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Dept of Sport and Recreation pays tribute to Nick Durandt – Sport24

Posted: Saturday, April 22, 2017

Cape Town – The Department of Sport and Recreation has expressed its sadness at the news of the untimely passing of legendary boxer, mentor and boxing trainer, Nick Durandt. Known for his ability to produce champion boxers, Durandt produced a number of winners on the South African and international scene, with famous charges which included Thulani “Sugarboy” Malinga, Philip “The Time-bomb” Ndou, Cassius Baloyi, Silence Mabuza and Hawk Makepula. SA Minister…

Here’s Saturday’s Sports on TV Lineup – The Courier-Journal

Posted: Saturday, April 22, 2017

SATURDAY ON TV AUTO RACING 9:30 a.m. FS1 — NASCAR, Xfinity Series, Fitzgerald Glider Kits 300, qualifying, at Bristol, Tenn. 1 p.m. FS1 — NASCAR, Xfinity Series, Fitzgerald Glider Kits 300, at Bristol, Tenn. COLLEGE BASEBALL Noon ESPN2 — South Carolina at Florida COLLEGE FOOTBALL 12:30 p.m. NBCSN — Notre Dame spring game, at South Bend, Ind. 2 p.m. SEC — Georgia spring game, at Athens, Ga. 3 p.m. BTN…

Friday’s Sports in Brief – News & Observer

Posted: Saturday, April 22, 2017

DORTMUND ATTACK BERLIN (AP) — A 28-year-old German-Russian citizen took out a five-figure loan to bet that Borussia Dortmund shares would drop, then bombed the soccer team’s bus in an attack he tried to disguise as Islamic terrorism in a scheme to net millions, German officials said. The suspect, identified only as Sergej W. in line with German privacy laws, was arrested by a police tactical team near the southwestern…

Here’s Saturday’s Sports on TV Lineup – The Courier-Journal

Posted: Saturday, April 22, 2017

SATURDAY ON TV AUTO RACING 9:30 a.m. FS1 — NASCAR, Xfinity Series, Fitzgerald Glider Kits 300, qualifying, at Bristol, Tenn. 1 p.m. FS1 — NASCAR, Xfinity Series, Fitzgerald Glider Kits 300, at Bristol, Tenn. COLLEGE BASEBALL Noon ESPN2 — South Carolina at Florida COLLEGE FOOTBALL 12:30 p.m. NBCSN — Notre Dame spring game, at South Bend, Ind. 2 p.m. SEC — Georgia spring game, at Athens, Ga. 3 p.m. BTN…

Opinion: Pro gaming may soon eclipse sports including basketball and baseball – MarketWatch

Posted: Saturday, April 22, 2017

Playing computer games is more than a pastime for some younger people. It’s a career. A study by Verve Search, an SEO and content agency, sheds new light on the phenomenon of eSports, as competitive gaming is called. Did you know that the League of Legends (multiplayer online battle arena/MOBA) final drew in more viewers than the last game of…

Jack Grinold, longtime sports information director at Northeastern, dead at 81 – The Boston Globe

Posted: Saturday, April 22, 2017

handout Jack Grinold. A stately figure in regional collegiate athletics, Jack Grinold spent some 50 years directing sports information at Northeastern University, where he was as well known for his generosity as he was for his tenure and expertise. In 2008, he and his wife, Cathy, established a $1.25 million endowment for the men’s rowing program, and Mr. Grinold also financially supported or directly funded other programs, including a sports…

Kraft Sports Productions announces new podcast – Patriots.com

Posted: Saturday, April 22, 2017

Longtime NFL writers Don Banks and Christopher Price. Kraft Sports Productions is excited to announce its latest addition to a robust line-up of audio content that makes up Patriots.com Radio. Longtime NFL writers Don Banks and Christopher Price will team up to host a new NFL-centric podcast starting next week, Tuesday, April 25. “Cover 2 with Banks and Price” will bring decades of coverage experience to the table as they…

7 can’t-miss sports events this weekend – SB Nation

Posted: Saturday, April 22, 2017

T. G. I. freakin’ F., am I right, sports fans? You deserve a serious pat on the back for making it through this week, because many of you have probably been staying up way too late and expending way too much emotional energy on the NHL and NBA. Both playoffs are in full swing, and both are breaking the hearts of fans across the country, as sports are wont to…

The most dominant Big Ten sports program of all time is probably not who you think – Off Tackle Empire

Posted: Friday, April 21, 2017

If you were to name the most dominant Big Ten programs of all time, you could easily come up with quite a few contenders. Ohio State Football, Minnesota Hockey, Penn State Volleyball, Nebraska Women’s Bowling, Iowa Wrestling, Northwestern Women’s Lacrosse, and so on and so forth. The arguments would be difficult to make because year to year, how do you measure dominance? How do you decide who was the best…

Jerry Sullivan: A dysfunctional, dreary day for Buffalo sports – Buffalo News

Posted: Friday, April 21, 2017

Over the years, through harsh experience, I’ve learned that as bad as things might seem with the Buffalo sports teams, they can always get worse. After Doug Whaley’s season-ending press conference on Jan. 2, I called it the low point in Bills history. But Thursday was the topper, a crowning day of dysfunction, a singular low for our professional sports franchises. First came the stunning news that the Sabres had…

Katherine Grainger named as the new chair of UK Sport – The Guardian

Posted: Friday, April 21, 2017

Dame Katherine Grainger, the former rower and medallist at five consecutive Olympic Games, has been named as the new chair of UK Sport. Grainger will succeed Rod Carr at the national funding body in July, having retired from rowing last year as Team GB’s most decorated female Olympian. The 41-year-old was a gold medallist at London 2012 and won silver at four other Games from Sydney 2000 to Rio 2016….

Mike Pence made the press watch ‘Hoosiers,’ the ‘greatest sports movie ever made’ – Sports Illustrated

Posted: Friday, April 21, 2017

Vice President Mike Pence is currently traveling all around the eastern hemisphere, accompanied by a pool of journalists. He’s performing important duties like meeting with Australia’s prime minister, posing very seriously in a leather jacket at Korea’s demilitarized zone and choosing mandatory in-flight entertainment for the press.  According to the pool report of Pence’s travels, as Air Force 2 carried Pence and the media members from Indonesia to Australia…

Sports Direct’s £78m move into US retail stuns analysts – The Guardian

Posted: Friday, April 21, 2017

Sports Direct has drawn fire from analysts after it entered the US market by buying two loss-making chains for $101m (£78m). The retailer said on Friday it had received approval from Delaware bankruptcy court to buy 50 stores trading as Bob’s Stores and Eastern Mountain Sports through the bankruptcy process of Eastern Outfitters, the chains’ parent company. Sports Direct, majority owned by its chief executive Mike Ashley, is under pressure…

Sports Direct’s £78m move into US retail stuns analysts – The Guardian

Posted: Friday, April 21, 2017

Sports Direct has drawn fire from analysts after it entered the US market by buying two loss-making chains for $101m (£78m). The retailer said on Friday it had received approval from Delaware bankruptcy court to buy 50 stores trading as Bob’s Stores and Eastern Mountain Sports through the bankruptcy process of Eastern Outfitters, the chains’ parent company. Sports Direct, majority owned by its chief executive Mike Ashley, is under pressure…

Vice President Pence thinks ‘Hoosiers’ is the greatest sports movie. It isn’t. – Washington Post

Posted: Friday, April 21, 2017

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Katherine Grainger: UK Sport names Olympic gold medallist as new chair – BBC Sport

Posted: Friday, April 21, 2017

Katherine Grainger (right) won gold in the double sculls with partner Anna Watkins at London 2012 Olympic gold medallist Dame Katherine Grainger has been named as the new chair of UK Sport. Great Britain’s most decorated female Olympian retired from rowing after winning a medal at a fifth Games last summer. The 41-year-old will succeed Rod Carr as head of the funding agency for elite sport. Grainger was up against…

Only one team in the East has shown it can take down LeBron and the Cavaliers – FOXSports.com

Posted: Friday, April 21, 2017

Before I get into why the Wizards will present such an issue for the Cavaliers moving forward, let’s briefly discuss the other two “challengers” to the Cavaliers – the Celtics and the Raptors. The Celtics have shown us once again that it’s really hard to compete in the playoffs when you don’t have a complementary scorer, someone who can take over a game when your opponent shuts down your best…

Here’s why John 3:16 is so popular in sports – The Boston Globe

Posted: Friday, April 21, 2017

It’s been memorized by countless Sunday school students, displayed on signs at major sporting events, and printed on the bottom of shopping bags and soda cups. Now, perhaps the most familiar verse in the New Testament has once again been thrust into the public eye after Aaron Hernandez scrawled “John 3:16” on his forehead with red ink before taking his own life. Advertisement The Bible verse, regarded by many as…

Sports Direct breaks into US market – BBC News

Posted: Friday, April 21, 2017

Image copyright PA Sports Direct has snapped up the US sports clothing and outdoor equipment chains Bob’s Stores and Eastern Mountain Sports in a $101m (£79m) deal. The deal gives Sports Direct about 50 stores selling sports and casual wear and camping equipment. Mike Ashley’s chain said the “footprint” in US bricks and mortar retail would give it a “platform from which to grow US online sales”. It has bought…

LeBron James leads Cavs to 26-point comeback victory with 41 points, triple-double – Yahoo Sports

Posted: Friday, April 21, 2017

INDIANAPOLIS — If any two teams were going to give us the lead-in to one of the biggest playoff comebacks in NBA history, let it be these Indiana Pacers and Cleveland Cavaliers, two clubs that appear at their best when engaged in mercurial play and unexpected outcomes. The Cavs can get away with it; they’re the defending champs. The Pacers? They’re a game away from watching their season end. The…