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Exclusive: On college unions, NCAA ‘made their best argument and lost’ – FOXSports.com

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Ramogi Huma was in his office in Riverside, Calif., Wednesday when news out of Chicago came: For the first time, the National Labor Relations Board determined college athletes are employees. “Right now, this sets a very clear precedent,” Huma, president of the newly formed College Athletes Players Association, said in a phone interview with FOXSports.com. “It wasn’t even close – we won every point.” In Chicago, Peter Ohr, a regional…

Frozen fields delay spring sports – Chicago Tribune

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

On a recent Saturday in Oak Park, a 10-year-old boy engaged in some unusual behavior outside his family’s home: He voluntarily shoveled snow. Sam Bilyk was trying to clear the family’s patio so he could kick around a soccer ball, said his father, Tom Bilyk. “He’s not a shoveler,” Bilyk said. “Unless I’m paying him, that ain’t happening.” But Sam’s options for play were limited. Soggy athletic fields…

Note to self: Don’t abuse your tires – FOXSports.com

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Well, we had a lot of exciting action this past weekend at Auto Club Speedway and I’ll get to that in a little bit. Unfortunately, I have to start things off on a sad note. It’s been a rough week in our NASCAR community. Tuesday afternoon brought word that Lynda Petty, matriarch of the Petty family had passed away. Richard’s wife was a special breed of a woman and she…

AP Source: Jared Allen gets $15.5M from Bears – Yahoo Sports

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Bears were looking to jolt their struggling defense. How does adding Jared Allen sound? The Bears agreed to a four-year contract with the five-time Pro Bowl defensive end Wednesday, replacing one accomplished pass rusher with another as they rebuild a defense that ranked among the league’s worst last season. A person with knowledge of the agreement told The Associated Press that Allen will get $15.5…

Masahiro Tanaka leads Sports Illustrated’s March 31 MLB preview issue – SI.com

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

(Photo by Chuck Solomon/SI) Sports Illustrated‘s 2014 MLB season preview is here, led by the newest Japanese star, Masahiro Tanaka. The New York Yankees’ $175 million investment and former star in Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball is the national cover for SI‘s preview issue, which also features three additional regional covers. Angels superstar Mike Trout, new Mariners slugger Robinson Cano, and Cardinals stalwart Yadier Molina landed the other three covers. Tanaka is…

Warriors coach Mark Jackson forces reassignment of assistant Brian Scalabrine – Yahoo Eurosport UK

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

In what’s become an increasingly dysfunctional atmosphere, Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson has forced a reassignment of assistant coach Brian Scalabrine, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Ownership and management have been strong advocates of Scalabrine and his performance on the job, sources told Yahoo Sports. Nevertheless, Warriors officials decided that as long as Jackson is the head coach, he’ll have control of his coaching staff. View photo . Ownership…

Richard Hinds: For Australia, Dodgers-Diamondbacks is good look at curious sport – SI.com

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

SYDNEY — Here they were in the flesh: The Arizona Diamondbacks and the Los Angeles Dodgers. About $330 million worth of Major League Baseball’s finest had come from Up Over to play Opening Day before spring training had closed. No effort had been spared to make them feel welcome, and it was understood real effort would be required to satisfy those accidental tourists from Los Angeles, whose pre-series moaning…

Kobe Bryant Invests Millions In Sports Drink BodyArmor – Forbes

Monday, March 24, 2014

Kobe Bryant is sidelined for the season, but is getting his post-playing career off the ground with Kobe Inc. (Photo credit: Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) Kobe Bryant has awed fans for nearly two decades while racking up 16 All-Star nods and five championship titles since he entered the NBA out of high school in 1996. His relentless drive and pursuit of perfection helped him score 31,700 career points—fourth highest all-time….

Major Companies Are Now Too Poor To Advertise During Sports Events – Business Insider

Monday, March 24, 2014

Old Spice Denver Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker in an Old Spice ad that ran throughout this football season. A “day of reckoning” is coming for sports networks who continue to charge brands higher and higher prices to advertise during games, even as the audience for those events has plateaued. That was the message Thursday from American Honda assistant VP-advertising Tom Peyton, whose company spends more than $600 million on U.S. television advertising…

WFAN’s Mike Francesa Returns To TV Monday On Fox Sports 1 & 2 – CBS Local

Monday, March 24, 2014

NEW YORK (WFAN) — He’s baaaaack! WFAN host Mike Francesa will make his big return to television when the simulcast of his award-winning sports-talk show debuts Monday afternoon on Fox Sports 1. “I have to admit, I’ve missed it,” Francesa recently told Newsday’s Neil Best. “I admit it. The TV gives it a little edge that I miss. I’m looking forward to getting back on.” Francesa’s show will be televised…

Sixth-grader Shemar Morrow dunks in game – Yahoo Sports (blog)

Monday, March 24, 2014

When your nickname is “Baby LeBron”, you had better be good. And judging by this video of sixth-grader Shemar Morrow, he’s pretty good. Outstanding, in fact. The 6-foot-2-inch lefty — who hails from Akron, OH just like LeBron James himself — threw down a two-handed dunk during a National Youth Basketball League session in Washington, D.C. on Saturday night. The performance was part of a 53-point effort in a double…

Got March Madness fever? Stanford’s cowbell is the only cure – FOXSports.com

Monday, March 24, 2014

So maybe you don’t like college basketball. Perhaps the only prescription for that is more cowbell. And fortunately for us all, this guy in the Stanford Cardinal band was more than happy to oblige from the sidelines Sunday as his 10th-seeded school defeated the No. 2-seeded Kansas Jayhawks, 60-57. What band wouldn’t want this guy as a member? Think he was excited about the win? These impressive moves already have…

Iowa State ousts North Carolina, advances to Sweet 16 – FOXSports.com

Monday, March 24, 2014

SAN ANTONIO — Iowa State’s DeAndre Kane did exactly as his coach had instructed, driving for a layup that gave the Cyclones the lead. North Carolina never got a chance to answer because Roy Williams’ players didn’t do what he wanted. With Williams jumping and gesticulating for a timeout, the Tar Heels inbounded the ball to Nate Britt who dribbled past midcourt as time expired in Iowa State’s 85-83 victory…

Ortiz, Red Sox agree to 2015 contract plus options – WCVB Boston

Monday, March 24, 2014

Big Papi is staying put. David Ortiz and the Red Sox agreed to a 2015 contract Sunday with options for the following two years, a move that means the popular slugger will probably finish his career in Boston. Ortiz, the World Series MVP last season, has led the Red Sox to three championships in the past 10 years. He batted .309 with 30 home runs and 103 RBIs in 137…

Got March Madness fever? Stanford’s cowbell is the only cure – FOXSports.com

Monday, March 24, 2014

So maybe you don’t like college basketball. Perhaps the only prescription for that is more cowbell. And fortunately for us all, this guy in the Stanford Cardinal band was more than happy to oblige from the sidelines Sunday as his 10th-seeded school defeated the No. 2-seeded Kansas Jayhawks, 60-57. What band wouldn’t want this guy as a member? Think he was excited about the win? These impressive moves already have…

Got March Madness fever? Stanford’s cowbell is the only cure – FOXSports.com

Monday, March 24, 2014

So maybe you don’t like college basketball. Perhaps the only prescription for that is more cowbell. And fortunately for us all, this guy in the Stanford Cardinal band was more than happy to oblige from the sidelines Sunday as his 10th-seeded school defeated the No. 2-seeded Kansas Jayhawks, 60-57. What band wouldn’t want this guy as a member? Think he was excited about the win? These impressive moves already have…

Sports journalism meets Pandora – Awful Announcing

Monday, March 24, 2014

Tweet This week saw the long-awaited launch of Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight as a part of ESPN, adding to that company’s investment in personality-branded sites. They already have Grantland, led by and based around Bill Simmons, and they’re reportedly working on another site led by and based around relatively-recent hire Jason Whitlock. Bristol isn’t the only company following this approach, though; in the sports world, Sports Illustrated has followed suit with the…

Kobe Inc. makes 1st investment – ESPN (blog)

Monday, March 24, 2014

Kobe Bryant Sunday Conversation NEXT VIDEO Kobe Bryant Sunday Conversation Kobe Bryant Sunday Conversation Hill, Lakers Top Magic Hill, Lakers Top Magic Faced with the reality of the final years of his career, Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant announced on Sunday his plans to start his next career: Businessman. Bryant, in an exclusive interview with ESPN, revealed that he has formed his own company called Kobe Inc., and is…