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‘More probable than not’ Patriots deflated balls, report says – Boston Globe (subscription)

Thursday, May 07, 2015

In a major blow to Tom Brady’s golden reputation, a National Football League investigator concluded Wednesday that the Patriots quarterback most likely participated, at least tacitly, in violating the sport’s integrity by using improperly deflated footballs as he guided the team toward a Super Bowl championship. A 243-page report on the NFL’s inquiry identified two low-level Patriots employees as the alleged chief conspirators in the scandal and cited “substantial and…

Fox Sports Now comes to Apple TV – Sydney Morning Herald

Thursday, May 07, 2015

Foxtel is tackling unbundled sports-on-demand with the Fox Sport News app for the Apple TV. Photo: Getty Images Aussie footy fans have another tantalising taste of sport-on-demand as Fox Sports comes to the Apple TV, but there’s a long road ahead. Sport is the last great bastion of traditional television, one of the few things that will still force the Netflix generation to sit down and watch live broadcasts. Sports broadcast rights…

NBC Sports Group Wins 17 Sports Emmys, TNT’s Ernie Johnson Steals Show – TVNewser

Thursday, May 07, 2015

TNT’s Ernie Johnson, who spoke with TVNewser back in February, won the 2015 Sports Emmy Award for best studio host last night. In a touching move, Johnson gave the award to the daughters of the late ESPN host Stuart Scott. “As for this [the award], there is only one place it belongs and that’s on the mantel at Stuart Scott’s house,” Johnson said before calling up Scott’s daughters. “This is not…

Sport Science: The island green – ABC News

Thursday, May 07, 2015

Sport Science: The island green The signature hole of the Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass is No. 17. ESPN Sport Science examines several factors that make it so difficult.

Young Lee County soccer player honored at last game of the year – WTVD-TV

Thursday, May 07, 2015

The girls’ soccer team at East Lee Middle School in Sanford played its final game of the year Wednesday, and teammates dedicated the game to Quaneisha Richmond, a seventh grader who died last week. Teammate Jennifer Reyes said it was hard to take the field Wednesday without her friend and classmate at her side. “I am going to be sad this is the last game we play and she did…

No. 2 U of L baseball completes sweep of UK – The Courier-Journal

Thursday, May 07, 2015

VIDEOS | U OF L BASEBALL TAKES SEASON SERIES FROM UKVideo | Cards’ McDonnell on sweeping Cats | 03:20 Video | Cards’ McDonnell on sweeping Cats VIDEOS | U OF L BASEBALL TAKES SEASON SERIES FROM UKVideo | UK’s Hairston loss to U of L brother | 01:32 Video | UK’s Hairston loss to U of L brother VIDEOS | U OF L BASEBALL TAKES SEASON SERIES FROM UKVideo |…

VIDEO: Pike Central player faces assault charge after ejection from baseball game – WKYT

Thursday, May 07, 2015

PIKEVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) – 11 p.m. report An Eastern Kentucky high school athlete faces an assault charge after being ejected from a baseball game Tuesday night. Bradley Elkins, 18, a senior at Pike County Central High School, was arrested Wednesday and charged with Assault Second…

Real Madrid Tops Ranking Of The World’s Most Valuable Soccer Teams – Forbes

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Juventus’ Alvaro Morata, left, and Real Madrid’s Pepe go for the ball during a Champions League match. (AP Photo/Massimo Pinca) Soccer teams have been scoring much richer television and sponsorship deals. As a result, the 20 most valuable soccer teams in the world are worth an average of $1.16 billion, 11% more than last year and 84% higher than five years ago. The performance would have been even more dramatic…

Periscope and other new apps threaten TV’s golden egg: Live sports – Washington Post

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Since the advent of the VCR and then YouTube, the media industry’s No. 1 enemy has been piracy. But while Hollywood and the TV networks have fought one technology after another, one type of entertainment has been safe from illegal broadcasts: live sports. That’s because fans hated waiting for illicit recordings to be posted online. Sporting events offered the rare assurance that millions of viewers would still gather at a scheduled…

Real Madrid Tops Ranking Of The World’s Most Valuable Soccer Teams – Forbes

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Juventus’ Alvaro Morata, left, and Real Madrid’s Pepe go for the ball during a Champions League match. (AP Photo/Massimo Pinca) Soccer teams have been scoring much richer television and sponsorship deals. As a result, the 20 most valuable soccer teams in the world are worth an average of $1.16 billion, 11% more than last year and 84% higher than five years ago. The performance would have been even more dramatic…

Barry Bonds Is Shifting Gears – ESPN

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

BONDS IS RIGHT to duck out of the team photo in one sense. He didn’t build this team, and he doesn’t coach or train it. Cranmer, a 49-year-old British expatriate, former mountain bike competitor and longtime team manager, runs the business end of Twenty16. Holden, 44, directs the riders on the road. The team has a strong roster and an ambitious agenda this season, with athletes racing on the junior…

Cristiano Ronaldo Edges Lionel Messi As The World’s Highest-Paid Soccer Player – Forbes

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Ronaldo or Messi? While the debate rages on about who is the better player, we can tell you who gets better paid. For the second year in a row Cristiano Ronaldo ranks No. 1 on our list of the world’s highest paid soccer players. The 30-year old star of Real Madrid, the most valuable soccer team in the world worth $3.26 billion, banked $79 million last year in salary, bonus…

NASCAR responds to Kevin Harvick ‘stagnant’ schedule comments – USA TODAY

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

NASCAR executive vice president Steve O’Donnell said the sport is pleased with its current track lineup.(Photo: John David Mercer, USA TODAY Sports) CHARLOTTE – Despite Kevin Harvick’s concerns about NASCAR’s schedule becoming “stagnant,” NASCAR executive vice president Steve O’Donnell said officials remain comfortable with the current calendar. “We’re happy with the schedule we have,” O’Donnell said Tuesday. “We certainly look at what’s available to us, but the schedule we have…

Stuart Scott honored at Sports Emmy Awards – ABC News

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Stuart Scott honored at Sports Emmy Awards At the 2015 Sports Emmy Awards, Turner Sports broadcaster Ernie Johnson presents the award for best studio host to the daughters of longtime ESPN anchor the late Stuart Scott.

Periscope and other new apps threaten TV’s golden egg: Live sports – Washington Post

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Since the advent of the VCR and then YouTube, the media industry’s No. 1 enemy has been piracy. But while Hollywood and the TV networks have fought one technology after another, one type of entertainment has been safe from illegal broadcasts: live sports. That’s because fans hated waiting for illicit recordings to be posted online. Sporting events offered the rare assurance that millions of viewers would still gather at a scheduled…

Mike Ashley’s Sports Direct offices visited by police investigating Rangers – The Guardian

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Sports Direct, the sporting goods company founded by Mike Ashley, the Newcastle United owner and Rangers shareholder, has been visited by the police as part of an investigation into the former ownership of the Scottish club. Detectives investigating Rangers’ controversial former owners Craig Whyte and Charles Green travelled from Scotland to the Sports Direct offices in Shirebrook, Derbyshire. The investigation is not aimed at Sports Direct and the company is…

NASCAR responds to Kevin Harvick ‘stagnant’ schedule comments – USA TODAY

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

NASCAR executive vice president Steve O’Donnell said the sport is pleased with its current track lineup.(Photo: John David Mercer, USA TODAY Sports) CHARLOTTE – Despite Kevin Harvick’s concerns about NASCAR’s schedule becoming “stagnant,” NASCAR executive vice president Steve O’Donnell said officials remain comfortable with the current calendar. “We’re happy with the schedule we have,” O’Donnell said Tuesday. “We certainly look at what’s available to us, but the schedule we have…

Hitter matchup ratings for May 6 – ESPN

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Starting pitcher projected Game Scores for May 6 2015 Statistics Last Three Weeks GS Team Name T Opp W-L ERA WHIP W-L ERA WHIP 73 Max Scherzer R Mia 1-3 1.26 0.84 1-2 1.61 0.86 72 Chris Sale L Det 2-1 5.32 1.45 2-1 5.32 1.45 63 Carlos Carrasco R @KC 3-2 4.98 1.38 2-2 7.04 1.70 63 Gerrit Cole R Cin 4-0 1.76 0.98 4-0 1.05 0.90 62 Jacob…

Mike Ashley’s Sports Direct offices visited by police investigating Rangers – The Guardian

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Sports Direct, the sporting goods company founded by Mike Ashley, the Newcastle United owner and Rangers shareholder, has been visited by the police as part of an investigation into the former ownership of the Scottish club. Detectives investigating Rangers’ controversial former owners Craig Whyte and Charles Green travelled from Scotland to the Sports Direct offices in Shirebrook, Derbyshire. The investigation is not aimed at Sports Direct and the company is…