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Mike Ashley brushes off 60% dive in profits as shares in Sports Direct rise – The Guardian

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Mike Ashley insists that Sports Direct is on track to become the “Selfridges of sport” despite reporting a near 60% dive in annual profits. Underlying profits before tax at the sportswear chain slumped by 58.7% from £275.2m to £113.7m in the year to the end of April. Ashley, the company’s billionaire founder, chief executive and majority shareholder, blamed the fall in profits on the decline in the value of the…

Women in sports and women in food: this week’s literary to-dos – Los Angeles Times

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Plus a bookish pub quiz and Papa’s birthday. Here are a few cherry-picks from the literary web. Women in sports With a follow-up to the illustrated “Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World,” Rachel Ignotofsky is back with “Women in Sports: 50 Fearless Athletes Who Played to Win.” This graphic book covers more than 40 years of female athletes as well as historical and biographical information, pay…

Kaepernick debate sparks ESPN-Fox Sports ‘PC’ feud – New York Post

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Everyone’s favorite love-to-hate talking heads can thank Colin Kaepernick for giving them another reason to yell at each other. The shouting crossed enemy lines on Wednesday when Fox Sports’ Jason Whitlock called out ESPN’s Damien Woody for taking a different side in the debate over Kaepernick’s activist intentions. Days after retired NFL quarterback and former dog-fighting felon Michael Vick received backlash for suggesting on “Speak For Yourself” that Kaepernick should…

The 20 most influential sports figures in Kansas City – Kansas City Star

Thursday, July 20, 2017

We knew there would be challenges when we set out to identify Kansas City’s most influential sports figures. The teams and players that each fan looks up to vary not only from city to city within the area, but from block to block. But we felt like the time was right to take a look at those individuals who are have the most influence on sports in the metropolitan area….

CBS Sports Is Now Official Home Of The CrossFit Games – CBS Local Sports

Thursday, July 20, 2017

The ReebokCrossFit Games is the highest level of workout competition, featuring some of the fittest athletes on the planet. CBS Sports and CrossFit Inc. just announced a multi-year television and digital partnership that will bring the competition to CBS, CBS Sports Network and CBS Digital. CrossFit training has caught the attention of many fitness enthusiasts over the past several years. The fitness regimen combines a unique exercise philosophy with the…

Sports Direct blames weak pound as profits dive by nearly 60% – The Guardian

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Sports Direct has reported a near-60% drop in annual profits but insisted it is still on track to become the “Selfridges of sport”. Underlying profits before tax at the sportswear chain slumped by 58.7% from £275.2m to £113.7m in the year to the end of April. The retailer also announced it has appointed a finance director for the first time since 2013. The company’s billionaire founder and chief executive, Mike…

From sports star to inmate: OJ Simpson to plead for parole – Chicago Tribune

Thursday, July 20, 2017

O.J. Simpson once thrilled crowds as he ran for touchdowns and hurdled airport seats in car rental ads to achieve Hollywood celebrity before he was acquitted of murder in the 1995 “trial of the century” in Los Angeles. Now, an aging Simpson will appear as inmate No. 1027820 in a starkly plain hearing room in a remote Nevada prison Thursday to plead for his freedom. He’s spent more than eight…

CBS Sports to telecast CrossFit Games through 2018 – CBSSports.com

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

The No. 1 rule of CrossFit is the opposite of Fight Club: Tell everyone about CrossFit. The workout sensation founded by Greg Glassman in 2000 has, over the past several years, become well-known for the feats of strength that it requires. Now, CBS Sports is proud to announce that the CrossFit Games will be broadcast through 2017 and 2018 on CBS, CBS Sports Network and CBS Sports Digital. The CrossFit…

BBC pay report: full details of the best paid sport stars’ salaries – Telegraph.co.uk

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Sport accounted for 12 of the 96 best paid BBC stars, with viewers reacting with particular shock at how several male presenters were so much better remunerated than their highest-paid female colleagues. Although Gary Lineker’s place near the top of the list on a salary of between £1.75 million and £1.8 million was expected, the huge gap to some of his most accomplished female colleagues was striking. Lineker is on…

Sky Sports’ screen revolution at The Open fuelled by green power – Telegraph.co.uk

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

“Golf looks like a generic game from the outside and, sure, you have to have the fundamentals but there are huge differences. I am five foot seven so, while I admired his mental game, I never looked at Nick Faldo. I looked at Ian Woosnam.” By getting in a variety of pros, amateurs players of all shapes and sizes (plus, of course, fatal flaws) will be able to learn, as…

NBA commissioner Adam Silver says sports betting will be legalized – Sporting News

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

At the moment, only Nevada, Oregon, Delaware and Montana allow sports betting. However, Adam Silver said that won’t be the case for much longer. The NBA commissioner said it won’t be too long before more and more states will allow sports betting, which gives good interaction for the fans. “My sense is the law will change in the next few years in the United States,” Silver said Tuesday at the Paley Center…

Government declines to explain Foxtel’s $30m handout for sports broadcasting – The Guardian

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

The federal government has given Foxtel a $30m handout to boost its sports broadcasting but has declined to explain why the News Corp-owned pay TV company was singled out for largesse – or exactly how or where the money will be used. In the May budget, Foxtel was gifted $30m over four years to “support the broadcast of underrepresented sports on subscription television, including women’s sports, niche sports, and sports…

BBC pay report: full details of the best paid sport stars’ salaries – Telegraph.co.uk

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Sport accounted for 12 of the 96 best paid BBC stars, with viewers reacting with particular shock at how several male presenters were so much better remunerated than their highest-paid female colleagues. Although Gary Lineker’s place near the top of the list on a salary of between £1.75 million and £1.8 million was expected, the huge gap to some of his most accomplished female colleagues was striking. Lineker is on…

Government declines to explain Foxtel’s $30m handout for sports broadcasting – The Guardian

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

The federal government has given Foxtel a $30m handout to boost its sports broadcasting but has declined to explain why the News Corp-owned pay TV company was singled out for largesse – or exactly how or where the money will be used. In the May budget, Foxtel was gifted $30m over four years to “support the broadcast of underrepresented sports on subscription television, including women’s sports, niche sports, and sports…

Soccer is the most popular sport on Instagram and it’s not even close – Recode

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Instagrammers love soccer. That might be because soccer players love Instagram. Or because soccer is a global sport. Or because soccer is played year-round. But whatever the reason, soccer is the most popular sport on Instagram by a wide margin, according to Brandon Gayle, Instagram’s head of sports partnerships. Gayle says that 146 million of Instagram’s 700 million-plus users are “world football fans,” more than three times the number of…

Soccer is the most popular sport on Instagram and it’s not even close – Recode

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Instagrammers love soccer. That might be because soccer players love Instagram. Or because soccer is a global sport. Or because soccer is played year-round. But whatever the reason, soccer is the most popular sport on Instagram by a wide margin, according to Brandon Gayle, Instagram’s head of sports partnerships. Gayle says that 146 million of Instagram’s 700 million-plus users are “world football fans,” more than three times the number of…

A Field Guide To Boston Sports Radio Chowderheads – Deadspin

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Image by Sam Woolley Every day, it seems, a different Boston sports radio dipshit is delivering a take from a time when segregation was acceptable, getting attention for being five seconds away from challenging a listener to a parking lot fight for Tom Brady’s honor. Although you may not pay attention to these awful stunts, spats, and takes on a day-to-day level, they still happen, and it can be hard…

Soccer is the most popular sport on Instagram and it’s not even close – Recode

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Instagrammers love soccer. That might be because soccer players love Instagram. Or because soccer is a global sport. Or because soccer is played year-round. But whatever the reason, soccer is the most popular sport on Instagram by a wide margin, according to Brandon Gayle, Instagram’s head of sports partnerships. Gayle says that 146 million of Instagram’s 700 million-plus users are “world football fans,” more than three times the number of…

Greg Bedard launching Boston Sports Journal website – Boston.com

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

With so many legacy sports media brands caught in a chronic cycle of downsizing, some prominent sportswriters are striking out on their own ventures. The most successful individual site is almost certainly longtime Pittsburgh columnist Dejan Kovacevic’s DK On Pittsburgh Sports, which has a paid staff covering all of the major beats, sends its reporters on the road, is interactive with its readers, and claims to have 38,000 paid subscribers…