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NASCAR’s Identity Crisis – The Ringer (blog)

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Welcome to The South Week at The Ringer. For the next several days, we’re celebrating — and reporting on — the richness of the region. You’ll find stories from all over the map, exploring topics such as the enduring legacy of Confederate monuments in Richmond and Montgomery, the evolution of Charleston barbecue, and the intersection of faith and football in Lubbock. We’re also ranking the best Southern rap albums, imagining the André 3000 mixtape…

Hall of Fame baseball announcer ‘Felo’ Ramirez dies; the voice for millions of Spanish-speaking sports fans – Los Angeles Times

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

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’s death early Tuesday. The organization says he died Monday night. “The entire Marlins organization is deeply saddened by the loss of a great friend, Hall of Fame broadcaster and community icon, Felo Ramirez,” the Marlins said…

There’s a new Gran Turismo Sport version of the PS4 – The Verge

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Sony has unveiled a shiny new limited edition Gran Turismo-themed Playstation 4, featuring a faceplate bearing the GT logo and a customized wireless controller. The 1 TB system will be available for sale on October 18th across the UK, Europe, Australia, and Asia. The release coincides with that of the latest Gran Turismo game, and will come with a ‘Day 1’ edition of the title, giving players $250,000 of in-game…

The Best College Football Teams by State, Regardless of Division (2017) – HERO Sports (blog)

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Wins and losses, conference championships, playoff appearances, bowl games, individual awards, and national championships — these programs are the definition of success in college football.

Fancy Bears: Hackers name footballers given 2010 World Cup TUEs – BBC Sport

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Gabriel Heinze (l) and Carlos Tevez (r) played together for Argentina in the 2010 World Cup Ex-Premier League players Carlos Tevez, Dirk Kuyt and Gabriel Heinze have been named by hackers Fancy Bears as three of the footballers cleared to use banned medicines at the 2010 World Cup. The trio were among 25 players given therapeutic use exemptions (TUEs) during the tournament in South Africa. In its latest leaked documents,…

NASCAR can lead in time of turmoil – Albany Times Union

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Caption Close Charlotte, N.C. Fans turn to sports for entertainment, a respite from the stress of the real world. They say they don’t want politics mixed in with sports, they just want to enjoy the show. NASCAR lost the luxury of staying above the fray two years ago when chairman Brian France said he didn’t want Confederate flags at racetracks anymore. His announcement was in response to a deadly church…

Sports mailbag: Another NASCAR race, another reason to stop watching – Roanoke Times

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Hey, congrats to NASCAR for keeping their promise to Kyle Busch and Toyota. I was skeptical, but when Kyle won last night’s race I knew NASCAR really came through for him. Toyota has to be overjoyed as well. Finishing 1, 2, 3 and 4. Wow! That ‘special package’ NASCAR is allowing Toyotas to have is really paying off, especially to big wigs of NASCAR who are…

Sports Direct takes stake in Debenhams – Financial Times

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

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There’s a new Gran Turismo Sport version of the PS4 – The Verge

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Sony has unveiled a shiny new limited edition Gran Turismo-themed Playstation 4, featuring a faceplate bearing the GT logo and a customized wireless controller. The 1 TB system will be available for sale on October 18th across the UK, Europe, Australia, and Asia. The release coincides with that of the latest Gran Turismo game, and will come with a ‘Day 1’ edition of the title, giving players $250,000 of in-game…

Back to school sports: the women returning to netball – The Guardian

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

As a carefree teenager, my Saturday county netball games were motivated by my desire to compete and a simple, but steadfast, determination not to let the goal attack into the circle to shoot. More than two decades later and my life is filled with drop-offs, pickups, birthday parties, household chores, arguing with awkward children at home and managing even more awkward grownups at work. Yet at the back of my…

Pegulas’ stake in AdPro Sports is ‘rocket fuel’ for company, president says – Buffalo News

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

AdPro Sports already has a robust business making custom-branded merchandise for sports teams and corporations. But its president, Ron Raccuia, believes AdPro can reach greater heights now that Kim and Terry Pegula have bought a majority interest in the company. “It’s rocket fuel for us,” said Raccuia, noting the Pegulas’ “stature in the sports world” and the “expertise and talent of Pegula Sports Entertainment. “It just gives us everything we…

7 Innovative Startups That Make Sports On The Go Easy – Inc.com

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

As I write this column I am sporting three wearable devices. No joke. Sports business trends are all about technology this year, especially with wearables. But in a world where we are always wired for data, there’s something liberating about checking out of our devices and checking in, to good old fashion physical activity. Here are seven startups that strike a balance of inspiring innovation, while making it easy to…

NASCAR Could Use More ‘Bad’ Guys (Like Kyle Busch) – Forbes

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

BRISTOL, TN – AUGUST 19: Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M’s Caramel Toyota, celebrates after winning the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 19, 2017 in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo by Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images) Even before Kyle Busch was handed a broom and playfully swept off the top of his racecar late Saturday night, polishing off a week in…

Column: NASCAR needs to speak up amid US turmoil – News & Observer

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Fans turn to sports for entertainment, a respite from the stress of the real world. They say they don’t want politics mixed in with sports, they just want to enjoy the show. NASCAR, unfortunately, cannot sit on the sidelines and simply watch the cars go round. The top racing series in the country lost the luxury of staying above the fray two years ago when Chairman Brian France said he…

NASCAR Could Use More ‘Bad’ Guys (Like Kyle Busch) – Forbes

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

BRISTOL, TN – AUGUST 19: Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M’s Caramel Toyota, celebrates after winning the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 19, 2017 in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo by Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images) Even before Kyle Busch was handed a broom and playfully swept off the top of his racecar late Saturday night, polishing off a week in…

Column: NASCAR needs to speak up amid US turmoil – Sacramento Bee

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Fans turn to sports for entertainment, a respite from the stress of the real world. They say they don’t want politics mixed in with sports, they just want to enjoy the show. NASCAR, unfortunately, cannot sit on the sidelines and simply watch the cars go round. The top racing series in the country lost the luxury of staying above the fray two years ago when Chairman Brian France said he…

NASCAR interested in expanding the use of TrackBite traction compound – Autoweek

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

After another successful application of the PJ1 TrackBite traction compound at Bristol Motor Speedway over the weekend, NASCAR is interested in implementing the substance at other venues this season and beyond. That is the claim of NASCAR’s senior vice president of competition, Scott Miller, who addressed the topic on Monday morning during a radio segment on SiriusXM’s “The Morning Drive.” “We’re looking at it at some other places,…

Among NASCAR fans, there’s a divide over Trump – The Boston Globe

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

BRISTOL, Tenn. — Walk around the sprawling campsites at the Bristol Motor Speedway here in the green hills of Tennessee, and you know you’re deep in Trump country. Cars buzz around this half-mile track, practicing for the night NASCAR races here. National Rifle Association signs are omnipresent, as the track hosts the only race in NASCAR’s top circuit with NRA branding. A pop-up city of RVs sprawls outside the speedway,…

NASCAR Could Use More ‘Bad’ Guys (Like Kyle Busch) – Forbes

Monday, August 21, 2017

BRISTOL, TN – AUGUST 19: Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M’s Caramel Toyota, celebrates after winning the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 19, 2017 in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo by Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images) Even before Kyle Busch was handed a broom and playfully swept off the top of his racecar late Saturday night, polishing off a week in…

Among NASCAR fans, there’s a divide over Trump – The Boston Globe

Monday, August 21, 2017

BRISTOL, Tenn. — Walk around the sprawling campsites at the Bristol Motor Speedway here in the green hills of Tennessee, and you know you’re deep in Trump country. Cars buzz around this half-mile track, practicing for the night NASCAR races here. National Rifle Association signs are omnipresent, as the track hosts the only race in NASCAR’s top circuit with NRA branding. A pop-up city of RVs sprawls outside the speedway,…