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Vikings GM: No plans to trade QB Ponder

ESPN Sports Feed - Tue, 05/06/2014 - 14:51
Minnesota Vikings GM Rick Spielman says he has no plans to trade Christian Ponder.
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Jackson out after 3 years as Warriors coach

ESPN Sports Feed - Tue, 05/06/2014 - 14:50
The Golden State Warriors have fired coach Mark Jackson, the team announced.
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Blackhawks D Hjalmarsson to play Game 3

ESPN Sports Feed - Tue, 05/06/2014 - 14:02
Blackhawks defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson will play against the Minnesota Wild in Game 3 of their Western Conference second-round series Tuesday despite not being medically cleared to speak after being struck in the throat area by a puck during Game 2.
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Yanks' Girardi ejected for arguing strike call

ESPN Sports Feed - Tue, 05/06/2014 - 13:05
Yankees manager Joe Girardi was ejected in the eighth inning of Monday night's game between the Yankees and Angels.
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Predators hire Laviolette as next head coach

ESPN Sports Feed - Tue, 05/06/2014 - 13:01
The Nashville Predators hired Peter Laviolette as their new head coach Tuesday.
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Pierce: LeBron dislike just 'basketball thing'

ESPN Sports Feed - Tue, 05/06/2014 - 12:56
For the 26th time, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett will square off with LeBron James in a playoff game when the Brooklyn Nets open their second-round series at Miami on Tuesday night.
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Durant wins MVP with 119 first-place votes

ESPN Sports Feed - Tue, 05/06/2014 - 10:51
Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant was named league MVP on Tuesday morning, collecting 119 first-place votes.
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LeGrand: Rutgers rescinds grad speech offer

ESPN Sports Feed - Tue, 05/06/2014 - 10:06
Rutgers University asked Eric LeGrand to be its commencement speaker, and then suddenly pulled the offer off the table.
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Pistorius neighbor: Heard man cry for help

ESPN Sports Feed - Tue, 05/06/2014 - 06:22
A man who lives next to the house where Oscar Pistorius fatally shot his girlfriend testified Tuesday at the athlete's murder trial about the night of the killing, saying he heard a man crying loudly.
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Happy National Tourism Week!

NASC - Tue, 05/06/2014 - 05:00

Perhaps, it’s a good time to assess what tourism in general means to your area, and in this business, sports tourism in particular. And, more importantly, it can be a time to look at unused assets and opportunities that you may have right in your own back yard and re-energize your economic base.

In the Madison, Wisconsin area, sports tourism means University of Wisconsin games as well as Ironman and USA Cycling events. But it also means bringing in sports that may not be top of mind, like Tug of War tournaments and Ultimate Frisbee.

In an article in the Wisconsin State Journal, Judy Frankel with the Greater Madison Convention and Visitors Bureau, says the Madison area is not necessarily looking to bring in softball, baseball, volleyball and hockey tournaments. Other areas of the state take care of those sports.

“We have a community that encourages being outside and being active,” said Frankel. “We have so many ways in which you can do it, whether you’re renting a B-Cycle for 10 minutes or you’re doing a 100-mile bike ride.” The active lifestyle of the community has encouraged the Ironman franchise to be in the area through 2018 in a state where overall tourism in 2013 was up 4.3 percent to an economic impact of $17.5 billion.

Lubbock, Texas is celebrating the week in a more engaging way. John Osborne, the president and CEO of the Lubbock Economic Development Alliance and Visit Lubbock, wrote an editorial in the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal on how residents of the Hub City can actively promote Lubbock as a tourism destination, sports or otherwise with the “Live Love Lubbock” campaign, adding the hashtag #LiveLoveLubbock to social media photos of the area, offering prize incentives for the posts.

Other sports commissions and CVBs are holding “FAM” trips, sponsor luncheons and other activities to engage and update their community leaders on what tourism means to the region.

As you celebrate National Tourism Week, take the opportunity to look at your sports landscape and how your own community assets can help make it grow. Be an advocate for your community and the industry.


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Rivera: Pedroia preferable at 2B over Cano

ESPN Sports Feed - Tue, 05/06/2014 - 02:42
Former New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera says in a new book to be released Tuesday that Dustin Pedroia of the Boston Red Sox would be his ultimate choice as a second baseman, saying he doesn't think Robinson Cano "burns to be the best."
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Peyton: Recovery remains an ongoing fight

ESPN Sports Feed - Tue, 05/06/2014 - 01:19
Peyton Manning, speaking Monday on the Late Show with David Letterman revealed the strength his right arm is still not at presurgery level, saying "this year felt a lot better than I did the year before. These nerves just go at their own pace."
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Paul's 8 3s lead to Thunder blowout

ESPN Sports Feed - Mon, 05/05/2014 - 23:59
Chris Paul made a career-high eight 3-pointers and scored 32 points to help the Los Angeles Clippers beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 122-105 on Monday night in Game 1 of their Western Conference semifinal.
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Pacers vets pull Roy Hibbert aside

ESPN Sports Feed - Mon, 05/05/2014 - 23:56
Following a zero-point, zero-rebound performance in a 102-96 Game 1 loss to the Washington Wizards, All-Star center Roy Hibbert was pulled aside by teammates David West and Rasual Butler, according to a report by the team's website.
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Crosby goal all Penguins need vs. Rangers

ESPN Sports Feed - Mon, 05/05/2014 - 23:03
Sidney Crosby scored his first goal of these playoffs, and Marc-Andre Fleury earned his second shutout of the New York Rangers in two nights as the Pittsburgh Penguins regained home-ice advantage with a 2-0 victory in Game 3 on Monday night.
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Source: Mettenberger combine sample diluted

ESPN Sports Feed - Mon, 05/05/2014 - 22:14
LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger produced a diluted urine sample at the February scouting combine, a source confirmed to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
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Wiz put away Pacers to pick up Game 1 win

ESPN Sports Feed - Mon, 05/05/2014 - 21:51
Bradley Beal scored 14 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter and Trevor Ariza added 22 on Monday night, leading Washington past top-seeded Indiana 102-96 in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.
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Players contest NFL concussion settlement

ESPN Sports Feed - Mon, 05/05/2014 - 18:55
Seven former NFL players filed a court motion Monday to challenge the $765 million NFL concussion settlement, arguing that the deal struck between the league and thousands of ex-players who sued it falls short.
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Sources: Raptors, Casey reach 3-year deal

ESPN Sports Feed - Mon, 05/05/2014 - 17:51
The Toronto Raptors and coach Dwane Casey have reached an agreement on a new three-year deal, sources confirmed to ESPN.com's Marc Stein.
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Dodgers' Puig not in lineup after hitting wall

ESPN Sports Feed - Mon, 05/05/2014 - 15:45
Yasiel Puig wasn't listed in the starting lineup for the Los Angeles Dodgers' series opener against the Washington Nationals, the day after he slammed into a wall trying to make a game-saving catch.
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