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A sports-free streaming bundle may be coming this year – The Verge

Posted: Monday, May 22, 2017

A sports-free TV package may be coming to an over-the-top streaming service this year, according to a new report from Variety. Viacom, the owner of Comedy Central, MTV, and VH1, is in advanced discussions with a streaming service to become part of an entertainment-only bundle that could cost less than $20 a month, CEO Bob Bakish said at the JPMorgan Global Technology, Media, and Telecom conference. AMC and Discovery are…

Sports lottery will fund new national sports plan, says Greg Hunt – The Guardian

Posted: Monday, May 22, 2017

The federal government has released details of a national sports plan, central to which is an idea to implement a lottery for funding inspired by examples around the world such as the UK model, and the creation of an independent sports tribunal. The sports minister, Greg Hunt, unveiled the initiative at the Australian Institute of Sport on Monday, outlining a vision for sport in Australia for the next 10 years…

Marcus Smart’s career night and Avery Bradley’s game-winner saved the Celtics – Yahoo Sports

Posted: Monday, May 22, 2017

After two straight blowouts to begin the Eastern Conference finals and the news that inured Boston Celtics star Isaiah Thomas will miss the remainder of the series, the Cleveland Cavaliers entered Game 3 on Sunday as 16.5-point favorites — a spread you’ll rarely even see so high in the regular season. It took all of 23:39 for the Cavs to build a lead big enough to cover that 17-point margin, and they…

New Jersey to vote on bill to regulate daily fantasy sports – Minneapolis Star Tribune

Posted: Monday, May 22, 2017

TRENTON, N.J. — Lawmakers in New Jersey are set to vote on legislation to regulate and tax daily fantasy sports. The Democrat-led Assembly is scheduled to vote Monday on a bill that would impose a quarterly fee of 10.5 percent of gross revenues on daily fantasy sports providers. The measure calls for the Division of Consumer Affairs to issue permits to fantasy sports operators including casino licensees and racetracks. The…

Olympics – Australia closer to sports lottery for funding athletes – euronews

Posted: Monday, May 22, 2017

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Australia’s federal sports minister Greg Hunt has thrown his weight behind a push for a national lottery to boost funding for athletes and arrest the country’s slide down the Olympic medals table. Australia had its worst medal haul in 24 years at the 2016 Rio Games, finishing 10th in the standings to continue a decline that has set in since consecutive top-five finishes at the home 2000…

Marcus Smart’s career night and Avery Bradley’s game-winner saved the Celtics – Yahoo Sports

Posted: Monday, May 22, 2017

After two straight blowouts to begin the Eastern Conference finals and the news that inured Boston Celtics star Isaiah Thomas will miss the remainder of the series, the Cleveland Cavaliers entered Game 3 on Sunday as 16.5-point favorites — a spread you’ll rarely even see so high in the regular season. It took all of 23:39 for the Cavs to build a lead big enough to cover that 17-point margin, and they…

Starting lineup for the 2017 Indianapolis 500 – FOXSports.com

Posted: Monday, May 22, 2017

Here’s how the field qualified for the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500, which will start shortly after Noon ET on Sunday, May 28.

National Sport Plan could be funded by lottery, Greg Hunt says – ABC Online

Posted: Monday, May 22, 2017

Updated May 22, 2017 10:05:05 Photo: Grassroots and junior participation is a focus of the Federal Government’s National Sport Plan. (ABC News: Jonathon Gul) A national lottery and an integrity commission and tribunal are expected to play a pivotal role in the future of Australian sport, according to Sports Minister Greg Hunt and the Government’s new National Sport Plan. The Government has put those ideas out for consultation…

Coughlin over Parcells? Ranking best coaches in NY sports history – New York Post

Posted: Sunday, May 21, 2017

There are few managers or coaches in recent memory who have gotten the town talking the way Terry Collins has, and does, sometimes in good ways, often in bad ways, always in interesting ways. Saturday, he managed the 1,013th game of his tenure as a Met, one more than Davey Johnson — and maybe a good 500 or 600 more than most folks would’ve set as the “over” when he…

At least one Premier League club is planning to charge Sky Sports and BT Sport for manager and player interviews – Mirror.co.uk

Posted: Saturday, May 20, 2017

At least one Premier League club is hatching a plan to charge stakeholders such as Sky Sports and BT Sport for manager and player interviews. Commercial chiefs at a top-six side want to deny broadcasters the free access they currently get to their star names unless they are willing to pay for the privilege. Sky are stumping up £4.1billion for five of the seven live packages in the current domestic…

Friday’s Sports In Brief – Washington Times

Posted: Saturday, May 20, 2017

NBA BOSTON (AP) – An NBA playoff-record, 41-point halftime lead. A franchise record for total points. A 13th consecutive playoff win, tying another league record. And LeBron James says the Cleveland Cavaliers can still do better. Cleveland steamrolled the Boston Celtics 130-86 to take a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference finals. Minutes after the NBA announced the three finalists for the MVP award – and James wasn’t among them…

Pro12 semi-final: Munster 23-3 Ospreys – BBC Sport

Posted: Saturday, May 20, 2017

Media playback is not supported on this device Pro12 semi-final highlights: Munster 23-3 Ospreys Munster will take on Scarlets for the 2016-17 Pro12 title in next Saturday’s final after seeing off Ospreys at Thomond Park. The win denied the lacklustre visitors an all-Welsh final against their closest rivals in Dublin. But they could have no complaints on a day when only Munster touched down. Francis Saili, Simon Zebo and Andrew…

Premiership semi-final: Wasps 21-20 Leicester Tigers – BBC Sport

Posted: Saturday, May 20, 2017

Josh Bassett squeezed over in the corner under pressure from Jack Roberts in the 78th minute Josh Bassett scored a try two minutes from time as Wasps reached their first Premiership final in nine years with a thrilling victory over Leicester. Kurtley Beale helped Wasps build a 10-point lead but Peter Betham’s try saw Tigers three points down at half-time. Leicester led when Telusa Veainu dived over, and Freddie Burns’…

Arsenal: Stan Kroenke ‘committed long term’ despite Alisher Usmanov bid – BBC Sport

Posted: Saturday, May 20, 2017

Stan Kroenke has a 67% stake in Arsenal Arsenal majority shareholder Stan Kroenke is committed to the club in the long term, sources have told the BBC. Kroenke has shown no interest in a £1bn bid by Uzbek-born Russian Usmanov to take full control of the Gunners. It is understood the American’s ambition is to win the Premier League and make Arsenal a force in Europe. Gunners legend Ian Wright…

Explaining Enes Kanter’s airport detention and why it’s so serious – FOXSports.com

Posted: Saturday, May 20, 2017

Since the 2016 coup attempt, Erdogan has been effectively running a reverse coup.  Followers of Gülen have been rooted out of all levels of the state — the government claimed that 70,000 were processed as part for their involvement with the coup attempt. The government also released nearly 40,000 prisoners to make room for those arrested for their perceived roles in the coup — a group of people who…

Arsenal: Stan Kroenke ‘committed long term’ despite Alisher Usmanov bid – BBC Sport

Posted: Saturday, May 20, 2017

Stan Kroenke has a 67% stake in Arsenal Arsenal majority shareholder Stan Kroenke is committed to the club in the long term, sources have told the BBC. Kroenke has shown no interest in a £1bn bid by Uzbek-born Russian Usmanov to take full control of the Gunners. It is understood the American’s ambition is to win the Premier League and make Arsenal a force in Europe. Gunners legend Ian Wright…

Cowdenbeath 1-1 East Kilbride AET (penalties 5-3) – BBC Sport

Posted: Saturday, May 20, 2017

Former Hearts and Hibernian defender Fraser Mullen rifled in the opening goal for Cowdenbeath Cowdenbeath retain their SPFL status after a dramatic penalty shoot-out victory over East Kilbride. After the first leg of their play-off finished goalless, Fraser Mullen, for Beath, and Kieran Gibbons, for Kilby, netted in normal time. With no further score after 30 more minutes of play, the hosts scored all five of their spot-kicks. Liam Henderson…

Borussia Dortmund v Werder Bremen – BBC Sport

Posted: Saturday, May 20, 2017

Bartra was given a rapturous reception by the Dortmund fans and his team-mates after the final whistle Defender Marc Bartra returned to action for the first time since being injured in the attack on Borussia Dortmund’s team bus as his side gained entry to the Champions League group stage. Bartra, 26, had surgery on his right hand and wrist after the blast before a Champions League tie with Monaco. He…

The case for every NBA awards finalist – FOXSports.com

Posted: Saturday, May 20, 2017

Dario Saric, PF, 76ers: In one of the weakest rookie classes in recent memory, Saric was one of the few rookies who put up compelling numbers (12.8 ppg, 6.3 rpg) and also played in a majority of his team’s games.  Joel Embiid, C, 76ers: If not for injuries, Embiid would be a lock. He clearly had the biggest impact among this year’s crop of first-year players, averaging 20.2 and…

Column: NHL playoffs greatest show in sports at the moment – ABC News

Posted: Saturday, May 20, 2017

If you’re not a hockey fan — and we know there are a LOT of you out there — it might be a good time to reconsider. The NHL playoffs are the greatest show in sports at the moment. You certainly won’t miss anything by flipping away from the NBA. While the hoops postseason is blighted by one rout after another, the NHL is putting on a stellar show that…