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Inside ESPN’s March Madness War Room: "A Sports Bar Without the Alcohol" – The Big Lead

Posted: Saturday, March 22, 2014

Digger Phelps and Rece Davis are arguing over a plastic fork. It’s 1:39 p.m. inside the “War Room” deep inside ESPN’s labyrinthine Bristol Campus. Phelps is lining up a fork to throw it at one of eleven television screens, officially decreeing that Colorado – then down roughly 800 points to Pitt five minutes into their NCAA Tournament game – is “done.” It would be the earliest Phelps has ever “stuck…

NCAA tournament upsets led to Cinderella dance parties – Yahoo Canada Sports (blog)

Posted: Friday, March 21, 2014

We knew that the NCAA tournament would produce some “Cinderellas,” but who knew there would be so much dancing? After being treated to two thrilling upsets Thursday — Dayton’s win over sixth-seeded Ohio State and North Dakota State’s ousting of fifth-seeded Oklahoma — viewers who stuck around for the postgame festivities were rewarded with spontaneous dance parties in the respective winning locker rooms. Though the Flyers and the Bison were…

Dayton paper mocks Ohio State with headline – FOXSports.com

Posted: Friday, March 21, 2014

The University of Dayton won bragging rights over Ohio State with a 60-59 NCAA tournament victory Thursday, and the Flyers‘ hometown paper wasted little time taking advantage by going where dozens of NFL football players’ self-introductions have gone before. “THE University of Dayton” was the headline Dayton Daily News editors chose to share news of the victory, a clear reference to the way in-state rival Buckeye fans identify their school….

Davina McCall has upped the stakes for Sport Relief. Here are six more … – The Guardian (blog)

Posted: Friday, March 21, 2014

Like most other charity telethons, Sport Relief usually persuades you to part with your money the traditional way – offering up all manner of shiny-floored entertainment and intermittently studding it with heartbreaking documentaries. After a few hours spent pinging between several wildly conflicting emotions, you’ll eventually become discombobulated enough to relent and donate a tenner. But unlike other telethons, this year, Sport Relief is really going in hard on its…

Top 10 sports bars to watch March Madness – Fox News

Posted: Friday, March 21, 2014

The first full day of the Men’s NCAA basketball tournament tips off today. Who can resist the madness of office pools, frenzied fans, and non-stop action of dozens of college basketball games where the loser goes home for the season?  If you can’t make it to the tournament, the best place to watch is a sports bar with multiple high-definition television screens, good food and drink, and a lively crowd…

Steve Nash planning to return to Lakers on Friday – Yahoo Eurosport UK

Posted: Friday, March 21, 2014

After five weeks on the sidelines, Los Angeles Lakers guard Steve Nash is planning a return to the lineup on Friday night, league sources told Yahoo Sports. The Lakers, left with only one healthy point guard, are planning to use Nash as a backup to Kendall Marshall against the Washington Wizards at Staples Center. Nash, a two-time NBA MVP, participated in a full practice session with the Lakers on Thursday….

Michael Jordan personally apologizes for an Air Jordan sneaker malfunction – Yahoo Canada Sports (blog)

Posted: Thursday, March 20, 2014

Rarely do you see the face of any franchise assuming customer service duties but Michael Jordan seems to have done just that in the wake of a shoe malfunction bearing his iconic name and silhouette. Last Friday, Philadelphia 76ers guard Tony Wroten lost the sole of his right ‘Air Jordan 10’s’ in freakish fashion during the fourth quarter. While trying to drive on the Indiana Pacers‘ Evan Turner, Wroten’s shoe…

Reds pitcher Aroldis Chapman hospitalized after being hit in face by line drive – FOXSports.com

Posted: Thursday, March 20, 2014

  Aroldis Chapman throws as hard as any pitcher in baseball. It’s not easy for batters to catch up to his fastballs, but when they do, basic physics tells you what can happen. What happened Wednesday night in a Cactus League game was a reminder of how dangerous the game can be.   Chapman suffered fractures above his left eye and nose after being struck by a ball hit by…

For Pro Sports, Public Relations Going High-Tech, Real Time – NPR (blog)

Posted: Wednesday, March 19, 2014

i i hide captionIn the NASCAR Fan and Media Engagement Center, 13 46-inch TV screens display charts, tweets and live races. Michael Tomsic/WFAE In the NASCAR Fan and Media Engagement Center, 13 46-inch TV screens display charts, tweets and live races. Michael Tomsic/WFAE Gone are the days of waiting for angry letters. Social media allows the NFL, NASCAR and other pro sports leagues to hear from fans in real time….

The great funding debate: has Britain’s medal chase gone too far? – The Guardian (blog)

Posted: Wednesday, March 19, 2014

It is a journey that has taken Great Britain’s Olympians from 36th to third over 16 rollercoaster years. Amid tears and triumph the so-called “no compromise” system that has remorselessly funnelled hundreds of millions of pounds into our best medal hopes has changed the British sporting psyche. Where we once celebrated plucky losers or gloried in one-off victories against the odds, we now luxuriate in mounds of precious metal delivered…

New digital sports network 120 Sports names starting lineup – Chicago Tribune

Posted: Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Chicago-based 120 Sports, an all-digital sports network set to launch this spring, named its starting lineup Wednesday. Former ESPN anchor Michael Kim is the headline hire for the new 24/7 streaming network, a partnership between Sports Illustrated publisher Time Inc. and Silver Chalice, a Chicago-based digital sports media company led by Bulls and White Sox Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf. The network has teamed with the NHL, NBA and MLB.com to…

TV/radio schedule – Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Posted: Wednesday, March 19, 2014

COLLEGE BASKETBALL 5:30 p.m.(truTV) — NCAA Tournament: Cal Poly vs. Texas Southern in Dayton, Ohio Radio: AM-920 6 p.m.(ESPN2) — NIT: Illinois at Boston U. 7 p.m.(ESPNU) — NIT: Vermont at Georgia 8 p.m.(ESPN2) — NIT: UC Irvine at SMU 8 p.m.(truTV) — NCAA Tournament: Iowa vs. Tennessee in Dayton, Ohio Radio: AM-920 9 p.m.(ESPNU) — NIT: Louisiana State at San Francisco MLB…

Dallas area keeps landing big events, but could a sports commission net even … – Dallas Morning News

Posted: Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Efforts to transform the Super Bowl XLV host committee into a regional sports commission fizzled more than two years ago. But ordinary sports fans would find it difficult to see how that missed opportunity hurt the area. North Texas has been able to score many of the most prestigious events — including next month’s NCAA Final Four — and can make a case for being the nation’s sports capital. “It’s…

Michigan State makes Sports Illustrated regional NCAA tournament cover … – Detroit Free Press

Posted: Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Another day, more March Madness love for Michigan State. The Spartans get one of Sports Illustrated’s six regional covers this week, along with Arizona, Florida, Syracuse, Wichita State and the Connecticut women. ■ Read this: Seems like everyone’s picking Spartans The MSU cover features sophomore guard Gary Harris, surrounded by a bunch of Izzone types and — if you look way in the back, in the right corner —…

Bo knows not to play two sports in 2014 – NBCSports.com

Posted: Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Getty Images With Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson dabbling in baseball and musing about the possibility of playing, the ultimate two-sport star has some free advice. Don’t do it. Bo Jackson, whose legendary baseball-football career came crashing to a halt when he suffered a hip injury during a routine tackle in January 1991, believes that Wilson — and any other athlete who could play multiple sports — should focus on one….

Lawsuit seeks to end NCAA’s ‘unlawful cartel’ – Yahoo Eurosport UK

Posted: Tuesday, March 18, 2014

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The National Collegiate Athletic Association and its five dominant conferences are an ”unlawful cartel” that has illegally restricted the earning power of football and men’s basketball players while making billions off their labor, according to a federal lawsuit filed Monday that seeks to paint big-time college athletics as being in blatant violation of antitrust laws. The suit comes on the eve of the NCAA men’s Division…

Sportsday – tuesday as it happened – BBC Sport

Posted: Tuesday, March 18, 2014

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Racism in sports reflects society, but Howell tweets should be used as … – The Flint Journal

Posted: Tuesday, March 18, 2014

GRAND BLANC, MI – The racist tweets from some Howell High School students declaring a “white” victory over Grand Blanc in a basketball game last week are a reflection of society, experts and educators say. “You’re trained to assume that just because you are playing sports and having access to different persons, race or culture, it will automatically change one’s belief system,” said Dana Brooks, a professor and dean of…

NCAA top seeds dominated by experience – Boston Globe

Posted: Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Somebody forgot to tell NCAA Tournament No. 1 seeds Florida (South), Wichita State (Midwest), and Virginia (East) that this was supposed to be the Year of the One-and-Done in college basketball. An entire college basketball season that has had the subtext of a preview of coming NBA attractions — Duke’s Jabari Parker, Kansas’s Andrew Wiggins, and Kentucky’s Julius Randle — has reached the NCAA Tournament, and the favorites are the…