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    5/29 & 6/5- WILT CHAMBERLAIN & MUHAMMAD ALI Lost Artifacts Investigated in SPORTS DETECTIVES-New Smithsonian Channel Series!


    WILT CHAMBERLAIN's 100 point ball from 1962... MUHAMMAD ALI's missing Olympic gold medal from 1960...

    These historic objects from indelible moments in sports are either lost or in dispute. Now, in episodes premiering MAY 29 and JUNE 5 (also the season finale), Smithsonian Channel's unique docu-series, SPORTS DETECTIVES, will try to hunt down the truth of what happened and find these missing treasures behind some of the most iconic moments in American sports history.

    Stories in SPORTS DETECTIVES are told through first-hand accounts from the players, managers, announcers, and fans who witnessed sports history unfold. With state-of-the-art technology, sports analysis, and real-life detective work, SPORTS DETECTIVES plunges into the moments that made these objects so coveted, piecing together the evidence for what happened and why.

    The series enlists the investigative acumen of Lauren Gardner, a TV sports reporter, and Kevin Barrows – a top private investigator and former FBI Agent who took down the mob on Wall Street in one of the biggest securities fraud cases in U.S. history – who has served as a security and investigative consultant for professional sports leagues. Together, they seek to find and confirm the lost items while unearthing new details on these events that have transcended their sports.

    The following episodes will help to explain mysteries within the American sports landscape:

    Premieres Sunday, May 29 at 9 p.m. ET/PT
    SPORTS DETECTIVES: WILT CHAMBERLAIN'S 100-POINT GAME BALL
    Wilt Chamberlain cemented his legend on March 2, 1962 in Hershey, Pennsylvania, when he set a record that might never be challenged, scoring 100 points in a single game. But what happened to the ball that went through the net that night? The SPORTS DETECTIVES have their hands full with not one, but three possible claims to the truth. And for years the Kentucky Derby Museum displayed a trophy they attributed to War Admiral, but when the real item turns up elsewhere, the question becomes: is this a fake, or could it be the winning trophy from another horse?

    CLIP:
    http://www.smithsonianchannel.com/shows/sports-detectives/100-point-game-ball/1004307/3432380


    Premieres Sunday, June 5 at 9 p.m. ET/PT (season finale)
    SPORTS DETECTIVES: MUHAMMAD ALI’S MISSING GOLD MEDAL
    In his biography Muhammad Ali tells the story of what happened to his Olympic gold medal from the 1960 Rome Olympics: disgusted by being refused service in a Louisville diner, he tossed the medal into the Ohio River, making it an enduring symbol of his struggle for Civil Rights. But is that story true, or simply part of the legend of Muhammad Ali?

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    http://www.smithsonianchannel.com/shows/sports-detectives/alis-missing-gold-medal/1004307/3432461


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    Find a Romantic Spark this Summer with Kalliope Barlis


     Kalliope Barlis


    Summer is synonymous with new relationships being formed. The summer is the time when new friendships blossom and romance is everywhere. According to studies Golf is rated as the 5th best way to meet people and form a romantic connection. Golf may seem like an intimidating sport, but it is a game that is easy to get into and learn about thanks to Play Golf Better Faster Author Kalliope Barlis played professional golf and decided to write Play Golf Better Faster, a guide to optimizing performance and building your best fast.

     Kalliope Barlis


    The book is structured similar to a workbook, but it is small enough to fit in your golf bag when you are on the course. It’s broken down into three parts: Using Your Brain, Practicing Your Game, and Playing Game; and each part includes practical steps to dramatically improve your game. “This book is designed for anyone who wants to play the game easier and with more enjoyment,” says Golf-Teaching Talent Chuck Hogan.

    By reading this book, you are taught about Neuro-Linguistic Programming as applied to golf. NLP is a technology of thought and the artful use of language that leads your brain into mastering your imagination to create the best possible shots in both easy and challenging situations on the golf course. These teachings can be the perfect holiday gift for the golfer in your life!

    Visit the book’s website, www.playgolfbetterfaster.com , for more information.


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    Cabela’s® named one of The Harris Poll’s 2016 Brands of the Year

    Only sporting-goods retailer on the 2016 list


    SIDNEY, Neb. (April 27, 2016) – Cabela’s Incorporated, the World’s Foremost Outfitter® of hunting, fishing and outdoor gear, was announced as one of The Harris Poll’s 2016 Brands of the Year. The awards were just released in its 28th annual EquiTrend study.

    More than 3,800 brands were evaluated by more than 97,000 U.S. consumers, and Cabela’s was the only sporting-goods retailer named as a “Brand of the Year” recipient. This marks the third time in the last four years that Cabela’s has received this ranking from consumers.

    “Consumers form impressions of brands long before they ever use them, based on their perceptions and what they may know from trusted sources,” said Joan Sinopoli, vice president of brand solutions at Nielsen, which owns The Harris Poll. “This high level equity is the gateway to eventual purchase; it also helps to protect brands from the consequences of an occasional misstep. The strength of a company’s brand equity can have direct business and financial outcomes.”

    The Harris Poll EquiTrend study utilizes an equity index and methodology that has been academically assessed and validated to prove that strong brand equity is associated with strong financial performance.

    About Cabela’s Incorporated
    Cabela’s Incorporated, headquartered in Sidney, Nebraska, is a leading specialty omni-channel retailer of hunting, fishing, camping, shooting sports and related outdoor merchandise. Since the Company’s founding in 1961, Cabela’s® has grown to become one of the most well-known outdoor recreation brands in the world, and has long been recognized as the World’s Foremost Outfitter®. Cabela’s offers a wide and distinctive selection of high-quality outdoor products at competitive prices while providing superior customer service. Cabela’s also issues the Cabela’s CLUB® Visa credit card, which serves as its primary customer loyalty rewards program.


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    Major League Baseball Expands Philanthropic Commitment to
    The Jackie Robinson Foundation


    MLB to Sponsor 30 College Scholarships, Enlist JRF Scholars to Mentor
    Young People in MLB’s Youth & Community Programs and
    Donate $1 Million to Jackie Robinson Museum Project


     Jackie Robinson Museum Project


    NEW YORK (April 12, 2016) As the baseball world prepares for Jackie Robinson Day, the 13th annual MLB celebration of Jackie Robinson’s enduring legacy, Major League Baseball (MLB) and the Jackie Robinson Foundation (JRF) announced today that MLB has increased its financial commitment to the Foundation and that the two organizations will expand their programmatic partnership beginning this year. MLB will greatly enhance its longstanding philanthropic support by funding 30 four-year JRF scholarships – one for each of the 30 MLB Clubs and by contributing $1 million to the Foundation’s Jackie Robinson Museum project. Additionally, MLB and JRF will engage JRF Scholars to mentor young people in MLB’s youth and community partnership programs, including Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI), MLB Urban Youth Academies and MLB-supported Boys & Girls Clubs of America programs. JRF Scholars will mentor participants in these various youth programs, encouraging their young mentees to embrace educational opportunities and joining them in extra-curricular activities, such as attending MLB games with the League’s support.

    Commissioner of Baseball Robert D. Manfred, Jr. said: “Jackie Robinson inspired change throughout the National Pastime and society. Major League Baseball and its Clubs have long been proud to support the Jackie Robinson Foundation, recognizing the Foundation’s important role in perpetuating Jackie’s legacy by advancing education. MLB’s expanded commitment reflects a shared desire to inspire and broaden opportunities for young people in our communities to truly reflect Jackie’s vision for our American society and positively impact future generations.”

    “We are extremely grateful to Major League Baseball for its ongoing, very generous support of our mission to address the achievement gap in education,” said Della Britton Baeza, president and CEO of the Jackie Robinson Foundation. “This increased support from MLB and Commissioner Manfred for the Foundation’s scholarship program and to help bring the Jackie Robinson Museum to fruition provides a tremendous boost to our efforts. We are thrilled also about the Commissioner’s commitment to expand our programmatic partnership with MLB that involves both job opportunities and community service engagement for JRF Scholars, not to mention the benefits to the greater community of young people.”

    Historically, Major League Baseball and its clubs have contributed more than $15 million to the Jackie Robinson Foundation for its scholarship program and for the Jackie Robinson Museum. The Los Angeles Dodgers, the New York Mets and the New York Yankees organizations have been particularly generous to the Foundation, donating millions of dollars and partnering with JRF around various initiatives. Other Major League organizations that provide funding and engage with the Jackie Robinson Foundation are the Baltimore Orioles, Chicago White Sox, Philadelphia Phillies, Boston Red Sox, and the San Francisco Giants, as well as a roster of current and former MLB players, including Derek Jeter and the Turn 2 Foundation, which has endowed a scholarship in perpetuity at the Jackie Robinson Foundation.

    The Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship Program
    With support from donors such as Major League Baseball, the Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship Program provides four-years of financial assistance and direct program services annually to 225 highly motivated students attending 100 colleges and universities across the country, and has developed a mentoring curriculum to reach a broad cohort of college students beyond its core “JRF Scholars”. The Foundation’s unique program offers comprehensive support that includes internship and permanent job placement; curriculum and career guidance; one-on-one mentoring; and leadership and practical life skills training. The Jackie Robinson Foundation’s celebrated, hands-on approach has resulted in a consistent, nearly 100% graduation rate throughout its 43-year history.

    The Jackie Robinson Museum
    To be located in New York City, the Jackie Robinson Museum will chronicle the baseball legend’s storied athletic career as well as his defining, long-lasting impact across society through state-of-the-art exhibits, precious artifacts, film and other media. The Museum will host programming of all kinds, including symposia, lectures, concerts, and interactive online activities. More than a permanent tribute to Jackie Robinson’s pioneering baseball legacy and role in the Civil Rights Movement, the Museum will serve as an activity-oriented venue, a place for vibrant dialogue on critical social issues and a destination for innovative educational programming. The national Jackie Robinson Museum Legacy Campaign has raised $21 million towards a $24 million construction goal.

    Jackie Robinson Day
    On April 15, 1947, Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball by stepping onto Ebbets Field to play for the Brooklyn Dodgers. In 1997, Jackie Robinson’s number was retired across all of Major League Baseball, a first-time occurrence in a professional sports league. Since 2004, MLB has celebrated Jackie Robinson Day with great fanfare and with all players and on-field personnel wearing the number “42” during every game on April 15th. Rachel Robinson, Jackie Robinson’s widow, and members of the Robinson Family have attended every flagship Jackie Robinson Day celebration to-date.

    About Major League Baseball
    Major League Baseball (MLB) is the most historic professional sports league in the United States and consists of 30 member clubs in the U.S. and Canada, representing the highest level of professional baseball. Major League Baseball is the best-attended sport in North America and, since 2004, MLB has enjoyed its best-attended seasons in the history of the game, with each regular season eclipsing the 73-million mark. Led by Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr. since January 2015, MLB is experiencing record levels of labor peace, competitive balance and industry revenues, and features the most comprehensive drug-testing program in American professional sports. MLB remains committed to making an impact in the communities of the U.S., Canada and throughout the world, perpetuating the sport’s larger role in society and permeating every facet of baseball’s business, marketing and community relations endeavors. With the continued success of MLB Advanced Media and MLB Network, MLB continues to find innovative ways for its fans to enjoy America’s National Pastime and a truly global game. For more information on Major League Baseball, visit www.MLB.com .

    About the Jackie Robinson Foundation
    Founded by Rachel Robinson in 1973 to perpetuate the memory of Jackie Robinson, the Jackie Robinson Foundation (JRF), is a public, non-profit organization, that administers one of the nation's premier education and leadership development programs for minority college students. In addition to four-years of generous financial assistance, JRF offers an unparalleled, comprehensive set of support services that has led to a consistent, nearly 100% graduation rate, more than twice the national average for African American college students. The 1,450 JRF alumni are proven leaders in their communities and across a broad range of professional fields --and true ambassadors of Jackie Robinson's legacy of service and humanitarianism. JRF has disbursed over $65 million in grants and direct program support to students who have attended over 225 different colleges and universities across the country. The Jackie Robinson Foundation is engaged currently in building the Jackie Robinson Museum to educate and inspire visitors of all generations around Jackie Robinson’s courageous achievements both on and off the field.

    The Jackie Robinson Foundation Online:
    www.jackierobinson.org
    Facebook.com/JRF42
    Twitter
    Instagram @JRFoundation
    Youtube.com/JRobinsonFdtn
    Linkedin.com


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    RADIO Interviews with Mark Schlereth

    Available on Monday, April 25th!


    What:
    Pull out the pigskin! Former NFL Superstar and three-time Super Bowl Champion (two with the Denver Broncos and one with the Washington Redskins) Mark Schlereth, who retired from the NFL after 12 seasons and two Pro Bowl appearances, is going to chat with your listeners about his predictions for the upcoming 2016 NFL Draft, chat about recent player and coaching changes and trades and answer any questions you have about the NFL franchise(s) that are popular in your particular market!

    In addition, Mark, whose 29 surgeries during his playing career (including 15 on his left knee and five on his right knee) forced his retirement, will also discuss with your listeners the physical challenges awaiting players selected in this year’s draft and players who are currently on the roster. Mark will discuss the ways NFL players can treat the aches and pains of the game and how your listeners can use these same tips for helping to relieve the chronic pain suffered by 100 million Americans nationwide.

    Who:
    Mark Schlereth, retired NFL star, three-time Super Bowl Champion, and NFL analyst. NFL superstar and Denver Broncos’ and Washington Redskins’ guard, Alaska native, and University of Idaho graduate Mark Schlereth retired from the NFL after six seasons with the Redskins (1989-1994) and six seasons with the Broncos (1995-2000), helping to lead the Broncos to two Super Bowl wins and the Redskins to one. Named to the Pro Bowl for his performances in 1991 and 1998 seasons, Mark’s 29 surgeries finally forced his retirement and were documented on “Athlete 360”, the sports medicine television show hosted by his former Redskins teammate Dr. Mark Adickes.

    Soon after his retirement from the NFL, Mark began his work on “ESPN”. In addition to regularly hosting “NFL Live”, Mark is an analyst on “NFL Live” and “SportsCenter” and a frequent guest and substitute host for Mike Golic on “Mike and Mike in the Morning”.

    For much more information on Mark Schlereth, please log onto his official website www.markschlereth.com.

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    MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL HIRES DEL MATTHEWS AS SENIOR DIRECTOR OF BASEBALL DEVELOPMENT


    Major League Baseball announced today the hiring of Del Matthews as Senior Director of Baseball Development. In this capacity, he will play a key role in a number of MLB’s Youth Programs initiatives and will report directly to Tony Reagins, Senior Vice President of Youth Programs. Matthews most recently was a member of the front office of the Chicago White Sox.

    Matthews' responsibilities will include overseeing day-to-day operations of the MLB Urban Youth Academies in Compton, California and New Orleans, as well as the coordination of the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game. Matthews also will manage two MLB initiatives designed to provide professional-level instruction and exposure to diverse youth ballplayers from around the country: the Breakthrough Series and the Elite Development Invitational.

    Reagins said: “We are very pleased to bring Del on board as we believe his previous experiences at MLB, with the White Sox and as a Minor League player will bring invaluable insight to the future success of our programs. He will strongly complement our efforts to provide young people with impactful, high-caliber opportunities in our game.”

    Matthews is rejoining Major League Baseball after serving in his most current role as Assistant Director of Player Development & Scouting with the White Sox. Matthews was the Director of Baseball Operations for the Arizona Fall League and is a product of MLB’s Executive Development Program from June 2005-September 2008. Matthews, who played in the minor league system of the Milwaukee Brewers from 2000-2001, is the son of former All-Star outfielder Gary Matthews and the brother of former All-Star outfielder Gary Matthews, Jr.

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    2016 MLB DIVERSITY BUSINESS SUMMIT IN PHOENIX

    Wide-Ranging Opportunities Include an Exclusive Day for Military Veterans, a Diversity Conversation with Commissioner Manfred at Chase Field and Panels Featuring Executives & Former Players Media Access Requests Now Being Accepted Via Email

    Below are media opportunity details surrounding activities at the 2016 MLB Diversity Business Summit, the one-of-a-kind sports diversity employment and business opportunity trade fair. This premier event, which is co-hosted by Major League Baseball and the Arizona Diamondbacks, will be held at Chase Field in Phoenix and Salt River Fields at Talking Stick in Scottsdale on Tuesday, March 8th and Wednesday, March 9th. The MLB Diversity Business Summit provides attendees with unprecedented access to human resource and procurement executives from MLB’s Central Office, all 30 MLB Clubs, MLB Network, MLB Advanced Media and Minor League Baseball Clubs.

    SPECIAL DAY FOR VETERANS: MLB and the D-backs will host more than 200 veterans from all branches of the U.S. Armed Service with their own exclusive day at the MLB Diversity Business Summit on Monday, March 7th. All veterans will have the opportunity to participate in special business briefings & panels, a special tour of Chase Field and in an MLB Umpire Camp at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick.

    FOR MEDIA ACCESS: Please email steven.arocho@mlb.com and jrawitch@dbacks.com.

    REGISTRATION STILL OPEN TO GENERAL PUBLIC: Registration for the general portion of the Diversity Business Summit (March 8th & 9th) is still available at MLB.com/diversitysummit.

    WHERE: Chase Field, 401 E. Jefferson Street, Phoenix, AZ 85004
    Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, 7555 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85258
    Game 7 Grill, 201 S. 4th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85034 (next to Chase Field)

    MEDIA PASSES PICK-UP DETAILS:

    · Monday, March 7th: 7:00-8:00 a.m.; 10:00-11:00 a.m. @ Game 7 Grill
    · Tuesday, March 8th: 7:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. @ Chase Field (Ballpark Ticket Windows 1-16)

    EVENT SCHEDULE AND DETAILS FOR MONDAY, MARCH 7TH:

    Exclusive Veterans Day

    8:30 a.m. Welcome Remarks to Veterans
    · Where: Game 7 Grill

    · What: Opening remarks to welcome veterans to their exclusive day at the 2016 MLB Diversity Business Summit (MLBDBS).

    · Who: Wendy Lewis (Sr. Vice President, Diversity, Inclusion & Strategic Alliances, MLB), Marian Rhodes (Sr. Vice President, Chief Human Resources & Diversity Officer, Arizona Diamondbacks); Representatives from 2016 MLBDBS Sponsors and the Pentagon.

    9:00 a.m. Opening Keynote – “A Conversation with Captain Jack: From Service to Baseball”

    · Where: Game 7 Grill

    · What: Panel Discussion

    · Who: Captain Jack Ensch (Military Affairs Specialist, Arizona Diamondbacks); Daniel Pearsall (Director, Transportation & Commercial Markets, Premier Management Corporation), Teresa W. Gerton (Deputy Assistant Secretary for Veterans’ Employment and Training Service, U.S. Department of Labor); Deon Scott (Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Coast Guard & Military Aide to the Secretary, Department of Homeland Security); Nick Francona (Assistant Director of Player Development, Los Angeles Dodgers & former Officer, U.S. Marine Corps); Major Adam Grim (Employment Director, U.S. Army Soldier for Life Program); Chevalier P. Cleaves, SES, DAF (Director, Diversity & Inclusion, HQ United States Air Force); Lieutenant Commander Bud Hanley, U.S. Navy (retired) (Senior Director, Procurement, Minnesota Twins).

    2:00 p.m. MLB Umpire Camp Exclusively for Veterans

    · Where: Salt River Fields at Talking Stick

    · What: The MLB Umpire Camp, which will be held exclusively for veterans, will include training from Major & Minor League umpires and Minor League supervisors. Attendees will learn skills for the field as well as tips on nutrition, fitness and kinds of equipment to use, and there will be a possibility to be referred to the MLB Professional Umpires Mini-Camps.

    EVENT SCHEDULE AND DETAILS FOR TUESDAY, MARCH 8TH:

    8:00 a.m. Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

    · Where: Chase Field (3rd Base Dugout)

    · Who: Commissioner of Baseball Robert D. Manfred, Jr.; Derrick Hall (President & CEO, Arizona Diamondbacks); Wendy Lewis (Sr. Vice President, Diversity, Inclusion & Strategic Alliances, MLB) and 2016 MLBDBS Sponsors.

    8:30 a.m. “Conversation with Commissioner Manfred about Diversity by Harold Reynolds”

    · Where: Chase Field (3rd Base Dugout)

    · What: Two-time A.L. All-Star and Emmy Award-winning analyst Harold Reynolds of MLB Network will have a conversation about diversity with Commissioner Manfred.

    9:00 a.m. “The Player Perspective on Diversity & Inclusion”

    · Where: Chase Field (3rd Base Dugout)

    · What: This session is designed to examine Diversity & Inclusion in the world of baseball. Hear from former players and current executives who have overcome diversity barriers such as race, gender, sexual orientation and disability; and how they are positively impacting the lives of the next generation of athletes who are involved with the game across the country and around the world.

    · Who: Harold Reynolds (moderator); Kim Ng (Senior Vice President of Baseball Operations, MLB); Luis Gonzalez (former All-Star outfielder; Senior Advisor to the President & CEO of the Arizona Diamondbacks); Billy Bean (former Major League outfielder; MLB Vice President of Inclusion & Social Responsibility); Curtis Pride (former Major League outfielder; MLB’s Ambassador of Inclusion); LaTroy Hawkins (21-year Major League veteran).

    9:30 a.m. Commissioner Manfred & Derrick Hall Media Availability

    · Where: Chase Field Interview Room

    · 9:30 a.m. – Derrick Hall

    · 9:45 a.m. – Commissioner Manfred

    3:00 p.m. Media Availability with Billy Bean, Curtis Pride & Justine Siegal

    · Where: Salt River Fields at Talking Stick

    · What: Three individuals who represent cornerstones of Baseball’s inclusion efforts will throw out the first pitch of the spring training game between the D-backs & the Los Angeles Angels.

    EVENT SCHEDULE AND DETAILS FOR WEDNESDAY, MARCH 9TH:

    8:30 a.m. “Leadership from the Top”

    · Where: Chase Field (3rd Base Dugout)

    · What: This panel of the industry’s top leadership will share their stories of how the “business of the game” relies heavily on utilizing America’s diverse base of people, businesses and players to be successful and sustain competitive balance.

    · Who: Derrick Hall (Moderator); Ken Kendrick (Managing General Partner, Arizona Diamondbacks); Dave Stewart (Sr. Vice President & General Manager, Arizona Diamondbacks); Peter Seidler (Ownership Group, San Diego Padres); Pat O’Conner (President & CEO, Minor League Baseball); Marian Rhodes (Sr. Vice President, Chief Human Resource & Diversity Officer, Arizona Diamondbacks).

    10:15 a.m. Job Seeker’s Trade Fair

    · Where: Chase Field Concourse

    · What: Trade floor access to human resource representatives from all 30 MLB Clubs, MLB, MLB Advanced Media, MLB Network, the National Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum and more.

    o *B-ROLL & ATTENDEE INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITY*

    11:45 a.m. “The Business of Giving”

    · Where: Chase Field (3rd Base Dugout)

    · What: Baseball and its players have a unique platform and opportunity to demonstrate what they stand for and how they can make a difference in the community. This session will discuss how Club and player foundations and business partners are integrating relevant causes into the business of baseball to deliver both social impact and business results, and also how community and charitable activities are integral parts of Club business and player activities.

    · Who: Tom Brasuell (Moderator; Vice President of Community Affairs, MLB); Debbie Castaldo (Vice President of Corporate and Community Impact/Executive Director, Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation); Roberto Clemente, Jr. (Roberto Clemente Foundation); Christina Coleman (Grand Kids Foundation); Allyce Najimy (CEO, Foundation To Be Named Later); Kim Covington (Senior Philanthropic Advisor for Community Initiatives, Arizona Community Foundation, Jerry Colangelo Center for Sports Philanthropy).

    1:15 p.m. Keynote by the Society of American Baseball Research (SABR) & Diamond Dollars Case Competition

    · Where: Chase Field (3rd Base Dugout)

    · What: All currently enrolled college students will learn about competing in the Diamond Dollars Case Competition where undergraduate, graduate and professional school students from colleges and universities across the country compete against each other by preparing an analysis and presentation of a baseball operations decision — the type of decision a team’s GM and his staff is faced with over the course of a season.

    · Who: Marc Appleman (CEO, SABR); Vince Gennaro (Author of “Diamond Dollars: The Economics of Winning in Baseball” and Consultant to MLB Clubs).

    2:00 p.m. Procurement Trade Fair

    · Where: Chase Field Concourse

    · What: Trade floor access to business procurement representatives from all 30 MLB Clubs, MLB, MLB Advanced Media, MLB Network, the National Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum and more.

    o *B-ROLL & ATTENDEE INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITY*

    4:00 p.m. “The Future of the Game”

    · Where: Chase Field (3rd Base Dugout)

    · What: A career in Major League Baseball is a journey. This session will allow you to learn from an array of executives in the game who are taking the game to the next level and expanding the reach of the game.

    · Who: Darrell Miller (Moderator; Vice President of Youth & Facility Development, MLB); Tyrone Brooks (Senior Director, Front Office & Field Staff Diversity Pipeline Program, MLB); Katina Lee (Senior Director, Operations, Washington National Youth Baseball Academy); David James (Senior Director, Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities & Youth Programs, MLB); Mariana Patraca (Dominican Republic Administrator, Arizona D-backs); Rodney Davis (Sr. Manager, Youth Programs & the MLB Urban Youth Academy in Compton, CA).

    5:45 p.m. Viewing of “The Hammer of Hank Aaron,” hosted by Howard Bryant & Bill Bartholomay

    · Where: Chase Field

    · What: Special screening of “The Hammer of Hank Aaron,” an MLB-produced film that premiered on February 29th on The Smithsonian Channel as part of its MAJOR LEAGUE LEGENDS series.

    · Who: Howard Bryant (ESPN columnist & author); Bill Bartholomay (Chairman Emeritus, Atlanta Braves).

    CONTACT: Steven Arocho, Major League Baseball, steven.arocho@mlb.com, (718) 614-3487
    Josh Rawitch, Arizona Diamondbacks, jrawitch@dbacks.com, (323) 640-1579


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    MLB's Urban Invitational Returns to New Orleans for Third Consecutive Year

    Games Played at the New Orleans MLB Urban Youth Academy on February 20th Will Air LIVE on Both MLB Network and MLB.com

    MLB will Honor the Memory of the Late Darryl Hamilton with Special “Player of the Game” Recognition After Each Urban Invitational Game

    Ancillary Activities at the New Orleans MLB Urban Youth Academy on Saturday to Include Youth Baseball Clinic, PLAY BALL Event and a Scotts® MLB Pitch, Hit & Run Competition


    Major League Baseball’s Urban Invitational is returning to New Orleans for the third consecutive year, with games being held at the University of New Orleans and the New Orleans MLB Urban Youth Academy (MLBUYA) from Friday, February 19th through Sunday, February 21st. Launched by Major League Baseball in 2008, the round-robin collegiate baseball tournament is designed to place a spotlight on Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs) and their baseball programs.

    Four HBCUs will compete in this year’s Urban Invitational, including Grambling State University (Grambling, Louisiana), Southern University (Baton Rouge, Louisiana), Alcorn State University (Alcorn, Mississippi) and Prairie View A&M (Prairie View, Texas). They will be joined by University of New Orleans and Louisiana Tech University, which will be making its tournament debut, in playing nine games over three days. The University of New Orleans will share hosting duties with the New Orleans MLBUYA in Pontchartrain Park. This will be Southern University’s ninth Urban Invitational, making them the only school to have participated in every tournament. Grambling State will make its fifth appearance, the University of New Orleans will make its third appearance and Alcorn State University will be making its second appearance.

    “We are very pleased to bring the Urban Invitational back to New Orleans,” said Tony Reagins, MLB Senior Vice President of Youth Programs. “The city has provided us with a great platform to highlight the talent found in HBCU baseball programs in the region and also what our Urban Youth Academy has to offer the young people of Southern Louisiana. Collegiate Baseball is a terrific option for student-athletes to get an education and prepare them for the next levels of baseball, and we look forward to showcasing that through this event and the exposure provided by MLB Network and MLB.com.”

    Saturday’s match-ups at the New Orleans MLBUYA between Louisiana Tech University and Southern University at 2:00 p.m. CT and Grambling University and University of New Orleans at 6:00 p.m. CT, will air LIVE on both MLB Network and MLB.com. The broadcast will feature play-by-play from Paul Severino and analysis from former All-Star outfielder Cliff Floyd.

    In a special tribute to the late Darryl Hamilton, who was a Baton Rouge native and called the 2015 Urban Invitational for MLB Network, Major League Baseball will name a “Darryl Hamilton Player of the Game” after each Urban Invitational contest.

    In addition to tournament play, the New Orleans MLBUYA will host three youth-focused events on Saturday, February 20th beginning at 9:00 a.m., including a private youth baseball clinic, a PLAY BALL event and a Scotts® MLB Pitch, Hit and Run competition. The clinic will have players from each of the participating Urban Invitational teams serving as instructors to Urban Youth Academy (UYA) participants and kids from local Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) programs. The PLAY BALL event will take place at 12:30 p.m., followed by the local Scotts® MLB Pitch, Hit and Run competition at 3:00 p.m.

    Former Major Leaguers, including All-Star reliever Lee Smith and Jerry Manuel (who is also a Youth Programs Consultant for MLB), will attend various portions of the Urban Invitational, particularly the youth events throughout Saturday.

    HBCUs have long offered quality educational and athletic programs and have a proud tradition of attracting outstanding baseball players. Baseball Hall of Famers Lou Brock (Southern University) and Andre Dawson (Florida A&M) played in HBCU baseball programs. Since 2008, the year of the inaugural Urban Invitational, more than 25 HBCU athletes who have played in the tournament have been selected in the MLB Draft. Three tournament alumni were taken in the 2015 Draft, including Earl Burl III from Alcorn State University, who was also the first player to be drafted out of the New Orleans MLB Urban Youth Academy. Lance Jones from Southern University and Edwin Drexler of Grambling State were also selected.

    MLB’s youth initiatives are on display in this tournament as 19 players on this year’s rosters are alumni of Urban Youth Academies, RBI programs or Breakthrough Series participants. For Southern University, four players attended the Urban Youth Academies in New Orleans and Compton (California), seven were a part of RBI programs (Atlanta, Chicago, Miami, New York City and Washington, D.C.) and another participated in a previous Breakthrough Series event. Prairie View A&M has three players, Nick Gurka, Shannon Washington, Joshua Wells, who are alumni of the Houston Astros MLB Urban Youth Academy and Astros RBI. Alcorn State has four players – Carlos Kelly, Larry Cowart, Robert Fletcher and Devonte Thomson – who are alumni of the New Orleans MLB Urban Youth Academy.

    Major League Baseball is dedicated to its ongoing diversity efforts, including the implementation of programs that make it easier for underserved and inner city youth to participate in baseball and softball. With six operating Urban Youth Academies in Cincinnati (Ohio), Compton (California), Houston (Texas), New Orleans (Louisiana), Philadelphia (Pennsylvania) and Washington D.C., plus three Urban Youth Academies in development in Dallas (Texas), Kansas City (Missouri) and San Francisco (California), MLB has continued to allot resources to bring America’s pastime to young people in urban communities.

    About New Orleans MLB Urban Youth Academy
    The New Orleans MLB Urban Youth Academy at Wesley Barrow Stadium in historic Pontchartrain Park opened in 2012, replacing a 55-year-old facility that was devastated by Hurricane Katrina. The facility operates in coordination with the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission to offer a dynamic youth program that provides free, year-round baseball and softball instruction as well as educational and baseball vocation programming for more than 2500 young people from underserved and urban communities throughout southern Louisiana. The New Orleans MLB Urban Youth Academy features a turfed stadium, indoor and outdoor batting cages, extra bullpens, a youth field and a softball field. Staff is available daily to provide free, year-round baseball and softball instruction. The Academy also focuses on educational and vocational programs, including after-school homework assistance, broadcasting, field maintenance, umpiring and scouting clinics.

    Complete Urban Invitational Schedule (Central Time):

    Friday, February 19, 2:00 p.m. @ New Orleans MLBUYA: Louisiana Tech University vs. Prairie View A&M
    Friday, February 19, 5:00 p.m. @ New Orleans MLBUYA: Grambling State University vs. Southern University
    Friday, February 19, 6:00 p.m. @ University of New Orleans (UNO): Alcorn State University vs. University of New Orleans
    Saturday, February 20, 9:00 a.m. @ New Orleans MLBUYA: Private Youth Baseball Clinic for UYA and RBI Participants
    Saturday, February 20, 11:00 a.m. @ UNO: Prairie View A&M vs. Alcorn State University
    Saturday, February 20, 12:30 p.m. @ New Orleans MLBUYA: PLAY BALL Event
    Saturday, February 20, 2:00 p.m. @ New Orleans MLBUYA: Louisiana Tech University vs. Southern University, (will air LIVE on MLB Network and MLB.com)
    Saturday, February 20, 3:00 p.m. @ New Orleans MLBUYA: Scotts® MLB Pitch, Hit & Run Local Contest
    Saturday, February 20, 6:00 p.m. @ New Orleans MLBUYA: Grambling University vs. University of New Orleans, (will air LIVE on MLB Network and MLB.com)
    Sunday, February 21, 12:00 p.m. @ New Orleans MLBUYA: Prairie View A&M vs. Grambling State University
    Sunday, February 21, 1:00 p.m. @ UNO: Louisiana Tech University vs. University of New Orleans
    Sunday, February 22, 3:00 p.m. @ New Orleans MLBUYA: Southern University vs. Alcorn State University

    *NOTE – Performances: Tight Harmonies (Landry-Walker Quartet) will sing the National Anthem and the Landry Walker JROTC will present the colors prior to the first game (2:00 p.m. CT), while the Southern University Band and Dancing Dolls will perform prior to the second game.


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    SMITHSONIAN CHANNEL(TM) AND MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL TEAM UP TO PROFILE FOUR OF THE NATIONAL PASTIME’S MOST ICONIC PLAYERS

    MAJOR LEAGUE LEGENDS

    EMMY® WINNER MARTIN SHEEN NARRATES SERIES OF ONE-HOUR PROGRAMS THAT OPENS WITH BLACK HISTORY MONTH SPECIAL ON HANK AARON


    MAJOR LEAGUE LEGENDS


    New York, January 20, 2016 – Smithsonian Channel and Major League Baseball have teamed up to tell the stories of four players who transcended the National Pastime and left legacies as true American icons: Hank Aaron, who surmounted racism in the Deep South and became baseball’s home run king; Babe Ruth, who emerged from a troubled youth to become America’s first superstar celebrity; Lou Gehrig, the embodiment of integrity who achieved immortality for his bravery in facing a terrible disease that now bears his name; and Ted Williams, who aspired to be the greatest hitter ever and inspired generations with his quest for perfection. MAJOR LEAGUE LEGENDS will premiere over four consecutive Monday nights beginning February 29 at 8 p.m. ET/PT with a special Black History Month presentation of MAJOR LEAGUE LEGENDS: HANK AARON.

    Each of the specials is narrated by Emmy® and Golden Globe® winner Martin Sheen. The stories take an in-depth look at the history, psychology and mythology of each of the Baseball Hall of Famers. Providing context throughout each of the programs are a host of journalists, academics, sports figures, and even a mythologist. They include Deadspin founder Will Leitch, ESPN’s Howard Bryant, best-selling author Jane Leavy, National Museum of African American History and Culture curator Damion Thomas, author Phil Cousineau and basketball coaching legend Bobby Knight, among others.

    MAJOR LEAGUE LEGENDS: HANK AARON Premieres Monday, February 29 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
    This special Black History Month presentation features extensive newly-captured interviews with Aaron himself, as he discusses his upbringing in Mobile, Alabama and the challenges that he faced growing up in the heart of Jim Crow. “The Hammer” would continue to battle bigotry and racism throughout his life and baseball career. As he sought to unseat Babe Ruth as the all-time home run king, Aaron received numerous death threats and hate mail, making his feat all the more impressive. It seemed justly symbolic that he hit number 715 on April 8, 1974, in Atlanta, the epicenter of the Civil Rights movement.

    MAJOR LEAGUE LEGENDS: BABE RUTH Premieres Monday, March 7 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
    Before “The Babe,” the all-time home run record stood at 138. Babe Ruth retired with 714. With his immensely powerful swing and unmatched zest for life, the incorrigible boy from Baltimore became the template for the modern superstar. One of American history’s most fascinating and enduring individuals, George Herman Ruth remains a mythical titan who reminds us that truth is often greater than fiction. While his baseball achievements rewrote the record book and his popularity set attendance records, MAJOR LEAGUE LEGENDS: BABE RUTH details the complex origin story behind the game’s dominant figure.

    MAJOR LEAGUE LEGENDS: LOU GEHRIG Premieres Monday, March 14 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
    Integrity, honesty, and dedication to family guided his every move. His body, which as a small child was considered chubby, would, as an adult, inspire comparisons to a god. Lou Gehrig’s record of playing in 2,130 consecutive games would stand for more than 60 years, but, it would be the revelation of his humanity and grace in the face of impending death that would place him among the immortals. In a ceremony after he retired, upon learning that he had Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, he delivered the famous “Luckiest Man” speech, which is still recognized as one of the greatest moments in American sports history.

    MAJOR LEAGUE LEGENDS: TED WILLIAMS Premieres Monday, March 21 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
    The quest for perfection is mankind’s boldest pursuit. It demands supreme skill, flawless precision, and obsessive determination. For most, the mission is too much. This special reveals that Ted Williams was the rare figure capable of summoning the impossible. His goal was to be considered the greatest hitter who ever lived, and his success captured the heart of the exacting, but loyal, Boston fan base. At the peak of his career, coming off a season in which he batted .406 and then one in which he captured baseball’s elusive Triple Crown, Williams interrupted his Hall of Fame career to serve three years in the Navy and Marine Corps during World War II. In his time in the military, he became a master fighter pilot. Away from the baseball field and battlefield, Williams turned to fly fishing, another forum for his extreme focus.

    MAJOR LEAGUE LEGENDS (http://smithsonianchannel.com/mlb) is produced by Major League Baseball for Smithsonian Channel. Executive producers on MAJOR LEAGUE LEGENDS: HANK AARON are Josh Oshinsky and Jonathan Laureano; Executive Producers on MAJOR LEAGUE LEGENDS: BABE RUTH are Oshinsky and Jeff Spaulding; Executive Producer on MAJOR LEAGUE LEGENDS: LOU GEHRIG is James Potocki; Executive producer on MAJOR LEAGUE LEGENDS: TED WILLIAMS is Gary Waksman. David Royle and Charles Poe served as executive producers for Smithsonian Channel.

    Smithsonian Channel™, owned by Smithsonian Networks™, a joint venture between Showtime Networks Inc. and the Smithsonian Institution, is where curiosity lives, inspiration strikes and wonders never cease. This is the place for awe-inspiring stories, powerful documentaries and amazing entertainment across multiple platforms. Smithsonian Channel combines the storytelling prowess of SHOWTIME® with the unmatched resources and rich traditions of the Smithsonian, to create award-winning programming that shines new light on popular genres such as air and space, history, science, nature, and pop culture. Among the network’s offerings are series including Aerial America, Million Dollar American Princesses, Boomtowners, Mighty Ships, Mighty Planes and Air Disasters, as well as critically-acclaimed specials that include Civil War 360, 9/11: The Heartland Tapes; MLK: The Assassination Tapes and The Day Kennedy Died. Find out more at www.smithsonianchannel.com. Smithsonian Networks also operates Smithsonian Earth™, through SN Digital LLC., a new subscription video streaming service delivering spectacular original nature and wildlife content.

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    NFL "Lean and Dabb" Compilation


    Lean and Dabb


    Dabb dance takes over the NFL creating a national movement this playoff season. Enjoy this fan-created “Lean and Dabb” video compilation featuring Cam Newton, Ike Taylor, Larry King, Jeremy Hill, Lebron James, Jay-Z, 50 Cent and more.

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    ValGrine expands its range ‘Sport’


    ValGrine



    The new desire of ValGrine is to make the excellence of these putters as accessible as possible. With the launch of the new putter “Apollon”, the brand reaches a consensus on this.

    The blade is synonymous with elegance. ValGrine achieves this through perfect lines and a stylishly silhouette. Due to the refined and timeless design, a natural charisma comes from ‘Apollon’. This blade follows a smart conception and appears as the younger sister of Dandy, the prestigious blade. ‘Apollon’ enhances each golfer who is looking for accuracy, tolerance and sportsmanship.

    This new blade’s performance comes out of the ValGrine technologies, chosen from the most essential. The putter’s head is made from stainless steel 316L and provides an important weight at the contact with the ball. The putt is more marked and the golf ball’s trajectory is straighter. The aluminium insert on its perimeter support equips this blade with an incredible sweet spot. This worldwide, unique technology was specifically designed by ValGrine in order to bring a tolerance to off-centre shots and to help improve putting.

    With ValGrine, rediscover the pleasure of playing golf with a blade putter.

    Available colours in the collection: 'Red', 'Black' and 'Pink'

    Price: 791€ (Excluding taxes)

    For more information : contact@valgrine.fr or www.valgrine.com

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     HBCU FOOTBALL COVERAGE ON ASPiRE



    HBCU FOOTBALL COVERAGE ON ASPiRE CONCLUDES NOVEMBER 14 WITH SIAC AND CIAA CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES


    Championship Day Slate Also Includes the 'HBCU Playback Game of the Week'


    ATLANTA – November 12, 2015 – Another exciting season of Historically Black College & University (HBCU) college football concludes on ASPiRE (@tvASPiRE) November 14 with the broadcast of the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) and Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) championships games at 2 p.m. EST and 7 p.m. EST, respectively. In between the championship showdowns, ASPiRE will present its exclusive "HBCU Playback Game of the Week” – the 1999 Howard University homecoming game between Howard and South Caroline State University at 5 p.m. EST.

    The CIAA championship game will pit the conference's top teams from the Northern and Southern Divisions in a showdown at Durham County Memorial Stadium in North Carolina. In last year's championship game, freshman quarterback Niko Johnson ran 25 yards up the middle to pay dirt with 2:59 left to play, leading the Northern Division champion Virginia State University to a 21-17 win over the Southern Division powerhouse Winston-Salem State University.

    The SIAC championship game, an exclusive ASPiRE presentation, will match the conference's East and West division champs at the Cramton Bowl in Montgomery, Alabama. In last year's game, Tuskegee University scored nine points in the final minute to outlast Albany State University, 47-41, to capture the conference crown behind 484 yards of total offense.

    “All of us at ASPiRE look forward to the exciting culmination of the 2015 HBCU football season with two tremendous championship games," said Tina Thompson, director, programming, ASPiRE. "Most of all, we are so pleased to be able to support young student athletes as they showcase their exceptional skills in front of thousands of cheering fans."

    Jacqie McWilliams, CIAA commissioner, said, "It's been quite a football season and we can't wait to showcase our championship game in front of a national audience on ASPiRE. The network and the Urban Sports & Entertainment Group have been wonderful partners for us and have done a great job in capturing all the excitement and enthusiasm that is part of the CIAA football experience." (suggested quote for review)

    Gregory Moore, SIAC commissioner, commented, "The SIAC football championship game is always one of the most eagerly awaited events on the HBCU sports calendar. Last year's game was a classic, and we look forward to sharing this year's matchup with the millions of households across America with access to the ASPiRE network."

    ASPiRE's 2015 HBCU coverage began in August with the first of 11 scheduled and encore HBCU football games. The schedule also featured five best-of Black college football games under the banner “HBCU Playback Game of the Week,” hosted by CBS Sports Commentator Rashan Ali (@RashanAli) and ESPN commentator Doug Stewart (@2livestews) and produced by Urban Sports & Entertainment Group (USEG, urbansportsgroup.net).

    Follow ASPiRE and all the latest game information at:

    · www.aspire.tv
    · @tvASPiRE and www.twitter.com/tvASPiRE
    · www.facebook.com/ASPiRETV
    · www.instagram.com/tvASPiRE

    About ASPiRE
    ASPiRE is a television network that celebrates the groundbreaking achievements of African-Americans. ASPiRE offers a diverse programming mix of movies, series and specials featuring music, comedy, drama, faith/inspiration, theater/performing arts, lifestyle and news/information. The network was launched on June 27, 2012 by Magic Johnson Enterprises, which acts as a catalyst for driving unparalleled business results for its partners and fosters community/economic empowerment by making available high-quality entertainment, products and services that answer the demands of ethnically diverse urban communities. ASPiRE is available in 24 of the top 25 African-American markets including New York City, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Chicago and Washington, D.C.. For more information, visit www.aspire.tv, facebook.com/aspireTV and on Twitter @tvASPiRE.

    About Magic Johnson Enterprises
    Magic Johnson Enterprises acts as a catalyst for driving unparalleled business results for its partners and fosters community/economic empowerment by making available high-quality entertainment, products and services that answer the demands of ethnically diverse urban communities. For more information, visithttp://magicjohnson.com/enterprises.

    About Urban Sports & Entertainment Group (USEG)
    Founded in 2001 by Thomas Grabowski, Urban Sports & Entertainment Group (USEG) is a multi-cultural sports marketing firm located just north of Charlotte, NC. Specializing in television production, event execution, sponsorship acquisition and sponsorship activation, Urban Sport’s team of professionals provide clients with the ultimate brand and event experience. With marquee events including the Football Championship and Basketball Tournament for both the CIAA and SWAC conferences, the Honda Battle of the Bands, and programming including live CIAA game broadcasts and the weekly HBCU sport’s highlight show Inside the Game, Urban Sports & Entertainment Group is the Name Behind the Game.

    About Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
    The SIAC is a NCAA athletic conference consisting primarily of historically black colleges and universities with headquarters in downtown Atlanta, Georgia. The SIAC sponsors six women’s sports and seven men’s sports. Last year 388,787 fans attended SIAC football games as the SIAC once again led NCAA Division II in average football attendance for twenty-third time out of the past twenty-five years.

    About the CIAA
    Founded in 1912, the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) is the nation's first African American athletic conference and one of the most recognized conferences in Division II. The CIAA conducts 16 championships attended by more than 150,000 fans from around the country. Headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, the CIAA is governed by the Presidents and Chancellors of its 12 member-institutions: Bowie State University, Chowan University, Elizabeth City State University, Fayetteville State University, Johnson C. Smith University, Lincoln University of Pennsylvania, Livingstone College, Saint Augustine's University, Shaw University, Virginia State University, Virginia Union University and Winston-Salem State University. For more information on the CIAA, visit theciaa.com, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram.

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    USATF's Black Tie & Sneakers Gala hosts National Track & Field Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, brings together legends of the sport, business leaders and celebrities for an evening of honors on Oct. 29 in New York City.


    WHO:
    Olympians, World Champions, Elite Athletes, Celebrities and Dignitaries

    Olympians
    Allyson Felix Most decorated female athlete in track & field history 9-time World Champion, 4-time Olympic gold medalist


    Olympians
    Lolo Jones 3-time Olympian Competed in Olympic Games and Olympic Winter Games


    Olympians
    Dan O'Brien Olympic gold medalist Star of "Dan vs. Dave" commercials TV personality


    Olympians
    Sanya Richards-Ross 4-time Olympic gold medalist Starred in her own reality show with NFL husband, Aaron Ross


    Olympians
    Maurice Greene Olympic gold medalist One of the greatest sprinters of all time Ran 53 sub-10 second races in the 100m


    Olympians
    Dick Fosbury Olympic gold medalist Revolutionized the high jump with his "Fosbury Flop"


    Olympians
    Deena Kastor Olympic bronze medalist American record holder in the marathon Chicago Marathon and London Marathon champion


    Olympians
    Host: Dan Hicks NBC Sports Critically acclaimed Olympic and golf commentator


    WHAT:
    USATF's Black Tie & Sneakers Gala hosts the National Track & Field Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.

    Class of 2015 Inductees

    Allen Johnson, 110mH
    Hollis Conway, High Jump
    Ralph Mann, 400mH
    Al Blozis, Shot Put
    Jack Torrance, Shot Put
    Harry Gill, Legendary Coach

    WHEN:
    Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015
    6 p.m. Red Carpet
    7 p.m. Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

    WHERE:
    The Armory
    216 Fort Washington Ave.
    New York, NY 10032

    WHY:
    Proceeds from the Black Tie & Sneakers Gala support USATF's Elite Athlete Mentorship Program, a new initiative that connects USATF Elite Athletes with business executives, career coaches and former athletes to prepare them for success after their athletic careers conclude.

    HOW: MEDIA INTERESTED IN COVERING THE RED CARPET EVENT MUST RSVP:

    PRESS CONTACTS:
    Simone Smalls
    Simone Smalls PR, Inc.
    917.388.3890
    Simone@simonesmallspr.com

    Christa Mann
    USATF
    Marketing & Communications Manager
    404.579.4344
    Christa.Mann@usatf.org

    About USA Track & Field
    USA Track & Field (USATF) is the National Governing Body for track and field, long-distance running and race walking in the United States. USATF encompasses the world's oldest organized sports, some of the most-watched events of Olympic broadcasts, the country's No. 1 high school and junior high school participatory sport and more than 30 million adult runners in the United States. For more information on USATF, visit www.usatf.org.

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    KANSAS CITY MLB URBAN YOUTH ACADEMY ANNOUNCED BY MLB, MLBPA, KANSAS CITY ROYALS AND CITY OF KANSAS CITY


    The Kansas City MLB Urban Youth Academy, an indoor training facility and four new state-of-the-art diamonds to enhance the 18th and Vine District, is planned for Parade Park at Truman Road and The Paseo, it was announced today at a press conference at the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum attended by Kansas City Mayor Sly James, Kansas City Royals General Manager Dayton Moore, Major League Baseball Senior Vice President of Youth Programs Tony Reagins and Major League Baseball Players Association Special Assistant for Player Program Development Jeffrey Hammonds.

    The two-phase project would represent an investment from private and public funds (Phase 2 is contingent upon the successful completion of a capital campaign to be led by community leaders). The Academy will transform the 21-acre park and enhance the area bounded by Truman Road, 18th Street, The Paseo and Woodland Avenue. Other improvements planned as part of the project include a walking trail, a playground, additional athletic facilities and a Great Lawn area that can serve as a site for special events. Phase 1 of the project is scheduled to be completed by the fall of 2016. Construction of Phase 2 of the project, including an indoor baseball training facility and the installation of lighting for the baseball fields, would commence following the successful completion of the capital campaign. This project will enhance Parade Park for neighbors and support the existing efforts of Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association to attract more youth to the game, particularly through the MLB Urban Youth Academy network. The Academy will partner with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City to help support the local Reviving Baseball in the Inner Cities (RBI) programs and youth baseball initiatives around the City.

    A portion of the funds allocated to the project will be supplied by the new MLB-MLBPA joint youth development initiative. Announced in July, the program supports key baseball and softball programs designed to improve access to the sport across the United States and Canada. The Kansas City Urban Youth Academy is one of the first projects to receive funding and support from this new MLB-MLBPA initiative.

    “Major League Baseball is honored to help bring an Academy to the children of Kansas City, the first professional baseball home of the great Jackie Robinson,” said Baseball Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr. “For years, Urban Youth Academies have not only served as safe places for baseball and softball opportunities for young people, but also as points of pride for local communities. This is a great era for baseball in Kansas City, and we are pleased to contribute to the game’s future here in such a meaningful way.”

    “Kansas City has played an important role throughout the history of our great sport, especially as it relates to the participation and support baseball enjoys from the African American community,” said MLBPA Executive Director, Tony Clark. “Major League baseball Players are fully aware of this history, and that’s why today’s announcement is an important one. Not only are today’s Players stepping up to support a community that has supported generations of Players before them, the Players are getting involved because they are determined to reinvigorate the participation and interest in baseball, especially among minority populations. We thank everyone involved in this partnership for providing the blueprints to help the dreams of the area’s youth come true.”

    “Buck O’Neil would be very proud of what we’re announcing here today,” Mayor James said. “The Urban Youth Academy will create a better park for the Parade Park neighborhood, attract visitors from around the region and nation and establish an athletic, cultural, educational and recreational center unlike anywhere else in the country.”

    “The Kansas City Royals are deeply committed to growing the great game of baseball in our community and throughout the region,” Moore said. “The Kansas City Urban Youth Academy will provide special opportunities for boys and girls to develop their baseball and softball skills while, most importantly, growing as leaders.”

    Also present at the press conference were city officials and civic leaders, including those who have agreed to serve on the Capital Campaign Committee to raise funds for Kansas City Urban Youth Academy, Inc., the non-profit organization that will build and operate the Academy under a cooperative agreement with the city. The Capital Campaign Committee includes Mayor Sly James, Royals' General Manager Dayton Moore, former U.S. Senator Kit Bond, Royals' Hall of Famer George Brett, former MLB star Joe Carter, and community leaders Terry Bassham, Michael Carter and Carolyn Watley.

    The Academy and park improvements will be developed in two phases:

    * Phase I includes two full-size baseball fields, including one with permanent and portable bleachers for tournament play; two youth baseball-softball fields; a half-mile walking trail with views of the baseball and softball diamonds; relocated basketball courts; relocated and renovated tennis courts, and a new playground near the community center.

    * Phase II includes the indoor training facility with a turf infield, batting cages, pitching mounds, restrooms and concession facilities for the diamonds; a Great Lawn that will serve as a front yard for the Academy and as a shared event space, and additional parking.

    The Kansas City MLB Urban Youth Academy’s initial goal will be to serve approximately 800-1,000 youth per year, ages 6-18. In addition to providing free, year-round baseball and softball instruction and play, including hosting tournaments, coaching clinics and skills camps, the Academy will provide youth with access to tutoring programs, college prep classes, college and career fairs, financial literacy and internship programs, courses teaching math through the use of baseball statistics and MLB industry alternative career workshops. Youth will also have opportunities to be involved in drug resistance and gang-prevention programs and healthy lifestyle classes.

    The Kansas City MLB Urban Youth Academy is the seventh announced MLB Urban Youth Academy in the United States, joining the most recently announced intentions to build an Academy in San Francisco. There are five operational MLB Urban Youth Academies in the country in Cincinnati (Ohio), Compton (California), Houston (Texas), New Orleans (Louisiana) and Philadelphia (Pennsylvania). Additionally, the Washington Nationals recently established their own Youth Baseball Academy in Washington D.C. The first MLB Urban Youth Academy in Compton was established in 2006, and together, all Academies currently provide free, year-round baseball and softball training and instruction to approximately 12,000 young men and women Academy members and over 20,000 more through additional tournaments and programs.

    In the last two seasons, seven Compton Academy alumni have appeared on MLB rosters, including Khris Davis (Milwaukee Brewers), Anthony Gose (Detroit Tigers), Aaron Hicks (Minnesota Twins), Efren Navarro (Los Angeles Angels), Jon Singleton (Houston Astros), Trayce Thompson (White Sox) and Vincent Velasquez (Houston Astros). Forty-six Academy alumni have been selected in the last four First-Year Player Drafts and nearly 160 overall. Additionally, all Academy members and other community youth benefit from Academy facilities and programs through educational programming and baseball vocational programming, such as umpiring seminars, athletic field management, scouting and player development, sports and broadcast journalism, public relations and statistics, and athletic sports training. Operations of the Kansas City MLB Urban Youth Academy will be supported in a manner similar to a lower-level minor league club and will be covered entirely by the Kansas City Royals and the Glass family. In addition to employment of the personnel operating the Academy, the Royals will provide equipment, supplies, utilities and other operating costs.

    Additional full and part-time employment is anticipated. Academy and Boys & Girls Clubs programming is expected to both enhance and benefit from current 18th & Vine amenities, including the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, the American Jazz Museum, Gregg-Klice Community Center, the Black Archives of Mid-America, Gem Theater and the Full Employment Council. Additional funding for construction will come from the City of Kansas City capital improvements sales tax; the State of Missouri and private donations raised by the Capital Campaign Committee. The City will apply for Missouri Development Finance Board tax credits to assist with the effort to raise the private funding required to complete Phase 2 of the project.

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    MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL AND THE ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS TO CO-HOST THE MLB DIVERSITY BUSINESS SUMMIT IN GREATER PHOENIX IN MARCH 2016

    The Diversity Employment and Business Opportunity Career and Trade Fair Will Be Held During Spring Training For the First Time


    Major League Baseball today announced that it will partner with the Arizona Diamondbacks to co-host the 2016 MLB Diversity Business Summit in Greater Phoenix in March 2016. The event, which will be held during Spring Training for the first time, will provide attendees with exclusive access to human resource and procurement executives from all 30 MLB Clubs, MLB Network, MLB Advanced Media, Minor League Baseball Clubs and MLB’s Central Office.

    Various elements of the MLB Diversity Business Summit will be held on March 8th and 9th (2016) at Chase Field, the Regular Season home of the D-backs, and Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, the Spring Training home of the D-backs and the Colorado Rockies. The MLB Diversity Business Summit is a unique sports employment and business opportunity career and trade fair. It provides job seekers and entrepreneurs with opportunities to connect directly with decision-makers regarding employment and business opportunities. Features of the 2016 MLB Diversity Business Summit will include event-wide networking, exhibit floor access, workshops, executive roundtable discussions and a keynote speech by Baseball Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr.

    “Major League Baseball is pleased to join the Arizona Diamondbacks in hosting the 2016 Diversity Business Summit, our first during Spring Training,” Commissioner Manfred said. “Diversity and inclusion are core tenets of our industry. As fans gather in anticipation of the 2016 Championship Season, we will be proud to offer unparalleled access and networking toward the pursuit of business and employment opportunities within our game.”

    “Arizona is one of the most diverse states in our nation and we are honored to host this summit next year at a time when all eyes are on us,” said D-backs President & CEO Derrick Hall, who serves on MLB’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee. “We recognize the great importance of a diverse work force and supplier base and we are proud to help lead the way in expanding those opportunities in baseball and making this the best summit to date.”

    The D-backs were recently named to the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s Million Dollar Circle of Excellence as an organization that spends more than $1 million annually with minority- or women-owned businesses. Additionally, the team works closely with the African-American, Native-American and Hispanic communities, each of which are expected to be involved in the upcoming summit.

    The previous three MLB Diversity Business Summits were held during the Regular Season calendar in Chicago (2012; co-hosted by the Chicago White Sox), Houston (2013; co-hosted by the Houston Astros) and New York (2014; co-hosted by the New York Yankees). In total, the three previous MLB Diversity Business Summits attracted more than 3,000 attendees from across the United States.

    For more information and to save the date, visitMLB.com/diversitysummit. Please follow the MLB Diversity Business Summit on Twitter (@MLB_DBS) and Facebook (Facebook.com/DiversityBusinessSummit).

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    STREET LEAGUE SKATEBOARDING APPOINTS A FIRST-EVER CEO AND A NEW COO


    STREET LEAGUE SKATEBOARDING


    Today, Street League Skateboarding (SLS) announces the appointment of Greg Jacobs as the league’s first-ever CEO as well as the promotion of current SLS President, Brian Atlas, to COO. Both executive roles will lead the company into the next significant phase of growth, continuing to deliver the most elevated competitive professional street skateboarding in the history of the sport. Launched by pro skateboarder and entrepreneur Rob Dyrdek in 2010, this announcement is the latest in a host of partnership and positioning moves made by SLS over the last 12 months, establishing a global qualification structure of amateur-to-professional progression that leads to the street skateboarding competition that matters the most: the SLS Nike SB Super Crown World Championship.

    As part of Dyrdek’s long-term vision for the growth of the League, he continues to trust in Atlas to develop the business strategy and build a team of the right players whose passion for skateboarding and entertainment, as well as their previous accomplishments, are in the same entrepreneurial spirit as Dyrdek’s. “Street League has come a long way and we can only continue the success by hiring talented staff who will take us to the next level,” says SLS Founder and Chairman Rob Dyrdek. “Brian and Greg are a dream team of executives who I fully trust to keep the core of our business centered on growing skateboarding globally through live events, always-on content and an innovative media strategy.”

    Street League is on the fast track for global expansion, creating strategic partnerships that will support the already established media-driven business and contribute to building a global ecosystem for street skateboarding contests. In 2015, SLS began a long-term partnership with Skatepark of Tampa to develop respected qualifying events that ensure a continued influx of new talent via the Tampa Pro, Tampa Am and Damn Am Select Series, with the latter two ultimately leading to the SLS Nike SB Pro Open. Preceding the Tour in a new country each year, the SLS Nike SB Pro Open also acts as a feeder event for the best international non-SLS Pros, taking place at purpose-built, permanent skate plazas that remain in place to invigorate the local scene and create the opportunity for future SLS events to return and re-energize the local skateboard community. This year’s SLS Nike SB Pro Open will kick off the season in Barcelona, Spain, as the first-ever independent international event in SLS history before heading into the 2015 SLS Nike SB World Tour.

    SLS offers options for fans across the world to tune in and watch skateboarding’s most prestigious competition series. Fans in the United States can watch the 2015 SLS Nike SB World Tour on FOX Sports 1 and customers of participating cable and satellite TV providers may access the live stream of the Tour stops through the FOX Sports GO app for iOS, Android, Windows and Kindle devices, as well as on desktops through FOXSportsGO.com. International fans can catch the official LIVE webcast exclusively on StreetLeague.com.

    SLS NIKE SB WORLD TOUR DATES AND VENUES:

    • May 16–17 SLS Nike SB Pro Open | Skate Agora BDN I Barcelona, Spain
    • July 11 SLS Nike SB World Tour: Stop One | Galen Center at USC | Los Angeles, CA
    • August 23 SLS Nike SB World Tour: Stop Two | Prudential Center | Newark, NJ
    • October 4 SLS Nike SB Super Crown World Championship | UIC Pavilion | Chicago, IL

    FOX SPORTS 1 TELECAST SCHEDULE:

    2015 SLS Nike SB Pro Open Kick-Off Special: Thursday, May 28 (8:00 PM ET– 9:30 PM ET)
    2015 SLS Nike SB World Tour: Los Angeles: LIVE: Saturday, July 11 (10 PM ET – 11:30 PM ET)
    2015 SLS Nike SB World Tour: New Jersey: LIVE: Sunday, August 23 (5 PM ET – 6:30 PM ET)
    2015 SLS Nike SB Super Crown World Championship: LIVE: Sunday, October 4 (5 PM ET – 7 PM ET)


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    Nike Golf Film "Ripple" Features Tiger and Rory

    Nike Golf’s New Film “Ripple” Captures the Inspiring Effect of Tiger Woods’s Greatness on a Young Rory McIlroy


    Nike Golf Film ripple Features Tiger and Rory


    Extraordinary athletes serve as idols to the next generation. Their greatness inspires, and before long the inspired have in turn become role models themselves. Tiger Woods idolized Jack Nicklaus. Rory McIlroy looked up to Tiger Woods. And now, Woods and McIlroy compete side by side as they fuel the dreams of sport’s future greats. It’s a ripple effect.

    In that vein, Nike Golf has created a new film, “Ripple,” that captures the powerful influence of Woods on a young McIlroy. “Ripple” is a story of relentless pursuit by two remarkable athletes, Woods and McIlroy, and their respective paths to greatness.

    Produced in one- and two-minute versions, the film follows the inspirational journey of McIlroy growing up, captivated by Woods’s awe-inspiring performances, his strokes of genius, his athleticism and his swing. Seeing fist pump after fist pump, victory after victory, and with posters of Woods in his room, the film shows McIlroy dreaming of one day competing against Woods — symbolic of the dream held by many young golfers around the world.

    “As a kid, I looked up to Tiger,” said McIlroy, who hit a 40-yard drive at the age of just two. When I first saw him on TV, I remember being completely enamored by the energy he brought to the sport. His will to win. His determination. His fight.”

    “I’ve been in that same situation,” said Woods. “Growing up, Jack was my idol. My first recollection of The Masters was 1986, when Jack won. I remember him making a putt at 17 and lifting that putter up. Fourteen years later at the 2000 PGA Championship, I got to play with and against him – someone I looked up to.”

    The film begins with a reenactment of a young McIlroy intensely watching Woods win his first U.S. Amateur Championship on TV in 1994. A few years later, still from his hometown in Holywood, Northern Ireland, McIlroy witnessed Woods’s electrifying performance of winning his first Masters title by an astounding 12 shots. As the film progresses, we see McIlroy emulating Woods’s work ethic, perfecting his game in the rain, working on his putting stroke on a putting green at his house (filmed at his actual childhood home), with his mother Rosie and father Gerry supporting him all the way.

    The film culminates with the two professionals competing against each other, walking side by side down the fairway –inspiration for who’s next.

    “It’s been an incredible journey for me, going from massive fan to competitor,” said McIlroy. “To think that not too long ago I was that little boy watching him on TV to where I am now. It’s been a cool journey and I’m very lucky I get to compete with and against him, because he inspired me as a kid and he inspires me now. He’s the best player I’ve ever seen.”

    “It’s neat because I’ve been able to be a part of different generations of competitors. Now I’m competing against the younger ones. It helps me train a little harder, because these guys are athletic,” said Woods.

    Created in partnership with Wieden + Kennedy, the film has two versions – a one-and two-minute spot airing on ESPN and The Golf Channel. The film director is Steve Rogers of Wieden + Kennedy and the music “Nuvole Bianche,” by Ludovico Einaudi.


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    LOS ANGELES DODGERS TO HOST THE SEATTLE MARINERS IN THE 2015 CIVIL RIGHTS GAME ON JACKIE ROBINSON DAY, WEDNESDAY, APRIL 15TH

    Baseball’s Annual Civil Rights Tribute to be Held In Conjunction with Jackie Robinson Day for the First Time The Civil Rights Game on Jackie Robinson Day Will Air on ESPN2


     Jackie Robinson Day



    Major League Baseball today announced that the Los Angeles Dodgers will host the Seattle Mariners at Dodger Stadium in the 2015 Civil Rights Game on Jackie Robinson Day, Wednesday, April 15th. It will mark the first time that Baseball’s tribute to civil rights leaders and figures will be held in conjunction with its annual commemoration of Hall of Famer Jackie Robinson breaking Baseball’s color barrier on April 15, 1947. The Civil Rights Game on Jackie Robinson Day will air nationally on ESPN2, with coverage scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m. PT (10:00 p.m. ET), as part of the network’s Wednesday Night Baseball package.

    The Civil Rights Game was developed by MLB to pay tribute to the spirit of the civil rights movement and to honor those who embodied the struggle for equal rights for all Americans. This is the first Civil Rights Game hosted by the Dodgers and second one they have played in (2012), while this will be the first overall for the Mariners.

    “It is truly an ideal pairing to have the franchise of Jackie Robinson and the city of Los Angeles join our National Pastime in recognizing leaders of the past and present who have done so much for the benefit of our country,” said Baseball Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr. “Together with the Dodgers, Major League Baseball will proudly celebrate the civil rights movement, the courageous people like Jackie who contributed to it, and its many lessons that continue to resonate today.”

    “We’re proud of the role the Dodgers have played in professional sports history as pioneers of social change since Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in 1947 during the team’s days in Brooklyn,” said Dodger owner Earvin “Magic” Johnson. “From Jackie to Sandy Koufax to Fernando Valenzuela to Hideo Nomo to Chan Ho Park to now Yasiel Puig and Hyun-Jin Ryu, the Dodgers have sought to lead the way and be a model of inclusion in sports and American society as a whole.”

    “Thanks to Jackie Robinson and the Dodgers, baseball was at the forefront of the civil rights movement, integrating long before other parts of our nation caught up," said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. "I'm proud that Los Angeles will play home to this game honoring the legacy of Jackie Robinson and all those who stand for freedom and equality."

    In addition to the Civil Rights Game on Jackie Robinson Day at Dodger Stadium, Major League Baseball and the Dodgers will honor MLB Beacon Award recipients, conduct a youth baseball-focused event and host the Baseball & Civil Rights Movement Roundtable Discussion. Details for these and all other Civil Rights Game and Jackie Robinson Day-related efforts will be announced at a later date. Tickets and information for the 2015 Civil Rights Game on Jackie Robinson Day are available on MLB.com/civilrightsgame and Dodgers.com/civilrightsgame.

    This year marks the 70th anniversary of Jackie Robinson signing his first professional contract with the Brooklyn Dodgers organization in 1945, which was the first step toward his eventually breaking of the color barrier on April 15, 1947.

    ABOUT THE BASEBALL & THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION

    A group of prominent participants will discuss the pivotal role Baseball played in the civil rights movement and the game’s continued presence as a social institution in American society. Previous panelists have included Sharon Robinson, Ernest Green, Dolores Huerta, Bob Kendrick, Martin Luther King III, Arte Moreno, Branch Rickey III, Ambassador Shabazz, Thomas Tull, and Ken Williams. Also included in the list of past participants are Hall of Famers Barry Larkin, Joe Morgan, Tony Perez, and Dave Winfield; Dodgers legend Don Newcombe; Hall of Fame journalist and MLB Network analyst Peter Gammons; and MLB Network & FOX Sports analyst Harold Reynolds, among others. The Baseball & the Civil Rights Movement Roundtable Discussion will be streamed on MLB.com and Dodgers.com prior to the Civil Rights Game. ABOUT THE CIVIL RIGHTS GAME

    The 2015 Civil Rights Game is the ninth installation of an annual event that began in Memphis in 2007, centering on an exhibition game between the St. Louis Cardinals and Cleveland Indians. After another exhibition game in Memphis in 2008, the Civil Rights Game moved to Cincinnati (2009-2010), Atlanta (2011-2012), and Chicago (2013) as regular season contests, and last year was hosted in Houston by the Astros.


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    http://www.southernsnowseekers.org/

  40. TalkHunting ...
    TalkHunting is an online discussion board (forum) that is 100% family friendly with no bashing, fighting, foul language or arguing allowed and is tightly moderated to keep it that way. It is simply a place for you to talk about hunting and fishing. A friendly place to learn from other outdoor enthusiasts and help teach those just getting started. We stand behind every legal method of hunting and fishing and believe we should respect each other's styles. Because of this, we have grown to have members in every state of the country and Canada.
    http://www.talkhuntin.com/

  41. The Black Ice Project ...
    The project's purpose is to promote international understanding, social responsibility, historic preservation, religious tolerance, and societal non-violence through the promotion of hockey and its history.
    http://www.theblackiceproject.com/blackiceproject/index.cfm

  42. The Bulldogs Online -- Bowie State University Athletics ...
    Bowie State University (Bowie, MD) sponsors 13 sports and is a member of the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association. The Bulldogs compete at the NCAA Division II level.
    http://www.bsubulldogs.com/

  43. Urban American Outdoors ...
    The Urban American Outdoors Channel, outdoors, black hunting, urban american outdoors, hunting, fishing, african americans, hunting shows and more.
    http://www.uaotv.com/

  44. Yahoo Sports ...
    Get the stats on your favorite athletes on this website.
    http://sports.yahoo.com


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