'Brewster like Fowler and Rush'

‘Brewster like Fowler and Rush’

Former Liverpool midfielder Jason McAteer has said striker Rhian Brewster is reminiscent of club le…
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“It Has Set Off A Bomb”: A US Sports Website Has Gone On A Hiring Spree Of UK Journalism Talent

A US sports website that wants to dominate the British football market has made a series of high-profile new signings, including an award-winning …
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Top 16 athletes over 35 of all-time: From Tom Brady to Serena Williams to Gordie Howe

The prime of professional athletes’ careers doesn’t last forever, but there are many examples of those who have defied age and performed well later in …
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Live World Matchplay Darts

Live World Matchplay Darts

The World Matchplay gets underway this Saturday, as Gary Anderson returns to the Winter Gardens in a bid to defend his title. The Scot defeated Mensur Suljovic 21-19 in a compelling contest last year to complete the ‘triple crown’ and he’ll aim to become just the fourth player to retain the World Matchplay title. Michael van Gerwen is the favourite to lift a third Matchplay crown but the world champion has not been at his blistering best over recent outings and he’s failed to go beyond the quarter-finals in Blackpool since 2016. Listen or subscribe to the Darts Show podcast We look ahead to nine days of top tungsten and run the rule over what to expect at the Winter Gardens… There are three former World Matchplay champions in this year’s field – headlined by current holder Gary Anderson. ‘The Flying Scotsman’ has been sidelined for much of the year with a back injury, but he returned to secure World Cup glory alongside Peter Wright in Hamburg last month. The two-time world champion has posted some impressive numbers in this week’s Players Championship double-header which indicates he’s ready for the challenge of defending his title. World No 1 Michael van Gerwen is bidding to win his third Matchplay title this year, although ‘The Green Machine’ comes into the tournament in uncharacteristically poor form. The Dutchman has failed to post a ton-plus average in any of his last eight competitive matches and having suffered a shock opening-round exit against Jeffrey de Zwaan 12 months ago, he’ll be desperate to avoid a similar fate against the veteran Steve Beaton. James Wade lifted his first PDC major at the Winter Gardens in 2007 and having appeared in four finals since, this could be Wade’s best chance yet to add to his Matchplay tally. ‘The Machine’ is throwing some magnificent darts at present and having picked up two major titles last Autumn, he’s also scooped four ranking titles in 2019 – equalling his tally for the most in a calendar season. This year’s Matchplay is widely regarded as one of the most open since the tournament’s inception and World No 2 Rob Cross will be hoping to come through the bottom half of the draw and clinch a first title of 2019. The former world champion has consistently posted eye-catching averages throughout the year but has been unable to translate that into tournament victories and he could face a quarter-final showdown against Grand Slam champion Gerwyn Price. 2017 semi-finalist Daryl Gurney will be vying for a third major PDC title at the Winter Gardens, while Peter Wright arrives full of confidence having won three titles in the space of the last five days. ‘Snakebite’ is also the only player in the bottom half of the draw to have reached a World Matchplay final, having succumbed to Phil Taylor in the 2017 showpiece – Taylor’s last ever Blackpool appearance. Last year’s finalist Mensur Suljovic will be hoping to go one better in 2019, while World Championship finalist Michael Smith aims to go beyond the second round stage in this event for the first time in his career. There are seven debutants set to enter the fray in Blackpool, but they’re certainly not lacking in experience. Three-time Lakeside world champion Glen Durrant makes his bow having scooped two Players Championship titles in just six months on the circuit, which saw him qualify as the third highest-ranked player on the Pro Tour Order of Merit. Nathan Aspinall will make his World Matchplay debut as a seed -becoming just the fourth player to do so since the Order of Merit system was implemented. ‘The Asp’ has enjoyed a stunning rise to prominence since his semi-final showing at the World Championship, sealing UK Open glory in March, before winning the US Masters in Las Vegas on his World Series debut a fortnight ago. Krzysztof Ratajski is the highest ranked Pro Tour qualifier having claimed four PDC ranking titles over the last 18 months and ‘The Polish Eagle’ will be aiming to reach his first PDC televised quarter-final in Blackpool. Ricky Evans is also making his Winter Gardens debut having reached two European Tour finals since last September and Rapid’s reward is a showdown with World No 3 Daryl Gurney. Jamie Hughes secured last-gasp qualification courtesy of winning the Czech Darts Open in June and he’ll be joined by the remaining two debutants – Premier League contender Chris Dobey and former Lakeside finalist Danny Noppert. The World Matchplay notoriously throws up some thrilling first-round ties and this year has proven to be no different. The highlight of the first round sees Durrant lock horns with two-time world champion Adrian Lewis – a finalist here back in 2013. ‘Jackpot’ is seeded 16th which means the winner could face Michael van Gerwen in round-two, although MVG has a tough opener against Steve Beaton. The pair met at the Matchplay in 2012 as Van Gerwen landed a magical nine-dart leg en route to victory over ‘The Bronzed Adonis’ and he’ll be hoping for a repeat performance this time around. Another opening round highlight sees Wade take on last year’s semi-finalist Jeffrey de Zwaan. De Zwaan knocked out MVG, Lewis and Dave Chisnall to reach the last four in 2018 and he’ll be hoping to claim another big scalp on the Blackpool stage. Smith faces an intriguing encounter against Hughes, who has produced huge numbers on the Pro Tour throughout the year, while Anderson kicks off his title defence against debutant Noppert – in a repeat of their Grand Slam of Darts classic in 2016. You don’t have to wait long until darts is back on Sky Sports, with every dart from every session in Blackpool and the World Matchplay. It starts on Saturday, July 20 and the final is on Sunday, July 28.
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LeBron’s Agent Starts Sports Division With United Talent Agency

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LeBron James’ agent will lead UTA sports division as agencies bet on athletes

LeBron James’ agent and longtime friend Rich Paul has been hired to lead a sports division at Hol…
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Guardiola says City "are going to help Sane to be the best"

Guardiola says City “are going to help Sane to be the best”

Pep Guardiola claimed Manchester City’s desire to keep Leroy Sane was “always there” and expects th…
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Run the Numbers: Here’s How Much the Global Sports Market Could Be Worth by 2023

In our new column, Run the Numbers, FN unpacks the data that’s driving top retail trends in t…
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Agencies Klutch, UT partner to add sports wing

Klutch Sports Group, the Rich Paul-founded agency that has such clients as LeBron James and Anthony Davis, is partnering with United Talent …
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England face Ireland in a one-off Test on July 24, live on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports …

England face Ireland in a one-off Test on July 24, live on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports …

Dawid Malan has not given up hope of an England recall after hitting a rich vein of form in county …
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The Open on Sky Sports: Why is Open Championship golf not on the BBC?

Sky Sports first broadcast the Open Championship in 2016. A year earlier, the R&A confirmed tha…
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UTA Launches Sports Division With LeBron James’ Agent

UTA is diving into the sports arena through an investment in Klutch Sports Group, the agency that r…
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The map below shows the states where sports betting is currently legal, where sports betting has be…
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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants to build around Paul Pogba at Manchester United

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer still hopes to build his Manchester United team around Paul Pogba – despite th…
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Activist Coltrane has a battle on its hands as it builds Sports Direct stake

A US activist investor that has amassed a stake in Sports Direct faces a battle to force change at the struggling retailer, according to City observers of its founder Mike Ashley. Coltrane, a secretive US hedge fund with a track record of agitating against British boards, revealed this week that it has built a 3.3pc stake in Sports Direct, making it the fourth largest shareholder. The revelation came hours after the high street giant admitted on Monday it had been forced to delay its annual results by as much as five weeks because of “complexities” in the integration of House of Fraser, which it bought from administration for £90m. Its auditor, Grant Thornton, needed more time and information…
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Vancouver's pro sports teams struggle to reverse business decline

Vancouver’s pro sports teams struggle to reverse business decline

The last few years have been hard times for Vancouver’s sports fans. The city’s three major-league professional teams – the Vancouver Canucks, BC Lions and Vancouver Whitecaps FC – have all struggled in competition and at the turnstiles. But all three clubs are now rolling out major “resurgence” business game plans that – officials hope – will reignite fan enthusiasm and, in turn, increase attendance. The Canucks – the biggest professional sports game in town – are using the team’s 50th anniversary and an emerging core of young, exciting players as a “perfect storm” scenario of combining an improved on-ice product with the lessons learned from four straight seasons out of the playoffs. “I kind of feel like sometimes that we’re that band that has been practising in the garage for three to five years, and all of a sudden you get a hit record, and everybody says, ‘Whoa, look at what you’ve got there,’” said Canucks COO Trent Carroll of the business side of club operations. “But for the last three to four years, we’ve been really focused on the fan experience and changed the way we do things, while the hockey has been working at the same time parallel to us.… So this year is important because it gives us the chance to put it all together. That’s what’s exciting for us, because it looks like the stars are aligning a bit.” The Canucks have announced several major events for the 2019-20 season, including a week in February dedicated to the numbers retirement of longtime stalwarts Henrik and Daniel Sedin. The team unveiled new jerseys for the year, hosted the National Hockey League (NHL) Entry Draft earlier this summer and is set to surround promising young stars like Elias Pettersson, Brock Boeser, Bo Horvat and Quinn Hughes with some higher-profile veterans acquired through free agency or trades. Officials have said they pursued the NHL to bring the entry draft to Vancouver this year to bookend the launch of initiatives to drive fan interest into the 50th-anniversary season, and Carroll noted season ticket renewal rates this summer are “at the highest level in five years.” That compares favourably with renewals since the Canucks peaked in the team’s appearance in the 2011 Stanley Cup finals. Since then, season ticket sales have declined from a capped amount of 17,000 in that season (with 6,000 more on the waiting list) by five per cent in 2014, 10 per cent in 2015, 15 per cent in 2017 and 10 per cent last summer. Overall attendance also slid from 100.3 per cent capacity in 2010-11 to 97.5 per cent in 2015-16 and to 95.3 per cent last year. The Canucks dropped from ranking eighth among NHL teams in attendance to the 14th-to-16th range in the last two years. Those numbers carry real financial weight, because the NHL – unlike its counterparts in the other major North American professional sport leagues – leans more heavily on gate receipts in lieu of bigger television revenue. In the meantime, the team lost and did not replace a number of front-office executives, including former president Trevor Linden. Canucks owner Francesco Aquilini said at a Greater Vancouver Board of Trade event ahead of the NHL draft that there are no current plans to add to the team’s executive ranks. At the same event, Aquilini referred to the Canucks’ four-year post-season absence as “dark days,” but Carroll noted that the club learned some important lessons that will be applied this year in hopes of recapturing local sports market momentum. “We’ve gone through a time, I would say, where we’ve learned more about how to address our fans’ needs and how to make the experience better … and it’s kind of our obsession now.” Carroll pointed to the Canucks’ move to bring concessions in-house in 2014 and the team’s addition of Loge seats to Rogers Arena and opening SportsBar Live in 2016. “It was out of necessity. Let’s be honest: the team was in a place where they had to regroup, so we weren’t performing on the ice as well as we wanted to. And we know that, when fans come into the building, the things we can impact [on the business side] was their experience. So it became part of our organizational DNA.” The Canucks are not the only professional sports team that’s trying to reinvent the fan experience it provides for its fans as the off-field portion of the entire “fan-interest revitalization” package. BC Lions president Rick LeLacheur has been hard at work since joining the Canadian Football League club in December 2017 to reverse a drop in attendance and season ticket renewals this decade – especially since the club won the Grey Cup in 2011. Since that time, the Lions have won only a single playoff game – a Western semifinal against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in 2016 – and average per-game attendance at BC Place has dropped from 30,366 in 2014 to 19,975 last season. Part of the reason for the dropoff, LeLacheur said, is that the Lions hosted the Grey Cup again only three years after hosting its 2011 victory, which took much of the club’s manpower away from grassroots fan-base building to plan what is essentially a league-wide celebration that may have limited long-term leverage in building a local fan base. “If you can put your finger on anything, I think hosting the Grey Cup in 2011 and again in 2014, there wasn’t much time between the two,” LeLacheur said. And as with the Canucks, there was an event like the 50th anniversary that sparked wholesale change after the season ended last year. Longtime coach (and former general manager) Wally Buono retired after 16 seasons with the club. A major Lions front-office overhaul that started with the hiring of Ed Hervey as general manager in 2018 followed Buono’s departure. The Lions also made a number of high-profile free-agent signings this off-season, the biggest of which is the addition of 2015 Grey Cup MVP quarterback Mike Reilly. The key, LeLacheur said, was not only Reilly’s on-field pedigree, but also the quarterback’s ability to connect with the fan base as a member of the community – which is crucial for fostering long-term support. “When we sat down to discuss our strategy at the end of last year, we wanted to put together a team on the field that can win and play exciting football – but the key players we go after could also have a positive effect on the community off the field with their personalities,” LeLacheur said. “We really believe that we have a role to play in the community, and do a lot of things like Purolator Tackle Hunger Night that shows our social commitment to the entire province.” Signings like Reilly appeared to have sparked a strong initial impact – the Lions reported the team’s strongest season ticket renewals since 2012 after the deal – but the enthusiasm was countered by sobering numbers during the season opener on June 15, when the team drew 18,058 fans. That figure is down 10 per cent from last year’s opener (20,182). LeLacheur said the early-season schedule doesn’t help – the Lions have played one home game through the first four weeks of the season – and Vancouver’s summer weather and diversity of activities add to the challenge of drawing fans. But the goal, he added, remains making the playoffs – because one additional game of ticket revenue is significant for a league that, while generating $40 million per year in a TV deal with TSN, still depends heavily on gate receipts. “I think last year, what we did was we prevented the decline of season ticket sales to that of a flat line, and this year we’ve seen a little bit of growth,” he said. “We anticipate this year we will see some growth in our individual-game ticket sales as the team gets better and hopefully starts winning, because in sports there’s nothing like winning to start drawing fans.” When compared with the Canucks and the Lions, Whitecaps FC has had a relatively smoother existence in the past few years, benefiting from a new wave of uptake from younger fans for North American soccer. Since joining Major Leauge Soccer (MLS) in 2011, the club’s attendance per season has risen from 346,909 in the first year to 372,089 last year. The 2019 season opener allowed Whitecaps FC to open BC Place’s entire lower bowl for the second straight year, drawing just shy of 28,000 fans. But the team isn’t without its challenges. Last season’s 13-13-8 record drew some ire from fans and could have been more poorly received had it not been for the emergence of Canadian phenom Alphonso Davies, widely considered one of the country’s brightest soccer stars in a generation. With Davies moving on to German soccer giant Bayern Munich in a $22 million transfer, Whitecaps FC were under significant pressure to spend the newfound funds to ensure the team does not disappoint its fans again. The 2018 off-season came with wholesale changes in an effort to answer those concerns: high-profile players such as defender Kendall Waston led a large roster turnover, while new coach Marc Dos Santosadded standouts like designated player Ali Adnan and goalkeeper Max Crepeau. Rachel Lewis, Whitecaps FC’s COO, noted the club’s biggest challenge is that professional soccer does not have as much player-development infrastructure as hockey and football. Therefore, a much larger part of Whitecaps FC’s resurgence focus needs to be placed on youth development. “We are one of the biggest youth-development clubs in North America – certainly the biggest in Canada,” Lewis said. “We have 30 centres across the country, and our academy here in Vancouver. So seeing a player like Alphonso come through the system absolutely heightens the interest in our sport, attracting more young players to see soccer as a career and allowing us to showcase what youth development can do in terms of producing homegrown talent.” She added that the team is also keenly interested in maintaining its unique brand image in the Vancouver sports scene, launching a series of pre-game outdoor “warmup parties” at the Plaza of Nations starting July 13. The events – held in partnership with Phillips Brewing & Malting Co. – is aimed squarely at casting the net as wide as possible by being free-access to all members of the public, ticket holders or not, five hours prior to game time. Forbes estimated Whitecaps FC’s value at $150 million in 2017 with a modest revenue of $19 million. Annual losses sit at approximately $3 million, the report said – and the MLS as a whole remains in investment mode with many teams operating at a loss. But despite those realities, officials stressed that the focus for MLS and the Whitecaps has to remain on building the foundation of the business. “I think there has been a couple of really big investments over the last couple of years by the club, which is really important to grow the sport and create an environment where we can grow,” Lewis said. “Ultimately, team values continue to grow, the product continues to grow, and that’s what’s important in the short term… The investment in growing the business is critical.”  – Chuck Chiang, Business in Vancouver
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New York Casinos Begin Taking Sports Bets

SCHENECTADY, N.Y.—The state’s first legal sports bets were placed at an upstate casino on Tuesday morning, but experts say New York still lags …
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Sports Team announce their second annual Margate bus trip

This time last year, in honour of their single ‘Margate’, London six-piece Sports Team decided not to miss the opportunity for a real-life pun and hired a …
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Liverpool FC scores new partnership with EA SPORTS

Liverpool FC scores new partnership with EA SPORTS

Liverpool FC has teamed up with creator of the EA SPORTS™ FIFA game series, Electronic Arts Inc.,…
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EA Sports Confirm Partnership With Liverpool FC to Become Club’s Official Video Game Partner

​EA SPORTS FIFA have announced a partnership with European champions Liverpool which will se…
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Is Urban Meyer done coaching college football? Fox Sports is banking on it

Keep that in mind when you read this tale: After building a new college football pregame show to rival ESPN’s “College GameDay,” Fox Sports …
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LIT Sports

LIT Sports

LIT Sports, Limerick, Ireland. 3.6K likes. Amateur Sports Team.
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Piemonte Calcio Information

The end of the partnership between EA SPORTS and Juventus Football Club will have the following eff…
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Snow Sports NZ Appoints New CEO

The Snow Sports NZ Board has completed the CEO recruitment process and is pleased to announce the a…
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Lindsey Vonn's advice to women in sports: 'Silence your haters with success'

Lindsey Vonn’s advice to women in sports: ‘Silence your haters with success’

Every athlete faces criticism at one point or another. It’s the nature of the job. But for fem…
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‘Fun in the Sun’ sports activities over the summer

Story posted on July 16, 2019 With the summer holidays fast approaching, Wiltshire Council’s ‘G…
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EA SPORTS and Juventus Partnership Update

Following a close relationship with Juventus Football Club, EA SPORTS can confirm that June 30th ma…
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Watch Whyte vs Rivas, Allen-Price, Chisora-Szpilka and more on a bumper O2 bill, Saturday, live …

Watch Whyte vs Rivas, Allen-Price, Chisora-Szpilka and more on a bumper O2 bill, Saturday, live …

The age of the heavyweight underdog led by Andy Ruiz Jr might turn into 15 minutes of fame if Antho…
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Sully Sports Bowls Club report

SULLY Sports Bowls Club hosted the Millwood in the Munro Cup on Wednesday, 10th July, the weather w…
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Cricket, Tennis, F1: An epic day of sports in London

LONDON (AP) — An epic day of sports in London came down to two unprecedented endings a few minute…
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