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Rolex 24 Sees Increasing Impact

This weekend's IMSA Tudor United SportsCar Series Rolex 24 at Daytona "has become an all-star event" to begin the racing season and kick off Speedweeks. The field includes 14 of the 33 drivers who started in the '14 Indianapolis 500. While "most of the guest drivers this weekend are hired outsi ...

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“I really don’t want a Kia. Although if it happened, I’m not going to be upset about it. Mom will have a nice ride” – Senators F Bobby Ryan , on not wanting to be the final selection in tonight’s NHL All-Star Draft, despite the last pick being awarded a new car ( ...

SI Lays Off Remaining Photographers

The six remaining staff photographers at Sports Illustrated "were all laid off" on Thursday. The move was confirmed by SI Dir of Photography Brad Smith , who said that while the six "are no longer staff photographers, that does not preclude them (from) continuing to shoot for the magazine." He adde ...

NFLPA Grievance Challenges Conduct Policy

The NFLPA has filed a "non-injury expedited grievance against the NFL to challenge the league's new personal conduct policy." The union "maintains that the policy is in violation" of the CBA and seeks a "cease and desist order to enjoin implementation of the policy." The NFLPA alleges that ...

Winter X Draws Record Thursday Crowd

The Winter X Games in Aspen had its largest Thursday night crowd ever as 16,300 attended the first day of competition at Buttermilk Mountain. The major draw of the evening was the finals of Men's Snowboard Superpipe featuring all three halfpipe medalists from the Sochi Games – Iouri Podl ...

Veteran ESPN Exec John Walsh Set To Retire

ESPN Exec VP & Exec Editor JOHN WALSH "will retire next month, ending a 26-year run with the company," according to Tim Baysinger of BROADCASTING & CABLE. Walsh, whose retirement was first reported by author James Andrew Miller , has been with ESPN since '88 and "is widely considered ...

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Weekend Plans With Disney's Christen Harris

Following a busy week of planning sessions, meeting with prospective and existing digital customers and a co-op board meeting on Friday night, Disney & ESPN Media VP/Digital Distribution CHRISTEN HARRIS is looking forward to a weekend away from the office, whether watching tennis at her home i ...

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OSU Celebration Meets NHL All-Star

Ohio State on Saturday will celebrate its CFP championship at Ohio Stadium with an hour-long event starting at 11:00am ET. The festivities are "free to the public," and "parking is free in all surface lots" and in several garages. In addition to general admission seating in the upper and lower decks ...

Brady, Belichick Deny Deflategate Involvement

Patriots coach Bill Belichick and QB Tom Brady during separate press conferences on Thursday both claimed to have "no knowledge of how underinflated footballs ended up being used in their AFC Championship game win" against the Colts last Sunday, according to a front-page piece by Shalise Manza Young ...

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Selig Leaves As MLB Commish After 22 Years

MLB Commissioner Bud Selig this weekend will conclude a 22-year term in the office that, while "rife with turmoil at the start, will go down as the most transformational of any in the sport’s history," according to Bill King of SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL. Selig was able to implement interleag ...

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