World Sports

E-sports isn’t just a kids game anymore. There’s big money for the best – Los Angeles Times

Saturday, July 22, 2017

His father used to tell him that sitting in front of the computer, playing video games for hour after hour, was a waste of time. So Cody Altman didn’t quite know what to think when a college from halfway across the country called to offer him a scholarship — for playing video games. “Honestly,” he said, “I was skeptical.” The young man from Anaheim changed his mind when he learned…

England’s Lucy Bronze hails golden summer for women’s sport – Telegraph.co.uk

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Lucy Bronze, the England right-back, believes this could turn into a momentous summer for women’s sport with both the football and cricket teams on course to triumph in major competitions. Bronze revealed that several members of the England squad in Holland for the European Championships are friends with players in the cricket team and have been regular contact ahead of Sunday’s World Cup Final against India. With the football team launching…

8 can’t-miss sports events to watch this weekend – SB Nation

Friday, July 21, 2017

If you thought we’d be out of sports in late July, think again. This weekend graces us with all sorts of competition all over the sporting landscape, which will allow us a brief respite from the sweltering, unkind, armpit-sweating, soul-crushing heat. College football is around the corner, NFL training camps will open soon, and this weekend we have one of the best events in golf to keep us company. Life…

E-sports isn’t just a kids game anymore. There’s big money for the best – Los Angeles Times

Friday, July 21, 2017

His father used to tell him that sitting in front of the computer, playing video games for hour after hour, was a waste of time. So Cody Altman didn’t quite know what to think when a college from halfway across the country called to offer him a scholarship — for playing video games. “Honestly,” he said, “I was skeptical.” The young man from Anaheim changed his mind when he learned…

Ole Miss football coach Hugh Freeze made call to number tied to … – USA TODAY

Friday, July 21, 2017

x Embed x Share CLOSE Ole Miss football coach Hugh Freeze found himself in hot water after it was revealed he made a one-minute call to an escort service. Freeze has since resigned. USA TODAY Sports Ole Miss Rebels head coach Hugh Freeze.(Photo: Adam Hagy, USA TODAY Sports) A one-minute call made from the University-issued phone of Ole Miss football coach Hugh Freeze to a number associated with a female…

Microsoft scrambles to become player in new game of sports analytics – Seattle Times

Friday, July 21, 2017

The Seattle Reign’s win early this month was the product of conditioning. And the singular talent of Megan Rapinoe. The U.S. women’s national soccer team star struck first with a 30-yard sprint that caught a Portland Thorns center back off guard, intercepting a lazy pass for a tap in goal. In the second half, Rapinoe, who just turned 32, outran a younger defender to get on the end of a…

Ole Miss football coach Hugh Freeze made call to number tied to escort service – USA TODAY

Friday, July 21, 2017

x Embed x Share CLOSE Ole Miss football coach Hugh Freeze found himself in hot water after it was revealed he made a one-minute call to an escort service. Freeze has since resigned. USA TODAY Sports Ole Miss Rebels head coach Hugh Freeze.(Photo: Adam Hagy, USA TODAY Sports) A one-minute call made from the University-issued phone of Ole Miss football coach Hugh Freeze to a number associated with a female…

Cutting Everything … Except Athletics – Inside Higher Ed

Friday, July 21, 2017

When Wright State University unveiled its most recent budget proposal, some professors were dismayed at what appeared to be more than a million-dollar boost to athletics spending — particularly since every category of academic funding was being slashed. University leaders framed the $1.6 million boon as a reduction — since the department had overspent for years, this level of funding would actually amount to a decrease, and so athletics…

A British Open Lesson: Golf is a Sport of Personal Responsibility – New York Times

Friday, July 21, 2017

What is great and, at times, grating about golf is Spieth had no one to blame but himself for the miss at 18 – or, for that matter, the five missed fairways on the first seven holes. Since Spieth turned professional at the end of 2012, he has largely controlled his fate. Much is made of how cruel golf can be on days when one’s biorhythms, swing or both are…

When it comes to attracting pro sports, Las Vegas isn’t much of a gamble anymore – Los Angeles Times

Friday, July 21, 2017

When the idea of the NHL coming was still a punchline to jokes about ice existing here only in drinks, an exploratory ticket drive for a possible team rang up 9,000 season-ticket deposits in a month. Last September, three months after the NHL granted its 31st franchise to a group led by businessman Bill Foley, the new Las Vegas team decided to cap season tickets at 16,000 to leave some…

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…