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Michigan, others may regulate amateur MMA fights
The Sacramento Bee
Michigan is among about a dozen states in which amateur MMA fights are legal but unregulated. That could soon change, however, as even lawmakers who recoil at the sport's brutality see the wisdom in setting ground rules. "It is time to teach the beast some manners," said Democratic Rep. Harvey Santana, who is sponsoring legislation that would require promoters of amateur events to get licensed annually, carry up to $10,000 in health insurance for fighters and have a physician on site for fights.
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New E-learning programme promotes sustainable sport events
Olympic Sports
The new Sport Sustainability E-Learning program will provide sports organizations with the information and support they need to start, or continue, their journey in making their sports events more sustainable. The program consists of four modules covering the key aspects of sustainability for sports events, namely; the business case for sustainability, the ISO 20121 Management System, Reporting and Impact Assessment.
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Pittsburgh to host 2014 gymnastics meet
ESPN
USA Gymnastics will hold its 2014 national championships in Pittsburgh. It's the first major gymnastics competition to be held in the city. The 2014 championships will run from Aug. 21-24 at Consol Energy Center, home of the Pittsburgh Penguins. The meet comes ahead of the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
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Visalia, Calif.'s River Way Sports Park is expanding
KFSN-TV
Visalia, Calif.,'s River Way Sports Park is full of families taking advantage of its many playgrounds on warm days. This year alone, the city has more than 15 soccer tournaments scheduled on its 10 soccer fields. Even the 2011 Cal Ripkin World Series was held at the park. Now, the city has just approved the park's third phase which will include an outdoor theater, plus more picnic tables, trees and playgrounds.
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Dust Bowl Marathon: 5 days, 5 marathons, 5 states
Guymon Daily Herald
Clint Burleson of Las Cruces, N.M., is the man behind the organization of the Dust Bowl Marathon Series and is very enthusiastic about it and hopes to come back again next year. Making five states in five days for five marathons is no easy task and he is pleased by the way things turned out. "Nobody has ever done anything like that before," said Burleson. "It sounded like a fun thing to try, and it seems to be successful."
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Michigan, others may regulate amateur MMA fights
The Sacramento Bee
Michigan is among about a dozen states in which amateur MMA fights are legal but unregulated.

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3 more schools join 'Catholic 7'
The Associated Press via The Washington Post
Butler, Creighton and Xavier will join the so-called Catholic 7 schools in the new basketball conference keeping the Big East name.

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Sporting event tax incentives approved in Missouri Legislature
The Associated Press via KDSK-TV
State lawmakers are hoping that new incentives can help Missouri compete for big-time sports events.

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New Alaskan sports complex named 'Alaska Airlines Center'
Alaska Public Media
The new sports complex currently under construction at the University of Alaska Anchorage now has a name – the Alaska Airlines Center. Though the new athletic facilities will bear the name of the airline, the money is dedicated to helping out with other aspects of UAA's athletic department.
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Sports tourism bill clears Senate hurdle
Rockford Register Star
The Rockford, Ill., region has long been a leader in the sports tourism business, and that reputation took a big step forward when a state Senate committee unanimously approved a bill to help modernize local athletic facilities. But it's still early in the game, and the much-touted Reclaiming First initiative is far from a done deal.
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What is the 'Spartan Death Race'?
The Houston Press
You know those "adventure" races like the Tough Mudder and the Warrior Dash? The Spartan Death Race is like the Ironman version of those. The entry fee is $600. The course is 50 miles long (or longer). Last year, the race's eighth year, 344 ran the course, but only 51 finished. That's less than 15 percent. And in addition to the physical challenges, which the contestants aren't informed of until they actually set foot on the course, there are also mental challenges. Past contestants have had to memorize the names of the first ten U.S. Presidents or a Bible verse, translate a Greek saying, and more.
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