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Nike and Jordan Basketball athletes will also wear all-black footwear in tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr $NKE pic.twitter.com/xqhZqtJaSz — Jess (@JGolden5) January 16, 2017

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NCAA Looks To Improve Tourney Selection Process

The NCAA this Friday will host a meeting designed to "speed the inclusion of more metrics in the selection process" for its men's basketball tournament, according to Mike Lopresti of NCAA.com. Attendees will include statisticians Jeff Sagarin and Ken Pomeroy, Michigan State Assistant AD/Adminis ...

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Target Field Debt Being Paid Off Early

Hennepin County (Minn.) is "on pace to pay off Target Field debt a decade ahead of schedule," according to Kelly Smith of the Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE. The $555M ballpark and its surrounding infrastructure were built with $350M in funding from the county, or $675M total "with interest." The county " ...

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Red Sox' Offseason Moves Leads To Ticket Sales Boost

Red Sox President Sam Kennedy said that the team as of last Thursday had sold about 1,675,000 tickets for '17 -- "up from 1,580,000 sold from the same date a year ago" -- a 6% increase, according to Evan Drellich of the BOSTON HERALD. Kennedy said, "There’s about 50,000 tickets more than we ha ...

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Media Notes

In St. Paul, Andy Greder noted MLS expansion club Minnesota United is “set to hire Callum Williams" as their TV play-by-play voice. Williams worked for Sporting KC “for about four seasons." He will “join former United player Jamie Watson, who will become the club’s sideline r ...

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Former Ravens President David Modell Dies

Former Ravens President DAVID MODELL , "considered an architect" of the team that won Super Bowl XXXV in '01, "died of lung cancer Friday" at the age of 55, according to Jacques Kelly of the Baltimore SUN. Ravens Owner STEVE BISCIOTTI in a statement said, "Above all, he was a sweet, kind man who ...

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IOC Says No Deadline On NHL/Oly Participation

An IOC spokesperson on Friday said that there is "no firm deadline" for the NHL to decide on player participation in the '18 PyeongChang Games, according to Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.com. The IOC in October was quoted as saying that yesterday was the deadline, but the spokesperson in an email wrote, "Th ...

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PGA Tour's Monahan Touts Sociability As Strength

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FAA Approves Inglewood Stadium Project

The Inglewood NFL stadium plan "took another step forward Friday when the Federal Aviation Administration approved the project after a lengthy review," according to Nathan Fenno of the L.A. TIMES. The agency had been "concerned the structure ... could interfere" with radar at the nearby LAX. As ...

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California Baptist Begins Process Of Moving To D-I

California Baptist Univ. announced Friday that it will "begin the process of moving" to D-I, according to Allan Steele of the Riverside PRESS-ENTERPRISE. The school "accepted an invitation" to join the WAC. CBU will "continue to compete" in the D-II PacWest Conference next season before jo ...

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Cavaliers Ratings On FS Ohio Down 27%

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