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Sports’ new stars might come from new frontier – San Antonio Express-News (subscription)

Sunday, April 09, 2017

Baseball needs a superstar, and there is no guarantee one is coming. The game is loaded with pitchers who can throw the ball 98 miles per hour and hitters who can launch home runs into orbit, but they might as well be in outer space.

Bill ready to regulate fantasy sports betting in Illinois – The State Journal-Register

Sunday, April 09, 2017

By Brian Robbins State Capitol Bureau A bill to allow and regulate online daily fantasy sports betting has been introduced in the General Assembly, but opponents say it will hurt other forms of gambling in Illinois. The bill is intended to supercede a 2015 advisory opinion by Attorney General Lisa Madigan that daily fantasy sports betting was illegal under state gambling law. The legislation’s chief…

Embracing roots racing may be what NASCAR needs most – ESPN

Sunday, April 09, 2017

2:00 PM ET Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print comment FORT WORTH, Texas — Sprint cars and modifieds whipped around the Texas Motor Speedway dirt track Friday night, allowing several drivers from Texas and Oklahoma to show off their skills to NASCAR fans likely more familiar with what goes on at the big track across the parking lot. All but two of the top 12 drivers hailed from Texas…

How NHL nixing the Olympics is a harbinger of another lockout – New York Post

Sunday, April 09, 2017

This is what the NHL and Gary Bettman do when they don’t get their way: They take their puck and go home. Or stay home. They refuse to play. They did it through Owners’ Lockouts I, II and III in 1994, 2004 and 2012 and they’re doing it again with the 2018 Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. The only thing surprising about this is that anyone, least of all…

Monsters? Dragons? Next-level track prep hits Texas – Nascar

Sunday, April 09, 2017

BUY TICKETS: See the races at TexasRELATED: Sunday Snapshot | Starting lineup FORT WORTH, Texas – To help prepare its fresh new pavement, Texas Motor Speedway will continue employing the highly specialized “Tire Monster” and “Tire Dragon” again Saturday night and Sunday morning to get the racing surface ready for Sunday’s O’Reilly Auto Parts 500.   Two months ago, the track unveiled its newly paved 1.5-mile racing surface — altering…

For Bayern Munich’s Mats Hummels, soccer success is a family affair – Los Angeles Times

Sunday, April 09, 2017

Mats Hummels was a key player on the 2014 team that brought Germany its first World Cup championship in a generation. And this season he’s anchored a Bayern Munich defense that has conceded a league-low 15 goals in 28 games while closing in on what is certain to be an unprecedented fifth consecutive Bundesliga title. A berth in a second European Championship final is within reach as well. That’s a…

Denver takes down Minnesota Duluth to win NCAA hockey championship – FOXSports.com

Sunday, April 09, 2017

CHICAGO — Jarid Lukosevicius scored three goals in the second period, and Denver beat Minnesota Duluth 3-2 on Saturday night for the NCAA championship. Troy Terry had two assists and Tanner Jaillet made 38 saves as Denver moved into a tie with North Dakota for second on the NCAA list with eight men’s hockey titles, trailing only Michigan with nine. The Pioneers (33-7-4) also made it to the Frozen Four last…

Blackhawks great Keith Magnuson’s memory looms over Denver’s NCAA hockey title – Chicago Tribune

Sunday, April 09, 2017

Keith Magnuson would have loved this. Here was Denver, Maggie’s alma mater, infiltrating his hockey town in a way that would have made the rambunctious redhead smile. Here were the Pioneers, wearing the same colors Magnuson wore in college, beating Minnesota Duluth 3-2 at the United Center for the NCAA championship. “He would be leading the circus if he was around,” said Kevin Magnuson, son of the late Blackhawks defenseman….

Bill ready to regulate fantasy sports betting – The State Journal-Register

Sunday, April 09, 2017

By Brian Robbins State Capitol Bureau A bill to allow and regulate online daily fantasy sports betting has been introduced in the General Assembly, but opponents say it will hurt other forms of gambling in Illinois. The bill is intended to supercede a 2015 advisory opinion by Attorney General Lisa Madigan that daily fantasy sports betting was illegal under state gambling law. The legislation’s chief…

Erik Jones wins NASCAR’s Xfinity Series race in Texas – Los Angeles Times

Sunday, April 09, 2017

Erik Jones skipped his high school graduation ceremony three years ago to run in a NASCAR truck race at Texas, where he was presented his actual diploma before the event. Two years ago, he went to Victory Lane at Texas Motor Speedway for the first time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. On Saturday, he won again at the 1 1/2-mile track that has since been completely repaved and reconfigured in…

Brennan: US women’s hockey team scores a win for women everywhere – Detroit Free Press

Sunday, April 09, 2017

CLOSE x Embed x Share USA TODAY Sports’ A.J. Perez explains the four-year deal that averts a boycott by the U.S. women’s hockey national team for the IIHF World Championships. USA TODAY Sports American players celebrate at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi.(Photo: Scott Rovak, USA TODAY Sports) In these political times, it’s safe to say there have been doubts about how women would move forward in American society. An early…

For Bayern Munich’s Mats Hummels, soccer success is a family affair – Los Angeles Times

Sunday, April 09, 2017

Mats Hummels was a key player on the 2014 team that brought Germany its first World Cup championship in a generation. And this season he’s anchored a Bayern Munich defense that has conceded a league-low 15 goals in 28 games while closing in on what is certain to be an unprecedented fifth consecutive Bundesliga title. A berth in a second European Championship final is within reach as well. That’s a…

U.S. women’s hockey team beats Canada, takes gold in world championships – STLtoday.com

Sunday, April 09, 2017

PLYMOUTH, Mich. • The U.S. women’s hockey players threw their sticks and gloves in the air and celebrated, capping an emotionally charged two-week stretch with a 3-2 overtime win over Canada in the women’s world championship final Friday night. Hilary Knight made the postgame party possible by scoring 10:17 into the extra period to make the Americans winners on and off the ice. After threatening to…

US tops Canada 3-2 in OT to win women’s hockey world title – ESPN

Sunday, April 09, 2017

Hilary Knight scores the game-winning goal in overtime to give the Americans a 3-2 win against Canada in the women’s world championship. PLYMOUTH, Mich. — The U.S. women’s hockey players threw their sticks and gloves in the air and celebrated, capping an emotionally charged two-week stretch with a 3-2 overtime win over Canada in the women’s world championship final Friday night. Hilary Knight made the postgame party possible by scoring…

Covering Sports. Including Smelt Fishing. And Bighorn-Sheep Hunting. – New York Times

Sunday, April 09, 2017

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Las Vegas sports books receive approval to take bets on the NFL Draft – FOXSports.com

Sunday, April 09, 2017

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell reaffirmed the league’s stance against legalized sports betting in the wake of the Raiders’ relocation to Las Vegas, but sports books in the city will be expanding their wagering options in advance of the NFL Draft. The Nevada Gaming Control Board has granted approval for the state’s sports books to begin offering prop bets on the draft, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. You won’t be…

Mauro Ranallo not expected to return to WWE TV through remainder of contract – CBSSports.com

Sunday, April 09, 2017

Mauro Ranallo’s run as the voice of WWE’s “SmackDown Live” and “205 Live” shows appears to be be over. Ranallo, a decorated combat sports analyst who is currently the lead play-by-play commentator for Showtime Championship Boxing, deleted mention of his WWE affiliation from his Twitter account on Friday, along with a noticeable amount of WWE related retweets. A source close to the situation told CBS Sports that Ranallo, 47, is…

U.S. women’s hockey team beats Canada, takes gold in world championships – STLtoday.com

Saturday, April 08, 2017

PLYMOUTH, Mich. • The U.S. women’s hockey players threw their sticks and gloves in the air and celebrated, capping an emotionally charged two-week stretch with a 3-2 overtime win over Canada in the women’s world championship final Friday night. Hilary Knight made the postgame party possible by scoring 10:17 into the extra period to make the Americans winners on and off the ice. After threatening to…

US tops Canada 3-2 in OT to win women’s hockey world title – ESPN

Saturday, April 08, 2017

Hilary Knight scores the game-winning goal in overtime to give the Americans a 3-2 win against Canada in the women’s world championship. PLYMOUTH, Mich. — The U.S. women’s hockey players threw their sticks and gloves in the air and celebrated, capping an emotionally charged two-week stretch with a 3-2 overtime win over Canada in the women’s world championship final Friday night. Hilary Knight made the postgame party possible by scoring…

Jimmie Johnson atop final practice at Texas – Nascar

Saturday, April 08, 2017

BUY TICKETS: See the races at Texas RELATED: Final practice speeds | Practice 2 speeds | Full weekend schedule Jimmie Johnson claimed the top spot in final Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice Saturday at Texas Motor Speedway.   Johnson, a six-time Texas winner, drove the Hendrick Motorsports No. 48 Chevrolet to a best lap of 194.812 mph on the 1.5-mile track. The seven-time series champ is scheduled to start…