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Federal tax documents detail spending by LA 2024’s campaign to bring Olympics to Los Angeles – Los Angeles Times

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Federal tax documents released Friday give a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the private committee that is bidding to bring the Summer Olympics back to Los Angeles. LA 2024 raised more than $32 million in donations — and spent about half of that — during the fiscal year stretching from August 2015 to the end of July 2016, according to the most-recent tax information available. The committee identified itself as a nonprofit…

Friends of Womens Hockey Fund Off To Terrific Start – USA Hockey

Saturday, June 17, 2017

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. –  The USA Hockey Friends of Women’s Hockey Fund, which was recently launched by The USA Hockey Foundation in an effort to raise $500,000 annually from corporate and individual donors to support the U.S. Women’s National Team program and the overall furtherance of girls’ and women’s ice hockey in America, is off to a terrific start. “We’re excited about this effort and it’s been great…

McDonald’s ends Olympics sponsorship deal early – Reuters

Saturday, June 17, 2017

NEW YORK/BERLIN McDonald’s Corp (MCD.N) ended its 41-year-old sponsorship of the Olympic Games three years early, the International Olympic Committee said on Friday, reflecting the U.S. fast-food giant’s focus on its core business as well as rising Olympics sponsorship costs and declining TV ratings. McDonald’s deal would have run through the Tokyo Olympics in 2020, and bowing out will likely to save it hundreds of million of dollars if it…

Michael Phelps gives strange criticism over Olympics adding 3 new swimming events – Business Insider

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Jamie Squire/Getty Last week, the IOC announced the addition of several new events for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, aimed at gender equality. Swimming added three new events — women’s 1500-meter freestyle, men’s 800-meter freestyle, and a 4×100-meter mixed gender relay. The addition of the events should be welcomed news for swimmers like Katie Ledecky who now have a shot at more medals. However, Michael Phelps is apparently not a fan…

McDonald’s ends Olympics sponsorship deal early – Reuters

Friday, June 16, 2017

NEW YORK/BERLIN McDonald’s Corp (MCD.N) ended its 41-year-old sponsorship of the Olympic Games three years early, the International Olympic Committee said on Friday, reflecting the U.S. fast-food giant’s focus on its core business as well as rising Olympics sponsorship costs and declining TV ratings. McDonald’s deal would have run through the Tokyo Olympics in 2020, and bowing out will likely to save it hundreds of million of dollars if it…

McDonald’s ends Olympics deal three years early – BBC News

Friday, June 16, 2017

Image copyright Getty Images McDonald’s and the International Olympics Committee (IOC) are ending their long-running sponsorship deal three years early. The fast food chain said it was “reconsidering all aspects of its International Olympics Committee business” as part of a plan to re-invigorate its business. The IOC said it understood “that McDonald’s is looking to focus on different business priorities”. The partnership began in 1976. “For these reasons, we have…

Is Chlorine in Swimming Pools Safe? – New York Times

Friday, June 16, 2017

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DraftKings NASCAR Rankings: Michigan fantasy picks, analysis … – Nascar

Friday, June 16, 2017

Rankings below are based on a mixture of expected output and DraftKings’ NASCAR salaries for that day. The ordering is not based on highest projected fantasy totals, but rather by value of each driver. (fppk = average fantasy points per $1,000 of salary. The typical median fppk for a 2016 race was in the 3s. Plate tracks tend to be lower and short tracks tend to run higher due to the…

Hein Verbruggen, Who Raised Cycling’s Profile, Dies at 75 – New York Times

Friday, June 16, 2017

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NASCAR Mailbag: Silly Season outlook for 2018 – Motorsport.com, Edition: Global

Friday, June 16, 2017

The Motorsport.com NASCAR team answers your most pressing questions in this week’s Mailbag. This week fans ask about different topics from the coast of racing helmets to where will Ryan Blaney be racing in 2018. It seems that the media in general has portrayed NASCAR in some shape or form as the “best it’s ever been.” Why is it that you don’t have fans write into you to…

Play Video – Nascar

Friday, June 16, 2017

Find “Cars 3” times in your area by clicking here. Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series rookie Daniel Suarez breaks into a wide smile when talking about his work with the Disney-Pixar movie “Cars 3,” which debuts nationwide this weekend. “I saw the movie already and it was a very good experience to be a part of this new project in my life,’” said Suarez, whose character in the movie is…

Portland lands a pro hockey team for the fall of 2018 – Press Herald

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Professional hockey will return to Portland for the 2018-19 season. Comcast Spectacor, the parent company of the Philadelphia Flyers, announced Thursday the purchase of an ECHL franchise in Alaska that will be relocated to Cross Insurance Arena. Comcast Spectacor is also the parent company of Spectra, the management firm contracted to run the arena, which has been without a major tenant since the Portland Pirates of the American Hockey League…

Bridge players believe change to tax status is on the cards – The Guardian

Thursday, June 15, 2017

The card game bridge is hardly the most physically strenuous of activities. But according to a judgment by one of the European court of justice’s most senior lawyers, the game should be considered a sport – for tax purposes at least. The recommendation is the latest salvo in a longrunning legal case brought by the English Bridge Union (EBU), which argues that entry fees for its tournaments should be exempt…

US Soccer Announces Round of 16 Draw for 2017 US Open Cup – U.S. Soccer (press release) (registration) (blog)

Thursday, June 15, 2017

CHICAGO (June 15, 2017) – U.S. Soccer unveiled the Round of 16 pairings and hosts as well as the potential Quarterfinal matchups for the 2017 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup on Thursday. With the Round of 16 Bracket set, all remaining teams will know their potential path to the tournament Final. The Round of 16 will be played on Tuesday, June 27 and Wednesday, June 28. READ MORE: Three…

Badgers men’s hockey: Associate head coach Don Granato set to leave Wisconsin for Chicago Blackhawks – Madison.com

Thursday, June 15, 2017

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Dale Earnhardt on Danica Patrick’s ‘moment:’ Fans can pull you through rough times – Charlotte Observer

Thursday, June 15, 2017

NASCAR driver Danica Patrick made a tough season tougher when video of her calling out – complete with the “f” word – some fans who had booed her went viral over the weekend. Patrick, whose words stirred up fans and media, offered her side of the incident for the first time Wednesday. But Cup Series driver Dale Earnhardt suggests that Patrick should see talking with fans while signing autographs as…

Swimming robot to probe damage at Japan nuclear plant – ABC News

Thursday, June 15, 2017

A Japanese industrial group unveiled Thursday a swimming robot designed for underwater probes of damage from meltdowns at the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear plant after the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami. Remote controlled robots are key to the decades-long decommissioning process for the plant. But super-high radiation and structural damage inside the reactors hampered earlier attempts to inspect areas close to the reactors’ cores. The developers say they plan to send…

NASCAR deserves praise for diversity efforts – Quad-Cities Online

Thursday, June 15, 2017

I do not often delve into the world of NASCAR in this space because there is so much coverage of its programs elsewhere. However, once in a while something comes up that has earned attention. That often has proven to be its diversity program. One of the biggest challenges ahead for motorsports is figuring out how to appeal to a broader and younger audience. One way…