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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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MLB draft: Cards step up to the plate to face Boras, Drew

The St. Louis Cardinals needn't look far back in their draft history to justify the pair of high-risk, potentially high-return moves they made last week when they selected J.D. Drew in the first round and Chad Hutchinson in the second. Last year, they used their second-round pick to take Rick An ...

Tags: Arizona Cardinals, Miami Marlins, NFL, Prince, St. Louis Cardinals

Drew won't test system again, but he won't be patsy

J.D. Drew will figure prominently yet again when baseball's annual draft gets under way on Tuesday. Drew's path — kissing off offers from the Phillies and signing with the Northern League in an attempt to gain free agency — may be tempting to players who'd like to cash in, the way prev ...

Tags: Arizona Cardinals, Oakland Athletics, Philadelphia Phillies, St. Louis Cardinals

His father's son: Veeck covets piece of Twins

Mike Veeck, one of the more innovative promoters in minor-league baseball, has mounted his white horse. Now, it's up to Minnesota Twins owner Carl Pohlad to decide whether he's willing to let Veeck ride in and lasso the wayward franchise for the Twin Cities. Veeck, who is in the process of se ...

Tags: Detroit Tigers, Minnesota Twins, New Orleans Saints

CART merchandising changes put sales on fast track

Only 17 months after creating a division meant to bring the bulk of its licensing in-house, motorsports sanctioning body CART is showing mammoth sales gains. Three races into this year's FedEx Championship series, at-track sales of CART licensed products were up 46 percent in comparison to last ...

Tags: Championship Auto Racing Teams Inc., Gear For Sports, Reebok

MLB won battle, but might have lost the war

The status of baseball mega-prospect J.D. Drew remained in limbo last week after an arbitrator ruled that while the Players Association's grievance on behalf of Drew was well-founded, it did not apply to him since he is not a member of the union. That put the matter in the hands of baseball's ex ...

Tags: This Week's Issue

McGwire goes from fastballs to fast cars

Add the back of Bobby Hillin's race car to the growing list of places you can check for an up-to-date count of Mark McGwire's home run total. McGwire joined the stock car world last week when he bought a share in Hillin's Busch circuit race team, paying $50,000 for an equal piece of the car, whi ...

Tags: This Week's Issue

Teams add Beanie Babies to lineups

The Beanie Babies craze that has swept sports promotion was born in the bowels of John McDonough's Chicago home. McDonough, the Chicago Cubs' vice president for marketing and broadcasting, was cleaning the basement with his eldest daughter, Colleen, when he found that the room was overrun with t ...

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Sonics' home movies are hit

Nate McMillan at a Tupperware party. Gary Payton at a retirement home. Sam Perkins dropping by after dinner unannounced. These were three of the seemingly pedestrian ideas that led to a shopping cart of awards for the Seattle SuperSonics and Wong Doody, the advertising agency that produced the c ...

Tags: This Week's Issue

Action speaks loud about world market

Action Performance, the top-selling die-cast collectibles company in motorsports, was trying to fan flames in international markets when it mentioned worldwide licensing rights as part of Jeff Gordon's contract extension last week. All of Action's contracts with its drivers include worldwide rig ...

Tags: Action Performance Cos., NASCAR, This Week's Issue

Cleaning these fish was bloody affair

The scissors rest. Six months of hacking, sawing, snipping and clipping finally have put the Florida Marlins in the position they've been angling toward — the lower echelons of baseball's payroll ranks. The Marlins' blockbusting trade of Gary Sheffield, Bobby Bonilla, Charles Johnson, Ji ...

Tags: Miami Marlins, This Week's Issue

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