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The heartbreaking farewell: the world’s greatest sports library checks out – The Guardian (blog)

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Earlier today I spent about four hours researching my latest book project inside the Sports Illustrated library on the 32nd floor of the Time Life Building. It’s a place I consider to be my editorial home. Over the course of the past decade, through seven book projects, I’ve probably spent, oh, 200 hours inside the library, digging through files, photocopying clips, combing through yellowed Sports Illustrateds from decades past. I…

IndyCar Justin Wilson dies – FOXSports.com

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Justin Wilson, the 37-year-old Verizon IndyCar Series driver from Great Britain, died Monday from injuries suffered in Sunday’s ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway. Wilson’s death was announced by Hulman & Company CEO Mark Miles at a news conference at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Monday night. “This is a monumentally sad day for IndyCar and the motorsports community as a whole,” Miles said. “Justin’s elite ability to drive a race…

World Championships: Usain Bolt & Justin Gatlin reach 200m final – BBC News

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

By Tom Fordyce Chief sports writer in Beijing The Usain Bolt v Justin Gatlin re-match is on after both men dominated their semi-finals to charge into Thursday’s 200m final. Bolt, looking to retain his other individual sprint title after that extraordinary 100m…

Dallas Cowboys announce fantasy sports suite at AT&T Stadium in deal with … – Dallas Morning News (blog)

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Terrance Williams (83)exits the field after defeating the Detroit Lions in a playoff game at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, on Sunday, January 4, 2015. The Dallas Cowboys defeated the Detroit Lions 24-20 to advance in the playoffs. (Vernon Bryant/The Dallas Morning News) The Dallas Cowboys and DraftKings, which calls itself the leading U.S.-based destination for daily fantasy sports, announced a long-term partnership on Wednesday. Tony Romo’s sacked…

The unwritten rules of baseball are stupid – USA TODAY

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

On Tuesday night, the Houston Astros were blowing out the New York Yankees (a weird sentence to type being a baseball fan for the last two decades) when Carlos Gomez just missed tagging a Chris Capuano pitch. The Astros were up 9-0, but Gomez was still upset with himself for flying out, so he flipped his bat towards his own dugout and muttered something to himself. The Yankees did not…

The Happiest And Saddest Fans In Baseball – FiveThirtyEight

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Baseball teams have a way of dragging their fans’ moods with their fortunes on the field. It’s no fun to root for a perpetually losing team, especially if its performance seems unlikely to improve. Conversely, an unexpected contender has a way of lifting one’s spirits. But wins and losses are much easier to measure than happiness. We do have a proxy, though: the masses at Reddit. I scraped comments from…

Former Jets wideout Wayne Chrebet is now a pro-level fantasy baseball player – USA TODAY

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

At the Brera Ballroom inside the Cosmopolitan hotel and casino on the Las Vegas strip on Saturday night, two former NFL players sit about 30 feet away from each other. One is Bo Jackson, the marquee attraction at FanDuel’s World Fantasy Baseball Championship. Jackson, who hosted a home-run derby for the best of the daily fantasy sports world at a nearby baseball facility on Friday evening, holds court at the…

Baseball teams can train, raise money at Elizabeth hit-a-thon event – Tribune-Review

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Mark Rice had an idea. The Brentwood native and Jefferson Hills resident is the owner of In Motion Performance, a South Hills-based baseball training organization. After watching many community and scholastic sports teams see their funding get trimmed amid the budget cuts of recent years, he wanted to do something to help teams raise money for their programs and their communities overall. That’s why…

Proposed venues for 2024 Los Angeles Olympics – Los Angeles Times

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

The bid book for the 2024 Olympics that Los Angeles officials released Tuesday laid out an initial blueprint for 30 or so proposed venues. A renovated Coliseum will serve as the centerpiece, with other facilities arranged in five clusters across the city. Bidding is a long process and plans almost always change, but here is the current configuration: Downtown Cluster • Coliseum: Opening ceremony and closing ceremony, track and field…

Bill Brink’s Pirates baseball chat transcript: 8.25.15 – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Poll Question: How many more starts does A.J. Burnett make this season? 0 (0%) 1 (23%) 2 (15%) 3+ (62%) Bill Brink: Thanks for the questions and keep them coming. Here we go … PhillyJake: Aug 31 is coming up, when teams need to set final rosters for the playoffs. I can see it that the Pirates would want to remove Happ and…

Play Ball: The Storied History Of Mexican-American Baseball In South Texas – San Antonio Current

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

click to enlarge Courtesy of the UTSA Library Special Collection One of the Alamo City’s first baseball teams. Texas held its first high school baseball state championship four years after World…

Bill Brink’s Pirates baseball chat transcript: 8.25.15 – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Poll Question: How many more starts does A.J. Burnett make this season? 0 (0%) 1 (23%) 2 (15%) 3+ (62%) Bill Brink: Thanks for the questions and keep them coming. Here we go … PhillyJake: Aug 31 is coming up, when teams need to set final rosters for the playoffs. I can see it that the Pirates would want to remove Happ and…

Fantasy baseball advice: MLB FanDuel lineup advice for Tuesday, August 25 – SB Nation

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

First off, a quick introduction, though if you don’t know what FanDuel is, well, you’re missing out. FanDuel is a site that offers daily fantasy sports games. Participants are given a chance every day to select new players, fill out a lineup and, most importantly, win some cash. If you choose poorly Monday you can come back Tuesday and try again. Easy as that. Click here to enter a $5 FanDuel contest that offers a $10,000…

Analyzing the future of New Jersey sports betting after denied appeal – SI.com

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

In a significant legal defeat for advocates of sports betting and for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a three-judge panel on the U.S. Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that New Jersey is prohibited from implementing a state law that would have enabled casinos and racetracks to offer sports waging. For those who had hoped to travel to Atlantic City’s casinos to place sports bets, those dreams are now dashed—at least…

San Diego soccer star announces retirement – The San Diego Union-Tribune

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Note to UC San Diego med school students: That first-year, 30-year-old woman sitting quietly in the back of your biochemistry class, you might want to get her on your intramural soccer team. Her name is Rachel Van Hollebeke. You might remember her by her maiden name, Rachel Buehler, or as No. 19 on the U.S. national women’s soccer team, winning gold medals at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics, starting in…

IndyCar, NASCAR, Formula 1 have all suffered on-track tragedy – Indianapolis Star

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

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James: Justin Wilson’s death cruel reminder of sport’s danger – USA TODAY

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Justin Wilson (Mike DiNovo, USA TODAY Sports) Justin Wilson sat at a table in a hospitality tent nestled inside the paddock at the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg this March. He was intermittently grinning widely and squinting to watch a television monitor as the din surrounding him indicated practice had begun. The Englishman was left behind at the start of the IndyCar season, but Andretti Autosport had announced a deal that…

NASCAR’s Steve O’Donnell addresses restart rule after competitors raise … – FOXSports.com

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

With restarts an increasingly topical debate subject among drivers, a senior NASCAR official said Monday that officials wants drivers to police themselves so that the sanctioning body doesn’t have to.  “(Restarts) certainly garner attention, but it’s one of those (items) that we’ve told the drivers that we’d like to leave it in (the drivers’) hands,” NASCAR executive vice president and chief racing development officer Steve O’Donnell said on SiriusXM NASCAR’s…

Pirates chat transcript – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Poll Question: How many more starts does A.J. Burnett make this season? 0 (0%) 1 (23%) 2 (15%) 3+ (62%) Bill Brink: Thanks for the questions and keep them coming. Here we go … PhillyJake: Aug 31 is coming up, when teams need to set final rosters for the playoffs. I can see it that the Pirates would want to remove Happ and…