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ESPN’s Robert Lee Decision Was Made Out of Fear of Negative Press – Sports Illustrated

Posted: Thursday, August 24, 2017

As the Robert Lee story was gaining Concorde-level speed last night on social media, a prominent ESPN on-air talent sent me a direct message on Twitter: “If they don’t switch the guy, we get mocked for having a guy named Robert Lee on a Virginia game,” said the ESPNer. “Can’t win.” There’s some truth there. The sports announcer Robert Lee, best known prior to Tuesday night as the radio and…

CSN Mid-Atlantic is rebranding as NBC Sports Washington – Washington Post

Posted: Thursday, August 24, 2017

Regional sports network CSN Mid-Atlantic is rebranding as NBC Sports Washington, with the change scheduled to be completed by Oct. 2. The move is part of a national branding shift for NBC Sports’s regional television networks, with CSN Chicago becoming NBC Sports Chicago, CSN Philadelphia becoming NBC Sports Philadelphia, CSN New England becoming NBC Sports Boston, and so on. The company’s California networks — NBC Sports Bay Area and NBC Sports…

ESPN’s Robert Lee Decision Was Made Out of Fear of Negative Press – Sports Illustrated

Posted: Wednesday, August 23, 2017

As the Robert Lee story was gaining Concorde-level speed last night on social media, a prominent ESPN on-air talent sent me a direct message on Twitter: “If they don’t switch the guy, we get mocked for having a guy named Robert Lee on a Virginia game,” said the ESPNer. “Can’t win.” There’s some truth there. The sports announcer Robert Lee, best known prior to Tuesday night as the radio and…

Candid Coaches: Will the NCAA take titles away from UNC or Louisville? – CBSSports.com

Posted: Wednesday, August 23, 2017

CBS Sports college basketball writers Gary Parrish, Matt Norlander and Reid Forgrave spent much of July on the road in cities across the country, covering the live recruiting periods. While there, and in the weeks since, they’ve surveyed coaches for our annual Candid Coaches series. They polled everyone from head coaches at elite programs to assistants at some of the smallest schools in Division I. In exchange for complete anonymity,…

Comcast SportsNet Chicago gets a new name: NBC Sports Chicago – Chicago Tribune

Posted: Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Comcast SportsNet Chicago is rebranding itself NBC Sports Chicago, effective Oct. 2. Viewers are free to continue calling it That Cable Channel That Has the Cubs, Bulls, White Sox and Blackhawks. The content isn’t changing with this switch. Just the name. But in an industry roiled by new demands from both consumers and partner pro sports outfits, stay tuned. CSN Chicago’s rechristening, announced Wednesday morning, is part of a move…

Cheerleading is starting school year as a CIF-regulated sport – OCRegister

Posted: Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Sweat drips on the mat. Industrial fans churn. The air inside the gym is stifling, suffocating. Several El Dorado High teammates complain of sore ankles – sprains, twists, jams – and one checks her nose for blood after catching an elbow and crashing to the floor. Welcome to hell week, cheerleading style. The world of competitive high school cheer can be brutal and intense, on par with the football games…

Jon Jones Tests Positive for Steroids – TMZ.com

Posted: Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Jon Jones has tested positive for steroids in his UFC 214 victory over Daniel Cormier … TMZ Sports has learned. Our sources tell us … Jones tested positive for Turinabol — an anabolic steroid.   Jones won the July 29 fight — taking the UFC light heavyweight belt from Cormier with a savage head kick followed by a barrage of punishing punches to Cormier’s head.  Jones will now go through the disciplinary process…

You can make MLB cross-sport prop bets on the Mayweather-McGregor fight – CBSSports.com

Posted: Tuesday, August 22, 2017

The world will finally find out who is better at boxing, a professional boxer or an accomplished MMA champion, when Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor meet in Las Vegas (live Saturday, 9 p.m. on Showtime PPV). It’s a big deal. You may have heard about it. The Mayweather-McGregor fight is such a big deal that you can now make cross-sport prop bets involving MLB games on the same day. Courtesy…

Being a sports parent: What you need to know – USA TODAY High School Sports

Posted: Tuesday, August 22, 2017

ILoveToWatchYouPlay.com is the preeminent website for parents of young athletes, offering resources, product suggestions, news and advice from the world’s most notable athletes, coaches, youth sports experts and organizations. Founded by sports broadcast veterans Alex Flanagan and Asia Mape, the site seeks to help parents find balance, gain an edge and stay sane in the increasingly competitive world of youth sports. For the full list, visit ILoveToWatchYouPlay.com You will sacrifice family dinners and outings so…

There’s a new Gran Turismo Sport version of the PS4 – The Verge

Posted: Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Sony has unveiled a shiny new limited edition Gran Turismo-themed Playstation 4, featuring a faceplate bearing the GT logo and a customized wireless controller. The 1 TB system will be available for sale on October 18th across the UK, Europe, Australia, and Asia. The release coincides with that of the latest Gran Turismo game, and will come with a ‘Day 1’ edition of the title, giving players $250,000 of in-game…

The Best College Football Teams by State, Regardless of Division (2017) – HERO Sports (blog)

Posted: Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Wins and losses, conference championships, playoff appearances, bowl games, individual awards, and national championships — these programs are the definition of success in college football.

Sky Sports reporter Paul Gilmour gives update on Virgil van Dijk to Liverpool – Express.co.uk

Posted: Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Southampton announced the signing of Hoedt from Serie A side Lazio this evening on a five-year deal. Van Dijk has made it public he wants to leave Southampton in this window and handed in a transfer request two weeks ago. Liverpool are his preferred destination, but Saints maintain he will not be sold before the window shuts on August 31. However, are Southampton preferring for his departure by signing fellow…

There’s a new Gran Turismo Sport version of the PS4 – The Verge

Posted: Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Sony has unveiled a shiny new limited edition Gran Turismo-themed Playstation 4, featuring a faceplate bearing the GT logo and a customized wireless controller. The 1 TB system will be available for sale on October 18th across the UK, Europe, Australia, and Asia. The release coincides with that of the latest Gran Turismo game, and will come with a ‘Day 1’ edition of the title, giving players $250,000 of in-game…

Back to school sports: the women returning to netball – The Guardian

Posted: Tuesday, August 22, 2017

As a carefree teenager, my Saturday county netball games were motivated by my desire to compete and a simple, but steadfast, determination not to let the goal attack into the circle to shoot. More than two decades later and my life is filled with drop-offs, pickups, birthday parties, household chores, arguing with awkward children at home and managing even more awkward grownups at work. Yet at the back of my…

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Posted: Tuesday, August 22, 2017

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Candid Coaches: Who will be the best team in college basketball in 2017-18? – CBSSports.com

Posted: Tuesday, August 22, 2017

CBS Sports college basketball writers Gary Parrish, Matt Norlander and Reid Forgrave spent much of July on the road in cities across the country, covering the live recruiting periods. While there, and in the weeks since, they’ve surveyed coaches for our annual Candid Coaches series. They polled everyone from head coaches at elite programs to assistants at some of the smallest schools in Division I. In exchange for complete anonymity,…

Pegulas’ stake in AdPro Sports is ‘rocket fuel’ for company, president says – Buffalo News

Posted: Tuesday, August 22, 2017

AdPro Sports already has a robust business making custom-branded merchandise for sports teams and corporations. But its president, Ron Raccuia, believes AdPro can reach greater heights now that Kim and Terry Pegula have bought a majority interest in the company. “It’s rocket fuel for us,” said Raccuia, noting the Pegulas’ “stature in the sports world” and the “expertise and talent of Pegula Sports Entertainment. “It just gives us everything we…

Solar eclipse captivates sports world – ESPN

Posted: Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print comment Monday brought a little more excitement than the start of the work week typically would, with the first solar eclipse since 1979 taking place across the United States. The phenomenon began around 10:15 a.m. Pacific Time on the West Coast and ended around 2:50 p.m. Eastern Time on the Atlantic coast. Fourteen states — Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Iowa,…

Eclipse blotter: Tracking Chicago sports team’s memes – Chicago Tribune

Posted: Tuesday, August 22, 2017

We’ve been shadowing Chicago’s team feeds to see which would come up with the most creative ways to capitalize on Monday’s solar eclipse. Here’s a countdown of the five best efforts. 5. White Sox: “Wow. This is not what we expected.” Hmm, a hand holding a baseball eclipsing the sun. Um, OK. Someone likely fried their retinas to shoot this. 4. Bears: “It’s glorious. #SolarEclipse2017” While casting the Bears logo…

Pegulas stake in AdPro Sports is ‘rocket fuel’ for company, president says – Buffalo News

Posted: Tuesday, August 22, 2017

AdPro Sports already has a robust business making custom-branded merchandise for sports teams and corporations. But its president, Ron Raccuia, believes AdPro can reach greater heights now that Kim and Terry Pegula have bought a majority interest in the company. “It’s rocket fuel for us,” said Raccuia, noting the Pegulas’ “stature in the sports world” and the “expertise and talent of Pegula Sports Entertainment. “It just gives us everything we…