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NASCAR’s always wild Bristol night race takes on added urgency with playoffs looming – Charlotte Observer

Thursday, August 17, 2017

NASCAR’s Bristol night race was full of hot tempers and dented fenders when it was just another race in a long regular season. With segment points, a victory guaranteeing a spot in the postseason and only three spots left, drivers expect to be especially aggressive to try to get to Victory Lane in Saturday’s Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race. The August race at the .533-mile track in Bristol, Tenn.,…

Seen the Hope Diamond? Check Out These Treasures from the Baseball Diamond – Smithsonian

Thursday, August 17, 2017

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Nielsen announces new division to measure e-sports sponsorships – TechCrunch

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Another sign that e-sports are turning into a big business: Nielsen is launching a new division focused providing research and consulting to the industry. The measurement firm already has a unit focused on gaming — in fact, Nicole Pike, Nielsen’s vice president of gaming, said Nielsen Esports was created in response to growing interest from the firm’s gaming clients. One of the biggest opportunities, Pike said, lies in measuring the value…

Olympic legacy: Did £1bn after 2012 get any more people doing … – BBC News

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Mo Farah wins gold in Men’s 5000m, London 2012 Five years ago this month, the London Olympic Games – seen as a great success for Britain – came to a close. At the time, the country was promised that the end of the Games would not mean the end of the success story, that there would be a lasting legacy for sport participation. But, in…

Tensions Between US, North Korea Could Impact NBC’s Investment in Winter Olympics – Variety

Thursday, August 17, 2017

It’s not hard to imagine a tension-filled scenario on Feb. 9, the first day of opening ceremonies of the upcoming Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. SEE MORE: From the August 15, 2017, issue of Variety President Donald Trump and the North Korean regime of Kim Jong-un might well still be exchanging harsh, rhetorical threats, as they did last week, while the U.S. military ratchets up strength and Kim’s government…

NASCAR’s always wild Bristol night race takes on added urgency with playoffs looming – Charlotte Observer

Thursday, August 17, 2017

NASCAR’s Bristol night race was full of hot tempers and dented fenders when it was just another race in a long regular season. With segment points, a victory guaranteeing a spot in the postseason and only three spots left, drivers expect to be especially aggressive to try to get to Victory Lane in Saturday’s Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race. The August race at the .533-mile track in Bristol, Tenn.,…

Olympic legacy: Did £1bn after 2012 get any more people doing sport? – BBC News

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Mo Farah wins gold in Men’s 5000m, London 2012 Five years ago this month, the London Olympic Games – seen as a great success for Britain – came to a close. At the time, the country was promised that the end of the Games would not mean the end of the success story, that there would be a lasting legacy for sport participation. But, in…

Celtic 5-0 FC Astana – BBC News

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Scott Sinclair slotted home Celtic’s second goal of the night Celtic all but booked their Champions League group stage berth by thumping Kazakh champions Astana in the play-off first leg. Tom Rogic created the opener when he drove into the box and lifted a ball into the area that Evgeni Postnikov could only divert into his own net. Sinclair raced clear to add the second and doubled his tally after…

Nielsen announces new division unit to measure e-sports sponsorships – TechCrunch

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Another sign that e-sports are turning into a big business: Nielsen is launching a new division focused providing research and consulting to the industry. The measurement firm already has a unit focused on gaming — in fact, Nicole Pike, Nielsen’s vice president of gaming, said Nielsen Esports was created in response to growing interest from the firm’s gaming clients. One of the biggest opportunities, Pike said, lies in measuring the value…

2017 CBS Sports Preseason All-America team: College football’s best and brightest – CBSSports.com

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Summer is coming to an end, and with the college football season is right around the corner, it is the perfect time to announce the 2017 CBS Sports Preseason All-America Team as voted on by our panel of college football analysts and insiders. There were six unanimous selections — one on offense and five on defense — with a whopping 21 different programs represented among the 27 first-team selections. Clemson…

Real Madrid 2-0 Barcelona (5-1 agg): Spanish Super Cup success for Zidane’s side – BBC News

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Real Madrid are now Champions League, La Liga, Uefa Super Cup and Spanish Super Cup holders Real Madrid beat Barcelona 2-0 at the Bernabeu to win the Spanish Super Cup 5-1 on aggregate. The Spanish and European champions were dominant, even without the suspended Cristiano Ronaldo. Marco Asensio, who also scored in the 3-1 first-leg win, gave them an early lead with an excellent 25-yard strike. And Karim Benzema flicked…

NASCAR’s always wild Bristol night race takes on added urgency with playoffs looming – Charlotte Observer

Thursday, August 17, 2017

NASCAR’s Bristol night race was full of hot tempers and dented fenders when it was just another race in a long regular season. With segment points, a victory guaranteeing a spot in the postseason and only three spots left, drivers expect to be especially aggressive to try to get to Victory Lane in Saturday’s Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race. The August race at the .533-mile track in Bristol, Tenn.,…

About Last Night: Honoring women in baseball – Lookout Landing

Thursday, August 17, 2017

The Mariners might be struggling on the field, but off the field, the team continues to Royally Own, with the most recent entry into this being last night’s Women In Baseball Night. Not to take anything away from lady fans who love their bejeweled tanks and pink logo clutches, but women-centered events at ballparks have mostly relied on this type of marketing to the female fan, a concept seemingly drawn…

2017 CBS Sports Preseason All-America team: College football’s best and brightest – CBSSports.com

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Summer is coming to an end, and with the college football season is right around the corner, it is the perfect time to announce the 2017 CBS Sports Preseason All-America Team as voted on by our panel of college football analysts and insiders. There were six unanimous selections — one on offense and five on defense — with a whopping 21 different programs represented among the 27 first-team selections. Clemson…

Ex-UVA Star Malcolm Brogdon Speaks Passionately on Charlottesville – Sports Illustrated

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Milwaukee Bucks guard Malcolm Brogdon, a University of Virginia alumnus, spoke with SI Now on Wednesday and discussed a range of political topics pertaining to the events that took place in Charlottesville, Va., over the weekend.  Brogdon shared his thoughts on the white supremacist and neo-Nazi activity and violence that took place on UVA’s campus. One woman was killed and several people were injured after a white nationalist deliberately drove…

Tensions Between US, North Korea Could Impact NBC’s Investment in Winter Olympics – Variety

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

It’s not hard to imagine a tension-filled scenario on Feb. 9, the first day of opening ceremonies of the upcoming Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. SEE MORE: From the August 15, 2017, issue of Variety President Donald Trump and the North Korean regime of Kim Jong-un might well still be exchanging harsh, rhetorical threats, as they did last week, while the U.S. military ratchets up strength and Kim’s government…

Nos. 99, 98 Truck teams assessed penalties post-Michigan – Nascar

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series teams were penalized following the LTi Printing 200 last weekend at Michigan International Speedway. The No. 99 MDM Motorsports Chevrolet failed post-race inspection and was handed an L1-level penalty. Under section 20.4.12.b of the NASCAR Rule Book concerning the truck bed cover it states, “Vent holes at the bed top must be configured for air intake only.” In his first NCWTS start of the…

Da Beauty League gives fans thrill of watching local hockey stars – Minneapolis Star Tribune

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

See more of the story Ryan Mielke’s one smart 11-year-old. In the waning minutes of every game in Da Beauty League, dozens of kids in hockey garb press against each railing at the Zamboni entrance inside Edina’s Braemar Arena. “Haula, Haula, Haula!!!” they scream, waving hats, shirts and Sharpies in desperate attempts to get NHLers to stop for an autograph. “Guentzel, Guentzel!!! Bjugstad! Parise!!! Buff!!!!” But one night, Mielke and…

Transitioning from elite sport to the ‘real world’ can take its toll on mental health – The Guardian

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

It was the fictional fashionista, Derek Zoolander, who asked himself, “Who am I?” as he peered poignantly into a puddle that bore his own reflection in the 2001 cult classic Zoolander, only moments after losing the male model of the year award to his arch rival, Hansel. In defeat, he lost his identity. If he wasn’t the best model on the planet anymore, then who the hell was he? The…

Major League Soccer’s Most Valuable Teams 2017 – Forbes

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Toronto FC is now Major League Soccer’s third-most valuable team, worth $280 million. Much of that value has been built on the back of aggressive player spending, and this year’s trio of designated players – Michael Bradley, Jozy Altidore (pictured above, left and right) and Sebastian Giovinco – are by far the league’s most expensive. (Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images) When MLS kicked off its 2017 season this past March, it expected…