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For US Soccer, Summer Camp Sets Stage for Something Bigger – New York Times

Saturday, July 01, 2017

For these games, Arena has given many of his top-choice players a rest. In their place on the 23-man roster are some other veterans and a host of new faces and second-tier players, all hoping to catch the coaching staff’s eye a year before the World Cup. But the players also know a hard truth: Whatever they do in the next month, most of them will watch the World Cup…

​NASCAR driver Mike Wallace sues Live Nation for severe beating at Rascal Flatts concert – Sporting News

Saturday, July 01, 2017

NASCAR driver Mike Wallace is suing Live Nation and other corporate entities, claiming they were negligent by allowing him and his daughter to be beaten ruthlessly by multiple intoxicated men after a Rascal Flatts concert in Charlotte last year, according to the Charlotte Observer. Brutal beating of #NASCAR driver after Rascal Flatts concert prompts lawsuit https://t.co/YVH9lzDHk1 #RascalFlatts @NASCAR pic.twitter.com/cbu0j4kzwr — Doug Miller (@DougObserver) June 30, 2017 In the lawsuit, which…

How much is too much on the summer soccer schedule? – Los Angeles Times

Saturday, July 01, 2017

Give a couple of tournament organizers eight days, 50 states and hundreds of hours of TV time to work with and you think they’d be able to stay out of each others’ way, right? Apparently not. At least not in the case of this month’s CONCACAF Gold Cup, the continent’s biennial international championship that starts Friday, and the International Champions Cup, an annual summer series of exhibitions featuring some of…

Ethiopians ready to have a ball in Renton: ‘Soccer is the vehicle of bringing everybody together’ – The Seattle Times

Saturday, July 01, 2017

Surafel Wodajo’s most cherished memory from his childhood in Ethiopia is sitting on the cement floor in his living room watching Zinedine Zidane, a French soccer star who was in an Italian league at the time, on his family’s black-and-white TV. Armon Tenaw, who now plays on a team with Wodajo in Seattle, can’t pinpoint when he was introduced to the sport. It’s just always been there. He remembers playing…

Dale Earnhardt Jr. earns NASCAR Cup pole in what could be his Daytona finale – Los Angeles Times

Saturday, July 01, 2017

Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s retirement tour is making an emotional stop at NASCAR’s most famous track. Earnhardt won his first pole Friday since Sept. 29, 2013, and will lead the field to the green flag in what could be his final Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway. Earnhardt reached 190.973 mph during his fast lap, putting his No. 88 Chevrolet in the top spot for the Saturday night race. The…

NASCAR driver ‘proudly’ shares scar photo on anniversary of brain tumor removal – For The Win

Saturday, July 01, 2017

Friday night, NASCAR driver Matt Tifft will be flying around the Daytona International Speedway track in his patriotic No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota during the Coca-Cola Firecracker 250, looking for his first XFINITY Series race win. But this time last year, the now-21-year-old was in a very different position. While being treated for a disc condition in his back, a slow-growing brain tumor — also known as a low-grade…

NASCAR at Daytona 2017 Qualifying Results: Dale Earnhardt Jr. Takes Pole – Bleacher Report

Saturday, July 01, 2017

Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images In a fitting turn of events, Dale Earnhardt Jr. will start from the pole position at the 2017 Coke Zero 400 on Saturday after capturing the top spot during qualifying with a speed of 190.973 mph.  Daytona has been one of Earnhardt’s best tracks over the course of his career. The No. 88 driver has four career wins at this track, most recently at this event in 2015….

NASCAR driver ‘proudly’ shares scar photo on anniversary of brain tumor removal – For The Win

Saturday, July 01, 2017

Friday night, NASCAR driver Matt Tifft will be flying around the Daytona International Speedway track in his patriotic No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota during the Coca-Cola Firecracker 250, looking for his first XFINITY Series race win. But this time last year, the now-21-year-old was in a very different position. While being treated for a disc condition in his back, a slow-growing brain tumor — also known as a low-grade…

Brutal beating of NASCAR driver after Rascal Flatts concert prompts lawsuit – Charlotte Observer

Saturday, July 01, 2017

NASCAR driver Mike Wallace has resumed his legal fight over the 2016 mauling he took during a post-concert brawl at PNC Pavilion, with the veteran racer and his family accusing the venue’s owners and management of irresponsibly failing to head off the fight. In a lawsuit moved to federal court on Friday, Wallace, his wife, daughter and son-in-law accuse the corporate owners/operators of allowing an unruly group with a history…

Mayans Weave Their Identity Into Their Soccer Team – New York Times

Friday, June 30, 2017

“The costume is a symbol, and we, the team, carry it with great responsibility,” he said. “It stands for all the indigenous peoples of the country, and for Guatemala as a whole.” The women in Xejuyup weave the shirts for the men in their families, a task that usually takes two months. The skirt is made of wool and bought in the region. A full uniform is worth about 2,000…

NASCAR at Daytona 2017: Start Time, Ticket Info, Lineup, TV Schedule and More – Bleacher Report

Friday, June 30, 2017

Chuck Burton/Associated Press Fresh off Kevin Harvick’s first win of the season, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series speeds into a holiday weekend featuring one of the year’s best events, the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway. Any trip to Daytona is special—and especially so if the event surrounds a holiday. But this year has found a way to be even more important than usual. NASCAR’s playoff picture is…

Friday Morning Fly By: Happy Canada Day/4th of July, hockey fans! – Broad Street Hockey (blog)

Friday, June 30, 2017

*Okay we are headed into a long weekend so let’s keep things short and light: Scott Hartnell is being bought out by the Columbus Blue Jackets. Come back to us, Scott! [BSH] *But maybe not any more because late last night Jordan Weal re-signed! [BSH] *We still need a dang goalie. And it’s not going to be Steve Mason … but it might be Brian Elliott? [BSH] *Some…

Swimming With the Sharks – Wall Street Journal (subscription)

Friday, June 30, 2017

Brian Skerry has been intrigued by the ocean ever since he took a course in scuba diving as a teenager. He turned it into his day job by becoming a nature photographer specializing in underwater life. His work is now featured in the exhibit “Sharks: On Assignment With Brian Skerry” at the National Geographic Museum in Washington, D.C., running through October. (There’s a $25 companion book, “Shark,” as well.) Capturing…

Police investigate bomb threat phone call during Thursday NASCAR practice – Autoweek

Friday, June 30, 2017

An anonymous bomb threat was called in Thursday regarding Daytona International Speedway but local law enforcement swept through the facility and found no traces of any explosive devices. A statement from the Daytona Police Department reads as follows: “On Thursday afternoon, June 29, 2017, a call was received at the front desk of the Daytona Beach Police Department regarding a bomb threat at the Speedway. The caller said…

NASCAR drivers hysterically torture each other while playing ‘What’s … – For The Win

Thursday, June 29, 2017

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Camp 95 gives high school students a front-row seat to their NASCAR dreams – Nascar

Thursday, June 29, 2017

CONCORD, N.C. — Summer typically consists of swimming, beach trips, and family barbecues. On a late June day, a group of high school students took a moment away from the standard summer scene to experience their possible future with NASCAR. Twenty-two young NASCAR fans, encompassing all regions of the nation, traveled to the Leavine Family Racing headquarters in Concord, North Carolina, for Camp 95. Handpicked, these students came to Camp…

NASCAR’S Ryan Blaney is racing toward history – Fox News

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Ryan Blaney is only 23 years old, and he’s already living the American dream. The third-generation NASCAR driver gave the storied Wood Brothers Racing Team its 99th victory on June 11 when he took his first checkered flag in a Cup race in the Pocono 400. Now he’s hoping to trip the odometer to 100 for NASCAR’s longest tenured race team, which has notched wins in each of…

The Bond Between Two Teenage Swimming Stars, Decades Apart – New York Times

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Like Ledecky, a five-time medalist in the 2016 Rio Games, Olmstead emerged from the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome as the outstanding female teenage swimmer, with four medals, including three golds. Only two freestyle events were on the women’s program, and Olmstead, then competing under her maiden name, von Saltza, raced in both. She placed second in the 100 freestyle to the Australian superstar Dawn Fraser and won the 400…

NASCAR drivers hysterically torture each other while playing ‘What’s in the box?’ – For The Win

Thursday, June 29, 2017

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