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Mudcat Grant, American League’s First Black 20-Game Winner, Dies at 85

New York Times
Richard Goldstein “First his musicians — up to seven of them — begin, playing dance music and jazzier stuff, and then the Kittens, some very sexy girls in spare feline outfits, take over the stage to sing and dance and purr,” Frank Deford wrote in Sports Illustrated in 1968. “Then......

The Nations League’s True Utility for the USMNT

Sports Illustrated
A trophy has been unveiled. The winner of Concacaf’s new competition, the Nations League, will receive a 20.5-inch high, slender, silver-plated cup featuring four spiraling wings that represent this week’s semifinalists. It all rests on a base of raw, unpolished stone that’s a fitting symbol for the region’s bedrock countries,......

Premier League’s pandemic season: Robbed goal celebrations, bags of PPE, fears for football’s future

ESPN
The 2020-21 Premier League season was unlike any other. With the coronavirus pandemic forcing the 2019-20 season to conclude in late July, teams had a little over six weeks to reboot, reset and regroup. From there, the grueling calendar took hold, with a compressed league schedule and cup competitions squeezed......

Howard Webb on how MLS is getting VAR right and what other leagues can learn

ESPN
If there’s one man to speak to about the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) project, it’s Howard Webb. A former FIFA World Cup final and Premier League referee, Webb has been involved since the beginning when Major League Soccer became one of the first leagues in the world to use it.......

Premier League’s Joe Bryan opens up on anxiety, fear and football: He wants to help

ESPN
Joe Bryan can’t remember how he felt during the best moments of his career. He only recalls those two goals he scored against Brentford in the 2020 Championship playoff final, which earned Fulham promotion to the Premier League and a £170m windfall, through watching highlights. Nor can he remember the......

Stash These Rookies in Your Dynasty Fantasy Leagues

Fantasy fans all know the names of the top rookies selected in the 2021 NFL Draft, including Trevor Lawrence, Najee Harris, Ja’Marr Chase, and Kyle Pitts (to name a few), but what about the lesser-known players? Many of them might not impact the stat sheets as rookies, but there are......

Shearer, Henry are Premier League’s First Hall of Fame Inductees

Sports Illustrated
At a time when European soccer’s future is in the crosshairs, the Premier League has paid homage to two of the best in its past. Alan Shearer and Thierry Henry were the first two players inducted into the Premier League’s Hall of Fame, with the strikers being honored on Monday.......

Premier League’s U.S. owners among big losers in Super League saga

ESPN
A week after 12 rebel clubs from the Premier League, La Liga and Serie A tried and failed to launch of a European Super League, football is still dealing with the fallout of a momentous period in the game’s modern history sparked by the attempted breakaway of AC Milan, Arsenal,......

English Soccer Leagues Unite to Boycott Social Media

Sports Illustrated
SI – For more and to sign up click here Joseph Salvador Multiple English soccer leagues including its players, managers and officials plan to boycott social media from April 30 at 10 a.m. to May 3 at 6:59 p.m. ET in response to the continued online harassment players and others......

The Hilarity and Irony We’ll Remember Most From the Super League’s 56 Hours

Sports Illustrated
http://www.si.com/.image/c_limit%2Ccs_srgb%2Cfl_progressive%2Ch_1200%2Cq_auto:good%2Cw_1200/MTgwNDgzMTcxMjc5MzgyMTYw/super-duper-league.jpg Andrew Gastelum With a lifespan of just 56 hours, the Super League turned out to be a supernova, a dream that really just turned out to be a nightmare for most.  But whether you were either against it or writing “Yanks Out” on a Soviet flag and pinning it......

Backing up their pledges: Which leagues have followed through since George Floyd’s murder

ESPN
8:58 PM ET ESPN staff George Floyd’s murder — and the graphic footage that captured his final breaths — rocked athletes, coaches and executives throughout professional and amateur sports. With the country already on edge just a couple months into the COVID-19 pandemic, a viral video showed then-Minneapolis police officer......

The Super League’s Dominoes Come Crashing Down

Sports Illustrated
Fulham Road, which runs parallel to King’s Road through southwest London, is usually closed to traffic when Chelsea is at home—although recently, due to the pandemic, there has been no need. But on Tuesday night, before Chelsea’s game against Brighton, police once again blocked access between Fulham Broadway and Brompton......

How the Super League’s Waves Could Be Felt in U.S. Soccer

Sports Illustrated
It now feels like the before times, but it was only two days ago, Saturday, that U.S. soccer fans celebrated Sergiño Dest’s triumph in the Copa del Rey final. Barcelona thumped Athletic Bilbao, 4-0, and photos of Dest with the trophy, or with his arms around Lionel Messi, were shared......

Lakers to skip White House visit due to league’s COVID-19 protocols

TheHill
USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here Olafimihan Oshin The Los Angeles Lakers will not visit the White House this year to celebrate their championship due to COVID-19 protocols and scheduling issues, a source told … Source link To Return to the Main Aggregate News Page......

Assessing the Premier League’s big signings

ESPN
4:00 AM ET Ian DarkeESPN.com writer Close Darke, who called games for the network during the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, is ESPN lead soccer voice in the United States. He has covered the Barclays Premier League and the Champions League since 1982, and has one of the......

The Watchability Power Rankings: Ranking every team in Europe’s top leagues

ESPN
The final international break of the season is coming to an end and the European club season is hitting the home stretch. Now’s the time for all the title races (or, more likely, battles for Champions League positions) we’ve been talking about for months to play out. There are plenty......

Why won’t Biden target anti-Asian discrimination in the Ivy Leagues?

NYPost
John N. Kennedy Did you get to visit Paris before the virus shut down international travel? The architect who designed the Louvre’s iconic glass pyramid was actually an American — an Asian American named I.M. Pei. By the time of his death at age of 102, Pei had designed many......

MLS Reveals Leagues Cup Participants, Campeones Cup Date

Sports Illustrated
MLS announced Tuesday the return of the Leagues Cup and Campeones Cup, the new competitions conducted in partnership with Liga MX that were suspended in 2020 because of the pandemic. The single-elimination Leagues Cup will take place in August and September and will feature eight clubs—four from MLS and four......

Sports leagues facing more than $300 million drop in airline sponsorships

CNBC
CNBC – For more and to sign up click here Mr. and Mrs. Met pose onstage at Delta Air Lines’ unveiling of the ‘Let’s Go Mets’ aircraft at JFK Airport to celebrate the team’s return to the postseason on October 6, 2015 in New York City. Brad Barket | Getty......

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