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Doc spurns Sterling, believes that's his voice

ESPN Sports Feed - Mon, 04/28/2014 - 16:15
Doc Rivers turned down an opportunity to speak to Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling in the wake of racist remarks allegedly made by Sterling. Rivers also said he believes Sterling did make the alleged remarks.
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Kim Anderson rides D-II title to Mizzou job

ESPN Sports Feed - Mon, 04/28/2014 - 15:37
Central Missouri head coach Kim Anderson has reached agreement to become the new head basketball coach at Missouri, according to a source with direct knowledge of the talks.
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Eagles brass says WR Jackson 'was not a fit'

ESPN Sports Feed - Mon, 04/28/2014 - 15:10
Speaking at their 18th annual Playground Build at Prince Hall Elementary School in North Philadelphia on Monday, the Eagles' brass finally opened up about the release of wide receiver DeSean Jackson.
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Ex-Cardinal Behanan says he'll enter draft

ESPN Sports Feed - Mon, 04/28/2014 - 14:02
Chane Behanan, who was dismissed from Louisville in December, will enter the NBA draft, he confirmed via text to ESPN.com's Jeff Goodman.
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Vince Young, Thigpen to try out for Browns

ESPN Sports Feed - Mon, 04/28/2014 - 12:34
The Cleveland Browns will give veteran quarterbacks Vince Young and Tyler Thigpen a tryout at the team's three-day minicamp that starts Tuesday.
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Hurting Jefferson doubtful for Bobcats' game

ESPN Sports Feed - Mon, 04/28/2014 - 12:32
Bobcats coach Steve Clifford says center Al Jefferson is doubtful for Game 4 Monday night against the Miami Heat due to a lingering foot injury.
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Sponsor severs deal with Sterling, Clippers

ESPN Sports Feed - Mon, 04/28/2014 - 11:30
CarMax was the first sponsor of the Los Angeles Clippers to jump ship Monday as advertisers ponder their deals in the wake of owner Donald Sterling's purported racist remarks.
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MLG to host Call of Duty competition at XG Austin

ESPN Sports Feed - Mon, 04/28/2014 - 11:28
X Games announced Monday that MLG will be hosting a Call of Duty tournament on-site at X Games Austin in June for a shot at an X Games medal.
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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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