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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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02/26/14
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In Austin, Kirk Bohls writes NASCAR "has no better ambassador, no bigger superstar who actually gets it" than Dale Earnhardt Jr. Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage said, "Dale is our Michael Jordan, our Tiger Woods. Whenever he wins, it helps us. If we could write the script, Dale would wi ...

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02/25/14
NASCAR Buzzing After Daytona 500

Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s victory in Sunday's Daytona 500 "might mark a watershed turnaround" for NASCAR, which "still is battling lagging TV ratings and attendance," according to Nate Ryan of USA TODAY. NASCAR now "gets three consecutive days to showcase its 10-time most popular driver in national media ...

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02/24/14
Silver: First Openly Gay NBA Player "Long Overdue"

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver yesterday was "understandably excited and proud" when Jason Collins became the first active openly gay athlete in the four major U.S. pro sports leagues by signing a 10-day contract with the Nets, but he noted that it is "disappointing it took this long for this moment t ...

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02/24/14
Earnhardt's Win Could Boost NASCAR

After a record-setting rain delay yesterday of around 6 hours and 22 minutes had turned Daytona Int'l Speedway into the "world's most expansive parking lot," Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the Daytona 500 for the first time in a decade, and NASCAR's "favorite son once again had his moment in the sun," accor ...

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02/24/14
Positive Reviews For New MLB Replay System

MLB Exec VP/Baseball Operations Joe Torre has led briefings for 15 teams so far on the league's implementation of instant replay, with the rest to be completed this week, and the early reviews of the system are "strikingly positive," according to Paul White of USA TODAY. Torre said, "The reception f ...

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02/24/14
MLBPA's Clark Expresses Concern Over Free Agency

MLB free agency "isn't completely free anymore," as several players remain unsigned because "no team has yet proved willing to surrender a draft pick to acquire" certain veterans, according to John Tomase of the BOSTON HERALD. MLBPA Exec Dir Tony Clark would "like to address that issue" when the CBA ...

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02/24/14
New A-11 Football League Approaches Tebow

Reps for ESPN's Tim Tebow "have been approached" about him playing in the A-11 Football League, a "new spring, outdoor professional football league" that has been created and financed, according to Woody Paige of the DENVER POST. A franchise "most likely will be awarded soon to Denver," and the leag ...

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02/21/14
NBA Offices Restructure

In conjunction with ADAM SILVER taking over as NBA Commissioner on Feb. 1, the league has had several other key management changes put into place in recent weeks. Principal among those has been MARK TATUM being appointed Deputy Commissioner, but the changes have occurred across the league’ ...

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02/20/14
NFL Replay, Playoff Changes Unlikely For '14

The NFL's Competition Committee is "unlikely to make major changes to the replay system or playoffs this year," according to Michael Marot of the AP. The committee yesterday "discussed both issues during a meeting in Indianapolis but reached no consensus on either issue." More meetings are "schedule ...

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02/19/14
Singh's PGA Tour Lawsuit Can Proceed

Golfer Vijay Singh will "get his day in court" after New York Supreme Court Judge Eileen Bransten "dismissed five of seven causes of action: three alleging negligence by the PGA Tour, one on breach of fiduciary duty and one regarding intentional infliction of emotional distress," according to Alex M ...

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