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A Blueprint for Women’s Sports Success. But Can It Be Copied? – New York Times

Saturday, October 14, 2017

“Look, Portland’s a great soccer market, there’s no question about it,” said Merritt Paulson, the owner of the Thorns and their affiliated Major League Soccer club, the Portland Timbers, who have sold out 122 consecutive home games and counting. “But there are other great soccer markets in this country. The N.W.S.L. can succeed, and succeed well, in a lot of markets. We don’t have fairy dust that’s unique to Portland.”…

Wiebe: Charting the next steps for US Soccer after World Cup disaster – MLSsoccer.com

Saturday, October 14, 2017

On Friday morning, in a conference call that followed Bruce Arena’s inevitable resignation, Sunil Gulati took responsibility for the United States national team’s World Cup qualifying failure. US Soccer’s long-time president did not, however, resign from his post or rule out a fourth and final run in next spring’s presidential election. You can find Gulati’s comments plastered all over this website and everywhere else the beautiful game is covered in the…

MLB playoffs: Clayton Kershaw doesn’t believe baseball teams can take advantage of fatigue – Sporting News

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Clayton Kershaw has had some time to rest ahead of Saturday’s Game 1 NLCS matchup against the Cubs. The Dodgers quickly swept the Diamondbacks in the NLDS, while Chicago just finished off a thrilling Game 5 win over the Nationals on Thursday. Despite the extra rest, Kershaw doesn’t believe the Dodgers enter the series with any sort of advantage. “I don’t know how you do that in baseball,” Kershaw said…

Spectators’ injury lawsuits against ballclubs face legal hurdles such … – Chicago Tribune

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Juanita DeJesus never saw the ball coming. DeJesus was sitting along the first base line at a 2009 minor-league baseball game in Gary, Ind., when an infield fly struck her in the face just as she looked up to spot the ball. The impact broke several bones in her face and resulted in permanent blindness in her left eye. Her injuries were strikingly similar to those recently suffered by John…

Western baseball player picks up pieces in Puerto Rico – News-Press Now

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Erick Bracero played first base on the Griffon baseball team at Missouri Western State University for four years and graduated in 1995 with a business degree. He currently lives in Gurabo, Puerto Rico, with his wife and three children, where they’re still recovering from the devastating impact of Hurricane Maria. “Personally, it’s been the worst experience in my life,” he said. “I have three kids that…

A History Of Activism In Baseball – NPR

Saturday, October 14, 2017

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: Let’s check in on the politics of a sport that has steered clear of politics. We’ve heard a lot about football players protesting racial discrimination. Major League Baseball players have mostly stayed off to the side. Rhiannon Walker is following baseball’s quieter course. She is associate editor for ESPN’s The Undefeated, which examines sports, race and culture, and she’s a good person to ask, how has baseball…

Friday’s Sports in Brief – FOXSports.com

Saturday, October 14, 2017

COLLEGE SPORTS North Carolina can move forward, closing one of the most embarrassing chapters in the school’s history now that the long-running NCAA academic case has ended with UNC facing no penalty. Still, even with what had to be the best possible outcome – a weight being lifted that has loomed over the Chapel Hill campus for years – school officials greeted the news more with cautious relief than exuberance….

A Blueprint for Women’s Sports Success. But Can It Be Copied? – New York Times

Saturday, October 14, 2017

“Look, Portland’s a great soccer market, there’s no question about it,” said Merritt Paulson, the owner of the Thorns and their affiliated Major League Soccer club, the Portland Timbers, who have sold out 122 consecutive home games and counting. “But there are other great soccer markets in this country. The N.W.S.L. can succeed, and succeed well, in a lot of markets. We don’t have fairy dust that’s unique to Portland.”…

No billy goat or ‘Bambino’ but Washingtonians wonder if baseball team is jinxed – Baltimore Sun

Saturday, October 14, 2017

In the early hours of Friday the 13th in the 13th season of the Nationals in Washington, you could hardly blame even the team’s most sensible fans for wondering if something had gone cosmically awry with a club that has mastered the art of merely getting close. Unlike some other cities, Washington has no cute anecdotes about baseball jinxes – no “Curse of the Bambino,” no billy goats said to…

Friday’s Sports in Brief – FOXSports.com

Saturday, October 14, 2017

COLLEGE SPORTS North Carolina can move forward, closing one of the most embarrassing chapters in the school’s history now that the long-running NCAA academic case has ended with UNC facing no penalty. Still, even with what had to be the best possible outcome – a weight being lifted that has loomed over the Chapel Hill campus for years – school officials greeted the news more with cautious relief than exuberance….

A Blueprint for Women’s Sports Success. But Can It Be Copied? – New York Times

Saturday, October 14, 2017

“Look, Portland’s a great soccer market, there’s no question about it,” said Merritt Paulson, the owner of the Thorns and their affiliated Major League Soccer club, the Portland Timbers, who have sold out 122 consecutive home games and counting. “But there are other great soccer markets in this country. The N.W.S.L. can succeed, and succeed well, in a lot of markets. We don’t have fairy dust that’s unique to Portland.”…

Dallas Keuchel Spearheads Astros’ 2-1 Win Over Yankees in ALCS Game 1 – Sports Illustrated

Saturday, October 14, 2017

After a crisp and brisk-by-2017-playoff standards (three hours and 20 minutes) Game 1, a 2-1 Astros win, Houston now has a 1-0 lead on the Yankees in the ALCS. Game 2 comes at 4 p.m. ET on Saturday; here are a few quick thoughts before the quick turnaround: Kid Keuchel was in control: Is it just me, or did circa-1991 Tom Glavine take the hill Friday night for Houston? Lefty…

Could another US city host the Olympics before LA gets a chance? – Los Angeles Times

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Only a month after Los Angeles was officially named host of the 2028 Summer Games, U.S. Olympic Committee officials expressed their desire to put forth another American bid in the near future. “I think I put a stake in the ground and said we are interested in hosting the Winter Games,” USOC Chairman Larry Probst said in a teleconference on Friday. The next Olympics up for grabs would be 2026,…

Sunil Gulati Says He Won’t Resign as President of US Soccer – New York Times

Saturday, October 14, 2017

“We’ve got a lot of things on our agenda, including a World Cup bid that is due in the end of March, and a decision in June,” Gulati said when asked, repeatedly, why he was not resigning. “And so I don’t plan to do that.” Arena’s departure, which was revealed Friday morning in a statement from the coach, was hardly a surprise. He was under contract only through next summer’s…

With NASCAR as unifying force, Julian Maha helps reshape ‘Kulture’ – Nascar

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Editor’s note: This is the second in a series of four feature stories on this year’s Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award Presented by Nationwide finalists. Julian Maha’s story is interesting and inspiring — and quite unique. A Malaysian who became an Alabaman with an evolving affinity for NASCAR as part of the deal, Maha is one of four finalists for The NASCAR Foundation’s Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award Presented by…

Denny Hamlin won’t be getting a raise based on NASCAR’s downturn economics – Los Angeles Times

Saturday, October 14, 2017

NASCAR’s business model keeps downsizing to the scale of Groupon and Overstock.com, with a dash of the Dollar Store. Everyone wants to pinch pennies. Faced with drops in sponsorships, the inability to pay top drivers, sagging attendance and drops in TV viewership, NASCAR is in scramble mode going into the 2018 season. But that’s not just me talking. NASCAR Chairman Brian France admitted over the weekend that the sport could…

NASCAR Mailbag: Can burnouts be used to cover up illegal modifications? – Motorsport.com, Edition: Global

Saturday, October 14, 2017

The Motorsport.com NASCAR team of Jim Utter and Lee Spencer answer this week’s questions from fans. Could a victory burnout really be used as a cover up for illegal modifications? – From Ray Ray, in theory, an area of the car which had been manipulated prior to or during the race could be “covered up” per se from damage during an extensive burnout. But that would require foreknowledge…

MLB playoffs: Clayton Kershaw doesn’t believe baseball teams can take advantage of fatigue – Sporting News

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Clayton Kershaw has had some time to rest ahead of Saturday’s Game 1 NLCS matchup against the Cubs. The Dodgers quickly swept the Diamondbacks in the NLDS, while Chicago just finished off a thrilling Game 5 win over the Nationals on Thursday. Despite the extra rest, Kershaw doesn’t believe the Dodgers enter the series with any sort of advantage. “I don’t know how you do that in baseball,” Kershaw said…

Still a Workhorse but Now an Astro, Justin Verlander Gets Set for Yankees – New York Times

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Conserving his best fastballs for later in games was not Verlander’s plan, at first. Summoned to the majors in 2005, just a year after the Tigers chose him from Old Dominion with the second overall pick in the draft, he learned that major leaguers would wear him out quickly if they saw the same speed all the time. “I was having a lot of trouble with foul balls, and I…

Out at Home: Baseball Breaks Fans’ Hearts Once Again – RealClearPolitics

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Today is Friday the 13th, a date long associated with bad luck, which was certainly the case in the wee hours this morning for the Washington Nationals and their fans. Bad umpiring, too, which hardly salves the wound. “Baseball has the largest library of law and lore and custom and ritual,” former Major League Baseball commissioner and classics scholar A. Bartlett Giamatti once noted. For that reason, he added, “in…