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Shannon Sharpe: We all believe Kap has been whiteballed – FOXSports.com

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

– Unless there’s email, a paper trail, maybe you have someone that was close to an owner and he overheard conversation. I just don’t know how you’d prove this. We all believe it, Skip, that Colin Kaepernick has been whiteballed. That because of his stance that he took against social injustice and police brutality against unarmed people of color, we believe that is being held against him. But it doesn’t…

Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Amy expecting first child – Nascar

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

PHOTOS: Dale and Amy through the years Dale Earnhardt Jr. has told us how much he wants to start a family, and he and Amy shared the good news with NASCAR fans Monday that they are expecting a little girl.   Excited to share the wonderful news that @mrsamyearnhardt and I are expecting our first child. A little girl!!!! We are both thrilled and can’t wait to meet her. A…

Why are baseball players allowed to eat and spit all game long? – New York Post

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Enough with whether the Yankees can come back, or if the Cubs have another World Series in them. The real question this baseball playoff season for viewers is: Why is it still OK for players to spit constantly? No matter the team or the player, you’re guaranteed to see dozens of spit takes during any given broadcast. In a highly unscientific viewing survey by this fan, players, coaches and managers…

Playoff Baseball Tonight! – The New Yorker

Monday, October 16, 2017

Baseball tonight—the Houston Astros and the Yankees, up at the Stadium—and grab it if you can. This is the best part of the baseball year, the mid-series three games of the four-out-of-seven League Championships, when the batters will be facing the other guys’ mid-level starters and have already seen their bullpens. The Astros took the first two games by identical 2–1 scores, but these Yankees, as we know, persevere when…

Is watching sport as good as playing it? – The Guardian

Monday, October 16, 2017

I haven’t been to the gym for two weeks, but it’s fine: I just need to watch sport on television. A study from the University of Montreal has found that watching ice hockey substantially increases your heart rate. For television-watchers, the increase was an average 75%, while for those watching live it rose by 110%. This is equivalent, say the researchers, to moderate and vigorous exercise respectively. Heart rates were…

NASCAR Cup Series | Results & 3 takeaways from Sunday’s Alabama 500 race at Talladega – Charlotte Observer

Monday, October 16, 2017

Brad Keselowski survived multiple crashes at Talladega to win his first playoff race and advance to the Round of Eight, but there are other implications from the race as well. Here are the three biggest takeaways from Sunday’s Alabama 500 race: 1. Talladega lived up to its reputation, and then some There’s a reason talk about “The Big One” comes up often at Talladega Superspeedway, and that’s obvious after Sunday….

Talladega NASCAR Race Has Now Stopped Three Times In 28 Laps For Big Crashes – Jalopnik

Monday, October 16, 2017

GIF via NBC Sports It’s official: Talladega’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup race is insane this year after a relatively tame start. A third red flag of the night came out after Chase Elliott tried to take advantage of a hole that quickly disappeared at the front of the field, making a big ol’ mess. Playoff contenders’ current standings in the race. Note the number of drivers who’ve retired. Daniel Suarez,…

Japanese Playoff Baseball Game Turns Into A Mud Bowl – Deadspin

Monday, October 16, 2017

In the first round of the Nippon Professional Baseball playoffs in Japan, the Hanshin Tigers and Yokohama DeNA Baystars battled through absolutely absurd conditions to play an entire baseball game in the mud. The result was unlike any baseball game I’ve ever seen. To watch the highlights with the full swampy effect, here’s “Born On The Bayou.” But here is the absolute best one, which can only be serviced with…

How the Astros Went From Nowhere to the Brink of the World Series – New York Times

Monday, October 16, 2017

In 2012, the Astros used the first pick to choose Carlos Correa, now their superstar shortstop, who homered and doubled in the winning run in Game 2 on Saturday. But in 2013, they chose Mark Appel, a Stanford right-hander who has not appeared in the majors. In 2014, they took a high school pitcher, Brady Aiken, who turned out to be injured. In a way, those picks illustrate the finicky…

Colin Kaepernick files collusion grievance against NFL owners – CBSSports.com

Monday, October 16, 2017

There are many people who believe Colin Kaepernick is being blackballed and apparently one of those people is Kaepernick himself, as the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback, who has remained unemployed for months, is pursuing his options to file a grievance against the NFL owners, CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora reports.  The obvious gist of this grievance would be that Kaepernick has been unemployed not because of his…

Aaron Rodgers ‘could miss the rest of the season’ after breaking collarbone – CBSSports.com

Monday, October 16, 2017

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers could miss the rest of the 2017 season after suffering a serious injury against the Vikings on Sunday. Rodgers left the game in the first quarter and was later diagnosed with a broken collarbone. Although the Packers haven’t given a possible recovery timeline for Rodgers, the team did announce that he could potentially miss the rest of the year. This is the second time in his career that…

TV Ratings Continue to Plummet for Sport That Once Epitomized Middle American Values – Slate Magazine (blog)

Monday, October 16, 2017

I’m talking, of course, about NASCAR, the sport that’s been hemorrhaging viewers from its predominately white audience for years amid the trend toward cord-cutting and complaints about constant commercial breaks.

NFL games today, Week 6 scores, schedule, updates: Chargers win another close game – CBSSports.com

Monday, October 16, 2017

NFL Week  6 is underway. To keep tabs on some of the choicest highlights and other big news throughout Sunday, keep it here for updates. But first the schedule.   Thursday Philadelphia Eagles 28, Carolina Panthers 23 (Takeaways) Sunday Chicago Bears  27,  Baltimore Ravens  24 in OT (Recap) Houston Texans  33,  Cleveland Browns  17 (Recap)  New Orleans Saints  52, Detroit Lions 38 (Recap)  Minnesota Vikings  23, Green Bay Packers  10…

‘Big One’ collects half the NASCAR Playoffs field late at Talladega – Nascar

Sunday, October 15, 2017

“The Big One” came with 17 laps to go at Talladega Superspeedway when 16 cars were collected in a wreck that involved six of the 12 remaining NASCAR Playoffs contenders. The wreck on Lap 171 saw the No. 38 Ford of David Ragan spin while in traffic, causing significant damage to the No. 41 Ford of Kurt Busch and the No. 18 Toyota of Kyle Busch, among others. MORE: Wreck…

21 Years Later, Jeff Maier Gets to Relive His Big Moment – New York Times

Sunday, October 15, 2017

The right fielder, Tony Tarasco, retreated to the wall and waited for the ball — but Maier’s black Mizuno glove beat him to it. There was no instant replay then, and the umpire, Rich Garcia, signaled home run. The Yankees went on to win the game, the series and the championship. Photo Jeff Maier was 12 when he grabbed a ball hit to right field by the Yankees’ Derek Jeter…

Baseball’s Battle for Multi-Sport Athletes – Wall Street Journal

Sunday, October 15, 2017

The resurgence of the New York Yankees can be traced in part to a conversation between Aaron Judge and his high school football coach in late 2009. Judge had received full scholarship offers to play tight end at Stanford, Notre Dame and UCLA, among other top college football programs. Still, for sheer love of the game, he was inclined to take only a partial scholarship to play baseball at Fresno…

MLB playoffs: Joe Maddon ejected after overturned call, saw ‘a great baseball play’ – Sporting News

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Joe Maddon was ejected in the seventh inning of Saturday’s 5-2 loss against the Dodgers after a controversial call was overturned against the Cubs. Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner hit a single into left field. Shortstop Charlie Culberson raced around third base to force a play at home plate. He was initially ruled out having never actually touched the plate, but the play was reviewed and overturned because Cubs catcher…

Previewing 2018 Fantasy Baseball Rankings: Jose Ramirez gives second base another early-round option – CBSSports.com

Sunday, October 15, 2017

More position previews: Catcher | First base No owner in a standard-size league should feel left out at second base. That isn’t to say every player in the top 12 is entirely risk-free, but the drop-off thereafter is gradual, extending beyond even the 20 shown here. You’ll have someone to fall back on, in all likelihood, so you shouldn’t worry too much about messing it up. But you can gain…

Aaron Rodgers ‘could miss the rest of the season’ after breaking collarbone – CBSSports.com

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers could miss the rest of the 2017 season after suffering a serious injury against the Vikings on Sunday. Rodgers left the game in the first quarter and was later diagnosed with a broken collarbone. Although the Packers haven’t given a possible recovery timeline for Rodgers, the team did announce that he could potentially miss the rest of the year. This is the second time in his career that…

Report: Colin Kaepernick Files Grievance Against NFL Owners for Collusion – Sports Illustrated

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Colin Kaepernick is pursuing a collusion grievance against the NFL under the CBA. Free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick is pursuing a collusion grievance against the NFL under the CBA, according to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports and Mike Freeman of Bleacher Report. The NFL spokesman told La Canfora that he is checking on it. Kaepernick remains a free agent since opting out of his contract with the San Francisco 49ers in…