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Tampa prepares to host NCAA Women's Final Four
The Tampa Tribune
In about six weeks, the champion of women's basketball will be crowned to culminate the NCAA Women's Final Four at Florida's Amalie Arena. NCAA officials, the Tampa Bay Sports Commission and the host institution University of South Florida are in a full sprint as final preparations are taking place.
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Looking for competition? Go fish!
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Events tend to be most successful when they 1) have a strong local following and 2) use the area's resources effectively. If you're fishing in Florida and have an affinity for tarpon, then the place to be is the gulf area of Boca Grande, where they stage the not-so-humbly titled "World's Richest Tarpon Tournament."
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Extreme sports or extremely stupid? Risk-takers place burden on medical system
By Mark Huber
Is it an extreme sport or just extremely stupid? That's the question I had after a recent PR blurb from the Los Angeles County Sheriff caught my eye. Rescues performed by the department's volunteer search-and-rescue teams, often with the assistance of Air Rescue 5, increased 20 percent in 2014 from the previous year. The department attributed most of this increase to "social media and the posting of extreme videos, showing hikers performing high-risk outdoor adventures."
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Running Rebels Community Organization named 2015 NASC Sports Legacy Fund beneficiary
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Squash anyone? Academy grows sport here
Cincinnati Enquirer
The popularity of squash is well-established in the northeast and rapidly growing on the west coast. As the sport focuses on expanding in the Midwest, squash players and administrators are seeking a hub to help the sport grow in this region. Why not Cincinnati?
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Sports equal money in Wisconsin tourism equation
Post-Crescent
Soccer moms and dads spent nearly $6 million on hotels, food and shopping last year in Wisconsin's Fox Cities when their kids came for tournaments. This year, with more than $8.5 million already booked, they're scoring much larger numbers aided by parents of kids in all traveling club sports and a sizable bunch of championship bowlers.
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Super Bowl casts light on secretive CEO junkets
CNBC
Among the more than 100,000 visitors who flocked to the Phoenix area for Super Bowl XLIV were a group of very special guests: about 70 hand-picked high-level executives from around the country. These VIPs were invitees of the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee, and the latest example of how sporting events can double as junkets for politicians, executives and policymakers — a controversial practice that has more than its share of critics.
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Lynch looks to trademark 'I'm just here so I won't get fined'
Forbes
Marshawn Lynch owns a registered trademark for "Beast Mode," has a pending application to register "About that action boss" and recently filed an application with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for the trademark "I'm just here so I won't get fined." According to the filing, Lynch seeks to use his newest phrase in conjunction with apparel.
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Skyrocketing stadiums
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
In constructing the $1.3 billion AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones redefined what stadiums cost. The 10 NFL stadiums built in the decade leading up to AT&T's opening averaged $428 million. Since then, none of the four NFL facilities built or under construction have cost less than $1 billion, including the Atlanta Falcons' new home.
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Left out: Financially strapped families paying a price in sports
The Players Tribune
Baseball used to be the sport where all you needed was a stick and a ball. It used to be a way out for poor kids. Now it's a sport that increasingly freezes out kids whose parents don’t have the income to finance the travel baseball circuit.
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Why has number of women coaches fallen since Title IX?
USA Today
On the courts and fields, women college athletes have made great strides. But in the coaching ranks, something drastically different is happening. Female coaches are losing ground. Ironically, the drop started with a law that was supposed to be positive for women, Title IX. Congress passed the law in 1972 that required gender equity for boys and girls in every educational program that received federal funding, including athletics.
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Michigan team can live at field with dorm built into stadium
NESN
Michigan's Cornerstone University baseball team has no reason to be late for practices or games. The NAIA program is trying to revolutionize the college athletics housing situation by building dorms into its baseball stadium.
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Youth hoops meet is largest of its kind In the Midwest
Post-Bulletin
Every year around this time, late February and early March, there are many unfamiliar faces around Rochester, Minnesota. They will be filling hotels, restaurants and multiple sports venues around the city. All of these people will help bring about $1.2 million to the city of Rochester in two weekends. That is because the Rochester Community Youth Basketball Association runs the largest youth basketball tournament in the Midwest.
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Manslaughter plea entered in soccer ref's death
Athletic Business
A recreational soccer player in Michigan who was charged with punching a referee and killing him during a game has agreed to a plea deal with prosecutors. Bassel Saad will serve 8 to 15 years in prison as part of the deal and will plead either guilty or no contest to involuntary manslaughter, according to his lawyer, Cyril Hall.
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Sports field to honor Tiger Stadium roots
The Detroit News
A site where the Tigers played for more than 100 years, sacred to some but thwarted in gaining any permanent plan or development, appears to have found a new, baseball-rooted identity. An athletic complex that could host 15,000-20,000 or more youths a year and would carry the precise measurements of Tiger Stadium's baseball outfield is part of a $15.5 million project that already has drawn a federal grant of $3 million for its launch.
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