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Gold medal-winning Stephen Wooldridge leaves cycling a rich legacy – The Guardian

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

“We are all looking for answers.” Those are the words of the legendary Australian cycling coach Gary Sutton, but they represent the sentiment of the entire Australian cycling community. Cyclists, coaches and fans are in shock after the death of the much-loved former track cyclist Stephen Wooldridge. In a sport often riven with division, no one ever had a bad word to say about Wooldridge. The 39-year-old won gold at…

Ryan Atkin Is First Openly Gay Professional in English Soccer – NBCNews.com

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

LONDON — A small league soccer pitch in a British coastal town seems an unlikely setting for a giant step forward in soccer equality. But when Ryan Atkin steps onto the field at Eastbourne Borough Tuesday, he will become the first openly gay man in English professional soccer — a sign of how far the sport lags behind others in overcoming homophobia despite its vast wealth and corporate support. The…

Danica Patrick says its ‘Cup only’ for her NASCAR career – Fox News

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

It’s the big time or nothing for Danica Patrick. The NASCAR racer said she has no interest driving full-time in the second tier Xfinity series next season if her team fails to find an anchor sponsor for her Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series car. “Cup only,” she said on Monday, according to NBC Sports. Patrick signed a three-year sponsorship deal with Nature’s Bakery in 2016, but it…

Unprecedented DC sports equinox could happen if Nats reach World Series – Washington Post

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Oct. 29 could be a big day for Max Scherzer, the Nationals and D.C. sports fans. (Nick Wass/AP) While millions of Americans eagerly await the temporary darkness of next week’s total solar eclipse, an even more rare phenomenon looming on the horizon began to come into focus on Monday. D.C. sports fans might need more than special sunglasses to enjoy it should it come to pass. On Oct. 30, 2016, there was at…

Cincinnati State is suspending all sports except soccer – Cincinnati.com

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

x Embed x Share CLOSE Cincinnati State Technical and Community College will field two teams instead of six this year due to financial challenges and a restructuring of the athletic department. Kate Murphy The men’s and women’s soccer teams at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College will be the only athletic teams playing this year.(Photo: Provided/Cincinnati State) Cincinnati State Technical and Community College will be fielding two teams instead of…

Free Giancarlo Stanton: Why the Marlins need to trade baseball’s home run king – Yahoo Sports

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Every day that goes by with Giancarlo Stanton in a Miami Marlins uniform is a wasted opportunity for a franchise begging to be run properly. And after years of the most feckless ownership group in baseball alienating an entire metropolitan area with lies, mismanagement and a seeming contempt for decency, its going-away present to new ownership should be to either trade Stanton now or lay the groundwork for a deal…

CBS Sports unveils new-look booth pairings for upcoming 2017 NFL season – CBSSports.com

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

When the 2017 NFL season kicks off in September, CBS will feature five new broadcast crews, including the new lead announcing team of Jim Nantz, Tony Romo and Tracy Wolfson. The trio will work the marquee games every Sunday as well as call the “Thursday Night Football” games on CBS and NFL Network. CBS has also added play-by-play announcer Beth Mowins, who will become the first woman to ever call…

How baseball agents are negotiating the gap in information and analytics in MLB – CBSSports.com

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

In the 14 years since the publication of Moneyball, baseball’s fascination with numbers has become a well-known condition. Teams are using complex mechanisms to evaluate players, and are reaching farther and farther from the league and its data providers to get their quantitative fix. You can’t dust a general manager’s shelf without numbers flying all over the place. The ongoing data revolution has obscured a simple fact. With teams receiving improved…

Free Giancarlo Stanton: Why the Marlins need to trade baseball’s home run king – Yahoo Sports

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Every day that goes by with Giancarlo Stanton in a Miami Marlins uniform is a wasted opportunity for a franchise begging to be run properly. And after years of the most feckless ownership group in baseball alienating an entire metropolitan area with lies, mismanagement and a seeming contempt for decency, its going-away present to new ownership should be to either trade Stanton now or lay the groundwork for a deal…

In Texas, the last baseball-glove maker refuses to die – Chicago Tribune

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

This little brick factory isn’t supposed to be here. It should be in the Philippines, or Vietnam, maybe China. Not here, in the heart of Texas. Baseball gloves, like many other things, aren’t really made in America anymore. In the 1960s, production shifted to Asia and never came back. It might be America’s favorite pastime, and few things are more personal to baseball-lovers than their first glove — the smell,…

Chad Bettis returned to baseball after cancer and the Rockies played the perfect song for the occasion – SB Nation

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Chad Bettis returned to the Rockies after being treated for testicular cancer during the offseason and working his way back in the minors for most of the season. He was, naturally, welcomed back to the team with open arms by his teammates and friends throughout baseball. Bettis said that in preparing for his first game back, he “felt like a kid the night before Christmas.” The applause that welcomed him…

Mariners having a ‘Women in Baseball night’, hopefully beginning a new MLB trend – CBSSports.com

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

On Tuesday night, the Seattle Mariners will play the Baltimore Orioles. Prior to the game, the Mariners will host a “Women in Baseball” panel, designed to “offer first-hand accounts from women who work in the baseball industry as they discuss the game today and their place in it.” To find out what the event is all about, we talked to one of the organizers, Meg Rowley. Rowley is an award-winning…

ESPN Is Bringing Back the Beloved Megacast Model for Its College Football Season Opener – Sports Illustrated

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

ESPN’s now-annual Megacast broadcast for college football’s title game has featured the company at its production best. Last year viewers had access to 14 alternative broadcasts for Clemson’s thrilling 35–31 win over Alabama, including presentations on ESPN2, SEC Network, ESPNU, ESPNews, ESPN Classic, ESPN Goal Line and variations on ESPN3. Given the critical and in-house praise for the Megacast—and with an eye toward getting momentum for the start of the…

I’ll get my goat: Kazakhstan’s ancient sport for modern times – The Guardian

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

The most decorated athlete in all of Kazakhstan is a five-year-old Mongolian horse named Lazer. Born wild on the steppe, he lacks the lean grace of a thoroughbred or an Arabian. Except for his large head and broad front haunches, he is small enough to be mistaken for a pony. His coat is a dusty black, tinged with rust, and his unkempt mane hangs punkishly over his eyes. Short-legged, small-eared,…

Gran Turismo Sport Elevates Driving Games To A Whole New Level – Forbes

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Photo courtesy of Polyphony Digital Features such as 4K, HDR and Wide Color take GT Sport to a whole new level of gaming. Gran Turismo Sport is quite simply a revolution in driving games. What it will bring to gaming when it hits stores in mid-October, is not just a new, brushed up version of the world’s biggest selling driving simulator game. Compared to its competitors, GT Sport is like…

Sports bosses on thin ice in EU antitrust probe – POLITICO.eu

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Ostensibly, it’s about men in skin-tight suits racing on ice. But it has the potential to cripple the power of organizations that run many of the world’s top sports. The European Commission is nearing the finish line in an antitrust investigation into a complaint by two Dutch speed skaters, whose governing body banned them from taking part in a lucrative and glamorous race planned for the rolling sands of Dubai….

Wounded veterans go to extremes in sports program – Fox News

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Carlos Gomez was driving in the mountainous terrain of Afghanistan with a U.S. Army convoy in 2011 when it came under attack by the Taliban. In a flash, a bomb exploded. The IED left him gravely injured and killed his friend. Two months later, he woke up from a coma in a military hospital in San Antonio. A sergeant piled on the bad news: Gomez had a fractured neck…

Olympics: More than 2000 mascot applications received for Tokyo – Reuters

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

(Reuters) – A total of 2,042 mascot designs have been received for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics after a competition launched earlier this month invited Japanese residents to submit their proposals, Games organizers said on Tuesday. According to the Tokyo 2020 organizing committee, a quarter of the total applicants were in their teens or 20s, while almost half of the submissions were received from people aged 30 to 49. There were…

Mariners having a ‘Women in Baseball night’, hopefully beginning a new MLB trend – CBSSports.com

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

On Tuesday night, the Seattle Mariners will play the Baltimore Orioles. Prior to the game, the Mariners will host a “Women in Baseball” panel, designed to “offer first-hand accounts from women who work in the baseball industry as they discuss the game today and their place in it.” To find out what the event is all about, we talked to one of the organizers, Meg Rowley. Rowley is an award-winning…

Stephen Wooldridge, Australian Olympic cycling champion, dies aged 39 – The Guardian

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

The Australian Olympic and world champion track cyclist, Stephen Wooldridge, has died aged 39. Born in Sydney, Wooldridge won gold in the 4,000m team pursuit at the Athens Olympics in 2004 and claimed four world titles in the same discipline. He was inducted into the NSW Sports Hall of Fame in 2015. Cycling New South Wales said in a statement it was “deeply saddened” by the loss of an “outstanding…