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Pete Hamilton, one of NASCAR’s superspeedway aces, dies at age 74 – Charlotte Observer

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Pete Hamilton, who was at his best at NASCAR’s superspeedways, died Wednesday. He was 74. Hamilton won four career Cup races – including consecutive Daytona 500s in 1970 and ’71. He also won twice at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway in 1971. Hamilton’s victory at Daytona in 1970 came in the No. 40 Plymouth Superbird of Petty Enterprises, for which he ran 16 races that season. The other Petty car – No….

Ranking the 10 best California-born NASCAR drivers – FOXSports.com

Thursday, March 23, 2017

The four-time Cup champion and current FOX NASCAR analyst claims two different hometowns – Vallejo, California and Pittsboro, Indiana.  After starting in quarter-midgets in California, Gordon moved to the Hoosier State to move his way up the open-wheel sprint car ranks. Since his first full-time Premier Series season in 1993, Gordon racked up an incredible 93 career wins, 325 top fives, 477 top-10 finishes and 81 poles.  …

Nos. 2, 4 teams penalized after violations at Phoenix – Nascar

Thursday, March 23, 2017

RELATED: Details on NASCAR’s deterrence system NASCAR levied L1-level penalties against the No. 2 car of Team Penske and the No. 4 car of Stewart-Haas Racing in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series on Wednesday following Sunday’s race at Phoenix Raceway. The violation for the No. 2 car is detailed in sections 20.17.3.1.2 of the NASCAR Rule Book (post-race general inspection measurements), and driver Brad Keselowski’s fifth-place finish in the Camping…

Why Fox Sports’ partnership with Ice Cube’s BIG3 basketball league is such a big deal – For The Win

Thursday, March 23, 2017

BIG3 is already going to prime time. Ice Cube’s 3-on-3 basketball league announced Tuesday a broadcast partnership with Fox Sports, which will host the league throughout its summer schedule on FS1 on Monday nights and peak with the championship game live on Fox. Ice Cube broke the news on Skip and Shannon: Undisputed, the first in what is sure to be a long line of cross-promotion. BIG3’s season opens Sunday, June 25…

Sports museum in Chicago is proposed by ex-Adler, Shedd executives – Chicago Tribune

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Two former museum executives are pitching an idea for a sports museum in Chicago that would use sports to teach visitors about everything from physics to statistics to race relations. But whether the museum could be a grand slam or even get to first base depends on funding and support. Other museums have struck out, namely the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, which ended up in Los Angeles instead of Chicago…

Gambling or skill? Alabama lawmakers ponder whether to turn fantasy sports into a reality – AL.com

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Is fantasy sports gaming a battle of wits and smarts that’s worthy of free-market protection? Or is it just dolled-up digital gambling that deserves being outlawed? Josh Adams, following the debate in Montgomery from 50 miles away, can speak to the questions as well as anyone in the country. Adams, 38, who lives in Auburn, is already nationally known for his views on the matter. In the past two years,…

Mike Keenan embraces challenge of China’s ‘untapped hockey frontier’ – ESPN

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

10:35 AM ET Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print comment Mike Keenan is set to embark on the most extraordinary challenge of his hockey career. Considering that Keenan has served as head coach of eight NHL teams — the Philadelphia Flyers, Chicago Blackhawks, New York Rangers, St. Louis Blues, Vancouver Canucks, Boston Bruins, Florida Panthers and Calgary Flames — that is significant. Keenan, long known as Iron Mike for…

Going back to the Winter OIympics is inevitable for the league, NHLPA – ESPN

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

12:46 PM ET Close ESPN Senior Writer Covers hockey for ESPN.com 10 years at Toronto Sun, Windsor Star and National Post Wrote best-selling true crime book “Deadly Innocence” Close ESPN Senior Writer Covers the NHL for ESPN.com and TSN in Canada Six years on the “Hockey Night In Canada” Hotstove panel 13 years at The Canadian Press national news agency Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print comment Commissioner Gary…

World Baseball Classic needs serious commitment — or just get rid of it – ESPN (blog)

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

11:57 AM ET Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print comment Adam Jones‘ robbery of Manny Machado‘s would-be home run and Machado’s respectful salute to his Baltimore Orioles teammate will be the highlight of the World Baseball Classic. But there have been other indelible moments. Such as Javier Baez‘s no-look tag, as he pointed at teammate Yadier Molina. Or Machado’s seemingly daily series of web gems. Or Nelson Cruz‘s home…

2017 World Baseball Classic final: The keys to a US win over Puerto Rico – CBSSports.com

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Download the CBS Sports App today and get the latest scores, news and alerts from Major League Baseball, plus get daily MLB picks from SportsLine! Wednesday night in Dodger Stadium, the United States and Puerto Rico will play one final game to determine the 2017 World Baseball Classic ( 9 p.m. ET: How to watch USA-Puerto Rico ). As was the case when these two teams met in second-round pool…

Budweiser to celebrate Major League Baseball with limited edition cans – STLtoday.com

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

A St. Louisan who says he’s looking for work seems to have landed a pretty sweet assignment. Adam Koon was selected by Anheuser-Busch to design the special-edition Budweiser beer cans that will be released Monday in St. Louis to kick of the new Major League Baseball season.  For the new season, which begins April 2, limited-edition cans will be released in 15 selected cities. Each can…

UC baseball upsets No. 1-ranked Louisville – Cincinnati Enquirer – Cincinnati.com

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Coach Ty Neal and the Cincinnati Bearcats upset No. 1 Louisville on Tuesday night, for the biggest win in program history.(Photo: Enquirer file/Gary Landers) The University of Cincinnati baseball team upset No. 1-ranked Louisville 6-3 on Tuesday night at UC’s Marge Schott Stadium, before one of the biggest crowds in stadium history. Freshman Nathan Kroger (Loveland, Ohio/Milford) made his first career start for the Bearcats to pick up the win,…

World Baseball Classic: Previous champs, results, medal count, MVPs, All-WBC teams – CBSSports.com

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

The World Baseball Classic was first played in 2006 and presently occurs every four years. The 16-team tournament includes 12 automatic berths based on a team’s finish in pool play during the prior WBC. The remaining four berths are determined by qualifying play.The first two rounds of the tournament are round-robin format, while the semifinals and finals are single-elimination.  Now here’s a quick look at the results from previous tournaments. …

Commentary: US Women’s National Hockey Team Doesn’t Get Enough Respect – NPR

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

The U.S. is hosting this year’s Women’s World Hockey Championships. So why is the U.S. women’s team threatening to boycott? Commentator Sarah Spain of ESPN says it’s about fairness and respect.

Winter Olympics set for new Alpine skiing team event – Olympics

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

facebook Share twitter Share Featuring on the Olympic programme for the first time at PyeongChang 2018 – alongside fellow debutants mixed doubles curling, big air snowboarding and mass-start speed skating – the Alpine skiing national mixed team event promises to provide quite a spectacle. Meeting in Lausanne on 8 June 2015, the IOC Executive Board finalised the programme for…

NASCAR: What Daniel Suarez thinks about racing at Auto Club Speedway – Inland Valley Daily Bulletin

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Mexican-born NASCAR driver Daniel Suarez acknowledges there’s a sort of familiarity when he comes to the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana. In his first four races in the No. 19 car, the Joe Gibbs Racing driver has had one top-10 finish and is 21st in the point standings. Coming off a career-high finish in Phoenix last weekend, Suarez is looking to turn a corner on…

US win over Japan sets up World Baseball Classic finale many wanted to see – USA TODAY

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

CLOSE x Embed x Share USA TODAY Sports’ Jorge L. Ortiz breaks down Team USA’s win over Japan and previews Wednesday’s championship game matchup between the U.S. and Puerto Rico at Dodger Stadium. USA TODAY Sports United States outfielder Adam Jones and teammate Brandon Crawford celebrate after defeating Japan in the semifinal of the World Baseball Classic at Dodger Stadium.(Photo: PAUL BUCK, EPA) LOS ANGELES — They gathered together for…

World Baseball Classic keeps sport relevant in Japan – Los Angeles Times

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

The United States was the designated road team in the World Baseball Classic semifinal game played Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium, which was about right. The primary soundtrack to the 2-1 victory by the U.S. over Japan was provided by a little orchestra stationed at the top of the left-field pavilion. The nine-man band was armed with a drum, eight trumpets and a giant Japanese flag. The ensemble made its…

Cal Sport Clubs Welcomes eSports – UC Berkeley

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Recreational Sports is pleased to announce the newest addition to the Cal Sport Clubs program – eSports. As sport club athletes, the Cal eSports team will be able to represent Cal in intercollegiate competition and receive the full breadth of department and campus resources including administrative and marketing support, as well as, access to facilities. “We believe the sports club program supports academic success by providing students leadership development opportunities…

Red Sox Outfielders Grace ‘Sports Illustrated’ Cover – CBS Boston / WBZ

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

BOSTON (CBS) — The Red Sox enter the 2017 season with perhaps the best young outfield in baseball. Sports Illustrated decided to put the spotlight on the talented trio for its next cover. As part of the magazine’s annual baseball preview issue, Red Sox outfielders Mookie Betts, Andrew Benintendi, and Jackie Bradley Jr. are featured one one of three covers. The Killer B’s of the @RedSox outfield are featured on…