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ESPN explains its decision on Robert LeeESPN takes Robert Lee off UVA gameESPN apologizes for fantasy football segment compared to slave auction

Thu, 24 Aug 2017 04:25:46 GMTWed, 23 Aug 2017 13:28:16 GMTWed, 16 Aug 2017 14:14:24 GMT

Following a social media backlash over ESPN moving announcer Robert Lee off the University of Virginia's home opener football game due to "the coincidence of his name," the sports network's president explained the decision.

"There was never any concern - by anyone, at any level -- that Robert Lee's name would offend anyone watching the Charlottesville game," John Skipper, ESPN's president, said in an internal memo obtained by CNN on Wednesday night. "Among our Charlotte production staff there was a question as to whether -- in these divisive times -- Robert's assignment might create a distraction, or even worse, expose him to social hectoring and trolling."

On Tuesday, ESPN switched Lee to the game in which Youngstown State University will face the University of Pittsburgh. The decision came following the violence that broke out earlier this month at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, protesting plans to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.

The website Outkick the Coverage broke the story using the headline, "MSESPN Pulls Asian Announcer Named Robert Lee Off UVa Game To Avoid Offending Idiots." The title "MSESPN" derides the network as the sports equivalent of the talk shows on MSNBC.

The story overloaded the site's servers on Tuesday and caused backlash from many sides on social media.

Skipper added in the memo that "Robert was their primary concern" and that "they consulted with him directly" on the choice.

"He expressed some personal trepidation about the [Charlottesville] assignment and, when offered the chance to do the Youngstown State/Pitt game instead, opted for that game," the memo read.

Skipper said that part of Lee's decision was "because he lives in Albany and would be able to get home to his family on Saturday evening."

Youngstown and Pitt are set to play at Pittsburgh-based Heinz Field.

"I'm disappointed that the good intentions of our Charlotte colleagues have been intentionally hijacked by someone with a personal agenda," Skipper added.

Fox News' Tucker Carlson called the memo "dishonest," adding "It reminds me of the central problem with the story, which is how mean is it to this guy, Robert Lee, in the end? They're not protecting him. They exposed him to ridicule. They made him famous in the worst way, and they prevented him from calling a game because of his name. It's cruel."

On Twitter, Jim Miller, the co-author of "Those Guys Have All The Fun: Inside The World of ESPN," tweeted "everyone is entitled to their own opinions but not their own facts."

"Skipper lays down facts," he added.

By trying to avoid an embarrassing ordeal, ESPN has embarrassed itself. 

ESPN apologized on Tuesday for a fantasy football segment of an auction draft where black players were sold to mostly white male bidders.




Mayweather Jr. vs. McGregor: How are ticket sales?Floyd Mayweather has big plans for his retirementMaloofs bet $880K on Mayweather for charity

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 20:48:41 GMTThu, 17 Aug 2017 16:53:17 GMTMon, 14 Aug 2017 17:07:11 GMT

What to make of the hype surrounding the mega fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor?

They step into the ring at Las Vegas' T-Mobile Arena Saturday with question marks surrounding the legitimacy of the fight; one of boxing's all time greats against an amateur and a novice without a professional bout to his name.

One bookmaker is so sure of a Mayweather victory that it has already paid out to customers who had bet on the US boxer.

Despite the apparent mismatch and disparity in boxing talent, the fight continues to generate worldwide interest. So much so, some pay-per-view packages in the US are being sold for upwards of $100.

'More international crowd'

But the picture around ticket sales is more confusing.

Tickets are still available for the fight on the T-Mobile Arena website -- the cheapest is priced at $1,722 -- though Friday's weigh-in is sold out.

Despite the T-Mobile Arena hosting the event, the ticketing section on its official website links out to a secondary seller where prices are up to 10 times the original value -- $107,000 for a ringside seat.

However, earlier this month the Los Angeles Times -- citing officials connected to the public sale of tickets -- said 3,000 seats were still available for sale, with another 4,000 tickets available on the secondary market.

The T-Mobile Arena was not immediately available for comment when contacted by CNN. Neither was MGM Resorts international and AEG Worldwide. The T-Mobile Arena is a joint venture between AEG and MGM Resorts.

Meanwhile, tickets on resale websites StubHub and Ticketbis are available for $1,100, though the former company told CNN that Saturday's bout wasn't proving as popular as Mayweather's fight against Manny Pacquiao in May 2015.

"Mayweather vs. McGregor is so far the second best-selling fight ever on StubHub, after Mayweather vs. Pacquiao," a StubHub spokesperson told CNN.

"To date, ticket sales figures show that sales for Mayweather vs. Pacquiao outsell Mayweather vs. McGregor by over 10%.

"However, Mayweather vs. McGregor is attracting a slightly more international crowd, with 14% of sales coming from outside the US, compared to 12% for Mayweather vs. Pacquiao."

With just a few days until the fight, it would appear tickets for Saturday's fight are not only selling more slowly, they are also not as expensive as the bout between Mayweather and Pacquiao.

So far, the most expensive ticket sold on StubHub for Saturday's bout is $24,000, while the priciest ticket for Mayweather 's fight against Pacquiao went for $35,000.

At face value, the cheapest ticket for Saturday's bout was $500 and the most expensive, for a ringside seat, was $10,000.

StubHub say the average ticket price sold for Mayweather vs. McGregor on its website is $3,394.

Floyd Mayweather is looking to score some hits in the retail gym market.

Gavin and Joe Maloof are betting $880,000 on Floyd Mayweather Jr. beating Conor McGregor with all potential proceeds going to charity.




Patriots gave Trump his own Super Bowl LI ring77,000 Scots oppose Trump golf course plansWhat Trump's golf game tells us about him

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 17:41:53 GMTWed, 23 Aug 2017 07:50:07 GMTThu, 10 Aug 2017 14:18:37 GMT

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft gave President Donald Trump his own Super Bowl championship ring following the team's White House visit in April.

Patriots spokesman Stacey James told The Associated Press that Kraft decided to have the ring made for Trump in thanks for the visit and so that he would have something special to display in his presidential library.

While the team's players and staff received their rings in June to commemorate the 34-28 comeback victory over the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI, it's not clear when the president received his ring.

It's tradition for the sitting president to receive some swag when a championship team drops by the White House. The usual custom includes at least a personalized jersey, but Kraft, a longtime friend of Trump's, wanted to do something extra for him, James said.

The NFL covers up to $5,000 each for 150 rings for the Super Bowl champion, with the team responsible for any costs over that, according to the AP. This year's ring -- the fifth won by the Patriots -- is white gold with more than 280 diamonds totaling a carat weight of 5.1.

According to Jostens, this year's ring is the "biggest Super Bowl ring" to date. While the exact cost of the Super Bowl LI rings hasn't been disclosed, the team's 2015 rings were valued at $36,500 each and featured 200 diamonds.

The AP reported that a Congressional Research Service report says Trump is allowed to receive the gift from Kraft, as long as the president includes it on his annual financial disclosure report and did not solicit it or receive it in exchange for the promise of any official act.

That disclosure report isn't due from Trump until May 2018.

President Trump's response to racial violence is putting his business in Scotland under new pressure.

You can learn a lot about a man by how he plays golf. It's a sport that requires self-discipline, control and personal honesty. And it just happens to be one of President Donald Trump's favorite pastimes.




Wayne Rooney retires from international soccerFC Barcelona: Catalan club honors terror attack victimsGreenland: Soccer with a side of whales, icebergsReal Madrid: US tour as much about global footprint as fitnessHow Premier League became global playgroundCristiano Ronaldo banned for 5 games after red card

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 16:23:45 GMTSun, 20 Aug 2017 23:02:55 GMTFri, 18 Aug 2017 16:08:53 GMTFri, 18 Aug 2017 11:47:06 GMTTue, 15 Aug 2017 15:25:14 GMTMon, 14 Aug 2017 15:21:56 GMT

Rejuvenated after his return to boyhood club Everton, Wayne Rooney has called time on his international career with England.

The 31-year-old Rooney, who scored his 200th Premier League goal on Monday in the 1-1 draw against Manchester City, has netted in both of Everton's league games in a promising start to the season for the Merseyside club.

"Leaving Manchester United was a tough call but I know I made the right decision in coming home to Everton," said Rooney, who scored 53 times in 119 games for England, in a statement on his website.

"Now I want to focus all my energies on helping them be successful."

Rooney began his career with Everton, before joining United in 2004. He made his return to Everton in the summer transfer window having becoming sidelined at Old Trafford.

Regret

Former England international Gary Lineker has described Rooney as "one of Britain's top 10 ever" players.

However, England has historically struggled at international level -- the country last won the world Cup in 1966 -- and Rooney was unable to change that dynamic.

I will always remain a passionate England fan," added Rooney. "One of my very few regrets is not to have been part of a successful England tournament side.

"Hopefully the exciting players Gareth is bringing through can take that ambition further and I hope everyone will get behind the team."

Rooney came to international prominence when he made his major tournament debut as an 18-year-old at Euro 2004, though he broke a bone in his foot in the quarterfinals against Portugal.

It's normally a place of celebration. A place where FC Barcelona's fans passionately support their team.

It's not often you get to glimpse icebergs and whales while watching a game of soccer, but that's only one of the reasons why the Greenlandic football season is one of the sport's most unusual.

The first time Zinedine Zidane met Antonio Pintus, the Frenchman ended the day dry heaving at the side of the pitch.

It's been dubbed the "best league in the world," but when the English Premier League kicked off 25 years ago a foreign name on the teamsheet was rare.

Cristiano Ronaldo has been banned for five games following his red card in Real Madrid's 3-1 victory over rival Barcelona, the Spanish Football Federation confirmed Monday.




Boris Becker appointed head of German men's tennisVictoria Azarenka will miss US Open over 'ongoing family situation'Serena Williams: 'People think I'm mean because I'm black'Maria Sharapova granted US Open wild cardSerena Williams: 'Gender pay gap hits women of color hardest'Novak Djokovic to miss rest of 2017 season due to elbow injury

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 16:11:59 GMTTue, 22 Aug 2017 14:46:31 GMTWed, 16 Aug 2017 12:40:46 GMTTue, 15 Aug 2017 17:36:25 GMTTue, 01 Aug 2017 11:49:12 GMTWed, 26 Jul 2017 14:15:35 GMT

Six-time grand slam champion Boris Becker has been appointed head of men's tennis in Germany, two months after he was declared bankrupt by a UK court.

Becker, 49, will remain in London and work on an honorary basis until the end of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, also assisting with Germany's Davis Cup team.

The role will be unpaid, with travel expenses covered by the Deutscher Tennisbund (DTB).

Becker's most recent coaching spell was with Novak Djokovic between 2013 and 2016, during which the Serb won six of his 12 grand slam titles.

"Tennis is a matter of the heart for me; it is what I can do best," Becker told reporters in Frankfurt Wednesday.

"I don't need to talk about my achievements as a player and I am proud of my success as a coach.

"I love this game and I love this country."

Difficult relationship

Becker, winner of 49 singles titles, guided West Germany to successive Davis Cup victories as a player in 1988 and 1989.

He also acted as Germany's Davis Cup coach between 1997 to 1999, but endured a difficult relationship with the federation (DTB).

No German man has won a grand slam singles title since Becker emerged victorious in the 1996 Australian Open, but the former world No. 1 stressed he had "strong confidence" the latest arrangement could be fruitful.

"This is the new DTB," said Becker, who also works as a tennis commentator for a number of TV outlets. "I had my problems with the old DTB but that is in the past now."

Becker and Djokovic "jointly decided" to end their cooperation in December, with Becker taking to Twitter to say: "We had the time of our life."

Now, with promising German 20-year-old Alexander Zverev occupying sixth spot in the ATP world rankings, Becker will hope to improve the fortunes of his home country.

Germany's next Davis Cup match comes in the World Group playoff against Portugal in September.

Barbara Rittner, captain of the German Fed Cup team since 2005, was named head of women's tennis.

Former world No. 1 Victoria Azarenka has withdrawn from this month's US Open because of an "ongoing family situation."

Serena Williams may be about to become a mother for the first time, but the tennis great has admitted to having an "outrageous plan" to defend her Australian Open title next January.

Maria Sharapova is set to make her first grand slam appearance since serving a 15-month doping ban.

American tennis star Serena Williams has slammed the gender pay gap, issuing a passionate call for black women to "be fearless" and demand equality.

Twelve-time grand slam champion Novak Djokovic has decided not to play again during the 2017 season due to a long standing elbow injury.




Lindsey Vonn, Tiger Woods threaten lawsuits over nude photosCelebrity nude photo scandalsClooneys make $1 million donation to fight hate groupsTaylor Swift and snakes: The backstoryBilly Joel dons Jewish star against Neo-NazisBritney Spears gives fans 'Something To Talk About'

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 14:56:37 GMTWed, 23 Aug 2017 15:35:25 GMTWed, 23 Aug 2017 13:55:16 GMTWed, 23 Aug 2017 01:44:02 GMTTue, 22 Aug 2017 20:02:33 GMTMon, 21 Aug 2017 14:55:15 GMT

Lindsey Vonn and Tiger Woods are threatening legal action after leaked nude photos of the pair were posted online earlier this week.

In an exclusive statement to People magazine, Lewis Kay, a spokesman for the Olympic skier, called the incident an "outrageous and despicable invasion of privacy."

"Lindsey will take all necessary and appropriate legal action to protect and enforce her rights and interests," the statement continued. "She believes the individuals responsible for hacking her private photos as well as the websites that encourage this detestable conduct should be prosecuted to the fullest extent under the law."

"The posting of these illegally hacked photos is a despicable invasion of our client's privacy, and we will aggressively pursue any websites who seek to capitalize on or encourage this outrageous conduct," a lawyer for Woods told Rolling Stone.

The photos were apparently taken while the two were a couple between 2013 and 2015. The leak of photos hacked from Vonn’s cell phone was first reported by TMZ.

The hack also included dozens of photos of additional celebrity victims, including Miley Cyrus, Kristen Stewart, Katharine McPhee and Stella Maxwell, according to TMZ.
 

Lindsey Vonn and Tiger Woods are only the latest celebrities facing nude photo scandals. Check out the others.

George and Amal Clooney have joined the fight against hate groups in the United States.

With her blonde good looks, trademark red lipstick and hordes of devoted fans, what could Taylor Swift ever have in common with a slithery reptile?

Billy Joel may wear his heart on his sleeve in his songs, but Monday night he wore the Star of David to make a statement.

Chatter about her not being able to sing live is, apparently, toxic to Britney Spears.




ESPN takes Robert Lee off UVA gameESPN apologizes for fantasy football segment compared to slave auction

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 13:28:16 GMTWed, 16 Aug 2017 14:14:24 GMT

By trying to avoid an embarrassing ordeal, ESPN has embarrassed itself. 

On Tuesday night, the network confirmed that its management moved an Asian-American announcer, Robert Lee, off the University of Virginia's home opener football game "simply because of the coincidence of his name."

Earlier Tuesday, a source had told CNN that Lee was abruptly switched to the Youngstown versus Pitt game. He had recently been promoted by ESPN, so the switch was a sensitive matter.

News of the decision follows the violence that broke out earlier this month at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, protesting plans to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. The night before the deadly violence, white nationalists marched across the UVA campus, carrying torches and chanting racist slogans.

Now, UVA is preparing for the start of a new school year. The opening home game -- against William and Mary -- is on September 2, the same day as Youngstown versus Pitt.

Both games are slated to be live-streamed on ESPN's digital networks, not on television. But if ESPN thought this was a minor change, it was quickly proven wrong when word leaked out on Tuesday.

The website Outkick the Coverage broke the story -- with a headline invoking a popular conservative nickname for ESPN, "MSESPN," which derides the network as the sports equivalent of the liberal talk shows on MSNBC.

The headline said, "MSESPN Pulls Asian Announcer Named Robert Lee Off UVa Game To Avoid Offending Idiots." The story was so popular that the site's servers were overloaded on Tuesday evening.

ESPN subsequently said in a statement that its executives "collectively made the decision with Robert to switch games as the tragic events in Charlottesville were unfolding."

"In that moment it felt right to all parties," the network said. "It's a shame that this is even a topic of conversation and we regret that who calls play-by-play for a football game has become an issue."

From ESPN's perspective, the executives were trying to guard against Lee becoming a punchline, given that he shares a name with a Confederate general.

They foresaw memes and headlines "Robert Lee marches into Charlottesville." Moving Lee to a different game was seen as a way to support him.

But many commenters on social media said ESPN overreacted. The story lit up Twitter and Facebook on Tuesday. Two of the prime time shows on Fox News mocked ESPN for the decision. A banner on screen called it "pathetic."

"ESPN did this out of fear of the yowling mob. And is part of it now," John Podhoretz, the editor of Commentary, wrote on Twitter.

Well-known ESPN anchor Bob Ley also weighed in and made light of his last name: "Rather worried my employee ID/pass may not admit me in the AM. Life, as scripted by @OnionSports."

The criticism didn't let up on Wednesday morning. Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee shared a series of tweets mocking ESPN's trigger-happy decision-making.

"ESPN will not broadcast games of any kind from Jackson, MS for fear it might honor Stonewall or Andrew Jackson and trigger someone," he wrote.

And: "ESPN will no longer air football games on TV as referees are dressed in black and white and that could be viewed as binary racism."

ESPN has been strongly criticized -- primarily in conservative circles -- for injecting political issues into sports coverage and for allegedly taking sides in various controversies.

The network recently commissioned a study that found political polarization has not had a big effect on viewership.

ESPN apologized on Tuesday for a fantasy football segment of an auction draft where black players were sold to mostly white male bidders.




77,000 Scots oppose Trump golf course plansWhat Trump's golf game tells us about himTrump fights nearly $5.8 million owed to former golf club membersTrump greets wedding guests at his New Jersey golf club

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 07:50:07 GMTThu, 10 Aug 2017 14:18:37 GMTWed, 09 Aug 2017 20:04:03 GMTSun, 06 Aug 2017 18:31:54 GMT

President Trump's response to racial violence is putting his business in Scotland under new pressure.Tens of thousands of people have signed a petition calling for officials to block plans for a second Trump golf course near Aberdeen, and a Scottish politician is demanding the government withdraw its support for Trump's businesses.It's yet another example of pressure being applied to Trump businesses after the president equated white supremacists with counterprotesters following violent clashes in Charlottesville. In the U.S., a flurry of prominent charities have canceled events that were to be held at the president's Mar-a-Lago club.Trump's two golf resorts in Scotland have long been the subject of controversies involving environmentalists, local residents and politicians. But discontent has intensified after Trump blamed "many sides" for the violence in Charlottesville.Over 77,000 people have signed a petition opposing a planned expansion of the Trump International Golf Links near Aberdeen, which would include the addition of a second 18-hole course."Trump's rhetoric has bolstered white supremacists across the globe leading to the horrific events in Virginia. Now we have a chance to reject Trump's hatred and protect our environment in one fell swoop," says the petition, which was launched by consumer advocacy group SumOfUs.The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) and Scottish Natural Heritage previously objected to the expansion because of worries over the environment. SEPA raised concerns about waste water disposal and the wider protection of the water environment at the site.The local council, which had been due to decide the matter on Tuesday, has delayed its decision until at least September 12.Meanwhile, a prominent member of the Scottish Green Party has sent a letter to First Minister Nicola Sturgeon urging the national government to withhold support for Trump businesses in order to avoid "tarnishing Scotland's own international reputation.""Given that Trump courted the support of the far right during his campaign ... we should not feign surprise at these events," Patrick Harvie wrote in his letter. "The Scottish government must ensure that no form of political, operational or business support is given to any Trump enterprise in Scotland."Harvie said the Scottish government should not provide support to Trump businesses through tax breaks or Visit Scotland, a publicly-funded organization that promotes tourism. He also raised concerns over promotions for Turnberry -- Trump's second course in the country -- at a nearby airport that is owned by the government.Barbara Clark, head of media at Visit Scotland, said the Trump courses are promoted only as part of the country's "rich golf offering." She said the organization "would not comment on President Trump's personal or political views." A spokeswoman for the airport confirmed that it promotes the Trump resort, but said there is no formal business relationship.The Trump Organization did not respond to requests for comment.Harvie said he hoped that his letter would spark a broader discussion in Scotland."I am hopeful that [First Minister Nicola Sturgeon], and other political parties, may agree that a wider package of actions is needed," Harvie said in an email.Asked for comment, a spokesperson for the Scottish government said that "prejudice and hate crime will never be tolerated" in the country. But the spokesperson did not address questions about specific steps that could be taken in regard to Trump businesses.It's not the first time Trump has faced criticism in Scotland.The Scottish government stripped Trump of his "GlobalScot ambassador" status in December 2015 after he called for "complete shutdown of Muslims enteri[...]



2017 college football preview

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 17:10:10 GMT

With the 2017 college football season set to begin in just a few days, Local10.com previews some of the most anticipated games of the year.Sept. 2No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 3 Florida StateOnly on Local 10, 8 p.m.Alabama and Florida State will open the 2017 season in the first college football game at the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. The winner of this game will likely be back in Atlanta for the College Football Playoff National Championship. The loser could very well still be among the four teams playing in the semifinal bowls. There are plenty of storylines between these two storied programs. Where to begin? Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher served as offensive coordinator under Alabama head coach Nick Saban at Louisiana State. Alabama has won four national championships under Saban and is the only school to earn a spot in each of the past three playoffs. The Seminoles won a national championship under Fisher in 2013 and participated in the inaugural CFP. Fisher was born in a small town in West Virginia, about 20 miles from where Saban was born. Fisher's 78 wins since succeeding Bobby Bowden in 2010 are second only to Saban's 86. Former Florida State quarterback Chris Weinke, who won the Heisman Memorial Trophy in 2000, is now an offensive analyst for the Crimson Tide. Conversely, Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt spent the 2013 season at Florida State, where he orchestrated the Seminoles' top-ranked scoring defense under Fisher. Florida State won the last meeting between the schools -- 21-14 in 2007. Fisher was in his first season as offensive coordinator for the Seminoles that season, while Saban was in his first season at Alabama. Former New England Patriots tight ends coach Brian Daboll will be Alabama's third offensive coordinator in as many games after the departures of Lane Kiffin (Florida Atlantic head coach) and Steve Sarkisian (Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator).No. 11 Michigan vs. No. 17 FloridaOnly on Local 10, 3:30 p.m.When Florida and Michigan open the season at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, it will be the first time the Gators have left the state for a non-conference, regular-season game since a 31-28 loss at Syracuse in 1991. The 16-year span is the longest of any Southeastern Conference team. So, after nearly two decades of home openers against lesser competition from directional Michigan opponents and other inferior foes, the Gators will finally learn how good (or bad) they are from the beginning when they travel halfway across the country to face the Wolverines. They'll be down seven players who were suspended for the opener. Among them is junior wide receiver Antonio Callaway, who led the Gators in receptions last season. Both teams fielded top-five defenses a season ago, but only a combined four starters return. Senior linebacker Mike McCray is the lone starter to return for the Wolverines' defense, which lost versatile linebacker Jabrill Peppers and defensive end Taco Charlton, both of whom became first-round NFL draft picks. The Gators are rebuilding on the defensive line and their linebacker corps. Senior safety Marcell Harris was one of Florida's three returning starters in the secondary, but he was lost for the season after tearing an Achilles tendon in July. The Gators have played Michigan in three Florida bowl games and lost them all, the last a 41-7 thumping in the 2016 Citrus Bowl. Sept. 3No. 21 Virginia Tech vs. No. 22 West VirginiaOnly on Local 10, 7:30 p.m.These former Big East Conference rivals open the season at FedEx Field, home of the Washington Redskins, in Landover, Maryland. Virginia Tech and West Virginia met annually for the Black Diamond Trophy from 1973-2005, but this will be the first meeting between the teams since a 34-17 win for the Hokies in 2005. West Virginia gets an immediate upgrade at quart[...]



Kimi Raikkonen signs Ferrari contract renewal for 2018 seasonFormula E title rivals continue war of wordsMcLaren's Fernando Alonso gives blessing to 'halo' safety systemMercedes-Benz joining Formula E

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 15:03:53 GMTFri, 28 Jul 2017 17:33:23 GMTFri, 28 Jul 2017 16:42:39 GMTTue, 25 Jul 2017 14:27:00 GMT

Ferrari has extended the contract of Kimi Raikkonen until the end of next season, ending speculation the Finnish driver could be replaced.

Team president Sergio Marchionne labeled Raikkonnen "a laggard" before July's Austrian Grand Prix, questioning the 37-year-old's commitment and desire going forward in Formula One.

But recent good form -- including podium finishes in the Finn's last two races -- have paved the way for another year at the Maranello outfit.

It will be Raikkonen's fifth consecutive campaign with Ferrari, making him the Italian team's second longest serving driver of all time.

As it stands, only Michael Schumacher (179) and Felipe Massa (139) have made more grand prix starts than his total of 122.

Raikkonen previously raced for the Scuderia between 2007 and 2009, winning the driver's world championship in his first year.

However, he hasn't won a race in the Ferrari red since the 2009 Belgian Grand Prix.

While teammate Sebastian Vettel leads this year's drivers' championship, Raikonnen trails in fifth, 86 points behind, though on two occasions the Finn surrendered two possible victory chances -- in Monaco and Hungary -- to boost the German's title chances.

The 30-year-old Vettel is out of contract at Ferrari at the end of the year.

The Formula E World Championship is going down to the wire again.

It has split opinion across the Formula One paddock -- and among motorsport fans -- but two-time world champion Fernando Alonso believes adopting the divisive "halo" cockpit safety system for the 2018 season is the right decision.

Mercedes-Benz's confirmation of its participation in Formula E from the 2019/2020 season provides further proof of motorsport's shifting landscape, according to a leading Formula One driver.




Victoria Azarenka will miss US Open over 'ongoing family situation'Victoria Azarenka may miss US Open, 'not willing' to leave sonSerena Williams: 'People think I'm mean because I'm black'Maria Sharapova granted US Open wild cardNovak Djokovic to miss rest of 2017 season due to elbow injurySerena Williams: 'Gender pay gap hits women of color hardest'

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 14:46:31 GMTThu, 17 Aug 2017 16:44:27 GMTWed, 16 Aug 2017 12:40:46 GMTTue, 15 Aug 2017 17:36:25 GMTWed, 26 Jul 2017 14:15:35 GMTTue, 01 Aug 2017 11:49:12 GMT

Former world No. 1 Victoria Azarenka has withdrawn from this month's US Open because of an "ongoing family situation."

Azarenka, a two-time grand slam champion and twice a finalist at Flushing Meadows, released a statement on Thursday saying that she was not allowed to take her son Leo out of California while she and the father of her baby attempted to resolve legal issues.

On Monday, the 28-year-old Belarusian confirmed she would not be competing in the final major of the year.

She said: "I am sadly unable to compete in this year's US Open due to my ongoing family situation that I am working through.

"While I will dearly miss being in New York and playing in one of my favorite tournaments, where I have enjoyed some of the best moments in my career, I am already looking forward to being back next year."

Azarenka gave birth in December and returned to tennis in June, but shortly after competing at Wimbledon -- her first major since becoming a mother -- she and Leo's father separated.

Last week Azarenka said no-one should have to decide between a child and their career.

Japan's Misa Eguchi will take Azarenka's place in the main draw of the tournament which starts on August 28.

Former world No. 1 Victoria Azarenka might miss this month's U.S. Open because of legal issues involving the father of her child.

Serena Williams may be about to become a mother for the first time, but the tennis great has admitted to having an "outrageous plan" to defend her Australian Open title next January.

Maria Sharapova is set to make her first grand slam appearance since serving a 15-month doping ban.

Twelve-time grand slam champion Novak Djokovic has decided not to play again during the 2017 season due to a long standing elbow injury.

American tennis star Serena Williams has slammed the gender pay gap, issuing a passionate call for black women to "be fearless" and demand equality.




Hall of Fame baseball announcer Rafael 'Felo' Ramirez diesManfred: Marlins to soon choose winning bid for new ownerFormer UCF sharpshooter signs deal with Miami HeatFlorida boy's death shows powerful opioid's chilling potentialMajor League Baseball's 2017 All-Star week brings excitement in MiamiMiami judge: New stand-your-ground law is unconstitutional

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 14:34:26 GMTTue, 11 Jul 2017 19:50:16 GMTMon, 24 Jul 2017 21:48:54 GMTWed, 19 Jul 2017 11:48:09 GMTMon, 10 Jul 2017 17:04:28 GMTMon, 03 Jul 2017 16:00:53 GMT

Rafael "Felo" Ramirez, a Hall of Fame baseball radio broadcaster who was the signature voice for millions of Spanish-speaking sports fans over three decades, has died. He was 94.

The Miami Marlins announced Ramirez' death Tuesday.

Ramirez, who died Monday night, began his broadcasting career in Cuba in 1945 before calling 31 All-Star games and World Series in Spanish. He was the Marlins Spanish-language announcer since their inaugural season in 1993 and was inducted into baseball's Hall of Fame in 2001.

He was known for an expressive, yet low-key style and his signature strike call of "Essstrike."

Several Spanish-language broadcasters, including Amury Pi-Gonzanez of the Seattle Mariners and San Francisco Giants, have admitted to emulating his style.

The Miami Marlins may be under new ownership sooner than expected.

On Monday, the Miami Heat signed a new player to its team, and he's no stranger to Florida or the Orlando area. 

Authorities in Miami believe a 10-year-old boy died of a fentanyl overdose after visiting a local pool.

The Major League Baseball All-Star week is bringing new excitement to Miami with new motives for winning Tuesday's game.

A Miami judge ruled that the update to the state's "Stand Your Ground" law was unconstitutional.




Cleveland Browns players kneel, huddle during national anthemRay Lewis urges Kaepernick to keep activism private

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Colin Kaepernick still is without an NFL team, but that hasn't discouraged players for following his controversial lead and opting not to stand during the national anthem.Twelve members of the Cleveland Browns took a knee Monday night and shared a moment of prayer before their home preseason game against the New York Giants. Other teammates huddled around the group in support.It was the largest group of NFL players not to stand during the national anthem since Kaepernick started his protest a year ago, saying he didn't want to "show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color." Kaepernick is biracial."There's a lot of social and racial injustices going on in the world right now," said Browns safety Jabrill Peppers, one of the players who knelt. "We were just praying for everyone. Everyone thinks that when you reach a certain level, a certain status in life, certain things you're unaffected by, but that's not the truth. We're all human at the end of the day, and we just have to come together at times like these. It was just us being together, a bunch of teammates praying for the world." 'Time for me to join my brothers' The players who knelt were running backs Duke Johnson Jr. and Terrence Magee, safeties Peppers and Calvin Pryor, cornerback Jamar Taylor, tight end Seth DeValve, wide receivers Kenny Britt and Ricardo Louis, linebackers Christian Kirksey and Jamie Collins, and running backs Isaiah Crowell and Brandon Wilds. Crowell and Wilds were not in uniform.Standing nearby in solidarity were punter Britton Colquitt, cornerback Jason McCourty, quarterback DeShone Kizer, defensive tackle Trevon Coley and offensive tackle Shon Coleman."Obviously, this is a sensitive subject in our country right now," Kizer said. "Quite frankly -- it is kind of sad on my part -- I don't really know the different teams and what they are doing, but I did see an opportunity with my guys to support them on an awesome venture out there when they decided that they are going to pray in a time where this country is kind of all over the place in a sense of human rights and the racial movements. I decided it was a time for me to join my brothers who decide to take a knee and support them while they were praying."Kirksey, who led the prayer group, said the group felt like Monday night was the right time to do it. The game was broadcast on national television."With everything you do, you have to have respect," Kirksey said. "We did it in a way that resembled prayer. We were just praying over the country and praying over things going on. We did it as respectfully as possible, and we respect everything that happened with things in the military. We respect all of that. We just felt it was the right time for us to do this and say a prayer for this country." First white NFL player to kneel DeValve is believed to be the first white NFL player to kneel during the anthem. After the game, DeValve, whose wife is African-American, said he didn't realize he was the first white player to do so."I, myself, will be raising children who don't look like me," DeValve said. "I want to do my part, as well, to do everything I can to raise them in a better environment (than) we have right now. I wanted to take that opportunity with my teammates to pray for our country and also to draw attention to the fact that we have work to do. That's why I did what I did."Last year, Kaepernick, then with the San Francisco 49ers, became a lightning rod when he refused to stand during the national anthem.The quarterback's decision to sit -- then, later, to kneel -- drew fierce criticism bu[...]



What's most likely to happen next in Florida sports?

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 19:05:13 GMT

Millions of Americans turned skyward Monday as a total solar eclipse moved across the country, turning day into night in more than a dozen states.

It marked the first total solar eclipse seen only in the United States since 1776, and it's the first one visible from the contiguous U.S. since 1979.

The rare phenomenon got News 6 sports director thinking about the future of sports in the Sunshine State.

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Vuelta a Espana: Meet cycling's podium girls -- and menClassic racing returns to most cycle-loving state in AmericaFroome bids to end 22-year wait in Vuelta a Espana

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Should Chris Froome become the first Briton the win both the Tour de France and the Vuelta a Espana, he may be congratulated on the podium at the finish line in Madrid by a man as well as a woman.

It's a change organizers of the three-week race, which started August 19, have made after much discussion in Spain about all-female podiums in sports including cycling and motor racing, which is increasingly seen as old-fashioned and sexist.

"We couldn't stay out of the debate because we are using all girls on the podium," Vuelta race director Javier Guillen told CNN by phone.

"But the first thing we want to keep is those jobs for those professional people who are doing very well," he said.

"We are not removing the ladies from the podium, but what we are doing is introducing a male host, we will combine a man and woman in an alternative way."

Ground-breaking

Although Guillen stressed the move was a "small change," the Vuelta is in fact the first of the so-called Grand Tours of cycling to end the decade-long tradition.

The Tour de France and the Giro d'Italia continue using female hostesses to give the riders their prizes and flowers -- and often a peck on the cheek -- at the end of each stage.

But at the start of the season, the UCI World Tour opener in Adelaide, Australia replaced its podium girls with junior cyclists on the request of the South Australian government, which partially paid for the race, Cycling Weekly reported at the time.

Cycling races in Mallorca, Catalunya and Valencia have since followed suit and also abandoned the podium girls.

'Treating women as objects'

The move was welcomed by some riders, including Team Sky's Mikel Landa of Spain, who told the country's El Correo newspaper the tradition was sexist.

"That is the line that we should go to. Podium girls presenting the prizes is an old tradition, it's like treating the women as objects, and undervaluing them."

Landa added: "This is a deeply rooted custom and nobody dares question it.

"And you have to admit that the women who go up on the podium are there because they are beautiful and have nice figures, and that's not the image you'd want to project," he said.

'Elegant podium'

Although Guillen emphasized the Vuelta podium is "very elegant" and has "absolute dignity" he said he didn't hesitate to make the change.

"When they say you have to introduce some men together with the women, it's something that we say, ok, no problem," said Guillen said.

"Because we have a stage for everybody. And this is something that is not bad for the race, I don't see anything bad to introduce these changes, so that's what we're doing, that's all."

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Lexi Thompson leads Team USA to Solheim Cup winThe secrets to winning golf's Solheim Cup82 days, 1,850 km, 14,000 shots: The world's longest hole of golfTiger Woods had pain, anxiety, sleep drugs in systemPGA Championship: Justin Thomas wins first major titleJustin Thomas: 'I feel like the sky's the limit'

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 14:28:30 GMTThu, 17 Aug 2017 19:28:03 GMTWed, 16 Aug 2017 15:18:31 GMTTue, 15 Aug 2017 12:48:45 GMTMon, 14 Aug 2017 00:13:40 GMTMon, 14 Aug 2017 15:10:41 GMT

Lexi Thompson produced what she described as the "weirdest round of golf" of her career to help Team USA retain the Solheim Cup at the weekend.The world No. 2 shot two-over-par on the front nine at the Des Moines Golf and Country Club in Iowa to allow Team Europe opponent Anna Nordqvist to go four up and take what seemed to be an unassailable lead.However, a pep talk from captain Juli Inkster at the turn proved to be the catalyst for an incredible comeback, as Thompson went on to shoot eight-under-par over seven holes -- including eagles on the 11th and 15th -- to ensure the point was halved."That was the weirdest round of golf I've ever played," Thompson told reporters. "Front nine I don't think I was awake. And the back nine I just played lights out."Four down going into the back nine, I told myself I have to go all in -- and that's what I did. I shot a six-under total -- two-over for the front, eight-under for the back. Crazy."Inkster made some personal history of her own by becoming only the second captain in history to win multiple Solheim Cups.The seven-time major champion took over as captain for the historic comeback win in 2015, two years after Team USA had suffered back-to-back losses in 2011 and 2013."It helped me out a lot," Thompson said of her chat with Inkster. "I struggled with my first few holes. I don't really know what was going on."Having them there for me, picking me up, just telling me to keep my head up and that I'm the best, and I can do this. I can come back and make six birdies, seven birdies in a row."It means the world to me to have them there for me. And that's what this event is all about, to have captains and assistant captains like that."Despite a wealth of experience and a winning debut as Team USA captain in Germany two years ago, Inkster admitted she felt some final day nerves heading into Sunday.Team Europe would have had to have produced a miraculous comeback -- akin to their male counterparts in the Ryder Cup at Medinah in 2012 -- to claw back the 10.5 to 5.5 deficit."I really haven't been nervous all week but today I was a little bit nervous," Inkster told reporters. "You know what, this team just bonded. They believed in each other."They played for the person behind them and in front of them. And they played some amazing golf."Lizette Salas eventually holed the winning putt in her match against Jodi Ewart Shadoff to confirm victory.Europe captain Annika Sorenstam, though, was full of pride with her team's performance but admitted she had to concede defeat to the better team over the three days."We just got outplayed. There's no doubt about it," she said. "I'm so proud of how hard they fought. It's not easy coming out here on a Sunday with the team so far behind."I'm proud of them. They were out there fighting every single match, every single point. I congratulate the USA because they played some awesome golf."If there's one European golfer who knows about winning Solheim Cup matches, it's Catriona Matthew.82 days, 1,850 kilometers across Mongolia -- they're calling it the longest hole of golf ever played.Golfer Tiger Woods had pain, anxiety and sleep medications, as well as THC, in his system when he was arrested on Memorial Day on suspicion of driving under the influence, according to a toxicology report released Monday by the Palm Beach County (Florida) Sheriff's Office.Justin Thomas kept his nerve on Quail Hollow's notorious Green Mile finishing stretch to land his first major title Sunday.[...]At Quail Hollow on Sun[...]



FC Barcelona: Catalan club honors terror attack victimsUnity and defiance at memorial mass for Barcelona victimsJulian Cadman, 7, confirmed dead after Barcelona attackPolice unsure whether Barcelona suspect crossed French borderLionel Messi sends his condolences after Barcelona terror attackBarcelona attack witness saw people 'flying into the air'Barcelona terror attack: What we know

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 23:02:55 GMTMon, 21 Aug 2017 01:37:51 GMTMon, 21 Aug 2017 07:30:19 GMTSun, 20 Aug 2017 13:04:35 GMTFri, 18 Aug 2017 12:58:18 GMTThu, 17 Aug 2017 23:35:01 GMTFri, 18 Aug 2017 07:02:01 GMT

It's normally a place of celebration. A place where FC Barcelona's fans passionately support their team.But the mood Sunday was altogether more somber as the football club's supporters congregated at the Camp Nou stadium to watch Barca's first league game of the season against Real Betis.Both teams and fans honored the victims of the Thursday van attack in Barcelona that left 13 people dead and 120 injured.The Barcelona football club, whose slogan is "more than a club" because of its defense of the Catalan culture and language, is one of Catalonia's most important institutions."Freedom of expression is what Catalonia is all about," Catalan artist Joan Miró once said, and that spirit was very much in evidence.Ahead of the match, applause rang out as both teams gathered in the center of the pitch with the match officials next to a banner that said: "TotsSomBarcelona," or "We are all Barcelona." The Barca players wore black armbands.A minute's silence was then observed, a mark of respect that was also made at other matches across Spain over the weekend.L'Esportiu journalist Sergi de Juan told CNN Sport: "It was the stadium saying: 'We don't have fear.'"The front of the Barca players' shirts carried the #TotsSomBarcelona inscription, and Barcelona was inscribed on the back of the shirts rather than the players' names.In the bleachers, one fan displayed a placard reading: "Let us stand against terrorism. Terrorism has no religion."The attendance for the game was just over 56,000. Increased security included barriers at the Camp Nou entrances to stop vehicles.Some fans, especially tourists, were reportedly deterred from attending the game and returned their tickets, with their money refunded by the club.Earlier, hundreds gathered at Barcelona's famous Sagrada Familia church to mourn those killed. Spain's King Felipe and Queen Letizia were among those who prayed for the 14 people killed in Barcelona and Cambrils.At midday, Barca and Betis officials delivered a floral tribute at Las Ramblas, where the van plowed through the crowds on Thursday.After the attack, the team's star player, Lionel Messi, posted on Instagram: "I want to send my condolences and all my support to the families and friends of the victims of the terrible attack in our beloved Barcelona, as well as rejecting totally any act of violence."We are not going to give up. We are many more who want to live in a peaceful world, without hate and where respect and tolerance form the base of coexistence."On Saturday, Barca goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen tweeted: "We're playing for the whole city and for peace all over the world."Barca comfortably beat Betis 2-0 thanks to Alin Toșca's own goal and a Sergi Roberto strike.It's 8 a.m. on Sunday, and as tired partygoers spill out of Barcelona's nightclubs, a line is forming at Antoni Gaudi's spectacular Sagrada Familia cathedral -- the jewel in Barcelona's crown.Julian Cadman, the 7-year-old Australian-British boy who was reported missing in the aftermath of the Barcelona attack, has been confirmed dead by his family.Police in Spain say they don't know the whereabouts of the suspected driver in the van attack in Barcelona that killed 13 people.The football world has united in paying tribute to the victims of Thursday's Barcelona attacks which killed 14 people and injured at least 100.[...]Witnesses of Barcelona's van ramming attack on Thursday described victims "flying into the air" and a "tidal wave" of people running, as a van p[...]



Barnes scores trying goal in Orlando's 1-1 draw with CrewDavis helps Red Bulls rally past Orlando City 3-1Jackson-Hamel scores late to rally Impact past Orlando CityVillalba's late goal gives Atlanta 1-1 tie over OrlandoOrlando City introduces striker Dom Dwyer

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Giles Barnes scored in the 67th minute and Orlando City tied the Columbus Crew 1-1 on Saturday night to keep its slim playoff hopes alive.

Cristian Higuita set up Barnes for an angled shot that ricocheted off both posts and into the net.

Lalas Abubakar scored his first goal of the season off a set piece in the 35th minute for Columbus (11-12-3). The goal was set up off a free kick to the right of the box near the sideline after a foul on Toia.

"From my point of view it's a result we didn't want, of course. We wanted three points in the worst possible way," Lions head coach Jason Kreis said. "But the performance I thought was very good. It was a 10 or 15-minute spell in the first half where I felt we dropped a little bit with our level but the other 75 minutes I thought we were very good - on top of them. Frankly, I think we deserved to win this game."

Playing without suspended star Kaka, Orlando City (8-10-7) has just two wins in its last 18 regular-season games.

Sean Davis assisted on the go-ahead goal and added an insurance goal in the 80th minute to lift the New York Red Bulls to a contentious 3-1 win over Orlando City on Saturday night.

Anthony Jackson-Hamel scored in the 84th minute to lift the Montreal Impact to a 2-1 victory over Orlando City SC on Saturday night.

Hector "Tito" Villalba received an open through ball and placed a stoppage time goal in the back of the net to help Atlanta secure a 1-1 tie against Orlando City SC on Saturday.

MLS star forward Dom Dwyer returns to Central Florida.




Orlando Pride beat Boston Breakers 2-1Pride take 5-0 victory over Sky Blue FCOrlando Pride fall 2-1 to Chicago Red StarsPride pick up 4-1 win over FC Kansas CityOrlando Pride take on Washington Spirit, play to 2-2 draw

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The Orlando Pride beat the Boston Breakers 2-1 on Saturday night.

It was the team's third consecutive win. Forward Alex Morgan scored on both sides of the half, marking the fifth straight match she has gotten on the score sheet.

Orlando's defense was tested more in the first half than the second. In the final moments of the match Adriana Leon won a penalty kick in the 90+4 minute. Amanda Da Costa converted for the 2-1 final.

"We knew it was going to be difficult and it was very difficult, so I'm delighted to come away with three points. I think, tactically, [Boston] were set up fantastically today, which made life really difficult for us," Pride head coach Tom Sermanni said. "When you talk about 'grinding out results,' today was a day when we had to grind out a result. I'm really delighted we've done that because, earlier this season we had those kinds of games but ended up losing them 2-1. So, for us, it was a good step forward to win a game that was that tight and that tough."

Orlando closes out a two-game road trip Saturday, Aug. 26, when they travel to face FC Kansas City in the NWSL Game of the Week on Lifetime.

The Orlando Pride took a 5-0 victory over Sky Blue FC on Saturday night at Orlando Stadium.

The Orlando Pride lost 2-1 to host Chicago Red Stars on Saturday afternoon.

Orlando Pride picked up a 4-1 win Saturday night over FC Kansas City at Orlando City Stadium.

Marta increased her team-leading goal total Saturday afternoon, pacing the Orlando Pride to a 2-2 draw at the Washington Spirit.




Red Sox owner wants to rename Yawkey Way over 'racist legacy'US military leaders condemn racism after Va. violenceWorld to Trump: Stand up against racism, neo-NazisBlacks and whites see racism in the United States very, very differentlyFormer Presidents H.W. and W. Bush denounce racism in wake of CharlottesvilleCEOs condemn racism after Charlottesville

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 21:20:11 GMTThu, 17 Aug 2017 00:36:12 GMTWed, 16 Aug 2017 15:23:03 GMTWed, 16 Aug 2017 18:24:20 GMTWed, 16 Aug 2017 16:23:01 GMTMon, 14 Aug 2017 18:29:03 GMT

Red Sox owner John Henry wants to rename Yawkey Way, the iconic street bordering Fenway Park, telling the Boston Herald "he's still 'haunted' by the racist legacy of his legendary predecessor."The late Tom Yawkey, who owned the Red Sox from 1933 to 1976, was the last owner in the majors to integrate his team, which since then has featured many notable African-American and Dominican players, including David Ortiz, Pedro Martinez and Jim Rice.Recently, three high-profile incidents of apparent racism at Fenway -- two targeting black baseball players -- also have revived concerns about the organization's reputation.Henry made remarks to the Herald amid sharp racial and political tensions in recent months, with anxieties heightened by the deadly violence spawned by the white nationalist rally last week in Charlottesville, Virginia.Henry discussed renaming the public street with the previous mayoral administration in Boston, but they "did not want to open what they saw as a can of worms," he told the Herald."But for me, personally, the street name has always been a consistent reminder that it is our job to ensure the Red Sox are not just multi-cultural, but stand for as many of the right things in our community as we can -- particularly in our African-American community and in the Dominican community that has embraced us so fully," Henry told the Herald."The Red Sox Foundation and other organizations the Sox created, such as Home Base, have accomplished a lot over the last 15 years, but I am still haunted by what went on here a long time before we arrived," he added.The Herald pointed out that the Red Sox passed on opportunities to sign two of baseball's African-American pioneers -- Jackie Robinson and Willie Mays -- before Pumpsie Green joined the team in 1959.Last year, pitcher David Price reported hearing racial taunts at Fenway Park. In a well-publicized incident this season, Baltimore Orioles center fielder Adam Jones reported hearing a racial slur and someone hurling a bag of peanuts at him. After that incident, New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia reported having endured similar treatment in Boston.Also this year, Red Sox fan Calvin Hennick said he was sitting at Fenway Park with his biracial son and Haitian father-in-law when a man sitting next to him used a racial slur to describe the Kenyan woman who had just sung the national anthem. Yawkeys were patrons of 'extraordinary generosity' A spokesman for the Yawkey Foundation, which was set up by Tom and Jean Yawkey, said they were "disheartened by any effort to embroil the Yawkeys in today's political controversy.""Jean and Tom Yawkey's philanthropy has always been colorblind," foundation spokesman Griff McNerney told CNN."Their extraordinary generosity has made a significant impact on Massachusetts and the greater Boston community, contributing more than $450 million to hundreds of nonprofit organizations and helping improve the lives of thousands of disadvantaged children of all backgrounds," he said in a statement. "We are honored to have the Yawkey name on so many organizations and institutions that benefit Bostonians of all races."Red Sox President Sam Kennedy said he wants to make sure Fenway is open and inclusive to everyone."I just think that if there's anyone in the community that feels uncomfortable because of the symbol or a reminder of the past, it's incumbent on us to at least examine the issue, and that's what we&#[...]



Classic racing returns to most cycle-loving state in AmericaYour next Colorado trail guide: A 300-pound llamaColorado dad aims to ban smartphone sales to preteens

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When is a race more than a race? When it's an event.That's not really a riddle as much as a puzzle Colorado race coordinators worked hard to solve after a professional bike race there was dissolved a couple of years ago.The solution they devised is the Colorado Classic. Combined with a tandem spectator event called the Velorama, it's something like the Lollapalooza of bike racing. It may also be the most ambitious elite-level bike competition in the country after the Tour California. And year one is starting strong off the line.The Colorado Classic is also the highest (in terms of overall elevation) bike race in North America. This year's event consisted of four days and some of the best racers in world lapping through the downtowns of three cities, up some of the state's prettiest and most demanding peaks, livestreamed by NBC, following a flotilla of pace and support vehicles, watched by hundreds of spectators and one helicopter.The races culminated in a three-day festival in downtown Denver with food, drink, a marketplace and a concert by 20 bands including Wilco and Death Cab for Cutie.It's a race series that seems organized more for spectators than for cyclists, which is sort of the point. The multiple laps ensure that no one misses the action, repeatedly. The Western backdrop gives the courses a cinematic quality. The bands, beer and bikes along the main streets, plus impromptu parties along the route, are all for fans of the sport and designed to make the race profitable and therefore sustainable. A new classic The first Colorado Classic featured 16 men's teams and 15 women's for a total of 186 elite riders. The women completed 70 miles between two races in and around Colorado Springs and Breckenridge, with 8,000 feet of total elevation. The men had two additional stages, both in Denver, and over four days, they completed 313 miles with more than 21,000 feet of intense climbing.The morning of the first stage, racers woke to the flash and boom of a thunderstorm. But by the time they kicked off in downtown Colorado Springs, the sky had turned into a blue canvas with puffy storybook clouds, broken only by a flash hailstorm in the middle of the men's race.The Colorado Springs stage contained six laps of 93.5 total miles for the men and five laps of 38.36 miles for the women. The women's race, announced by Rio Olympic gold medalist Kristin Armstrong, kicked off dramatically with the James Bond theme blaring.The winding route, the racers say, was hard but fun. It flowed up, down, left and right, past downtown shops and red moon rock formations jutting into the sky like the hands of an ancient giant. Clusters of crowds popped up along the route, many on bikes themselves, all in the shadow of fabled Pikes Peak.The iconic sandstone formations, known as the Garden of the Gods, are located at the highest elevation of the race. It's popular with tourists and a hard-fought milestone for riders who repeatedly climbed nearly 600 feet to reach them. The Colorado Springs stage ended in cheers from the crowd downtown, followed by a traffic logjam as most of the racers and crews made their way to the next day's event, 100 miles away.Stage 2 began and ended on main street Breckenridge, a pretty mining-cum-ski town 80 miles from Denver. It was mid-August, and there was still snow on the ridges of the nearby mountains. Grass freeways were visible between trees, carved out for ski runs in the winter.The second-day race was made up of 10 laps over 64 mi[...]



Air ball! Nobody's buying expensive sneakersAmerica's favorite retailersStore closings in 2017Retailers at risk of bankruptcyThe Amazon vs. retail battle: ExplainedRetail apocalypse continues at department storesWells Fargo accused of ripping off mom-and-pop shopsToys 'R' Us to open a Times Square pop up shop for the holidays

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 16:27:38 GMTFri, 03 Mar 2017 07:08:58 GMTFri, 28 Jul 2017 12:45:58 GMTFri, 09 Jun 2017 19:13:18 GMTTue, 15 Aug 2017 16:49:41 GMTThu, 10 Aug 2017 16:47:08 GMTFri, 11 Aug 2017 12:17:45 GMTThu, 10 Aug 2017 16:37:21 GMT

LeBron James and Steph Curry aren't doing a good job selling pricey sneakers. Neither is Michael Jordan, for that matter.And that's terrible news for Nike, Under Armour and Adidas.Foot Locker, which sells shoes from all three of the kings of kicks, reported disastrous results on Friday morning. Earnings and sales badly missed Wall Street's forecasts."Sales of some recent top styles fell well short of our expectations," Foot Locker CEO Richard Johnson said in the earnings announcement. He said the trend should persist for the rest of the year and that same-store sales will be down for the year as a result.The big footwear companies and stores that sell their sneakers have historically relied on star athletes, particularly NBA legends like Jordan and James, to get customers to spend hundreds of dollars on a pair of shoes.But those customers apparently are no longer as interested in being like Mike. During a conference call with analysts, Foot Locker's Johnson said sales of some Jordan footwear and clothing "slowed considerably" in the quarter.That's clearly a problem because Jordan is still the most famous star Nike has. James wasn't mentioned once on the Foot Locker conference call, but there were 14 mentions of Jordan's line of sneakers and apparel.Foot Locker's stock plunged more than 25% on the news. Nike, the worst performing Dow stock last year, tumbled 5% Friday and is now lagging the market this year as well.Another sporting goods store, Hibbett, also issued a weak outlook Friday. Its stock fell more than 15%.CEO Jeff Rosenthal blamed a "challenging retail environment" and said that the industry was cutting prices and offering big sales to get customers in the door.Amazon could become a bigger problem as well as it steps up its efforts to sell sneakers online. It already owns the popular retailer Zappos.On the Foot Locker earnings call, said he did not see Amazon as an imminent threat because Amazon was mainly selling lower-priced sneakers.Rosenthal said he didn't think Amazon would hurt Hibbett either for pretty much the same reason.But investors clearly disagree -- and that makes sense. After all, Foot Locker and Hibbett are having problems because people apparently are more interested in cheaper sneakers than ones endorsed by hoops stars that cost more than $100 a pair.The bad news from Foot Locker and Hibbett comes just a few days after sporting goods giant Dick's reported poor earnings. Shares of Dick's fell on Friday. So did the stocks of Under Armour and Adidas and the smaller sporting goods chain Big 5.Under Armour has had a miserable go of it. The stock has plunged 40% this year. That follows a similar drop in 2016.The company recently announced layoffs and weak guidance as sales of shoes endorsed by Golden State Warriors star Curry have been underwhelming.Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank also faced criticism from Curry because he was participating in President Trump's manufacturing council. Plank left it on Monday in the wake of Trump's response to the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. The council later disbanded.But even as Under Armour and Nike continue to struggle, Adidas is thriving and taking market share. Despite the stock's slide Friday, shares of Adidas are still up nearly 40% this year.Check out which retailers topped the latest American Customer Satisfaction Index.[...]The world of brick-and-mortar retailers are being hit hard in 2017, here's a lo[...]



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It's not often you get to glimpse icebergs and whales while watching a game of soccer, but that's only one of the reasons why the Greenlandic football season is one of the sport's most unusual.It is the only one to take place inside the Arctic Circle, while the country's major tournament itself lasts just a week. Compare that to most major European leagues which run over nine months.Then there are the considerable geographical challenges Greenland faces in putting on football matches. The country is as big as Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Austria, Switzerland and Belgium combined but only 20% of the country is habitable.Moreover 80% of the country is ice sheet, the second largest in the world following Antarctica. There is also no flat land, few suitable grass areas and for nine months of the year no football can be played outside as the pitches are covered by nearly two meters of snow.The vast distances between cities and unpredictable weather conditions make travel at times near impossible, even in the summer, ensuring organizing games can be problematic. Broken bones Yet, somehow, the beautiful game not only survives, it thrives -- it's the country's most popular sport by some distance. There are currently 5,000 players in Greenland, that's 10% of the population.This year was the 47th year of the championships in its modern guise but up until 2016 football in Greenland was played on pitches of sand and rock.Which meant teams' physiotherapists were kept busy. It wasn't unusual for there to be several broken legs, noses, arms and various other bones after each game. It was actually expected and still people played."It was just basically a hard sand pitch," Johannes Groth, the captain of defending champions B-67 told CNN Sport. "Sometimes there were big rocks so when you played hard it would hurt very much.""It was really dusty so we had to water the pitch just so we could control the ball," added B-67 midfielder Patrick Frederiksen. "It was difficult to play on as you were never sure where the ball would land or bounce."The pitch was even worse for goalkeepers said former G-44 captain Johan Frederik Zeeb, who won the championship in 2013."In order to be a goalkeeper on those pitches you really had to give your full self," he said."You had to have several layers of clothing to be a goalkeeper on dirt ground. You got a lot of scratches all over your body."Even today many players choose to wear gloves and leggings to protect their bodies, a hangover from the dirt pitches they grew up on. Bright future Two years ago Greenland stepped up its efforts to become a recognized FIFA member and invested in several artificial turfs around the country."We have an agreement between the Danish Football Association and the Greenland Ball Games Union to develop football in Greenland," said Danish FA president Jesper Møller."It was our plan to build six full sized artificial pitches by 2021 but there are already 11 or 12. It has been a great success."It's a long journey but we've started it," added Møller. "The future of Greenland football is bright." Disko Island This year's tournament was played in Qeqertarsuaq on Disko Island. It's an ancient volcanic island, now upgraded with a new artificial pitch sandwiched between red flattop mountains -- which the locals call the Grand Canyon[...]



Lionel Messi sends his condolences after Barcelona terror attackVan plows into crowd in BarcelonaNames of Barcelona victims continue to emergeSpain attacks: What we know so farSpain attacks could have been bigger, police sayLas Ramblas: The attack locals feared was comingBarcelona attack witness saw people 'flying into the air'Pence: Images of Barcelona attack 'sicken us all'

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The football world has united in paying tribute to the victims of Thursday's Barcelona attacks which killed 14 people and injured at least 100.Lionel Messi, who plays for Barcelona football club and is one of the world's most revered players, sent his condolences to the families and friends of the victims, saying he totally rejected "any act of violence," while Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo and other world stars also offered their sympathy.Barcelona and Real Madrid, Spain's biggest football clubs, both held a minute's silence before training on Friday.The attack on Las Ramblas, a predominantly pedestrian zone in the heart of the Catalan capital, was the worst on Spanish soil since the 2004 Madrid bombings, which killed 191 people and injured more than 1,800.A white van with blue markings accelerated into scores of people enjoying a late afternoon stroll and hours later in Cambrils, south of Barcelona, police shot dead five suspected terrorists.Messi posted on Instagram: "I want to send my condolences and all my support to the families and friends of the victims of the terrible attack in our beloved Barcelona, as well as rejecting totally any act of violence."We are not going to give up. We are many more who want to live in a peaceful world, without hate and where respect and tolerance form the base of coexistence."Ronaldo, who plays for Barca's great rivals, said on Twitter that he was "dismayed by the news."The 32-year-old added: "Full support and solidarity with the family and friends of the victims."On Friday, Barcelona Football Club held a minute's silence at their training ground, posting a picture of the squad together with the hashtag #TotsSomBarcelona (we are all Barcelona).The club tweeted on Thursday: "Deeply saddened by the attack on our city. All our thoughts are with the victims, their families and with the people of Barcelona."In an additional statement, the Catalan club said: "FC Barcelona expresses its solidarity with the victims of the terrorist attack which has struck at the heart of our city, la Rambla de Barcelona."Real Madrid, who had beaten Barca on Wednesday to win the Spanish Super Cup, issued a statement saying that the club "stands together" with the victims and their families and friends.The statement read: "Real Madrid C. F. would like to express its deepest sorrow regarding the attack which has taken place in the city of Barcelona and the club stands together with the victims, their families and their friends."It also hopes for the quickest possible recovery to all those injured in the incident."A number of football stars who play in Spain posted messages on social media, while players from around the world also sent their condolences.Barcelona goalkeeper Marc ter Stegen tweeted: "We all need to be more united than ever."Striker Luis Suarez tweeted his support to the city.Manchester United striker Anthony Martial posted on Twitter.The police confirmed that the incident was a terror attack and said the force has activated its terror response protocols.Seven-year-old Julian Cadman on Sunday became the latest victim of the Barcelona terror attack to be named among the dead as more details about those who lost their lives began to emerge.[...]The Spanish region of Catalonia has been rattled by two terror attacks and an explosion over three days, in wha[...]



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Blake Bortles' career in Jacksonville could be nearing an end.Coach Doug Marrone opened up the team's quarterback job after Bortles' latest inconsistent performance Thursday night, giving Chad Henne a chance to start."I'm looking for someone who is going to lead this offense," Marrone said. "I'm not happy with the performance. I'm not going to sit here and BS anyone. Everyone saw it out there. Whatever you want to call it, I'm still trying to evaluate who the best person is at that position."Bortles completed 8 of 13 passes for 65 yards in a 12-8 preseason loss to Tampa Bay and headed to the sideline after four possessions that ended with punts. He missed Allen Robinson on two plays, including a woefully underthrown ball down the seam."Just didn't make a whole lot of plays," Bortles said. "Missed a couple of throws down the field, and we were very stagnant as an offense."Henne got some work with the first-team offense, fueling speculation that Bortles had lost his grasp on the job. Even though the move had been planned beforehand, it gave the appearance that Marrone and football czar Tom Coughlin had wavered in their commitment to Bortles. Marrone confirmed it after the game."We're going to figure this thing out," Marrone said. "It's just simple. I'm not going to try to make this thing complicated. I'm looking for the best person to lead our offense."Marrone and Coughlin had publicly supported Bortles all year, even picking up the fifth-year option in his rookie contract. But Marrone pulled the third overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft last week following two interceptions. Marrone said Bortles' "arm looked tired." Bortles denied having any issues.Bortles doesn't have a touchdown or a turnover in two preseason games."It's hard to not hear people booing," Bortles said. "But if they're cheering or booing, it's kind of irrelevant, at least for me it is. I think you've got to treat adversity and prosperity the same way. They're not booing for no reason. They're booing because you didn't do your job."Henne's first pass should have resulted in a touchdown, but Keelan Cole dropped it at the goal line. Henne finished 6-of-10 passing for 44 yards.The Jaguars also could have a kicking competition.Jason Myers missed a field goal and an extra point. He has missed three of four field-goal attempts in two exhibitions. The Jaguars don't have another kicker in camp, but that could change Friday."I think that's something that we'll talk about," Marrone said. Winston shines Jameis Winston continued his solid preseason, completing 21 of 29 passes for 196 yards for Tampa Bay.Winston had two passes dropped, including what would have been a 43-yard touchdown strike to Mike Evans in the first quarter.The Buccaneers scored on their first three possessions, getting a short touchdown run from Doug Martin and two field goals from Nick Folk. Tampa Bay dominated Jacksonville in two quarters that featured mostly starters, outgaining the Jags 240-59 and looking like the much better team."We've got to finish," Winston said. "We've got to have touchdowns in the red zone."Coach Dirk Koetter praised Winston's performance aside from an ill-advised throw that ended up being a sack.&quo[...]



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Fri, 18 Aug 2017 11:47:06 GMTTue, 15 Aug 2017 15:25:14 GMTMon, 14 Aug 2017 15:21:56 GMTWed, 09 Aug 2017 14:50:44 GMTFri, 04 Aug 2017 12:48:55 GMTThu, 03 Aug 2017 20:08:02 GMTWed, 02 Aug 2017 15:03:08 GMT

The first time Zinedine Zidane met Antonio Pintus, the Frenchman ended the day dry heaving at the side of the pitch.Prior to the start of the 1996/97 season, a 24-year-old Zidane had just joined Juventus and would be put through the most grueling workout of his life.Led by fitness coach Giampiero Ventrone and his right-hand man Pintus, nicknamed "El Latigo" -- which in Spanish translates as "The Whip" -- Zidane once recalled that he would "often be at the point of vomiting."Exactly 20 years later, Pintus was lured away from Lyon by Real Madrid and trusted by Zidane to whip his Galacticos into shape ahead of his first preseason as head coach.Pintus' favored training plans of long distance running clearly had the desired effect, as Real went on to secure a first league and European Cup double for 60 years.Now in his second pre-season with Los Blancos, the Italian's methods show no sign of abating with Zidane's side already winning both the Spanish and European Super Cups ahead of La Liga's start this weekend. Real start their title defence away at Deportivo La Coruna Sunday."We are doing the work that we need to prepare well for the season," midfielder Luka Modric tells CNN while the club were in Los Angeles last month."So far we are working really hard, mostly running sessions -- we are doing training sessions with the ball as well. So far we are doing okay."It's hard," he says with a wry smile. "But we have to do it to be well prepared for the season."Since signing for Real Madrid in 2012, Modric hasn't gone a single year without winning a trophy.Twelve major titles in four trophy-laden seasons -- including the Spanish Super Cup less than 36 hours after his transfer from Tottenham Hotspur -- has seen the Croatian earn the nickname "Lucky Luka."Modric concedes that preseason training is not a player's favorite part of the sport, but acknowledges it's a necessity if the club wants to continue Zidane's prolific start as head coach."For us professionals it's not ... it's part of the job," he says with a degree of hesitancy. "We have to do our best, work hard to do everything the coach is asking from us.""He set up preseason in that way, he wants us to have a good base for the rest of the season."He's very demanding but it's a big pleasure to work with him and he's done an amazing job since he joined Real Madrid. We've won almost everything with him and hopefully we will continue doing well." 'Building bridges' If preseason training used to be about preparing players for the physical rigors of the year ahead, these days clubs like Real also use this time in the football calendar to think about their global marketing footprint.According to Forbes' latest valuation, Real are worth $3.5 billion. As one of the largest sport organizations in the world and boasting one of the biggest fan bases, the club is naturally interested in connecting with its supporters all across the globe.Los Blancos have visited the US in 11 of the past 17 seasons and the club's Director of Institutional Relations, Emilio Butragueño, says they are always "delighted" to return."This is a fantastic opportunity to build bridges with our fans here in the US," Butragueno, who pla[...]



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If there's one European golfer who knows about winning Solheim Cup matches, it's Catriona Matthew.

The Brit won three of her head-to-head encounters in the 2015 edition and has helped Europe to three trophies since making her debut in the competition in 1998.

The Solheim Cup is the premier team competition in women's golf, pitting the finest European and American golfers against each other.

This year's event tees off at the Des Moines Golf and Country Club in Iowa on Aug. 18 where Matthew, serving as both a player and a vice captain for Team Europe, will likely have plenty of advice to offer her teammates.

"There's got to be that little bit of chemistry in the pairings," Matthew tells CNN Living Golf.

"But it's the team that putts the best that wins. It's about holing the right putt at the right time for that momentum. I think momentum is huge."

Like the men's Ryder Cup, teams go head-to-head in pairs and singles -- how you perform as a team is an essential ingredient to success.

"For us, the Solheim Cup is the biggest crowds we play under," explains Matthew. "It gives you that extra bit of focus. You're playing not just for yourself, but for other people. That gives it an added intensity as well."

USA is the defending champion and has the historic edge over its rivals, winning nine trophies to Europe's five.

But the visitors recorded their biggest ever victory the last time the tournament was held in the States -- an 18-10 triumph at Colorado in 2013.

2015 Controversy

The 2015 Solheim Cup was embroiled in controversy. On the final day, American Alison Lee picked up her ball thinking Europe had conceded a putt, only for Suzann Pettersen to tell her she had not.

USA, forced to concede the hole, accused Europe of unsporting behavior, but the incident didn't affect the final result, as America rallied from a 10-6 deficit to win 14.5-13.5.

Matthew was one of Europe's stand-out players in 2015, and admits it's a format of golf that's always suited her game.

"Growing up in Scotland, you played a lot of matchplay golf, a lot of team golf," she says.

"I've always loved that. If you hit a bad shot it doesn't matter, you're playing the person rather than the golf course."

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82 days, 1,850 kilometers across Mongolia -- they're calling it the longest hole of golf ever played.

You can learn a lot about a man by how he plays golf. It's a sport that requires self-discipline, control and personal honesty. And it just happens to be one of President Donald Trump's favorite pastimes.

President Donald Trump is facing a new type of criticism, which golf fans are saying is his most serious offense as president so far: driving his golf cart on the green.

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Floyd Mayweather is looking to score some hits in the retail gym market.

After he boxes UFC fighter Conor McGregor, Mayweather plans to launch a line of boxing and fitness gyms.

The flagship Mayweather Boxing and Fitness is set to open in Los Angeles in November. Franchise gyms and affiliate partnerships at established fitness brands will follow, according to James Williams, the CEO of Mayweather Boxing and Fitness.

Mayweather, who had a volatile childhood, found stability in boxing gyms, where his father and uncles trained him to become a superstar.

"He wanted to create something where everyone could participate, so the flagship will be more expensive but then the franchise and affiliate levels will be more economical," Williams said.

More than 162 million people around the world belonged to a health club in 2016, according to the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association. Globally, the fitness industry generates more than $83 billion in revenue.

Franchises are set to open in the U.S. starting in 2018, and they'll carry the Mayweather imprimatur.

Williams said the company plans to sell 500 franchise gyms and affiliate licenses within the next five years.

Affiliate gyms won't carry Mayweather logos or signage, but they'll be able to offer classes and programs designed by the boxer. The idea is to provide as much access as possible.

"Floyd wants a successful global business, but he doesn't want to be exclusive," Williams said. "He wants to enable others to train like he has for the past 20 years."

For those who cannot make it to a physical location, Mayweather will provide virtual training through an app, which will launch after the McGregor fight on August 26. Users of the app will get special training exercises and workouts from Mayweather.

The app is free, but users who want to access Mayweather's workouts will pay an in-app subscription.

The launch of the gyms and the app will mark the first time Mayweather has ever shared his techniques. It's also the first time he's put his name to a licensing deal.

Mayweather at 49-0 is tied with Rocky Marciano as the fighter with the most wins and no losses or draws. If he wins his fight against McGregor he has a serious claim as the best boxer ever.

Gavin and Joe Maloof are betting $880,000 on Floyd Mayweather Jr. beating Conor McGregor with all potential proceeds going to charity.

Spotify studied the streaming habits of its users and compiled a list of the top artists people listen to when they exercise. Here's a list of the top workout artists. 

 

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Former world No. 1 Victoria Azarenka might miss this month's U.S. Open because of legal issues involving the father of her child, the two-time grand slam champion said in a statement on Thursday.

The 28-year-old from Belarus gave birth to her son, Leo, in December and made her tennis return earlier than expected at the Mallorca Open in June.

At Wimbledon, her first major since becoming a mother, she lost in straight sets to world No. 2 Simona Halep in the last 16.

It was shortly after that tournament, Azarenka said, that she and Leo's father separated. They are currently working to "resolve some of the legal processes."

"The way things stand now is that the only way I can play in the U.S. Open this year is if I leave Leo behind in California, which I'm not willing to do," Azarenka said.

"Balancing child care and a career is not easy for any parent, but it is a challenge I am willing to face and embrace," she continued.

"I want to support men and women everywhere who know it is OK to be a working mother -- or father. No one should ever have to decide between a child and their career, we are strong enough to do both."

Azarenka, twice a U.S. Open finalist, had withdrawn from this week's Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati, Ohio, citing a family matter.

The U.S. Open starts at Flushing Meadows in New York on August 28.

"I look forward to hopefully having positive developments soon so that this difficult situation can be resolved and I can get back to competing," Azarenka said.

"I remain optimistic that in the coming days Leo's father and I can put aside any differences and take steps in the right direction to more effectively work as a team and agree on an arrangement for all three of us to travel and for me to compete but, more importantly, to ensure that Leo has a consistent presence from both of his parents."

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The Chick-fil-A inside the brand new Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta will be open for one NFL game this season, ESPN writes.

The chicken restaurants are closed on Sundays. Chick-fil-A's website says their founder, Truett Cathy, made the decision to close on Sundays in 1946 when he opened his first restaurant.

"Truett saw the importance of closing on Sundays so that he and his employees could set aside one day to rest and worship if they choose - practice we uphold today," the website says.

The Atlanta Falcons, the stadium's main tenant, play seven of their eight games on Sundays. The team plays a Thursday night game against the New Orleans Saints on Dec. 7, the one day the stand will be open for an NFL game.

Sports Illustrated reports the stadium is also home to the Atlanta United, the city's Major League Soccer team, who plays on other days during the week. The stadium will also host college football and concerts on other days of the week.

According to ESPN, the Chick-fil-A stand will be used to sell other non-branded food items during Sunday events.

Two Florida women who were upset over their order in a Jacksonville Chik-fil-A ended up causing $900 worth of damage to the restaurant, according to The New York Times.

A Philadelphia woman claims a dead rodent was baked into her sandwich she purchased at a Chick-fil-A, according to The Associated Press.

Eating healthy doesn't necessarily mean avoiding the drive-through window. Take a look at some of the healthier options available at different fast food restaurants, according to information from WebMD.

Pizza Hut has announced a bizarre concoction of a pepperoni pizza ringed with an endless succession of pigs in blankets. Here's a look at other outrageous fast food items through the years.




Detroit Lions condemn use of logo in CharlottesvilleDetroit Red Wings to white supremacists: Stop using our logoObama's Charlottesville tweet most liked everCharlottesville victims sue Fields, white nationalists for $3 millionTrump says both sides to blame amid Charlottesville backlashTwitter users are outing Charlottesville demonstrators

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The Lions are now the second Detroit sports franchise that have had to disavow the use of their logo at the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

A photo by Getty Images photographer Chip Somodevilla shows a man at the demonstration in Charlottesville's Emancipation Park beating a shield that bears a logo similar to the Lions' logo, although this one was blue and red and had stars on it.

"We detest and disavow any use or implies use of the Detroit Lions logo or any of our marks in association with the event this past Saturday in Charlottesville," the team said in a statement released Tuesday night.

"We value diversity as it represents the strong fabric of our team, the City of Detroit, the NFL, the game of football, our fans and our country."

The Detroit Red Wings issued a similar statement Saturday after their logo was used during the demonstration and said they are considering legal action.

The rally descended into violence after white nationalists, neo-Nazis and other far-right extremists traveled to the city to protest the removal of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.

Amid the fighting between the demonstrators and counter protesters, Heather Heyer, a 32-year-old legal assistant from Charlottesville, was killed when a car plowed into a crowd of people protesting the white supremacist rally.

Police have charged 20-year-old James Alex Fields Jr. with second-degree murder for allegedly driving the car.
 

White supremacists were holding a variety of signs, shield and flags at Saturday's rally in Charlottesville, Virginia -- including some donned with a slightly changed Detroit Red Wings logo.

Former President Barack Obama's tweet reacting to the attack in Charlottesville, Virginia, is the most liked tweet ever on the social network.

Two women injured in Charlottesville, Virginia, when a sports car plowed into a crowd of counterprotesters and hit their vehicle are suing the crash suspect, the man who organized the "Unite the Right Rally" and dozens of white nationalist groups and figures.

President Donald Trump, in a staggering, impromptu news conference in New York on Tuesday, blamed the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend on both sides of the conflict -- equating the white supremacists on one side with the "alt-left" on the other side -- after his top White House aides spent days trying to clean up after Trump's initial vague response to the violence.

An online crowdsourcing campaign is underway to identify demonstrators who attended white nationalist rallies in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend.




82 days, 1,850 km, 14,000 shots: The world's longest hole of golfTiger Woods had pain, anxiety, sleep drugs in systemPGA Championship: Justin Thomas wins first major titleJustin Thomas: 'I feel like the sky's the limit'What Trump's golf game tells us about himSteph Curry trades three-pointers for par threes

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 15:18:31 GMTTue, 15 Aug 2017 12:48:45 GMTMon, 14 Aug 2017 00:13:40 GMTMon, 14 Aug 2017 15:10:41 GMTThu, 10 Aug 2017 14:18:37 GMTFri, 04 Aug 2017 12:41:25 GMT

82 days, 1,850 kilometers across Mongolia -- they're calling it the longest hole of golf ever played.Most will be aware of 18-hole golf courses where par is a mere 72. This is being dubbed a par 14,000.Adam Rolston, a scratch golfer, and Ron Rutland, serving as his caddy, are bidding for a world record. They started their journey across Mongolia in late June and hope to finish in September.Each has his own individual challenges. Rolston is hitting between 160 and 180 shots a day, and prior to the trip was working to harden the skin on his hands to prevent them from blistering.And Rutland, an adventure junkie who has previously cycled unsupported from his native South Africa to England, is tasked with hauling a 100 kg cart of equipment, including food, water, camping essentials and, most inconvenient of all, extra golf balls.  {"version":"1.0","title":"We have now⛳ golfed ⛳over 1000km! Which is insane! 😂😂\nThe 3 lads cruise on! Halfway has been and gone, so has the 🔥blistering🔥temperatures! Hard to believe we have golfed the length of Ireland twice and a bit! .\n#thelongesthole #3lads #golfing #across #country #worldrecord #taylormade #taylormadesa .\n.\n.\n#salomon #rushbar #golf #instagolf #pgatour #europeantour #laureus #travel #adventuregolf #adventuretime #nomads #killingit","author_name":"thelongesthole","author_url":"https://www.instagram.com/thelongesthole","author_id":5156311153,"media_id":"1576632541544483146_5156311153","provider_name":"Instagram","provider_url":"https://www.instagram.com","type":"rich","width":658,"height":null,"html":"&#lt;blockquote class=\"instagram-media\" data-instgrm-captioned data-instgrm-version=\"7\" style=\" background:#FFF; border:0; border-radius:3px; box-shadow:0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width:658px; padding:0; width:99.375%; width:-webkit-calc(100% - 2px); width:calc(100% - 2px);\"&#gt;&#lt;div style=\"padding:8px;\"&#gt; &#lt;div style=\" background:#F8F8F8; line-height:0; margin-top:40px; padding:38.101851851851855% 0; text-align:center; width:100%;\"&#gt; &#lt;div style=\" background:url(data:image/png;base64,iVBORw0KGgoAAAANSUhEUgAAACwAAAAsCAMAAAApWqozAAAABGdBTUEAALGPC/xhBQAAAAFzUkdCAK7OHOkAAAAMUExURczMzPf399fX1+bm5mzY9AMAAADiSURBVDjLvZXbEsMgCES5/P8/t9FuRVCRmU73JWlzosgSIIZURCjo/ad+EQJJB4Hv8BFt+IDpQoCx1wjOSBFhh2XssxEIYn3ulI/6MNReE07UIWJEv8UEOWDS88LY97kqyTliJKKtuYBbruAyVh5wOHiXmpi5we58Ek028czwyuQdLKPG1Bkb4NnM+VeAnfHqn1k4+GPT6uGQcvu2h2OVuIf/gWUFyy8OWEpdyZSa3aVCqpVoVvzZZ2VTnn2wU8qzVjDDetO90GSy9mVLqtgYSy231MxrY6I2gGqjrTY0L8fxCxfCBbhWrsYYAAAAAElFTkSuQmCC); display:block; height:44px; margin:0 auto -44px; position:relative; top:-22px; width:44px;\"&#gt;&#lt;/div&#gt;&#lt;/div&#gt; &#lt;p style=\" margin:8px 0 0 0; padding:0 4px;\"&#gt; &#lt;a href=\"https://www.instagram.com/p/BXhUvF0FIlK/\" style=\" color:#000; font-family:Arial,sans-s[...]



Serena Williams: 'People think I'm mean because I'm black'Serena Williams: 'Gender pay gap hits women of color hardest'Serena Williams on becoming a mom: 'It just doesn't seem real'What Serena Williams wants you to know about domestic violence

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 12:40:46 GMTTue, 01 Aug 2017 11:49:12 GMTTue, 27 Jun 2017 16:52:36 GMTMon, 26 Jun 2017 16:22:08 GMT

Serena Williams may be about to become a mother for the first time, but the tennis great has admitted to having an "outrageous plan" to defend her Australian Open title next January.In a wide-ranging interview with Vogue magazine, the 35-year-old American said she planned to return to the sport just months after giving birth and spoke about how her race has shaped the way she is perceived by some people.Williams, a 23-time grand slam champion, said she was seen as "mean" and "tough" by some because she was black, adding that she had to be twice as good as blonde Russian Maria Sharapova, winner of five grand slam titles, to gain the affection of the wider public."I feel like people think I'm mean," Williams told Vogue. "Really tough and really mean and really street."I believe that the other girls in the locker room will say, 'Serena's really nice.' But Maria Sharapova, who might not talk to anybody, might be perceived by the public as nicer."Why is that? Because I'm black and so I look mean? That's the society we live in. That's life. They say African-Americans have to be twice as good, especially women. I'm perfectly OK with having to be twice as good." Wanting to be an inspiration This is the third time Williams has appeared on the cover of Vogue, having previously done so in June 2012 and April 2015. Last month, the mum-to-be posed nude for the cover of Vanity Fair.She said she did so because she wanted to be a role model for other black girls."The success of one woman should be the inspiration to another, and I'm always trying to inspire and motivate the black girls out there," said Williams, who is expecting her first child with fiance, the Reddit co-founder, Alexis Ohanian."I'm not a model. I'm not the girl next door. But I'm not hiding."Actually, I look like a lot of women out there. The American woman is many women, and I think it's important to speak to American women at a time when they need encouragement. I'm not political, but I think everyone is worried, to a degree." 'Either I win or I don't play' Williams, who is deep into her third trimester, is the most successful tennis player in the open era having overtaken Steffi Graf's record haul by winning the Australian Open in January, a feat achieved while pregnant.She has not played since her historic triumph in Melbourne, but Williams has set her sights on returning for the first grand slam of 2018, which starts on January 15.And another title in Australia would see her equal Margaret Court's all-time singles record of 24 grand slams."It's the most outrageous plan," she admitted. "I just want to put that out there. That's, like, three months after I give birth. I'm not walking anything back, but I'm just saying it's pretty intense."In this game you can go dark fast. If I lose, and I lose again, it's like, she's done. Especially since I'm not 20 years old. I'll tell you this much: I won't win less. Either I win, or I don't play."Williams, widely regarded as the best server [...]



ESPN apologizes for fantasy football segment compared to slave auctionSupreme Court will hear sports betting case

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 14:14:24 GMTTue, 27 Jun 2017 14:56:44 GMT

ESPN apologized on Tuesday for a fantasy football segment of an auction draft where black players were sold to mostly white male bidders.

"Auction drafts are a common part of fantasy football, and ESPN's segments replicated an auction draft with a diverse slate of top professional football players," the network statement said.

"Without that context, we understand the optics could be portrayed as offensive, and we apologize."

On social media, reaction to the segment that was part of the 28-hour fantasy marathon was mixed, with many comparing the outdoor scene to a modern-day slave auction.

New York journalist Shaun King tweeted video of the auction with the message, "Apologize now for doing a sketch where you auctioned a black man off to the highest bidder."

Other questioned the timing of the segment, which came days after Saturday's bloody white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, ended with the death of counterprotester Heather Heyer.

"Soooooo ESPN just did an 'auction' sketch," a man named Jason wrote on Twitter.

The tweet included video of a segment in which the auctioneer says, "Next on the auction block, we have Odell Beckham Jr."

The fast-paced pitch ends with the sale of the New York Giants wide receiver, who is black, for $34 to a white man the auctioneer calls "Shiny Top."

Over the weekend, white nationalists and other right-wing groups clashed with counterprotesters over the planned removal of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from a city park.

Heyer, 32, was killed when a car rammed into a crowd walking down a street. James Alex Fields Jr., a 20-year-old Ohio resident, was charged with second-degree murder in Heyer's death.

Others on social media noted that white NFL players were also part of the bidding.

"Fam-The optics aren't good-agreed," Kenny Mayne tweeted from Seattle.

"But it was replicating Fantasy Football auctions--whites up for bid. too. We appreciate you."

ESPN released a video showing an auction segment involving New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who is white.

"The auction involved top players from throughout the NFL," the statement said.

New Jersey wants to legalize gambling on sports -- and will make its case before the Supreme Court.




Maria Sharapova granted US Open wild cardSerena Williams: 'Gender pay gap hits women of color hardest'Novak Djokovic to miss rest of 2017 season due to elbow injurySerena Williams on becoming a mom: 'It just doesn't seem real'

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 17:36:25 GMTTue, 01 Aug 2017 11:49:12 GMTWed, 26 Jul 2017 14:15:35 GMTTue, 27 Jun 2017 16:52:36 GMT

Maria Sharapova is set to make her first grand slam appearance since serving a 15-month doping ban.

Sharapova, a five-time major champion and a former world No. 1, has been given a wild card for the women's singles main draw at the US Open.

The USTA made the announcement on Tuesday, also giving wild cards to Taylor Townsend, Kayla Day, Sofia Kenin, Ashley Kratzer, Brienne Minor and Amandine Hesse.

Sharapova, 30, returned to the WTA Tour in April and is currently ranked No. 148. Due to her suspension, her ranking had plummeted to a level where she wasn't good enough to reach the main draw of the French Open, Wimbledon or the US Open, thus necessitating a wild card entry.

In May, the French Tennis Federation denied Sharapova a wild card entry to the French Open. Following that decision, Sharapova elected to enter Wimbledon qualifying in the final week of June instead of requesting a main-draw wild wildcard.

However, she was forced to pull out of Wimbledon qualifying due to a thigh injury she suffered at the Italian Open in May.

Sharapova hasn't played in a major since she lost to Serena Williams in the Australian Open quarterfinals on January 25, 2016. Her last major title came in 2014, when she won the French Open. Sharapova won the US Open in 2006 and reached the semifinals in 2005 and 2012.

In March 2016, Sharapova announced that she had tested positive for meldonium. She said she failed to realize the heart drug she had taken for more than a decade for various health issues had been added to the prohibited list of the World Anti-Doping Agency from January 1, 2016.

Initially, she was given a two-year ban by the International Tennis Federation, but it was reduced on appeal to 15 months.

American tennis star Serena Williams has slammed the gender pay gap, issuing a passionate call for black women to "be fearless" and demand equality.

Twelve-time grand slam champion Novak Djokovic has decided not to play again during the 2017 season due to a long standing elbow injury.

Serena Williams is still wrapping her head around her own pregnancy.




Wrestler Ric Flair resting after surgery, reps sayHow Premier League became global playgroundTiger Woods had pain, anxiety, sleep drugs in systemCristiano Ronaldo banned for 5 games after red cardPGA Championship: Justin Thomas wins first major titleAgony for Usain Bolt as he pulls up injured in track farewell

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 17:36:17 GMTTue, 15 Aug 2017 15:25:14 GMTTue, 15 Aug 2017 12:48:45 GMTMon, 14 Aug 2017 15:21:56 GMTMon, 14 Aug 2017 00:13:40 GMTSat, 12 Aug 2017 22:59:40 GMT

Two-time WWE Hall of Fame wrestler Ric Flair is resting after having surgery on Monday, according to a statement by his representatives.Flair, considered to be one of the greatest wrestlers of all time with a career spanning 40 years, entered the hospital Saturday for what was first termed "routine monitoring."He was then placed into a medically induced coma before a surgical procedure for an undisclosed issue, a WWE representative told ESPN on Monday.Melinda Morris Zanoni, CEO of Legacy Talent and Entertainment, which represents Flair, tweeted that the procedure was not heart-related.  {"url":"https://twitter.com/LegacyTalentCEO/status/897230443359215617","author_name":"MelindaMorrisZanoni","author_url":"https://twitter.com/LegacyTalentCEO","html":"&#lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\"&#gt;&#lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&#gt;Ric had surgery today (not❤️related)am happy 2report it was a success.Still a long road ahead so plz keep 🙏🏻4Ric Charlotte Megan David&Wendy&#lt;/p&#gt;— MelindaMorrisZanoni (@LegacyTalentCEO) &#lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/LegacyTalentCEO/status/897230443359215617\"&#gt;August 14, 2017&#lt;/a&#gt;&#lt;/blockquote&#gt;\n&#lt;script async src=\"//platform.twitter.com/widgets\" charset=\"utf-8\"&#gt;&#lt;/script&#gt;","width":550,"height":null,"type":"rich","cache_age":"3153600000","provider_name":"Twitter","provider_url":"https://twitter.com","version":"1.0"}  Born Fred Phillips in Memphis, Tennessee, he later changed his name to Richard Morgan Fliehr, which became Ric Flair for his ring name.He made his professional wrestling debut in the American Wrestling Association in December 1972 and retired from the ring 40 years later, having claimed a total of 31 different major championships between the NWA, WCW and WWF/WWE, along with numerous regional titles.He's the only two-time WWE Hall of Fame inductee, having first been inducted for his individual career in 2008 and again in 2012 as a member of The Four Horsemen, a team he led from 1985 to 1999. He's also a member of the NWA Hall of Fame.It's been dubbed the "best league in the world," but when the English Premier League kicked off 25 years ago a foreign name on the teamsheet was rare.Golfer Tiger Woods had pain, anxiety and sleep medications, as well as THC, in his system when he was arrested on Memorial Day on suspicion of driving under the influence, according to a toxicology report released Monday by the Palm Beach County (Florida) Sheriff's Office.Cristiano Ronaldo has been banned for five games following his red card in Real Madrid's 3-1 victory over rival Barcelona, the Spanish Football Federation confirmed Monday.Justin Thomas kept his nerve on Quail Hollow's notorious Green Mile finishing stretch to land his first major title Sunday[...]



How Premier League became global playgroundCristiano Ronaldo banned for 5 games after red cardThe Qatar connection to soccer's record Neymar transferCristiano Ronaldo appears in court over alleged tax evasionHow European tournament is building soccer interest in US

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 15:25:14 GMTMon, 14 Aug 2017 15:21:56 GMTFri, 04 Aug 2017 12:48:55 GMTMon, 31 Jul 2017 17:03:34 GMTFri, 28 Jul 2017 16:31:51 GMT

It's been dubbed the "best league in the world," but when the English Premier League kicked off 25 years ago a foreign name on the teamsheet was rare.In its first ever season, back in 1992/93, 71% of registered players were English and just 55 came from outside of Britain.By the 2007/08 campaign, that percentage of domestic players had halved, with over 350 players from 60 nations represented.Now, on the 25th anniversary of its inception, CNN Sport analyzes how the world's richest football league has changed the game forever, becoming the favorite destination for many of the globe's best players. 1992/93 Before the Premier League became awash with cash, some players did come from overseas but most hailed from Scandinavia -- a far cry from the global influx of today -- with Danish goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel helping Manchester United to the title.The division featured 22 teams, and all were led by a British manager. Even more remarkably given the turnaround in managers these days, only one -- Chelsea's Ian Porterfield -- was sacked in that inaugural season.There were no players from South America, Asia, Italy or Portugal.The only Frenchman to take to the field that year, Eric Cantona, scored the Premier League's first ever hattrick for Leeds United. 1997/98 Five years on, Arsenal had lured French manager Arsene Wenger to the Highbury dugout from Japan -- he was appointed in September 1996 -- and the pace of change really began to accelerate.The majority of the 602 players registered that year were still English, but the number of different nationalities featured across the season had almost doubled.Arsenal's Dutchman Dennis Bergkamp thrilled supporters with his finesse and technique, scoring 16 league goals on his way to winning the PFA Player of the Year award.Former Italy striker Gianluca Vialli replaced former Netherlands midfielder Ruud Gullit as manager of Chelsea, illustrating a growing appetite for foreign leadership.Wenger, having scoured the continent for talent including Patrick Viera and Emmanuel Petit, became the first manager from outside the British Isles to lift the Premier League trophy. 2002/03 On Boxing Day 1999, Vialli became the first boss to field an entirely non-British starting XI in the history of English football.By the 2002/03 season, 77 nationalities were represented in the 20 squads, and there were more foreign recruits (58%) than homegrown players.The French national team had been the dominant force in international football in the preceding years, lifting the 1998 World Cup and 2000 European Championships, and English teams increasingly looked to their close neighbors for new talent.One thing hadn't changed -- Scotsman Sir Alex Ferguson still prowled the Old Trafford touchline -- and Manchester United saw off Arsenal to clinch the title.United's clinical Dutchman Ruud van Nistelrooy (25 goals) edged Arsenal's PFA Player of the Year Thierry Henry (24) to claim the golden boot.Seven of the top 10 goalscorers weren't English, with two (Leeds United's Mark Viduka and Harry[...]



Tiger Woods had pain, anxiety, sleep drugs in systemTiger Woods enters DUI first-offender programProsecutor: Tiger Woods to plead guilty to reckless drivingTiger Woods receiving help to manage medicationsHow Jordan Spieth could beat Tiger Woods at the bank

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 12:48:45 GMTThu, 10 Aug 2017 11:47:27 GMTThu, 10 Aug 2017 11:48:02 GMTTue, 20 Jun 2017 14:25:15 GMTThu, 10 Aug 2017 15:00:42 GMT

Golfer Tiger Woods had pain, anxiety and sleep medications, as well as THC, in his system when he was arrested on Memorial Day on suspicion of driving under the influence, according to a toxicology report released Monday by the Palm Beach County (Florida) Sheriff's Office.A urine test revealed hydrocodone and hydromorphone, two opioid pain medications; alprazolam, prescribed for anxiety and panic disorders; zolpidem, a sedative prescribed for insomnia; and metabolites of alprazolam and of THC, the active ingredient in marijuana. Metabolites are what remains in the body after a person uses a drug."Recently, I had been trying on my own to treat my back pain and a sleep disorder, including insomnia, but I realize now it was a mistake to do this without medical assistance," Woods said in a statement Monday. "I am continuing to work with my doctors, and they feel I've made significant progress. I remain grateful for the amazing support that I continue to receive and for the family and friends that are assisting me."The US National Library of Medicine warns against mixing alprazolam with either hydrocodone or hydromorphone, suggesting that the combination might lead to dizziness, lightheadedness, extreme sleepiness, slowed or difficult breathing, or unresponsiveness. In particular, hydrocodone plus alprazolam may increase the risk of "breathing problems, sedation, coma, or other serious, life-threatening side effects."Police records indicate that Woods, 41, was found asleep on the side of a road in his 2015 Mercedes-Benz. The engine was running and the brake lights on, with the right turn signal flashing. The front and rear tires on the driver's side had gone flat, with both tire rims showing minor damage.Police found no crash or property damage.When he was awakened, Woods' speech was slurred. Dahscam video released by the police show him walking unsteadily when asked to get out of his car; shortly thereafter, he is unsure of what is happening to him. A Breathalyzer registered 0.000 for alcohol.The police report noted that Woods was cooperative.Woods said at the time of his arrest that alcohol was not involved and that he had "an unexpected reaction to prescribed medications."In June, the golfer stated on Twitter that he was receiving "professional help" to manage his medications for back pain and a sleep disorder. In July, he said he had completed an out-of-state private intensive program.Last week, Woods entered a DUI first-offender program, according to a representative for the state attorney in Palm Beach County.The program typically calls for a defendant to plead guilty to a lesser charge of reckless driving, but no plea was entered on behalf of Woods. His arraignment is set for October 25.Woods has won 14 major tournaments, second only to Jack Nicklaus. The golfer hasn't played competitively since he withdrew from the Dubai Desert Classic in February due to back spasms.He underwent fusion surgery on his back this year, his fourth operation since 2014. Woods wro[...]



Orlando Magic releases 2017-18 schedule

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 23:38:36 GMT

The Orlando Magic on Monday released its schedule for the 2017-2018 season, which opens October 18 at the Amway Center.Tickets, which start at $20 or less, go on sale Aug. 31 at 10 a.m. and can be purchased through OrlandoMagic.com or by calling 407-89-MAGIC.The NBA team's schedule is available below:October –  Preseason       Mon. 2     @ Memphis                           8 p.m. Thu. 5      DALLAS                                7 p.m. Sat. 7       MIAMI                                    7 p.m. Mon. 9     @ Dallas                                8:30 p.m. Tue. 10    @ San Antonio                      8:30 p.m. Fri. 13      CLEVELAND                          7 p.m. October – Regular season Wed. 18   MIAMI                                    7 p.m. Fri. 20      @ Brooklyn                            7:30 p.m. Sat. 21     @ Cleveland                          8 p.m. Tue. 24    BROOKLYN                           7 p.m. Fri. 27      SAN ANTONIO                       7 p.m. Sun. 29    @ Charlotte                            6 p.m. Mon. 30   @ New Orleans        &nbs[...]



Maloofs bet $880K on Mayweather for charityMayweather vs. McGregor: 'Farce or circus?'

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 17:07:11 GMTWed, 21 Jun 2017 14:24:46 GMT

Gavin and Joe Maloof are betting $880,000 on Floyd Mayweather Jr. beating Conor McGregor with all potential proceeds going to charity.

The brothers, wealthy entrepreneurs and former owners of the Sacramento Kings, discussed their bet with The Associated Press on Sunday, two days after they placed the wager at the South Point Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

The Maloofs would make a $160,000 profit if Mayweather wins the Aug. 26 bout against McGregor, the UFC champion who is making his pro boxing debut. Mayweather is a minus-550 favorite in the fight.

The bet is believed to be the largest made on the fight so far, according to the AP.

Gavin Maloof told the AP that the proceeds from the fight would go to multiple charities in Las Vegas and Los Angeles in the name of Never Too Hungover, a hangover prevention drink owned by the Maloof family.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Conor McGregor may be the megafight everybody wanted, but will the Aug. 26 bout be as good as they hype leading up to it?




Cristiano Ronaldo banned for 5 games after red cardThe Qatar connection to soccer's record Neymar transferCristiano Ronaldo appears in court over alleged tax evasionHow European tournament is building soccer interest in US10 years later: How Iraq's soccer stars united country

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 15:21:56 GMTFri, 04 Aug 2017 12:48:55 GMTMon, 31 Jul 2017 17:03:34 GMTFri, 28 Jul 2017 16:31:51 GMTFri, 28 Jul 2017 16:56:37 GMT

Cristiano Ronaldo has been banned for five games following his red card in Real Madrid's 3-1 victory over rival Barcelona, the Spanish Football Federation confirmed Monday.The forward received two yellow cards in this season's first El Clasico, the first after removing his shirt to celebrate scoring, and the second for supposedly diving in the Barcelona box.On top of the one-game ban for the red card, Ronaldo will miss four further games for pushing referee Ricardo De Burgos Bengoetxea as he left the field. Real has 10 days to appeal the ban.Ronaldo had quite the eventful game Sunday, scoring a stunning goal, celebrating topless, and then the red card -- all in just 23 minutes after coming on as a second-half substitute. Madrid wins despite Ronaldo red The hotly-contested Spanish Super Cup clash, which pitted last season's La Liga champions against the winners of the Copa del Rey, had four goals in an action-packed second half.Gerard Pique slid Marcelo's cross into his own net to give Madrid the lead.Ronaldo got on the scoresheet when he curled a left-footed shot past Marc-André ter Stegen shortly after Lionel Messi had equalized from the penalty spot for the hosts.The Portuguese was subsequently booked for taking his top off -- supposedly mimicking a Messi celebration from last season's El Clasico -- and minutes later received a second yellow when he was adjudged to have dived in the Barcelona penalty area."We played a great game but I am annoyed by Cristiano's sending-off," said Real coach Zinedine Zidane."Perhaps it wasn't a penalty but the red card is a little harsh."A superb 25-yard strike from Marco Asensio ensures Madrid goes into Wednesday's second leg at the Bernabéu with a two-goal advantage. Neymar finds his feet While Barcelona adjusts to life without Neymar, the Brazilian took little time getting acclimatized to France's Ligue 1 as he made his much-anticipated debut for Paris-Saint Germain.He was instrumental in PSG's 3-0 victory away at Guingamp, feeding Edison Cavani with a precise chip for his side's second goal before tapping in for a score of his own in the closing stages.There was speculation over whether Neymar would be eligible to make his debut so soon after his $263 million world record transfer.The striker, watched on by his father, showed few signs that he was struggling to make himself at home in France.He had six shots and completed 88 passes, as well as throwing in the trademark flicks and tricks that have come to define his game.PSG is looking to regain the French crown from AS Monaco having enjoyed a reign of four-straight victories before finishing runner-up last season. Late drama sees Lazio triumph Elsewhere in Europe, Lazio survived a late scare to beat Juventus 3-2 to claim the Italian Super Cup.Paulo Dybala scored in the 84th and 91st minutes to draw the Bianconeri level after a brace from Ciro Immobile had given Lazio the advantag[...]



Justin Thomas: 'I feel like the sky's the limit'PGA Championship: Justin Thomas wins first major titlePGA Championship: Hideki Matsuyama joins Kevin Kisner in halfway leadTiger Woods enters DUI first-offender programSteph Curry trades three-pointers for par threes

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 15:10:41 GMTMon, 14 Aug 2017 00:13:40 GMTSat, 12 Aug 2017 08:21:16 GMTThu, 10 Aug 2017 11:47:27 GMTFri, 04 Aug 2017 12:41:25 GMT

When Justin Thomas shot a historic nine-under 63 in the third round of this year's US Open, he finally looked poised to crack the big time.Heading into the final round at Erin Hills in June, the American was one shot off the lead but would eventually fade to finish in a tie for ninth.At Quail Hollow on Sunday, Thomas made no mistake, conquering the notorious "Green Mile" with a final round of 68 to win the 99th PGA Championship by two shots.Chants of "let's go JT!" rang around the spectators at the 18th green before Thomas' proud father emerged from the crowd to hug his son -- golf's newest major champion."It was very special," Thomas told CNN Sport, reflecting on their warm embrace. "I'm not too much of an emotional person. I get excited, I get down, but in terms of crying it hasn't really happened to me in the past.""It was the probably as close I'm going to get sharing that with him." Like father, like son Thomas, who took up the game at the age of two, grew up surrounded by golfing mentors.His father Mike has been head professional at Harmony Landing Golf Club in Goshen, Kentucky, since 1990 and grandfather, Paul was club pro at Zanesville Country Club in Ohio -- once playing alongside Arnold Palmer in a PGA Tour Champions event.Thomas remembers attending the 2000 PGA Championship at the Valhalla Golf Club near his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky.Back then, aged just seven, Thomas watched Tiger Woods secure his fifth major title, and also took home an autograph from Jack Nicklaus.Seventeen years on, Thomas has now joined golf's elite."I've just put so many hours of work in. So much of my life I've dedicated to golf, aspiring to win my first major championship. To be able to do so aged 24 is awesome."Winning the final major of 2017 caps a memorable season for Thomas who has now won four titles this year. In January, he also became the youngest-ever player to shoot 59 -- en route to victory at the Sony Open in Hawaii.Thomas' father always keeps the ball as a memento when his son wins a tournament and, at this rate, he's going to have to get a bigger mantelpiece."Any time he can put a ball on the rack it's great," Thomas said. "They don't come quite as frequent as they did when I was a junior golfer ... so to add the first major is great."(Winning the PGA) almost deserves its own rack, being the first major. It's such a big win, not only for us and my team, but for my career. I'm just so happy we could all share it together."With more that $7 million prize money banked this season and now ranked sixth in the world, Thomas is hoping his biggest win to date can launch his career into a new orbit in the years ahead."I feel like the sky's the limit," he says. "I can do a lot of great things but none of them will happen if I don't continue to work hard.&q[...]



Pride take 5-0 victory over Sky Blue FC

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 01:20:00 GMT

The Orlando Pride took a 5-0 victory over Sky Blue FC on Saturday night at Orlando Stadium.

Pride set a record for most goals in a match, as well as the club's record for most goals scored at the stadium.

With six games left to play, Orlando is now in fourth place in the league table.

“I was pleased with the performance tonight," head coach Tom Sermanni said. "I think it was a comprehensive win. We were really tight defensively. We kept possession better and more consistently than we had been. We can still do a little better, but I felt when we kept possession and broke their pressure. We looked really dangerous."

Pride's next two matches will be on the road. The team will face the Boston Breakers on Saturday and FC Kansas City on Aug. 26.

 

Orlando will return home on Sept. 2, when Pride will take on the Breakers at 7:30 p.m.




PGA Championship: Justin Thomas wins first major titlePGA Championship: Hideki Matsuyama joins Kevin Kisner in halfway lead

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 00:13:40 GMTSat, 12 Aug 2017 08:21:16 GMT

Justin Thomas kept his nerve on Quail Hollow's notorious Green Mile finishing stretch to land his first major title Sunday.The 24-year-old American, a close friend of Jordan Spieth, won the PGA Championship by two shots after closing with a three-under 68 in North Carolina.Thomas held a one-shot lead as he stood on the 16th tee, with the three testing holes standing between him and the Wanamaker Trophy, but played them in level par under the most intense pressure to close on eight-under-par 276.He birdied the short 17th to give himself a three-shot cushion playing the final hole and could afford a bogey five to seal his victory.Spieth, who needed to win at Quail Hollow to complete his career grand slam of major victories, celebrated Thomas' triumph as he watched on by the 18th green.He had earlier finished with a closing 70 for two-over-par.Thomas, whose father Mike and grandfather Paul were both PGA professionals, said his triumph would take time to sink in."I really can't put it in words," he said. I wish my grandpa could be here to see it."Patrick Read had emerged as the closest challenger, but bogeyed the treacherous final hole to finish with a fine 67, sharing second place with Italy's Francesco Molinari (67) and South African Louis Oosthuizen (70).Hideki Matsuyama, bidding to become Japan's first major winner, led going into the back nine, but with six men within two shots the final major of the season was set for a thrilling finale, with five men joint top of the leaderboard at one point.Matsuyama, like Read within one shot of Thomas entering the Green Mile, fell away with bogeys on the 16th and 18th to finish in a tie with Rickie Fowler on five-under.Fowler, another personal friend of Thomas, played superbly for a four-under 67, but his first major still eludes him.Long-time leader Kevin Kisner went back to seven-under when he birdied the 15th, but three shots dropped from there saw him slip back to four-under, while Chris Stroud also struggled in the final group with a 76.Except for Rory McIlroy, the 2012 and 2014 champion, every PGA winner since 2008 has been a first-time major trophy-holder, with Thomas, a three-time winner on the PGA Tour this season, maintaining that record.He was helped by an unusual birdie on the 10th as his ball took and age to drop and a spectacular chip-in birdie from 40-feet on the 13th to move to the front."The putt on 10 was funny because it snuck up on the hole," said Thomas.But when he failed to birdie the 14th and 15th the field closed up again only for the leader to regain control by rolling home his curling birdie putt on the 17th.McIlroy, who went into the week as pre-tournament favorite, at least finished with a flourish with a 68 to close on 285, but will have to wait until next year's US Masters for another tilt at a fifth major where he will find likely stiff competition fr[...]



Florida suspends Callaway, 6 others for opener vs Michigan

Sun, 13 Aug 2017 22:04:08 GMT

Florida has suspended troubled receiver Antonio Callaway and six other players for the team's season opener against Michigan.

Defensive end Keivonnis Davis, defensive lineman Richerd Desir-Jones, linebacker James Houston, linebacker Ventrell Miller, defensive lineman Jordan Smith and offensive tackle Kadeem Telfort also won't play Sept. 2 against the Wolverines in Arlington, Texas.

The players were suspended for misusing school-issued funds, according to a person familiar with the situation. The person spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity Sunday because Florida did not release details of the suspensions.

"We have a small group of players that have made some choices that are extremely disappointing," coach Jim McElwain said in a statement. "Action has been taken: They have missed some practice and will miss the Michigan game. We will use this as a learning opportunity and we will have some players step up as we move forward."

Being without Callaway could be big since he's the team's top offensive playmaker. In two seasons, the junior from Miami has 89 catches for 1,399 yards and 11 touchdowns.

But his talent has been overshadowed by his troubles.

Callaway pleaded no contest to misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia in May and was suspended for the spring semester in 2016 amid sexual battery allegations. He admitted in court documents that he smoked marijuana, though he was eventually cleared of the battery allegation by a Title IX investigation.

Callaway was internally disciplined following the marijuana citation this spring.

Davis was expected to be a key contributor in Florida's defensive line rotation. He had 27 tackles, 1½ sacks and a forced fumble in 2016.

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Davis helps Red Bulls rally past Orlando City 3-1Jackson-Hamel scores late to rally Impact past Orlando CityVillalba's late goal gives Atlanta 1-1 tie over OrlandoOrlando City introduces striker Dom Dwyer

Sun, 13 Aug 2017 04:50:07 GMTSun, 06 Aug 2017 04:18:50 GMTSun, 30 Jul 2017 01:04:57 GMTWed, 26 Jul 2017 22:04:24 GMT

Sean Davis assisted on the go-ahead goal and added an insurance goal in the 80th minute to lift the New York Red Bulls to a contentious 3-1 win over Orlando City on Saturday night.

There were four yellow cards and Orlando's Kaka was given a red card in the seventh minute of stoppage time.

Davis set up the go-ahead goal in the 60th minute, slotting the ball forward to Alex Muyl with Bradley Wright-Phillips beating goalkeeper Joe Bendik to the spot on the centering pass for the redirect and his 14th goal. Davis then took a throw-in from Kemar Lawrence, tapped it to his right and curled perfect shot from distance in the 80th minute.

Carlos Rivas, with an assist from Kaka, put Orlando up 1-0 with his fifth goal in the 18th minute but an own goal by Leo Pereira leveled the game in the 30th minute.

The Red Bull (12-9-2) have scored 12 goals and allowed just two in their last three home games after a slow start. Orlando City (8-10-6) has won only twice in its last 17 games.

Anthony Jackson-Hamel scored in the 84th minute to lift the Montreal Impact to a 2-1 victory over Orlando City SC on Saturday night.

Hector "Tito" Villalba received an open through ball and placed a stoppage time goal in the back of the net to help Atlanta secure a 1-1 tie against Orlando City SC on Saturday.

MLS star forward Dom Dwyer returns to Central Florida.




Agony for Usain Bolt as he pulls up injured in track farewellJustin Gatlin beats Usain Bolt in Jamaican's last solo raceFarewell Usain Bolt, a wonder of our sporting ageUsain Bolt in numbers -- Why the Jamaican is the greatestUsain Bolt urges other athletes to save athletics

Sat, 12 Aug 2017 22:59:40 GMTSat, 05 Aug 2017 21:44:02 GMTFri, 04 Aug 2017 18:59:12 GMTFri, 04 Aug 2017 18:12:16 GMTTue, 01 Aug 2017 21:43:20 GMT

Usain Bolt's farewell appearance at the world championships ended in disastrous fashion as he pulled up injured on the final leg of the men's 4x100 meter relay Saturday.Bolt took the baton for Jamaica in third place but within a few strides he had fallen to the ground, clutching his left leg, as host Britain secured a shock gold ahead of a United States team containing Justin Gatlin.Bolt beaten into third in the individual 100 meter behind Gatlin and his U.S. team compatriot Christian Coleman, was comforted by teammates after getting to his feet, his face etched in pain.The capacity crowd in the London Stadium was still digesting the shock earlier defeat for home hero Mo Farah in the men's 5,000 meter final, before the drama of Bolt's last agonizing appearance.He had been bidding for a 12th world championship gold to bring down the curtain on his glittering career, but instead limped out of the London Stadium arena.Victory for the British quartet of CJ Ujah, Adam Gemili, who ran a storming second leg, Daniel Talbot and Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake was stunning compensation for Farah's earlier defeat.They won in 37.47 seconds, with the U.S. taking silver at 0.05sec and Japan with a surprise bronze.For his massive global following, the perfect script would have seen the Bolt of old running down Britain and the U.S. for yet another gold, but it was not to be."He didn't tell us exactly what happened but from what I saw, it looked like a strain or a cramp of some sort," teammate Julian Forte told IAAF radio."He kept apologizing to us but we told him there was no need to apologize -- injuries are part of the sport."Jamaican team doctor Dr Kevin Jones told AFP that Bolt had suffered from "cramp in his left hamstring"."The last three weeks have been hard for him, you know. We hope for the best for him," he added.Jamaica's 110 meter hurdles champion Omar McLeod, who ran the first leg for the quartet, summed up the feeling of everyone."Usain Bolt's name will always live on," he said. Farah bows out with silver Farah, who won the 10,000 title in dramatic fashion of the opening day at the London Stadium, had to settle for silver behind Ethiopian Muktar Edris in his final championship race on the track.He edged out American Paul Chelimo in a desperate dash for the line, the last mile of a hitherto slow run race run in just under four minutes.Farah, 34, will now turn his attention to the marathon after failing in his bid to double up at the Olympics or World Championship for the fifth time, including double gold in London 2012 and the Rio Games last year.Edris, a former world junior champion, timed his last lap burst to perfection to win in 13 minutes 32.79 seconds, copying Farah's famous Mobot gesture as he crossed the[...]



PGA Championship: Hideki Matsuyama joins Kevin Kisner in halfway lead

Sat, 12 Aug 2017 08:21:16 GMT

Hideki Matsuyama joined Kevin Kisner in the halfway lead after a seven-under 64 at Quail Hollow dramatically underpinned his bid to become the first Japanese player to win a golf major.Kisner, the 33-year-old from South Carolina, had set an imposing clubhouse target at the PGA Championship of eight-under 134, but on a day hit by a thunderstorm, Matsuyama joined him on that mark.A near two-hour delay held up the later starters, but when play resumed Matsuyama secured two more birdies to match the American.He is coming off a fine win at the WGC event at Akron last week and has carried over that form with immaculate play from tee to green.In draining, humid conditions, Matsuyama admitted the delay may even have helped him. "I was able to lay down in the locker room and get some rest," said the 25-year-old rising star of world golf.Jason Day of Australia, the former champion and world number one, is the closest challenger to the leaders, finishing off a brilliant second round 66 in near darkness. An eagle-birdie-birdie run before the storm was the highlight and left him two back on 136.Italy's Francesco Molinari, who also carded a 64, and Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa share fourth, a shot further back.Much earlier, Kisner, who shared the first round lead with Dane Thorbjorn Olesen, picked up where he left off Thursday evening, hitting 15 of 18 greens in regulation to make three birdies and an audacious eagle on the seventh, where he holed a monster putt.A single bogey on the 13th was the only blemish on his card and Kisner, who claimed the prestigious Colonial title, combined with two other runner-up spots on the PGA this season, feels he is on a roll."I'm hitting the ball really nice and things are going my way," he told the official PGA Tour website. "Hitting the fairway here is the key and I'm making a lot of putts."While Kisner prospered, Rory McIlroy's bid for a fifth major title foundered as he dropped four shots in the space of five holes having moved into contention on his front nine.In danger of missing the halfway cut for the fourth time in seven majors, the Northern Irishman battled back with two straight birdies and nearly made it a hat-trick when his putt on his final hole teetered on the cup but did not drop.Despite trailing the leader by 10 shots, McIlroy still feels he is in with a chance of victory in the final major of the season."Obviously Kis (Kisner) is on fire right now. But take him out of the equation, I feel like I'm still right here in the tournament," he told the UK's Press Association.But having shot previous rounds of 61 and 62 at the course in North Carolina, McIlroy conceded that the revamped 7,600-yard layout was a very different proposition. "It surprised me,&quo[...]



Orlando plays host for Call of Duty world championshipTiger Woods completes 'private intensive program' after DUI arrestTiger Woods 'receiving professional help' to manage medicationsTiger Woods had Vicodin, Xanax in system during DUI arrest, report says

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 14:28:05 GMTMon, 03 Jul 2017 22:45:29 GMTTue, 20 Jun 2017 14:10:53 GMTMon, 12 Jun 2017 23:52:57 GMT

Over the past 20 years, Orlando has become a hotbed for video game production. But this weekend is all about bringing some of the best gamers in the world to compete against one another.

Thirty-two teams from across the globe are competing in the popular video game Call of Duty this weekend in Orlando as part of the World League Championship.

The winners in this first-person shooting game tournament will take a sizable chunk of the $1.5 million pot.

Dillon Price, known by his gamer name "Attach," hopes to be one of those players. Price points out how quickly his parents came to accept his unconventional career, once they saw how well he could support himself.

Woods' 79 PGA Tour victories and 14 major titles both rank No. 2 all-time. He has not competed since February because of his back injury and is not expected to return this year. His last win was in August 2013.

His public image suffered severe damage on Thanksgiving weekend 2009 when he plowed his SUV into a tree and a fire hydrant outside his then-home in Windermere. That led to revelations that he had multiple extramarital affairs and a divorce from his wife Elin Nordegren, the mother of his two children.

Tiger Woods has completed a "private intensive program" just over a month after he was arrested on a DUI charge in Jupiter, the professional golfer announced on Twitter.

Tiger Woods said Monday that he's "receiving professional help" to manage medication for back pain and a sleep disorder.

Professional golfer Tiger Woods mixed Vicodin and Xanax on Memorial Day before he was arrested on a DUI charge in Jupiter, the Palm Beach Post reported Monday.




Pride defeats Washington Spirit 3-0

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 03:58:58 GMT

The Orlando Pride extended its winning streak Tuesday night as they defeated Washington Spirit 3-0 at Orlando City Stadium.

The third straight win for the Pride Tuesday was an important one. It bumped the team up to fifth place in the National Women's Soccer League standings.

“Obviously a terrific win for us and a clean sheet, which is fantastic," head coach Tom Sermanni said. "(It was) difficult in the first half because they high pressed us and we kind of expected that. But then we felt the game would open up the second half, and when it did, we would create opportunities and that’s exactly what happened."

After a stalemate first half, Pride's offense scored three goals in the second 45 minutes.

 

Saturday night is the last of a three-game homestand for the Pride. They will host Sky Blue FC at 7:30 p.m.




Van Niekerk aiming to break Bolt's 200m world recordAthletes struck down by gastroenteritis -- gold-medal favorite barred from runningJustin Gatlin confused by crowd's boos at IAAF World ChampionshipsJustin Gatlin beats Usain Bolt in Jamaican's last solo raceFarewell Usain Bolt, a wonder of our sporting ageUsain Bolt in numbers -- Why the Jamaican is the greatest

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 15:05:25 GMTTue, 08 Aug 2017 16:37:18 GMTMon, 07 Aug 2017 11:40:38 GMTSat, 05 Aug 2017 21:44:02 GMTFri, 04 Aug 2017 18:59:12 GMTFri, 04 Aug 2017 18:12:16 GMT

For a man who is widely regarded as one of the most talented athletes of his generation, Wayde van Niekerk is curiously humble, almost self-deprecating.The softly spoken 25-year-old refers to himself as "ordinary, very boring" and "average."Listening to him speak, it's easy to forget this is the man tipped to fill the void left by Usain Bolt's impending retirement from track and field.Already an Olympic champion, the South African is the only man in history to have run a sub-10 second 100m, sub-20 200m and sub-44 400m.And on his way to gold at Rio 2016, Van Niekerk shattered Michael Johnson's 17-year-old 400m world record.Eight-time Olympic champion Bolt, the fastest man in history, has been glowing in his praise, backing Van Niekerk to "take over" athletics in a recent interview with CNN.But perhaps he has already. Van Niekerk's impressive times in the 200m this season -- his 19.84 second run in Jamaica last month is the second quickest in the world this year -- were enough to convince Bolt not to race over that distance at the IAAF World Championships in London.Now, the understated South African has set his sights on the great Jamaican's 200m world record."If you had asked me a few years ago if the 400m world record is possible, I probably would have been shocked," Van Niekerk told CNN."Now I'm thinking why not, because I never thought I'd be owning the 400m world record today, so why not believe in the 200m?" Bolt's support giving confidence Prior the the World Championships, which end on Sunday, Bolt said he believed Van Niekerk was "doing a lot for the sport." The Jamaican's support hasn't gone unnoticed."I should owe him a fee for the amount of recognition he's giving me," Van Niekerk quipped. "It gives me, obviously, a massive boost in my career."But, at the same time, it makes me feel good because he respects me as the person I am and I respect him as the person he is. It gives me great confidence to continue achieving great things."I'm getting the backing of a legend of the sport and he believes in the great things I can do and become a legend in the sport."As Van Niekerk was striding into Olympic history in Rio, Bolt looked on in awe.Bolt was making his way onto the track for the 100m final and his reaction to Van Niekerk's 43.03-second lap became one of the enduring images of the Games.Mouth wide open, hands clasped over his face, Bolt summed up the reaction of everyone watching in the Olympic Stadium and around the world. An overnight star However, Van Niekerk's athletics journey actually began with the high jump, before h[...]



Athletes struck down by gastroenteritis -- gold-medal favorite barred from running

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 16:37:18 GMT

Athletes staying at one of the team hotels for the IAAF World Championships in London have been affected by an outbreak of gastroenteritis, officials have confirmed. Approximately 30 people have fallen ill, with laboratory tests confirming two of those cases as the norovirus -- an unpleasant but rarely serious stomach bug which causes gastroenteritis (diarrhea and vomiting).One of the stars affected was Botswana's Isaac Makwala, who had to withdraw from Tuesday's men's 400m final on medical grounds.In a statement issued on Tuesday, the sport's governing body, the IAAF, said that Makwala had to be quarantined in his room for 48 hours, a period which would end at 14:00 BST on August 9. IAAF's statement read: "The team doctor, team leader and team physio had been informed following the medical examination that the athlete should be quarantined for 48 hours and would therefore be missing the 400m final on Tuesday."The IAAF is very sorry that the hard work and talent of Isaac Makwala won't be on display but we have to think of the welfare of all athletes."The athlete told reporters Tuesday that he was fit to run, but hours before the 400m final he was refused entry into the London Stadium. He said on Facebook that he had been the victim of a "government trap.""I still maintain I am not sick and have never been tested by any Doctor. I shall rise again," he wrote. Fastest 200m of the yearMakwala, one of the favorites for the 200m and 400m world titles prior to the championships, had to withdraw from the 200m heats Monday after a reported bout of food poisoning. Makwala, 30, had posted the quickest 200m time of the season (19.77 seconds) coming into these championships and was expected to challenge 400m Olympic champion Wayde van Niekerk over both distances in England's capital. In a statement on his Facebook page on Monday, Makwala said: "According to IAAF medics I am apparently suffering from food poisoning which has affected several other athletes in the athletes' hotel."Recovery expected without treatment Ireland's Thomas Barr withdrew from the 400m semifinals, while German and Canadian athletes also staying at The Tower Hotel near Tower Bridge have reportedly been affected too. In a statement to CNN, Dr Deborah Turbitt, Public Health England (PHE) London deputy director for health protection, said: "We have so far been made aware of approximately 30 people reporting illness and two of these cases have been confirmed as norovirus by laboratory testing."PHE has been working closely with British Athletics and the hotel to provide infection control advice to limit the spread of illness."Public Health England said most peopled made a full recovery from the illnes[...]



Miami Dolphins coach: Jay Cutler didn't delay retirement to stand on sidelineJay Cutler agrees to terms with Dolphins, reports sayBaltimore Ravens' John Urschel retires from NFL at age 26

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 18:24:28 GMTMon, 07 Aug 2017 16:35:42 GMTThu, 27 Jul 2017 19:40:00 GMT

New Miami Dolphins quarterback Jay Cutler won't play in the team's exhibition opener Thursday, but look for him to be starting soon enough."He didn't come out of retirement to stand on the sideline," coach Adam Gase said.Gase spoke Monday after practice, which coincided with Cutler's arrival in South Florida to sign a $10 million, one-year deal. The 34-year-old Cutler decided to delay the start of his network TV career for the chance to replace Ryan Tannehill and be reunited with Gase, his former offensive coordinator with the Chicago Bears.Cutler is expected to leapfrog longtime Dolphins backup Matt Moore for the starting job while Tannehill remains out with a left knee injury that likely will sideline him for the entire season.Gase reached out to Cutler shortly after Tannehill was hurt Thursday and said the veteran quarterback needed no persuading to launch a comeback. Cutler parted with the Bears in March after eight seasons, and was then hired by Fox as an analyst to work in its No. 2 NFL broadcast booth.In 2015, Cutler had a career-best quarterback rating while with Gase, who then joined the Dolphins."I feel good about where Jay was the past couple of years," Gase said, "and I feel good about how he fits in with us."What will Cutler's learning curve be with the offensive scheme?"I'm pretty sure he's already got it," Gase said. "He's good."Ramping up Cutler's arm strength may take longer, Gase said."I'm sure he wasn't in the backyard throwing a hundred balls a day," the coach said.The acquisition has potential to divide a locker room where Moore enjoys strong support, especially after he helped Miami clinch a playoff berth while Tannehill was sidelined last December.But Gase is popular with his players and said he explained to them why he wanted Cutler."I was very upfront with everything," Gase said. "We felt this gave us an opportunity to have two really good quarterbacks on our team. We wanted to make sure if something happened, we weren't going to have a falloff. I think our guys understand that."That includes Moore. He said he still considers himself a contender for the starting job after a drama-free conversation with Gase about the need to sign Cutler."It was very simple and straightforward," he said. "It wasn't very Hollywood. And I get it."Receiver Kenny Stills said that while Moore is "our guy," there's no quarterback controversy among the players."We're confident in the people upstairs to do the right thing for this team," Stills said.Sti[...]



Jay Cutler agrees to terms with Dolphins, reports say

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 16:35:42 GMT

Jay Cutler has decided to postpone retirement for the chance to be Ryan Tannehill's replacement.Cutler agreed to terms Sunday on a contract with the Miami Dolphins, a person familiar with the situation said. The person confirmed the agreement to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the Dolphins weren't expected to announce the deal until Cutler signed the $10 million, one-year deal.Cutler will compete with Matt Moore for a starting job while Tannehill remains out with a left knee injury that could sideline him for the entire season.Dolphins coach Adam Gase was offensive coordinator for the Chicago Bears when Cutler had a career-best quarterback rating with them in 2015. Gase joined Miami in 2016, and Cutler parted with Chicago in March after eight seasons.Cutler, 34, drew little interest in the spring as a free agent, perhaps partly because of his prickly personality and tendency for turnovers."I guess I know a different guy than what everybody else portrays," Gase said in May, when Cutler was hired by Fox as an analyst to work on its No. 2 NFL team.Tannehill, who missed the final four games of last season with two sprained ligaments in his knee, reinjured it a week into training camp Thursday. The damage is similar last year's injury, a personal familiar with the diagnosis said, which has left the Dolphins consulting with specialists to determine whether surgery is the best option for Tannehill.He's expected to be sidelined a minimum of six weeks, but the deal with Cutler signals the Dolphins anticipate Tannehill will need a lengthier recovery.Cutler is 68-71 as a starter with a career quarterback rating of 85.7, 208 touchdown passes and 146 interceptions. Several NFL starting QBs are older, including New England's Tom Brady, who just turned 40.Moore turns 33 next week and has 28 starts in 10 seasons. Last year he helped the Dolphins clinch their first postseason berth since 2008, going 2-1 as a starter to end the regular season before a first-round playoff loss at Pittsburgh.Gase gave Moore only a tepid endorsement Friday, saying: "Right now Matt is our quarterback."The Dolphins decided not to pursue Colin Kaepernick, who parted ways with the San Francisco 49ers in March and remains unsigned. Kaepernick knelt during the national anthem at games last season to protest police brutality, and there has been speculation he's unemployed because of his politics.___For more NFL coverage: http://www.pro32.ap.org and http://www.twitter.com/AP_NFL___Follow Steven Wine on Twitter: http://twitter.com/Steve_Wine[...]



Lochte sets US championship record in 200M IMAdam Peaty: The secrets to swimming successDressel matches Phelps' record with 7 world goldsPeaty wins second gold at world championshipsKatie Ledecky becomes first woman to win 12 gold medals at World Championships

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 15:17:49 GMTThu, 03 Aug 2017 16:57:40 GMTMon, 31 Jul 2017 15:06:48 GMTWed, 26 Jul 2017 18:59:48 GMTTue, 25 Jul 2017 22:49:44 GMT

Four-time Olympian Ryan Lochte set a meet record in the 200-meter individual medley at the U.S. Open Swimming Championships on Sunday.

The meet in East Meadow, New York, was the first sanctioned U.S. swim meet for the six-time Olympic champion since his 10-month suspension stemming from his behavior at the 2016 Rio Games.

In winning the event in a time of 1 minute, 59.24 seconds, Lochte beat the previous meet record of 1:59.26 set by Michael Phelps on Nov. 30, 2006.


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Lochte is the current world record holder in the event, with a time of 1 minute, 54 seconds set on July 28, 2011. He owns two silvers and a bronze in the event at the Olympics, but finished fifth in Rio, marking his fourth consecutive Olympic final in the event.

Xavier Mohammed finished second on Sunday with a time of 2:00.47, and Sam Stewart was third in 2:01.51.

Lochte also competed in the 100-meter backstroke final at the meet on Saturday, finishing in fifth place with a time of 55.16 seconds.
 

The 22-year-old British swimmer broke a world record. Then he did it again -- on the same day.

Caeleb Dressel������became the first swimmer to win three������golds������in one night at a major international meet on Saturday and went on to end a remarkable World Aquatics Championships in Budapest with seven world titles.

There's just no stopping Briton Adam Peaty, who won the men's 50 meter breaststroke Wednesday to claim his second gold medal at the FINA World Aquatics Championships in Budapest.

Katie Ledecky has made history at the world championships, and she's not done yet.




Justin Gatlin confused by crowd's boos at IAAF World ChampionshipsJustin Gatlin beats Usain Bolt in Jamaican's last solo raceFarewell Usain Bolt, a wonder of our sporting ageUsain Bolt in numbers -- Why the Jamaican is the greatestUsain Bolt urges other athletes to save athletics

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 11:40:38 GMTSat, 05 Aug 2017 21:44:02 GMTFri, 04 Aug 2017 18:59:12 GMTFri, 04 Aug 2017 18:12:16 GMTTue, 01 Aug 2017 21:43:20 GMT

American sprinter Justin Gatlin has accused the media of sensationalizing his rivalry with eight-time Olympic champion Usain Bolt.The 35-year-old secured a surprise victory in the men's 100m final at IAAF World Championships on Saturday, beating crowd favorite Bolt on his final individual race before retirement.Gatlin, who has twice been banned for doping offenses, was booed every time he was introduced to the crowd at the London Stadium before the 100m heats, semifinals and final. Spectators again jeered once it was clear that the 2004 Olympic champion had won gold and ruined Bolt's farewell.The crowd's dissatisfaction was less audible when Gatlin stepped on top of the podium to collect his medal, but some fans did make their displeasure known.Gatlin is the sport's most controversial drugs cheat. He was banned for two years in 2001 when he was still at college. He served 12 months of his sentence for taking a banned amphetamine after successfully arguing he had taken the drug as medication for attention deficit disorder.In 2006, he was banned for eight years, later reduced to four on appeal, after testing positive for the banned steroid testosterone.Asked how he felt about the crowd's reaction in London, Gatlin told CNN: "It leaves me scratching my head."I've been back in the sport since 2010. I wasn't booed in 2012, '11, '12 -- which was still in London -- '13 or '14 or '15 and not that much in '16."I understand why, you have black hat, white hat; good, evil, but I think it was sensationalized by the media between two people who have the utmost respect for each other." 'A mutual friendship' Gatlin genuflected to Bolt after the race to show his respect to the most successful sprinter in history, a man many inside the stadium hoped would sign off triumphantly.Instead, Bolt, who has reigned in an era darkened by doping, had to settle for bronze. The Jamaican will now hope to add to his tally of 11 world titles with victory in the men's 4x100m relay."At this championship, many people saw we do have a mutual friendship," said Gatlin.Nine of the 30 fastest 100m times, including the top four, are Bolt's. The other 21 marks on that list have been run by athletes who have, at some point, tested positive for doping.The spotlight fell on Gatlin in particular in 2015, when the American was clocking sensational times throughout the season and went into the World Championships in Beijing on a 28-race unbeaten and looking likely to topple Bolt from his throne.Thr[...]



Pride's first game since break ends in 1-1 draw against ChicagoOrlando Pride fall 2-1 to Chicago Red StarsPride pick up 4-1 win over FC Kansas CityOrlando Pride take on Washington Spirit, play to 2-2 drawPride fall 1-0 to Chicago Red StarsOrlando Pride beat Sky Blue FC 3-2

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 00:03:39 GMTSat, 22 Jul 2017 23:36:18 GMTSun, 16 Jul 2017 04:47:23 GMTSun, 09 Jul 2017 02:06:16 GMTSun, 02 Jul 2017 02:37:40 GMTThu, 29 Jun 2017 03:58:01 GMT

The Orlando Pride returned from the team’s two-week break Saturday night with a 1-1 draw against the Chicago Red Stars at Orlando City Stadium.Forward Alex Morgan scored her second goal of the season during the first half of the game.Although not a win, the draw marked the first time the Pride had brought home a point while playing the Red Stars, who had won each of the four previous meetings between the teams by one goal."We probably should've had the game over by halftime. We dominated the game and played really well in the first half. We hit the woodwork twice. Then we hit a real flat spell in the second half,” Head Coach Tom Sermanni said. “[Chicago] are always a very dangerous team. There was a time, I think, where we could've had the game won, and there was a time where we could've had the game lost. I give a great deal of credit to our players and the way that we finished the game at the end. That last five to 10 minutes we got a second wind and a second burst of energy; we managed to hit the woodwork again. Disappointed we didn't get three points, but I would have been extremely disappointed if we didn't get something out of the game."Seven players returned Friday from the Tournament of Nations, a three-game, eight-day tournament hosted by U.S. Soccer.Maddy Evans, Chioma Ubogagu, Steph Catley and Brazilian defender Monica each played all 270 minutes for their respective teams in the tournament, but did not dress for Saturday’s home game. Morgan and Ali Krieger, who were called in for the U.S. Women’s National Team, were the only two from the tournament to start Saturday.Morgan gave the Pride its first-ever lead against the Red Stars in the 24th minute and they continued to control the game through the first 45 minutes.Orlando saw numerous other opportunities to score in the first half of the game, but none were successful.With a tied score of 1-1, the Pride ended the home-and-home series against Chicago in a draw.The  Orlando Pride will take on the Washington Spirit on Tuesday at Orlando City Stadium.The Orlando Pride lost 2-1 to host Chicago Red Stars on Saturday afternoon.Orlando Pride picked up a 4-1 win Saturday night over FC Kansas City at Orlando City Stadium.Marta increased her team-leading goal total Saturday afternoon, pacing the Orlando Pride to a 2-2 draw at the Washington Spirit.The Orlando Pride lost 1-0 to the Chicago Red Stars on Saturday night at Orlando City Stadium.[...]The Orlando Pride beat Sky Blue FC 3-2 on Wednesday night at R[...]



Jackson-Hamel scores late to rally Impact past Orlando CityVillalba's late goal gives Atlanta 1-1 tie over OrlandoOrlando City introduces striker Dom DwyerOrlando City acquires forward Dom Dwyer from Sporting Kansas City

Sun, 06 Aug 2017 04:18:50 GMTSun, 30 Jul 2017 01:04:57 GMTWed, 26 Jul 2017 22:04:24 GMTTue, 25 Jul 2017 18:42:54 GMT

Anthony Jackson-Hamel scored in the 84th minute to lift the Montreal Impact to a 2-1 victory over Orlando City SC on Saturday night.

"I thought the spirit of the group was good. I thought the fact that we scored the first goal was good but another second half where we come out really sluggish," Lions head coach Jason Kreis said. "I don't know what it is in the beginnings of second halves that the group seems to always come out very slow. We suffered the goal, I thought we reacted pretty well, we had some moments there after that where we got a hold of things and then unfortunately obviously we gave away the second goal."

Jackson-Hamel scored five minutes after coming into the game as a substitute as the Impact (7-8-6) snapped a two-game skid. Ignacio Piatti also scored for Montreal in the second half, from the penalty spot in the 48th minute.

Cyle Larin scored for Orlando City (8-9-6).

With the score tied at 1-1 and time winding down, Blerim Dzemaili found a streaking Jackson-Hamel on the edge of the box. The 24-year-old fired a shot between the legs of defender Jose Aja and just out of goalkeeper Joe Bendik's reach.

Hector "Tito" Villalba received an open through ball and placed a stoppage time goal in the back of the net to help Atlanta secure a 1-1 tie against Orlando City SC on Saturday.

MLS star forward Dom Dwyer returns to Central Florida.

The Orlando City Lions have acquired Dom Dwyer from Sporting Kansas City for $1.6 million.




Justin Gatlin beats Usain Bolt in Jamaican's last solo raceFarewell Usain Bolt, a wonder of our sporting ageUsain Bolt in numbers -- Why the Jamaican is the greatestUsain Bolt urges other athletes to save athletics

Sat, 05 Aug 2017 21:44:02 GMTFri, 04 Aug 2017 18:59:12 GMTFri, 04 Aug 2017 18:12:16 GMTTue, 01 Aug 2017 21:43:20 GMT

There was to be no triumphant end to Usain Bolt's final individual race. The great Jamaican will retire after the IAAF World Championships in London, bringing the curtain down on an incomparable career. But in the 100m final on Saturday he had to settle for bronze as the controversial American Justin Gatlin secured a surprise victory in a season's best 9.92 seconds. Compatriot Christian Coleman (9.94) took silver, with eight-time Olympic champion Bolt, still the reigning 100m and 200m world record holder, in bronze, clocking 9.95 seconds. Gatlin entered London's Olympic Stadium with the crowd's boos ringing in his ears. The 35-year-old is regarded by many as the sport's villain after twice being banned for doping offenses. He was also jeered in the heats and semifinals.But the 2004 Olympic champion said he "tuned out" the supporters' din to claim a victory which wrecked Bolt's farewell. A glorious career Gatlin genuflected to the Jamaican after his victory. Despite failing to claim a 12th world title, the night still belonged to the fastest man in history. It was Bolt who was the last athlete to leave the track as he treated the 50,000-strong capacity crowd, and a throng of photographers, to his celebratory "To Da World" pose. The crowd had come expecting Bolt to secure a 20th Olympic and world gold medal, but with his 31st birthday fast approaching this was a season too far. He had only dipped under 10 seconds once this season prior to these championships and -- though earlier in the week he declared himself ready to defend his world crown -- he did not seem like the Bolt of old.There was a little fooling around on the start line, but not with the same gusto as in the past.Throughout his career the sprinter has made winning look effortless, but on a floodlit evening in the English capital he had to work for his medal. After a disappointing start the Jamaican, for the first time in his career at a major championship he was grimacing as he dipped for the line, straining for a glorious end to his individual career.An athlete like no other Bolt is expected to compete in the 4x100m relay on August 12 and should he and his teammates retain their title, his tally of World Championships golds will rise to 12, two more than long-distance runner Mo Farah, who is second on the all-time list. After that there will be no more and his sport will never be the same. No sprinter has ever run as quickly or won as many gold medals, and done so with such easy charm.For nearly a decade h[...]



Why America's pastime can't afford to rest

Fri, 04 Aug 2017 18:20:37 GMT

Baseball may be embedded in the tapestry of American history, but to stay relevant it needs to adapt."If you build it, they will come" is an approach the national pastime can no longer afford, Orioles Executive Vice President John Angelos told CNNMoney. Like all pro sports leagues, Major League Baseball must focus on engaging the next generation of fans."When you're a sport that was one of the big three in the prior century, you tend to be a little bit kind of lean back as opposed to lean forward,"Angelos said. "[You] think they're going to come to us because we're consecrated in time and memorialized in tradition."But maybe not."Younger audience members and eyeballs -- if you're not looking for that, you're not protecting the business," Angelos said.In order to appeal to families and children, the Orioles started inviting kids to run the bases every weekend. In the past the team would invite kids on the field on a less consistent schedule."We'd had a handful of them and they'd be at different dates, [which is] hard to communicate and hard to remember," Angelos said. "Now we do kids run the bases every Sunday in the season ... and the response rate has been dramatic."MLB is considering plenty of options to try and attract a younger audience. To counter a perception that the game is slow and boring to watch -- games average 3 hours and 5 minutes this season -- the league is likely to implement a 20-second pitch clock and raise the strike zone in 2018.They're also working with social media platforms like Facebook and Snapchat to engage viewers where they are. In May, MLB partnered with Facebook to stream one game a week. It has a similar deal with Twitter. In 2016 the league also inked a deal with Snapchat to provide behind-the-scenes snaps from the dugout.The biggest goal is to attract new young players -- who often become the most loyal fans.In 2015, MLB launched "Play Ball," which provides funding for formal youth baseball and softball leagues, special events and activities.All 30 MLB teams participate, and last year, MLB Network launched a "Play Ball" series for kids that features player interviews, demos and tips.MLB also runs the Renewing Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) Program, the Elite Development Invitational and youth academies to help develop young players. It also plans to hold a Little League Classic in August where you[...]



Usain Bolt in numbers -- Why the Jamaican is the greatestFarewell Usain Bolt, a wonder of our sporting ageUsain Bolt urges other athletes to save athleticsVonn wants 'Battle of Sexes' race before OlympicsProfessional marathoner outruns 2 black bearsLos Angeles will host 2028 Olympics

Fri, 04 Aug 2017 18:12:16 GMTFri, 04 Aug 2017 18:59:12 GMTTue, 01 Aug 2017 21:43:20 GMTThu, 15 Jun 2017 14:17:49 GMTFri, 07 Jul 2017 16:06:32 GMTTue, 01 Aug 2017 10:10:48 GMT

A glorious sporting career is coming to an end. Usain Bolt, an eight-time Olympic champion, the fastest man in history, will retire after the IAAF World Championships in London, which run from August 4- 13.He is a sprinter who has broken records and left a legacy. We look into the numbers which make the 30-year-old Jamaican the greatest sprinter to have lived.All four of the fastest 100m times in history belong to Bolt. Known in his early years as a prodigiously talented 200m runner, he burst onto the 100m scene by breaking the world record in New York (9.72) in 2008. Eleven weeks later, in Beijing, he improved on his time, clocking 9.69 as he claimed his first Olympic title.He has dipped under 10 seconds in the sport's blue riband event 50 times -- putting him fourth on the sub-10 seconds all-time list. But Bolt, who last lost in 2013, is a man who peaks for championships. Three of his quickest times have been achieved on his way to winning either Olympic or world gold.His times have been in decline over the years and the days of him breaking world records are clearly over. The gold-medal winning times aren't what they used to be -- from 9.58 in Berlin to 9.81 in Rio last year.Only once this season has he gone below 10 seconds, though he should add to that tally in London this weekend.Men of Bolt's size aren't usually speed freaks. His frame is meant to be an obstacle in an event which requires explosive power out of the blocks."We never saw prior to Usain Bolt a sprinter who is 6'5 running the 100m," former Olympic champion Michael Johnson tells CNN Sport. "Typically, that type of athlete would not be able to get out of the blocks and get through the drive phase in the first 30m or so when short, powerful, massive pressure and power is what's required."With his height and weight, the world record holder would not look out of place on the basketball court. He is notably taller than his rivals, as well as the greats of the past. Christian Coleman, the fastest man in the world this year, stands at 1.75m, while his long-time rival Justin Gatlin is 1.85m.Scientists have been studying the secret of Bolt's supersonic speed for years. He hit a top speed of 44.7.8 km/h between 60m and 80m during his world record 100m sprint in Berlin and is almost as explosive as smaller sprinters in the early stages of a 100m race.Once out of the transition phase, his height comes to his a[...]



Farewell Usain Bolt, a wonder of our sporting ageUsain Bolt urges other athletes to save athletics

Fri, 04 Aug 2017 18:59:12 GMTTue, 01 Aug 2017 21:43:20 GMT

The end is coming. A marvel of this sporting age is one championship away from retirement, 30 seconds or so from consigning himself to history. The age of Usain Bolt is nearly over and so the present must be cherished. Bolt, the fastest man in history, one of the greatest sportsmen to have ever lived, will run his last race at the World Athletics Championships in London.He will retire having left his mark on history: the first man to win three 100m Olympic titles, the world record holder in both the 100m and 200m, a winner of 23 major gold medals. His legacy is assured. No man has run with such speed or enjoyed such longevity. The 30-year-old's extraordinary achievements will be looked back upon with wonder by future generations.They will watch replays of the young Bolt of Beijing, hushing the crowd on the starting blocks before bang... history -- his arms raised, thumping his chest, clocking a barely believable 9.69 seconds to shatter the 100m world record.The 21-year-old's speed was jaw-dropping, the other eight men in a distinguished field left trailing in his wake. They were in a different race and this 6ft 5in newcomer was from another planet. Two more gold medals followed on the Chinese capital's lightning-quick track, his 2008 coronation as sprint king complete. Hearts and imaginations were captured and he has been loved ever since. The irreplaceable joker-in-chiefThere have been so many glorious moments.Berlin in 2009, when the Jamaican reduced his 100m and 200m world records further; London 2012 when all three of his Olympic sprint titles were retained.Back to Beijing in 2015, older, ailing, but managing to fend off the challenge of twice-banned Justin Gatlin to retain his grip on 100m and 200m world titles. Then there was Rio last summer, his Olympic farewell ending in further triumph.Those who will live in a Bolt-less sporting age will wish they had been there, just as we all want to be inside London's Olympic Stadium on Saturday when the history-maker lines up in the 100m final for his last competitive individual race. The 4x100m relay on August 12 is likely to be his grand encore. The final act of this gilded athletic tale.There is little point asking who will take over once he is gone. No-one can clown around on the start line and execute excellence like track and field's joker-in-chief. As the eight-time Olympic champion himself said this week, it will take more than one a[...]



Steph Curry trades three-pointers for par threesWill Under Armour get a Steph Curry bump again?Trump golf clubs boast fake Time Magazine cover

Fri, 04 Aug 2017 12:41:25 GMTTue, 13 Jun 2017 15:13:36 GMTWed, 28 Jun 2017 14:10:01 GMT

He's been called the greatest shooter in NBA history, finding the basket with unerring accuracy from all over the court.But Stephen Curry traded three-pointers for par threes on Thursday, making his professional golf debut at the Web.com Tour Ellie Mae Classic in California.And the two-time NBA champion, and twice winner of the MVP award didn't disappoint.After receiving a message of support from 18-time major champion Jack Nicklaus, the Golden State Warriors star finished the first round with a respectable four-over par 74.Curry is currently tied for 142nd place in a field of 154, 11 shots off the pace set by first-round leader Nicholas Thompson who shot a seven under par round of 63."It was an amazing experience," Curry told reporters, having been granted a sponsor exemption to compete. "To finally hit my first shot in tournament play was a really, really nervous moment, but it was everything I hoped for.""If you told me I was going to shoot 74 going into the first round I'd take that all day, every day. I'm pretty happy with it."Some professional golfers had criticized Curry's inclusion at the expense of budding young players, with others taking to social media insisting there was "no chance" the basketball star could break 80.As it happened, he finished one shot ahead of his playing partner Sam Ryder, a professional golfer who won his last event on the Web.com Tour by eight shots."He impressed me today for sure," Ryder told reporters. "I didn't really know what to expect ... but he made an awesome par save on 18, a couple of things that showed a lot of grit, he hit some great drives, and his short game was awesome too."Curry also bettered American Frank Lickliter, 48, winner of two PGA Tour events.After three bogeys in his first five holes, the point guard had to dig himself out of a considerable hole.And yet, even though his opening tee shot went horribly awry, there was at least an amusing irony in where it landed: a golf cart cup holder."That's probably a first on the tour," smiled Curry, renowned for his accuracy from long range.After announcing his involvement in the tournament wearing a hat adorned with the words "I can do all things," Curry's professional golf debut certainly went some way to proving it.[...]The Golden State Warriors have [...]



The Qatar connection to soccer's record Neymar transferLa Liga refuses to accept Neymar's $263 million buyoutNeymar tells Barcelona teammates he wants to leave clubGulf crisis is latest strain on 2022 World Cup in QatarQatar Airways nixes plan to buy 10% stake in American Airlines

Fri, 04 Aug 2017 12:48:55 GMTThu, 03 Aug 2017 20:08:02 GMTWed, 02 Aug 2017 15:03:08 GMTMon, 05 Jun 2017 16:46:22 GMTWed, 02 Aug 2017 19:23:55 GMT

The departure of Neymar from Barcelona to Paris St Germain for a world record fee has it all. A young Brazilian soccer player who came to Europe to seek fame and fortune is offered ludicrous sums to abandon a world-famous club for a Qatari-bankrolled upstart.The deal speaks volumes about the almost insane sums of money being thrown at players and clubs in Europe as the continent's transfer market goes into hyper-drive. The influx of cash into European soccer over the past few years has been driven by the Gulf states and (more recently) by China, and by the enormous revenues earned by the top clubs through sponsorship and television rights.This time last year, Manchester United set a world record transfer fee when they bought Paul Pogba from Juventus for (the equivalent of) $116 million. Neymar's exercise of his release clause at Barca cost his new employers $263 million.Qatar has seen international sport as critical in raising its profile, and it's had the money to do so. In December 2010, against the expectations of many (and the raised eyebrows of not a few) it won the right to host the 2022 World Cup. Soon after, it began sponsoring Barcelona through the Qatar Foundation -- and in doing so, became the first named sponsor to appear on the front of players' jerseys in the club's century-long existence.Qatar Sports Investments -- owned by the state -- bought Paris St Germain (PSG) five years ago for $170 million as part of the kingdom's larger strategy to invest in global brands, whether in business, fashion, property or sport.Sounds like a lot of money for an ordinary team in an ordinary league? Not really when you are sitting on more than $300 billion in assets -- it's a lunch.The strategy was simple -- spend heavily to make Paris St. Germain a European giant, to compete with Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Manchester United. And they're getting there. PSG came within a few seconds of knocking Barcelona out of the Champions' League last year -- until Neymar himself scored twice. Perhaps that was the moment that PSG decided Neymar must be theirs. And perhaps that was the moment Neymar decided he deserved to be the center of attention -- to step out of the shadow of Lionel Messi.In a way, Qatar has mimicked what the United Arab Emirates did. The UAE marketed the "Emirates" by bu[...]



Tim Tebow to speak at Melbourne fundraiser

Fri, 04 Aug 2017 10:37:37 GMT

Can’t make it down to Port St. Lucie to see Tim Tebow play with the St. Lucie Mets?

Well, he's coming to Brevard County, so you have the chance to see him there, News 6 partner Florida Today reported.

Tickets went on sale Tuesday for “An Evening with Tim Tebow,” which will be held Oct. 8 at 7:30 p.m. at the Clemente Center in Melbourne on Florida Tech’s campus.

Proceeds from the event will benefit Coastal Community School in Satellite Beach and Trinity Fitness, which has three locations in Brevard County.

Tebow is a two-time national champion with the Florida Gators football team, the 2007 Heisman trophy winner and a first-round NFL draft pick by the Denver Broncos.

Since 2013, Tebow has been a college football analyst for ESPN and the SEC Network.

Most recently, Tebow decided to change sports, moving from football to baseball.

Tebow currently plays for the New York Mets’ High-A affiliate in Port St. Lucie, where he is hitting .272 with five homers and 21 RBI.

To get tickets to see Tebow at the Clemente Center, visit timtebowlive.com. Tickets are $35 to $55.




High school football player unable to move legs after tackle at camp

Fri, 04 Aug 2017 20:30:24 GMT

A 16-year-old Central Florida high school football player remains hospitalized after being injured at a camp.

DJ Myers has been at Orlando Regional Medical Center since last Tuesday. His mother told News 6 he's in good spirits and has already been moved out of the intensive care unit.

"He has moments that he doesn't feel well, and that's what gets him down," Rhonda D'Haiti said.

Video taken a few weeks ago shows the teen on the field doing flips. Now, it's a complete 180 as Myers lies in the hospital fighting for a chance to walk again, unable to move the lower part of his body.

"He has range of motion in his arms, shoulders. He still having trouble gripping. You just never expect something like that to happen," she said.

D'Haiti got the call last Tuesday from the Fellowship of Christian Athletes camp at Stetson University, when her son made a tackle on a pile of players.

"He fell off the pile. Once he fell off the pile, his head hit the ground. The first thing he said was, 'I'm stuck,' and he just couldn't move," D'Haiti said.

Doctors tell the family there are no definite answers to what happened, but said Myers suffered a displaced vertebrae. Myers has already had one surgery since the incident.

D'Haiti said his team has rallied around him, sending him videos from the field every day. DJ has been doing Facebook Lives to keep his friends and family up-to-date on his progress.

His mother tells others not to fear the sport, that if he had a choice, her son would choose football all over again.

"He said, 'I'm broken. I'm not defeated. I'm going to bounce back from this,' and he believes that," she said. "My goal, I told him, is just to see you stand. His goal is to be on the field this year. We just put everything in God's hands."


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Adam Peaty: The secrets to swimming successDressel matches Phelps' record with 7 world goldsMichael Phelps to race Great White shark on television

Thu, 03 Aug 2017 16:57:40 GMTMon, 31 Jul 2017 15:06:48 GMTFri, 16 Jun 2017 15:53:29 GMT

Few athletes break world records. Fewer manage to do it twice -- on the same day.But Adam Peaty is no normal athlete.Aged just 22, the British swimmer picked up two gold medals in the 50 and 100m breaststroke events at the recent World Aquatics Championships in Budapest, Hungary, and a silver in the 4x100m freestyle relay.It was his 50m performances that really caught the eye, as Peaty broke his own world record first in the semifinals, and then again in the final, becoming the first man ever to go sub 26 seconds in the process."It's unreal," Peaty, who also won gold in the 100m breaststroke at last year's Olympics, told CNN World Sport."I got there in the morning and was quite tired from the 100m. I just dived in and when I touched the other side, I was like 'Oh my God, I've just gone under 26 seconds. I've just smashed my world record from two years ago.'"I was just so tired from semifinal, but I got this urge from what I wanted and just took myself back to what I wanted from the sport and thought: 'I've come this far, why not push on again?'"And push on he did.Despite narrowly missing out on a world record in the 100m, Peaty's dominance of the event is such that he has now recorded each of the 10 fastest-ever times over the distance. Secrets to success So what's his secret? Hard work, mainly. Which means "smashing it" in training."35 hours a week, six hours a day," says Peaty. "Absolutely killing training each day. I can't explain how much I do. You'd have to see it in person."If you're down at 5-percent energy, you've got to find that 95-percent and get up there. That's going to make the difference between coming fourth and breaking world records."But he's got another secret, too, and that concerns his technique.During the world championships, fellow swimmer Cameron can der Burgh said his rival was "swimming a new kind of stroke -- a metamorphosis between butterfly and breast."Peaty, the envy of his fellow competitors, is revolutionizing the sport of swimming."A lot of breaststrokers are very tense, go in the gym and try and build as much muscle as possible," says Peaty."But you want the complete [...]



La Liga refuses to accept Neymar's $263 million buyoutNeymar tells Barcelona teammates he wants to leave clubCristiano Ronaldo appears in court over alleged tax evasionHow European tournament is building soccer interest in USJose Mourinho accused of $3.6 million tax fraud

Thu, 03 Aug 2017 20:08:02 GMTWed, 02 Aug 2017 15:03:08 GMTMon, 31 Jul 2017 17:03:34 GMTFri, 28 Jul 2017 16:31:51 GMTTue, 20 Jun 2017 14:34:33 GMT

Brazilian football star Neymar has signed a five-year contract with Paris Saint-Germain, the club said in a statement.Neymar said he was "extremely happy to join Paris Saint-Germain," the French club said. The world-record transfer from Spanish giants Barcelona was previewed Thursday night, with PSG tweeting: "He's coming." The club said it plans to show off its new marquee player Friday at 1:30 p.m. local time (7:30 a.m. ET).The move had taken a step closer Thursday afternoon after Barcelona confirmed it had received a $263 million payment from the Brazilian to buy out his contract.Later Thursday, Paris Saint-Germain let its fans know the big news. The video starts with the two words, "He's coming," then ends with samba music and an animation of the Eiffel Tower lit in the Brazilian colors of green, yellow and blue. Brazilian Lucas Moura, who plays for PSG, sent a welcome message on Twitter, writing, "Bem vindo meu amigo" in Portugese and "Bienvenue, mon pote!" in French.In a short statement, Barcelona also announced it would be passing details of the deal to European soccer's governing body UEFA amid accusations that PSG is in breach of financial regulations set by the governing body."On Thursday afternoon Neymar Jr.'s legal representatives visited in person the Club's offices and made the payment of 222 million euros in the player's name with regards to the unilateral termination of the contract that united both parties. "As such, the club will pass on to UEFA the details of the above operation so that they can determine the disciplinary responsibilities that may arise from this case."Barcelona confirmed Wednesday that Neymar had informed it of his intention to move away from Camp Nou. The move had appeared to hit a snag earlier Thursday after Spain's La Liga refused to accept the world record $263 million fee that would facilitate his move to the French club.La Liga -- Spain's top division -- raised concerns that PSG was contravening Financial Fair Play (FFP), regulations put in place by UEFA to prevent overspending by soccer clubs.Spanish buyout ruleIn Spain, a player has to buy himself out of his contract. The funds are then deposited with La Liga to trigger the release clause in the player's contract before being transf[...]



Legendary boxer Wladimir Klitschko calls time on 21-year careerMayweather vs. McGregor: 'Farce or circus?'Mayweather-McGregor fight set for Aug. 26

Thu, 03 Aug 2017 12:28:04 GMTWed, 21 Jun 2017 14:24:46 GMTThu, 15 Jun 2017 15:46:42 GMT

Legendary heavyweight boxer Wladimir Klitschko has called time on his illustrious career after 21 years in the ring.The Ukrainian won 64 of his 69 fights and famously retained his IBF heavyweight title for over nine years --- the second-longest reign of all time behind Joe Louis.His retirement, announced Wednesday in a video on his website, ends talk of a highly-anticipated rematch with Britain's Anthony Joshua who defeated Klitschko at Wembley Stadium in April."As an amateur and a professional boxer, I have achieved everything I dreamed of," said Klitschko. "Now I want to start my second career after sports.""I would have never imagined that I would have such a long and incredibly successful boxing career."Klitschko, 41, had been expected to fight Joshua on November 11 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, following his 11th-round defeat.Instead, he expressed his excitement to embark on the "next chapter" of his life -- adding it could be "even more successful" than his sporting endeavors."Twenty-seven years ago I started my journey in sport and it was the best choice of a profession I could have ever made," said Klitschko."Because of this choice I've traveled the world, learned new languages, created businesses, built intellectual properties, helped people in need, became a scientist, entrepreneur, motivator, hotelier, trainer, investor and much else.""I was, and am still capable of, doing all this because of the global appeal of the sport of boxing, my own talent, and most importantly because of you, my loyal fans.""At some point in our lives we need to, or just want to, switch our careers and get ourselves ready for the next chapter and chart a new course towards fresh challenges.""Obviously I am not an exception to this and now is my turn."Klitschko, winner of super heavyweight Olympic gold at Atlanta 1996 and dominant in the heavyweight division until his shock defeat to Tyson Fury in 2015, insisted he retired "with the greatest respect for the new challengers."That challenger, at least for Joshua's crown, is now likely to be Bulgarian fighter Kubrat "The Cobra" Pule[...]



Ray Lewis urges Kaepernick to keep activism private

Wed, 02 Aug 2017 15:52:26 GMT

Ray Lewis has this piece of advice for Colin Kaepernick: "let your play speak for itself."In a video posted to his Twitter account, the former Baltimore Ravens linebacker suggested that the free agent quarterback may be better off if he keeps his social activism quiet."The football field is our sanctuary," Lewis said. "If you do nothing else, young man, get back on the football field and let your play speak for itself. And what you do off the field, don't let too many people know, because they gonna judge you anyway, no matter what you do, no matter if it's good or bad." {"url":"https://twitter.com/raylewis/status/892444180999544833","author_name":"Ray Lewis","author_url":"https://twitter.com/raylewis","html":"&#lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\"&#gt;&#lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&#gt;brotherhood - we are in this together &#lt;a href=\"https://t.co/Q3HpPA0uqr\"&#gt;pic.twitter.com/Q3HpPA0uqr&#lt;/a&#gt;&#lt;/p&#gt;— Ray Lewis (@raylewis) &#lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/raylewis/status/892444180999544833\"&#gt;August 1, 2017&#lt;/a&#gt;&#lt;/blockquote&#gt;\n&#lt;script async src=\"//platform.twitter.com/widgets\" charset=\"utf-8\"&#gt;&#lt;/script&#gt;","width":550,"height":null,"type":"rich","cache_age":"3153600000","provider_name":"Twitter","provider_url":"https://twitter.com","version":"1.0"} The video came just days after the Ravens consulted Lewis about signing Kaepernick.Kaepernick has struggled to find a new team since opting out of his contract with the San Francisco 49ers in March. Some have suggested teams are blackballing him over his decision to kneel during the national anthem last season in protest of social injustice in America.The Ravens are weighing whether to sign Kaepernick to provide quarterback depth as starter Joe Flacco deals with a back issue.In the vi[...]



Neymar tells Barcelona teammates he wants to leave clubCristiano Ronaldo appears in court over alleged tax evasionHow European tournament is building soccer interest in US10 years later: How Iraq's soccer stars united country

Wed, 02 Aug 2017 15:03:08 GMTMon, 31 Jul 2017 17:03:34 GMTFri, 28 Jul 2017 16:31:51 GMTFri, 28 Jul 2017 16:56:37 GMT

Neymar has told Barcelona that he wants to leave, the club confirmed Wednesday.The 25-year-old informed his teammates at the start of a training session, which coach Ernesto Valverde gave the Brazilian permission to miss in order to resolve his future.The announcement comes amid mounting speculation Neymar is set to join Paris Saint-Germain in a world-record deal."The player Neymar Jr, accompanied by his father and agent, has informed FC Barcelona this morning of his decision to leave the club in a meeting held at the club's offices," read a statement from Barcelona."Faced with this position, the club has informed them they refer to the buy-out clause of his existing contract which as of 1 July totals 222 million euros (approximately $262M) which will have to be deposited in its entirety."Furthermore, in reply to the claim for the contract extension bonus, the club has once again made it clear that the amount remains deposited with a notary until the case is resolved."The player remains under contract at FC Barcelona but with temporary permission to not take part in training sessions."Marcelo Bechler, the Brazilian journalist who first reported the expected transfer back in July, told CNN Neymar's decision to move is born out of the desire to one day be crowned the world's best footballer."Neymar thinks he can be the best player in the world," Bechler said. "And it cannot happen if he plays with (Lionel) Messi."They are friends but Neymar can't play with Messi and be the best player in the world, so that's why he's made the decision to leave Barcelona."In response to Neymar's likely departure, his teammate and "friend" Messi posted an emotional farewell video on Instagram."It was an enormous pleasure to have shared all these years with you, my friend," the Argentine wrote. "I wish you lots of luck in this new chapter of your life."See you, I love you a lot."As one third of a feared triumvirate alongside Messi and Luis Suarez, Neymar has scored over 100 goals for the Catalan club, helping them win the Champions League, two La Liga [...]



Usain Bolt urges other athletes to save athleticsSerena Williams: 'Gender pay gap hits women of color hardest'Los Angeles will host 2028 OlympicsCubs give Bartman 2016 World Series ringCristiano Ronaldo appears in court over alleged tax evasionDressel matches Phelps' record with 7 world golds

Tue, 01 Aug 2017 21:43:20 GMTTue, 01 Aug 2017 11:49:12 GMTTue, 01 Aug 2017 10:10:48 GMTMon, 31 Jul 2017 19:26:04 GMTMon, 31 Jul 2017 17:03:34 GMTMon, 31 Jul 2017 15:06:48 GMT

He is the undoubted superstar of athletics, a man who has transcended his sport and will be remembered as a great. But eight-time Olympic champion Usain Bolt has warned that one individual cannot save his sport once he has retired.Bolt, the 100m and 200m world record holder, has been the dominant figure in athletics for almost a decade. But he will be competing for the last time at the World Athletics Championships in London, which begin Friday."It's all about the athletes. The athletes really understand where the sport is at and what they have to do it'll be fine," Bolt told CNN.In tipping Olympic 400m champion Wayde van Niekerk as track and field's next superstar, he also cautioned that other athletes must take up the mantle he will leave behind."Wayde has really picked up, is breaking world records, he's running fast, he's doing a lot for the sport at such a young age."He's just 24 so, for me, he will take over without a doubt and he says he wants to be a sprinter."If he runs 100m and 200m, hopefully, he'll run fast times and get some energy back and other athletes can see where they can also help," added Bolt. Athletics is in transition Bolt will line up in the 100m heats on Friday, with the final to be held at the Olympic Stadium on Saturday.He is also expected to compete in the 4x100m relay on August 12 before retiring as the most successful sprinter in history.Such has been the Jamaican's influence on track and field that Sebastian Coe, president of track and field's governing body the IAAF, said this week that Bolt's impact on athletics is comparable to what Muhammad Ali achieved in boxing.But Bolt warned that the doping which have blighted the sport must stop for athletics to survive.Bolt is the only athlete to feature on the list of the 30 fastest 100m times ever ran who has not failed a drugs test."One thing I hope they understand is that we have a doping problem and if they continue in that way the sport will die and hopefully they understand that," said the 30-year-old."They have to just move forward and work hard and be [...]



Rays pitcher gives Astros mascot 'declaration of unfriendliness'Cubs give Bartman 2016 World Series ring

Tue, 01 Aug 2017 15:25:13 GMTMon, 31 Jul 2017 19:26:04 GMT

It's now officially all-out war between Tampa Bay Rays ace Chris Archer and the Houston Astros mascot Orbit.While the two have never hid their distaste for each other, the feud reached new heights on Monday when Archer presented the furry green alien with a "declaration of unfriendliness" before Tampa's road game against the Astros.A camera was on the field at Minute Maid Park to catch the exchange, with Orbit quickly objecting to the list by throwing off his cap, gesturing wildly and poking Archer in the chest. {"url":"https://twitter.com/astros/status/892176159131275265","author_name":"Houston Astros","author_url":"https://twitter.com/astros","html":"&#lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\"&#gt;&#lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&#gt;This could get ugly. &#lt;a href=\"https://t.co/JBu2BN18en\"&#gt;pic.twitter.com/JBu2BN18en&#lt;/a&#gt;&#lt;/p&#gt;— Houston Astros (@astros) &#lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/astros/status/892176159131275265\"&#gt;August 1, 2017&#lt;/a&#gt;&#lt;/blockquote&#gt;\n&#lt;script async src=\"//platform.twitter.com/widgets\" charset=\"utf-8\"&#gt;&#lt;/script&#gt;","width":550,"height":null,"type":"rich","cache_age":"3153600000","provider_name":"Twitter","provider_url":"https://twitter.com","version":"1.0"} After Archer's teammate Steven Souza Jr. stepped in to break up the "fight," Orbit wadded the declaration into a ball and threw it at Archer.Orbit later retrieved the declaration and smoothed it out for the camera to see. {"url":"https://twitter.com/astros/status/892173437581570048","author_name":"Houston Astros","author_url":"https://twitter.com/astros","html":"&#lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet[...]



Serena Williams: 'Gender pay gap hits women of color hardest'Serena Williams on becoming a mom: 'It just doesn't seem real'What Serena Williams wants you to know about domestic violence

Tue, 01 Aug 2017 11:49:12 GMTTue, 27 Jun 2017 16:52:36 GMTMon, 26 Jun 2017 16:22:08 GMT

American tennis star Serena Williams has slammed the gender pay gap, issuing a passionate call for black women to "be fearless" and demand equality.In a highly-charged personal essay, published by Fortune Magazine, the 23-time grand slam champion writes that for every dollar a man earns, black women make just 63 cents."The cycles of poverty, discrimination, and sexism are much, much harder to break than the record for Grand Slam titles," said Williams, decrying statistics showing "women of color have to work on average eight months longer to earn the same as their male counterparts do in one year.""For every black woman that rises through the ranks to a position of power, there are too many others who are still struggling."Though Williams was recently named the world's highest-paid female athlete by Forbes -- with annual earnings exceeding $25 million -- the American is only 51st on the overall list, and far behind ATP Tour contemporaries Roger Federer, Novak Djkovic, Kei Nishikori, Rafa Nadal and Andy Murray.She has previously been forced to defend how much female players receive at Grand Slam tournaments, despite Wimbledon only instituting equal pay for singles winners in 2007."In every stage of my life, I've had to learn to stand up for myself and speak out," said Williams, who is currently taking time out of the game to give birth to her first child."I have been treated unfairly, I've been disrespected by my male colleagues and---in the most painful times---I've been the subject of racist remarks on and off the tennis court."Just this month, former world No. 1 Ilie Natase was banned from sport by the International Tennis Federation until 2021 for "racially insensitive" remarks made in April about Williams' unborn child.Seven-time grand slam champion John McEnroe, meanwhile, has been widely condemned for comments that Williams would be "like 700" in the men's world rankings -- later clarifying but refusing to retract his remarks.In every instance, Williams has [...]



Jamie Seh launching sports show on News 6

Tue, 01 Aug 2017 14:32:16 GMT

News 6 sports director Jamie Seh will launch a new half-hour sports show later this month.

The show debuts Aug. 26 and will run every Saturday from 11:35 p.m. to midnight.

The program will offer interviews, highlights and more. The first episode will feature a preview of the college football season.

Seh, who has been with News 6 for more than six years, will be joined by weekend sports anchor Ryan Welch.

 




NCAA: UCF kicker chooses YouTube over footballUCF kicker may have to choose between football and YouTubeUCF kicker, YouTube personality lets NCAA decide elgibility fateUCF kicker nominated for Lou Groza Award

Tue, 01 Aug 2017 03:28:39 GMTTue, 13 Jun 2017 22:23:29 GMTMon, 19 Jun 2017 16:47:41 GMTThu, 13 Jul 2017 13:51:45 GMT

A University of Central Florida place-kicker who has tens of thousands of subscribers on YouTube has opted to waive his eligibility so he can continue filming videos, according to a statement from the school's athletic department.Donald De La Haye's YouTube videos came under fire in June because the NCAA was concerned that he was using his status as a student-athlete to promote his online business, which is against the association's bylaws.The UCF athletics department said Monday that the school submitted a waiver on De La Haye's behalf, stipulating that the marketing major could continue to monetize his online videos as long as he did "not reference his status as a student-athlete or depict his football skill or ability."He would have still been permitted to post videos that showed he was an athlete, but those videos would need to be posted to a non-monetized account."De La Haye chose not to accept the conditions of the waiver and has therefore been ruled ineligible to compete in NCAA-sanctioned competition. UCF Athletics wishes him the best in his future endeavors," the athletics department said in a statement."I have no words, man," he told News 6.  "My brain is still scrambled from the news."The NCAA also released a statement saying that De La Haye "decided he did not want to separate his athletically-related videos from non-athletic ones he could monetize." Furthermore, the association said it is not against the rules for athletes to produce or profit from YouTube videos."Those are rules that I wasn't too comfortable with," he said.The videos on De La Haye's YouTube channel showcase his life as a student-athlete with titles such as "What it's like to be a college football player" and "How I practice my kicking.""I want to be wealthy one day," he said. "I think my videos can take me there. I love doing it. I can spend 24 hours on the computer and 24 hours behind a camera."Becaus[...]


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Jaguars offensive lineman acquired in March announces retirement

Mon, 31 Jul 2017 20:18:09 GMT

Jaguars offensive lineman Branden Albert, who was acquired by the club in a trade with the Miami Dolphins on March 9 and was expected to start on offense abruptly announced his retirement Monday from the National Football League.“After nine seasons playing in the National Football League, I have decided to retire from the game that has given me so much,” Albert said. “God has blessed me with so much through football that I thought would never be attainable. It’s been truly a blessing. I cherish all of the relationships and people I have encountered while playing in the NFL."The Jaguars traded a seventh-round pick to the Dolphins for Albert this offseason, but he did not show up for off-season practices, as he was negotiating for a better contract. Albert did show up to the mandatory mini camp, avoiding NFL mandated fines."Branden came in today and said hey I'm going to retire," said Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone. My mind was on to the next thing."Albert said he wished Marrone and his Jacksonville teammates the best of luck this season."During my short stint in Jacksonville, I quickly realized that they are working incredibly hard to turn the corner, and I truly believe that they will find success in the coming years," Albert said. "I look forward to returning to Miami, the place that I now call ‘home,’ and running my businesses, while giving back to the community. While this chapter of my life is coming to an end, my story is still going, and I hope you’ll follow along. I will be furthering and finishing my education."Albert's departure leaves the Jaguars with Cam Robinson as the likely starter at left tackle. Patrick Omameh and Josh Wells can also play that position but are not considered starter-level players."Cam Robinson is in there now but we're not handing him the position, said Marrone. "He has to earn it."Robinson was projected as a first-round draft pick, but sli[...]



Cubs give Bartman 2016 World Series ring

Mon, 31 Jul 2017 19:26:04 GMT

The Chicago Cubs are giving vilified fan Steve Bartman a 2016 World Series championship ring."We hope this provides closure on an unfortunate chapter of the story that has perpetuated throughout our quest to win a long-awaited World Series," the Cubs said in a statement Monday. "While no gesture can fully lift the public burden he has endured for more than a decade, we felt it was important Steve knows he has been and continues to be fully embraced by this organization. After all he has sacrificed, we are proud to recognize Steve Bartman with this gift today."Bartman was excoriated by Cubs fans when he tried to catch a foul ball at the 2003 National League Championship Series, tipping the ball away from Cubs outfielder Moises Alou. The Cubs, who were five outs from reaching the World Series and playing at their Wrigley Field, went on to lose, and the Florida (now Miami) Marlins went on to win the world championship.Bartman released a long statement on Monday, which reads as follows:"Although I do not consider myself worthy of such an honor, I am deeply moved and sincerely grateful to receive an official Chicago Cubs 2016 World Series Championship ring. I am fully aware of the historical significance and appreciate the symbolism the ring represents on multiple levels. My family and I will cherish it for generations."Most meaningful is the genuine outreach from the Ricketts family, on behalf of the Cubs organization and fans, signifying to me that I am welcomed back into the Cubs family and have their support going forward. I am relieved and hopeful that the saga of the 2003 foul ball incident surrounding my family and me is finally over."I humbly receive the ring not only as a symbol of one of the most historic achievements in sports, but as an important reminder for how we should treat each other in today's society. My hope is that we all can learn from my experience to view sports as entertainment and prevent harsh scap[...]



Los Angeles will host 2028 OlympicsVonn wants 'Battle of Sexes' race before OlympicsMcDonald's and the Olympics are parting waysIntel drones, virtual reality headed to 2018 Olympics

Tue, 01 Aug 2017 10:10:48 GMTThu, 15 Jun 2017 14:17:49 GMTFri, 16 Jun 2017 14:09:24 GMTWed, 21 Jun 2017 20:22:17 GMT

The Summer Olympics will head to Los Angeles in 2028.The city said it has struck a deal with the International Olympic Committee to host the games. The announcement clears the way for Paris to hold the Olympics in 2024.The L.A. City Council will hold an ad-hoc meeting on Friday to discuss accepting the deal, said spokeswoman Caolinn Mejza.The IOC said it will give the Los Angeles organizing committee $1.8 billion as part of the agreement. The incentive package aims in part to "increase participation and access to youth sports programmes in the City of Los Angeles in the years leading up to the Games," according to an IOC statement.Earlier this month, the IOC broke with tradition by deciding to award two games at once. It said the 2024 and 2028 games would go to Paris and Los Angeles -- it just hadn't decided which city would get which year.The decision will be finalized in September.Paris and Los Angeles were the only competitors left for 2024 after rival cities pulled their bids because of worries over cost.Hosting a modern Olympics practically guarantees massive debt and cost overruns. Researchers at Oxford's Sai������d Business School estimate the cost overrun for the 2016 Summer Olympics, in Rio de Janeiro, was $1.6 billion.Officials from Paris and Los Angeles had stressed that their cities already have more than 90% of the facilities they need to host, reducing the additional cost.In a statement, the team organizing Paris' 2024 bid said it "welcomes" the news."We are now looking forward to the opportunity of working with Los Angeles, and contributing to successful Games both in 2024 and 2028," said Tony Estanguet, the team's co-chair.French President Emmanuel Macron also hailed the decision as an "important step."President Trump offered his congratulations to Los Angeles in a statement Monday night."I am confident that the Summer Games in Los Angeles will [...]



Report: Los Angeles to get 2028 OlympicsRyan Lochte cleared of charges in RioSouth Korean official: Too late to host 2018 Olympics with North KoreaIntel drones, virtual reality headed to 2018 OlympicsMcDonald's and the Olympics are parting ways

Mon, 31 Jul 2017 18:53:13 GMTSat, 15 Jul 2017 00:42:24 GMTFri, 23 Jun 2017 12:30:53 GMTWed, 21 Jun 2017 20:22:17 GMTFri, 16 Jun 2017 14:09:24 GMT

Los Angeles has reached an agreement that will bring the 2028 Summer Olympics to Southern California, according to a report from the Los Angeles Times.The agreement means Paris will host the 2024 Games. The Los Angeles 2024 Olympic Bid Committee has scheduled a news conference for 8 p.m. ET Monday with Mayor Eric Garcetti expected to officially announce the agreement, according to ESPN.The IOC approved a rule change earlier this month allowing it to break with tradition and award two games at once. With only Paris and Los Angeles bidding for 2024, that essentially meant both cities would win Olympic bids, with the details to be worked out before the IOC met again to officially ratify the decision in September.Los Angeles was widely expected to end up with the later of the two Olympic Games since organizers seemed at least grudgingly open to the idea while Paris officials continually pushed back on moving off the 2024 Games.Paris and Los Angeles were left as the only contenders for 2024 when Budapest withdrew its bid in February. Officials from both Paris and Los Angeles had stressed that their cities already have more than 90% of the facilities they need to host, reducing the additional cost.Los Angeles will be hosting the Olympics for a third time, having previously hosted in 1984 and 1932.The 2028 Olympics would mark the return of the Summer Games to the U.S. for the first time since Atlanta hosted in 1996. Salt Lake City hosted the last Olympics in America with the 2002 Winter Games.U.S. swimmer Ryan Lochte has been cleared of criminal charges after an incident at a gas station at the Rio Olympics last summer, USA Today and TMZ.com reported Friday.A South Korean governor says he wants participation with North Korea in the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, but there's simply not enough time to consider co-hosting the event.[...]The next Olympic Games will be a spectacle of modern technology.McDonal[...]



Cristiano Ronaldo appears in court over alleged tax evasionCelebrities who have had tax problemsIs Cristiano Ronaldo ready to leave Real Madrid?Real Madrid has 'full confidence' in Cristiano Ronaldo over tax issueReal Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo accused of $16.4m tax evasion

Mon, 31 Jul 2017 17:03:34 GMTTue, 18 Jul 2017 14:17:42 GMTFri, 16 Jun 2017 17:17:27 GMTWed, 14 Jun 2017 15:24:48 GMTTue, 13 Jun 2017 18:49:46 GMT

Real Madrid footballer Cristiano Ronaldo has said he has "never hidden anything" and denied allegations of tax evasion during an appearance at a Spanish court on Monday.Prosecutors in Spain have accused the Portugal captain -- the world's highest-paid sports star according to Forbes -- of defrauding Spanish authorities of €14.7 million ($16.4 million) in tax between 2011 and 2014.The hearing at Pozuelo de Alarcon, in the outskirts of Madrid, was closed to the public as it is part of an ongoing investigation.Ronaldo, 32, did not speak to the media immediately after the 90-minute court session in Spain's capital, but his agency Gestifute later issued a statement."The Spanish Treasury knows in detail all of my incomes, because we have given them; I have never hidden anything, nor have I intended to evade taxes," read the statement."I always submit my tax returns in a voluntary way because I believe we all have to declare and pay taxes in accordance with our income."Those who know me know what I ask my aides: that they have everything up to date and correctly paid because I don't want any trouble."The four-time Ballon d'Or winner has been charged with four crimes against the public treasury.In a statement issued in June, the prosecutor's office said Ronaldo had used a "business structure" -- created in 2010 -- to hide the revenue generated by his image rights from the Spanish treasury, describing the breach as "voluntary" and "conscious."The statement added that the Portuguese became a Spanish tax resident in January 2010 and, in November 2011, opted to follow the Spanish tax regime that applies to foreigners working in the country.In his statement to judge Mónica Gómez Ferrer, Ronaldo claimed that the company structure had been created while he was still playing for Manchester Un[...]



Dressel matches Phelps' record with 7 world goldsPeaty wins second gold at world championshipsKatie Ledecky becomes first woman to win 12 gold medals at World Championships

Mon, 31 Jul 2017 15:06:48 GMTWed, 26 Jul 2017 18:59:48 GMTTue, 25 Jul 2017 22:49:44 GMT

Caeleb Dressel is only 20 years old, but he's already making history.The University of Florida student on Saturday became the first swimmer to win three golds in one night at a major international meet and went on to end a remarkable World Aquatics Championships in Budapest with seven world titles, equaling a record held by Michael Phelps.So bright is Dressel's future that, according to former world champion Mark Foster, the American can not only dominate his sport like Phelps -- the most decorated Olympian in history -- but add a "sexiness" to the pool which Usain Bolt has brought to the athletics track.It is Dressel's command of swimming's blue riband event, the 50m freestyle -- an event Phelps did not compete in -- which draws the comparisons with Jamaican Bolt, an eight-time Olympic champion and the 100m and 200m world record holder."He's definitely the new face of world swimming," Foster, a former 50m fresstyle world record holder, told CNN Sport."Clearly, Michael Phelps has left a huge hole, that's not saying someone needs to fill it."But 50m free is the glamor event, the most entertaining and exciting race. The man who wins the 50m free is the fastest swimmer on the planet."This guy is going to dominate in the same way as Phelps, but is also the fastest man on the planet so it's also a bit like Usain Bolt. He's going to bring a bit of sexiness to the sport." 'I've never seen anything like it' On his record-breaking Saturday night, Dressel raced three times in two hours, winning the 50m freestyle, 100m butterfly and helping the US triumph in the mixed 4x100m freestyle relay.By the end of the championships, Phelps -- the only other man to win seven world titles at the same meet having done so in Melbourne in 2007 -- was welcoming another member into his elite clu[...]



Villalba's late goal gives Atlanta 1-1 tie over OrlandoOrlando City introduces striker Dom DwyerOrlando City acquires forward Dom Dwyer from Sporting Kansas CityOrlando City to play Atlanta United without Cyle Larin

Sun, 30 Jul 2017 01:04:57 GMTWed, 26 Jul 2017 22:04:24 GMTTue, 25 Jul 2017 18:42:54 GMTThu, 20 Jul 2017 15:34:38 GMT

Hector "Tito" Villalba received an open through ball and placed a stoppage time goal in the back of the net to help Atlanta secure a 1-1 tie against Orlando City SC on Saturday.

"Pleased with the performance again. Pleased with the work that the guys are putting in, the belief and commitment, all these sorts of good things," Lions head coach Jason Kreis said. "It's a travesty that we have to make a mistake at the end to not walk away from here with all three points. Still a point on the road and in this place, it isn't a bad result."

Orlando City SC (8-9-5) nursed a 1-0 lead for most of the game until Villalba's goal in the 90th minute. Kaka sent a first-time shot from outside the box past goalkeeper Brad Guzan in the 40th minute.

Villalba's late game goal was his second in a week. He provided the game winner against Orlando last Saturday.

Recently acquired forward Dom Dwyer made his debut with Orlando City. He started at forward alongside Cyle Larin and went scoreless in 72 minutes. Orlando acquired Dwyer in an MLS record $1.6 million earlier this week.

It was Atlanta United's final game in Georgia State's Bobby Dodd Stadium. Atlanta's next home game will be played in the new Mercedez-Benz Stadium.

MLS star forward Dom Dwyer returns to Central Florida.

The Orlando City Lions have acquired Dom Dwyer from Sporting Kansas City for $1.6 million.

Orlando City will face Atlanta United for the first time ever, but will have to do so without Cyle Larin.




6 Yard Line returns to News 6

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 19:11:40 GMT

Be sure to watch News 6 every Friday at 11 p.m. for the return of the 6 Yard Line.

Starting Friday, Aug. 25, News 6 sports director Jamie Seh and anchor Ryan Welch will bring you sports highlights from high school football games across Central Florida.

Be sure to download the 6 Yard Line App to vote on the Game of the Week.  The app will also provide game recaps and the Athlete of the Week.

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Video: Officer told Venus Williams she caused fatal crashVenus Williams accuses man, 78, killed in crash of not wearing seat belt

Fri, 28 Jul 2017 18:16:40 GMTTue, 25 Jul 2017 19:15:29 GMT

 A police officer told tennis star Venus Williams she likely caused a crash that fatally injured an elderly man last month but didn't cite her, saying it appeared the actions of a third driver left her in a bad spot, body camera video shows.The Palm Beach Gardens police video shows Williams walking uninjured and speaking calmly to officers minutes after the June 9 crash. The video also shows the other vehicle's passenger, 78-year-old retired teacher Jerome Barson, was conscious, but bleeding and confused. It was later determined he had a broken spine and internal injuries. He died June 22. His wife, driver Linda Barson, told officers she had a broken arm.Security video released earlier showed Williams was driving straight on a green light as she exited her neighborhood but a car turning left cut her off, forcing her to stop midway as she crossed a busy six-lane intersection. When she restarted, her light had turned red and the Barsons' light had turned green. Their Hyundai sedan plowed into Williams' Toyota Sequoia SUV.The body camera video released late Thursday shows Williams, 37, listening intently as she sat in her SUV as Officer David Dowling, the lead investigator, explained to her why he believed after interviewing her and witnesses that she was at fault but wasn't going to give her a ticket."You had a green light, so you had the right of way when you started to exit but because you got stuck in the middle of the intersection, you lost that right of way," Dowling told Williams, who was dressed in a white tennis shirt and skirt and blue baseball cap. Linda Barson, he said, now had a green light "and had no way of knowing that you were going to come across."Williams asked Dowling, "In a situation like that, what do yo[...]


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Formula E title rivals continue war of wordsMercedes-Benz joining Formula EFormula E spurred on by Trump's Paris accord withdrawal

Fri, 28 Jul 2017 17:33:23 GMTTue, 25 Jul 2017 14:27:00 GMTFri, 09 Jun 2017 15:11:14 GMT

The Formula E World Championship is going down to the wire again.Brazilian driver Lucas di Grassi is aiming to dethrone reigning champion Sebastien Buemi as the 2016-17 season reaches its climax in Montreal this weekend.Di Grassi trails his arch rival by 10 points (147 points plays 157) but the pair remain poles apart when it comes to their opinions on one another off the track.Twelve months on from their controversial crash in the final race of the 2015-16 championship at London's Battersea Park, Buemi and di Grassi refuse to agree on who was to blame for the collision.A war of words erupted ahead of Formula E's first race in Canada and, as the title decider approaches, tensions are still running high."He's a very good driver, he's been very consistent over the years -- always fighting for the championship even when he had a really bad car ... I respect di Grassi very much as a driver, not necessarily as a person," Buemi told CNN's Supercharged.Di Grassi responded to Buemi's criticisms suggesting that the Swiss may be feeling the pressure ahead of the Montreal race, posting a veiled message on social media: "When a dog is barking, he is either afraid or unsettled.. good."When asked about the tweet on Thursday, di Grassi chose to make light of the remark."Actually I have seven dogs in Brazil -- I have a family of schnauzers -- six white and one black -- and they were barking and that was what the tweet was about," di Grassi told CNN. Buemi 'didn't deserve 2016 title' The Brazilian was soon back in mind-games mode though when he was quizzed about Buemi's talents behind the wheel."He's a very good driver. He has a very good team, but he is doing the job," di Gra[...]



10 years later: How Iraq's soccer stars united countryHow European tournament is building soccer interest in US

Fri, 28 Jul 2017 16:56:37 GMTFri, 28 Jul 2017 16:31:51 GMT

On the evening of July 29, 2007, the streets of Baghdad, Iraq, echoed to the sound of gunfire.Far from an uncommon occurrence, the rattle of bullets usually signaled the latest manifestation of sectarian violence that had engulfed the country in the wake of the US and allied invasion of 2003.Yet on this particular evening thousands filled the streets, dancing and waving flags as cars honked their horns in delight.The gunfire, far from being malicious, was a sign of celebration as Iraqis fired their weapons into the air to salute an unlikely group of soccer heroes.By defeating Saudi Arabia 1-0 in the Asian Cup final in Jakarta, Indonesia, Iraq's national team had confounded the odds and claimed the continent's most prestigious competition for the first time.They had also, however briefly, united a nation that was tearing itself apart.Looking back at that period, Iraqi midfielder Hawar Mulla Mohammed who played in all six games of the 2007 tournament finds it hard to comprehend just how violent his country had become both during and after the invasion."The national security HQ was close to where I lived and when it got bombed the building would swing left and right," Mohammed said. "It was indescribable, we used to practice while the airstrikes were going on."Mohammed said that between 50 and 60 people from his clan, including five of his cousins, died as a result of the Iraq conflict and its aftermath.In 2007 alone, more than 26,000 civilians were killed according to figures from the Iraq Body Count monitoring group. A history of violence Yet violence was nothing new for the Iraqi national football team. They'd been ruled by fear from within their own locker-room for many years.Uday Hu[...]



McLaren's Fernando Alonso gives blessing to 'halo' safety systemMercedes-Benz joining Formula EStep inside kitchen of an F1 masterchef

Fri, 28 Jul 2017 16:42:39 GMTTue, 25 Jul 2017 14:27:00 GMTThu, 22 Jun 2017 14:39:43 GMT

It has split opinion across the Formula One paddock -- and among motorsport fans -- but two-time world champion Fernando Alonso believes adopting the divisive "halo" cockpit safety system for the 2018 season is the right decision.The McLaren driver concedes that the head protection device -- attached to the cockpit of each car to protect drivers from flying debris and other potential hazards -- may not look attractive but says that shouldn't detract from its value in saving lives."I know that, from the aesthetic point of view, it's a big impact, it's a change, but I don't want to have anymore fatal injuries," Alonso told CNN's The Circuit."I don't want to have any more friends struggling after accidents like Jules (Bianchi) or Justin (Wilson). I want to make the most horrible (looking) car if it is safe and will save one life."Bianchi died in July 2015 from head injuries sustained at the 2014 Japanese Grand Prix the previous October. The 25-year-old Frenchman's death was quickly followed by Justin Wilson, who was killed when flying debris hit his helmet during an IndyCar race at the Pocono Speedway in Pennsylvania in August 2015. Alonso is no stranger to life-threatening crashes himself. At the 2016 Australian Grand Prix the 35-year-old emerged with only minor injuries after his McLaren car went tumbling into the barriers following a collision with Esteban Gutierrez.Prior to that, at Spa, the Spaniard narrowly avoided catastrophe when Romain Grosjean's out-of-control Lotus came within inches of his head at the start of the 2012 Belgian Grand Prix.Alonso tested the Halo at last year's Singapore Grand Prix and says he is "h[...]



How European tournament is building soccer interest in US

Fri, 28 Jul 2017 16:31:51 GMT

Soccer's reach in the United States is growing thanks in large part to marquee European clubs. And some of their biggest stars are playing this month on American soil.The International Champions Cup, a preseason tournament for the European clubs, is taking place in 11 U.S. cities, featuring big names like Paul Pogba, Neymar, Lionel Messi and Luis Suárez.The tournament is drawing more viewers this year on ESPN -- about 330,000 total for six matches, compared with 315,000 over eight matches last year.Viewership has grown even though the tournament has been competing with the Gold Cup, a just-concluded international soccer competition also held in the United States that featured North and South American national teams.Major League Soccer is already trying to grow interest in soccer in the United States. MLS teams have played in the International Champions Cup in the past, but it overlaps with the MLS league schedule, so teams have sat out the last two tournaments."What we're seeing is our clubs prioritizing winning the league," MLS Deputy Commissioner Mark Abbott told CNNMoney. "They're being very judicious in determining how to schedule their games."He said there are enough fans of the beautiful game to go around."It's all about growing the sport," Abbott said. "These games show how dynamic the U.S. market is. MLS offers fans the ability to follow their teams at home. There really is room for both."International Champions Cup games are often held in emerging soccer markets. Games are being played in Singapore and China, too.The players can get ready for the regular European season with tough match-ups, an[...]