Zambrano sorry for starting brawl in Venezuela

ESPN Sports Feed - Mon, 01/27/2014 - 15:12
Former major league pitcher Carlos Zambrano is apologizing for starting a brawl during Venezuela's winter series final.
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U.S. to bring record 230 athletes to Sochi

ESPN Sports Feed - Mon, 01/27/2014 - 14:10
The United States will bring 230 athletes to the Sochi Olympics, the largest delegation ever for any country at the Winter Games.
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Falcons sign Smith, VP, GM to extensions

ESPN Sports Feed - Mon, 01/27/2014 - 13:12
The Atlanta Falcons continued to look ahead toward the future Monday by announcing contract extensions for head coach Mike Smith, vice president Rich McKay and general manager Thomas Dimitroff.
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Sources: Ravens to hire Kubiak as new OC

ESPN Sports Feed - Mon, 01/27/2014 - 13:11
The Baltimore Ravens plan to hire former Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak as their offensive coordinator, league sources told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
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Florida, San Diego St. move into poll's top 5

ESPN Sports Feed - Mon, 01/27/2014 - 12:59
Arizona and Syracuse are 1-2 in The Associated Press college basketball poll for the eighth consecutive week.
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Ex-Louisville F Behanan to join Colorado St.

ESPN Sports Feed - Mon, 01/27/2014 - 12:48
Former Louisville forward Chane Behanan is headed to Colorado State.
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Wall says he'll use USA snub as motivation

ESPN Sports Feed - Mon, 01/27/2014 - 12:07
John Wall was left off of USA Basketball's national team pool last week, but he says he will use the snub to motivate himself.
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Titans RB Johnson needs surgery on meniscus

ESPN Sports Feed - Mon, 01/27/2014 - 11:10
Chris Johnson played the majority of the season with a torn meniscus in his knee and plans to undergo this week, the Tennessee Titans star running back told The Tennessean.
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Police open case into alleged Missouri rape

ESPN Sports Feed - Mon, 01/27/2014 - 11:06
A spokesman for the Columbia Police Department confirmed detectives have begun an investigation into allegations that a former Missouri swimmer had been sexually assaulted in 2010, possibly by more than one member of the football team.
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Charles surprised by teammate's Pro Bowl hit

ESPN Sports Feed - Mon, 01/27/2014 - 10:05
Jamaal Charles did not anticipate such a hard hit from his own teammate, especially in the Pro Bowl.
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Billboard asks Texans to draft Manziel No. 1

ESPN Sports Feed - Mon, 01/27/2014 - 09:48
One influential Texans fan is hoping to continue rooting for Johnny Manziel as he enters the NFL draft this season.
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SURVEY: Most would play SB with concussion

ESPN Sports Feed - Mon, 01/27/2014 - 09:06
In an NFL Nation anonymous survey, 85 percent of the 320 players polled said they would play in the Super Bowl with a concussion.
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Sources: Kubiak is favorite for Ravens OC

ESPN Sports Feed - Mon, 01/27/2014 - 08:45
Former Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak has emerged as the favorite for the Baltimore Ravens' vacant offensive coordinator job, league sources told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
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Super Bowl forecast: Normal N.J. winter day

ESPN Sports Feed - Mon, 01/27/2014 - 08:35
With less than a week to go before the Super Bowl, the forecast is starting to shape up.
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Report: Winter Classic didn't set fan record

ESPN Sports Feed - Mon, 01/27/2014 - 07:11
A counting issue will prevent Guinness from giving the NHL the world record for largest attendance at a hockey game, Yahoo! Sports reported.
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Sochi mayor says city has no gay residents

ESPN Sports Feed - Mon, 01/27/2014 - 06:34
The mayor of Sochi, Russia, says there are no gay people in the city that will host the Winter Olympics next month.
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Cast Your Net Out for New Sports Revenue

NASC - Mon, 01/27/2014 - 04:00

Looking for a new event to bring participants, fans and families to your region?

Look no further than your nearest body of water.

A report released by the American Sportfishing Association (ASA), the trade association representing the sportfishing industry, shows that the number of anglers has increased 11 percent over the last six years, and fishing tackle sales grew more than 16 percent. Times that by the 60 million fishermen and women in the United States, and that’s a group carrying some powerful economic impact.

And this doesn’t include the many fishing tournaments held around the country. This is the family, packing up the rods and reels, or a group of buddies hitching up the boat and driving to the nearest lake.

Here’s how ASA President and CEO Mike Nussman sees it: “As an industry, we are keenly aware of the impact that sportfishing has on this nation’s economy, Just by enjoying a day on the water, men, women and children across the United States pump billions of dollars into this country’s economy.”

A closer look at the numbers from this report shows just how strong this impact is.

America’s nearly 60 million anglers are estimated to spend $46 billion per year on fishing equipment, transportation, lodging and other expenses associated with their sport. With a total annual economic impact of $115 billion, fishing supports more than 828,000 jobs and generates $35 billion in wages and $15 billion in federal and state taxes.

Even during the recession years, fishing, seen to be a relatively affordable sport, still saw spending on tackle, travel and the like, grow around five percent.

In Canada, a 2010 study of Nova Scotia’s fishing business showed that fishing generated $58 million in direct spending that year, with an economic impact of $85.6 million each year. What may be more impressive, Nova Scotia had more than 57,000 licensed anglers that year-14,466 of them were youth, showing that fishing is growing its own sustainable base for the future.

And fishing is seen as a true family pastime. According to the National Sporting Goods Association, fishing as a leisure-time activity ranks higher than playing basketball or softball, skateboarding, jogging or hiking.

Take the economic impact of fishing and outdoor sports one step further: A Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World store being built in Round Rock, Texas for a 2015 opening, is expected to bring in nearly $400 million in taxable sales during its first decade of operation—both within the store and at surrounding businesses. The net benefit for Round Rock, according to the city, could total more than $5 million during the same period.

At the same time, Bass Pro Shops is planning a store in North Charleston, with the expectation that the store will bring in at least 35 percent of its visitors from at least 50 miles from the South Carolina location.

In Lone Tree, Colorado, another fishing and outdoor store, Cabela’s, is expected to mean about a $24 million economic impact to Douglas County.

So whether it’s on ice, from a boat or on the shore, fishing can mean a big economic catch for your region.

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Papi: 'Time to move on' if no multiyear deal

ESPN Sports Feed - Mon, 01/27/2014 - 01:07
World Series MVP David Ortiz said in a TV interview that aired Sunday night that he would like to retire as a member of the Boston Red Sox, but said that if the club did not offer him another long-term deal, it was "time to move on."
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Tolbert's conversion gives Rice Pro Bowl win

ESPN Sports Feed - Sun, 01/26/2014 - 23:03
DeMarco Murray caught a 20-yard pass for a touchdown and Mike Tolbert plunged into the end zone for a 2-point conversion with less than 1 minute to give Jerry Rice a win over Deion Sanders in the first schoolyard-style Pro Bowl on Sunday.
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Pierce, KG: Boston return 'toughest game'

ESPN Sports Feed - Sun, 01/26/2014 - 22:49
The highly-anticipated return of Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett to Boston Sunday night proved to be the most difficult game either of the future Hall of Famers has ever had to endure.
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