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Negro Leagues’ spring training recruited dynamic, educated players

Negro Leagues’ spring training recruited dynamic, educated players

Sports
MIAMI, March 25 (UPI) -- As America focuses on baseball's spring training, few people know that the preseason regimen in the Negro Leagues differed markedly from the way in which Major League Baseball players prepare for the coming season. Nearly a century ago, Negro Leagues' spring training was used more to search the country for premier baseball talent than to hone players' skills. Teams often signed star Black players from colleges and small-town squads, which led to many transcendent careers. Advertisement "[Negro Leagues teams] would take note of any player from every team we played against who had outstanding abilities and try to sign them," said Ron Teasley, who played for the Negro National League's New York Cubans in 1948. The Negro Leagues lacked an extensive minor league system...
MLB’s inclusion of Negro Leagues stats reframes greatest-player debate

MLB’s inclusion of Negro Leagues stats reframes greatest-player debate

Sports
Jan 4 (UPI) -- The names Babe Ruth, Ted Williams and Willie Mays often come up in debates about the greatest baseball player ever, but MLB's recent recognition of Negro Leagues statistics vaults new possibilities into the discussion. "For me, Josh Gibson is the greatest baseball player ever," said Bob Kendrick, president of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. "I know that distinction normally goes to the center fielder. That's why many recognize Willie Mays. Advertisement "But if there were such a thing as a five-tool catcher, Josh Gibson was it." On Dec. 16, MLB reclassified the Negro Leagues as a major league and said it will count statistics and official records from its thousands of Black players. Unfortunately, many of the records from the 3,400 players who participated in the seven ...
Match of the Day: Top 10 podcast – Premier League’s best goalscorers

Match of the Day: Top 10 podcast – Premier League’s best goalscorers

Sports
The Premier League has showcased some legendary players but it's the strikers who are the great entertainers and have provided the most memorable moments.Alan Shearer holds the record for most Premier League goals with 260, while Ian Wright scored 113 - but who has been the greatest goalscorer of them all?Shearer, Wright and Gary Lineker discussed the topic on the latest episode of the new Match of The Day: Top 10 podcast and we want you to get involved by ranking your favourites from a shortlist drawn up by the Match of the Day commentary team. To hear the MOTD team's final selections - recorded during a debate held in Lineker's kitchen - make sure you listen to the podcast on BBC Sounds.And...
Overwatch and Call of Duty leagues move exclusively to YouTube

Overwatch and Call of Duty leagues move exclusively to YouTube

Technology
Some of the biggest Call of Duty, Overwatch and Hearthstone esport leagues will be streamed exclusively on YouTube.The deal's seen as a big win for the platform which has found it hard to compete with game streamer, Twitch.It's part of a deal the site's signed with Activision Blizzard - the company which runs the leagues. Twitch exclusively streamed the first two seasons of the Overwatch League and is seen as the go-to destination for live gaming.The agreement was announced just hours before the start of the Call of Duty League season with 12 teams competing in Minnesota - and it could shake-up the gaming world. "We've worked closely with Activision Blizzard for the past few years across mobile titles to boost its analyti...
Senate tax bill strips NFL, other sports leagues from tax-exempt status

Senate tax bill strips NFL, other sports leagues from tax-exempt status

Finance
Professional sports leagues like the National Football League will not have tax-exempt status if the current version of the Senate tax bill goes through.Professional football leagues have been exempt from tax since 1966 under section 501(c)(6) of the tax code. The Internal Revenue Service has applied the exemption to all professional sports leagues.A proposal in the Senate bill would eliminate the tax-exempt status for professional sports leagues.That change comes amid strong criticism of the NFL and its tax status by President Donald Trump last month.Trump called for an end to "massive tax breaks" that the NFL received.TweetWhile the president called out the NFL as a tax-exempt non-profit, the league actuallygave up that position in 2015.At the time, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said ...