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Eddie Jones says rugby can learn to improve fitness from other sports – The Guardian

Sunday, August 06, 2017

As he approaches the halfway mark of his contract as England’s head coach, Eddie Jones has spent the summer watching other sports and talking to coaches as he plots ways of improving the fitness levels of his players before the 2019 World Cup in Japan. Under Jones, England have risen from World Cup failures to second in the world rankings behind New Zealand. Part of their success has been down…

LA has business to settle on road to 2028 Olympics – The Detroit News

Saturday, August 05, 2017

In this Aug. 1, 2017 file photo, U,S, Olympic Committee CEO Scott Blackmun speaks about the Team USA WinterFest for the upcoming 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games at Yongsan Garrison, a U.S. military base in Seoul, South Korea.(Photo: Lee Jin-man / AP) London — About that deal to bring the 2028 Olympics to Los Angeles: Not all is set in stone. Sometime over the next five weeks, leaders from LA…

Seahawks punter Jon Ryan enjoying Pickles (his new baseball team) on the side – Los Angeles Times

Saturday, August 05, 2017

As NFL training camps opened this month, the refrain once again was heard all over the land: Baseball used to be America’s pastime, but football is the nation’s favorite sport. For all the time and money the commissioner’s office spends on studies and focus groups on how to make baseball more attractive to young fans, someone there ought to talk to a gregarious red-haired guy who did not grow up…

TV’s Sports Problem – Barron’s – Barron’s

Saturday, August 05, 2017

Are you ready for some football? Amazon.com is. A few months ago, it agreed to pay the National Football League $50 million for streaming rights to 10 Thursday Night Football games starting on Sep. 28. That’s five times what Twitter paid for a similar deal last season. For now, streaming is a mere sideshow to television in sports. The Thursday games will air simultaneously on the NFL Network, and on…

Take A Pilgrimage To America’s Sport Sanctuaries In ‘The Arena’ – NPR

Saturday, August 05, 2017

The Chicago Cubs and the Cleveland Indians play on June 16, 2015, at Wrigley Field in Chicago. David Banks/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption David Banks/Getty Images The Chicago Cubs and the Cleveland Indians play on June 16, 2015, at Wrigley Field in Chicago. David Banks/Getty Images If he had to choose two teams to play in the World Series based only on their home stadiums, Rafi Kohan would like…

Golf: The sport of plutocrats – Salon

Saturday, August 05, 2017

Since Taft, who was criticized not only for playing badly but for playing while fat (a kind of shaming now tolerated only for Trump’s sometime pal, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie), golf has been the presidential sport of choice. Dwight Eisenhower, a good golfer, gave the game a boost when he had a putting green installed alongside the White House in 1954. An expert on the subject, ESPN investigative reporter…

Tony Granato named coach of 2018 US Olympic men’s hockey team – Los Angeles Times

Saturday, August 05, 2017

Tony Granato was a 15-year-old Midwestern kid when the “Miracle on Ice” occurred in 1980. He played for the U.S. seven times in international tournaments and watched his sister, Cammi, win gold in 1998. “There is no greater thrill in the game of hockey than to be able to cheer for, represent, wear the sweater, wear the colors,” Granato told reporters. Granato will bring that patriotic passion to his latest…

TV’s Sports Problem – Barron’s – Barron’s

Saturday, August 05, 2017

Are you ready for some football? Amazon.com is. A few months ago, it agreed to pay the National Football League $50 million for streaming rights to 10 Thursday Night Football games starting on Sep. 28. That’s five times what Twitter paid for a similar deal last season. For now, streaming is a mere sideshow to television in sports. The Thursday games will air simultaneously on the NFL Network, and on…

Shannon Briggs Boxing Schmoxing … I Started A Sports Agency!! – TMZ.com

Saturday, August 05, 2017

If you thought Shannon Briggs was gonna sit on his ass during his ban from boxing, you were DEAD WRONG, ’cause the champ is making use of his time by starting his own sports agency. Briggs got slapped with a 6-month suspension last month after testing positive for elevated levels of testosterone, a violation under world anti-doping standards. We talked to Shannon, and he told TMZ Sports he deeply regrets…

Chechen strongman builds cult of personality through sport – Financial Times

Saturday, August 05, 2017

Chechen strongman builds cult of personality through sport

From Indoor Lacrosse to WNBA, Small Sports Land on Twitter … – AdAge.com

Saturday, August 05, 2017

The WNBA is streaming 20 games on Twitter, one of a batch of smaller sports that are turning to streaming to reach fans.  Credit: Allen Kee / ESPN Images When ESPN streamed the professional indoor lacrosse playoffs for pay-TV subscribers last year, about 4,000 people tuned in on average. This year, the National Lacrosse League averaged almost 344,000 viewers for each “Game of the Week” streamed on Twitter. For football…

Tony Granato named coach of 2018 US Olympic men’s hockey team – Los Angeles Times

Saturday, August 05, 2017

Tony Granato was a 15-year-old Midwestern kid when the “Miracle on Ice” occurred in 1980. He played for the U.S. seven times in international tournaments and watched his sister, Cammi, win gold in 1998. “There is no greater thrill in the game of hockey than to be able to cheer for, represent, wear the sweater, wear the colors,” Granato told reporters. Granato will bring that patriotic passion to his latest…

Here’s Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s final No. 88 car and the No. 8 Chevy that inspired it – Charlotte Observer

Saturday, August 05, 2017

Longtime Dale Earnhardt Jr. fans will get a sense of deja vu when they see the paint scheme for the No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet in the final race of his NASCAR Cup Series career. The paint scheme for the No. 88 Chevrolet SS he’ll run in the Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead Miami Speedway on Nov. 19 looks much like the No. 8 Dale Earnhardt Inc. Chevrolet Monte Carlo…

TV’s Sports Problem – Barron’s – Barron’s

Saturday, August 05, 2017

Are you ready for some football? Amazon.com is. A few months ago, it agreed to pay the National Football League $50 million for streaming rights to 10 Thursday Night Football games starting on Sep. 28. That’s five times what Twitter paid for a similar deal last season. For now, streaming is a mere sideshow to television in sports. The Thursday games will air simultaneously on the NFL Network, and on…

Tony Granato named coach of 2018 US Olympic men’s hockey team – Los Angeles Times

Saturday, August 05, 2017

Tony Granato was a 15-year-old Midwestern kid when the “Miracle on Ice” occurred in 1980. He played for the U.S. seven times in international tournaments and watched his sister, Cammi, win gold in 1998. “There is no greater thrill in the game of hockey than to be able to cheer for, represent, wear the sweater, wear the colors,” Granato told reporters. Granato will bring that patriotic passion to his latest…

In the region: Virginia Tech, Virginia in men’s soccer preseason poll – Roanoke Times

Saturday, August 05, 2017

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Former NASCAR team owner Harry Scott dies at 51 – ESPN.com – ESPN

Saturday, August 05, 2017

Aug 3, 2017 Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print comment Former NASCAR team owner Harry Scott, who fielded cars in the NASCAR Cup Series from 2013 to ’16, died Wednesday. He was 51. Scott owned HScott Motorsports, which purchased Phoenix Racing in August 2013 and competed up until last season primarily with drivers Justin Allgaier, Clint Bowyer and Michael Annett. He also co-owned Turner Scott Motorsports, which competed in…

Former NASCAR owner and Hilton Head resident dies – Island Packet

Saturday, August 05, 2017

Former NASCAR team owner Harry White Scott Jr., of Hilton Head Island, died Wednesday. He was 51. His family said in statement that he died but did not disclose details. A memorial service is planned for 2 p.m. Tuesday at St. Luke’s Church on the island, according to The Island Funeral Home and Crematory. “Harry will be remembered as a loving family man and successful business owner. We ask that…

LA City Council set to vote on 2028 Olympics plan before key financial reports are completed – Los Angeles Times

Saturday, August 05, 2017

The Los Angeles City Council is set to approve an agreement to host the 2028 Olympics without knowing the summer Games’ budget or receiving an independent evaluation of the spending plan. The council is expected to vote as soon as next week following an agreement reached between the International Olympic Committee and LA 2028, the bid committee for L.A. to host the Games. The committee, a private nonprofit seeking the…

This Team is What Baseball is About, and I Love It – Halo’s Heaven

Saturday, August 05, 2017

Every year, stories swirl around in the MLB, reporters wear down players, and individuals are questioned on their commitment to the game of baseball. At 162 games a year, that’s already 44% of the year, half of it away from home, not counting Spring Training, off days, and potential playoff games. The questions of what a professional sports player “owes” a fan and how lucky they should consider themselves to…