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NASCAR knows it has to innovate. But it’s not that easy – Charlotte Observer

Friday, May 26, 2017

When he was a kid, Marcus Smith would get out of school early on the Thursday before the 600-mile NASCAR race held at the racetrack his family owns in Concord. He and his brothers went to watch not only the qualifying races, but the boxing matches staged near the front stretch grandstands. “Those were my favorite,” said Smith, now the CEO of Speedway Motorsports, the company that owns Charlotte Motor…

NASCAR’s pit crewmen, anonymous until that one-second fumble, share two traits – Charlotte Observer

Friday, May 26, 2017

NASCAR pit crew members come in all shapes and sizes, but they must be consistent in two crucial ways: Long on persistence and short on memory. It’s an odd part-time job: Train throughout the week for a series of 12-second procedures that would rival emergency rooms for urgency. Jack up the car, change tires, fine-tune the handling and fill that gas tank. If even one of these six crewmen misses…

Texas could make play for NASCAR all-star and finale races – Virginian-Pilot

Friday, May 26, 2017

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — State lawmakers have given Texas Motor Speedway a big helping hand if the state’s premier stock-car track wants to lobby for NASCAR’s All-Star race and season-ending championship. The Texas Legislature approved a bill Thursday that makes those two races eligible for the state’s Major Events Reimbursement Program, the same fund that’s used to help attract big events such as the Super Bowl, the NCAA Tournament’s Final…

Louisville routs Notre Dame in ACC baseball tournament opener – The Courier-Journal

Friday, May 26, 2017

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Baseball for the blind takes flight in Cuba – Reuters

Friday, May 26, 2017

HAVANA Yubis Zapata had to stop playing baseball when he lost his eyesight during military service due to an explosion, so for him, it is a miracle to be able to play once more, in Cuba’s growing league for the blind. Baseball has long been a national passion. The Communist-run country quickly adopted this version after it was developed in the 1990s in Italy, but it has only really caught…

Knowing the Score by David Papineau review – sport meets philosophy – The Guardian

Friday, May 26, 2017

David Papineau is an eminent philosopher and a passionate lover of sport. For much of his life, he has kept the two spheres separate, fearing that to mix them would produce a double diminishment: philosophy robbed of its seriousness and sport of its excitement. Then, in 2012, a colleague invited him to contribute to a lecture series titled “Philosophy and Sport”, organised to coincide with that year’s Olympics. “I couldn’t…

Oscar De La Hoya to boxing fans: ‘Our sport might not ever recover’ from Mayweather-McGregor – Los Angeles Times

Friday, May 26, 2017

Oscar De La Hoya has penned a letter to boxing fans, urging them to turn their backs on the possible Floyd Mayweather Jr. versus Conor McGregor boxing match. As former 10-time champion De La Hoya works to promote the Sept. 16 middleweight title bout between unbeaten, three-belt champion Gennady Golovkin and Mexico’s most popular fighter, former two-division champion Canelo Alvarez, his cause has been distracted by attention on Mayweather-McGregor. That…

LeBron James eclipses Michael Jordan as the NBA’s all-time playoff scoring leader – Yahoo Sports

Friday, May 26, 2017

As the NBA’s great G.O.A.T. debate rages on, LeBron James has passed Michael Jordan in one regard. With a long 3-pointer late in the third quarter of Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals, the Cleveland Cavaliers star passed Jordan as the NBA’s all-time leading playoff scorer. James entered Thursday needing 28 points to eclipse the Chicago Bulls legend’s 5,987 career playoff points. He finished with 35 in a 135-102 win over the Boston…

​Sports betting legislation introduced by congressional committee – Sporting News

Friday, May 26, 2017

Legislation that would end the federal government’s ban on sports betting and allow states the option of legalizing online gambling was introduced by the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Thursday, ESPN.com reported. Fantasy sports would be treated as a form of sports betting under the potential new law. The bill, titled the Gaming Accountability and Modernization Enhancement Act or GAME Act, would repeal the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection…

China LeEco’s sports unit says valued at $3.5 billion after new funding round – Reuters

Friday, May 26, 2017

BEIJING/SHANGHAI Chinese tech conglomerate LeEco’s sports unit said it completed a new round of funding that valued it at 24 billion yuan ($3.50 billion) and that its investors will form a new committee to supervise its finances. LeEco is currently tackling a cash crunch, caused by its aggressive expansion, by restructuring its operations and cutting jobs. The unit, LeSports, a sports content platform, did not disclose the amount of funding…

NASCAR’s pit crewmen, anonymous until that one-second fumble, share two traits – Charlotte Observer

Friday, May 26, 2017

NASCAR pit crew members come in all shapes and sizes, but they must be consistent in two crucial ways: Long on persistence and short on memory. It’s an odd part-time job: Train throughout the week for a series of 12-second procedures that would rival emergency rooms for urgency. Jack up the car, change tires, fine-tune the handling and fill that gas tank. If even one of these six crewmen misses…

NASCAR knows it has to innovate. But it’s not that easy – Charlotte Observer

Friday, May 26, 2017

When he was a kid, Marcus Smith would get out of school early on the Thursday before the 600-mile NASCAR race held at the racetrack his family owns in Concord. He and his brothers went to watch not only the qualifying races, but the boxing matches staged near the front stretch grandstands. “Those were my favorite,” said Smith, now the CEO of Speedway Motorsports, the company that owns Charlotte Motor…

Oscar De La Hoya to boxing fans: ‘Our sport might not ever recover’ from Mayweather-McGregor – Los Angeles Times

Friday, May 26, 2017

Oscar De La Hoya has penned a letter to boxing fans, urging them to turn their backs on the possible Floyd Mayweather Jr. versus Conor McGregor boxing match. As former 10-time champion De La Hoya works to promote the Sept. 16 middleweight title bout between unbeaten, three-belt champion Gennady Golovkin and Mexico’s most popular fighter, former two-division champion Canelo Alvarez, his cause has been distracted by attention on Mayweather-McGregor. That…

Junior aims to emulate teammate Johnson’s success in final shot at Coca-Cola 600 – Nascar

Friday, May 26, 2017

CONCORD, N.C. — With the majority of teams based in North Carolina, drivers often consider the races at Charlotte Motor Speedway “home” races. But Dale Earnhardt Jr. is one of the few drivers left in the sport who can truly call the 1.5-mile speedway his “home track.” Hailing from Kannapolis, North Carolina — which sits approximately 14 miles northeast of the track — Earnhardt recalls attending the Charlotte races early…

Former Soccer Coach Arrested on Suspicion of Molesting 11-Year-Old – NBC Bay Area

Friday, May 26, 2017

A former Union City soccer coach was arrested Thursday on suspicion of molesting an 11-year-old girl, police said. Victor Jaime Juarez, 44, was arrested at his home in Union City and taken to jail on suspicion of lewd acts with a minor child and annoying or molesting a minor child, Union City police Sgt. Steven Mendez said. Juarez worked as a private girl’s youth soccer coach in Union City for…

‘MVP Baseball 2005’ was the best sports video game ever – SB Nation

Friday, May 26, 2017

I’m listening to “Tessie” by the Dropkick Murphys as I rack my brain for a time I was young, free of worry, and hitting baseballs up ramps with Jon Dowd because MVP Baseball 2005 was life. I’m not here to make the case that the baseball game with Manny Ramirez on the cover was the best sports game ever, because that’s a waste of time. Of course it was the…

Duke advances to ACC baseball semifinals with win over Virginia – News & Observer

Friday, May 26, 2017

Duke came into the ACC Baseball Tournament as the No. 9 seed, but the Blue Devils are headed to the semifinals at Louisville Slugger Field. The Blue Devils won Pool D with a 4-3 victory over Virginia on Thursday. Duke beat Clemson in its other pool game on Tuesday. Chris Proctor, the No. 9 hitter, had a two-out, two-run single on a full count in the bottom of the sixth…

Baseball: Section 1 finals previews and predictions – The Journal News | LoHud.com

Friday, May 26, 2017

CLOSE x Embed x Share The Section 1 baseball finals are set after the semifinals on Wednesday, May 24, 2017. Wochit With all four Section 1 baseball finals scheduled for Saturday at Dutchess Stadium, Journal News/lohud beat writer Vin Mercogliano breaks down each matchup and offers his predictions.  PODCAST: Vin previews the Section 1 finals and suggests for the playoff format SCHEDULE: For the entire Section 1 tournament Mike Attonito of…

Maryland Baseball Coach Gets Ejected With Explosive Rant – Deadspin

Friday, May 26, 2017

Maryland baseball coach John Szefc got ejected during a tie game in the eighth inning today after getting pretty heated when one of his players, outfielder Marty Costes, was struck by a pitch. As Costes turned to jog to first, however, the ump called him back—saying that he hadn’t made enough effort to get out of the way of the ball and wouldn’t be awarded the base. Szefc thought otherwise…