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Bettman Praises Shanahan For Player Safety Work, Says No Replacement Lined Up Yet

04 / 18 / 14

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman on Wednesday said that former NHL VP/Player Safety & Hockey Operations Brendan Shanahan, who became Maple Leafs President this week , "leaves a lasting legacy with his involvement with the league's player safety department, a position that did not exist until he to...

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04/18/14
NWSL Eyes Elusive Stability, Viability

The NWSL is in the early stages of its second season, but its "long-term viability is uncertain," as women’s pro leagues in the U.S. "can’t draw fans, either at live events or on television, the way men’s leagues can," according to Juliet Macur of the N.Y. TIMES. Progress for women ...

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04/17/14
Judge Denies NFL Concussion Settlement

U.S. District Court Judge Anita Brody yesterday "denied preliminary approval" of the $765M settlement between the NFL and "more than 4,500 of its retired players in the concussions case that has been in the spotlight," according to Jeff Blumenthal of the PHILADELPHIA BUSINESS JOURNAL. Plaintiff layw ...

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04/16/14
Selig Praises New Replay System

MLB Commissioner Bud Selig and several club owners yesterday expressed support for the league's newly expanded instant replay system despite numerous high-profile issues in recent days and open questioning by some managers, including the Red Sox' John Farrell. Speaking at the MLB Diversity Business ...

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04/16/14
Production Dips For Some NHL Clubs Post-Olympics

NHL teams that sent a large number of players to the '14 Sochi Games "had a significant drop in performance" after the tournament, while teams that "sent few players had a slight improvement," according to a Univ. of Massachusetts study cited by Jeff Klein of the N.Y. TIMES. UMass sports economics p ...

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04/16/14
Vikings, Twins Owners Want Expansion MLS Club

MLS later today is expected to officially announce Atlanta as the home for an expansion team , and Vikings VP/Public Affairs & Stadium Development Lester Bagley yesterday said that the team and its ownership are "working to secure" an expansion franchise to play in the new Vikings stadium, acco ...

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04/15/14
La Russa Happy With Replay So Far

After two weeks and 185 games of the MLB season, there have been 84 calls reviewed under the league's new replay system, and of those, 28 calls (33%) "have been reversed," according to Jayson Stark of ESPN.com. Former Cardinals manager Tony La Russa, who serves on a replay subcommittee of ...

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04/15/14
Not All NHLers Like New Playoff Format

Fans who are "having some trouble figuring out the NHL's new playoff format" are not alone, as a few Penguins players "haven't quite nailed it down, either," according to Seth Rorabaugh of the PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE. Penguins D Brooks Orpik said, "I still haven't figured it out, to be honest with y ...

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04/15/14
Haas Bullish On New F1 Team

NASCAR team Owner Gene Haas last week was granted a license to start a U.S.-based F1 team, and yesterday said that it will "serve as a launching pad to double the sales of his Haas Automation company, which builds machine tools," according to Jeff Gluck of USA TODAY. Haas and team Principal Gue ...

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04/15/14
Golf's Young Talent Steps Into Spotlight

With Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson both absent from weekend play at The Masters for the first time in 20 years, a host of players in their 20s, led by second-place finishers Jordan Spieth (20) and Jonas Blixt (29) "capably stepped into the void," according to Dave Shedloski of GOLF WORLD. Thos ...

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04/15/14
New Indoor Soccer League Forming

Six teams from the Major Indoor Soccer League have "reached an agreement" to partner with teams from the Professional Arena Soccer League to "create a new league that is expected to consist of 20-plus teams throughout North America," according to Glenn Graham of the Baltimore SUN. The Baltimore Blas ...

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