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Why America’s next top soccer star may have found the perfect fit in Rangers – The Guardian

Thursday, August 20, 2015

America’s next top soccer star is a hotly run contest. It might not have a primetime cable TV slot, or Tyra Banks as host, but competition is fierce. Social media provides the judging panel, with YouTube clips and vines of a rabona or a Panenka from a US-born winger playing in a lowly European league enough to provoke a virtual frenzy – usually in the direction of Jurgen Klinsmann’s Twitter…

NASCAR weekend schedule at Bristol Motor Speedway, Friday practices through … – NBCSports.com

Thursday, August 20, 2015

You can say it a million times and likely not get tired of repeating the famous mantra: “It’s Bristol, baby!” Saturday is one of those races on the schedule that many circle – the Irwin Tools Night Race. This is a pivotal race for a number of drivers who are still hoping to make the Chase for the Sprint Cup field. After Bristol, two races remain before the Chase field is…

Around baseball, Dombrowski hiring seen as a home run – Boston Globe

Thursday, August 20, 2015

You hear the occasional criticism that he was too demanding, or he didn’t communicate so well at times, or he didn’t know how to put together a bullpen (which may have cost the Tigers a world championship). But for the most part, Dave Dombrowski, the new Red Sox president of baseball operations, has few detractors and far more admirers in the game. “He’ll be in the Hall of Fame someday,”…

Gossip column: Pedro, Muller, Mane, De Bruyne, Benzema – BBC Sport

Thursday, August 20, 2015

For a list of all the latest deals, check out the transfers page. Telephone conversations with Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho and midfielder Cesc Fabregas persuaded Barcelona forward Pedro, 28, to snub long-standing interest from Manchester United and move instead to Stamford Bridge. (Guardian)  Fabregas’s partner, Daniella Semaan, sold London to Carolina Martin, Pedro’s wife, to persuade the Spain international to join…

The Best-Selling Sports Books – New York Times

Thursday, August 20, 2015

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Danica Patrick’s image, not results, keeping her valuable in NASCAR – SportingNews.com

Thursday, August 20, 2015

facebook twitter googleplus tumblr pinterest Danica Patrick is one of the three most important drivers in NASCAR. And that has nothing to do with her underwhelming performance on the track. Because of her impact on stock-car racing, Patrick has new sponsorship and a renewed importance in the sport. MORE: Looking back at Michigan | This week: Saturday night at Bristol | Chase standings Patrick’s role at Stewart-Haas Racing is in…

Gossip column: Pedro, Muller, Mane, De Bruyne and Benzema – BBC Sport

Thursday, August 20, 2015

For a list of all the latest deals, check out the transfers page. Telephone conversations with Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho and midfielder Cesc Fabregas persuaded Barcelona forward Pedro, 28, to snub long-standing interest from Manchester United and move instead to Stamford Bridge in a deal that will be worth £21.2m. (Guardian)  The Spaniard also turned his back on a move to…

Around baseball, Dombrowski hiring seen as coup for Red Sox – Boston Globe

Thursday, August 20, 2015

You hear the occasional criticism that he was too demanding, or he didn’t communicate so well at times, or he didn’t know how to put together a bullpen (which may have cost the Tigers a world championship). But for the most part, Dave Dombrowski, the new Red Sox president of baseball operations, has few detractors and far more admirers in the game. “He’ll be in the Hall of Fame someday,”…

The issue of doping in sport has been widely discussed in recent weeks, but … – BBC Sport

Thursday, August 20, 2015

The issue of doping in sport has been widely discussed in recent weeks, but what exactly is it? BBC Sport explains what it means, why it has become a hot topic, what the types of doping are and what is being done to tackle it. What is doping? Doping means athletes taking illegal substances to improve their performances. There are five types of…

Kyle Gaedele, proud relative of Eddie Gaedel, has full-sized baseball goals – ESPN

Thursday, August 20, 2015

0 Shares Print It is one of the most unforgettable, if not one of the most unusual, images in major league baseball history. Eddie Gaedel, all 3-foot-7 and 65 pounds of him, crouched over in the batter’s box, waiting for a pitch that would never come anywhere near a strike zone that was estimated to be 1.5 inches in height. The stunt pulled off 64 years ago — Aug. 19,…

CBS Sports 2015 Preseason College Football All-America Team, awards – CBSSports.com

Thursday, August 20, 2015

With a little more than two weeks until the start of the 2015 season, CBS Sports presents its 2015 Preseason All-America Team, voted on by our panel of college football experts. Ohio State defensive end Joey Bosa and Arizona linebacker Scooby Wright III were the only unanimous first-team selections, while the SEC led the way with seven first-team picks representing four programs: Alabama, Florida, Georgia and Ole Miss. Five players…

Meet the NBA Players’ Association’s New Sports Science Guru – ABC News

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Coming off a season in which star after star was lost to serious injury, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and NBA Players’ Association executive director Michele Roberts have made player health one of the top priorities to address this offseason. With that in mind, the union hired Joe Rogowski, a former athletic trainer and strength and conditioning coach with the Orlando Magic and the Houston Rockets, as the director of sports…

Well | Train, and Recover, Like a US Soccer Star – New York Times (blog)

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

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Myths about your favorite sports drinks – Fox News

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

iStock iStock iStock iStock iStock When you’re at the game or watching sports on TV, what is one of the products you see advertised most?  Sports drinks.  At major football and soccer games, the water bottles players drink from have sports drink logos slapped on the front. On television, you see sport drinks at almost every commercial break. Each sports drink ad makes a lot of claims about how the…

Failed 2024 Olympic bid slammed in state-backed report – Boston Globe

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Consultants hired by state leaders eviscerated Boston’s defunct Olympic bid Tuesday, suggesting planners underestimated potential expenses, skimped on contingency funds, and were too optimistic in assessing public infrastructure costs for the Games. The conclusions of the Brattle Group were a final beat-down for the local bid committee, Boston 2024, which tried to bring Olympic glory to Boston but then saw the effort collapse in July after months of controversy and…

Gossip column: Pedro, Stones, Terry, De Bruyne – BBC News

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

For a list of all the latest deals, check out the transfers page. Chelsea are likely to make a late attempt to beat Manchester United to the signing of Barcelona forward Pedro, 28. (Mail)  The Spain international has given United a time limit of three days to sign him. (Mundo Deportivo – Spanish)  Chelsea will consider making a…

Athletics: Sebastian Coe elected IAAF president – BBC News

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Former Olympic 1500m champion Lord Coe is the new president of the IAAF, the body that governs world athletics. The 58-year-old Briton beat rival Sergey Bubka, a former Olympic pole vault champion, by 115 votes to 92. One of Coe’s first tasks will be to deal with the fall-out from a series of doping allegations to hit athletics. Double Olympic champion Mo…

Teams of Dale Jr., Keselowski, Allmendinger issued warnings by NASCAR – FOXSports.com

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

NASCAR has issued warnings to three teams and deducted practice time from three teams in the wake of last weekend’s Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway. The sanctioning body announced late Tuesday that Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s No. 88 team was issued a warning by NASCAR for failing pre-race inspection three times prior to Sunday’s 200-lap event. As a result, Earnhardt will be required to sit out 15 minutes of…