Just days following the UK’s decision to leave the European Union last year, the Financial Times ran the ominous headline: “The UK has no trade negotiators”. After decades of being part of one big – for some, too big – club, the UK now found itself on the other side of the table, only this time without the negotiators. Cricket Australia, by contrast, appears to have many negotiators – enough, perhaps, even to lend a few. That CA are serious about the art of negotiating is at least what their latest bold move infers, that and they’ve got a well-staffed spin machine – less Shane Warne, more Lynton Crosby. Last month, CA announced that they had tabled an offer to the Australian Cricketers’ Association (ACA), to raise players’ guaranteed income in return for scrapping the fixed-revenue payment model. The announcement hardly got beyond the headlines – and was never intended to. The headlines made no mention of the main … [Read more...] about The art of the deal: Cricket Australia’s pitch perfect or aggressive declaration?
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The NFL Combine offers a last chance to see college stars in action before they turn pro. Here are some of the most memorable Combine moments of the past.Every year since 1982, the NFL Combine has operated ahead of the NFL Draft. The Combine has provided an opportunity for pro hopefuls to bolster their draft stock and shore up their chances of landing an NFL contract. The event has become an annual tradition of the American sports calendar, growing in popularity as it has added new skills tests and increased its television coverage.We’ve gone back through the history of the NFL Combine to pick the 15 most memorable events. These are not necessarily in order of memorability, but rather a chronological look at some of the biggest stories that have emerged out of the event. So click forward to see our choices for the 15 most memorable events of NFL Combine history.Bo Jackson sets 40-yard record… but not officially (1986)Back in 1986, the NFL Combine was hardly the spectacle … [Read more...] about 12 Most Memorable Moments from the NFL Combine
The winter meetings are a snapshot in time, a few days of intense wheeling and dealing that takes place more than two months before pitchers and catchers report to spring training and nearly four months before Opening Day. In terms of the 2017 season and beyond, the trades and free agent moves on either side of the meetings may turn out to be equally as significant, if not moreso than what transpired this week just outside of Washington D.C.Nonetheless, the intense competition for scarce resources and the jockeying for position among rivals lends itself to declaring a few “winners” and “losers,” however fleeting those designations may be. Winners 1. ClosersParticularly with so few free agent starters worth spending money on this winter, it was always an inevitability that Aroldis Chapman, Kenley Jansen and Mark Melancon would break the bank, setting new records for relievers in terms of both total contract value (surpassing Jonathan Papelbon's four-year, $50 … [Read more...] about Winter meetings: Winners (closers, Chicago) and losers (Toronto, ex-Blue Jays sluggers)
When we talk about how long it takes the Earth to orbit the sun, we generally say it takes 365 days, but if you really want to get technical, it actually takes 365 days, 5 hours, 48 minutes, and 45 seconds. As a result, we usually (but not always) end up with one extra day in the calendar every four years to bring things back to even.That day is Leap Day, celebrated on Feb. 29. And while its place in the calendar (after football ends and before baseball begins) doesn’t necessarily lend itself to tons of sports news, there have still been several high-profile moments to fall on Feb. 29 over the years. So in honor of today’s date, here’s a look back at nine of the biggest Leap Day sports stories of all time: Gordie Howe’s 800th goalThe oldest player in NHL history, Howe’s legendary career started in October 1946 with the Detroit Red Wings and lasted until April 1980, when he played his final game with the Hartford Whalers at age 52. During his three-plus … [Read more...] about Leap Day has given us a notable roster of big sports events
Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred told reporters recently that he’s interested in expanding from 30 to 32 franchises. The sport’s growing revenues support the concept, and Manfred cited the favorable schedule of 16-team leagues split into four divisions of four. (Tighter divisional footprints would make owners happy, because fewer road games would start at unfavorable times for local television.)Still, Manfred cautioned that the timeline for expansion is “not immediate.” He’s acknowledged that the process can’t begin until stadium issues are resolved in Oakland and Tampa Bay. For that reason, we’re five or six years — at the very earliest — from seeing the inauguration of new MLB franchises.But for the first time this century, it’s reasonable to wonder what the next round of MLB expansion will look like.Make no mistake: Barriers to entering the exclusive company of MLB owners are extraordinarily high — and … [Read more...] about Which locations make the most sense for MLB expansion?
On Sunday, as Kaiser Carlile fought for his life in a Wichita, Kan., hospital after being accidentally struck in the head with a bat during a game the day before, Mike Carlile found himself at a local sporting goods store, looking for something, anything, that might help him show support for his team’s 9-year-old batboy.Mike Carlile, the general manager of the Liberal Bee Jays and a relative of Kaiser’s, eventually settled on a blue Kansas City Royals T-shirt with the team’s KC logo printed in big white letters on the front. He wore it to Liberal’s National Baseball Congress World Series game that night against the Haysville Aviators, and almost immediately, the Bee Jays’ players expressed to their GM that they wanted similar shirts of their own."They were at the batting cages, and our first baseman, Nick Brooks, said, ‘Where are ours? We can put our numbers on the back of those and we can wear those,’ " Carlile recalled in an interview with … [Read more...] about Kansas team plays on in memory of fallen batboy Kaiser Carlile
Preparation is under way for the Sixth Annual Waltrip Brothers’ Charity Championship (WBCC) in October, and this year’s edition features one of country music’s most beloved sons, two-time Grammy Award winner Travis Tritt, headlining the Champion’s Dinner on Wednesday, Oct. 21.In addition, one of NASCAR’s most beloved sons, Bryson Byrnes, will be in attendance as the two-day fundraiser in Franklin, Tennessee, benefits the Byrnes Memorial Fund, Feed the Children and Motor Racing Outreach (MRO). Bryson is the son of late FOX NASCAR broadcaster Steve Byrnes, who lost his courageous battle with cancer in late April. The Byrnes Memorial Fund was established at Charlotte Christian School in Steve’s honor to help fulfill his wish that Bryson, 12, continue his education and play football at the school.The NFL on FOX’s Terry Bradshaw will emcee Darrell and Michael Waltrip’s Champion’s Dinner Presented by CapWealth Financial at The Factory in … [Read more...] about Singer Travis Tritt headlines Waltrip Brothers’ Charity Championship
MINNEAPOLIS — It started out as an annual tradition. It morphed into a potential glimpse into the future.The power of social media lends itself to inflated perceptions. So proverbial packets of salt are required when the likes of Zach LaVine, Glenn Robinson III and projected teammate Andrew Wiggins team up in a showcase like they did Sunday at the Panini America trading card company’s rookie photo shoot in New York.But the thought of that rookie trio calling out each other in similar dunk contests — albeit without the Twitter challenges — after closed Timberwolves practices and throwing down alley-oop lobs from Ricky Rubio has to tingle the Wolves fan’s senses just a bit. The same might be said for Wiggins, LaVine and Robinson themselves.Wiggins wore his maroon, No. 21 Cleveland jersey Sunday, but the chances he’s in black and slate blue by the time the season starts are about as high as he can jump. Suitors besides the Cavaliers in the Kevin Love … [Read more...] about Addition of Wiggins would make Wolves’ lineup intriguing
MLB’s annual First-Year Player Draft is this week, and odds are, from the first pick to the last, you will have never heard of a single name called over the three-day affair.Indeed, the draft’s history books are filled with pages of who’s that, could’ve been and never was; the history of America’s pastime in entertainment, however, is a far different story.From the "Bad News Bears" and those kids who called "The Sandlot" home to the foul-mouthed minor leaguers in Durham and the equally foul-mouthed major leaguers in Cleveland, no sport has brought us as many memorable fictional characters as baseball.In honor of the MLB draft — and to give you a taste of seeing names you’re actually familiar with fly off the board — the FOXSports.com MLB staff conducted a one-round draft of the best fictional characters in baseball history, following the actual team order of the 2014 draft. But to give every team a selection, we slotted in the clubs who … [Read more...] about Who’s No. 1? Fictional baseball character draft
With 2009 almost in the bag, it’s time for our annual look back at the year that was. As a prelude to 2010 and the upcoming World Cup, this past year was certainly eventful. It was also predictable — many of the things American soccer fans have come to assume will happen, did indeed come to pass. And the things that continue to bedevil not only American but global soccer, remained nearly immovable. Not one of the big issues confronting the global game — the growth of organized crime and match-fixing, the escalating referee imbroglios, and the financial hardships facing soccer leagues and clubs around the globe — were directly addressed by the game’s governors. But from an on-field point of view, there was also plenty to delight even the most jaded soccer fan. The spectacular play of Spain’s Barcelona, the thrilling, if flukey, win by the United States over Spain, and the unlikely success of Seattle in its inaugural season in MLS all stand as … [Read more...] about Looking back at a wild 2009