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Bill King

Senior writer Bill King writes special projects and covers combat sports and educational programs.

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Popular overseas bouts shift model for HBO

03 / 31 / 14

He can picture it already, the spectacle of petulant super middleweight contender George Groves riding to the ring atop a London bus, a crowd of more than 60,000 stretched to the far reaches of iconic Wembley Stadium for what likely will be the U.K.’s most lucrative fight ever. London-based...

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09/28/98
Tenacity is key for new Brewers boss

Amid the memorabilia that brighten Wendy Selig-Prieb's office — the autographed baseballs and bobbing-head dolls, the photograph signed by Henry Aaron and the lithograph signed by Robin Yount — hangs a black-and-white poster of Ken Sanders, a journeyman who pitched for the Milwaukee Brew ...

Tags: Atlanta Braves, Chicago Cubs, Milwaukee Brewers, Time Warner

09/21/98
Salary talk dominates meeting

MILWAUKEE — They discussed much but did little. That's what came from the latest quarterly baseball owners' meetings, held last week in Milwaukee, home of baseball's newly confirmed commissioner, Bud Selig. Selig announced action on only two items: ¥ The passage of a rule to allow an own ...

Tags: Milwaukee Brewers

09/21/98
Oriole boss on Expos: Not in my back yard

MILWAUKEE — Those near the nation's capital who are lining up to bid for what soon may be a nomadic baseball franchise, that of the long-embattled Montreal Expos, should be reminded of this point: Two years after baseball's last aborted flirtation with Northern Virginia, the man who lives up t ...

Tags: Baltimore Orioles, Columbia/HCA Healthcare Corp., Houston Astros, Minnesota Twins, New York Giants, Pittsburgh Pirates, San Francisco Giants

09/14/98
Chicago won't forget Sosa

Sammy Mania lives on — at least in Chicago. Though eclipsing Roger Maris' mark of 61 homers no longer will get Sammy Sosa in the record book, it will get his picture on a commemorative T-shirt. Apparel manufacturer Pro Player Inc. said it will produce a shirt to mark Sosa's achievement i ...

Tags: Pro Player Inc.

09/14/98
Texas misses second Winston Cup date when NASCAR chooses new mark ...

Good news for Homestead played as bad news in Fort Worth. When the Miami-Dade Homestead Motorsports Complex was awarded a 1999 NASCAR Winston Cup date, as was expected, earlier this month, it marked the third year in a row that Speedway Motorsports Inc.'s Texas Motor Speedway was passed over for ...

Tags: Anheuser-Busch Cos., NASCAR, Speedway Motorsports Inc.

09/14/98
NCAA may disable high-tech 'lumber'

Andy Lopez speaks frankly when he's asked whether bat technology has outrun the confines of college baseball, and whether coaches from top-line programs are willing to speak up and do something about it. "As college coaches, we have financial responsibilities that we're trying to meet, so you ...

Tags: Easton, NCAA

09/14/98
R.J. Reynolds giveaway pays off

When R.J. Reynolds said No Bull, it meant it. The cigarette manufacturer has given away $3 million this year to drivers and fans as part of an incentive package tied to five NASCAR Winston Cup series' keystone events — the Daytona 500, Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte, Brickyard 400 at Indian ...

Tags: NASCAR

09/14/98
The marketing monster

As he watched Mark McGwire topple milestone after milestone in the week leading up to his season-record 62nd home run, the same image kept flashing before John DeWall's eyes: The Abbey, Seal Beach. Each time McGwire sat in front of a camera during a postgame news conference, he wore a gray ...

Tags: Arizona Cardinals, Detroit Red Wings, Frito-Lay, Integrated Sports International (ISI), New Era, New York Yankees, Nutmeg Mills, Pro Player Inc., QVC Inc., St. Louis Cardinals, Starter, VF Corp., YankeeNets

09/14/98
Marlins may be ready to rally

The Florida Marlins appear to be steadying themselves. They've nearly got an owner, and they're keeping the general manager who built them. Banking on assertions that Boca Raton commodities trader John Henry will purchase the team, Marlins general manager Dave Dombrowski last week agreed to ...

Tags: Miami Marlins, Fox, Los Angeles Dodgers, News Corp

09/07/98
Budweiser launches blimp campaign in a hail of home runs

Anheuser-Busch was looking for a way to launch a highly visible advertising campaign that would cross through several sports that it sponsors. And along came Mark McGwire. Which is as visible as you get right now. McGwire's home run quest is at the heart of the first of a series of commercia ...

Tags: Anheuser-Busch Cos., Arizona Cardinals, DDB Needham Worldwide Inc., NASCAR, St. Louis Cardinals

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