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Kentucky keeps stranglehold on No. 1 spot

ESPN Sports Feed - Mon, 02/09/2015 - 13:50
Kentucky is the unanimous No. 1 in The Associated Press' Top 25 for the second straight week.
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Favre will have No. 4 retired at Lambeau

ESPN Sports Feed - Mon, 02/09/2015 - 13:42
Brett Favre will return to Lambeau Field in 2015 to be inducted into the Green Bay Packers' Hall of Fame and to have his No. 4 jersey retired by the team.
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EWU star QB Adams to transfer to Oregon

ESPN Sports Feed - Mon, 02/09/2015 - 13:33
Eastern Washington quarterback Vernon Adams is headed to Oregon, where he immediately becomes the favorite to replace Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota.
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The Sport of the Moment

NASC - Mon, 02/09/2015 - 12:56

Watching Tiger Woods’ struggles on the golf course so far in 2015 reminds us that Tiger’s heyday, in the early to mid-2000s, was the PGA Tour’s heyday as well.

As rights fees came up for television broadcasts, sponsor renewals and the like, the Tour was smart enough to cash in on the amazing popularity of watching Tiger play golf to bring in record rights fees and sponsorship deals.

Today, watching Tiger play golf is more an exercise in watching an accident—we know we shouldn’t look, but we do anyway. Not having a signature player dominating the PGA Tour, the Tour will say, is more interesting because many players have a chance to win.

But do we know these players the way we do Tiger?

Which brings us to the discussion of what’s the “hot” sport to sponsor, to get rights fees for, to bring to your city? Ten years ago, it may have been golf, whether professional or amateur. Over the last decade we’ve seen the explosion of youth lacrosse, fishing tournaments, even bowling (which is becoming bigger than ever on the high school level).

All this follows soccer’s foothold on youth activities, and youth baseball and softball will never go away. So what’s the right sport for you?

It’s tempting to go after the “hot” sport of the moment, but look at what your area can support and what’s popular as a recreational sport in your area. That will help you determine if your facilities are right, and whether you can entice enough volunteers to help during the event.

Because as the PGA Tour is learning, what was must-see TV 10 years ago, is becoming can’t-look-away TV.


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Recruit Jefferson finally faxes LOI to Florida

ESPN Sports Feed - Mon, 02/09/2015 - 12:04
Five long days after national signing day, five-star defensive end CeCe Jefferson finally faxed in letter of intent to Florida on Monday morning.
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Bills convinced Incognito is a changed man

ESPN Sports Feed - Mon, 02/09/2015 - 11:41
Buffalo Bills owners Terry and Kim Pegula, as well as general manager Doug Whaley and coach Rex Ryan, are convinced Richie Incognito's past troubles are behind him after meeting with the 10th-year guard last week.
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Sources: Colts, Richardson conflict escalated

ESPN Sports Feed - Mon, 02/09/2015 - 11:38
The rocky relationship between the Indianapolis Colts and running back Trent Richardson built up over time during the 2014 season because of weight issues, accessibility and an absence, multiple sources told ESPN.com.
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Domestic charges against Hardy dismissed

ESPN Sports Feed - Mon, 02/09/2015 - 09:49
Prosecutors are moving to dismiss domestic violence charges against Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy with his accuser not making herself available to help with the case.
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Dorsett: No clue end was going to be like this

ESPN Sports Feed - Mon, 02/09/2015 - 09:44
Hall of Fame running back Tony Dorsett, who was diagnosed with having signs of chronic traumatic encephalopathy in 2013, said he is "in a battle" and that he had no idea "that the end was going to be like this."
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Sources: Allen to decide after All-Star Game

ESPN Sports Feed - Mon, 02/09/2015 - 09:40
After months of considering his options and debating over his future, veteran Ray Allen plans to make a decision after All-Star Weekend, sources told ESPN.com.
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Kings' Cousins rants after his buzzer-beater

ESPN Sports Feed - Mon, 02/09/2015 - 09:23
DeMarcus Cousins, upset at reports that he may be against George Karl's hiring as the next Sacramento Kings coach, wouldn't talk about his game-winning shot Sunday but instead addressed the media with a cryptic rant.
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Source: Padres, Shields reach agreement

ESPN Sports Feed - Mon, 02/09/2015 - 07:48
The San Diego Padres have reached an agreement with sign free agent pitcher James Shields on a four-year deal that will pay him in the $75 million range, a source confirmed to ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick on Monday.
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McCaffery: Eye-pokes query not 'intelligent'

ESPN Sports Feed - Mon, 02/09/2015 - 01:45
Hawkeyes coach Fran McCaffery got testy with a reporter Sunday asking about Adam Woodbury again getting whistled for eye poking. "Next question. Ask an intelligent question," McCaffery said.
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LeBron: 'Fit in' tweet was reference to Love

ESPN Sports Feed - Mon, 02/09/2015 - 00:45
LeBron James acknowledged after the Cleveland Cavaliers' 120-105 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday that his tweet late Saturday night was referencing teammate Kevin Love.
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Blazers fend off Harden's 45 points, Rockets

ESPN Sports Feed - Sun, 02/08/2015 - 22:34
LaMarcus Aldridge scored 24 points and Damian Lillard added 23 to help the Portland Trail Blazers fight off a late charge from the Houston Rockets for a 109-98 victory on Sunday night.
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Day wins Farmers after four-man playoff

ESPN Sports Feed - Sun, 02/08/2015 - 20:23
Jason Day was playing to win and figured he lost.
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Cuba captures first Caribbean title since 1960

ESPN Sports Feed - Sun, 02/08/2015 - 19:40
Yulieski Gourriel led off the eighth inning with a solo shot as Cuba beat Mexico 3-2 to clinch its first Caribbean Series championship since 1960.
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Smith's 'Carolina family' makes mark on ex-Heels

ESPN Sports Feed - Sun, 02/08/2015 - 19:08
From Hubert Davis to Phil Ford, the "Carolina family" culture instilled by late coach Dean Smith had a widespread and lasting impact on anyone who came into contact with it.
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Durant, Thunder crush Griffin-less Clippers

ESPN Sports Feed - Sun, 02/08/2015 - 16:38
Kevin Durant scored 29 points to lead the Thunder to a 131-108 win Sunday over the Los Angeles Clippers, who were without All-Star Blake Griffin.
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Knicks owner to upset fan: Root for Nets

ESPN Sports Feed - Sun, 02/08/2015 - 15:40
New York Knicks owner and Madison Square Garden chairman James Dolan told a fan to "start rooting for the Nets because the Knicks don't want you" in a contentious email exchange.
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