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Olympic organizers say winter sports set for boom in Asia – ABC News

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Lee Hee-beom, the head of the Pyeongchang organizing committee, expects the 2018 Olympics to usher in a new era for winter sports in Asia. While the region has traditionally lagged behind North America and Europe in terms of winter sports competition, staging the next two Winter Olympics in Asia would significantly shift the balance, Lee said. “With Pyongchang 2018 and Beijing 2022, winter sports will move from Europe and North…

Sports are cut adrift in the drive for British Olympic medals – The Guardian (blog)

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

When Gail Emms was asked about UK Sport’s decision to reject the desperate pleas of seven sports, including GB Badminton, to be funded for the Tokyo Olympics, she was poetic in her response. “It’s like someone just taking your heart, your emotions, your dreams and basically tearing them up,” said Emms, a badminton silver medallist at the 2004 Olympics, with a sigh. But UK Sport has a tin ear for…

Former Seattle TV sports personality Rod Simons, 56, dies in Florida – The Seattle Times

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Rod Simons, a longtime Twin Cities and former Seattle and Pacific Northwest sports personality, has died while covering the Minnesota Twins spring training in Fort Myers Fla., according to the Twins. He was 56. A cause of death was not given. A graduate of Washington State, Simons spent more than 20 years in the sports-media profession, and he worked for multiple causes including his Golf for the Gift charity that…

The 9 most dysfunctional teams in sports (ranked!) – FOXSports.com

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

It took seven years, but Boogie finally broke the back of the Kings. Back in 2010, Sacramento took the temperemental Kentucky star at No. 5 fully aware he was a powder keg waiting to explode. They stayed by him through technicals, suspensions, attitude problems, stupidity, beefs with teammates, beefs with refs, beefs with announcers, beefs with George Karl and beefs (for some reason) with Tim Duncan, continuing to defend him,…

Real Sports profiles Robert Kraft – NBCSports.com

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Getty Images As the Patriots bask in the afterglow of a fifth Super Bowl win, their owner will step into the spotlight of HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel. A profile of Robert Kraft will be included in Tuesday’s episode of the show (10:00 p.m. ET/PT), with Andrea Kremer having exclusive access to him. Coincidentally (or not), Kremer will join Tuesday’s PFT Live to discuss the project. It’s part of…

USA TODAY Sports bracketology: North Carolina takes over No. 1 seed – USA TODAY

Monday, February 20, 2017

CLOSE x Embed x Share Unbeaten Gonzaga (28-0) received 29 of 32 first-place votes. Villanova, Kansas, Arizona and UCLA round out the top 5. USA TODAY Sports North Carolina Tar Heels forward Isaiah Hicks (4) dunks the ball during the second half against the Virginia Cavaliers at Dean E. Smith Center. The Tar Heels won 65-41.(Photo: Rob Kinnan, USA TODAY Sports) North Carolina, currently leading the country’s deepest conference (ahem,…

GB Badminton ‘staggered’ after UK Sport rejects seven Tokyo funding appeals – The Guardian

Monday, February 20, 2017

UK Sport has defended its decision to reject appeals from GB badminton and six other sports for funding for the next Olympic cycle by warning that if it took “softer decisions now” Britain might end up with a heavily reduced medal haul at Tokyo 2020. GB Badminton said it was “staggered” by the decision to slash its funding to zero from the £5.9m it received in the four years running…

How the sports industry inspired us to become less active – New Statesman

Monday, February 20, 2017

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Lopsided DeMarcus Cousins deal proves Kings are worst franchise in sports – FOXSports.com

Monday, February 20, 2017

The NBA will never again veto a trade — there was far too much blowback from the last time the league did that. But commissioner Adam Silver should seriously consider following in the bold footsteps of his predecessor, David Stern, and veto a deal involving New Orleans. That’s how lopsided the Sacramento Kings’ trade with the New Orleans Pelicans for DeMarcus Cousins was Sunday night. In a word, it was comical….

Hosmer talking extension, but prepared for breakup of Royals’ core – FOXSports.com

Monday, February 20, 2017

SURPRISE, Az. — He wants to stay. All of the Royals’ potential free agents want to stay. But as first baseman Eric Hosmer puts it, “I realize what hand Dayton was dealt.” Which isn’t to say that “Dayton” — Royals general manager Dayton Moore — is conceding that he will lose Hosmer, the most coveted of the four Royals players entering their walk years. Hosmer said Sunday that he, his…

Weekly San Diego Sports Preview – NBC 7 San Diego

Monday, February 20, 2017

Here is a look at what’s going on in San Diego sports for the week for February 20th-26th. PADRES: After a week of workouts the Padres play the Mariners Saturday and Sunday in Peoria. First pitch is 12:10 p.m. both days. GULLS: It’s a double dose of hockey at the Valley View Casino Center. Friday the Gulls host the Texas Stars before the Rockford Ice Hogs come to San Diego….

Let’s separate fact from fiction in QB market for Romo, Garoppolo and Cousins – CBSSports.com

Monday, February 20, 2017

There’s a bit of a void in the NFL schedule, with the scouting combine moved back until the end of the month, delaying the flurry of pre-free agency activity that usually takes place right about now in Indianapolis. Yet the NFL’s never-ending news cycle churns on, which leaves us with a nexus of not much going on between teams and agents, but plenty of time to pontificate about the many…

Hosmer talking extension, but prepared for breakup of Royals’ core – FOXSports.com

Monday, February 20, 2017

SURPRISE, Az. — He wants to stay. All of the Royals’ potential free agents want to stay. But as first baseman Eric Hosmer puts it, “I realize what hand Dayton was dealt.” Which isn’t to say that “Dayton” — Royals general manager Dayton Moore — is conceding that he will lose Hosmer, the most coveted of the four Royals players entering their walk years. Hosmer said Sunday that he, his…

Government plan: Make sport must in schools, have marks – The Indian Express

Monday, February 20, 2017

Sports secretary Injeti Srinivas said “accepting the recommendation is easy, but implementing it is the challenge”. Starting next year, sport is likely to be integrated into the school curriculum. A sports ministry proposal to this effect is in the “finishing stage”, a senior ministry official said on Sunday. According to the ministry’s plan, students will be marked on their involvement in sporting activities, and sport will be a subject they…

Sports TV listings for Sunday, Feb. 19 – Roanoke Times

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Sunday, Feb. 19 2017 AUTO RACING 3 p.m.: WFXR, NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series, Daytona 500, qualifying, at Daytona Beach, Fla. BOWLING 1 p.m.: ESPN, PBA Tournament of Champions, at Shawnee, Okla. COLLEGE BASEBALL 1 p.m.: ESPN3.com/ACC Network Extra, VCU at Florida State GOLF 6 a.m.: Golf Channel, European PGA Tour, ISPS Handa World Super 6 Perth, final round, at Perth, Australia (same-day tape) 1 p.m.: Golf Channel, PGA Tour,…

Government moves to ‘future proof’ British sport’s free-to-air crown jewels – Telegraph.co.uk

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Major sporting events such as the Olympics, the FA Cup, the World Cup, the Rugby World Cup final, the Grand National and Wimbledon will continue to be shown on free TV channels under Government plans to safeguard the UK’s sporting heritage. At present the TV rights to sporting “crown jewels” must be offered to free-to-air channels which can be received by at least 95 per cent of the population.

Rained-out Clash sets up Sunday doubleheader at Daytona – FOXSports.com

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Good news, race fans: The weather in Daytona Beach is perfect today, which should make for a great day of racing at the world center of speed. Last night, the Advance Auto Parts Clash was rained out, so NASCAR will run the 75-lap exhibition race at 11:30 a.m., with live television coverage starting on FS1 at 11 a.m. ET. A total of 17 cars are entered in the Clash, which…

In Lakeville, Curling Is The Newest High School Sport – CBS Local

Sunday, February 19, 2017

LAKEVILLE, Minn. (WCCO) — It’s the coolest new thing in school — for students in Lakeville, at least. “It’s competitive, but also it’s really relaxed, like you don’t have to do a lot of physical activity, which I’m kind of happy about, it’s not strenuous,” Lakeville North junior Joseph Finkel said. The Lakeville School District just approved curling as its newest official high school sport. Kids can even letter in…

Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union won’t ‘stick to sports’ — nor should they – Chicago Tribune

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Dwyane Wade strolled through a sea of admirers and photographers, a Bulls guard looking more like a movie star. He wore shades indoors and a cream-colored outfit so his black Wade 5 “All-Star” shoes — publicly unveiled this weekend — would pop, as they say. Those were the obvious contrasts, but not the only ones. Wade came to New Orleans despite not being an All-Star for the first time since…

Ministers pledge to keep sport’s ‘crown jewels’ on free TV channels – The Guardian

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Potential changes to the rules covering televised sport’s “crown jewels” will ensure the major events remain on free TV channels despite more people watching online, the government has said. The rights for major events including the Olympics, the football World Cup and the Wimbledon tennis finals must be offered to free-to-air channels which can be received by at least 95% of the population under the current rules. But ministers are…