World Sports

Will video games ever be an Olympic sport? (We hope not.) – FOXSports.com

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Competitive video gaming, known as eSports, will become a medal event at the 2022 Asian Games, a landmark decision that begins the very-long process of paving the way for the activity’s inclusion in the Olympics. Because the IOC acknowledges the Asian Games – which is like the Olympics on a continental scale – eSports will become a recognized Olympic sport when the first headsets are put on five years from now in Hangzhou,…

Golf has the worst rule in all of sports, but it’s not the one you’re thinking of – FOXSports.com

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Ever since Lexi Thompson was assessed a four-stroke penalty during an LPGA major earlier this month, thanks to an eagle-eyed viewer with a keen knowledge of golf’s rule book, a working internet connection and far too much time on their hands who noticed that Thompson had failed to properly place her ball on the green, there’s been a raging debate in golf about the sport’s stringent rule book and how it should…

It’s ‘Champions Day’ in Detroit! A toast to Detroit sports history – Detroit Free Press

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Buy Photo Detroit has won 22 major professional sports championships, which ranks fourth among American cities.(Photo: Free Press file and news service photos)Buy Photo It’s been a while since the City of Detroit has enjoyed a major sports championship. But if you can believe it, there was a time when winning a championship came natural to the Motor City. That time – as many old-timers reading this story may recall…

Sports legends, national leaders expected for Rooney funeral – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Dan Rooney was remembered as an affectionate man of the people and visionary leader of an NFL dynasty during an 80-minute funeral Mass Tuesday in Oakland. The service included attendees such as former president Barack Obama, former secretary of state John Kerry and dozens of current and former Steelers.  Art Rooney II, Mr. Rooney’s son, eulogized his father, saying his core values were “faith, family and…

Kobe Bryant, BodyArmor Launch Sports Drink’s First National TV Campaign – Fox Business

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

BodyArmor is launching its first-ever national television advertising campaign during the NBA Playoffs this week, as founder Mike Repole and his business partner, Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant, look to challenge Gatorade’s decades-long dominance of the U.S. sports drink marketplace. Continue Reading Below Bryant, who is BodyArmor’s third-largest investor, wrote, directed and narrated the 60-second spot. The commercial carries the slogan “Obsession is Natural” and features several BodyArmor…

Fox’s Joe Buck says announcers should stick to sports – Sporting News

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

“Stick to Sports!” That’s been the loud complaint from some viewers who don’t like the growing intrusion of politics, race and culture into their former sanctuary of sports TV. With the sports media still debating how to cover things such as 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s protest of the U.S. flag/anthem, these fans might have found a new champion: Joe Buck of Fox Sports. Sporting News interviewed the play-by-by announcer about “Undeniable with Joe Buck,” on the…

Monday’s Sports in Brief – Washington Times

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

HOCKEY In Toronto, Tyler Bozak’s tip-in put a charge into the Air Canada Centre. Ditto with Nashville when the Predators scored in OT for another win over Chicago. They had some extra fun in Boston and Calgary, too, before Ottawa and Anaheim finally broke through. There are few thrills quite like overtime playoff hockey, and the NHL hasn’t had a night with this sort of excitement in more than 30…

E-sports to become a medal event in 2022 Asian Games – BBC News

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Image copyright Yuya Shino/Getty Images E-sports will be included in the official sporting programme of the 2022 Asian Games in Hangzhou, China. The Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) said it wanted to reflect “the rapid development and popularity of this new form of sports participation”. Competitive video gaming will also feature as a demonstration sport in the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia. And it will first appear in this…

Fantasy sports companies fold as legislative battle resumes – Washington Times

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

BOSTON (AP) – The daily fantasy sports industry sharply contracted since the online games offered by companies like FanDuel and DraftKings sparked court and legislative battles across the United States last year. More than two-thirds of companies that existed this time last year have shuttered, changed focus or joined with competitors, according to the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, the industry’s lobbying arm. Among the most prominent examples is the proposed…

Bob Hyland’s Sports Page bar items to be auctioned off on Wednesday – The Journal News | LoHud.com

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

CLOSE x Embed x Share Bob Hyland, the owner of Bob Hyland’s Sports Page in White Plains, talks about the bar/restaurant on Feb. 3, 2017, as they get ready to vacate the White Plains Mall very soon. Mark Vergari/lohud Buy Photo Fans watch the game at Bob Hyland’s Sports Page Pub in White Plains.(Photo: File photo by Flores/The Journal News)Buy Photo WHITE PLAINS – The interior contents of Bob Hyland’s…

Study: NHL fans least superstitious fans in pro sports, but they like to gamble – CBSSports.com

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Game day? Check. Stanley Cup playoffs? Check. Lucky socks? Not so much. Superstition has a long and often inexplicable history with sports, but a study of more than 2,000 pro sports fans by Online Casino suggests that faithful followers of the NHL are less confident in their “rituals” as an influence on team performance than fans of any other sport. Tyler Burchett, on behalf of the study team, provided data…

Grieving And Sports: The Truth About Tragedy – Sports Illustrated

Monday, April 17, 2017

Editor’s note: Some of material in this column was adapted from the book “This is Your Brain on Sports.” The scene was almost unendurably touching. Cheers washed over Isaiah Thomas as he emerged from the TD Garden tunnel before the Celtics’ first game of this year’s NBA playoffs. This, of course, was a day after Thomas’s 22-year-old sister was killed in a one-car crash. Before the game, there was a…

More Casual Participation In Sports Mirrored In Spending Habits – Forbes

Monday, April 17, 2017

Americans are more willing than ever to try new sports, but less willing to fully commit to any one sport, especially with their wallet. That is, in part, the story told by the 2017 Sport and Fitness Industry Association Topline Participation Report which the group released Tuesday. The SFIA surveyed a representative sample of 24,134 Americans ages 6 and up to determine the activity levels and sports engagement of the…

Will University Of Minnesota Add Men’s Lacrosse As Sport? – CBS Minnesota / WCCO

Monday, April 17, 2017

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Pop quiz: Can you name the fastest-growing sport in the United States? The answer is lacrosse. And the rate of its growth has been remarkable, especially here in Minnesota. The University of Minnesota hasn’t added a men’s sport in decades. But with the game exploding in popularity, could lacrosse be next? You get a new respect for the dedication of college athletes, when they’re at the University…

Sports movies: Standing up for what you believe in makes sports films great – Stuff.co.nz

Monday, April 17, 2017

Bend It Like Beckham is the archetypal underdog story. When rugby superstar Sonny Bill Williams conscientiously objected to a certain sponsor’s logo on his Blues jersey, it wasn’t a popular move.  As a Muslim, Williams chose to make a stand over advertising an institution that lends money and raises interest. Instead he’ll wear the logo of Plunkett.  Making a stand, however popular or unpopular, has popped up in sports before – think the NFL’s Colin…

NBC Sports writer excoriated on Twitter after saying American flag is political – TheBlaze.com

Monday, April 17, 2017

Craig Calcaterra, lead baseball writer for NBC Sports, claimed that the image of the American flag is political — and was promptly ridiculed for the ridiculous assertion. Calcaterra tweeted out a picture Sunday morning of Suntrust Park in Atlanta with Old Glory covering the outfield grass and the Jumbotrons up above. “Will you keep politics out of sports, please. We like sports to be politics-free,” the tweet read. “Will you…

Ronnie O’Sullivan: I won’t be bullied or intimidated by game’s authorities – BBC Sport

Monday, April 17, 2017

Media playback is not supported on this device Watch O’Sullivan’s emotional press conference An emotional Ronnie O’Sullivan has attacked snooker authorities for using “threatening” language and said he will not be “bullied” by them. The five-time world champion is angry at a disciplinary letter sent to him. After beating Gary Wilson in the first round of the World Championship, O’Sullivan said: “I phoned [World Snooker chairman] Barry Hearn four weeks…

NBC Sports: US Flag at Baseball Games Too Political – NewsBusters (blog)

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Everything is political to the overly sensitive mind of today’s leftist. When the Atlanta Braves unfurled a gigantic flag for the playing of the national anthem, it prompted an ultra sensitive member of the partisan media and his Twitter followers to express a whole host of ridiculous claims. In a Twitter post this weekend, NBC baseball writer Craig Calcaterra complained that the presentation of Old Glory evoked overly political tones….

Hartford Sports Takes Another Hit With Loss Of Joe D And Gresh – Hartford Courant

Sunday, April 16, 2017

The show ended at 6:30 p.m. Friday. “Red Sox baseball is next,” Joe D’Ambrosio said. “Thanks for listening to Joe D and Gresh for the final time on WTIC NewsTalk 1080.” And with that, after two years, the show was gone. On a week when we marked the rebirth of minor-league baseball and the 20th anniversary of the death of major league sports in Hartford, the end of the afternoon…