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Bridge players believe change to tax status is on the cards – The Guardian

Thursday, June 15, 2017

The card game bridge is hardly the most physically strenuous of activities. But according to a judgment by one of the European court of justice’s most senior lawyers, the game should be considered a sport – for tax purposes at least. The recommendation is the latest salvo in a longrunning legal case brought by the English Bridge Union (EBU), which argues that entry fees for its tournaments should be exempt…

US Soccer Announces Round of 16 Draw for 2017 US Open Cup – U.S. Soccer (press release) (registration) (blog)

Thursday, June 15, 2017

CHICAGO (June 15, 2017) – U.S. Soccer unveiled the Round of 16 pairings and hosts as well as the potential Quarterfinal matchups for the 2017 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup on Thursday. With the Round of 16 Bracket set, all remaining teams will know their potential path to the tournament Final. The Round of 16 will be played on Tuesday, June 27 and Wednesday, June 28. READ MORE: Three…

Badgers men’s hockey: Associate head coach Don Granato set to leave Wisconsin for Chicago Blackhawks – Madison.com

Thursday, June 15, 2017

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Premier League viewership dip has raises doubts for live sports on TV – Business Insider

Thursday, June 15, 2017

BI Intelligence See Also This story was delivered to BI Intelligence “Digital Media Briefing” subscribers. To learn more and subscribe, please click here. The Premier League, the top soccer league in England and Wales and one of the most popular sports competitions in the world, suffered the biggest decline in viewership on Sky TV in at least seven years, Financial Times reports. These are the Premier League’s worst TV ratings…

Bridge is a sport, says European Court of Justice adviser, with ‘mental skill’ as important as physical exertion – Telegraph.co.uk

Thursday, June 15, 2017

However, critics point out that it recognises darts and snooker, sports that can hardly be said to require great physical exertion. Judges in the High Court and the Court of Appeal backed HMRC. The European Court’s decision will be published in the coming months and will heap pressure on Sport England to review their list. Other European countries – Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France and the Netherlands – recognise bridge as…

What we know about the congressional baseball shooting – ABC News

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Rep. Steve Scalise was in critical condition as of late Wednesday night, after suffering severe injuries from a gunshot wound when a gunman opened fire on Republican congressmen practicing Wednesday morning for a congressional baseball game. The House majority whip and Louisiana Republican was rushed to a Washington trauma center Wednesday with fractured bones and internal organ damage, according to hospital officials. He is suffering from a rifle shot to…

Congress heads back to work the day after baseball shooting – Chicago Tribune

Thursday, June 15, 2017

The business of the House was resuming a day after a rifle-wielding attacker opened fire on Republican lawmakers practicing for a charity baseball game, critically wounding House GOP Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana and hitting aides and Capitol police. The assailant, who had nursed grievances against President Donald Trump and the GOP, fought a gun battle with police before he, too, was shot and later died. Colleagues said Scalise, who…

Rep. Scalise remains in critical condition after attacker opens fire on GOP baseball practice – Chicago Tribune

Thursday, June 15, 2017

A rifle-wielding attacker opened fire on Republican lawmakers as they practiced for a charity baseball game Wednesday, critically wounding House GOP Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana and hitting aides and Capitol police as congressmen and others dove for cover. The assailant, who had nursed grievances against President Donald Trump and the GOP, fought a gun battle with police before he, too, was shot and later died. Colleagues said Scalise had…

Meet the 2 police officers who prevented a ‘massacre’ at GOP baseball practice – ABC News

Thursday, June 15, 2017

U.S. Capitol Police officers David Bailey and Crystal Griner were identified by House Speaker Paul Ryan as the two special agents injured in the shooting at a congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia. Bailey and Griner were protecting House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, currently the third-highest Republican in the House. Nine other members of Congress have protective details because of their positions. Special Agent Henry Cabrera was also protecting Scalise…

Congressional baseball players: We must unite – CNN

Thursday, June 15, 2017

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Stadiums of the future: a revolution for the fan experience in sport – The Guardian

Thursday, June 15, 2017

With its own dedicated fromagerie, microbrewery and Michelin-star restaurant, it might be easy to forget you have come to watch the football when you are reclining in one of the premium lounges of Tottenham Hotspur’s new £750m stadium. The 61,000-seat behemoth will feature the longest bar in the country, heated seats with built-in USB ports, a glass-walled tunnel so you can see the players before the game and even a…

Swimming robot to probe damage at Japan nuclear plant – ABC News

Thursday, June 15, 2017

A Japanese industrial group unveiled Thursday a swimming robot designed for underwater probes of damage from meltdowns at the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear plant after the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami. Remote controlled robots are key to the decades-long decommissioning process for the plant. But super-high radiation and structural damage inside the reactors hampered earlier attempts to inspect areas close to the reactors’ cores. The developers say they plan to send…

NASCAR deserves praise for diversity efforts – Quad-Cities Online

Thursday, June 15, 2017

I do not often delve into the world of NASCAR in this space because there is so much coverage of its programs elsewhere. However, once in a while something comes up that has earned attention. That often has proven to be its diversity program. One of the biggest challenges ahead for motorsports is figuring out how to appeal to a broader and younger audience. One way…

Dale Earnhardt on Danica Patrick’s ‘moment:’ Fans can pull you through rough times – Charlotte Observer

Thursday, June 15, 2017

NASCAR driver Danica Patrick made a tough season tougher when video of her calling out – complete with the “f” word – some fans who had booed her went viral over the weekend. Patrick, whose words stirred up fans and media, offered her side of the incident for the first time Wednesday. But Cup Series driver Dale Earnhardt suggests that Patrick should see talking with fans while signing autographs as…

UK Sport ignored red lights about problems at British Cycling – The Guardian

Thursday, June 15, 2017

UK Sport has long prided itself on a high-performance system that it insists is “the envy of the world”. Yet the way it deflected and muzzled criticism of how it had failed to spot deep-rooted problems at British Cycling on Wednesday suggested world-class levels of obfuscation, too. It had been expected Annmarie Phelps’s independent review into the climate and culture of British Cycling, which appeared after 14 months in utero,…

Rio de Janeiro Olympics cost $13.1 billion – 9NEWS.com

Thursday, June 15, 2017

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – AUGUST 16: Santiago Lange of Argentina is seen with his gold medal after winning in the Nacra 17 Mixed class on Day 11 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Marina da Gloria on August 16, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images) RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — An analysis by The Associated Press shows that the cost of putting on…

NBA Finals Ratings Surge Counters Downward Trend for Live Sports – Variety

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Massive viewership for Game 7 of last year’s NBA Finals lifted the series to the highest ratings for a championship matchup since 1998. But this year, the Golden State Warriors’ dominance in the playoffs — cruising undefeated through the Western Conference bracket — made the possibility that the series would again go to seven games seem remote. Prior to the Finals, NBA executives were quietly tamping down ratings expectations. It…

This Soccer Club Has Everything You’d Want Except … – New York Times

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

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This beer league soccer team faced the pros — and nearly won – New York Post

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

For 81 minutes, these average Joes had America’s soccer world turned upside down. Christos FC, an amateur soccer team from Maryland, shouldn’t have made it to the fourth round of the US Open Cup — so named because it is “open” to teams from every level of competition, from MLS down to your local beer league — but somehow they did. Sponsored by a discount liquor store, Christos is essentially…

Team USA will wear Bills-themed hockey jerseys for outdoor game in Buffalo – FOXSports.com

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

The World Junior Championships is one of the best events on the hockey calendar every year. The international tournament lets fans of the sport watch some of the best U-20 players in the world compete against each other for national glory. For North American hockey fans, the game that’s always circled is the annual preliminary round meeting between the USA and Canada. This year, that game will be held Dec. 29 at…