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Da Beauty League gives fans thrill of watching local hockey stars – Minneapolis Star Tribune

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

See more of the story Ryan Mielke’s one smart 11-year-old. In the waning minutes of every game in Da Beauty League, dozens of kids in hockey garb press against each railing at the Zamboni entrance inside Edina’s Braemar Arena. “Haula, Haula, Haula!!!” they scream, waving hats, shirts and Sharpies in desperate attempts to get NHLers to stop for an autograph. “Guentzel, Guentzel!!! Bjugstad! Parise!!! Buff!!!!” But one night, Mielke and…

Transitioning from elite sport to the ‘real world’ can take its toll on mental health – The Guardian

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

It was the fictional fashionista, Derek Zoolander, who asked himself, “Who am I?” as he peered poignantly into a puddle that bore his own reflection in the 2001 cult classic Zoolander, only moments after losing the male model of the year award to his arch rival, Hansel. In defeat, he lost his identity. If he wasn’t the best model on the planet anymore, then who the hell was he? The…

Major League Soccer’s Most Valuable Teams 2017 – Forbes

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Toronto FC is now Major League Soccer’s third-most valuable team, worth $280 million. Much of that value has been built on the back of aggressive player spending, and this year’s trio of designated players – Michael Bradley, Jozy Altidore (pictured above, left and right) and Sebastian Giovinco – are by far the league’s most expensive. (Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images) When MLS kicked off its 2017 season this past March, it expected…

Longtime Angel Jered Weaver announces retirement from baseball – Los Angeles Times

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Jered Weaver, who won more games than all but one pitcher in Angels history and left some $60 million on the table to play for them, announced his retirement Wednesday. Weaver, 34, a three-time All-Star for the Angels and the franchise’s most recent 20-game winner, called it a career after failing to win in any of his nine starts for the San Diego Padres. “I’ve decided to step away from…

Area Man Will Be Judge Of Whether Woman Actually True Baseball Fan – The Onion (satire)

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

CHICAGO—Saying that he alone could determine the legitimacy the woman’s claim, area man Luke Haggerty will be the judge of whether coworker Delia Carroll is actually a true baseball fan, sources confirmed Wednesday. “She says she’s a huge baseball fan, but we’ll just see about that,” said Haggerty, peppering the woman with seemingly innocuous questions about the current National League standings and her thoughts on recent trades in order to…

The Subway Series is a reminder that Brooklyn deserves a Major League baseball team – New York Daily News

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

It’s been 60 years since the Brooklyn Dodgers headed west. With the Subway Series underway, there’s no better time to consider making New York City a three-team town once more. Bring on the Brooklyn Robinsons. (What else would you call them?) If you don’t think the city can sustain three Major League teams the way it did for a half a century up until 1957, when the…

The Unlikely Resurgence Of Baseball’s Aces – FiveThirtyEight

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

This baseball season seems to have the makings of an unpleasant one for pitchers. Hitters are focusing on hitting deep fly balls, and more of them are leaving the yard than ever before, possibly thanks to a batch of baseballs that are bouncier than usual. As a result, scoring has increased to 4.65 runs per game, the highest it’s been since 2008. But despite all of that, star hurlers are…

Peter Beagrie sacked by Sky Sports over assault conviction – Telegraph.co.uk

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Sacked football pundit Peter Beagrie has said he will appeal against his conviction for assaulting his partner. The former Everton and Manchester City player was “devastated” after he was convicted of attacking Zarah Blake by Skipton Magistrates on Tuesday. In a statement, Beagrie, 51, said: “I am innocent, something I have maintained from the outset, that is why the verdict was so devastating. “I will be appealing.” In his statement,…

SI’s 2017 Preseason All-America Team – Sports Illustrated

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

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Can Disney Create a Netflix of Sports? – Hollywood Reporter

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Bob Iger’s plan to launch two streamers — one for family fare, another for ESPN — carries huge stakes for the media giant and the future of the cable bundle itself. <!–[CDATA[ Since Disney announced on Aug. 8 that it would ditch Netflix and launch its own over-the-top video channel for family fare, more than $3 billion in market capitalization has vanished at the world’s largest subscription streaming service to…

Wednesday’s Hot Clicks: Krystle Lina; Professional Tag Is the Next Great Sport – Sports Illustrated

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Professional tag is the next great sport The first sport everyone learns to play is tag. You chase your friend. They chase you. Then you go inside and watch cartoons. The people at World Chase Tag have different ideas and see tag as the next great sport. I’m not sure how popular it’ll get, but I’d definitely check it out if it was on ESPN The Ocho. ESPN didn’t totally…

Major League Soccer’s Most Valuable Teams – Forbes

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Toronto FC is now Major League Soccer’s third-most valuable team, worth $280 million. Much of that value has been built on the back of aggressive player spending, and this year’s trio of designated players – Michael Bradley, Jozy Altidore (pictured above, left and right) and Sebastian Giovinco – are by far the league’s most expensive. (Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images) When MLS kicked off its 2017 season this past March, it expected…

The Unlikely Resurgence Of Baseball’s Aces – FiveThirtyEight

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

This baseball season seems to have the makings of an unpleasant one for pitchers. Hitters are focusing on hitting deep fly balls, and more of them are leaving the yard than ever before, possibly thanks to a batch of baseballs that are bouncier than usual. As a result, scoring has increased to 4.65 runs per game, the highest it’s been since 2008. But despite all of that, star hurlers are…

Sport has always been political – long before Trump came to the party – The Guardian (blog)

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Of all the reasons for resigning from Donald Trump’s “American Manufacturing Council” in the wake of the president’s reaction to the Nazi rally in Charlottesville, the one offered on Tuesday by Under Armour chief executive Kevin Plank felt the most wilfully naive. According to the boss of the sportswear firm, he was stepping down because “Under Armour engages in innovation and sports, not politics”. Oh dear. I’m not quite sure…

Wednesday’s Hot Clicks: Krystle Lina; Professional Tag Is the Next Great Sport – Sports Illustrated

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Professional tag is the next great sport The first sport everyone learns to play is tag. You chase your friend. They chase you. Then you go inside and watch cartoons. The people at World Chase Tag have different ideas and see tag as the next great sport. I’m not sure how popular it’ll get, but I’d definitely check it out if it was on ESPN The Ocho. ESPN didn’t totally…

Martin Truex, Jr., Furniture Row Racing, close to clinching NASCAR’s regular-season title – The Denver Post

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

NASCAR points leader Martin Truex Jr., driver of the Denver-built No. 78 Toyota of Furniture Row Racing, is close to clinching the regular-season title and add to his playoff-point-leading total when the postseason begins Sept. 17 at Chicago. Truex, who has finished first and second in the last two races, has a 129-point lead over second place Kyle Larson heading into Saturday’s night race at Bristol, Tenn., the 24th race…

The Unlikely Resurgence Of Baseball’s Aces – FiveThirtyEight

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

This baseball season seems to have the makings of an unpleasant one for pitchers. Hitters are focusing on hitting deep fly balls, and more of them are leaving the yard than ever before, possibly thanks to a batch of baseballs that are bouncier than usual. As a result, scoring has increased to 4.65 runs per game, the highest it’s been since 2008. But despite all of that, star hurlers are…

Hoffenheim 1-2 Liverpool – BBC News

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Trent Alexander-Arnold (second from right) was starting his ninth game for Liverpool Liverpool will take a one-goal advantage back to Anfield for the second leg of their Champions League play-off tie with Hoffenheim after Trent Alexander-Arnold’s free-kick and an own goal earned them a hard-fought victory in Germany. Rookie full-back Alexander-Arnold demonstrated a cutting edge lacking in some of his more experienced team-mates with an expertly taken set-piece that found…

ESPN’s Auction Puts The Racial Dynamics Of Fantasy Sports On Full Display – HuffPost

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Ninety percent of fantasy sports players, in fact, are white, and 80 percent are men, the association reports. Nearly 80 percent are college graduates, and their average annual income is $92,000. Of the estimated 42 million people who played fantasy sports in 2014, 70 percent said their preferred game was football, according to the association’s numbers.

The Unlikely Resurgence Of Baseball’s Aces – FiveThirtyEight

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

This baseball season seems to have the makings of an unpleasant one for pitchers. Hitters are focusing on hitting deep fly balls, and more of them are leaving the yard than ever before, possibly thanks to a batch of baseballs that are bouncier than usual. As a result, scoring has increased to 4.65 runs per game, the highest it’s been since 2008. But despite all of that, star hurlers are…