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Saints owner gives Gleason $5M for ALS help

ESPN Sports Feed - Mon, 04/28/2014 - 11:20
New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson is donating $5 million to former Saints player Steve Gleason, whom he called a "NFL legend" for the way he and his Team Gleason charity are working to aid ALS patients and search for a cure.
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Ramsay, who coached Blazers to '77 title, dies

ESPN Sports Feed - Mon, 04/28/2014 - 07:20
Hall of Fame NBA coach Dr. Jack Ramsay died Monday in Naples, Fla., having battled cancer for more than a decade and a half.
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Pickleball: The New Tennis?

NASC - Mon, 04/28/2014 - 05:00

You may have seen the story that ran on NBC Nightly News last week on the growing popularity of the sport called pickleball. Never heard of it? Chances are you will, and soon.

Pickleball, as its national association tells us, is the fastest growing sport in America. Now a lot of sports claim that distinction, but pickleball may, indeed, hold that title.

It’s a cross of tennis, ping pong and badminton, played with wiffle-like balls. It can be played inside or outside, and organizations are located in all 50 states.

It doesn’t cost a lot to play, the equipment isn’t outrageously expensive and you don’t have to be a world-class athlete to be good at it. Perfect to families, seniors, just about anybody who wants to stay active at any age.

So what’s the moral of the story? First, you never know what will be the next sport to bring fans and players to your area. When you’re looking for a sporting event to bid on, don’t be so focused on the big soccer, baseball or basketball organizations that you overlook associations like pickleball that have their own passionate group of fans.

Second, you’ll often find that these smaller associations are more than willing to work with you, and your facilities, to make sure their events will be first class. When you have a growing sport, it’s an exciting time, and a great opportunity to bring in new fans and these organizations want to put on the best show possible.

Here’s a link to the national story on pickleball: http://www.nbcnews.com/watch/nightly-news/pickleball-the-fastest-growing-sport-in-america-199360067605 and see what could be the future for your sports commission.


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High quality: Pitchers' sound starts set mark

ESPN Sports Feed - Mon, 04/28/2014 - 00:32
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, a record 10 starting pitchers -- one third of all of Sunday's starters -- threw at least seven innings while allowing three or fewer hits.
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Blazers win in OT again; Rockets on brink

ESPN Sports Feed - Mon, 04/28/2014 - 00:26
LaMarcus Aldridge had 29 points and 10 rebounds, and the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Houston Rockets 123-120 in overtime Sunday to take a 3-1 advantage in their first-round playoff series.
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Teixeira powers Yanks as Tanaka K's 11

ESPN Sports Feed - Sun, 04/27/2014 - 23:23
Mark Teixeira hit a tying homer and Jacoby Ellsbury scored the go-ahead run thanks to a passed ball and wild pitch in the eighth inning, sending the New York Yankees to a 3-2 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Sunday night.
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Ducks force OT with late goals, clinch series

ESPN Sports Feed - Sun, 04/27/2014 - 23:17
Nick Bonino scored 2:47 into overtime, after getting one of Anaheim's two goals late in regulation, and the Ducks beat the Dallas Stars 5-4 in Game 6 on Sunday night to clinch the first-round series.
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Raptors blow lead, but top Nets to tie series

ESPN Sports Feed - Sun, 04/27/2014 - 21:20
DeMar DeRozan scored 24 points, Kyle Lowry added 22, and the Toronto Raptors beat the Brooklyn Nets 87-79 on Sunday night to even their Eastern Conference first-round series at two games apiece.
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Johnson: Players seek max Sterling penalty

ESPN Sports Feed - Sun, 04/27/2014 - 20:26
Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson, working on behalf of the NBPA, said the players want the NBA to levy the maximum possible punishment against Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling.
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SEC keeps rivalries, mandates 'power' foes

ESPN Sports Feed - Sun, 04/27/2014 - 19:26
The SEC chose not to stray too far from tradition as it announced Sunday night that longstanding non-divisional rivalries would remain a fixture of the league's eight-game conference schedule moving forward.
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Warriors rock Clippers to even series at 2

ESPN Sports Feed - Sun, 04/27/2014 - 18:29
Warriors top Clippers 118-97, even series 2-2
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Blackhawks win 4th straight to oust Blues

ESPN Sports Feed - Sun, 04/27/2014 - 17:23
Blackhawks eliminate Blues with Game 6 win
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Kerr, Jackson meet to talk about Knicks job

ESPN Sports Feed - Sun, 04/27/2014 - 17:22
Steve Kerr met with New York team president Phil Jackson over the weekend to discuss the Knicks' vacant head coaching job.
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Pujols who? Abreu's sizzling start continues

ESPN Sports Feed - Sun, 04/27/2014 - 17:08
Jose Abreu, White Sox power past Rays 9-2
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Clips hold silent protest, Doc ponders return

ESPN Sports Feed - Sun, 04/27/2014 - 15:32
The Los Angeles Clippers are making a silent protest of owner Donald Sterling's purported comments urging a woman to not bring black people to his team's games.
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Ariza explodes for 30; Bulls face 3-1 deficit

ESPN Sports Feed - Sun, 04/27/2014 - 15:28
Wizards defeat Bulls 98-89, take 3-1 lead
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Rangers push Flyers to brink of elimination

ESPN Sports Feed - Sun, 04/27/2014 - 15:25
Rangers push Flyers to brink of elimination
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Vincent: NFL needs developmental league

ESPN Sports Feed - Sun, 04/27/2014 - 15:20
New director of football operations Troy Vincent can see in the NFL's future a developmental league, an eighth official on the field for games, and coaches using tablets on the sidelines to call plays.
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Niners fan sues NFL $50M over Seattle tickets

ESPN Sports Feed - Sun, 04/27/2014 - 13:26
A Nevada man who claims an illegal ticket policy kept him from attending San Francisco's NFL playoff game at Seattle in January is suing the league and others for $50 million for alleged "economic discrimination."
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Jordan, Magic lash out at Sterling comments

ESPN Sports Feed - Sun, 04/27/2014 - 13:09
Basketball legends Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson both voiced harsh criticism in response to racist comments purportedly made by Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling.
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