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U.S. Men’s Soccer, But Not Women’s, Gets To Play All Its Games On Grass – FiveThirtyEight

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

The U.S. men’s national soccer team (USMNT) has played on perennial ryegrass and Kentucky bluegrass and Latitude 36 Bermuda grass, but it hasn’t played a game on artificial turf in the U.S. in the past two years.1 Compare that with the U.S. women’s national team (USWNT), which was forced this weekend to either refuse to play in a friendly match against Trinidad and Tobago because of unsuitable field conditions at…

U.S. Women’s Soccer Team Cancels Game Over Poor Field Conditions – NPR

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

i Abby Wambach of the U.S. women’s national soccer team (right) stands with teammates during a practice in October. The team canceled a friendly match against Trinidad and Tobago on Sunday because of the poor state of the artificial turf. Elaine Thompson/AP hide caption toggle caption Elaine Thompson/AP Abby Wambach of the U.S. women’s national soccer team (right) stands with teammates during a practice in October. The team canceled a…

Gossip column: Monk, Ancelotti, Rodgers, Nolito, Rabiot – BBC Sport

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

For a list of all the latest deals, check out the transfers page. Garry Monk to be sacked? Former Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers, 42, is set for a return to Swansea with Garry Monk on the brink of losing his job. (Daily Express) Monk, 36, is certain to be sacked – possibly once Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins returns from collecting his OBE in London on Tuesday. (Guardian) Swansea could also…

Trudy Deschamp dies; ‘First lady of LI hockey’ was 80 – Newsday

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

Trudy Deschamps’ hospitality and personality persuaded her friends to view her as the First Lady of Long Island Hockey during her 44-year marriage to Buzz, a former Long Island Ducks star, St. John’s University coach and equipment company executive. She became a fixture in the hockey community as she accompanied her husband to Stanley Cup playoffs, All-Star Games, trade shows and youth tournaments….

Not so lucky No. 13: Learn the history of one of NASCAR’s most superstitious … – FOXSports.com

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

Racers are a superstitious lot.  In NASCAR, three of the most prevalent superstitions are: 1. No green race cars 2. Don’t eat peanuts in the pits or the garage 3. Don’t carry $50 or $100 bills Speaking of superstitions, what about the No. 13 in the NASCAR Premier Series? Truth is, the No. 13 has had almost no luck at all. Seventy-one different drivers have made a total of 447…

Baseball notebook: Abuse allegation may hold up Chapman deal to Dodgers – STLtoday.com

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

Abuse allegation may hold up Chapman deal The Cincinnati Reds agreed to trade hard-throwing closer Aroldis Chapman to the Los Angeles Dodgers, pending approval of medical records, a source said Monday. But a domestic abuse allegation against Chapman may hold up the deal. Chapman, a 27-year-old lefthander, is eligible for free agency after next year’s World Series. He threw the 62 fastest pitches in the big leagues this year, ranging…

Live updates: Latest news and rumors overheard during baseball’s winter … – MLive.com

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Baseball’s top executives have all gathered at the Gaylord Opryland Resort in Nashville, Tenn. this week for one purpose: To talk baseball. Which means rumors are swirling and moves are bound to be made. MLB Network will have wall-to-wall coverage of this year’s winter meetings, but there’s plenty of off-the-record conversations taking place behind the scenes. Join MLive.com’s James Schmehl and Chris Iott following the latest news…

In Bentonville, Cricket Players Make Do With a Baseball Field – Wall Street Journal

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

ENLARGE BENTONVILLE, Ark.—Fifteen Pepsi PEP -0.39 % workers flew here from three cities to play Wal-Mart WMT 1.41 % on a rain-soaked baseball field in a small public park. The crowd went wild as one of Pepsi’s batters faced down the bowler, swung his bat at what could have been a pace bowl, or leg spinner or even an off spinner—but probably not a googly or a flipper. He missed….

Baseball Thrives on Income Inequality – American Spectator

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

Major League Baseball’s annual Winter Meetings are underway this week in Nashville, Tennessee. These meetings, where baseball executives get together under one roof, traditionally herald in baseball’s silly season of awarding whopper like contracts to the available crop of premium free agents. This year, even before the meetings began, the aptly named David Price kicked off the festivities by inking a seven-year $217 million contract with the Boston Red Sox….

U.S. Women’s Soccer Team Cancels Game Over Poor Field Conditions – NPR

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

i Abby Wambach of the U.S. women’s national soccer team (right) stands with teammates during a practice in October. The team canceled a friendly match against Trinidad and Tobago on Sunday because of the poor state of the artificial turf. Elaine Thompson/AP hide caption toggle caption Elaine Thompson/AP Abby Wambach of the U.S. women’s national soccer team (right) stands with teammates during a practice in October. The team canceled a…

Dale Earnhardt Jr. to race at Richmond for JRM – Nascar

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

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Live updates: Latest news and rumors overheard during baseball’s winter … – MLive.com

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Baseball’s top executives have all gathered at the Gaylord Opryland Resort in Nashville, Tenn. this week for one purpose: To talk baseball. Which means rumors are swirling and moves are bound to be made. MLB Network will have wall-to-wall coverage of this year’s winter meetings, but there’s plenty of off-the-record conversations taking place behind the scenes. Join MLive.com’s James Schmehl and Chris Iott following the latest news…

Here are those Muslim ‘sports heroes’ President Obama is talking about – Washington Post

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

Challenger Muhammad Ali watches as defending world champion George Foreman goes down to the canvas in the eighth round of their WBA/WBC championship match in Kinshasa, Zaire, on Oct. 30, 1974. Foreman is counted out by the referee and Ali regains the world heavyweight crown by KO in the bout dubbed “Rumble in the Jungle.” (AP) When President Obama said during his Oval Office address Sunday that “Muslim-Americans are our friends…

Were the US women’s soccer team right to boycott their own victory tour? – The Guardian (blog)

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

When the US women’s national team threatened to boycott a friendly in Hawaii on Sunday (the game was subsequently called off), it was not the first time the players had complained about playing conditions. Tensions have been rising around the surfaces that the team have been forced to play on since the Women’s World Cup. Then, the players turned to litigation to argue against the disparity between the venues at…

Live updates: Latest news and rumors overheard during baseball’s winter … – MLive.com

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Baseball’s top executives have all gathered at the Gaylord Opryland Resort in Nashville, Tenn. this week for one purpose: To talk baseball. Which means rumors are swirling and moves are bound to be made. MLB Network will have wall-to-wall coverage of this year’s winter meetings, but there’s plenty of off-the-record conversations taking place behind the scenes. Join MLive.com’s James Schmehl and Chris Iott at noon today to…

Committee doesn’t elect veteran candidates to Baseball Hall of Fame – ESPN

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

0 Shares print NASHVILLE, Tenn. — For a second straight year, no veteran committee candidates were deemed worthy of baseball’s Hall of Fame. The Pre-Integration Era Committee weighed the merits of six players, three executives and one of the game’s pioneers, all of whom made their mark before Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in 1947. None of the 10 received the 12 of 16 votes (75 percent) necessary for…

Cal Ripken Jr. hopes to promote baseball to youth in new MLB post – Baltimore Sun (blog)

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

Orioles Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr. has served as one of baseball’s best ambassadors both as a player and in retirement. Now, Major League Baseball is enlisting Ripken to help unite youth baseball and softball organizations to create more interest in the sports. During a news conference at the Winter Meetings Monday afternoon, Ripken was named special adviser to the commissioner on youth programs and outreach. Ripken will work…

Baseball: Cedar Grove fills varsity coaching staff – NorthJersey.com

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

The Cedar Grove varsity baseball coaching staff is set after two new assistant coaches were approved during a Nov. 17 Board of Education meeting. Head coach Randy Nelson, who replaced former head coach Mike Valenzano after he was relieved of coaching duties, named Thomas “TJ” Jones and Michael Risimini as his assistant coaches for the 2016 spring season. “I was really happy both of those guys were willing to come…