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Roundtable – Cutting costs in NASCAR – Motorsport.com, Edition: Global

Friday, October 13, 2017

Our team of experts debate some of the biggest topics in NASCAR this week. Martin Truex Jr. picked up his sixth win of the season last Sunday at Charlotte. He’s clearly a favorite to make it to the final four of this year’s playoffs. Do you think it’s the team’s alliance with Joe Gibbs Racing, a switch to Toyota, new personnel on the team or a combination of all…

A really good Cleveland team is gone really soon. That’s baseball – MyAJC (blog)

Friday, October 13, 2017

How’d this happen? Who the heck knows? (AP Photo/David Dermer) The Cleveland Indians entered the playoffs having gone 33-4 since Aug. 23.  Even after their 22-game winning streak — the longest by any American League team ever, the second-longest in baseball history — ended, they won 11 of their final 14 regular-season games. One of baseball’s greatest untruths-presented-as-truth is that a team needs to be hot entering the playoffs. Here,…

How Bullpens Took Over Baseball’s Postseason – The Atlantic – The Atlantic

Friday, October 13, 2017

The most striking trend of the 2017 Major League Baseball postseason was established minutes into the very first game. With three runs in and only one out recorded in the first inning of the American League Wild Card game, the Yankees manager Joe Girardi pulled ace starting pitcher Luis Severino from the mound, commencing a parade of relief pitchers. In the bottom of the third inning, the Twins manager Paul…

Villanova at James Madison live stream, watch online with College Sports Live – CBSSports.com

Friday, October 13, 2017

Will the defending champions get the job done on Saturday? USATSI 2016 FCS champion James Madison is 5-0 so far in defense of its title title, and next up to take a swing at the champs is Villanova in a game that will air exclusively on CBS College Sports Live. The ESPN College GameDay crew will kick off the day in Virginia, so be sure to tune in and get…

Denny Hamlin won’t be getting a raise based on NASCAR’s downturn economics – Los Angeles Times

Thursday, October 12, 2017

NASCAR’s business model keeps downsizing to the scale of Groupon and Overstock.com, with a dash of the Dollar Store. Everyone wants to pinch pennies. Faced with drops in sponsorships, the inability to pay top drivers, sagging attendance and drops in TV viewership, NASCAR is in scramble mode going into the 2018 season. But that’s not just me talking. NASCAR Chairman Brian France admitted over the weekend that the sport could…

Landon Donovan: Time to Re-evaluate US Soccer – New York Times

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Now 35 and still close to the game since his second retirement from Major League Soccer last fall, Donovan has watched intently as both Klinsmann and his replacement, Bruce Arena, have continued to rely on so many of Donovan’s contemporaries in their 30s. Their options have been limited by the national program’s struggles to develop anything resembling a next generation to supplant mainstays such as Clint Dempsey, Michael Bradley and…

The Next Generation Of American Soccer Fans Are Already Roasting The USMNT – Deadspin

Thursday, October 12, 2017

One of the bad things about the USMNT missing out on the World Cup is that there will now be a generation of youngsters who won’t fall in love with the team and the sport. And while it’s only been days since the U.S.’s ouster became official, we’re already seeing examples of this phenomenon. Case in point: the above interviews with some little tykes, most of whom are less than…

A Seat Near Hitler, and Other Olympic Tales From the Baron, 105 – New York Times

Thursday, October 12, 2017

It was nearly 2 p.m. on a cloudy afternoon. . He was not in a hurry. “At 7 o’clock we will say goodbye,” the Baron said. After an hour, his caretaker intervened. He needed rest, doctor’s orders. Still, the Baron had so many stories to tell: How he found and promoted the country’s first two Olympic skiers. And tweaked the design of Liechtenstein’s national flag. And attended 16 Winter and…

Soccer star Weah leads most counties in Liberia presidential election vote – Reuters

Thursday, October 12, 2017

MONROVIA (Reuters) – Former soccer star George Weah leads in partial presidential election results in 11 of Liberia’s 15 counties, the electoral commission said on Thursday, after a vote meant to bring about the country’s first democratic transfer of power in decades. Early results from Tuesday’s poll read to reporters by the commission’s chairman left Weah’s camp confident he would win the outright majority he needs to avoid a run-off,…

Even The Indians Can’t Escape Baseball’s Postseason Buzz Saw – FiveThirtyEight

Thursday, October 12, 2017

After falling short of the 2016 World Series title in extra innings of Game 7, the Cleveland Indians picked themselves up and spent the 2017 season building toward one of the most dominating campaigns in baseball history. After a meager start, they slowly began playing to their impressive underlying metrics, finally reaching their peak with an American League record 22-game winning streak in August and September. By the end of…

How Bullpens Took Over Baseball’s Postseason – The Atlantic

Thursday, October 12, 2017

The most striking trend of the 2017 Major League Baseball postseason was established minutes into the very first game. With three runs in and only one out recorded in the first inning of the American League Wild Card game, the Yankees manager Joe Girardi pulled ace starting pitcher Luis Severino from the mound, commencing a parade of relief pitchers. In the bottom of the third inning, the Twins manager Paul…

This freaky commercial scared the hell out of baseball fans – New York Post

Thursday, October 12, 2017

The only thing more terrifying for Yankees fans than the possibility of an Indians victory on Wednesday night? Tasting the rainbow. During later stages of the Yankees’ Game 5 ALDS win on Wednesday night, Skittles frightened fans with a two-minute horror movie. The clip features a woman in an elevator that stops in between floors. The doors open, and a man chants, “I need your help” as he mirrors the woman’s…

Why Derek Jeter returned to baseball – Page Six

Thursday, October 12, 2017

While the Yankees advanced to the American League Championship on Wednesday night in Cleveland, their former star Derek Jeter was hosting his Turn 2 Foundation gala at Cipriani Wall Street. He told Page Six of his recent return to baseball as co-owner of the Miami Marlins, “I went back to baseball because . . . it is the greatest sport in the world. It is what I have done my entire life….

Sports teams are ditching Trump hotels – New York Post

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Professional teams across four major sports leagues that sometimes stayed in Trump hotels are apparently now finding different lodging while on the road, according to a report Thursday. An investigation by the Washington Post found that none of the 105 teams that responded from the total of 123 franchises from the National Basketball Association, the National Football League, the National Hockey League or Major League Baseball would confirm that it…

Samsung’s Gear Sport and Gear IconX earbuds will be available for … – The Verge

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Samsung has announced that the Gear Sport and its second-generation Gear IconX earbuds (also known as Gear IconX 2018) will be available for preorder starting October 13th. Priced at $299.99, the Gear Sport comes in blue and black and will be available nationwide from October 27th through Samsung.com, Amazon, Best Buy, Macy’s, and U.S. Cellular. The Gear IconX 2018 will come in black, gray, and pink, for $199.99 and will…

Thursday’s Hot Clicks: Shelbi Buchholz; Diddy Wants to Buy the NFL, Everyone Mocks Him – Sports Illustrated

Thursday, October 12, 2017

In Thursday’s Hot Clicks, we mock Diddy’s plan to buy the NFL, plus a look at the lovely Shelbi Buchholz. Stay in your lane, Diddy If you can’t beat them, buy them. That seems to be Sean Combs Puffy P. Diddy Diddy‘s philosophy in response to the NFL’s National Anthem controversy. The rapper suggested as much in a series of tweets on Wednesday. Only one problem: His net worth is $800 million…

Olympic Sports – ESPN

Thursday, October 12, 2017

6:53 AM ET Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print comment The numbers in the refugee crisis are continually astounding. Not only the number of refugees, which is always growing, but the number who are being turned away. In the United States, President Trump has already cut refugee resettlement to 50,000 people per year — less than half of the 110,000-per-year ceiling imposed by the Obama administration. According to a…

11 college sports mega-rivalries that may have slipped under your radar – NCAA.com

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Rivalries bring out some of the most exciting, intense and (sometimes) heartbreaking moments in college sports. Duke-North Carolina in basketball. Auburn-Alabama in football. Countless others — from the Apple Cup in Washington to the Crosstown Shootout in Cincinnati, from the Little Brown Jug in the North to any number of Lone Star Showdowns — help make college athletics what they are.   But rivalries, and the history…

A really good Cleveland team is gone really soon. That’s baseball – MyAJC (blog)

Thursday, October 12, 2017

How’d this happen? Who the heck knows? (AP Photo/David Dermer) The Cleveland Indians entered the playoffs having gone 33-4 since Aug. 23.  Even after their 22-game winning streak — the longest by any American League team ever, the second-longest in baseball history — ended, they won 11 of their final 14 regular-season games. One of baseball’s greatest untruths-presented-as-truth is that a team needs to be hot entering the playoffs. Here,…

How Bullpens Took Over Baseball’s Postseason – The Atlantic

Thursday, October 12, 2017

The most striking trend of the 2017 Major League Baseball postseason was established minutes into the very first game. With three runs in and only one out recorded in the first inning of the American League Wild Card game, the Yankees manager Joe Girardi pulled ace starting pitcher Luis Severino from the mound, commencing a parade of relief pitchers. In the bottom of the third inning, the Twins manager Paul…