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Sports Doping: The Endless Chase – Aljazeera.com

Posted: Thursday, April 27, 2017

Filmed in 11 countries, Sports Doping: The Endless Chase is a two-part documentary exploring the financial, political and ethical implications of the use of drugs in sport. Yuliya Stepanova, Russia’s 800-metres champion in 2011, and her husband Vitaly revealed to the world how they saw Russia as having created its champions. For five years, Yuliya performed among the world’s top-flight athletes and Vitaly was an adviser to the director…

Peter Schrager’s last-minute 2017 NFL mock draft – FOXSports.com

Posted: Thursday, April 27, 2017

With the draft just hours away, here’s my last mock of the first round. I’ve got Christian McCaffrey among a couple guys moving up at the top, Deshaun Watson falling to the Bills, and I’m sticking with the Browns trading back into the top five and getting their quarterback in Mitchell Trubisky. Things still can change before the start of the draft, but here’s how I see the first round right now….

Sports Doping: The Endless Chase | | Al Jazeera – Aljazeera.com

Posted: Thursday, April 27, 2017

Filmed in 11 countries, Sports Doping: The Endless Chase is a two-part documentary exploring the financial, political and ethical implications of the use of drugs in sport. Yuliya Stepanova, Russia’s 800-metres champion in 2011, and her husband Vitaly revealed to the world how they saw Russia as having created its champions. For five years, Yuliya performed among the world’s top-flight athletes and Vitaly was an adviser to the director…

ESPN layoffs: Andy Roddick, other big names in sports react – Fox News

Posted: Thursday, April 27, 2017

ESPN laid off about 100 employees on Wednesday, including on-air talent, and Andy Roddick said it was tough watching the cuts unfold. “It’s unfortunate and obviously you don’t want to see that. From a personal side, it’s tough,” he told Fox News on Wednesday. “I’ve watched and listened to a lot of the people I’ve interviewed with a lot of the people that got cut… You never like to…

ESPN Layoffs Should Be A Wake-Up Call About Politicizing Sports – National Review

Posted: Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Today’s big media news is cable sports “Worldwide Leader” ESPN laying off 100 people, many of them on-air talent and sportswriters. Early indications are that the layoffs come across the sports the network covers, but will fall hardest on the network’s hockey coverage, which may be all but eliminated. There’s both a business lesson and a political lesson here. Clay Travis at Outkick the Coverage has been all over…

Sports Gambling Ban Repeal Could Happen in Trump’s First Term … – Fox Business

Posted: Wednesday, April 26, 2017

As top sports officials and the American public soften their decades-long opposition to legal sports betting, the American Gaming Association, one of the leading advocates for a regulated marketplace for wagers, says that an end to the federal ban on the popular pastime is near. Continue Reading Below Both the NHL and the NFL voted to place permanent franchises in the U.S. gambling capital this year, even as they…

Sports Gambling Ban Repeal Could Happen in Trump’s First Term, Group Says – Fox Business

Posted: Wednesday, April 26, 2017

As top sports officials and the American public soften their decades-long opposition to legal sports betting, the American Gaming Association, one of the leading advocates for a regulated marketplace for wagers, says that an end to the federal ban on the popular pastime is near. Continue Reading Below Both the NHL and the NFL voted to place permanent franchises in the U.S. gambling capital this year, even as they…

10 takeaways from Dale Earnhardt Jr.âs retirement press conference – FOXSports.com

Posted: Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Even though Dale Earnhardt Jr. will be the fourth big name to leave NASCAR in a three-year window, he thinks the sport is in good hands. “Kyle Larson, Chase Elliott, just to name two of probably a dozen guys that I’m excited about,” he said. “I think that’s all I read about on Twitter yesterday was how awesome the race was and how much fun it is to watch…

More than half of young people watch illegal streams of live sports, study finds – The Guardian

Posted: Wednesday, April 26, 2017

The scale of the challenge facing sports broadcasters in combating piracy has been made clear in figures that show more than half of young people watch illegal streams of live events. Research into the viewing habits of “millennials”, those aged between 18 and 24, has found piracy has become normalised among this generation while the take-up for traditional subscription services is far less than among older viewers. The figures, which…

A comprehensive study of the pressing question, ‘Is it sports?’ – SB Nation

Posted: Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Sports sites have asked themselves “Is it sports?” for as long as sports sites have existed. The question pops up when the content buckets runneth over into areas that have historically had very little to do with sports, but with which the sports world has become enamored. Dogs, for example, are very much sports — headlines like, “This very good dog likes to tickle himself with his owner’s purse” grace…

A comprehensive study of the pressing question, ‘Is it sports?’ – SB Nation

Posted: Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Sports sites have asked themselves “Is it sports?” for as long as sports sites have existed. The question pops up when the content buckets runneth over into areas that have historically had very little to do with sports, but with which the sports world has become enamored. Dogs, for example, are very much sports — headlines like, “This very good dog likes to tickle himself with his owner’s purse” grace…

Sports world says Earnhardt retirement ‘a serious blow’ to ‘shaky’ NASCAR – Charlotte Observer

Posted: Tuesday, April 25, 2017

The headline in USA Today on Tuesday morning summed things up painfully. “NASCAR takes serious blow with Dale Earnhardt Jr. retirement.” Fans and sports industry analysts echoed the idea, questioning how NASCAR could survive the loss of Dale Earnhardt Jr. not long after the departures of Tony Stewart, Jeff Gordon and Carl Edwards. “Tuesday’s news that Dale Earnhardt Jr. will retire from driving at the end of this season comes…

Could Legalized Gambling Save Us From the Insufferability of Fantasy Sports? – New York Times

Posted: Tuesday, April 25, 2017

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Jonah Keri sitdown with Justin Trudeau: Canada’s Prime Minister talks sports, immigration, Montreal and more – CBSSports.com

Posted: Monday, April 24, 2017

The prime minister of Canada is a hugger. Justin Trudeau and I had just wrapped up an hourlong interview in a high-ceiling sitting room across the street from Parliament. I thanked him for his time and was about to start collecting my stuff to walk out, when the PM took a step toward me, and offered an embrace. It was part bro-hug, part “the pleasure was all mine” gesture. I…

Even sports news in North Korea is bizarre – USA TODAY

Posted: Monday, April 24, 2017

CLOSE x Embed x Share President Xi Jinping said he hopes all sides will “refrain from taking any action that will aggravate tensions on the Peninsula.” Video provided by Newsy Newslook North Korea lost all three matches in the 2010 World Cup before returning home.(Photo: Luca Bruno, AP) War games, whether in the form of military strategizing or parading nuclear weaponry as a show of force, are not really games at…

Biggest busts in Baltimore sports history – Baltimore Sun

Posted: Monday, April 24, 2017

As the Ravens weigh their options in this week’s NFL draft, The Sun takes a moment to reflect on the biggest busts in Baltimore sports history. Here, alphabetically, are major acquisitions that fans would as soon forget. Gary Bradds, Bullets, 1964-65 In hindsight, the Baltimore Bullets could have taken Willis Reed, who would become a Hall of Fame center. Or Jeff Mullins, a budding All-Star guard. Instead, the Bullets’ first-round…

Brad Keselowski on NASCAR: ‘It’s not meant to be a fair sport’ – FOXSports.com

Posted: Monday, April 24, 2017

BRISTOL, Tenn. — Brad Keselowski makes no excuses when it comes to asking how Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers will handle Bristol Motor Speedway in the Food City 500. “We’re supposed to be the best, so we’ll have to figure it out,” he said even before rain postponed the race from Sunday to Monday. The rain that swept into the area around the .526-mile short track late Saturday and…

Vermont school district mergers test sports team loyalties – Washington Times

Posted: Monday, April 24, 2017

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) – As school district mergers grow more complicated, there is an elephant in the room and it has company: Phantoms, Marauders, plenty of Blue Devils and even a Golden Horde. Act 46, a law designed to promote educational equity, opportunity and efficiency, has started to provoke questions about school identity as district mergers involving multiple high schools have quickly become the new normal. What does it mean…

Kobe Bryant got real about the harsh reality of retiring from sports – SB Nation

Posted: Monday, April 24, 2017

Kobe Bryant went on Good Morning America on Monday to discuss his new animated short film Dear Basketball, which is being entered in the Tribeca Film Festival. Robin Roberts asked him straight up if he missed the game and his answer was so good it had the crew clapping. “No, I don’t. No, it’s crazy but I started playing when I was 2, and so after playing for 20 years…