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FIFA Probe Shows Soccer State Within a State – Wall Street Journal

Saturday, June 20, 2015

ASUNCIÓN, Paraguay—In 1996, Nicolás Leoz, then president of the South American Soccer Confederation, wrote to a Paraguayan senator with an unusual request: Grant the confederation immunity from prosecution. In exchange, Mr. Leoz said, the federation would base itself permanently in this poor, landlocked country. Paraguay’s Congress passed legislation giving the confederation, known as Conmebol, an untouchable status in this…

UVa baseball can draw from experience heading into CWS elimination game – NCAA.com

Saturday, June 20, 2015

OMAHA, Neb. — Friday afternoon’s 10-5 win for Florida against Virginia looked familiar for the Gators, as it was their third 10-plus run performance of the College World Series. Virginia, on the other hand, is now faced with a feeling it has yet to experience in the NCAA tournament. Up until this point, the Cavaliers had won every game in NCAA play. They went 3-0 in the Lake…

Charleston Southern Baseball Player Chris Singleton Should Be an Inspiration … – The Big Lead

Saturday, June 20, 2015

This man lost his mother last night in #CharlestonShooting. Unbelievable poise and strength shown by Chris Singleton. pic.twitter.com/9m9Bv5Sm9o — Daren Stoltzfus (@DarenStoltzfus) June 19, 2015 Chris Singleton is a strong young man. This is Singleton, 19 years old, less than 24 hours removed from losing his mother to a hate crime, speaking to reporters on the Charleston Southern baseball field on Thursday night. It’s remarkable that he was both able to be so…

Utah minor league baseball team cancels ‘Caucasian Heritage Night’ (Updated) – Washington Post (blog)

Saturday, June 20, 2015

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All-Star Game votes for Royals are legit, baseball official says – Kansas City Star

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Yes, Major League Baseball has received some bad All-Star Game ballots, about 60 million of the more than 300 million counted so far. No, that doesn’t mean Omar Infante isn’t the leading vote-getter for the American League at second base, as reflected in the last vote totals released Monday. Somehow, wires got crossed on Friday. Headlines popped up across the Internet, “MLB cancels over 60 million All-Star votes,” wrote one…

Known baseball collector caught A-Rod’s 3000th hit (a home run) – CBSSports.com

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Yankees DH Alex Rodriguez collected his 3,000th hit Friday night and he did so in dramatic fashion, hitting a home run to right field off Justin Verlander. The man who caught the ball? Well, he’s been here before: Zack Hample of NYC says he won’t simply give the ball back to A-Rod or #yankees #AROD3K pic.twitter.com/g8vhXjL6Tm — Brendan Kuty (@BrendanKutyNJ) June 19, 2015 That’s 37-year-old Yankees season-ticket holder Zack Hample,…

How to become a great sports dad – For The Win

Saturday, June 20, 2015

It’s easy to be a great sports dad. Unfortunately, it’s just as easy to become a terrible one. With Father’s Day approaching FTW lists 11 ways to become the former and avoid being the latter. 1. Your child is not getting a college scholarship. (AP) Go in with that mentality, please. If he or she happens to be good enough to get one, fantastic. But don’t think of your chid’s…

The greatest players in U.S. women’s soccer history are waiting for a chance … – For The Win

Friday, June 19, 2015

Sixteen years after Brandi Chastain ripped off her jersey in front of millions of Americans following one of the most magical moments in sports, she’s a coach. At 46, she coaches the soccer team at Bellarmine College Prep, an all-boys Catholic high school in San Jose and has spent years assisting her husband, the longtime women’s coach at her alma mater Santa Clara. But Chastain has always hoped to return…

NASCAR turns up the volume – ESPN

Friday, June 19, 2015

0 Shares Print When I was a kid, I talked a lot. Like, a lot. During the summers I would spend a good bit of time at my grandparents’ house, and looking back, I drove them crazy with all my yammering and the racket coming from video games and other noisy toys. Sometimes I’d be going on and on and then I’d ask a question and get no answer, only…

Ryan: For a contact sport, NASCAR’s newsmakers need more conflict – NBCSports.com

Friday, June 19, 2015

It was intended as a playfully snarky jab about the TMZ-esque transcendence of the most potentially transformative personality that NASCAR has. When Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Amy Reimann announced their engagement as dawn broke Wednesday – ensuring a full day of nonstop chatter about a sport desperately fighting for a larger slice of water-cooler relevance in the crowded American cultural and sports landscape – Yahoo Sports! writer Nick Bromberg cracked…

Tiger Woods, Fox Sports golf coverage: Not ready for prime time – SB Nation

Friday, June 19, 2015

All Tiger Woods could do, at the end of another awful round of golf in a season full of them — this time in the opening round of the U.S. Open chamber of horrors at Chambers Bay — was engage in a bit of gallows humor. “At least I kicked Rickie’s butt,” quipped the 14-time major champion, who won his last grand slam event seven years ago at the…

11 things every sports dad should know – For The Win

Friday, June 19, 2015

It’s easy to be a great sports dad. Unfortunately, it’s just as easy to become a terrible one. With Father’s Day approaching FTW lists 11 ways to become the former and avoid being the latter. 1. Your child is not getting a college scholarship. (AP) Go in with that mentality, please. If he or she happens to be good enough to get one, fantastic. But don’t think of your chid’s…

How to find Fox Sports 1 channel on your TV for U.S. Open – NJ.com

Friday, June 19, 2015

FOX Sports continues its inaugural golf coverage Friday with the second round of the 2015 U.S. Open at Chambers Bay. The first day, with a scoreboard meltdown and fans complaining on social media about the lack of basic scoring graphics when each golfer was shown on the screen, didn’t go so well for the network. Plus, a lot of sports fans — especially golf fans — don’t know where to…

Sources: Top Euroleague point guard planning return to NBA – Yahoo Sports

Friday, June 19, 2015

Real Madrid’s Sergio Rodriguez, considered the top point guard in Europe, has plans to negotiate a return to the NBA in summer free agency, league sources told Yahoo Sports. View photo . Real Madrid’s Sergio Rodriguez, right, is considered the top point guard in Europe. (AP) Front-office executives regard Rodriguez as an elite backup point guard in the NBA, a playmaker at 6-foot-3 who could successfully run a good team…

Dear sports writers, stick to sports – SB Nation

Friday, June 19, 2015

We’re required to remind you that these strong takes are SATIRE. Sorry, not sorry. All spelling errors are intentional, we think. -Ed. Attention all sports writers. You might not like what I have to say, but I will defend to the death my right to say it: Stick. To.Sports. As a sports writer, I’m going to go off on a little tangent here. Because I’m sick…

South American Soccer Giant Falls From Grace – Wall Street Journal

Friday, June 19, 2015

ASUNCIÓN, Paraguay—In 1996, Nicolás Leoz, then president of the South American Soccer Confederation, wrote to a Paraguayan senator with an unusual request: Grant the confederation immunity from prosecution. In exchange, Mr. Leoz said, the federation would base itself permanently in this poor, landlocked country. Paraguay’s congress passed legislation giving the confederation, known as Conmebol, an untouchable status in this…

It’s Not Women’s Soccer—It’s Just Soccer – TIME

Friday, June 19, 2015

Rich Lam—Getty Images Megan Rapinoe #15 of the United States and Ngozi Okobi #13 of Nigeria during the Group D match of the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015 in Vancouver on June 16, 2015. Zocalo Public Square is a not-for-profit Ideas Exchange that blends live events and humanities journalism. The World Cup shouldn’t be the only time my son roots for female sports stars He sat on the edge…

Special Olympics World Games- Kaiser Permanente – KTLA

Friday, June 19, 2015

Gayle Anderson was live in Pasadena with members of the medical team at Kaiser Permanente, a Founding Champion and Official Health Partner for the Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles 2015. More than 650 Kaiser Permanente physicians and staff will be providing care to the 7,000 athletes from 177 countries who will be participating in the World Games. Kaiser Permanente physicians, working with physicians from USC, UCLA and Children’s Hospital…

Baseball player’s pastor mom among the victims in Charleston – WSOC Charlotte

Friday, June 19, 2015

The Rev. Sharonda Singleton was a celebrated track and field coach for Goose Creek High School and revered as a “positive light” to all who knew her, according to the South Carolina High School League. She had three children. Her oldest child, Chris Singleton, is a baseball player at Charleston Southern University. On Wednesday night Singleton tweeted, “Something extremely terrible has happened to my mom tonight, please pray for her…

Say hey, baseball: MLB cancels over 60 million All-Star votes – SB Nation

Friday, June 19, 2015

Listen, we know it’s tough to catch up on everything happening in the baseball world each morning. There are all kinds of stories, rumors, game coverage, and Vines of dudes getting hit in the beans every day. Trying to find all of it while on your way to work or sitting at your desk just isn’t easy. It’s okay, though, we’re going to do the heavy lifting for you each…