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Author Archive for Dave Caldwell

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The NHL’s bloated playoff proposal is a bid for normalcy that’s anything but

Gary Bettman has announced plans to complete the NHL’s coronavirus-interrupted season with an expanded 24-team postseason, but one question persists: Why bother?Sites, dates and times are to be determined, but the National Hockey League is planning to …

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The NHL’s bloated playoff proposal is a bid for normalcy that’s anything but

Gary Bettman has announced plans to complete the NHL’s coronavirus-interrupted season with an expanded 24-team postseason, but one question persists: Why bother?Sites, dates and times are to be determined, but the National Hockey League is planning to …

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Can the Las Vegas Raiders replace the fanaticism of the Black Hole?

The team is scheduled to play its first season in Nevada after moving from California. Whether they can replicate Oakland’s fans is debatableMark Acasio says he and his gorilla suit are joining the Las Vegas Raiders this fall. Acasio, a long-time fan f…

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‘Slanderous and outdated’: Should the Edmonton Eskimos change their name?

The 14-time Grey Cup champions say there is no consensus that their nickname is offensive. Many in the Inuit community disagreeTwo weeks after the Kansas City Chiefs won Super Bowl LIV, the Edmonton franchise in the Canadian Football League made an ann…

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Le’Veon Bell sat out a season then joined the Jets. Did he make the right decision?

The running back left the Steelers after a protracted contract dispute. On Sunday he faced his former team as part of a struggling Jets outfitLe’Veon Bell decided to wear a bright yellow hoodie and black sweatpants to work Sunday because those are the …

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Washington is a city of sporting champions. Just don’t tell its woeful NFL team

The capital has enjoyed success in baseball, hockey and basketball recently. The football team, however, are terrible and show few signs of improvementJust 37 miles but light years away from the stadium at which Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jacks…

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‘The guys I’ve tried failed miserably’: could Harry Kane really make the NFL?

The Tottenham striker says he wants to end his sporting career in the NFL. But soccer skills don’t necessarily translate to American footballWhen the veteran NFL special-teams coach Mike Westhoff was told that the Tottenham striker Harry Kane was inter…

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‘The guys I’ve tried failed miserably’: could Harry Kane really make the NFL?

The Tottenham striker says he wants to end his sporting career in the NFL. But soccer skills don’t necessarily translate to American footballWhen the veteran NFL special-teams coach Mike Westhoff was told that the Tottenham striker Harry Kane was inter…

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The Thompson brothers on abuse, glory and Native American pride in lacrosse

Lyle, Miles and Jerome Thompson have helped the Georgia Swarm to the NLL playoffs. They have faced huge highs and lows along the wayJohn Arlotta decided to move his indoor lacrosse team from an NHL arena in St Paul, Minnesota, to a minor-league hockey …

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Chattanooga FC: the US club with 2,000 owners around the world

The Tennessee club sold more than $500,000 in shares in a month. They believe they have tapped into a market for fans who want a stake in their teamStefan Szymanski is a professor of sport management at the University of Michigan, the author of the muc…

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Could the government shutdown make this the most chaotic Super Bowl ever?

Atlanta is host to this year’s Super Bowl … and the world’s busiest airport. Will the shutdown turn the whole affair upside down?Three and a half years ago, as Americans were still figuring out which presidential candidate to vote for in the 2016 ele…

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Rise of the TV rules analysts shows the NFL has a problem

Former officials were picking over controversial decisions on Championship Sunday, a sign that things had gone badly awry for the leagueHere is one statistic you won’t find in the official game book from Sunday’s AFC Championship Game: it took 59 minut…

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How Matt Nagy rescued the Chicago Bears from years in the undertow

The Bears have reached the playoffs just once in the last 11 seasons. But their new head coach has sparked their offense to new heightsOn Sunday, only minutes after Chicago Bears fans invaded Twitter after an unsavory loss to criticize first-year head …

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The slow death of US greyhound racing

Florida has become the latest state to pass legislation that will phase out the sport. It marks a victory for animal rights campaignersWay back in 1919, the Blue Star Amusement Company built an oval track in Emeryville, California, so a mechanical lure…

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The Giants are a dumpster fire but they appear to have a long-term plan

Eli Manning is showing his age and his team are set for another lost season. But drafting a running back earlier this year could prove to be an inspired moveThe New York Jets invited players from their first (and still only) Super Bowl team to MetLife …

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The Giants are a dumpster fire but they appear to have a long-term plan

Eli Manning is showing his age and his team are set for another lost season. But drafting a running back earlier this year could prove to be an inspired moveThe New York Jets invited players from their first (and still only) Super Bowl team to MetLife …

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‘You’re like a rock star’: Does the Little League World Series dazzle players?

This summer ESPN will broadcast 231 Little League games. But professional players say international exposure is not harmful to its pre-teen athletesThe championship game of the Little League Baseball World Series – rather, the Little League Baseball Wo…

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‘Authenticity is not about accents’: Kyle Martino on NBC’s Premier League success

The US may have failed to qualify for this summer’s World Cup but interest in the Premier League is as strong as ever as the new season approachesAs a midfielder at Staples High School in Westport, Connecticut, Kyle Martino was named the top high schoo…

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How England’s Kelly Smith became one of the faces of the World Cup in the US

The former England and Arsenal striker had a brilliant playing career. And now she is forging a reputation as an insightful analyst in AmericaTwo decades before Kelly Smith became a studio analyst on Fox’s World Cup coverage, she was a star on the pitc…

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How MLS tries to exploit the World Cup, even with the US absent

The US men’s national team didn’t make it to Russia 2018, but there are still ways to promote the growth of soccer in the StatesA crowd of soccer fans gathered at Avaya Stadium on 17 June – nothing unusual as it is the home of MLS’s San Jose Earthquake…