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Thursday’s Sports in Brief – FOXSports.com

Friday, April 28, 2017

NFL DRAFT PHILADELPHIA (AP) With defensive studs everywhere in this draft, NFL teams turned offensive. With an emphasis on quarterbacks. Hardly stunning in a pass-happy league, except that no quarterbacks in this crop have been highly touted. Yet three went in the first dozen, with two whopping trades putting the Bears and Chiefs in position to grab QBs. Chicago paid a whopping price to move up one spot to second…

2017 NFL Draft: Grades for Round 1 picks – CBSSports.com

Friday, April 28, 2017

Carolina Panthers select: Christian McCaffrey, RB, Stanford I like his skill set with the way the game is played, but again, it’s a back in the top 10. Hate that.

Indiana Sports Awards, Pat McAfee celebrate high school sports – Indianapolis Star

Friday, April 28, 2017

Post to Facebook Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Center, George McGinnis, basketball hall of famer, 1969 Mr. Basketball and two-time ABA champion with the Indiana Pacers, presents Mr. Basketball to Kris Wilkes, left, at the Indiana High School Sports Awards at Clowes Memorial Hall, Indianapolis. , Thursday, April 27, 2017.  Jenna Watson/IndyStar 1 of 110 2 of 110 3 of 110 4 of 110 5…

Steve Kerr’s health will decide who wins the NBA championship – FOXSports.com

Friday, April 28, 2017

The Warriors have time to wait — for now. They won’t need Kerr through the Western Conference finals, no matter whom they face. A Finals matchup against LeBron James is a different story. Forget Tyronn Lue; the King is his own in-game coach, adjusting Cleveland’s game plan from one possession to the next as he sees what the defense gives him. Draymond Green tries to do something similar…

The best XI if you combined Tottenham and Arsenal – FOXSports.com

Friday, April 28, 2017

There’s a reason some of the world’s biggest clubs have been sniffing around Kane. He’s really, really, really good. He’s got guile and craft while also showing off a strength that belies his frame. He can score headers, lasers, curlers, tap-ins, everything. Arsenal, meanwhile, have had to deploy Alexis at forward with their impotent stock of strikers. Kane takes this position easily.

Thursday’s Sports in Brief – FOXSports.com

Friday, April 28, 2017

NFL DRAFT PHILADELPHIA (AP) With defensive studs everywhere in this draft, NFL teams turned offensive. With an emphasis on quarterbacks. Hardly stunning in a pass-happy league, except that no quarterbacks in this crop have been highly touted. Yet three went in the first dozen, with two whopping trades putting the Bears and Chiefs in position to grab QBs. Chicago paid a whopping price to move up one spot to second…

Sports Doping: The Endless Chase | | Al Jazeera – Aljazeera.com

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Filmed in 11 countries, Sports Doping: The Endless Chase is a two-part documentary exploring the financial, political and ethical implications of the use of drugs in sport. Yuliya Stepanova, Russia’s 800-metres champion in 2011, and her husband Vitaly revealed to the world how they saw Russia as having created its champions. For five years, Yuliya performed among the world’s top-flight athletes and Vitaly was an adviser to the director…

No, ESPN’s Layoffs Aren’t A Result Of Its ‘Politicization’ Of Sports – Huffington Post

Thursday, April 27, 2017

The fate of Fox Sports was no different. Over those two months, Fox Sports 1 lost 573,000 subscribers, according to Nielsen. Fox Sports 2 lost 1.4 million. In February of this year, ESPN lost 422,000 subscribers. FS1, which was already in fewer homes, exceeded that drop, losing 565,000. FS1 had spent much of the last few years gaining on ESPN, but that trend reversed itself recently: February was the third consecutive…

MLB remains only major pro sport in USA where players are shamed for playing better – CBSSports.com

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Milwaukee Brewers slugger Eric Thames is off to a ridiculous start in his return from three stellar seasons in Korea. Heading into Thursday, Thames is hitting .370/.489/.904 with 11 homers, 19 RBI and 27 runs. He leads the majors in runs, home runs, slugging and OPS.  Given that Thames was a career .250/.296/.431 hitter in the majors before departing for his Korean hiatus, it was all too predictable to see…

ESPN layoffs: Andy Roddick, other big names in sports react – Fox News

Thursday, April 27, 2017

ESPN laid off about 100 employees on Wednesday, including on-air talent, and Andy Roddick said it was tough watching the cuts unfold. “It’s unfortunate and obviously you don’t want to see that. From a personal side, it’s tough,” he told Fox News on Wednesday. “I’ve watched and listened to a lot of the people I’ve interviewed with a lot of the people that got cut… You never like to…

Peter Schrager’s last-minute 2017 NFL mock draft – FOXSports.com

Thursday, April 27, 2017

With the draft just hours away, here’s my last mock of the first round. I’ve got Christian McCaffrey among a couple guys moving up at the top, Deshaun Watson falling to the Bills, and I’m sticking with the Browns trading back into the top five and getting their quarterback in Mitchell Trubisky. Things still can change before the start of the draft, but here’s how I see the first round right now….

ESPN Layoffs Should Be A Wake-Up Call About Politicizing Sports – National Review

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Today’s big media news is cable sports “Worldwide Leader” ESPN laying off 100 people, many of them on-air talent and sportswriters. Early indications are that the layoffs come across the sports the network covers, but will fall hardest on the network’s hockey coverage, which may be all but eliminated. There’s both a business lesson and a political lesson here. Clay Travis at Outkick the Coverage has been all over…

Sports Doping: The Endless Chase – Aljazeera.com

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Filmed in 11 countries, Sports Doping: The Endless Chase is a two-part documentary exploring the financial, political and ethical implications of the use of drugs in sport. Yuliya Stepanova, Russia’s 800-metres champion in 2011, and her husband Vitaly revealed to the world how they saw Russia as having created its champions. For five years, Yuliya performed among the world’s top-flight athletes and Vitaly was an adviser to the director…

Fans Furious as ESPN Lays Off 100, Including Trent Dilfer and Other Big Names – NBCNews.com

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Sports fans reacted with a fury Wednesday to news that ESPN was laying off about 100 employees — including pro football analyst Trent Dilfer, NFL beat reporter Ed Werder and Major League Baseball scribe Jayson Stark — in a move designed to cut costs and realign the all-sports network in an era of online, personality-driven media. While ESPN did not put out an official list of those being let go,…

2017 draft: Picking the best sports video games of all time over five rounds – CBS sports.com (blog)

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

It’s NFL Draft season, so in the sports world that means it’s time to draft everything. While John Ross, Myles Garrett and the rest of the physical anomalies are preparing for their big night, we decided to focus on the great athletic skill of hand-eye coordination, specifically as it pertains to playing video games.  Drafting video games is a fool’s errand with decades of potential picks spread across multiple gaming…

Sports Gambling Ban Repeal Could Happen in Trump’s First Term, Group Says – Fox Business

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

As top sports officials and the American public soften their decades-long opposition to legal sports betting, the American Gaming Association, one of the leading advocates for a regulated marketplace for wagers, says that an end to the federal ban on the popular pastime is near. Continue Reading Below Both the NHL and the NFL voted to place permanent franchises in the U.S. gambling capital this year, even as they…

Sports Gambling Ban Repeal Could Happen in Trump’s First Term, Group Says – Fox Business

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

As top sports officials and the American public soften their decades-long opposition to legal sports betting, the American Gaming Association, one of the leading advocates for a regulated marketplace for wagers, says that an end to the federal ban on the popular pastime is near. Continue Reading Below Both the NHL and the NFL voted to place permanent franchises in the U.S. gambling capital this year, even as they…

More than half of young people watch illegal streams of live sports, study finds – The Guardian

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

The scale of the challenge facing sports broadcasters in combating piracy has been made clear in figures that show more than half of young people watch illegal streams of live events. Research into the viewing habits of “millennials”, those aged between 18 and 24, has found piracy has become normalised among this generation while the take-up for traditional subscription services is far less than among older viewers. The figures, which…

Sports world says Earnhardt retirement ‘a serious blow’ to ‘shaky’ NASCAR – Charlotte Observer

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

The headline in USA Today on Tuesday morning summed things up painfully. “NASCAR takes serious blow with Dale Earnhardt Jr. retirement.” Fans and sports industry analysts echoed the idea, questioning how NASCAR could survive the loss of Dale Earnhardt Jr. not long after the departures of Tony Stewart, Jeff Gordon and Carl Edwards. “Tuesday’s news that Dale Earnhardt Jr. will retire from driving at the end of this season comes…