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  • Kentucky Derby Advance PPs

    04/26/2017 2:56:17 PM PDT · by ml/nj · 10 replies
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  • Journalists fire back at ‘dirtbags reveling in ESPN’s layoffs’

    04/26/2017 1:27:47 PM PDT · by C19fan · 77 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 26, 2017 | Cindy Boren
    Job cuts, whether they’re called layoffs or buyouts, are an unpleasant fact of life and when they hit a sports-media company that bills itself as “the Worldwide Leader,” they’re a hot-button target. Plenty of social media users, unhappy at the network’s emphasis on debate and de-emphasis on news, were happy to see misfortune strike the company. Of course, the people affected have lives and families and mortgages and pets and the company’s Bristol, Conn., campus was “in shock” and “frozen” by the departures of what could be 100 colleagues. Others in media, where layoffs and cuts are frequent, felt their...
  • Like it or not, ESPN isn't sticking to sports

    04/26/2017 1:23:30 PM PDT · by C19fan · 50 replies
    ESPN ^ | April 12, 2017 | Jim Brady
    “Hey, ESPN: Stick to sports.” I’ve read thousands of social media posts and reader emails about ESPN over the past 15 months. If there’s one phrase that tends to surface most frequently, it’s that chestnut suggesting the network’s only proper place is in the athletics lane.
  • Jeb Bush, Derek Jeter win auction for Miami Marlins baseball team: report

    04/26/2017 7:56:15 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 8 replies ^ | 4/25/17 | Alex Pappas
    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and former New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter are part of a group whose bid to purchase the Miami Marlins baseball team has been accepted, according to a report. Bloomberg cites a source in reporting the contract hasn't been signed yet and the details of the offer are not yet known.
  • ESPN To Cut About 100 Employees; Layoffs To Be Made Public Today

    04/26/2017 6:37:12 AM PDT · by C19fan · 43 replies
    Sports Business Daily ^ | April 26, 2017 | John Ourand
    ESPN will lay off around 100 of its on-air and online anchors, reporters and analysts today, sources tell THE DAILY. So far, no specific names have been confirmed; they are expected to start becoming public this morning. ESPN is not announcing officially who is getting let go. Most of the people who are being laid off are not based in Bristol, which means much of the talent will learn their fate via a phone call. Execs making those calls this morning include Senior VP/Event & Studio Production Stephanie Druley, Senior VP/”SportsCenter” & News Rob King and Senior Coordinating Producer Seth...
  • Russell Westbrook leaves court after losing series, no handshakes

    04/26/2017 3:36:24 AM PDT · by C19fan · 13 replies
    Larry Brown Sports ^ | April 25, 2017 | Larry Brown
    Russell Westbrook was not in the mood for postgame handshakes after his Oklahoma City Thunder lost Game 5 of their playoff series in Houston on Tuesday night. The Thunder’s season came to an end with their 105-99 defeat to the Rockets in Game 5 of their series. TNT, which televised the game, showed Westbrook marching straight into the tunnel and off the court immediately following the defeat:
  • Jeb Bush-Derek Jeter group reportedly has agreement to buy Marlins

    04/25/2017 4:21:56 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 27 replies news services ^ | April 25, 2017
    Former New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter is part of a group led by ex-Florida Gov. Jeb Bush that has reached an agreement to purchase the Miami Marlins after submitting a bid of $1.3 billion, according to multiple media reports. According to the Miami Herald and Bloomberg, Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria has reached an agreement to sell the Marlins to the Bush-Jeter group after their bid won the auction ahead of other potential buyers for exclusive negotiating rights.
  • Earnhardt Jr. to retire following 2017 season

    04/25/2017 12:38:39 PM PDT · by FewsOrange · 7 replies
    NASCAR ^ | April 25, 2017 | Zack Albert
    Dale Earnhardt Jr. will retire from full-time driving following the 2017 NASCAR season, saying Tuesday during a press conference that he wanted go out "on my own terms." Hendrick Motorsports announced the news at 9 a.m. ET Tuesday, setting up a 3 p.m. press conference with the driver of the No. 88 Chevrolet. Junior strode onstage precisely on time, with no moderator, wearing a suit and tie. "I just want to thank everyone for making me feel pretty incredible today," an emotional Earnhardt Jr. said. " ... I just wanted the opportunity to go out on my own terms." The...
  • Tua Tagovailoa Dazzles In Alabama Debut, But Jalen Hurts' Starting Job Is And Should Be Safe

    04/24/2017 1:08:44 PM PDT · by blam · 12 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 4-22-2017 | Sam Cooper
    Tua Tagovailoa It seems silly to have to write this: Jalen Hurts is Alabama’s starting quarterback. Hurts was both the SEC’s freshman and offensive player of the year in 2016 as he led the Crimson Tide to a national runner-up finish. He threw for 2,780 yards and 23 touchdowns while also gaining 954 yards and scoring 13 times on the ground. This was all as a true freshman. Sure, he struggled in the College Football Playoff against top-notch defenses as a passer. Again, he was a true freshman. He had a fantastic season, but now the Tide, like always, brought...
  • Report: Jabrill Peppers tested positive for diluted sample at NFL combine

    04/24/2017 12:38:53 PM PDT · by C19fan · 18 replies
    SI ^ | April 24, 2017 | Staff
    NFL draft prospect Jabrill Peppers tested positive for a diluted sample at the NFL combine, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. A diluted sample, which doesn't necessarily prove the presence of a banned substance, constitutes a failed test.
  • Mike and the Mad Dog reunion talk reaches new level in ESPN '30 for 30' screening

    04/24/2017 11:35:16 AM PDT · by C19fan · 11 replies
    Sporting News ^ | April 23, 2017 | Michael McCarthy
    Chris “Mad Dog” Russo conveyed his surprise to me after hearing former broadcast partner Mike Francesa finally express interest in a reunion that would shake up both terrestrial and satellite radio. “That’s the first time I’ve ever heard him say it. He’s been put on the spot like that a long time. I brought it up at the Super Bowl. But that’s the first time I’ve heard Mike say that,” Russo said.
  • Investigation launched after Ilie Nastase makes racist comment about Serena Williams pregnancy

    04/24/2017 10:21:56 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 38 replies
    Reuters ^ | 4/24/2017 | Staff
    April 22 (Reuters) - The International Tennis Federation (ITF) has launched an investigation into Romania's Fed Cup captain Ilie Nastase after the former world number one allegedly made a derogatory comment about Serena Williams' unborn child. At the Fed Cup draw in Constanta on Friday, Nastase, 70, was heard speaking in Romanian to one of his team members about Williams' baby. "Let's see what color it has. Chocolate with milk?" he was quoted as saying. Williams, who confirmed her pregnancy through a spokeswoman on Wednesday, is engaged to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, who is white. The ITF confirmed on Saturday...
  • NFL draft prospect is arrested for 'knocking-out a woman out after she 'disrespected him'[tr]

    04/24/2017 8:33:40 AM PDT · by C19fan · 54 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | April 24, 2017 | Ariel Zielber
    A college football star who is slated to be chosen at next week's NFL Draft has been charged with beating a woman unconscious. Caleb Brantley, a defensive lineman who attended the University of Florida, faces a misdemeanor battery charge, according to a police report obtained by Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network. Police in Gainesville, Florida, say that Brantley hit his alleged victim, 20-year-old Chelsea Austin, in the face and that 'use of force was clearly out of retaliation and not self-defense.' Brantley, 22, told police that Austin hit him in the face first. Austin confirmed to police that she...
  • Hamidou Diallo declares for draft before playing his first game for Kentucky

    04/24/2017 8:30:34 AM PDT · by C19fan · 9 replies
    Yahoo ^ | April 23, 2017 | Jeff Eisenberg
    Kentucky may have produced its first none-and-done. Heralded shooting guard Hamidou Diallo announced on Twitter on Sunday evening that he is declaring for the NBA draft without ever playing a game for the Wildcats. The 6-foot-5 wing is not hiring an agent, so he’ll have until May 24 to withdraw from the draft and return to school if he chooses.
  • Warriors Head Coach Steve Kerr Out Indefinitely with Chronic Pain

    04/23/2017 8:57:24 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Monte Poole
    Still suffering with chronic pain after multiple back surgeries nearly two years ago, Warriors coach Steve Kerr will step away from his duties for an indefinite period. Kerr made the announcement Sunday afternoon, one day after he was unable to attend Game 3 of the first-round playoff series against the Trail Blazers at Moda Center. Assistant coach Mike Brown, a three-time NBA head coach who guided the Warriors to a 119-113 comeback win in Game 3, will serve as acting head coach during Kerr’s absence and will be on the sideline for Game 4 Monday night. Kerr spent Game 3...
  • Madison Bumgarner Lands on DL After Dirt Bike Accident

    04/23/2017 6:55:27 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 27 replies
    KSBW ^ | 4/21
    Giants ace left-hander Madison Bumgarner was placed on the disabled list for the first time in his big league career Friday after a dirt bike accident that sent him to a hospital with bruised ribs and a sprained joint in his pitching shoulder. San Francisco announced Bumgarner's injury Friday, a day after the accident occurred during an off day in Colorado. The Giants said Bumgarner is out of the hospital and resting at the team hotel. He is scheduled to be re-evaluated next week. "I think the main thing is you have to be grateful he's not hurt worse than...
  • ‘Icon’ Colin Kaepernick Named to ‘Time’ 100 Most Influential People List

    04/23/2017 12:37:42 PM PDT · by PROCON · 60 replies
    breitbart ^ | April 22, 2017 | ROBERT J. MARLOW
    This week’s edition of Time Magazine named former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick to its list of the 100 Most Influential People. The list breaks down the chosen 100 into five categories: Pioneers, Artists, Leaders, Titans, and Icons. Kaepernick appears in the Icons group. In the Time Magazine profile, former SF 49ers Coach Jim Harbaugh praised the controversial quarterback’s protest last year of the Star Spangled Banner, “when he boldly and courageously confronted perceived inequalities in our social-justice system by refusing to stand for the national anthem.” Harbaugh made no mention of Kaepernick’s penchant for wearing socks denigrating law...
  • UFC Fight Night: Swanson vs. Lobov, Live Thread

    04/22/2017 11:36:41 AM PDT · by Impy · 21 replies
    Prelims on Fox Sports 2 at 8 eastern. A lot of people don't get FS2. Main Card on Fox Sports 1 at 10 eastern. Cub Swanson v. Irish Ruskie Artem Lobov in the main event. Also, Al Iaquinta vs. Diego Sanchez Ovince Saint Preux vs. Some Guy John Dodson vs. Eddie Wineland Joe Lauzon, Jake Ellengberger and Sam Alvey also have fights.
  • Tiger Woods had a fourth back surgery to alleviate pain, rest of 2017 season in doubt

    04/21/2017 9:48:31 AM PDT · by C19fan · 72 replies ^ | April 20, 2017 | Sean Zak
    Tiger Woods has undergone yet another back surgery, and the rest of his 2017 season has been placed in question. Woods announced on his website Thursday that another back surgery—his fourth since September, 2014—was necessary to "alleviate ongoing pain in his back and leg."
  • NHL official sues Dennis Wideman, Calgary Flames for $10 million over collision

    04/21/2017 8:18:28 AM PDT · by rickmichaels · 18 replies
    CBS Sports ^ | April 21, 2017 | Cody Benjamin
    When Calgary Flames defenseman Dennis Wideman was slapped with a 20-game suspension for his January 2016 collision with NHL linesman Don Henderson, he received the second harshest penalty ever issued by the league for contact with an official. But if Henderson gets his way, Wideman and the Flames could be coughing up even more. Something to the tune of $10.25 million, to be exact. According to reports from TSN and CTV News, as well as relaying of the information from Sporting News, Henderson filed a lawsuit against Wideman and the Flames on April 18, seeking general damages of $200,000, special...