions of the best player of several generations and possibly all of baseball history, and forced his team to first carry one of the dumbest…

Transgender Hockey Player Postpones Hormone Treatment To Keep Playing – NPR

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Harrison Browne, seen here playing for the Buffalo Beauts, says he feels lucky to be part of a league that accepts him and wants him to feel comfortable. Courtesy of the National Women’s Hockey League hide caption toggle caption Courtesy of the National Women’s Hockey League Harrison Browne, seen here playing for the Buffalo Beauts, says he feels lucky to be part of a league that accepts him and wants…

Memo to Trump after his NFL rant: sport is, and always has been, political – The Guardian

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Politics and sport have been bedfellows since at least the birth of the ancient Olympic Games some 28 centuries ago, when city states that vied year-round for finite resources came up with a venue of bloodless competition in which to hash out their issues. Even in antiquity the political intrigue that followed took on many forms. Tensions over hosting rights for the quadrennial festival were commonplace. And there were no…

Hendrick Motorsports turns, as NASCAR does, to a younger generation – Concord Monitor

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Seventeen years, 83 wins, seven championships and an eighth on his mind. Jimmie Johnson knows his way around NASCAR’s premier series. Such experience will be helpful when Johnson, 42, is the leader of what will be one of NASCAR’s youngest teams at Hendrick Motorsports next season. Dale Earnhardt Jr. is retiring and Kasey Kahne was not asked back for the final year of his contract. Kahne, 37, will drive…

Tyler Reddick wins at Kentucky I 2017 NASCAR XFINITY SERIES – FOXSports.com

Sunday, September 24, 2017

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Soccer is a growing business in the US – New York Post

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Dear John: I live in Poland, and have for the past 10 years. I remember when World Cup soccer was on TV in 2010. I believe it was Paraguay vs. France. Already a borefest. The final score was an unexciting 0 – 0 tie. And it was typical of the entire tournament. Even the German network said the tournament was “langweilig” (boring!). J.N. Dear J.N.: Poland! You made my day….

A baseball struck a young girl in the head last week. We need rules to stop that. – Washington Post

Sunday, September 24, 2017

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Changes are coming to baseball, but fans deserve report why they … – Chicago Tribune

Sunday, September 24, 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 Embroiled In 2 Controversies About Professional Sports, Race And Culture – NPR

Sunday, September 24, 2017

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and outside linebacker Eli Harold kneel during the playing of the national anthem before an NFL game in 2016. John Bazemore/AP hide caption toggle caption John Bazemore/AP San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and outside linebacker Eli Harold kneel during the playing of the national anthem before an NFL game in 2016. John Bazemore/AP In the span of less than 24 hours, President Trump…

Trump NFL row: What have sports stars said? – BBC News

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption LeBron James and Kevin Durant – two of basketball’s biggest stars have criticised President Trump US President Donald Trump is embroiled in a row with leading figures in the sports world after he said NFL players who protested during the playing of the national anthem should be fired. The president also received flak for criticising NBA star Stephen Curry in a tweet for not…

Lil Wayne Signs Champion Boxer … To Young Money Sports Agency – TMZ.com

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Lil Wayne‘s got another one … not a rap hit … but another huge athlete for his Young Money APAA Sports & Entertainment Agency, this time signing a champion boxer to the team … TMZ Sports has learned. Wayne’s new kid ain’t some no-name prospect, its Jermell Charlo who’s 29-0 and already the super welterweight champion of the world. Charlo is fighting Erickson Lubin at the Barclays Center on October…

The Trump-Sports War escalates, leaving millions in danger of getting dunked on – AV Club

Sunday, September 24, 2017

(Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images) Donald Trump—a man for whom kicking hornets nests comes as naturally as if he was a blindfolded guy in clown shoes, walking through Ye Olde Hornet-Filled Woods—found a doozy to punt today, picking a fight with not just one, but two separate major league sports associations in a 24-hour span. Earlier today, Trump took shots at Golden State Warrior (and NBA champion) Steph Curry, causing LeBron…

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,…