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Earl Lloyd, N.B.A.’s First Black Player, Dies at 86

by The New York Times // February 27, 2015 // Updated 21:11 GMT // 0 Comments

Earl Lloyd, who became the first black player to appear in an N.B.A. game when he took the court for the Washington Capitols in October 1950, three and a half years after Jackie Robinson broke modern major league baseball’s color barrier, died on Thursday in Crossville, Tenn. He was 86. A rugged 6-foot-6, 220-pound forward, […]

Kingsford Charcoal, Of All Brands, Burns The NCAA With Hilarious Novelty Bag

by The Huffington Post // February 27, 2015 // Updated 19:32 GMT // 0 Comments

So, it appears that the ever-political Kingsford charcoal brand has decided to pick a fight with the National Collegiate Athletic Association. Wait, what? Here’s a first: An endorsement targeting the NCAA. Kingsford is selling charcoal bags featuring Ed O’Bannon’s image. pic.twitter.com/OtyFjbel1u – O’Bannon headed up and won a lawsuit against the NCAA last year over […]

Nico Rosberg leaves rivals trailing as Mercedes shows its hand

by CNN // February 27, 2015 // Updated 17:57 GMT // 0 Comments

He lapped in one minute 22.792 seconds, a full 0.7 seconds quicker than the next best of Felipe Massa in the Williams. It was also over a second better than his nearest rival on the day, Massa’s teammate Valtteri Bottas of Finland. That's a wrap for @nico_rosberg! 106 @Circuitcat_eng laps on the board – nicely […]

Google: Getting in the face of football’s 3.5 billion fans

by CNN // February 27, 2015 // Updated 17:40 GMT // 0 Comments

A sea of yellow and gold stretches as far as the eye can see. The streets of Rome are lined with adoring football fans as the team bus winds its way towards the the Stadio Olimpico for Roma’s biggest match of the season against bitter rivals Juventus with the prize of the Italian championship hanging […]

Vanderbilt Coach Kevin Stallings Filmed Telling Player, ‘I’ll F*****g Kill You’

by The Huffington Post // February 27, 2015 // Updated 15:33 GMT // 0 Comments

Sometimes coaches have to learn the hard way that if they don’t watch their language, somebody else will. Vanderbilt University men’s basketball coach Kevin Stallings was caught on camera profanely berating one of his players after the athlete taunted a member of the opposing team following a win Thursday night against Tennessee, outlets reported. Stallings […]

UCI wants to strip Tour winner Vincenzo Nibal’s Astana team of its race license

by CNN // February 27, 2015 // Updated 14:14 GMT // 0 Comments

The world governing body said in a statement that an audit of the team, carried out by the Institute of Sport Sciences at the University of Lausanne (ISSUL), had given them “compelling grounds” to make its decision. “The UCI considers that the ISSUL audit has, among other things, revealed a big difference between the policies […]

Chelsea’s new shirt deal worth ‘$62 million annually’

by CNN // February 27, 2015 // Updated 12:50 GMT // 0 Comments

Financial details were undisclosed but English Premier League leaders Chelsea’s deal with the Yokohama Rubber Company is reportedly worth $62 million a year allowing the tire manufacturer to emblazon its brand across the front of the London club’s shirts for five years starting next season. The deal is second only to Manchester United’s agreement with […]

‘Ben Hur on snow’: The high-octane sport of skijoring

by CNN // February 27, 2015 // Updated 10:55 GMT // 0 Comments

Twelve horses line up in a start gate but the race is far from conventional. The race track is a snow-covered frozen lake and attached to each horse is a skier. It is akin to human chariot racing as riders hit speeds of 50km/h jostling for position and, ultimately, victory. The sport of skijoring has […]

‘Ben Hur on snow’: The high-octane sport of skijoring

by CNN // February 27, 2015 // Updated 10:55 GMT // 0 Comments

Twelve horses line up in a start gate but the race is far from conventional. The race track is a snow-covered frozen lake and attached to each horse is a skier. It is akin to human chariot racing as riders hit speeds of 50km/h jostling for position and, ultimately, victory. The sport of skijoring has […]

Earl Lloyd, First Black Player In The NBA, Dead At 86

by The Huffington Post // February 27, 2015 // Updated 06:33 GMT // 0 Comments

Earl Lloyd, the first black player in NBA history, died Thursday. He was 86. Lloyd’s alma mater, West Virginia State, confirmed the death. It did not provide details. – Lloyd, a native of Alexandria, Virginia, lived in Crossville, Tennessee.

Another FIFA about-face: 2021 Confederations Cup not in Qatar

by CNN // February 27, 2015 // Updated 05:51 GMT // 0 Comments

The tournament, which pits the champions of the six regional confederations, along with the hosts and current world champions, has until now been held in the World Cup host country the year before the main tournament. – READ MORE: World Cup and Black Friday carnage in 2022?

Judge Overturns Suspension of Adrian Peterson

by The New York Times // February 27, 2015 // Updated 02:18 GMT // 0 Comments

A Federal District Court judge overturned the suspension of Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, who argued that he was unfairly penalized by the N.F.L. The reversal was another setback for the league’s commissioner, Roger Goodell, who had suspended Peterson until at least April 15 for disciplining his 4-year-old son with a switch in May. […]

Why FIFA Made Deal With Fox for 2026 Cup

by The New York Times // February 27, 2015 // Updated 01:57 GMT // 0 Comments

TV Sports By RICHARD SANDOMIR When FIFA sold the 2026 World Cup rights in the United States to Fox Sports and Telemundo this month, the announcement came with few details and no explanation for its timing. Why, 11 years before the tournament was to be played, did the agreement need to be made, especially if […]

Amid Veteran Rhetoric, Alex Rodriguez Returns to His Old Routine

by The New York Times // February 27, 2015 // Updated 01:46 GMT // 0 Comments

On Baseball By TYLER KEPNER Alex Rodriguez drew plenty of attention as he emerged for the Yankees’ first full-squad workout of spring training on Thursday. (Brett Carlsen for The New York Times) TAMPA, Fla. — If you never knew about the lies and the lawsuits, never knew all the ways Alex Rodriguez turned himself into […]

Nevada To Allow Betting On Olympics For The First Time In Years

by The Huffington Post // February 26, 2015 // Updated 22:56 GMT // 0 Comments

Come summer 2016, when the best of the best athletes climb podiums wearing gold, silver and bronze medals, Las Vegas gamblers could very well be counting their green. Nevada gambling regulators voted Thursday to allow the state’s sports books to offer bets on the Olympics for the first time in years.Runners starting ath the Olympic […]

Warren Moon: NFL Is ‘Finally’ Doing The Right Things With Concussion Policy

by The Huffington Post // February 26, 2015 // Updated 21:56 GMT // 0 Comments

Though the words “concussion” and “NFL” rarely go together in a positive headline, Hall of Famer Warren Moon offered some words of encouragement for America’s most popular sports league. – Watch the full HuffPost Live conversation. Sign up for Live Today, HuffPost Live’s new morning email that will let you know the newsmakers, celebrities and […]

LeBron James Not Happy Colleges Recruiting 10-Year-Old Son

by The Huffington Post // February 26, 2015 // Updated 21:47 GMT // 0 Comments

LeBron James says there are colleges recruiting his 10-year-old son, and the superstar isn’t happy about it. – On Wednesday, before the Cavs hosted Golden State, James said his oldest son loves to play basketball, video games and doing his homework. James says: “Let him be a kid.”

Warren Moon: Marshawn Lynch ‘Isn’t A Dumb Kid’ When It Comes To The Media, Won’t Retire’

by The Huffington Post // February 26, 2015 // Updated 19:53 GMT // 0 Comments

Pro Football Hall of Famer Warren Moon enjoyed an illustrious 23-year professional career in both the CFL and NFL. A nine-time Pro Bowl quarterback, Moon helped dispel the preconceived notion that African-Americans could not successfully play the position. The 58-year-old Los Angeles native currently serves as a broadcaster for the Seattle Seahawks. – Email me […]

Former Louisville Guard Chris Jones Pleads Not Guilty To Rape, Sodomy Charges

by The Huffington Post // February 26, 2015 // Updated 17:05 GMT // 0 Comments

DYLAN LOVAN, Associated Press LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Former Louisville guard Chris Jones pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges of rape and sodomy, days after being dismissed from the team.LOUISVILLE, KY – FEBRUARY 21: Chris Jones #3 of the Louisville Cardinals dribbles the ball during the game against the Miami Hurricanes at KFC YUM! Center […]

Andy Murray upset by teenager Borna Coric in Dubai

by CNN // February 26, 2015 // Updated 15:22 GMT // 0 Comments

Few had given Coric much chance of winning the pair’s quarterfinal contest at the Dubai Championships, his last victory against a top-10 ranked player dating back to a historic win over Rafael Nadal at the end of 2014. Luck had played a part in Coric’s path to the last eight after he had initially lost […]

Horse heaven available — for $22.9m

by CNN // February 26, 2015 // Updated 14:43 GMT // 0 Comments

Former FedEx CEO Ted Weise is selling his 50-acre equestrian estate in Florida, which includes scenic horse riding trails and a riding arena. Oh, and when you’ve dusted yourself down after a tough day in the saddle there are 10 full baths and three partial baths to help you scrub up, before you start exploring […]

Craig Sager Is Finally Healthy And Returning To NBA Sidelines, Crazy Suits And All

by The Huffington Post // February 26, 2015 // Updated 14:40 GMT // 0 Comments

Some good news for once: Craig Sager is finally healthy enough to return to work. The sartorial legend and occasional sideline reporter for TNT and TBS will return to the sidelines on March 5 for the Oklahoma City Thunder-Chicago Bulls Thursday night game, according to a tweet on Wednesday by his son, Craig Sager II: […]

Cricket World Cup: Afghanistan makes history with first ever win

by CNN // February 26, 2015 // Updated 14:21 GMT // 0 Comments

Appearing at the tournament for the first time, the war-torn country beat the Scots by one wicket with just three balls to sparesparking jubilant celebrations back home. Afghan batter Samiullah Shenwari saved his team from the clutches of defeat, scoring 96 runs to set up a nail-biting finale. – Read: Gayle force: Cricket World Cup […]

MotoGP: Marquez fastest in Sepang testing

by CNN // February 26, 2015 // Updated 13:37 GMT // 0 Comments

Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez blew away the winter cobwebs with a typically imperious blast around the track. The youngest-ever double world champion’s best lap of one minute 59.115 seconds was more than three-tenths of a second clear of the field — a blink of an eye, perhaps, but a significant gap in a sport of […]

At the Very End, a Bad Night Turns Awful for Arsenal

by The New York Times // February 26, 2015 // Updated 10:33 GMT // 0 Comments

LONDON — What next for England in the Champions League? The Premier League attracts players from all over the world, and the television revenue it receives makes other national leagues green with envy. Theo Walcott of Arsenal went flying over Aymen Abdennour of Monaco during their Champions League match in London on Wednesday. Monaco won, […]

World Cup winner Cannavaro faces jail after swimming in his own pool

by CNN // February 26, 2015 // Updated 03:19 GMT // 0 Comments

They said that Cannavaro hadn’t properly applied for planning permission for development of the house and surrounding grounds, which was seized by authorities. – The team, AFC Champions League winners in 2013, beat Seoul FC 1-0 in an Asian Champions League match on Wednesday.

At Packed Utah Women’s Gymnastics Meets, Marketing Earns High Scores

by The New York Times // February 26, 2015 // Updated 00:22 GMT // 0 Comments

The Utah gymnast Baely Rowe competing on the beam in a meet against Stanford last Saturday at the Huntsman Center. It drew more than 15,000 spectators.” SALT LAKE CITY — Squeezed into the dizzying choreography of a gymnastics meet at the University of Utah on Saturday night came an unplanned plea over the public-address system. […]

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